Michaela is an Associate in the Political Due Diligence Team. Michaela graduated from the University of Exeter with a first class honours degree (BSc) in Politics and International Relations. She has also worked for the university as a researcher. 

At Global Counsel, Michaela works in the political due diligence practice, focusing on helping investors understand and mitigate political risk around acquisitions. Her role encompasses research, elite interviewing and strategic advice. She works alongside the wider UK team to help clients navigate political and regulatory change.  Michaela also provides support on data analysis and visualisations across Global Counsel. 

Recent examples of her work include:  

  • Supporting a big tech company in understanding current e-commerce regulations in the UK and the likelihood of future regulatory changes, particularly with regards to the Modern Slavery Act and the best practice supply chain due diligence an ESG guidance. 
  • Advising an investor on the policy risks and opportunities in the UK higher education space, especially around the Disabled Students’ Allowance.
  • Supporting an investor in understanding the main drives behind the medical communications market in the UK, Japan and the EU, including policy maker support for R&D and the impact of trade and regulation on the growth trajectory for the pharmaceuticals market.

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Waste policy: no longer kicked to the kerb


The covid-19 pandemic has created a hidden problem: the sheer volume of waste generated in response to the health crisis. The environmental cost of covid-19 has been enormous, with an estimated 25,000 tonnes of covid-19 PPE alone having entered the ocean. 

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Buy now, regulate now: new rules for consumer credit providers

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The UK government’s willingness to accept the Financial Conduct Authority’s recommendation to pass new laws to regulate the Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) market indicates growing political concern about household finances amid the pandemic, and a willingness to regulate if necessary. Irrespective of how the government decides to regulate, the measures signal a move towards a…

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Boohoo's troubles: ESG cannot be ignored


Worker exploitation and poor labour conditions have long been a major problem for the fashion supply chain. Advocates have been campaigning for better conditions for years, but the Boohoo scandal in its UK factories this summer was a salutary reminder that this is not a problem confined to emerging economies.

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