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

Spain's European reinvention?

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30 Nov 2018

I have just spent an interesting week in Madrid talking with people from every part of the political spectrum. There was a lot of talk of Spain flexing its muscles more in Europe. In the background to these conversations, Spain was pushing hard for – and got – concessions from the UK over Gibraltar that prompted Pedro Sánchez to trail the prospect of co-sovereignty for the territory. Everyone notes that Spanish MEPs will have a uniquely strong presence across all of the main pan-European political groupings after June.

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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

Has the final whistle of the World Cup changed the score for Russia?

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18 Jul 2018

The torrential downpour which greeted President Putin as he walked onto the turf at the Luzhniki Stadium as the final whistle brought the 21st World Cup to an end was the only cloud over a tournament graced with many footballing silver linings. His counterpart at FIFA, President Infantino, had declared before the final that the championship was “changing the perception of Russia, particularly in the west.” For observers in the Kremlin totting up the cost of the tournament, judging whether the FIFA President is right is their next task.

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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

Might the UK's investor visa end in tiers?

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7 Dec 2018

The immigration debate in the UK has traditionally focused on the lower end of the labour market. The movement of large numbers of workers from across Europe and from further afield to take up roles in the UK economy captures attention from the media and the public. But the announcement that the Home Office is suspending the less familiar Tier 1 (Investor) immigration route until further notice shows it isn’t just baristas, farmhands or electricians who could be affected by a post-Brexit clampdown.

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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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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.

Funding the fund

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17 Dec 2018

Last week the US announced it will oppose a further increase in IMF quotas, because the Trump administration believes the fund has ample resources already and countries have adequate alternatives to draw on if they get into difficulty. 

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