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“It is fantastic to be able to combine my personal passion for sailing with my commercial and financial background to head up YPI’s activities.”

Having spent the majority of his career in China, Spanish-born Frenchman Laurent joined us in September 2015 as Managing Director following his outstanding success with our parent group, BRS.

After a period in the French Navy, Laurent spent seven years in China as a director of commercial enterprises affording him some excellent insight into Asian business culture. He went on to join BRS Asia as a shipbroker where he worked for over 13 years, eventually becoming Managing Director of the regional division which now dominates Chinese shipping. BRS Shanghai was responsible for transporting over 17 million tons of iron ore every year within just five years of its inception. BRS Asia now employs over 80 staff with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta and Mumbai.

A Bachelor’s degree in Chinese from SOAS and financial studies at INSEAD combined with his personal passion for sailing makes Laurent the ideal fit for heading up our operations.

In addition to Chinese and French, Laurent also speaks English and Spanish fluently.

Laurent’s personal interests include making good use of his Yachtmaster Offshore qualification (he has sailed across the Atlantic on a two-man yacht) and flying private planes – he is currently studying for his Private Pilot’s Licence.


  • BA (Hons) Chinese
  • INSEAD Finance for Executives
  • RYA Yachtmaster (Offshore)

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