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The UK and international trade in financial services

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GC has collaborated with UK Finance to produce a comprehensive strategic overview of how the UK might define a trade policy for financial services. The UK and international trade in financial services report:

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Russia and China tackle internet regulation

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Senior Associate, Jens Presthus, and Associate, Frederick Michell, join Senior Director, Stephen Adams, to look at internet regulation in China and Russia. They explore how digital companies, both foreign and domestic, could be affected by future regulation and how each country plans to tackle misinformation. Their discussion highlights that the two countries, whilst…

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Regulating the gatekeepers: recent big tech policy in the US and Europe

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Senior Associates Miranda Lutz and Max von Thun join Senior Director Stephen Adams to analyse what anti-trust law proposals in the US, UK and the EU mean for tech companies operating in each of these respective jurisdictions and question whether reform can truly be meaningful without international collaboration.

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What we talk about when we talk about divergence

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Since the UK’s vote to exit the European Union in 2016, the question of UK ‘divergence’ from EU regulation has been central to the debate about the future of the EU-UK relationship.  From different perspectives this has been presented both as a rationale for EU exit and an unfortunate and inevitable consequence of it. It has been a concern bordering on a neurosis for…

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The Brexit dividend: opportunities for the UK

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Stephen Adams, Lilah Howson-Smith and Alex Dawson discuss GC’s report on how post-Brexit divergence will shape the UK and EU’s policy landscape, and how businesses and investors should engage with the British desire to do things differently outside the EU.

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Retail and Rules of Origin after Brexit

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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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Brexit Deal - what we know so far - 24 December 2020

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This conversation is based on publicly available information and previous draft texts at 5pm on Christmas Eve 2020.

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Brussels woos Biden

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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

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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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The bigger question behind the right to work from home

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The German coalition government has confirmed that it plans to push ahead with plans to give workers a legal right to work from home. This idea was floated back in the Spring when lockdowns began, and some unions began to advocate a framework that would prevent employers hurrying people back into offices. There is still a lot we don’t know about the German law, including…

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Treaty scrutiny: working practices

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The House of Lords European Union Committee published its report Treaty scrutiny: working practices. This was prepared by its International Agreements Sub-Committee. Global Counsel Senior Director Stephen Adams gave evidence to the Committee on treaty negotiation and trade agreements. You can read the report and review its linked evidence here. 

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Foreign investment: rising tides of politics in regulation

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Recent years have seen important global shifts in both the policy frameworks for screening inward foreign investment and the ways in which they are applied. These shifts come against a backdrop of protectionist political rhetoric and anxieties about the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) in traditionally open economies.

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Interpreting the UK's new tariff regime

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The UK government has published today the UK’s future MFN tariff schedule - the UK Global Tariff (UKGT). This proposed schedule will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff (CET) on 1 January 2021 and will apply to all imports into the UK on an MFN basis under ‘WTO terms’. Its main trust has been on simplification and, in parts, also liberalisation.

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Covid and consumption abroad: a Mode 2 crisis

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One of the first things services trade specialists learn is that trade in services is not like trade in goods. One of the most fundamental ways in which it is different is that the consumer and supplier of an internationally traded service are often physically in the same market. It is their economic nationality that matters, not their location on different sides of a…

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More or less trade in the fight against covid-19?

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Senior Director Stephen Adams speaks to Trade Practice Lead Daniel Capparelli about the wave of trade policy measures we have seen in response to covid-19.

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US policy update: Sanders surges and Trump threatens GPA withdrawal

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This US election cycle, GC team members in the Washington, DC and London offices are holding a series of conversations on the elections and wider US policy issues, and how each might impact investors and companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Below is a brief extract from the second conversation in the series, which begins by looking at the recent Sanders surge in the…

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The Politics of Trade

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Global Counsel held its second annual ‘Politics of…’ conference on 16 January 2020, focusing on trade. Panellists from across business, government and civil society debated the implications of dramatic political and technological change on trade policy. 

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UK investment policy

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The International Trade Committee has published the report of its inquiry into post-Brexit international investment arrangements: UK investment policy. The report reviews a wide range of important international investment issues linked to the UK’s exit from the EU.

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