Based in Geneva but borderless in its reach, Monfrini Bitton Klein is an internationally recognised, conflict-free litigation boutique focusing on asset recovery, anti-corruption investigations, business crime and offshore litigation.
A successor to the law firm founded by Enrico Monfrini in 1978, since the late 1990s the firm has gained international renown for conducting and coordinating multi-jurisdictional asset recovery proceedings on behalf of foreign governments in grand corruption cases (Nigeria v Abacha, Brazil v dos Santos Neto, Haiti v Duvalier, Tunisia v Ben Ali, Guinea v Steinmetz); liquidators of foreign insolvencies (Stanford International Bank, Banco Santos, Banca Turco Romana, Bilta UK); and defrauded individuals or companies, resulting in the recovery of more than US$2 billion in damages and crime proceeds.
Monfrini Bitton Klein is also preeminent in offshore civil litigation and uses its asset recovery skills to enforce foreign judgments, arbitral awards and insolvency orders; obtain evidence and freezing orders in support of foreign proceedings; and trace and recover assets concealed in Switzerland or abroad for claimants in commercial, matrimonial and probate disputes.
Over the years, the firm’s lawyers have developed innovative asset recovery strategies and techniques, using a unique combination of cross-border criminal, mutual assistance, insolvency and civil proceedings to obtain restorative justice for their clients.
The firm is recognised for its strength in asset recovery, litigation and business crime by Chambers and Who’s Who Legal.
Monfrini Bitton Klein’s lawyers have extensive understanding of working in a multicultural environment and speak French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
The firm has access to hundreds of internationally renowned specialised correspondent lawyers and other litigation professionals, such as private investigators, forensic accountants, insolvency practitioners and litigation funders around the world. It is Switzerland’s representative of ICC FraudNet, the leading network of fraud and asset recovery lawyers.