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Admission

Bern, 1992
Geneva, 1994

Nationality

Swiss

Languages

German
English, French

 


Biography

Matthias Scherer specializes in international litigation and arbitration, and commercial contracts, advising corporate and private clients as well as State parties. He has acted as counsel in more than 100 arbitration and ADR proceedings under various rules (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, LCIA, UNCITRAL, CAS/TAS, 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, Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), 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.

 

Matthias Scherer features in the Who's Who International Arbitration and Who's Who of Construction Lawyers and was selected in 2006 as one of the "45 leading arbitrators under 45". He is a frequent speaker on international disputes at conferences and has published extensively in this field. He is the 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).

 

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 Chamber 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.

Publications

Construction Arbitration in SwitzerlandMatthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Samuel Moss, 2014

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland - The Practitioner's Guide: Commentary, Wolters Kluwer, The Hague, 2013, pp. 1179-1202



Drafting the AwardMatthias Scherer, 2013

In: Bernhard Berger, Michael E. Schneider (Eds.), Inside the Black Box: How Arbitral Tribunals Operate and Reach Their Decisions, ASA Special Series No. 42, Juris, 2013, pp. 27.



Commentary on Article 182 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (arbitration procedure)Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, 2013

In: Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder/Berti (Eds.), Das Internationale Privatrecht (Basler Kommentar), Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2013, pp. 1822-1861



Commentary on Article 184 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (taking of evidence in international arbitration) Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, 2013

In: Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder/Berti (Eds.), Das Internationale Privatrecht (Basler Kommentar), Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2013, pp. 1870-1896



SwitzerlandMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Samuel Moss, 2013

Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2014



Swiss Sanctions against IranMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2013

International Law Office, Newsletter, July 2013



Impact of embargoes on construction contracts - Swiss sanctions against IranMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2013

International Law Office, Newsletter, June 2013



Amendments extend warranty claim time limit and modify terms and conditions rulesMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2013

International Law Office, Newsletter, February 2013



Time limits for main contractor’s warranty claims against subcontractorsMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2012

International Law Office, Newsletter, November 2012



Construction (Qatar)Georges Racine, Marcus C. Boeglin, Matthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, 2012

In: David S. Peckard (Contributing Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2013, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2012, pp. 165-169



Enforcement: Swiss courts may dispense with the requirement of a full certified translation of an award under Art. IV(2) of the New York ConventionMatthias Scherer, Samuel Moss, 2012

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 6 August 2012



Failure to submit progress reports not fatal to compensation claimMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2012

International Law Office, Newsletter, June 2012



Arbitration in SwitzerlandMatthias Scherer, Martin Dawidowicz, 2012

In: D. Arias and L. Schaner (Eds.), IBA Arbitration Guide, 2012 (21 pages)



Possible Enforcement of Worldwide Freezing Orders in SwitzerlandMatthias Scherer, Simone Nadelhofer, 2012

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 23 March 2012



Right to rescind: delayed and unfulfilled construction contractsMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2012

International Law Office, Newsletter, March 2012



A primer on pathological arbitration clauses in Swiss lawMatthias Scherer, Samuel Moss, 2012

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2 February 2012



The Swiss Chambers of CommerceMatthias Scherer, Domitille Baizeau, 2012

In: G Wegen and S Wislke (Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2012, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2012, pp. 53-56



Swiss Federal Supreme Court provides guidance on rules of State immunity applicable to enforcement of ICSID awardsMatthias Scherer, Sandrine Giroud, 2011

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, December 2011



Warranty claims extended for sale of goods; impact on construction contractsMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2011

International Law Office, Newsletter, November 2011



Owner's liability for ground conditions and duty of care towards contractorMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2011

International Law Office, Newsletter, May 2011



Court proceedings in violation of an arbitration agreement: Arbitral Jurisdiction to issue anti-suit injunction and award damages for breach of the arbitration agreementMatthias Scherer, 2011

International Arbitration Law Review, Vol. 14, Issue 2, 2011, pp. 43-46



Swiss Embargos and their Impact on Contracts Governed by Swiss Law Illustrated by the Swiss Sanctions against IranMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2011

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, April 2011



ICSID Annulment Proceedings Based on Serious Departure from a Fundamental Rule of Procedure, (Article 52(1)(d) of the ICSID Convention)Matthias Scherer, 2011

In: Czech (& Central European) Yearbook of Arbitration 2011, pp. 211-226



The Swiss Chambers of CommerceMatthias Scherer, Domitille Baizeau, 2011

In: G Wegen and S Wislke (Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2011, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2011, pp. 37-40



Remedies for contractor's refusal to repair defective worksMatthias Scherer, André Brunschweiler, 2011

International Law Office, Newsletter, March 2011



The Limits of the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration: Document Production Based on Contractual or Statutory RightsMatthias Scherer, 2010

International Arbitration Law Review, Vol. 13, Issue 5, 2010, pp. 195-200



SwitzerlandMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Samuel Moss, Nathalie Subilia, 2010

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2011 in 35 jurisdictions worldwide, 2010, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 178-183



Review of the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and Commercial MediationMatthias Scherer, 2010

In: Horacio A. Grigera Naon and Paul E.Mason (Eds.), International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives, Release No. 1, September 2010, pp. 50-1 - 50-20



Economic or Financial Crises as a Defence in Commercial and Investment ArbitrationMatthias Scherer, 2010

In: A Belohlavek and N Rozehnalova (Eds.), Czech Yearbook of International Law 2010, pp.219



The IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration: The first five years 2004–2009Matthias Scherer, 2010

Dispute Resolution International, Vol. 4, No. 1, May 2010, pp. 5-53



The Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and of Commercial Mediation: Modern tools for the settlement of international disputesMatthias Scherer, Domitille Baizeau, 2010

In: Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution 2010 (Digital Guide, Executiveview.com), pp. 138-141



Failure of performance tests and contractual grounds for terminationMatthias Scherer, Samuel Moss, 2010

International Law Office, 2010, Newsletter



The Swiss chambers of commerce and industryMatthias Scherer, Domitille Baizeau, 2010

In: G Wegen and S Wislke (Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2010, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2010, pp. 33-35



The use of the UNIDROIT Principles in international arbitrationMatthias Scherer, 2009

In: Stefan Vogenauer and Jan Kleinheisterkamp (Eds.), Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (PICC), Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 81-110



Swiss Rules of International Arbitration awards before the Swiss Federal Supreme CourtMatthias Scherer, Domitille Baizeau, 2009

In: Rainer Füeg (Ed.), The Swiss Rules of International Arbitration - Five Years of Experience, Swiss Chambers Court of Arbitration and Mediation, Basel, 2009, pp. 129-151



Bank and parent company guarantees in international arbitrationMatthias Scherer, 2009

Revista de Arbitragem et Mediaçao, September 2009, pp. 147-155



SwitzerlandMatthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, Nathalie Subilia, 2009

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2010 in 34 jurisdictions worldwide, 2009, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 161-165



Anti-suit and anti-arbitration injunctions in international arbitration: A Swiss perspectiveMatthias Scherer, Werner Jahnel, 2009

International Arbitration Law Review, Vol. 12, Issue 4, 2009, pp. 66-73



Domestic review of investment treaty arbitrations: the Swiss experienceMatthias Scherer, Veijo Heiskanen, Samuel Moss, 2009

ASA Bull. 2/2009, Vol. 27, pp. 256-279



No extension of arbitration agreement to non-signatory parent companyMatthias Scherer, 2009

IBA Arbitration Committee Newsletter, March 2009, pp. 64-66



Resisting enforcement of a foreign arbitral award under the New York conventionMatthias Scherer, Samuel Moss, 2008

Inter-Pacific Bar Association Journal, September 2008, pp. 17-26



Notice Requirements in Cases of Hidden and Evolving Defects Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2008

International Law Office, August 2008, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



New case law from Austria, Switzerland and Germany regarding the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International ArbitrationMatthias Scherer, 2008

Transnational Dispute Management, Vol. 5, Issue 4, July 2008



Contract termination: Rights and obligations of employers and contractorsMatthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2008

Construction Law International, Vol. 3, No.2, June 2008, pp. 33-34



Owner's Defect Notice and Remedies in Case of Hidden Defects Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2008

International Law Office, February 2008, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Public Procurement in Construction Projects: Issues for Foreign Contractors Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, November 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Combining Swiss arbitration with English enforcement - A powerful toolMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, 2007

Chambers Client Report, 2007, Issue 22, p. 39



International construction contracts under Swiss law: An introductionMatthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, 2007

Construction Law Journal, 2007, Vol. 23, No. 8, pp. 559-569



SwitzerlandMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2008 in 21 jurisdictions worldwide, 2007, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 106-112



Arbitration of international M&A disputesMatthias Scherer, 2007

IPBA Journal, 2007, Vol. 47, pp. 23-28



Standing of consortium members in consortium disputes with third partiesMatthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Eastern and Central European parties arbitrating in Switzerland: Some considerations for legal practitionersDomitille Baizeau, Matthias Scherer, 2007

Revista Romana de Arbitraj, 2007, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 22-31



Pricing of additional worksMatthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



The contractor's right to remedy defectsMatthias Scherer, 2007

Construction Law International, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 22-23



Les modes alternatifs de règlement des différends dans le domaine de la constructionMatthias Scherer, 2007

Journées suisses du droit de la construction JDC, 2007, pp. 265-287



The contractor's right to remedy defectsMatthias Scherer, 2006

International Law Office, 2006, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



New case law on the taking over of a turnkey plantMatthias Scherer, 2006

International Law Office, 2006, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



International construction contracts under Swiss law: An outlineMatthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, 2006

International Law Office, 2006, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Acceleration of arbitration proceedings - The Swiss way: The expedited procedure under the Swiss Rules of International ArbitrationMatthias Scherer, 2005

SchiedsVZ, 2005, Vol. 3, pp. 229-237



An analysis of international construction contracts: SwitzerlandMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, 2005

In: Knutson (Ed.), FIDIC - An Analysis of International Construction Contracts, Kluwer Law, The Hague, 2005, pp. 313-342



Anti-arbitration and anti-suit injunctions in international arbitrationMatthias Scherer, Teresa Giovannini, 2005

Stockholm International Arbitration Review, 2005, Vol. 1, pp. 201-218



Chronique de jurisprudence Suisse 1996 - 2004 (arbitrage)Matthias Scherer, 2005

Journal du Droit International (JDI-Clunet), 2005, Vol. 3, pp. 855-873



The recognition of transnational public policy by courts in arbitral mattersMatthias Scherer, 2005

In: Schlaepfer/Pinsolle/Degos (Eds.), Towards A Uniform International Arbitration Law?, Juris Publishing, Inc., New York, IAI Series on international arbitration No. 3, 2005, pp. 91-121



New rules of international arbitration in SwitzerlandMatthias Scherer, 2004

International Arbitration Law Review, 2004, Vol. 7, pp. 119-125



Principais características do novo regulamento suíço sobre arbitragemMatthias Scherer, 2004

Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem, 2004, Vol. 2, pp. 61-89



The place or 'seat' of arbitration (possibility and/or sometimes necessity of its transfer?) - Some remarks on the award in ICC arbitration No. 10'623Matthias Scherer, 2003

ASA Bull. 1/2003, Vol. 21, pp. 112-119



Circumstantial evidence in corruption cases before international arbitral tribunalsMatthias Scherer, 2002

International Arbitration Law Review, 2002, Vol. 5, pp. 29-40



Three recent decisions of the Swiss Federal Tribunal regarding assignments and transfer of arbitration agreementsMatthias Scherer, 2002

ASA Bull. 1/2002, Vol. 20, pp. 109-119



Beweisfragen bei Korruptionsfällen vor internationalen SchiedsgerichtenMatthias Scherer, 2001

ASA Bull. 4/2001, Vol. 19, pp. 684-709



When should an arbitral tribunal sitting in Switzerland confronted with parallel litigation abroad stay the arbitration?Matthias Scherer, 2001

ASA Bull. 3/2002, Vol. 20, pp. 451-457



Quelques remarques à propos de l'interprétation de la clause compromissoire et de son efficacitéMatthias Scherer, 2000

ASA Bull. 2/2000, Vol. 18, pp. 350-358



La Convention de Bruxelles et les mesures provisoires en présence d'une clause compromissoireMatthias Scherer, 1998

ASA Bull. 1/1998, Vol. 16, pp. 60-94



Der Ausländerarrest nach revidiertem SchKG - Ausreichende Binnenbeziehung durch Wahl eines schweizerischen Schiedsortes oder des Schweizer Rechts?Matthias Scherer, 1997

ASA Bull. 1/1997, Vol. 15, pp. 13-37



Conferences

Selection of recent conferences (for a complete list, please contact Matthias Scherer):

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva GroupArbitration regarding contracts with intermediaries – procedural and substantive questions, including allegations of illegality
Geneva, 7 November 2013
Speaker

For more information, please see the invitation.



ASA - Swiss Arbitration AssociationASA annual conference –Inside the black box: How arbitral tribunals operate and reach their decisions
Zurich, 1 February 2013
Speaker: Decision-making and deliberations: steps and issues

For more information, see the programme.



ASA - Swiss Arbitration AssociationGeneral Assembly of the Swiss Arbitration Association
Bern, 28 September 2012
Speaker: Revision of the Swiss Arbitration Law


The Graduate Institute GenevaInternational Arbitration Seminar: The Role of International Arbitration in a New Transnational Legal Order
Geneva, 15 March 2012
Moderator


C5 ConferenceInternational Dispute Resolution Involving Russian and CIS Companies
London, 23-24 February 2012
Speaker: Building an Effective Case Strategy/Parallel Case Initiation in National Courts Regardless of an Arbitration Clause/Counterclaims Consideration

For more information, see the programme.



Polish Arbitration AssociationAnnual Meeting
Warsaw, 27 April 2011
Speaker: Key note on “The Procedural Timetable in International Arbitration”


International Bar Association (IBA)4th Biennal IBA Conference on Construction Projects from Conception to Completion
Brussels, 17-18 September 2010
Speaker: Construction Disputes under Bilateral Investment Treaties and ICSID


International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)International Arbitration & Internal Corporate Investigations
London, 18-19 June 2010
Speaker: Arbitration and Insolvency


International Bar Association (IBA)Annual Conference
Madrid, 4-9 October 2009
Co-chair: The IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration – a perspective five years later


Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva GroupL’arbitrage international au bord du Léman: hier, aujourd’hui, demain
Geneva, 8 May 2009
Speaker: Les Chambres de commerce suisses et le Règlement Suisse d’Arbitrage International

For further information see the programme.



International Bar Association (IBA)Annual conference
Buenos Aires, 12-17 October 2008
Chair: Ethics in international arbitration


Foro arbitraje internacional inversionista-Estado (International Arbitration Forum Investor-State)Quito, 20 June 2007
Speaker: A general vision of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, ICSID: origin, rules evolution and trends


International Bar Association (IBA) International Construction Projects CommitteeConstruction Projects from Conception to Completion
Brussels, 10-11 November 2006
Speaker and Co-organiser

For more information, see the programme.



Recommendations

Matthias Scherer is praised for "striking a good balance between strength and diplomacy," as well as for being a "great case manager who is never stressed."  
Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2014


He is admired by interviewees for the hard work and good judgement he provides when acting as arbitration counsel.
Chambers Global, Arbitration, Europe-wide, 2014


"He's great in cross examination - he easily sees the weak points of his opponents'arguments."
Chambers Global, Arbitration, Global-wide, 2014


Matthias Scherer is praised for his ‘vast knowledge' and is a veteran of more than 100 proceedings.
The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2014


The ‘incredibly bright' Matthias Scherer has acted as counsel in more than 100 arbitration and ADR proceedings under various rules, and is also regularly appointed as arbitrator.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2013


Matthias Scherer is a ‘highly regarded' litigator and arbitrator in energy proceedings, having a ‘wealth of experience" in commercial contracts.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Power, 2013


'You only ever hear good things about' Matthias Scherer.
The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2010


Matthias Scherer is 'hardworking, quick and very professional'.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Lalive, 2013


Someone 'you can always count on'.
Legal 500, Switzerland, 2011


Matthias Scherer is a good choice for construction, energy and commercial disputes.
Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2013


'He is one of the best there is', says an interviewee. 'He gets things moving and is conscientious, firm and fair'.
Chambers, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2012


Top-notch arbitrator and counsel Matthias Scherer is perceived as 'a true international arbitrator'.
Chambers, Arbitration (International), Europe-wide, 2012


The 'subtle and convincing' Matthias Scherer has a 'phenomenal understanding of clients' needs'.
Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2011


'An excellent team player and a brilliant lawyer'.
Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Switzerland, 2010