Senior Director
Stephen Adams

Stephen is a Senior Director at Global Counsel. Over the last twenty years, Stephen has worked as a policy adviser on international trade and the EU single market in the European Parliament, as an advisor in DG Trade in the European Commission and an adviser to the British Secretary of State for Business. He was also an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in London, where he worked on political risk in cross border M&A and supply chain design. Stephen is an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the School of Politics at University College London, where he lectures on contemporary aspects of public-policymaking, international trade policy and trade and investment politics.

At Global Counsel he chiefly supports the trade, investment and financial services policy practices, with a focus on industrial and trade policy, supply chain design and corporate internationalisation. He works with senior leaders in many GC clients to deepen and develop their engagement with public policymaking.

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Advising companies across multiple sectors on supply chain resilience after Brexit, with focus in areas such as customs processing, rules of origin and client novation in financial services.
  • Collaborating with a major UK Trade Association to produce a review of UK trade policy for the financial services sector and recommendations for the UK and other governments on how to design a trade policy for financial services. 
  • Providing expert training for the UK FCO and DIT in a number of trade policy sub-fields including services trade, IP rights in trade policy and level playing field provisions in trade law.

Latest Insights by Stephen Adams

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How much do YOU know about inflation?

Financial Services

Rishi Patel, Practice Lead for Policy Communications, Stephen Adams, Senior Director and Rebecca Park, Senior Practice Lead for Financial Services discuss new research commissioned by Global Counsel looking at public attitudes to inflation, price rises and the cost of living.

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The UK border in 2021-2022 changes ahead for importers

Trade & Manufacturing

On a recent Global Counsel event, hosted in collaboration with clearBorder UK, Stephen Adams, Senior Director; Elly Darkin, Senior Associate; and Christopher Salmon, founder of clearBorder UK discussed the border changes to expect over the next year. 

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Unpacking the UK Budget

General Policy

On a call for the Global Counsel network, Stephen Adams, Senior Director, Alex Dawson, UK Politics and Policy Practice Lead and Rebecca Park, Financial Services Practice Lead examine the newly-announced UK Budget for 2021 and what it means for businesses and investors. They focus on key questions on the future of covid support schemes like furlough and business loans,…

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