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 > Dispute resolution: litigation

LALIVE‘s Geneva and Zurich offices work cohesively as a fully integrated unit, which handles a range of top-level international and domestic civil and criminal litigation. Geneva team leader Sandrine Giroud has a diverse practice focused on multi-jurisdictional commercial and private wealth disputes, while André Brunschweiler, who leads in Zurich, specialises in corporate litigation and the related advisory disputes. Alexander Troller covers financial matters and corporate and shareholder disputes, in addition to a focus on white-collar crime matters, which is shared by Marc Henzelin and Simone Nadelhofer.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva

LALIVE is particularly noted for its work acting against banks, frequently representing corporate investors, family offices, and private clients facing matters involving the mismanagement of assets, fraudulent orders, and improper executions. The department also handles regulatory matters, financial transactions, and securitisations. Litigator Alexander Troller co-leads the group alongside Nicolas Ollivier, who has experience in complex banking disputes. Marc Henzelin and Sandrine Giroud are also key names to note.