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WHO’S WHO LEGAL 2021: Banking - Finance (Monaco)
Olivier Marquet with CMS “has a very large panel 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”.

WHO’S WHO LEGAL 2020: Banking - Finance (Monaco)
"Olivier Marquet 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."

WHO’S WHO LEGAL 2019: Banking (Monaco)
"Olivier Marquet is praised highly by clients, who highlight his 'impressive professionalism and availability as a practitioner'. He is considered a specialist in acquisitions and regulatory matters."

WHO’S WHO LEGAL 2018: Banking (Monaco)
"Olivier Marquet boasts great knowledge of the legal and regulatory banking environment in Monaco and is fully dedicated to offering the best analysis in any situation".

WHO’S WHO LEGAL 2017: Banking (Monaco)
"Olivier Marquet possesses unrivalled expertise in Monaco banking and financing matters."

WHO’S WHO LEGAL 2016: Banking (Monaco)
"Olivier Marquet ranked by Who’s Who Legal, Banking 2016 edition as Monaco specialist. The Who’s Who Legal, Banking 2016 is ranking for the first time a Monaco lawyer by selecting Me Olivier Marquet for his expertise in banking & financial law."

Commercial, Corporate, M&A

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2020: Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet Pastor Svara & Gazo’s comprehensive offering draws on the firm’s standalone practices in banking and finance, business and investments, real estate and construction and employment. The group’s broad industry focus makes it a favourite with local start-ups through to major global banks, while its international network provides significant cross-border capacity. Olivier Marquet and Stephan Pastor are noted for banking and investment matters. Sophie Marquet leads the real estate and employment groups."

Leading Individuals: Olivier Marquet and Sophie Marquet 

CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2021: Corporate/Commercial: Monégasque
"What the team is known: Notable strength in litigation, representing both domestic and international clients in disputes. Advises on contentious employment law issues, as well as tax and real estate law. Acts for clients on financing mandates and debt recovery. Assists clients with corporate and contractual matters. Offers additional experience in data protection."

Notable practitioners (Corporate/Commercial: Monégasque and Dispute Resolution: Monégasque)

"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."

"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."

CHAMBERS GLOBAL & EUROPE  2020: Corporate/Commercial: Monégasque
"What the team is known: for Notable strength in litigation, frequently representing international financial sector clients and clients from the luxury goods industry. Assists clients with corporate matters, including restructurings, exits and contracts. Advises on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, as well as tax and real estate law."

Strengths: "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.'"

Notable practitioners (Corporate/Commercial: Monégasque and Dispute Resolution: Monégasque)

"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 has a strong employment law practice, advising clients on the employment aspects of corporate matters, as well as representing clients in employment litigation. According to clients, she 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 EMEA 2019: Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "The 'very strong' team at CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet & Pastor is highly regarded for banking, finance and real estate matters. Highlights included key contact Olivier Marquet advising a major global bank on a high-value asset sale. Stephan Pastor, who was recently promoted to partner, has a solid record in civil, commercial and criminal litigation."

Leading Individual: Olivier Marquet 

CHAMBERS GLOBAL & EUROPE 2019: Corporate/Commercial (Monaco)
"What the team is known for: Strong offering in a range of practice areas. Considerable experience in banking law, specialising in related litigation. Works for clients in real estate on mandates relating to financing, development, planning and liability risk. Additional expertise in employment mandates, advising on negotiations with unions and contract transfers."

Strengths: "Clients value the lawyers' expertise and dedication, noting: 'The know the relevant issues and also understand us, so they are good to work with.' Sources also highlight the team's 'very good skills in banking and family law,' and remark on its particular strength in litigious matters."

Notable practitioners

  • Corporate/Commercial: Monégasque  and Dispute Resolution: Monégasque

"Olivier Marquet is 'a thoughtful, diligent lawyer,' according to interviewees, who further praise his 'deep understanding of my business.' He advises clients on a broad range of transactional mandates, and has a particular focus on the banking sector."

  • Corporate/Commercial: Monégasque 

"Sophie Marquet acts on transactional mandates and is also noted for her work in employment matters. One source notes: 'She is very dedicated and gives good advice. When I have a question I can ask her and she answers very quickly.'"

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2018: Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "CMS Pasquier Ciulla & Marquet, created in 2017 through CMS’ tie-up with leading local firm PCM Avocats, impresses with 'strong sector coverage'. Considered by clients as the 'most diverse law firm in Monaco', it handles a broad mix of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Managing partner Olivier Marquet is the key contact for banking, finance and M&A and enjoys strong relationships with financial institutions; he advised the lenders on a €60m real estate financing. Sophie Marquet is recommended for employment and real estate work."

CHAMBERS GLOBAL & EUROPE 2018: Corporate/Commercial: Dispute Resolution: Monégasque 
Band 2 | "What the team is known for : Strong offering in a range of practice areas. Considerable experience in banking law, specialising in related litigation. Often works for clients in real estate on mandates concerning financing, development and planning, as well as assisting other corporate clients with employment issues.

Strengths  "One satisfied client says the firm was 'very competent,' adding that 'the team helped us tremendously in solving a difficult situation.'"

Notable practitioners (Corporate/Commercial: Dispute Resolution: Monégasque)

"Olivier Marquet is described as 'very efficient and responsive.' He has expertise in all areas of banking law and assists clients with an array of issues, from litigation to transactional mandates. Sources report: 'He does sound work.'"
"Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is widely reputed for her litigation work for private clients. Her areas of expertise include international, family and criminal law, and sources describe her as a 'strong litigator.'"

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2017: Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "One of the largest full-service firms in the market. Its strong corporate finance practice is led by 'extremely dedicated' managing partner Olivier Marquet. The 'creative, proactive and service-oriented' firm has been active advising banks on their activities in Monaco ; in one highlight, it acted for Credit Suisse on the sale of its Monaco entity. The firm also has a strong debt recovery practice and regularly assists banks in this space too. Sophie Marquet stands out for her ' knowledge of international law', real estate and employment advice."

CHAMBERS GLOBAL & EUROPE 2017: Corporate/Commercial: Dispute Resolution: Monégasque
Band 2 | "What the team is known for: The firm regularly handles cases in the fields of banking and finance, M&A and real estate, as well as work for its private clients. It has an impressive litigation team for dispute resolution cases."

Strengths: "Clients are positive about the experiences they have had with the firm, saying: 'Things come back very quickly and they are well done. The advice is good and I can definitely say we've been happy with them. They are far more proactive than other firms.'"

Notable practitioners  (Corporate/Commercial: Dispute Resolution: Monégasque)
"Market sources highlight Olivier Marquet as 'straightforward, knowledgeable, well connected and very quick to respond to matters. Anything he does has always been exceptionally well done.' He remains known for his prowess in litigation.

"Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is particularly adept at litigation concerning family and inheritance law. Sources say: 'She is superb, her client service is fantastic and she is able to correspond with international family lawyers in a clear and concise way.'"

LEADERS LEAGUE 2016-2017: Corporate & Commercial Litigation 
Excellent | "A robust team able to handle complex cases."

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2016: Commercial, corporate and M&A (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "One of the largest practices in the principality, and is well known for banking and finance work, acting for some of the largest banks in Monaco in litigation, refinancing and regulatory matters. It also has expertise in real estate, regularly working with high-net-worth individuals as well as multinational companies on acquisitions and disposals.

Olivier Marquet specialises in banking, and Sophie Marquet provides employment advice; both are admitted to the Monaco Bar."

CHAMBERS GLOBAL & EUROPE 2016: Corporate/Commercial: Dispute Resolution: Monégasque
Band 2 | "Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) : 
'The quality is very high and the lawyers are clearly strategic thinkers.'"

Notable practitioners  (Corporate/Commercial: Dispute Resolution: Monégasque)
"Olivier Marquet is experienced in corporate and M&A, real estate and project finance matters. Market sources say: 'He is very involved in the files so is really engaged.'"

"Christine Pasquier-Ciulla has a strong focus on litigation, covering family and inheritance law. Sources describe her as 'a very strong lawyer for litigation.'"

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2015: Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Monaco
Tier 1 | "Very responsive, rigorous and knowledgeable" lawyers advise banks and other clients on litigation and transactional matters.

Sophie Marquet, who specialises in real estate and employment matters, is "very much up-to-date and strong in client relations".

Olivier Marquet is "a good listener", who shows "reactivity and strong risk-assessment skills".

Private Clients 

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2020: Private Client (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "One of the largest private client practices in Monaco, CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet Pastor Svara & Gazo distinguishes itself through its unique local litigation capability; notably, the group fields five Monegasque lawyers able to represent clients before local courts. Its ability to plug into the firm’s wider international network for support on multi-jurisdictional cases is also a significant differentiator. Department co-head Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is 'a very good strategist’ and handles family law, trusts and estates and private international law. Raphaëlle Svara, who was recently promoted to partner, jointly leads the group."

Leading Individual: Christine Pasquier Ciulla

CHAMBERS HIGH NET WORTH 2019: Private Wealth Law - Monaco

Band 1 | "Géraldine Gazo - Avocat Défenseur is highlighted for cross-border private client work in Monaco. One lawyer notes that 'her speciality is the international private law,' and another says Gazo is a 'very good lawyer, especially in international private client.'"

Band 2 | "Christine Pasquier-Ciulla leads the private client team at CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet & Pastor, the Monaco member firm of the CMS network. Pasquier-Ciulla is best known locally for her family law practice, and she has a good reputation for handling ultra high net worth divorce matters. As well as her matrimonial law work, Pasquier-Ciulla also advises clients on estate planning and succession."

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2019: Private client (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "CMS Pasquier Ciulla Marquet & Pastor’s private client practice handles the full spread of family, wealth management and succession-planning matters, with notable strength in private international law. Christine Pasquier-Ciulla, who is 'an extremely good private client specialist', recently handled a contentious cross-border divorce case. Regina Griciuc, who was promoted to senior associate in 2018, is also noted."

Leading Individual: Christine Pasquier Ciulla

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2018: Private Client (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "At CMS Pasquier Ciulla & Marquet, the 'strong and experienced' Christine Pasquier-Ciulla heads the private client practice. Among the group’s highlight cases, it has advised on several high-value prenuptial agreements and multi-jurisdictional divorce proceedings."

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2017: Private Client (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "Christine Pasquier-Ciulla’s 'responsiveness and grasp of the technical details, as well as the international dimension, is second to none'. The firm regularly handles high-profile family law cases, and also has notable expertise advising on succession planning, trust and estate issues."

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2016: Private Client (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "The private client group has strength in depth, and covers family and marital law, estate planning and succession matters. It 'operates at the very top of the Monaco family law arena', regularly advising on high-profile, international and sensitive matrimonial matters.

Family law expert Christine Pasquier Ciulla is 'a standout lawyer'".

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2015: Private Client (Monaco)
Tier 1 | "The private client team is headed by Christine Pasquier Ciulla, who handles private client litigation, and advises on family law including divorces, prenuptial agreements, and matters relating to the status of children."