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Wistrand

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Gothenburg, Stockholm

Sweden

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Wistrand

Wistrand handles real estate finance transactions for borrowers and lenders, and export finance is another strong suit. Håkan Lindgren and counsel Ulf Forsman are advising Danske Bank on the provision of a circa SEK500m loan to a Swedish real estate company. Lindgren also acted as Swedish counsel to Niam on financing its acquisition of a real estate portfolio in Finland. Tommy Grönberg leads a team in Stockholm, and Anne-Marie Pouteaux leads a group located in Gothenburg.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Wistrand

Wistrand’s team head Monica Petersson is ‘hugely experienced, very pragmatic and a superb communicator’. Fredrik Råsberg and counsel Ulf Forsman assisted SBB with issuing a SEK1bn bond loan. Niklas Körling led the team advising the bondholders on the workout of Northland Resources Group.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Wistrand

Wistrand handles a sizeable number of small and mid-cap M&A deals, with particular expertise in sectors such as hotels and leisure, healthcare and life sciences, IT and TMT. Robert Kullgren, Magnus Forssman and senior associate Johan Elowsson acted for the sellers on the divestment of Propellerhead Software to Verdane Capital. Lars Hasp and Sascha Schaeferdiek are key members of the team.

Leading individuals

Robert Kullgren - Wistrand

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Wistrand

Wistrand’s Jan Alexanderson and senior associate Sandra Kolmodin Karlsson are advising AFA Fastigheter on the SEK500m construction of a hotel complex in central Stockholm. Alexandersson co-heads the practice with Eilert Andersson. Anders Isgren is advising Italian contractor JV Vianini CMC on the construction of two rock tunnels under Lovön, part of the Stockholm bypass.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Wistrand

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

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Wistrand

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

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Wistrand

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

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Wistrand

Wistrand handles energy issues for Volvo, Göteborg Energi Nät and Svensk Vindenergi. Rudolf Laurin and Mattias Boqvist are advising Norwegian energy company Skangas on the development of an LNG terminal at Preem’s refinery in Lysekil. Senior associate Emilie Steen is another notable practitioner. Tove Andersson joined Setterwalls.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Wistrand

Wistrand’s Rudolf Laurin is knowledgeable about the environmental aspects of renewable energy and power projects, and also permitting procedures. Laurin is currently advising a large waste management business on the permitting procedure relating to a facility for treating and handling dangerous waste. Senior associate Emilie Steen is another notable practitioner. Tove Andersson joined Setterwalls.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Wistrand

Wistrand advises on IT outsourcing deals, M&A, systems integration, licensing, litigation and privacy issues. The firm also assists clients with corporate and commercial matters in the telecoms sector. Magnus Forssman leads the team, which includes Lars Hasp and Erik Ullberg. Forssman and others acted for the sellers in the divestment of Propellerhead Software to Verdane Capital. Hasp was the lead adviser to Proact IT Group on its acquisition of Teamix.

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Wistrand

Wistrand has a strong reputation in insolvency litigation, and also excels in court-appointed receiverships and debt restructurings. Anne-Marie Pouteaux is acting as one of the trustees in the ongoing Saab Automobile bankruptcy, while Christian Bergqvist is trustee in the Dannemora Mineral Group bankruptcy. Bergqvist co-heads the practice with Jörgen Wistrand. Anders Nilsson is ‘one of the brightest in the market’.

Leading individuals

Christian Bergqvist - Wistrand

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Wistrand

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

Leading individuals

Jörgen Eklund - Wistrand

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Intellectual property and media
Intellectual property and media - ranked: tier 3

Wistrand

Complementing its strong IP litigation capabilities, Wistrand has had an uptick in non-contentious IP work, such as contract reviews, licence agreements and the commercialisation of trade marks. Erik Ullberg, and senior associate Johannes Wårdman advised Norwegian client Vakre Hjem on a joint venture and licensing deal with Swedish retail chain Happy Homes. Jörgen Larsson is representing Michael Weinig and Raimann Holzoptimierung at the Swedish Supreme Court in a case concerning the misappropriation of trade secrets by two former employees. Ullberg jointly heads the practice with Christel Rockström.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Wistrand

Wistrand’s team, which is led by Tommy Grönberg and Per Dalemo, has a strong profile in real estate transactions involving warehouses, shopping centres, hotels and offices. In 2017, Fredrik Råsberg and others acted for SBB in its SEK4.5bn acquisition of DNB’s headquarters in Oslo. Jan Alexanderson, recently promoted partner Peter Sandberg and Lennart Ernstson are other key figures.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Wistrand

Wistrand’s track record in shipping-related matters sees it winning work from clients such as Stena Line and the Swedish Shipowners Association. Practice head Anne-Marie Pouteaux has a wealth of experience in shipping finance transactions. Senior associate Ida Dahlborg is knowledgeable about ship sales and purchases, commercial contracts, insolvencies, dispute resolution and regulatory issues. Kristofer Selvin is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

Ida Dahlborg - Wistrand

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Wistrand

Wistrand’s clients range from family-owned businesses to multinational corporates in industries such as financial services, IT and shipping. Recently promoted partner Peter Sandberg is a real estate tax specialist. Peter Brandt, who co-heads the practice with Conny Ottelund, advised Solus Business Communications on tax issues connected with its merger with Uno Telephony.

Leading individuals

Conny Otteland - Wistrand

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