EU and competition in Sweden
The highly regarded EU and competition practice at BOKWALL RISLUND handles high-value, complex cases for a client base of global corporates. The group, which includes practice head Olle Rislund and Emil Fahlén Godö, handles investigations and disputes relating to antitrust issues, abuse of dominance work and cartels; Amir Mohseni is a go-to name for merger control mandates and recently handled several precedent-setting appeals to merger-block rulings before the Swedish Competition Authority. The team also regularly handles international filings for blue-chip companies, which hold dominant positions in their respective markets.
‘Bokwall Rislund has highly competent partners and associates with relevant knowledge, which is delivered very professionally with a service-minded approach.‘
‘Probably Sweden’s best EU and competition law group with extensive experience of handling complicated competition and procurement cases.‘
‘A specialised team with deep expertise in competition law. The focus gives them an edge within their field.‘
‘Emil Fahlén Godö has been my main contact for several years. Emil is always quick and accurate in his responses. His knowledge and insight into competition law matters is of great value for me.
‘Amir Mohseni has in-depth knowledge of competition law. He is extremely reliable and can always provide on-the-spot help on small or big issues, simple or very complex.‘
‘Amir Mohseni and Olle Rislund stand out because of their sharpness and extensive knowledge from working with complicated competition law cases. This, in combination with service-minded and social skills, makes them truly great to work with.‘
‘Olle Rislund is probably the best competition lawyer in Sweden. He is analytical, a problem solver and very business oriented. He is calm even when the going gets tough.‘
‘Amir Mohsen is very good in complicated cases where he delivers high-quality output, on time, and with a smile on his face. He is a pleasure to work with.‘
Proctor & Gamble
- Representing Arla Foods in its first appeal of a merger block decision by the Competition Authority.
- Representing grocery chain Coop before the Competition Authority in a matter relating to a merger control notification of the acquisition of Netto.
- Representing EasyPark in an abuse of dominance case against the City of Gothenburg.
The market-leading EU and competition practice at Mannheimer Swartling fields a team of stand-out professionals, who cover all aspects of the field. On the contentious side, practice head Johan Carle, Stefan Perván Lindeborg and newly promoted partner Fredrik Sjövall appear before the European Commission and domestic courts in landmark antitrust, cartel and abuse of dominance cases for a client list of global and domestic names. The team also has a number of noteworthy senior associates including Mårten Andersson and Sarah Hoskins, who routinely assist with complex, cross-border Phase I and Phase II merger filings.
‘They are smart and experienced. They work on most of the complicated cases on the market and are hence updated on the latest developments.‘
‘Johan Carle is solid and very strong on mergers. He keeps calm even when the conditions are rough.‘
‘Fredrik Sjövall is extremely smart and analytical. Has very good process skills and is fast to spot and exploit weaknesses in the oppositions arguments.‘
‘Mårten Andersson is a very skilled and experienced senior associate.‘
Accent Equity Partners
Söderberg & Partners
- Advised Telia on the Phase II merger filing before the European Commission for its acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting.
- Successfully represented Nasdaq in an abuse of dominance case brought by the Swedish Competition Authority.
- Representing Lantmännen in the European Commission cartel investigation into the alleged price manipulation of bioethanol.
The team at Advokatfirman Vinge fields highly praised professionals, who are at the forefront of EU and competition law in Sweden. Practice head Johan Karlsson and Marcus Glader handle large-scale, cross-border merger control applications for organisations holding dominant market positions. The team also handles notable state aid matters and also acts in the full range of contentious issues; the group has been notably active in the public transport, digital technology, automotive and energy sectors. The practice also benefits from a fully established office in Brussels led by Martin Johansson, which makes it well placed to represent clients before the EU courts and European Commission.
‘A highly skilled team. You always feel that you receive top-notch advice which is pragmatic and solutions driven.‘
‘They have a thorough knowledge about our business and also an overall understanding of our organisation and decision-making process. In many cases this is key for delivering truly useful advice for me as in-house counsel and for the business.‘
‘Outstanding competence in competition, especially the ability to combine economic and legal aspects.‘
‘Very strong knowledge of their field, well-connected internationally with other law firms and with the EU Commission, very responsive and always available. Also commercial in their approach and always finds a solution.‘
‘We have been very impressed by the performance of Magnus Glader and Sebastian Örndahl. They have in-depth knowledge of competition law matters and the quality of their work has been outstanding. Their availability is great and it has been a real pleasure to work with them.‘
‘Johan Karlsson provides us with world-class advice tailored to our industry. He is always available and able to describe complex competition law issues in a simple way for clients. He is highly appreciated and respected throughout the company.‘
‘Trine Osen Bergqvist has in-depth knowledge of our industry and provides excellent and pragmatic advice on complex issues. You never doubt that she has specialist and deep knowledge of competition law.‘
‘They are very qualified in their field, have high integrity and adapt their advice so that is easy to understand to the various recipients without overdoing it and spending too much time and money.‘
‘Johan Karlsson is a first-class competition lawyer. Paired with Jakob Jeanrond, competition economist, they form an outstanding team when it comes to analysing and describing the economic drivers of a competitive market.‘
‘Marcus Glader stands out for his availability and his commercial mindset. He can weigh risks and give clear recommendations to clients on what to do.‘
HMD Global Oy / Opera
ForSea (HH Ferries)
- Acted for Tele2 on the competition elements of its €3.7bn merger with Com Hem.
- Represented HMD Global and Opera as intervenors in Google’s case before the EU General Court concerning breaches of EU antitrust rules.
- Acted as global merger control counsel on EQT’s acquisition of Azelis.
With an integrated competition and public procurement practice, Advokatfirman Cederquist KB is well placed to handle issues pertaining to bid-rigging and joint-bidding investigations. Practice head Fredrik Lindblom handles merger control matters for domestic and international businesses, with recent highlights involving Phase I clearances for dominant names on the domestic market across the camping supplies, landscaping and building materials sectors. Newly promoted partner Elsa Arbrandt also assists with cartel mandates, and Annika Blomqvist leads the public procurement expertise.
Fredrik Lindblom; Annika Blomqvist
‘Business minded, explains risks clearly and offers solutions.‘
‘A highly knowledgeable and reachable team. Provides pragmatic, timely, hands-on legal advice.‘
‘Knowledge about vertical agreements and other competition law-related questions.‘
‘Fredrik Lindblom is highly skilled and always reachable. He is appreciated for being proactive and always following up queries to ensure the best legal advice is provided.‘
‘Annika Blomqvist is an excellent lawyer.‘
BSH Home Appliances
- Obtained Phase 1 merger approval for Green Landscaping’s acquisition of Svensk Markservice; the two largest operators on the market.
- Obtained Phase 1 approval for Nordic Camping’s acquisition of First Camp, creating the largest distributor of camping facilities and services in the market.
- Assisted with the merger clearance process for MittMedia’s incorporation into publishing house Bonnier.
The EU and competition team at Advokatfirman Delphi is highly praised for its expertise in investigations and litigation concerning price fixing, abuse of dominance and competition law infringements in the public procurement process. Recent instructions for practice head Elisabeth Eklund include handling matters for clients across the pharmaceuticals, aviation, transport, life sciences and infrastructure sectors. Senior associate Karin Roberts routinely assists with regulatory mandates relating to merger control issues, competition compliance audits and complaints relating to the implementation of EU directives.
‘My primary contact Elisabeth Eklund has deep knowledge and I feel that the team can address all aspects of EU and competition law.‘
‘Delphi has a highly dedicated team with a lot of knowledge and experience relevant in their area of expertise. What makes them unique is also the willingness to listen and learn about my industry to make sure to give me sufficient advice. They are quick to respond to questions and also understand business perspectives- not just the legal parts. They are fast movers which, in my case, is very important due to the entrepreneurial environment I act in, and they are also very thorough when it comes to documentation and follow up.‘
‘Elisabeth Eklund is flexible, quick, professional and has firm opinions. This is something I really appreciate.‘
‘I have mainly dealt with Karin Roberts and Elisabeth Eklund who I find are two of the more competent legal advisors I have had the opportunity to work with. That they are experts in their field of expertise is something I expect them to be, but they also have the capability to quickly understand and pick up on issues relating to a specific industry and apply the legal advice necessary. They speak and write in an understandable legal manner and can explain very complicated matters in an easy way. They are tough when they need to be and humble when needed. They have a high service level and make sure I am comfortable and safe in discussions with others.‘
Svenska Förpacknings- och Tidningsinsamlingen AB
Infrastruktur i Umeå AB
A Flygbränslehantering AB
- Representing Svenska Förpacknings- och Tidningsinsamlingen in the Patent and Market Court of Appeal regarding the alleged abuse of a dominant position.
- Assisted Geberit Group with an extensive three-year investigation into alleged vertical price fixing on the WC market between Ifö (owned by Geberit Group) and three retailers.
- Assisted investment company Nordstjernan’s subsidiary Lideta with a merger filing to the Swedish Competition Authority for Lideta’s acquisition of Aleris One.
As a key area of focus for Hammarskiöld, the EU and competition team, which includes practice head Claes Langenius and highly praised senior associate Sofia Falkner, often acts in high-profile cartel and abuse of dominance cases before the Swedish and EU authorities. Clients include state-owned betting companies, financial institutions and heavy vehicle manufacturers. On the merger control side, new recruit Malin Albert (who joined from Setterwalls) handles merger filings and has a particular emphasis on the life sciences sector.
‘The competition law team has been brave enough to give us clear recommendations even though the legal situation has been unclear. This has been of great importance to the company when making decisions on how to handle a complex situation.‘
‘Claes Lengenius is very competent as has lengthy experience.‘
‘Sofia Falkner is very competent and clever. She has learnt our business very fast and is able to give us relevant and good assistance with all questions. Her recommendations are always clear and easy to apply.‘
- Representing Scania in the high-profile Trucks Cartel appeal before the General Court of the EU.
- Representing Svenska Spel in the Swedish Competition Authority’s ongoing abuse of dominance investigation into the gambling sector.
- Instructed by Euroapotheca to handle the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Apoteksgruppen Holding from the Kingdom of Sweden.
Kastell Advokatbyrå AB
Stand-out names at competition boutique Kastell Advokatbyrå AB include founding partner and practice head Erik Söderlind, Pamela Hansson, Christina Mailund and Malin Persson. The team represents clients in high-profile competition litigation before the domestic and EU courts, international merger filings and state aid matters.
Roschier’s competition department is led by Kristian Hugmark, who assists the firm’s corporate clients with merger control processes before the European and Swedish authorities. Recent mandates include complex Phase II investigations by the European Commission and investigations into the alleged infringement of competition rules. The team regularly works with the firm’s Helsinki office to handle multi jurisdictional filings for clients in the telecoms, media, transport, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors.
‘Roschier is one of the top firms in Sweden for competition law.‘
‘Roschier is always attentive, is well connected, provides very practical, hands-on advice and punches well above its weight.‘
‘Kristian Hugmark has vast experience with Swedish and EU competition law. He is particularly strong when it comes to merger control, providing a very pragmatic approach to taking on risk and providing advice, which is always highly appreciated by clients.‘
‘Kristian Hugmark is strategic, thinks outside the box and has proved to be the perfect partner to discuss difficult issues with.‘
IK Investment Partners
CVC Capital Partners
TV4/C More/Bonnier Broadcasting
- Representing Bonnier in a Phase II investigation by the European Commission relating to it’s SEK9.2bn sale to Telia.
- Representing Trygg-Hansa in a Swedish Competition Authority investigation into alleged infringement of competition rules.
- Obtained Phase I approval for Sumitomo’s acquisition of Q-Park Operations.
Cirio Advokatbyrå AB’s EU and competition practice assists with multi jurisdictional merger filings, anti-corruption and cartel investigations, and regulatory compliance audits. The client list includes corporate names from across the Nordics as well as a number of Swedish municipalities; the team acts for the latter in abuse of dominance claims. Under the leadership of Ulrica Salomon, the practice is also noted for its state aid expertise and has made numerous appearances before the European Commission including a recent case in the transport sector.
ICA Gruppen AB
Salling Group A/S
Nalka Invest AB
- Handled the competitive assessment and merger filing issues for ICA Gruppen’s strategic investment in healthcare services provider Min Doktor.
- Compiled a report on EU and Swedish trade policy concerning e-commerce platforms for Handelsrådet.
- Advised Nalka Invest on the sale of Nordic Modular Group Holding and the subsequent merger notification to the European Commission.
Hannes Snellman’s competition practice head Peter Forsberg is highly praised by clients for his expertise in merger control matters including complex three-to-two mergers. The team represents clients before the Competition Authority as merger control counsel for clients in regulated markets including the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, forestry and infrastructure industries. Forsberg also represents clients in disputes relating to abuse of dominance issues, cartels and dawn raids.
“The Hannes Snellman team has built considerable trust and a strong relationship by delivering high-quality advice that brings value to our business.”
“A committed team always available for its client, providing fast replies and a committed approach. A down-to-earth atmosphere with a knowledgeable team.”
“Peter Forsberg has been instrumental in managing complex legal matters always focusing on practical aspects of the advice.”
“Peter Forsberg is always available and solutions oriented. He is a good listener who does a lot to understand the key challenges in each situation. A trustworthy and straightforward team player.“
Mellanskog ek. fören
- Represented Cramo before the Swedish Competition Authority concerning the acquisition of rival Nordic Modular Group, creating the largest modular-space supplier in Sweden.
- Lead international merger control counsel to Mekonomen on its acquisition of FTZ in Denmark and Inter-Team in Poland.
- Representing GlaxoSmithKine in a dispute with the Medical Products Agency concerning a parallel imports matter.
Setterwalls’ group leader Ulf Djurberg and Martin Levinsohn provide robust EU and competition advice across three offices and advise on cross-border merger filings, dawn raids and investigations by the Swedish Competition Authority concerning cartels and abuse of dominance issues. The team assists its global client base with bespoke compliance programmes and provides structural advice on joint ventures for dominant and non-dominant organisations. Tommy Pettersson joined Advokatfirman Per Karlsson & Co AB in 2020.
Multinational names in the healthcare, banking, stationery and transport sectors recently instructed the competition team at Advokatfirman Schjødt on cross-border merger filings before the Swedish Competition Authority and the European Commission. Mats Johnsson has extensive experience in handling compliance audits and advises on issues concerning state aid matters, cartels and restrictive agreements. Fredrik Linder heads the practice and has a particular emphasis on the competition law aspects of public procurement.
‘Highly engaged, committed, professional and easy to work with.‘
‘Mats Johnsson runs a solid practice.‘
‘I have worked with Mats Johnsson and he really gave me value for money. He always responded swiftly and the work he did was very good.‘
‘Mats Johnsson gives a feeling of comfort when you address your issues. He prides himself in finding ways to solve issues rather than shooting ideas down. He is experienced and gets the deal and the value drivers behind it.‘
Highly praised associate Erik Brändt Öfverholm heads up Baker McKenzie’s competition practice, which provides a key list of multinational corporate clients with the full range of services. Recent noteworthy merger control mandates included multi jurisdictional filings, where the group acted as lead counsel and Swedish counsel on global deals. The team also advises on cartel investigations by the Swedish Competition Authority and assists with abuse of dominance issues.
Erik Brändt Öfverholm
‘An extremely responsive competition team, offering to-the-point advice on even the most complex issues.‘
‘A very ambitious team with a clear goal to provide up-to-date and accurate advice.‘
‘Head of the competition team Erik Brändt Öfverholm is a hands-on adviser and gives his clients frank and clear assessments of the risks involved in any transaction. He understands what is needed and delivers accordingly.‘
‘Erik Brändt Öfverholm is an exceptional talent. Will patiently explain and reason with anything you will consult him on within his field. Kind, honest and reliable.‘
- Handled the merger control issues arising from FSN Capital’s merger with Office-IT Partner.
- Advised Solar on the merger control elements of its acquisition of selected parts of Onninen’s Swedish business activities.
- Executed a multijurisdictional merger control filing for Nordic Capital’s acquisition of Conscia.
Robert Moldén heads up Front Advokater’s competition practice from Gothenburg, where the team represents a portfolio of municipalities and government-owned entities in abuse of dominance and cartel litigation. Noteworthy sector expertise encompasses the telecoms, digital communications, medicinal services and infrastructure industries. The team also represents a number of private sector clients and has recently obtained successful rulings against the Swedish Competition Authority.
‘The practice is unique due to its exceptional experience from working with public sector clients.‘
‘Robert Moldén represents a great combination of heavy academic background with practical experience.‘
Alfa Quality Moving
Göteborg Energi GothNet
- Defending Göteborg Energi GothNet (owned by the City of Gothenburg) in an abuse of dominance case in the telecoms sector filed by Net at Once.
Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå assists its domestic client base with merger control filings, abuse of dominance cases and cartel hearings before the Swedish Competition Authority and the European Commission. Team head Rolf Larsson lends his regulatory knowledge to matters pertaining to state aid, and recently advised on the introduction of a licensing system to the previously monopolised horse gambling market.
‘Small enough to build personal bonds, but still with a broad range of specialists for all areas relevant to us.‘
‘Always available with very good industry acumen.‘
ICA Gruppen AB
Amadeus Scandinavia AB
AB Trav & Galopp
NCC Industry AB
Toyota Sweden AB
Almega Tjänsteförbunden Städföretagen
Scandinavian Standard Nordic AB
- Providing competition law advice and handling a merger notification for bus transport company Nobina’s acquisition of Samtrans.
- Advising Trav & Galopp, formally the monopolist in the Swedish horse betting market, on the implications of opening up the market to competition.
- Advising Amadeus Scandinavia on abuse of dominant position issues.
MAQS Advokatbyrå provides competition law advice to clients with operations across the Nordics; typical issues include pricing and rebate structures, abuse of dominant position compliance work and dawn raid and investigation responses. Practice head Mikael Åström recently defended multiple clients in EU investigations and before the Swedish Competition Authority in cartel allegations concerning price maintenance and coordination of prices.
‘Partner Mikael Åström is extremely talented, experienced and always such a pleasure to work with. Always positive and has a good sense of humour.‘
KGH Customs Services
Essity Hygiene and Health
Alps Electric Corporation
Music Retail Group
ESAB / Colfax Corporation
Inteleon Group (SMS Park)
- Representing Inteleon Group before the Swedish Competition Authority in an abuse of dominance case filed against the municipality of Gothenburg.
- Providing the full range of competition law advice for 3m’s Nordic operations.
- Handling the full scope of competition law advice for Perrigo Company and its Nordic operations.