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Mr. Edgelow has many years’ experience representing clients in a broad range of corporate, financial and commercial matters, with a particular focus on transactions relating to mergers and acquisitions. He has represented clients in a number of company and asset sales in addition to joint-venture structuring. He regularly handles cross-border transactions and has significant experience in the use of English law and English transaction documents as they pertain to M&A transactions, joint ventures and the acquisition of English companies by foreign investors.

He has acted as the lead corporate solicitor on several high-stakes matters, including advising a U.S. investment fund on the restructuring and sale of its UK division specialising in the manufacture and sale of satellite dishes. He was also the lead UK solicitor advising a global dairy brand on the English law aspects of a significant group restructuring.

The UK government’s reform of data protection laws and the mechanics of cross-border data transfers has accelerated in the first half of 2022.

Various European regulators, including the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have expressed an intent to more closely monitor compliance with the data transfer rules and impose potentially significant fines where breaches are uncovered – capped in the UK at the higher of £17m or 4% of group worldwide turnover.  US recipients of personal data gathered in the UK (whether from a group subsidiary or otherwise) should act now to assess their current compliance and plug any gaps.

In order for personal data gathered in the UK to be transferred, in a compliant manner, to the US a number of steps must be taken:

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The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (679/2016/EU), the GDPR, comes into force across the EU on 25 May 2018. As it is being made by regulation the GDPR, unlike the existing Data Protection Directive (implemented into the UK by the Data Protection Act 1998), will have direct effect throughout the EU. National governments will have some limited scope to tailor certain of its provisions to their jurisdiction. However, the GDPR will significantly harmonise the current national data protection laws across the EU.

Notwithstanding Brexit, the UK government has indicated its intention to implement the GDPR in full. The UK regulator’s (the Information Commissioner’s Office) powers and ability to work seamlessly with other national EU regulators will form a negotiation point in the coming Brexit deal.
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