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Corporate law in the Principality of Monaco is relatively flexible compared to neighbouring countries. There is very little legislation on corporate law, which leaves significant scope for freedom of contract between parties operating in Monaco.

Under Monaco law, business can be done in one's own name or as a corporate entity and the Principality has four types of commercial companies, each with their own specific characteristics. These are general partnership (société en nom collectif), limited partnership (société en commandite), private limited company (société à responsabilité limitée) and limited company (société anonyme).

While there is much freedom of contract, doing business in Monaco does entail some obligations and official authorisation is mandatory prior to setting up a company in Monaco for the purposes of doing business. Any natural person representing a legal entity or doing business in their own name must also obtain official authorisation to do so.

Mergers and acquisitions are legally recognised and authorised under Monaco law but are not highly regulated either, which is why our experienced team of specialists is on hand to guide investors and residents in Monaco or overseas through any issues relating to corporate law or the merger or acquisition of Monegasque companies.

We can assist with all types of corporate transactions ranging from the sell-off or acquisition of assets or companies, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and joint ventures to corporate financing transactions like a capital increase with the issuance of new shares or a capital reduction.

We also help with the formalities that must be completed with relevant local authorities to obtain any necessary administrative authorisations and ensure that your transactions comply with statutory requirements.

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10 May 2021
Vi­ol­a­tion of mer­ger con­trol pro­ced­ur­al rules: European Com­mis­sion fines...
On 3 May 2021, the European Com­mis­sion fined chem­ic­al maker Sigma-Ald­rich EUR 7.5 mil­lion for provid­ing mis­lead­ing in­form­a­tion dur­ing mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings for Sigma-Ald­rich’s takeover by rival...
04 May 2021
With Il­lu­mina ac­tion, court to test EU Com­mis­sion's new mer­ger re­fer­ral...
On 29 April 2021, the US life sci­ences com­pany Il­lu­mina con­firmed that it filed an ac­tion be­fore the EU courts ask­ing for an an­nul­ment of the European Com­mis­sion’s de­cision of 19 April 2021 to ac­cept...
29/04/2021
Green­house gas emis­sions
On 24 Decem­ber 2020, the Sov­er­eign Or­der n°8.449 and Min­is­teri­al Or­der n°2020-916 filled the gaps re­lated to the green­house gas emis­sion in the Mone­g­asque leg­al frame­work, there­fore com­plet­ing the lat­ter[1].The...
08/04/2021
No­ti­fic­a­tion to the French Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­ity of an ac­quis­i­tion or a...
Al­though the Prin­cip­al­ity of Monaco is still en­gaged in ne­go­ti­ations with the European Uni­on for the con­clu­sion of an as­so­ci­ation agree­ment, it re­mains to this date a third party to the European Uni­on.Con­sequently...
09 March 2021
New com­pet­i­tion tools for di­git­al mar­kets – Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law vs....
After the new Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law came in­to ef­fect in Janu­ary 2021, ma­jor di­git­al plat­forms are now af­fected by art­icle 19a of the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion Act. Un­der art­icle 19a, the Ger­man com­pet­i­tion...
01/03/2021
Re­mote Gen­er­al Meet­ings and Board of Dir­ect­ors’ meet­ings
In this peri­od of con­trol and travel re­stric­tions ad­op­ted in light of the fight against the COV­ID-19 out­break in the Prin­cip­al­ity, the Min­is­teri­al De­cision of 18 Feb­ru­ary 2021 re­lated to the as­sem­blies...
09 February 2021
BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled – What next?
On 27 Janu­ary 2021 the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on de­clared the so-called BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled. It is worth con­sid­er­ing what this rul­ing really means and what it...
02 February 2021
EC Con­sulta­tion on sus­tain­able cor­por­ate gov­ernance: dead­line ap­proach­ing
Key ac­tion point On 26 Oc­to­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion launched its pub­lic con­sulta­tion on sus­tain­able cor­por­ate gov­ernance (Con­sulta­tion). The Con­sulta­tion closes on 8 Feb­ru­ary 2021 and we would...
13 January 2021
EU­'s Por­tuguese pres­id­ency re­leases new draft of ePri­vacy Reg­u­la­tion
On 5 Janu­ary 2021, the Coun­cil of the EU – with Por­tugal serving as the Pres­id­ent-in-Of­fice – re­leased a new draft ver­sion of the ePri­vacy Reg­u­la­tion, which is meant to re­place the ePri­vacy Dir­ect­ive...
01 December 2020
Ar­bit­ral rules – The sea­son of change con­tin­ues: ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Up­date
On 1 Decem­ber 2020, the ICC In­ter­na­tion­al Court of Ar­bit­ra­tion launched its re­vised ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules (the “Rules”), which will ap­ply to ar­bit­ra­tions sub­mit­ted to the ICC Court from 1 Janu­ary...
23 October 2020
The EU FDI Reg­u­la­tion be­comes fully ap­plic­able
The EU FDI Reg­u­la­tion, which came in­to force in April 2019, in­tro­duces a frame­work for screen­ing FDI in­to the EU. It is not a sep­ar­ate new screen­ing tool at EU level, but a frame­work for co­oper­a­tion and...
16/10/2020
Tokens of­fer­ings - Sov­er­eign Or­din­ance is pub­lished
Pub­lished on 25 Septem­ber 2020, the Sov­er­eign Or­din­ance n°8.258 of 18 Septem­ber 2020 im­ple­ment­ing Law 1.491 of 23 June 2020 on token of­fer­ings com­pletes the leg­al frame­work for tokens of­fer­ings in the...