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Raphaëlle Svara


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

Raphaëlle Svara is a Partner at CMS Monaco. She is co-head of the Private Clients team and co-head of the Tax team.

She acts for natural persons, family offices, trusts and foreign private entities in general, advising and representing them before both civil and criminal courts in Monaco. She specialises in family law, private international law and estate planning and personal tax law.

Raphaëlle’s practice focuses on national and international divorces and successions, wealth planning in private international law matters, legal protection of adults and minors, patrimonial organization.

Her other area of expertise is private tax law, in which she supervises all the patrimonial tax issues.

Prior to joining the firm in 2016 she worked at law firms in Paris, São Paolo and Monaco, and at the UN.

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Up-and-coming partner Raphaëlle Svara focuses her practice on advising high net worth clients on estate planning, trusts and family law. An interviewee says: "She is very knowledgeable in this field. She has a good reputation."

Chambers & Partners 2021 : Private Wealth Law (Monaco)

Memberships & Roles

  • STEP Organisation (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • IBA (International Bar Association)
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  • The Law Reviews: The Real Estate Investment Structure Taxation Review – Monaco Chapter (2021)
  • The Legal 500: Private Client Comparative Guide - Monaco Chapter (2017, 2019)
  • Monegasque Private International Law Code follows the path of the EU Succession Regulation: a path sprinkled with differences, Gazette du Palais (2017)
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Lectures list

  • 25th Private Client Conference, IBA Conference - London (March 2020)
  • The protection of vulnerable persons in Monaco, Presentation to Monaco’s Foreign Residents’ Club (CREM) (September 2019)
  • Tax issues in cross-border divorce proceedings under Monegasque law, STEP Europe 2019 Conference (June 2019)
  • Law No 1.448 of 28 June 2017 on private international law, Presentation to Monaco’s Foreign Residents’ Club (CREM) (March 2019)
  • The impact of the Monegasque Code on Private International Law on Estate-Planning, Keys issues and challenges, STEP Monaco Seminar (December 2017)
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  • Certificate of International Wealth Management (AUREP) (2020)
  • Certificate in Foundations, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (2017)
  • Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advising, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) (2017)
  • Monaco Bar (2016)
  • Diploma in Brazilian Tax Law, Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Tributários of São Paolo (2013)
  • Master's degree in Private Law, La Sorbonne (2013)
  • Master‘s degree in Business, Neoma Business School Reims (2013)
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Res­id­ence cer­ti­fic­ate, tax dom­i­cile cer­ti­fic­ate, proof of usu­al res­id­ence...
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