Dispute resolution in Sweden
Mannheimer Swartling excels in major international disputes and counts Swedish state-owned companies, financial institutions and blue-chips companies as clients. The team has a particularly strong track record in energy arbitration proceedings. Kristoffer Löf and Fredrik Andersson jointly chair the practice from Stockholm and Gothenburg respectively; Löf successfully defended the Government of Jordan in a highly publicised UNCITRAL arbitration against Disi Water Company. The team also fields Olle Flygt, Robin Oldenstam, Alexander Foerster, Mattias Göransson and Hans Hammarbäck; Azadeh Razani was promoted to partner.
Advokatfirman Cederquist KB has notable strength in disputes relating to commercial matters, M&A, construction work, professional liability and investment mandates. The team is led by Erik Wernberg, who 'stands out as a top Swedish litigator'; he represented government-owned passenger train operator SJ as claimant in proceedings against Arriva Östgötapendeln relating to a train traffic operations joint venture. Fredrik Forssman specialises in construction disputes; Jens Tillqvist and senior associates Eric Johnson and Elsa Arbrandt are also key names to note.
The 'highly skilled' team at Advokatfirman Delphi is regularly instructed by clients across a variety of sectors with particular expertise in TMT and IP-related proceedings. Practice head Sverker Bonde is singled out for 'carefully considering different views on an issue while still being focused on the essence of the matter'. In a recent highlight, counsel Polina Permyakova represented Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant in proceedings in the Svea Court of Appeal regarding the setting aside of an arbitration award against a Chinese contractor; Permyakova and Ulf Hårdeman are praised by clients as 'helpful and responsive'. Emil Andersson is also a key name to note.
The team at Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå is instructed by blue chip corporations, financial institutions and government clients to handle the full range of commercial disputes. Practice head Björn Tude has significant experience in Swedish and international disputes and also regularly acts as an arbitrator. Marcus Johansson and counsel Andreas Ek represented Swedbank in a dispute against several companies and housing cooperatives owned by a Swedish real estate developer in claims for the repayment of loan facilities. Charlotta Falkman is well versed in disputes arising from financings and transactional matters.
Roschier has a 'stand-out practice' led by Johan Sidklev, who specialises in international arbitrations and is praised for being 'practical and bright with a strong strategic instinct'. Sidklev's recent work includes representing First National Petroleum in a dispute against an oil and gas supplier owned by Rosneft; the team also acted for Danir in a post-M&A dispute against ÅF relating to an additional purchase price. Rikard Wikström-Hermansen has a 'deep knowledge of both Swedish and international law', counsel Eva Storskrubb specialises in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, and senior associate Shirin Saif is 'an exceptional asset to any team'.
Advokatfirman Vinge regularly handles significant cross-border disputes and is praised for its 'excellent tactical and strategic skills'; the group was involved in the well-publicised Gazprom arbitration and the high-profile HQ bank litigation. Vinge fields teams in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Skåne, which are led by 'excellent legal and strategic advisor' James Hope, Silvia Dahlberg, who is 'a team player with solid leadership'; and the 'highly recommended' Krister Azelius respectively. Other noteworthy individuals include Jonas Eklund, who is 'a bright lawyer with excellent judgement', 'outstanding leading star' Fredrik Lundblom, and Mattias Rosengren, who is a 'hugely able litigator, who gives thoughtful and well-considered advice'. Cecilia Möller Norsted was promoted to the partnership in 2018.
The team at Baker McKenzie is experienced in insurance-related disputes and international arbitration, particularly in cross-border proceedings. The practice is jointly led by senior counsel Jonas Benedictsson and Stefan Bessman; Bessman represented AnsaldoBreda against the Municipality of Gothenburg in a compensation claim relating to defaults in manufactured trams. Magdalena Berg and senior associate Christofer Isaksson are other key contacts.
DLA Piper is noted for its strength in construction and insurance-related disputes alongside key international arbitration experience, which leverages the firm's global network. Practice head Karl-Oscar Dalin regularly acts for clients in China, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; he recently worked with restructuring partner Lars Wiking to represent DGC Property Investment Management in the Stockholm District Court in a dispute relating to the payment of a shareholder’s contribution. Gunnar Johansson and senior associate Erik Forsin are also key names to note. Einar Wanhainen joined Calissendorff Swarting Advokatbyrå KB in 2018.
Boutique firm Frank Advokatbyrå is experienced in the energy, financial services and media sectors. Marcus Axelryd and Linda Landén represented Vattenfall in several cases including a dispute against the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate relating to electricity company revenue caps. Other work highlights include representing the National Bank of Kazakhstan in several enforcement proceedings before the Swedish courts. Axelryd and Helena Dandenell also regularly act as arbitrators. Karl Guterstam was promoted to partner in 2018.
Setterwalls fields a large team of experienced lawyers, which handle a variety of disputes ranging from corporate and commercial proceedings to litigation in the IP and construction sectors. Practice co-head Hans Dahlberg Kolga represented Sweden’s public employment agency Arbetsförmedlingen in proceedings against CGI relating to the termination of a contract for the installation and operation of an electronic filing system. Group co-head Johan Strömbäck is recognised for his 'thorough and honest advice', and Johan Karlbom and Emma Fredberg are the key contacts in Gothenburg. Johannes Ericson and Magnus Rydberg were new arrivals from Hamilton Advokatbyrå in 2019.
White & Case Advokat AB is praised for 'having a good understanding of the client's business and walking the extra mile to deliver the required services' and benefits from the firm's global network. The team is regularly involved in international arbitration cases and 'sharp and focused' counsel Niklas Forsmark Helmer represented Peab Sverige in a dispute against Skalmejblåsaren relating to a construction contract for a hotel in the centre of Stockholm. Practice head Anders Reldén is an 'outstanding litigator and negotiator' and associate Katarina Düring is also a key name to note.
Wistrand fields a team of 'highly proficient lawyers' with a particularly strong track record in professional liability matters. Jörgen Eklund and Mårten Hulterström lead the practices in Stockholm and Gothenburg respectively. Recent highlights include Harry Bergman and Andreas Rönnheden defending a former company director in the high-profile HQ bank litigation, and Jörgen Larsson representing a manufacturer in a dispute alleging the infringement of trade secrets and IP rights. Maria Kosteska Fägerquist and Johan Gregow are also noted.
Boutique law firm A1 Advokater has an 'extremely high level of knowledge in legal matters, especially legal disputes across civil courts and arbitrations' and has experience in a variety of business sectors; the group recently acted as counsel to KPMG in the high-profile HQ Bank litigation. Torgny Wetterberg has a 'brilliant legal mind', Thomas Tendorf is 'a lawyer you do not want to meet on the opposite side', Kristoffer Ribbing is 'highly skilled' and Tomas Pleiner 'gets right to the point'.
Advokatfirman Schjødt has an 'excellent and committed dispute resolution team', which is regularly instructed by Magic Circle firms. Senior counsel Olof Nilsson successfully represented an accountant at KPMG, who was accused of negligent auditing in the high-profile HQ bank litigation. Ola Hansson, who is a 'highly effective commercial litigator', recently acted for Nordic Sport & Event in a dispute relating to the ownership of an enduro motorcycle competition. Magnus Rydberg and Johannes Ericson are now with Setterwalls.
Danowsky & Partners's recent work includes Ulf Isaksson representing Strömma Turism & Sjöfart in a challenge to the Stockholm County Council’s decision to impose a general public service obligation in the Stockholm archipelago. The firm also has a significant practice in contentious IP matters; Andreas Eriksson and Daniel Wåtz settled a dispute for 3D printing start-up company Freemelt in claims brought by Arcam alleging IP and trade secret infringement issues. The highly experienced Peter Danowsky leads the team.
Clients praise Hammarskiöld for its combination of 'legal, tactical, and strategic knowledge'; the team is regularly instructed by corporations, financial institutions, governments and investors to handle contentious proceedings. Sandra Kaznova's area of expertise is professional liability litigation, and senior partner Peder Hammarskiöld and competition specialist Claes Langenius represented Scania in its appeal before the General Court relating to the European Commission’s decision on its participation in a cartel. Per Sundin leads the team, which also includes Lars Ulrichs.
The team at Hannes Snellman was bolstered in 2019 by the arrival of the new practice head Pontus Ewerlöf, Martin Rifall and managing associate Andreas Johard from MAQS Advokatbyrå. Newly promoted partner Anna-Maria Tamminen divides her time between Helsinki and Stockholm and recently represented the Polish government before the Svea Court of Appeal in its challenge to multiple awards regarding the alleged expropriation of foreign investments under a bilateral investment treaty. Another name to note is David Ackebo, who is also experienced in corruption investigations.
Kastell Advokatbyrå AB
Clients single out Linklaters for its ability to provide 'fast and competent advice at short notice'. The team is regularly involved in international arbitrations and litigation; practice head Niclas Widjeskog recently represented Telia in proceedings following a decision by the regulator to ban some of it’s services, and acted for Commerz Real in two significant cases relating to contractual issues.
Magnusson Advokatbyrå attracts praise for its 'professional way of working'. The group regularly acts for Chinese state-owned and private companies, and also counts the City of Gothenburg and the IAC Group as clients. Practice head Johan Molin has a 'high capacity for understanding specific matters' and 'provides efficient support'; senior associate Ewa Krokosz is another key practitioner. Paulo Fohlin joined Hong Kong-based firm Advokatfirman Odebjer Fohlin and Maria Nisell founded Nisell Law.
Litigation boutique Norburg & Scherp handles international and domestic arbitrations, and contentious mandates relating to M&A, renting law, banking issues and public procurements. Pontus Scherp and Fredrik Norburg acted for Norse Hotels in an SCC arbitration against an international hotel franchisor relating to the termination of a hotel franchise agreement and related damages. Kristina Ljungström is another name to note.
The team at Advokatfirman Törngren Magnell is 'skilled, thorough, and energetic' and group head Viktor Magnell is 'known for his expertise'. 'Smart litigator' Kristoffer Stråth and senior associate Daniel Åstrand were recently involved in several post-M&A disputes, and senior associate Fredrik Gunnard is 'hands-on and hardworking'.
AG Advokat 'provides practical solutions and is skillful in solving disputes' across the team's core focus areas of construction and real estate. The 'extremely qualified' P-G Jönsson represented Fastec Sverige against Vaxholm Municipality in claims relating to a contract for the construction of a sports centre. Jönsson jointly leads the team with Johan Rosén; Johan Wingmark is also noteworthy and 'quickly grasps complex material and delivers clear, practical, and expert advice'.
Advokatfirman Lindahl KB
Led by Bengt Bolin, the department at Advokatfirman Lindahl KB is active in international arbitrations and also handles disputes in the public procurement, IP and regulatory arenas. Bolin has specialist expertise in the life sciences sector and Shervin Shikhan is the key contact in Gothenburg. Bo Nilsson, Jesper Tiberg, Therese Isaksson and Ginta Ahrel left to establish Westerberg & Partners.
The department at NORDIA Law specialises in the insurance sector and also has notable experience in white-collar crime. Insurance expert Per Sjödin successfully represented Moderna Försäkringar in a dispute against If Insurance relating to the allocation of liability in a major train accident. Johan Strömberg is also noted.
Ramberg Advokater is experienced in disputes in the commercial, insurance, shipping and IP sectors. In a recent highlight, practice head Pamela Lannerheim Angergård represented Stockholm County Council against Apotekstjänst in damages claims relating to an alleged breach by the client of Swedish procurement legislation. Matthias Schmitt and Johan Palmgren are other key practitioners.