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Legal market overview
Sweden’s transactional market saw significant improvement in the course of the second half of 2014. Following a period of stagnation, several high-profile transactions kick-started M&A activity, while the equity and IPO market also picked up.
The IT and telecoms sectors have been dominated by cloud computing and e-commerce issues, while regulatory and contentious matters are on the rise across the market.
Mannheimer Swartling and Advokatfirman Vinge continue to lead the Swedish legal market, closely followed in the finance, corporate and M&A fields by Roschier, Advokatfirman Lindahl KB and Hannes Snellman.
The number of boutique firms being established continues to grow, with several high-profile lawyers departing from full-service firms to establish specialist practices. Kastell Advokatbyrå AB is singled out as a major new force in the IP and media, competition and dispute sectors following its recruitment of Stefan Widmark from Mannheimer Swartling. Other notable new entrants include Synch Advokat AB, founded by several former partners of Bird & Bird, and corporate and finance boutique Baumgarten Byström Rooth & Tallavaara Advokater AB.
All lawyers named in the editorial are based in Stockholm, unless otherwise stated.
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A recent Court of Appeal case illustrates the risk that parties (and their counsel) run when an agreement is governed by a law of a different language from that used in the agreement itself. Due to the chairman's casting vote, the otherwise split decision came down in favour of one dictionary translation.
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In the first case of its kind to be decided by a higher court in Sweden, the Court of Appeal finds no probable cause for infringement where a competitor’s trade mark was used for keyword advertising on Googles AdWords service.
In a noteworthy ruling the Northern Norrland Court of Appeal had to consider two interesting questions regarding commercial agents:
New Swedish closely related party rules for listed companies: On 31 January 2012, the Swedish Securities Council issued a new set of closely related party rules which may have a substantial impact on the business and ownership of listed companies in Sweden. Partners Peder Grandinson and Ulf Grubbström of Hammarskiöld & Co comment on the new rules and possible consequences thereof.
Swedish Competition Authority
Industrial activities are of great importance to Europe’s financial wealth. Industrial emissions, however, cause environmental pollution and industrial emissions constitute a major part of Europe’s total emissions to air, water and soil. Consequently, there is a need for regulation of industrial operations at an EU level. Partner Erica Nobel and associate Christina Hellström comment on the new legislation and the possible consequences thereof.
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Swedegas and Vopak are now preparing, in partnership with the Port of Gothenburg, construction of a terminal for liquefied natural gas, LNG. The City of Gothenburg has approved zoning and demolition work on the site has started in order to make way for the terminal.
Elgin Mining Inc. and Mandalay Resources Corporation., both listed on the Toronto stock exchange, have entered into an agreement whereby Mandalay acquires Elgin for consideration consisting of a combination of cash and shares. The total transaction value is approximately 425 million SEK.
The lawyers Lars Svärd, John Pellegrini and Robert Moldén have been appointed as new partners at Gärde Wesslau law firm's Gothenburg office.
Gärde Wesslau continues the expansion and enhancement of its international expertise in Gothenburg by recruiting lawyer Sofie Strempel .
Niederer Kraft & Frey advised China Development Bank on its EUR350 million project financing of a mine mouth coal-fired power plant in Stanari, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was the first ever project financing led by a Chinese bank in Europe. The transaction involved one of the largest independent power projects (300 MW plant) in the region. Also, it is the first large scale power project to be constructed by Chinese contractors in Europe.
BG Research’s Client Barometer 2012 names Delphi as IT/Telecom Law Firm of the Year. The award reflects the fact that the majority of Swedish buyers of legal services state that their first choice of law firm would be Delphi when IT/Telecom legal advice is needed.
Advokatfirman Delphi has together with Ernst & Young Law GmbH advised Perusa Partners Fund 2 LP in the acquisition of SEM Aktiebolag and its subsidiary SEM Technology Suzhou Co. Ltd in China from the energy and environmental technology group Opcon.
Advokatfirman Delphi has assisted Cherry AB (publ) on the sale of their business area Maritima Spel, the transaction was closed on 8 November 2012.
Advokatfirman Delphi has assisted Peab on its sale of properties in Stadsdel Norr in Östersund. The acquiring company is Dalripan Fastigheter AB and the transaction has a value of SEK 220 million.
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