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ZABALDANO Avocat Defenseur

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

ZABALDANO Avocat Defenseur has a strong focus on contentious matters, with its recent experience spanning commercial litigation, constitutional law, white-collar crime cases and professional liability. Arnaud Zabaldano is a seasoned litigator and represented the Ahsani family, and its energy company Unaoil, in defending corruption allegations and extradition to the UK.

Private client Tier 2

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.

The firm: Zabaldano Avocat Defenseur was set up in 2012 by Arnaud Zabaldano, a Barrister at the Monaco Bar practising since 2001. It is a leading Monaco based firm handling complex domestic and international litigation and transactional matters. Zabaldano Avocat Defenseur represents private clients and ultra-net-worth individuals who require dedication, professionalism and commitment. Originally specialised in litigation, the firm has rapidly built a solid corporate and transactional practice group as well as consolidating a substantial real estate and construction group. The wide scope of competencies and in-depth knowledge of the team enables the firm to create a synergy between its different practices and draw from the expertise and know-how of each of its lawyers to best serve its clients on complex, cutting-edge matters, combining legal excellence, availability and innovation. The firm regularly collaborates with magic circle firms on cross-border matters.

Areas of practice: The multi-disciplinary team have extensive experience in practice areas such as banking and finance, commercial and business law, international law, real estate and construction as well as employment law and criminal law.

Dispute resolution and litigation: the team is led by the founding partner Arnaud Zabaldano and assisted by several senior associates. The firm has a first class and fully fledged litigation practice. Providing exceptional client care constitutes a major priority for the team. The key players are: Valerie Zoccola, who has an extensive track record in representing and advising clients on matters relating to family law, wealth management and inheritance, enforcement of foreign decisions, estate planning and private international law. Cecile Peltier-Gauci, who has gained solid experience and expertise in real estate litigation and construction law as well as in civil procedures. Sophie Couturier, an internationally educated lawyer who tackles civil, penal and white-collar criminal cases of both local and international dimensions. Valérie Mufraggi, an experienced lawyer acknowledged for her professionalism handling complex employment cases. Nicolas Robert, a senior lawyer who has over 14 years of experience in Monaco and handles complex real estate and commercial law matters

Real estate and construction: the team is led by the founding partner Arnaud Zabaldano and senior associate, Cécile Peltier-Gauci. Cécile Peltier-Gauci is a leading Monaco based senior associate who has acquired solid experience in real estate issues, construction and civil procedures. They are able to provide an array of expert legal services including project support, counselling, dispute avoidance and litigation in all real estate and construction matters and offer a complete and comprehensive service handling complex cases for a broad range of clients – promoters, constructors, landowners and tenants – acting in their long-term interests.

Corporate/M&A: the team has developed a particular know-how in corporate and commercial law and transactional matters across borders, jurisdictions and practice areas. The team is best known for its ability to represent and advise institutional clients, domestic and foreign companies, ultra-net-worth individuals and other private clients, as well as family offices.

Private client, ultra-net-worth individuals and family offices practice group: the team is led by Arnaud Zabaldano and Valérie Zoccola. Valerie Zoccola is a leading Monaco based senior associate with an extensive track record in the area of family law, civil procedures and private international law. She tackles complex cases of both local and international dimensions. The firm represents and advises clients on matters relating to all the aspects of family law, wealth management and inheritance, enforcement of foreign decisions, estate planning and private international law. The team meets its clients’ specific needs on the personal, business, legal, contentious and non-contentious issues they face, through its solid experience and its broad perspective.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Arnaud Zabaldano
Private international Valerie Zoccola
Commercial Arnaud Zabaldano
Commercial Nicolas Robert
Employment Arnaud Zabaldano
Employment Valerie Mufraggi
Administrative Cecile Peltier-Gauci
Recovery procedures and enforcement Cecile Peltier-Gauci
Criminal cases Arnaud Zabaldano
Criminal cases Sophie Couturier
Human rights Arnaud Zabaldano
Human rights Sophie Couturier
Real estate and construction Cecile Peltier-Gauci
Real estate and construction Nicolas Robert
Family and inheritance Valerie Zoccola
Number of lawyers : 13
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