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Meet Regis Leleu, our new Head of France

7 June 2021

Regis Leleu

Head of France

Regis Leleu

Head of France

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Intertrust Group will soon be opening its first office in France and has appointed financial services expert Regis Leleu as country head.

As the French economy continues its recovery from Covid-19, and the country’s vaccination campaign gathers pace, Intertrust Group is preparing to open its first office in France.

Regis Leleu, our newly appointed Head of France, is a trained lawyer and former corporate counsel. With a wealth of experience in financial services, he brings his strong expertise in commercial development, administrative and financial management of client portfolios and foreign investment funds, with a focus on real estate and private clients.

Invaluable support for international investors in France

Under his leadership, the new Paris office aims to address the need for a comprehensive, full-service provider to help international investors navigate the complexities of doing business in France.

“It’s important that our clients know they can trust us on the spot. This is our first and most important service,” Regis says.

“The second one is related to financial reporting and accounting; our goal is to provide the full services that our clients need.”

International investors in France often face a large amount of paperwork – most of which is mandatory. There are also additional layers of compliance to open local bank accounts and complex tax issues, as well as different accounting and SPV rules.

Therefore, they need a partner with in-depth knowledge of the French market, to take the stress out of doing business in this exciting environment.

Since the start of the pandemic, France has taken extensive measures to support its economy, launching a €100bn recovery plan to become more competitive, innovative and carbon-neutral. The unprecedented stimulus is expected to support GDP growth of 5.9% in 2021, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

“We have very strong fundamentals in France because the government is strongly pro-business,” Regis says.

Fintechs and start-ups have shouldered the health crisis well, making France one of the leading European countries for unicorns – there are currently 12 of them across several industries, according to CB Insights.

French real estate and private equity rebounding

According to Regis, many French sectors, particularly real estate and private equity, are already on the rebound, presenting attractive opportunities for international investors.

To cater to their needs in France, Intertrust Group is offering a full set of management and administration services including – among others – company incorporations, directorships for non-French resident investors, financial reporting according to French GAAP and other accounting standards, as well as company secretary services and corporate legal matters.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss how we can support your business in France.