Environment in Sweden

Fröberg & Lundholm Advokatbyrå

Fröberg & Lundholm Advokatbyrå is the leading boutique for environmental issues, and primarily assists large domestic and multinational clients from the steel, energy, waste management and mining sectors with obtaining the relevant environmental clearance for projects. The firm also has experience in EU and international environmental and land-use law, advising government agencies from a number of European and Asian countries. Practice head Mikael Berglund has recently advised on infrastructure projects in the Baltic sea and  mining expeditions, as well as the criminal elements of environmental law. Another key team member is Magnus Fröberg, who is an active litigator in the area and also assists with commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mikael Berglund

Other key lawyers:

Magnus Fröberg; Mikael Hägglöf; Mikael Lundholm; Emma Lund

Key clients

Northvolt AB

Nord Stream 2 AG

SCA AB

Vattenfall Vindkraft AB

Trafikverket

Nouryon

Ørsted Wind Power AS

SSAB

PJSC Rostelecom

re:newcell AB

Work highlights

  • Assisting Northvolt AB with the establishment of a battery factory, both a general production facility in the north of Sweden as well as a test facility in the middle of Sweden.
  • Assisting SCA AB with the first bio-refinery in Sweden, and also providing continued legal advice to the SCA group of companies relating to pulp and paper operations, saw mills, etc. in Sweden.
  • Advising Vattenfall Vindkraft AB on three major offshore wind parks in the Swedish exclusive economic zone.

Mannheimer Swartling

Mannheimer Swartling is a go-to firm for environmental matters, and frequently handles permit applications for the largest power plant, mine and waste disposal projects in Sweden. The practice underwent a changing of the guard in 2020 - Bo Hansson and Per Molander stepped down as partners to take up advisory roles, and Felicia Ullerstam now leads the practice; she advises on the regulatory aspects of large infrastructure projects including the extension of the Stockholm underground. From Malmö, Therese Strömshed is another key team member and assists with commercial transactions and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Felicia Ullerstam

Other key lawyers:

Bo Hansson; Per Molander; Therese Strömshed; Joel Mårtensson; Anna Bryngelsson

Testimonials

‘Their service level and quality in delivery is that of a full service business law firm while their competence and experience matches the best specialised environmental law firms. A very good choice for complex and potentially controversial projects. They deliver with quality from the start and they can always put in an extra gear if needed.’

‘Partner Felicia Ullerstam has significant experience within metals and mining. She and her team are easy to work with and can adapt to the situation as needed.’

‘They are very professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Very knowledgeable and professional. Answers on time and are well prepared before meetings.’

‘The team has exceptional knowledge about the environmental legislation and is very skilful in communication. The team also has very good knowledge of environmental impacts, which is important to be able to explain complex matters in law processes. The team has broad experience in lawsuits.’

‘Felicia Ullerstam is the best lawyer I have worked with. She is very skilful in hearings in the environmental court. It is often complex issues and Felicia is able to explain to the court in a clear way. Felicia’s colleagues are also very good and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Aarhus Karlshamn Sweden AB

AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik

ABB AB

Alfa Laval AB

Avalon Minerals Viscaria AB

Barsebäck Kraft AB

BASF AB

Björkdalsgruvan AB

Boliden Mineral AB

Cambrex Karlskoga AB

City of Stockholm

Domsjö Fabriker AB

Enwind AB

E.ON Group

Ericsson AB

Eskilstuna Energi och Miljö AB

ESS ERIC Council

Fortum Group

Gaz-System S.A.

GE Group

Gränges AB

Heidelberg Cement Northern Europe Group, including HeidelbergCement Sweden AB Cementa AB, Betongindustri AB and Sand och Grus AB Jehander

Höganäs Group

INOVYN Sweden AB

Interaxion B.V.

Kalmar Municipality

Käppalaförbundet

LKAB

Metsä Group

Nordic Trout Sweden AB

NKT HV Cables

NV Nordisk Vindkraft AB, Swedish subsidiary to RES Ltd.

OKG AB

OK-Q8 AB

RWE Renewables AB

Oskarshamn Municipality

Ovako Sweden AB

OxGas AB

Perstorp Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Boliden Mineral AB on environmental permit matters relating to its copper smelter and recycling plant for electronic waste, including a deep rock depository for industrial waste.
  • Represented Polish gas transmission system operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in permit proceedings at governmental level in the €2.5bn Baltic Pipe Project.
  • Represented the City of Stockholm in a matter involving compensation to 1100 land owners around Lake Mälaren, following a permit to increase the outflow of water from Lake Mälaren to the Baltic Sea through a sluice.

Advokatfirman Vinge

With offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, Advokatfirman Vinge has comprehensive environmental expertise, spanning transactional support, regulatory advice and disputes. The group provides extensive advice on corporate transactions, conducting environmental due diligence, risk identification processes and risk allocations relating to M&A. Johan Cederblad leads the Stockholm team, which also includes Thomas Sjöberg, who handles public and private transactions, and assists with permit applications for complex, high-value projects including wind farms. Ingela Malmborg and Robert Deli are the key names in Malmö and Gothenburg respectively.

Practice head(s):

Johan Cederblad; Ingela Malmborg; Robert Deli

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Sjöberg

Testimonials

‘High quality, good availability.’

‘Thomas Sjöberg – very experienced, good human knowledge. Johan Cederblad – effective, good listener who understands our situation very well. Open minded. Both very updated about court cases.’

Key clients

KF Fastigheter AB

Vasa Vind AB

Connected Infrastructure Capital GmbH

Välinge Innovation Sweden AB

Susi Partners

Kungälv Närenergi AB

IPCO Sweden AB

Öresundskraft Kraft och Värme AB

Atria

Norra Åsbo Renhållnings AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Vasa Vind AB on the permit application for the Hällberget wind farm, one of the largest onshore wind farms in Sweden.
  • Assisting NÅRAB with a matter before the regional permitting environmental authority covering an application for an amendment of the existing environmental permit with the purpose of extending the prescribed period for the final coverage of an on-site closed-down landfill.
  • Advised Equitix on the acquisition of all shares in Brotorp Power AB, which owns and operates the 46.2MW Brotorp wind park in Mönsterås Municipality, from BlackRock.

Advokatfirman Delphi

Advokatfirman Delphi's environmental practice is instructed by notable clients from the transport, infrastructure and energy sectors to advise on permits and regulatory procedures, real estate acquisitions and liability issues relating to environmental damage. Erica Nobel focuses on advising large industrial and energy companies on permit applications, while Oskar Frankki specialises in contaminated land work and handles liability claims and commercial contracts. Christian Härdgård, who previously worked at the Administrative Court of Malmö, has experience on both sides of permit application proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Erica Nobel; Oskar Frankki; Christian Härdgård

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Werner

Testimonials

The team is very efficient as a result of being very experienced in this area of expertise. They have been representing us and many other companies in the same line of business for over 20 years in a variety of issues in the area of environmental legislation. Hence they can refer to the past and they mix this knowledge successfully with present demands and laws.’

Christian Härdgård: Intelligent, nice, great knowledge within his area of expertise, always gives a quick response without compromising the quality of the service given. Erica Nobel also has the same qualities as Christian. Delphi always give us a feeling of being an important client who they aim to give the best service fast without compromising the quality of the work they do.’

We have received excellent advice from Christian Härdgård.

Our dedicated team in Delphi is Christian Härdgård and Erica Nobel, and they have set the standard very high for us. The outcome speaks for itself, and we are very pleased with their work!

Intricate knowledge of Swedish environmental law.

Key clients

HSB Skåne ek för

Oresund Heavy Industries AB

Peab Bostad AB

Sun Chemical

Swerock AB

Nordic Storage AB

Scandinavian Tank Storage AB

VEIDEC AB

RGS Nordic AB

Copenhagen Malmö Port AB

SPI Miljösaneringsfond AB (SPIMFAB)

Malmö Stad

Norrköpings kommun

Work highlights

  • Acted for Swerock throughout several new permit proceedings.
  • Advised Oresund Heavy Industries AB on a permit process.
  • Advised Sun Chemical on a very complicated matter regarding contaminated land.

Foyen Advokatfirma

Foyen Advokatfirma's broad practice includes handling the environmental elements of commercial transactions, regularity issues, financing work and procurement matters. Pia Pehrson leads the practice and, leveraging her previous experience working in-house at an energy company, is well-equipped to advise on all aspects of mandates in the energy sector including permit applications. On the contentious side, Mikael Westin represents private and public clients in a variety of disputes. At associate level, Caterina Carreman assists with permit application processes relating to mining operations, wind farms and water treatment centres.

Practice head(s):

Pia Pehrson

Other key lawyers:

Caterina Carreman; Mikael Westin

Key clients

Ellevio (former Fortum Distribution)

Nordion Energi (Swedegas/Weum)

Södra Skogsägarna

Skellefteå Kraft

VA SYD

Stena-koncernen

Björkdalsgruvan

Mandalay Resources

Dragon Mining

Outotec

Tertiary Minerals

S2 Resources

Equinor (Statoil)

OX2

Fallbygdens Energi

Work highlights

  • Advising Dragon Mining (Sweden) AB on its permit applications under the environmental code for an underground gold mine in Lycksele/Storuman in northern Sweden.
  • Assisting Tertiary Minerals plc with its permit application (under the Minerals Act) for a new fluorspar mine in Storuman in northern Sweden.
  • Assisting VA SYD with permits for Grevie water supply and questions regarding compensation to landowners, lease agreements etc.

MAQS Advokatbyrå

MAQS Advokatbyrå advises on all areas of environmental law, and is instructed by public authorities and domestic and multinational companies. The department has extensive permit expertise, and recently acted for Lilla Harrie Valskvarn AB in precedent-setting proceedings in the Supreme Court and the Land and Environmental Supreme Court regarding hydropower activities. Christina Rydell Ahlström leads the team and assists with permit applications relating to a variety of projects, including water plants and wind farms. The team also includes Magdalena Persson (one of the firm's founding partners), who handles liability issues for municipalities relating to contaminated land.

Practice head(s):

Christina Rydell Ahlström

Other key lawyers:

Magdalena Persson

Testimonials

‘Very polite and interested to listen to the problem. Want to move forward and solve the problems.’

‘Very good listeners and unique experience in different parts of the case/environmental law. Christina Rydell Ahlström is easy to call and she always responds very quickly.’

‘Strong team with lengthy track record in the environmental practice for renewable energy.’

‘They are quick and you can trust them.’

‘High availability and flexibility when support needed.’

‘They are very dedicated.’

‘We experience MAQS Advokatbyrå as very professional and with a high level of knowledge and understanding of renewable energy, both legally and from a more comprehensive perspective. An overall understanding how the market and the processes work creates great added value for our assignments.’

‘We feel that MAQS Advokatbyrå is the leading firm within renewable energy in Sweden. Christina Rydell Ahlström contributes with her professionalism and is keen to know more about our business to be able to guarantee best in class services.’

Key clients

Ale kommun

Lilla Harrie Valskvarn AB

Räddningstjänsten i Storgöteborg

Serneke Fastighet AB

Berendsen Textil Service AB

Work highlights

  • Advising the Municipality of Ale regarding the liability for contaminated land within the former industrial area Älvängen.
  • Advised Lilla Harrie Valskvarn AB on the examination of a permit to use the company’s hydropower station for the production of electricity generation.
  • Assisting Räddningstjänsten i Storgöteborg with issues relating to contaminated land.

Setterwalls

Setterwalls is active across all areas of environmental law, and has extensive experience in regulatory and permit processes, disputes and the environmental aspects of corporate transactions. Practice head Anders Linnerborg has particular expertise in advising clients from across the Nordic region on their operations in Sweden. Tove Andersson is highly regarded by clients, who praise her as 'the number one top lawyer within the environment field'; she has been appointed by the Ministry of Environment as an expert in a inquiry into environmental legislation. The team was recently strengthened further with the arrival of Malin Wikström from Front Advokater in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Anders Linnerborg

Other key lawyers:

Malin Wikström; Tove Andersson; Linnea Ljung; Tove Skärblom

Testimonials

‘They have exceptional competence in the environmental area not found in other firms. Especially Tove Andersson stands out as a highly competent and efficient lawyer. They are able to rapidly help with all kinds of legal dilemmas and matters.’

‘Tove Andersson is the main reason we use the environmental department of Setterwalls. Tove Andersson really stands out among lawyers in the environmental legal area. No matter what area we need help with, she always delivers.’

‘Very deep knowledge and practical experience.’

‘Anders Linnerborg, outstanding practitioner, lot of practical experience, focuses on key issues, practical and hands-on.’

‘Well informed and skilled in the specific questions and/or topics. If further expertise is required the team has a wide and well-established network. Very nice and pleasant to work with and always maintaining a high moral and ethics.

‘I almost always work with Linnea Ljung who is open for new angles of approach to problems.’

‘Take full responsibility to deliver the help required and make progress.’

‘The approach to an issue/topic is always very open minded and hence, the team works hard to understand all aspects before doing any statements or suggesting any solution or settlement. When assured of correct understanding then take the lead and suggest a way forward.’

Key clients

Borås Energi och Miljö AB

Arise AB

AB Sydsten

Stena Renewable AB

Svenska Kaolin AB

Lindab AB

Skanska Öresund AB

Befesa Scandust AB

Rabbalshede Kraft AB

Veidekke Industri AB

Scandivanadium Ltd

SKF AB

BJC Group

Titan X Holding AB

Bertling Enviro AB

Samgräv Recycling AB

NCC Industry AB

Clarios EMEA

Eurowind Energy AB

Work highlights

  • Assisted Crane Currency with the application process for a new environmental permit for Tumba Bruk.
  • Assisting the majority of the major wind power companies in Sweden with various complex regulatory permitting procedures, whereby close scrutiny is applied concerning the interests of reindeer, Sami people, eagles and protected birds as well as securing technical efficient permits.
  • Acting for Befesa in several proceedings including an insurance claim for the prohibition period when the environmental authorities stopped operations, which is a case in a court in Bilbao, Spain.

Alrutz' Advokatbyrå AB

Alrutz' Advokatbyrå AB is a boutique firm, which specialises in all areas of environmental law and advises on mining rights, water law and pollution issues. The firm also provides bespoke training to clients relating to regulatory requirements and processes. Louis Vasseur, who stepped down as partner in 2019, is well regarded for his expertise in the energy industry.

Other key lawyers:

Louis Vasseur; Thomas Carlberg; Mats Björk; Susanne Witt-Strömer

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB's environment department collaborates with the firm's corporate team to advise on the environmental due diligence elements of commercial transactions and risk assessments in relation to M&A. Mikael Wärnsby leads the practice and advises on permit applications before the environmental courts, and represents clients in disputes before the general courts in relation to damages claims and nuisance matters.

Practice head(s):

Mikael Wärnsby

Other key lawyers:

Johanna Rugart; Sara Andersson

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified within the field of energy law.’

‘The Lindahl individuals are very committed, and easy to talk with, which is useful for us as we do not have a legal education. They explain things in a simple and correct way.

‘Mikael Wärnsby is flexible, skilled, and knows our business and communicates/gives feedback very well.’

Key clients

Trelleborgs Hamn AB

Baltic Cable AB

MittSkåne Vatten

Municipality of Halmstad

Municipality of Vellinge

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal counsel for Vellinge kommun on a project regarding the licensing (water operations) of embankments at Falsterbonäset as prevention against rising sea levels.
  • Acted as counsel for harbour company Trelleborgs Hamn AB on the prolongation of permits for a harbour development (granted by Environmental Court in 2020).
  • Represented Baltic Cable AB as the operator of a Swedish-German HVDC line in the Court of European Union as well as Swedish Courts.

Magnusson Advokatbyrå

Under the leadership of Mårten Tagaeus, Magnusson Advokatbyrå is particularly active in the waste treatment sector; the firm advises some of the biggest waste treatment companies across Scandinavia on permit applications and the prolongation of permits. The firm also acts for clients in a number of other industries, and regularly assists with the environmental aspects of energy and infrastructure projects and emission allowances.

Practice head(s):

Mårten Tagaeus

Other key lawyers:

Paulina Tengroth; Leon Wadman

Testimonials

Their strength is their good knowledge of environmental laws, and good experience in applying for different environmental permissions for companies.’

Magnusson, and Mårten Tagaeus, offers not only excellent legal advice on complex environmental permit processes, but also excellent strategic advice.’

Key clients

Wallhamn AB

Viavest AB

RGS Nordic AB

Jönköpings kommun (the Municipality of Jönköping)

Gryaab AB

Work highlights

  • Advising RGS Nordic AB on the expansion of its existing waste disposal plant in Gothenburg.
  • Assisted Viavest AB with obtaining a permit under the Swedish Environmental Code for environmentally hazardous activities and water activities concerning a landfill of inert waste in Klovsten outside of Gothenburg.
  • Acting for the Municipality of Jönköping on a permit application concerning water purification techniques for the water emissions from the municipality’s sewage treatment plant.