People - Rémy Gancel

Rémy Gancel is Special Advisor to Otus.

In addition to this role, Rémy is Senior Advisor to Wagram Corporate Finance, one of the major M&A boutiques dedicated to the midcap market in France. Rémy is also active as Independent member of Investment Committees and Boards in the Real Estate and Hotel sectors.
Rémy is based in Paris.
Between 2005 and 2009 Rémy was Managing Director of GE Capital Real Estate. While Head of New Business for Europe, he was responsible for launching and leading GE Capital Real Estate initiatives in the hospitality sector across Europe. In this capacity, he led the GE Capital Real Estate team who created a Pan-European hotel investment fund in partnership with Cardif, BNPParibas life insurance arm.
Prior to joining GE Capital Real Estate Europe, Rémy was Chairman and CEO of Sophia from 2001 to 2005. Sophia was the 4th largest listed real estate investment company in France in terms of assets, with a portfolio of over €4.5bn. Major shareholders included AGF (Allianz Group) and Société Générale. In the acquisition process by GE Capital Real Estate, Rémy had a key role, firstly in the auction phase, then during the public tender offer and lastly during the execution of the sale to GE Capital Real Estate.
Rémy led the transformation of Sophia from a small real estate investment company into the fourth largest one listed in Paris. Under his leadership, Sophia strategically shifted its core business from real estate leasing into a fully integrated real estate investment company. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Sophia became the 4th largest listed real estate investment company in France.
While at Sophia, Rémy acquired a wide and deep knowledge in real estate financing and investment, as well as in corporate M&A, through more than a dozen external growth operations negotiated with groups like AGF, Zürich, BNPParibas, AXA, Allianz and, Société Générale. These included five public tender offers on listed companies (Soficomi, Creditel, Finextel, Interbail, Sophia).
Rémy joined Sophia in 1988 as a CEO, before becoming Chairman and CEO in 2001. He was key part of the team who launched Sophia as a sister company of Laffitte-Bail in 1986.
Previously, Remy had joined Laffitte-Bail in 1980 as a Director, before being promoted to the position of Deputy Managing Director (Directeur General Adjoint) in 1986 and becoming CEO (Directeur General) in 1988. During his tenure at Laffitte-Bail Remy developed the company to become a leading institution in real estate financing, and executed various leasing and financing operations with clients which include Galeries Lafayettes, France-Télévision, Leclerc, Accor, Groupe du Louvres, Canal +, Lidl, Vivendi, Elyo Le Duff and Pinault.
Previously, Rémy had worked at Sodeteg (Thomson Group), and then in Banque Rothschild.
Rémy graduated from Paris IX – Dauphine University and is a member of the Audience of Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale - IHEDN and of the International Hospitality Investment Council – IHIC.


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