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Dr Mathias Wittinghofer is a partner in the dispute resolution department in Germany.

Mathias is double-qualified as a Rechtsanwalt in Germany and a solicitor in England and Wales. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has served on the Committee of the European Branch. A member of i.a. the German Arbitration Institution, the Austrian Arbitration Association and the Swiss Arbitration Association and listed as a recognized expert at P.R.I.M.E. Finance as well as listed as arbitrator at the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and the Netherlands Arbitration Institute. Mathias has almost 20 years' experience in handling all kinds of commercial litigations and domestic and international arbitrations, with a special focus on capital markets- and post-M&A disputes, both as counsel and as arbitrator. In addition, Mathias has been acting, both as counsel and as arbitrator, in joint venture disputes, in corporate D&O liability matters and in intellectual property cases, including patents, utility models and designs. Mathias is also representing parties with a view to and advising on follow-on cartel damage claim matters. Mathias' arbitration experience includes serving as an expert on German arbitration law in foreign court proceedings.

Mathias has completed the training required to qualify as a Fachanwalt für Bank- und Kapitalmarktrecht (spezialized banking and finance lawyer), published several articles on banking and finance law as well as international arbitration, and has spoken extensively on both topics. Mathias is also a lecturer on International Arbitration at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

In Who's Who Legal: Arbitration ("WWL: Arbitration") Mathias has been recognised for several years as one of the leading commercial arbitrators and counsel ("Global Leader"): "Mathias Wittinghofer is 'an outstanding colleague with a great attitude', effuse peers who distinguish him as 'an insightful counsel who is always very responsive". Having previously been named a global "Future Leader", with WWL: Arbitration stating "Mathias Wittinghofer impresses with his impeccable legal skills, outstanding character and great judgment", WWL: Arbitration also says: "Mathias Wittinghofer gains recognition as 'an exceptionally good strategist' who impresses with his 'extremely engaged and client-oriented approach'. Sources comment that he has 'a strong presence, especially in banking, finance and corporate disputes'”.

In Who's Who Legal: Germany ("WWL: Germany") Mathias has been recognised for several years as one of Germany's highest ranked lawyers in arbitration and litigation, being named a "National Leader" in both Arbitration and Litigation. He "is distinguished as a 'very hardworking' lawyer who excels when it comes to handling corporate liability, joint ventures and IP disputes. Mathias is recognised as a standout figure in the German litigation space thanks to his expert handling of a range of disputes". Since 2018, Mathias has also been recognised as one of the top "leading lawyers" in the field of arbitration by WWL: Germany, which states: "The 'very dynamic' Mathias Wittinghofer is internationally recognised for his 'effective, excellent counsel and cogent presentation of facts and law' and is 'fast and professional'". WWL: Germany also recognises him as a leading lawyer in the area of TMT ("Mathias is a disputes guru who is recognised for his invaluable counsel on technology-related matters").

JUVE, the leading German legal directory, lists Mathias as one of a 29 leading individuals to act as party counsel in international and domestic arbitrations. Accolades from clients and competitors include "high service orientation", "very good presentation style", "rhetorically strong", "brilliant strategist", "strong counsel in arbitrations", "mastermind", “competent and likable”, "excels at the law, very engaged and responsive". The Legal 500 Germany acknowledges Mathias as a "very experienced' arbitration specialist" and as a "studious and good", "always approachable and open" and as a "technically and operationally highly competent lawyer". Since 2018, Mathias has also continuously been listed by "Best Lawyers in Germany" and Handelsblatt's "DEUTSCHLANDS BESTE ANWÄLTE" for his litigation work and since 2021 additionally for his work in arbitration and mediation as well as international arbitration. Also, German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche lists Mathias as one of only 42 TOP lawyers for arbitration in 2021 and one of 54 TOP lawyers for litigation in 2022. The Leaders League ranks Mathias for Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and as Arbitrator.

In 2012 and again in 2015, Mathias was awarded the prestigious ILO Client Choice Award as Germany’s best litigation counsel, based on a survey among more than 2,000 in-house counsels worldwide.



  • Moderator, PRIME Finance Annual Meeting and Conference, The Hague, "The Effects of the Russian War Against Ukraine on Finance and Arbitration", 27 June 2023
  • Presenter, Verband deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer (VDMA), Frankfurt am Main, "Chancen und Risiken von Adjudication und Expert Determination" ("Opportunities and Risks of Adjudicarion and Expert Determination"), 24 May 2023
  • Chair, Panel "Lunch DIScussions: Technical Expert to the Arbitral Tribunal?" DIS-Event, 13 October 2022 (Link)
  • Speaker, “Arbitration, Financial Services and Banking Disputes: An Update” at 9th P.R.I.M.E. Finance Annual Conference, The Hague, 4 February 2020
  • Speaker, 3rd IBA Litigation Committee Conference on Private International Law – The latest on Brexit, International Commercial Courts and Sanctions, Milan, 25 October 2019 Speaker, BRG Conference, London, 17 October 2019: Debating the Upsides and Downsides of Party- or Tribunal-Appointed Experts in Arbitrations
  • Speaker, 8th Hanseatischer GmbH-Beratertag, 9 November 2018: The new DIS Rules of Arbitration // Redner, 8. Hanseatischer GmbH-Beratertag, 9. November 2018: Die neuen DIS-Schiedsregeln
  • Speaker, Annual Meeting of the German-Korean Legal Association, 27 October 2018: The new DIS Rules of Arbitration 
  • Speaker, 5th GAR Live Frankfurt, 12 June 2018, "Lies, fraud and deceit – what are counsel’s duties in arbitration’s defence?"
  • Speaker, Working Group Day 2018, German-American Lawyers' Association, 2 March 2018, Frankfurt: "The new 2018 DIS Rules – a comparison with the ICC and the LCIA Rules"
  • Chair, Panel "Arbitration for Finance Lawyers" at 7th P.R.I.M.E. Finance Annual Conference, The Hague, 23 January 2018
  • Speaker, "Model Disputes in Capital Markets Law – The German Class Action Model", International Bar Association Annual Meeting, Sydney, 12 October 2017
  • Speaker, "Arbitration and Iran", 19th Euro Finance Week, 3rd Banking and Business Forum Iran Europe, Frankfurt, 16 November 2016
  • Speaker, "No Risk, No Fun – A Counsel's Remarks on Integrity in International Arbitration", Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit/German Institution of Arbitration, Fall Conference, 28 September 2016 (Link)
  • Speaker, "Sovereign debt and enforcing it in the (German) courts – from Argentina to Greece", Workshop at the European Central Bank, Frankfurt, May 2016
  • Speaker, "Arbitration and the State Courts", Video Post in Observations on Arbitration series, Herbert Smith Freehills - Arbitration Notes Blog, April 2016 (Link)
  • Speaker, "The race for predictability: is it a threat to modern arbitration?", Vienna Arbitration Days, Vienna, 22-23 January 2016
  • Chair and Speaker, "Regional trends in international arbitration", CDR Autumn Arbitration Symposium, London, 2015 (Link)
  • Speaker and Presenter, "Towards a unitary patent law in Europe: The unified patent court and the unitary patent", Samsung Legal Technique Training conference, Seoul, September 2015
  • Speaker and Presenter, "Private antitrust enforcement in Europe: The new EU directive on antitrust damages actions", Samsung Legal Technique Training conference, Seoul, September 2015
  • Speaker and Presenter, "The uncitral model law – On international commercial arbitration and proceedings under the uncitral regime", 8th Duesseldorf International Arbitration School and Conference, Duesseldorf, September 2015
  • Speaker and Presenter, "Pitfalls in M&A arbitration", 8th Duesseldorf International Arbitration School and Conference, Duesseldorf, September 2015
  • Speaker and Presenter, “Arbitration in Banking & Finance Disputes”, Duesseldorf International Arbitration Conference, Panel Discussion, 27 September 2013
  • Lecturer “National and International Arbitration”, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt
  • Speaker, “Arbitration and Adjudication in International Construction Projects,” Association of the Turkish Construction Industry (INTES), Ankara, March 2010




  • Member of P.R.I.M.E. Finance – Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance
  • Listed as arbitrator at the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)
  • Listed as arbitrator at the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI)
  • Member of Panel of Arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  • Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS) (German Institution for Arbitration)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Austrian Arbitration Association
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Deutsch-Britische Juristenvereinigung/German-British Jurists Association (DBJV)
  • Bankrechtliche Vereinigung (Association for Banking Law)


  • England and Wales, United Kingdom (2008)
  • Germany (2004)


  • Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt am Main  (Assessor Exam) (2004) 
  • Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster  (Referendar Exam) (2000) 


  • English 
  • German


Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • a major European telecommunications provider in a Vienna-based ICC arbitration following the acquisition of a cable network operator in CEE country under Austrian law
  • one of Germany’s largest commercial banks in ICC arbitration against UAE-based burrowers and guarantors under German law multi-million Euro loan agreements 
  • a private television broadcaster on contractual and statutory resolution rights under exploitation agreements (volume of several hundred million euros) in connection with regulatory COVID-19 restrictions
  • a global company based in Australia from the entertainment and events industry in a DIS arbitration due to the disengagement from an M&A transaction. The buyer refused to close, citing financing difficulties and the general state of the cinema industry in light of the covid pandemic.
  • a globally operating Korean manufacturer of vehicle batteries in court proceedings against a former distribution partner in Germany.
  • a French innovation and engineering consulting firm as purchaser in dispute arising out of purchase of various European subsidiaries in automotive industry from Austrian holding company as defendant and seller resulting from breaches of covenants and guarantees in connection with projects undertaken by target companies
  • a leading European logistics company in a post-merger arbitration against German seller over balance sheet guarantees for Italian targets 
  • an ad hoc arbitration in shareholder dispute over payment obligations of shareholders in a joint venture in the rubber and tyre industry under the DIS-Supplementary Rules for Corporate Law Disputes
  • a leading international industrial company in a DIS arbitration over the engineering and construction of a power plant in Germany and Latin America
  • a Japanese company in proceedings to have London arbitration award be declared enforceable in Germany 
  • as presiding arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration concerning compensation claim of sales representative under German and European law in the automotive and e-mobility industry
  • as party-appointed arbitrator in a DIS post-M&A arbitration about post-closing purchase price adjustment in the metals and aluminium business
  • a Portuguese government agency in a litigation about the acceleration of a €75 million bond due to alleged cross-defaults and breaches of information covenants under the loan documentation in a litigation about accelerating the maturity of a €75 million bond with reference to cross-default and information clauses (Link)
  • an investment bank in proceedings obtaining an ex parte order to attach bank accounts in Germany held by an East-European bank to secure a €10+ million claim in parallel with concurrent attachment proceedings in the U.S., the U.K., France and Russia
  • a US investment bank in its capacity as security trustee in syndicated loan transaction in dispute with Mezzanine lenders following disposal of collateral
  • an arranger bank in securitization transaction in its additional capacity as swap counterparty and liquidity bank in dispute with originator
  • a Czech/Cayman Islands-based private equity fund in freezing action against nonperforming German borrower to secure collateral and to recover outstanding loan
  • an US brokerage firm against misselling claims brought by German investors
  • a Swiss investment and portfolio management company against misselling claims raised by corporate investors in over 20 parallel court actions
  • a German private equity fund in various parallel and closely-interconnected litigations and arbitrations in Germany, Switzerland, the US and England regarding the distribution of earnings from participations and related claims
  • a truck manufacturer in fending off cartel follow-on damage claims following EU Commission's decision on Truck Cartel (more information)
  • a Taiwan-based global manufacturer of childcare equipment in various litigations and injunction proceedings concerning IP rights such as patents, utility designs and designs in Germany, UK and Spain
  • a German mid-cap corporate in litigation against former managing directors and their D&O insurer over failure to secure reduction of renewables-related 
  • a major German bank in pursuing its claims following the disclosure of a large-scale embezzlement scheme with the bank's fleet management