Global Counsel’s senior team are former public policymakers with backgrounds in a wide range of business-critical policy areas including: financial services, energy, technology, media and competition regulation. They have worked in national governments, European institutions and in cross-border policy areas including foreign affairs and trade. They have a range of international backgrounds and speak more than a dozen languages.
The Global Counsel Team:
Peter 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.
Peter is President of the Great Britain China Centre, this non-departmental public body encourages dialogue and collaboration between Britain and China, and is President of the German British Forum, the UK’s primary bilateral forum for promoting dialogue on German-British business, social and political issues. He is Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University and is also President of the Policy Network think tank and Senior Adviser to Lazard.
Benjamin is Global Counsel’s managing partner and co-founder and leads the business. He supports clients on market access issues in Europe and Asia and leads client teams working on issues ranging from technology to natural resources.
Benjamin has a background in business and politics with a career split between working in the media and government. His last role in government was as the Director of Strategic Communications for the British Prime Minister between 2005-7, before that he worked in the Department of Trade and Industry and the Cabinet Office. His business career includes roles in publishing in both the UK and Russia.
Paul has an extensive knowledge of financial services. He served as a minister in the British Government between 2008 and 2010, at the Treasury as Financial Secretary.
His corporate roles have included directorships of NatWest, Lloyd's of London and the Bank of New York. He previously served on the Court of the Bank of England and the board of Singapore's GIC. He is currently a general partner of Cevian, the largest "activist" fund in Europe, a director of CQS and RIT Capital Partners and a managing partner for Autonomous Research. He has chaired a number of public companies including Marks & Spencer, Land Securities and The Guardian Media Group. He is currently Chairman of Windmill Hill Asset Management.
He has also chaired Tate and The Low Pay Commission and is a past President of The Howard League for Penal Reform. He sits as an unaligned crossbencher in the House of Lords.
Stephen is a partner in Global Counsel and its lead consultant on European and multilateral issues, with a particular focus on financial services, trade and wider EU single market issues. He leads teams advising Global Counsel clients navigating EU and UK policymaking and politics, and anticipating and adapting to banking and insurance policy changes in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Stephen has more than a decade of experience in European public policy and regulation, chiefly in the field of international economic policy, financial services policy and European integration. He has advised senior politicians and policymakers in roles in the European Parliament, European Commission and Whitehall on a range of business policy and trade issues, generally with a focus on cross-border issues. He has also been an Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, based in London. Stephen is an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Department of Political Science at University College London.
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John has spent his career growing and supporting businesses in ASEAN. He currently sits on the board of a number of ASEAN corporates including Mapletree Industrial Fund, NSL Ltd, KrisEnergy and Abaca Capital PTE Ltd.
He has over thirty years’ experience in investment banking and law and was previously a director and senior advisor for Goldman Sachs. Prior to this, John spent almost 20 years as a lawyer, including a period in the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers office. He has invested and advised on buyouts in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London.
In the public sector, John was Deputy Director of the Commercial Affairs Department in Singapore’s Ministry of Finance.
Gregor leads on economic analysis at Global Counsel. His recent client work includes analysis of the impact on international firms of sanctions and low oil prices in Russia, the potential impact of Brexit on businesses in countries across the EU, and the opportunities and risks for business from a relaxation of sanctions in Iran.
Before joining Global Counsel, Gregor was for six years the Chief Economist of the British Foreign Ministry. He has also worked for the Bank of England and the British Treasury on international economic and financial issues. In his earlier career, Gregor worked in the private sector as a consultant for the strategy firm Marakon Associates, where he served clients in financial services, and as an academic at Oxford University.
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Christopher is a finance and accounting professional with over fifteen years’ experience. His background is in financial and management accounting, working at companies of differing sizes from start-ups to multinational corporations in retail, entertainment and technology, where he held senior positions covering finance, operations and compliance.
Most recently, Christopher has worked at a PE backed start-up technology company and helped it to commercialise the concept and successfully roll out the operations in Europe, USA and Canada.
Geoffrey is GC’s lead consultant on business and industrial policymaking, with a particular focus on energy.
Geoffrey 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. He 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.
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Belma is focused on managing the delivery of client work at Global Counsel, supporting the senior team on business development and taking on special projects for the firm. She has a particular focus on South Asia and ASEAN, including leading the delivery of Global Counsel’s annual European-Indian private forum that brings together decision makers and opinion formers from both sides, as well as providing advice to a major international paper and pulp producer based in Indonesia.
Belma has experience working in Washington DC, having interned for the US Department of State, Senate and House of Representatives, as well as within the non-governmental sector with positions in business development at Plan International. She also spent a year in Taipei, Taiwan, where she learnt Mandarin.
Leo advises companies and investors on medium term political, regulatory and economic risks and opportunities, with a particular focus on the UK. He works with financial services providers and manufacturers, and on cross-cutting issues including tax, corporate governance and economic policy. He also specialises in advising investors on the political and policy risk associated with assets and targets in the UK.
Before joining Global Counsel, Leo was economic adviser to two Secretaries of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK, Vince Cable and Sajid Javid. Prior to this, he was the Head of Policy at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) responsible for financial services, corporate governance, tax and fiscal policy. He has also worked at think tanks, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and New Philanthropy Capital.
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Ying leads Global Counsel’s work in Asia and works with corporate clients to build stronger links between businesses and markets in Asia and Europe, covering issues including trade, infrastructure, supply chain management and sustainability, as well as more general political and regulatory risk. In particular she focuses on ASEAN and China. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Ying is an expert in the politics and economics of emerging economies and has a background in international relations, public policy and development that spans Europe, Asia and Africa. She has advised UK Prime Ministers and other senior UK politicians, having started her career in the British Government where she held a number of roles in the UK Department for International Development in London and in Africa and in 10 Downing Street.
Tom advises Global Counsel clients in navigating EU and UK politics, with a particular focus on the policy and investment frameworks for the financial services, manufacturing, technology, media and telecoms sectors.
Tom has more than a decade of experience in the UK Government leading on issues directly affecting the business environment. His roles included overseas postings to Vienna and Brussels, where he was responsible for negotiating international agreements on single market regulation and common policies on tax and inward investment.
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Kirsty specialises in advising investors on political risks in UK and EU politics, and policy associated with assets in the UK. She also gives advice on opportunities at the point of investment and on strategies to manage political change through an investment cycle.
Prior to joining Global Counsel, Kirsty worked for a political consultancy, advising private equity on the political risks of investments and working on a range of deals spanning a variety of sectors and jurisdictions. She has worked in UK politics for 4 years, for two former Ministers of State, from the Home Office and the Department of Health. She has also worked for the National Audit Office and for policy think tank, ResPublica.
Elizabeth advises on policymaking in natural resource management, supply chain management in agriculture and forestry sectors, climate change, and sustainability.
Elizabeth has over a decade of experience in sustainable land use, climate change, and food security issues. Elizabeth has served as a technical adviser to the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and to the Food and Agriculture Organization where she has specialised in responsible investment, tenure rights, smallholder engagement, and climate change. Prior to joining the UN system, Elizabeth held a range of roles working in private consulting, development finance, and environmental advocacy throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Based at Global Counsel’s Brussels office, Carmen helps clients navigate the EU institutions and has extensive experience working with European policymakers and participating in European Commission expert groups. She has particular expertise in EU financial services regulation, built up over nearly a decade in Brussels working on issues affecting the insurance, asset management and pensions industries, including cross-sectoral issues such as digitisation and climate change.
Carmen joined Global Counsel from Insurance Europe and previously worked as an attorney in the United States representing multinational pharmaceutical companies, as well as at a boutique law firm performing insurance defence litigation and dispute resolution.
Daniel is part of Global Counsel’s trade and financial services advisory teams, with a specialist focus on cross border and regulatory issues in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. He advises Global Counsel clients on EU trade policymaking and politics, and anticipating and adapting financial services policy changes in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Daniel has worked on international trade and financial services policy issues for over a decade with a particular focus on market access and rules frameworks for insurance. He has advised the European Parliament Trade Committee on market access and financial regulation, including on the ratification of financial services chapters in EU trade agreements such as the EU-Korea FTA.
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Conan is the lead adviser at Global Counsel on technology, media and telecommunications policy. He has advised large tech, telecommunications and financial services clients on merger and acquisition decisions in the European Commission, data protection legislation and the impact of new technological platforms on EU and global regulation.
Conan has experience of working in both Whitehall and Brussels as a political and legislative adviser. Before joining Global Counsel, he was Special Adviser to the British Deputy Prime Minister on technology, trade and the European Union and, prior to this, spent several years as a political adviser in the European Parliament to senior MEPs on international trade and financial services legislation.
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Matthew is Global Counsel’s lead adviser on energy issues, with a focus on UK and EU energy policy, power market reform and wider Energy Union issues. He advises Global Counsel clients on understanding the impact of changing policy and regulation on their businesses, and navigating the transition to a decarbonised European energy sector. Matthew also works with Global Counsel clients in understanding political and policy risk in African markets, with a particular focus on East Africa.
Matthew is an expert in European energy policy and regulation, and has advised a number of Europe’s largest energy companies on projects ranging from interconnectors to the geopolitics of oil and gas. He has also worked with a number of multinationals and investors across sub-Saharan Africa, helping them understand macro political and economic trends to inform investment decisions.
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Tom advises Global Counsel’s investor clients on navigating UK and EU politics, policy and regulatory frameworks. Tom specialises in health, education and business services policy and also works across financial services, energy and TMT. He advises investors on political risk and opportunity at the point of investment and on strategies to accommodate the consequences of political change throughout the investment cycle.
Tom has ten years’ experience in UK politics, working in the Westminster Parliament and then for a political consultancy advising the private equity community. Tom has advised on over 50 private equity deals, on both the buy and sell side, across a range of sectors and geographies.
Alexander is Global Counsel’s lead advisor on Russia, the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe. He has sectoral expertise in the TMT, pharmaceuticals, aviation and travel industries. He has advised Global Counsel clients on Russian market entry, the impact of Russian sanctions and navigating Russian policymaking. He also handles media relations for Global Counsel.
Prior to joining Global Counsel, Alexander worked as chief UK correspondent at the leading Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, since 2003. Before that, he worked for RIA Novosti in Moscow and Prague.
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Guillaume specialises in international trade policy and politics, and advises clients on various trade issues as part of the Global Counsel team in London.
He has previously worked at the European Commission (DG Trade) handling inter-institutional negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement. He has also held responsibility for trade defence instruments at law firms in both Brussels and São Paulo.
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Based in the Singapore office, Anjuli has a particular focus on ASEAN markets, and assists with clients based in the region. She has working proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia and Hindi.
Anjuli has a background in international studies and economics, and has lived and worked in Indonesia, Singapore, the US, and the UK. Prior to Global Counsel, she worked at the US-ASEAN Business Council, the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C., and at financial institutions in Southeast Asia.
Thomas is a specialist in analysis of emerging markets. In recent projects, he has helped Global Counsel clients understand the political economy of one of Europe’s largest manufacturing sectors and advised clients on sanctions, political risks and commercial opportunities during and after the nuclear negotiations with Iran. He has also helped investors in the energy sector understand political and macroeconomic risks in a number of large emerging market economies.
Prior to joining Global Counsel, Thomas worked in the office of a member of the German Bundestag, on a research project of the National Bureau of Economic Research and for the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa department, where he was part of the strategy team for Egypt and focused on policies to attract FDI and create economic opportunities in lagging regions.
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Jade advises Global Counsel clients on a range of UK public policy and political issues, with a focus on the energy and manufacturing sectors. She is currently working on Brexit, advising businesses on changes to the UK’s trading and policy relationship with the EU, as well as on the government’s overhaul of the UK’s industrial strategy.
Before joining Global Counsel, Jade was the UK policy lead on Brexit at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), having previously worked on energy policy. She has also worked for an MP in Westminster and for an NGO in Brussels.
Roberto advises Global Counsel clients on political risk and policy trends in Europe and elsewhere. He has a particular expertise in the politics of the EU and is a specialist in analysing polling data. Recent projects include assisting a technology company understand the labour market landscape in Europe, and helping an EU trade association develop a new evidence base for engagement with government.
Before Global Counsel, Roberto worked in the office of a Member of the European Parliament, as a researcher in a foreign policy think tank, and in the EU Delegation to Thailand and Myanmar where he analysed political and economic developments in the two countries.
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Mollie supports Global Counsel with research and analysis. Prior to joining Global Counsel, Mollie worked in Russia and the CIS, where she learnt Russian. She has a degree in history and has previously worked with educational organisations in the third sector.
Niall assists with the organisation and implementation of Global Counsel projects. He recently completed a degree in French and Russian and has experience working in various sectors in the UK, France and Russia.
India supports GC client teams with research, analysis and data visualisation. She recently completed a degree in International Relations and has worked in Asia in both the public and third sector.
Maree oversees the running of Global Counsel’s London office and helps coordinate travel and logistics for the senior Global Counsel team. She has a background in campaign and events management and has worked in the UK Labour Party, the Westminster Parliament, No 10 Downing Street and the private office of Tony Blair. She has had roles in a number of national election campaigns, including events management for the successful Labour campaign in the 2005 UK General election.
Richard is Global Counsel’s in-house legal adviser. He trained with Linklaters and had secondments to their Hong Kong and New York offices, as well as to the global markets division of a leading investment bank.
Before joining Global Counsel, Richard was a partner with Ashurst for 15 years, specialising in international finance matters, followed by in-house roles in the asset management and infrastructure sectors.
Haris is a part-qualified accountant working within the finance team. He graduated from BPP with a degree in Professional Accounting and is currently working towards his ACCA professional qualifications.
Before joining Global Counsel, Haris gained experience within a finance team in an SME. He works alongside the Director of Finance & Operations to assist with day to day tasks.
Danielle supports Global Counsel’s senior team and Advisers, whilst also assisting with marketing activities. Prior to joining Global Counsel, Danielle worked at a tech start-up as a part of their operations team. She has a degree in Classical Civilisation.