Firm Profile > LALIVE > Zurich, Switzerland

PO BOX 212

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

LALIVE is highly regarded for its arbitration team, which is instructed in significant international commercial and investment arbitration proceedings. Those are often related to the construction, infrastructure, energy, and the pharmaceutical sectors and the team is particularly experienced in acting for states. Matthias Scherer is well versed in acting in contentious shareholder, joint venture and M&A disputes, and acts as counsel and arbitrator, as does experienced fellow practice head Veijo HeiskanenMichael Schneider is an expert in the construction and energy sector. Noradèle RadjaiDomitille Baizeau and Joachim Knoll are also prominent practitioners. The Geneva-based team is supported by Marc Veit and Timothy Foden in London.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Scherer; Veijo Heiskanen


Mathias Scherer, with his calm manner, represents excellently in legally demanding international cases. He is committed to find solutions and performs very professionally in arbitration proceedings with a superb sense of what is possible or not.’

Timothy Foden demonstrates excellent team working skills and is skilled to put all findings in the best possible legal frame.’

Key clients


Republic of Ecuador

Republic of Mauritius

Republic of Latvia

Republic of Turkey

Ukrnafta and Stabil


Prairie Mining

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

LALIVE's team is active in the full spectrum of criminal and civil proceedings. The client portfolio ranges from national and international companies to wealth management services providers and family offices and private clients. Marc Henzelin and Alexander Troller, who both have longstanding experience in the area, jointly lead the practice from the Geneva office. Sandrine Giroud recent caseload includes a number of disputes relating to fraud and embezzlement. In Zurich, Simone Nadelhofer and Daniel Lucien Bühr are experts in white-collar criminal law disputes and regulatory investigations. Matthias Gstoehl is a key contact for banking and finance disputes, while André Brunschweiler has expertise in debt recovery and insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Marc Henzelin; Alexander Troller


Lalive has an incredible team of excellent lawyers.’

The practice is well-equipped for a large scale litigations, they are very client-oriented and diligent.’

Marc Henzelin has an amazing sense of strategy and out of the box thinking.

Alexander Troller is a very dedicated, client-oriented lawyer.’

Sandrine Giroud’s understanding of complex issues in diverse fields is astounding. She can switch from one case to another at lightning speed and has a very cool and calm character.

Simone Nadelhofer is a great litigator.’

Nicolas Ollivier is a great, motivated and precise finance lawyer.

Key clients


Independent Review Panel – Tennis

Ukrnafta and Stabil

Bank Snoras

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

LALIVE impresses with its strong litigation and arbitration offering, where the team is active in significant national and international cases. Beyond that, it is active in private client law and banking and finance matters. Noted team members are Alexander TrollerDomitille BaizeauMarc HenzelinSandrine GiroudVeijo HeiskanenMichael Schneider and Matthias Scherer.

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3

LALIVE has core expertise representing corporate investors and private clients in actions brought against banks. The team is particularly active in contentious matters, which is also the strong suit of the three department heads: Marc Henzelin focuses his practice on criminal proceedings, compliance and internal investigations in the banking sector; Sandrine Giroud is well versed in international banking cases as well as private client disputes; and Alexander Troller handles banking litigation alongside advising on regulatory issues and financing. Counsel Nicolas Ollivier is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Troller; Marc Henzelin; Sandrine Giroud


The team is able to deliver excellent legal services under strict time constraints. All the team members are available at all times.

Sandrine Giroud impresses with her absolute dedication.’

Intellectual property Tier 3

The team at LALIVE is 'dynamic' and 'highly professional', providing 'sharp, relevant and skilled advice' on contentious trade mark, design, domain name, copyright, patent and unfair competition matters. Practice head Thomas Widmer has 'very good skills' in both advisory and IP dispute cases. Highlights included acting as counsel to one of the world’s leading luxury groups in counterfeit product criminal proceedings, representing a luxury watch customisation company in litigation against existing manufacturers, and advising a European rock band on measures against Viagogo prohibiting a black market ticket resale operation.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Widmer


I only correspond with one person of the Lalive team. I’m very pleased and satisfied to work with him on the matters for several reasons: responsiveness, expertise, good comprehension of the business, ability to suggest several options.

We enjoy a long-standing cooperation with Lalive and especially value their expertise regarding arbitration proceedings and ADR. They are very responsive and their advice is constructive, thorough and helpful. As regards billing, they are flexible and very accommodating.

We especially value Andre Brunschweiler and Melissa Magliana for their good cooperation, high responsiveness and dedication. Clever Andre Brunschweiler is very pleasant to work with. Melissa Magliana’s experience in international arbitration was a very valuable asset to our cooperation. Other outstanding team members are Michael E. Schneider and Noradale Radjai, whose expertise in procedural matters was very helpful to us.

Excellent firm who provides sharp, relevant and skilled advice. Litigation insight and dispute resolution is excellent. Communication is outstanding.

Highly skilled professionals with excellent communication skills who provide relevant advice.

The Lalive team is a dynamic, highly professional team.

Thomas Widmer with whom I work regularly is a lawyer with very good skills. He gives very good advice and handles the files entrusted to him with professionalism.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

LALIVE has a good track record in real estate, construction and infrastructure projects, be it in contentious matters or on the advisory side. In the latter, the team covers regulatory and administrative matters as well as transactions. It is further noted for its experience in cross-border mandates. Matthias SchererMichael SchneiderBernd EhleJoachim Knoll and counsel Samuel Moss in Geneva are dispute resolution experts in construction proceedings.


Lalive is noted for its excellent support, full dedication of the team to the case, responsiveness, straight answers and advice, and for being very sharp lawyers.’

Michael Schneider is a leader in the profession.

Bernd Ehle is a great practitioner.’

Samuel Moss is very diligent, focussed and follows through on every detail.

Key clients

Republic of Latvia

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 4

The Zurich-based practice at LALIVE focuses on litigation, investigations, compliance and regulatory work. In the contentious space, the team is largely active in representing corporate investors and private clients in actions against banks or other financial services providers. It is also instructed by banks and financial institutions to provide regulatory advice and to assist with internal investigations. The practice is jointly led by white-collar specialists Simone Nadelhofer and Daniel Lucien Bühr, and litigation experts Matthias Gstoehl and André Brunschweiler. Counsel Dominik Elmiger is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Lucien Bühr; Simone Nadelhofer; Matthias Gstoehl; André Brunschweiler

Key clients

Bankas Snoras

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 4

LALIVE's focus areas are dispute resolution, banking and intellectual property. Matthias Gstoehl and Simone Nadelhofer are both also active in investigations and white-collar criminal law defence.

Private client Tier 4

The team of LALIVE is well positioned to advise on inheritance, art and family law, in particular in cross-border mandates. Other areas of expertise are asset management litigation and reputation management. The Geneva-based Alexander Troller and Sandrine Giroud are key contacts in contentious cases. Simone Nadelhofer is also well versed in white-collar crime matters and is noted alongside inheritance specialist Werner Jahnel.


LALIVE is exceptional when it comes to servicing private clients. It is pro-active, solution-oriented and understands the needs of global families with sophisticated needs.’

The team is able to deliver excellent legal services under strict time constraints. All members are available at all times.

Alexander Troller and Werner Jahnel are excellent lawyers.’

Simone Nadelhofer is well informed and up-to-date with legal knowledge, nuances. She is responsive and professional in her approach.’

Sandrine Giroud is simply superb – responsive, reliable, fantastic with clients and other advisers – a real team player and a joy to work with.’

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