The Legal 500

Lalive SA

35 RUE DE LA MAIRIE, PO BOX 6569, 1211 GENEVA 6, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 105 20 00
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Fax +41 58 105 20 60
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www.lalive.ch
Zurich, Geneva, Doha

Switzerland

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

Lalive’s practice focuses mostly on mid-market domestic and cross-border commercial and corporate transactions. It also has a significant amount of inbound business from its office in Doha. Alexander Troller is recommended.

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French-speaking Switzerland: leading firms
French-speaking Switzerland: leading firms - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Dispute resolution specialist Lalive has many ‘outstanding’ international arbitration lawyers, including Matthias Scherer, and is also strong in litigation. Marc Henzelin is recommended for contentious banking matters, as is Georges Racine for telecoms issues.

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German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms
German-speaking Switzerland: leading firms - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

Outstanding’ dispute resolution firm Lalive has its headquarters in Geneva, but has a robust and growing Zurich office. Philipp Habegger is recommended for arbitration, as is Simone Nadelhofer for litigation.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive’s ‘very professional’ team is well known for IP dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration, but also provides trade mark portfolio management, prosecution and advisory services. Alexander Troller is recommended.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive is especially known for dispute resolution, but also provides advisory services to high-net-worth individuals on estate planning regarding private wealth and business assets. Werner Jahnel is recommended.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Lalive is particularly recommended for real estate and construction disputes, but also excels on the advisory side. Michael Schneider has ‘extensive experience in construction matters’ and ‘a talent for composing the adequate teams of lawyers for a particular dossier’.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive is especially strong in the telecoms sector. It recently advised an international telecom network operator on Swiss regulatory requirements following its acquisition of a music streaming service provider. Georges Racine is recommended.

Leading individuals

Georges Racine - Lalive

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

The ‘very professional’ team at Lalive is exceptionally strong when it comes to banking litigation, but it also provides ‘fast and practical advice’ on a range of banking regulatory and finance matters. Alexander Troller is ‘client-oriented, responsive, diligent and very supportive’. Recent work includes representing a Swiss private bank in an exchange rate dispute with an offshore company.

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Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

Lalive’s practice in Zurich focuses on regulation, compliance and internal investigations. One highlight was its work as Swiss counsel to Neil Barofsky, the US appointed monitor of a major Swiss bank, including the establishment of a whistle‐blower reporting system. Simone Nadelhofer and recently promoted partner Daniel Bühr head the practice.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Lalive

Lalive is ‘in a league of its own’ regarding international arbitration and the ‘strength in depth of its first-class team is outstanding’. Among its ‘many exceptionally bright lawyers’ are the ‘experiencedMichael Schneider, the ‘professionalMatthias Scherer, the ‘competentVeijo Heiskanen, the ‘capablePhilipp Habegger, the ‘brilliantNoradèle Radjai and ‘excellent fighterDomitille Baizeau. The firm was recently selected in a public tender process by the Swiss government to defend it against a potential $750m ICSID claim by Turkish investors, which would be the first investment treaty claim brought against Switzerland.

Leading individuals

Matthias Scherer - Lalive

Veijo Heiskanen - Lalive

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Lalive’s ‘excellent’ practice regularly acts for corporations, states and high-net-worth individuals – often politically exposed persons – in civil and criminal matters. The team recently successfully defended a Middle Eastern entity against allegations of fraud and claims totalling $9bn. The ‘very diligentAlexander Troller is recommended along with Marc Henzelin and Simone Nadelhofer.

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