Brexit Group BRUSSELS/EU

Helping companies assess the issues, prepare for potential outcomes and identify actions to take in order to protect their interests in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.


The departure of the UK from the EU will have major consequences for many businesses and industry sectors. It is likely to remain at the top of many board room agendas as the UK and the remaining EU Member States clarify how the UK should withdraw and what the future relationship will be. As this process unfolds, we can help businesses adapt to the changing landscape and the risks and opportunities that may emerge. Our lawyers are ready to advise clients on all legal aspects related to Brexit, in particular on competition law, state aid, market access, energy, data protection, intellectual property and trade matters.

Lawyers in our Brexit Group bring more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of EU regulatory law. The team includes Claus-Dieter Ehlermann, the former Director-General of the European Commission's Legal Service and Director-General for Competition and a former member of the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, and partners in Brussels, London, Frankfurt, Berlin and Washington DC.

If you would like assistance on these issues, contact a member of the Brexit Group indicated below.

Contact Details

Brussels
Bastion Tower, Place du Champ de Mars /
Marsveldplein 5 
BE 1050 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 285 49 00 (t)
+32 2 285 49 49 (f)

London
49 Park Lane
London, W1K 1PS United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7872 1000 (t)
+44 (0)20 7839 3537 (f)


Frankfurt

Ulmenstrasse 37-39
60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
+49 69 27 10 78 000 (t)
+49 69 27 10 78 100 (f)


Washington DC

1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20006
+1 202 663 6000 (t)
+1 202 663 6363 (f)


Berlin

Friedrichstr. 95
10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 20 22 64 00 (t)
+49 30 20 22 65 00 (f)

 

Publications & News

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November 30, 2016

The UK Decides to Ratify the UPC Agreement: The UPC and Unitary Patent to Proceed in 2017

Despite the Brexit vote, the UK has decided to ratify the UPC Agreement, and the UPC will now proceed in 2017. The opt-out sunrise period will likely commence in spring or summer 2017.

November 22, 2016

Brexit: Implications for State Aid/Control of Subsidies

A future Brexit is likely to have significant potential impact on the monitoring and control of subsidies or other forms of aid granted by the UK and/or the remaining EU-27 to individual companies or entire sectors of industry, or to promote specific policies.

October 20, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Brexit and Energy—Leaving the EU While Staying Connected

It is still not clear what position the UK will take in negotiations on leaving the EU and what the remaining EU-27 countries will accept.

October 20, 2016

Report: BREXIT Issue Launch

On 29 September 2016, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and Wolters Kluwer co-hosted a seminar in London to mark the launch of the special BREXIT issue of the Kluwer Journal of International Arbitration.

September 29, 2016

Brexit and Data Protection: The Impact on GDPR Compliance

As we wait for the UK to decide what arrangement it will seek with the European Union when it leaves, it may be useful to focus on what Brexit may mean for data protection. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law (Vol. 44, No. 10).

September 15, 2016

Brexit and Competition Law: What to Expect

While we wait for the UK to clarify what sort of relationship it will be seeking with the EU after Brexit, it may be useful to highlight what appear to be the main consequences for the enforcement of competition law.

July 20, 2016

The Effect of Brexit on UK Intellectual Property Protection and the Unified Patent Court and Practical Steps to Be Taken Now and in the Future

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. This will not affect the UK's position as one of the most important IP jurisdictions in Europe. However, leaving the European Union will have an impact on substantive IP law in the UK.

June 24, 2016

Brexit – Major Upheaval and Change

As the UK leaves the EU, in light of the seismic result of the recent United Kingdom referendum, there will be an immense amount to do, for the UK and the remaining EU, and for companies that are either based in, or have interests in the UK. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law (Vol. 44, No. 7).

Resources

  • Seminar to mark the publication of the special Brexit issue of the Journal of International Arbitration.
    Video recorded from a hosted discussion with the authors of the Special Issue. View the sessions