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Proskauer Continues Private Funds Expansion with the Arrival of Regulatory Specialist Kirsten Lapham in London

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 novembre 2019

International law firm Proskauer announced today the arrival of Kirsten Lapham as a Partner in its market leading Global Private Funds Practice in London.
Kirsten advises on a variety of financial services regulatory and compliance issues. Her practice has a specific emphasis on the asset management sector, advising on the regulatory issues arising under the AIFMD and MiFID II for a range of EU and indirectly impacted firms outside of the EU. Uniquely, Kirsten also advises on the regulatory issues that impact M&A transactions, representing some of the largest and most well-known alternative investment managers. She joins from Ropes & Gray. Proskauer also welcomes Aranpreet Randhawa as Special Funds Counsel. Aranpreet advises fund managers on a range of matters, including fundraising and fund structuring, spin-outs, co-investments, secondary transactions, end of life restructurings and fund maintenance. She has led on multiple European fundraises of both onshore and offshore buyout, infrastructure and real estate funds. Prior to joining Proskauer, Aranpreet was with Linklaters and Kirkland and Ellis. Proskauer has announced a number of additions to its market-leading Private Funds Practice in recent months including Partners Leith Moghli and Warren Allen, and Special Counsels Brendan Gallen and Katerina Heal. The team has also enjoyed external recognition of late and was voted by the industry as Law Firm of the Year in Fund Structuring at last month’s Unquote Private Equity Awards, as well as Law Firm of the Year in Europe for Fund Formation in March by Private Equity International.

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Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) Launches in London

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 ottobre 2019

The Business Council for Peace (Bpeace), the award-winning nonprofit that provides impactful business advice to companies in conflict-affected communities, where women are underemployed and where it believes more jobs can cut the oxygen to violence, has launched a new UK recruitment hub. The U.S.-based 17-year old organization has a growing volunteer base from 14 countries, and the new UK hub will expand its ability to access potential volunteers and supporters in the UK and Europe.
“Skillanthropists” volunteer their skills and knowledge, both on-site and remotely, to help businesses in conflict-affected countries grow, create jobs, become more profitable and secure a future for their workers and communities. In 2018 Skillanthropists provided $2 million in probono consulting services that in turn generated $183 million in revenue which provided over 5,000 new jobs and supported more than 20,000 family members. A majority of the businesses advised by Bpeace Skillanthropists are women owned or led. Bpeace currently advises Guatemalan, Salvadoran, Syrian and Lebanese business owners.

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AM Best’s 2019 London Briefing to Focus on Shifting EMEA Insurance Market

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 ottobre 2019

AM Best will host its annual Insurance Market Briefing – Europe and Methodology Review Seminar on Tuesday, 12 November 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (GMT) at etc.venues St. Paul’s in London.
John Neal, chief executive officer of Lloyd’s, will deliver the keynote presentation. This year’s market briefing also will offer thematic sessions on London Market distribution amid shifting trends, such as the growth of managing general agents and further broker consolidation. Insurers’ investment strategies will also be examined, with a discussion on what effect the trend of increased allocations to illiquid assets could have on insurers and their credit ratings. Catrin Shi, acting managing editor, The Insurance Insider, will moderate a panel discussion with AM Best and industry expert participants on the pace of insurance and reinsurance industry innovation and the effectiveness of companies in adapting to the rapid technological change. An update on AM Best’s draft innovation criteria procedure, “Scoring and Assessing Innovation,” will be presented as well.The annual afternoon seminar will review benchmarking analysis of EMEA insurers and look at what AM Best expects in terms of future methodology updates, highlighting how the rating agency is addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in the credit rating process, and how that might evolve.

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IBM Think Summit London

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 ottobre 2019

Cobalt Iron and Northdoor Ltd will sponsor, exhibit, and make a presentation at the upcoming IBM Think Summit London on Oct. 16 at the Olympia London event center. Scheduled for 12:39 p.m. as part of the Cloud and Infrastructure Think Tank, the presentation is titled “Machine Learning Meets Data Protection — the unstoppable force meets the immovable object?” The companies will be exhibiting in the Cloud and Infrastructure Campus. In the presentation, Rodney Foreman, chief revenue officer of Cobalt Iron, will discuss how groundbreaking new solutions for hybrid cloud deployments pair analytics with automation to eliminate many of the performance issues normally associated with managing a legacy data protection environment. Foreman will present what the “art of the possible” looks like for companies leveraging the next generation of SaaS data protection using Cobalt Iron’s Compass™ and IBM’s Spectrum Protect delivered by Northdoor IT.“Machine learning and data protection are a partnership made in heaven — or at least made in the cloud. Machine learning, analytics, automation, cloud, and SaaS have been aggressively deployed with massive success, delivering productivity, agility, and economic value across key IT disciplines,” said Foreman. “While previously overlooked, data protection is now being brought into the fold.”AJ Thompson, chief commercial officer for Northdoor, commented, “Progressive public sector, SMB, and global enterprises are rapidly deploying SaaS-based models to meet and exceed the new service levels being demanded by cloud-savvy and data-aware business executives. We’d like to invite Think Summit London attendees to join our panel of experts as they shine a light on this opportunity.”

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Christie’s Frieze Week Auctions Achieve

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 ottobre 2019

London – Christie’s Frieze Week achieved a total of £128,234,125 / $157,974,597 / €148,191,137 across four auctions. The week was launched by a dedicated auction of the remarkable private collection of Jeremy Lancaster on 1 October 2019. The exceptional Matthys-Colle Collection opened the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 4 October 2019 with further works sold in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction on 5 October. All works from the Matthys-Colle Collection were sold, achieving a total of £5,553,750 to date. Selected Works from the UniCredit Group offered across the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, as well as Thinking Italian were 100% sold by lot with a running total of £16,925,875, ahead of further works being offered in 2019 and 2020. The proceeds will primarily be used to support UniCredit’s Social Impact Banking and other relevant initiatives including the support of young artists. The international collecting community gathered at Christie’s during Frieze Week with registered bidders from 63 countries across 6 continents and over 20,000 visitors to our pre-sale exhibitions in King Street. A spirited response was seen to post-war works of exceptional provenance together with the rising stars of contemporary art. Twelve artist records were set in Christie’s saleroom with two further records in the medium.

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3rd Christie’s Middle Eastern Art Sale in London

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 settembre 2019

Dubai / London – Christie’s third ‘Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art’ auction to be held outside of Dubai will take place on 23 October and is included as part of the rich and traditional Islamic Art Week in London. Around ninety works of Middle Eastern art have been consigned from around the globe, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Dubai, Paris, Beirut, Buenos Aires, Milan, Perth and Casablanca, among others. The auction is mainly focused on modern Arab and Iranian works, with an emphasis on contemporary practice. Strong modern artists from the region include Louay Kayyali and Fateh Moudarres (Syrian), Manoucher Yektai (Iranian), Ismail Shammout (Palestinian), as well as strong selection of modern female artists, including Bibi Zogbé (Lebanense), Chaïbia Talal (Moroccan), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian), Zeinab Abd El Hamid (Egyptian) and Tahia Halim (Egyptian). Contemporary artists include Farhad Moshiri, Ali Banisadr, Reza Derakshani and Hadieh Shafie (Iranian) and Marwan Sahmarani (Lebanese).“A diversity of mediums, subject matter, geographies, and sale estimates characterise Christie’s third Middle East art sale in London, providing a global platform for art and artists from this ever-evolving region,” said Hala Khayat, Christie’s Director and Head of Sale in the Middle East. “From masterworks by some of Iran, Egypt, and Syria’s most celebrated artists to contemporary pieces from emerging talents, there is something compelling for every collector.”A work by the late Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1924-2019 – illustrated above), one of Iran’s most celebrated artists who passed away earlier this year, will highlight the auction. Executed in 2008, Untitled (Faravahar Wings, Zarathustra) is a beautiful and rare masterpiece inspired by the wings of Faravahar, one of the most common symbols of the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. Kaleidoscopic in its magnificent form, the work depicts a series of triangular mirrors that reflects light in every direction, touching upon the concept of the fravashi, which is part of the human soul acting as a divine blessing and entirely good. Standing in front of the work, the viewer can admire the abstracted and simplified version of the Faravahar, as Farmanfarmaian has broken it down to its foundational essence (estimate: £240,000-400,000). The inclusion of Farmanfarmaian’s piece in the auction coincides with major exhibitions of her work this year at the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. In 2017 a dedicated museum to the artist opened in Tehran.

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Elastic Launches Elasticsearch Service on AWS in London Region

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 agosto 2019

Elastic N.V. (NYSE: ESTC), the company behind Elasticsearch and the Elastic Stack, is excited to bring the official Elasticsearch Service to the London region on AWS.
This will provide our growing set of customers in the United Kingdom and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the immediate ability to start a free trial and deploy our Elasticsearch Service on AWS in London with a few clicks, with features you can’t find anywhere else. The EU West 2 (London) region on AWS is Elastic’s 10th global AWS region for Elasticsearch Service, complementing the nine other regions supported globally on AWS and an additional four regions on GCP, two of which — Belgium and Frankfurt — are in Europe. Now you can create Elastic Stack deployments inside the United Kingdom, all at the click of a button.“We see growing interest from companies to use our Elasticsearch Service across the UK public sector, but also in technology, media, retail, finance, and healthcare,” said Samantha Wessels, Vice President, Sales, EMEA at Elastic. “The cloud is becoming an important deployment vehicle for our users and customers deploying the Elastic Stack. In addition to the requirements for data locality, we’re seeing customers move to our Elasticsearch Service for features like our deployment templates, machine learning, and having technical support from the creators of Elasticsearch.”

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Behavox Expands European Presence With New London Office

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 luglio 2019

Behavox, a leading artificial intelligence data analytics firm, announced today an expansion of its European business and the opening of a new office in London that will serve as regional headquarters. The office is located in the London central district of Lambeth.Behavox is a global enterprise with its worldwide headquarters located in New York City, with offices in Singapore, Montréal, London, and San Francisco – and plans to open more field offices in Hong Kong, Korea, and Tokyo.“Behavox has developed into a truly global business and the needs of our clients are borderless,” said Erkin Adylov, Founder and CEO of Behavox. “Europe, in particular, is key to our continued growth – we have clients who are in active discussions with financial institutions from virtually every western European nation. Behavox is working with these firms to use the power of AI to help them understand, analyze and interpret the attitudes and actions taking place within their walls.” When at full capacity, the London office will employ at least 100 individuals, most of whom will be engineers and technology professionals working on Behavox’s industry-leading enterprise data analytics platform, currently used by some of the world’s largest banks, broker-dealers and hedge funds.

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One Lucky Fan’s TIAA Bank Debit Card Could Be Their Ticket to London This November

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 luglio 2019

TIAA Bank is offering a chance for a trip to London, England this November through the TIAA Bank London Getaway. A TIAA Bank debit card could be the ticket for one lucky winner and a guest. The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations for up to four nights and two tickets to see the National Football League’s Houston Texans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at historic Wembley Stadium Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019.
The Sweepstakes will run from Monday, July 15, through Friday, Sept. 13, and each qualifying purchase made with your TIAA Bank checking account debit card could get you closer to London. Fans must register their TIAA Bank debit card at http://www.TIAABank.com/London for each swipe to be counted as an entry into the Sweepstakes. The Official Rules of the sweepstakes contain more details on debit card registration, qualifying purchases and other ways to enter without a banking relationship or debit card purchase and are available at http://www.TIAABank.com/London.“At TIAA Bank, we want our clients to get the most from their relationship with us. We’re excited to offer the opportunity to send someone to London and to see football on a grand stage at Wembley Stadium,” said Blake Wilson, chairman and chief executive officer of TIAA Bank. “The TIAA Bank London Getaway is another fun way our clients can get more from their account.”

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Classic Week Evening Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 luglio 2019

London – The wealth of works offered across Christie’s three Classic Week Evening sales – Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection, The Exceptional Sale and the Old Masters Evening Sale – have realised a combined total of £48,314,125 / $60,730,855 / €53,773,621. Welcoming registered bidders from 40 countries across 5 continents, the top lots of the evening were An Egyptian Brown Quartzite Head of The God Amen and David Teniers’ The Ham Dinner which set a new world record price for the artist at auction, each work sold for £4,746,250. Bringing the running total for Classic Week sales to date to £56,508,750 / $71,043,549 / €62,899,541, the auctions continue until 11 July, with estimates from £800 to £4 million, the sales present rare opportunities for new and established collectors across price levels.

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Bevvie, the ‘Private Members Club in your Pocket’ launches in London at Asia Cup Polo

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 luglio 2019

Disruptive U.K.-based mobile app Bevvie launches in London as an invite-only membership club with a rewards platform on mobile. Marrying the new norm of meeting friends online with the aim of expats and business travellers to network on-the-go, Bevvie offers an ice-breaker for members to host private events, meet in venues upon check-in and collect points for repeat usage, which can be redeemed for rewards from partners.GPS technology allows Bevvie members to see a list of basic profiles of other members currently checked into the same venue, highlighting shared interests and languages and offering a platform to connect within a closed community. Members are offered points each time they check in and each time they refer a new member to the platform.Bevvie Ltd is driven by an international team with experience working in London, LA, San Francisco, NYC, Zurich, Cannes, Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and it plans to replicate the business model in urban walkable cities which see business travel in high volumes.
CEO Natalie Torin said the vision for Bevvie is to create a platform where expats and entrepreneurs can connect and build business relationships through a social platform based on geo-location and break the ice with those who have checked in at the same select venue, be it a bar or a conference. Co-founder and COO Brendan Kwok conferred that he understands the problem of meeting like-minded people for business and social networking as both an expat and frequent business traveller and has found that the platform has resonated with people who identify with this lifestyle.Partnering with Gold Emotion 24-carat gold sparkling wine, Bevvie will launch officially this Saturday 6 July as a sponsor of the Asia Polo Club at Ham Polo Club, Richmond, West London, an elite event for polo lovers held in the UK and India, where attendees will check in on Bevvie for preferred access upon arrival.As a business, Bevvie’s geo-targeted networking platform allows brands and venues an opportunity to showcase their own events and offers to members based on geo-location and upon arrival.

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Classic Week Overview: London, July 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 giugno 2019

London Christie’s Classic Week sales in July present a treasure trove of opportunities to discover timeless works. Art from antiquity to the 20th century will be offered across 15 sales, ranging from remarkable and rare objects to the most exceptional Old Master paintings. Star lots this season include an Egyptian head of the god Amen with the features of Tutankhamen, Old Master paintings by Hans Memling and Bernardo Bellotto, European furniture from a Rothschild collection and one of the most important biblical manuscripts ever offered for sale. With estimates starting from £800 to £4 million, the sales present rare opportunities for new and established collectors across price levels. The pre-sale exhibition will be open to the public for collectors and enthusiasts alike to explore from 29 June to 10 July.

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Reclutamento di 70 Medici di medicina generale nella zona di Londra da parte di Paragona

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 giugno 2019

Ci sono ancora 70 posti per Medici di medicina generale da inserire nel programma di reclutamento Paragona per il Servizio Sanitario Nazionale britannico (NHS). L’offerta è rivolta ai medici di molti paesi dell’UE, tra cui Italia, Bulgaria, Croazia, Grecia, Lituania, Polonia e Spagna. La prossima classe di medici che sarà formata avrà l’opportunità di lavorare in due delle aree più attraenti del Regno Unito.
L’Hertfordshire e il West Essex sono tra le più pittoresche contee del sud dell’Inghilterra, con scuole eccellenti e a breve distanza dal centro di Londra. Secondo una classifica di uSwitch Better Family Life Index, che ha esaminato la qualità della vita in 138 contee britanniche, l’Hertfordshire è il posto migliore in Gran Bretagna per vivere. Sia l’Hertfordshire che il West Essex sono famosi per le pittoresche cittadine e le riserve naturali che sono diventate uno dei panorami preferiti dei cineasti.
“Scuole straordinarie, una location a 20 minuti di treno da Londra, con 50 chilometri di spiagge, l’Università di Cambridge e l’aeroporto di Luton a due passi rendono facile bilanciare carriera e famiglia”, ha detto Martin Ratz, direttore e co-fondatore di Paragona. “I medici del nostro programma saranno contenti del fatto che la loro settimana lavorativa – inizialmente di 17 ore e poi in aumento fino a 37,5 ore – lascerà loro molto tempo per godersi l’ambiente circostante.”
Le domande devono essere presentate entro e non oltre il 22 giugno. Salari annuali da 70,000 a 200,000 GBP. “Ciò che contraddistingue l’offerta di Paragona è che i partecipanti ricevono lo stipendio pieno durante il periodo di formazione e fino a 8.000 sterline per i costi di trasferimento”, ha aggiunto la signora Łozińska. “Inizialmente, i medici di famiglia, che passano circa 17 ore alla settimana nella loro clinica, guadagnano circa 70.000 sterline all’anno. Dopo questo periodo di adattamento, il carico di lavoro aumenta a 37,5 ore settimanali e lo stipendio annuale sale a 80.000 sterline. Dopo due o tre anni, un medico di solito arriva a guadagnare 90.000 sterline all’anno.” Molti degli ospedali e delle cliniche britanniche che lavorano con Paragona sono alla ricerca di medici per incarichi permanenti o per collaborazioni aziendali ed anche per posizioni dirigenziali. In quest’ultimo caso, i salari annuali possono arrivare a 200.000 sterline.

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Egyptian Head with Features of Tutankhamen

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 giugno 2019

London – An Egyptian brown quartzite head of Tutankhamen as the God Amen, its features reminiscent of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen, a device used to align the ruling King with deities, will lead The Exceptional Sale in London on 4th July. The head which has been well published and exhibited in the last 30 years, is expected to realise over £4million. This head was part of a statue of the God Amen, the most important deity of the New Kingdom. The distinctive crown, which would have been surmounted by tall double feathers, is part of the god’s iconography. Over 3000 years old, this exceptional representation of the King (28.5 cm. high) is sold from the Resandro Collection, one of the world’s most renowned private collections of Egyptian art, part of which was sold in 2016 by Christie’s for over £3million.

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Luxury Week London

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 Mag 2019

London Christie’s London Luxury Week auctions from 5 to 12 June will present collectors with the very best in wines and spirits, extraordinary jewels from the leading jewellery houses and exceptional handbags from Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. Comprising four remarkable auctions, highlights of the week include a superb single-owner collection of fine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines, champagnes from the region’s leading producers, a suite of Himalaya Birkin and Vert Celadon Kelly, and rare antique and modern jewels. The week will conclude with the online sale of important Kashmir Shawls, open for bidding from 11 to 18 June. Perhaps the most significant collection of shawls ever to be offered at auction, these hand-woven, decorated Kashmir shawls date from the 17th to the late 19th century.
On the 5 and 6 June, Christie’s Luxury Week in London will open with a two-part auction of Finest & Rarest Wines. The first day will offer a single-owner collection of fine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines with impeccable provenance. Highlights include a case of Le Pin 1990 (estimate: £30,000-£40,000), a case of Petrus 1989 (estimate: £30,000-£40,000) and a six-bottle case of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, La Tache 1990 (estimate: £26,000-£32,000).The second day will feature a significant offering of excellent vintage Bordeaux, alongside rare spirits including whiskies from great distilleries such as the Macallan 48 Year Old The Savoy 125th Anniversary (estimate: £40,000-60,000). The sale will also present two extraordinary 17th century bottles, the oldest Christie’s have ever brought to market. At a depth of 40 metres, divers discovered a decayed wreck and buried, deep in the mud in an old rattan basket, were 14 ancient bottles. One bottle broke in the recovery and one bottle was opened and tested. The laboratory results revealed it had been a powerful red wine, believed to have been bottled between 1670 and 1690.
The auction will offer fantastic champagnes direct from the cellars of four of the region’s finest producers; Henri Giraud, Bruno Paillard, Philipponnat and Jacques Selosse. Highlights include prestige cuvée Fût de Chêne Grand Cru from Henri Giraud and Bruno Paillard’s NPU, exceedingly rare Philipponnat’s Clos des Goisses from 1951, and Jacques Selosse from 1976. These rare and exciting cuvées will celebrate the release of a comprehensive map of Champagne and its vineyards from The Original Map Co and David Eley.

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ZRG Expands Global Insurance Practice with the Addition of Zoe Campbell in London

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 Mag 2019

ZRG has added Zoe Campbell, an experienced search professional, to the firm’s London office to further support clients with global retained search work in the insurance sector.
ZRG has an existing experienced team in the insurance sector in the Asia Pacific Region, led by global practice head David Greenfield, in Hong Kong and several experienced managing directors in the United States including Pat Prout and Vaughan Marecki. However, the changing environment in the UK and Europe has opened the doors for expansion in the team.
Zoe Campbell commented, “Joining a truly global firm to support my tier one international and London Market insurance clients is of great benefit. It allows me to leverage both ZRG’s global insurance knowledge and other practice areas such as blockchain, technology and private equity. Their Z Score, a data and analytics approach, is truly underwriting hiring decisions with more rigor and process. As a firm with one P&L and a focus on the client first, I am excited to broaden my capabilities for the benefit of my clients with all that ZRG brings to the sector.”ZRG’s Global Practice Head of Insurance David Greenfield commented, “London is an important market globally, and Zoe’s deep body of work, sector experience and client base add nicely to what we are doing around the world today with many top insurance clients. We are looking forward to expanding our direct reach with Zoe as a member to our practice.”

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Think Global Forum London

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 Mag 2019

The Think Global Forum returns to Europe with numerous guests and Forum Executives from leading organizations joining the European Travel Forum taking place at the Conrad St James Hotel, in London.Aoife Murphy, Managing Director and María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director, Think Global Forum Europe will welcome attendees to the event and Thomas Murray, CEO, Vistatec, will deliver an opening address for what is expected to be an in-depth opportunity to share and discuss upcoming industry opportunities and challenges.This year’s Think Global Forum Travel event includes industry speakers:
· Tom Raczka, Localization Manager, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)
· Alberto Ferreira, UX Research Manager, dnata (Emirates Group)
“It is good to be back in London for this European Think Global Forum. The forum promises to be a fantastic opportunity for industry guests and Forum Executives to exchange ideas and to network in the heart of London,” said Simon Hodgkins, Founder, Think Global Forum.The European Travel Forum returns to the city of London after a successful Los Angeles forum event in April. The event will be held in the historical Conrad St James hotel, in Westminster, located across from Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.
Many other forums will be taking place across Europe and the United States in the months ahead, including the Think Global Forum New York, on May 20, 2019.

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Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 aprile 2019

London – Telling the remarkable story of objects collected across centuries and treasured for generations, Christie’s will offer a landmark collection sale Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection in London on 4 of July. Comprising approximately 57 lots each with exceptional provenance, this sale includes important European Furniture, Works of Art and Old Master Paintings, collected by members of the prominent Rothschild banking family, particularly by Baron Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911), and housed in some of the family’s magnificent residences.The sale captures the spirit of le goût Rothschild – the celebrated aesthetic that has influenced many European and American interiors since the 19th century – which follows the tradition of collecting at European Royal courts during the Renaissance, Baroque and Enlightenment periods. With estimates ranging from £10,000 to £2.5 million, select highlights will be on view in New York between 25 and 30 April and in Hong Kong from 24 to 27 May, followed by the London preview which opens to the public on 29 June.Charles Cator, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s International: “The Rothschild name is synonymous with collecting at the very highest level, with many of the world’s greatest works of art having a Rothschild provenance. Their fabled name is added to the extraordinary roll call of illustrious owners of these masterpieces, so many of them Royal, from Louis XV and Marie Antoinette to William Beckford and Prince Demidoff. This sale is a celebration of connoisseurship and passionate collecting and we are very proud to have been entrusted with these masterpieces. With the great resonance of the Rothschild provenance among collectors and institutions this is an unparalleled opportunity, which marks a very special high point in my long career at Christie’s. It is thrilling to have the privilege of handling these supreme works.”

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A Celebration of Craftsmanship at Christie’s London in May

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 aprile 2019

London – Christie’s Spring edition of The Collector sales in London will collaborate with Lulu Lytle of Soane Britain on 22 and 23 May, following a dynamic stand-alone sale Reshaped: Ceramics Through Time on 21 May, the first auction of its kind to bring together ceramic artworks from a broad span of cultures and time. Together, the week of auctions provides a rich celebration of craftsmanship across media and periods.The series of three Collector sales comprises an array of 17th, 18th and 19th century decorative arts and furniture spanning: English Furniture, Clocks & Works of Art & Portrait Miniatures (22 May); European Furniture, Works of Art & Ceramics (22 May), and Silver & 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture & Works of Art (23 May). Reshaped: Ceramics Through Time celebrates the versatility of ceramics as a medium for creative artworks from Ancient times to the 21st Century.

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Julian Assange is under arrest

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 aprile 2019

By Jon Allsop. Mid-morning, UK time, a bevy of police officers hauled Assange, the divisive founder of WikiLeaks, out of Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he had lived under diplomatic immunity since 2012, and into a waiting truck. In a video message, Lenín Moreno, Ecuador’s president, confirmed that his government had taken the “sovereign decision” to withdraw asylum from Assange due to “his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.” One of Assange’s lawyers said that characterization was incomplete—she tweeted that Assange had also been arrested in response to a US extradition request (British police later confirmed this)—another accused Ecuador of doing America’s bidding for financial reasons. As he was dragged away, Assange appeared to shout “the UK must resist!” In his hands he clutched a copy of Gore Vidal’s History of the National Security State.Assange’s arrest marks the end of his extraordinary, long spell in the embassy. He first took refuge there in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where authorities wanted him to answer charges that he sexually assaulted two women. (Assange and his supporters called the allegations a pretext to extradite Assange to the US, where he could have faced the death penalty over his work for WikiLeaks. Although Swedish prosecutors did drop their arrest warrant for Assange in 2017, the case has never been closed: Sweden is expected to provide an update later today.) In August 2012, Ecuador bucked intense pressure from the British government and granted Assange’s request for asylum; at the time, the decision was variously interpreted as an escalation of Ecuador’s hostile relationship with Washington, and a bid to improve its poor reputation on freedom of speech. Its government expressed hope that Britain would allow Assange to leave the embassy for Ecuador itself, but Britain made clear that he would be arrested the minute he set foot outside. And so Assange stayed put—for nearly seven years.In recent months, Assange’s relationship with Ecuador soured. Last year, officials cut his internet access and restricted his access to visitors; Assange, they said, was in violation of an agreement he had made to quit meddling in other countries’ affairs. In October, Assange sued Ecuador, which he accused of breaching his “fundamental rights.” Late last week, WikiLeaks predicted, in a tweet, that Assange would be kicked out of the embassy within “hours to days.” In his final days of refuge, WikiLeaks said Assange was living a “Truman Show existence” under intense surveillance.Assange’s lawyer says the Americans have finally got their way. Late last year, the US Justice Department accidentally revealed, in a filing in an unrelated case, that it has filed secret, unspecified criminal charges against Assange. As The New York Times reported, Assange “would have to be arrested and extradited if he were to face charges in federal court, altogether a multistep diplomatic and legal process.” The first of those steps, at least, has now been taken care of. Assange has been a wanted man in America ever since he orchestrated WikiLeaks’s dumps of incriminating government documents in the early 2010s, in particular the diplomatic cables leaked by Chelsea Manning. His publication, in 2016, of emails stolen from senior Democratic Party officials by Russian operatives hardly helped his case. Going forward, journalists will need to be vigilant. Assange’s case is specific, but the way the Justice Department responds to his arrest could have serious implications for all of us.This day was always likely to come. As governments change, so, too, do their diplomatic alignments: since he took office in Ecuador in 2017, Moreno has reportedly been looking for ways to rid himself of Assange, calling him “an inherited problem.” While we wait for more information, it’s interesting to take a moment to reflect on Assange’s years in exile. Mostly, we forgot about him; sometimes—during bursts of media attention related to his work, health, or associates—he cast a long, familiar shadow across the public eye. With his actions on behalf of the Russians in 2016, he chiseled himself, indelibly, into the annals of American history. It’s an extraordinary story. (font: CJR Editors)

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