Firm Profile > LALIVE > Geneva, Switzerland

PO BOX 6569
1211 GENEVA 6

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

LALIVE has a well-established arbitration practice, and is instructed by Swiss and foreign companies and states in international commercial and investment arbitration proceedings, with particular expertise the infrastructure, construction, energy, and pharmaceutical sectors. The practice is led by the Geneva-based Veijo Heiskanen, who is frequently instructed by governments and investors, and Matthias SchererMichael Schneider has considerable experience in construction and energy disputes. Marc Veit is a contact point in London. Joachim Knoll in Geneva specialises in post-M&A disputes and Melissa Magliana is well versed in pharmaceutical arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Veijo Heiskanen; Matthias Scherer

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Knoll; Michael Schneider; Augustin Barrier; Melissa Magliana; Marc Veit


‘Knowledgable, good to work with, professional, pro-active, well-connected’

‘They leave no stones unturned in a very efficient manner.’

‘The team, particularly partner Veijo Heiskanen, has great qualities including wise insights, high ethics and integrity, constant hard work and ability to understand and then to simplify complex issues.’

‘Marc Veit – excellent legal brain and provides solid and practical advice.’

‘Lalive is one of the most prominent disputes firms in Switzerland specializing in arbitration and its capabilities and ingenuity confirms the accuracy of its reputation. The members are very meticulous in their approach and they provide their legal advice after having scrutinised the case facts so as to avoid surprises. ’

‘Top firm for complex international arbitration’

‘Excellent work of each person as an individual as well as a part of a team. The teamwork was visible and the trust and reliance on each person’s strengths were shown towards the team members every step of the way.’

‘Absolute and the highest level of professionalism, which was demonstrated by each member of the team in their specific sector. This is not just about the leaders of the team, but also about the involved assistants.’

‘Joachim Knoll has excellent professional and team leader skills, as well as cooperation skills.’

‘Associate Augustin Barrier’s expertise and knowledge in the case is particularly advanced. Particular emphasis should be placed on his skills to prepare witnesses for the proceedings. Patience, empathy capacity, perfect process (case) management, ability to establish mutual trust between client and legal representative.’

‘Pragmatic, available, able to develop the strategic vision of the case based on a realistic assessment of the merits and weaknesses.’

‘Matthias Scherer is a great lawyer, with a huge knowledge and extensive experience in International arbitration. He has the ability to develop a reliable strategic and realistic vision of the case. He also has an excellent knowledge of the business of his clients.’

Key clients


Republic of Mauritius

Republic of Latvia

Ukrnafta and Stabil


DSG Yapi San Tic A.S.

Lupaka Gold Corporation

Miami Football Club and Kingston Stockade

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Recognised in the market as strong dispute practitioners, LALIVE has considerable experience of civil and criminal litigation cases. The team is regularly instructed by banks, sports organisations, companies and individuals in a wide range of topics, covering among others private client, commercial, IP and asset recovery mandates. The group is jointly led by the Geneva-based Alexander Troller and André Brunschweiler, who are noted for their broad practice. Also in the Geneva office, Marc Henzelin stands out for his white-collar criminal law and investigations expertise, while Sandrine Giroud has a track record in disputes concerning private wealth. Other key contacts are Simone Nadelhofer and Matthias Gstoehl.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Troller; André Brunschweiler

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Lucien Bühr; Marc Henzelin; Sandrine Giroud; Simone Nadelhofer; Matthias Gstoehl


‘We find the team at Lalive very practical and understanding of clients’ needs and requirements.’

‘Simone Nadelhofer is quick at adapting to the situation and tries to find practical solutions for issues at hand.’

‘Some of the strongest advocates in Switzerland- at the very top of their game’

‘Matthias Gstoehl and Sandrine Giroud – wonderfully bright while remaining focused, practical and responsive.’

‘The strong side of the practice is very diligent case management routine. The practice is well equipped to handle complex large-scale projects that require processing of big volumes of data.’

‘Sandrine Giroud is a very responsive, smart and diligent partner. She is equally effective in hands-on lawyering and strategic project management. Whilst Ms Giroud is always ready to vigorously defend her clients, she maintains a rational and balanced approach to cases, which makes her a credible and trustworthy attorney in the eyes of judges and prosecutors. Also, Ms Giroud has a large network of credible external service providers and foreign counsel.’

Key clients

Bankas Snoras

KBA NotaSys


Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

LALIVE is highly regarded for its strong expertise in a breadth of litigation and arbitration cases. The team can also advise on banking, finance and private client matters. Key contacts at the firm are Matthias Scherer, Alexander TrollerSandrine Giroud, Domitille Baizeau, Marc Henzelin, Veijo Heiskanen and Michael Schneider.

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Scherer; Alexander Troller; Sandrine Giroud; Domitille Baizeau; Marc Henzelin; Veijo Heiskanen; Michael Schneider

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3

The team at LALIVE has a particular niche acting for corporate investors and private clients pursuing actions against banks and other financial institutions. The team, which is headed up by Alexander TrollerMarc Henzelin and Sandrine Giroud, also assists with regulatory matters, as well as investigations and compliance. The group also handles a stream of work relating to bank insolvencies. Matthias Gstoehl and counsel Nicolas Ollivier are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Troller; Marc Henzelin; Sandrine Giroud

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Gstoehl; Nicolas Ollivier


‘A top class approach to all of its clients and its reputation is outstanding.’

‘Lalive’s key capabilities are its excellent track record and results for its clients, its good reputation at numerous courts and prosecutors which is effective in getting the best results, its international approach and network to handle the most complicated international legal affairs. Being so efficient on the forefront of innovative solutions has mainly to do with its exceptional selection of lawyers that are active in different fields.’

‘The individuals were more than competent, with a hands-on approach, totally honest and reliable, pragmatic, focusing on results, not wasting unnecessary time in mails, phone calls or meetings, and not afraid to tackle the most difficult and complicated problems. Their creativity was huge. The individuals all speak fluently several languages, and they are always accessible.’

‘Nicolas Ollivier has demonstrated quite valuable skills. Fast, efficient, calm, transparent, giving always a clear.’

‘Ability to combine an in-house professional strength with the out-side expert and academica knowledge.’

‘Matthias Gstoehl: creativity, breadth of grasp.’

‘Alexander Troller impresses with strict professionalism, responsiveness and  attention to details.’

‘The team works very efficiently, top analysis of the case and precedents, capable of processing large volumes of data and of making viable proposals and elaborating a winning strategy.’

‘The entire team is very efficient, would like to particularly mention Marc Henzelin, Sandrine Giroud, and Nicolas Ollivier for their high level of professionalism and excellent performance.’

Key clients

Bankas Snoras

Switzerland > Intellectual property Tier 3

LALIVE’s IP practice is particularly experienced in IP litigation and arbitration spanning civil and criminal proceedings relating to trade mark matters as well as copyright, licensing and design issues. The team acts for clients including non-governmental organisations, international corporations and individuals on unfair competition issues, domain name disputes, license agreements and franchises. Practice head Thomas Widmer is the key name in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Widmer


‘Very pragmatic advice and ability to be very proactive in managing a case and trying, at the same time, to limit the legal fees.’

‘We worked with Thomas Widmer who has wide experience in intellectual property. He found very smart solutions in managing a case and trying to avoid any unnecessary legal expenses. He also managed a case perfectly with a potential high media exposure in order to limit any risks.’

‘Very good firm with excellent legal skills. Can highly recommend.’

‘Thomas Widmer is an outstanding legal professional with excellent legal skills and understanding of the client.’

‘Lalive is one of the most prominent law firms in Switzerland and their capabilities confirm the high prestige and reputation they enjoy.’

‘Thomas Widmer has exhibited very analytical thinking in dealing with certain complex issues of IP law on software licensing.’

‘The team is very responsive and reliable.’

‘The colleagues we had the pleasure to work with have a very good knowledge of intellectual property matters and excellent problem solving skills.’

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 3

LALIVE's practice specialises in real estate, construction and infrastructure disputes and is noted for its 'accurate and meticulous approach'. The team is regularly involved in national and international arbitration as well as litigation proceedings and fields a diverse group of lawyers able to practice in multiple jurisdictions. Geneva's key contacts are Matthias SchererMichael SchneiderBernd Ehle and Joachim Knoll, while Melissa Magliana is a name to note in Zurich.

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Magliana; Matthias Scherer; Michael Schneider; Bernd Ehle; Joachim Knoll


‘Accurate and meticulous approach to the case, without losing the practical grip.’

‘Melissa Magliana is exceptionally reactive and available. She quickly grasps the controversial point of the case and has an extraordinarily practical approach. Firm but also flexible to accommodate client’s needs.’

‘Lalive sets a new and very high bar for both professionalism and knowledge. Professionally it was truly an honour and pleasure to work with Lalive.’

Key clients

Republic of Latvia

DSG Yapi San Tic A.S.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 4

LALIVE is best known for its experience in banking disputes, and the cornerstone of its practice is representing corporates and private clients in actions brought against financial institutions relating to fraud or mismanagement. Other work includes advising banks and other financial institutions on regulatory matters, compliance and investigations. The key practitioners are Simone NadelhoferDaniel Lucien BührMatthias Gstoehl and André Brunschweiler.

Practice head(s):

Simone Nadelhofer; Daniel Lucien Bühr; Matthias Gstoehl; André Brunschweiler


‘The group has experience and an established track-record. Availability and response time is key and this is one of the strengths of the team.’

Key clients

Bankas Snoras

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 4

LALIVE has core capabilities in banking, litigation, arbitration and intellectual property as well as white-collar criminal law and investigations. Stand-out practitioners are Simone NadelhoferDaniel Lucien Bühr and Matthias Gstoehl.

Other key lawyers:

Simone Nadelhofer; Daniel Lucien Bühr; Matthias Gstoehl

Switzerland > Private client Tier 4

The team at LALIVE is active in litigation and arbitration proceedings such as divorces, disputes between individuals and private banks, and international inheritance law. It also assists with art law and philanthropy issues and advises trusts. The practice is led by litigators Alexander Troller and Sandrine Giroud in Geneva and inheritance law expert Werner Jahnel and Simone Nadelhofer in Zurich.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Troller; Werner Jahnel; Sandrine Giroud; Simone Nadelhofer

Other key lawyers:

Marion Binder


‘Lalive is very efficient and fast in answering legal questions. Whenever something is coming up, they search the best solution that fits to the company. They are very good in arbitration matters or closing a case by settlement.’

‘Sandrine Giroud is tough, very smart and an excellent communicator and strategist. She is also highly responsive.’

‘Werner Jahnel and Alexander Troller are knowledgeable, responsive and confident legal professionals. They have demonstrated flexibility and agility, which has been key for our fluid and dynamic legal situation.’

‘Sandrine Giroud is an excellent operator.’

‘Werner Jahnel and his team are smart and work fast but what sets this team apart are its empathy and humanity.’

‘Werner Jahnel was creative and has an excellent network of contacts around the world that proved helpful to this case. Mr. Jahnel also has a remarkable ability to read the court’s mind: he proved prescient in his predictions of what the court would decide and in what timeframe.’

‘The firm has done a great job helping us navigate a rather complex estate; throughout the process they have given us confidence they are working in the best interest of my family. In addition, they have also been able to help us navigate another legal situation, which is linked to the inheritance proceeding. Even though this second situation is not part of their core capabilities, they have shown themselves to be agile and flexible to accommodate all our legal needs.’

‘Werner Jahnel is a managing partner  at Lalive. He is excellent, caring and very knowledgeable about inheritance law matters. He knows how to handle difficult cases and people. He is keen to bring matters/cases to a successful end ASAP. He speaks many languages and is a very good listener. Werner Jahnel is conscientious, hard-working and determined to win his cases. Very dynamic.’

‘Excellent team.’

‘Werner Jahnel is brilliant, multi-lingual, and an exceptionally good lawyer. With remarkably good instincts, a kind disposition, and offers outstanding intelligent advise. At the end of the day, Werner Jahnel is there for you and he respects the trust his client expects from him and is exceptional in his field.’

‘Personalized and fast service.’

‘Alexander Troller and his team very quickly became part of our team working very closely together in full trust. Whenever we needed them, they were available without any attempt of imposing themselves to bill inadequately. Their advice was a unique combination of knowledge, pragmatism and smartness.’

‘Alexander Troller is as good as a senior advisor gets: knowledgeable, experienced, approachable and pleasant. A joy to have around the table. From the very beginning I trusted him and got a great service. He is full of integrity and thinks before he talks.’

LALIVE is an international law firm with offices in Geneva, Zurich and London integrated by lawyers from Switzerland and more than twenty-five other countries. The firm is renowned for its expertise and experience in international disputes and provides global dispute resolution and advisory services to clients in Switzerland and worldwide. The firm represents individuals, public and private entities, including multinational corporations, governments and international organisations. Practice areas include international commercial and investment arbitration, litigation, white-collar crime, investigations, regulatory and compliance, public international law and private client. Areas of focus include asset recovery and insolvency; art and cultural property; banking and finance; corporate and commercial; energy and mining; intellectual property and data protection; construction and infrastructure; employment; sports; technology and telecoms; business and human rights and pharma and biotechnology.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution – arbitration Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll +41581052000
Dispute resolution – litigation Alexander Troller, André Brunschweiler +41581052000
White-collar crime Marc Henzelin +41581052000
Asset recovery and investigations Alexander Troller, André Brunschweiler +41581052000
Public international law Veijo Heiskanen, Sandrine Giroud +41581052000
Intellectual property Thomas Widmer +41581052000
Art and cultural property Sandrine Giroud +41581052000
Banking and finance Alexander Troller +41581052000
Construction, real estate and infrastructure Bernd Ehle, Joachim Knoll +41581052000
Private client Werner Jahnel, Alexander Troller +41581052000
Energy Veijo Heiskanen, Noradèle Radjai +41581052000
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Bernd Ehle  photo Dr Bernd Ehle Partner. His practice areas are international commercial and investment arbitration, international construction…
Ms Teresa Giovannini  photo Ms Teresa Giovannini Partner. Her practice areas are international arbitration (including setting aside proceedings with…
Ms Sandrine Giroud  photo Ms Sandrine Giroud Partner. Specialised in complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings, in particular in commercial and banking…
Dr Veijo Heiskanen  photo Dr Veijo Heiskanen Partner. His practice areas are international arbitration, including commercial and investment arbitration,…
Dr Marc Henzelin  photo Dr Marc Henzelin Partner. His practice areas are transnational and domestic litigation, international and economic…
Mr Joachim Knoll  photo Mr Joachim Knoll Partner. His practice areas are Construction and Infrastructure, Technology and Telecom, Energy…
 Noradèle Radjai  photo Noradèle Radjai Partner. Her practice areas are international commercial and investment arbitration in the…
Mr Matthias Scherer  photo Mr Matthias Scherer Partner. His main practice areas are joint ventures, shareholders, M&A, distribution, sales,…
Mr Michael E Schneider  photo Mr Michael E Schneider Partner at LALIVE. His practice areas are international commercial and investment arbitration,…
Mr Alexander Troller  photo Mr Alexander Troller Partner at LALIVE. His practice areas are domestic and international litigation, banking…
Number of lawyers : 95
at this office : 56
Other offices : Zurich
Other offices : London