Matthias Scherer

Partner, Zurich

+41 58 105 2100

Matthias Scherer

Matthias is one of the world’s most experienced arbitration lawyers, with three decades of practice representing parties in complex international disputes. A “Leading Individual” and “a prominent name for investor-state arbitrations”, Legal 500, Matthias has acted as counsel in over 200 arbitrations and ADR proceedings under various arbitration rules (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, LCIA, UNCITRAL, VIAC, CAS, SCC), governed by both civil and common law procedural and substantive laws. In addition, he represents parties in arbitration-related court proceedings, especially in the challenge of commercial and investment treaty arbitral awards before the Swiss Supreme Court.

Matthias is also hailed as one of the “most in demand arbitrators”, in Chamber’s Global, 2023, and is a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators, regularly appointed by parties and major arbitral institutions (including the ICC, Swiss Arbitration Centre, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, VIAC and Danish Institute of Arbitration).


Ranked Band 2
Chambers Global, Arbitration counsel, 2023

Ranked Band 1
Chambers Global, Arbitrators, 2023

“His composure, vision and vast knowledge have more than proven their effectiveness over the years.”
Chambers Global, International Arbitrators: most in demand arbitrators, 2023

Recent publications

Editor-in-Chief, ASA Bulletin, Journal of the Swiss Arbitration Association (quarterly)

Commentary on Article 182 (arbitral procedure) and 184 (evidence) of the Swiss Private International Law Act
In: Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder/Berti (Eds.), Das Internationale Privatrecht (Basler Kommentar), 4th edition

Le temps des procès financiers avec la Russie va bientôt venir
In: Le Temps, 19 April 2022

Recent conferences

Cours de Diplôme Universitaire DU CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
MATTHIAS SCHERER, Speaker (since 2018)

Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA Groupe Vaud
Carte blanche – International Arbitration in Switzerland – The past and next 30 years
MATTHIAS SCHERER, Speaker, 6 November 2023

Tax Policy Center, University of Lausanne
The Practical Impact of the FET Standard in Tax-related Disputes
Webinar, December 2021

Current memberships

  • Member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Council of the ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Member of the Disciplinary Commission of the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation

Career history

  • Partner, LALIVE, 2002 – present

Academic qualifications

  • LLM in European Law, University of Lausanne, 1993 – 1994
  • Law School/bar exam, University of Bern, 1985 – 1992