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Max
von Thun

Senior Associate
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Max

Max is a Senior Associate at Global Counsel, supporting the firm’s technology, media and telecommunications clients. His specific areas of focus are competition policy and its evolving role within the digital economy, questions around data usage and ownership, and the policy implications of the emergence of the “gig economy”. 

Max has several years of experience working in Westminster, where he focussed on the intersection of technology, business and public policy. Before joining Global Counsel, he advised the Liberal Democrat leadership and parliamentarians on economic policy, and prior to this held research roles at think tanks the Centre for Entrepreneurs and the Royal Society of Arts. Max is also an active media commentator and has been published in City AM, the Telegraph, CapX and the Huffington Post. He speaks French and German.

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Uber survives to fight another day in London, but for how long?

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Defying expectations that it would be banned from the city entirely, yesterday Uber won an appeal at a London court enabling it to continue operating in the British capital. While acknowledging Uber’s historical failings, the court argued that the ride-hailing platform was “fit and proper” to continue serving customers in London, subject to fulfilling certain conditions…

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Despite the fanfare, politicians and regulators may yet have something to say about Nvidia’s takeover of Arm

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The planned takeover of semiconductor design firm Arm has been the talk of the town in recent days. The proposed deal between Arm’s owner Softbank and US company Nvidia puts a $40 bn price tag on the leading UK-based tech company and would be the largest ever M&A transaction in the history of the semiconductor industry. But despite the fanfare, the transaction looks…

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Covid-19 and foreign investment: temporary pause or closure for good?

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A growing preoccupation with the impact of foreign acquisitions on European security and autonomy has in recent years fuelled the steady growth of investment screening mechanisms, with 14 out of the EU’s 27 member states (and the UK) now having such regimes in place. The economic impact of the covid-19 pandemic has further accentuated these concerns and led to a further…

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Does big tech’s role in covid-19 prove it is a public utility?

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Big tech is playing an outsized role in the covid-19 crisis, and its leading players are not shy in acknowledging it. Last week, responding to a legal ruling limiting its activities due to safety concerns in its warehouses, one of Amazon’s lawyers told a French court that the company is “extremely necessary for the continuity of the nation’s life; it brings essential…

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