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 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 is in 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 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 15 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 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.
Vincent de Bonnafos
Vincent’s activities include commercial, banking and financial laws. He also advises on HR matters and employment schemes. Having been involved in the Commission for modernising Monaco corporate and commercial laws (Commission de Modernisation du Droit Economique Monegasque), he keeps a close eye on upcoming changes.
He has worked in French banking institutions as well as French and Monaco law firms.
He graduated with highest distinction from Nantes and Cardiff Universities and first of his class from Aix-Marseille University.
Vincent de Bonnafos is also preparing a PhD thesis on ‘Enhancing responsible actions of companies’. He speaks French and English fluently.
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.
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.
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.
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.