Shipping in Sweden

Mannheimer Swartling

Mannheimer Swartling counts domestic and international shipping companies and governmental bodies on its client roster, which the team advises on joint ventures, shipbuilding issues, disputes, vessel sales, financing matters and charter party and freight contracts. Arbitration specialist Stefan Brocker heads up the cross-departmental practice, which is based in Gothenburg; other key individuals include corporate partner Johan Ljungberg, banking and finance expert Olof Stenström and specialist counsel Hanne Aarsheim, who advises on shipbuilding contracts, conversion issues and transportation agreements. Fredrik Andersson departed in 2021 to become an arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Brocker


‘Hanne Aarsheim stands out for her knowledge of shipbuilding.’

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



Tallink/Silja Line

Donsö Shipping

Bertling Group

Salinity Group


Concordia Maritime Ab

Advokatfirman Vinge

As ‘one of the best in Sweden for transport and logistics work’, Advokatfirman Vinge’s maritime and transport law department acts for a range of Swedish and global shipping companies, insurers and ports on the full range of shipping mandates including sales, registrations and financing matters. The team is also highly regarded for its arbitration expertise and regulatory knowledge and has handled disputes arising from collisions and other maritime incidents. Michele Fara leads the group and is active in contentious work. At associate level, Ninos Aho, Robin Eliasson and Paula Bäckdén are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Michele Fara


‘I find Vinge to be a very responsive and diligent shipping practice. We had instructed them on short notice to assist in potential arrest proceedings in Sweden and they were very quick with their turn around. While arrests are not common in Sweden, the Vinge team do possess sufficient technical expertise to advise on the merits and risks that may be associated with arrest in Sweden. Vinge is also capable of understanding and conveying Swedish legal concepts in a way which common law lawyers can understand.’

‘Ninos Aho is quick, sharp, and manages risk well. Safe pair of hands. Paula Bäckdén possesses significant technical expertise in maritime and shipping law.’

‘We simply think, that in Transport and Logistics field, they are one of the best in Sweden and also with good knowledge of EU legislation.’

‘We are pleased that our issues are being dealt with by Ninos Aho and Robin Eliasson. We have very specific and complicated matters to deal with, and knowing Swedish administration and legislation, we always get through in a quick and prompt way. We also like the way of communication: it is very intelligent, patient and explained in detail for non-professionals.’

‘The Shipping team has broad and deep experience in the field. This contributes to a strategic discussion and handling of matters. I feel confident they will solve my issues swiftly and spot on.’

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB’s full-service practice covers the full spectrum of shipping mandates including ship finance and building work, chartering issues and ship arrests. Helsingborg-based practice head Johan Karlefors is a key name for commercial agreements, Sten Gejrot in Malmö has notable experience in ship finance work, and Peter Bäverlid is active in ship finance and shipbuilding mandates.

Practice head(s):

Johan Karlefors

Other key lawyers:

Sten Gejrot; Peter Bäverlid

Key clients

Västtrafik AB


Under the leadership of finance and insurance specialist Åke Fors, Setterwalls’ maritime and transport group stands out for its commercial experience and knowledge of shipping insurance issues, acting for a range of P&I clubs in insurance claims. Other areas of expertise include regulatory matters, transport agreements and charter parties. Håkan Fohlin is a key contact for collision cases, Martin Sandgren handles charter parties and shipbuilding and sale contracts, and associate Samuel Pihl focuses on insurance work.

Practice head(s):

Åke Fors

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




Work highlights

  • Advised Wallenius Lines AB and Wallenius Marine AB on a ground breaking initiative to create wind powered commercial vessels, including the design of a wind powered car carrier.
  • Advised Wallenius Lines AB and Swedish Orient Line AB on the establishment of the new shipping company WALLENIUS SOL that will transport forestry products and other goods in a network covering the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
  • Advised Wallenius Marine AB on the investment in the SAAB Ventures AB majority owned company C-leanship A/S.