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Corporate / M&A Monégasque lawyers

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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Stephan Pastor
Stephan Pastor
Part­ner
Monaco
Stephan Pastor is a Partner at CMS Monaco. He is the head of the Business Law team and co-head of the Tax team.Recognized as leading individual by independent international directories, Stephan brings...
Emeline Elbaz-Mondeux
Emeline Elbaz-Mondeux
Coun­sel
Monaco
Emeline Elbaz-Mondeux is a Senior Associate within the Business Law team.With over 20 years of experience, Emeline successfully handles both contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to all aspects...
Anne-Fleur Wagler
Anne-Fleur Wagler
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Monaco
Anne-Fleur Wagler is a Senior Associate within the Banking & Finance team.With four years of experience at the Monaco Data Protection Authority (CCIN), Anne-Fleur advises and assists banks and financial...
Daniel Goldenbaum
Daniel Goldenbaum
Ad­vanced As­so­ci­ate
Monaco
Daniel Goldenbaum is an Advanced Associate in the firm's Business Law team.Daniel has years of finely tuned legal experience, both professional and academic, in business law, intellectual property and...
Coralie Trudon
Coralie Trudon
Ad­vanced As­so­ci­ate
Monaco
Coralie Trudon is an Advanced Associate in the Business Law team.She acts for Monegasque and foreign clients and assists them with their corporate and commercial law-related matters with a nexus with...
Juliette Henry
Juliette Henry
As­so­ci­ate
Monaco
Juliette is an Associate within the Banking & Finance team.She mainly assists banking institutions in civil and commercial litigation (in all types of proceedings, including summary proceedings and debt...
Xavier Widawski
Xavier Widawski
As­so­ci­ate
Monaco
Xavier Widawski is an Associate within the Business Law team.Xavier advises Monegasque and international companies on civil and commercial issues, as well as on litigation. He developed a particular expertise...
David Bosco
David Bosco
Con­sult­ant
Monaco
David Bosco is the firm’s external Consultant since 2017. He is a Professor at Aix-Marseille University and the Director of the Centre of Economic Law (Centre de droit économique) of the Faculty of...