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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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