Analysis

Rules of origin in an EU-UK FTA: A ‘hidden hard Brexit’ for food and drink exporters?

16 Mar 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

The imposition of rules of origin on trade between the EU and the UK is often poorly understood as an important factor in managing the impact of a UK exit from the EU. While it is generally expected that the UK and the EU will ultimately trade with each other on a largely or completely tariff-...

Global Counsel Brexit dashboard Q1 2018

12 Mar 2018
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

This is the first issue of the Global Counsel Brexit dashboard. 21 months on from the vote – and with just 12 months before the UK leaves the EU – we can now take the macro pulse of the economy, using a balanced set of 15 indicators, each quarter. We are not attempting to isolate the impact of...

Pricing sustainability: the financial sector’s role in green finance

Author: 
2 Mar 2018
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

Sustainable finance refers to a financial service that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into business and investment decision-making.While market-driven initiatives currently set the metrics for this area, its uptake by financial regulators has been slow. In the...

How can Chinese investors and entrepreneurs navigate populism in the West?

Author: 
28 Feb 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK,
Asia

Inequalities are increasing amongst people in Europe and the US; this is having a profound impact on politics, creating resentments and instability; and this is impacting the way in which policymakers see China. It is putting trade and investment relations with China under closer scrutiny. This...

Foreign Investment: Rising Tides of Politics in Regulation

28 Feb 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK,
Asia

Recent years have seen important global shifts in both the policy frameworks for screening inward foreign investment and the way in which they are applied. These shifts come against a backdrop of protectionist political rhetoric and anxieties about the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI)...

Supporting Europe’s Economies and Citizens - A modern approach to financial services in an EU-UK Trade Agreement

19 Jan 2018
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

In September 2017, Global Counsel and Clifford Chance published with UK Finance a detailed set of proposals for the financial services content of a possible future EU-UK FTA.

The proposals offered a possible answer to the difficult question of how the EU and the UK might preserve some...

Smooth crossings? The policy tools for a post-Brexit customs border

12 Dec 2017
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

The last few months have seen a growing awareness of the challenge facing both the EU and the UK in adapting their customs processing systems for the reimposition of a hard border[1] between the two sides once they are no...

Politics, populism and trust in business: discussions for the boardroom

11 Dec 2017
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Region: 
Multilateral

Over Summer 2017, EY and Global Counsel collaborated on a project reviewing the challenges posed for UK boards and managers by political populism. EY have just published some of these reflections as part of their regular Corporate Governance Latest Insights Series. 
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