We have unrivalled experience of working at the most senior levels in regulatory agencies, government departments and international organisations. Our people have successfully designed regulatory regimes and established public bodies to deliver them effectively. We help our clients to put in place efficient regulatory and policy-focused organisations that operate on the basis of the best governance and management systems. And we help companies face the challenges and complexities of regulatory and policy change, as in the case of Brexit.
High performing public bodies need independence, authority and expertise to be able to deliver high quality output and demonstrate value for money. We help our clients to develop effective regulatory frameworks, articulate coherent strategies, design governance and management systems to deliver impactful results and build effective senior teams.
- Design governance and management systems to structure new organisations with a regulatory and policy focus.
- Write the rule books and legislation that oversee a wide range of public and quasi-public agencies, working closely with industry, government and other interested parties.
- Remain efficient, competitive and fit for purpose in a volatile political and regulatory environment.
- Adapt their organisations and build internal capacity to face the challenges posed by Brexit.
- Structure, identify and build senior teams with regulatory, political and business backgrounds – and help them work together to create a high-performance culture.
- Build regulatory and political awareness among leaders.
- Overseeing the merger of several regulatory agencies the UK telecoms, media and communications sectors.
- Devising a new regulatory regime and regulator in the UK health sector.
- Advising on designing the rule book to oversee a newly established stock exchange in an emerging country.
- Advising a regulatory agency in a Middle Eastern country on a new regulatory regime for credit rating activities.
- Helping several corporations prepare and build capacity for a new regulatory environment post-Brexit.
Capacity building team
Ed Richards is a founder and Managing Partner of Flint. Ed advises clients who face competition, regulatory and policy challenges. He leads client teams working on issues in a wide range of network industries including across the digital and tech sectors.
Before founding Flint, Ed spent more than eight years as the Chief Executive of Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator. During this time, he worked closely with the European Commission and was Vice Chair of the Body of the European Regulators. Previously, Ed was an adviser in 10 Downing St, and headed the BBC’s corporate strategy team. After leaving Ofcom, Ed led an independent review into financial services representation, which led to the integration of six financial services associations in the UK.
Sir Simon Fraser is a founder and Managing Partner of Flint. He supports clients managing complex European and international policy issues. Simon leads our teams helping clients respond to the challenges of Brexit. He is a respected policy commentator and adviser of senior corporate leaders.
From 2010 to 2015 Simon was the Head of the UK Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service. He has also led the UK Department for Business. Prior to that he was Chief of Staff to the European Trade Commissioner in Brussels, and Director General for European Policy at the Foreign Office. Simon is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.
David leads Flint’s financial services practice, providing advice on international policy and regulatory developments for financial services clients.
David was previously the Secretary General of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and worked for 34 years in the European Commission. He played a leading role in the integration of European capital markets. David also represented the European Commission and IOSCO at the Financial Stability Board, led the EU–US Financial Markets Regulatory dialogue and has extensive international regulatory experience. David is the current chair of EUROFI.
Andrew joined Flint in September 2017 to build our Leadership and Organisational Change practice. He works with clients across a range of sectors. He brings 30 years’ experience at senior levels in government, the EU and the private sector.
Previously Andrew was a Director at Stanton Marris and a Partner at Towers Perrin/Kinsley Lord. He started his career in the UK Civil Service, where he worked for two Home Secretaries and in Margaret Thatcher’s office.
Based in the Netherlands, Chris provides strategic advice to clients on their dealings with governments and independent government agencies.
Prior to joining Flint, Chris was the first Chair of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the Dutch competition regulator. Previously, Chris was chairman of the former Netherlands Competition Authority and the former Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority of the Netherlands, and was instrumental in their transformation into the ACM. Chris is Vice-Chair of the International Competition Network and is a former Chair of BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications. He began his career as a lawyer, working in the Middle East and specialising in energy and utilities.
Thomas joined Flint in May 2016 as our representative in Berlin. He advises companies in sectors ranging from tech and media to manufacturing on German political, legislative and regulatory developments.
Previously Thomas was a senior diplomat, serving as German Ambassador to the UK, the UN and India. He also headed Deutsche Bank’s public policy representation in Berlin, and was the Managing Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the International Forum of Deutsche Bank.
Claus joined Flint as Senior Adviser in September 2017 as our business link to the Nordic-Baltic region, based in Copenhagen. He advises clients in the tech, transport, financial services and life sciences sectors on European policy and political issues.
Claus has previously held very senior foreign affairs roles in the Danish government, including Under-Secretary for European Affairs, Permanent Representative to the EU, Permanent-Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the UK. He has a background in business and law.