Politics and markets
We help our clients to manage the uncertainty and disruption that can be triggered by political developments. Drawing on our extensive experience in politics, policy and financial markets, we advise investors on the risks and opportunities around their portfolios. We provide insight into, and analysis of, events which will impact valuations or the broader investment climate. And we step back to analyse the longer-term political trends that will shape the investment environment over time.
Political pressures are driving continued change in the investment environment in the UK, Europe, and globally. Within countries, populist movements are on the rise, and regulators are under pressure to be increasingly interventionist. Between countries, the global rules-based system is under strain. We help our clients to understand the impact politics can have on their investments, enabling them to make informed decisions and protect their returns.
- Actionable insight: we follow global political, policy and regulatory developments and update our clients so that they can make informed investment decisions.
- Deep-dives: we conduct in-depth analysis of individual countries, economic sectors or events.
- M&A advice: we offer bespoke advice on M&A activity, providing insight into the political and regulatory obstacles to major transactions in both the UK and EU.
- Due diligence: we provide due diligence services to clients considering major investments in areas which may face head or tailwinds from politics, policy or regulation.
- A clear and differentiated point of view, supported by evidence and argument – not fudge and equivocation.
- Recommendations that are tailored to specific situations, and which draw out clearly the potential financial implications.
- World-class, independent analysis and advice that helps them to outperform their competitors and peers.
Politics & markets team
Alex leads Flint's Politics and Markets practice.
He was formerly the Chief Political Analyst at JP Morgan, and a senior adviser to the firm’s operating committee. Alex also ran the global research practice at the Economist Intelligence Unit, after a career in private equity and government.
Matthew 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.
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.
Mark jointly leads the competition and regulation practice. He advises clients primarily across the telecoms, media, energy, technology and financial services sectors.
Prior to joining Flint, Mark was a senior director at Ofcom, the UK telecoms and media regulator. He spent five years as an economic director working on competition and regulatory issues in the broadcasting and telecoms sectors and then moved into a policy director role in Ofcom’s spectrum group. Over a period of six years, he led Ofcom’s spectrum work on satellite and broadcasting and was also responsible for Ofcom’s programme of spectrum auctions. Previously Mark was a senior consultant specialising in the energy and utility sectors.
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 recent book on Europe, Russia and China in the new world order received widespread critical acclaim. He is a non-resident fellow at Renmin University in Beijing and the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.
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.
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.
Nyasha advises clients on UK policy and regulatory issues. Before joining Flint in 2018, Nyasha worked as a senior researcher for the office of Gordon Brown, the former British Prime Minister, where she focused on Brexit and globalisation issues. Earlier in her career she was a Fast Streamer in the UK Civil Service and gained experience in various NGOs and international organisations including the UN's World Food Programme.
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.
Olivia advises on policy and regulatory issues and political risk. She supports clients in the media, telecoms and financial services sectors.
Before joining Flint, Olivia worked in the Communications and Advocacy team of the European Council on Foreign Relations in London. Previously, she worked for the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne, Australia, where she authored a report on the regulation of Australian trade unions. Olivia has a Master’s degree in European Politics, specialising in the politics of Central and Eastern Europe.
Rohan supports clients on competition, regulation and policy issues across a number of sectors.
Prior to joining Flint, Rohan was a Policy Economist at the Bank of England. He worked on a range of financial regulatory policy issues at the international, EU and domestic levels. These included roles working on the finalisation of the post-crisis international banking capital framework and the banking recovery and resolution regime in the UK.
Anna advises clients on UK politics and policy analysis. Prior to joining Flint, she worked in the UK Parliament as a Senior Parliamentary Researcher, where she advised Members in Government appointed roles including a Parliamentary Private Secretary and Government Whip. She worked closely with various UK government departments in their parliamentary liaison and passage of legislation. Previously, Anna spent time working as a Parliamentary Analyst for a UK political publishing company.