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Legal 500 EMEA : Private Client - Tier 1

"According to many, CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet Pastor Svara & Gazo is the best firm in Monaco for ultra-high-net-worth private client matters."

"The team is amazing and very professional. Lawyers manage to be creative to find solutions when dealing with complex divorce situations."

"CMS has very good experience with private client matters and it frequently handles major cross-border matters in this respect."

"The private client team have great strength in depth and instill confidence, with even the most high profile/ultra high asset clients."

"The private client practice at CMS demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and expertise in diverse cases. CMS’s private client team efficiently and professionally addresses various complex cross-border cases adhering to the utmost professional standards."

"This firm is, in my view, the leading family law team in Monaco. Lawyers work very efficiently and are completely conversant with the interaction between Monegasque family law and the system in common law countries. Their level of English is impeccable and I find them very user friendly with clients."

"I have no hesitation in confirming that Christine Pasquier Ciulla is the number one private client lawyer in Monaco, especially in family law cases. Throughout the case she provided concise, first-rate advice."

"The team led by Géraldine Gazo is very knowledgeable and incredibly responsive. It is composed of various professionals able to tackle the most complex of issues."

"Géraldine Gazo is a fierce lawyer. She is insightful, very sharp, and never gives up. She combines the best qualities of being a seasoned practitioner, while being driven and combative. Her knowledge of private international law uniquely positions her as one of the top litigators of her bar."


Legal 500 EMEA : Commercial, Corporate and M&A - Tier 1

"CMS Monaco provided employment law advice that is specific to Monaco and it followed up with us closely on the progression of our case. The team was available at short notice to discuss the development of issues as they arose."

"We value our excellent relationship with Sophie Marquet. It is an outstanding practice and maybe the best in class in Monaco with regards to HR law. The firm possesses an excellent track record for legal proceedings."

"We worked with Sophie Marquet and Sophia Bernardi, who were both very professional and prompt with all their communications."


Chambers & Partners : General Business Law - Spotlight

"The team has all the answers to all the questions."

"CMS offered deep analysis of the tasks and the situation. I thought the team were very good - organised and diligent."

"The firm provides excellent communication and interpersonal skills."

"Olivier Marquet is a very competent lawyer with extensive knowledge in many fields. He is always available and supportive and provides very close follow-up of the issues."

"Olivier Marquet is extremely competent, serious and reliable in his approach to his work."

"Sophie Marquet was extremely responsive and went beyond what was expected to get the case done."

"Sophie Marquet is a clear leader in her field."

"Sometimes the matters are quite urgent and Sophie Marquet is always available when needed. We appreciate her ability to support us no matter the subject."

"Beyond the excellence of the work, I would like to highlight the diplomacy of Stephan Pastor backed by a very great firmness in the treatment of the cases. Stephan knows how to find and implement rational proposals."

"Emeline Elbaz-Mondeux is one of our go-to lawyers here locally. She is excellent and I think she is first rate."


Who's Who Legal : Banking : Finance & Regulatory

Olivier Marquet - Recommended


Lexology Clients Choice Awards 

Christine Pasquier-Ciulla - winner



Legal 500 EMEA : Private Client - Tier 1

"Highly efficient lawyers, accustomed to complex and international cases. Incredible team work capabilities, including with lawyers from foreign law firms. Strong dedication to clients and no ego – just skills, dedication, and results."

"The private client team is a highly client-centred team that delivers a five-star service to clients. They work well together and really go in-depth on issues. They have brilliant understanding of client matters that is very solution-driven. Technical knowledge is delivered to a high level."

"I have always found the team at CMS incredibly helpful. They are efficient, knowledgeable and good to work with."

"Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is widely regarded as a leading light."

"Géraldine Gazo and Christine Pasquier Ciulla are highly skilled lawyers, who can advise corporate and wealthy individuals alike in complex international cases. I worked with them on a major cross-jurisdiction litigation, and they were always reliable in terms of effort, availability, and (more importantly) results."

"Géraldine Gazo has always displayed high levels of professionalism and has an unparalleled expertise in private international law issues with a great understanding of the complexities of the law and great cross-border expertise. In addition, she makes the client feel at ease."

"I rate Raphaëlle Svara very highly. She is fantastic to work with, confident, competent and self-assured. I would not hesitate to recommend clients to her."


Legal 500 EMEA : Commercial, Corporate and M&A - Tier 1

"The firm has an excellent handle on the Monegasque legal landscape. Lawyers are proactive in updating us with forthcoming changes in the regulatory framework in Monaco. They provide us with rounded pragmatic business-focused advice."

"One of the largest firms in the market, CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet Pastor Svara & Gazo is also one of the few international brands in Monaco, which marks it as a first port of call for cross-border matters. The group's sizeable platform enables it to field standalone offerings in several key transactional spheres."

"Stephan Pastor and senior associate Daniel Goldenbaum are excellent civil lawyers, both are forward thinking, always look for a solution to an issue and are not afraid of giving practical business advice."


Chambers & Partners : Private Wealth Law - Band 1

"CMS are very strong on private law and family law."

"The CMS team has a very high level of expertise and is also very talented in the area of strategy-making. Very importantly too, they have high availability, flexibility and good human co-operation skills that enable them to work in harmony with teams in other jurisdictions."

"CMS have a very proactive team, and they are always responsive."

"Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is very experienced and highly qualified. She is absolutely excellent at what she does and stands out because she is very bright. She has an excellent level of dedication and is a very good negotiator."

"Raphaëlle Svara is a good lawyer, very dedicated to clients."

"Géraldine Gazo provides sophisticated advice and has great commercial awareness. She is both brilliant and incredibly thorough. She is always able to deliver exceptional work on time. Her teamwork ability, especially in highly complex international matters, further sets her apart. She is a very committed and sophisticated lawyer. Her attitude towards the client is excellent."


Chambers & Partners : General Business Law - Spotlight

"I appreciate the good level of understanding of the expectations and the relevance of the answers provided."

"I am happy with their level of service and responsiveness."

"Olivier Marquet frequently advises clients from the banking industry on a range of matters, including contentious mandates and internal reorganisations. He also assists corporate clients with cryptocurrency fund-raising, as well as representing defendants in white-collar crime litigation. 'Olivier is a lawyer with an outstanding legal mind'. 'It is a real pleasure working with Olivier, he is very reactive'."

"Sophie Marquet is regarded as a leading individual for employment law matters in Monaco. She assists with contract negotiations, restructurings and employment litigation. She also has experience in real estate matters, including property management mandates and lease agreements. 'We really feel that we are in good hands with her'. 'She has good expertise and pays attention to the details'."

"Stephan Pastor assists clients with tax and corporate restructuring matters. He is also well-versed in M&A and contentious mandates. 'I am very happy with Stephan's service and impressed with his ability to break down complex issues into simple actionable points to move things forward and get deals done'."

"Emeline Elbaz-Mondeux enters the rankings this year and handles a range of commercial matters, including debt recovery and M&A transactions. 'She is excellent to deal with and answers very clearly', 'She always comes up with the best way forward, answers all questions and is easy to contact'."



Chambers & Partners : Private Wealth Law - Band 1

"The team at CMS is known for its expertise in advising high net worth clients. An interviewee notes that they are 'first class and extremely accurate'. Another market insider comments that CMS's Monaco office is 'particularly very good'."

"Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is a founding member of CMS in Monaco. Pasquier-Ciulla is described by one interviewee as 'one of the best I have ever worked with'. Another interviewee comments that 'Christine is brilliant in every way, she's intellectual and strategically solid', adding: 'She is the best in Monaco'."

"Géraldine Gazo has a good reputation for her expertise in advising high net worth clients, family offices and private banks. One interviewee states: 'Géraldine has very good skills in international private law'."

"Up-and-coming partner Raphaëlle Svara advises many high net worth individuals and runs a practice that focuses on estate planning, trusts and family law. One market insider comments: 'I like her very much. She is very reasonable and also intelligent'. Another interviewee adds: 'Raphaëlle is a rising star who is very diligent and committed to getting clients a good result'."


Chambers & Partners : General Business Law - Spotlight Table

"A client underlines that there is 'a positive energy about the team and it can offer expertise in each sector'. Another interviewee reports that the team is 'truly impressive' and adds that the lawyers are 'slick operators'."

"Olivier Marquet frequently advises clients from the banking industry on a range of matters, including contentious mandates and internal reorganisations. He also assists corporate clients with cryptocurrency fund-raising, as well as representing defendants in white-collar crime litigation."

"Sophie Marquet is regarded as a leading individual for employment law matters in Monaco. She assists with contract negotiations, restructurings and employment litigation. She also has experience in real estate matters, including property management mandates and lease agreements."

"Stephan Pastor enters the rankings following impressive feedback, with one interviewee underlining that he is 'very good at going the extra mile', while another describes him as 'very articulate and clear in how he presents his thoughts'."


Legal 500 EMEA : Private Client - Tier 1

"CMS is one of the few global law firms in Monaco and can therefore offer a full-service practice to their clients. This firm has all the resources and expertise to work with international and non-French speaking clients and advise them on multi-jurisdictional issues."

"Christine Pasquier Ciulla has a very strong experience in private law and a strong charisma which is very comforting with difficult files."

"Raphaëlle Svara is a very enthusiastic and pleasant lawyer to work with. She has a very wide understanding of private law and makes her best to deliver the work within the deadlines, even in very complicated circumstances."

"I often work with Géraldine Gazo, who is one of the specialists of international private law in Monaco and also a highly recognised white-collar lawyer. Her team is also always very reactive and qualified."


Legal 500 EMEA : Commercial, Corporate and M&A - Tier 1

"CMS Monaco are the 'go-to' firm in Monaco. They achieve results, are a safe pair of hands and great to work with. Available, competent and attentive team, with pleasant and cosy offices and meeting rooms."

"Both Stephan Pastor and Emeline Elbaz-Mondeux are very able, provide clear and concise and strategic advice. They completely understand our 'end game' and go above and beyond to ensure that is achieved."

"Partner Olivier Marquet is highly sought after for banking and finance."



Chambers & Partners : Private Wealth Law - Band 1

"They are an excellent firm; they certainly do a brilliant job for clients, says a commentator, before continuing: 'They have a brilliant understanding of client matters and are very solution-driven. They are probably my go-to law firm in Monaco'. Another commentator says: 'They are efficient in their delivery, they provide high-quality advice and their strategic input is excellent. They have a clear eye on strategy'."

"Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is 'the go-to divorce lawyer in Monaco'. One source comments: 'She is a cut above the rest. I think she is absolutely excellent at what she does. Her strategic vision is excellent, but she's not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do the hard work'."

"Géraldine Gazo is recognised as 'a leader in the field'. A commentator reports: 'She is brilliant on private international law issues. She is one of my favourite lawyers in Monaco. She has a great understanding of the complexities of the law, great cross-border expertise and she is just a thoroughly nice person to work with'."

"Up-and-coming partner Raphaëlle Svara is very knowledgeable in this field. She has a good reputation."


Chambers & Partners : General Business Law - Spotlight Table

"A client appreciates that the lawyers are 'very reactive and ready to pounce'."

"Olivier Marquet has a strong focus on financial law matters, advising clients on bank guarantees and real estate financing, as well as representing financial sector clients in litigation."

"Commentators describe Sophie Marquet as 'efficient and responsive'. She frequently represents employers in employment law disputes. Marquet also acts on contentious and non-contentious real estate matters."


Legal 500 EMEA : Private Client - Tier 1

"Very professional and knowledgeable. For Monaco I felt I was dealing with a young and dynamic team. Always willing to assist."

"Christine Pasquier Ciulla is THE expert in international family law in Monaco. After many years of an intense divorce struggle with another law firm, she solved all issues with an entirely different legal approach."

"Géraldine Gazo recently joined the firm as partner, bringing a wealth of experience in Monegasque, French, Italian and common law."


Legal 500 EMEA : Commercial, Corporate and M&A - Tier 1

"The one and only full service law firm in Monaco with an international network. If you are used to professional law firms with a client oriented approach, there is no alternative to CMS in the jurisdiction. The quality of the individual lawyers, the degree of specialisation in the different fields, the processes – everything worthy of a first tier firm in London or New York."

"The firm sticks to deadlines and presents its work in a clear logical manner. The advice is crystal clear. They are well connected to the Governmental Institutions which is important for up to date information and clarification on thorny issues. We’re operating in a multi-lingual environment and so they have the right people with excellent written and oral skills in a variety of languages. This is important."

"Olivier Marquet  is the paramount choice for commercial law. Olivier has been advising our firm for years, his strategic thinking and his legal abstraction capabilities helped us to find the most efficient structures and to solve many legal conflicts in and out of court."

"Sophie Marquet has advised us in many Monaco real estate transactions, her diligence has helped us avoid important pitfalls and saved us from unjustified claims. Her standing with important industry players opens the door for direct talks and rapid solutions."

"Stephan Pastor is excellent in all Monegasque matters contentious including regulatory matters or non-contentious – a safe pair of hands."


Who's Who Legal : Banking

"Olivier Marquet (Recommended) has a very large body of knowledge, which allows him to be very efficient on different matters. One client effuses that 'thanks to his strong experience and efficiency, we always have a good chance to win'."


Décideurs Magazine : Contentieux & Arbitrage: Contentieux civil et commercial - Incontournable



Chambers & Partners : High Net Worth - Band 1

"They are the lawyers when it comes to sophisticated work for international clients."

"Christine Pasquier Ciulla is fantastic, she is attentive in what she says and incredibly intelligent. She is very open to discuss issues with a cross-border mindset."

"Géraldine Gazo is 'extremely well versed in and understands cross-border international law issues in private client'. Another interviewee enthuses: 'She has an excellent reputation, she is really viewed as being excellent in anything that has to do with family and international private law. She has one of the best reputations in Monaco'."


Chambers & Partners : Corporate / Commercial, Dispute Resolution

"One client enthuses: 'They are the best lawyers we have had', particularly highlighting that 'we never found a gap in their knowledge and they are extremely good negotiators'. Another client appreciates the team's breadth, reporting: 'The beauty of the firm is that the lawyers can deal with more or less everything'."

"Olivier Marquet represents private individuals and companies in disputes, as well as advising on real estate financing, market exits and corporate restructurings. Interviewees particularly highlight Marquet for his activity in the banking sector."

"Sophie Marquet is 'very calm, very organised and thorough in her approach'. She also assists with real estate projects and leasing contracts. Interviewees appreciate that Marquet 'will do her utmost to give clear answers or guidelines'."


Legal 500 : Private Client - Tier 1

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


Legal 500 : Commercial, Corporate and M&A - Tier 1

"Outstanding quality, open-minded and high level of expertise."

"The team is composed of individuals who each have their knowledge in specific areas. It makes you comfortable to know that whatever question you have this team will be able to listen, respond and provide advice in an efficient manner."

"The individuals in charge of the project have fully understood the contractual issues, made unexpected proposals that have improved the relevance of the contract. They have been competent in qualitative and quantitative management."


Who's Who Legal : Banking

"Olivier Marquet (Recommended) is a standout name for banking matters, renowned for his profound knowledge of the foundation of banks and financial institutions, as well as bank secrecy matters."