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DLA Piper handles the full range of insolvency and restructuring matters and is regularly appointed as administrator by the Swedish courts. Praised for being 'very committed and supportive' and 'giving good advice based on experience', the team has notable expertise in cross-border work. 'Excellent' practice head Kent Hägglund and Erik Selander, who is 'a skilled litigator with obvious knowledge of insolvency matters', acted as administrators for Nordic technology store Teknik Magasinet on its reorganisation including assisting with wage guarantee issues and handling negotiations with its landlords, creditors and banks. Jonas Premfors and Lars Wiking are also key practitioners, and senior associate Joakim Hedström has a 'deep and thorough understanding of the field'.

Hamilton Advokatbyrå fields 'a strong insolvency team with older, experienced partners as well as some up-and coming lawyers'; the group combines expertise acting as receivers in bankruptcies with experience as administrators in company reorganisations. 'Very knowledgeable and pragmatic' managing partner and practice head Emma Berglund Uväng was appointed receiver for Vanda Acars, and Hans Renman, who is 'thorough and known for his in-depth legal skills', acted as trustee in the bankruptcy of IAC Vilsta. Lars Eric Gustafsson is praised for his 'academic approach to legal matters', while Michael Levin is noted as a 'business-minded and pragmatic lawyer, who also has integrity and legal knowledge'. Martin Prager is also noted.

The department at Mannheimer Swartling includes partners with cross-practice experience spanning dispute resolution, banking and finance, and corporate and commercial knowledge. The group acts for domestic and foreign clients on bankruptcies and reorganisation filing requirements, financial restructurings and distressed acquisitions and sales. Thomas Pettersson and specialist counsel Christoffer Monell jointly lead the practice; Monell is representing Circle Media Group in a dispute regarding clawback claims from the bankruptcy estate of Sörmlands Grafiska. André Andersson is also an experienced practitioner.

Advokatfirman Vinge is well positioned in the market to assist with bankruptcies, compulsory liquidations and reconstructions. The 'efficient and professional team' is regularly appointed as receiver or administrator by the courts and also acts for creditors and debtors. 'Top-class lawyers' Fabian Ekeblad, Robert Wikholm and Anna Palmérus lead the group; Palmérus was recently appointed as receiver in Svets & Mekano's bankruptcy. Morgan Hallén acted as receiver in the bankruptcy of Secure Networks Sweden and is also handling the liquidation of Damen Shiprepair Götaverken.

Wistrand is recognised by clients as one of the 'top players in the insolvency field in Sweden'; the team is traditionally strong in bankruptcy work and has noteworthy expertise in the insurance, mining and real estate sectors. Anders Nilsson acted as trustee for Sulitelma Fastigheter and is singled out as 'an excellent lawyer', and highly regarded practice co-head Christian Bergqvist is well versed in company liquidations and restructurings. Anne-Marie Pouteaux, Niklas Körling and group co-head Jörgen Wistrand are also key practitioners in the team, which gives 'solid and spot-on advice'. Senior Associate Fredrik Thor recently acted as trustee for Gibson Innovations Sweden in its bankruptcy.

Advokatfirman Cederquist KB's practice has significant expertise in restructurings, regularly advises on debt and security structures, and works closely with the firm's capital markets, commercial and dispute resolution departments. Johan Lundberg advised Pandion on the financing of Firesteel’s acquisition of Nordic Mines Marknad from Nordic Mines; he jointly leads the practice with the experienced Svante Hultqvist. Per Henriksson joined from DNB Sweden in 2018.

The experienced team at Cirio Advokatbyrå AB fields practitioners who are knowledgeable of the full gamut of insolvency and restructuring matters. Pierre Pettersson, Lars-Henrik Andersson and senior associate Karl Björlin are the key contacts in the group and joined from Advokatfirman Lindahl KB.

The¬†'hardworking and adaptable' department at¬†Advokatfirman Fylgia KB¬†is regularly appointed as administrators and formal receivers in bankruptcies, and also advises on¬†company reconstructions and voluntary liquidations.¬†Highlights included handling the separate bankruptcies of medical tech company Gynius and Hillmarketing.¬†Jakob Callmander¬†heads up the practice, which also includes¬†Lars Nylund,¬†and¬†newly promoted partners¬†Johan Nor√©n¬†and¬†Josefin M√ľntzing Alm.

Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå handles a variety of bankruptcy and insolvency mandates including moratorium matters and refinancing negotiations, clawback issues, the enforcement of security and distressed sales. In a recent highlight, practice head Candra Torebring and Björn Svensson were instructed by Eniro on the recapitalisation of its capital structure; Mikael Borg also advised Nordic Trustee & Agency on the restructuring of the assets of Aligera Holding. Caroline Jägenstedt Wikman is also a key name to note and is experienced in capital markets work, real estate issues and dispute resolution.

Praised for its 'high-level expertise and execution at all times', the team at Roschier is experienced in a wide range of restructuring matters, particularly in the financial sector and bond restructuring market. The 'extremely skilled' Harem Mahir assisted Intertrust Sweden and Jool markets with multiple bond defaults and direct loan issues, practice head Johan Häger regularly handles the structuring and negotiation of leveraged buyouts (LBOs) and high-yield bonds, and Fredrik Rydin specialises in international lending transactions. Counsel Carl Brodén is another name to note.

Setterwalls is a 'strong player' in the insolvency and restructuring market with substantial international expertise; it is also well versed in bankruptcy mandates including recovery matters, proof of debt work and dividend issues. The 'pragmatic and knowledgeable' Mathias Winge leads the team and is experienced in the manufacturing and real estate sectors; he recently assisted RE Education Holding with its bankruptcy. Senior counsels Leif Baecklund and Thomas Ehrner are 'greatly experienced' and newly promoted specialist counsel Nina Baecklund is also noted; she regularly advises debtors and creditors on financial crises.

Magnus Wennerhorn¬†and¬†Carl Hugo Parment¬†jointly lead the department at¬†White & Case Advokat AB, which is experienced in financial restructurings and insolvencies. The group's main client base encompasses banks and creditors; the team also handles¬†liquidations and refinancing matters for corporations. Recent highlights include advising¬†Mobylife on¬†the restructuring of its ‚ā¨273m senior secured bonds.

Baker McKenzie has strong cross-border capabilities and handles matters relating to restructurings and insolvencies. Stefan Bessman worked with the firm's St Petersburg office to advise Bank Saint Petersburg on a bankruptcy matter relating to whether Russian assets can be enforced in Sweden. Magdalena Berg and Jonas Benedictsson are other key contacts.

The group at Advokatfirman Delphi has notable experience in managing bankruptcies and handling restructurings for clients in a variety of industries. Highly experienced senior counsels Hans L. Bergqvist and Håkan Wendesten are based in Gothenburg, and the team in Linköping fields Magnus Nedstrand and Oscar Brandin.

The department at MAQS Advokatbyrå fields practitioners who act as bankruptcy trustees, reorganisation administrators and liquidators for its clients. The highly experienced Jörgen Estving assists with insolvency and credit security issues; bankruptcy expert Bo Ransnäs and Mats Romell are also key members of the team.

Trägårdh Advokatbyrå AB fields a substantial team of dedicated partners and economists. Patrik Kalman is regularly appointed as bankruptcy trustee and also has experience as a corporate reconstruction administrator, and Ola Sellert acted for Abitare as bankruptcy manager.

Wesslau Söderqvist Advokatbyrå handles a range of bankruptcy matters including advising on credit issues and refinancings, payment negotiations and business model amendments. Lars Söderqvist, Peter Thörnwall and Andreas Nordberg are the key practitioners.

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