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Paris Studio to Provide Interior Decor and Displays for Two Vineyards

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PARIS, MAY 6, 2019 – La Grande Maison Younan Collection has selected MPA Studio de Creation in Paris to design POS wine displays for its two major vineyards, Chateau la Croix Younan and Chateau La Garelle, in Bordeaux, France. MPA also is providing interior design services at Younan Collection’s new 5-star hotel, Alexandra Palace, which opens on June 8 in Mazières-en-Gâtine.

Alexandra Palace will have one of the largest wine caves in France that will hold 100,000 bottles of wine. Zaya S. Younan, Chairman & CEO of Younan Collection and Younan Properties, stated, “With each company we acquire, our goal is to elevate the brand to embody our mission of creating luxury within reach. With our vineyards, we have been rebuilding the names of Chateau la Croix Younan and Chateau la Garelle and we are proud to showcase such quality wines in all our restaurants for our guests to see. MPA Studio de Creation has a pure talent when it comes to displaying luxury goods including fine wines and spirits.”

The global creative studio was acquired by Younan Collection in May of 2018 to help expand the luxury design group through new investment in technology and talent. The firm’s team, with expertise in design, art and retail, channel their luxury point of view to help clients communicate their brands. MPA has a strong client roster in luxury beauty, fragrance and retail and the team is honored to take on such a task from Younan Collection.

While making a name for itself in French fine wine, the Younan Collection team has been working collaboratively with the French government and has employed hundreds of craftsmen to rebuild Alexandra Palace (formerly Chateau du Petit Chene) since a catastrophic fire nearly destroyed the 500-year old historic castle in 2016. As part of its assignment, MPA Studio de Creation is furnishing the second floor of the castle-hotel.

Younan remarked, “We have been working very hard the last three years to make Alexandra Palace the most magnificent 5-star hotel in the region. We chose MPA to design the interior because we know the team’s talent and their hard work always produces wanted results.”

MPA Studio de Creation is located at 30 Boulevard de Reuilly, Paris. +33 1 44 86 09 10.

About Younan Company

The Younan Company is a global private equity firm that specializes in acquisitions and management of various assets and companies in the luxury consumer space. The company’s strategy is to build a portfolio of luxury products and properties, lifestyle companies and services, and it is recognized as a global luxury brand with more than $1.2 billion in assets under management through its subsidiaries Younan Properties, and La Grande Maison Younan Collection. The Younan Collection owns and manages luxury hotels and resorts in France including Château de Beauvois, Hôtel Saint-Martin, Château Le Prieuré, Alexandra Palace, Château de Vaugouard, Château de la Perrière; premium cigar maker El Septimo Geneva SA ; Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit ChêneGolf d’Avrillé, and Golf de Vaugouard ; two vineyards in Saint-Emilion, including Château La Croix Younan, and Château La Garelle, and MPA Studio de Création  in Paris. It recently acquired its first beach resort, Malibu Foz Hotel and Resort in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

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Premium Cigar Company Introduces the Alexandra Collection

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 JUNE 4, 2019, Geneva & Los Angeles – El Septimo Geneva SA, a La Grande Maison Younan Collection company, has introduced the Alexandra Collection: a new line of cigars designed exclusively for women. The premium cigar and tobacco company is known for breaking boundaries by creating new products to meet and exceed the growing demand of premium cigar smokers. El Septimo’s Alexandra Collection is blended exclusively for women, recognizing that they share the same desire as men to enjoy the cigar lifestyle, but have different responses when tasting for the perfect cigar.

Zaya S. Younan, Chairman & CEO of Younan Collection and Younan Company, states, “Today, more than ever, women are finding enjoyment in the taste and aroma of premium, hand-rolled cigars, but are often ignored by the industry. There are no cigars on the market today that are custom designed to appeal to women and their tastes, as many see cigar smoking as a masculine past-time. Since we acquired El Septimo earlier this year, we have put significant resources into market research, testing, and blending techniques so that El Septimo is not just the best known cigars in the world for men, but the best cigars in the world for all. We want to step outside the box and encourage men and women alike to taste, explore, and understand the ultimate premium cigars.”

In the U.S., 3.2 million women say they enjoy smoking cigars, with many more worldwide, yet many of these women feel that they aren’t recognized as consumers. According to a study done by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, women possess 43% more cells and 50% more neurons than men in the olfactory centers of the brain, thus having greater taste buds than men along with a heightened sense of smell. El Septimo recognizes women as a separate category amongst cigar smokers, with heightened senses due to biological differences, thus requiring a customized experience. Therefore, The Alexandra Collection is meticulously designed and tested to pair perfectly with the unique palette that women alone possess.

The new Alexandra Collection debuted on June 1st, 2019. It includes two lines of cigars: the Coco and the Marilyn. The Coco is a mild 52-gauge short cigar with 15 grams of fine tobacco, a length of 135mm, and a 2/5 strength. The

Marilyn is a bit more voluptuous and strong at a 58-gauge, with 17 grams of fine tobacco, a length of 130mm, and a 3/5 strength.

The Alexandra Collection has been carefully designed and tested to fit the preferences of women smokers worldwide in regards to flavor, size, strength, smoothness, and aroma. The Collection provides a unique experience that changes flavors as each cigar is smoked, ranging from woody and intense with a distinct oak and tea blend, to a mild caramel sweetness for the perfect finish. The result is an easy draw that creates a great density of smoke with a pleasing, but not overpowering, aroma. Each cigar is handmade with full-leaf tobacco, aged between five and 15 years. Wrappers are grown in high-altitude and are aged in a proprietary process that gives cigars a silky texture with a rich, deep shade. Although exclusively designed for women, the Alexandra Collection can be enjoyed by all who are passionate for fine cigars. The new cigars, along with the entire El Septimo line, can be ordered through its global network of distributors and directly from the company website, www.el-septimo.ch.

Younan concludes, “So many resources today are focused on attracting a male audience, but we believe that it is time to reverse the roles. The truth is, women have an important role to play, and by listening to their stories and opinions, we have created a one-of-a-kind experience.”

About Younan Company

The Younan Company is a global private equity firm that specializes in acquisitions and management of various assets and companies in the luxury consumer space. The company’s strategy is to build a portfolio of luxury products and properties, lifestyle companies and services, and it is recognized as a global luxury brand with more than $1.2 billion in assets under management through its subsidiaries Younan Properties, and La Grande Maison Younan Collection. The Younan Collection owns and manages luxury hotels and resorts in France including Château de Beauvois, Hôtel Saint-Martin, Château Le Prieuré, Alexandra Palace, Château de Vaugouard, Château de la Perrière; premium cigar maker El Septimo Geneva SA ; Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit ChêneGolf d’Avrillé, and Golf de Vaugouard ; two vineyards in Saint-Emilion, including Château La Croix Younan, and Château La Garelle, and MPA Studio de Création  in Paris. It recently acquired its first beach resort, Malibu Foz Hotel and Resort in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

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Five-Star Hotel & Resort Built on Site of Historic French Castle

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PARIS & LOS ANGELES,  MAY 13, 2019 -- Beginning a new chapter in its 400-year heritage, Alexandra Palace (formerly Château du Petit Chêne), officially reopens to the public on June 8 as a new five-star hotel and resort after three years and a multi-million dollar reconstruction. The 17th century chateau in Mazières-en-Gâtine France, sits amidst 250 pristine acres of wooded parkland, lakes and an 18-hole golf course. 

 Zaya S. Younan, Chairman and CEO of the Younan Company and La Grande Maison Younan Collection says everything but several walls of the castle were replaced. “Basically, we built a new hotel, while respecting the original structure and historic design” he says. “The former castle was shuttered for more than 50 years. We acquired it in 2015 and spent a year renovating the castle as a luxury hotel. Three weeks before the completion, the castle was destroyed in a catastrophic fire. We have spent the last two years rebuilding and expanding the structure to create a five-star luxury resort.”

The result is a one-of-a-kind hotel beautifully situated amidst a world-class golf course in the picturesque Deux-Sevres countryside. No expense was spared to ensure that exquisite craftsmanship was integrated with 21st century amenities. The craftsmen and designers were tasked with formulating a design concept that honors the past, while celebrating the future.

The project details include:

  • Light and bright lobby and reception area
  • Eighteen beautiful guest rooms, which includes two suites. Each room with its own unique design and décor. Every room offers a private bath clad in white Carrara marble and luxury bath products. Guest rooms are furnished in period pieces and French antiques,
  • Each floor will be decorated differently: The first floor in classic chateau style, and the second floor in contemporary chic style.
  • One of the largest wine cellars in Deux-Sevres that is stocked with more than 100,000 bottles of wines and champagnes, including Chateau la Croix Younan Grand Cru.
  • Spa services on demand.
  • Complete wedding planning services.
  • Two event and conference rooms with seating for up to 100, and free Wifi throughout the property.
  • Formal French garden.
  • Access to the historic Petit Chêne golf course.
  • Plans to build a swimming pool by spring 2020.

“We are excited to inaugurate the newest chapter of Alexandra Palace with our clientele in France and around the world,” added Mr. Younan. With the opening of Alexandra Palace, we are elevating the total guest experience. We are confident that Alexandra Palace is a world-class destination, and it exemplifies our mission that everyone deserves a night in a castle.” 

About Younan Company

The Younan Company is a global private equity firm that specializes in acquisitions and management of various assets and companies in the luxury consumer space. The company’s strategy is to build a portfolio of luxury products and properties, lifestyle companies and services, and it is recognized as a global luxury brand with more than $1.2 billion in assets under management through its subsidiaries Younan Properties, and La Grande Maison Younan Collection. The Younan Collection owns and manages luxury hotels and resorts in France including Château de Beauvois, Hôtel Saint-Martin, Château Le Prieuré, Alexandra Palace, Château de Vaugouard, Château de la Perrière; premium cigar maker El Septimo Geneva SA ; Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit ChêneGolf d’Avrillé, and Golf de Vaugouard ; two vineyards in Saint-Emilion, including Château La Croix Younan, and Château La Garelle, and MPA Studio de Création  in Paris. It recently acquired its first beach resort, Malibu Foz Hotel and Resort in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

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Younan Properties Expands Portfolio with Acquisition of Merge Portfolio
Three-Building Office Campus in Orange County

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LOS ANGELES, March 19, 2019 – As part of its ongoing expansion in the greater Los Angeles region, Younan Properties, Inc., a fully-integrated, real estate owner and manager of Class A office buildings in six major U.S. office markets, announced its latest acquisition of a three-building office portfolio in Orange County, CA.

Merge is a three-building office campus totaling 130,800 square feet. It is strategically located near the border of Los Angeles and Orange County, two of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Merge is well-positioned to attract tenants from both regions with unparalleled convenience. The location is within 15 minutes of both Long Beach and John Wayne Airports, and within 30 minutes of LAX.

Zaya S. Younan, Chairman and CEO of Younan Properties remarked, “Orange County has experienced significant growth in terms of new construction yet office fundamentals remain stable with strong, positive absorption. Younan Properties was successful in acquiring this asset at a very favorable price that was far below the market replacement value with a great yield. When we acquired the portfolio, the occupancy was 95%. In less than two months, we have leased the property to nearly 100%. This is part of our ongoing expansion in Southern California. We have a number of deals in the pipeline for continued growth in the office market.”

Merge offers tenants premier property features including excellent freeway-visible identity and signage, highly functional and flexible floor plates for increased tenant scalability, and the dramatic architectural character of fluted spandrel concrete panes. As the third most populous county in California, Orange County’s economic output, employment, and job growth are well distributed and increasingly diverse.

Younan commented, “Orange County remains an important economic driver and we are well-positioned to leverage our platform to realize the full potential of this purchase.”

About Younan Properties

Younan Properties, Inc., is a privately held real estate investment and management company, specializing in acquiring and managing Class A office properties and in strong growth markets throughout the U.S. including Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix and Colorado. It is a subsidiary of Younan Company, a global, private equity firm that specializes in acquisitions and management of various assets and companies in the luxury consumer space. Known for its detailed, hands-on approach to improving operational efficiencies, while maintaining top building standards for tenants, Younan Properties is full-service with in-house expertise and resources in leasing, asset and property management, marketing, acquisitions, redevelopment, facility engineering and financing. For more information, visit www.younanproperties.com. The Merge properties are located at 5405, 5455, and 5555 Garden Grove Blvd., Westminster, CA.

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Younan Collection Acquires El Septimo Cigars
  Luxury Brand Expands Further into Luxury Goods

LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2019Expanding its luxury product holdings, the Younan Collection, an international investment firm and manager of luxury hotels, golf courses, and resorts, announced it acquired all the assets of Septimo Concept SA, maker of El Septimo premium cigars headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  The new company will be called El Septimo Geneva SA.

 “We have been looking to expand our luxury line with products that unconditionally are the best in the world,” remarked Zaya S. Younan, Chairman and CEO of Younan Collection and Younan Company. The premium cigar segment is growing globally, and El Septimo is in the forefront of the industry using innovative yet traditional processes to make the most exclusive cigars in the world. El Septimo is a perfect complement to our luxury collection.”

El Septimo was founded in 2005 to set a new standard in the premium cigar market. By sourcing exceptional plants and growing the tobacco in high altitude conditions, the tobacco is aged anywhere from five to 15 years. This allows the oils and flavors to develop leaving behind an unusually rich and creamy smoke. The old world techniques employed by El Septimo mirror the process of aging and blending fine wine.  The four pillars of premium cigars - strength, flavor, aroma and combustion – are optimized to achieve a unique tasting experience.

Younan continued. “El Septimo cigars are premium-aged cigars with excellent draw, texture, flavor, combustibility, aroma, elasticity, color and the balance in the composition of tobacco and oils. The dark wrapper with a unique blending process provides a rich but balanced experience for our clients.  El Septimo cigars are made entirely by hand and use 100% long-filler tobacco, meaning the leaves on the inside of the cigars run its entire length.  The tobacco and final product are stored in a natural environment that provides optimum temperature as well as humidity.

 “Today El Septimo offers a collection of 30 brands of cigars that provide wide range of variety and experience to its clientele. Because of our blending and aging techniques, we can control the intensity of the experience,” noted Younan. We currently are testing a new blend that offers a lighter yet structured flavor profile that will appeal to women, and we plan on introducing several dozen new brands to our growing global customers. In the past, the El Septimo cigars have been marketed to a selective European audience. We plan on rolling out El Septimo to the U.S. markets later this year,” Younan added.

About the Younan Company

The Younan Company is a global private equity firm that specializes in acquisitions and management of various assets and companies in the luxury consumer space. The company’s strategy is to build a portfolio of luxury products and properties, lifestyle companies and services, and it is recognized as a global luxury brand with more than $1.2 billion in assets under management through its subsidiaries Younan Properties, and La Grande Maison Younan Collection.    LGMYC owns and manages luxury hotels and resorts in France including Château de Beauvois, Hôtel Saint-Martin, Château Le Prieuré, Alexandra Palace, Chateau de Vaugouard, Château de la Perrière; premium cigar maker El Septimo Geneva SA ; Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit Chêne;  vineyards in St. Emilion, Bordeaux including Château la Croix Younan, and Château La Garelle, and MPA Creation Studio in Paris.  It recently acquired Malibu Foz Hotel and Resort in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

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French Government Awards Gold Medal for Tourism to
Zaya S. Younan of La Grande Maison Younan Collection

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PARIS, FRANCE, January 24, 2019 --- By virtue of his extraordinary and steadfast promotion of French tourism, American Zaya S. Younan, Chairman & CEO of global French luxury brand La Grande Maison Younan Collection was recently conferred the prestigious Gold Medal for Tourism (La Médaille d’Or du Tourisme) by the French government. He was presented the award by Bernard Gonzalez, the Prefect of Maine-et-Loire, at Château de Beauvois in the Loire Valley.

Stéphane Bern, French journalist and TV presenter, remarked, “Passionate about French art de vivre, in love with our heritage and our history, Zaya S. Younan has invested in France to revive historic properties and open them up to those who dream of castle living. By hiring the best artisans who respect the ancestral way of life, this Californian esthete has transformed his French castle-hotels into attractive touristic settings, with golf courses, swimming pools, all the modern comforts. Zaya Younan understands better than anyone that the hidden treasure of France is its heritage, and we should capitalize on this to develop our touristic attractiveness.”

At the award ceremony, Prefect Bernard Gonzalez stated, “This award is a tribute of gratitude from the French government to the important work done by Zaya Younan in our country. The large investments made during the last few years have not only saved and restored magnificent historic monuments, but also contributed to develop economic activity and employment in the field of tourism, which is a strategic sector for France. It's an honor for me to hand over this gold medal to a great and true friend of France."

Mr. Younan acknowledged, “I am deeply honored to receive this prominent award for tourism, as I admire French history, tradition, décor and art of living. France is a country that has a magnificent past and glorious future. I believe “Everyone deserves to spend a night in a castle. My goal is for all people to be able to afford a moment of luxury at reasonable prices.”

Created in 1989, the distinguished Gold Medal for Tourism was awarded to Zaya S. Younan by Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of Economy and Finance. It is given to individuals for outstanding and valuable professionalism in developing tourism in France.

In the past three years, La Grande Maison Younan Collection has acquired seven 4-star luxury chateau-hotels and resorts in France including: Château de Beauvois, Château Le Prieuré, Château de la Perrière, Hotel Saint-Martin, Château de Vaugouard, and Château Germond. The newest hotel, Alexandra Palace, is a 5-star luxury resort that will have its grand opening in spring 2019. Mr. Younan emphasized, “I will continue to use my expertise and energy to invest in France, promote France, and bet on France.”

About Younan Collection
The Younan Collection is a global, private equity company that acquires and manages worldwide assets, including Younan Properties. The brand specializes in acquiring a broad array of businesses through its subsidiaries Younan Properties, and through La Grande Maison Younan Collection, which owns and operates 4-star hotels and resorts throughout the Loire Valley, including Chateau de Beauvois, Hotel Saint-Martin, Chateau Le Prieure, Chateau du Petit Chene, Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit Chene, MPA Communication, Chateau la Croix Younan, a Bordeaux vineyard, and Château de la Perrière.

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Zaya S. Younan Grows Luxury Resort Company with 7th French Chateau Hotel

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FRANCE, January 8, 2019 --- La Grande Maison Younan Collection has acquired its seventh French chateau-hotel in less than three years with the purchase of Domaine et Golf de Vaugouard, which will operate as Chateau de Vaugouard. The 4-star luxury, resort hotel with 55 rooms and suites, includes a challenging 18-hole golf course, which surrounds the Chateau creating an exceptional resort environment.

According to Zaya S. Younan, chairman and CEO of the Younan Collection and of Younan Properties, this is a significant acquisition for the company. “The Younan Collection is being recognized as a global French luxury brand and Chateau de Vaugouard is a strategic step in that direction. This historic hotel embodies what the Younan Collection is all about - elegance, culture, and history.”

This eighteenth century hotel and estate is located an hour’s drive from Paris and located near Montargis, a community that is known as the ‘Venice of France’ for its canals, bridges and historic buildings. The castle was built in 1750 by Colonel Salis Samade, the last commander of the Swiss regiment guarding the King of France. For more than a century, the castle was maintained as a nobleman’s residence. Baron Henri de Triqueti, known as “sculptor of princes.” The Baron was commissioned to create the bronze doors of the Madeleine Church in Paris. Later, the Baron gave the Chateau to the Duke of Orleans, the eldest son of King Louis Philippe I, and the Chateau became a renowned hunting residence.

The estate changed ownership several times and during that period, there were numerous renovations and upgrades including the addition of an 18-hole golf course, driving range, club house, locker rooms and a pro shop, a beautifully landscaped park and expanded meeting rooms. A former stable was reimagined with 31 luxury guest rooms that overlook a meticulous garden courtyard. The goal was to provide a luxurious complex with all the amenities while still keeping the architectural heritage.

Chateau de Vaugouard is recognized for its gastronomic restaurant with a large outdoor terrace. It also has a country-club style bar and a lounge that benefits from views across the terrace to the golf course and the woods around the Chateau. The Chateau includes a large swimming pool, bar and changing rooms.

Zaya Younan added, “Our goal has been to make strategic acquisitions in the Loire Valley and scale our luxury hotel brand so that everyone is able to get a touch of royalty with history. Every person deserves to spend a night in a castle, and to be pampered as a member of a royal family. We plan making additional improvements that will further distinguish Chateau de Vaugouard as one of the premier luxury resorts in the region.”

About the Younan Collection
The Younan Collection is a global, private equity company that acquires and manages worldwide assets, including Younan Properties. The brand specializes in acquiring a broad array of businesses through its subsidiaries Younan Properties, and through La Grande Maison Younan Collection, which owns and operates 4-star hotels and resorts throughout the Loire Valley, including Chateau de Beauvois, Hotel Saint-Martin, Chateau Le Prieure, Chateau du Petit Chene, Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit Chene, MPA Communication, Chateau la Croix Younan, a Bordeaux vineyard, and Château de la Perrière.