Covid-19

Coronavirus is bringing health threats to life and disruption to business and society on an unprecedented scale. Events are moving quickly and the timeline for the pandemic remains uncertain. With a team drawn from the worlds of public policy and business, Global Counsel have moved swiftly to support clients as they navigate this turbulent environment, what it means for their people, supply chains, and businesses processes. As governments develop their economic response to the pandemic, we are analysing policy developments around the globe and helping clients understand and influence them.

If you would like to learn more about our approach and how we are helping companies and investors respond to the challenges which the pandemic is posing please contact us here.

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Budget reconciliation puts Biden agenda in play despite tight Congress

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Miranda Lutz
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The Democrats’ historic win in the Georgia Senate races on January 5th was largely overshadowed by the violent storming of the US Capitol the next day. While the implications of that attack will continue to reverberate throughout American politics, it is worth zeroing in on how Georgia Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock’s and Jon Ossoff’s wins impact President-elect…

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Reviewing Germany’s EU presidency with Olaf Scholz

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Peter Mandelson
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On a recent Global Counsel digital event, Lord Mandelson and German Vice Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, discussed the work of the German presidency, the EU’s strategic autonomy and German politics. 

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What we can learn from the rush to repay the business rates relief

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Felix Cazalet
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Last week, the UK supermarket chain Tesco decided to repay £585m of business rates relief received in the covid-19 pandemic. Other major UK supermarkets and retailers rapidly followed. By Friday, they had vowed to return a total of £1.8 bn. Tesco’s chairman John Allan argued that “giving this money back to the public is absolutely the right thing to do” and was widely…

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The future of physical retail

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Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
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As the national lockdown ends and the UK government promises a substantial return to normality by Easter, the big question for retail is what “normal” even looks like. On a recent event, Global Counsel convened a panel of experts including Emma Bridgewater, founder of her eponymous ceramics firm, Archie Norman, chairman of M&S, Laura Citron, CEO of London &…

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Prospects for UK recovery: vaccines versus the second wave

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Gregor Irwin
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Gregor Irwin, Chief Economist, examines the prospects for the UK recovery from covid-19 in the wake of the rollout of vaccines, looking at the immediate prospects for recovery, longer term issues, and implications for asset prices and financial markets.

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Brussels woos Biden

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Stephen Adams
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Stephen Adams, Senior Director, Tom White, Director, and Miranda Lutz, Senior Associate, discuss the tensions in the EU's published strategy for rapprochement with the incoming Biden administration, what it means for businesses and why there is more than a little sense of catharsis in Brussels' response to the new administration.

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The case for WHO reform

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Beatrix Thompson
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The World Health Organisation has not performed well in response to the covid-19 crisis. In a video-conference discussion of EU health ministers on October 30th, it was unanimously agreed that the WHO was not fit for purpose and required an overhaul to boost transparency and accountability. With the WHO’s largest contributor, the USA,…

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The pitfalls of vaccine salvation

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Tom Smith
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As clinical trials for covid-19 vaccines begin to produce sufficient evidence to begin the regulatory approval process and scale-up manufacture, governments, especially in the UK, face a whole range of new challenges. Many will resemble those of the earlier phases of the pandemic and will be shaped by the experience of managing the first peak and the subsequent attempts…

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Transatlantic reprieve? Implications of a Biden presidency for EU-US trade

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Alessandro Gangarossa
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This week’s decision by the EU to hold off on retaliatory tariffs against US subsidies to the aircraft manufacturer Boeing is a sign of Brussels’ interest in working towards resetting transatlantic relations after the US elections. The possibility of a new president in the White House potentially means reduced trade tensions with the EU. But those thinking that this reset…

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Permanent change in the concrete jungle

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Tom King
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New York City occupies a space like no other in the modern Western mind. Its liminal status, halfway between imagination and reality, has been entrenched through decades of cultural saturation. Coming to the city for the first time, you feel you have already been there; its sights and sounds are already familiar, a composite of scenes from half-remembered TV shows and…

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The bigger question behind the right to work from home

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Stephen Adams
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The German coalition government has confirmed that it plans to push ahead with plans to give workers a legal right to work from home. This idea was floated back in the Spring when lockdowns began, and some unions began to advocate a framework that would prevent employers hurrying people back into offices. There is still a lot we don’t know about the German law, including…

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Reforms to planning in a pandemic will prove hard to deliver

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Alex Dawson
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When Boris Johnson relaunched his domestic agenda and signalled the end of England’s national lockdown In June, he placed planning reform at the centre of his plans to level-up the country and build a “new deal for Britain”. His pledge to launch the most radical reforms of England’s planning system since the second world war was followed by a consultation on a new zonal…

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ESG in private equity: will integration tools be matched by pressure to use them?

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Felix Cazalet
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Covid-19 is likely to accelerate pressures for the meaningful integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into the private equity (PE) industry. The twin dynamics of a greater public focus on investors’ ESG credentials and an increased scrutiny of the PE industry writ large could combine to encourage greater use of existing integration tools. With…

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An "On the ground" view of managing covid-19 with UNC Health

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Erin Caddell
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Director Erin Caddell sits down with Alex Collins, Strategy Consultant at UNC Health Care (North Carolina’s largest health system), for a perspective on the impact of covid-19 on public health practices in North Carolina, and an outlook for recovery in the state given the recent uptick in cases there and in a number of other US states.

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Foreign investment: rising tides of politics in regulation

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Stephen Adams
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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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Tipping point? The future of energy post covid-19

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Peter Mandelson
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In light of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, GC has held regular weekly calls focusing on how governments are responding to the situation and what upcoming developments could look like. Global Counsel recently hosted a discussion between our Chairman Peter Mandelson, Al Cook, Executive Vice President of Equinor, Marco Alverà, Chief Executive Officer of Snam and Global…

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What can covid-19 teach us about strengthening the US education system?

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Erin Caddell
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A conversation with from a recent digital event with Frederick M. Hess, resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute exploring the challenges faced by the US education system and potential measures to mitigate them.

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Covid-19's impact on the tourism industry

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Andrew Yeo
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An in-conversation from a recent digital event with Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings, and Andrew Yeo, Senior Associate, Global Counsel on the future of the global tourism industry, with a focus on Asian markets.

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