Consultancy

  • We provide direct counsel to corporate strategists and senior management. We act as a sounding board for business leaders on business development, public policy and regulations, market-entry, M&A and deal origination.

Content

  • We produce detailed research and analysis that informs our clients’ strategic decisions and directions. This includes market studies, reviews of global economic and political trends and assessments of policy and regulation.

Capital

  • We work with clients to raise funds, identify investment opportunities and source business partners through our global network. 

 

Where we add value

  • Testing an investment thesis - from a macro, regional or national view to individual assets.
  • Explaining a changing regulatory environment and developing strategies for navigating it.
  • Advising on business development opportunities in new markets, especially issues around market entry.
  • Helping business leaders get their messages across most effectively.

How we add value

  • Drawing on our experience in government and providing insights from our international networks in the private and public sector.
  • Providing direct counsel to strategists and senior management.
  • Producing board papers, analysis and research.
  • Acting as a sounding board for corporate leaders to debate strategic options.

 

Our experience

  • Global Counsel’s senior team brings together individuals with decades of experience in public policy making, government, finance and business. We combine deep understanding of policy making and regulation with a global network.
  • We have worked with companies in the financial services, energy, consumer goods, technology and media and industrials sectors. We have experience in Europe, Russia, China, the Gulf, South East Asia, and a growing network in the fastest growing African countries.

 

  • Our team comprises public policy specialists who speak a wide range of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese.

 

  • Lord Mandelson

    Chairman

     

    Lord Mandelson is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round. Prior to this, he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the British government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown between 1997 and 2010. He was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990. He is also President of the Policy Network think tank and Chairman of Lazard International.

  • Benjamin Wegg-Prosser

    Managing Partner

     

    Benjamin Wegg-Prosser has considerable experience in international media and politics. In 2007, Benjamin co-founded SUP Media, a Moscow-based digital media company, where he was Director of Corporate Development. Before moving to Russia in 2007, he was Director of Strategic Communications in the office of the British Prime Minister from 2005 to 2007. Prior to this, he held a number of commercial roles at the Guardian newspaper.

  • Stephen Adams

    Partner

     

    Stephen Adams has a decade of experience in European public policy and regulation, chiefly in the field of international economic policy , European integration and multilateralism. Previously, Stephen was a Vice President in the Executive Office of Goldman Sachs International. He was a senior policy adviser at the European Commission, where he was closely involved in the WTO Doha Round trade negotiation and worked on a wide range of bilateral and multilateral economic negotiation. Prior to this, Stephen was a policy adviser to senior politicians in Brussels.

  • Geoffrey Norris

    Senior Adviser

     

    Geoffrey Norris is an expert in energy and industrial policy and has been at the heart of business policy-making in the UK for the last decade. He was one of the key architects of Britain and Europe’s current approach to energy policy and climate change. Previously, Geoffrey was a special adviser at the UK Department of Business in Whitehall. Before this, he worked for more than ten years as the principal business adviser in 10 Downing Street to Prime Minister Tony Blair and subsequently to Gordon Brown.

  • Dan Conaghan

    Senior Adviser

     

    Dan Conaghan has extensive experience in corporate finance and asset management. Previously, he was a director of Glendevon King Asset Management, a London-based investment management company specialising in fixed income funds. Before joining GKAM, he was a director of KC Capital, a corporate finance company focusing on healthcare and leisure transactions. Prior to this, he was a director and member of the investment committee of NewMedia Spark PLC (now Spark Ventures PLC). In addition to his role as a Senior Adviser he is also a Director of Global Counsel Advisory Ltd.

  • Gregor Irwin

    Chief Economist

     

    Gregor Irwin has twenty years of experience working on international political, macroeconomic and financial issues. Over the past ten years he has held senior positions at the Bank of England, HM Treasury and most recently at the Foreign Office as the Chief Economist. He has worked on a wide range of countries, but with a particular focus on the major emerging economies and the Eurozone. Previously Gregor worked as an academic at Oxford University, where he completed his doctorate in economics, and for the strategy consultants Marakon Associates.

  • Duncan Buchanan

    Adviser

     

    Duncan Buchanan has a background in trade and investment, particularly in Asia. His most recent role was head of the South Asia team in UK Trade & Investment in London, prior to which he worked for UKTI in Beijing and the UK Department of Business between 2008 and 2009.

  • Alexander Smotrov

    Adviser

     

    Alexander Smotrov has a background in political, international and business journalism, covering energy, EU-Russian relations and Russian businesses across the globe. Previously, he was chief UK correspondent for the leading Russian news agency RIA Novosti between 2003 and 2013. Prior to this, he worked for RIA Novosti in Moscow.

  • Ying Staton

    Adviser

     

    Ying Staton has a background in international relations and development, particularly in Asia and Africa. She has worked in No.10 Downing Street under David Cameron and for the Department for International Development in London and overseas. Most recently she spent 2 years managing UK aid programmes in Uganda. She was born in Beijing and has degrees from Oxford and Yale universities.

  • Daniel Capparelli

    Associate Adviser

     

    Daniel is a Research Associate at the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) in Brussels, specialising in EU trade policy in financial services and financial regulation. Previously, Daniel was a researcher at the LSE International Trade Policy Unit where he advised the European Parliament on trade related issues. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in the political economy of financial services trade liberalisation at LSE, from where he has a Master’s degree in International Political Economy.

  • Matthew Duhan

    Associate Adviser

     

    Matthew Duhan researches energy issues and European politics, including the changing politics of energy in key markets. He has produced content for events focussing on EU-India relations and African business and policy. He has degrees from Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

  • Miranda Gilbert

    Associate Adviser

     

    Miranda Gilbert researches European and Russian media and political trends. She is also responsible for marketing. Previously she has lived and worked in Moscow and has a degree in Russian from Oxford University.

  • Monica Gojman

    Associate Adviser

     

    Monica has a background in Political Science and Marketing Communications with a regional focus on Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States. She was selected for the WPP Fellowship and is currently completing the second year of her rotation in business development at Global Counsel. Monica has a degree from The University of Pennsylvania and a joint minor degree from The Wharton School of Business.

  • Belma Ambrose

    Project Coordinator

     

    Belma has a background in international relations with a regional focus in East Asia. She has experience working for the US government as well as studying in China and Taiwan. She attended George Washington University in Washington DC, where she completed a master’s degree in International Trade and Investment Policy.

  • Roberto Robles

    Research Analyst

     

    Roberto researches political trends in Spain, Italy and elsewhere, and has a background in international relations and political science. He has previously worked for the European Union in Brussels and Bangkok. He has studied at Sussex University and University College London.

  • Maree Glass

    Executive Office Manager

     

    Maree Glass has a background in politics and event management. Between 2008 and 2010, she worked in the UK Department of Business. Previously, she worked in the private office team for Tony Blair. Prior to this, she held a number of roles in the UK Labour Party, including events management for the 2005 General Election campaign.

  • Carly Lees

    Finance Director

     

    Carly is a CPA qualified finance professional with over 15 years’ experience. Carly has held a number of senior positions in both Australia and the UK for public relations and other consulting firms. Previously, Carly has worked in companies across the WPP plc Group, including Axicom Ltd and Ogilvy PR.

  • Jessica Miller

    Administrative Assistant

     

    Jessica Miller supports the senior team and office manager in the day to day running of the office and our client services. Previously, Jessica has held roles supporting senior teams in engineering, recruitment and insurance.