Antoine Gosset-Grainville

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Person.png Antoine Gosset-Grainville  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(business executive)
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Born17 March 1966
Alma materCollège Stanislas, École Nationale d’Administration, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, Université Paris-IX Dauphine
Attended the 2023 Bilderberg meeting as Chairman of French multinational insurer and financial services firm Axa, a corporation with a heavy Bilderberg habit. Close to Emmanuel Macron.

Employment.png Axa/Chairman

Dates unknown
Attended the 2023 Bilderberg meeting

Antoine Gosset-Grainville is a French corporate lawyer and business executive. He attended the 2023 Bilderberg meeting as Chairman of French multinational insurance and investment management corporation Axa, a corporation with a heavy Bilderberg habit.

Close to Emmanuel Macron, whom he met when he was rapporteur for Jacques Attali's Commission for the liberation of French growth, he proposed to François Fillon that Macron replace him as deputy director of his cabinet but Emmanuel Macron declined the proposition.[1]


Antoine Gosset-Grainville is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, holds a Master’s in Banking and Finance from the Université Paris-IX Dauphine and is a graduate of the École Nationale d’Administration.[2]


After being appointed to the General Inspectorate of Finance in 1993, he became Deputy General Secretary of the Economic and Financial Committee of the European Union in 1997. From 1999 to 2002, he was an economic and industrial affairs advisor for Pascal Lamy at the European Commission.[3]

In 2002, he became a partner at the law firm of Gide Loyrette Nouel. In 2007, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Office of Prime Minister François Fillon, where he was in charge of economic and financial matters. In March 2010, he became Chief Operating Officer of Caisse des Dépôts in charge of finance, strategy, investments and oversight of European and international activities, then interim Chief Executive Officer of the Caisse des Dépôts Group from February to July 2012.[3]

From public to private

In April 2013, he founded the law firm BDGS Associés, where he is head of the Anti-trust and Regulatory Department.[3]

However, the lawyer plays a very singular role in Parisian business life. In his book on The Untouchables of the State (2018), Vincent Jauvert had dedicated some striking pages to this character. Detailing his back and forth from public to private, then from private to public, one day in a bank, the next in the prime minister's office, the journalist described how this path had served him strongly by becoming a corporate lawyer.
His exceptional network in the state is of course his main argument when recruiting private clients. In the waiting room of BDGS Associés, we found a special presentation brochure lying around on a coffee table. In this document stamped "confidential", we can read, black on white: the firm "benefits from a unique position thanks to the relations of its partners with the French public authorities, in particular because of the past functions of Antoine Gosset-Grainville ..." His firm wins, quite quickly, several private contracts. Their objects are all the same: to defend customers before regulatory authorities, in other words extensions of the state. For example, still according to the brochure, the FNAC and Groupama against the Competition Authority; or "a telecom group" against the communications watchdog ARCEP and a "gaming company" against the ARJEL. Because of his career in the Finance Ministry and with the prime minister, "AGG" knows strongly members of these authorities: their budgets are fixed, every year, by the prime minister's office, of which Antoine Gosset-Grainville was number two... Skeptical people might well talk about a conflict of interest situation."[4]

He was appointed as a Board member for AXA on June 30, 2020 and also has held positions on Schneider Electric SE and Fnac Darty’s Boards. AXA’s Board unanimously decided to appoint Antoine Gosset-Grainville as Chairman of AXA’s Board of Directors, effective of Denis Duverne’s retirement on April 28, 2022.[5]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/202318 May 202321 May 2023Portugal
Pestana Palace Hotel
The 69th Bilderberg Meeting, held in Lisbon, with 128 guests on the official list. The earliest in the year since 2009.
WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013Switzerland2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"
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