Multidisciplinary approach

Areas of practice

BackCorporate and Commercial Law

The firm has a strong track record advising Swiss and international clients on corporate and commercial law matters, including a number of high profile domestic and cross border transactions.

LALIVE's services include comprehensive strategic legal advice concerning all aspects of corporate transactions, including structuring, due diligence, legal risk management, warranties and associated issues including competition, employment, intellectual property, taxation and other regulatory matters. 

The firm's corporate and commercial team has long standing experience dealing with international commercial contracts subject to Swiss and foreign law, advising on the structuring, financing and negotiation of commercial agreements in a variety of contexts including agency, sales and distribution, franchise, license and concession contracts, project development, management services agreements, joint purchasing/selling, joint R&D and technology transfer in a wide range of business sectors. 

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Many of the firm's lawyers are admitted to foreign Bars and have substantive legal training in jurisdictions other than Switzerland including England & Wales, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the United States, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and Egypt.

LALIVE partners regularly contribute their knowledge and experience through publications in the field of Swiss and international contract law and active participation in working and expert groups in this area, including the expert team of the ICC Commission on Commercial Law and Practice (CLP), which develops the ICC Model Contracts in various fields of commercial law, such as the ICC Model Distributorship Contract and the ICC Model International Sale Contract.

Selected Assignments

  • Advising on the purchase of 100% of the shares in the capital of a Swiss company in the healthcare industry, including overseeing all aspects of the due diligence
  • Advising a leading international cosmetic group in the acquisition of its Swiss distributor, conducting all the relevant operations, including the due diligence and the negotiations of the share purchase agreement, the escrow agreements, the new employment and consultancy agreements, the new distribution and customer arrangements, and providing advice in relation to several post-closing matters
  • Advising a leading international fashion label company in relation to the takeover of Swiss companies, taking responsibility for all legal aspects of the take-over, including the legal due diligence, the drafting and negotiation of an escrow agreement together with the share purchase agreement, and the closing of the transaction
  • Advising a top tier international infrastructure company in relation to the setting up of a permanent establishment in Qatar; specifically dealing with employment, commercial and environmental issues, the negotiation and drafting of a lease agreement
  • Advising a major European rolling stock company in relation to the contractual aspects of a light train passenger project in a Middle Eastern country


Aspects choisis de la reddition de compte (art. 400 CO)Sofian Ghezala, 2017

Lettre du Conseil de l’Ordre des Avocats de Genève, No. 63, April 2017, pp. 24-28

International Joint Ventures: Switzerland Jean-Paul Vulliéty, André Brunschweiler, 2016

In: Dennis Campbell (Ed.), International Joint Ventures, 2nd Edition, Juris Publishing Inc., 2016

Business and human rights: nouvelle donne pour les entreprises et les avocatsSylvain Savolainen, Hector Entenza, 2016

Anwalts Revue de l’avocat, pp. 429-435

Swiss stop the clock on electricity liberalisationGeorges Racine, 2016

International Law Office, May 2016

Art Lawyers’ Due Diligence Obligations: A Difficult Equilibrium between Law and EthicsSandrine Giroud, Charles Boudry, 2015

International Journal of Cultural Property, Vol. 22, Issue 2-3, pp. 401-417

Actions au porteur : vers plus de transparenceVincent Tattini, 2015

CCIG info n° 7, July-August 2015, pp. 3

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Recognised practitioner
Chambers Europe, Corporate & M&A, 2017

Lalive’s ‘very good’ team is recommended for mid-market and cross-border transactions.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Commercial, corporate and M&A, 2017

Experienced team handling corporate and commercial matters and frequently undertaking instructions from Qatari entities, domestic clients and multinationals. Well equipped to assist on outbound investment transactions. "They provided really good service," and: "It was a good experience working with them."
Chambers Global, Corporate/Commercial-Qatar, 2017

Growing bench that benefits from its three offices in Geneva, Zürich and Doha. Assists with M&A, joint ventures and restructurings in Switzerland and abroad. A popular choice for mandates in the Middle East, with a client roster that includes renowned companies from the TMT, banking, construction and fashion industries. "The lawyers are technically solid and highly responsive. We had good access to partners."
Chambers Europe, Corporate & M&A, Switzerland, 2016

"One of the most operative law firms we have worked with. Besides the sound technical knowledge, they immediately got a good grasp of our final goals and set up an incredibly efficient plan to achieve it."
Client comments highlighted in IFLR Financial and Corporate, 2016

Lalive’s practice focuses mostly on mid-market domestic and cross-border commercial and corporate transactions. It also has a significant amount of inbound business from its office in Doha.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Commercial, corporate and M&A, 2016

IFLR 1000 2016, Notable firm, Switzerland

"The lawyers dig deep into the case, follow up and are detail-conscious."
"What I like most is that the team is client-oriented, I always have the feeling it is in tune with my needs. "
Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A, 2015

In corporate matters, the firm acts in domestic and cross-border transactions including M&A, private equity, restructurings, joint ventures and privatisation. 'Despite the small size of the corporate team, it is very strong, deep and capable'.

IFLR 1000 2014, Recommended firm

In terms of transactions, Lalive has had an impressive year. The firm has offices in Zurich and Geneva and its bustling energy puts it in good stead for a ranking in forthcoming editions. (...) Uniquely, on the market, the firm also has an office in Doha (...).

IFLR 1000 2013, Legal Market Overview, Switzerland, Financial & Corporate (notable firm)

Alexander Troller and Georges Racine are recommended.

Legal 500 2013, Switzerland: Mergers and Acquisitions

The firm does not focus solely on disputes, but offers its clients advice across the full range of practice areas, including energy, intellectual property, corporate/M&A and banking and finance.

Chambers Europe, General Business Law 2013, Band 3

The firm excels at civil arbitration and litigation, as well as white-collar crime cases. Fields of expertise include corporate, private client, TMT and real estate disputes.

Legal 500 2013, Switzerland: Geneva leading firms, Tier 2