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

Crimea: lost but not found

Date: 
25 Mar 2019

Last week marked the fifth anniversary of the Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine (referred to as “accession” in Russia itself). President Putin descended on to Crimean soil to mark the date by opening new power stations while Moscow staged a three-day street festival to remember the Crimean “homecoming”.

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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

Falling flat: lessons from the 2018 UK CO2 shortage

10 Apr 2019

The critical CO2 shortage experienced by the UK last summer was caused by a combination of increased demand – with England’s progress at the World Cup and an unprecedented heat wave in part to blame – and outages at key production facilities. But characterisation of the shortage as “a perfect...

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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.

Identity politics and the Jakarta Governor election

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Date: 
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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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.

Are competition regimes ripe for change?

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Date: 
17 Apr 2019

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests corporate market power may be increasing and that this is damaging macroeconomic performance. Moreover, the effects may be strengthening as the market power of some firms becomes more entrenched and capable of exploitation. This, combined with growing political attention in some major economies, means policymakers may come under increasing pressure to overhaul their competition regimes.

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