Our Work

EU/Eurozone

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Eurogroup-Greece financial negotiations.
  • Financial markets policy.
  • Next steps for Eurozone banking union.
  • Implications of the EU retail financial services agenda within capital markets union.
  • EU regulatory framework for digital business.
  • Prospects for Energy Union.
  • Prospective EU granting of market economy status to China.

Facebook’s political brand repair

Date: 
25 May 2018

Facebook’s recent decision to run newspaper adverts promoting the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which enters into force today, have raised some eyebrows. It is, of course, interesting to see one of the world’s largest technology companies resorting to old fashioned long-copy.

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Asia

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Indonesia: regulatory initiatives to develop domestic capital markets.
  • India: 2015 budget and reform of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • China: regulatory responses to ongoing mark-up volatility.
  • Iran: prospects for negotiations and sanctions

UK and Japan: Splitting the nuclear bill?

Date: 
11 May 2018

Last week, UK prime minister, Theresa May, met with the CEO of Hitachi, Hiroaki Nakanishi, to discuss how to finance the new Horizon nuclear plant at Wylfa in Anglesey. The meeting went under the radar at the time, but what has become clear is that Hitachi and Japan are confronting the UK with a political and policy dilemma.

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Russia & CIS

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Variable impacts of US, EU and Russia sanctions on international investors.
  • Consequences of localisation agenda on supply chains.
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Africa

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Uganda: new prudential regulatory framework for insurance.
  • Evolving regulatory framework for African insurance markets.
  • Prospects for private equity investment in the agricultural sector.

Pravin Gordhan and what happens next in South Africa

Date: 
21 Oct 2016

In his time Pravin Gordhan has played many roles: pharmacist; anti-apartheid activist; prisoner; chief taxman; and finance minister not once, but twice. In South Africa’s current political morality play he is cast as the martyr – fending off what many see as politically motivated accusations of fraud from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prevent him exposing unsavoury dealings between President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family.

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UK

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Brexit: the UK/EU referendum.
  • The productivity agenda: thought-leadership on the productivity debate.
  • UK housing policy: investor due diligence in the buy-to-let property market.
  • Competition policy in retail banking.

Facebook’s political brand repair

Date: 
25 May 2018

Facebook’s recent decision to run newspaper adverts promoting the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which enters into force today, have raised some eyebrows. It is, of course, interesting to see one of the world’s largest technology companies resorting to old fashioned long-copy.

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ASEAN

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • ASEAN insurance markets integration and regulation.
  • Prospects for Indonesian telecoms sectors.
  • Impact of IMDB crisis in Malaysia.
  • Impact of EUTR activation on Indonesian timber industry.
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Americas

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • USA - TTIP prospects.
  • Brazil - implications of Petrobras scandal.

Iran deal: If Trump pulls out, business gets drawn in

Date: 
4 May 2018

Time is running out for the Iran nuclear deal. Trump’s self-imposed 12 May deadline, by which he wants to decide whether to continue waving sanctions lifted under the nuclear agreement, is just a week away. It appears increasingly unlikely that European proposals will prevent Trump from re-imposing sanctions.

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Multilateral

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Sectoral impacts of TPP and EU-Japan FTAs.
  • COP21 outcomes and implications.
  • Implications of Iranian P5+1 agreement.
  • Evolution of international carbon disclosure frameworks.

Has the EU lost its nerve on US retaliation?

Date: 
23 May 2018

The EU’s temporary exemption from the Trump administration’s Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminium comes to an end on June 1st. When Washington first announced it was moving to impose blanket tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, back in March, Brussels was quick to react with warnings of retaliatory tariffs.

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