Staying with guitars, it was over to Lovells on Wednesday (10 May) for its annual press shindig. The firm may not be firing on all cylinders at the moment – the long-awaited private equity star replacement for Marco Compagnoni has yet to surface for a start – but at least it can point to its real estate team, headed by axeman Bob Kidby, if it needs brownie points.
According to well-known muso Kidby, the team has just enjoyed a “record” year. And at the party The Kid let slip the secret of his success.
“I was at Mipim in March this year and I was playing guitar,” he recalled. “A client asked me, while I was playing a solo, if we could handle a billion-euro deal he had on the table. I said I thought we probably could.” The rest is history, but the lesson is, prove to clients your ability to multitask.
Incidentally, Kidby put the fear of God into a couple of female journalists at the Lovells do when he told them he was having a fuzzbox made for him. For the record, it’s something to do with guitars…