Senior Director
Stephen Adams

Stephen is a Senior Director of Global Counsel. Stephen has almost twenty years of experience in European and British public policy and regulation, chiefly in the field of trade policy, cross-border financial services policy and European integration.

He has advised senior politicians and policymakers in roles in the European Parliament, European Commission and Whitehall, generally with a focus on trade and cross-border economic policy. He has also been an Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, based in London.

At Global Counsel, Stephen manages teams advising Global Counsel clients navigating EU and UK policymaking and politics, anticipating and adapting to political and policy change.

Stephen is an Honorary Fellow in Department of Political Science at University College London where he teaches international political economy and provides professional training for international trade negotiators.

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Foreign investment: rising tides of politics in regulation

Financial Services

Recent years have seen important global shifts in both the policy frameworks for screening inward foreign investment and the ways in which they are applied. These shifts come against a backdrop of protectionist political rhetoric and anxieties about the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) in traditionally open economies.

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Interpreting the UK's new tariff regime

Trade & Manufacturing

The UK government has published today the UK’s future MFN tariff schedule - the UK Global Tariff (UKGT). This proposed schedule will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff (CET) on 1 January 2021 and will apply to all imports into the UK on an MFN basis under ‘WTO terms’. Its main trust has been on simplification and, in parts, also liberalisation.

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Covid and consumption abroad: a Mode 2 crisis

Trade & Manufacturing

One of the first things services trade specialists learn is that trade in services is not like trade in goods. One of the most fundamental ways in which it is different is that the consumer and supplier of an internationally traded service are often physically in the same market. It is their economic nationality that matters, not their location on different sides of a…

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