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The Effect of Brexit on UK and U.S. Enforcement

by Anthony S. Barkow and David C. Lachman

The decision by British voters to exit the European Union (EU) has ushered in what is likely to be a prolonged period of uncertainty as the United Kingdom (UK) seeks to define its future relationship with the EU. Brexit’s effect on enforcement policy and the investigation and prosecution of white collar crime is one area that should be of great interest to international companies with operations in the UK, their general counsel, and cross-border practitioners. At first blush, it might appear that Brexit’s impact on enforcement will be minimal, because many of the relevant UK laws are independent of EU law. The uncertainty that Brexit portends for the UK generally, however, is equally applicable in the white collar arena. Continue reading