Ms Sandrine Giroud

Sandrine Giroud

Lawyer biography

ADMISSION :
Switzerland, 2008
 
NATIONALITY :
Swiss
 
LANGUAGES :
English , French , German
 
PRACTICES :
Litigation
Investigations, Regulatory & Compliance
White Collar Crime
Public International Law
 
AREAS OF FOCUS :
Private Wealth
Banking & Finance
Asset Recovery & Insolvency
Art & Cultural Property
Business & Human Rights
 
Sandrine Giroud joined LALIVE in 2009 and is a partner of the firm since 2017. She specialises in domestic and international litigation, with a focus on commercial disputes, fraud and asset recovery, white collar crime, mutual legal assistance in civil and criminal matters (including extradition), art and cultural property, trust and estate, media law, as well as public international law (including immunities from jurisdiction and enforcement) and human rights.
 
She regularly advises and represents companies and individuals in the recovery and protection of their assets through provisional measures, freezing orders, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements and awards, cross-border insolvency proceedings or execution of contracts as well as compliance procedures and internal investigations. As part of her practice, she also represents collectors, art market professionals and museums on dispute resolution and transactional matters in art. Her experience in the management of particularly sensitive matters allows her to tackle not only legal but also strategic aspects such as reputation and media.
 
Sandrine Giroud is a member of various professional bodies namely the Geneva Bar Association (ODA), the Swiss Bar Association (FSA/SAV), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Geneva Association of Business Law (AGDA). She is a member of the Executive Board as well as President of the Human Rights Committee of the Geneva Bar Association (ODA). She also acts as officer of the IBA Litigation Committee since 2015. Passionate about art, she is a member of various organisations in this field such as the board of the Swiss National Museum, the Board of the Art Law Foundation (which she has co-directed from 2014 to 2017), the Task Force of the Responsible Art Market Initiative (RAM), as well as the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM). She is a regular speaker at international conferences and frequently publishes on matters related to her fields of expertise.
 
Sandrine Giroud is recognised as an expert by Who’s Who Legal in Litigation, Asset recovery and Private client as well as by Legal 500 in Litigation and Banking and finance.
 
Before joining LALIVE, Sandrine Giroud worked as a legal adviser at the Swiss Federal Office of Justice in Berne (2006-08). She graduated from the University of Fribourg (2003) and studied at the University of Bristol (2000-01) as well as at the International Humanitarian Law Unit of the University of Nottingham (2004). She also holds an L.L.M in International Dispute Resolution issued jointly by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2009) and a STEP advanced certificate in the law of trusts (2012).

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Art collectors' alert – landmark Supreme Court ruling on returning artworks illicitly exported to country of origin
Switzerland | 29 August 2019

Estimated at $67.4 billion, the art market has become a global playing field for ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals to invest their assets. Yet, lack of harmonisation of national legislations on the protection of cultural property may hamper collectors' pleasure in moving their art around the world. In a recent decision, the Swiss Supreme Court clarified the requirements to be met by countries of origin when requesting the return of artworks allegedly illicitly exported by their legitimate owners, thus absent any issues of ownership.