The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works. У вас есть вопрос? У нас есть ответ. Решая сложные задачи бизнеса, мы улучшаем мир. У вас є запитання? У нас є відповідь. Вирішуючи складні завдання бізнесу, ми змінюємо світ на краще. Meilleure la question, meilleure la réponse. Pour un monde meilleur. 問題越好。答案越好。商業世界越美好。 问题越好。答案越好。商业世界越美好。

What comes first, opportunity or threat?

See how our International Trade, Economics & Policy Unit (ITEP) is helping businesses navigate Brexit uncertainty.

What comes first, opportunity or threat?

International Trade, Economics and Policy (ITEP) unit

At this time of economic, political, legislative, regulatory and trade change, business decisions are increasingly important and difficult. It is therefore key that businesses are more adaptable, strategic and visionary than ever before, and that they review their methodologies and assumptions.

EY’s International Trade, Economics and Policy Unit

Business leaders must lead more than just business.

Leading through disruption requires access to knowledge and information, collaborative management and decision-making to allow new ideas and business models to come to the fore.

Our International Trade, Economics and Policy (ITEP) unit delivers powerful business insights that can help you better understand the changing landscape and identify growth opportunities.

Bringing together a cross-sector team spanning economics, policy, trade and regulation, ITEP helps businesses, government and industry bodies to answer the most challenging questions and forge a successful future for the UK in the global economy.

Together we can help navigate business through uncertainty.

How ITEP can help


EY - Tax

Addressing the demand for greater transparency.

Global footprint

EY - Global footprint

Using new trade deals to access key markets and new trading opportunities.


EY - Financing

Recognising the importance for clarity in financing and risk management.


Meet our team
Our ITEP team has extensive experience across economics, policy, trade and regulation, offering insight across sectors to help you realise new opportunities.

EY - Mats Persson

Mats Persson

Head of International Trade EY - Follow Mats Persson on LinkedIn


Mats is a core member of EY’s ITEP unit. He joined from Number 10, where he was Special Adviser to former Prime Minister David Cameron, and part of the 2015/16 team that renegotiated the EU’s membership terms and other reforms. Prior to this, he was Director of Open Europe, an influential independent policy think tank.

EY - Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory

Chief Economist EY - Follow Mark Gregory on LinkedIn


Mark has over 30 years’ experience in more than 40 countries advising governments and industry on economics, policy and regulation. He has worked extensively across the UK developing economic growth and regeneration, and has conducted academic research focused on the UK’s privatisation policy and its long-term implications for economic growth and industrial policy.

EY - Chris Sanger

Chris Sanger

Global Tax Policy Leader EY - Follow Chris Sanger on LinkedIn


Chris leads EY’s Global Tax Policy team, working with clients to develop proposals for tax policy change that can be taken to government. This involves developing technical policy options in a form used inside government, covering economic issues, tax legislative concerns and fiscal costings. This ensures proposals can be implemented with the minimum of delay, that government policy-makers’ concerns are addressed, and proposals have the maximum chance of adoption.

EY - Gilly Bryant

Gilly Bryant

People Advisory Services Leader EY - Follow Gilly Bryant on LinkedIn


Gilly is Regional Leader of our UK&I People Advisory Services, with over 20 years’ management consulting experience. She has over 20 years’ experience in financial services, working for a variety of banking and capital markets and insurance clients focussed on change, HR, talent, and organisation performance. Gilly has a strong track record working on large business transformation engagements and providing top team coaching.

EY - Marc Bunch

Marc Bunch

UK Global Trade Leader EY - Follow Marc Bunch on LinkedIn


Marc leads EY’s Global Trade team and has over 22 years' experience advising clients on customs, trade, market access and indirect tax on a global basis. Marc was located in Asia for a substantial part of his career helping businesses navigate a wide variety of tariff and non-tariff barriers.

EY - Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper

Tax Technical Policy & Knowledge Leader EY - Follow Claire Hooper on LinkedIn


Claire is an international tax partner and head of EY’s Tax Technical Policy and Knowledge team. She is responsible for analysing the latest technical developments and their implications for clients, and for advising on action to take in light of these. She meets regularly with HMRC and HM Treasury to discuss how policy objectives can best be achieved. She is a member of the CBI Tax Committee and its Brexit Tax Steering Group.

Blogs and views

Act or react? Navigating your business through political uncertainty | April 2017
Mats Persson, EY’s Head of International Trade, considers how businesses should balance firm commitments with sufficient flexibility to deal with political uncertainty over at least the next two years.

Allocating capital in an uncertain global economy: time to return to Europe? | April 2017
EY’s Chief Economist Mark Gregory’s latest blog asks: the global economies – time to return to Europe?

The UK is changing now, can you afford to wait for Brexit? | April 2017
Mark Gregory’s latest blog discusses the findings from EY ITEM Club’s 2017 Spring forecast.

Digital, Brexit and the future of work – a perfect storm for retailers, with disruption around every corner | April 2017
Mark Gregory discusses the disruption facing UK retailers.