Firm Profile > LALIVE > Zurich , Switzerland

PO BOX 212

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

LALIVE is 'one of the most effective law firms in Switzerland',and its sizeable team 'works very hard trying to produce the best results for its clients' and 'collaborates well in other jurisdictions'. The arbitration practice is best known for handling commercial and investment disputes on a global basis, with strong links to Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. Dr Veijo Heiskanen and the 'well-organised and smartMatthias Scherer represented Romania as defendant against Canadian and UK investors in a $4.4bn ICSID arbitration relating to a gold mining project. Together with Scherer, Domitille Baizeau successfully obtained an award for the Republic of Mauritius, in a matter concerning the defence of its first-ever treaty claim as brought by a French-Mauritian businessman. Firm founder Michael E Schneider specialises in construction- and energy-related disputes.

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 2

The core areas of LALIVE's practice include dispute resolution against financial institutions, advice on regulatory issues and internal investigations, as well as capital market and fintech matters. Alexander Troller represents a private client in claiming assets worth $70m from a private bank that had blocked offshore company accounts due to US tax compliance and money laundering allegations. Another highlight was Sandrine Giroud's advice to a finance solution provider concerning the drafting of pledge agreements for the use of artworks as loan collateral. Litigator Dr Marc Henzelin is the another name to note.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

'Top international firmLALIVE is 'very client-oriented, prompt and precise, having a tight grip on the issues involved and offering forward-thinking solutions'. Covering civil and criminal litigation, the ten-partner team focuses especially on commercial, private client, banking and white-collar crime disputes, while also engaging in contentious matters from the employment, real estate and intellectual property fields. In headline work, 'outstanding white-collar crime litigatorMarc Henzelin, 'highly experienced and knowledgeableSandrine Giroud, 'good listenerMatthias Gstoehl and Simone Nadelhofer are acting for Latin American government in an asset tracing and recovery investigation worth $1bn, involving over a hundred civil litigation cases against multiple Swiss banks, fiduciaries, companies and individuals. Alexander Troller represents an ultra-high-net-worth individual as defendant against $400m-worth of damages claims brought by a former alleged partner. André Brunschweiler was promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

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Intellectual property Tier 3

The 'responsive, clear and practical' practice at LALIVE has 'excellent capabilities in the field of intellectual property, commercial and contract law', mostly covering contentious trade mark, design, domain name, copyright, patent and unfair competition matters. Another specialism is IT-related work, such as data protection and agreements setting out licences, franchises and outsourcing measures. 'Competent, efficient and dedicated' key counsel Thomas Widmer counts IKKS Group, Better Cotton Initiative, Gendream and Ideogen among his clients.

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

LALIVE has international experience in banking and finance, dispute resolution and private client law. The Geneva team includes Alexander Troller, Domitille Baizeau, Dr Marc Henzelin, Sandrine Giroud , Matthias SchererMichael E Schneider, Thomas Widmer and Dr Veijo Heiskanen.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

LALIVE's specialism in real estate, construction and infrastructure law is dispute resolution, with the majority of clients stemming from the Middle East, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Canada. Key partners active in the energy, construction and engineering sectors include Michael E SchneiderMatthias Scherer, Dr Bernd Ehle and Joachim Knoll.

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 4

LALIVE is renowned for its banking litigation practice, while also covering regulatory and compliance matters, as well as debt structuring and capital market transactions, initial coin offerings and investigation matters. Dr Simone Nadelhofer advised a multinational insurance group on regulatory issues concerning a derivative transaction with a global institution, while Matthias Gstoehl is representing a wealthy individual in a loss claim against the subsidiary of a Swiss bank. Dr Daniel L Buhr, who specialises in investigations and compliance management, is another key name. André Brunschweiler made partner in January 2018.

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 4

LALIVE's Zurich team has a strong position in the dispute resolution space, where  Matthias Gstoehl is a key name. The group also handles banking and intellectual property matters. Simone Nadelhofer is another name to note.

Private client Tier 4

With a specialism in inheritance, trust and estate disputes, media litigation, matrimonial cases, art-related advice and matters concerning the protection of elderly family members, clients appreciate LALIVE's 'highly skilled team' for its 'cohesive nature, outstanding case management, supportiveness and emotional presence'. Litigator Alexander Troller and 'experienced and readily availableSandrine Giroud, who has 'exceptional strategic skills and great conviction to win difficult cases', are the key partners in Geneva. 'Knowledgeable' inheritance law specialist Dr Werner Jahnel and Dr Simone Nadelhofer are the standout names in Zurich.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration (commercial and investment)
White-collar and compliance
Asset recovery and investigations
Corporate and commercial
Private client
Public international law
Intellectual property
Art and cultural property
Banking and finance
Construction and infrastructure
Pharma and biotechnology
Technology, media, telecommunications
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr André Brunschweiler  photo Mr André Brunschweiler
Dr Daniel L Buhr  photo Dr Daniel L Buhr
Mr Matthias Gstoehl  photo Mr Matthias Gstoehl
Dr Werner Jahnel  photo Dr Werner Jahnel
Dr Simone Nadelhofer  photo Dr Simone Nadelhofer
Mr Marc Veit  photo Mr Marc Veit
Number of lawyers : 79
at this office : 14
Other offices : Doha
Other offices : Geneva