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Brexit and the politics of food: Understanding the relationship between food standards and FTAs

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Brexit and the politics of food: Understanding the relationship between food standards and FTAs
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On July 28th, Global Counsel hosted a technical discussion between food policy experts looking at what is at stake for UK food and agriculture after the landmark Agriculture Bill as the UK pursues and negotiates trade agreements in the lead-up to exiting the European Union. We were joined by Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University of London and Emily Lydgate…

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The EU’s new long term budget: a “Hamiltonian moment” for the European Union?

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Ana Martínez
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After the difficult negotiations of the longest ever EU summit, EU leaders agreed last week on a €750 billion recovery fund and at least one new EU tax. Some called it a “Hamiltonian moment” for the European Union. Practice Lead Denzil Davidson and Senior Associate Ana Martínez examine what was agreed, the politics that got us here, the disputes that still haven’t been…

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Pass the remote control

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Tom King
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Governments’ support measures for businesses hit by covid-19 have focused on maintaining liquidity through provision of emergency credit. In the UK, government-backed loan schemes have been the main protection over the past few months – but it should be equity, not debt, that revitalises the economy and pump-primes the recovery.

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US policy update: Biden’s economic nationalism and the Democratic party’s “unity” agenda

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Joe Palombo
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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 ninth conversation in the series, which unpacked two key policy developments - Joe Biden’s…

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Treaty scrutiny: working practices

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Stephen Adams
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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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An "On the ground" view of managing covid-19 with UNC Health

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Erin Caddell
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Director Erin Caddell sits down with Alex Collins, Strategy Consultant at UNC Health Care (North Carolina’s largest health system), for a perspective on the impact of covid-19 on public health practices in North Carolina, and an outlook for recovery in the state given the recent uptick in cases there and in a number of other US states.

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Rolling back or building back better?

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Elizabeth Beall
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As governments globally introduce emergency support to combat the impacts of covid-19, there have been calls to ensure this is aligned with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives. However, covid-19 has also prompted many governments to lift or suspend regulations to reduce burdens on corporates. Where does the balance lie? Global Counsel is tracking ESG…

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A tax whose time has come?

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Ermenegilda Boccabella
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Carbon border adjustment taxes are not a new concept. The idea applies carbon pricing to goods that enter the single market where products are manufactured offshore have avoided carbon pricing. In theory, this prevents 'carbon leakage'. Europe's energy-intensive industries, especially cement and steel, have long argued they need a level playing field against imports with…

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Can the US reshore semiconductor manufacturing?

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Miranda Lutz
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The covid-19 pandemic has ignited calls to reallocate critical supply chains away from China which could result in policy changes that fundamentally transform the semiconductor industry. Amid rising US-China tensions and the need to reinvigorate the US economy, Congress and President Donald Trump are poised to make sizable investments in the microchip industry to enhance…

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Foreign investment: rising tides of politics in regulation

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Stephen Adams
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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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The next frontier in ESG: race, policing and diversity

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Elizabeth Beall
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The current wave of activism around race, racial awareness and diversity is certain to impact on ESG – particularly as the ‘S’ aspect gains in prominence due to covid-19. The social components of ESG policies and strategies have in the past largely focused on attention to human rights and labour conditions, but the list of what is included is expanding. While…

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US policy update: The US presidential race and what to expect for financial services

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Joe Palombo
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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 seventh conversation in the series, which explored the impact of the widespread US protests…

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Tipping point? The future of energy post covid-19

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Peter Mandelson
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In light of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, GC has held regular weekly calls focusing on how governments are responding to the situation and what upcoming developments could look like. Global Counsel recently hosted a discussion between our Chairman Peter Mandelson, Al Cook, Executive Vice President of Equinor, Marco Alverà, Chief Executive Officer of Snam and Global…

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What can covid-19 teach us about strengthening the US education system?

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Erin Caddell
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A conversation with from a recent digital event with Frederick M. Hess, resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute exploring the challenges faced by the US education system and potential measures to mitigate them.

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Strings attached? Environmental conditionalities and state aid

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Giuseppe Costanzo
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As many European states have mobilised to inject financial support into struggling companies, some European politicians have pointedly asked whether such support should come with environmental conditions attached. 

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How is sanctions policy changing due to covid-19?

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Thomas Gratowski
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A discussion between Thomas Gratowski, Global Macro Practice Lead, Global Counsel, and John Hughes, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group on US-EU continued divergence on sanctions policy post covid-19.

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Covid-19's impact on the tourism industry

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Andrew Yeo
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An in-conversation from a recent digital event with Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings, and Andrew Yeo, Senior Associate, Global Counsel on the future of the global tourism industry, with a focus on Asian markets.

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Oman’s financial troubles will test the GCC

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Thomas Gratowski
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Oman’s new sultan faces a potential binary choice. The 65-year-old Haitham bin Tariq, who acceded to the throne in January, knows that the rial’s peg against the US dollar has guaranteed financial stability for decades. But he has also pledged to continue his predecessor’s independent foreign policy. The country’s long-time leader, Qaboos bin Said, sought to maintain good…

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