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Number of partners: 20 Number of lawyers: 74
Languages: Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Firm Overview:
LALIVE is an international law firm with offices in Geneva, Zurich and London integrated by lawyers from Switzerland and more than a dozen other countries. The firm is particularly renowned for its expertise and experience in international disputes and provides global dispute resolution and advisory services to clients in Switzerland and worldwide.
The firm represents individuals, public and private entities, including multinational corporations, governments and international organisations. Practice areas include dispute resolution (commercial and investment arbitration and litigation); public international law; investigations, regulatory and compliance; and white collar crime.
Areas of focus include asset recovery and insolvency; art and cultural property; banking and finance; corporate and commercial; energy and mining; intellectual property and data protection; private wealth; construction and infrastructure; employment; sports; technology and telecom; business and human rights and pharma and biotechnology.

Representative Work: 

International Commercial Arbitration
Investment Arbitration
Public International Law
Investigations, Regulatory & Compliance
White Collar Crime
Private Wealth

Dispute Resolution – International Commercial Arbitration:
13 partners
■Representing a Southern European State-owned company in three multi-billion (USD) gas pricing disputes with European and Middle Eastern companies
■Acting as lead counsel in a USD 3.1 billion dispute between two ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) from the MENA region relating to the dissolution of a partnership and the division of jointly held assets
■Representing an instrumentality of a Middle Eastern State in a USD 300 million arbitration concerning the alleged breach of an MoU related to the construction of a major transport infrastructure project in the Middle East
■Several partners of the firm act as arbitrators in international commercial arbitrations, including in high-profile disputes in a variety of sectors

Dispute Resolution – Investment Arbitration:
8 partners
■Representing Romania in two multi-billion ICSID arbitrations including one initiated by North American investors concerning a large mining project and another initiated by Scandinavian investors relating to tax enforcement measures in the food and beverage industry
■Representing a Canadian investor in an USD 140 million UNCITRAL dispute with a European State involving the expropriation of real estate investments
■Several partners of the firm act as arbitrators in investment treaty arbitrations, including as presidents in six different proceedings conducted under the ICSID Convention, NAFTA and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, as well as in one instance as president of an international claims commission

Dispute Resolution – Litigation:
10 partners
■Advising an UHNWI and leading industry captain in civil proceedings brought against him by a former alleged partner claiming damages in excess of USD 400 million for his purported contribution to a major share acquisition
■Representing a Russian industrial group in civil proceedings in Geneva against a Geneva-based bank as a result of a unilateral change in its investment policy. The amount at stake is of approximately EUR 130 million. The matter involves several proceedings including a claim for payment, document production requests and claims for the restitution of retrocessions
■Advising a trading company in a dispute with a leading conglomerate active in the oil and gas industry relating to the payment of agent commissions for USD 42 million allegedly made to third parties (offshore companies)
■Representing a number of private clients in mutual legal assistance proceedings initiated by requests of foreign governments to Switzerland to obtain information related to client Swiss banking information, as well as providing representation in parallel Swiss domestic proceedings

Public International Law:
8 partners and 1 of counsel
■Representing the Qatar National Committee for Human Rights (QNHRC) in the claims pursued by private parties against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, following the sanctions imposed against the State of Qatar and its nationals
■Securing a victory for investors before the Swiss Supreme Court in setting aside proceedings initiated by the Russian Federation in Switzerland in a landmark decision

Investigations, Regulatory & Compliance:
6 partners
■Acting for a government in a large-scale investigation, tracing and recovery of illicit assets and proceeds of crimes held in banks and fiduciaries in Switzerland and other countries in connection with two large corruption cases for a total amount of USD 1 billion
■Acting as Swiss Counsel to KBA-NotaSys SA (the Swiss high security printing company) in the first self-reporting to and settlement with the Office of the Attorney General in a case of suspected corporate failure to prevent bribery of foreign officials
■Acting as member of The Independent Review Panel of Tennis, undertaking an extensive review of the appropriateness and effectiveness of the tennis practice and rules relating to match-fixing
■Advising a major Swiss retailer in its first investigation into alleged corruption triggered by whistleblowing in one of its subsidiaries located in Asia

White Collar Crime:
6 partners
■Advising a number of companies and UHNWIs recently targeted by U.S. OFAC sanctions
■Acting for the administrator of an insolvent foreign bank claiming damages in excess of EUR 400 million in a major fraud case involving various Swiss banks. The case was particularly complex as it was part of an international fraud scheme with over 30,000 individual transactions
■Representing an international oil and gas exploration and production company in the framework of criminal proceedings in a foreign State for suspected complicity to war crimes

Banking & Finance:
7 partners
■Representing a number of private clients in actions brought against their banks for claims including mismanagement of assets, wrongful execution, fraudulant transfer orders and disputes related to structured and derivative products
■Acting as Swiss Counsel to the monitor of a major Swiss bank, advising on data protection, banking secrecy, regulatory and criminal law questions arising under the monitorship, including setting up a whistleblowing platform

4 partners
■Representing approximately 50 clients in the insolvency of a European bank’s Swiss private banking subsidiary, in damages claims in relation to losses incurred further to the subscription of financial products issued by ailing sister companies

Private Wealth:
4 partners
■Advising a UHNWI and its large-scale foundation in the setting-up of a sophisticated Swiss-based not-forprofit structure dedicated to supporting the art world, building a collection including antiquities and developing provenance and research programmes
■Advising a HNWI in a USD 350 million cross-border inheritance litigation following the demise of her companion with assets in multiple jurisdictions and various structures
■Advising a HNWI and related entities with the establishment of a litigation strategy for the recovery of assets as a result of alleged fraud in relation to artwork transactions in the amount of several hundred million which involve several jurisdictions including Switzerland

3 partners
■Advising a leading manufacturer in a restructuring process which resulted in the mass dismissal its main operating affiliate in Switzerland
■Advising a leading US consulting company, providing representation before Geneva Courts in relation to complex cross-border employment issues arising from a claim filed by a former employee

Intellectual Property:
2 partners
■Acting as counsel to one of the world’s leading luxury groups in relation to complex parallel imports issues and in criminal proceedings related to the dismantling of an international network of counterfeit products
■Representing a multinational computer, technology and IT consulting corporation in civil proceedings against a Swiss bank involving intellectual property issues over the source code of various software