Policy and political analysis
Our expertise in policy development and political analysis is drawn from decades of experience at the highest levels of government decision-making in the UK and EU. We advise businesses on how to interpret and respond to change and uncertainty in politics, policy and regulation. We help clients in sectors including digital and tech, financial services, telecoms, life sciences, energy, food and drink and manufacturing to shape the business environment and work constructively with policy-makers to achieve their goals.
Changes in the policy and political landscape can have far-reaching implications for business. We provide our clients with insight, analysis and guidance on events in the UK, Europe and internationally, such as the consequences of an election or government policies like the UK Industrial Strategy, to help them manage risks and seize opportunities.
- Understand what political developments mean and what is going on behind the scenes.
- Identify risks and opportunities, and set the right priorities.
- Assess the consequences of a policy or regulation and develop a handling strategy.
- Develop the best evidence and arguments to support their case.
- Implement tailored engagement plans.
- Supporting a UK media company to engage effectively with the UK government on its leading policy priority, by helping it identify its preferred outcome and refining its arguments and engagement at all levels of government.
- Helping an innovative UK fintech company develop a public policy capability and effective relationships with senior government and regulatory stakeholders in Europe, to achieve its objectives.
- Interpreting for our clients the different stages of the Brexit process, as well as wider political developments in Europe and beyond.
Policy and political analysis 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.
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.
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.
Lidia joined Flint in June 2017. She provides expertise on Poland and Central European business, policy and regulatory issues with special emphasis ontelecoms, media, tech, energy and the automotive sectors. She is based in Warsaw and London.
Previously Lidia was Deputy President of the Polish regulatory authority for telecommunications and postal markets and Vice Chair of the Body of the European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). She has also held senior management positions in the private sector in Poland and internationally.
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.
Jérôme joined Flint in November 2016 and offers expertise on economic and competition issues in the French market. Based in Paris, he also provides advice to clients across a range of sectors on French political, policy and regulatory interests and EU issues.
Before working with Flint, Jérôme was Chief of Staff to four French ministers, Head of the French antitrust regulator, Director of Caisse des Dépôts(CDC), CEO of private equity funds of CDC, and CEO of Veolia Transportation and Transdev. He is also a consultant in competition law.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew joined Flint shortly after it was founded in November 2015. He leads Flint’s work advising clients on political and regulatory risk across sectors including tech, the sharing economy and life sciences, with a particular focus on the impact of Brexit.
Before joining Flint, Matthew was a Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the coalition government, covering policy areas including the Home Office, European relations and constitutional affairs. He has also written for The Economist on European politics.
Alex joined Flint in May 2017 and advises clients in the financial services, technology and energy sectors. He leads our work on distributed ledger technology, finance, and political risk.
Before joining Flint, Alex led the Global Country Analysis business at the Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to this he was the Chief Political Analyst at J.P. Morgan. Alex has also worked as a Senior Adviser, covering international finance, at HM Treasury. Alex’s early career was spent in private equity.
Alex joined Flint in October 2017, supporting clients in policy engagement and strategy across a number of sectors including life sciences and financial services.
Before joining Flint, Alex worked in the Office of The Prime Minister in Uganda, as a strategist at Guardian News & Media, as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and as an aide to Gordon Brown, the former British Prime Minister.
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.
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.
Matt joined Flint in December 2016. He works across the transport, automotive, infrastructure and media sectors. He also plays a role in Flint’s team working on Brexit issues and international trade.
Before joining Flint, Matt worked as a political adviser at the US Embassy in London, advising senior diplomats and US business on the implications of UK politics on their interests. He has also worked in the House of Commons and for the UK’s tech trade association.
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.
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.
Sarah started at Flint in November 2017. She supports clients by providing policy and political analysis across a range of sectors.
Before joining Flint, Sarah worked for a UK political Party managing a policy influencing membership group within the Party. Sarah has also worked for a large international development NGO where she researched and influenced change on energy and tax policies, and has undertaken a placement in the Government Affairs team of a large multinational manufacturing company to support their work around the UK’s Industrial Strategy proposals and Brexit negotiations.
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.
Abi joined Flint as a personal assistant to the Managing Partners in May 2016. She is now a Consultant/Researcher, supporting clients in the financial services, life sciences, and automotive sectors.
Before joining Flint, Abi worked for an NGO in The Hague, the US Embassy in Yerevan, and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.