• 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.


  • 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.


  • 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



    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. He became President of the Great Britain China Centre in 2015, this non-departmental public body encourages dialogue and collaboration between Britain and China.

  • 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



    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.

  • 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.

  • Alexander Smotrov



    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



    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.

  • Matthew Duhan



    Matthew Duhan focusses on European energy issues and has advised oil and gas majors on policy and political risk in key markets. He also has a regional focus on Africa, helping investors and corporates with market entry strategies and producing content for international African business and policy events. He has degrees from Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

  • Tom White



    Tom White has more than ten years of experience working in the British government in London, Brussels and Vienna. He has expertise in the political and economic aspects of industrial policy and EU single market regulation, most recently in the area of financial services.

  • Conan D’Arcy



    Conan D’Arcy has a background in technology and trade policy, with a particularly focus on EU legislation and international standards. He was most recently adviser to the UK Deputy Prime Minister on trade, innovation and the European Union and previously worked in Brussels advising senior MEPs on financial services regulation and international trade negotiations.

  • 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.

  • Belma Ambrose

    Associate Adviser


    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.

  • Thomas Gratowski

    Associate Adviser


    Thomas Gratowski has a background in political science and economics, particularly in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to completing a master’s degree in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC, Thomas spent a year in Lebanon and also worked for the German Bundestag. Most recently, Thomas worked at the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa department.

  • Roberto Robles

    Associate Adviser


    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.

  • Janet Akala

    Finance Director


    Janet is a finance professional with over 14 years’ experience. Janet has a background in financial services and has previously held senior positions covering finance & operations within asset management, investment banking and brokerage. Prior to this, Janet worked for international companies including JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Swissquote Ltd.

  • Jonathan Lissemore

    Network Manager


    Jonathan has a background in marketing and event management primarily in the finance sector. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds Chartered Marketer status (ACIM). He has most recently worked for State Super Financial Services in Sydney, Australia. Prior to this he worked at Informa in 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.

  • Siham Begdouri

    Executive Office Assistant


    Siham Begdouri has over ten years’ experience in events management and office support. She has worked for a number of high profile organisations in the hospitality and finance sectors. Siham supports the Chairman and senior team.

  • Laurene Mwamolenge

    Executive Team Assistant


    Laurene Mwamolenge supports the senior team and office manager in the day to day running of the office and our client services. Laurene recently completed a two year art scholarship in New York and has experience as a PA in recruitment and events coordination.