Deborah Hondius

Counsel, Zurich

+41 58 105 2100

dhondius@lalive.law

Deborah Hondius

Deborah specialises in domestic and international litigation, with a particular focus on white-collar crime, cybercrime, internal investigations, compliance and mutual assistance in criminal matters.

Deborah has proven experience in a wide range of white-collar crime and asset tracing matters, often cross border. She represents companies and individuals before Swiss courts and authorities. She co-authored the book “Paroles d’avocates: récits d’affaires et témoignages” published in 2023 (Editions Favre). The book recounts the stories of six Geneva criminal defense lawyers and the most notable trials they have participated in.

Recent publications

Commentaire romand Code pénal II (CP II), Art. 111-392 CP: commentaire des articles 179 à 179quater du Code pénal
DEBORAH HONDIUS, MARC HENZELIN
In: Editions Helbing Lichtenhahn Verlag, 2024

Asset Recovery Switzerland 2024
MARC HENZELIN, SANDRINE GIROUD, DEBORAH HONDIUS, 2023
In: Getting the Deal Through – Asset Recovery 2024, 7 September 2023

Paroles d’avocates: récits d’affaires et témoignages
DEBORAH HONDIUS, VALENTINE BAGNOUD
In: Editions Favre, May 2023

Recent conferences

Panel d’Avocates : la place des femmes dans le monde juridique, les obstacles auxquelles elles sont confrontées et les défis à venir.
DEBORAH HONDIUS. Speaker, Maître et Co-Auteure de l’ouvrage “Paroles d’Avocates”
Geneva, 25 April 2024

Deutsch-Schweizerische Juristenvereinigung e.V. (DSJV)-Herbstveranstaltung
DEBORAH HONDIUS, Speaker, Attorney-Client Privilege» in internen Untersuchungen (Fachgruppe Commercial & Disputes)
Zurich, 15 September 2023

Ordre des Avocats Genève (ODA) – Commission de formation permanente – Webinaire
Seminar: L’entraide internationale en matière civile et commerciale
DEBORAH HONDIUS, Speaker Actes exécutés sans droit par un Etat étranger – L’art. 271 CP mythe ou réalité ?
Geneva, 14 September 2021

Current memberships

  • Secretary of the Swiss Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defence Association (WWCDA)
  • Member of the Geneva Bar Association
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Member of the Business Crime Committee of the International Bar Association

Career history

  • Counsel, LALIVE, Geneva and Zurich, 2023 – present
  • Associate, LALIVE, Geneva, 2018 – 2022
  • Associate, Python & Peter, Geneva, 2015 – 2018
  • Trainee, Python & Peter, Geneva, 2013 – 2014
  • Trainee, Geneva Criminal Court of First Instance, 2013

Academic qualifications

  • Master of Advanced Studies in Economic Crime Investigation, Institute of Economic Crime Investigation (ILCE – HEG Arc), Neuchâtel, 2021
  • Bar admission, Geneva, 2015
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies in Legal Professions, University of Geneva, 2012
  • Bilingual Master of Laws (German/French), University of Basel and University of Geneva, 2012
  • Bachelor of Laws (major in European Law), University of Fribourg, 2007 – 2010