Next Generation Partners

Shipping in Sweden

Mannheimer Swartling

Praised as ‘very strong, with an excellent reputation’, Mannheimer Swartling fields a large shipping team, which advises on disputes, corporate matters, insurance issues, competition mandates and financing work. It is particularly active on the sale and purchase of vessels, charterparties and freight contracts, joint ventures and ship financing work. The team is led by Stefan Brocker, who handles arbitration proceedings both as arbitrator and as counsel, and Johan Ljungberg, who focuses on M&A and transactional work within the shipping and transport industries. Specialist counsel Hanne Aarsheim is a key name for shipbuilding contracts and conversion contracts. Olof Stenström left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Brocker; Johan Ljungberg

Other key lawyers:

Hanne Aarsheim


‘The team is very strong, with an excellent reputation.’

‘Stefan Brocker is a true professional lawyer. He has an international approach and you trust his judgements.’

‘As one of the practice’s oldest customers, we have found them very professional and creative in conflicts.’

‘Our main man Stefan Brocker is always available.’

‘The shipping team has vast experience in shipping related legal issues.’

‘They are always ready to help on short notice.’

‘They are doing their job without making things more complicated than it is.’

‘Stefan Brocker is not only a skilled and experienced shipping lawyer but he also has comprehensive experience from disputes solved in court and in arbitration (as counsel as well as part of the arbitration panel). This makes him very useful as he has ability to apply a practical approach when agreements are negotiated as well as when he is asked for an opinion if a case is strong or week. In addition he has a pleasant personality which makes it enjoyable to work with him.’

Key clients

The Stena AB group

Volvo Car Corporation

Heidelberg Cement Northern Europe AB

Shell International Trading and Shipping, London

Baltic Cable AB


Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Swedish Orient Line

Gard A/S

Bolloré Logistics

The A.P Moller – Maersk group


Preem AB

Tallink/Silja Line

Donsö Shipping

Bertling Group

Salinity Group

Trafikverket (Swedish authority)

Concordia Maritime Ab

M SEA Capital Management Limited

Svenska Petroleum Exploration AB

Aspo Plc

ESL Shipping Oy

AtoB@C Shipping AB

Work highlights

  • Advised ESL Shipping’s subsidiary AtoB@C on the acquisition of 12 new-generation electric hybrid dry bulk cargo vessels.

Advokatfirman Vinge

Advokatfirman Vinge has a strong track record in maritime and transport law and acts for foreign and domestic companies on contentious and non-contentious matters. Key areas of focus for the practice include sales and registrations, ship financing issues, cargo contracts and disputes, including multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration proceedings. Practice head Michele Fara is a key name for contract negotiations and disputes, and he is supported at the junior level by associate Robin Eliasson, senior associate Paula Bäckdén, and recently promoted partner Ninos Aho, who is recommended for regulatory and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Michele Fara

Other key lawyers:

Ninos Aho; Robin Eliasson; Paula Bäckdén


‘The best team that I have worked with in this field of law.’

‘Michele Fara is outstanding and the value that he brings is one of a kind.’

‘Vinge has a great group of experts in the field of shipping.’

‘Fast response and to the point communication and solutions.’

‘Michele Fara is a genuine expert in his field, and very good to work with. We feel safe when receiving his advice and Michele’s prestige is very constructive in discussing solutions.’

Cirio Advokatbyrå AB

Under the leadership of Carl Axel Morvay, Cirio Advokatbyrå AB's group advises clients on financings, M&A, chartering matters, insurance work, fleet management issues and disputes, acting for shipowners and businesses on domestic and cross-border mandates. Morvay is a key name for financing issues and capital markets work, and is supported by Erik Linnarsson, who focuses on maritime and transportation law, as well as international trade mandates.

Practice head(s):

Carl Axel Morvay

Other key lawyers:

Erik Linnarsson


‘Friendly and energetic team.’

‘Carl-Axel Morvay is good to work with. Quick on his feet, which we appreciate.’

‘Always deliver. Steady as a Mercedes-Benz.’

Key clients

Viking Line Abp

Stromma Group

Gard AS

Svenska Orient Linien

Wallenius SOL

Work highlights

  • Advised Svenska Orient Linien on general shipping matters.

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB’s practice advises on a broad range of shipping matters, including ship financings, chartering issues, insurance claims, fleet management, arrests and disputes, and M&A transactions. The group acts for foreign and domestic shipowners and banks, and often acts as local counsel for large international law firms. Johan Karlefors leads the team from Helsingborg and focuses on maritime, transportation and commercial law.

Practice head(s):

Johan Karlefors

Other key lawyers:

Sten Gejrot; Peter Bäverlid

Key clients

Västtrafik AB

Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge

Svenska Skeppshypotek

Next Advokater

Next Advokater’s shipping team is led by Matthias Schmitt and specialises in shipping, transport, logistics, customs and regulatory matters, with a strong track record in disputes, acting for high-profile clients. On the contentious side, the practice handles domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings; Schmitt is a member of both the Swedish and the German bar associations and has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional cases.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Schmitt


The maritime and transport law group at Setterwalls has a long history in the sector and advises both domestic and international clients on contentious and non-contentious shipping issues. On the non-contentious side, it handles sales and registrations, ship financing work and commercial agreements, while on the contentious side, the group deals with a broad range of disputes, including litigation and arbitration proceedings. Åke Fors heads up the team and is a key name for banking and insurance work, while associate Samuel Pihl is recommended for cargo and liability insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Åke Fors

Other key lawyers:

Håkan Fohlin; Martin Sandgren; Samuel Pihl; Andréa Jällbrink


‘Professional and always contactable.’

‘Andréa Jällbrink has a way of explaining the complexities of a situation in a way understandable to the non-legal person.’

Key clients

Rederi AB Soya

Wallenius Lines AB

Wallenius Marine AB

Wallenius SOL AB

Wallenius Water AB

Sweden Orient Line AB

EUKOR Car Carriers Inc.

UK P&I Club

London P&I Club

North of England P&I Club

Steamship Mutual P&I Club

NYK Line

Commodity Supplies AG




Work highlights

  • Advised Commodity Supplies AG on a complex multi-jurisdictional matter relating to a shipment from Asia to Europe.
  • Assisted Trident BMC AB with an arrest of a vessel in connection with a contractual dispute with Naviera Yacht I, S.L.