Sandrine Giroud > LALIVE > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 6569
1211 GENEVA 6
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Work Department

Litigation, Investigations, Regulatory & Compliance, White Collar Crime, Private Client, Public International Law




Sandrine Giroud joined LALIVE in 2009 and is a partner of the firm since 2017. She specialises in domestic and international litigation, with a focus on commercial disputes, fraud and asset recovery, white collar crime, mutual legal assistance in civil and criminal matters (including extradition), art and cultural property, trust and estate, media law, as well as public international law (including immunities from jurisdiction and enforcement) and human rights.

She regularly advises and represents companies and individuals in the recovery and protection of their assets through provisional measures, freezing orders, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements and awards, cross-border insolvency proceedings or execution of contracts as well as compliance procedures and internal investigations. As part of her practice, she also represents collectors, art market professionals and museums on dispute resolution and transactional matters in art. Her experience in the management of particularly sensitive matters allows her to tackle not only legal but also strategic aspects such as reputation and media.

Sandrine Giroud is a member of various professional bodies namely the Geneva Bar Association (ODA), the Swiss Bar Association (FSA/SAV), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Geneva Association of Business Law (AGDA). She is a member of the Executive Board as well as President of the Human Rights Committee of the Geneva Bar Association (ODA). An officer since 2015, she became a senior officer of the IBA Litigation Committee in 2021. Passionate about art, she sits on the board of various organisations in this field such as the Swiss National Museum, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the Art Law Foundation (which she co-directed from 2014 to 2017). She is also a member of the Task Force of the Responsible Art Market Initiative (RAM), as well as of the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM). She has been appointed to the advisory board of the newly created Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) and is among the selected pool of arbitrators for this court. She is a regular speaker at international conferences and frequently publishes on matters related to her fields of expertise.

Sandrine Giroud is recognised as an expert by Who’s Who Legal in Litigation, Asset recovery and Private client as well as by Legal 500 in Litigation and Banking and finance.

Before joining LALIVE, Sandrine Giroud worked as a legal adviser at the Swiss Federal Office of Justice in Berne (2006-08). She graduated from the University of Fribourg (2003) and studied at the University of Bristol (2000-01) as well as at the International Humanitarian Law Unit of the University of Nottingham (2004). She also holds an L.L.M in International Dispute Resolution issued jointly by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2009) and a STEP advanced certificate in the law of trusts (2012).


French , English , German

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva

Litigation specialist LALIVE represents major corporate clients and high net-worth individuals on fraud, mismanagement of assets, improper execution and fraudulent orders and disputes related to structured and derivative products. The team distinguishes itself by representing clients against banks. Practice co-head Alexander Troller litigates financial matters, corporate and shareholder disputes, white-collar crime, and asset recovery. Nicolas Ollivier, who also co-heads the team, has specific technical knowledge regarding complex financial products and often handles complex banking disputes. Sandrine Giroud and Benoît A. Mauron are also key team members.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

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Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations

(Leading Individuals)

Sandrine Giroud – LALIVE

With an extensive client roster that encompasses corporations, senior managers, NGOs and ultra-high net worth individuals, ‘diligent, knowledgeable and experienced’ LALIVE demonstrates significant strengths in internal investigations such as money laundering and cybercrime as well as compliance and regulatory matters that include corporate governance, risk and compliance management systems. Alexander Troller’s comprehensive range of knowledge extends from financial matters to estate and inheritance disputes, while Daniel Lucien Bühr notably focuses on investigations, best practice risk and compliance management. White-collar crime expert Simone Nadelhofer and business and human rights Sandrine Giroud utilise their considerable experience in litigation to strengthen the practice. Further enhancing the litigative capabilities of the team is Matthias Gstoehl, who specialises in complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

Switzerland > Private client

The private client practice at LALIVE stands out for the ‘exceptional abilities of its individual team members’. The team has extensive experience handling domestic and international litigation. Leading the group are Werner Jahnel, Alexander Troller, Sandrine Giroud, and Simone Nadelhofer. Their combined expertise includes advising on art law, asset recovery, inheritance and trust disputes, and the freezing of assets.