Construction in Sweden
DE Advokatbyrå AB
Possessing a 'unique and superior competence' in construction law, Mannheimer Swartling is undoubtedly the stand-out name in the practice area, and advises on almost all of the largest active construction projects in Sweden. The firm also has extensive expertise in disputes, regularly representing the contracting entity in high-profile proceedings against contractors. Johan Granehult, who leads the team, has experience in international projects and has assisted with major developments in Russia and Jordan. Anders Ingvarson co-leads the firm's dispute resolution group and is highly regarded for his expertise in production issues in the construction industry.
Other key lawyers:
Anders Ingvarson; Jan Kansmark
‘Mannheimer Swartling has a unique and superior competence, compared to other Swedish companies when it comes to knowledge of the Construction business, experienced staff that has given us an advance in several legal matters.’
‘Anders Ingvarson has a far better knowledge of the construction business and how contractors think than any other lawyer that we work with and he has also helped us to positive outcomes in several cases, so far. Anders has a sharpness in everything that he has helped us with, Quick to respond, never letting us down, even with extremely short notice.’
Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration)
The Stockholm County Council
Region Västra Götaland
Borås Energi & Miljö AB
Nordisk Vindkraft AB
Sinopec Ningbo Engineering
Nordic Sugar AB
Barsebäck Kraft AB
- Advising the Swedish Transport Administration on the €3.7bn Bypass Stockholm Project, the largest ongoing construction project in Sweden.
- Advising Stockholm County Council on the €3.2bn expansion of the Stockholm Subway.
- Advising Northvolt AB on the construction of a €3bn lithium-ion battery factory in Sweden.
As a boutique with longstanding expertise in construction and real estate law, AG Advokat handles contentious and non-contentious matters on behalf of government-owned entities, listed companies and large construction companies from across the Nordic region. Managing partner Håkan Bjerle specialises in construction agreements and projects, and has experience acting as an arbitrator in construction proceedings. Anders Skägg handles contract drafting and project development issues.
Other key lawyers:
Johan Rosén; P-G Jönsson; Johan Wingmark; Anders Skägg; Ola Ihse
‘High amount of lawyers skilled in the construction field. Good communication skills with the client. Pro-active in building the strategies to help the client.’
‘AG Advokat has provided my company with a fixed team set up. Our two key contacts consists of a senior and junior legal counsel, both with high knowledge and engagement in our company business. AG Advokat works long-term with a common goal picture according to our company’s interests. This is demonstrated in part by their tailored strategies and their risk analysis. AG Advokat tells you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear, and their recommendations are therefore always precisely designed and with a precision that is appreciated.’
‘AG Advokat work with you rather than for you. They have the best interests of their clients in mind when making recommendations on how to proceed in legal errands. Ola Ihse, partner – I’ve had the pleasure working with Ihse for several years. With his guidance we are confident that we have the best strategy implemented. Ihse delivers on time, even with short time frames, and is easy to get hold of.’
‘Real competence and experienced teams. They have both perspectives on a case, in that they have both the construction-company way of looking at the case and also the perspective of purchaser.’
‘The difference is there focus on relationship with their client and their expertise and rapid response.’
‘They have a thorough knowledge of the construction sector and in-depth experience of implementing new ideas and structures into the construction contracts which gives a competitive edge in relation to other real estate companies and decreases the risk of in vain costs in the case of termination of contracts. Furthermore, the team consists of several ambitious and impeccable members who are good at picking up the general and specific intentions that we as a client have and is able to convert those into applicable contract texts without long discussions and a lot of corrections. Their work is in general very efficient compared to many other firms.’
‘They are exceptionally good at formulating precise and comprehensible contracts and at the same time they are good at quickly taking new information and putting that new information into the right context and present a strategy and a way forward for a favourable outcome on our behalf. This is especially true for Anders Skägg.’
‘I think AG is familiar with the problems from the first meeting and directly perceives our needs. In many cases, you need to guide lawyers first but not at AG.’
- Assisting AGN Haga with the West Link – a double-track railway for commuter and regional trains that will run in a tunnel under central Gothenburg.
- Assisting Riksbyggen with the development of Masthuggskajen.
- Assisting Skandrenting with the extension of the high security (Class 1) prison Salberga.
Foyen Advokatfirma is one of the key firms in the construction sector and advises a diverse mix of local authorities and construction companies on complex contractual negotiations, consultancy agreements, strategic planning issues and disputes. John Hane has experience in public procurement work as well as construction law, and is well placed to assist construction companies during procurement processes for large infrastructure projects. Group head and litigator Eva Westberg Persson handles arbitration and litigation proceedings as well as extrajudicial negotiations in construction law disputes. Bo Svensson and Per Vestman are other names to note.
Eva Westberg Persson
Other key lawyers:
John Hane; Bo Svensson; Per Vestman
‘Great knowledge of the industry and about consultancy law. Our “house firm” for more than 20 years.’
‘Eva Westberg Persson is an excellent lawyer, with great knowledge both about the industry and the legal field. A great choice in a complex dispute and when you have difficult counterparties. Always calm and knows the matter at hand really well. Have received great end results in several disputes.’
‘Dedicated, fast and easy to communicate with.’
City of Stockholm
Ports of Gotland
Stockholm Exergi AB
Swedish Transport Administration
Atrium Ljungberg AB
Ports of Stockholm
Ports of Gothenburg
City of Gothenburg
Tage & Söner
- Assisted with drafting contracts and procurement provisions for the Municipality of Järfälla.
- Assisted Volvo with preliminary studies for the procurement for the ”World of Volvo” adventure centre.
- Represented Swedish Transport Administration in a construction dispute against a general contractor regarding a rail construction project.
Advokatfirman Cederquist KB focuses on the contentious side of construction work, and has a strong reputation in representing contractors in high-profile litigation and arbitration proceedings. The group also handles project management work, and assists with the drafting of construction contracts. Team leader Fredrik Forssman is highly regarded for complex litigation matters, and regularly acts as an arbitrator in international disputes, while Erik Wernberg operates a broad contentious practice.
Other key lawyers:
Erik Wernberg; Eric Johnson; Erika Åslund
‘They are responsive and user-friendly. They really understand their specialism.’
‘I have worked with Eric Johnson and Fredrik Forssman. They really “got” what I needed from them and provided timely and technically excellent input.’
‘Fredrik Forssman is one of the best (top 5) lawyers in Sweden when it comes to construction Law.’
Atkins Sverige AB
Since the arrival of group head Martin Rifall and Pontus Ewerlöf in 2019, Hannes Snellman has developed a strong real estate practice, capable of advising Swedish and international clients on all areas of construction law. Dispute resolution is the group's primary focus, and both Rifall and Ewerlöf have extensive experience in acting in litigation before the domestic courts, as well as conducting arbitration proceedings under ICC and SCC rules.
Other key lawyers:
‘More strategic, risk managed and risk balanced than other firms. Also more pedagogical than others.’
‘Martin Rifall: Constantly available and his pedagogical performances are outstanding. His way of managing risk in our contracts is the best I’ve ever experienced. A great negotiator.’
SSM Bygg & Fastighets AB
- Represented AB Iskra in relation to guarantee claims relating to leaking patios.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Advokat KB has a strong track record in the construction industry, and is widely recognised for its work in contentious matters. Group co-head Mattias Wittgren specialises in large and complex infrastructure projects and also serves as the firm's managing partner. Fellow co-head Nicklas Björklund focuses on disputes, and is currently working with Wittgren to represent Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in high-profile proceedings relating to a shopping mall.
Nicklas Björklund; Mattias Wittgren
Other key lawyers:
‘By far the best in Stockholm. In comparison to other firms, Kilpatrick also have practical experience from building sites/firms. That is why they also have knowledge in many details and you can reach out for help in many issues that other legal firms cannot help you out with.’
‘The practice has a very wide spread of strength, competence and experience in a way that most firm don’t have. The team they build is always very strong and consists of highly skilled professionals in different legal areas. They have all the competence they need and the seniors are among the best in Sweden.’
‘Nicklas Björklund is among the best lawyers in Sweden and his team is considered very competent and has the best expedience and knowledge you can get.’
‘The internal collaboration is impressive. Kilpatrick works quickly and efficiently and as a customer you always feel well received and in safe hands. Even in difficult cases, you as a customer feel that your interests are taken care of in a very good way.’
‘In general, everyone at Kilpatrick is very knowledgeable and you feel safe as a customer. The lawyers I have met listen to what the client needs.’
Skolfastigheter i Stockholm
Genova Property Group
Rover Alcisa Sweden
Nordic Railway Construction Sverige AB
YIT Sverige AB
Subterra (SBT Sweden AB)
Coor Service Management
AMF Pensionsförsäkring/Fastigheter AB
- Acting for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in a dispute against a constructor.
- Advising the Swedish Construction Clients’ Forum on various issues.
- Represented a Swedish municipality in a construction dispute regarding the termination of a long-term agreement concerning the maintenance of the complete water and sewer system of the whole municipality.
Advokatfirman Lindahl KB is one of the key firms in southern Sweden, and advises local authorities and construction companies on all issues related to the development and construction of residential property, harbours and commercial buildings. The group is also strong in contentious matters; practice head Anders Eriksson handles civil court litigation in addition to arbitrations, where he acts both as counsel and arbitrator. Associate Annika Andersson is recommended for public procurement issues relating to construction projects.
Other key lawyers:
Robert Jukic Karlsson; Annika Andersson; Johan Tollgerdt; Per-Anders Bengtsson
‘Deep knowledge of construction and consultant regulation and practice. Always focusing on business and solutions for the client. Gives good advice referring to what is profitable and what is the recommended solution in a business oriented way.’
‘You always get a quick reply. If your regular contact person is busy they always recommend a colleague in order to effectuate and handle the issue. Very good service and attention – always reliable and professional.’
‘The have a good and wide knowledge of construction legal issues.’
‘Quick response with good knowledge. Quick to understand the problem.’
‘Thorough and competent team. Great understanding of construction issues and very into the details.’
Municipality of Malmö
Ystad Harbour (Municipality of Ystad)
Municipality of Vellinge
Municipality of Trelleborg
MKB Fastighets AB
Burlövs Bostäder AB
AGN Haga AB
ICA Fastigheter AB
Bravida Sverige AB
Municipality of Helsingborg
Forsmark Kraftgrupp AB
- Assisting Municipality of Ystad with ongoing construction law matters relating to one of the largest new harbour projects in the country.
- Advising MKB Fastighets AB on new construction projects for several new apartment buildings.
- Advising AB Helsingborgshem on new construction projects for several new apartment buildings.
With offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, MAQS Advokatbyrå is well-placed to advise on large construction projects across Sweden. The firm assists with all stages of development projects, from the procurement processes and contract negotiations through to project management issues and disputes. Erik Kjaer leads the team and represents international and domestic clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Erik Palmgren advises on projects in the civil engineering and industrial spaces.
Other key lawyers:
‘Erik Kjaer is very competent and combines excellent legal knowledge with equally practical advice and an easy going and approachable personality – a must for our business, and the construction sector in general.’
‘I have been in contact with MAQS Law firm in many disputes and worked together with Erik Kjaer in Gothenburg. The firm has excellent knowledge in construction law and knows the construction industry very well. Thus, the firm has the capacity to give “tailored” advice which is of great benefit to it’s clients.’
‘I would like to “highlight” Erik Kjaer at MAQS Law firm in Gothenburg. He is very skilled and is very easy to discuss and negotiate with even in very complex cases.’
Erlandsson Bygg AB and Erlandsson Holding AB
Serneke Group AB
Stanley Security Sweden AB
Assemblin Sverige AB
Billströmmer Riemer Andersson Bygg AB
Circle K Sweden AB
Blue Wall Construction AB
F.O. Peterson & Söner Byggnads AB
- Advising Boskalis on contract negotiations in relation to the construction of a new ro-ro harbour in Norvik (Nynäshamn).
- Assisting Serneke Group AB with regards to the ongoing €1.3bn Karlatornet project.
- Representing Stanley Security Sweden AB in a dispute concerning the installation of security systems for a new built forensic psychiatric institution.
Setterwalls has a strong construction practice, which handles corporate and transactional matters, projects and contract law issues. Lennart Iwar leads the team in Malmö, which also includes Henrik Trölle, who represents large contractors in disputes and also provides strategic advice. Hans Dahlberg Kolga, who is based in Stockholm, often acts as an arbitrator in construction disputes. Anders Heintze departed to Advokatfirman Vinge in 2020.
Henrik Trölle; Hans Dahlberg Kolga; Lennart Iwar
Other key lawyers:
Mattias Wiklund; Emma Fredberg
‘It is always a challenge to have negotiations with local contractors in a transaction environment with international investors requiring all documents to be bankable. Setterwalls managed to have a pragmatic view focusing on the important issues.’
‘We had Mattias Wiklund supporting us in a few projects concerning agreements for construction works and asset management. We are pleased with the services in regards of efficiency and ability to deliver quality in processes with great time pressure.’
‘Very pragmatic and business minded approach helps focus on the vital questions.’
‘Very trustworthy and able to build relations with the counterpart by acting professional and showing expertise.’
NCC Sverige AB
Per Aarsleff A/S
Svenska Kraftnät AB
Borås Energi och Miljö AB
Bravida Sverige AB
VBA Syd AB
RGS Nordic AB
Emil Lundgren AB
Hilti Sverige AB
Riksbyggen ekonomisk förening
- Representing NCC in an arbitration against BK.
- Advising Serneke on creating a joint venture in relation to what will be the highest skyscraper in the Nordics – the Karlatornet Project in Gothenburg.
- Assisted Coop Logistik with a project for an automated high-bay storage warehouse that will service all of Coop’s 800 food retail stores in Sweden as well as online sales.
White & Case Advokat AB primarily focuses on contentious matters, and represents some of Sweden's biggest construction companies in disputes relating to infrastructure projects, sports facilities and residential developments. The group also advises on project management matters including drafting and reviewing construction agreements. Anders Reldén leads the team and represents client before the courts and in arbitration proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Niklas Helmer; Katarina Düring
‘Very service minded, always deliveries on time and with excellent quality.’
‘Anders Reldén (partner) is one of top lawyers when it comes to disputes and construction law. Katarina During (associate) is an up-and-coming star!‘
‘Excellent knowledge in construction and litigation.’
‘The lawyers really understand what’s important and not important for our business.’
NCC Sverige AB
Peab Sverige AB
Skanska Sverige AB
Trygg-Hansa Försäkring filial
- Representing NCC in a dispute with the Municipality of Ludvika relating to a construction contract for the laying of a water supply line connecting a brewery in Grängesberg with the water supply grid.
- Representing Peab Sverige AB in a dispute against the Municipality of Östersund relating to claims arising from a construction contract for the construction of a multi-sports arena.
- Representing construction company Serneke in litigation proceedings against municipal real estate company Upplands-BroHus in claims regarding a construction agreement for the construction of several apartment buildings.
As a construction boutique, Wimert Lundgren Advokatbyrå specialises in advising a range of clients on complex, high-value infrastructure projects; in a recent highlight, firm founder Anders Wimert advised Implenia Sverige AB on a tender in relation to tunnelling work as part of the Stockholm bypass project. Fellow founder Jens Lundgren advises on contract drafting and negotiations.
Anders Wimert; Jens Lundgren
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is broad in contract law with very great competence. Handles everything from a question that has arisen to a completed case in a short time with clear answers that guide the case to a positive outcome.’
‘Anders Wimert’s broad competence and great knowledge and experience led to many good agreements with good results in our projects.’
‘Highly specialised in the construction business, including building construction, civil engineering and ground engineering.’
‘Adam Larsson: Exceptional lawyer with excellent commercial knowledge of the industry. Anders Wimert: Very experienced and exceptional commercial knowledge of the industry.’
Implenia Sverige AB
Züblin Scandinavia AB
STRABAG Sverige AB
Järfälla VA- & Byggentreprenad AB
- Advising Implenia Sverige AB on elements of the Stockholm Bypass Project.
- Advising Implenia Sverige AB on the construction of a road tunnel outside Stockholm.
Advokatfirman Delphi handles disputes and project development issues, and frequently assists domestic construction and real estate companies with matters relating to residential developments, innovation centres and commercial property mandates. Oskar Frankki leads the team from the Malmö office and advises on contract drafting issues and acts in construction litigation.
Billström Riemer Andersson AB
Telge Nät AB
Fondamentor Fastigheter AB
Municipality of Mjölby
- Assisting Geely with establishing the Geely Innovation Centre in Gothenburg.
- Advised BRA in connection with its deal with Geely regarding a building project in Lindholmen, Gothenburg.
- Assisting Skandia Fastigheter with many different types of matters, including the ongoing development of Backaplan, the largest commercial and residential area outside of Stockholm.
Hellström Law's construction group, which is co-led by Fredrik Berg, Gustaf Cedershiöld and Krister Lindgren, works in conjunction with its real estate, dispute resolution and procurement teams to provide complete advice to construction companies, consultants, contractors and public authorities. The practice acts for clients at all stage of the construction process, from contract drafting issues through to disputes.
Fredrik Berg; Gustaf Cederschiöld; Krister Lindgren
Magnusson Advokatbyrå is particularly active in Gothenburg and the surrounding regions, regularly advising public and private companies, contractors, investors and consultants on all construction issues. Dispute resolution is an area of particular expertise; Mårten Tagaeus acts in both litigation and arbitration proceedings as part of a broad construction practice, and has complimentary expertise in real estate and environmental issues. Erik Svedlund departed to join Setterwalls in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘The group has a high level of service, works efficiently and provides advice based on deep understanding and knowledge of the client’s issues. It is also clear to the client that the individuals in the group have a strong cohesion. I highly recommend Magnusson’s construction practice team. Compared to other teams they are amongst the best.’
‘Humble, service minded and skilled individuals with deep knowledge and vast experience within the construction practice.’
Park- och Naturförvaltningen, City of Gothenburg
Aktiebolaget Tingstad Papper
Älvstranden Utveckling AB
Aspelin-Ramm Fastigheter AB
KB Smörkallen (Kjellberg och Möller AB)
The Municipality of Upplands Väsby
Trafikkontoret, City of Gothenburg
Göteborgs Egnahems AB, City of Gothenburg
- Representing AB Tingstad Papper in a dispute regarding the liability for a major landslide at a construction site with a claim for damages.
- Acting for Park in a dispute with Sweco regarding liability issues due to changed information in the procurement documents concerning the refurbishment of a quay in Gothenburg.
- Assisting Södra Älvstranden Utveckling AB, a municipal real estate development company, with the construction of a new mixed-use district to be built on an artificial peninsula in Gothenburg.
Morris Law fields a notable construction practice, capable of handlings structural issues, environmental matters and building permit work on behalf of property companies, funds and developers. Andréa Dahrén is the key team member and advises on all aspects of project developments including zoning work and drafting agreements.
Other key lawyers:
Jonas Du Rietz
‘The way they work makes you really feel like you are a team together, and they are always trying to understand your company’s situation in total and trying to see how the specific case they are working with would effect other parts of the business.‘
‘I have worked with Andréa Dahren and Jonas Du Rietz at Morris, and what really has been outstanding is how they can adapt to the situation in meetings and negotiations, (and written letters etc as well). In my opinion it is important to be very clear and precise in what your standpoint is, but it is also important not to create more tension and hard feeling than necessary from the other party. The ability to do this in combination with clear, accurate and well grounded advice is what I really appreciate.‘
‘Flexible & professional.‘
‘Excellent and smooth interaction with counter parties, still achieving very good results.‘
‘Excellent and in-depth knowledge of the practice, especially regarding project development.‘
SEB Investment Management AB
K21 Entreprenad AB
The Carlyle Group (CEREP fund)
Bostadsrättsföreningen Snöflingan Lindvallen
Sizes Works AB
DEN Sweden AB
Sizes Entreprenad AB
- Advised SEB Investment Management AB on setting up a real estate fund, the aim of which is to build and manage 5000 new residential lease apartments in smaller growth regions in Sweden.
- Assisted the Geely Group with a construction contract for the establishment of the Geely Innovation Centre at Lindholmen in Gothenburg.
- Advised K21 Entreprenad AB on the development and construction of a major hotel complex, Hotell Draken, in Gothenburg.
NORDIA Law's construction team is singled out for its disputes work, and frequently represents engineers and other contractors in disputes against contacting authorities. Per Sjödin and Mikaela Kempe Bergner lead the practice; the pair frequently collaborate to represent clients in disputes before the courts and in arbitration proceedings relating to the payment of fees and water damage claims.
Per Sjödin; Mikaela Kempe Bergner
‘Thorough understanding of construction and technical consultant business area and claim disputes in these fields.’
‘Per Sjödin is an excellent lawyer, especially when it comes to complex disputes. Always knows the case really well, and has received great end results for us in several disputes.’
‘Great knowledge about the industry and litigation in the construction field. Often obtain great end results.’
‘Per Sjödin and Mikaela Kempe Bergner (both partners) are outstanding together in court. Per and I worked more closely; gives advanced strategic and straight forward advice with true engagement (and joy).’
Länsförsäkringar Sak AB
WSP Sverige AB
Sweco Civil AB
Sweco Structure AB
Sweco Environment AB
Sweco Systems AB
White arkitekter AB
Sweco Architects AB
- Representing Sweco Structures AB in a SEK50m fee and tort dispute against NCC Construction Sverige AB concerning the engineering of the construction of five additional floors on to the existing travel centre, Terminal 1, in Helsingborg.
- Representing Sweco Civil AB in a SEK30m fee and potential tort dispute against The Swedish Transport Administration regarding the design and technical engineering of two pedestrian and cycle roads in Sweden.
- Representing Tyrens AB in a fee dispute.
Advokatfirman Vinge has a full-service practice, which advises on the full spectrum of construction issues spanning from the initial drafting of construction agreements through to litigation and arbitration proceedings. From the Gothenburg office, Robert Deli handles procurement work for contractors and consultants, project management issues and dispute resolution, while Assur Badur leads the Stockholm team and Anders Forkman is the key name in Malmö. The practice was strengthened by the arrival Anders Heintze from Setterwalls in 2020.
Robert Deli; Anders Forkman; Assur Badur
Other key lawyers:
‘The strengths and key capabilities of the firm is its flexibility, its understanding of the clients business/needs and the pragmatic/business oriented approach to legal decision making.’
‘Robert Deli at Vinge demonstrates excellent skills in the field and is easy to collaborate with and provides hands on advice to legal problem solving.’
‘The practice has a wide set of skills because of its many specialists in a wide area of business law, including construction and property law in the broad sense.’
‘They give the advice needed and do not try to sell services that the client does not need. The have a highly professional treatment of clients and others that promotes a smooth process.’
Wistrand is well equipped to assist with all aspects of the planning and structuring of large construction projects, including land purchase agreements, construction agreements and procurement issues. Based in the Stockholm office, Jan Alexanderson is the key practitioner and advises an enviable list of clients including public authorities, construction companies and retail outlets.
Nordic Gas Solution
Alma Property Partners
- Assisting Alma with establishing a new shopping centre in Sollentuna, a suburb of Stockholm.
- Assisting SPG with property development and construction agreements for five properties consisting of rental apartments, in Bålsta, Håbo Municipality.
- Advising Sigtunahem on a public procurement matter, including the preparation of invitation for tenders as well complete construction agreements. The matter concerns the rebuilding and renovation of four properties consisting of rental apartments.