EU regulation and policy
Flint offers companies deep technical and policy expertise in Brussels and European capitals. We work on high-profile European regulatory and policy initiatives, transactions and competition cases. Our range of experience and expertise enables us to offer high-level strategic advice while also understanding the technical detail of complex European issues.
Policy and regulation at a European level affect business across all major sectors including digital, tech, financial services, life sciences and energy. We offer our clients rigorous technical EU expertise and work with them to navigate the complex policy environment.
- Understand business critical developments at the EU level.
- Analyse and prioritise EU regulation and legislation.
- Validate EU positioning strategies.
- Craft evidence-based arguments and narratives that resonate with policy-makers.
- Execute tailored EU engagement plans.
- Build effective corporate in-house capacity to drive EU policy work.
- Recruit the right people for senior corporate EU positions.
- Helping a major international tech company to understand and mitigate the commercial and reputational risks from the EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy, and to become a constructive partner for the European Commission.
- Increasing the visibility of a leading multinational in the food and beverage sector by prioritising their issues, then developing and implementing engagement plans on Brexit.
- Supporting a global manufacturing company in improving their in-house capabilities to represent their interests in Brussels. This included developing job descriptions, and identifying and vetting candidates for a senior EU advocacy role.
EU regulation and policy team
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.
Based in Brussels, Gregor oversees Flint’s European network. He provides strategic regulatory and organisational advice to companies in sectors including energy, tech, financial services and manufacturing.
As a senior adviser and media spokesman for two European Commissioners, Gregor dealt with major regulatory initiatives and challenges for industry, trade negotiations and agriculture policy reform. After leaving the Commission, Gregor ran a leading Brussels policy consultancy.
David joined Flint in May 2016 as a partner. He 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 Markers Regulatory dialogue and has extensive international regulatory experience. David is the current chair of EUROFI.
Bruno started at Flint in January 2017. He is based in Brussels and supports clients, notably in the tech, life sciences and financial services sectors on EU politics and policy, Brexit and EU–China relations.
Before joining Flint, Bruno was Europe Minister in Portugal and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Europe) in Brussels. His book on Europe, Russia and China in the new world order will be published in 2018. He is a non-resident fellow at Renmin University in Beijing and the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.
Paul joined Flint in October 2017. Based in Brussels, he offers expertise on EU policy and advises clients on strategic positioning in sectors including telecommunications, tech and digital.
Paul has founded and built two highly successful EU public affairs agencies in Brussels. He is chairman of Forum Europe, and founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online current affairs magazine. Paul is also a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board and Rand Europe’s Council of Advisors.
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.
Katie joined Flint in May 2016 and advises companies across the economy on the challenges and opportunities they encounter from regulation, policy and politics, providing the analysis and insight they need to address them.
Before joining Flint, she held senior policy and advisory roles in HM Treasury, the UK Department for Business and the Cabinet Office, and established the UK National Infrastructure Commission on behalf of the Treasury as its first Chief of Staff. Before becoming a civil servant she worked in journalism.
Renaud joined Flint in January 2017. He advises clients on EU policy and tax matters, French affairs and Brexit. He leads on Flint’s business development in the agri-food sector.
Prior to joining Flint, Renaud worked as senior researcher and deputy director at the international think tank Policy Network, where he gained expertise in EU governance, the EU budget and the Common Agricultural Policy. Renaud is French and has a background in French politics.
Kiran joined Flint in November 2015. She is part of the core team that provides Brexit analysis and advice for clients. She also supports clients dealing with challenges in policy, regulation and organisational change in the UK and EU in the financial services, life sciences and manufacturing sectors.
Previously Kiran worked in the UK Parliament, with European parliamentarians and has consulted for energy company Hess and Barclays' investment team in New York.
Lorenzo joined Flint as a consultant in January 2016. Now a Manager, he advises clients in Brussels on energy, digital and tax issues as well as on EU politics and the EU institutions.
Lorenzo has more than five years of EU public affairs experience. He is Italian and has previously worked in the Italian public administration, EU institutions, NGOs and in a company specialising in EU policy monitoring and analysis in Brussels.
Filipa started at Flint in January 2016. She supports clients navigating politics and regulation in the UK and EU across the financial services, tech and digital sectors.
Before joining Flint, Filipa worked for a European financial services NGO in Brussels where she managed stakeholder relations and external communications with the EU institutions. Filipa is Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish, French and English.
Oli started at Flint at the launch in November 2015 as a Consultant. Now a Manager, he supports clients dealing with regulatory, policy and political challenges in the telecommunications, digital, life sciences and automotive sectors. Oli is German and works closely with Thomas Matussek providing advice on German policy and political issues.
Before joining Flint, Oli worked for a Member of the European Parliament on international trade policy, in crisis communications and reputation management for a business advisory and in the Federal Parliament in Germany.
Adriana joined Flint in January 2017 and supports clients in the digital, telecommunication, audio-visual and energy sectors. She advises companies on regulatory risk and policy positioning.
Before joining Flint, she worked for companies organising policy events on digital, infrastructure and planning in London, the Confederation of Italian Industries and the public affairs office of one of the leading telecommunication companies in Brussels.