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" I hold a double degree in French and Russian business law. I am fully trilingual (French, Russian, English). I have spent ten years living and working in Russia, where I gained extensive professional experience in proving all-round support to my clients. "
Эммануэль Жезекель Берар
I hold a double degree in French and Russian business law from the University of Paris X. I have lived and worked in Russia for over ten years and speak fluent Russian. In 2005 I went to Russia to help establishing the Kazan branch of Alliance Française (the French equivalent of the British Council), and then stayed to work for four years at a local company, where I was in charge of client development and project management. In 2010 I went on to become CEO of that same company, which I successfully headed for another four years. Our activities were extremely diverse, which meant that I had to manage an array of different projects simultaneously, work in three different languages, and respond to all kinds of client requests, which, needless to say, were always urgent. Despite two major financial crises, between 2007 and 2014 Moscow boomed with projects and ideas — we had no shortage of clients. During those years we represented REED MIDEM at the MAPIC and MIPIM trade fairs. We made a point of providing truly comprehensive support to our clients, so I personally developed the event management branch of the company. However, the main focus of those fairs being on investment, our company positioned itself as a bridge between France and Russia, helping French investors to expand on the Russian market and vice-versa.
We thus helped and advised Saint-Gobain, which was looking to expand its regional presence. We supported Peugeot and a number of major SMEs in their endeavours to conquer the local market.
Conversely, I was also there for Russian entrepreneurs who wished to diversify their activities by investing in France.
A few years ago, having got married and having had my first child, I returned to France, where, for a period of time, I worked for a Russian family that had settled on the Riviera. I was running the family office and acted as personal assistant to the head of family. There too, I had to deal with a variety of tasks, sometimes most unexpected, and interact with many different people.
Investing means finding the right project, dependable partners and appropriate financing. It also means to be aware of the obligations you take upon yourself in signing up for a given project. And, above all, it means being in full control of the decision process. Whether you are looking to export a brand, to find a distributor, locate suitable premises, to buy a restaurant or to develop a hotel, I can offer valuable support right from the start. I will identify the projects, the partners, the locations which will correspond most closely to your wishes. After we have defined together the key aspects of the deal, I will perform due diligence through my network of professional partners. Thus, when all is set, you will be able to launch the project serenely, focus on the essential aspects where your input really matters, and reap the rewards of your investment.
" Having me along for your professional and investment projects will allow you to manage costs more efficiently, take firm control of the decision process and be fully aware of the obligations involved. "
— My service is bespoke. I have no standard offer, because I have no “standard” clients. All your projects will be dealt with on a strictly individual and made-to-measure basis. —
DAILY FOR YOU
You feel that mundane tasks are eating up your valuable time? This is where I come in.
I work with a multidisciplinary team which comprises a lawyer, an accountant and a sworn translator, all of them fluent in Russian. I furthermore rely on a large network of professional experts in various fields, who in turn have excellent connections on the local level. I can thus guarantee that all issues will be dealt with utmost competence and efficiency. I will be able to provide support with most aspects related to your personal and professional settlement in France: hunting for that perfect flat or villa (I am an accredited realtor), recruiting household staff, finding a school, booking appointments with recommended medical doctors — you name it. I can also help with opening a bank account, obtaining residence permits and social security coverage, following-up taxation and tax payment issues, and so forth. Do not leave those trivial chores divert your attention from your business and from that which really matters.
" Hand over your routine tasks to me. Using my broad network of partners and established experts in various fields, I will take care of all administrative and organisational issues on a daily basis, leaving you free to devote your attention to your business and to that which really matters. "
You wish to delight a loved one, impress your friends, organise a meeting, a round table or a conference for your clients or your team? Or perhaps to mark an important event (such as a marriage, a birthday or a first communion)? Or else pay due tribute to a departed member of your family? I have experience in organising grand receptions (a reception hosted by the Moscow Government at the Massena Museum in Nice, a reception hosted by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development at Château de La Napoule in Cannes, a reception at the French Ambassador’s residence in Moscow to honour the French cities of Nice and Cannes). I have also organised concerts with Yevgeny Margulis (guitarist and composer for Mashina Vremeni and Voskresenie groups), and with the Gelikon Opera (8 soloists and a choir of 30 on the main stage of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes). I have even organised an ice-hockey tournament that took place over three days in Jean Bouin stadium in Nice, with the participation of the “Legends of Hockey” (Pavel Bure, Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov…).
Would you like to discover and enjoy some hidden places open only to the happy few? Stay in the most luxurious hotel suites or villas? Arrange an unforgettable event for your life partner? My organisational skills are yours to use — along with my genuine desire to make your dream event come true.