Antti Lemberg, Laura Petschnig, Paul Cullum, and Phil Sneade from Frontier’s Financial Services team, presented today at the MoneyLIVE Retail Banking Summit 2018 to a diverse audience from the banking and fintech community across Europe.
A new Frontier study, published today, finds that the Scottish Government will meet its target to reduce smoking prevalence to 5% or below of Scotland’s adult population by 2044. The government’s ambition, set out in the 2013 Tobacco Control Strategy, is to achieve this target, which it describes as creating a ‘tobacco free generation of Scots’, by 2034.
Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) is the guardian of how all appraisal and evaluation is undertaken by the UK government. Its “Green Book” aims to ensure that a consistent approach is adopted by all parts of the public sector. Such is the status of this guidance that it has remained unchanged for 15 years, despite significant advances in economic thinking and in the economy of the UK.
The Mexican telecommunications regulator, the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), has today approved and published the Final Functional Separation Plan of the wholesale business of fixed-line operator Telmex.
David Bothe, Associate Director at Frontier Economics in Cologne, gave a presentation on the future of mobility at the International Engine Conference in Baden-Baden, Germany today.
Shareholders of both Tesco and Booker have today voted in favour of the proposed £4.1 billion merger of their businesses. The result gives the go ahead for Tesco, the UK’s largest grocery retailer, and Booker, the UK’s largest wholesaler, to merge to form the UK’s largest food group.
Claire Thornhill, Manager in Frontier’s Energy Practice, presented today at the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition Conference. She spoke about a ‘Buildings Energy Infrastructure Programme’ which aims at achieving major energy savings in UK homes.
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today announced a ‘Call for Input’ on using technology to achieve smarter regulatory reporting.
Jens Perner, Associate Director at Frontier Economics, presented a study on the future costs of synthetic gas and liquid fuels at an event organized by Agora Energiewende and Agora Verkehrswende in Berlin today. The study, commissioned by Agora, examines the long-term (to 2050) costs of producing and transporting synthetic methane (power-to-gas) and liquid fuels (power-to-liquids) from regions such as North Africa, the Middle East and Iceland.
Global Competition Review (GCR) has today published its nominations of anti-trust cases, lawyers, economists and enforcers for the GCR Awards 2018. Frontier’s economists advised on five of the merger control and litigation matters that have been nominated for awards, across Europe as well as the Asia-Pacific region.
Two Frontier studies have been published today by innogy SE, a subsidiary of the German energy company RWE. The studies analyse the current and future framework for decarbonising the German economy.
The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published an update to its ongoing review into high cost credit products. The review was initiated by a requirement for the FCA to review the price cap that it had placed on high-cost short-term credit, typically known as payday loans.
The UK’s main cash machine network LINK has announced today that it will cut most ATM interchange fees by 20% over the next five years. The ATM interchange fee is the payment made to ATM operators by current account providers per transaction.
Wynne Jones, Christoph Riechmann, Nick Elms and Stefan Lochner, dispute experts in Frontier’s Energy Practice, have contributed a chapter to Global Arbitration Review’s (GAR) second edition of The Guide to Damages in International Arbitration.
Christoph Riechmann, head of Frontier Germany, today signed a cooperation agreement between Frontier and the local secondary school “Hölderlin Gymnasium” in Cologne, Germany. The cooperation, part of Frontier’s pro bono work, sees Frontier participate in the KURS initiative, an education project organised by the regional government and supported by the chamber of commerce that brings together local companies and schools.
The Colombian National Planning Department (DNP) is currently implementing broad changes to the governance of the Colombian electricity market. This restructuring stems from a report by Frontier, commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank, analysing the institutional performance of the electricity market and suggesting changes to its governance.
Former WTO Director-General and EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy spoke today at the launch of the Trade Knowledge Exchange (TKE) in London. The TKE is a new initiative, led by Frontier and 5 partner organisations, that brings together world-leading experts on international trade.
The Financial Times published today its rating of the UK’s Leading Management Consultancies, based on recommendations by clients and peers and compiled by the data company Statista.
Frontier Economics, in partnership with five other institutions working on trade policy, today launched the Trade Knowledge Exchange. The initiative brings together some of the world’s leading experts on international trade, with a focus on policy questions arising in the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
The UK government committed in its 2017 general election manifesto to introduce “breathing spaces” for those who may have problem debt.