The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon


Work +41 58 105 20 00
Fax +41 58 105 20 60
Doha, Geneva, London, Zurich

Alexander Troller

Work +41 58 105 2000

Work Department

Corporate and commercial; Banking and finance; Private Clients; Taxation & Double Taxation; Dispute resolution – international and domestic litigation.


Partner. Specialised in in corporate, commercial and finance law advisory services and litigation, with particular emphasis on banking, employment, white collar crime, judicial assistance in civil and criminal matters, and more generally, asset recovery in civil and criminal proceedings.


LALIVE since 1997 (Partner since 2003); Structuring Officer, Banque Paribas, Paris head office, International Trade Engineering Department (1994-1996), Commodity and Trade Finance Department, (1996-1997); Founder of legal department and Legal Counsel, Firmenich SA, Geneva (1993); Legal Counsel, Firmenich Inc., Princeton, NJ (1994); General training in commodity and trade finance, Banque Paribas, Paris (1992); Trainee, Gautier & Vuille (1989-1991). Senior Special Fellow, Debt and Financial Management Programme for developing countries, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).


French, English, German.


Council of Geneva Bar Association; Swiss Association of Jurists; Geneva Association for Business Law; Geneva Society of Law and Legislation; Swiss Chapter of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Regional Co-Vice Chair for the EMEA region of the Terralex Finance and Banking Practice Group.


Admitted in Geneva (1991); Law degree, University of Geneva (1989).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Lalive specialises in corporate transactions, public-private partnerships and commercial contracts. Alexander Troller and Jean-Paul Vulliéty are the main contacts in Geneva, while Simone Nadelhofer and Daniel Bühr lead the practice in Zurich.

[back to top]

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Lalive is best known for its expertise in banking, litigation, arbitration and private client matters. Clients recommend Alexander Troller, Marc Henzelin and Sandrine Giroud.

[back to top]

Private client

Within: Private client

Lalive has ‘impressive experience in advising on wills and related areas across international jurisdictions’ and also handles tax, trust, estate planning and marital property issues; special expertise exists in the field of art law and inheritance disputes. Alexander Troller is representing an individual in proceedings regarding the recovery of assets from a Swiss private bank after the client’s offshore company accounts had been blocked due to alleged tax compliance and money laundering issues. The ‘highly competent, dedicated, committed and knowledgeableWerner Jahnel and ‘careful listener’ and associate Marion Binder recently represented several heirs in an estate succession dispute, which also concerned the release of funds.

[back to top]

Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Lalive covers real estate transactions, financings, leasing, construction and infrastructure advice on both non-contentious and contentious level. The practice is representing an instrumentality of a Middle Eastern state in arbitration proceedings concerning transport infrastructure and also advised an international organisation on the refurbishment of its European headquarters and construction of new offices in Geneva. Alexander Troller, Michael Schneider, Bernd Ehle and Matthias Scherer are the main partners.

[back to top]

Switzerland: Banking and finance


Within: Geneva

The ‘very client-oriented and responsiveLalive delivers ‘outstanding services’ in litigation against banks by applying ‘aggressive’ methods; however, ‘strong practical advice’ is also provided on regulatory issues. Marc Henzelin often represents high-net worth individuals in asset freezing, fraud and wrongful execution matters and jointly heads the practice with Alexander Troller, who is an ‘exceptional practitioner with unrivalled technical expertise’. ‘Effective’ litigator Sandrine Giroud is also recommended.

[back to top]

Switzerland: Dispute resolution


Within: Litigation

Lalive provides ‘a heavy-weight contentious offering’, including a ‘specialisation in white-collar crime’. The team also exhibits strength in banking, commercial, private client, energy, real estate, employment and IP disputes and recently represented the Lybian Investment Authority in a $58m asset recovery case against Société Générale. Other work included representing the head of a Middle Eastern group against multijurisdictional fraud claims worth $9bn. The ‘knowledgeable and well-respectedMarc Henzelin, who jointly leads the practice with Alexander Troller, the ‘attentive, accurate and conciseSandrine Giroud and ‘commercially astute’ counsel Sonja Maeder Morvant are recommended. Matthias Gstoehl joined the Zurich office from Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments by:

Legal Developments in Switzerland

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to