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DLA Piper welcomed Alf-Peter Svensson, Bodil Stein and Bernt Magnusson following the firm’s merger with Grönberg AdvokatbyrĂ„ in 2016. The amalgamated team undertakes cross-border transactions, disputes and regulatory matters for clients such as LĂ€nsförsĂ€kringar, Folksam and Chubb International. Practice head Bengt KĂ€rde and Einhar Wanhainen are key figures.

Mannheimer Swartling’s practice head Hans HammarbĂ€ck represented Vindpark VĂ€nern Kraft in a circa SEK60m insurance claim against a Nordic insurance company over the client’s right to claim compensation under a project insurance policy. Another name to note in insurance litigation and arbitration is Christian Pfeiff. Associate Erik Schultz handles cross-border insurance-related M&A and portfolio transfers, regulatory advice and insurance and reinsurance disputes. Anette Ivri Nordin has moved in-house.

Advokatfirman NorelidHolm’s group ‘knows what it is talking about’ in relation to insurance-related M&A, litigation and arbitration, and regulatory compliance. Susanna Norelid leads the team, which also includes Christer Holm. Clients include LĂ€nsförsĂ€kringar, AIG, and QBE.

Advokatfirman Vinge assists insurance companies (and intermediaries) with regulatory issues, outsourcings and M&A. Fabian Ekeblad and Per Johan Eckerberg advised Sirius International FörsÀkrings on various matters, including its acquisitions of the IMG Group and Armada. Swiss Life, Zurich Insurance and Aon are other clients. Mattias Rosengren, recently promoted partner Michele Fara and Fredrik Lundblom are experienced in insurance disputes. Henrik Ossborn is based in SkÄne and Viveka Classon joined from Skandia.

Wistrand is particularly strong in professional liability matters. Another cornerstone of the practice is W&I insurance, where the firm draws work from clients such as AIG, Neon and Riskpoint. Jörgen Eklund, who co-heads the practice with Gothenburg-based Anne-Marie Pouteaux, is acting for Arvato Finans in a dispute with Euler Hermes Sverige Filial over coverage under a credit insurance policy. Also located in Gothenburg is Johan Gregow. Harry Bergman and Magnus Forssman are other recommended individuals.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation is the mainstay of Baker & McKenzie AdvokatbyrĂ„ KB’s practice. Stefan Bessman and associate Christofer Isaksson represented If Property & Casualty Insurance at the Swedish Supreme Court in a landmark matter concerning issues of coverage under a reinsurance contract relating to traffic risks. Bessman and Isaksson are also part of a cross-office team, which is representing Swiss Re Europe in Aspis Life’s liquidation proceedings.

Hamilton AdvokatbyrÄ’s Peter Kullgren is an expert in insurance regulatory and compliance issues; recent mandates involved Kullgren providing clients such as Medicover Insurance and American Express with regulatory advice. Johannes Ericson represents insurance companies in high-value domestic and cross-border insurance disputes. Magnus Rydberg has expertise in financial lines claims.

Nordia Law’s Per Sjödin is representing LĂ€nsförsĂ€kringar Sak at the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice in proceedings concerning the extent of an insurance company’s liability for an insurance intermediary. Senior associates Kristin Persson, Evelina Rosenborg and Helena Lundkvist also handle insurance disputes. Sjödin jointly heads the practice with Johan Strömberg. Klara Blomkvist joined Moderna FörsĂ€kringar.

Advokatfirman Cederquist KB’s cross-practice team assists Swedish and international insurance companies with corporate matters and M&A, dispute resolution and regulatory/risk management issues. It was appointed to LĂ€nsfĂŽrsĂ€kringar’s panel to advise on tort and insurance law, and board and management liability. Practice head 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 professional liability dispute. Magnus Björkman joined from Folksam.

Rolf Karlsson leads Advokatfirman Delphi’s team, which assists Swedish and international insurance companies with claims investigations and litigation, and also advises on the launch of new insurance products. Crawford & Company is one of the firm’s key clients.

Gernandt & Danielsson AdvokatbyrÄ undertakes a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters for clients such as Alecta, Collectum and PRI Pensionsgaranti. Niclas Rockborn, an expert in regulatory issues, co-heads the practice with Johan Josjö, who is knowledgeable about insurance law in relation to occupational pension schemes and insurance intermediaries.

Led by Lars Ulrichs, Hammarskiöld & Co AB’s team handles mutualisations/demutualisations, portfolio transfers and regulatory matters, among other areas. It has a particular strength in advising international insurance companies on W&I insurance issues and it acts for some of Sweden’s largest insurance companies, including Folksam, Trygg-Hansa and LĂ€nsförsĂ€kringar.

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB’s team advise QBE on regulatory matters and policy wording and acted for Vardia in the sale of its Swedish portfolio and the SEK200m sale of its Swedish entity Vardia FörsĂ€kring to Giensidige. On the contentious front, Bengt Bolin is representing Trygg-Hansa in a dispute against Landskrona. Carl-Olof Bouveng, Peter Lilja and Richard Perez joined newly established firm Cirio in January 2019.

MAQS AdvokatbyrÄ attracts mandates from Swedish and international insurance companies due to its full-service capabilities, which include drafting and interpreting insurance conditions, dispute resolution, M&A and regulatory compliance. Peter Sarkia leads the team.

Ramberg Advokater’s Matthias Schmitt handles insurance-related litigation and arbitration for Swedish and foreign (especially German) clients. Pamela Lannerheim AngergĂ„rd also specialises in insurance disputes. The team acts for clients across a wide variety of sectors, including energy, telecoms and chemicals.

Setterwalls’ experienced team is led by Åke Fors in Stockholm, with key figures Magnus Berlin and Patrik Olivecrona in Malmö, and Kenneth Nilsson in Gothenburg. In addition to handling insurance disputes, the team’s experience includes portfolio transfers, regulatory compliance, drafting insurance terms and assisting foreign insurance companies with establishing operations in Sweden.

White & Case Advokat AB is on Trygg-Hansa’s panel for insurance litigation; Anders ReldĂ©n recently acted for the client in proceedings against Transdev concerning a tram crash in Norrköping. Counsel Niklas Forsmark Helmer successfully represented the municipality of Hallstahammar at the Svea Court of Appeal in a dispute over subsidence beneath a residential property. Associate Katarina DĂŒring is ‘very analytical and always efficient’.

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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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