Lalive

Geneva Office

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Number of partners: 22
Number of lawyers: 90
Languages: Arabic, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indian, 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 seventeen 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 international commercial and investment arbitration, litigation, white collar crime, investigations, regulatory and compliance, public international law and private client.
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; construction and infrastructure; employment; sports; technology and telecom; business and human rights and pharma and biotechnology.

Practice Areas:
■ International Commercial Arbitration
■ Investment Arbitration
■ Litigation
■ Public International Law
■ Investigations, Regulatory & Compliance
■ White Collar Crime
■ Advisory
■ Private Client

Representative Work: 

Dispute Resolution – International Commercial Arbitration:
16 partners
■ Representing a Southern European State-owned company in three multi-billion (USD) gas pricing disputes with European and Middle Eastern companies
■ Representing a Ukrainian State-owned electricity company in a USD 1 billion UNCITRAL arbitration against Russia concerning the expropriation of its assets and gas sources following the annexation of Crimea
■ 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 high-profile international commercial arbitrations

Dispute Resolution – Investment Arbitration:
11 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 a USD 250 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, and in one instance as president of an international claims commission

Dispute Resolution – Litigation:
12 partners
■ Advising a number of companies and UHNWIs recently targeted by U.S. OFAC sanctions including a group of holding companies in multiple claims amounting to over USD 3.5 billion in a dispute against several banks and consortia
■ Advising an UHNWI and related entities in Swiss civil and criminal 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
■ Advising an offshore creditor in enforcing an arbitral award of CHF 241 million by an Eastern European country’s Supreme Court in a dispute related to a SPA between two Eastern European companies in the construction sector
■ 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

White Collar Crime, Investigations, Regulatory & Compliance:
6 partners
■ Representation of an UHNWI in attempted extortion from foreign companies controlled by a head of state asserting baseless claims of mismanagement, embezzlement, bribery and fraud for approximately USD 988 million
■ 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
■ Representation of a Latin American country’s national pension fund in extensive cross-border investigations to recover assets worth USD 40 million following fraud committed by its board members
■ 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
■ Advising a major Swiss retailer in its first investigation into alleged corruption triggered by whistleblowing in one of its subsidiaries located in Asia

Banking & Finance:
7 partners
■ Representing a number of private clients in actions brought against their banks for claims including mismanagement of assets, wrongful execution, fraudulent 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

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

Public International Law:
11 partners
■ 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

Private Client:
5 partners
■ Advising a UHNWI and its large-scale foundation in setting-up a sophisticated Swiss-based not-for-profit structure dedicated to supporting the art world, building a collection including antiquities and developing provenance and research programmes
■ Advising a HNWI domiciled in Switzerland in relation to inheritance and asset structuring issues, including conducting a compatibility assessment of complex and successive trust structures with Swiss heirship rules, locating assets in a number of jurisdictions and subsequently drafting the wills
■ Advising a family office representing the heirs in an international matter involving an estate worth USD 30 million in several jurisdictions, administrated by a US executor and involving complex issues of trust law and private international law

Employment:
2 partners
■ Advising a leading manufacturer in a restructuring process which resulted in the mass dismissal of its main operating affiliate in Switzerland
■ Advising a renowned international company active in the sports industry on all Swiss employment law matters, including drafting its Swiss employment contracts, and on regulatory issues with respect to immigration matters

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 luxury watch customisation company in several IP litigation disputes before the Court of Justice of Geneva against luxury watch manufacturers regarding the commercialisation of look-alike watches and customisation of watches. The issues involved include trademark law (risk of confusion and exploitation of reputation) copyright and unfair competition