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CMS Pasquier Ciulla & Marquet’s private client practice handles the full spread of family, wealth management and succession-planning matters, with notable strength in private international law. Christine Pasquier-Ciulla, who is 'an extremely good private client specialist’, recently handled a contentious cross-border divorce case. Regina Griciuc, who was promoted to senior associate in 2018, is also noted.

Gordon S. Blair Law Offices draws upon its Geneva platform to provide a multi-jurisdictional private client offering. Tax and estate planning are key pillars of the practice but it has experience in the full range of wealth management and asset protection issues. Xavier de Sarrau, who focuses on estate planning and family structures, is a key figure.

At Gowling WLG, Peter Walford is highly regarded for private client matters. The firm advises wealthy individuals and families on a comprehensive spread of tax changes, succession-planning and asset protection issues, with particular expertise in cross-border asset-holding structures.

Donald Manasse Law Offices has a strong track record in complex litigation and is particularly sought after for cross-border matrimonial disputes. On the non-contentious side, it is well versed in tax matters, succession-planning and residence issues. Donald Manasse is a high-profile name in the market.

The ‘professional group’ at Groom Hill Law Offices is comprised of ‘very dependable lawyers’. Led by English-qualified solicitors, the firm is known for its strong skill sets in trusts and estates, family offices, yacht matters and residency issues. Founding partners Simon Groom and James Hill are the key contacts.

Law Offices of Jean-Charles S. Gardetto’s private client work represents around half of its practice and should grow further following the arrival of associate Laurie Dimitrov from BWG Associés in 2018. Jean-Charles Gardetto’s group, which includes ‘experienced Monegasque family lawyers well versed in international cases’, handles a steady stream of matrimonial and family law, wealth management and white-collar crime cases.

At Tempest Legal Services, the ‘very good’ William Easun has a strong record in private international law. The group also routinely advises on wills, trusts and estates and the structures and benefits pertaining to multi-family offices. Clients include entrepreneurs, media personalities, investors and fund managers.

ZABALDANO Avocat Defenseur has strong experience in representing individuals in civil and criminal litigation. Among its recent cases, managing partner Arnaud Zabaldano advised on several significant criminal matters. Senior associate Valerie Zoccola is a specialist in private international law.

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