Deborah Hondius

Chapter Secretary

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Phone 1: +41 58 105 20 00

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Geneva Bar (Swiss Bar)


​Deborah Hondius is an associate with LALIVE since 2018. Her main areas of practice are domestic and international litigation, in particular white collar crime and mutual assistance in criminal matters.

Before joining LALIVE, Deborah Hondius worked in the dispute resolution group of a leading Swiss firm in Geneva (Python, formerly Python & Peter), first as a trainee (2013-2014) and then as an associate (2015-2018). She also trained with the Geneva Criminal Court of First Instance before being admitted to the Geneva bar in 2015.

Deborah Hondius is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA) and the Business Crime Committee of the International Bar Association.

Deborah Hondius holds a Bachelor of Law (with a major in European Law) from the University of Fribourg (2007-2010), a bilingual Master of Law (with majors in Civil Law and Criminal Law) from the Universities of Basel and Geneva (2010-2012) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Legal Professions from the University of Geneva (2012). Deborah Hondius also holds a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Economic Crime Investigation from the Institute of Economic Crime Investigation (ILCE – HEG Arc) in Neuchâtel (2021).​


Overview of Switzerland's domestic anti-corruption legal framework in : International Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Committee (co-authored with Marc Henzelin and Anton Vallélian) 2020

Asset Recovery 2021 - Switzerland in Getting the Deal Through (co-authored with Marc Henzelin and Sandrine Giroud)

Impact of Covid-19 on criminal proceedings (co-authored with Marc Henzelin, Simine Sheybani and Adam El-Hakim) in : LALIVE Blog, April 2020

Swiss Blocking Statute: update on do's and don'ts under the threat of criminal sanctions (co-authored with Sandrine Giroud and Valentine Bagnoud) in LALIVE Blog, December 2019

Asset Recovery 2020 - Switzerland in : Getting the Deal Through (co-authored with Marc Henzelin and Sandrine Giroud)

Saga des rétrocessions : les gérants de fortune s’exposent désormais à des sanctions pénales pour gestion déloyale (art. 158 CP) en cas de violation de leurs devoirs d’information et de restitution in : Blog de l’Institut de lutte contre la criminalité économique, 24 June 2019

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards in Switzerland: Cracking One of the World’s Safe Boxes in 
New York State Bar Association in : International Law Practicum (co-authored with Sandrine Giroud and André Brunschweiler), 2018)


C5 14th Annual Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Conference in Geneva (05/03/2020) - speaker: This House Thinks: debates on multi-jurisdictional asset tracing litigation

TRACE Anti-Bribery Compliance Solutions - Trace roundtable Geneva (28/10/2019) - Co-moderator: Legal developments with respect to whistleblowing and corruption in Switzerland

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Appeals
  • Asset Forfeiture/Restitutio
  • Bankruptcy
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Computer Forensics
  • Corporate Crime
  • Corporate Governance
  • Crisis Management
  • Cybercrime
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Extradition
  • Financial Services
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Government Investigations
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Investigations
  • Trials
  • White Collar Crime