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.

Latest Insights by Stephen Adams

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US policy update: Sanders surges and Trump threatens GPA withdrawal

General Policy

This US election cycle, GC team members in the Washington, DC and London offices are holding a series of conversations on the elections and wider US policy issues, and how each might impact investors and companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Below is a brief extract from the second conversation in the series, which begins by looking at the recent Sanders surge in the…

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The Politics of Trade

Trade & Manufacturing

Global Counsel held its second annual ‘Politics of…’ conference on 16 January 2020, focusing on trade. Panellists from across business, government and civil society debated the implications of dramatic political and technological change on trade policy. 

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UK investment policy

Trade & Manufacturing

The International Trade Committee has published the report of its inquiry into post-Brexit international investment arrangements: UK investment policy. The report reviews a wide range of important international investment issues linked to the UK’s exit from the EU.

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