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Annual Financial Lunch 2013





Date: Friday 8 November 2013, from 12.00 to 14.30
Sponsored by Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking  
Where: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL  
Guest Speaker: Christian Noyer, Governor of the Banque de France
Costs: £100+VAT per person
£950+VAT for a table of 10 / £1,140+VAT for a table of 12
To book a table, please contact Cécilia Gonzalez at
or 0207 092 6641






 Société Genérale 






Cancellations for our Annual Financial Lunch will only be accepted if received in writing, at the latest, two weeks before the event is due to take place. All fees are forfeited thereafter.


 For further information, please contact Kim Darragon at
or 0207 092 6643



With Guest Speaker: Christian Noyer, Governor of the Banque de France

Christian Noyer was born in 1950 near Paris, France. Having graduated in Law at the universities of Rennes and Paris, he holds the diploma of Paris Institute of political sciences, and completed his education in the “Ecole Nationale d’Administration”.

After a military service as a French naval officer, he entered the French Treasury in 1976, and spent two years in 1980-82 in Brussels as a financial attache to the French Delegation to the European Union. Back to the Treasury, he held various positions, dealing both with domestic and international affairs, and was appointed as Director of the Treasury in 1993. He also served as an adviser to Mr Balladur, then Minister of Finance, in 1986-88, and as chief of staff for two other Finance Ministers (Messrs. Alphandéry and Arthuis) in 1993 and in 1995-97. He was appointed as the Vice-President of the European Central Bank in 1998, when the Bank was set-up in Frankfurt, where he served until 2002. He is governor of the Banque de France since 1 November 2003.

His European and international experience include membership in the European monetary committee, in key working groups in the OECD, G7, and G10, the position of alternate Governor in the IMF and the World Bank, and the chairmanship of the “Paris club” of creditor countries during the years 1993-97. In 2010, he was elected President of the BIS.

He has been awarded several honors by various countries, including “Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur”, “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” and “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” in France, “Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Lion” and “Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” in Senegal, Great cross of the “Ordén del Merito civil” in Spain and “Officier de l’Ordre National de la Valeur” in Cameroun.

Publication: Author of “Banks, the rules of the game” (1990) and of various articles


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The Annual Financial Lunch (AFL) of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great-Britain is one of the Chamber’s biggest events of the year.  It was launched in 1997 and has been sponsored by Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking ever since. It usually takes place in November and attracts over 150 participants from the international banking, legal, accountancy, industrial and commercial communities.


Previous guest speakers include:
•    Benoit Coeuré, Executive Board, Member of the European Central Bank
•    Angela knight, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association
•    Helen Alexander, President of the CBI
•    Sir Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics & Political Science
•    Richard Lambert, Director General of the CBI
•    Jean-François Théodore, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NYSE Euronext
•    Clara Furse, Chief Executive , London Stock Exchange
•    John Tiner, Chief Executive, Financial Services Authority
•    Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury
•    Jean Lemierre, President European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)


We would like to thank Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking for sponsoring our event.



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Vranken Pommery

Pommery et Greno was established in 1836 by Alexandre Louis Pommery and Narcisse Greno, but it was with the highly entrepreneurial Jeanne-Alexandrine Louise Pommery, who took over the running of the business in 1858 after the unexpected death of her husband, that the Pommery name was truly recognised. Pommery has always been avant-garde, but moderness would mean nothing without tradition. Tradition and savoir-faire, the art of blending just the right mixture of crus to create a champagne that is luminous, light, tender and lively. Such is the legacy handed down by Madame Pommery from generation to generation. It is all part of the Pommery style - natural elegance.



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Domaine Brand & Fils      

The Brand & Sons Domain, a family business run by Charles Brand and his son Philippe. The estate is located in the Bas-Rhin department, at Egersheim, a small viticultural village, in the heart of the Strasbourg vineyard and only 20 km west of Strasbourg itself, the “historical capital of Alsatian fine wines”.

An Organic Domain Since 2001, the domain has adopted a very strict charter on the organic production of wines. Charles and Philippe Brand did not hesitate to change their whole vineyard of 10 hectares dramatically, in order to respect their beliefs. Thus, the family cares for its vineyard with the utmost respect for nature. The wines from the domain Brand & Sons are in conformity with the agricultural labelling regulations,
(AOC: Appellation d’Origine Controlée) which guarantee you continuous quality thanks to their work on the vines in a controlled organic winemaking process.









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