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

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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‘s private client group leverages teams in both Zurich and Geneva, with the former practice headed up by Werner Jahnel and Simone Nadelhofer, and the latter led by Alexander Troller and Sandrine Giroud. The practice assists ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals with matters spanning international inheritance law, art law, banking and financial services litigation, and matrimonial proceedings.

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations

LALIVE represents corporate clients, executives, state entities and individuals in investigations before regulatory bodies and enforcement agencies, also supporting on the development of risk and compliance management systems. The team regularly conducts internal investigations in cases involving bribery, embezzlement, disloyal management and tax offences. Alexander Troller has broad expertise in asset recovery and judicial assistance as well as financial disputes and white-collar crime, whereas Daniel Lucien Bühr and Simone Nadelhofer specialise in regulatory cross border investigations and ESG compliance. Sandrine Giroud is an expert in business and human rights, with Matthias Gstoehl supporting the team with litigation skills and his expertise in derivative instruments, hedge funds and all financial products.

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: Zurich

LALIVE specialises in acting against banks, and represents family offices, international corporate investors, and high-net-worth individuals in a diverse set of contentious mandates. The department has further expertise in sanctions related matters. Simone Nadelhofer, Daniel Lucien Bühr, Matthias Gstoehl and André Brunschweiler co-lead the department, which includes Dominik Elmiger.