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Global Counsel helps companies and investors across a wide range of sectors anticipate the ways in which politics, regulation and public policymaking create both risk and opportunity – and to develop and implement strategies to meet these challenges.

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Helping companies anticipate and adapt internally and externally to policy change.

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Providing politically and economically-informed analysis that builds quickly into an executable strategy.

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Testing investment theses and anticipating market changes driven by political events and policy changes.

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Analysis

Brexit and the future of UK immigration policy

16 Jan 2017
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Kirsty
Allan

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Tom
Smith

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has all but ruled out maintaining freedom of movement between the UK and EU post-Brexit. This implies a new migration system, providing recruitment challenges for a range of sectors from social care to agriculture. Businesses should now plan to adapt, but policy...

Who wants a universal basic income?

12 Jan 2017
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Gregor
Irwin

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Interest in a universal basic income is growing at both ends of the political spectrum, albeit for very different reasons. It is also attracting support, and some financial backing, from tech entrepreneurs. The flexibility of the concept explains why it has created such broad interest. It can...

China, the EU and ‘market economy status’: what happens now?

12 Dec 2016
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Guillaume
Ferlet

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Yesterday marked the deadline to solve the issue of China’s market economy status (MES) and yet nothing has changed in the EU rulebook. However, a reform package is on its way and will probably be agreed at some point in 2017. In the meantime, the EU will likely carry on as usual in anti-...

Trump, the Paris Agreement and the impact on climate change policy

5 Dec 2016
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Elizabeth
Beall

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US President-elect Donald Trump has wavered very little throughout his campaign in his stance on climate change – calling it a hoax and threatening to roll-back all regulations and funding supporting it. The Trump win in the midst of climate negotiations left many wondering just how far Trump...

Blog

How multi-speed can Europe be?

24 Mar 2017
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Carmen
Bell

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As European leaders head to Rome this weekend to contemplate the EU’s future, there is an elephant in the room, and it is not actually Brexit. It is the question of whether the EU is ultimately reaching the zenith of the harmonising push begun with the creation of the single market thirty years ago. The logic of Brussels has always been that unity follows uniformity. One of the more interesting subtexts in Rome will be the idea that one path to unity may be to accept – even encourage – differences.

Right and wrong kinds of populism?

23 Mar 2017
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Stephen
Adams

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We were lucky to have former MEP and Dutch Labour Party President Michiel van Hulten in to GC this week for a briefing on the Dutch election. Michiel provided plenty of food for thought, especially on the coalition-building dynamic over the weeks (months?) ahead. A couple of things stood out from the group’s discussion.

Erdogan and Europe: the long disengagement?

21 Mar 2017
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Thomas
Gratowski

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The Dutch election has set a precedent: It pays for ‘mainstream’ European politicians to take a tough line on Turkey, which has become the symbol for the challenges of immigration in many EU member states. Mark Rutte’s stand-off with Ankara was certainly a vote winner.

Talking politics in the windy city

20 Mar 2017
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During a trip to Chicago earlier this month, I reflected on the differences between my time in office and the present. Despite economic gains from globalisation, failures in politics and in policy have led to a crisis of confidence in global cooperation.

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