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Geneva, London, Zurich

Dr Marc Henzelin

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White Collar Crime, Litigation, Investigations, Regulatory and Compliance, Public International Law, International Commercial Arbitration.


Partner. His practice areas are transnational and domestic litigation, international and economic criminal law, commercial and banking litigation, asset recovery, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and extradition, as well as public international law. He also regularly leads private investigations, focusing on asset search, recovery and compliance issues.


LALIVE since 2001 (Partner since 2005, Of Counsel, 2001-2004); Partner, Carre & Henzelin, Lausanne/Geneva (1995-2000); Partner, Matile, Gross & Partners, Lausanne (1993-1995); Legal Advisor/Deputy Head of Mission, International Committee of the Red Cross, Mozambique, Israel/Occupied Territories, Lebanon and South-Africa (1987-1992); Trainee, Reyman & Reymann, Geneva (1985-1987). Judge at the Cour de cassation of Geneva since 2009; Acting Judge, Court of Appeals, Geneva, Commercial and Criminal Sections (since 2002); admitted to plead before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court (since 2004). Reader, international criminal law and mutual assistance in criminal matters, University of Geneva (2001-2005); Co-founder and co-director of University Centre of International Humanitarian Law (UCHL), now Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (ADH), University of Geneva (2001-2003); Visiting Professor, international law, University of Hong-Kong (2003); Research Fellow, international criminal law, University of Geneva (2000-2001); Research Assistant/lecturer, economic criminal law, international criminal law and criminal procedure, University of Geneva (1995-2000).


French, English, German, Portuguese.


International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee (Officer of the Double Jeopardy Subcommittee) and the Business Crime Committee (Co-Chair 2010-2012); the Advisory Board of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) since 2007, and the Anti-corruption Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Member of the editorial board of the New Journal of European Criminal Law (previously, "Journal of European Criminal Law", NJECL) and of the Global Investigations Review (GIR)


Admitted in Geneva (1987); University of Geneva, Ph.D in Law, Summa cum laude (1999); Award Edgar Aubert for the best thesis of University of Geneva in Public Law (1999-2000); University of Exeter (UK), Master in European Legal Studies (LL.M.) (1993); University of Bern, Business School (1985); University of Geneva (Lic. Jur) (1984).


Banking and finance: Geneva

Within: Banking and finance: Geneva

The core areas of LALIVE's practice include dispute resolution against financial institutions, advice on regulatory issues and internal investigations, as well as capital market and fintech matters. Alexander Troller represents a private client in claiming assets worth $70m from a private bank that had blocked offshore company accounts due to US tax compliance and money laundering allegations. Another highlight was Sandrine Giroud's advice to a finance solution provider concerning the drafting of pledge agreements for the use of artworks as loan collateral. Litigator Dr Marc Henzelin is the another name to note.

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Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

'Top international firmLALIVE is 'very client-oriented, prompt and precise, having a tight grip on the issues involved and offering forward-thinking solutions'. Covering civil and criminal litigation, the ten-partner team focuses especially on commercial, private client, banking and white-collar crime disputes, while also engaging in contentious matters from the employment, real estate and intellectual property fields. In headline work, 'outstanding white-collar crime litigatorMarc Henzelin, 'highly experienced and knowledgeableSandrine Giroud, 'good listenerMatthias Gstoehl and Simone Nadelhofer are acting for Latin American government in an asset tracing and recovery investigation worth $1bn, involving over a hundred civil litigation cases against multiple Swiss banks, fiduciaries, companies and individuals. Alexander Troller represents an ultra-high-net-worth individual as defendant against $400m-worth of damages claims brought by a former alleged partner. André Brunschweiler was promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

LALIVE has international experience in banking and finance, dispute resolution and private client law. The Geneva team includes Alexander Troller, Domitille Baizeau, Dr Marc Henzelin, Sandrine Giroud , Matthias SchererMichael E Schneider, Thomas Widmer and Dr Veijo Heiskanen.

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