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Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 10 (private client team)
Languages:Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
LALIVE is an international law firm with offices inGeneva, 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 legal matters and provides global dispute resolution and advisory services to clients in Switzerland and worldwide.

The firm’s specialist private client team strives to protect the personal and financial interests of successful individuals in all estate-related disputes. Clients include high net worth individuals (HNWIs) and families, owners, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, family offices, foundations, trust companies and fiduciary holding structures.

LALIVE’s team of highly skilled litigators and specialists is particularly well-versed in complex disputes involving businesses, investments and other valuable assets spread across the world, involving family members in various jurisdictions. The team assists to protect and defend the interests of HNWI and their families, in particular by ensuring smooth succession from one generation to the next, navigating family disputes and preserving key assets.

Given its international dimension, LALIVE is well placed to advise in cross-border matters and can coordinate multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary matters such as tax and corporate advisory, by drawing on the expertise of a wide, highly specialised network.

Expertise Includes:

Succession Planning & Executorship:

The firm assists successful people looking to preserve the integrity and longevity of their business or the family’s assets without disruption and seek to avoid future disputes among the heirs. LALIVE can provide personalised matrimonial agreements, registered partnership agreements, last wills and inheritance agreements, helping them to protect private wealth and business assets, always applying the highest discretion and sensitivity.

Members of the firm are also regularly appointed as executors of last wills and provide philanthropy advice to foundations and international charities.

Matrimonial Agreements:
The firm carefully examines and plans the matrimonial regime, in particular in an international environment and in complex family situations. The firm advises on the legal options available and assists clients to set up personalised matrimonial agreements which are an elementary tool for succession planning in Switzerland.

Elderly Protection:
The firm advises on how to anticipate, prepare and put in place potential solutions to mitigate the adverse impact of incapacity in the corporate context.

Media & Reputation:
The firm assists individuals and companies to navigate media crisis or to pro-actively manage and protect their reputation. Its focus is on providing practical and efficient solutions by persuasion, negotiation and litigation if needed.

Trust & Estate Litigation:
The firm acts for business owners, trustees, executors, settlors, or beneficiaries in helping to resolve or prevent disputes in relation to the ownership and structuring of privately held wealth.

Divorce Proceedings:
The firm advises HNWIs in relation to separation, divorce, registered partnership, particularly in complex and cross-border disputes involving international assets, complex trust structures and cross-jurisdictional litigation.

Art Law:
LALIVE represents and advises collectors, galleries, dealers, museums, auction houses and governments. Its art lawyers negotiate, litigate and advise clients on all legal issues related to fine art and the art world.

Representative Assignments:
Representing an UHNWI and related entities in Swiss proceedings for the recovery of assets as a result of alleged fraud in relation to artwork transactions exceeding one billion US dollars involving several jurisdictions including Switzerland
■ Representing the heirs of a South American citizen domiciled and deceased in Switzerland on the liquidation of an estate
■ Representing and advising a non-Swiss HNWI on potential risks and action required in the context of a divorce settlement, including on complex international law issues regarding offshore structure and assets located abroad
■ Representing and advising an individual regarding estate planning and private international law issues arising out of an estate opened in Switzerland with assets located in foreign countries and trusts
■ Representing a number of HNWIs in actions against their banks for claims including mismanagement of assets, wrongful execution and fraud
■ Advising a non-Swiss HNWI in relation to the acquisition of a luxury real estate property in the Swiss Alps, structuring the financing for the transaction and negotiating the contractual terms
■ Representing a HNWI in relation to the acquisition of a valuable painting from a renowned painter in the context of possible recovery proceedings filed abroad by third parties claiming title to the painting, including foreign criminal authorities and issue of sovereign immunity
■ Representing a HNWI on the establishment of a legal entity to own a multimillion art collection, including advice related to the acquisition of selected art objects and the loan of gemstones worth several million. In all these cases, the firm structured and reviewed the loan and financing agreements, as well as closed the transactions
■ Representing a foreign trustee regarding access to information and assets held by Swiss banks