White Collar Crime

“Highly active practice with an impressive white-collar crime offering”

 

LALIVE’s White Collar Crime practice is considered to be among the leading practices in Switzerland.

Our team of highly skilled defence lawyers is particularly well-known for its expertise and routinely represents States, companies and individuals in high profile, complex and multi-jurisdictional white collar crime cases as well as in mutual judicial assistance proceedings (including extradition) and sanctions work.

A large volume of our work focuses on the search and recovery of assets as well as on the effective representation all over Switzerland in cases of corruption, fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, disloyal management and cybercrime.

Our international team is composed Swiss, American, Brazilian and Russian speaking lawyers and includes former members of the judiciary, the Office of the Attorney General and the Swiss Federal Criminal Police. With this skillset and experience, we believe that our team is a winning combination. We can provide a rounded strategic assessment and understand the challenges faced by all the parties involved.

We routinely work across borders and are well-versed in multi-jurisdictional matters, calling upon our network of specialist lawyers for support in other jurisdictions.

Our acclaimed investigations practice handles sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations.

  • Advising a major Middle Eastern group and individuals in relation to criminal and civil proceedings in Switzerland regarding a worldwide dispute between clients of the group and another Middle-Eastern group for allegations of fraud in the amount of USD 9 billion. The firm successfully conducted attachment proceedings of a promissory note of USD 1.4 billion in Switzerland against the assets of partners of the defendant
  • Being a member of The Independent Review Panel of Tennis, undertaking an exhaustive review and report of the appropriateness and effectiveness of the tennis practice and rules related to combatting match-fixing, with the purpose of elaborating a list of binding recommendations for the sport’s governing bodies
  • Representing a whistleblower in a multinational company whose information triggered a major investigation for corruption, involving suspected bribery of foreign officials. The investigation into the allegations led to a number of arrests, in cooperation with the Swiss Prosecution Service, the US DOJ, FCPA and SEC
  • Representing an individual targeted by a criminal investigation pending in another European country for conspiracy to commit large scale money laundering and fraud for Chinese organisations, as well as laundering money on a large scale for a Swiss bank’s clients who evaded taxes, with ramifications in several European countries
  • Acting for the administrator of an insolvent foreign bank claiming damages in excess of EUR 400 million in a major fraud case involving various Swiss banks
  • Acting as lead counsel to an international group victim of to an international cybercrime attack involving the transfer of significant funds to false accounts

Asset Recovery 2016 (Switzerland)

Marc Henzelin, Sandrine Giroud, Héloïse Rordorf, 2016

In: Jonathan Tickner, Sarah Gabriel and Hannah Laming (Contributing Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Asset Recovery 2016, pp. 111-118

Anti-Corruption in Switzerland

Daniel Lucien Bühr, Simone Nadelhofer, 2016

Getting the Deal Through, Market Intelligence – Anti-Corruption (Volume 3, Issue 6) November 2016, pp. 61-65

Asset Recovery 2015 (Switzerland)

Sandrine Giroud, Marc Henzelin, Héloïse Rordorf, 2015

In: Jonathan Tickner and Sarah Gabriel (Contributing Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Asset Recovery 2015, pp. 134 -140

Asset Recovery 2014 (Switzerland)

Marc Henzelin, Sandrine Giroud, Héloïse Rordorf, 2014

In: Jonathan Tickner, Sarah Gabriel and Alan Bacarese (Contributing Eds.) Getting the Deal Through - Asset Recovery 2014, pp. 101-108

Mechanik und Kunst wirksamer Compliance

Daniel Lucien Bühr, 2010

In: Handbuch Compliance, DDr. Alexander Petsche and Mag. Karin Mair (eds), Vienna 2010, p. 413-420

Unternehmen im Wettbewerb – Evaluation des Kartellgesetzes / Undertakings and Competition

Daniel Lucien Bühr, 2009

economiesuisse, Zurich, 2009

Der Richtige Weg zur Kartellbekämpfung / Effective Avoidance of Competition Law Infringements

Daniel Lucien Bühr, 2009

Wirtschaftsblatt, Vienna; 20.7.2009

Jurisdiction and competence of the tribunal

Marc Henzelin, 2005

In: Klip / Sluiter (Eds.), Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia 2001-2002, Antwerp, Intersentia, 2005, pp. 37-43

Universal jurisdiction

Marc Henzelin, 2004

In: D. Shelton (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Vol. 3, Farrington Hills, Macmillan Reference USA, 2004, pp. 1116-1123

Le droit pénal à l'épreuve de l'internationalisation

Marc Henzelin, 2002

Henzelin/Roth (Eds.), Paris, Geneva, Brussels, LGDJ, Georg, Bruylant, 2002, 355 pages, ISBN LGDJ: 2-275-02215-5, ISBN Georg: 2-8257-0783-X, ISBN Bruylant 2-8027-1588-7

Vers une Cour pénale internationale permanente

Marc Henzelin, 2001

Le Temps, 7 July 2001

Lalive provides ‘a heavy-weight contentious offering’, including a ‘specialisation in white-collar crime’.

Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution: Litigation, 2018

Acclaimed team with impressive white-collar crime expertise, particularly in the area of cross-border investigations and whistle-blowing cases. Areas of particular expertise include multi-jurisdictional fraud and corruption cases, asset recovery and corporate compliance. Has experience representing states, high net worth individuals and companies active in the banking, business consultancy, transport and sports sectors. One impressed source enthuses that the team possesses "talented lawyers who represent clients and their profession in superb fashion," while also noting that "they are excellent in dealing with the international components of negotiations and representation." One client highlights the ability of the team to "focus on the main important topics," and praises its lawyers for being able to "handle complex and sensitive investigation matters."

Chambers Europe, White Collar Crime, 2018

"Highly active practice with an impressive white-collar crime offering. Areas of expertise include multi-jurisdictional fraud and corruption cases, asset recovery and corporate compliance. Boasts experience representing states, individuals and companies. Has an expanding footprint in Zürich as a result of recent hires. Active in the banking, oil and gas, and sports sectors". "LALIVE are renowned experts in this field". The team is described as "thoughtful, strategic and responsive".

Chambers Europe, White Collar Crime, 2017

"Top-drawer multi-disciplinary team that benefits from offices in Geneva, Zürich and Doha. Standout expertise in banking, energy, asset recovery and white-collar crime disputes. Advises on litigation but is best known for a focus on arbitration, where it acts for sovereign entities and companies. Additional expertise in high-profile investor-state disputes. Possesses particular knowledge of representing clients from the MENA region." One client praises the team's "dedication, expertise and responsiveness". One client states that LALIVE "were more creative and came up with better ideas than the other firm we worked with."

Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution, 2017

"It is one of the best firms in Switzerland, and our relationship is very smooth, clear and transparent. The lawyers are always available and respond within the hour.” “I have the highest impression of the firm. The lawyers do terrific work, are very thorough, efficient, direct and to the point.”

Chambers Europe, Switzerland, White Collar Crime, 2016

"Lalive has become one of Switzerland’s leading white-collar firms, with a host of major banks as clients.”

Global Investigations Review GIR 100, 2015

"This firm has years of experience representing clients in really complicated cases."
"The team is very experienced, clear, available, and realistic. The lawyers inspire confidence."

Chambers Europe, Switzerland, White Collar Crime, 2014

Lalive has an impressive list of clients that it advises on white-collar crime and compliance matters. (...) The team is also adept at the search and recovery of assets and is developing its investigatory capacity.

Chambers Europe, Switzerland: Dispute Resolution, White Collar Crime, 2013

At Lalive, Marc Henzelin focuses on the economic aspect of business crime and is included for his skills as a litigator. He also wins praise for his 'practical' approach to cases.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Business Crime Defence, 2013

"Two 'excellent' names from Lalive feature in this chapter. The 'superb' Marc Henzelin receives recognition for his 'professional manner' and 'depth of expertise'. He is joined by Alexander Troller, a 'true expert'."

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Asset Recovery, 2013

"The firm excels at civil arbitration and litigation, as well as white-collar crime cases. Fields of expertise include corporate, private client, TMT and real estate disputes".

Legal 500, Switzerland: Leading firms, Geneva, 2013, Tier 3