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US regulators get serious about going after the tech sector’s algorithms

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Sonia Vasconcellos
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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been ramping up scrutiny of Big Tech companies ever since Chair Lina Khan – an avowed critic of Big Tech – arrived in June 2021. To date, the FTC has struggled to find ways to combat the rising influence of the technology industry using its limited set of enforcement tools. However, a recent new settlement with WW International,…

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What’s next for the drone industry in Europe?

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Alexander van der Wusten
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This year’s Amsterdam Drone Week and EASA High Level Conference wrapped up last week, bringing together the annual gathering of policymakers and industry to discuss unmanned aircraft regulation and the technology’s roll-out in Europe. It has been a number of years since the last one was held, due to covid, so the conference was a flurry of activity. The conference hall…

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What does the takeover of a semiconductor firm say about the British government’s approach to China, tech and foreign investment?

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Max von Thun
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You might not have heard of Newport Wafer Fab (NWF) before reading this article. In global terms it is not a major player in the semiconductors sector, but the south Wales-located manufacturer now finds itself at the heart of a heated political debate about the UK’s technological competitiveness, openness to foreign investment and relationship with China.

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What’s at stake in Central Asia from the war in Ukraine?

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Alexander van der Wusten
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The Russia-Ukraine war was the elephant in the room at the inaugural Tashkent International Investment Forum in late March. While not mentioned directly by the speakers, it was clear to anyone that the conflict will impact Uzbekistan as it tries to position itself as a gateway for foreign corporates and investors to the rest of Central Asia.

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Six weeks later: how the Ukraine invasion has changed the world

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Alexander van der Wusten
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has entered its second month, and Global Counsel continues to go beyond the headlines to cover the crisis through interactive events, in-depth analysis, and daily briefings.

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Creating a Green Plan: supporting the NHS with their transition to net zero

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Claudia Fernandez de Cordoba Farini
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 As England moves towards the establishment of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) later in 2022, opportunities are emerging for NHS organisations to collaborate more closely on system-wide challenges that can have a substantial, but indirect effect on health and wellbeing, such as climate change. 

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What new US rules mean for fossil-fuel power costs and the future of emissions trading

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Stephanie Grumet
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The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Transport Rule was published in the Federal Register on April 6th. Also known as the “Good Neighbor Rule”, it is sweeping in its geographic scope and breadth. The rule would affect 26 US states; set lower emissions standards for coal and gas fired electricity generators, create new emissions standards for multiple…

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Digitally connected or divided: will the Government finally achieve its telecoms rollout ambitions?

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Josh Bates
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5G and gigabit-broadband rollout have often been heralded as the means by which the UK becomes a truly digitally connected and inclusive nation. Whilst the Conservative Government initially set out a bold commitment to deliver full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business by 2025, this was soon rolled back to an aim of 85% coverage by 2025, with a…

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Poland builds diplomatic capital, but its economy faces difficulties

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Beata Stepantchenko
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Poland has found itself taking centre stage in the global arena as the Russia-Ukraine war persists. As one of NATO’s most exposed frontline states, Poland has become a key route for the supply of weapons, ammunition, fuel and other assistance to Ukraine. The country has been at the forefront of taking the most hawkish approach towards Russia in the EU, with prime minister…

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How the war in Ukraine sets the to-do-list of the prospective Hungarian government

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Anikó Zsebik
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While the repercussions of the Russian invasion of Ukraine can be felt globally, the surrounding region is undoubtedly the most affected. The Baltics and Central European countries face an existential threat and are looking for security guarantees from the international community. A reprioritisation of public spending is inevitable due to economic worries and the strain…

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History as it happens: Mary Elise Sarotte on Russia and Ukraine

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Denzil Davidson
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Global Counsel Advisor Denzil Davidson is joined by historian Mary Elise Sarotte, author of the new book 'Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Stalemate.

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The impact of China’s zero-covid strategy on global supply chains

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Ross Nugent
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As most of the world’s major economies learn to live with covid-19, China remains committed to a strategy of suppressing even single-digit caseloads of the virus. Until recently, the policy could be credited as a relative success in both epidemiological and economic terms. As mounting caseloads and more infectious variants prompt officials into renewed lockdowns in China…

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Globalisation in reverse: sanctions and the future of multilateralism

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Jon Garvie
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Russia is now the most sanctioned country in history. Since Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February, 4,860 new measures have been applied to 519 entities, 4,309 individuals, 30 vessels and 3 aircraft. The 7,614 sanctions applied in total is more than double the number applied to the next most sanctioned country, Iran. No matter how the war ends, many of these…

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Ukraine-Russia: Inside Kyiv and Moscow

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Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
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Global Counsel Managing Director Benjamin Wegg-Prosser is joined by Owen Matthews, Newsweek’s former Moscow correspondent, and Sergii Drobysh, a Ukraine-based political analyst, to discuss Russia's shifting internal politics and the mood inside a besieged Ukraine.

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Can the UK innovate its way beyond the frictions? The case of clinical trials regulations

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Rachel Lygoe
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At the start of this year, the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) launched a consultation on its proposals for legislative changes to clinical trials. The consultation marks the latest in a series of efforts to reform the UK’s life sciences regulatory landscape post-Brexit and create a “world-class sovereign regulatory environment for clinical…

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Top in Tech: Russia-Ukraine and the EU's Data Act

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Conan D'Arcy
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‘Top in tech’ is a monthly episode from the GC tech policy team. Each month, the team lift the lid on the latest in Europe’s ‘techlash’, identifying where the debate is heading in London and Brussels, the politics behind it, and what this might mean for the apps and online services we use every day.

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Trade policy risk and supply chains

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Stephen Adams
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On February 24th, Senior Director Stephen Adams presented to the Trade Policy Research Forum on the ways in which supply chain due diligence by UK and US private equity firms has evolved since 2016.

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How an international embargo against Russian oil could work

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Thomas Gratowski
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What seemed the most extreme of scenarios three weeks ago is now slowly becoming a reality: an embargo against Russian oil exports. Joe Biden, the US president, has announced that the US would ban the import of Russian oil and the UK’s business and energy secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has said Britain would phase out Russian oil imports by the end of 2022. These…

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