In: William Christopher, Fiona Simpson, Mary Young, Alun Milford and Melinka Berridge (Contributing Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Asset Recovery 2020, pp. 103-111
“Top-drawer multi-disciplinary team”
Disputes lie at the heart of our firm. Our leading litigation team has an excellent track record defending the interests of successful individuals and companies in all types of high-stakes business or private disputes.
Our litigators are strategic and pragmatic problem-solvers, with particular expertise in crisis management. We anticipate disputes and work with our clients to prevent them. When a dispute arises, we act decisively, diplomatically (and aggressively if necessary) working relentlessly until it is resolved.
With strong roots in Switzerland, we pride ourselves on being international. With lawyers qualified in as many as 13 jurisdictions and as many languages spoken, the unique diversity of our litigation team provides clients with valuable expertise in the handling of disputes involving Switzerland and multiple jurisdictions.
While our expertise is wide ranging, we are not dependent on particular industries and are able to take on major institutions if necessary.
- Representing the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), Libyan sovereign wealth fund, in civil mutual legal assistance proceedings in Switzerland regarding the production of bank documents in support of foreign proceedings against inter alia Societé Generale for the recovery of assets in the amount of USD 58 million. The matter raised complex issues of international procedure and sanctions and the firm was successful in appealing a decision refusing to grant mutual legal assistance based on international sanctions against the state
- Representing a leading Russian industrial group specialising in metal production in civil proceedings in Geneva against a Geneva-based bank for violation of an asset management agreement arising out of misrepresentations and a change in investment policy, in addition to the non-payment of retrocessions received by the bank. The firm recently succeeded in dismissing a procedural objection raised by the banks and has now initiated separate disclosure proceedings which raise complex procedural issues
- Representing a HNWI and his company against one of the major Swiss banks for wrongful execution of a margin call related to complex OTC structured products related to currencies
- Representing four Cayman law collective investment schemes, in the context of a civil mismanagement claim against a Swiss custodian bank. The funds had lost most of their value following margin calls, which occurred as a result of excessive leverage used on the accounts
- Representing the shareholder of a major Russian e-commerce company in complex attachment proceedings in support of a pending LCIA arbitration and other state court and arbitration proceedings abroad. The firm’s role includes advice and coordination of complex multijurisdictional issues and proceedings
- Representing ultra-high net worth entrepreneurs acting through their family office, against a Geneva-based asset management company in connection with losses incurred due to the mismanagement of funds deposited with a Swiss bank, in particular the non-execution of an order to sell shares in a hedge fund, now bankrupt
The Lawyer, The Big Four Issue, September 2019, p.64
Centre de Droit Bancaire et Financier, 26 March 2019
Art collectors' alert – landmark Swiss Supreme Court ruling on returning artworks illicitly exported to country of originSandrine Giroud, Tatiana Jullier, 2019
International Law Office (ILO), Private Client & Offshore Services, 29 August 2019
Deloitte and ArtTactic Art & Finance Report 2019, 6th Edition, 2019, pp. 244-245
Arts and Collections Magazine, Vol. 2, 2019, pp. 70-71
Chronique de jurisprudence suisse, Loi fédérale de droit international privé, Propriété intellectuelleThomas Widmer, 2011
Journal du Droit International, April-May-June 2011, No. 2/2011, pp. 465-468
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), e-News No. 31, July 2013, pp. 5 & 13
Swiss Moral Rights permit owner to destroy but no modify house: a recent decision of a Swiss state CourtThomas Widmer, 2013
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), e-News No. 30, May 2013, pp. 4 & 13
Made in Switzerland : le projet Swissness bat de l’aileThomas Widmer, 2012
Le Temps, Economie Forum, 17 October 2012, p. 16
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), e-News No. 32, October 2013
Commentaire des contrats de vente aux enchères et d’échange (Genève 2003)Jean-Paul Vulliéty, 2003
In: Contribution au Commentaire Romand du Code des Obligations, tome I (Droit des contrats)
Résiliation extraordinaire injustifiée d’une concession de vente en droit suisse : poursuite ou fin du contratJean-Paul Vulliéty, 2003
In: SJ 2003 II, pp. 91-112
Livre Blanc de la Commission sur la modernisation des règles d'application des art. 81 et 82 du Traité instaurant l'UE – Procédure de consultation – Commentaires du comité ad hoc de la Ligue internationale du droit de la concurrence (LIDC), sic!Jean-Paul Vulliéty, 2000
Schulthess, 2000, pp. 151-153
Handelsvertreterrecht in der SchweizJean-Paul Vulliéty, 1998
In: Handelsvertreterrecht in Deutschland und ausgewählten EU-Staaten, DG-Bank, Francfort s/ Main (Ed.),Neuwied (D), 1998, pp. 182-197
LALIVE promotes four to Counsel
Landmark decision by Swiss Federal Supreme Court regarding Crimea awards
LALIVE opens in London
LALIVE recognised among leading law firms in Switzerland by Bilanz and Le Temps
Marc Henzelin plays key role in Tennis Anti-corruption Report
Simone Nadelhofer appointed Chair of IPBA Anti-Corruption and the Rule of Law Committee
LALIVE promotes André Brunschweiler to the partnership
Domitille Baizeau appointed to Terralex Executive Committee
LALIVE strengthens its Litigation team with the appointment of Matthias Gstoehl to the partnership
Sandrine Giroud appointed Co-Chair of the IBA Litigation Committee’s Young Litigators Forum
LALIVE promotes Sandrine Giroud to the partnership
Press coverage: Simone Nadelhofer on fraud at Basler Kantonalbank
Matthias Scherer resolves medical technology dispute
LALIVE consolidates its rankings in Chambers Europe
Launch of The Pledge Initiative in Switzerland
'Top international firm' LALIVE is 'very client-oriented, prompt and precise, having a tight grip on the issues involved and offering forward-thinking solutions'. Covering civil and criminal litigation, the ten-partner team focuses especially on commercial, private client, banking and white-collar crime disputes, while also engaging in contentious matters from the employment, real estate and intellectual property fields.
Legal 500, Litigation, 2019
LALIVE has built an outstanding reputation and market position for handling top-flight contentious work, both in litigation or arbitration. It has been active in high-profile matters involving bribery and corruption, both for corporates on self-reporting issues and on independent reviews. It is unusual in the top end of the Swiss market for having built a litigation practice for both corporate and high-net-worth individuals acting against banks.
The Lawyer, 2019
Clients appreciate the team's "deep bench of talent and highly qualified people, which means there is always someone there to jump on to something” and report that the team is "very client-oriented, prompt and at the same time, precise."
Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution, 2019
Lalive provides ‘a heavy-weight contentious offering’, including a ‘specialisation in white-collar crime’.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution: Litigation, 2018
"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
Lalive is ‘a very good choice’ for litigation, particularly in the areas of financial services and white-collar crime.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution: Litigation, 2017
Lalive is considered ‘a clear market leader’ for international arbitration (...) and is very strong in litigation and contentious banking matters.
Legal 500, Switzerland, French-speaking Switzerland: leading firms, 2017
Dispute resolution specialist Lalive has many ‘outstanding’ international arbitration lawyers and is also strong in litigation.
Legal 500, Switzerland, French-speaking Switzerland: leading firms (Tier 2), 2016
Lalive’s ‘excellent’ practice regularly acts for corporations, states and high-net-worth individuals – often politically exposed persons – in civil and criminal matters.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution: Litigation (Tier 2), 2016
"The firm really is in a league of its own."
"The lawyers are great; they are responsive and efficient."
Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution, 2015
Within dispute resolution, Lalive is a first tier firm, 'Dispute resolution is what Lalive does best' and its ten partner team is 'large enough to cover the client's needs but does not assign too many lawyers to a project'.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution 2013, Tier 1
Lalive provides 'excellent advocacy, good strategic planning and perfect structuring of the proceedings'.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution, 2012, Tier 1
Within Dispute Resolution, Lalive is a first tier firm. The 'well-structured, communicative and organised' group at Lalive includes dedicated arbitration and litigation teams.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution, 2011
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