Tom King

Tom
King

Practice Lead, Political Due Diligence

Tom is a Practice Lead at Global Counsel, with over a decade of political and policy experience. He served as a caseworker and researcher over two parliaments, before helping to establish specialist political due diligence as a key service for UK investors. Tom has advised on over 100 private equity deals across diverse sectors. He has also worked in anti-corruption, investigative journalism and information advocacy at global policy forums, as well as in the Western Balkans and in the USA.

At Global Counsel, Tom continues to provide investment-focused expertise, guiding clients seeking to understand international and domestic policy frameworks and the political and regulatory initiatives that can shape markets. He also supports a number of clients across our practices, currently focusing on healthcare, education and financial services.

Articles by Tom King on the GC Blog and GC analysis

The other leadership race that really matters

Author: 
King
13 Jun 2019
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Region: 
UK

There is only one cast-iron certainty in British politics. That is that whoever replaces Theresa May in Downing Street this summer will be faced with the same set of problems. Of course, the identity of the prime minister matters. But it is not likely to change the questions facing MPs of all parties come the autumn.

Policy beyond Brexit: important or irrelevant?

Author: 
King
3 Jun 2019
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Region: 
UK

With a list of candidates longer than your leg, the Conservative leadership contest is now in full swing. Unsurprisingly, many of the candidates’ public statements – and the questions they’re being asked by the media – relate to the looming question of Brexit. You might think in this context that talking about the details of government, like taxation and public spending, is rather like talking about the weather when there’s a spaceship overhead. Nonetheless, some brave souls are taking that challenge on. Last week two major reports have emerged that may help to guide whoever grasps the chalice – poisoned or not – that awaits them in Downing Street.

The speaker, government and parliament: do two wrongs make a right?

Author: 
King
10 Jan 2019
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Region: 
UK

Sovereignty is a tricky word. It’s misused or abused almost as often as it’s used – and it’s been used far more since the UK’s EU referendum date was set almost three years ago. Despite its nebulous character, it gets at the heart of something every human cares about: Who governs me? Who represents me? Who is in control?

Might the UK's investor visa end in tiers?

Author: 
King
7 Dec 2018
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Region: 
UK

The immigration debate in the UK has traditionally focused on the lower end of the labour market. The movement of large numbers of workers from across Europe and from further afield to take up roles in the UK economy captures attention from the media and the public. But the announcement that the Home Office is suspending the less familiar Tier 1 (Investor) immigration route until further notice shows it isn’t just baristas, farmhands or electricians who could be affected by a post-Brexit clampdown.