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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.

Corporates

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

Private Equity

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

Funds

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

Policymakers

Contributing to public policy debate through commentary, analysis and convening events.

Analysis

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

5 Dec 2016
Author: 

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...

Trump, Iran and the future of the deal

30 Nov 2016
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Thomas
Gratowski

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Donald Trump may be a deal maker, but on the Iran nuclear deal he is a wild card. He has said he would police the strict implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran, which is President Obama’s primary foreign policy achievement. He has also said his top priority is to dismantle it. Such...

Trade Post-Brexit

21 Nov 2016
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Stephen
Adams

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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 meaning and implications of a hard Brexit for businesses, aiming to help them understand the role they may play in shaping this or an alternative outcome.

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The power of procedure: how might the UK parliament shape Brexit?

18 Nov 2016
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Leo
Ringer

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A contest for control of the Brexit process is playing out between the government and parliament in the UK. The complex, opaque rules of parliamentary procedure have suddenly become central to the ability of either side to dictate the tempo and content of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU....

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Tackling “fake” FDI: why China is clamping down on foreign acquisitions

9 Dec 2016
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Ying
Staton

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At the end of November, the Chinese government indicated that it intended to exert greater scrutiny over Chinese outbound investment. Draft policy papers released online outlined a new policy whereby government approval would be required for foreign acquisitions valued over US$10 billion, or US$1 billion if the target was considered to be outside of the acquirer’s core business.

Austria – does the centre still hold?

5 Dec 2016
Author: 

Roberto
Robles

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Once again, much of the European mainstream was relieved on Sunday evening, when – against expectations - the far-right FPŐ candidate was defeated by a 46-54 margin by the Green-backed independent Alexander Van der Bellen in the re-run of the second round of the presidential elections. Following the UK vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, the Austrian result has been hailed as a rare victory for liberal internationalism.

David Davis blurs the government line on migration

2 Dec 2016
Author: 

Tom
Smith

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In the 12 months before the EU referendum, migration to the UK remained at historically high levels, with a record 284,000 new settlers from the EU contributing to a net intake of 335,000. While this reflects the buoyancy of the British economy compared to the rest of the continent, it will create a headache for Theresa May in trying to balance implementing a referendum result implicitly predicated on public displeasure with high levels of migration with the demands of an economy increasingly driven by the availability of migrant labour.

Europe’s Energy Union: the house that Maroš and Miguel built

2 Dec 2016
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Matthew
Duhan

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This week’s ‘Winter Package’ of new energy and climate change legislation was described by an effusive European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič as “a Christmas present” for MEPs on the ITRE and ENVI committees. They will now be the envy of their legislation-starved peers.

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