Nicolas specialises in banking and finance litigation, an area where he has helped develop the firm’s expertise and practice and in which he is recognised as “highly professional, doing an excellent job” in Legal 500 EMEA, Banking & Finance, 2022.

He regularly advises and represents clients in complex cases involving margin calls, civil and criminal mismanagement, fraudulent transfer orders, bank bankruptcy, freezing of accounts, financial frauds, structured products, private equity, and other high value, cross border commercial litigation matters. He also advises HNWI on the protection of their assets and investments in Switzerland and abroad as well as how to monitor their wealth and verify that it is invested in line with their risk appetite and investment objectives.

He was appointed in 2020 as a member of the governing body of FINSOM, the first non-profit ombudsman organisation pursuing public interest purposes, approved by the Swiss federal government in accordance with the Swiss Financial Services Act.


Ranked as “recommended”
Legal 500 EMEA, Banking & Finance, 2023 

Ranked as “key lawyer”
Legal 500 EMEA, Dispute Resolution: Litigation, 2023

Recent publications

Bank fraud: recent developments in Switzerland
In: IBA Litigation Committee newsletter, 28 April 2023

Dispute prevention: opening and operating a Swiss bank account
Nicolas Ollivier, Mark-Edern Genoud
Lexology online, 27 January 2023

Trading électronique sur forex avec effet de levier
Nicolas Ollivier
Centre de droit bancaire et financier, 21 July 2022

Recent conferences

Centre de Droit Bancaire et Financier
Les données bancaires : gouvernance et externalisation
Bank fraud: recent developments in Switzerland

Droit d’accès aux données: état des lieux
Online, 11 June 2020

LALIVE / Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland (AFBS)
Roundtable on Swiss Federal Supreme Court Decision on Retrocessions: Lessons to Be Learnt
Retrocessions: Where Do We Stand?
Geneva, 11 December 2012

Current memberships

  • Member of the International Bar Association 
  • Member of the Association Genevoise du Droit des Affaires 
  • Member of the Geneva Bar Association 
  • Member of the Swiss Federation of Lawyers

Career history

  • Partner, LALIVE, 2021 – present  
  • Associate, LALIVE, 2012 – 2021 
  • Associate, FBT Avocats SA, 2011– 2012
  • Trainee, Boivin & Nussbaumer, 2005 – 2007

Academic qualifications

  • LLM, University of Durham, 2010  
  • MA European Law, University of Fribourg, 2004