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Advokatfirman Cederquist KB’s team serves clients across numerous sectors, including banking, media and telecoms. Robert Stromberg and Jonas Lindskog recently represented Lagans Byggnads in litigation against its former managing director, which involved issues such as dismissal, breach of loyalty and unauthorised use of trade secrets. Jenny Jilmstad advised Swedish TV channel TV4 on the restructuring of Bonnier Broadcasting Group. Jens Tillqvist is a seasoned practitioner.

DLA Piper’s Mats Borgström and senior associate Jonas Wiberg are representing the Swedish Building Workers’ Union in landmark proceedings concerning the right to take industrial action in Sweden. Wiberg is also handling a class action lawsuit for 200 employees of Scandinavian Airlines Systems against trade union Unionen, where it is alleged that Unionen wrongfully gave up individuals’ rights to pension benefits when negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Johan Sundberg and Dino Kalamujic are also recommended.

At Elmzell AdvokatbyrÄ AB, member of Ius Laboris, Jenny Hellberg represented multinational stone wool producer Rockwool in litigation over an alleged breach of a non-competition clause by a former employee. Lars Hartzell and Petter Wenehult defended Shore Link against a lawsuit brought by the Swedish Transport Workers Union over alleged breaches of a collective bargaining agreement with the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises. Ulrika Runelöv leads the team.

Mannheimer Swartling acts for medium and large Swedish and international corporates in restructurings, mass redundancies, individual dismissals and protection of trade secrets. Practice head Henric Diefke advised SCA on the employment law aspects of its split into two separate companies. Anders Nordström assisted ABB with employment law issues connected with the divestment of its cable business to NKT Cables. Madeleine Rydberger is based in Malmö.

At Advokatfirman Vinge, recently promoted partner Åsa Gotthardsson ‘makes the law simple to follow’ and Ingela Malmborg demonstrates ‘a high level of personal engagement’. Charlotte Forssander and counsel Yohanna ÖhrnegĂ„rd represented Qualitative & Quantitative Fieldwork Services (QQFS) in proceedings against three former employees and their new employer eVero, in which it was alleged that the defendants had stolen contact details from QQFS’ databases. In another highlight, Gotthardsson, practice head Fredrik Dahl and Sara Strandberg are advising Saint-Gobain Emmaboda Glas on the reorganisation of the business.

Baker & McKenzie AdvokatbyrĂ„ KB provides employment law support on cross-border corporate transactions; practice head Sten Bauer and counsel Johan Zetterström were among the advisers to McDonald’s on the divestment of 435 restaurants in the Nordic region to Guy Hands. The group also handles employment litigation. Magdalena Berg is a key figure in the team.

Led by Fredrik Nordlöf and Leif Ramberg, Advokatfirman Delphi undertakes day-to-day advisory work, employment disputes, and restructurings and provides support on corporate transactions. Rebecka Thörn recently assisted Nibe Industrier with various matters, including drafting a bonus policy for the group and managerial hires and dismissals. Magnus Berterud acts for clients such as Com Hem, Elekta Group and iZettle.

Led by Erik Danhard, Hamilton AdvokatbyrÄ assists clients with incentive schemes, business restructurings, and collective bargaining and works closely with the M&A team. The group also handles employment and labour law disputes. Tom Johansson and Johan Linder are notable practitioners.

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB advises international companies on employment issues concerning their operations in Sweden; such clients include Novavax, Iron Mountain Sweden and VWR International. Cecilia Kindgren-Bengtsson and Emma Almer assisted Danish company DLH Group with the employment law aspects of the sale of its Swedish business to Moelven Wood. Kindgren-Bengtsson jointly heads the practice with Anders Leijon.

MAQS AdvokatbyrÄ’s Lars Lövgren and Mats Nilsson are among the firm’s key contacts, handling employment matters for Swedish and international companies from sectors such as energy, financial services and retail. The group’s expertise includes collective bargaining agreements, incentive programmes and industrial actions. Torbjörn Lindmark is currently advising a large film distributor on a major restructuring.

Setterwalls’ group provides employment law assistance connected with corporate transactions and reorganisations, and also handles disputes, individual dismissals and work environment matters. Practice head Dan Bullarbo and senior associate Martin Vildhede recently advised Team Sportia on reorganising its business in Sweden. Bullarbo, who is based in Gothenburg, works with Henrik Kjellander and Åsa Erlandsson in Stockholm, and Malmö-based Marc Tullgren.

Bird & Bird’s Stockholm-based group advises on all aspects of domestic employment law and works closely with members of other offices (particularly those located in Denmark and Finland) on cross-border matters. Counsel Ottilia Boström is knowledgeable about the regulations governing remuneration and incentive schemes in the financial services sector. Senior associate Josefine Hellquist is another highly regarded practitioner in the team, which is led by Katarina Åhlberg. Lexmark, Asics and Wilhelmsen Group are key clients.

Led by Per Westman, Eversheds AdvokatbyrĂ„ AB (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s team attracts a strong flow of work from international companies; Turkish Airlines and Spotify are among its clients. Its varied work includes a focus on reorganisations and redundancies. It also handles employment disputes and is increasingly advising on pensions issues. Westman assists Flybe Group with drafting employment contracts and provides advice on collective bargaining agreements, among other matters.

Gernandt & Danielsson AdvokatbyrĂ„ serves clients such as GE Aviation, Nordstjernan and Nordea. Andreas Holmqvist’s employment expertise spans litigation and arbitration work, as well as advice on cross-border transactions and reorganisations.

Roschier has ‘a commercial approach’ to contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Jenny Welander Wadström and others advised Sandvik on the employment law aspects of the carve-out and divestment of the Sandvik Process Systems division to FAM AB. Another highlight involved Wadström and Björn Johansson Heigis assisting Atlas Copco with pensions issues associated with the sale of its road construction equipment division to Fayat Group. Erik Ficks represents clients in litigation involving issues such as trade secrets and employee inventions. Björn Rustare joined from PostNord.

Advokatfirman Törngren Magnell’s practice is led by Anna Jerndorf, who was elected as the Swedish board member of the European Employment Lawyers Association in 2016. Jerndorf is supported by senior associate Lisa Ericsson, a recent hire from the Swedish Construction Federation. The team’s expertise includes the recruitment and dismissal of employees including senior executives, non-compete restrictions, collective redundancies and transfers of business. Team Olivia, Interflora and Eolus Vind are clients

Wesslau Söderqvist AdvokatbyrÄ handles the gamut of employment issues for large Swedish corporates and international clients. Team head Jessica StÄlhammar advised WS Produktion/Frigaardgruppen on the closing of a factory in Sweden and the transfer of its operations to Poland, and also advised Gents on an industrial relations matter. Martin Bergander is currently handling a number of reorganisations. Bill Kronqvist and Anders Ripp are other key figures.

Wistrand’s Jakob Bernander is ‘sensitive and agile when managing a client with multiple stakeholders’. Jörgen Larsson has ‘a solid understanding of the needs of the client’. Gunnar Blomberg, Bernander and others represented Irish construction company ICDS Constructors in proceedings at the Swedish Labour Court concerning whether the application of a provision in the collective bargaining agreement used in the Swedish construction sector constituted discrimination against non-Swedish EU citizens. Blomberg and Bernander are also handling various litigation cases for the Swedish Construction Federation. Mats Hilmersson has 25 years of employment law experience.

Paula HogĂ©us, who leads EY Law’s practice, has expertise in collective redundancies, staff incentive schemes and non-competition clauses, among other issues. Since its launch in Sweden in 2015, the firm has acted for clients such as Microsoft, DDB Stockholm and Otto Bock Scandinavia.

Hammarskiöld & Co AB’s clients count on the expertise of practice head Thomas Lindqvist, Erik Löfwall and senior associate Peter Ahlström. The group handles labour law disputes, restructurings and various other employment matters. The team assists Armstrong Worldwide Industries with transfer of undertaking issues, outsourcing and trade union negotiations, among other areas. The group is increasingly sought out to advise on cross-border transfers of employees’ data.

Hellström Law’s team head Johan Karlman assisted WideOrbit Sweden with the union negotiations in relation to a collective redundancy and advised Gamingcorps on the employment law issues associated with the closure of its development studio in Uppsala. Anna Fernqvist Svensson specialises in data protection issues.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Robert Lakatos has a 20-year track record in the employment sphere and is the main adviser to the Swedish state in labour law disputes. The firm’s non-contentious work includes strategic advice on restructurings and reorganisations, negotiations with unions and the preparation of employment contracts.

Linklaters’ Niclas Widjeskog handles employment litigation and arbitration, and also assists with the employment aspects of large, cross-border reorganisations. A particular area of strength is in advising clients from the financial services and private equity sectors on remuneration and incentives. Morgan Stanley, Texas Instruments, Bayer and Samsung are among its clients.

Magnusson AdvokatbyrÄ assists clients with the employment law aspects of M&A and corporate reorganisations, and also advises on industrial relations, individual dismissals and general human resources matters. Carl-Fredrik Hedenström and Karolin Eklund assist Norwegian company Geomatikk on an ongoing basis with employment issues arising from its acquisitions of businesses. Hedenström and Wenpeng Niu also undertake work for China-headquartered clients, such as ZTE and Bank of China.

Roger Wier is the lead partner at Morris Law, which provides strategic day-to-day advice and also assists clients with disputes. It also handles other matters; Wier acted for Eckes-Granini Sverige in a cross-border transfer of undertaking. Senior associate Eva Folkow is another recommended individual in the team, whose clients include Scandinavian Tank Storage and Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna.

At Nordia Law, team head Roger Hedlund has employment litigation and arbitration experience, while Per Lindell has expertise in cross-border reorganisations. Col Art Sweden, M3 Logistics and Starck & Partners are among the active clients.

Ramberg Advokater’s team is led by Fredrika Skoog, who is knowledgeable about reorganisations and business transfers, pensions and incentive schemes, and the protection of trade secrets. The group acts for a number of Swedish and international companies, and regional and municipal authorities.

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