Shipping in Sweden

Cirio Advokatbyrå AB

Erik Linnarsson leads Cirio Advokatbyrå AB’s shipping practice and has a focus on corporate activity in the sector, including maritime M&A, pre-emptive restructuring procedures, windups and financing mandates. Other noteworthy team members include Philip Tonkin, who is an expert in dry shipping matters; Carl Axel Morvay, who is a go-to name for ship financing work; and Olle Nykvist, who handles shipping-related disputes including damages claims. Clients include freight operators, ship owners and tourism operators.

Practice head(s):

Erik Linnarsson

Other key lawyers:

Philip Tonkin; Carl Axel Morvay; Olle Nykvist


‘Cirio has one of the premier shipping practices in Sweden and, as such, are very plugged in with the latest trends in the industry.’

‘Erik Linnarsson is one of the statesmen of Swedish shipping and his experience and gentlemanly approach always makes it a joy to work with him.’

‘We like working with Philip Tonkin. He is very bright, understands shipping and gets things done.’

‘Good team with mixed age. They have maintained their position in the market even though there is much less shipping work around.’

‘Erik Linnarsson is very experienced and a super reliable transactional lawyer.’

‘They are not only very capable and efficient, but they are also very practical and pragmatic, which is a big advantage to many of their competitors.’

‘Erik Linnarsson and Philip Tonkin are excellent to work with. They really take an interest in their clients’ businesses and go out of their way to give excellent counsel as well as practical solutions to complex problems.’

Key clients

NKT HV Cables AB

Viking Line Abp

Stromma Group

Gard (Sweden) AB

Swedish Orient Line

Work highlights

  • Advised the Swedish Orient Line on the purchase of a majority stake in Scandinavian Logistics Partners.

Mannheimer Swartling

The Gothenburg-based shipping practice at Mannheimer Swartling is headed up by Stefan Brocker and Fredrik Andersson, who are instructed by some of the largest names in the shipping and transport sector. Shipping-related disputes are an area of focus for the team, including ad hoc arbitration proceedings. Specialist counsel Hanne Aarsheim advises on shipbuilding and conversion contracts, and Johan Ljungberg handles a variety of transactions including joint ventures, investments and M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Brocker; Fredrik Andersson

Other key lawyers:

Hanne Aarsheim; Johan Ljungberg


‘The team has a good understanding of our business, the legal implications and are always responsive as we usually have tight deadlines.’

‘Quick to respond, knowledge of business, open communication.’

‘Exceptional skills in new building- and conversion contracts with shipyards.’

‘Hanne Aarsheim understands the ship building industry in a way that goes way beyond the expected for a lawyer.’

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

Work highlights

  • Assisted Stena RoRo AB/Stena Ropax Cyprus with the delivery of the RoPax vessel Stena Estrid from the Chinese shipyard AVIC Weihai Shipyard.
  • Advised Stena Bulk on entering into a joint venture with Proman Shipping, under which the parties will be 50/50 owners of two long-term time chartered vessels, under the name ‘Proman Stena Bulk Limited’.
  • Advising Shell on matters in relation to its offtake gas contracts with Gazprom in relation to governmental decisions arising out of Covid-19.

Advokatfirman Vinge

Practice head Michele Fara and notable senior associates Ninos Aho and Robin Eliasson in Advokatfirman Vinge’s Gothenburg-based shipping practice handle complex arbitration proceedings pertaining to maritime incidents, damages claims and breach of commercial contract claims. Typical clients include port authorities, logistics companies, financial institutions and maritime insurers. The team provides the full scope of advice on sales and registrations and high-value vessel transfers; the latter is regularly handled by senior associate Paula Bäckdén.

Practice head(s):

Michele Fara

Other key lawyers:

Robin Eliasson; Ninos Aho; Paula Bäckdén


‘They are competent and have knowledge of transport law.’

‘Have only worked with Michelle Fara and Robin Eliasson, but am very satisfied with their way of working and their competences.’

‘Michele Fara is by far the best lawyer within his areas of expertise. I have worked with him as an external partner for over 12 years and he manages his team with great excellence. He had deep knowledge and understands the business needs.’

‘My experience of Ninos Aho is that he is very responsive and user friendly, and that he provides good, clear advice. His (or his team’s) command of English, Swedish and Danish has been a helpful facet in the particular circumstances of the matter that I have instructed him on.’

‘The team has great competence and knowledge of issues confronting shipping. The assistance is thought through but also without delay.’

‘Michele Fara has both wide and deep knowledge of the case law, and has a business understanding as well as thoughtful legal competence. Easy to deal with and a good sounding board – a true partner of law.’

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB’s Helsingborg-based shipping practice is led by Johan Karlefors, who focuses on corporate activity in the sector including M&A deals, financing rounds and insolvency proceedings. Highlights for notable partner Peter Bäverlid included handling public procurements of river ferry vessels, shipbuilding contracts, vessel financings and credit restructurings for shipping financiers, ship owners and operators.

Practice head(s):

Johan Karlefors

Other key lawyers:

Peter Bäverlid

Key clients

Västtrafik AB

Work highlights

  • Advising Västtrafik AB on the procurement of the two newly built river ferry passenger vessels ÄLVIRA and ÄLVELI, delivered from the Finnish shipyard Uudenkaupungin Työvene, including shipbuilding contracts, registration, charter agreements with operators and insurance.
  • Advising  Svenska Skeppshypotek on ship financings, the restructuring of distressed vessel credits and corporate governance issues.

Advokatfirman Morssing & Nycander

Advokatfirman Morssing & Nycander handles ship sales and purchases, registrations, marine insurance claims, shipbuilding contracts, affreightment negotiations and litigation. Lars Boman and Anders Höglund are the key partners.

Other key lawyers:

Lars Boman; Anders Höglund

Next Advokater

Next Advokater recently recruited Matthias Schmitt from Ramberg Advokater to head up the shipping and transport practice, expanding the firm’s work for insurance companies operating in the sector. Contentious work is a key focus for the group, which acts in damages claims and commercial contract disputes through arbitration proceedings and litigation. Logistics companies also instruct the team on contract and leasing arrangements, and the practice has notable German-speaking capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Schmitt


Setterwalls fields a robust maritime and transport law group, which features practice head Åke Fors, Martin Sandgren and associate Samuel Pihl. The group is particularly active in shipping insurance mandates, including representing international P&I clubs in cargo claims and disputes. Recent corporate mandates included advising on joint ventures and company mergers; the team also handled ship financing matters, registrations, transport agreements and sales.

Practice head(s):

Åke Fors

Other key lawyers:

Martin Sandgren; Samuel Pihl


‘Shipping seems to be in Setterwalls’ DNA. There is certainly a long-standing tradition of serving the shipping industry with solid, reliable legal advice.’

‘Great competence within Shipping. Solutions oriented. Hands on.’

‘Great team! Competence, hands on, proactive, quick delivery.’

‘Martin Sandgren has a wide knowledge of the offshore wind industry and his experience from being in-house counsel with an OEM gives him a unique understanding of how those organisations work. His experience with drafting bespoke contracts and handling negotiations gives him a sharp edge and makes him a valued counsel.’

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

Spliethoff Group




Work highlights

  • Advising Wallenius Lines AB and Wallenius Marine AB on an initiative to create commercial wind-powered car carriers.
  • Advising Wallenius SOL AB on drafting and negotiating long-term contracts of affreightments for a newly established shipping line.
  • Representing Deugro in a complex damage to vessel and quay claim in the Port of Esbjerg, including complicated safe port and safe mooring issues.


Wistrand’s Gothenburg-based shipping practice provides the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious advice under practice head Anne-Marie Pouteaux. The team also includes Kristofer Selvin and senior associate Ida Dahlborg.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Pouteaux

Other key lawyers:

Kristofer Selvin; Ida Dahlborg