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Mannheimer Swartling is ‘hard to beat for high-value international arbitration work’, and it is also a market leader for litigation. A team including Jakob Ragnwaldh, practice co-chair Fredrik Andersson and Alexander Foerster is representing Vattenfall in an ICSID investor-state arbitration against the Federal Republic of Germany. Practice co-chair Kristoffer Löf assisted Elf Neftegaz with an UNCITRAL arbitration and related court cases in Sweden against OOO Interneft and the Regions of Saratov and Volgograd. Robin Oldenstam, Hans HammarbĂ€ck, Stefan Brocker and Olle Flygt are also recommended.

Advokatfirman Cederquist KB’s work includes disputes involving commercial contracts, construction and infrastructure, and professional liability. Erik Wernberg and senior associates Eric Johnson and Oskar Gentele are representing the former board members of Kraft & Kultur Sverige at the Svea Court of Appeal in a recourse claim brought by Grant Thornton. Jens Tillqvist and Fredrik Forssman are other active partners.

Advokatfirman Delphi is ‘a top performer’ in domestic and international arbitrations, particularly those involving oil and gas, telecoms, finance, insurance/reinsurance and construction. Sverker Bonde leads the team, which also regularly handles high-profile litigation. Emil Andersson is representing Kindred Group (formerly Unibet) in its challenge to the government’s decision to grant a betting licence to Aktiebolaget Trav och Galopp.

Gernandt & Danielsson AdvokatbyrÄ excels in high-stakes commercial disputes. A group led by practice head Björn Tude and Marcus Johansson is assisting Naftogaz with two multibillion-dollar arbitrations against Gazprom. Johansson, senior associate Daniel Waerme and others are representing fund manager The Allra Group in litigation against the Swedish Pensions Agency. Charlotta Falkman is another notable individual.

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB’s international arbitration head Bo G H Nilsson, Jesper Tiberg and senior associate Ginta Ahrel represented the Russian Federation in arbitration-related proceedings concerning the alleged nationalisation of Yukos. The firm’s commercial litigation work spans areas such as public procurement, intellectual property and IT. Bengt Bolin is the dispute resolution head, with Therese Isaksson and Shervin Shikhan leading teams in Stockholm and Gothenburg respectively. Robert Jukic Karlsson and Fredrik Karlsson made partner and Bo Nilsson is also noted.

Setterwalls’ practice head Jesper GrĂŒnbaum, Hans Dahlberg Kolga and Johan StrömbĂ€ck have decades of dispute resolution experience. StrömbĂ€ck is representing Yury Gusev, the owner of 18% of shares in Selena Oil & Gas Holding, in a damages claim against the directors of the company over a settlement agreement they negotiated with a former major shareholder. Swedbank, Caverion and Arriva are other key clients. Emma Fredberg made partner.

Advokatfirman Vinge’s team includes James Hope, Jonas Eklund and Krister Azelius. Hope and others are assisting Gazprom with a circa $50bn arbitration in Stockholm against Naftogaz. In the litigation sphere, Eklund and Mikael BroomĂ© are representing Investment AB Öresund in a dispute arising from the collapse of a Swedish bank. Silvia Dahlberg, Mattias Rosengren, Fredrik Lundblom and recently promoted partners Michele Fara and Cecilia Möller Norsted are recommended.

Baker & McKenzie AdvokatbyrĂ„ KB’s Stefan Bessman is recommended for insurance disputes. Bessman represented Swiss Re Europe in proceedings against Aspis Life Insurance in liquidation, which arose from the revocation of Aspis’ insurance licence by the Financial Supervisory Authority. The firm also handles arbitrations involving parties from China and the CIS region, challenges to arbitral awards and general commercial litigation. A team including Jonas Benedictsson, Carl Svernlöv, Christofer Isaksson and Karolin Karlsson recently acted for former board members Pernilla Ström and Carolina Dybeck-Happe in the highly publicised HQ Bank negligence case.

Einar Wanhainen and Karl-Oscar Dalin joined DLA Piper following its merger with Grönberg AdvokatbyrÄ. Dalin is assisting online advertising technology company Gravity 4 Inc with appealing against fines levied by the Swedish Financial Supervising Authority over an alleged violation of the regulations on public offers. Swedish and international arbitration are other bedrocks of the practice, which is led by Gunnar Johansson.

At Frank AdvokatbyrĂ„Marcus Axelryd and Helena Dandenell are representing HQ Bank in high-profile litigation. Senior associate Karl Guterstam is assisting the Republic of Kazakhstan with challenging a $500m arbitral award. The firm’s other contentious work spans areas such as insurance, construction, media and technology. Elin Awerstedt joined the Svea Court of Appeal.

Hammarskiöld & Co AB counts Siemens, Folksam and Jubii NV (formerly Lycos Europe), among its clients. Managing partner Sandra Hein Kaznova and senior associate Sigrid Törnsten are representing AB Svenska Spel in Court of Appeal proceedings arising from a fraud scheme involving five poker players. Lars Ulrichs is ‘very street smart’ and Peder Hammarskiöld is another well-known name.

MAQS AdvokatbyrÄ’s practice covers international arbitrations, litigation, and mediation. The team is led by Pontus Ewerlöf, Björn Goldman and Susanne EdensvĂ€rd from the Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö offices respectively. Ewerlöf and senior associate Andreas Johard represented the Republic of Kazakhstan at the Svea Court of Appeal in a challenge to an arbitral award that was rendered in Stockholm under the Energy Charter Treaty. Hans Bagner joined Advokatfirman Morssing & Nycander as senior counsel.

Roschier recently hired Rikard Wikström-Hermansen from White & Case Advokat AB. In addition to handling litigation, Wikström-Hermansen represents Swedish and international corporates in arbitration proceedings under a wide range of rules including SCC, SIAC and UNCITRAL, particularly in the energy and infrastructure spaces. Practice head Johan Sidklev, counsel Eva Storskrubb and senior associate Shirin Saif are acting for ConocoPhillips Skandinavia in an appeal concerning a dispute with Uniper. Erik Ficks, Gisela Knuts (who practises in Finland and Sweden) and Björn Johansson Heigis are also recommended.

White & Case Advokat AB’s practice head Anders ReldĂ©n and associate Katarina DĂŒring are representing Peab Sverige in litigation against VĂ€stfastigheter concerning the allegedly defective construction of the new Sahlgrenska hospital in Gothenburg. Recently promoted counsel Niklas Forsmark Helmer is acting for NCC Sverige against the municipality of Ludvika over a water supply line connecting a brewery in GrĂ€ngesberg with the water supply grid. Kristina Ljungström joined Norburg & Scherp.

Wistrand’s Andreas Rönnheden is ‘the perfect lawyer to have on your team’, and Maria Kosteska FĂ€gerquist is ‘solution-oriented and knowledgeable’. The practice takes on professional liability, insurance, M&A and investment disputes, as well as energy, IP and IT matters. Rönnheden, Harry Bergman and senior associate Jennie Jarl are representing a company director in the high-profile HQ Bank litigation. Jörgen Eklund and MĂ„rten Hulterström lead the team.

At Danowsky & Partners, Peter Danowsky, Ulf Isaksson and Andreas Eriksson are the firm’s main contacts. Danowsky and Eriksson are acting for Troms Kraft at the Svea Court of Appeal in a SEK1.8bn auditor liability case. Danowsky is also representing two former board members in the HQ Bank litigation.

Hamilton AdvokatbyrÄ’s team has broad experience in disputes involving audits and professional liability, shareholder and M&A matters and arbitration. Olof Nilsson is representing an accountant at KPMG as one of the defendants in the HQ bank litigation. Johannes Ericson, Magnus Rydberg and others are acting for LĂ€nsförsĂ€kringar in professional liability litigation involving more than 100 disputes. Ola Hansson leads the team.

Hannes Snellman’s David Ackebo represented Subway Russia in multiple arbitrations against Subway Russia’s former largest franchisee enterprise. Elsewhere, the firm assists Swedish and overseas clients with litigation involving M&A, insurance, energy and transport, among other areas. Joakim LavĂ©r and Anna-Maria Tamminen, who was recently promoted to the partnership, are also recommended. Martin Wallin departed the firm to establish AdvokatbyrĂ„n Wallin & Partners AB.

Kastell AdvokatbyrĂ„ AB’s team is led by Magnus Eriksson and Henrik Bielenstein. Olof Larsberger handles damages actions associated with competition law breaches, judicial reviews of public procurement decisions and disputes involving sectors such as energy and transport. Carl NorĂ©n is another key figure in the team.

Linklaters’ practice head Niclas Widjeskog handles litigation, arbitration and contentious regulatory matters involving sectors such as energy, banking and finance, and real estate. Widjeskog is leading a team which is representing Merck, Sharp & Dohme as the claimant in three cases concerning alleged trade mark infringements by parallel importers of medical products.

Magnusson AdvokatbyrÄ’s practice head Johan Molin was part of a team which represented the City of Gothenburg in an arbitration against Ansaldo Breda and parent company Finnmeccanica (an Italian constructor of rolling stock) over the client’s acquisition of allegedly defective trams. Senior partner Per Magnusson, international arbitration head Paulo Fohlin and senior counsel Maria Nisell are other key figures. Christer Söderlund joined Advokatfirman Morssing & Nycander and Åsa Ashjari left for Volvo Group Trucks Technology.

Norburg & Scherp recently hired Kristina Ljungström from White & Case Advokat AB. Ljungström’s experience includes domestic and international arbitration (under rules such as SCC, ICC and UNCITRAL), and Swedish litigation. The practice is jointly led by Fredrik Norburg and Pontus Scherp. The team recently represented Belarusian company Belgorkhimprom in proceedings against a Turkish company over an SCC arbitration award that was rendered in a construction dispute. The group is also acting for Sony Mobile at the Swedish Supreme Court, in a test case which concerns private copying under the Copyright Act.

AG Advokat focuses on construction and real estate disputes. Bo Nordberg and Jonny Gustaffson are acting for contractor JM Entreprenad in an SCC arbitration against AB Fortum VÀrme. Another team, led by HÄkan Bjerle, is handling an arbitration for Loussavaara-Kiirunavaara in its dispute with contractor ElbyrÄn Bertgren over electrical works at a mine in Kiruna. Johan Rosén and P-G Jönsson jointly lead the team.

Ekenberg & Andersson AdvokatbyrÄ’s workload includes real estate and construction disputes, arbitration cases under SCC rules and challenges to arbitral awards. Johan Sund and Thomas Ekenberg are names to note in the team, which is currently defending an accountancy firm against a professional negligence lawsuit filed by a former client.

Insurance litigation is a pillar of Nordia Law’s practice: Per Sjödin, Johan Strömberg and Olle Kullinger undertake a significant amount of work in this space for large corporates and insurance companies. Sjödin is representing LĂ€nsförsĂ€kringar at the European Court of Justice in proceedings concerning the extent of an insurer’s liability for an insurance intermediary. A separate department, led by Hans Strandberg, focuses on white-collar crime cases.

Since Ramberg Advokater merged with Von Lode Advokat in 2016, which saw Tom Kronhöffer move across, there has been an uptick in contentious intellectual property work including trade mark infringement and anti-counterfeiting cases. Pamela Lannerheim AngergÄrd leads the team, which also includes Matthias Schmitt and Johan Palmgren.

Advokatfirman Törngren Magnell’s practice, which is jointly led by Viktor Magnell and Kristoffer StrĂ„th, is particularly strong in disputes involving M&A, banking and finance and capital markets. Elsewhere, Magnell and StrĂ„th are representing CSV Invest as the claimant in a professional negligence lawsuit against its former lawyer.

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  • Enhanced integrity protection for individuals from 1 January 2011

    Until now, several of the provisions of the Credit Information Act (Sw. Kreditupplysningslagen (1973:1173)) that protects the integrity of individuals were not applicable when credit information was shared on the Internet. The reason for this was that such information was protected by the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression (Sw. Yttrandefrihetsgrundlagen (1991:1469)).
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