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Should we question the digital age or take it for granted?

Discussion with Denis Jacquet

Entrepreneur and Author of "Uberization: An enemy wishing you good?"

“Should we question the digital age or take it for granted?”

25 W. 39th, 14th floor, New York

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:30 p.m. – Registration
6:45 p.m. – Welcome remarks & Keynote speaker presentation
7: 45p.m. – Q&A
8:00 p.m. – Closing remarks and cocktail


About Denis Jacquet
Denis Jacquet (HEC 89, Master in Business Law and Tax) started as a tax lawyer with Baker & Mackenzie in NYC. Launched his first company in 93 at the age of 27. Made a success of it. Acquired a declining leading distance education company in France and revamped it, turned it international.
He became a pioneer of the e-learning market. International development has been the key factor for EduFactory success. EduFactory became one of the only French training companies with a presence in more than 8 countries. He spent 10 years living abroad (Morocco and USA) to develop the business.
Back in France in 2010 Denis thought that we could help other SMBs to do likewise and started Parrainer la Croissance-PLC (Mentor the Growth). A network of 4000 entrepreneurs dedicated to international growth, but also lobbying, access to investment and press.
Recently Denis and G.Leclercq launched the UBERIZATION OBSERVATORY, a “Think and Do” Tank aimed at analyzing the impact of this tsunami at every level of our societies. The objective is to think instead of catching up with the crazy pace the digital is setting.
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You will find various videos, interviews, articles and debates with Denis Jacquet in the following medias :
BFM, LCI, I-Télé, Public Sénat, Altantico, Harvard Business Review (French version, online), Huffington Post, Forbes France.
1 book released in november 2016 on Uberization (Dunod). On the 20 list of best sales for 2017. Awarded of the Turgot Price by Jean Tirole, Nobel Price of Economy in February.

Financial Regulation Conference

Labex ReFi and AAGEF
are pleased to invite you to two discussions on financial regulation during the Paris Europlace New York 2017 Forum.

Tuesday May 23, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th. Street, New York, NY 10017

13:30 – 15:00: E.U./U.S. Dialogue: Towards a better Balance between Regulation and Growth

Introduction: Christian NOYER, Honorary Governor, Banque de France
Philippe GUILLOT, Executive Director, Markets Directorate, French Financial Markets Authority (AMF)
Elizabeth McCAUL, Partner-in-Charge, New York Office, Promontory Group
Barbara NOVICK, Vice Chairman, Blackrock
Debra STONE, Managing Director, Head of Regulatory Affairs – Corporate, J.P. Morgan
Petr WAGNER, Counselor – Economic and Financial Affairs Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America
Betty WHELCHEL, Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, BNP Paribas CIB Americas

15:30 – 17:00 Towards Free and Fair Financial Markets
Moderator: Raphael DOUADY, International Director, Labex ReFi
John C. COFFEE, Professor, Columbia Law School
John P. DROHAN, President, ACI-FMA
Lawrence M. HILL, Partner, Winston & Strawn

Please note registration is mandatory but free. Business attire. Seating is limited. The organizers reserve the right to deny access to any person not registered or properly dressed.

Startup tour

FrenchFounders et French Morning lancent le Startup Tour, un concours en soutien aux startups françaises se développant en Amérique du Nord.

Cette compétition inédite sera rythmée par 8 étapes dans 8 villes aux Etats-Unis, au Canada et en France, entre fin mai et septembre 2017. Trois Prix, dont le Premier d’une valeur totale de $100,000, seront remis aux startups gagnantes lors de la Grande Finale qui aura lieu à New York en septembre 2017, et où seront conviées des personnalités de haut rang.

Cette première édition du Startup Tour, est co-organisée par FrenchFounders et French Morning, avec le soutien de l’ensemble de l’écosystème entrepreneurial francophone aux Etats-Unis dont : les Consulats de France, Business France, l’Association des Anciens des Grandes Ecoles de France aux Etats-Unis et les 4 communautés French Tech Hubs aux US. Tous seront amenés à participer à la sélection de 40 startups françaises actuellement en cours de développement en Amérique du Nord.

Cinq startups par villes se présenteront devant un jury composé d’investisseurs, de décideurs et d’entrepreneurs clés sur la zone. Huit villes accueilleront la compétition : New York, Miami, Boston, Chicago, Montréal, San Francisco, Los Angeles et Paris. Le finaliste de chacune d’elle sera ainsi qualifié pour la Grande Finale qui aura lieu en septembre à New York, et où seront conviées des personnalités de haut rang. Trois Prix viendront récompenser les startups les plus prometteuses : Prix des Grandes Ecoles, Prix du Public, Premier Prix, ce dernier sous forme d’un package d’une valeur de $100,000.

Les startups ont jusqu’au 19 mai pour déposer leur candidature sur la plateforme dédiée, et devront répondre à certains critères de sélection dont : avoir au moins un co-fondateur francophone et être en développement en Amérique du Nord.

Un dispositif de mentoring est mis en place pour accompagner de façon privilégiée les startups sélectionnées. Parmi les mentors : Alain Bernard, President & CEO Van Cleef & Arpels Americas, Morgan Hermand-Waiche Founder & CEO de Adore Me, Frederic Montagnon, Entrepreneur et Investisseur, Frederic Levy, Fondateur et CEO de Coravin, Marie-Eve Piché VP FP&A, Laurent Claquin, Head of Keiring Americas, Eric Martineau-Fortin, Founder & Managing Partner of White Star Capital, Patrick Cogny, Senior Vice-President of Genpact....

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A propos du Startup Tour, Benoit Buridant, CEO de FrenchFounders a déclaré : « Ce concours, organisé main dans la main avec tous les acteurs francophones clés d’Amérique du Nord, est une occasion unique pour les entreprises francophones se développant sur cette zone. Outre un premier prix exceptionnel, nous souhaitons leur faire profiter de la puissance du réseau de FrenchFounders, pour les mettre en relation avec les bons contacts – entrepreneurs ayant fait face aux mêmes défis, investisseurs et Corporates. »

Emmanuel Saint-Martin, Fondateur & CEO de French Morning: « Au jour le jour, French Morning raconte l’histoire des entrepreneurs français qui partent à la conquête du marché Nord Américain. Il était logique que nous nous associions à l’initiative lancée par French Founders pour donner toute l’ampleur possible à ce grand concours qui vise à distinguer les startups françaises les plus prometteuses et leurs projets nord-américains. »

Kusmi tea tasting inside the Oculus

Join us on May 9th starting at 6:30 pm for an exclusive tea tasting at Kusmi Tea flagship store!

The event will take place at:
Kusmi Tea
Westfield World Trade Center - South Concourse, Balcony Level
185 Greenwich Street, New York, NY, 10007

Limited number of invitations available.

Rothschild wine-pairing dinner at Boucherie

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 6:45 PM to 9:45 PM (EDT)

99 7th Avenue South
New York, NY 10014

Join us on April 19th for an exclusive wine pairing dinner at Boucherie restaurant featuring Rothschild wines. Aperitif will start at 6:45pm and dinner at 7:30pm.

Amuse-bouches : Assiette de charcuterie, pheasant terrine, prosciutto chicken liver mousse , speck mortadella.
Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2014, South Africa

7.30 Pm
Entrée : Frisée aux Lardons
Frisée, organic poached eggs, bacon and sherry vinaigrette
Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2014, South Africa

1st course : Ravioli aux truffes
Mushroom ravioli, black truffle beurre fondue, Burgundy truffles
Château des Laurets, Baron Edmond de Rothschild 2012, Puisseguin Saint Emilion

2nd course : Chateaubriand
22 oz dry aged center cut filet-mignon, market vegetables and bone marrow bordelaise
Chateau Clarke, Baron Edmond de Rothschild 2010, Listrac-Medoc

Dessert : Mousse au Chocolat et fruits rouges
Homemade chocolate mousse with fresh red fruits.
Flechas de Los Andes, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Gran Malbec 2011, Argentina



Financial Regulation & Supervision: What to Expect in 2017 and Beyond

Labex ReFi and AAGEF

Are pleased to invite you to a discussion on :

"Financial Regulation & Supervision: What to Expect in 2017 and Beyond"

With Francois Haas, Bank of France, Representative for the Americas,
and Chip Poncy, President of the Financial Integrity Network, former US Treasury Officer.

Opening Remarks by Marc Andre Poirier, CEO, Credit Agricole Americas.

On March 6, 2017, 6:30 pm at
Credit Agricole Auditorium
1301 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10019
(between 52nd and 53rd Streets)

Tickets and registration:

Maison Drouhin: Chablis dinner at Aureole

Join us on February 2nd for an exclusive wine pairing dinner at the Michelin starred Aureole restaurant featuring Chablis wines from Maison Drouhin-Vaudon, presented by Laurent Drouhin. Aperitif will start at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm.

Swiss Cheese Gougères
Lobster Profiteroles
Meyer Lemon, Kiwi
Chablis, Réserve de Vaudon, Drouhin-Vaudon, 2015

First Course: Scallop Carpaccio
Green Apple, Celery, Lovage
Chablis Premier Cru, Mont de Milieu, Drouhin-Vaudon, 2013

Second Course:Crispy Chicken Breast
Black Trumpets, Grilled Potato, Bay Leaf-Infused Cream
Chablis Grand Cru, Vaudesir, Drouhin-Vaudon, 2014
Chablis Grand Cru, Les Clos, Drouhin-Vaudon, 2014

Dessert: Seven Hour Apple
Sablé Breton, Caramel Sauce, Crème Fraîche Ice Cream
Chablis Grand Cru, Vaudesir, Drouhin-Vaudon, 2014
Chablis Grand Cru, Les Clos, Drouhin-Vaudon, 2014

Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

135 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036


The Promotion of France in the United States

Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York

Event details:
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EST)

Yale Club--Saybrook Room
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017

8:15 a.m. – Registration & breakfast reception
8:30 a.m. – Welcome remarks & Keynote speaker presentation
9:30 a.m. – Q&A
9:45 a.m. – Closing remarks

About Anne-Claire Legendre

Anne-Claire Legendre took up her position of Consul General of France in New York on August 29, 2016. She is the first woman to hold this position. As Consul General, Ms. Legendre is in charge of promoting the influence and appeal of France across the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, as well as Bermuda. She serves a community of 80,000 French citizens, whose vitality actively contributes to the visibility of France in the United States.

A native of Brittany, Anne-Claire Legendre is 37 years old. She graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and holds degrees from Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (in Arabic) and the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris (in modern languages and literature).

Anne-Claire Legendre previously served at the French embassy in Yemen in 2005-2006, before joining the Direction of the French Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she contributed to develop consular cooperation between member states from the European Union.

From 2008 to 2010, she was in charge of bilateral relations with Algeria as part of the Direction of North Africa and the Middle East. She was then appointed to the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, where she served under the current French Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Gérard Araud, until 2013. As the Arab Spring upheavals placed the Middle East at the center of attention, she supervised negotiations on Syria, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, and Irak, at the Security Council of the United Nations.

In 2013, she was called to the cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius, where she served as Advisor on North Africa and the Middle East.


France Alumni - USA Launch

To celebrate the launch of the professional network France Alumni USA

Jean-Marc Ayrault
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
of the French Republic

cordially invites you to attend a reception

on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
from 6.45 PM to 9.00 PM

Venue: Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Avenue (between 78th & 79th streets), New York

Please RSVP by September 9th 2016 to