Frozen farewells

As the dust settles on another MIPIM, the British weather finally seems to have arrived in Cannes, says Iain Thomas

Iain Thomas
Iain Thomas

As those who have read my previous MIPIM blogs will know, I am partial to a bit of turbot. So yesterday’s visit to Gaston Gastounette was always going to be the piscatorial high point of this year’s trip. And I am pleased to say that it did not disappoint.

Poached to perfection and served with potatoes and a hollandaise sauce, this magnificent specimen was every bit as good as I had remembered its late cousin to be last year. It’s consumption proved to be one in a series of events thatmade this a memorable final day at MIPIM.

At around 4pm, there was a deafening clap of thunder and the heavens opened sending delegates scurrying to the safety of the numerous bars and cafes around the port and it was in one such cafe that I finally landed an instruction from a target client that I had been pursuing patiently since last summer.

I dare say that persistence back in the UK would eventually have borne fruit, but there is something about events like MIPIM that accelerate the process. A willingness to engage and transact that means that being in the right place at the right time becomes valuable currency. The warm glow of success that enveloped me did not prevent me from getting a good soaking on the way back to the apartment, however. It rarely rains at MIPIM, but yesterday was like a cold, wet, winter’s day in London.

The evening’s centrepiece was the Lawrence Graham MIPIM dinner at the Moulin de Mougins, a real treat. Our guests (we were 20 in all) comprised some old friends, established clients and new contacts, all of whom relaxed into the evening. Conversation topics were many and varied – from NAMA to Bonnie Tyler-the food was lovely, business cards were exchanged and we all headed back into Cannes at the end of the evening feeling that this had once again been a thoroughly worthwhile exercise.

And so the curtain comes down on another MIPIM. On Mondaywe’ll beginthe process of pursuing leads made over the course of the week, trying to decipher cryptic notes scribbled on the back of business cards and beginning the follow-up work thatis as much a part of the event as the event itself.

And as I type, looking out of the window of the apartment near La Croisette, I see that it has started to snow. I started this blog with a nod to the British weather and it looks like it has followed me to the Riviera.

This is Iain Thomas, for Lawrence Graham in Cannes. Thank you and good day. Over and out.

Iain Thomas is a partner at Lawrence Graham