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Christine Pasquier Ciulla

Partner

CMS
Villa des Cigognes
17 rue Louis Aureglia
BP 450
98012 Monaco Cedex
Monaco
Languages French, English, Italian

Christine Pasquier Ciulla is one of the founding partners of the firm and co-head of the Private Clients team.

Widely recognized as one of the most experienced Avocats Défenseurs in Monaco, Christine specialises in family law, private international law and trusts and estates law.

Acting in both contentious and non-contentious mandates, she advises and represents a clientele comprised of Monegasque and foreign private individuals (HNWI and UHNWI), trusts and family offices. Christine’s practice focuses on:

  • prenuptial agreements and changes to matrimonial regimes
  • separations, national and international divorces, and post-divorce liquidation procedures
  • national or international successions
  • wealth planning in private international law matters
  • family governance
  • adoptions as well as all legal matters relating to children (including recognition of parentage, names, wrongful removal and more generally the application of the Hague Conventions on minors and international letters rogatory)
  • legal protection of adults (nomination of protector in court or drafting/ advising on enduring power of attorney)
  • protection measures ordered by foreign courts and their application in Monaco
  • criminal offences related to all of the above (including, among others, willful neglect or desertion, failure to grant access to children, abuse of vulnerable persons, domestic violence)

In 2011 Christine was appointed to the class of Knight (Chevalier) of the Order of Saint-Charles, a Monegasque order acknowledging merit and services to the State or Prince. She is also regularly recognized as leading individual by prestigious international rankings, such as Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

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Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is a founding member of the firm and co-heads the private client team. One peer enthuses: "She is an excellent divorce lawyer in Monaco. She is arguably the go-to divorce lawyer in Monaco. She really looks after clients, she's very practical and has all the right qualities you could want in a lawyer." 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.

Chambers - Private Wealth 2021

Christine Pasquier-Ciulla is co-head of the private clients practice. A source says: "She is fantastic, she is attentive in what she says and incredibly intelligent. She is very open to discuss issues with a cross-border mindset." Pasquier-Ciulla is particularly well regarded for her matrimonial work; a source says she is "the go-to divorce person."

Chambers & Partners 2021 : High Net Worth (Monaco)

Christine Pasquier Ciulla is very professional and knowledgeable. Provides good advice.

Legal 500 EMEA 2021 : Private Clients (Monaco)

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

Legal 500 EMEA 2020 : Private Clients (Monaco)

In the courtroom, Christine Pasquier-Ciulla argues her cases with both clarity and warmth.

Legal 500 EMEA 2020 : Private Clients (Monaco)

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.

Chambers & Partners 2019 : High Net Worth : Private Wealth Law (Monaco)

Christine Pasquier Ciulla, who is "an extremely good private client specialist", recently handled a contentious cross-border divorce case.

Legal 500 EMEA 2019: Private Client

Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyers)
  • Committee Member of STEP Monaco (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • IBA (International Bar Association)
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Publications

  • The Family Law Book  (2015, 2017, 2018, 2021)
  • Getting the Deal Through: Private Client - Monaco Chapter (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • The Legal 500: Private Client Comparative Guide - Monaco Chapter (2017, 2019)
  • The impact of the Private International Law reform in Monaco on marriage contracts, divorces and successions, AJ Famille (2019)
  • 60-second interview with Christine Pasquier Ciulla, STEP Journal (2019)
  • Pole position on PIL, STEP Journal (2018)
  • Matrimonial regimes around the world - Monaco, AJ Famille (2017)
  • Monegasque Private International Law Code follows the path of the EU Succession Regulation: a path sprinkled with differences, Gazette du Palais (2017)
  • Divorce around the world - Monaco, AJ Famille (2015)
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Lectures list

  • Lasting Power of Attorney, STEP Europe Conference 2020, Vienna (February 2020)
  • Cross-border family successions, STEP Europe Conference 20219, Cyprus (June 2019)
  • Act No 1.448 du 28 juin 2017 on private international law, Presentation at Monaco’s Foreign Residents’ Club (CREM) (March 2019)
  • The Private International Law Reform in Monaco, Presentation at Monaco’s Foreign Residents’ Club (CREM) (January 2019)
  • The Monegasque Code on Private International Law: one year later, STEP Monaco Seminar (November 2018)
  • The impact of the Monegasque Code on Private International Law on Estate-Planning, Keys issues and challenges, STEP Rome Seminar (November 2017)
  • The impact of the Monegasque Code on Private International Law on Estate-Planning, Keys issues and challenges, STEP Monaco Seminar (November and December 2017)
  • Various lectures in the Monegasque Parliament, on divorce law and therapeutic interruption of pregnancy
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Education

  • Bar of Monaco (1988)
  • Master's Degree in Private Law, University of Nice
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AN OF­FI­CIAL RE­COG­NI­TION OF THE “CHIL­DREN OF THE COUN­TRY”
Dur­ing the pub­lic le­gis­lat­ive ses­sion held on June 30, 2021, the mem­bers of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil en­thu­si­ast­ic­ally passed the bill n°933 re­cog­niz­ing the “chil­dren of the coun­try” and their con­tri­bu­tion...
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In­ter­na­tion­al Es­tate: How to plan
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04/05/2020
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21/04/2020
Re­cog­ni­tion of new forms of fam­ily life
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13/04/2020
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08/04/2020
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COV­ID-19 | Im­me­di­ate and ret­ro­act­ive sus­pen­sion of the time lim­its for...
Pub­lished on 27 March in the Of­fi­cial Journ­al of the Prin­cip­al­ity (Journ­al de Monaco), Sov­er­eign Or­din­ance No 8.019 of 26 March 2020 sus­pend­ing the time lim­its for ap­peal and pro­ceed­ings be­fore the Monaco...