Shipping in Sweden

Mannheimer Swartling

Mannheimer Swartling’s shipping practice advises market-leading shipping companies and government bodies on joint ventures and contractual negotiations for the construction and management of vessels for the transportation of crude oil and drilling rigs. Key contacts Stefan Brocker and Fredrik Andersson co-head the practice out of Gothenburg and handle shipping-related disputes. The team also advises on flagging and registration matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Brocker; Fredrik Andersson

Key clients

Volvo Car Corporation

Stena AB

Stena Bulk AB

Stena RoRo AB

Stena Rederi AB

Concordia Maritime AB


Finnlines Oyj

the Salinity Group

TTS Marine AB

F.H. Bertling

Stora Enso

APM Terminals Gothenburg AB

Danske Bank

Inter Terminals Sweden AB

Steamship Insurance Management Services

Träfraktkontoret i Göteborg Aktiebolag

Svenska Orient Linien AB


A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S

Work highlights

  • Advised Svenska Orient Linien on negotiations with a Chinese shipyard regarding new build contracts for several vessels.
  • Advised European Shipowners on negotiations with a Singaporean shipyard for the construction of a semi-submersible drilling rig.
  • Assisted Finnlines Ship Management with flagging and registration matters.

Advokatfirman Vinge

The highly praised Gothenburg-based shipping team at Advokatfirman Vinge has a notably active contentious offering, with practice head Michele Fara and noteworthy senior associates Ninos Aho and Robin Eliasson handling high-value hull insurance claims, collisions, wrongful arrests and other contentious maritime incidents. The group also assists with vessel purchases, and ship sales and registrations, and handles port law mandates. Yohanna Öhrnegård regularly advises banks and insurance companies on shipping-related financing issues.

Practice head(s):

Michele Fara


Highly skilled and very competent.

The availability and provision of services is very good and of high quality. Vinge is always available for the client when we require services.

I have trusted them with very qualified issues over the past years and they never disappoint.

The team is highly qualified in the field and is able to combine high-level legal advice with a pragmatic approach, which makes the services useful without much extra work for me as in-house counsel.

Michele Fara and his team have a good knowledge of how to deal with transport law cases and how to find good solutions. They are easy to work with.

We work with Ninos Aho and Robin Eliasson on a number of cases. The assistance in various cases has been of high quality and they have been able to assist us very well.

Michele Fara has an exceptionally broad knowledge and with his brilliant mind he is very fast in analysing and providing excellent advice.

Very flexible and good at adapting their services to our needs, but at the same time careful about having a clear agreement about the scope of the assignment.

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB acts for shipping companies on issues concerning shipbuilding contracts, registrations, charter agreements and shipping insurance mandates. Helsingborg-based practice head Johan Karlefors regularly works with the firm's corporate partners on shipping-related M&A transactions, financing rounds and insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Johan Karlefors

Key clients

Västtrafik AB

Strömma Group

Ektank AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Ektank on the shipbuilding contracts for the construction of two chemical tankers.
  • Advised a banking syndicate including SEB and Nordea Bank on the $110m financing of a Bermuda ship-owning company.

Cirio Advokatbyrå AB

At Cirio Advokatbyrå AB, maritime and transport law expert Erik Linnarsson leads the group and advises cargo transporters, leisure ship operators and tourism companies on ship acquisitions, flagging issues and ship registrations. Olle Nykvist is the key contact for damages claims and Carl Axel Morvay advises financial institutions on ship financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Erik Linnarsson


Erik Linnarsson is a very reliable transaction lawyer.

Key clients

NKT HV Cables AB

Viking Line Abp

Stromma Group

Gard (Sweden) AB

Swedish Orient Line

Work highlights

  • Advising Svenska Orientlinien on negotiations with Wallenius Line for the formation of new RoRo shipping company, Wallenius SOL.

Advokatfirman Morssing & Nycander

Boutique firm Advokatfirman Morssing & Nycander handles ship sales and purchases, registrations, marine insurance claims, shipbuilding contracts and affreightment negotiations. Key contacts Lars Boman and Anders Höglund are also noted for their shipping litigation expertise.

Ramberg Advokater

Ramberg Advokater’s shipping mandates are handled by Matthias Schmitt, who regularly acts in cross-border disputes including damages claims, collision proceedings and other insurance-related disputes for insurance companies and carriers. The team also has expertise in shipbuilding contracts, applications for transport licences and the establishment of freighting companies.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Schmitt


The shipping practice at Setterwalls is noted for its expertise in maritime insurance mandates including multi jurisdictional claims handling and recovery procedures; practice head Åke Fors is the go-to name. Håkan Fohlin and associates Martin Aronsson and Samuel Pihl also regularly represent shipping companies and P&I clubs in insolvency proceedings and disputes concerning collisions and injuries sustained at sea. The team also advises on shipping company formations and operations.

Practice head(s):

Åke Fors


Deep and broad competence with a hands-on approach. Delivers value and makes clear recommendations.

Setterwalls has a long-standing tradition of providing advice to the shipping industry.

Has the ability to think strategically, tactically and deliver clear advice.

Samuel Pihl stands out as a trustworthy and professional expert of marine insurance, who can evaluate the case from different perspectives with the right amount of attention to detail. He can very clearly communicate what is most important and provide strong and straight-to-the-point arguments to justify the case.

Åke J Fors has an extremely sharp mind and uniquely broad legal expertise. I would rely on his advice on anything from dispute resolution to insurance, banking and transactional matters.

Key clients

Rederi AB Soya and Wallenius Lines AB

Preem AB

UK P&I Club


North of England P&I Club

Steamship Mutual P&I Club

London P&I Club

Sweden Orient Line

Work highlights

  • Advising UK P&I Club on the grounding and oil spill of the car-carrying vessel Makassar Highway off the east coast of Sweden.
  • Advised on the formation of Wallenius SOL, a new shipping company for transporting forestry products and other goods in a network covering the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
  • Assisting North of England P&I Club and one of its members as creditor with a Swedish bankruptcy arising from a maritime incident.


Wistrand’s Gothenburg-based shipping practice provides the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious advice under practice head Anne-Marie Pouteaux. Recent instructions for Pouteaux, Kristofer Selvin and senior associate Ida Dahlborg included the sale, purchase and registration of vessels; negotiations for port access, ship financing issues, ship arrests and other maritime claims. The team counts shipping companies, insurers, charterers, financial institutions and shipyards as clients.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Pouteaux


Highly capable and a high level of industry knowledge.

Key clients

Stena Line

Swedish Shipowners Association