Claus advises clients in the tech, transport, financial services and life sciences sectors on European policy and political issues. He is based in Copenhagen.
Claus has been at the forefront of EU policy-making for over 30 years. As a senior Danish diplomat, he was involved in the negotiations for the creation of the Single Market, the enlargement of the EU, the creation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as well as the EU’s Maastricht, Amsterdam and Lisbon treaties.
During his career, Claus held various senior foreign affairs roles in the Danish government, including Under-Secretary for European Affairs and Permanent-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2000 to 2009 Claus was posted to the Permanent Representation of Denmark to the EU in Brussels, first as Deputy then as Permanent Representative. During this time Claus presided over COREPER during the Danish Presidency of the EU and was closely involved in the handling the effects of the financial crisis.
Claus’s last diplomatic post was Ambassador to the UK, during which time he became known as a sharp commentator on the Scottish referendum in 2014 and Brexit referendum in 2016.