We have deep expertise in international trade policy and negotiation from working in the European Commission and EU governments. We understand the political, economic and business forces driving the trade agenda and help our clients to respond to change, avoid risks and take opportunities. We work with business and government to promote effective, modern trade policy and regulation in areas like the digital economy, data and international tax.
It is essential for businesses to keep pace with changes in the international economy and trade environment. In many countries the erosion of public support for open trade is leading to disruptive policy shifts and protectionism. Trade rules and regulation also need to reflect technological advances and promote competition.
- Understand and respond to the changing and increasingly politicised trade environment.
- Work through the consequences of Brexit for their trade in Europe and world markets.
- Identify and pursue new trade opportunities.
- Influence the development of new areas of trade policy, for example in the digital economy.
- Make evidence-based contributions to policy-making through economic analysis and modelling.
- Respond to business challenges arising from sanctions, embargoes or trade defence.
- Simulation of economic outcomes and future UK tariffs, and advice on UK government engagement, for a leading UK food company.
- Assessing post-Brexit international trade priorities for a UK FTSE 100 company.
- Stress-testing post-Brexit trade risk analysis for a multinational drinks company.
- Assessment of the supply chain effects of Brexit scenarios for a major retailer.
- Assessment of the trade consequences of Brexit for a major UK port.
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.
Susana joined Flint in December 2017. She advises clients on Brexit, EU and UK politics and policy, focusing particularly on the digital and manufacturing sectors.
Before joining Flint, she was head of policy and public affairs for several multinationals in the technology and energy sectors, with a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa markets. Susana has spent over 15 years advising international businesses on policy developments and their interaction with governments, in Brussels, London and Beijing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Renaud 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.