van der Wusten

Alex van der Wusten

Alexander is an Associate in the CEE, Russia and Eurasia practice. Alexander has experience working for the Dutch Foreign Ministry in Russia and research institutes in Georgia and Belarus. He holds an Msc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. 

At GC, Alexander advises clients in the technology and financial sectors on regulatory and political developments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He also covers policy developments in the Benelux and Nordic countries, focusing on the Netherlands. 

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Advising an international social networking service on content moderation, data localisation and taxation policy in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
  • Supporting a European software company in navigating the regulatory and tax landscape in Belarus, Ukraine and Poland.
  • Working with a UK private equity fund to assess the Dutch healthcare policy framework for the acquisition of a local asset.

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What’s next for the drone industry in Europe?


This year’s Amsterdam Drone Week and EASA High Level Conference wrapped up last week, bringing together the annual gathering of policymakers and industry to discuss unmanned aircraft regulation and the technology’s roll-out in Europe. It has been a number of years since the last one was held, due to covid, so the conference was a flurry of activity. The conference hall…

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What’s at stake in Central Asia from the war in Ukraine?

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The Russia-Ukraine war was the elephant in the room at the inaugural Tashkent International Investment Forum in late March. While not mentioned directly by the speakers, it was clear to anyone that the conflict will impact Uzbekistan as it tries to position itself as a gateway for foreign corporates and investors to the rest of Central Asia.

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The privatisation playbook – looking at Uzbekistan and Ukraine

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The practically uncontested victory in Uzbekistan of incumbent president Shavkat Mirziyoyev on October 24 with 90% of the vote means the country is likely to further open its economy to foreign investors, a course steadfastly pursued since he came to power in 2016. This includes an ambitious privatisation programme, which was announced in 2020, soon stalled because of…

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