Life at FGS Global
Builds bridges between companies, regulators and legislators in the EU and worldwide. Advises on cross-border transactions and helps companies in all sectors to see through and make the most of the new EU industrial policy.
Life Pre-FGS Global
Practiced competition law in law firms and in the tech industry worldwide, taught EU law and represented the UK in the European Parliament.
Life Beyond FGS Global
She dives, photographs people and places, and employs her teenager as a speechwriter. Might run for the British House of Commons again.
Irina von Wiese, a British and German citizen, has many years of experience as a lawyer, academic and politician with a particular interest in the relationship between business and government. At FGS Global, she advises clients on cross-border competition law, in particular on EU merger control and foreign direct investment screening, as well as on navigating political contexts in the European context — including on the topic of ESG.
Irina started her career as a competition lawyer with Allen & Overy LLP in London before moving to BT Global Services. From 2010 to 2019, Irina was Antitrust Director at the GSM Association, the global association of the mobile communications industry. There she led not only antitrust supervision, but also the rapidly expanding compliance functions. A growing mobile industry focus on reputation and ESG soon led to Irina being tasked with cross-cutting legal areas such as supply chain management and trade sanctions compliance.
In 2019, Irina left the city to fulfill her mandate as one of the last British Members of the European Parliament. As a Liberal Democrat, she took part in the European elections with an anti-Brexit platform. During her tenure, she was Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and a member of the cross-party ESG Working Group, where she focused on the social sustainability of international supply chains.
After Brexit, Irina continued her political work as a freelance writer for the European Liberal Forum and taught EU law at the French University Paris Dauphine.
Irina is admitted as a German lawyer and British solicitor and holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. She speaks German, English and French.