Coffee break with...Sylvain Arbillot, Analyst

Coffee break with... is a Christie & Co series showcasing the expertise and diversity of our network of over 200 employees.


Where were you when you accepted your position at Christie & Co?
In my student flat. I found this internship a week before the deadline

When did you join Christie & Co?
April 2021

What was your first job?
Chef de Rang in the Roomservice of a Palace in Lausanne

In a few sentences, can you tell us about your job at Christie & Co?
I assist the Advisory team in the realisation of the different studies that are entrusted to us

What is your favourite thing about working at Christie & Co?
Developing my knowledge of the hotel property sector. It's very interesting to see the many facets of this vast industry

If you had to choose a favourite project you have worked on at Christie & Co so far, what would it be?
I have been involved in a study of the hotel market in St Barts. I loved discovering the island through the different luxury hotels. I hope one day to be able to visit this magnificent destination

What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
Not really a challenge as I am only at the beginning of my career

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
My motivation and my desire to learn

Who do you draw inspiration from most in your sector?
It's not really related to hotel real estate. But I really like the chef Anne-Sophie Pic, she's very creative and she's a model of success because she has managed to forge a gastronomic empire

Tell us a bit about your life outside work - what are your hobbies?
Outside of work I go running. I'm also passionate about landscape photography. That's why I'm looking forward to travelling to discover new landscapes

What is your hometown? Where do you currently live?
I was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés and I currently live in Cergy to be as close as possible to ESSEC where I am studying

Where did you spend your best holidays?
The island of Nusa Penida, a few minutes by boat from Bali. It's a place with magical landscapes

What is your pet peeve?
Games of patience

If you could live and work in any city, where would you go?

What would you eat on a desert island?
Rib steak with chips 

What is your favourite movie?
Karate Kid

Tell us your favourite joke / What is your favourite film quote?
It's the story of a penguin who was breathing through his buttocks. One day he sits down and dies

What is your biggest fear?
Blood and needles

What news source do you read every day?
I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn, it allows me to read articles about different industries. I also subscribe to a newsletter on finance

What is your favourite social network?