Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman lead the charge against sanctions
The two businessmen are each trying as much to distance themselves from the Russian government as to take on sanctions imposed on them by the UK and the European Union - and they are using the same circles of French and British lawyers to do so.
Boston Consulting Group to promote Saudi bid to host 2030 FIFA World Cup
Boston Consulting Group has won a new contract to promote Saudi Arabia's bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. Steering the contract will be French diplomat-turned-consultant Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, a man with many connections in Riyadh.
Neom's CEO expected in Paris to woo French investors
Nadhmi Al-Nasr, the CEO of Neom, is set to be in the French capital on 2 June in a bid to attract French investments for Mohammed bin Salman's major project. His trip signals the launch of an effort led by the Global Diwan network to boost cooperation between French businesses and Saudi Arabia.
French senate concerned about its potential NATO candidate's Russian friends
France is still struggling to find its footing within NATO, which has been pushed back into the limelight since the renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia. In addition, the French senate is wary of the connections one of its potential candidates to NATO, Senator Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam, has in Moscow.
Alexander Vedyakhin, Sberbank's lead on artificial intelligence
Sberbank, which aims to become an Amazon-style multi-service online platform in Russia, is building up a network of machine and deep learning consultants and researchers, some of whom are close to the intelligence services. The group also has connections in Paris and California to help develop its capacities.