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Regulating crypto-assets with Oliver von Landsberg Sadie and Oliver Tonkin of BCB Group

Financial Services

WORLD: Global Counsel Senior Director Stephen Adams is joined by Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie, Founder & CEO of BCB Group, Oliver Tonkin, Co-Founder and Adviser of BCB Group, to discuss the regulation of crypto-assets.

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General Politics

Welfare 2.0' with Lord Mandelson and Dame Minouche Shafik

General Politics

UK: Global Counsel Chairman Peter Mandelson interviews a special guest - Director of the London School of Economics, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Dame Minouche Shafik - on the topic of trust in institutions, economics and labour market.

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General Politics

Three potentially costly miscalculations

General Politics

The Democratic Unionist Party has threatened to vote down the budget if it does not like what the UK government proposes for the Irish backstop in the Brexit negotiation. The response from Downing Street has been partly bluster – claiming that under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, voting down a budget won’t cause the government to fall – and partly to call…

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The IPCC in a worsening political climate

Energy & Commodities

On Monday, the International Panel on Climate Change released its most important report in recent years: the prosaically titled Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. The good news is that the report’s authors conclude that limiting warming to 1.5°C is still technically possible. Otherwise, the news is mostly bad. The report outlines…

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No more clutching at straws - the policy journey to phasing out single use plastic in the UK

Sustainability

At the governing UK Conservative party’s conference this week, parliamentary undersecretary of state, Therese Coffey, promised a ‘radical’ Waste and Resources Strategy by the end of 2018. A series of government enquiries this year have underscored widespread support for more hard-nosed policies. The EU’s circular economy package recycling targets and China’s hardening…

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North American free trade - Trump edition

Trade & Manufacturing

The Trump administration’s revamped NAFTA (or USMCA, as we are being invited to call it) landed this week after a year or so of fraught negotiations with Mexico and Canada. If we discount the amendments to KORUS (The United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement) prompted by the US’s steel and aluminium tariffs earlier this year, it is the Trump administration’s first major…

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General Politics

For Brussels, Macedonia by any name must be European

General Politics

The long-anticipated constitutional referendum in Macedonia on Sunday has been watched carefully both in Brussels and in Moscow. The seemingly convoluted question in ballot papers – "Do you support EU and NATO membership by accepting the agreement between Macedonia and Greece?" – in fact provided an unequivocal direction for 1.8 million voters in the Balkan nation. The…

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Getting into bed with a FAANG

TMT

What connects Jean-Claude Juncker with Netflix? House of Cards? Perhaps, but no. Orange is the new black, certainly not. Mathias Döpfner. Maybe. Back in 2014, at the peak of the horse-trading during the Spitzenkandidaten process, legend has it that this article in Bild (owned by Axel Springer, whose CEO is Herr Döpfner) played a decisive role in encouraging Angela Merkel…

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Brexit: the customs challenge

Trade & Manufacturing

The UK House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee has published the report of its inquiry into post-Brexit customs arrangements: Brexit: the customs challenge. The report reviews a wide range of important customs and trade facilitation issues linked to the UK’s exit from the EU.

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The UK could be more ambitious on African fintech - but this is a good start

Financial Services

On her visit to sub-Saharan Africa a few weeks ago, UK prime minister, Theresa May, set out an ambition for the UK to become Africa’s biggest G7 investor by 2022. The announcement came alongside some £4 bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) commitments announced during the visit. This was the first visit by a British prime minister to Sub-Saharan Africa in five years, and…

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General Politics

The US midterm elections

General Politics

Senior Associate Thomas Gratowski discusses the possible outcomes of the US midterm elections.

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General Politics

The UK government's Brexit strategy

General Politics

Global Counsel Senior Director, Stephen Adams, and Senior Associate, Joe Armitage, discuss the UK government's Brexit strategy and the likelihood of a second referendum.

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Navigating the Global Trading System Crisis: What Businesses Need to Know

Trade & Manufacturing

In a new joint report, Carlos Gutierrez, Co-Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, and Peter Mandelson, Chair of Global Counsel, warn business leaders that in the current crisis in the international trading system, companies and investors will need to develop new tools to safely navigate and mitigate risks. They urge business leaders to become more effective in advocating…

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Navigating the Global Trading System Crisis

Trade & Manufacturing

WORLD: Global Counsel Chairman Peter Mandelson discusses how businesses and governments can navigate risks amid the current global trade crisis.

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Implications of the global trade war

Trade & Manufacturing

WORLD: Global Counsel Chief Economist, Gregor Irwin, and Senior Associate, Thomas Gratowski, discuss implications of the global trade war.

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The new NAFTA: Mexico most unfavoured nation?

Trade & Manufacturing

Something rather important flew under the radar last week, as the US secured a deal with Mexico on NAFTA. With most of the coverage focused on the revamped rules of origin for auto trade, little light was shed on the Trump administration’s other achievements in the auto sector. The deal struck with Mexico reportedly includes a clause allowing the US to charge more than…

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General Politics

One Eurosceptic movement, many platforms?

General Politics

In Sweden’s general election this weekend, the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) are projected to win approximately 20% of votes. This will make them the second largest party in the country – the result of a swift rise that will dramatically impact Sweden’s political landscape. It echoes a similar surge from anti-establishment and Eurosceptic parties seen in the…

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General Politics

Labour's trade policy is the British government's problem

General Politics

There is nothing new in British government ministers showing a basic lack of understanding of trade policy. The Brexit referendum and its aftermath have been characterised by ministers asserting ambitious free trade goals which are not deliverable in the real world. Now the opposition Labour party has followed suit with its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, setting out a new “Build…

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