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

PO BOX 6569
1211 GENEVA 6
Marc Henzelin photo

Work Department

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


Partner. His practice areas are transnational and domestic litigation, 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).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

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.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

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.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva

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.