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Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Mannheimer Swartling human rights seminar for...

September 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

practicising lawyers celebrates fifth anniversary

“Developing a Human Rights Tool Box”, a week-long course in human rights for practising lawyers developed by Mannheimer Swartling in co-operation with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, celebrates its fifth anniversary this year with a session from 3-7 September at the firm’s office in Malmö. 

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Telenor acquires Ownit

September 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Telenor Sverige has acquired Ownit Holding AB

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Nordic Real Estate Partners has secured a first closing of EUR 121 million for Nordic Retail Fund

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Nordic Real Estate Partners has secured a first closing of EUR 121 million for NREP Nordic Retail 2 AB, their second Nordic retail real estate fund. The fund will primarily invest in real estate focusing on necessity driven retail businesses in growth cities located in the Nordic region. The fund is structured as a Swedish corporation. The investors participating in the first closing are nine Northern European institutions.

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Tele2 Sverige arbitration win against Digitelecom confirmed and costs imposed on opposing counsel

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

In a decision on 25 July 2012, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York denied a motion filed on behalf of Digitelecom to vacate an award issued in September 2011 in favour of Tele2 Sverige AB. Instead, the court granted Tele2’s cross-motion to confirm the award and, importantly, imposed costs on opposing counsel.

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Skanska invests in new wind farm in JĂ€mtland, Sweden

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Skanska Infrastructure Development and JĂ€mtkraft are jointly investing in a wind farm near RĂ€tan in Berg muncipality. The total investment amounts to approximately SEK 1.2 billion. Skanska’s and JĂ€mtkraft’s holdings amount to 50 percent each.

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Getinge acquires Therapeutic Support Systems business from Kinetic Concepts Inc.

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Getinge has agreed to acquire US-based Kinetic Concepts Inc.’s Therapeutic Support Systems (TSS) business for USD 275 million. The TSS portfolio and operations will be integrated into Getinge Extended Care under the ArjoHuntleigh brand.

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Kungsleden sells industrial properties in Poland

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Kungsleden AB is selling two industrial properties in southern Poland for EUR 12.5 million to a Polish property company. The two properties have a gross leasable area of approximately 44,000 square metres and the transaction is conditional on the Municipality of Bielsko-Biala not exercising its pre-emptive right.

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BE Group signs new credit facility

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

BE Group signed a new three-year SEK 1.4 billion revolving credit facility agreement with Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken and Svenska Handelsbanken on 17 July 2012.

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MSAB increases its stake in AAK to 35%

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Melker Schörling AB (MSAB), the Swedish investment company, has increased its stake in AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) from 23.6% to 35.0% for approximately SEK 1 billion.

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Bengtsson family stays on as co-owner as Nordic Capital acquires majority stake in Resurs

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Nordic Capital Fund VII has signed an agreement to acquire a 55 per cent stake in a group of four leading consumer finance and insurance firms which provide services for Sweden's retail sector: Resurs Bank, Solid FörsÀkringar, Reda Inkasso and Teleresurs. The sellers are the Westin, Schröder and Paulson families. The Bengtsson family will continue as a co-owner together with Nordic Capital, retaining its current 45 per cent share.

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Duni AB (publ) signs new credit facility

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Duni AB (publ) signed a new EUR 130 million revolving credit facility agreement with DNB Bank ASA, Sweden Branch, on 5 July 2012.

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Arcus acquires Nordic spirits brands and operations from Pernod Ricard

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Arcus-Gruppen has agreed to acquire a portfolio of Nordic spirits brands and a production facility from Pernod Ricard for approximately EUR 103 million. The acquisition comprises the brands Aalborg, BrĂžndums, Gammel Dansk and Malteser, as well as a production facility in Aalborg, Denmark. The transaction is subject to approval from the relevant authorities.

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Allianceplus Holding acquires Miljöteamet i Sverige

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Danish cleaning group Allianceplus Holding has acquired Miljöteamet i Sverige AB, a family-owned company engaged in the cleaning industry.

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Cybercom divests Chinese operations to Wicresoft

August 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Cybercom has divested its Chinese operations to Wicresoft, a leading ITO/BPO ITO (Information Technology Outsourcing; BPO - Business Process Outsourcing) service provider in China.

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Opus Group acquires subsidiary from AB Svensk Bilprovning

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Opus Group AB (publ) has agreed to acquire a wholly-owned subsidiary from AB Svensk Bilprovning for approximately SEK 375 million. The subsidiary operates 70 inspection stations located in the Stockholm and MĂ€lardalen regions and north thereof.

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GKN acquires Volvo Aero for SEK 6.9 billion

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

GKN plc has agreed to acquire Volvo Aero, the aero engine division of AB Volvo, for SEK 6.9 billion.

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Valedo invests in Aditro Logistics

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Valedo has reached an agreement to acquire Aditro Logistics in partnership with the management team and board of Aditro Logistics.

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Valedo/Akademikliniken makes add-on acquisition

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Valedo's portfolio company Akademikliniken has made an add-on acquisition in Sweden by acquiring Specialistkliniken.

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SEB launches Swedish property fund

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) in connection with the structure and set-up of a real estate fund, which will be focused on making investments in residential properties located in the southern and middle parts of Sweden.

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Michael Karlsson re-elected to the Board of SOS Children’s Villages International

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

At the General Assembly of SOS Children's Villages, Mannheimer Swartling partner Michael Karlsson was re-elected to serve a four-year term as a member of the board and also to the five-member Executive Committee of SOS Children's Villages International.

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PostNord has established a Swedish MTN programme

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

PostNord has established a Swedish MTN programme. The programme has a limit of SEK 6 billion and makes it possible to issue bonds on the Swedish market. 

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Wallenstam in wind power transactions with Eolus Vind

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Swedish real property group Wallenstam has completed several wind power transactions with Eolus Vind. The transactions include the acquisition of six operational wind turbines in two wind power parks in Skara municipality and the divestiture of six wind power projects located throughout Sweden: Bosberget, LĂ€rkeskogen, NĂ€set, Skogaryd, Skuggetorp and Ölme.

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Sandvik enters into global five-year outsourcing agreement with IBM

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Sandvik has entered into a five year strategic outsourcing agreement valued at approximately SEK 2 billion with IBM.

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Bourns acquires assets from Jensen Devices

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Bourns, Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of Jensen Devices AB.

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Aspiro carries out a rights issue

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Board of Directors of Aspiro AB has resolved on a new share issue of approximately SEK 100 million, with preferential right for the company's existing shareholders, to finance the company's expansion.

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Stena Weco in joint venture with Golden Agri Resources

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Stena Weco has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with the Indonesian palm oil producer Golden Agri Resources. The JV company, Golden Stena Weco, will manage Golden Agri Resources’ international transportation needs concerning palm oil products and the JV company’s fleet will also trade in the spot market within this niche trade.

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Valedo acquires Cambio

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Valedo Partners Fund II AB, together with founders and key management of Cambio, has acquired Cambio Healthcare Systems from a group of sellers, including Investor Growth Capital and Linktech.

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Lactalis completes acquisition of SkÄnemejerier

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Lactalis has completed its acquisition of SkÄnemejerier AB from SkÄnemejerier ek för, an economic association which is owned by its more than 600 members.

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Mannheimer Swartling and Helena Rempler win at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling received awards in a number of categories at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Women in Business Law Awards held on 20 June in London.

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Mannheimer Swartling’s Kristoffer Löf elected to board of Young Arbitrators Stockholm (YAS)

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling's partner Kristoffer Löf was elected to the board of Young Arbitrators Stockholm (YAS) at the annual meeting held in Stockholm on 14 June 2012.

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Billerud and KorsnÀs to merge

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Billerud AB (publ) and Investment AB Kinnevik have announced the combination of Billerud and KorsnÀs AB. The new company, BillerudKorsnÀs, will become a leading virgin fibre-based packaging materials and packaging solutions company with an annual turnover of approximately SEK 20 billion.

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Getinge Group acquires Acare Medical Science

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Getinge Group has acquired Acare Medical Science Ltd, a China-based company primarily focused on the middle-market segment for hospital beds, for SEK 180 million.

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Sobi issues SEK 600 million bond

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (Sobi) is issuing a five-year, unsecured, bond on the Swedish market amounting to SEK 600 million and will apply for a listing of the bonds on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.

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Pirelli acquires DĂ€ckia

July 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. has acquired DĂ€ckia, a market leading multi-brand tyre distribution chain in Sweden, from Procuritas Capital Investors and minority shareholders for SEK 625 million.

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Mannheimer Swartling nominated for “Best National Firm for Women in Business Law” award

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has been nominated to receive the “Best National Firm for Women in Business Law 2012” award in the second annual Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Women in Business Law Awards. Mannheimer Swartling is the only firm from the Nordic countries named to the shortlist in this category.

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SN Finans Nord transfers business area to Wasa Kredit

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

SN Finans Nord AB, a Swedish subsidiary of the Danish Spar Nord A/S Group, has transferred part of its financing business to Wasa Kredit, a subsidiary of Swedish insurance and banking group LÀnsförsÀkringar AB. As part of the transaction, Wasa Kredit will take over financing contracts totaling approximately SEK 800 million. SN Finans Nord provides financing to companies within construction, transportation, agriculture and industry.

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AarhusKarlshamn acquires Crown-Foods A/S

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

AarhusKarlshamn AB (publ) has acquired Crown-Foods A/S, a Danish producer of oils, margarine, mayonnaise and sauces for the food service industry.

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Telenor acquires Open Net

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Telenor Sverige has acquired Open Broadbandnet Sweden AB from Sweden Carnica Group. The acquisition also comprises an agreement for technical support and maintenance between Telenor Sweden and Fiberdata.

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Mannheimer Swartling selected as leading law firm in Sweden for seventh time

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling was named “Sweden Law Firm of the Year 2012” by Who’s Who Legal in its annual awards. This is the seventh consecutive occasion that Mannheimer Swartling has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as the leading firm in Sweden.

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VĂ€rderingsdata in merger with Boreda

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

VĂ€rderingsdata i Kungsbacka AB has merged with Boreda AB. Together, the companies offer a comprehensive range of information solutions and services to monitor and analyse developments in the Swedish real estate market. Their customers include companies within banking and finance and real estate valuation, as well as real estate brokers and real estate companies.

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Litorina partners with Eton

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Litorina IV L.P. has become the new majority owner of Eton Fashion AB. Eton, a market leader in fine quality men’s shirts, ties, and accessories, was previously wholly owned by the Davidson family who will retain a 35 per cent ownership.

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Interdirect Tel wins VAT dispute in Administrative Court of Appeal

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Interdirect Tel Ltd, an Ireland-based telecommunication services provider, has won a SEK 134 million tax dispute with the Swedish Tax Agency regarding output VAT on the sale of telecommunication services.

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Stampen acquires OTW and Susamuru from Forma Publishing Group AB

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Stampen Media Partner has agreed to acquire OTW and Susamuru from Forma Publishing Group AB, owned by Hakon Invest.

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AarhusKarlshamn acquires Oasis Foods Company

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

AarhusKarlshamn AB (publ) has acquired Oasis Foods Company, a Hillside, New Jersey-based maker of edible oils, margarine, spreads, shortenings, vinegars, mayonnaise and sauces for the food service industry.

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Getinge establish Swedish MTN programme and issues bond

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Getinge has established a Swedish MTN programme and issued a SEK 1 billion bond with a three year maturity. This is the first issue under the programme and proceeds from the loan will be used to partly refinance debt related to the acquisition of Atrium.

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Hemsö issues SEK 750 million bond

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Hemsö Fastighets AB (publ) has issued a three-year, unsecured, bond on the Swedish market amounting to SEK 750 million. Hemsö will apply for a listing of the bonds on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The bondholders are represented by the agent Swedish Trustee.

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Betaworks Studio and Three Point Group acquire stakes in Bloglovin’

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

US-based Betaworks Studio and Three Point Group have invested in Bloglovin’ by acquiring Nyheter 24’s stake in the company.

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Mannheimer Swartling wins Chambers Europe ‘Best Swedish Firm of the Year’ award for...

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

second consecutive year

Mannheimer Swartling was named ‘Best Swedish Firm of the Year’ for the second consecutive year at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence ceremony held in Amsterdam on 10 May 2012. 

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Inwido divests Inwido Home Improvement to Priveq

June 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Inwido has agreed to divest Inwido Home Improvement AB to Priveq Investment Fund IV. Inwido, Northern Europe's largest supplier of window and door solutions, is owned by Swedish private equity conglomerate Ratos and has an annual turnover of over SEK 5 billion and approximately 3,500 employees.

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SAS sells airport properties to Swedavia

May 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has agreed to sell six properties at Arlanda, Landvetter and Sturup airports in Sweden to Swedavia for a total value of approximately SEK 1.8 billion.

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Mannheimer Swartling’s Maria Wolleh co-chairs World Women Lawyers’ Conference presented by...

May 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

by IBA’s Women Lawyers’ Interest Group

Mannheimer Swartling partner Maria Wolleh co-chaired the International Bar Association’s (IBA) 5th World Women Lawyers’ Conference in her capacity as Senior Vice-Chair of the IBA’s Women Lawyers’ Interest Group. 

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Prenax Global divested to Arts et Biens

May 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The owners of Prenax Global AB have sold their shares in the company to ARTS ET BIENS, an investment firm based in France founded by the LĂ©vy family.

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Valedo/Akademikliniken makes add-on acquisition

May 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Valedo’s portfolio company Akademikliniken has made an add-on acquisition in Sweden and Norway by acquiring Ellipse Klinikken from Reiten.

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Ekstranda sold to PG Nilsson

May 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Jan and Stefan Bengtsson have divested the privately-held Swedish investment company Ekstranda to restaurant entrepreneur PG Nilsson.

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MediaTek purchases all shares in Coresonic AB

May 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised MediaTek Group, a market leading semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, in relation to its acquisition of Coresonic AB, a company which has developed a completely new and ground-breaking DSP architecture for wireless basebands which constitutes the central element of all digital communications.

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Nordic Gaming Group acquired by Betsson

May 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The gaming business of Nordic Gaming Group, a privately-held company based on Malta, is acquired by Betsson for an up-front purchase price of EUR 65 million and a contingent, additional purchase price of up to EUR 20 million, bringing the total potential purchase price to EUR 85 million.

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Mannheimer Swartling’s Competition group ranks “Elite” in GCR100 and wins GLE Award

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling was ranked “Elite” in Sweden in the 2012 Edition of the GCR100, Global Competition Review’s independent assessment of the world’s top antitrust and competition practices. Firms are grouped into three categories: elite, highly recommended and recommended.

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Mannheimer Swartling hosts pre-moot to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

For the fourth consecutive year, Mannheimer Swartling, in co-operation with Stockholm University, hosted a pre-moot to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot as law students representing universities from ten countries across Europe converged in Stockholm to compete against each other in a fictive international arbitration case.

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Nordea signs Stockholm property development project with Pembroke

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Nordea has entered into an agreement with Pembroke Real Estate concerning the development of properties located in Stockholm’s central business district (CBD). Nordea will continue as the dominant tenant of the properties. The new building is expected to be completed no later than 2016 and the new development and the lease agreement are conditioned on requisite regulatory approvals being obtained.

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Hexagon has established a Swedish commercial paper programme

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Hexagon AB has established a Swedish commercial paper programme. The programme enables Hexagon to issue commercial papers up to a value of SEK 5 billion. Arranger of the programme is Nordea and dealers are Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB and Swedbank. In connection with establishing the programme, Hexagon has entered a SEK 2.5 billion back-up facility.

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Mannheimer Swartling advises on ECB rescue package and sovereign debt workout for Greece

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

In February 2012 Greece received a USD 171.9 billion rescue package from the European Central Bank and private sector investors holding portions of the country’s sovereign debt agreed to restructure their bonds. The rescue package and debt resettlement deal came with several conditions for Greece, including an obligation for Greece to reduce its debt to approximately 120.5 percent of gross domestic product. The effort to restructure Greece’s debt represents one of the largest sovereign workouts since 1900.

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Lindab extends existing credit facility

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Lindab has extended SEK 3 billion of an existing multi-currency revolving credit facility with Nordea and Handelsbanken until February 2015.

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Stamford Law comes out on top in M&A League Table Rankings for Q1 2012

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Stamford Law holds the distinction of being Singapore's top M&A law firm in Asia Pacific Ex-Japan. This ranking was drawn from Bloomberg's M&A Legal Advisory League Tables by volume for M&A Deals. The Bloomberg M&A Advisory League Tables are the definitive publication for M&A advisory rankings. With other local law firms trailing behind, the value of Stamford Law's M&A deals at US$1.2 billion is the highest by a Singaporean law firm in the first quarter of this year for deals that were announced between January 1 and March 21. This distinction also translates to Stamford Law being the top Singaporean Law firm represented in the South East Asian M&A Legal Advisory League Tables for deals by volume. In addition to this, Stamford Law is the top Singaporean law firm in the Asia Pacific Private Equity table.

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Mannheimer Swartling turns off the lights during Earth Hour

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

On Saturday 31 March at 8.30pm Earth Hour 2012 takes place. Earth Hour is a global climate change event arranged by WWF. During Earth Hour, individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the world turn off their lights for one hour in a symbolic act intended to raise awareness of climate change issues and to encourage the world’s leaders to act.

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Kaj Hobér, has been appointed Professor of International Investment and Trade Law

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Kaj Hobér appointed Professor of International Investment and Trade Law at Uppsala University; unique interdisciplinary and jurisprudential research programme launched.

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AxLoad acquires majority of shares in Mennens Group

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

AxLoad has acquired the majority of the shares in Mennens Group from De Hoge Dennen Capital, a Dutch privately held investment company. Mennens will become a part of Certex Group, the largest of AxLoad’s three divisions.

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Green Cargo sells third-party logistics to PostNord

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Green Cargo has agreed to divest Green Cargo Logistics, including the associated buildings and real property, to PostNord.

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Capio receives renewed contract for St. Göran’s Hospital in Stockholm

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Capio AB receives renewed contract in the public procurement carried out by Stockholm County Council regarding the operation of St. Göran’s Hospital. The new contract covers the period 2013-2021 with a right for the council to extend the contract for another four years. The annual contract value is approximately SEK 1.3 billion (EUR 145 million).

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European Uranium Resources acquires uranium exploration licenses in Sweden and Finland

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

European Uranium Resources Ltd. (formerly Tournigan Energy Ltd), a company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Canada and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has acquired a number of uranium exploration licenses in Sweden and Finland from Mawson Resources Ltd.

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Mannheimer Swartling named IFLR Law Firm of the Year: Sweden 2012

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling is pleased to announce that it was named ”Law Firm of the Year: Sweden” at the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) European Awards 2012 ceremony held 22 March in London. This is the sixth time in eight years that the firm has received this award.

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Skandia Liv completes acquisition of Skandia AB from Old Mutual

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Skandia Liv has completed the acquisition of Skandia AB from Old Mutual for SEK 22.5 billion.

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Mannheimer Swartling once again in GAR ranking of arbitration firms

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling features once again in the GAR100, Global Arbitration Review’s listing of the world’s most prominent international arbitration practices and the GAR30, a ranking of the world’s 30 most active arbitration law firms.

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Preem and Skangass sign LNG-terminal deal

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Preem and Norwegian Skangass have entered into a partnering agreement and ancillary agreements regarding the construction of Scandinavia’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal next to Preem’s refinery in Lysekil on the west coast of Sweden. The investment is estimated at approximately SEK 700 million. Skangass will operate the LNG terminal which is expected to supply Preemraff with approximately 200,000 tonnes of LNG per year. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.

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MCB Finance Group plc establishes SEK 500 million secured note programme

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

MCB Finance Group plc has established a SEK 500 million secured note programme through its newly formed Swedish subsidiary MCB Treasury AB.

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Mannheimer Swartling most popular law firm among students for...

April 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

tenth consecutive year in Universum survey

For the tenth year in a row, Mannheimer Swartling has been ranked as the most popular law firm to work for by law students in Sweden. Universum’s FöretagsBarometer (The Swedish Student Survey) is the largest survey conducted annually at all the leading universities in Sweden. 

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BioInvent International to carry out rights issue

March 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

BioInvent International AB (publ), a research-based pharmaceutical company focused on developing antibody drugs, is carrying out a rights issue with preferential right for the company’s shareholders.

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Mannheimer Swartling raanked in Chambers and Partners’ Asia-Pacific guide

March 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has been ranked in the Chambers and Partners’ Asia-Pacific guide among the mid market international firms in M&A and Corporate. Mannheimer Swartling is the only Swedish law firm mentioned in the guide.

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Mannheimer Swartling partners win at International Law Office Client Choice Awards 2012

March 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling’s Hans HammarbĂ€ck and Fredrik Svensson were recognised as winners within Insurance & Reinsurance law in Sweden and Capital Markets law in Russia, respectively, at the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards 2012 held in London on 22 February.

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Novax invests in RCO

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Novax has acquired a 60 per cent ownership stake in RCO, a leading provider of electronic access control products and solutions on the Swedish market. The sellers will continue as owners alongside Novax.

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The Sixth AP Fund divests STT CONDIGI

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (Sixth AP Fund) and the other shareholders in STT Condigi Holding AB have sold their holding to Tunstall Healthcare Group, a leading telecare and telehealth provider based in the UK.

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Trelleborg and Freudenberg form a global joint venture in automotive antivibration solutions

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Trelleborg and Freudenberg have agreed to form a joint venture to produce antivibration solutions for light and heavy vehicles. At year-end 2010, the total annual sales of the entities that are to form the joint venture were estimated at EUR 1.2 billion, with 8,100 employees in 17 countries. Completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of the relevant competition authorities.

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SKF enters into a new global IT-outsourcing agreement with HP

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

SKF has re-negotiated its agreement with HP regarding the outsourcing of its information technology business on a global basis.

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Langley Group acquires sheet fed division from manroland AG

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The British engineering group Langley Holdings plc has acquired the sheet fed printing division of bankrupt manroland AG. The acquisition of the division includes production facilities, real estate, and an international marketing organisation operating through more than 50 subsidiaries in over 40 countries.

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Munters acquires air treatment business in south China

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Munters AB, owned by Nordic Capital, has acquired an air cooling and air treatment equipment business in Dongguan (Guangdong Province). The acquisition is aimed at facilitating the Group’s expansion in the Chinese market. The business was acquired from Dongguan Keda Electrical & Mechanical Equipments Co., Ltd, a Chinese private company and the parties will for a period run the business together.

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Proffice acquires remaining shares in Dfind

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Proffice AB has acquired the remaining shares in its subsidiary Dfind AB, which is a recruitment and staffing company specialised in information technology.

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DCC Energy acquires Swea Energi Holding AB

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

DCC Energy has agreed to acquire the Swedish company Swea Energi Holding AB from Viviann and Lennart Hansson for an initial purchase price of SEK 205 million. Completion of the acquisition is conditional on competition approval from the European Commission.

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Mannheimer Swartling sponsors scholarship programme for Chinese law graduates to study arbitration l

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling is pleased to announce its participation in a scholarship programme that will allow three Chinese law students to participate in The Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law programme (ICAL) at Stockholm University. Mannheimer Swartling is joined by Swedish law firms, Gernandt & Danielsson and Vinge, in donating the scholarships.

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Consort Group acquires premium hotel in Berlin

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Consort Group has acquired a hotel property out of receivership. The property is located in Berlin’s historic city centre and the four star hotel will continue to be operated by the Accor Group.

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Sixth AP Fund divests Xelerated to Marvell

February 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (Sixth AP Fund) and the other shareholders have sold their holding in Xelerated to Marvell.

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Schibsted announces public offer for Aspiro

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Schibsted has made a public offer to acquire Aspiro. The offer values all outstanding shares in Aspiro at approximately SEK 340 million.

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Alten acquires EneaÂŽs consulting business in Sweden

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Alten S.A. has agreed to acquire Enea Services Öresund AB, Enea‘s technology consulting business in Sweden with approximately 300 co-workers in Stockholm, Lund and Linköping. Enea AB (publ) is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.

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Overseas Telecom AB divests Suntel Limited

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Overseas Telecom, the majority shareholder of Suntel Limited, has divested its share in Suntel Limited to Dialog Broadband Networks (Private) Limited. The transaction, which include all shares in the company, is expected to close in March 2012

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Sweco acquires FMC Group

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Sweco has signed an agreement to acquire the Finnish engineering consultancy FMC Group with annual sales of EUR 80 million and around 1,100 employees.

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Hexpol acquires Horst MĂŒller Kunststoffe

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Hexpol has acquired the German company Horst MĂŒller Kunststoffe GmbH & Co.KG for EUR 39 million on a cash and debt free basis. Horst MĂŒller Kunststoffe is a leading Central European manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomer compounds (TPE Compounding). It has around 90 employees and an estimated annual turnover of EUR 46 million.

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Munters acquires Rotem

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Munters has acquired a majority share in the Israeli company Rotem Computerized Controllers (1994) Limited. Rotem is specialized in control and management systems for agricultural and horticultural applications and a leading company worldwide.

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Capio Specialistkliniker acquires Centrum för TitthÄlskirurgi

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Capio Specialistkliniker has acquired Centrum för TitthÄlskirurgi, a private specialist clinic that performs operations with focus on overweight surgery.

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SL awards Arriva contracts for public transport in Stockholm

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Stockholm Public Transport Authority (Sw. Stockholms Lokaltrafik, “SL”) has awarded the international transport group Arriva two contracts valued at approximately SEK 16 billion over the full contract term.

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PostNord AB signs five-year loan facility

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

PostNord AB has signed a multi-currency revolving facility for SEK 2 billion with a consortium of Nordic banks. The facility matures in 2016.

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Stena Renewable acquires wind turbines from Vestas Northern Europe

January 2012. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Stena Renewable AB has, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lemnhult Energi AB, entered into a turbine supply agreement and an agreement on service and maintenance regarding 32 wind turbine generators to be erected in Lemnhult, Municipality of Vetlanda, with Vestas Northern Europe AB. The agreements include delivery, erection and 15 years of service of the wind turbines in Lemnhult.

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Ulf Ohrling elected Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

December 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling partner Ulf Ohrling has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (SwedCham). SwedCham, founded in 1986, provides important information and networking opportunities to Swedish and Swedish-related companies in Hong Kong and offers a forum for exchanging experiences with companies already established in the region.

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Riverside acquires Swedish independent school operator

December 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Riverside Company has acquired the PPS Group, an independent school operator in Sweden, from its founding management, who will remain owners alongside Riverside for the next phase of PPS’s development.

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Mohammed Al Amoudi’s and FastPartner’s bid for Allenex

December 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling is advising Mohammed Al Amoudi and FastPartner AB (publ) as well as their jointly owned bidding company on its mandatory bid for Allenex AB (publ).

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Telenor, Telia, Tele2 and 3 form mobile payments joint venture

December 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Telenor, Telia, Tele2 and 3 have formed a joint venture to provide a mobile payments service. The company is equally owned by Telenor, Telia, Tele2 and 3 and will operate as a commercial venture.

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Facebook builds data centre in northern Sweden

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Facebook Inc and its Swedish subsidiary Pinnacle Sweden AB in the establishment and construction of a data centre in LuleĂ„, Sweden. This is Facebook first data centre outside the United States and it will be the largest data centre of its kind in Europe.

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Atomico leads Series A funding of Wrapp social gifting service

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Wrapp, the new social gifting service, has received a round of Series A funding led by Atomico, the international venture capital firm formed by Niklas Zennström. Zennström will also be joining Wrapp's board of directors.

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Sandvik announces public offer for Seco Tools AB

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Sandvik has made a recommended public offer to acquire all remaining shares in its subsidiary Seco Tools AB. The total offer value for all shares in Seco Tools, not held by Sandvik, is approximately SEK 6.2 billion. The offer values Seco Tools in its entirety at approximately SEK 15.6 billion.

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Bovieran founders joined by Balder in ownership of Bovieran

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The founders of Bovieran have been joined by Fastighets AB Balder in their ownership of Bovieran, a Swedish real property development company that develops and builds housing for senior citizens.

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Mannheimer Swartling elects new partners

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling is pleased to announce that it has elected Emil Boström, Lucas Jonsson and Kristoffer Löf as partners of the firm, effective 1 January 2012.

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3i divests TeknikMagasinet to SEB Venture Capital

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

3i has divested its stake in Sweden-based retail chain, TeknikMagasinet, to SEB Venture Capital. TeknikMagasinet has approximately 100 stores in the Nordic region selling consumer electronics and gadgets. The group has 460 employees and net sales of approximately SEK 670 million.

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Green Cargo divests road haulage subsidiary

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Green Cargo has sold its road haulage subsidiary, Green Cargo Åkeri, to a new joint venture owned by Hans Paridon, the division’s former managing director, and Swedish Match.

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Mannheimer Swartling named law firm of the year and lawyers top rankings

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has once again been named “Clients’ Choice” in the annual client survey “Klientbarometern”. This is the eighth consecutive year that the firm has been selected “Clients’ Choice” in business law.

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Milko merger with Arla Foods approved by Swedish Competition Authority

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Swedish Competition Authority has approved the merger of Swedish dairy processor Milko and Arla Foods, clearing the way for Arla to control Milko’s volume share in Swedish raw milk after the official merger on 1 November 2011.

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Unilever acquires Ingman Ice Cream

November 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Unilever has agreed to acquire Ingman Ice Cream Oy Ab. Ingman is the major, enduring domestic ice cream producer in the Finnish market since Valio divested its ice cream production to Nestlé in 2004. The completion of the acquisition is contingent on securing approval from the relevant competition authorities.

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APM terminals acquires Port of Gothenburg container terminal

October 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

APM Terminals has acquired Skandia Container Terminal AB and will take over the operation of the container terminal in the port of Gothenburg. Skandia Container Terminal AB was acquired from Göteborg Port Operation AB, a company controlled by the municipality of Gothenburg. In connection with the transaction, a concession agreement will be entered into concerning the operation of the terminal and related infrastructure. The acquisition is subject to approval of the relevant competition authorities.

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SEMAFO begins trading on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm

October 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

SEMAFO has completed a secondary listing of its common shares on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm exchange in Sweden. SEMAFO’s shares started trading on the Large Cap segment of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm on 20 October 2011. The market capitalization of SEMAFO corresponds to approximately SEK 13 billion.

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Unilever acquires Ingman Ice Cream

October 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Unilever has agreed to acquire Ingman Ice Cream Oy Ab. Ingman is the major, enduring domestic ice cream producer in the Finnish market since Valio divested its ice cream production to Nestlé in 2004. The completion of the acquisition is contingent on securing approval from the relevant competition authorities.

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Ballingslöv International acquires Macro International

October 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Ballingslöv International has acquired Macro International, a leading shower systems manufacturer in Sweden and Norway.

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System suppliers Exir and Arkivator merge

October 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Exirgruppen AB has merged its Swedish and Hungarian operations with the Arkivator group. The merger has been effected through an exchange of shares whereby Exirgruppen AB has become a shareholder of Arkivator Holding AB alongside IGC Industrial Growth Company AB.

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Getinge acquires Atrium Medical

October 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Getinge has agreed to acquire Atrium Medical Inc., a US-based company primarily focused on the cardiovascular market, from a group of private investors for approximately USD 680 million. The acquisition is being financed through the use of existing credit facilities and a new form of credit in the shape of a bridge loan of USD 300 million. The completion of the acquisition is contingent on securing approval from the relevant competition authorities.

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Publicis Groupe acquires Schwartz Communications

October 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Publicis Groupe has acquired all assets of the PR and communications company Schwartz Communications, Inc., including its UK and Swedish subsidiaries. The company, founded by Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz in 1990, has 180 employees in Boston, San Francisco, Stockholm and London.

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Stena wins enforcement proceedings against Russian shipyard

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Swedish shipping company Stena RoRo AB has won enforcement proceedings against the Russian shipyard Baltiysky Zavod JSC and related nullification proceedings before the Russian courts.

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Kungsleden sells commercial properties in Stockholm

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Kungsleden has divested two commercial properties in Johanneshov/Stockholm to S:t Erik Markutveckling AB, a company indirectly owned by the Municipality of Stockholm. The value of the properties is SEK 279 million.

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Diös acquires Norrvidden at a property value of SEK 5.8 billion

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Skrindan, owned by Altor and Bure, has finalised the process of finding a long term owner of Norrvidden, the largest real estate company in Northern Sweden. The company owns app. 220 real properties totalling app. 840 000 sqm.

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Einar Mattsson-group companies enter into property management agreement

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Einar Mattsson Fastighetsaktiebolag, among others, and Einar Mattsson Byggnads Aktiebolag have entered into an agreement regarding the management of real properties owned by the group. The Einar Mattsson-group’s property portfolio consists of 81 real properties in Stockholm with a total value of SEK 5.7 billion.

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G&L Beijer acquires distribution operations from Carrier Corporation

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

G&L Beijer has acquired operations from Carrier Corporation that handle the distribution of Toshiba’s ventilation, heating and air conditioning products in eleven European countries for approximately EUR 86 million.

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Proventus and Foundation Asset Management joined by Folksam in ownership of wind power group PWP

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Proventus, Foundation Asset Management and Folksam (Folksam Liv, Folksam Sak and KPA PensionsförsĂ€kring) become equal owners in PWP AB, one of Sweden’s largest on-shore wind power producers, following Proventus’ sale of shares to new owner Folksam and current owner Foundation Asset Management.

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Sunningdale acquires ATEC of Sweden

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Sunningdale Tech Ltd is a leading manufacturer of precision plastic components and is listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange. Sunningdale Tech has more than 7,000 employees and operates across five countries. Sunningdale has through its subsidiary Sunningdale Tech (Europe) Holding Pte. Ltd. acquired ATEC of Sweden AB and Latvian AS ATEC from Plasticscommerce Pte Ltd.

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Robin Oldenstam named in Global Arbitration Review

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Global Arbitration Review (GAR) has named Robin Oldenstam, partner at Mannheimer Swartling and head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution practice, in its ‘45 under 45’ list of  leading figures in international arbitration under the age of 45. He is the first and only lawyer from Scandinavia to be included on this global list of leading practitioners since it was inaugurated in 2006.

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G&L Beijer acquires wholesale operations in France and UK

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

G&L Beijer has agreed to acquire United Refrigeration’s wholesale operations in France and UK.  The acquisition in France relates to Cofriset, and the acquisition in UK relates to United Refrigeration (UK).

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Manual for applying the Swedish Corporate Governance Code – 2011 edition available

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Manual for applying the Swedish Corporate Governance Code – 2011 edition available

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Docu Group acquires Sverige Bygger

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Docu Group has acquired the Sverige Bygger group from Talentum.

Sverige Bygger is the market-leading provider of information and marketing services for the construction industry in Scandinavia. Docu Group is controlled by GMT Communications Partners, a European TMTÂŹfocused private equity group.

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Carlyle and Providence divest Com Hem to BC Partners

September 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Carlyle Group and Providence Equity Partners have agreed to divest Com Hem, Sweden’s leading TV, broadband and telephony company, to BC Partners, an international private equity firm. Completion is expected in September 2011 subject to receiving EU regulatory approval.

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Olcon Engineering sells Dynasafe to Perusa

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Olcon Engineering AB has sold Dynasafe International AB to Perusa Partners Fund 1, L.P.

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E.ON Gas Sverige divests gas transmission business to Swedegas

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

E.ON Gas Sverige AB has divested its gas transmission business, including pipelines and ancillary facilities for energy gas transmission, to Swedegas, a company held by EQT Infrastructure. 

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Tele2 subsidiary in Russia closes debut bond offering

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

OJSC Saint-Petersburg Telecom, a subsidiary of Tele2 Russia Holding AB, has closed a debut bond issue of RUB 13 billion. The issuer's liabilities under the offering will be covered by irrevocable undertakings from Tele2 Russia Holding AB and Tele2 Financial Services AB. Raiffeisen Bank and VTB Capital acted as lead arrangers and book-runners.

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Getinge signs new syndicated loan facility

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Getinge AB entered into a new Multicurrency Revolving Credit Facility Agreement of EUR 1.2 billion with an international syndicate of banks.

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Proffice acquires student staffing company Komet

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Proffice has acquired Komet, a temporary staffing and recruitment company focusing on university and college students with approximately 600 consultants, from Constallation Group.

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AAK acquires Golden Foods/Golden Brands

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has acquired the Golden Foods/Golden Brands business of Louisville, Kentucky, the leading North American processor of speciality fats and oils and manufacturer of shortenings for the bakery and food service industries.

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Systemair completes acquisition of Ventrade

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Systemair has completed its previously announced acquisition of Ventrade, a Russian ventilation and air conditioning company.

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LK Finans and SEB Venture Capital acquire Temperature Sensitive Solutions Systems Sweden

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

LK Finans and SEB Venture Capital have jointly acquired Temperature Sensitive Solutions Systems Sweden AB (“TSS”) from the company’s founder, Michael ThelvĂ©n. TSS is a leading provider of products and services for temperature measuring and control of temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals during and after transport.

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Philips acquires Mammography Product Line from Sectra

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Royal Philips Electronics has agreed, subject to certain closing conditions, to acquire the mammography equipment product line of Sectra AB for EUR 57.5 million on a cash- and debt-free basis, with an additional possible earn-out of EUR 12.5 million.

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AstraZeneca sells Astra Tech to DENTSPLY for approximately USD 1.8 billion

August 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

AstraZeneca has agreed to sell Astra Tech AB to DENTSPLY International Inc for approximately USD 1.8 billion in cash, subject to regulatory clearance.

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Skanska invests in new wind park, one of the largest in Sweden

July 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Skanska Infrastructure Development, wind park developer O2 and JĂ€mtkraft are jointly investing in a project-financed wind park. The total investment amounts to approximately SEK 1.1 billion. Skanska’s holding amounts to 50 percent; the other parties own 25 percent each.

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3i divests Ålö to Altor

July 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

3i has divested Ålö, a global leader in agricultural front loaders, to Altor for SEK 2.2 billion.

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Proventus Invest AB announces public offer to the shareholders of ...

July 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

BRIO AB and delisting of BRIO’s shares from NGM Equity 

Proventus Invest AB announced a public offer to the shareholders of BRIO AB (publ) on 10 March 2011. Proventus has thereafter requested compulsory acquisition of the remaining shares in BRIO and currently holds more than 99% of the shares in the company. BRIO’s shares were delisted from NGM Equity on 10 June 2011. 

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Betsafe acquired by Betsson

July 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Betsafe, a privately-held gaming company based on Malta, has been acquired by Betsson. The transaction values Betsafe at a maximum of EUR 60 million, based on an up-front purchase price of EUR 32.5 million and a contingent, additional purchase price of up to EUR 27.5 million.

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BioInvent International AB (publ) carries out private placement

July 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

BioInvent International AB (publ) announced on 1 June 2011 that the company, by virtue of the authorization by the annual general meeting on 24 March 2011, have completed a private placement of new shares through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure. The private placement provides the company with approximately SEK 136 million before transactions costs.

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Industrifonden and Sustainable Technologies Fund invest in Triventus

July 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Industrifonden and Sustainable Technologies Fund have co-invested SEK 100 million in Triventus. Triventus is active in renewable energy, primarily wind power, but also biogas and small-scale hydroelectric power. Triventus has experienced rapid growth since being formed in 2003 and had a turnover of SEK 500 million in 2010.

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RBS acquires Centeni AB (previously Boultbee Stockholm Group)

July 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (“RBS”) has completed a refinancing and acquired all the shares in the shopping mall company Centeni AB (former Boultbee Group Stockholm) on 6 May 2011. RBS is now the sole owner of the Centeni group.

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Unilever divests Opus Health Care to Segulah

July 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Unilever Sverige has agreed to divest Opus Health Care to Segulah IV, L.P.

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Mannheimer Swartling named favourite law firm in Universum student survey

May 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-03-16)

For the ninth year in a row, law students in Sweden selected Mannheimer Swartling as the law firm they would like to work for most.

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Proventus establishes Proventus Capital Partners II

May 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Proventus establishes Proventus Capital Partners II, a vehicle for investments in corporate loans and bonds

(2011-05-11) 

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Mannheimer Swartling ‘Best Swedish Firm of the Year’

May 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Chambers Europe presents AndrĂ© Andersson with an ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award and names Mannheimer Swartling ‘Best Swedish Firm of the Year’

(2011-05-06) 

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Invest B2B A/S divests Berlin Portfolio

May 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-05-05)

Invest B2B A/S has divested its portfolio consisting of 32 properties located in Berlin to a joint venture of Austrian investors for a purchase price exceeding € 75 million.

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Skanska sells its share in Autopista Central

May 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Skanska is selling its 50-percent ownership in Autopista Central, a public-private partnership (PPP) highway concession located in Santiago, Chile, to Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), a Canadian institutional management firm managing funds on behalf of the Province of Alberta, certain public pension and endowments.

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Valedo Partners invests in Akademikliniken

May 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-05-05)

Valedo Partners has acquired a majority stake in Akademikliniken, the leading Swedish aesthetic and reconstructive surgery group and operator of one of the world’s leading aesthetic surgery clinics.

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IGT announces recommended cash offer for Entraction

May 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-05-05)

International Game Technology (“IGT”) has announced a recommended cash offer to the shareholders in Entraction Holding AB (“Entraction”) corresponding to a total offer value of SEK 700 million.

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Accent Equity acquires stake in Hoist

May 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-05-04)

Accent Equity has acquired 50 percent of Hoist AB. The founders, Malcolm Lindblom and Christopher Upmark, will hold the remaining shares.

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Sandvik and Shandong Energy Machinery form joint venture

April 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-04-29)

Sandvik Mining and Construction and Shandong Energy Machinery Co. in Xintai, Shandong Province, China, have signed an agreement to form a 50/50 owned joint venture for the production and sale of coal mining equipment.

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SEB provides financing for Russian real estate transaction

April 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

2011-04-28)

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB) has provided EUR 25 million in secured real estate financing to a Swedish real estate company with branches in Russia. The funding provided is intended for properties located in Kaliningrad and Murmansk.

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New issue of the newsletter German News Flash

April 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-04-26)

A new issue of the newsletter German News Flash is released, the newsletter that covers what happens on the German market for a Swedish and German audience. The newsletter is in English.

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Sale of TranSiC AB

April 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-04-20)

The US company Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation has acquired all shares in TranSiC AB from, among others, Volvo Technology Transfer AB, Stiftelsen Industrifonden and Midroc New Technology AB.

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Volvo Buses and Chinese SAIC form joint company for new energy driveline systems

April 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-04-19)

Volvo Bus Corporation and SAIC Motors, a company in the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), have agreed to form Shanghai Green Bus Drive System Co, a joint venture company focused on new energy driveline systems for buses such as hybrids and electric buses. The new company will be owned by SAIC with 60% and by Volvo with 40%.

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Stena Bulk enters into joint venture with Dannebrog Rederi

April 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-04-14)

Stena Bulk has entered into a joint venture with the Danish shipping company Dannebrog Rederi and acquired 50 percent of the shares in Stena Weco. Stena Weco will operate the Weco Shipping product tanker business previously held by Dannebrog Rederi and will initially have a fleet of approximately 30 product tankers. Stena Bulk will contribute its extensive experience of tanker operations and resources to Stena Weco.

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GMT acquires Thomson Reuters’ legal and tax & accounting businesses in Scandinavia

April 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-04-11)

GMT Communications Partners has agreed to acquire the legal and tax & accounting businesses of Thomson Reuters in Denmark and Sweden.

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AMF acquires fifty percent of the residential company Dombron

April 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-04-04)

AMF PensionsförsĂ€kring AB has reached an agreement with the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund to acquire fifty percent of the shares in Dombron Intressenter AB  and thereby indirectly a real estate portfolio with a total underlying property value of SEK 6 billion. The portfolio of approximately 80 properties consists of residential and student properties primarily located in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Uppsala.

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Eindomsverdi acquires majority stake in VĂ€rderingsdata

March 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-03-29)

Eiendomsverdi AS has acquired a majority stake in VĂ€rderingsdata i Kungsbacka AB. Both companies develop and deliver IT systems and software primarily for monitoring market developments in the real estate industries in Norway and Sweden, respectively.

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Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ) announces rights issue of approximately SEK 600 milllion

March 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-03-29)

The board of directors of Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ) has resolved on a new share issue with preferential rights for the company’s shareholders of approximately SEK 600 million. The rights issue is subject to approval by the annual general meeting to be held on April 28, 2011.

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Trelleborg signs syndicated loan facility

March 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-03-25)

Trelleborg AB and Trelleborg Treasury AB have signed a new five year multi-currency revolving credit facility for EUR 750 million and USD 625 million with a consortium of international banks. The facility will be used for partial repayment of an existing facility as well as for general corporate purposes.

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Aviator Airport Alliance acquires Novia

March 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-03-21)

The Nordic supplier of ground handling to the airline industry, Aviator, has entered into an agreement regarding the purchase of Novia and its ground handling operations at Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) and at Malmö Airport (Sturup).

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Bankernas Automatbolag enters seven-year outsourcing agreement with EDB ErgoGroup

March 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-03-18)

Bankernas Automatbolag has entered into a seven-year outsourcing agreement with EDB ErgoGroup. The agreement, valued at close to SEK 1 billion, entails that Bankernas Automatbolag will purchase ATM services from EDB ErgoGroup for the operation of approximately 2,800 ATM’s in Sweden, including administration, software management, transaction processing, settlement and operational monitoring.

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SKB submits applications for world’s first final repository of spent nuclear fuel

March 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-03-17)

The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) has applied for permission to build the world’s first final repository of spent nuclear fuel. An application filed under the Environmental Code has been submitted to the Environmental Court at Nacka District Court in Sweden. SKB has also filed an application in compliance with the Swedish Nuclear Activities Act with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM).

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News Print Print [Header image] Mannheimer Swartling recognised as one of the leading international

March 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

(2011-03-16)

Mannheimer Swartling appears once again in the GAR30, Global Arbitration Review’s ranking of the world’s leading law firms in the area of international arbitration. 

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Norrporten enters lease agreement with Buss Group in Hamburg

January 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Norrporten HAC GmbH has agreed to lease over 4,600 square meters of the "Hamburg America Center" office property in HafenCity in Hamburg to Buss Group GmbH & Co. KG. Buss, a logistics company based in Hamburg, has operations that include port logistics, development of logistics facilities and the establishment and investment of container funds.

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SEMAFO explores possible dual listing on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm

January 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling is advising SEMAFO Inc. in exploring the possibility of a secondary listing on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.

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Kungsleden selling public properties in Germany

January 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Kungsleden AB in connection with the divestment of its retirement homes portfolio in Germany to Hemsö Fastighets AB.

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RusForest AB acquire Russian forest companies

January 2011. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

RusForest AB has completed the acquisition of 86 percent of OAO LDK-3 and 100 percent of OOO Infa.

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DFDS AND C.PORTS SA TAKE OVER RO/RO TERMINAL IN GOTHENBURG

October 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

DFDS and C.PORTS SA have jointly acquired Älvsborg Ro/Ro AB and will take over operations of the ro/ro terminal in the Port of Gothenburg. In connection with the acquisition, Älvsborg and the Port of Gothenburg have entered into a 25-year concession agreement, concerning the operation of the terminal and related infrastructure. Subject to the approval of the competition authorities, the transaction leads to two of the port's largest customers taking over the ro/ro terminal.

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Mannheimer Swartling advises the Ford Motor Company on $1.8bn sale of Volvo

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised the Ford Motor Company on the sale of Volvo and its assets to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for USD 1.8 billion.

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KF Fastigheter develops the trade area Mobilia in Lund

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

KF Fastigheter has acquired parts of the trade area Mobilia in Lund, and will together with Arne Paulssons Byggnads AB develop the area, including i.a. a Coop supermarket. KF Fastigheter has in connection herewith sold a larger property in central Lund to Paulssons. Mannheimer Swartling advised KF Fastigheter.

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Kaul and Capol sold to Riverside

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised the owners in the sale of Kaul GmbH and UK-affiliate, Capol UK Ltd., to The Riverside Company.

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Proventus establishes vehicle for investments in corporate loans and bonds

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Proventus in connection with the establishment of Proventus Capital Partners – a co-investment vehicle focusing on corporate loans and corporate bonds. The investment strategy for this vehicle also allows direct loans to companies and the ambition is to contribute with financing to mid-sized companies in need of capital for growth or restructuring when these companies are unable to secure traditional bank financing.

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Protego Real Estate Investors selling Swedish retail properties

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Protego Real Estate Investors has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling on the sale of twelve retail properties situated throughout Sweden for a total value of approximately SEK 210 million.

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Teracom divests its broadband business

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised the Teracom Group in the divestiture of its subsidiary Comet Networks to CSIT. Comet Networks operates the Group's broadband business, currently reaching more than 650,000 households and 80,000 businesses in approximately 50 municipalities in Sweden.

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Södra Timber acquires Trivselhus

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Södra Timber in connection with its acquisition of Ittur Prefab Industrier AB, the parent company of the Trivselhus Group, one of Sweden’s leading producers of prefabricated homes. Closing is expected to take place on 1 October 2009. The transaction is subject to inter alia competition clearance.

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Varian Medical Systems selected for new proton therapy centre

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Varian Medical Systems in entering into agreements for delivery of a proton therapy system to Skandionkliniken. The agreements include supply of an estimated USD 60 million in products. Varian Medical Systems will also have a five year service agreement valued at approximately USD 25 million. Skandionkliniken is the first clinical centre for proton therapy in Scandinavia and will have a capacity of treating 1,000 – 2,500 cancer patients per year. Varian Medical Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer.

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Wallhamn, Sweden’s largest private port, gains approvals for expansion

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Wallhamn AB on matters related to gaining approval for expansion of the port’s fairway to facilitate access for larger cargo ships. The port, owned by the Italian-based Grimaldi Group, is used for RoRo cargo, mainly in relation to the import and export of vehicles. The matter involved negotiations and permitting approval from, among others, the Swedish Transport Agency as well as other authorities and concerned parties. The firm recently also advised the Grimaldi Group on its acquisition of 50 per cent of port Wallhamn from EUKOR Car Carriers Inc, making the Grimaldi Group the sole owner of port Wallhamn.

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Stena Bulk in joint venture with Asahi Tankers

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Stena Bulk AB in its new joint venture with Japanese shipping company Asahi Tankers. The joint venture company, Asahi Stena Tankers, will be owned 50/50 by the parties and will invest in tonnage of varying sizes, initially focusing on Suezmax tankers for global transportation of crude oil.

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Skandia Liv signs asset management agreement with DnB NOR

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Skandia Liv on an agreement with DnB NOR to manage a portfolio of assets valued at approximately SEK 80 billion. The agreement replaces a previous asset management agreement between the parties and covers DnB NOR’s continued management of a portfolio of Swedish shares and interest and includes a number of special mandates, amongst others in tactical allocation and advice on “socially responsible investing.”

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Morphic Technologies divests ScanWind to GE Energy

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Morphic Technologies on the divestiture of ScanWind to GE Energy. ScanWind is a Norwegian-Swedish developer and supplier of wind-turbines and services for the coastal onshore and offshore market. The value of the transaction is SEK 130 million and is expected to be completed early September.

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Nordic credits to Iceland

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Loan agreements were signed on 1 July 2009 between Iceland and Denmark, Finland and Sweden respectively, and between Seðlabanki Íslands, guaranteed by Iceland and Norges Bank, guaranteed by Norway. Under the agreements the Nordic lenders have agreed to provide Iceland with total credits of ca. EUR 1.8 billion. The loans will be provided in relation to and as a support of Iceland’s economic stabilisation and reform programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The loans are intended to strengthen Iceland’s foreign exchange reserves.

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ICA enters into credit agreement with bank syndicate

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling advised ICA AB and ICA Finans AB in connection with a SEK 5 billion multicurrency revolving credit facility agreement entered into between the companies and a syndicate of Nordic banks. Zoran Stambolovski was responsible for the transaction, assisted by Gustav Nygren and Ludvig Frithiof.

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Gjensidige acquires LÀnsförsÀkringar International

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Gjensidige Forsikring in connection with its acquisition of LÀnsförsÀkringar International from LÀnsförsÀkringar. LÀnsförsÀkringar International provides casco and property insurance in Latvia and Lithuania. Gjensidige is market leading in property insurance in Norway. The company had approximately NOK 17 billion in premium revenue in 2008.

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Cegedim acquires the Nomi Group

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Cegedim S.A. in connection with its acquisition of the Nomi Group from Bisnode AB. The Nomi Group provides different data bases and CRM-tools to the Nordic pharmaceutical industry.

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COWI acquires the business of FlygfÀltsbyrÄn

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised COWI A/S in its acquisition of the business of FlygfÀltsbyrÄn AB (through an acquisition of FB Engineering AB, FB Management AB and AEC Investment AB and their subsidiaries). The target companies are engaged in, inter alia, the business of providing technical consultancy and project management services and services within virtual product development and digital visualization. FlygfÀltsbyrÄn AB, with headquarters in Gothenburg, has more than 60 years of experience in the business and approximately 760 employees.

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Stampen Media Partner acquires Mobiento

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Stampen Media Partner AB in its acquisition of a majority position in the Mobiento group. Mobiento is the market leader in the Nordic mobile marketing business.

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Sixth AP Fund becomes major shareholder in world's biggest solar cell manufacturer

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised the Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (Sixth AP Fund) in the conversion of their shareholding in the R&D company Solibro AB for shares in Q-Cells SE, a German company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The Sixth AP Fund becomes the third largest shareholder in Q-Cells as a result of this transaction, which values the Sixth AP Fund's shareholding at approximately SEK 600 million.

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The restructuring of General Motors’ European operations

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling is advising General Motors on the restructuring of its European operations, including i.a. the pooling of the Opel/Vauxhall assets under Adam Opel GmbH and the reorganization of Saab Automobile AB. Saab Automobile filed for a reorganization under Swedish Law in February 2009 and on June 17 the court in VĂ€nersborg approved a 75 per cent writedown of Saab Automobile's more than SEK 10 billion of debt.

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Nordea Bank Danmark provides debt financing for Synsam acquisition

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Nordea Bank Danmark A/S has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the debt financing of SEK 460,000,000 of Synsam Service ABÂŽs acquisition of Synsam optician stores throughout Sweden. The investors are Alipes AB and the selling store owners.

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Södra acquires wood processing companies from Rörvik Timber

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Södra Timber in its acquisition of Rörvik Timber’s pressure treatment plant in Åstorp. The company currently has an annual production permit for 150,000 cubic metres of pressure-treated timber.

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Unique co-operation on environmental cars: Volvo Cars and Vattenfall to develop new plug-in hybrid

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Vattenfall and the Volvo Car Corporation are launching an industrial joint venture partnership to introduce plug-in hybrids on the market. The technology will considerably lower the environmental impact from traffic.

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Mannheimer Swartling has advised Gamla LivförsÀkringsaktiebolaget

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Gamla LivförsÀkringsaktiebolaget SEB Trygg Liv enters property management agreement with Aberdeen Property Investors AB

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Shine Group acquires Metronome Film & Television from Schibsted

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Shine Group has acquired Metronome Film & Television, the Nordic region’s largest and most pre-eminent production group, responsible for a string of hit programmes, for SEK 719 million

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Crawford & Company executes global restructuring

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Crawford & Company on corporate legal matters and transactions relating to a reorganisation and restructuring of its operations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

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Telenor and Tele2 to build joint 4G network

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Telenor Sweden in establishing a joint venture with Tele2 Sweden to build and operate a 4G network. Telenor and Tele2 will be equal partners in the joint venture, Net4Mobility. The agreement also comprises spectrum sharing in the 900MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands, creating superior conditions for a nationwide 4G network in Sweden

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Securitas AB updates its Euro Medium Term Note Programme and issues 4-year bond

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Securitas in the update of its 1,5 billion euro Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) Programme listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and in connection with its issue of a 4-year, 500 million euro bond in the Eurobond market. The arranging banks were BNP Paribas, Nordea Bank Danmark A/S and Royal Bank of Scotland plc.

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Sandvik launches 3 billion euro EMTN Programme

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Sandvik in connection with a EUR 3,000,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme that was listed for trade on the London Stock Exchange in February 2009. Mannheimer Swartling has also advised Sandvik AB in connection with the first issue under the Programme in late February 2009.

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Mannheimer Swartling active in rights issues by Trelleborg, SAS, Nordea and SEB

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has been advising on rights issues this year totaling more than SEK 50 billion. The firm has represented issuers and investors from both the public and private sector.

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Autoliv announces offerings to raise $350 million

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Autoliv has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling on matters concerning Swedish securities law and the Swedish securities market in connection with its offerings of common stock and equity units totalling $350 million. Autoliv plans to offer approximately $200 million in the form of common stock and $150 million in the form of equity units in underwritten public offerings in the U.S.

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Ericsson to divest its TEMS-branded products to Ascom

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Ericsson has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in the sale of its TEMS-branded products business to Ascom. With the divestment of the TEMS-branded business, consisting of tools for air interface monitoring and radio network planning, Ericsson is refining its leading Professional Services portfolio to focus more purely on the services business. The purchase price is CHF 190 million, excluding net of assets and liabilities

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Fastighets AB Förvaltaren has sold properties to tenant-owners' associations

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Fastighets AB Förvaltaren has been assisted by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the sale of seven properties with an aggregate value of SEK 713 million to tenant-owners' associations in the municipality of Sundbyberg. More divestments are scheduled to be finalized during the spring and summer.

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Merger of Kreab and Gavin Anderson

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has together with the US law firm Davis & Gilbert assisted the global communications group Omnicom Group Inc. (owner of Gavin Anderson) in the merger of the Kreab group and the Gavin Anderson group into Kreab Gavin Anderson, a worldwide specialist financial, corporate and public affairs communications firm. Mannheimer Swartling was primarily responsible for matters relating to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Belgium.

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The Swedish National Debt Office sells Carnegie and Max Matthiessen

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised the Swedish National Debt Office in its sale of Carnegie Investment Bank AB and Max Matthiessen Holding AB to Altor and Bure Equity AB.

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Swedish Match and Philip Morris International in Global Joint Venture

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Swedish Match AB (publ) has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in its new global joint venture with NYSE-listed Philip Morris International.

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Ratos majority owner of DIAB

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Ratos AB (publ) has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with an agreement to acquire up to an additional 48 % of the shares in its associate DIAB Group AB. The seller, 3i Holdings plc, is divesting its entire holding of 48 % of the shares in DIAB to Ratos and the company’s minority owners. Depending on the size of the offering subscribed by minority owners, Ratos’s holding in DIAB will amount to a total of between 91 and 96 % of the shares. The transaction value is appr. 400 MSEK.

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SL awards MTR Corporation the contract to operate the Stockholm metro

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Stockholm Public Transport Authority (Sw. Stockholms Lokaltrafik, “SL”) has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the outsourcing/procurement of the Stockholm metro operations. SL’s board decided on 20 January to award the contract to the Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation. The estimated contract value is SEK 35 billion and includes, in addition to metro operations, rolling stock maintenance, station services, cleaning and snow removal.

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G & L Beijer acquires Carrier ARW

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

G & L Beijer AB has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the acquisition of Carrier Corporation’s refrigeration wholesale distribution operations in Europe and South Africa (“Carrier ARW”). The value of the transaction is approximately SEK 1,1 billion.

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Mannheimer Swartling wins precedent-setting tax case

January 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised several individuals in a tax case before the Supreme Administrative Court in Sweden. The individuals were senior managers and had invested in shares of the company which employed them. Furthermore, these individuals were contractually bound by restrictions associated with their share ownership. The matter involved whether their share profits should be taxed as a capital gain or employment income. The Court ruled in favour of the taxpayers and stated that the income shall be taxed as a capital gain, which has a lower tax rate and does not require certain employer contributions to be paid.

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Ratos majority owner of DIAB

February 2009. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Ratos AB (publ) has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with an agreement to acquire up to an additional 48 % of the shares in its associate DIAB Group AB. The seller, 3i Holdings plc, is divesting its entire holding of 48 % of the shares in DIAB to Ratos and the company’s minority owners. Depending on the size of the offering subscribed by minority owners, Ratos’s holding in DIAB will amount to a total of between 91 and 96 % of the shares. The transaction value is appr. 400 MSEK.

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Teracom acquires remaining shares of Boxer

November 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Teracom in its acquisition of 30 per cent of the shares in Boxer TV Access AB from the private equity firm 3i.

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Riverside förvÀrvar Hallvarsson & Halvarsson

November 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Riverside Europe Partners GmbH ingĂ„r i Sage Holdings som Ă€r en ledande transatlantisk aktör inom finansiell kommunikation och stakeholder management. Sage Holdings har över 900 anstĂ€llda med kontor i New York, London, Dubai, MĂŒnchen och nu Ă€ven i Stockholm.

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Accent Equity divests Annas Pepparkakor

November 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Accent Equity has divested Annas Pepparkakor to Belgian Lotus Bakeries.

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CayTel makes an offer for Teleca

November 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

CayTel 1 LP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Symphony Technology Group LLC, announced its public offer for Teleca AB (publ) on 31 October 2008, in accordance with the mandatory bid rules.

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Breakthrough for Imtech in Scandinavia

November 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Imtech N.V has acquired NVS Installation AB from funds represented by Triton Managers II Limited. The purchase price amounts to EUR  235 million. The transaction is subject to approval by the Norwegian competition authorities.

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Nomura acquires IT operations from Lehman Brothers

November 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Lehman Brother's IT and systems development operations in Sweden have been transferred as part of the Japanese bank Nomura's acquisition of part of the investment bank Lehman Brothers. The transfer is part of the global liquidation of Lehman Brothers in the wake of the financial crisis. The transaction is subject to the official receiver's approval.

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Mannheimer Swartling advises in the refinancing of Rottneros

November 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Danske Bank, DnB NOR, Nordea, HSH Nordbank and BBVA have been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the refinancing of Rottneros AB (publ). The refinancing entails that Rottneros gains access to facilities amounting to USD 83,300,000 provided by its existing lenders.

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Global Eiendom purchases real estate portfolio in Germany

November 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Global Eiendom Utbetaling Norge 2007 AS has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of mainly residential properties located in Munich. The purchase price for the portfolio amounted to about EUR 25,000,000.

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Glitnir banki sells Glitnir AB till HQ

October 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Glitnir banki on the sale of Glitnir AB to HQ AB (publ).

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Sinopec’s offer for Tanganyika Oil

October 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation has retained Mannheimer Swartling as their Swedish legal advisor in connection with a recommended public cash offer to the shareholders in Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd (Tanganyika Oil).

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Fazer acquires LantmÀnnen Fresh Bread

October 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Karl Fazer in its acquisition of LantmÀnnen Fresh Bread (Sweden).

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Swedbank Robur acquires Banco Fonder

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Swedbank Robur in its acquisition of Banco Fonder AB, which has managed assets totalling just over 8 billion SEK.

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VLT acquires Gratistidningar i Sverige

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

VLT AB has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the acquisition of 66.7 per cent of Gratistidningar i Sverige AB (GISAB) from the Danish Söndagsavisen AS group.

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DnB NOR offers the Swedish market the opportunity to indirectly invest in shipping projects

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

DnB NOR Bank ASA, the largest financial institution in Norway, has been assisted by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with its offer to the Swedish market to indirectly invest in various shipping projects.

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SKF acquires real estate in Russia

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

SKF has been assisted by Mannheimer Swartling in its acquisition of real estate in the Tver region, Russia, on which SKF plans to build a plant for manufacturing of bearing units for railway wheel sets. The facility will be in operation January 2010. With the new plant SKF will take a leading position as bearing supplier to the Russian Railways, RZD.

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SKF acquires PEER and its bearing manufactures in China and Thailand

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

SKF was advised by Mannheimer Swartling in its acquisition of PEER Bearing Company and its bearing manufactures in China and Thailand. PEER sells primarily to the North American market and will become a wholly-owned subsidiary in the SKF Group. The factories acquired in China are situated in Xinchang and Changshan. The factory in Thailand is situated in Rayong. PEER's main sales organisation is located in Illinois, USA.

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Getinge makes a public offer to the shareholders in Datascope

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Getinge AB was assisted my Mannheimer Swartling in a public offering of all shares in the Datascope Corp., a leading company active in the cardiovascular market with products for cardiac assist and vascular surgery. The total value of the public offer is 865 million US dollar.

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A.P. MÞller - MÊrsk A/S's public tender to the shareholders of Broström

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Broström was assisted by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with A.P. MÞller - MÊrsk A/S's recommended public cash tender to the shareholders of Broström. The offer valuates Broström at approximately SEK 3.62 billion.

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Bure Equity sells Textilia to Litorina Kapital

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Bure Equity has sold Textilia, the largest private Swedish textile service actor in the public sector, to Litorina Kapital. Litorina will pay a fixed purchase price of SEK 201 million for 100 per cent of the shares in the company. In addition to the fixed purchase price it will be possible for Bure Equity to receive several additional purchase prices based on the future financial results of Textilia.

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Argan Capital acquires a controlling stake in the Humana Group

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Argan Capital has acquired a controlling stake in the Humana Group which is Sweden's largest service provider for people with functional disorders and which provides, among other things, personal assistants, legal assistance, administrative support, recruitment of assistants and training. Humana offers its services from offices throughout Sweden. Mannheimer Swarting advised Argan Captial with a team consisting of Peter Alhanko who was the responsible partner together with Ann-Charlotte Högberg, project manager and, amongst others, Jonas Andersson and Martin Fagerlund (M&A) and Mattias Lampe, Johan HÀger and Will Charles (acquisition financing). The merger notification was handled by Stefan Pervån Lindeborg and Jens Agö.

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StrÄlfors sells payment solutions operations

September 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

StrÄlfors, a Posten subsidiary, has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in the sale of its payment transaction business to the Danish company PBS. PBS develops and conducts operations pertaining to solutions for payment and information systems and is currently one of the leading suppliers of payment solutions.

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KF Fastigheter develops NynÀspark

August 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

KFF Realestate Holding AB, a company owned by KF Fastigheter AB, has acquired shares in NynĂ€spark AB.

KFF Realestate Holding AB and NGL Construction 8 AB will through NynÀspark AB, jointly create a trade area with everyday commodities, specialized trade, shopping goods and other services in the former factories of LM Ericssons in NynÀshamn.

The partner responsible for the matter was Klas Wennström, assisted by Katarina Bjelkow Rössel, Daniel Jönsson and Sara Liljedahl.

Mannheimer Swartling is the leading business law firm in the Nordic region. The firm works with many of Sweden’s, and the world’s, leading major and mid-sized companies and organisations. A common feature for the firm’s clients is that law plays a vital role in their business success.

 

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Realkapital European Opportunity makes further acquisitions in Germany

August 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Norwegian fund Realkapital European Opportunity has acquired “Carl-Bosch-Haus” in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Maria Wolleh was the partner responsible for the transaction and was assisted primarily by Maren Ropeter and Caren Reibold.  

This is the fifth transaction in which Mannheimer Swartling has advised Realkapital European Opportunity in connection with acquisitions in Germany. The previous transactions included the sale and lease back of hospitals and the acquisition of commercial real estate.

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E.ON and Statkraft have entered into an agreement regarding the exchange of operations and assets

August 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised E.ON in connection with the agreement entered into by and between E.ON and Statkraft which involves a change in ownership of operations and assets to a value exceeding SEK 80 billion. E.ON acquires Statkraft’s total share holding in E.ON Sverige AB of 44.6 per cent as well as a hydro-electric plant in Sweden. In exchange for the share post in E.ON Sverige AB and the hydro-electric plant in Sweden, Statkraft acquires shares in E.ON AG, 40 hydro-electric plants and five heating plants in Sweden, two gas plants, 11 hydro-electric plants, shares in two bio-fuel driven power plants and a contract for delivery of gas and electricity in Germany as well as one hydro-electric plant in Great Britain.

The transaction between E.ON and Statkraft is expected to be completed at the end of the year, subject to approval from the relevant competition authorities.

Jan Kansmark was the partner responsible for the transaction and was assisted primarily by Magnus Josefsson, Ola Larsson and Anders Ingvarson. Martin Nilsson, assisted by Katja Meitz and Urszula Sieradska, was responsible for the tax law area. Per Molander, assisted by Daniel Drott, was responsible for the environmental law area. Madeleine Rydberger was responsible for the employment law area and Johan Carle for the competition law area. Nils Nostell advised in connection with company law issues. Johanna Stenmann, Annika Estreen, Lisa Björk, Pontus Malmunger, Peter Aronsson and Kristin RudfjÀll have also assisted in different areas of the matter.

Mannheimer Swartling is the leading business law firm in the Nordic region. The firm works with many of Sweden’s, and the world’s, leading major and mid-sized companies and organisations. A common feature for the firm’s clients is that law plays a vital role in their business success.

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Nordzucker AG enters into acquisition agreement regarding Danisco Sugar A/S

July 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Nordzucker AG in Sweden in connection with its acquisition of Danisco Sugar A/S (enterprise value: DKK 5.6 billion).

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Ratos sells HĂ€gglunds Drives

July 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Ratos AB (publ) in its divestment of HĂ€gglunds Drives to the German company Bosch Rexroth for a total share price of approximately SEK 4,300 million. HĂ€gglunds Drives is an international supplier of hydraulic drive systems, drive motors and services. The company has subsidiaries in 16 countries and has approximately 900 employees.

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Ratos sells HĂ€gglunds Drives

July 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Ratos AB (publ) in its divestment of HĂ€gglunds Drives to the German company Bosch Rexroth for a total share price of approximately SEK 4,300 million. HĂ€gglunds Drives is an international supplier of hydraulic drive systems, drive motors and services. The company has subsidiaries in 16 countries and has approximately 900 employees.

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RUAG acquires Saab Space

July 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised the Swiss company, RUAG Holding AG in its acquisition of Saab Space from Saab AB (publ). The purchase price for the shares amounts to MSEK 335. In addition to the fixed purchase price, Saab is entitled to receive additional compensation conditional upon the long-term positive performance of Saab Space. The transaction is subject to customary competition clearances.

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Castellum acquires a real estate portfolio in Örebro

July 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Aspholmen Fastigheter Holding AB, a company within the Castellum group, in its acquisition of a real estate portfolio for SEK 562 million.

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Hilding Anders acquires Bedding S.r.l.

July 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Hilding Anders in its acquisition of Bedding S.r.l. in Italy.

Hilding Anders is the leading bedding and mattress manufacturer in Europe and Asia. Through its acquisition of Bedding S.r.l. it enters the Italian market.

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The Carlyle Group has acquired the cash systems business of De La Rue Plc

July 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has, together with e.g. Clifford Chance, advised the Carlyle Group on the acquisition of the cash systems business of De La Rue Plc, for ÂŁ360 million.

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Ericsson enters into five-year outsourcing contract with HP

July 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Ericsson in its global outsourcing to HP of infrastructure services, applications hosting platform, helpdesk, desktop support and output services. The responsible partner at Mannheimer Swartling was Bo Söderberg who was assisted mainly by Erica Wiking HÀger, Mikael Moreira och Anna Schildknecht.

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Ericsson enters into a five-year outsourcing agreement with IBM

June 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Ericsson in its global outsourcing to IBM of maintenance and development of applications serving 70,000 end-users.

The partner at Mannheimer Swartling responsible for the matter was Bo Söderberg who was assisted mainly by Fredrik Persson, Mikael Moreira och Anna Schildknecht.

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Mannheimer Swartling has advised Investor AB in its acquisition of 50 per cent of the Lindorff group

June 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Investor AB in its acquisition of 50 per cent of the shares in Lindorff First Holding AB, which indirectly controls all the shares in Lindorff Group AB. Altor 2003 Fund and Altor Fund II hold the remaining 50 per cent of the shares in Lindorff First Holding AB. The intention is that Investor and Altor are jointly to manage Lindorff. In the transaction, the Lindorff group was valued at an enterprise value of EUR 1,160 million.

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Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Continental Bakeries B.V. in its acquisition of Gillebagaren AB

June 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Gillebagaren is one of the leading manufacturers of oat based biscuits in the world and had a turnover of approximately 370 MSEK in 2007.

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Mannheimer Swartling has advised Hexpol AB in connection with listing on OMX Nordic Exchange

June 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Hexagon AB and Hexpol AB in connection with the distribution and listing of the Hexpol B-share on OMX Nordic Exchange.
 

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Mannheimer Swartling has represented Altor in its acquisition of the Åkers group

June 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has represented Altor in its acquisition from STC Interfinans of the Åkers group, the global market leader within rolls to the steel industry.

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Mannheimer Swartling has represented Altor in its acquisition of the paper wholesale group Papyrus

March 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Papyrus is one of Europe’s leading paper wholesalers and has at present operations in 22 European countries through approximately 50 subsidiaries with in total 3,100 employees. The Head Office is located in Mölndal, Sweden.

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Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Haldex AB (publ.) in connection with its acquisition of Concentric

March 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Concentric plc., having its business activities in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, India and China, has approximately 670 employees and sales, as per 30 September 2007, totalling GBP 72 million.

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Ericsson divests its enterprise PBX solutions to Aastra Technologies

March 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Ericsson in the divestiture of its enterprise PBX solutions business to Aastra Technologies.

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Mannheimer Swartling best commercial law firm – again

March 2008. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

On January 16:th 2008 the firm received the award, "Sweden's best commercial law firm 2007" from the Swedish business magazine, Veckans AffÀrer.

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MANNHEIMER SWARTLING HAS ASSISTED AEROCRINE WITH ITS LISTING ON THE STOCKHOLM STOCK EXCHANGE

June 2007. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted the Swedish medtech company Aerocrine AB (publ) with its new issue of shares in May 2007, by which Aerocrine raised approximately SEK 225 million, and with the listing of Aerocrine on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

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Mannheimer Swartling voted Sweden Law Firm

March 2005. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

International Law Review (IFLR) has voted Mannheimer Swartling Sweden Law Firm of the Year for 2004.

Each year IFLR organises the IFLR Awards, at which prizes are awarded to the best law firms in Europe. The honours go to the firms giving the best legal advice in the transaction sector and carrying out the most innovative legal transaction in each country during the year.

'We at Mannheimer Swartling are delighted to have received this award and are pleased that our lawyers have gained recognition in this way for their outstanding work and depth of experience. The award also reflects our strong international standing,' says Jan Kansmark, Executive Partner at Mannheimer Swartling.

IFLR's choice of Mannheimer Swartling for the award was based on deals including the OMX - Copenhagen Stock Exchange merger and Nordea's sale of property in Finland, Norway and Sweden. IFLR was also impressed with Mannheimer Swartling's all-round excellence in property finance and the quality advice it has given to financial institutions.

The IFLR Awards

The IFLR Awards are based on numerous interviews with lawyers, in-house counsel and other purchasers of legal services in Europe. Respondents are asked which firms are the key players in the various markets and which deals have been the most successful during the year. The ultimate recipients of the awards are decided by IFLR.

More information

Jan Kansmark, Executive Partner, Mannheimer Swartling, tel: +46 709 777 809

or jka@msa.se.

You can also visit our website at www.mannheimerswartling.se.

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Mannheimer Swartling number one transaction adviser in 2004

January 2005. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Firm tops mergermarket's ranking list of premier law firms in the Nordic region

Mannheimer Swartling was adviser in 59 transactions in the Nordic market in 2004. The aggregate value of those transactions was just over 7.1 billion euro. Mannheimer Swartling was also rated adviser in the greatest number of Nordic transactions during the same period by Thomson Financial.

The firm advised in 51 transactions in 2003, which was the second-highest figure in the Nordic region.

'We have had a good year. The firm has been involved in numerous major and important deals in the Nordic region during the period and we have further consolidated our position as leading adviser,' says Jan Kansmark, Mannheimer Swartling's Managing Partner. 'The prospects for 2005 are also good. There is a positive trend in the market and we expect to see a rise in the number of transactions.'

Some of the key transactions in which Mannheimer Swartling advised in 2004 were:

? F?reningsSparbanken's sale of FIH Erhvervsbank to Kaupthing B?nadarbanki

? The acquisition by Dutch transport and logistics group TPG of the Swedish company Wilson Logistic AB

? The takeover bid for the shares in VLT AB

? The combination of OMX and the Copenhagen Stock Exchange

? The Tornet real estate company's sale of its Malmstaden subsidiary

? Nordea's sale of properties in Finland, Norway and Sweden

About mergermarket

mergermarket is a UK-based mergers and acquisitions intelligence tool, covering Europe and North America, that provides origination intelligence, a series of deal databases and individual and house league tables.

For further information:

Jan Kansmark, Managing Partner, tel: +46 709 777809 or e-mail: jka@msa.se

Elisabeth Nygren, mergermarket, tel: +44 (0) 7876 273312 or e-mail: elisabeth.nygren@mergermarket.com

You are also welcome to visit our website at www.mannheimerswartling.se!

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