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Brexit: Political Impasse After UK Parliament Votes to Block October 31 No-Deal Departure From EU

Posted in Brexit, Government, GT Alert, International Trade, No-deal Brexit
Our last GT Alert on Brexit quoted the saying, “a week is a long time in politics”. New Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has found that a mere 72 hours is an eternity as he seeks to break the political impasse on the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union – so far,… Continue Reading

Beware of Strangers Bearing Gifts: UK ‘Business Integrity Initiative’ Aims to Support the Anti-Corruption Efforts of SMEs

Posted in Bribery Act 2010, Corporate, criminal law, Government, GT Alert, International Trade, National Crime Agency, Serious Fraud Office, sfo, White collar
The UK government’s Anti-Corruption Newsletter for Summer 2019, supported by ‘Anti-Corruption Champion’ John Penrose, MP for Weston-super-Mare, covers the latest developments in anti-corruption over the last quarter. Two reported highlights illustrate the government’s steadfast approach to issuing new statutory guidance for both large corporates and small UK businesses. However, the latter category could receive subsidised… Continue Reading

Brexit & REACH: Potential Changes to UK Chemical Regulation

Posted in Brexit, chemical regulation, Corporate, Environment, Environmental, EU Withdrawal Agreement, Government, International Law, International Trade, No-deal Brexit
29 March 2019, the date currently fixed in United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) law as when the UK will leave the EU, is now just two weeks away. At this late stage, the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU remain unsettled. The Withdrawal Agreement agreed in draft with the EU at… Continue Reading

UK Review of the Bribery Act 2010 – Committee Concludes New Guidance Needed

Posted in Bribery Act 2010, Compliance Programs, Corporate, criminal law, Government, White collar
In 2018 the House of Lords announced it would set up an ad hoc Select Committee to conduct a post-legislative review of the Bribery Act 2010. Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Anne-Marie Ottaway was appointed Specialist Advisor to the Committee, which today published the report of its findings. The review confirms that the Bribery Act 2010 is “an… Continue Reading

Top 5 Predictions for UK White Collar Defence in 2019

Posted in Brexit, criminal law, Government, International Law, White collar
What does 2019 have in store for white-collar defence in the UK? In this GT Alert, we list our top 5 predictions relating to Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Director Lisa Osofsky, who indicated various areas of focus for her tenure; Brexit and the potential loss of the European Arrest Warrant regime and the U.K.’s access to EU… Continue Reading

Brexit – Where Now?

Posted in Brexit, Government, International Law, International Trade
At their summit on 25 November, the leaders of the EU27 states approved the draft agreement providing for the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU. The EU and U.K. also issued a joint statement outlining the framework for the post-Brexit EU/U.K. relationship. These developments, although much-awaited, give little legal certainty in the short term. Draft Withdrawal… Continue Reading

Brexit: The UK’s White Paper – What Does it Mean?

Posted in Brexit, Government
On 12 July 2018 the UK government published a white paper outlining its vision for the UK’s future relationship with the European Union (EU) after the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019. The white paper is predicated on the UK’s exit from the Single Market and the Customs Union and outlines the… Continue Reading

Foreign Investment and National Security: Stricter Controls Proposed by the EU and UK

Posted in Government, Investments
Within the last few weeks, both the EU and the UK have published proposals for greater screening and control of foreign direct investments (FDI) into their territories. In both cases, these proposals seek to balance the protection of critical national infrastructure and technology on the one hand and an open foreign investment environment on the… Continue Reading

UK Government Relaxes the Rules Restricting the Words Used in Company Names

Posted in Government
On 27 February 2013 the UK Government launched a consultation, the ‘Consultation on the Company and Business Names 2013’ (the “2013 Consultation“) to review the list of ‘sensitive’ names that companies must get approval for before they can be used.  Following the 2013 Consultation, the UK Government has decided to relax the rules restricting company… Continue Reading

Consultation on the New Public Sector Regulations

Posted in Government
The new Public Sector Directive 2014/24 (the New Public Sector Directive) on public procurement entered into force on 17 April 2014. This replaces Directive 2004/18. The New Public Sector Directive is accompanied by two other new directives, those for utilities and concession contracts respectively. Member States have two years to implement the New Public Sector… Continue Reading

The UK’s Defence Department turns to the private sector

Posted in Government
Written by Jacob B. Pankowski and Stephen C. Tupper As a general rule, high-value government contracts in the EU must not be awarded by public authorities without first complying with the detailed EU procurement rules designed to ensure non-discriminatory access to such contracting opportunities and “value-for-money” for public authorities and, ultimately, EU taxpayers. However, due… Continue Reading

New Opportunities for U.S. Defense Contractors as UK Looks to ‘Outsource’ Jobs to Private Sector

Posted in Government
Written by Jacob B. Pankowski and Stephen C. Tupper Two recent announcements indicate a desire by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) to rely more heavily on the private sector in the coming years — thus creating potential new markets for U.S. defense contractors. First, on July 5, 2012, the MOD announced the creation of… Continue Reading

Reform of the UK competition regime

Posted in Competition Law, Government
Written by Simon Harms and Lisa Navarro On 15 March 2012, the UK’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills (“BIS”) announced its plans for the reform of the UK competition regime. These proposals were crystallised on 23 May 2012 in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (the “Bill”). The proposals set out in the Bill… Continue Reading