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Nordics Disputes
Summit: Sweden

12 Nov 2019 |




12 November 2019


Convendum Regeringsgatan 30, 4th Floor, 111 53 Stockholm, Sweden


1.00pm – 7.30pm


Nordics Disputes Summit: Sweden
13.00 – 13.45

Registration and light lunch

13.45 – 14.00

Opening remarks

14:00 – 14:55 

A foot in both camps: Extended and hybrid teams in a dispute
In this session we look at how GCs can develop procedures that allow them to act as part of an external firm’s disputes team. The session will discuss the pros and cons of such an approach, and explore the types of dispute an extended team can add value to.

Moderated by Mannheimer Swartling

14:00 – 14:55 

Internal management of disputes
A dispute is often a disruption of the regular business of a company and also for the GC. At least in larger disputes, it is often a relief to put the burden of handling the dispute on an external counsel. However, often this will not make the entire trick. In many cases, various functions and people within the company must also be involved in the dispute, inter alia, by gathering and providing information, providing expertise, acting as witnesses, etc. Sometimes, the necessary internal 'investment' in a dispute and the complexity of handling the dispute within the company are underestimated.

Panel topics:

  • How should the team of the dispute be organised?
  • How should the interaction between the company’s internal team and the external counsel best be handled?
  • What is the preferable role of the GC?
Moderated by Hannes Snellman

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:55  Securing successful arbitration - a team effort
The answer to being successful in a dispute is very rarely as simple as knowing the law. More often, the task of building a case in complex commercial disputes is navigating vast amounts of information in order to identify the story to tell that fits the legal context of the dispute. And in most cases, this story develops as the disputes evolves.

Accordingly, client and counsel inevitably need to be involved in an iterative process that spans over long periods of time, from the first claim letters to the final hearing and sometimes preferably even before that. This emphasizes the fact that counsel and client need to set up a cooperation that is suitable for the dispute at hand.

Perspectives and expectations of successful arbitration from business:

  • How to cooperate to give ourselves the best odds at succeeding?
  • What does the client expect from the external law firm?
  • What does the external law firm expect from the client?
Moderated by Setterwalls
16:55 – 17:25Fireside discussion - The future of disputes in the Nordics: A conversation between Åsa Waller and Annette Magnusson
In this session, Åsa Waller, a partner at Mannheimer Swartling speaks to Annette Magnusson, secretary general of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce about the latest trends in international arbitration, from developing the next generation of arbitrators and counsel to how technology is shaping the arbitral process.

Moderated by Mannheimer Swartling

17:25 – 18:20Dispute Avoidance
Many seminars and workshops discuss how to handle various aspects of a dispute, but how can GCs avoid ending up in a dispute in the first place? In this session, we look at some of the common mistakes and pitfalls that result in disputes and ask how GCs can limit the damaged caused by disputes or avoid them altogether.
  1. What can client do in the deal stage or contract drafting stage to avoid future disputes?
  2. The dos and don'ts of dispute resolution clauses.
  3. What internal processes or guidelines should be implemented to decrease the number of disputes?
  4. Mediation, expert determination and other ADR – an unnecessary step or a dispute avoidance tool?
Moderated by Roschier

18:20 – 19:30

Networking and drinks reception

Speakers include

Secretary General, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). Joined SCC from the law firm Mannheimer Swartling and before that Baker & McKenzie. Ms Magnusson is the author or editor of several publications on international arbitration, including Arbitrating for Peace (Kluwer, 2017) and International Arbitration in Sweden (Kluwer, 2013). Producer of the documentary The Quiet Triumph (2017) focusing on the interconnection between economic development, arbitration and peace. Founder of the Stockholm Treaty Lab to crowdsource international law, frequently addressing climate change and arbitration, and listed in Who’s Who Legal as a leading practitioner since 2016.

Annette Magnusson
Secretary general, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

Åsa Waller is a member of Mannheimer Swartling's dispute resolution practice group and is based in the firm's office in Stockholm. She has also previously worked in the firm's Hong Kong office. She advises clients in all stages of a dispute – from the early case assessments and claim letters to settlement negotiations and proceedings before Swedish courts and Swedish and international arbitral tribunals. She joined the firm in 2006 and is a member of the Swedish Bar Association. She has an LL.M. degree from the University of Lund.

Åsa Waller
Partner, Mannheimer Swartling

Emma Fredberg co-heads the Setterwalls dispute resolution practice group. She has nearly 20 years’ experience representing Swedish and international clients in disputes – both in front of public courts and in arbitration – and is well established within the dispute resolution community. Her practice focuses on disputes relating to the automotive and construction sectors industry well as disputes relating to IT-projects, marketing and intellectual property.

Emma Fredberg
Partner, Setterwalls

Kristoffer Löf co-chairs Mannheimer Swartling’s dispute resolution practice group. He is also a member of the firm’s industry groups for energy/natural resources and infrastructure/construction. He is specialised in dispute resolution and assists in all stages of a dispute – from the early case assessments and claim letters to settlement negotiations and proceedings before Swedish courts and Swedish and international arbitral tribunals. He has experience from a wide range of areas and industry sectors, including telecom, pharmaceuticals, joint ventures, shareholders’ and cooperation agreements, machinery and equipment, licensing, agency and distribution, M&A etc, and with a particular emphasis on energy/oil & gas and construction disputes. In addition to counsel assignments, he also sits as arbitrator in commercial disputes.

Kristoffer Löf
Partner, Mannheimer Swartling

Lisa Lagerwall is general counsel responsible for managing a legal function consisting of 35 lawyers at Sweco AB, Europe’s leading engineering and architecture consultancy, with approximately 16,000 employees in Northern Europe and with annual sales of around SEK 18.7bn. Lagerwall reports directly to the company’s president and CEO AB, is a member of the executive team and serves as corporate secretary to the board. Lagerwall joined Sweco as corporate counsel in 2006 and was appointed GC in 2011. Before moving in-house she was counsel/lawyer at Swedish firms Advokatbyrån Södermark and Advokatbyrån Lindahl, during which time she served as a member of the Swedish Bar Association. She has also worked in Allen & Overy´s Brussels office and at the EU Commission and has more than 20 years’ experience of working with legal matters and providing legal advice..

Lisa Lagerwall
General counsel, Sweco AB

Magnus Berlin is co-head of Setterwalls dispute resolution practice group. In addition to having worked as a judge in the Swedish Judiciary, he has over 25 years of experience representing major Swedish and international clients in litigation and arbitration in a wide range of commercial matters. He is also an accredited CEDR mediator and regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Magnus Berlin
Advokat and senior counsel, Setterwalls

Martin Rifall has extensive experience in court proceedings as well as domestic and international arbitration proceedings. He has acted as counsel for Swedish and foreign companies in inter alia SCC, ICC and ad hoc arbitrations. He has a particular focus on construction disputes, acting as counsel for employers and contractors in large national and international construction projects. He also sits as arbitrator on a regular basis. Further, Rifall advises clients on all stages of the construction process, including tender documentation, contract drafting and negotiations. Martin also regularly gives lectures on construction law.

Martin Rifall
Partner, Hannes Snellman

Pontus Ewerlöf is a partner specialised in arbitration and civil litigation and is head of Hannes Snellman’s dispute resolution team in Stockholm. He has substantial experience in international and domestic arbitration under the SCC, ICC, LCIA rules and ad hoc proceedings as well as court proceedings in Sweden. His experience as counsel encompassing a wide range of areas such as supply, share and asset purchases, construction and real estate, finance, energy, investor-state disputes, agency and distribution, professional and product liability, regulatory issues and insurance. He is also appointed as arbitrator on a regular basis.

Pontus Ewerlöf
Partner, Hannes Snellman

Shirin Saif is a Stockholm-based senior associate at Roschier and a member of the firm’s dispute resolution practice. She focuses on commercial arbitration and litigation, especially disputes relating to Russia and the CIS-countries. She has acted as counsel in construction and infrastructure, post-M&A, and various other commercial disputes before numerous judicial and arbitral bodies. She holds LL.M. degrees from Uppsala University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Shirin Saif
Senior associate

William McKechnie is currently head of legal Sweden at If P&C Insurance, the largest non-life insurance company in the Nordics. Since joining If P&C in 2008, he has held roles as head of liability claims Sweden and head of corporate legal Sweden. From 2003 to 2008, he worked as associate and advokat at Mannheimer Swartling law firm in Stockholm. He is qualified as a Swedish advokat and an Irish barrister.

William McKechnie
Head of legal Sweden, If P&C Insurance

Johanna Oderstedt is head of legal practice group for governance and litigation at Swedish multinational telephone company and mobile network Telia where she leads a team of lawyers based in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania who manage, oversee and supervise major disputes in the group and give legal support to ethics and compliance department. She is also a member of the management team for group corporate affairs and a member of the extended management team.

Johanna Oderstedt
Head of legal practice group - governance and litigation, Telia

Since 2017, Ute Quinn has served as general counsel and company secretary of DNO, a Norwegian oil and gas operator focused on the Middle East and the North Sea. She previously served as general counsel of Sakhalin Energy and in various legal executive roles at Royal Dutch Shell and Hess Corporation. She began her career in the Washington, DC offices of Drinker Biddle & Reath. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a law degree from Temple University School of Law.

Ute Joas Quinn
General counsel and corporate secretary, DNO ASA

Aapo Saarikivi is a Helsinki-based partner specialising in commercial dispute resolution. His practice covers arbitration, litigation and ADR. In addition to acting as counsel in legal proceedings, an important part of his practice relates to dispute avoidance, claims management and strategic advisory work in various contentious settings. He also serves as arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations. His experience spans a variety of fields, with a special emphasis on disputes relating to industrial projects and energy, as well as the telecoms sector. He frequently lectures and speaks on topics including arbitration and international trade law at the University of Helsinki as well as various seminars and conferences.

Aapo Saarikivi
Partner, Roschier

Christian Swartling heads the legal services department at Stora Enso, a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood and paper headquartered in Finland. His role sees him setting strategies, priorities and budget for a global team lawyers and support staff and overseeing the global procurement of outside legal services. His previous experience includes working as head of legal and compliance for the Nordics at GE Capital and advising on cross-border transactions in Europe, Russia and the US during his time in private practice.

Christian Swartling
SVP, Legal Services, Stora Enso

Johanna Vennström is general counsel and business integrity leader for the Nordics region at Unilever. Her role sees her support Unilever’s regional business strategies in relation to a range of matters including trademarks and marketing, corporate governance, data protection and commercial disputes, while also leading on work streams related to Unilever’s Code of Business Principles. She joined Unilever’s European legal team in Brussels in 2010 and moved to the Unilever Nordics cluster (consisting of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland) as general counsel three years later. Before moving in-house, Vennström spent nearly ten years with a number of private practice firms, most recently Latham & Watkins.

Johanna Vennström
General counsel and business integrity officer, Nordics, Unilever

Ola Espelund is general counsel and part of the executive management committee of Marginalen Bank, reporting directly the bank’s CEO. He manages a legal department of eight persons and has overall responsibility for the four-person anti-money laundering team. Marginalen Bank has an in-house disputes team of three lawyers managing the bank’s disputes, mainly related to credits and debt collection procedures. He has former experience as group legal counsel for Telia Company and as an advocate at Mannheimer Swartling.

Ola Espelund
Marginalen Bank

Anders Lindskog is part of the 160+ strong legal community of the Volvo Group and is responsible for global scale supplier disputes. Prior to joining Volvo Group, he was a member of the Swedish Bar Association, working predominantly for Wistrand Law Firm in both Stockholm and Gothenburg where he specialised in all stages of commercial dispute resolution. He also recently served as an adjudicated appeals court judge with the Appeals Court for Western Sweden.

Anders Lindskog
Volvo Group

Kristina Geers is associate general counsel of ÅF Pöyry AB, an engineering and design company within the fields of energy, industry and infrastructure with more than 16 000 employees in over 50 countries. Kristina has been a general commercial lawyer with 20 years of international experience working as legal and general counsel. Before joining ÅF Pöyry in 2015, Kristina worked at Advokatfirman Hammar for three years and Saab Automobile and General Motors in 16 years both in Europe and the US.

Kristina Geers
ÅF Pöyry Group

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Panel sponsors

Hannes Snellman is a Nordic law firm with 300 outstanding lawyers and other professionals based in Finland and Sweden. We advise leading international and local corporations across all business sectors. Our firm has the expertise and capacity to handle any demanding local or cross-border matters in which assets are being developed, protected, financed, acquired or under dispute.

Setterwalls is one of Sweden’s leading full-service business law firms, as well as one of Sweden’s largest law firms, with some 200 lawyers servicing clients from its three offices in Sweden’s largest cities – Stockholm, Gothenburg (Göteborg) and Malmoe (Malmö). Setterwalls is an independent law firm with an extensive, well-established international network. Established in 1874, it is also Sweden’s oldest law firm.

Roschier is one of the leading law firms in the Nordic region. The firm is well known for its excellent track record of advising on demanding international business law assignments and large-scale transactions. Roschier’s offices are located in Helsinki and Stockholm. The firm’s clients include leading domestic and international corporations, financial service and insurance institutions, investors, and growth and other private companies with international operations, as well as governmental authorities.