Matthias Schrader’s practice focuses on domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters.
Matthias has acted as counsel to both claimants and respondents in a wide variety of commercial litigations and arbitrations before various courts and leading arbitral institutions. He has also successfully negotiated out-of-court settlements of complex disputes for a variety of commercial and private clients. Furthermore, Matthias has represented sovereigns in litiga-tions as well as international investment arbitrations.
Matthias joined the firm in 2020.
Matthias speaks German, French and English.
- Agfa-Gevaert Group in defending a series of related ICC arbitrations under Ger-man law alleging over €1 billion in damages related to the sale of the company’s former consumer imaging division. To date, arbitral tribunals *have dismissed over €750 million in claims against the Agfa- Gevaert Group and awarded Agfa-Gevaert Group over €10 million in costs.
- North American automotive group in a DIS arbitration with Düsseldorf seat under German law relating to a supply agreement.
- Italian company in an arbitration under Swiss Rules (SCAI) with Zurich seat pur-suant to Swiss and Italian law relating to a sale and purchase agreement.
- Republic of Austria in an ICSID arbitration commenced under the Austria-Malta bilateral investment treaty concerning measures taken against an Austrian bank and its management. All claims were dismissed for lack of jurisdiction in October 2017.
- Electricité de France (EdF) in successfully defending an ICC arbitration initiated by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, which in 2010, acquired EDF's shareholding in the German energy company Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW). The Federal State of Baden Württemberg alleged that the purchase price it paid for EDF's stake in EnBW was excessive and involved illegal State aid. It sought claims over €800 million in damages, which were dismissed in their entirety.
- Telespazio in connection with an ICC arbitration (with seat in Paris), subject to Swiss law, in connection with breaches of procurement and consultancy agree-ments.
- Delphi I LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary of Citigroup Financial Products Inc., fol-lowing its disposal of an NPL portfolio to HOIST GmbH.
- Bank of America in a US-based litigation brought by DZ Bank.
- A global information technology group in complex disputes regarding allegedly un-lawful reproduction of software, including legal representation in a dispute against German trader of used software.
- Republic of Argentina in the defense of numerous actions brought in Germany by bondholders affected by Argentina’s default with respect to approximately $100 billion in external indebtedness.
- Owens Corning in a general commercial litigation arising out of the termination of a distribution agreement.
- Pixelpark, part of the Publicis Groupe, against activist shareholders in several ac-tions relating to a contested control agreement.
- Recticel in litigation against the Federal Cartel Office regarding Recticel’s protest against the confiscation of interview minutes from an internal audit during an FCO inspection.
*Matthias advised on these matters prior to joining Willkie.
Prior to joining Willkie, Matthias was a senior attorney at Cleary Gottlieb.