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Advokatfirman Cederquist KB acts for domestic and international banks, alternative lenders and corporate borrowers. It is particularly active in real estate finance and leveraged finance transactions. Johan Lundberg, senior associate Berndt Pettersson and others advised Thoma Bravo on the $1bn financing of its acquisition of Qlik Technologies and its subsidiaries. Svante Hultqvist and senior associate Mirja Sikander are other key figures.

Mannheimer Swartling’s Zoran Stambolovski acted for European Spallation Source Eric on the €300m financing by European Investment Bank, the Nordic Investment Bank and the Swedish Export Credit Corporation of a European research infrastructure project. Other clients include Nordea Bank, Danske Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken. AndrĂ© Andersson leads the team.

Roschier’s practice head Johan HĂ€ger and Niklas Eriksson advised Swedbank as the arranger on the provision of an equity bridge facility to a fund managed by Summa Equity. In 2016, Fredrik Rydin and Michaela Baltscheffsky assisted Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken with financing VBG Group’s acquisition of Mobile Climate Control Group from Ratos. Veronica Stiller joined from Macfarlanes LLP.

Illustrative of Advokatfirman Törngren Magnell’s strengths in real estate finance, a team including Cecilia Rudels advised NREP on the €1.1bn financing of a portfolio of 49 properties forming the seed portfolio of NREP Logistics Property Fund. Tobhias Brandell has expertise in leveraged, project and export finance, as well as energy and infrastructure finance. Sara Göthlin is also recommended.

Advokatfirman Vinge’s team includes Albert WĂ„llgren, Louise Brorsson Salomon and senior associate Helena HĂ„kansson. Mikael StĂ„hl and WĂ„llgren acted for the SCA Group on its demerger, which involved handling more than one hundred financial arrangements across more than 20 jurisdictions. In another highlight it is assisting Mylan with the cross-border financing issues associated with its public tender offer for Meda. Henrik Ossborn and Fredrik Sonander are based in Malmö and Gothenburg respectively.

White & Case Advokat AB ‘stands out for its experience in representing private equity sponsors’ in financing transactions. Magnus Wennerhorn, Oscar Liljeson and others advised Altor Equity Partners on the SEK2.3bn financing of its proposed acquisition of Transcom Worldwide. Carl Hugo Parment and recently promoted counsel Michael Bark-Jones are recommended.

DLA Piper’s practice head Björn Sjöberg and Marianne Ramel acted for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken on the financing of CapMan Real Estate’s acquisition of the Heron City retail complex. The practice also covers asset and project finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, and export finance, among other areas. Senior associate JosĂ©phine Tessmar is recommended.

Led by Candra Torebring, Gernandt & Danielsson AdvokatbyrÄ is particularly known for acting for borrowers on financing transactions, but it also handles lender-side matters. Its workload includes acquisition financing, refinancing and syndicated loan transactions. Niclas Rockborn advises clients on financial regulatory issues, and Björn Svensson recently acted for Scandi Standard on a SEK2.2bn refinancing.

Hamilton AdvokatbyrÄ’s Eric Halvarsson and senior associate Camilla Holmkvist advised Ture Invest as senior lender on the financing of Palamon Capital Partners’ acquisition of Happy Socks. Per Gustaf Ekbom, Fredrik Gillgren and Peter Kullgren also have significant banking practices.

Hammarskiöld & Co AB advises on the Swedish law aspects of cross-border financing transactions and also provides regulatory and compliance expertise. It is increasingly working with fintech clients. Mattias Anjou, Per Sundin, Peder Hammarskiöld and Erik Fahlgren are notable individuals.

Hannes Snellman’s Paula Röttorp, Carolina Wahlby and Sören Lindström advised EQT on financing its SEK2.3bn acquisition of DGC One. Other areas of activity include infrastructure, real estate and asset finance transactions. Fredrik Olsson leads the team.

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB's team is strong in real estate finance, and also handles acquisition and project finance transactions. It recently acted for Swedbank on the circa SEK1.35bn financing of Diös’ acquisition of a real estate portfolio from Castellum. Jesper Johansson, Pierre Pettersson and Niklas Sinander joined newly established firm Cirio in January 2019.

Real estate finance is a core facet of MAQS AdvokatbyrÄ’s practice; the firm is exclusive lender’s counsel to Nykredit in all its real estate finance transactions in Sweden. Asset finance is another strength, notably in matters related to aviation, shipping and railways. Philip Heilbrunn jointly heads the team with Sten Gejrot.

Setterwalls recently hired Carl Lindencrona and Mikael Magnusson from Advokatfirman Cederquist KB, strengthening its offering in areas such as acquisition, real estate and project finance. Led by Åke Fors, the group acts for lenders and borrowers; clients include the Swedish Central Bank, the Swedish government and Volvo. Kristina Einarsson, and Mattias Detterfelt assisted Priveq with financing its acquisition of shares in Group Media Planet. Jesper Kuschel practises in Gothenburg, while Lennart Iwar is based in Malmö.

Wistrand handles real estate finance transactions for borrowers and lenders, and export finance is another strong suit. HÄkan 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.

Baker & McKenzie AdvokatbyrĂ„ KB hired Mats Rooth, and associates Georg Jonsson and Karin Lang, from Byström Rooth & Partners Advokater KB in 2017. Rooth succeeded Sofia Törnroth Nyberg as practice head, following the latter’s move to Bygden Fastigheter. Fredrik Elmberg joined from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. A recent highlight for the firm involved advising ING Bank on the provision of a $50m secured facility to Lydian International.

At Eversheds AdvokatbyrÄ AB (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), Tord Svensson acted for Savills Investment Management on financing its acquisition of two logistics centres in Sweden. Lloyds Bank, HSBC and ABB are among its other clients. Svensson and Jonas Bratt co-head the practice.

Linklaters’ Nordic banking practice is led by Patrik Björklund, who combines a broad transactional practice (which includes asset, real estate and leveraged finance) with expertise in financial services regulatory issues. Björklund was lead adviser to CBRE Global Investment Partners on a facility agreement to finance its acquisition of Bromma Blocks.

Wigge & Partners’ practice head Stefan de Hevesy has more than 30 years of experience in banking and finance transactions. In the real estate finance space, Anders MorĂ©n and de Hevesy recently advised Hedvig Eleonora Förvaltnings on the provision of a SEK950m senior secured loan by Storebrand Livforsikring and SPP Pension & FörsĂ€kring. Lisa Antman is dual-qualified in Swedish and English law.

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