INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE AND TRANSACTION LAWYERS

We enjoy working as one team with our clients and with each other, including other advisors and consultants.

Our team is composed of lawyers having worked in international law-firms, as in-house counsels with multinational groups, banks or with combined law-firm and industry experience.

We are not members of the Monaco Bar (“avocats-défenseurs”) which is reserved to Monaco nationals.

Our backgrounds are international. Most of us have studied and worked in other countries and are familiar with other legal systems. We speak and work in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. However, more than the language, we share the culture.

Our experience includes major acquisition transactions in Monaco, having lead most bank / asset management acquisitions and significant refinancing transactions in Monaco (banks, hotels, shipping, luxury retail groups, telecommunications, entertainment).

Remi Delforge

Remi is an international corporate and transactional lawyer with strong focus on capital markets, banking/financial services and restructurings.

He is a regular Monaco correspondent of international and “Magic Circle” law firms. He recurrently assists banks, funds and asset management companies in offerings, private placements, Monaco regulatory and securities laws. He has the most extensive track record in acquisitions deals in the banking and financial sector over the last 20 years in the Principality.

As former European Counsel for McDonald’s and Schlumberger, Rémi has in depth knowledge of multinational organisations and companies, as well as sports federations in Monaco including the Automobile Club de Monaco, organizer of the Monaco Grand Prix.

François Poher

François Poher is highly recognized as a leading Banking & Finance lawyer in Monaco. He advises local and international clients on regulatory and practical aspects of AML, EMIR, MIFID 2, PRIPS, CRD 4, PSD2, data privacy and reporting (GDPR),

François has held top Legal and Executive positions with prominent international financial institutions in Monaco (General Counsel and COO – Credit Suisse, Head of Business Support – Julius Baer, Head Legal & Compliance – Banque Edmond de Rothschild) as well as General Counsel of Société des Bains de Mer (SBM).

He is co-founder and VP of the Monegasque Association of Compliance Officers (AMCO) and participated in several legal committees of the Monegasque Financial Activities Association (AMAF) in particular on data privacy, AML, portfolio management and life-insurance distribution. François is a member of the board of the Association Européenne de Droit Bancaire et Financier (AEBDF).

Francois Poher lectures on banking law, liability and cross-border issues at the Nice Law Faculty

He has published articles and reports on a wide range of financial and Monegasque law issues.

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Vincent de Bonnafos

Vincent is active in financial and securities laws, banking regulatory and transactional matters. He also advises on general commercial matters in particular in sports and new technologies.

Vincent has a doctorate degree in law (Ph.D) for his thesis on the enhancement of corporate social responsibility. He also participated in the Commission for modernising Monaco corporate and commercial laws (Commission de Modernisation du Droit Economique Monégasque).

Before joining DL Corporate & Regulatory, Vincent worked in French banking institutions as well as French and Monaco law firms. He speaks French and English fluently.

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Ambre Bernat

Ambre assists on contracts and corporate transactions, including regulatory aspects and governance. She has particular expertise in data protection filings and compliance.

She holds a Master Degree in International Business Law from the University of Aix Marseille.

Ambre also has a Corporate Lawyer Degree (DJCE) from Aix-Marseille University. Ambre enjoys working in English and practicing Spanish, after having spent a year in Madrid.

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Sebastien Bernard – Of Counsel

As former Legal Director of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the world governing body for motorsport, Sébastien Bernard has extensive experience in international sport covering all legal, regulatory and commercial issues.

Sébastien’s expertise includes sport management and administration, sport governance and compliance, European competition rules, dispute and disciplinary resolution mechanisms, corporate and social issues. His extensive knowledge of the sport industry includes appointment processes for approved suppliers, as well as complex liability structures and insurance requirements.

Sebastien is also highly experienced in IP, media and event marketing rights.

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Yvon Clérentin – Of Counsel

Yvon Clérentin has held executive and legal positions in major international banks in France and Monaco and has an in-depth practical knowledge of banking organisations.

He assists and advises on all aspects of regulatory compliance including credit and lending transactions.

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Florence Devaux – Of Counsel

Florence specializes in corporate law and various aspects of commercial law. She has worked on the legal and corporate implications of restructurings, statutes, shareholder agreements, including structuring of remuneration packages. She is familiar with the formalities and processes linked to obtaining authorisations to set up and register companies in Monaco and the transformation of branches.

Florence held positions as Legal Manager/Corporate Lawyer with accounting firms in France and in a major accounting Firm in Monaco.

Florence is a Law Graduate of Tours University (France). She speaks French and English.

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Josselin Suire – Trainee

Josselin assists on formalities and research on corporate law and banking regulations. He is also involved in preparing contracts in commercial matters.

He is finalising his legal studies to graduate with a Masters Degree in International Business Law from Aix-Marseille University in September 2019.

Josselin works in French and English.

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Gabriela Saussier

Gabriela, originally from Argentina, has joined the firm as Office and Accounts Manager.

She previously studied and worked in Buenos Aires in insurance, hotel and airline companies. She moved to Paris, Milano and Monaco to continue her career in events. She recently contributed with Monaco Mediax in the organisation of several events as the Festival de Télévision de Monte Carlo, SPORTEL (the World Sports Marketing & Media Convention), WIMA –NFC Experience.

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