Dr Marc Henzelin > LALIVE > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 6569
1211 GENEVA 6
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Work Department

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




Marc Henzelin joined LALIVE in 2001 and is a partner of the firm. He has 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 sports law and public international law. He also regularly leads private investigations, focusing on asset search, recovery and compliance issues.

Marc Henzelin was an acting judge at the Cour de cassation of Geneva (2009-2011) and was prior to that an acting judge in the criminal and commercial sections of the Geneva Court of Appeals (2002-2009). He was one of the founders and co-directors of what is today known as the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (AHL, https://www.geneva-academy.ch).

He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the 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).

Marc Henzelin is ranked among the best business crime defence lawyers in Switzerland by the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe (White Collar Crime) and the Expert Guides. He is also recommended in Asset Recovery, Business Crime Defence and Investigations by Who’s Who Legal Switzerland and in Litigation by Legal 500.

Marc Henzelin is on 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) and has published and lectured extensively in international and economic criminal law, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, litigation and public international law. Since 1995, he has held various academic positions at universities in Switzerland (including Geneva) and abroad (Torino, Hong Kong, Paris, etc.).

Before joining LALIVE, Marc Henzelin practised law in Lausanne and Geneva and, before then, acted as a legal advisor / deputy head of mission for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Mozambique (1987-88), in Israel / Lebanon / Occupied Territories and South-Africa (1987-1992).

Marc Henzelin graduated from the University of Geneva in 1984 and studied at the Business School of the University of Bern (1985). He holds a Master in European Legal Studies (LL.M.) from the University of Exeter, UK (1993), and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Geneva (1999, Summa cum laude, Edgar AubertAwardfor the best thesis of the University of Geneva in public law for the years 1999-2000).


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Lawyer Rankings

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 > 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 > Dispute resolution: litigation

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 > 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.