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 > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

Sandrine GiroudLALIVE

With ‘a very client-oriented and success-driven approach’, LALIVE handles the full range of international and domestic civil and criminal litigation, acting for global corporations, states and high-net-worth individuals. Key areas of strength for the group encompass commercial, banking, private client and commercial disputes alongside experience in insolvency proceedings and white-collar crime work; the team also gains international mandates from its involvement in the Terralex network. Group co-heads Sandrine Giroud (who focuses on trust disputes) and André Brunschweiler are based in Geneva, while Marc Henzelin and Simone Nadelhofer are the key contacts for white-collar crime work.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

LALIVE is well known for its strengths in domestic and international dispute resolution and arbitration. The key practitioners Matthias Scherer, Alexander Troller, Sandrine Giroud, Domitille Baizeau, Marc Henzelin, Veijo Heiskanen and Michael Schneider all have specific areas of expertise, including commercial contracts, financial matters, fraud, asset recovery, joint ventures, M&A transactions, economic criminal law and construction matters.

Switzerland > Private client

LALIVE has a strong focus on dispute resolution and advises high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices, trusts and fiduciary holding companies in particular relation to the litigation of private client matters. The ‘prompt, responsive and knowledgeable‘ team represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings regarding disputed inheritances, matrimonial proceedings and divorces as well as trust and banking and financial services litigation. The key practitioners are the ‘very experiencedAlexander Troller, the ‘stellarWerner Jahnel, the ‘stand-outSandrine Giroud and Simone Nadelhofer.

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations

LALIVE has a ‘highly professional, efficient and trustful‘ team whose broad investigations practice includes fraud, asset tracing, recovery, corruption, money laundering, embezzlement, and whistleblowing. The group acts for corporations, senior managers, states and UHNWIs, and also covers compliance and regulatory matters. Marc Henzelin has experience in international and economic criminal law, while Daniel L Buhr is a skilled advisor in risk and compliance management. Matthias Gstoehl, Simone Nadelhofer and Sandrine Giroud are considered ‘real thought leaders on Swiss law issues.’ 

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva

LALIVE is noted for its know-how in acting for corporate investors and private clients in matters such as fraud, mismanagement of assets, improper execution and fraudulent orders and disputes related to structured and derivative products. Under the lead of Alexander Troller, Sandrine Giroud and Marc Henzelin, the group also covers regulatory, compliance and investigations mandates. Nicolas Ollivier made partner in early 2021.