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Geopolitics: the next bump in the road for autonomous vehicles or an accelerator?

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Megan Stagman
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There have been no shortage of concerns levelled against autonomous vehicles. Public perception is an important one, which is inextricably linked with fears about safety. Uber’s fatal self-driving crash in 2018 is now an obligatory reference point in any discussion about autonomous vehicles, and public scepticism persists even in spite of claims that the technology…

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Reshaping the EU: Policy agenda for 2021-2024 with Augusto Santos Silva

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Peter Mandelson
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Was Portugal’s push for a social recovery a success?

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Southeast Asia’s emerging super apps: key regulatory trends to watch

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Brigitta Kinadi
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Indonesia’s two most valuable homegrown tech companies announced on May 17th that they are merging, marking an important turning point in the growth of Southeast Asia’s digital economy. Ride-hailing decacorn Gojek and e-commerce leader Tokopedia will be combining their businesses into a new entity called GoTo. At an expected valuation of at least $18 bn, GoTo will be the…

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Determining whether the AUS-UK FTA is a success for London

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Joe Armitage
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Following a post-NATO dinner between the premiers of Australia and the UK, it was announced that a free trade agreement between the two countries had been agreed in ‘broad terms’. Further details are expected to be fleshed out soon, but it is not yet clear when the full text of the agreement will be finalised from a technical perspective and published.

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Will the EU digital covid certificate really save the summer?

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Ana Martínez
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On June 14th, the EU digital covid certificate was signed into law. The regulation will apply for 12 months as of July 1st. This was an unusually rapid agreement by Brussels’ standards, reflecting the crucial importance of allowing tourism to restart safely for those member states that depend on it.  

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The G7 Summit: Building Back Better

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Jon Garvie
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Summits are high-stakes affairs, particularly for their hosts. The format of relatively free and unsupported interaction between leaders leaves more to chance than the final, carefully drafted communiques suggest. The strength or weakness of relationships comes to the fore. The ability of the chair to forge a path through the competing egos and interests matters. 

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The G7 UK Summit: what you need to know

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Denzil Davidson
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Jon Garvie, Practice lead for Policy; Denzil Davidson, Adviser; and Charley Roberts, Associate, Climate and Sustainability unpack the G7 leader’s summit, which will take place from Friday to Sunday in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

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A UK CBAM: A new route to net zero?

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Lilah Howson-Smith
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When former Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced his full-throated support for a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) a few weeks ago, it was in many ways surprising that it had taken so long for a senior UK political figure to intervene in a debate that has been live in the EU for years.  

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A new Silicon Valley in Eastern Europe?

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Megan Stagman
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Megan Stagman, Associate in the technology, media and telecoms practice and Alexander van der Wusten, Associate in the Russia, CEE and Eurasia practice discuss the emerging tech sector in Eastern Europe.

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Examining the UK Health Data Strategy

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Olympia Campbell
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The forthcoming health data strategy will be the framework with which the UK will either maximise or fail to maximise the value from its health data assets. This value will be measured in improved patient outcomes, better operational performance of the NHS, personalised healthcare, pharmaceutical innovation, a thriving life sciences industry, and lastly, financial returns…

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Restructuring the media, Singapore style

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Marissa Lee
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The ongoing restructuring of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), one of Singapore’s two legacy media organisations and the sole publisher of English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese language newspapers in the country, has revived questions about the merits of state support for local news production and the price that should be paid for it. Newsrooms across the world have been in…

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The Singapore model: how can regulators balance investor protection and support for innovation?

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Andrew Yeo
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Singapore’s standing as a global financial hub got a boost over the last year as more foreign capital flowed into the country, even as the pandemic and political turmoil diminished investors’ confidence in other regional economies. While investors have come to trust the Singapore model for the robustness of its legal frameworks, recent news that homegrown unicorn Grab is…

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Could an intellectual property waiver boost Africa's vaccine rollout?

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Isabelle Trick
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Elly Darkin, Associate in the Trade & Manufacturing Practice, and Isabelle Trick, Senior Associate in the Global Macro Practice, discuss vaccine rollout in Africa and whether a temporary intellectual property waiver for vaccines will help or hinder efforts to vaccinate Africa and the wider developing world.

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Reshaping the EU post-covid with Jean Pisani-Ferry, Bronwen Maddox and Peter Mandelson

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Peter Mandelson
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How different will the world look after covid? Are we heading back to business as usual, or are we looking forward to more bumps in the road?

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Building resilience in the life sciences supply chain

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Daniel Capparelli
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On a recent event for the Global Counsel network, Daniel Capparelli, Practice Lead, Trade; Tom Smith, Practice Lead, Health and Elly Darkin, Associate, discussed key challenges facing the life sciences supply chain, and how resilient has it proven so far.

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The Conference on the Future of Europe with Sophia Russack

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Tom White
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Tom White, Director in GC's office in Brussels, is joined by Maarten Lemstra, Research Analyst at Global Counsel and Sophia Russack, Researcher in the Institutions unit at CEPS.

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UK May elections - what you need to know

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Alex Dawson
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Rishi Patel, Policy Communications Practice Lead; Alex Dawson, UK Politics and Policy Practice Lead; and Matt Bevington, Senior Associate unpack what you need to know about the impact of the 'super Thursday' elections on UK politics.

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Investing trends in a post-covid era

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Ying Staton
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Global Counsel convened a webinar, bringing together senior investment professionals across three continents to reflect on the critical issues shaping investment post-covid. The session was chaired by Ying Staton, GC’s advisor in Singapore and our previous Head of Asia, and featured:

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