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Donald Manasse Law Offices

Commercial, corporate and M&A > Commercial, corporate and M&A - Legal advisers Tier 1

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:


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




Private client > Legal advisers Tier 1

Donald Manasse Law Offices is routinely involved in private client matters with an international dimension, including matrimonial cases, criminal proceedings and trusts and estates issues. The firm's ability to lean on its Nice office is a key asset in cross-border cases and the group is held up as 'experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional legal matters'. Donald Manasse is dual-qualified in France and the US and is widely recognised as a reference in private wealth management — both contentious and non-contentious work. Julien Emonnot is noted for real estate-related tax and wealth planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Donald Manasse

Other key lawyers:


We value Donald Manasse’s efficiency and knowledge, capacity to innovate and reassure the client.

Excellent family lawyer.’

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

Responsive, knowledgeable, versatile and efficient.’

The firm: Donald Manasse is the founding partner and principal of Donald Manasse Law Offices. For more than 30 years Donald has advised local and international client bases on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious personal and business matters. Donald has successfully executed high-profile, large-scale international asset tracing and recovery programs for civil fraud victims and court-appointed bankruptcy and insolvency officers. Donald’s clients include local and multinational companies, families, local and international banks, asset managers and financial service providers. He regularly assists private clients in all aspects of private wealth management and is a published authority on trusts, taxation, wealth management and international real estate transactions.

The firm’s growth has largely been determined by its highly personalised, long-term client relationships and the desire to fully meet clients’ needs. The firm’s associated office in Nice opened in 1986, when Donald was admitted to practice. The Monaco office opened in 1989 when Donald was granted authorisation to practice as a counsellor at law in international commercial fiscal and juridical matters.

Areas of practice
Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm regularly leads on multi-jurisdictional commercial and civil litigation including wealth-management centres. The firm’s litigation and dispute resolution expertise is diverse and covers matrimonial law, intellectual property (including trade mark and copyright infringements), real estate (including construction), employment law and taxation. The firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice is ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners 2017.

International bankruptcy, corruption, fraud and asset recovery: the firm has significant experience in complex cross-border bankruptcy, corruption, and fraud and asset recovery and is the sole Monaco member of TRACE and the International Chamber of Commerce’s FraudNet. Donald Manasse is a renowned expert in this field and has a wealth of experience representing civil fraud victims and court-appointed bankruptcy and insolvency officers in large-scale international asset recoveries.

Corporate, commercial and M&A: the firm advises on a range of corporate matters, including incorporations and establishing a presence in Monaco, mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, business and asset transfers, company liquidations and voluntary winding-ups, and taxation. It advises on a range of commercial issues, including in relation to marketing, sponsorship, outsourcing, and agency and distribution arrangements. The firm is ranked Band 1 in the area of corporate/commercial by Chambers & Partners 2017 and is ranked as a Top Tier (Band 1) firm by The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 for commercial, corporate and M&A.

Real estate: the firm advises on all aspects of residential and commercial real estate transactions in Monaco and France, including advising on pre-acquisition structuring and planning. The firm offers a “life of asset” service in relation to its client’s real estate assets, from negotiating the purchase, dealing with permitting and completion formalities, and negotiating contracts with builders, contractors and other professionals, to leasing and sales.

Intellectual property: with more than 30 years of experience in this area, Donald Manasse Law Offices regularly advises clients on managing and protecting their intellectual property in Monaco and internationally. Manasse Law acts for clients in a number of industry sectors including entertainment and media, technology, communications, hospitality and leisure, and retail and consumer.

Private client, wealth management and taxation: the firm assists clients on a wide range of issues, including matrimonial law, domicile and residence issues, the drafting and variation of wills, and succession and estate planning. The firm’s client base includes a number of high-net-worth individuals and philanthropic and charitable organisations.

Relocation services and residence issues: the firm’s dedicated relocation team advises clients on all aspects of relocation to Monaco and on obtaining resident status in the principality.

Banking and financial regulation Donald Manasse
Banking and financial regulation Julien Emonnot
Corporate, commercial and M&A Donald Manasse
Corporate, commercial and M&A Julien Emonnot
International bankruptcy, corruption, fraud and asset recovery Donald Manasse
International bankruptcy, corruption, fraud and asset recovery Laure Michelle
International litigation and dispute resolution Donald Manasse
International litigation and dispute resolution Laure Michelle
Intellectual property Dilla Manasse
Intellectual property Donald Manasse
Private client wealth management and taxation Donald Manasse
Private client wealth management and taxation Constance Moreau Calvez
Real estate – France Donald Manasse
Real estate – France Julien Emonnot
Real estate – Monaco Donald Manasse
Real estate – Monaco Constance Moreau Calvez
Matrimonial law (within litigation and dispute resolution) Donald Manasse
Labour and employment (within litigation and dispute resolution) Constance Moreau Calvez
Labour and employment (within litigation and dispute resolution) Dilla Manasse
Relocation services and residence issues Dilla Manasse
Donald Manasse photoMr Donald ManasseDonald Manasse is the principal and founding partner of Donald Manasse Law…
Number of lawyers : 4
at this office : 3
ICC Fraudnet
TRACE International
Other offices : Nice