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Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Matthew T Reiter

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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Arbitration | Litigation | Internal Investigation | Employment


Matthew Reiter heads Bär & Karrer’s litigation practice. He specializes in litigation and arbitration. He has extensive experience in a wide range of state court and administrative proceedings, including criminal investigations, white collar crimes, enforcement proceedings and international judicial assistance, but focuses on the resolution of large domestic and international commercial disputes.

Matthew Reiter has successfully represented clients in numerous domestic and international arbitrations, both in ad hoc and institutional proceedings (primarily ICC, ZCC/Swiss Rules), especially relating to joint ventures and shareholders' agreements, large construction contracts, M&A transactions and supply agreements. Recent highlights include the successful defense of EnBW in a CHF 1 billion arbitration proceeding concerning the Thermoselect technology.

Clients of Matthew Reiter include individuals as well as listed and non-listed domestic and foreign companies from various sectors such as the banking and services industry as well as the pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, automotive, aviation and construction industries.

The Legal 500 recommends Matthew Reiter in dispute resolution matters (since 2012).


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer AG (since 2005)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (1999-2004)
  • Clerkship, District Court of Horgen, Switzerland (1995-1997)


German, English


  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • International Bar Association (IBA) (Chair of Negligence and Damages Commitee in 2005-2006)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)


  • Member of the New York Bar (not practicing) (2001)
  • New York University of Law School: LL.M. (1999)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1998)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1995)


Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Full-service firm Bär & Karrer Ltd. stands out for its 'in-depth know-how and pragmatic legal advice', as well as its 'experience in complex international cases and good relationships with other relevant entities'. The ten-partner team is best known for M&A, private client, intellectual property, IT litigation and white-collar criminal law matters. In a pending matter before the Swiss Supreme Court, Pierre-Yves Gunter and Aurélie Conrad Hari are instructed by Omea to enforce an award against the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in order to secure a payment of more than €95m, while Matthew T Reiter represented an industrial company in a successful appeal proceeding before the Zurich Superior Court concerning profit margins related to a share purchase agreement. 'Excellent outside-the-box thinkerAndreas Länzlinger acts for an insurance carrier as respondent to the insured in a proceeding regarding alleged claims under a professional indemnity insurance policy. Saverio Lembo is a key partner in Geneva.

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