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Mannheimer Swartling handled 14 out of 74 merger notifications to the Swedish Competition Authority (SCA) in 2016. On the behavioural side, Stefan PervĂĄn Lindeborg is the lead adviser to Nasdaq OMX on proceedings before the Patent and Market Court over an alleged abuse of a dominant position by preventing a competitor from accessing a data centre. Johan Carle is the key name. Tommy Pettersson retired.

Advokatfirman Vinge is equally strong in transactional and behavioural competition law matters. Practice head Johan Karlsson, Mikael BroomĂ© and others recently represented Tele2 in a circa SEK700m follow-on damages claim against TeliaSonera. Marcus Glader and Grant McKelvey advised EQT and portfolio company Kuoni on the merger control aspects of Kuoni’s bolt-on acquisition of MTS Globe. Björn Nicolai and Rikard Azelius lead the teams in Gothenburg and Malmö respectively.

Bokwall Rislund’s Olle Rislund is ‘one of the brightest competition lawyers around’ and Amir Mohseni is ‘a genuine problem-solver’. The team recently successfully represented Aleris Diagnostik at the Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal in a matter concerning alleged procurement collusion in the healthcare market. It also represented Arla Foods in an SCA investigation into changes made by the client to its articles of association.

Advokatfirman Cederquist KB’s practice head Fredrik Lindblom and senior associate Kristoffer Molin advised Nordic Capital on obtaining European Commission (EC) merger clearance of its acquisition of Nordnet Bank. Senior associate Elsa Arbrandt is a key adviser on SCA and EU competition investigations, and also has merger control and antitrust litigation experience.

Advokatfirman Delphi’s Elisabeth Eklund and Linn Strömberg defended Gilead in an SCA investigation into an alleged conspiracy among pharmaceutical companies and wholesalers to refuse to supply pharmaceutical products. In the merger space, Eklund and Anders Jemail successfully assisted longstanding client Nibe Industrier with obtaining SCA phase II merger clearance of its acquisition of Enertech. Anna Ulfsdotter Forssell leads the practice.

Hammarskiöld & Co AB was recently appointed to provide EU and competition law advice to Swedavia, and it also added Hannover Re to its client roster. Claes Langenius, Peder Hammarskiöld, senior associate Sigrid Törnsten and others are representing LÀnsförsÀkringar MÀklarservice in an SCA investigation into the tendering of insurance contracts.

Kastell AdvokatbyrĂ„ AB’s practice is led by Erik Söderlind who has more than 25 years of competition law experience, as does senior counsel Kent Calmels. The team, which includes Pamela Hansson and Christina Mailund, acts for clients such as Atlas Copco, Pressretur and Schibsted Sverige. The workload includes merger notifications, follow-on damages actions and SCA investigations.

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB specialises in cases involving the provision of state aid to services of a general economic interest; Ulrica Salomon handled a related matter for Kalmar municipality and Kalmar Öland Airport. The team also undertakes other competition law work, which included advising AMC Entertainment Holdings on obtaining EC clearance of its acquisition of Nordic Cinema Group from Bridgepoint Capital and Bonnier Holdings. Eva-Maj MĂŒhlenbock and senior associate Hanna LekĂ„s are recommended. Associate Angelo Skog joined from the SCA.

Roschier’s team head Kristian Hugmark and senior associate Andres Acevedo are representing Trygg-Hansa in an SCA investigation into alleged collusion among several insurance companies over tendering for contracts. Lars Johansson recently assisted Marginalen with obtaining SCA merger clearance of its SEK1.7bn acquisition of the Sergel Group from the Telia Company.

Setterwalls’ practice head Ulf Djurberg was the lead adviser to Rederi AB Soya and Wallenius Lines on the multijurisdictional merger filings relating to the cross-border merger with Wilh. Wilhelmsen. The team provides competition law compliance advice and assists clients with abuse of dominance investigations and issues of anticompetitive agreements. Malin Albert specialises in state aid. Martin Levinsohn and senior associate Mattias Wiklund are based in Malmö.

In 2017, Baker & McKenzie AdvokatbyrĂ„ KB hired Erik BrĂ€ndt Öfverholm from Advokatfirman Lindahl KB to head its practice. Öfverholm, whose expertise spans state aid, competition litigation and merger control, is acting for Parajett in its complaint to the SCA over an alleged abuse of competition law and postal regulations by incumbent post operator PostNord.

Front Advokater’s practice head Robert MoldĂ©n and senior associate Johan LidĂ©n represented Alfa Quality in proceedings brought by the SCA over an alleged cartel in the international relocation market. Elsewhere, the firm undertakes a significant amount of public sector work, including state aid matters and anticompetitive sales by public authorities. Kaisa Adlercreutz and Roland Adrell are recommended.

Gernandt & Danielsson AdvokatbyrÄ’s practice head Rolf Larsson handles SCA and EC merger control, cartels and other anticompetitive issues. Larsson advised Volati on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Swedish book retailer Akademibokhandeln.

Hamilton AdvokatbyrÄ’s Mats Johnsson recently assisted Modern Times Group with the multijurisdictional merger control aspects of the sale of its TV, digital and radio businesses in the Baltic region. On the behavioural side, Johnsson and Ola Hansson represented transport provider Bilfrakt Bothnia in an SCA investigation into allegedly restrictive practices in the waste transport sector. Fredrik Linder leads the team.

Hannes Snellman’s practice head Peter Forsberg represented EQT in proceedings initiated by the SCA over the client’s SEK2.3bn acquisition of data communication services provider DGC One. Forsberg is also acting for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in several proceedings against the Medical Products Agency over its decision to grant parallel importers marketing authorisation of supposed GSK products despite their lack of common origin with products sold directly by GSK.

MAQS AdvokatbyrÄ’s department head Mikael Åström acted for GN Group as the complainant on its SCA suit against three global competitors over an alleged abuse of dominance in the hearing aids market. Åström and others also advise global group SCA Hygiene and sister company SCA Forest on a range of matters, such as mergers and dominance issues. The team also includes Nicklas Hansson and Ulf Yxklinten in Malmö.

Tobias Bengtsson, who is ‘the go-to person’ at Wistrand, is representing the Energy Markets Inspectorate in a number of appeals brought by Swedish gas and electricity grid owners over fee caps. Retriever Sverige, Volvo Cars and Partners Group are other clients.

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