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Simone Nadelhofer



Switzerland, 2001




German , French , English , Italian


Stampfenbachplatz 4
P.O. Box 212
8042 Zurich


+41 58 105 2100

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 Nadelhoferis 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. Furthermore, Simone Nadelhofer acts as the external ombudsperson for tesa SE. 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).

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.

Clients describe her as "very skilled, intelligent and analytical" and also highlight her ability to "analyse complex situations."

Chambers Europe, White-Collar Crime, Switzerland, 2020

Simone Nadelhofer comes "highly recommended" by market commentators thanks to her remarkable facility for providing first-rate counsel on white-collar criminal investigations.

Who's Who Legal, Investigations, 2020

Simone Nadelhofer is highly commended for her "quick mind and reliability".

Who's Who Legal, Asset Recovery, 2020

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

Einziehung im Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftsstrafrecht

Simone Nadelhofer, 2021

("Asset forfeiture in economic and corporate criminal law")
In: Jürg-Beat Ackermann, Günter Heine (Eds.), Wirtschaftsstrafrecht der Schweiz, Stämpfli Verlag, Berne, 2021, pp. 259-289

Monitorships in Switzerland

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

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

Is your client a « consumer » under the Lugano Convention? The uncertain enforceability of forum selection clauses in attorney-client agreements

Simone Nadelhofer, Sandrine Giroud, 2014

International Litigation Newsletter May 2014, pp. 67-69

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

33 Chancery Lane Business Crime Conference 2020

5th Annual Business Crime Conference

03/12/2020 Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Internal Investigations, Single Nation and Multi-Jurisdictional, a European Perspective.

For more information, see the programme.

International Bar Association

IBA Virtually Together 2020

20/11/2020 Webinar Simone Nadelhofer Moderator: Fraud and abuse of COVID-related state relief funds

International Bar Association

IBA Annual Conference 2019

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

Global Compact Network Switzerland

3rd Swiss Global Compact Dialogue 2019

17/05/2019 Thun 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

25/04/2019 Singapore 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

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

For more information, see the programme.

EuropaInstitut University of Zurich

5. Tagung zu internen und regulatorischen Untersuchungen

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

For more information, see the programme

Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

28th Annual Meeting & Conference: Fostering Seamless Cooperation in ASEAN and Beyond

14/03/2018 Manila Simone Nadelhofer Speaker: Crisis Management

TRACE International, European Forum

Anti-bribery regulatory and enforcement developments

02/11/2017 London Simone Nadelhofer Panellist

For more information, see the programme.


EuropaInstitut University of Zurich

FinTech 2.0

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

For more information please see the programme and the presentation.


Anti-Corruption Conference

21/06/2016 London 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

15/06/2016 Zurich 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

25/04/2016 Zurich 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

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

Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

25th Annual Meeting & Conference

09/05/2015 Hong Kong 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.

Swiss Bar Association

Annual Congress: Weiterbildungstage des Schweizerischen Anwaltsverbands

13/09/2014 Berne 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

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

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.


Compliance in Asian Wealth Management

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

For further information please see the programme.

Academy & Finance

Foreign tax crimes, money laundering and criminal proceedings abroad

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

For more information, see the programme.

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Swiss European Annual Conference

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


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

28/05/2013 Zurich 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

11/12/2012 Geneva 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

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

For more information, see the presentation.

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

22/11/2012 Lausanne 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

18/09/2012 LALIVE Geneva 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

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

For more information, see presentation.

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

STEP Meeting

27/03/2012 Zug 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.


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

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

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

STEP Lunch Meeting

24/01/2012 Zurich 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

07/04/2011 Geneva 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

29/10/2010 Zurich 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