Private client in Monaco

The below table includes both legal advisers and law firms.

CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet Pastor Svara & Gazo

Law firm

One of the largest private client practices in Monaco, CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet Pastor Svara & Gazo distinguishes itself through its unique local litigation capability; notably, the group fields five Monegasque lawyers able to represent clients before local courts. Its ability to plug into the firm’s wider international network for support on multi-jurisdictional cases is also a significant differentiator. Department co-head Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is 'a very good strategist’ and handles family law, trusts and estates and private international law. Raphaëlle Svara, who was recently promoted to partner, jointly leads the group.


This firm is very responsive, the lawyers are excellent — it is always a pleasure to work with them.

‘In my opinion they are the go-to lawyers in Monaco.’

Christine is highly intelligent, a very good strategist but with a human and practical touch. She will fight your corner all the way!

Christine Pasquier-Cuilla is a bright lawyer who knows her judges perfectly, which is invaluable in a tiny place like Monaco.’

Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is highly knowledgeable in Monegasque law and international private law — as is her team of talented and dedicated associates.’

Christine Pasquier-Ciulla and I have worked together on three extremely complex high-profile divorce cases involving parties of different nationalities and assets located throughout the world. She was always excellent.’

‘In the courtroom, Christine Pasquier-Ciulla argues her cases with both clarity and warmth.’

Gordon S. Blair Law Offices

Legal advisers

From its bases in Monaco and Geneva, Gordon S. Blair Law Offices provides a full-service offering in private client matters, with specialist expertise in personal taxation, private international law, estate planning and family structures. Its international tax practice is particularly prominent and the firm is consistently engaged by clients from Monaco, Switzerland, France and the UK. Xavier de Sarrau, who splits his time between Monaco and Geneva, is a high-profile name for family governance matters. Alexis Madier is also a key contact in Monaco.

Donald Manasse Law Offices

Legal advisers

Donald Manasse Law Offices is recognised for its broad expertise in contentious matters and its ‘unrivalled front-line experience handling complex, high-profile litigation’. The firm also acts for local and international high-net-worth individuals on tax issues, succession-planning and residence matters. Donald Manasse heads the group.

Practice head(s):

Donald Manasse


Taking the overall competence for granted, what sets the practice apart is its breadth of abilities and unrivalled local contacts. Equally at home with contentious and non-contentious matters.’

Donald Manasse’s team is very responsive. Everyone is perfectly bilingual. They had all the skills I was looking for.’

Donald Manasse provides practical advice and has a great understanding of the legal system and dynamics of Monaco.’

Donald Manasse has the advantage of being able to practice in France, in the United States but also in Monaco, a jurisdiction he knows perfectly well. He is easily reachable, responsive, very educational.’

I have been working with Donald Manasse for approx 20 years. He has a formidable track record as a trial lawyer and brings unrivalled front-line experience handling complex, high-profile litigation.’

Groom Hill Law Offices

Legal advisers 

Groom Hill Law Offices houses a comprehensive private client practice, which spans trusts and estates, yacht-related matters and family offices. Highly regarded founding partners Simon Groom and James Hill are both sought after for international work.

Law Offices of Jean-Charles S. Gardetto

Law firm

Law Offices of Jean-Charles S. Gardetto’s private client practice represents around half of the firm’s workload. Key areas of activity include family law, estates, tax, personal data protection and white-collar criminal law issues — it also handles residency matters for high-net-worth individuals. Among its recent work, managing partner Jean-Charles Gardetto defended several criminal cases. Rising star Laurie Dimitrov was promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Charles Gardetto

Tempest Legal Services

Legal advisers

A popular choice for international clients, Tempest Legal Services acts entrepreneurs, sports personalities, investors and single-family offices. Co-founding partner William Easun routinely advises on private international law, estate planning and residence issues.

Practice head(s):

William Easun


Law firm

ZABALDANO Avocat Defenseur’s emphasis on contentious matters translates into a practice that is well versed in acting for high-profile individuals in civil and criminal litigation. Experienced litigator Arnaud Zabaldano is noted for his strong experience in high-stakes disputes. Senior associate Valerie Zoccola is a ‘fantastic lawyer’ and leads the private client group.


A formidable and responsive team, Zabaldano’s team is comprised of strong defence practitioners.’

The whole team has a very high level of legal expertise and they are able to find out-of-the-box solutions.’

‘They work well together and have excellent English language capabilities, which sets them apart from a lot of French/Monaco firms.’

Arnaud Zabaldano is a very intelligent lawyer and very smart negotiator. Analytically brilliant.’

Arnaud Zabaldano is good at strategic input.’

Valerie Zoccola is a fantastic lawyer. We worked together on a complex cross-border estate litigation. She is very smart, legally top, with great client skills.’

Valerie Zoccola is an excellent senior associate driving the case forward. Her very strong English language skills set her apart. Reliable and responsive local counsel.’