BREXIT: A Month of Negotiation, How Far Have We Come? – 27 April 2017


Since the referendum in June 2016 when the UK public officially voted in favour of leaving the EU a period of uncertainty followed for many, the general public, businessmen, and politicians alike. Since, the experts have been trying to anticipate exactly how this decision will play out. The 29th March 2017 was an important date in Brexit history, when current Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 which formally began the process of disentangling the UK from the EU. A month later, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Finance and Economical Affairs brought together four experts on Europe, the EU and doing business in Europe to discuss its future.

During the conference, each speaker had an interesting view to put across; the President of the Franco-British Chamber, Olivier Campenon, was quick to dismiss the talk of a “divorce” between the EU and the UK, saying that it simply isn’t the case. The snap election and its ramifications were also discussed.

Alexis Karklins-Marchay, Partner at Eight Advisory and in charge of the financial valuation, has published multiple economic reports, and is currently working on the attractiveness of the UK post Brexit. He gave a measured explanation of what he believes will be the final outcome of this huge political decision.

President CEO of BT France, Luca Zappia, shared how business is reacting and preparing in response to Brexit. Being Swiss in origin, Mr Zappia spoke about his personal point of view, and sounded optimistic for the UK and how it would continue to be an important player in Europe.

Marc Perrone, Linklaters Partner, leads financial regulation practice regulation, and as this is one of the key topics that is being negotiated upon was able to give the audience an insightful view on what is to come.

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 Partner at Eight Advisory

Alexis, 47, is a Partner at Eight Advisory (Paris / London), in charge of the financial valuation practice. His main sectors of activity include cosmetics, luxury, retail, consumer products, energy and asset management. Alexis advises private equity funds and multinational corporations on their acquisitions and investment projects, as well as on assets valuation, including brands and intangibles. Prior to Eight Advisory, he worked in a consulting firm specialized on intangible assets and at EY (1998-2013), notably as the Global Valuation leader and as the Head of Emerging Markets Centre.

In parallel, Alexis has produced several economic reports, with a specific focus on competitiveness. He’s also a regular media contributor in France (Les Echos, L’Opinion, BFM) and in the UK (Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC) on finance, economics and politics. Author of 60+ articles and of books of economic history, Alexis is a French-American citizen.

Luca V. ZAPPIA: CEO France at BT Global Services

Luca Zappia was appointed CEO of BT in France in July 2015. Since his appointment Luca has lead the French team to success, especially with the signature of a number of significant international contracts with French headquartered multinationals.
He joined BT in 2005 and has held a variety of roles, including director of marketing for Switzerland and chief operating officer, E*MEA. From 2010, Luca was the regional leader of BT’s growing operations across the Middle East and Africa. In January 2012, he was appointed as country manager for Switzerland and in August 2013 was appointed CEO of BT in SNCR (Switzerland, Nordics, CEE & Russia).
Before joining BT, Luca was head of corporate sales as well as head of portfolio and innovation at Swisscom Solutions. He has more than 16 years of experience in telecommunications and has worked across different countries and cultures throughout his career.
A trained lawyer, Luca holds a master’s degree in European Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Master of Arts in Law and Economics from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. Luca is a Swiss national and speaks five languages fluently

Marc PERRONE: Partner at Linklaters, charged with financial regulation practice

Marc is a partner at the Paris office, in charge of the financial regulation practice. His main sectors of activity include: transactions relating to banking and financial institutions (creation and licensing of institutions, change of control, transfer of activities); advising in relation to the provision of banking services and investment services and activities and the management of relations with regulators; advising on organisational and conduct of business rules applicable to regulated activities in France.

Marc’s expertise also covers investment management work and he is regularly involved in different types of investment management work, including: advice in relation to the structuring and creation of private equity vehicles, such as French FCPRs à procédure allégée, as well as other types of French funds (mutual funds, contractual funds, OPCI); marketing of EU UCITS in France; advice in relation to investment management agreements, financial advisory agreements, distribution agreements or agreements concerning delegation of financial management for funds.

Olivier CAMPENON: President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce

Venue: French Ministry for the Economy and Finance, 139 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris.