Insolvency in Sweden

Hamilton Advokatbyrå

Advokatfirman Schjødt’s market-leading insolvency practice is routinely instructed as court appointed administrator for large-scale company reorganisations, with Michael Levin and Lars Eric Gustafsson also providing advice on the associated tax and debt restructuring issues. Recent clients stem from the real estate, retail, entertainment and manufacturing sectors. Notable names including Hans Renman and group head Emma Berglund Uväng are regularly mandated to act as receivers in bankruptcy procedures; Renman is also a go-to name for insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):

Emma Berglund Uväng

Key clients

Naftoil Aktiebolag

Boomerang AB

Trepur Entertainment AB

HPF Gustavsbergs Porslinsfabrik AB

Axxonen Holding AB

Real Holding i Sweden AB

Visual A.C.T Scandinavia AB

Finsmakarens Trädgård AB

Componenta Group

MI Andersson Fastighetsbolag AB

Jascha Stockholm AB

Work highlights

  • Acting as appointed receiver on Naftokil Aktiebolag’s bankruptcy, which includes complex tax issues.
  • Handling the reorganisation of Real Holding i Sweden with a debt structure of external loans, shareholder loans and bonds.
  • Acting as appointed receiver on clothing retailer Boomerang’s bankruptcy.

DLA Piper

Erik Selander leads DLA Piper’s Nordic-wide insolvency expertise and handles complex cross-border financial restructurings and insolvency proceedings for an international corporate client base. On the domestic front, Selander, practice head Kent HägglundJonas Premfors and Lars Wiking are routinely court mandated as administrators on high-value bankruptcies and reorganisations; the group recently acted as co-administrator on the winding-up of Saab. The team also assists client in the real estate, consumer fashion, retail, life insurance and investment services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kent Hägglund

Testimonials

The insolvency team at DLA Piper has a very good all-round awareness of key factors when dealing with Insolvency cases, such as financials, accounting matters and tax matters. To me it seems like they are better than their competitors in this regard.

The team has a lot of experience and knowledge having dealt with any kind of insolvency situations possible under Swedish law. They are especially good at dealing with larger, more complex insolvency and restructuring.

The team is knowledgeable, experienced and professional.

Lars Wiking is a highly qualified insolvency partner. Very experienced and good to work with, very pragmatic and client friendly.

Erik Selander is appreciated for his thorough knowledge of the financial system and the workings of banks.

Kent Hägglund and Jonas Premfors are both reliable experts in their field.

Key clients

ADGC Properties

Apsis Liv Försäkrings

Allianceplus

Gothemsgården Gotland

Indiska Magasinet

Laudatur

RE Education

Rushrail

SAAB Automobile

SAAB Automobile Tools

SAAB Automobile Powertrain

JC Sverige

TeknikMagasinet

Teri Property

QV group of companies

Zontax

Aitrops Event

Aligera Holding including Aligera Wind Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as administrator on Teri Property’s bankruptcy of its 31 retail properties.
  • Appointed as co-receiver of the bankruptcy of SAAB.
  • Acting as administrator of fashion retailer JC’s bankruptcy.

Advokatfirman Vinge

Advokatfirman Vinge’s highly regarded insolvency team handles significant bankruptcies and insolvency matters; Morgan Hallén and Anna Palmérus are frequently instructed as court-appointed receivers on some of the largest bankruptcies and compulsory liquidations in the automotive, shipping, financial services, real estate and healthcare sectors. Robert Wikholm and Fabian Ekeblad are go-to names for solvent liquidation work and other financial restructuring mandates and often advise leading banks, creditors and distressed companies.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Ekeblad; Anna Palmérus

Testimonials

We always receive creative and commercially adequate advice.

Highly professional in all respects.

Morgan Hallén is a competent leader of a team of highly skilled and intelligent lawyers who have wide and deep knowledge.

Thomas Sjöberg advises his clients – often banks – in an excellent way. He is very skilled and also business minded and pragmatic. In addition he is a very nice and likeable person.

Formal in a respectful way, efficient and smart.

Key clients

B.V. Holding Maatschappij Damen

SEB Denmark

Svets & Mekano i Vislanda AB

Advanza Vård och Omsorg AB

Intertrust (Sweden) AB

Kromann Reumert (Top Toy A/S) Y

Aspis Livförsäkrings AB

Derome Byggvaror & Träteknik AB

CRC Tjurhöjden 6 MW AB

Codan Forsikring A/S

Work highlights

  • Representing B.V. Holding Maatschappij Damen as shareholder in the liquidation of Damen Shiprepair Götaverken.
  • Appointed as official receiver for the bankruptcy of manufacturing company Svets & Mekano i Vislanda.
  • Appointed as official receiver for the bankruptcy of Advanza Vård och Omsorg.

Wistrand

The team at Wistrand is regularly appointed as trustee for high-profile bankruptcies, and group head Christian Bergqvist, Niklas Körling and newly promoted partner  Fredrik Thor are regularly singled out by clients. The practice handles complex debt restructuring mandates for banks and corporates across the insurance, IT and real estate sectors; the firm's Gothenburg office is also a key name for manufacturing clients. The department also advises banks as creditors in large bankruptcies, and Anders Nilsson has notable expertise in insolvency litigation at a domestic and global level. Counsel Nina Baecklund was a new arrival in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christian Bergqvist

Testimonials

The team has high-level practical understanding of complex in-court insolvency proceedings which adds value to their advice.

Very good — maybe the best — at insolvency litigation.

One of the most skilled insolvency teams in the country.

A competent, young and active team.

Christian Bergqvist always delivers straightforward and valuable advice in challenging situations.

Anders Nilsson is an excellent insolvency lawyer and one of the brightest in the market.

Niklas Körling is well recognised for his work. He has tonnes of experience within insolvency law and has a practical and commercial approach.

Fredrik Thor is a highly skilled and pragmatic, business-minded professional, quick to identify and analyse complex legal issues, possessing both intuitive social skills and a high degree of integrity. It has been a pleasure working with him and the execution of projects has been hands-down excellent.

Key clients

Saab Automobile

AQ Segerström & Svensson AB

Scana Steel Björneborg AB

Sulitelma Fastigheter AB

Powerwave Technologies Sweden AB

Suderhälsan HVB AB

The Cords & Co AB

OneOak Networks AB

Gibson Innovations Sweden AB

New Construction Group

Work highlights

  • Appointed as trustee in the Scana Steel Björneborg bankruptcy.
  • Appointed as trustee in the AQ Segerström & Svensson bankruptcy.
  • Appointed as trustee in the Gibson Innovations Sweden bankruptcy.

Advokatfirman Cederquist KB

Noteworthy mandates for Advokatfirman Cederquist KB’s insolvency practice include complex multi-creditor restructuring exercises for leading Nordic banks and syndicates. The robust corporate recovery practice includes practice head Johan Lundberg and noteworthy individuals Svante Hultqvist and Per Henriksson, who handle high-value debt restructuring programmes for distressed companies.

Practice head(s):

Johan Lundberg

Testimonials

The practice has a truly unique experience of handling complex multi jurisdictional and multi-creditor insolvency and reconstruction arrangements. Cederquist is always our first choice when we shop for services within the insolvency and reconstruction field.

A very skilled and experienced team that can combine theoretical abilities with a practical approach to problems.

Star individuals include Svante Hultqvist, Per Henriksson and Johan Lundberg. They are all very knowledgeable and highly skilled lawyers, pragmatic and solutions oriented. They grasp what is essential and their advice is always to the point and provided in a cost efficient manner.

‘Johan Lundberg is very available and solutions oriented.

Svante Hultqvist is simply the best to have onboard for restructuring matters.

Per Henriksson is a very solid lawyer with high theoretical skills and a good banking background.

Key clients

Nordea

DNB

Swedbank

Svenska Handelsbanken

SEB

European Investment Bank

Danske Bank

Cirio Advokatbyrå AB

Cirio Advokatbyrå AB’s insolvency practice includes team co-heads Lars-Henrik Andersson and Pierre Pettersson and is often court appointed to handle reorganisations and wind-ups, with notable experience in the telecoms, media, fashion, construction and energy sectors. As part of the firm's wider banking and finance practice, the team also has experience acting for mid-scale creditors in repossession claims arising from defaults.

Practice head(s):

Lars-Henrik Andersson; Pierre Pettersson

Testimonials

Pierre Pettersson and Karl Björlin have supported us in various projects regarding insolvency issues. Our impression is that they have expert legal knowledge and that they have a great understanding of our business and commercial issues. We find them pragmatic and very dedicated to finding commercially feasible solutions to issues.

A strong and diverse insolvency team with experience of large-scale insolvency projects, often covering multiple jurisdictions.

Lars-Henrik Andersson has deep and wide knowledge and always gives efficient business advice.

Daniel Lander demonstrates modern leadership and great integrity.

Lars-Henrik Andersson is a leading individual within the Swedish insolvency sector.

Karl Björlin is a rising star on the insolvency circuit. Extremely knowledgeable and on point.

Key clients

SJ AB

BST BrandSkyddsTeamet Group

Randstad Sweden Group AB

Villa Total AB

Pagina Group

Trustbuddy

Componenta Wirsbo AB and Componenta Arvika AB

WeSc AB

Fortum Ljunga Kraft AB

Work highlights

  • Appointed as insolvency administrator for VLT and Liberala Tidningar’s winding-up of approximately €10m of financial assets, and handled several complex disputes involving tax and corporate law.
  • Appointed as administrator for fashion company Novarlux (and its Italian subsidiary) during its voluntary liquidation and divestment of assets.
  • Handling the restructuring of distressed construction group Villa Total, including a court-led formal business reorganisation.

Advokatfirman Fylgia KB

With a substantial team focusing on insolvency matters, Advokatfirman Fylgia KB is one of the largest offerings on the market, making it a go-to firm for court-appointed bankruptcies and administrations. Practice head Jakob Callmander and Lars Nylund recently handled bankruptcies and insolvencies for listed and smaller companies in the fintech, corporate consultancy, agriculture, luxury retail and construction sectors. Callmander and Johan Norén also advise financial services clients on credit facility restructurings and other bond-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Jakob Callmander

Key clients

Scandinavian Credit Fund I AB

Roslagens Sparbank AB

Work highlights

  • Appointed as receiver on AI and IT-infrastructure company Bolooba Data Center’s bankruptcy.
  • Appointed as receiver on luxury retail chain Urbanus’ bankruptcy.
  • Appointed as receiver on urban agriculture corporation Plantagon International’s bankruptcy.

Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå

Recent mandates for Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå's insolvency team include complex bond and debt restructurings, refinancing negotiations and recapitalisations for distressed companies. Key contacts include practice head Candra Torebring, Björn Svensson and Mikael Borg, who regularly act on the debtor side of matters, with clients sourced from the financial services, airline, telecoms, property and education sectors. The team also handles refinancing mandates in the private equity space.

Practice head(s):

Candra Torebring

Testimonials

A very experienced team for cross-border transactions with a deep bench of talented young lawyers and seasoned leadership.

Mikael Borg is a seasoned, calm counsellor, with excellent business ethics and the confidence to tell his client when to stop the clock and face the music, rather than keep drafting in circles.

Caroline Jägenstedt Wikman is very knowledgeable and has incredible dedication and stamina.

Mikael Borg and Caroline Jägenstedt Wikman are excellent in managing restructuring processes in and out of insolvency.

Key clients

Eniro AB

Nordic Trustee & Agency AB

Oscar Properties Holding AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Nordic Trustee & Agency (on behalf of the bondholders of Icelandic airline WOW Air) on restructuring negotiations aimed at mitigating the risk of bankruptcy.
  • Advised Eniro on the restructuring of bank loans totalling SEK1bn.
  • Advised YA Holding on the restructuring of debt securities.

Mannheimer Swartling

Lenders, equity investors and other creditors instruct the insolvency team at Mannheimer Swartling on cross-border financial restructurings and litigation pertaining to claw backs and other judicial proceedings. On the debtor side, the group handles the sales and acquisitions of distressed assets, and also assists clients with preventative measures. The team is jointly led by Thomas Pettersson and Christoffer Monell and comprises a cross-section of professionals from the banking and finance, corporate, M&A and dispute resolution practices.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Pettersson; Christoffer Monell

Key clients

Adam Opel GmbH

AB Storstockholms lokaltrafik

Work highlights

  • Representing Opel Automotive as creditor in initiating proof-of-claim proceedings in the bankruptcy of Saab Automobile.
  • Representing AB Storstockholms lokaltrafik as creditor in the formal reorganisation of the free Swedish newspaper Metro.
  • Representing a creditor and customer in the bankruptcy of a Swedish automotive component supplier.

Roschier

The insolvency practice at Roschier advises distressed companies on debt restructuring mandates including complex debt-to-equity swaps, corporate contingency restructurings, recapitalisations and covenant renegotiations with creditors. Leveraging the firm’s strength in high-yield bond work, group co-heads Johan Häger, Fredrik Rydin and Ola Åhman provide solid experience in high-value bond restructurings. The client roster comprises leading international names in the automotive, fashion, air travel and investment banking industries.

Practice head(s):

Johan Häger; Fredrik Rydin; Ola Åhman

Key clients

Intertrust (Sweden) AB

JOOL Markets AS

Houlihan Lokey

SATO

Wow Air

Iceland Air

Work highlights

  • Acted for Intertrust Sweden as ad hoc bondholder committee and bond trustee for the restructuring of CHR Bygga Bostäder.
  • Advised Iceland Air on the renegotiation of high-yield bond covenants.
  • Assisted a listed company with negotiations with its creditors to reset covenants and agree on a deleveraging and recapitalisation process.

Setterwalls

Setterwalls fields a team of insolvency lawyers, which is regularly instructed as bankruptcy administrator for real estate and construction clients in matters, which often have cross-border elements. Team leader Mathias Winge has substantial experience handling restructuring issues for creditors and advising on M&A transactions for financially distressed companies. The team also acts in insolvency-related litigation under the Swedish Bankruptcy Act relating to recovery actions and payment liability issues. Nina Baecklund left the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Winge

Testimonials

Mathias Winge is a pragmatic and experienced lawyer who is easygoing and fun to work with.

Mathias Winge has good reputation and always tries to find the best solutions.

Key clients

Quinn Investments

Sweden AB and 31 of its subsidiaries in bankruptcy

EV Ejendomsinvestering

Nynäshamn Holding AB in bankruptcy

Avestakronan AB in bankruptcy

Medge Group Companies in bankruptcy

Nordic Blooc AB in bankruptcy

Scientific Content for Interactive Systems Sweden AB (SCISS) in bankruptcy

Swedish Composites AB in bankruptcy

Work highlights

  • Appointed as bankruptcy receiver for Quinn Investments Sweden and 31 of its subsidiaries.
  • Appointed as bankruptcy receiver for EV Ejendomsinvestering Nynäshamn Holding.
  • Appointed as bankruptcy receiver for Avestakronan.

White & Case Advokat AB

White & Case Advokat AB’s insolvency practice handles financial restructurings for a client roster of Nordic banks and other creditors; joint practice heads Magnus Wennerhorn and Carl Hugo Parment lead on domestic mandates and act as local counsel on global restructuring exercises. Private equity funds also instruct the team to advise on distressed portfolio companies. The group also works closely with the banking and finance department to develop liquidation and restructuring strategies.

Practice head(s):

Magnus Wennerhorn; Carl Hugo Parment

Testimonials

Always provides an excellent legal service. They make sure to understand the case and our business and are always available for questions.

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB  acts as court-appointed receiver and administrator in bankruptcy and solvent liquidation, with key contacts including Robert Asplund and Erik Lingsell (both based in Örebro) and Magnus Löfving, who is based in Gothenburg. Noteworthy highlights include acting for a number of bankruptcy estates in asset recovery litigation.

Practice head(s):

Magnus Löfving; Robert Asplund; Erik Lingsell

Key clients

Saab Automobile Tools AB

FME Europe

Fly Me Sweden

Strands Tryckeri

Blue Flash Auto AB

Work highlights

  • Acting as administrator in the bankruptcy of FME Europe and Fly Me Sweden
  • Acting as receiver in the SEK100m bankruptcy of Blue Flash Auto.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s Stockholm office acts as local counsel in significant global bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings, which it receives from the firm’s international network. Recent work involved clients from the automotive, reinsurance, nuclear energy and gaming sectors. Stefan Bessman and Jonas Benedictsson are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Bessman; Jonas Benedictsson

Key clients

Swiss Re Europe

Swedish Government

Bank St Petersburg

Westinghouse

NLS Machinery

Work highlights

  • Representing reinsurer Swiss RE Europe in the liquidation proceedings of Aspis Life.
  • Representing Bank Saint Petersberg in obtaining court orders in the Swedish Bankruptcy Court ordering the return of property to a debtor’s estate.
  • Providing restructuring advice to Westinghouse Electric UK Holdings and its subsidiaries following its bankruptcy.

Advokatfirman Delphi

Based in Gothenburg, Advokatfirman Delphi’s insolvency practice head Håkan Wendesten acts as liquidator for solvent and insolvent companies and as administrator in bankruptcies. Key areas of expertise include the transport and retail sectors.

Trägårdh Advokatbyrå AB

With offices in Malmö and Lund, Trägårdh Advokatbyrå AB is a go-to firm for distressed businesses in the southern regions of Sweden. Johan Klåvus, Ola Sellert and Charlotte Andersson handle compulsory and voluntary liquidation procedures and are regularly court appointed as bankruptcy receivers.