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.

Anglo-German relations and the EU question

Date: 
19 Oct 2017

Brexit was conspicuous by its absence in the German election campaign. Migration, Islam and relations with Turkey dominated the only TV debate in early September. Relations with the second largest European economy were not even mentioned once. The EU itself also hardly figured in the campaign, beyond the usual vague commitments to the union, and having more of it.

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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
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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.

Cybersecurity regulation gets personal

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Date: 
31 Aug 2017

UK government proposals on cybersecurity in the automotive sector highlight how one unexpected outcome of digitisation could be the introduction of strict corporate governance rules previously unseen outside of the financial services sector.

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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.

NAFTA Plus? TPP Minus?

Date: 
27 Jul 2017

In publishing its NAFTA objectives last week, the Trump administration finally set the stage for a renegotiation after months of delay in Washington. The text of the announcement, which provides some sense of what a Trump-style NAFTA might look like, invites several observations.

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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.

Australia’s European opportunity

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Date: 
20 Oct 2017

While in Australia at the start of this month, one question that came up repeatedly was how Australia should approach its trade relationship with Europe. Australia is on the verge of launching a formal trade negotiation with the EU. This comes just as the UK is negotiating its exit from the EU, which is why Australia is also ‘scoping’ a future deal with Britain. Australia must therefore decide how to balance its interests between the bit of the EU where the economic relationship is strongest - the UK - and the other 27 states.

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