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Max
von Thun

Senior Associate
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Max

Max is a Senior Associate in the technology, media and telecoms policy practice. Max has several years of experience working in Westminster covering the intersection of technology, business and public policy. Before joining Global Counsel, he advised the Liberal Democrat leadership and parliamentarians on economic policy and held research roles at think tanks the Centre for Entrepreneurs and the Royal Society of Arts.

At GC, Max advises clients on technology and business policy in both the UK and EU. His areas of expertise include competition policy, investment screening frameworks, industrial policy and the future of work. 

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Advising technology companies and investors on the evolution of investment screening frameworks in the UK and EU member states.
  • Working with a leading European hardware manufacturer on a pan-EU campaign to promote the economic and sectoral benefits of 5G.
  • Advising investors and gig economy platforms on the rapidly evolving employment policy landscape at the UK, EU and member state levels.

Latest Insights by Max von Thun

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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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The UK Supreme Court has issued its ruling on Uber – what next?

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On Friday, the UK Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling on the employment status of Uber drivers. It concluded that Uber drivers are “workers”, a form of intermediary status in UK employment law which provides individuals with some, but not all the rights enjoyed by permanent employees, including minimum wage and paid holiday. The ruling was the latest and last in…

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Digital reckoning? The Biden administration and prospects for greater transatlantic alignment on digital competition

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Policymakers’ concerns about Big Tech’s market power are nothing new. The European Commission has been launching antitrust investigations against the likes of Google, Facebook and Apple for over a decade. However, efforts to rein in big tech reached a new plateau in 2020, with the EU and the UK publishing detailed proposals for “ex-ante” regulation of large technology…

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Regulating the gatekeepers: recent big tech policy in the US and Europe

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Senior Associates Miranda Lutz and Max von Thun join Senior Director Stephen Adams to analyse what anti-trust law proposals in the US, UK and the EU mean for tech companies operating in each of these respective jurisdictions and question whether reform can truly be meaningful without international collaboration.

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