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ADN Group is an agency of professional negotiators, founded and directed by Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery. The two travel worldwide undertaking dozens of critical, social, commercial and diplomatic negotiations yearly. They apply their expertise daily on behalf of business and government agencies.
Every year renowned negotiators, Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery conduct, assist, and supervise over a hundred complex negotiations, around the world. These include critical, social, diplomatic, commercial or patient-physician related negotiations. Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery are international lecturers, counsellors, trainers, and the authors of numerous publications. They make regular appearances in the media (CNN, BFM TV, France 5, LCI, D8, France 2, France Inter, Europe 1, Radio Canada, Le Point, Les échos, Management…). The French/American television series, Ransom (2017), which follows the life of a crisis mediator, is based directly on their experience.
Marwan Mery is a professional negotiator, specialised in lie detection. As one of the founders and directors of ADN Group, he resolves complex situations around the world. These include critical situations (extortion, illegal confinement, suicide attempts, trials, etc.), social conflict, commercial or financial negotiations with high stakes, diplomatic relations or assistance with patient/physician relations (for example when a patient refuses to comply with their treatment). After graduating from the Sorbonne, Marwan Mery, began his career working for multinational companies where he held the position of negotiator and managed negotiation teams. He has collaborated with casinos and game circles all around the world to uncover professional cheats. His publications and research in behaviour analysis and lie detection are widely used by government organisations and businesses alike.
Laurent Combalbert is a professional negotiator, specialised in crisis management. As one of the founders and directors of ADN Group, he resolves complex situations around the world. These include critical situations (kidnappings & ransom, extortion, illegal confinement, intent to harm etc.), social conflict, commercial or financial negotiations with high stakes, diplomatic relations or assistance with therapeutic appointments (for example when a patient refuses to comply with their treatment). A graduate from l’Ecole Supérieure des Officiers and from the National Academy of the FBI, Laurent Combalbert began his career as a commanding officer in the Defence and Intervention department. He later joined the RAID, a prestigious branch of the national police, as a crisis negotiator, where he dealt with hundreds of critical cases (hostage situations, extremists, collective entrenchment, etc). He then joined a multinational company as managing director to coordinate and organise crisis management.
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ADN Group Ecosystem
The television series, Ransom, is based on the lives of the professional negotiators, and founders and managers of ADN Group, Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery. The series was broadcast on TF1 and CBS in 2017.
Ransom recounts the adventures of the crisis negotiator, Eric Beaumont, who personifies the roles of both Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery. He leads the viewer through critical and gripping situations (kidnappings, illegal confinement, extortion…) where negotiation is always the solution.
Not only does the series contain extraordinary scenes based on actual experience, but each episode allows the viewer to learn some negotiation secrets and to discover negotiation methods that can solve the most serious crisis.
Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery actively participated in the writing of the series and supplied the scriptwriters with real cases. They also revealed techniques, tactics and strategies used during negotiation.
Ransom is based on the solid founding principles of negotiation, enlivened by a vibrant and inspiring cinematographic touch.
Eric Beaumont, the ace negotiator and expert in complex negotiation and conflict resolution, always tries to keep one step ahead of the kidnappers and criminal gangs to bring back the hostages safe and sound. Even in desperate situations, where the stakes are life threatening, and the stress is unbearable, Eric Beaumont is always completely implicated and manages to negotiate like no other, sometimes even surmounting the impossible.
The shooting of the 3rd season of Ransom is currently underway.