Vincent Tchenguiz's hugely anticipated MIPIM party aboard his yacht Veni, Vidi, Vici went ahead last night.
The champagne flowed for the 70 or so guests aboard. The host himself, however, was absent. His spokesman Seán Bellew joked: "He is like the Great Gatsby - he never appears at his own parties."
Given the intense media interest in the brothers' arrest, it was little surprise that as the party kicked off at 8pm most of the guests present were from the fourth estate. "I never knew there were so many property journalists," said one "proper" guest.
"I've never been papped before," said one of the journalists present, pointing to the photographers on the quayside snapping guests as they arrived.