Asia

Global Counsel’s work in Asia focuses on cross-border trade and investment issues between Asia and Europe. From the inception of the business, we have worked with Asian companies going global and with multinationals seeking to take advantage of the dynamic growth of Asia’s markets.

Drawing on the resources of our office in Singapore as well as the team in London, we have supported Asian corporates and investors to address market access challenges and to realise investment opportunities in Europe, and European and American multinationals to develop strategies in line with the political and policy realities in Asia. We work on long-term policy and reputational challenges, politically-driven events and on specific transactions.

Our clients have included multinationals, Asian family-owned businesses, state-owned companies, start-ups and funds.

Analysis & Blogs

EU-Japan FTA: a very political agreement?

6 Jul 2017

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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Europe and China’s looming investment conflict

9 Mar 2017

If you want to understand the state of the EU-China economic relationship, then reading the analysis of China’s Manufacturing 2025 strategy by the European Chamber of Commerce in China is a great place to start. It does not bother with the usual, dry statistical analysis of export growth rates and bilateral deficits.

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Identity politics and the Jakarta Governor election

24 Feb 2017

The race for the governorship of Jakarta is almost over. The leadership of the capital is arguably the biggest job under the President and a platform for national leadership, and this race is setting the tone for national politics in important ways, so it is worth watching closely.

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Will Britain lose Dyson to Singapore?

21 Feb 2017

Last week Dyson announced the opening of a new £330 million R&D centre in Singapore. The focus of the centre, home to Dyson’s new Global Technology Centre of Excellence, is on commercialising Dyson’s technology for global markets, including, for example, for use in smart homes.

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Carney and Bloomberg’s climate competent market

16 Dec 2016

The G20 Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures report sets out a  framework to help companies explain the potential impacts of climate change – and the efforts to tackle it – on their business.

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

9 Dec 2016

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.

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Asia Team

Anjuli
Gidwani

Senior Associate

Anjuli is a Senior Associate in Global Counsel’s Singapore office. She has a background in International Studies and Economics and has lived and worked in Singapore, Indonesia, the US, and the UK.

Belma
Ambrose

Head of Delivery

Belma is Head of Delivery. At Global Counsel, Belma works closely with the senior team to oversee client and research workflow, along with the identification, tracking and development of business development efforts.

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