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.

Banco Popular: too much transparency or too little?

Author: 

Carmen
Bell

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Date: 
21 Aug 2017

The European Commission-approved resolution of Spanish Banco Popular, initially considered a demonstrable success of the EU’s Single Resolution Mechanism, has come to a predictable head with its investors. A group of bondholders filed suit with the ECJ last week to overturn the ECB’s June decision to resolve the bank due to its “likely to fail” status.

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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

China, the EU and ‘market economy status’: what happens now?

Author: 

Guillaume
Ferlet

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[email protected]
12 Dec 2016

Yesterday marked the deadline to solve the issue of China’s market economy status (MES) and yet nothing has changed in the EU rulebook. However, a reform package is on its way and will probably be agreed at some point in 2017. In the meantime, the EU will likely carry on as usual in anti-...

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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.

Donald Tusk plays Ukrainian trump card

Author: 

Alexander
Smotrov

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Date: 
25 Nov 2016

Ukraine is probably more vulnerable now than at any point since 2013. And with the election of Donald Trump in the US, the EU has felt the need to explicitly acknowledge Kiev’s anxiety about shifting US focus. 

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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

Author: 

Matthew
Duhan

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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.

Small parties – big deal?

Author: 

Kirsty
Allan

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Date: 
1 Aug 2017

One of the general conclusions from the recent UK general election was that it had marked a dramatic return to two party politics in the UK.  Voters provided the Conservatives and the Labour Party with the highest combined share of the vote since the 1970s, at over 82%, and almost 90% of the seats in Parliament. The Conservatives saw their highest vote share since 1983 at the election. Labour surged to over 40% for the first time since 1997.

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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

Author: 

Anjuli
Gidwani

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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:

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

NAFTA Plus? TPP Minus?

Author: 

Guillaume
Ferlet

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[email protected]
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.

The meaning of screening: Germany, the EU and Chinese technology transfer

Authors: 

Stephen
Adams

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[email protected]

Thomas
Gratowski

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[email protected]
26 Jul 2017

Earlier this month, the German cabinet adopted a directive expanding the scope of the German state’s ability to investigate foreign acquisitions in a wide range of critical infrastructure and the IT services that support it. In parallel, Berlin has led an advocacy campaign at the EU level over...

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