Magnus is an Associate in the CEE, Russia and Eurasia practice. Magnus has experience working in the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels and the German embassy in Moscow. He holds a Double MSc in International Affairs from Peking University in Beijing and the London School of Economics (LSE).

At GC, Magnus covers Russia-related political and business developments and advises clients on EU policies towards Russia and Ukraine. He also provides analysis of the changing geopolitics of Russia-China relations and related business links, as well as German foreign and trade policy.

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Assessing effects and anticipated next steps of political events and economic developments in the CEE, Russia and Eurasia region for a US industry consortium.
  • Supporting a UK financial services provider to understand EU energy sanctions and assess present and future impacts on Russia, China and the EU.
  • Advising a multinational IT company and social networking service on content moderation and emerging regulatory requirements in Russia.

Latest Insights by Magnus Obermann

General Politics

Setting new precedent? Eight insights into the EU’s eighth Russia sanctions package

General Politics

Following Russia’s mobilisation and annexation of four Ukrainian regions, the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced that EU members had agreed on additional sanctions against Russia, which “will be brought forward as soon as possible.” Political agreement on the eighth EU sanctions package is expected not later than at the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council on…

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General Politics

Shelving Schengen – how to unpack the EU’s steps and options to curb Russian tourism

General Politics

Following an agreement among EU foreign ministers in late August, on September 9th the European Council adopted a recommendation by the European Commission to suspend the 2007 EU-Russia visa facilitation agreement. As of September 12th, Russian applicants for short-term visas face a lengthier, harder and much costlier process. Similar restrictions for long-term visas…

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