I had the pleasure of being one of the first members of the LALIVE Zurich office when it opened in 2010. We were only 3 lawyers back then and in only 8 years have evolved into a structure with 20 lawyers. Naturally, with our Geneva office with a history of more than 50 years and over 60 lawyers from more than 15 jurisdictions and as many languages spoken, the Zurich office never was a real “start-up” but I always enjoyed working in a relatively small and young team in a truly international and very dynamic environment. The flat hierarchy, combined with a great portion of autonomy in my work from day one, have always been a great selling point.
In 2013/14, I had the opportunity to go on a one year secondment at a law firm in Beijing which was part of Terralex, an international network of law firms which we belong to. I was the only foreigner there and thus enjoyed a truly authentic Chinese experience. It was a very enriching time, I was fascinated by the Chinese “can-do” attitude and entrepreneurial approach and was able to further expand the firm’s Asian practice. Shortly after my return from China, I was promoted to Counsel and only 3 years later I became a Partner of the firm. I am very grateful for the opportunities LALIVE has offered me and the support I have received from the individual Partners of the firm throughout my career.
I am immensely proud of the development of the Zurich office, which has now evolved into a well-established player in Zurich. Testimony to this is the high number of excellent applications we receive from young lawyers wanting to develop their career at the firm.