Law firm of the year: Switzerland
Geneva-headquartered LALIVE has built an outstanding reputation and market position for handling top-flight contentious work, both in litigation or arbitration. A particular strong suit is its investor-state arbitrations; it has advised the governments of Romania and Turkey among others and has also been active in high-profile matters involving bribery and corruption, both for corporates on self-reporting issues and on independent reviews such as that into match-fixing in tennis. It is unusual in the top end of the Swiss market for having built a litigation practice for both corporate and high-net-worth individuals acting against banks.
Top-level disputes work aside, LALIVE made a significant move internationally with a launch in London to handle arbitration and public international law work. LALIVE is also unusual in the Swiss market for its high proportion of female partners, who represent a third of the equity partnership. The judges commended the firm’s diversity, its ‘good growth’, ‘high-quality work and corporate responsibility’ and noted its significant investment in training.
Niederer Kraft Frey