Mr Matthias Scherer > LALIVE > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 6569
1211 GENEVA 6
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Work Department

International Commercial Arbitration, Investment Arbitration, Litigation, Public International Law




Matthias Scherer specializes in international litigation and arbitration, and commercial contracts, advising corporate and private clients as well as State parties. For many years, he has featured in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration and of Construction Lawyers, and has been ranked by Chambers & Partners. In 2006, he was selected as one of the “45 leading arbitrators under 45” by GAR (Global Arbitration Review) and in 2014, he entered Chambers’ global-wide ranking of international arbitration counsel, which includes a select group of only 80 lawyers worldwide. In 2021 he was designated by Switzerland to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators. He has acted as counsel in more than 200 arbitration and ADR proceedings under various rules (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, LCIA, UNCITRAL, VIAC, CAS/TAS, Stockholm Chamber, etc.), including in ICC ADR and pre-arbitral referee proceedings, and subject to both civil and common law procedural and substantive laws. He is regularly appointed as arbitrator by parties and major arbitration institutions (ICC, Swiss Chambers, ICSID, LCIA, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, VIAC, Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI), the Danish Institute of Arbitration). He frequently represents parties in arbitral matters before the Swiss Supreme Court. Matthias Scherer is experienced in contracts disputes involving most aspects of commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on joint ventures, shareholders, M&A, energy, construction and engineering, distribution and State-investor disputes. He is also member of the Disciplinary Commission of the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation, and previously of the Disciplinary Commission of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG).

He is a frequent speaker on international disputes at conferences and has published extensively in this field. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the ASA Bulletin and the Swiss correspondent for construction and engineering matters for the International Law Office, a web-based legal newsletter.

Matthias Scherer is a past vice-chair of the International Bar Association’s arbitration committee and past member of the arbitration committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (administering arbitrations subject to the Swiss Rules). He is also a member of numerous professional associations.

Matthias Scherer was a foreign intern at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, USA (1998-1999). He holds an LL.M in European Law from the University of Lausanne (1993) and a law degree from the University of Bern.


English, French, German.



Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Matthias SchererLALIVE

LALIVE ‘delivers seamless advice’ and is a key name in the market for commercial and investment arbitration, representing individuals, multinationals, state entities and states; clients include Romania, Mauritius and the Republic of Latvia. The team also has substantial expertise in the construction and infrastructure, energy, mining, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries; it recently represented Prairie Mining in a UNCITRAL arbitration involving the Australian/Poland bilateral investment treaty. Matthias Scherer and Joachim Knoll jointly lead the team; Scherer is praised for his investor-state arbitration knowledge and Knoll is active in disputes arising from commercial transactions. Michael Schneider has expertise in energy and construction claims, Teresa Giovannini focuses on contractual disputes, Veijo Heiskanen regularly acts for governments and foreign investors, and Melissa Magliana is ‘very strong on tactics and strategy’.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

LALIVE is well known for its strengths in domestic and international dispute resolution and arbitration. The key practitioners Matthias Scherer, Alexander Troller, Sandrine Giroud, Domitille Baizeau, Marc Henzelin, Veijo Heiskanen and Michael Schneider all have specific areas of expertise, including commercial contracts, financial matters, fraud, asset recovery, joint ventures, M&A transactions, economic criminal law and construction matters.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction

LALIVE has a strong focus on dispute resolution in an international construction and real estate context. The team frequently represents clients, such as private companies as well as states and statal entities, in domestic and cross-border litigation proceedings, commercial and investor-state construction arbitrations as well as transactions. Arbitration specialists Melissa Magliana, Matthias Scherer, Michael Schneider, Bernd Ehle and Joachim Knoll are commended for their ‘ability to develop a reliable strategy and gain client trust‘ as well as their ‘wide international knowledge‘ as they also act in dispute resolution under foreign law.