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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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Analysis

Hard and soft political risk: What FTSE-100 companies have to say

30 Jun 2017
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Gregor
Irwin

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The political environment facing large international businesses has rarely been more uncertain or more complicated. Over the past twelve months, the UK has voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump has become President of the United States, and Dilma Rousseff has been impeached and removed...

Strong Currents: Navigating the post-Brexit energy market

28 Jun 2017
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Matthew
Duhan

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In collaboration with Herbert Smith Freehills and The Boston Consulting Group, Global Counsel has co-authored a paper looking at the impact of Brexit on the energy sector in the UK and the EU. The paper identifies key energy and climate change policy implications as well as highlighting the role...

Customs union: soft Brexit or hard sell?

16 Jun 2017
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Stephen
Adams

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Jade
Rickman

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When Theresa May’s UK’s government was stripped of its majority in last week’s general election, the result was widely interpreted as a demand that the UK government focus on minimising the impact of its exit from the EU. One concrete consequence has been to put the question of customs union...

The EU banking union 5 years on

14 Jun 2017
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Carmen
Bell

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5 years have passed since the establishment of the banking union concept as the EU’s three-pillar response to breaking the sovereign-bank “doom loop” behind the EU sovereign debt crisis. Those five years have seen some advances, especially in the creation of a new single supervisor for the EU’s...

Blog

UK tuition fees: balancing the costs

20 Jul 2017
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Leo
Ringer

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The UK debate about tuition fees for university students can be seen as a triangulation of three sets of costs – private (to the graduate), public (to the taxpayer) and political (to the policymaker). The allocation of cost between the three actors has always been uneasy, and when the tension becomes unsustainable, change follows.

Brexit path dependency

10 Jul 2017
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Gregor
Irwin

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Unless you’re fond of ambling, it’s the choice of the destination that usually determines the path you take. The Brexit negotiation is no stroll in the park, but it now looks like one of those cases where it is the path that will determine where we end up.

Is Brussels starting to see the UK as a strategic competitor?

7 Jul 2017
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Carmen
Bell

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Speaking before the European Economic and Social Committee this week, European Commission Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier painted a black picture of a post-Brexit world in which the UK failed to come to terms with the EU. A return to WTO rules for trade between the two markets; high customs duties, burdensome controls and higher transport costs.

EU-Japan FTA: a very political agreement?

6 Jul 2017
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Guillaume
Ferlet

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It is now expected that the EU and Japan will use this week’s G20 summit to announce a political agreement on an FTA between the two sides after four years of negotiating. This is certainly big news in the generally calm waters of global trade negotiations.

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