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Department Profile

MONFRINI BITTON KLEIN White-Collar Crime Department

Switzerland

  • Profile
  • 3 place du Molard
  • Geneva
  • Geneva
  • Switzerland
  • 1204

Department profile submitted by MONFRINI BITTON KLEIN

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 defence and offshore litigation.

Successor to the law firm founded by Enrico Monfrini in 1978, the firm has since the late 1990s gained international renown for conducting multi-jurisdictional asset recovery proceedings on behalf of foreign governments in grand corruption cases, liquidators of foreign insolvencies, and defrauded individuals or companies, resulting in the recovery of more than US$2 billion in damages and crime proceeds.

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.

Yves Klein is also preeminent in offshore civil litigation and uses his asset recovery skills to enforce foreign judgments, arbitral awards and insolvency orders, obtain evidence and freeze orders in support of foreign proceedings, and trace and recover assets concealed in Switzerland or abroad for claimants in commercial, matrimonial and probate disputes.

Thanks to David Bitton and former federal prosecutor Claire Daams, who joined in 2015 and 2017, the firm is recognised in business crime defence, mutual assistance proceedings in penal and tax matters, and anti-corruption investigations.

Industries

  • Government
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Art

Clients

  • Banca Turco Romana SA, in liquidation (Romania)
  • Banco Santos SA, in liquidation (Brazil)
  • Bilta (UK) Ltd, , in liquidation (England)
  • Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Republic of Guinea
  • Republic of Tunisia
  • Stanford International Bank Ltd, in liquidation (Antigua)
  • Yves Bouvier (Singapore)