Firm Profile > ZABALDANO AVOCATS > Monaco, Monaco

9 rue du Gabian
98000 Monaco

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Law firm

The multi-disciplinary group at ZABALDANO Avocat Defenseur focuses on civil and criminal litigation. Managing partner Arnaud Zabaldano heads a diverse team that includes senior associate Cécile Peltier-Gauci, who heads the real estate and construction practice, and senior associate Nicolas Robert, who leads the corporate, commercial and M&A team.


The practice is efficient, intelligent and has a high level of expertise.

The firm distinguishes itself by being independent and commercially minded in their working method to fulfil objectives and expectations.

Arnaud Zabaldano is creative, knowledgeable and energetic, but above all very committed to his clients.’

Private client Tier 2

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.’

The firm: Zabaldano Avocats was set up 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 Avocats 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 extensive 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.

Recent hires include Managing Associate Fabrice Garcin who specializes in corporate governance issues (shareholders’ agreements, executive compensation…), negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts (distribution contracts, service contracts, terms of sale) and the valuation and protection of their intangible assets.

Frédérique Reynertz,  Managing Director and Managing Associate in charge of the Regulatory and compliance department, also brings her extensive experience advising private and corporate clients on drafting and negotiation of complex international agreements in IP, media rights, licencing, image rights, sponsorship, major events organisation, risk assessment and risk management, productions of audiovisual content, rights acquisition and licensing/assignment, ip assets management, (including licensing strategies and enforcement programmes) certification/labelling, merchandising, results database management, procurement and service provider agreements, general terms and conditions.

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
Regulatory and Compliancde Frédérique Reynertz
Corporate/M&A Fabrice Garcin
Number of lawyers : 13
International Association of Lawyers
Chambers & Partners
Leaders League

Zabaldano Law Office is experienced in handling matters in cross-border disputes especially in international private law, employment issues and enforcement procedures.

The law office has also developed specialised expertise in extradition proceedings and challenging international arrest warrants in Monaco and also assists persons who are the subject of Red Notices issued by Interpol.

The clients

Zabaldano Law Office has established a first-class international client base:

  • Main operators in building, construction and real estate in Monaco
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • International banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Industrial sector

The Team

The team members have an international background and have extensive experience in international law and offering clients a broad range of services in high-profile family, corporate, construction, real estate, commercial and criminal matters.

The firm works fluently in French and English. Some members also speak Italian, German, Russian, Dutch and Spanish.

The network

Their prestigious, global resources enable them to offer the best available client cross border support and operate efficiently and effectively. Its independence ensures its freedom to select the best legal players on the field in any given subject matter.

Arnaud Zabaldano, Managing Partner

Managing Partner, Arnaud Zabaldano explains how his law office is adapting to client’s changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Arnaud Zabaldano from your competitors?

Commitment to excellence combined with forceful litigation. Our accomplished, multidisciplinary team offers our clients a broad range of high-quality dispute resolution services and carefully designed strategies to achieve the best outcome in high profile corporate, commercial, civil law and criminal matters.

Our team have acquired extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of Monaco and international law and is also fluent in a range of languages. In addition to French and English, our team also speaks Russian, German and Italian, allowing us to work effectively with our international clients.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Due to the ever-increasing client base and client needs, we will be extending our Labour law, Construction, private international law (family, estates and successions) and corporate departments. The firm has been constantly growing since its inception eight years ago and will continue its expansion in the coming year.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We have installed a new client and file management software to ensure increasing efficiency and organization. This software will allow clients remote online access to their own files.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

We are aiming to use cutting edge technology and ensure high-end services to our clients which will very shortly allow clients remote online access to their own files.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We assist clients and secure settlements, transactions and successful results for them every day. By way of example, we successfully achieved for a client the refinancing of an amount of 50 M€ with a foreign bank including many guarantees taking place in Monaco (amongst others : a conventional real property mortgage).

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

We are confident that our firm will strengthen its position as a leader in all aspects of white-collar crime, Labour law and private client litigation. We will also, by Fall, be moving into new bigger and more rationalized premises, in a more strategic location, which will further ensure the firm’s stable and constant expansion.