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Gordon S. Blair Law Offices

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Gordon S. Blair has a wide-ranging experience in representing public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms, family offices and entrepreneurs in corporate law matters and M&A transactions.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A - Legal advisers in Monaco

DL Corporate & Regulatory

DL Corporate & Regulatory specialises in transactional work and its broad corporate and commercial practice spans M&A, banking, financial services and sports law. The team also handles regulatory and compliance matters, with strong expertise in data protection. The firm's comprehensive focus and deep experience in the Monaco market ensures that it is a popular choice to advise international firms on local issues, with recent examples including Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Remi Delforge has an emphasis on financial services, sports law and real estate. Associate Vincent de Bonnafos  has a significant regulatory dimension to his practice.

Practice head(s):

Remi Delforge

Other key lawyers:

Vincent de Bonnafos

Key clients

Baker & McKenzie

Linklaters

Freshfields

Clifford Chance

Allen & Overy

Automobile Club de Monaco

Watson Farley William

DLA Piper

Work highlights

  • Advised an international corporate banking group on a $1bn refinancing involving a Monaco company as guarantor.
  • Advised an international private banking group on intra-group instruments to comply with EU CRR/CRD IV capital requirements.
  • Advised an international banking group on the applicable requirements and guidelines regarding electronic signature.

Donald Manasse Law Offices

Donald Manasse Law Offices advises a raft of multinational banks, financial services companies and corporates on corporate and commercial matters, including M&A, financing transactions and IP matters. The firm also houses a robust contentious capability and is distinguished by its office in Nice, which equips it to advise on multi-jurisdictional litigation in Monaco and France. Donald Manasse is acclaimed by sources as 'very knowledgeable in most areas of French and Monaco law’. Additionally, Julien Emonnot is recommended for real estate transactions, while Béatrice Vann is noted for labour law — both are associates.

Practice head(s):

Donald Manasse; Laure Michelle

Other key lawyers:

Julien Emonnot; Béatrice Vann

Testimonials

Client-focused and pragmatic in approach and experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional legal matters.’

Donald Manasse is super bright, super responsive, and has a complete understanding of every aspect of the complex workings of multi-jurisdictional matters.

Donald brings the broad and deep experience he has to bear in matters with which he is involved. He is well able to advise not only on the technical aspects of a matter but also on the practical aspects.’

Donald Manasse is full of experience and serenity even in difficult and stressful periods, and has an incredible capacity in anticipating an overall strategy. Excellent family lawyer.’

Perfect command of English and the law. Practical and good at reaching solutions and, if not, has the expertise to litigate.’

It’s a small team and therefore very much attentive and collaborative. Donald Manasse is very knowledgeable in most areas of French and Monaco law and leads the way in the area.’

Donald has a unique knowledge of the French systems in place and is very much an all-rounder in most fields to be able to direct you to the correct solution. Being smaller and independent means you get the relationship and attention you need to see a matter through to its conclusion. Donald is my local go-to French specialist.

Perfect leader, perfect team, perfect service.’

Key clients

Borg Warner

Credit Suisse

National Bank Trust

VTB Bank

Apple

Diageo

Sberbank

Gordon S. Blair Law Offices

Gordon S. Blair Law Offices secured a broad range of transactional mandates recently, from M&A deals, through to group restructurings and debt refinancing matters. A strong performer in the mid-cap space, the group frequently handles deals worth around €50m-€200m — often with an international dimension. The group also leverages the firm's signature tax offering to shine in transactional tax matters. Team head David de Pariente specialises in advising private corporations and family businesses on investment and development projects. Counsel Arthur Rohmer provides support on corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

David de Pariente

Other key lawyers:

Arthur Rohmer

HFW

HFW's sizeable Monaco practice leverages the wider firm's signature shipping expertise to specialise in the shipping, energy and commodities sectors. A strong performer in both litigation and transactional matters, the team is arguably best known for its niche strength in yacht-related work. Office head Ian Cranston is highly regarded for dispute resolution and commercial matters, with a focus on maritime law. Andrew Charlier co-leads the firm's global yacht practice and is a high-profile name for yacht transactions. Marco Crusafio is particularly well versed in shipping, trade and commodities disputes. Legal director Ruth Monahan is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ian Cranston; Andrew Charlier; Marco Crusafio

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Monahan; George Kaye

Testimonials

‘We have used HFW team in Monaco since day one of our life in Monaco. We do instruct them for important shipping and commercial issues, particularly c/p and bs/l disputes. The overall level of service is extremely good. Quick and accurate responses and to-the-point advice from all members of the team. The high quality advice received is extremely good value for money.’

‘HFW Monaco is a first-class law firm with high skill in dealing with all kind of maritime matters, with focus on yachting.’

‘Mr. Ian Cranston is outstanding, he is a genius, always willing to go the extra mile to complete his task. His approach is always very commercial and practical.’

‘I mainly work with Andrew Charlier, who I always find to be professional and approachable. I highly recommend his services to clients as I can count on his discretion and confidentiality on sensitive transactions. Trust is key and that’s why I use their firm. They also provide proactive solutions and have a high level of knowledge in maritime laws and practices.’

‘They are multi-jurisdictional and use their network to provide relevant and up-to-the minute legal insight. We have never had to wait long for feedback and they approach every new matter with a thorough approach.’

‘Ian Cranston and George Kaye are fantastic. Efficient and experienced, they both succeed in simultaneously combining an in depth legal knowledge with an appreciation of commercial realities.’

‘Marco’s ability to be extremely professional and yet friendly makes a lawyer/client relationship easier to manage. His knowledge is impressive, which makes me feel I am in good hands and whenever he is not 100% sure he is not ashamed of saying that he needs to check, which makes me feel in even better hands.’

‘The individuals I worked with were very responsive and they turned around the transaction in a very tight timescale. They were very engaged with the matter and were available to ensure they had all angles covered when they were needed.’

Tempest Legal Services

Tempest Legal Services has an emphasis on non-contentious work, with broad offerings in insurance, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, and regulatory and compliance matters. The firm counts financial institutions, corporates, entrepreneurs and private individuals among its key clients and it routinely advises on multi-jurisdictional issues. Managing partner Nathalie Tanzi has a core focus on cross-border issues relating to the selling of financial products.