Executive Profiles

Jean L. Tardy-Vallernaud, Founder

Prior to Gainsborough Capital, Jean Tardy-Vallernaud’s 30-year finance career has included senior positions in New York, Paris, Brussels, London and California with major U.S. financial institutions and Swiss private banks – Bankers Trust Company, The Citibank Private Bank, First Interstate Bank Ltd., Bank Julius Baer, Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild. His activities have included international finance, private banking and investment management, and art advisory. His clients’ profiles have ranged from governments to multinational corporations and wealthy individuals and families in the Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia. His ability to deal effectively with the needs of the globally oriented affluent person sets him apart from many other advisers.

Jean serves as Founding President of the Century City Arts and Culture Foundation and Founding Chair of the Arts Council of The Century City Chamber of Commerce (2009).

He is active in the domestic and international communities, and particularly well introduced among high-quality professionals who can complement the services offered by his practice. He has served as a founding member and Treasurer of the worldwide Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) in Los Angeles for the past ten years. He serves as a Director and Executive Committee member of the Century City Chamber of Commerce. He was nominated to the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2004, where he serves on the Executive Committee, and he sits on the Investment Committee of Cedars-Sinai’s Board of Directors. He has served as Director of Public Counsel Law Center and of the Los Angeles Library Foundation. He contributed to the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a member of its Touring Committee and Treasurer of its Business & Professional Committee.

A native of France, Jean is also a U.S. citizen. He was educated in France (Liberal Arts and Law), then in the US, with a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School. He is a Registered Investment Adviser with a Series-65 certification. He has lived in Los Angeles for the past 30 years.

His April 2015 interview by the weekly Century City News can be read at http://westsidetoday.com/2015/04/07/meet-century-city-jean-tardy-vallernaud-gainsborough-capital/. 

His November 2017 article, Almost Half A Billion Dollars For One Painting — Why?, can be found at  http://centurycity.news/almost-half-a-billion-dollars-for-one-painting-why-p1105-126.htm. 

He has chaired the art panel of the annual Forum conference of STEP-Los Angeles in 2016 and 2017, and will again in May, 2018, with continued emphasis on the state of the art market and the ‘red flags’ for professional advisers and their collector clients.

He is scheduled to address the guests of Fox Rothschild’s ‘Fiduciary Attorney Summit’ in February 2018, with a presentation on the art market. 

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