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Dr Marc Henzelin

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Dispute resolution - International civil litigation and white collar crime; International legal assistance; Public international law; Banking & Finance.


Partner. Vast experience in transnational and domestic litigation, and in particular in 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).


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.

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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.

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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.

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