Ms Simone Nadelhofer > LALIVE > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

White Collar Crime, Investigations, Regulatory and Compliance, Litigation




Simone Nadelhofer joined LALIVE in 2009 and is a partner in our litigation team based in our Zurich office. She specialises in complex domestic and cross-border proceedings and investigations, including fraud and white-collar crime, asset recovery, international mutual assistance in criminal and tax matters and international sanctions.  She advises clients on crisis management, compliance and remedial action and is regularly retained by corporate clients to lead large-scale domestic or multijurisdictional internal investigations. She also advises clients on conducting investigations into harassment allegations (#MeToo), business and human rights and ESG-related disputes.

Simone Nadelhofer is ranked among the 100 Women in Investigations 2021 worldwide by Global Investigations Review. She is Corporate Counsel Forum Liaison Officer of the IBA’s Business Crime Committee, Chair of the Anti-corruption and the Rule of Law Committee at the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and a member of the advisory board of the Master Economic Crime Investigations studies at the Lucerne University. In January 2021 she was elected to the pool of presidents of the arbitration court of the Swiss Bar Association and the Swiss Notaries Association. Simone Nadelhofer is a member of several professional associations, including the Swiss Association of Experts in Economic Crime Investigation, the Zurich and Swiss Bar Association and the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA). Simone is a regular speaker at conferences and publishes in her areas expertise.

Before joining LALIVE, Simone Nadelhofer practised in Zurich as an attorney with renowned law firms, as a foreign attorney with an international law firm in New Delhi, India (2002-2003) and as legal counsel with a major Swiss bank (2001-2002).

Simone Nadelhofer holds a PhD., summa cum laude, from the University of Lucerne, for which she was awarded the Professor Walter Hug prize and the Universitätsverein Lucerne prize in 2008. She also holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Economic Crime Investigation from Lucerne Business School (MAS ECI, 2007). She trained with a major law firm in Zurich (2001-2002) and graduated from the University of Freiburg in 1999 (lic. iur., bilingual, summa cum laude). She was a lecturer on Criminal Law at Lucerne University.


German, French, English and Italian.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Private client

LALIVE has a strong focus on dispute resolution and advises high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices, trusts and fiduciary holding companies in particular relation to the litigation of private client matters. The ‘prompt, responsive and knowledgeable‘ team represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings regarding disputed inheritances, matrimonial proceedings and divorces as well as trust and banking and financial services litigation. The key practitioners are the ‘very experiencedAlexander Troller, the ‘stellarWerner Jahnel, the ‘stand-outSandrine Giroud and Simone Nadelhofer.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

LALIVE is well known and respected for its capabilities in dispute resolution. The team, which includes Simone Nadelhofer, Daniel L Buhr and Matthias Gstoehl, represent clients in various litigation and arbitration proceedings, concerning regulatory and banking law, fraud and white-collar criminal law, asset recovery, insolvency and international mutual assistance, among others.

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 > Banking and finance: Zurich

Simone Nadelhofer, Daniel L Buhr, Matthias Gstoehl and André Brunschweiler jointly head the banking and finance practice of LALIVE. The unit specialises in contentious mandates acting against banks, representing clients in disputes relating to mismanagement of assets, improper execution, fraudulent orders as well as in disputes related to structured and derivative products. Dominik Elmiger made partner in 2021.

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.