Brickvest, global real estate liquidity platform, opens a new office in Nice. Its CEO Europe, Rémi Antonini, explains the technology and why his company has strategically chosen the Côte d’Azur.
Can you tell us about your business?
BrickVest operates the leading commercial real estate investment platforms. We bring real estate developers, investors and lenders together within a digital real estate marketplace.
Our platforms include BrickVest Access (access to regulated and institutional grade real estate funds), BrickVest Select (the world’s largest real estate club deals platform for institutional investors and family offices) and BrickVest Debt (the platform for commercial real estate debt financing).
We also offer interested partners the development and management of dedicated real estate funds.
Our system addresses the whole value chain, from offering to closing and secondary market for commercial real estate.
BrickVest was founded by Emmanuel Lumineau and currently employs 25 people in London, in Berlin, and, since May 2019, in Nice.
Why did you choose the Côte d’Azur?
First, the decision to set up a new office in France will enable us to continue managing and distributing our range of alternative investment funds into continental Europe regardless of the outcome of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
France has one of the largest and most exciting European real estate markets, with an innovative and business-friendly industry regulator in the AMF (Autorité des Marchés Financiers).
Choosing Nice for our new Eurozone head office underlines the French Riviera’s growing reputation as a leading tech hub attracting a pool of international investment and technology professionals with strong connections to the European market.
Finally, Nice is near Monaco and the Sophia Antipolis technology hub, meaning we are ideally positioned to capitalise on this established ecosystem while working with international clients and our existing London office.
What particular support have you received from Team Côte d’Azur while choosing a location and setting up?
Team Côte d’Azur has been incredibly responsive to our requests. The team has introduced us to key local partners in the real estate industry as well as in the technology sector across the Côte d’Azur. They have also helped us to find our head office located in the Carré d’Or on Rue Masséna.
What are your projects and goals for the coming year?
The Nice office is responsible for the structuring and the management of BrickVest real estate alternative investment funds, led by myself as Head of Funds Management, under both UK and French regulatory licenses. The local team will also undertake to develop the BrickVest brand in France and in Continental Europe.
Finally, alongside BrickVest REIM, we have also launched BrickVest Technology Europe, a dedicated technology research and development company that develops Fintech solutions for our European online platforms and international partners. Our medium-term goal is to promote the development of a Fintech and Proptech hub in the Côte d’Azur.
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