Denzil Davidson

Denzil advises on engagement with the EU institutions and EU multilateral policy and politics. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in politics and government, chiefly in EU and financial services policy. He has advised senior politicians and policymakers in roles in Whitehall and the European Commission. He was previously special adviser on Europe to Prime Minister Theresa May and before that served in the cabinet of the European Commissioner for financial services. He also served as a special adviser on EU issues to two foreign secretaries.

At Global Counsel, Denzil advises firms from a range of sectors on European politics and policy and provides insight on trends in financial regulation. 

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Helping clients understand what the EU’s new doctrine of strategic autonomy means for how their business will be viewed and assessed in the EU and how they can align themselves with its objectives.
  • Advising clients on market access prospects in financial services for the evolving UK/EU relationship.
  • Developing a strategy for a leading business association on how the UK can become a world leader in the fight against financial crime.

Latest Insights by Denzil Davidson

General Politics

Macron wins a second term; what's next for France?

General Politics

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron won a second term in the French elections. But his victory is complicated by the record showing of his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen. With legislative elections looming in June and the intensifying Russia-Ukraine war threatening European cooperation, what did Sunday night tell us about the future of France?

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The Ukraine invasion - a global perspective

General Policy

On Wednesday morning, Russian troops entered Ukraine. As stressed by policymakers in London, Washington, and Brussels, everything is now on the table in terms of further sanctions against Russia. Whatever new measures might ensue-and depending on Russia’s counter-response-the immediate costs and possible risks for investors and corporates in the region have never been…

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Poland: a test case for EU's rule of law

General Politics

What do recent events in Poland tell us about the rule of law in the EU? Stephen Adams, Anikó Zsebik and Denzil Davidson look at how the question of EU-level legislation has collided with current events in Poland and what it means for other member states and the wider debate on sovereignty.

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