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Donald Manasse Law Offices

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Legal advisers

Donald Manasse Law Offices is a compact firm, which provides ‘very sophisticated advice’. The group is best known for its expertise in banking and finance, where it acts for several global financial institutions. It is also well versed in asset recovery, IP and dispute resolution. Founding partner Donald Manasse is highly regarded for financial services matters.


Very sophisticated advice; unusually so for a small firm.’

Donald Manasse is a leader in his field and supremely experienced in Monaco litigation. He has worked with us on a complicated case and has been a great assistance in navigating the waters of the Monaco courts, as well as liaising with local banks in relation to the unlocking of accounts.’

‘Donald is clear and straightforward in his advice. You know where you stand and can take decisions accordingly. He understands the underlying business needs and translates advice in to actionable outcomes.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas UK


Credit Suisse

National Bank Trust Russian Federation

Private client Tier 2

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.


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.’

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Donald Manasse  photo Mr Donald Manasse
Number of lawyers : 4
at this office : 3
ICC Fraudnet
TRACE International
Other offices : Nice