The prize will be given to the best student real estate lawyer in the second year of a Master’s degree.
It is awarded following a competitive exam each year by a panel of professional real estate lawyers. The prize is jointly organised by CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Juridim and Office Notarial Michelez Notaires.
The prize is open to all students in the second year of a Master’s degree in Real Estate Law (Droit Immobilier) or in the second year of a Master’s degree in Notarial Law (Droit Notarial). Each year, a sponsor, a well-known figure in the real estate industry, awards the prize.
The prize is awarded to three students. All applicants who have completed the oral test are offered a personal coaching session with a consultant from the recruitment firm FedLegal.
The three top applicants also benefit from highly valuable connections with the organisers (CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Michelez Notaires and Juridim) and are invited to meet their representatives at various events.
The 2019 MEJI prize will be awarded at a cocktail reception with over 150 academics and professionals from the real estate sector on Thursday, 11 April 2019.
Antoine Frey, Chairman and Managing Director of Groupe Frey
Antoine Frey, 44, graduated in Law at the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, and has had an enterprising career in print media, specialised distribution and commercial real estate. In 2008, he acquired 50% of Immobilière Frey and became its Chairman. He transformed the company’s business model. FREY became a real estate company listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and adopted the SIIC regime. Since then, under his leadership, the company has become one of the major players in commercial real estate in France, specialising in outdoor shopping centres and the urban and commercial redesign of areas situated on city outskirts. In 2009, Antoine FREY was named Pierre D’Or in the Developers category, and in 2011 he received the Jean Weil Award for Personality of the Year (SIIC Trophies). He has also been President of the CNCC since March 2017.
The sponsors of previous years were:
2018: Meka Brunel, Managing Director of Gecina
2017: Jean-Marc Coly, Managing Director of Amundi Immobilier
2016: Christophe Kullmann, Managing Director of Foncière des Régions, President of the Fédération des Sociétés Immobilières et Foncières (F.S.I.F.)
2015: Alain Dinin, Chairman and Managing Director of Nexity
2014: Jean-Marc Castaignon, Director of Immobilier Groupe, Société Générale
2013: Joëlle Chauvin, Chairman and Managing Director of Aviva Investors Real Estate France
2012: Olivier Piani, Chairman of Allianz Real Estate
2011: Alain Taravella, Chairman of Altarea Cogedim
THE COMPETITION PROGRAMME
1st round selection
The professor responsible for each Master 2 class selects a maximum of six students from his or her Master class to compete. The deadline for pre-selection is Friday, the 1st of March 2019.
2nd round selection
The selected applicants are asked to take a written test on current issues in real estate law (one public law subject and one private law subject are proposed at the student’s choice). The candidate’s copy must not exceed four pages (10,000 characters including spaces). Students will take the test via the Internet on Saturday, the 16th of March 2019.
3rd round selection
After selection by the panel, the best applicants selected (eight at most) will be assessed during a final oral examination on Thursday, 11th April 2019 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
The panel is composed of chief legal officers and directors from Juridim, notaries and lawyers.