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Commercial, corporate and M&A - Law firms in Monaco

CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet Pastor Svara & Gazo

CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet Pastor Svara & Gazo is held up by some as 'the "go-to" firm in Monaco'. Certainly, it remains one of the largest firms in the country, with specialist offerings in banking and finance, business and investments, real estate, employment and tax. The group's ability to plug into the wider CMS network for support on cross-border matters also distinguishes it from other local law firms. Managing partner Olivier Marquet is highly sought after for banking and finance. Sophie Marquet has a focus on real estate and employment, with expertise in both transactional and contentious matters. Stephan Pastor advises on a mix of M&A, tax, data protection and sports law.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Marquet; Stephan Pastor; Sophie Marquet; Raphaëlle Svara

Other key lawyers:

Emeline Elbaz-Mondeux


The CMS office is the only one in Monaco to offer a very wide range of services and various skills.’

CMS Monaco are the “go-to” firm in Monaco. They achieve results, are a safe pair of hands and great to work with.’

CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet Pastor Svara & Gazo have proven to be extremely reactive in times of urgency. Always available to hold a discussion and advise on complex matters within short deadlines.

Available, competent and attentive team, with pleasant and cosy offices and meeting rooms.’

Emeline Elbaz-Mondeux has day-to-day conduct of our case under the supervision of Stephan Pastor. Both are very able, provide clear and concise and strategic advice. They completely understand our “end game” and go above and beyond to ensure that is achieved.’

Both Stephan Pastor and Emeline Elbaz-Mondeux have proven to be willing to provide quick and sound advice when needed (particularly in times when time is of the essence). They have both proven to be efficient and respond well to urgency.

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of the companies within the Monaco Luxury Group on the sale of 100% of their capital to BPM Group.

Law Offices of Jean-Charles S. Gardetto

Law Offices of Jean-Charles S. Gardetto stands as a 'top-class Monegasque law practice', according to sources. The group has a marked international focus and advises on a diverse range of cross-border issues, with strong skill sets in financial products, insurance, business incorporations, real estate and IP. The firm is also active in contentious matters, including commercial litigation and arbitration. Jean-Charles Gardetto has 'deep expertise in international corporate and tax matters' and handles both transactions and litigation. In 2021, senior associate Jérôme Croué was promoted to deputy practice manager and co-ordinates the business law department.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Charles Gardetto; Virginie Pauly-Mulot; Jérôme Croué


Top-class Monegasque law practice led by the hugely impressive Jean – Charles Gardetto. Excellent all-round legal advice provided in all areas of law.

Extremely well-connected and knowledgeable local practice.’

Gardetto is one of the rare true lawyers from Monaco, who has a deep expertise in international corporate and tax matters. He is responsive, practical, creative, professional and capable of saying no.

Jean-Charles Gardetto is very experienced, competent and knowledgeable of the local legal system. His team is also equally competent.’

Etude Régis Bergonzi

Etude Régis Bergonzi has a strong offering in banking regulation, with particular expertise in EU regulations affecting financial services in Monaco. Litigation is another sweet spot and the firm routinely represents companies and financial instructions in labour litigation, contentious IP and competition cases. Régis Bergonzi spearheads the practice and advises on banking, contract law and criminal law-related matters, including money laundering and fraud matters. Senior associate Sophie Petit has a focus on construction, employment and liability-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Régis Bergonzi; Sophie Petit


ZABALDANO AVOCATS‘ multidisciplinary practice has an emphasis on contentious matters, with its recent experience spanning corporate, commercial, civil and criminal litigation. The team is particularly active in cross-border matters and is frequently called upon to advise on cases involving European countries, the US and UK. Arnaud Zabaldano is a high-profile litigator and is recommended for complex corporate and commercial disputes and criminal cases. The firm recently bolstered the non-contentious side of the practice through the hire of managing associate Fabrice Garcin, who joined from FIDAL and now leads the business law advisory department.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Zabaldano; Fabrice Garcin; Nicolas Robert; Valerie Zoccola; Arnaud Cheynut; Cecile Peltier Gauci;