Simone specialises in complex domestic and cross-border proceedings and internal and government led investigations, with a focus on white-collar and financial crime and regulatory breaches, including corruption, fraud, money laundering, cyber crime, ESG infringements, harassment allegations (#MeToo), and international sanctions. She assists clients in the entire process of asset recovery and is an expert in international mutual assistance in criminal and tax matters. She also regularly represents clients in commercial disputes before civil courts.

Hailed as “one of the most competent lawyers in the field” in Who’s Who Legal, Investigations, 2023, Simone advises clients on crisis management, compliance and remedial action and is regularly retained by corporate clients to lead large-scale domestic or multi-jurisdictional internal investigations. 


 Simone Nadelhofer garners effusive praise from peers who commend her as “an outstanding lawyer” with “great attention to detail”.
Who’s Who Legal National Leaders, Asset Recovery, 2023 

“She was convincing professionally, but also in the way she communicated and worked with us. I would recommend her at any time.”
Legal 500 EMEA, Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations, 2023

“Simone is very quick and is very flexible to adapt to new situations in complex matters. She is also always constructive in discussions regarding next steps.”
Chambers Europe, White Collar Crime, 2023 

“Simone is one of the leaders in investigations and white-collar matters in Switzerland” and she “is regularly retained in high-profile cases by companies and executives” as she is “ persistent, communicates very transparently, is cost-conscious as well as exceptionally thorough in her work.”
Who’s Who Legal, Thought Leaders GIR and Global Leader – Investigations, 2022

Recent publications

Attorney-Client privilege: further surpreme court clarification on obligations for law firms conducting internal investigations
In: Lexology Online 31 March 2023

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, EU and G7 sanctions text West’s resolve 
In: International Bar Association website, 24 November 2022 

Compliance Im Zentrum Des Unternehmensstrafrechts
In: Recht relevant. für Compliance Officers, 2022.

Recent conferences

Schulthess Forum on White-Collar Crime 2023
Employee interviews in internal investigations 
Zurich, 30 November 2023

EFCL Conference Frankfurt am Main
White Collar Crime and Takeovers
Frankfurt, 16 June 2023

Virtual Round Table Discussion
Global Legal Condex & Law Tech Expo
The Advantages of Modern IT Forensics for enterprises
Webinar, 6 June 2023

Current memberships

  • Anti-Corruption Committee Liaison Officer of the IBA’s Business Crime Committee 
  • Member of the advisory board of the Master Economic Crime Investigations studies at the Lucerne University 
  • Elected to the pool of presidents of the arbitration court of the Swiss Bar Association 
  • Member of Advisory Board for the project of the Swiss National Scientific Fund “Assessing the nature and impact of transnational corruption through the lens of Swiss Businesses”
  • Member of the ACi ISO Subcommittee for the new ISO standard on internal investigations

Career history

  • Partner, LALIVE, 2009 – present  
  • Senior Associate in the litigation and banking and finance team of two major Swiss law firms
  • Foreign Attorney, International Law Firm, New Delhi, 2002 – 2003 
  • Legal Counsel with major Swiss bank, 2001 – 2002 

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, University of Lucerne (summa cum laude), 2008 (Awarded Professor Walter Hug prize and the Universitätsverein Lucerne prize)
  • Master of Advanced Studies in Economic Crime Investigation, Lucerne Business School, 2007 
  • Bilingual Bachelor of Law, (summa cum laude), University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 1999