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About us...

Explico is an independent public policy and outsourced diplomacy boutique with particular expertise in political risk management and trade promotion in the European Union (EU). Explico is also a founding affiliated partner of Acquis EU Law & Policy, a new, independent, multinational partnership established in Brussels in 2020 which offers EU policy and regulatory advice for clients that have an interest in, or are affected by EU policy and legislation.

Established in 2011, Explico's name derives from our drive to explain the complexities of politics and regulation of the EU to private and public sector entities with interests here. For our corporate clients, our mission is to help them understand, analyse and mitigate political risk in Europe by providing valuable information and in-depth analyses of the evolving political environment. For our foreign government clients, our mission is to help them to enhance their diplomatic, political, economic, and cultural engagement by strengthening their countries' bilateral relations through government-to-government, business-to-business, and people-to-people networks. We apply a fact-based approach and operate strictly transparently, in full compliance with the prevailing anti-corruption laws.

Our experts based in our Budapest and Brussels offices and throughout Europe draw on their experience in the fields of civil service, law, governmental affairs and corporate diplomacy to provide a range of strategic advisory services. All are experts who understand how Europe's complex history and the rise of populist politics each affect the way national governments operate and how domestic and EU interests interact. We provide trusted, ethical, and professional services to help businesses recognize and mitigate political and regulatory risk, allowing them to capitalise on the opportunities afforded by accessing EU markets and citizens.

Our mastery of EU political networks, as well as our skillset in public policy, regulatory affairs, and communication, further combined with our legal and trade promotion capabilities, makes Explico a good match for those seeking to optimise business and trade opportunities in Europe.

Our clients...

Corporate clients

Multinational companies operating in this part of the world often feel perplexed by the complexity of EU processes. Businesses seeking to grow in the EU require responses to such risks that are locally tailored while corresponding to the expectations of a multinational company. We are able to translate EU challenges to the language spoken in global board rooms and help our clients to analyse and mitigate the effect of political risk on their EU operations. Many of our clients are Fortune 500 companies with a commercial interest in the EU or which seek to use their Central and Eastern European regional presence as leverage in pursuing public policy aims in Brussels.


Foreign governments

Many countries' foreign affairs ministries, especially outside Europe, lack the resources and local knowledge to maintain an effective presence in every EU Member States. We help our foreign government clients to enhance their diplomatic, political, economic, and cultural engagement by strengthening their countries' bilateral relations through government-to-government, business-to-business and people-to-people networks.

Our services...

Corporate clients

By providing tailor-made strategic advice, we help our corporate clients understand and manage political, regulatory and policy risk in the EU – our expertise in identifying, analysing, and mitigating such risks ensures that our clients' businesses can focus on sustainable profit and growth.

We do this by working closely with our clients to understand their goals, needs, priorities and interests and then provide the support needed to realise them. We provide a range of analytic tools and services to help our clients achieve long-term growth, including:

  • Bespoke briefings providing sector- and country-specific legislative and policy updates, including early warnings of emerging risk factors
  • In-depth assessments of political risks and other circumstances affecting our clients' operations
  • Strategic advice in mitigating the identified political risks, including support in executive coaching, organisational development, and crisis management
  • Assistance in designing and executing responsive tactics to the risks identified, deploying customised strategies in stakeholder communication, consensus-building among industry peers, public relations, and government affairs management
  • We apply a process-driven approach to our client work, evolved over nearly a decade of experience. Using our unique service methodology, for each engagement we design a pre-defined scope, step plan and set of deliverables that render it easy to keep track of developments and evaluate the results.

Foreign governments

Our outsourced diplomacy services for foreign governments may include:

  • Monitoring political and business developments, events, and news across multiple global jurisdictions
  • Delivering intricate political (and industry) insights, risk assessment, and analyses
  • Organizing events, seminars, and business forums
  • Promoting trade relations
  • Mapping key decision and policy makers and other stakeholders
  • Profile raising
  • Arranging high-level meetings and producing preparatory materials for such meetings
  • Providing PR, public policy, and strategic governmental affairs advice
  • Producing presentation materials on political, legal, and regulatory developments
  • Legislative watch services
  • Match-making between countries' key industry in-bound and out-bound investors and target companies and providing transaction support services
  • Early notification of upcoming new laws, regulations, and potential political changes

We regularly interact on our government clients' behalf with government ministries and major authorities on both working and political levels, including meetings with serving ministers, serving MEPs and MPs, state secretaries and various heads of government agencies, as well as political advisors, opinion leaders, and journalists. In doing so, we operate to the highest professional standards with respect to confidentiality, governance accountability, and transparency both with our government clients and on their behalf.

Our team...

Acquis-Explico have a diverse international team comprised of Belgian, British, Dutch, Croatian, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Slovakian, and Syrian staff members located in Budapest and Brussels offices and across Europe.

Our capabilities paired with our Brussels presence through our affiliated partner Acquis EU Law & Policy and close cooperation with some of the most prominent public policy firms in Brussels gives us access to an extensive global network of public policy advisors, enabling us to take on pan-European assignments.

Miklós Orbán

CEO Explico
Affiliated Partner, Co-founder, Acquis EU Law & Policy

Jeroen Jansen

Managing Partner, Founder, Acquis EU Law & Policy

Valerijus Ostrovskis

Partner, Co-founder, Acquis EU Law & Policy

Amb. János Herman

Structured Advisor

Zoltán Nemessányi

Structured Advisor

Zoltán Gábor

Director

Dávid Mihalik

Senior consultant

Laura Semmler

Senior EU Policy Officer

Alexander Loomans

International Response Strategist

Eva Ivancic

Consultant

Dániel Rácz

Consultant

Mark Kakas

Consultant

Ádám Dunai

Consultant

Kutaiba Al Hussein

Consultant

Zsolt Major

Consultant

Balázs Rapi

Consultant

Jessica Vause

Analyst

Kamila Potocarova

Analyst

Contact...

1036 Budapest, Perc u. 6., Hungary
Phone: +36 (1) 244 8377
Fax: +36 (1) 244 8378

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