Senior Associate

Jens is a Senior Associate in the global macro practice. He previously worked in investment research and has experience supporting investors during early and late-stage due diligence processes.

At Global Counsel, Jens advises clients on macroeconomic, political and geopolitical developments. He leads on China analysis and also focuses on South and Southeast Asia. As a Norwegian native, Jens covers political developments in the Scandinavian countries and is fluent in all three languages.

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Supporting financial services companies navigate political and geopolitical developments and changing macroeconomic trends in emerging markets.
  • Advising corporates in the extractives industry on market entry in both developed and emerging markets.
  • Working with a large European industrial advocacy body to develop policy and market strategy for the group’s 50+ members.

Latest Insights by Jens Presthus

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China’s domestic struggle to internationalise the RMB

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Internationalisation of the Ren Min Bi (RMB) has again become a hot topic. Not just in western media, which often depicts it as a looming existential threat to the dollar-based global economy, but also within China. However, China is currently not in a position where it can remove capital controls – the minimum requirement for making the RMB an international currency –…

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Making Open Strategic Autonomy work – European Trade in a Geopolitical World

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Global Counsel has supported the European Roundtable of Industrialists in producing a flagship report on the EU’s trade policy and the challenges faced in more complex geopolitical environment. The report argues that being open to trade is a source of strength for supply chains, rather than weakness, and suggests how the EU might best put into practice its new policy of…

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After Alaska: tech investment and US-China tensions


The meeting between US and Chinese officials in Alaska on March 19th left little doubt that the new Biden administration does not mean a quick rapprochement between Beijing and Washington. If anything, Chinese officials upped the ante by making it clear that they see little downside to taking a tough line and signalling that China will emerge confident from covid-19. …

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