Dr Marc Henzelin is a partner with Lalive, a firm renowned for its practice in international arbitration and transnational litigation. He specialises in white-collar crime, international and domestic litigation as well as asset search, recovery and internal investigations. His practice focuses on representing individuals, companies or states in criminal cases or complex transnational disputes that raise issues of criminal law and/or mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, including corruption, money laundering, fraud, mismanagement of assets and criminal aspects of tax fraud. He regularly leads private investigations, focusing on asset search, recovery and compliance issues as well as advising clients on regulatory and disclosure matters.
Marc Henzelin is an active member of numerous professional associations in his field, including the business crime section of the International Bar Association (of which he was co-chair in 2011–2012); the advisory board of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) (since 2007); the anti-corruption commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); the International Society of Criminal Law; and the Swiss Society of Criminal Law. He is also on the editorial board of the New Journal of European Criminal Law and of Global Investigations Review. He has published two books and more than 30 chapters and articles in treaties and legal journals on matters of white-collar crime, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and public international law.
Marc Henzelin has been an acting judge at the Cour de Cassation of Geneva since 2009 and previously sat as acting judge in the criminal and commercial sections of the Geneva court of appeals (2002–2009). He is admitted to plead before the International Criminal Court.
Since 1995, Marc Henzelin has held various academic positions at universities in Switzerland (mainly Geneva) and abroad. This includes the University of Turin’s international crime and justice master’s programme, jointly organised by the Law Faculty and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), as well as The Hague Academy of International Law’s seminar for advanced studies: immunities in private and public international law. He regularly participates as faculty in UN or Commonwealth-funded training programmes for judges, prosecutors and other professionals.
Marc Henzelin graduated from the University of Geneva in 1984 and studied at the Business School of the University of Berne (1985). He also holds a Master’s degree in European legal studies (LLM) from the University of Exeter, UK (1993), and a PhD in Law from the University of Geneva (1999, summa cum laude). He is ranked among the best white-collar crime lawyers in Switzerland by Chambers Europe and is recommended in asset recovery, business crime defence and investigations by Who's Who Legal: Switzerland.
WWL says: Marc Henzelin is a “leading litigator with vast experience” handling white-collar crime disputes and asset tracing and recovery proceedings.
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