The Legal 500

LALIVE

35 RUE DE LA MAIRIE, PO BOX 6569, 1207 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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Zurich, Geneva, Doha

Switzerland

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive is especially well known for IP dispute resolution services. It also assisted a French perfume producer with border measures and customs interventions pertaining to protection of its designs and 3D trade marks. Alexander Troller and Jean-Paul Vulliéty are key contacts.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive’s practice has a significant amount of inbound business from its office in Doha. Recent work includes advising a Middle Eastern investment holding company on its $160m acquisition of a European data hosting company. Georges Racine and Alexander Troller are key contacts.

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Private banking
Private banking - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive advised several private clients with Swiss bank accounts regarding the US and other states’ requests to disclose information. It also advised one of four heirs regarding a €1bn multi-jurisdictional estate. Marc Henzelin is recommended.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Lalive

Lalive is particularly recommended for real estate and construction disputes, but also excels on the advisory side. Recent work includes assisting a real estate developer with a CHF80m residential development. Alexander Troller and Georges Racine are the key contacts.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Lalive is especially strong in the telecoms sector. It recently advised an international network operator on the provision of VoIP services from Switzerland, including licensing, notification and other regulatory requirements. Georges Racine is the name to note.

Leading individuals

Georges Racine - Lalive

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Lalive is exceptionally strong when it comes to banking litigation, but also covers the whole range of banking and finance advice. It continues to represent several former clients of the Swiss private banking arm of a collapsed European financial group in pursuing recovery of their assets. Alexander Troller, Christiane de Senarclens and Marc Henzelin are the practice co-heads.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Lalive

Lalive is ‘outstanding in the field of international arbitration’. Among its ‘many excellent lawyers’ are the ‘experiencedMichael Schneider, the ‘professionalMatthias Scherer, the ‘competentVeijo Heiskanen, and the ‘strongNoradèle Radjai. The team was recently reinforced with the recruitment of Philipp Habegger and Marc Veit, who joined from Walder Wyss Ltd. The firm successfully represented Turkey in an ICSID arbitration against Dutch investors concerning the termination of a construction project tender.

Leading individuals

Matthias Scherer - Lalive

Veijo Heiskanen - Lalive

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

Lalive recently represented a foreign client before the Federal Administrative Court, where it successfully appealed against a decision by the Federal Tax Administration to provide the client’s home country with information regarding Swiss bank accounts. Alexander Troller and Marc Henzelin are recommended. Marc Veit recently joined the team from Walder Wyss Ltd.

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Switzerland: Leading firms

Geneva
Leading firms: Geneva - ranked: tier 2

Lalive

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

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Zurich
Leading firms: Zurich - ranked: tier 4

Lalive

The ‘outstanding’ arbitration firm Lalive has its headquarters in Geneva, but strengthened its Zurich office by recruiting Philipp Habegger and Marc Veit from Walder Wyss Ltd.

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