Simone Nadelhofer


Admission :

Switzerland, 2001

Nationality :


Languages :

English , French , German , Italian


Stampfenbachplatz 4
P.O. Box 212
8042 Zurich

Contact :

+41 58 105 2100 +41 58 105 2160

Simone Nadelhofer joined LALIVE in 2009 and is a partner based in our Zurich office. She specialises in white collar crime and regulatory investigations and advises clients on crisis management, compliance and remedial action. She is regularly retained by corporate clients in cross-border investigations by Swiss and foreign authorities, including U.S. authorities and leads large-scale internal investigations. She also assists clients in international legal and administrative assistance, as well as victims of crime in tracing and freezing of assets. Simone Nadelhofer regularly acts as counsel in complex commercial and banking disputes before state courts.

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). She is Regional Representative Europe 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. Furthermore, Simone Nadelhofer acts as the external ombudsperson for tesa SE.

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).

She regularly publishes and speaks at conferences on her areas of specialisation.

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.

Simone Nadelhofer has impressive experience in the management of investigations, spanning regulatory and white-collar crime matters. Peers note she “definitely knows how to lead an investigation”.

Who’s Who Legal, Switzerland, Investigations, 2019

Ranked among the world’s leading asset recovery practitioners.

Who’s Who Legal, Asset Recovery, 2019

Simone Nadelhofer assists major corporate clients with internal investigations and compliance. Clients appreciate the speed and focus she brings to mandates, describing her as "very fast and accurate in how she worked." She also represents individuals as defendants.

Chambers Europe, Switzerland, White Collar Crime, 2019

Simone Nadelhofer is "very bright and experienced," with "a strong dedication to win a case."

Chambers Europe, White Collar Crime, Switzerland, 2018

Simone Nadelhofer is recommended.

Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution: litigation (Tier 2), 2016

Simone Nadelhofer is ‘practical and solution-oriented'.

Legal 500, Switzerland, Banking and Finance, 2014

Simone Nadelhofer is a very ‘strong lawyer'.

Legal 500, Switzerland, Leading firms, 2014

Monitorships in Switzerland

Simone Nadelhofer, Daniel Lucien Bühr, Katja Böttcher, Jonathon E. Boroski, 2019

In: Global Investigations Review: The Guide to Monitorships, 2019, pp. 117-123

Monitorships in Switzerland

Simone Nadelhofer, Daniel Lucien Bühr, 2019

In: The Guide to Monitorships, Global Investigation Review, pp. 117-123

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

Einziehung im Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftsstrafrecht

Simone Nadelhofer, 2013

("Asset forfeiture in economic and corporate criminal law")
In: Jürg-Beat Ackermann, Günter Heine (Eds.), Wirtschaftsstrafrecht der Schweiz, Stämpfli Verlag, Berne, 2013, pp. 219-239

Quelques aspects de la confiscation selon l'art. 70 al. 2 CP

Simone Nadelhofer, 2009

ZStR 3/2008, pp. 302

Vermögenseinziehung bei Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensdelikten

Simone Nadelhofer, 2008

Diss. Luzern/Schweiz, Zurich, 2008

Probleme der Dritteinziehung gemäss Art. 70 Abs. 2 StGB

Simone Nadelhofer, 2007

Jusletter of 4 June 2007

Geldwäscherei und Einziehung: Risiken für Anwälte

Simone Nadelhofer, 2006

SJZ 102, 2006, pp. 345

Harmonisation of local jurisdiction in civil matters in domestic context

Simone Nadelhofer, 2004

The British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Legal and Tax News Switzerland, September 2004

International Bar Association

IBA Annual Conference 2019

Seoul 23/09/2019 Simone Nadelhofer Co-Chair: Where do you draw the line? The evolving world of sanctions and export controls

For more information, see the programme.

Global Compact Network Switzerland

3rd Swiss Global Compact Dialogue 2019

Thun 17/05/2019 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Lessons learnt: Perspectives for a corruption-free swiss economy – what must be done in the future

For more information, see the programme.

Inter-Pacific Bar Association

29th Annual Meeting and Conference

Singapore 25/04/2019 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: The restitution of ill-gotten assets (i.e. bribery tainted) in an international context

Inter-Pacific Bar Association

“Deals de Justice / Negotiated Justice” France, Great Britain, Switzerland & Singapore

Paris 20/03/2019 Simone Nadelhofer Panel member for Switzerland

For more information, see the programme.

EuropaInstitut University of Zurich

5. Tagung zu internen und regulatorischen Untersuchungen

Zurich 25/09/2018 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: U.S. Monitorships, Lehren für die Schweiz

For more information, see the programme

TRACE International, European Forum

Anti-bribery regulatory and enforcement developments

London 02/11/2017 Simone Nadelhofer Panellist

For more information, see the programme.


EuropaInstitut University of Zurich

FinTech 2.0

Zurich 30/03/2017 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Strafrechtliche Verantwortung beim Einsatz lernender Finanztechnologien

For more information please see the program and the presentation.


Anti-Corruption Conference

London 21/06/2016 Simone Nadelhofer Panellist : Internal Investigation: Planning for the Investigative Protocol, Managing the Data Constraints and Building the Technology Infrastructure to Support your Investigation - determining what countries are implicated in the investigation and why it matters

For more information, please see the programme.

Alix Partners

Dine & Debate

Zurich 15/06/2016 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker : Internal Investigations – Legal pitfalls and cross-border issues

For more information, see the presentation.

University of Zurich

MAS Economic Crimes & Corporate Resilience

Zurich 25/04/2016 Simone Nadelhofer Guest speaker: Internal Investigations

For more information, see the presentation.

Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

26th Annual Meeting & Conference: Diverse Challenges, Global Solutions

Kuala Lumpur 16/04/2016 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Corporate Compliance – ISO Standard 19600, Compliance Management Systems

Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

25th Annual Meeting & Conference

Hong Kong 09/05/2015 Simone Nadelhofer Panellist: Ad Hoc Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law Committee: Corporates, Court Processes & Anti Bribery & Corruption Legislation

For more information, see the programme.

Academy & Finance

Foreign tax crimes, money laundering and criminal proceedings abroad

Zurich 30/10/2014 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: New situation created by the Project of the new Swiss AML Law

For more information, see the programme.

Swiss Bar Association

Annual Congress: Weiterbildungstage des Schweizerischen Anwaltsverbands

Berne 13/09/2014 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: "Young Lawyers" vs. "The View of the Younger Generation"

For more information, see the programme.

Austrian Economic Chambers WKO

Internationale Compliance – Standort Schweiz

Zurich 29/01/2014 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Compliance – Rechtslage Schweiz

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.


Compliance in Asian Wealth Management

Singapore 23/01/2014 Simone Nadelhofer Panel Speaker: Staying vigilant: tax compliance, FATCA, AML and STR

For further information please see the programme.

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Swiss European Annual Conference

Zurich 02/10/2013 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Exchange of Tax Information


Legal and Compliance Functions: Effective Guardians of a Company’s Reputation?

Zurich 28/05/2013 Simone Nadelhofer Co-organiser, speaker and moderator: The Board of Directors as guarantor of the legal and compliance function

LALIVE / Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland (AFBS)

Roundtable on Swiss Federal Supreme Court Decision on Retrocessions: Lessons to Be Learnt

Geneva 11/12/2012 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Retrocessions: Future Regulations in Switzerland and Europe

For more information, see the programme and the presentations.

LEGAL ERA (Legal and Corporate Awareness Magazine India)

2nd Annual LEGAL ERA Conclave 2012

Singapore 30/11/2012 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Exchange of information by Switzerland in white collar crime cases / tax offences – a roadmap

For more information, see presentation.

Association of German and Swiss Lawyers / Faculty of Law of the University of Lausanne

Lausanne 22/11/2012 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Administrative assistance in tax matters in Switzerland – new developments

Foreign Lawyers Section of the Geneva Bar Association

4th Annual Future of Lawyers Conference

LALIVE Geneva 18/09/2012 Simone Nadelhofer Moderator: Cross-Border Risks for International Lawyers – Legal, regulatory, and reputational risks – How to protect clients in a changing international legal environment

For more information, see the programme.

LALIVE / Alimirzoev & Trofimov (Moscow) and Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC (Cyprus)

Exchange of Information: New regulations under the Russia-Switzerland and Russia-Cyprus Double Tax Treaties

Moscow 21/06/2012 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: The revised Swiss Russian DTA -The things that you need to know from the Swiss side

For more information, see presentation.


The Enforcement of the Swiss Corporate Criminal Offense and its Impact on International Companies' Compliance Programmes

Zurich 22/05/2012 Simone Nadelhofer Co-organiser and speaker: Unternehmensstrafrecht - Artikel 102 Strafgesetzbuch

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

STEP Meeting

Zug 27/03/2012 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: The revised Swiss Russian DTA – The things that you need to know from the Russian and Swiss side

For more information, see presentation.

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (S T E P)

STEP Lunch Meeting

Zurich 24/01/2012 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: The revised Swiss Russian DTA – The things that you need to know from the Russian and Swiss side


The real exposure of Politically Exposed Persons and the associated risks for financial operators

Geneva 07/04/2011 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: The treatment of Politically Exposed Persons under the Swiss rules on money laundering and the obligations of financial intermediaries

For more information, see presentation.

German-Swiss Lawyers' Association (DSJV)

Finanzmarktregulierung in der Schweiz und in Deutschland – Aktuelle Entwicklungen

Zurich 29/10/2010 Simone Nadelhofer Chair of panel: Qualitätsoffensive Verbraucherfinanzen (Anforderungen an Finanzvermittler) in Deutschland / Aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Schweiz: Umgang mit systemrelevanten Instituten und Risiken des grenzüberschreitenden Geschäfts

For more information, see the programme.

Simone Nadelhofer Lecturer

2009 - 2011

University of Lucerne
Criminal Law

Simone Nadelhofer Research Fellow


Ludwig Maximilians-Universität, Munich
Economic Criminal Law, Swiss federal scholarship