Senior Director
Stephen Adams

Stephen is a Senior Director of Global Counsel. Stephen has almost twenty years of experience in European and British public policy and regulation, chiefly in the field of trade policy, cross-border financial services policy and European integration.

He has advised senior politicians and policymakers in roles in the European Parliament, European Commission and Whitehall, generally with a focus on trade and cross-border economic policy. He has also been an Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, based in London.

At Global Counsel, Stephen manages teams advising Global Counsel clients navigating EU and UK policymaking and politics, anticipating and adapting to political and policy change.

Stephen is an Honorary Fellow in Department of Political Science at University College London where he teaches international political economy and provides professional training for international trade negotiators.

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Retail and Rules of Origin after Brexit

Trade & Manufacturing

With UK-based distributors in retail and other sectors facing EU tariffs on products originating outside the EU, UK Politics and Policy Practice Lead Alex Dawson and Senior Director Stephen Adams examine how Rules of Origin requirements will affect eligibility for tariff-free access after Brexit and what this means for businesses.

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General Politics

Brussels woos Biden

General Politics

Stephen Adams, Senior Director, Tom White, Director, and Miranda Lutz, Senior Associate, discuss the tensions in the EU's published strategy for rapprochement with the incoming Biden administration, what it means for businesses and why there is more than a little sense of catharsis in Brussels' response to the new administration.

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The National Security and Investment Bill

General Policy

Stephen Adams, Senior Director, and Max von Thun, Senior Associate, presented a webinar on the UK's National Security and Investment Bill currently making its way through Parliament. The bill contains proposals for a new, far more stringent UK national security investment screening regime that would replace the existing system enshrined in the UK Enterprise Act.

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