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Géraldine Gazo

Partner

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

Géraldine Gazo is a Partner and co-head of the Private Clients practice. She is an Avocat Défenseur at the Monaco Bar.

Repeatedly recognized as leading individual by independent international directories, she acts for wealthy individuals (HNWI and UHNWI), as well as for various intermediaries, such as private banks, family offices, asset management companies or trusts. Her expertise covers all legal and judicial issues that private clients may encounter.

Géraldine has over 20 years of experience in the practice of Monegasque, French, Italian and common law, with a strong focus on business law, private international law and criminal law. She also assists her clients in non-contentious and contentious mandates before Monegasque, French, Italian and Swiss courts.

Géraldine has an unparalleled expertise in private international law, as she is one of the authors of the Monegasque private international law code of 2017.

She also has a strong experience in criminal law, acting for numerous years before Monegasque criminal courts in complex cross-border matters, involving parallel proceedings in several different jurisdictions.

Géraldine Gazo is a Chevalier of the Order of Saint Charles, a medal intended to recognise an individual’s merit and to acknowledge services rendered to the State or the Prince.

Prior to joining the firm in 2019, she practiced as a lawyer in the firm that she founded in 2000 in Monaco.

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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 2022 : Private Client (Monaco)

Géraldine Gazo is recognised as "a leader in the field." She often acts for wealthy individuals, family offices and private banks. 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.

Chambers & Partners 2021 : Private Wealth Law (Monaco)

Géraldine Gazo advises private clients, private banks and family offices on a range of matters. A source explains: "She 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 2020 : High Net Worth (Monaco)

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.

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

Relevant experience

  • Drafter of the Monegasque Private International Law Code
  • Member of the Government of the Principality for the drafting of the Bill on arbitration
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the French Committee of Private International Law
  • President of the Financial Affairs Section of the Economic and Social Council of the Principality of Monaco
  • Representative of the Principality of Monaco at the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC in Paris
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Publications

  • Travaux du Comité Français de Droit International Privé : Droit International Privé Monégasque (Années 2018-2020)
  • Monaco: ICC guide on national procedures for the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards under the New York Convention, CCI Bulletin (2012)
  • Trusts and the Principality of Monaco, Yearbook of Private International Law (2012)
  • Towards autonomy for the monegasque banking and financial law, Revue de Droit Monégasque No 6 (2004)
  • Arbitration and the Principality of Monaco, Revue de Droit Monégasque No 4 (2002)
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Lectures list

  • Private International law resulting from the 2017 codification, Comité Français de Droit International Privé
  • Family Offices, CAMPDEN
  • The development of arbitration, Palais de Justice de Monaco
  • International Arbitration, Conference of the Monaco Branch - Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
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Education

  • Monaco Bar
  • Doctorate in Law, University Paris II - Panthéon-Assas
  • LL.M. in International Law, King’s College London and London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Master’s degree in International Law and International Trade Law, University Paris II - Panthéon-Assas
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10/12/2019
Géraldine Gazo joins the CMS Part­ners
The Part­ners of CMS in Monaco an­nounce the ad­di­tion of new Part­ner, Me Géraldine Gazo, to the Private Cli­ents’ team.A mem­ber of the Monaco Bar since 1997 and Avocat-Défen­seur since 2005, Me Géraldine...

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