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Matthias Scherer

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Dispute resolution - arbitration and international litigation; Construction.


Partner. Specialised in international litigation and arbitration and commercial contracts, with emphasis on joint ventures, M&A, construction & engineering, distribution and State-investor disputes, in various industries including construction and telecommunications, sport-related disputes. Acted in more than 200 international arbitrations and ADR proceedings (including under rules of the ICC, Swiss Rules, ICSID, LCIA, DIAC, Stockholm Chamber, NAI, UNCITRAL, CAS/TAS, Vienna Chamber, CEDR, etc.) as counsel, chairman, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator in proceedings located in a number of countries and governed by a variety of procedural and (common and civil) substantive laws. Regularly represents clients before the Swiss Supreme Court and lower courts in arbitration-related matters. Editor of the journal of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the ASA Bulletin, co-editor of the Swiss International Arbitration Law Reports, member of the Board of Editors of the International Arbitration Law Review (London) and the Swiss correspondent for construction and engineering matters for the International Law Office, a web-based legal newsletter. He is also co-editor of the Swiss International Sports Arbitration Reports (SISAR) and a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). Listed in Who’s Who International Arbitration (since its inception in 2005); elected “one of 45 leading arbitrators under 45” (peer survey by Global Arbitration Review 2006).


LALIVE since 1994 (Partner since 2002); foreign intern with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York (arbitration department) (1998-99); Associate, Lalive Budin & Partners, Geneva (1993-1994).


English, French, German (mother tongue).


ICC Swiss National Committee; International Bar Association (IBA), Committees on Arbitration (past Vice-Chair), on International Litigation and on International Construction Projects; past member of Arbitration Committee of Swiss Chambers of Commerce and of Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“Swiss Rules”); Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA); DIS - German Institute of Arbitration; London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Austrian Arbitration Association; Panel of arbitrators of the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Vienna International Arbitral Centre, VIAC), and Court of international commercial arbitration of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania; Swiss Federation of Lawyers; Geneva Bar Association.


Admitted in Geneva (1994); LL.M. European Law, University of Lausanne Law School (1993); University of Bern Law School & admission to Bern Bar (1992).


Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Lalive is best known for its banking and finance, corporate and dispute resolution teams. Matthias Scherer, Michael Schneider, Simone Nadelhofer and Matthias Gstoehl are the key partners.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Lalive covers real estate transactions, financings, leasing, construction and infrastructure advice on both non-contentious and contentious level. The practice is representing an instrumentality of a Middle Eastern state in arbitration proceedings concerning transport infrastructure and also advised an international organisation on the refurbishment of its European headquarters and construction of new offices in Geneva. Alexander Troller, Michael Schneider, Bernd Ehle and Matthias Scherer are the main partners.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution


Within: Leading individuals

Matthias Scherer - Lalive

Within: Arbitration

Lalivemeets international best standards in commercial arbitration’ and impresses with ‘outstanding case management, attention to detail and engagement for the benefit of the client’. The group is also highly adept at advising on investment arbitration and recently represented Romania in two high-value ICSID arbitrations against North American and Scandinavian investors. Furthermore, the practice acted for a Middle Eastern company against a European construction company in a $30m ICC arbitration related to outstanding payments for jointly planned Middle Eastern business activities. ‘Cutting-edge practitionerTeresa Giovanniniis very responsive, to-the-point and practical in her advice’, while Matthias Scherer has ‘impressive expertise in difficult international cases’. Marc Veit is also recommended.

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