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BackLitigation - Domestic and Cross Border

LALIVE advises and represents clients in proceedings before all Swiss courts, as well as before foreign jurisdictions with the assistance of local counsel, and has strong experience in providing global dispute resolution strategy advice.

The firm regularly assists clients in pre-trial asset tracing and attachments orders, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, and international judicial assistance proceedings in civil, criminal, and administrative matters. 

LALIVE's civil litigation work spans a wide range of areas including banking and finance disputes, corporate matters such as shareholders disputes and debt recovery and insolvency proceedings, trust, estate and inheritance, art and cultural property law matters. The firm's litigators also have wide experience in proceedings related to employment, intellectual property, real estate and construction and sports law. It further advises clients on all the regulatory and procedural aspects related to cryptocurrencies.

The firm's specialists also routinely represent clients in litigation derived from state immunity, state responsibility, and diplomatic and consular protection. 

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The unique jurisdictional diversity of the firm's litigation lawyers provides clients with valuable expertise in the handling of complex litigation in multiple jurisdictions.

LALIVE's litigators often lecture on civil procedure and civil law and frequently publish in the field. Some of them also hold positions within the judiciary.

Selected Assignments

  • Advising and representing a high net worth individual in civil proceedings arising from a breach of partnership agreement regarding the acquisition of a Central European privatised State company (over USD 2.7 billion)
  • Representing a large Middle Eastern group active in the construction, engineering, real estate development and tourism sectors in the enforcement of a USD 1.4 billion promissory note in Switzerland against a foreign partnership
  • Representing an entity of a major Russian industrial group specialising in metal production in civil proceedings in Geneva against a Geneva-based bank for violation of an asset management agreement
  • Representing a leading Swiss accounting and fiduciary services provider in arbitration, court and criminal proceedings against a Geneva-based company in relation to a large real estate transaction
  • Representing an illegally detained Swiss family and a Swiss company expropriated by the Nigerian Ministry of Police in several proceedings in a number of jurisdictions, and obtaining a successful settlement


The stumbling block in asset management disputes: the quantifcation of damage in SwitzerlandNicolas Ollivier, 2017

IBA Banking Law News, Vol. 24, No. 2

Défense de la Défense : L’engagement de l’avocat suisseSandrine Giroud, Myriam Fehr Alaoui, Nicolas Gurtner, 2017

Anwalts Revue de l’avocat 6/7/2017, pp. 267-270

Art settled on trust: best practices check list for trusteesSandrine Giroud, Nadja Weber-Guido, 2017

Family Office ELITE – Art & Museum Magazine, Spring Issue, 2017, pp. 22-23

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

Mandat de gestion et calcul du dommage : Le Tribunal fédéral rejette l’application d’un portefeuille hypothétique Nicolas Ollivier, 2017

Centre for Banking and Financial Law (Geneva University), 25 January 2017

International Civil Procedure: SwitzerlandAndré Brunschweiler, Sandrine Giroud, Catherine Anne Kunz, 2016

In: Denis Campbell and Christian Campbell (Ed.), International Civil Procedure, 5th Edition., Juris Publishing Inc., 2016

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"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