Our Work

EU/Eurozone

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Assessment of EU impacts of proposed US Section 301 measures targeting China for UK and EU clients 
  • Political risk assessment of the Italian election outcome for a major investment fund
  • Assessment of the evolution of international carbon disclosure frameworks for a large EU fund manager 
  • Commissioned public analysis of ‘rules of origin’ requirements in a future UK-EU trade agreement for the food and drink sector
  • Identification of potential reforms to the EU-Turkey customs union for a large automotive manufacturer
  • Strategic planning support on the EU and international tax agenda for a multinational telecoms provider
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Asia

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Support for a clean technology start up in establishing its first plant in Southeast Asia
  • Political analysis of trends in alcohol regulation in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines for a multinational FMCG
  • Overseeing international stakeholder engagement for a major producer of forest commodities in Indonesia
  • Due diligence on potential investment partners in the Chinese retail and media and technology sectors
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Russia & CIS

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Risk assessment of policy and regulatory changes in Russia and CIS for a number of Western technology companies
  • Assessment of political progress in judicial reforms and anti-corruption efforts in Central and Eastern Europe for EU and US clients
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Africa

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Overview of political and regulatory risk for foreign direct investment in Tunisia’s energy sector  
  • Regulatory risk map development for a major multinational financial services provider in 6 SSA markets
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UK

Work undertaken in the last 12 months:

  • Buy-side political due diligence on large UK social care provider 
  • White paper on impact of digitisation on UK retail banking for a UK fintech provider
  • Brexit mitigation planning for global FMCG with UK operations
  • Business rates strategy for co-working office space provider
  • Regulatory & stakeholder advice for large inbound financial services acquisition
  • Assessment of the implications of a change of government in the UK for a major global fund manager

The new speaker of the British House of Commons could influence the Brexit outcome

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20 Sep 2019

In modern times, the speaker of the House of Commons has not been a significant determinant of political outcomes in the UK. This makes the current speaker, John Bercow, an unusual figure. Whilst navigating the fraught Brexit process, he has authorised several procedural innovations that have enabled backbench MPs to commandeer control of the chamber from the government.

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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:

  • Political and regulatory due diligence for a foreign direct investment in Bolivia’s energy sector 
  • Regulatory due diligence for a private equity investment in the US adult education sector 
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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.

Push and pull economics of climate investor activism

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Date: 
19 Sep 2019

Bill Gates says climate activists are wasting their time trying to encourage divestment from companies involved with fossil fuels. The impact on emissions to date, according to Gates, is probably zero. Instead, activists should focus their efforts on backing new technologies that will either slow carbon emissions or reduce their impact on the climate. In short, more financial push and less pull is needed by climate activists.

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