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08 Feb 2021

Edward Grange quoted in FT on Mike Lynch fighting extradition to US

Partner Edward Grange has been quoted in the Financial Times following the news that British Tech entrepreneur Mike Lynch is fighting extradition to the US, following being charged with 14 counts of conspiracy and fraud lined to the sale of his former company, Autonomy, to Hewlett-Packard in 2011.

Edward said that “if Lynch was successful, it would show that British courts were sufficiently robust to stand up to the continued over-reach of US jurisdiction.”

Grange added that “the case had concerned many UK executives, who feared that the fallout from business deals could see them being hauled before US courts many years later.”

However, he noted that “if Lynch avoided extradition, the US might increase its pressure on UK prosecutors to investigate more complex cases. It could cause the DoJ to say that if the courts are not going to extradite suspects then domestic law enforcement agencies are going to have to step up.”

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