Roland Mathys is a Partner and head of Schellenberg Wittmer's ICT and Data Law Group. He advises clients in tech sourcing transactions and major technology projects, particularly in the finance, life sciences, health and retail industries. Data protection, both under Swiss law and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, cybersecurity, digital platforms, technology related compliance issues and ICT dispute resolution are further strong fields of his activity. He also renders advice in all matters related to emerging technologies (e.g. IoT, blockchain, AI) and any related data protection issues.
Roland has a double degree in computer science and law from the Universities of Zurich and Basel and has earnt an LL.M. in ICT and data law from the London School of Economics (LSE). He is admitted as a lawyer in Switzerland since 2000.
Roland publishes and speaks regularly in his areas of specialization. He acts as co-editor of sic!, Switzerland's leading legal journal for intellectual property, information and competition law. He is teaching data and cybersecurity courses at the University of Zurich's LL.M. program and the Federal Technical Highschool of Zurich's CAS/DAS programs.
Roland used to chair the Data Protection Committee of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) and is now chairing its Oversight Committee. He acts as Cybersecurity Officer of the International Bar Association's (IBA) Technology Law Committee, as co-chair of the Law Committee of swissICT, the leading Swiss organization of ICT professionals, and as a member of the Legal Circle of SWICO, the leading Swiss organization of ICT providers. He is listed as neutral with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and as an arbitrator and mediator with the Institution for IT and Data Dispute Resolution (ITDR) where he also sits as a board member.