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Legal market overview
After a strong second half of 2014, the Swedish transactional market slowed down once again in 2015, with fewer private M&A transactions in the small-cap and mid-cap segments. On the public M&A side, one of the standout mandates was the €6.6bn acquisition of Fortum’s electricity distribution business in Sweden by a consortium made up of Borealis Infrastructure Management, Swedish national pension funds Första AP-Fonden and Tredje AP-Fonden and Swedish mutual insurance and pension savings company Folksam. Starwood Capital Group’s aquisition of Swedish Real estate firm Svea Real Fastigheter was a significant transaction on the real estate market and Microsoft’s $2.5bn buyout of game developer Mojang (creator of Minecraft) was one the most high-profile tech transactions globally. The previously modest IPO markets roared back in 2015, with several listings on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq First North.
Disputes arising from the bankruptcy of HQ Bank are still keeping a number of local law firms busy, while the dispute between Naftogaz of Ukraine and Russia’s Gazprom is proving to be among the most complex cases in Sweden.
The Swedish legal market saw several new entrants in 2015: Bokwall Rislund, a specialist firm focused on competition and public procurement, was founded by former Advokatfirman Cederquist lawyers Olle Rislund and Carl Bokwall; and Sweden saw the arrival of Ernst & Young AB, with former Advokatfirman Delphi partner Paula Hogéus establishing its employment department.
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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.
Swedish state aid news
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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