Roland Mathys is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's information and communication technology and intellectual property group in Zurich. His core field of practice is information and communication technology (ICT) law. In ICT, he often advises clients in outsourcing transactions and major technology projects. Roland also advises in all matters related to software development, technology IP protection and licensing, and emerging technologies (eg, blockchain). Data protection, technology-related compliance issues and ICT dispute resolution are additional areas of strength in his practice.
Roland regularly publishes in the field of ICT law, and frequently speaks at international and national conferences on emerging legal issues in technology. He is a member of several ICT-focused professional associations, such as the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Swiss Forum for Communication Law, the Institute for the Protection of Industrial Property (INGRES), the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Information Security Society Switzerland (ISSS) and the German Association of Law and Informatics (DGRI). Roland serves as a panellist to the arbitration and mediation centre of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and is panelled as a mediator and arbitrator by the Foundation for Experts in ICT Conflict Management (SGOA). He also acts as a director of ITechLaw, an officer of the IBA technology committee and a co-chair of the law committee of Swiss ICT, the leading Swiss organisation of ICT professionals.
Roland graduated in business administration and computer science from the University of Zurich (lic oec publ/MA, 1994) and in law (summa cum laude) from Basel University (lic iur/MLaw, 1998). In 2003, he earned an LLM in ICT law from the London School of Economics. Before joining Schellenberg Wittmer in 2014, Roland Mathys worked as a partner and head of the ICT, IP and competition practice teams at another major Swiss business law firm in Basel.
Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The firm's areas of expertise include: banking and finance, competition and antitrust, construction, dispute resolution and international arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, private clients and estates, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, taxation, white-collar crime and compliance. Schellenberg Wittmer's Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in both inbound and outbound investments as well as in international arbitration.
WWL says: Roland Mathys is renowned for his “hands-on approach” and “in-depth knowledge of TMT matters”.
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