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Stephen
Adams

Senior Director
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Stephen Adams

Stephen is a Senior Director at Global Counsel. Over the last twenty years, Stephen has worked as a policy adviser on international trade and the EU single market in the European Parliament, as an advisor in DG Trade in the European Commission and an adviser to the British Secretary of State for Business. He was also an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in London, where he worked on political risk in cross border M&A and supply chain design. Stephen is an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the School of Politics at University College London, where he lectures on contemporary aspects of public-policymaking, international trade policy and trade and investment politics.

At Global Counsel he chiefly supports the trade, investment and financial services policy practices, with a focus on industrial and trade policy, supply chain design and corporate internationalisation. He works with senior leaders in many GC clients to deepen and develop their engagement with public policymaking.

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Advising companies across multiple sectors on supply chain resilience after Brexit, with focus in areas such as customs processing, rules of origin and client novation in financial services.
  • Collaborating with a major UK Trade Association to produce a review of UK trade policy for the financial services sector and recommendations for the UK and other governments on how to design a trade policy for financial services. 
  • Providing expert training for the UK FCO and DIT in a number of trade policy sub-fields including services trade, IP rights in trade policy and level playing field provisions in trade law.

Stephen Adams is one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist training on trade policy for both public policymakers and trading companies. Learn more about his trade policy training.

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Trade policy risk and supply chains

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On February 24th, Senior Director Stephen Adams presented to the Trade Policy Research Forum on the ways in which supply chain due diligence by UK and US private equity firms has evolved since 2016.

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The State of the Border - Business Experience of the UK Border 2021

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In December 2021 Global Counsel and clearBorder surveyed 150 UK importers and exporters on their experience of using the UK border. We set their responses against an analysis of UK border-crossing data and an assessment of key UK border policy developments in 2021. The State of the Border report is the most comprehensive business-eye view of the operation of the UK border…

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