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A Global career


Alex Smith

I have just completed my third seat at HFW's Geneva office.

Geneva is a wonderful place to live and work. In fact, it may still be one of Europe's best kept secrets. There is so much more to Geneva than expensive watches and private banks.

HFW's office on Cours de Rive is in the heart of the city and only a five minute walk from the beautiful Lake Geneva. The office is relatively small (there are 15 of us) but is always busy with work at the leading edge of global trade and commerce. The work was hands on from the start. I experienced a wide variety of work in commodities litigation and trade finance and learnt a great deal as a result of my high level of involvement with the cases. I helped draft LMAA claim submissions and carried out fascinating research on sanctions for clients. I was also encouraged to participate actively in the marketing of the firm at regular external client events.

Geneva has a vibrant social scene and is home to students and young professionals from every corner of the world. As home to many international organisations, Geneva is truly an international hub. At the same time, it retains the charm and liveability of a small European city. Most things are within walking distance and the free bicycle scheme is fantastic.

It is easy to live an active and healthy lifestyle in Geneva with plenty of opportunities for hiking, skiing and cycling. Swimming in the lake after work was one of my favourite activities. With great transport links to the rest of Europe, Geneva is the perfect base for exploring Switzerland and the continent. I enjoyed weekends in the French Alps, Lake Como, Interlaken and Bern; all only a few hours' drive or train journey away.