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Mannheimer Swartling ‘has been a leading tax firm in Sweden for years’. Its team plays a key role in M&A, real estate deals, incentive programmes and fund establishments. Anders Erasmie advised Ikea Centres on the tax aspects of its €900m divestment of 25 shopping centres in Europe to Pradera. The firm also handles international tax matters. Martin Nilsson leads the group.

Advokatfirman Vinge, whose specialist team is led by Mattias Schömer, ‘deserves its top-tier ranking’. Maria Schultzberg has ‘broad international tax experience’ and is also knowledgeable about insurance-related tax matters. Lina Hansson is ‘a talented tax litigation associate’ and Karolin Ekström is also highly regarded. The team advised Pandox Aktiebolag on the tax aspects of the accelerated bookbuilding processes associated with its circa SEK1bn share issuance.

Baker & McKenzie AdvokatbyrÄ KB covers tax issues arising from M&A, capital markets and other commercial transactions. Linnea Back was part of the team which acted for FM Mattsson Mora in its IPO. Tax disputes are another cornerstone of the practice. Tata Autocomp Systems, Acarix and Högkullen are other clients.

Bird & Bird’s practice head Carl-Magnus Uggla has vast experience in tax issues associated with M&A and real estate transactions, and he also undertakes tax litigation. One of the firm’s key clients is HSB Projektpartner; Uggla assisted it with the SEK870m sale of SMÅA (a joint venture between HSB and JM AB) to ALM Equity. Staffan Andersson has more than 35 years of tax experience. Senior associate Victor StĂ„lblad is also recommended.

DLA Piper’s Erik Björkeson leads the firm’s tax practice in the Nordic region. In addition to providing day-to-day advice, Björkeson’s team advises on the tax aspects of M&A and other corporate matters, and real estate transactions. It also handles tax litigation. Abercrombie, Deutsche Bank, Fora and Nordic Capital are active clients.

At Setterwalls, Sören Brekell’s recent work included assisting Hanwha with the tax issues associated with establishing operations in Sweden. Karl-Johan Nörklit acted for Oncopeptides and Serneke Group in the tax due diligence connected with their Nasdaq Stockholm listings. Brekell and Nörklit head the tax teams in Malmö and Stockholm respectively, while Christian Sjöqvist leads the group based in Gothenburg.

Wistrand’s clients range from family-owned businesses to multinational corporates in industries such as financial services, IT and shipping. Recently promoted partner Peter Sandberg is a real estate tax specialist. Peter Brandt, who co-heads the practice with Conny Ottelund, advised Solus Business Communications on tax issues connected with its merger with Uno Telephony.

Advokatfirman Lindahl KB’s practice head Johan MyrĂ©n assisted British American Tobacco with tax issues associated with its acquisition of Swedish snus maker Winnington. Lars Söderlund advised Klima-Therm Group on its group-wide reorganisation. Anna Romell Stenmark is also recommended.

Linklaters’ Nordic head of tax Ebba Perman Borg was recently part of a cross-office team, which acted for funds advised by Triton and KKR in the SEK5bn IPO and listing of Ambea on Nasdaq Stockholm. Managing associate Elin Delerud assisted Nordea Sverige and Swedbank as joint global coordinators with the tax aspects of Diös Fastigeter’s preferential rights issue.

Magnusson AdvokatbyrÄ’s practice head Per Wiker and Eric Cederström advise on transactional structures, tax planning, international taxation and disputes with tax authorities, among other matters. A particular strength of the practice is in the tax issues connected with the formation of funds. Cederström and Wiker are acting for Nordic Credit Partners in the formation of Nordic Credit Partners Fund III, and they also provide ongoing tax-related advice to venture capital fund Backing Minds.

David Björne, who is the main contact at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, has experience of general corporate taxation, tax issues connected with real estate transactions and tax litigation. Key clients include Niam, Fortum Group and Carlyle Real Estate Sweden.

MAQS AdvokatbyrÄ’s team works closely with practitioners in other disciplines to provide tax advice on corporate restructurings, M&A, real estate transactions and incentive programmes. Gothenburg-based Lars Odinge and Krister Hjelmstedt in Malmö jointly head up the group.

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