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Analysis

The future of UK trade policy: the case for regulatory diplomacy

9 Sep 2016
Authors: 

Stephen
Adams

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Daniel
Capparelli

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It is widely accepted that services, and financial services in particular, are a key comparative advantage of the UK. A full quarter of UK services exports are financial or insurance services. This is an asset and a liability. Much of this financial services trade is potentially exposed to the...

Europe and Brexit

7 Sep 2016
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Stephen
Adams

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As part of Global Counsel's collaboration with DLD in the inaugural DLDeurope event in Brussels, we have put together a note looking at some of the implications of Brexit on the wider EU.

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British trade policy after Brexit: ruthless prioritisation required

15 Aug 2016
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Gregor
Irwin

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UK trade policy will require ruthless prioritisation if scarce diplomatic resources are to be deployed to the best possible effect. We provide advice based on a series of metrics. The US and China should be the top priorities, although for different reasons. The government should not spend too...

UK energy policy and Brexit

5 Aug 2016
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Matthew
Duhan

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Brexit has the potential to increase significantly the UK’s autonomy in making energy and climate change policy. How much will largely depend on the prior question of what, if any, relationship the UK has with the EU’s internal energy market. Broadly, there are three options: membership, access...

Blog

Will the EU's new cybersecurity law prevent another Yahoo?

23 Sep 2016
Author: 

Conan
D'Arcy

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The data security world has been rocked by Yahoo’s revelation that it had been the victim of a “state sponsored” hack leading to the exposure of 500 million user accounts. Beyond the sheer scale of the breach, its significance lies in the apparent lack of transparency with users, who were only notified this week when the incident is reported to have occurred in 2014.

United Russia victory as a silver bullet for PM Medvedev

22 Sep 2016
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Alexander
Smotrov

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Where once it was assumed that Russian Prime Minister Medvedev would move on after polling day, he is now guaranteed his position at the top table as Russia continues to navigate choppy political and economic waters. With President Putin now looking ahead to the next election campaign, Medvedev seems to have secured a role alongside him, the ‘tandem’ has actually renewed itself.

EU-UK (Un) Free Trade Agreement

20 Sep 2016
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Stephen
Adams

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The negotaion of a future EU-UK deal will turn the conventional logic of FTA negotiations on its head. One of the consistent themes of the UK referendum campaign on EU membership was just how hard it would be to re-establish trading terms between the two sides if the UK was outside the EU. Opponents of exit warned that it could take many years for the EU and the UK to negotiate a ‘Free Trade Agreement’ (FTA).

Investors raising the bar for ESG disclosures

16 Sep 2016
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Mollie
Brennan

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Everyday it seems there is another responsible investment framework, or new updates to comply with. Investors have driven the creation of these frameworks – now they need to drive their consolidation

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