Mannheimer Swartling > Stockholm, Sweden > Firm Profile

Mannheimer Swartling
NORRLANDSGATAN 21
111 87 STOCKHOLM
Sweden

Sweden > Banking and finance Tier 1

Fielding an expansive team of banking and finance experts with a pan-European reach, Mannheimer Swartling is a firm of choice for blue-chip financial institutions and listed companies operating in the large-cap segment. Practice head Thomas Pettersson and Therese Jansson drive the robust and growing regulatory offering, which compliments the transactional expertise of Daniel Karlsson, Andreas Zettergren and newly promoted partner Daniel Khayyami. Regular mandates span high-yield bonds, project and acquisition finance work, export finance matters and unsecured liquidity facilities. The group also advises on an increasing number of green and other sustainability-linked transactions.

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Testimonials

‘Combination of commercial understanding, deep market knowledge (i.e. what will fly) and good quality of work done.’

‘Trustworthy and pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Ab

Danske Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

DNB Bank

Scandinavian Airlines System Denmark – Norway – Sweden (SAS)

Santander

Stillfront Group AB

Swedbank AB

Northvolt AB

Macquarie

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel for Northvolt AB in connection with its project financing to set up Europe’s largest lithium-ion Gigafactory in Skellefteå, Sweden, including the $1.6bn debt raise.
  • Advised Vattenfall on the establishment of a €2bn sustainability-linked multicurrency revolving credit facility between the client and a number of banks as mandated lead arrangers, bookrunners and lenders.
  • Acted as adviser to Stillfront Group in connection with a SEK3.7bn revolving facilities agreement with Swedbank AB, DNB Bank and Nordea Banks as lenders.

Sweden > Capital markets

Mannheimer Swartling is a market leader in the large-cap equity capital markets segment, having carved out a reputation for advising blue-chip clients on high-profile transactions. The group's bench remains impressively deep despite team leader Eva Hägg’s recent retirement; practice chair Patrik MarceliusNina Svensson and Emil Boström capably handle large-cap rights issuances, IPOs, convertible bonds and dual listings for international corporate clients. As head of the debt capital markets practice, Thomas Pettersson advises arrangers, issuers and all other stakeholders on EMTN programmes, high-yield through to investment-grade bonds, securitisations and regulatory matters pertaining to capital issuances.

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Testimonials

‘Very high level in technical skills. Tasks done by the most senior lawyers, gave us a very smooth process.’

‘Patrik Marcelius is dedicated and always available, extremely competent with broad regulatory experience and always delivers commercial advice.’

‘Stands out for individuals’ competencies within their respective fields, firm’s capacity to add resources to project when required, and the firm’s multiple practices implying one-stop-shop and without need for other parties.’

Key clients

AB Electrolux

AB Industrivärden

Danske Bank

DNB Bank

Nordea Bank

Saab AB

Sandvik AB

SAS AB

Scania

SKF

SSAB AB

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Vattenfall

Volvo Cars

EQT

Work highlights

  • Advised SAS AB on a recapitalisation plan in order to address the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sweden > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling covers complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and works closely with the firm's wider departments. Adam Green heads up the M&A practice and focuses on international and technology transactions. The firm covers a broad range of work including finance and regulatory work, and advises emerging technology companies on fundraising issues; other clients include start-up companies and blue-chip industrial clients. The public M&A and ECM team is led by Patrik Marcelius, who handles public takeovers and equity offerings, and Martin Pekkari (who has vast experience in the rail, infrastructure, manufacturing and public sectors) leads the corporate commercial practice.

Testimonials

‘Competent, responsive and creative.’

‘The team at Mannheimer Swartling AB is highly synced with the need of the client and on complex projects they are able to give high standard legal counselling along the way from junior to more senior and partner levels.’

‘Dedicated and competent. They know the craft and provide good assistance.’

‘The go-to corporate and M&A practice for large ticket transactions. The team is able to leverage the firm’s full service offering in an efficient manner and shines in complex carve-outs. Partner group is really top notch.’

‘Adam Green is a very knowledgeable and seasoned adviser, who always ensures a top class client experience. We trust him a great deal not only in legal matters, but also in commercial considerations as a trusted adviser.’

‘Highly professional, business focused, easy to work with, service oriented and experienced.’

‘Strong team culture and seamless collaboration between departments. Excellent project and leadership management.’

‘Very competent senior representation with a strong drive to find solutions on complex issues.’

Key clients

ABB

Accent Equity

Alfa Laval

Altor Equity Partners

ASSA ABLOY

Axel Johnson International Group

Bridgepoint

Castellum

City of Stockholm

Clas Ohlson

Electrolux

Electrolux Professional

Ericsson

EQT

Essity

Klarna

KPMG Sweden

Kry (LIVI)

Litorina

Nordic Capital

Northvolt

Ocado

Orkla

P27

SAAB

Sandvik

SCA (Svenska Cellulosa AB)

SEB

SKF

Spotify

Stockholm Public Transportation Authority

Stockholm Region Council

Stora Enso

Summa Equity

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum

Swedish State

Söderberg & Partners

Telia

Valedo

Vattenfall

Volvo Cars

Work highlights

  • Advised on the establishment of P27 – a joint venture by the biggest banks across the Nordics to set up a pan-Nordic payments platform for the Nordic currencies and the Euro – and its acquisition of Bankgiro, Sweden’s only clearing house for mass payments.
  • Advised Telia – the largest telecoms company in the Nordics and Baltics – on the $1.1bn sale of its international carrier business to Polhem Infra.
  • Advised a fund managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management on a recommended public takeover offer for Stockholm Nasdaq listed Adapteo.

Sweden > Construction Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling provides legal advice on matters related to a variety of construction and infrastructure projects including, tunnels, power plants, and industrial and research facilities. The firm has expertise in environmental law, financing issues, tax work, public procurement mandates and dispute resolution and also represents foreign parties in international construction disputes. Johan Granehult, who heads up the team, has vast experience of BOT projects and public-private partnerships including drafting and negotiating construction contracts. Anders Ingvarson focuses on construction litigation and arbitration.

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Testimonials

‘They have a knowledgeable and friendly group of lawyers who are dedicated to their clients. They have been of an incredibly high level, both in terms of quality of output, but also providing sensible and perceptive advice.’

‘Anders Ingvarson stands out. He is very knowledgeable, commercially minded and gives very sensible advice. He is pragmatic and very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration)

The Stockholm County Council

Region Västra Götaland

ABB

Borås Energi & Miljö AB

HeidelbergCement (Germany)

Nordisk Vindkraft AB (part of RES Group, UK)

Sinopec Ningbo Engineering (China)

Northvolt AB

Nordic Sugar AB (Part of the Nordsucker Group, Germany)

H2 Green Steel AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Swedish Transport Administration on the €3.7bn Bypass Stockholm Project (a new 21 km ring-road, of which 17 km are tunnels).
  • Advised Stockholm County Council on the €3.2bn expansion of the Stockholm Subway.
  • Advised H2 Green Steel AB on the €3bn fossil-free steel mill in Sweden.

Sweden > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling has experience in handling data protection and privacy issues such as GDPR requirements, cross-border data sharing and processing work, and data protection impact assessments for regulated companies. The firm advises on corporate expansions and M&A issues along with advising on the sustainability and ethical aspects of personal data usage for investors and consumer-focused technology clients. The head of the corporate sustainability and risk management group Erica Wiking Häger focuses on compliance and contentious matters for retail, financial services, technology and automotive sector clients and also leads the privacy team. Co-head Niklas Sjöblom is active in data protection and cybersecurity issues.

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Testimonials

‘Mannheimer Swartling has a large team of data privacy experts that stays connected to surrounding areas of law such as IT sourcing; this gives the team the possibility to give well balanced and pragmatic advice and guidance on how to practically implement such advice.’

‘Anders Bergsten had the knowledge and competence we were looking for in this particular matter. His advice was on point and I really appreciated that he is easy to work with and attentive to his client’s wishes. We came along really well and it was easy to collaborate with Anders.’

‘Very professional team.’

‘Erica Wiking Häger is a well respected professional with a long background in data protection and privacy related matters.’

‘Well kept practice, professional approach, always responds in a timely manner, a wide range of experts ensures that bordering questions (e.g. protective security) are juggled seamlessly.’

‘Meticulous, knowledgeable, pleasant to deal with, responds in a timely manner, grasps the problem easily.’

‘Partner Anders Bergsten has contributed with personal commitment and dedication in combination with very high skills, sensibility and an ability to address relevant legal issues. Anders Bergsten is solution-oriented, providing relevant and balanced advice with clear insight and with a pedagogical way of explaining.’

‘Mannheimer Swartling’s data privacy and data protection practice team has very solid professional privacy knowledge that they can apply in a way that very much understands the client’s needs and the underlying business. Therefore, ensuring compliance is a practical, “user friendly” exercise and can be executed on a risk-based approach.’

Key clients

Klarna

Spotify

Northvolt

SAS

Loomis

Castellum

Novamedia

ATG

Work highlights

  • Assisted Klarna Bank with designing an industry initiative for the purpose of combatting online fraud and identity theft.
  • Advised ATG on its ambitious and successful GDPR compliance programme.
  • Assisted Spotify with its engagement in the Libra digital currency project which was initialised by Facebook.

Sweden > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling is the leading firm in Sweden for dispute resolution with a large team that frequently acts as counsel on high-value international proceedings. The firm represents many of Sweden’s blue-chip companies in addition to financial institutions and state-owned bodies. The team has vast expertise in high-stakes arbitrations with sector strengths spanning the infrastructure, insurance, energy and construction industries. Kristoffer Löf and Anders Ingvarson co-chair the practice with support from Gothenburg-based Robin Oldenstam. Mattias Göransson and Hans Hammarbäck are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):

Kristoffer Löf; Anders Ingvarson

Other key lawyers:

Robin Oldenstam; Mattias Göransson; Hans Hammarbäck; Stefan Brocker; Jakob Ragnwaldh; Robin Rylander

Testimonials

‘Very professional, understand our business and related technical issues, accurate, pro active, always respond to emails and telephone, have a good network for finding support in other jurisdictions, finding experts, etc.’

‘Robin Oldenstam is a great litigator capable of focusing on what really matters in the case.’

‘They have a knowledgeable and friendly group of lawyers who are dedicated to their clients. They have been of an incredibly high level, both in terms of quality of output, but also providing sensible and perceptive advice.’

‘Anders Ingvarson is outstanding. He has high-level expertise in dealing with construction disputes.’

‘Very skilled, professional, experienced and easy to work with.’

‘Stefan Brocker is a very capable, experienced and professional litigator that takes great pride in “taking care of” the client and making sure that the clients needs are properly reflected in the litigation strategy.’

‘Broad experience and know-how, especially in investor-state arbitration.’

‘Jakob Ragnwaldh is a very battle proven reliable partner. Robin Rylander, a newly elected partner, is cold-blooded in cross-examinations’

Work highlights

  • Represented Vattenfall as lead counsel in the closely-watched ICSID claim over Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power.
  • Acted as counsel for PL Holdings, Novenergia and a number of other European investors in several challenge proceedings before the Svea Court of Appeal and the Swedish Supreme Court.

Sweden > Employment Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling has an excellent employment and pensions practice, which spans broad areas of law including litigation, compliance work and investigations. The majority of the firm’s clients are Swedish and international companies or corporations, which the team advises on dismissals, collective redundancies, restructurings, protection of trade secrets issues and trade union consultations. The practice also has expertise in the drafting and implementation of employee handbooks with a focus on reviewing pension policies. Henric Diefke heads up the department and is experienced in handling contentious and non-contentious matters, while Anders Nordström is a highly rated employment litigator. Tobias Normann is a talented senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Henric Diefke

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, all very knowledgeable, smooth collaboration.’

‘MSA has a great and knowledgeable employment team and they are in the top basket in Sweden for me and my clients. They are practical, swift, knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. They stand out as a team and as individuals, especially Anders Nordström and Henric Diefke.’

‘Partner Anders Nordström has strong practical experience and is swift in his correspondence. Henric Diefke has strong practical experience and is very pleasant to work with.’

‘They have a very broad and highly experienced employment law team. The approach is pragmatic, providing swift assistance and aimed at finding a viable solution for the client.’

‘Anders Nordström always has a positive and professional approach.’

‘I am very pleased with the assistance that Anders Nordström has provided on various projects. Anders Nordström is a very available, engaged and capable partner and is a great go-to guy in all employment related matters.’

‘A cut above the rest. This is quite clearly Sweden’s leading employment and pensions practice. Swift, commercial, intelligent advice. Always the safest pair of hands and a pleasure to work with. Stellar service and, remarkably, at very competitive rates.’

‘Henric Diefke – the Zlatan Ibrahimović of Sweden’s employment law world. Top of his game. Immediately grasps what is both legally intelligent and commercially sensible. Responsive, down to earth and bright. As Head of the Employment & Pensions Practice Group, Henric leads a world class team of high performing specialists, all of whom are a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Church of Sweden

ABB Ltd

Sandvik

Telia

AB Electrolux, Electrolux Professional AB

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

Loomis AB

Västra Götaland County

Epic Games Sweden AB

P27 Nordic Payments Platform

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Church of Sweden with an extensive global compliance due diligence process including employment issues.
  • Assisted Västra Götaland County in a discrimination case which has been labelled as the largest discrimination case of all time by the Swedish Equality Ombudsman.
  • Assisted Scandinavian Airline Systems (SAS) with emergency issues related to impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sweden > Energy Tier 1

With ‘great experience and deep sector expertise’, Mannheimer Swartling handles the full spectrum of energy related mandates encompassing production, distribution, marketing and sales issues regarding electricity, oil, gas, heating and cooling projects. The group is jointly lead by Emma Olnäs Fors, Andreas Zettergren and Therese Strömshed, who are based in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö respectively; Fors focuses on M&A transactions and energy projects, Zettergren handles project finance work and Strömshed has expertise in environment-related issues. Per Åsbrink is also recommended for transactional work, particularly related to wind power developments, and Johan Ljungberg is experienced in transactions involving state and municipality-owned assets.

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Testimonials

‘I have mainly worked with the team in relation to renewable energy (project financing) where I believe they have great experience and deep sector expertise.’

‘Andreas Zettergren is one of Sweden’s best legal advisers in relation to renewable energy financing and contracting.’

‘The team works very well across all areas of speciality. Very good and professional advice to operational teams as well as management decision material based on legal advice. MSA also assist by actively driving correspondence with local authorities and thereby compile all relevant information and background for their client to take relevant decisions.’

Key clients

Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG)

H2 Green Steel (H2GS AB)

BayWa r.e

Vattenfall Vindkraft Sverige AB

Infracapital

RES

Eolus Vind AB

Stena Renewable AB

Stockholm Exergi AB

iCON Infrastructure

Green Investment Group

Gaz-System S.A.

OX2 AB

Work highlights

  • Advised RES on its divestment of the wind farm project Björnberget, at 372 MW, situated in Ånge, Västernorrland county, Sweden, to the German independent asset manager Prime Capital (by investing from its newly launched Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund) and the Tel-Aviv listed independent power producer Enlight Renewable Energy.
  • Advised Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc, in connection with the divestment of 100% stake in Falbygdens Energi AB to Nordion Energi AB.
  • Advised the Swedish green impact company H2 Green Steel in connection with a $105m series A financing round.

Sweden > Environment Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling’s ‘expertise in environmental law is on par with the best niche law firms and is combined with the service level and attitude of a full-service business law firm’. The group handles the full spectrum of environmental mandates with particular expertise in permit processes relating to power plants, factories, mines, waste disposal plants and infrastructure projects. The team also leverages the firm’s wider departments to assist with the environment elements of transactions, compliance issues and regulatory matters. Anna Bryngelsson leads the practice, which includes Therese Strömshed, who handles cross-border energy projects; permit specialists Felicia Ullerstam and Joel Mårtensson, and newly promoted partner Caroline Perlström in Gothenburg.

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Testimonials

‘Their expertise in environmental law is on par with the best niche law firms and they combine that with the service level and attitude of a full service business law firm. They have the capacity to manage comprehensive permit procedures and other complicated environmental law matters. They always deliver with high quality.’

‘I especially appreciate working with partner Felicia Ullerstam. She and her team have given us very valuable assistance for many years.’

‘High level of competence good teamwork and openness, good ability to continuously keep the client updated and informed, inclusive with the ability to have good discussions about decisions and strategic issues.’

‘I think MS often comes up with new ideas and other ways of tackling problems. They don’t get stuck.’

‘Joel Mårtensson is very pragmatic, down to earth and nice, always fast responses.’

‘Deep knowledge of the legal frame work and extensive experience from other key projects in the field which is valuable. Knowledge of the project/field that is not related to the legal aspects. Relevant strategy guidance.’

‘Dedication and go the “extra distance”. Good leadership skills and project management.’

Key clients

Boliden Mineral AB

OX2 AB

HeidelbergCement Northern Europe Group

City of Stockholm

Ovako Sweden AB

Gaz-System S.A.

LKAB

Metsä Group

Region Stockholm

Copperstone Resources AB

Talga AB

Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB

Work highlights

  • Representing Boliden Mineral AB in environmental permit matters related to the Aitik mine, including a permit process for an additional open pit to be included with the existing mine.
  • Acting as lead counsel on OX2 AB’s large scale offshore wind development projects on the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone and on the client’s cross-border energy projects.
  • Acting as counsel to Cementa AB/HeidelbergCement Northern Europe in all legal matters related to the project to build the world’s first carbon-neutral cement plant in Slite, Sweden, through the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Sweden > EU and competition Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling provides comprehensive advice to a client base of household name companies, across a varied range of sectors, on competition law. The firm’s presence in Brussels enables it to handle merger notifications to the European Commission, with Brussels-based partner Andreas Johansson working alongside Swedish partners on these cases. The team’s expertise in European law extends to state aid work, where it has recently handled cases related to airline bailouts during the Covid-19 pandemic. Johan Carle leads the team and has a broad practice covering transactions as well as investigations. Other names to note in the team include Stefan Perván Lindeborg, who works across the Brussels and Stockholm offices, and Fredrik Sjövall, whose practice encompasses merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance cases.

Practice head(s):

Johan Carle

Testimonials

‘A very reliable law firm with great knowledge about the client and its industry and with an interest in building a long term business relation. Responsive and with a focus on the clients’ needs in terms of i.a. speed and form of the legal support.’

‘Johan Carle is a very dedicated partner with exceptional legal skills within the area. His knowledge about the industry in which we operate and genuine interest in our business activities adds significant value to provided support. His availability and short lead times also stand out.’

‘Well versed, well spoken, one hundred percent comfortable with making risk analysis and helping us choose paths.’

‘The EU and competition practice, as well as the entire firm, repeatedly shows an excellent understanding of the business aspects when providing legal support. They take a pragmatic approach providing to-the-point advice of the highest quality.’

‘Johan Carle is a highly experienced and highly skilled EU and competition lawyer with sound judgment. He is always aiming to provide solution-oriented advice without being afraid to “tell it like it is”.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Assa Abloy on the merger control and filing to the European Commission in relation to its purchase of agta record, leading to a complex conditional Phase 1 clearance and related remedies divestment work.
  • Advising Facebook in relation to the SCA’s sector inquiry into digital platforms.
  • Representing Lantmännen during the investigation by the European Commission into suspected anti-competitive behaviour relating to ethanol pricing, as well as related proceedings before the European Courts on disclosure of settlement negotiation documents.

Sweden > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Roundly praised by peers and clients alike, Mannheimer Swartling‘s healthcare and life sciences practice handles the full span of instructions for an international client roster. Led by Camilla Appelgren, the team advises on corporate transactions, capital markets issuances, regulatory matters, distribution work and IP issues. Instructing clients include companies operating in the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics and nutrition sectors. Peter Nilsson is an ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team member at the associate level. Uniquely, the practice advises hospitals on a range of commercial and regulatory matters, including the handling of patient data.

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Testimonials

‘The team has incredible strength and depth in experience and is a leader in this sector. Their strong experience and ability to deal with wide reaching and complex issues sets them apart from others.’

‘The life sciences team at Mannheimer is unique; all the benefits of a big full service law firm, but with a feeling of being as close to being an in-house counsel as is possible. Extremely competent and up to speed with the practical reality for a company in LS, as regards for example the reasoning, common practice and new trends of authorities and courts.’

‘They provide a wide range of services with special competence on each subject. An international perspective and network of partners that covers all of our needs. They proactively engage in our corporate development and plans to secure our legal situation and business.’

‘Our main contacts are Camilla Appelgren and Peter Nilsson that provide a very high availability and access to a quick advice as well as complicated partnering agreements. Their support was invaluable. Since they have deep and special insights in the life science field, the support is proactive and highly competent.’

‘Camilla Appelgren is an exceptional lawyer. Her experience and knowledge in the sector is excellent, coupled with a helpful and understanding manner, it makes her a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Attentive, pragmatic, good at exemplifying and communicating and making legal clauses tangible. Great competence of my line of business and even my company processes. Broad competence; life sciences specific but also data protection and IT related areas and contracts. Also very easy to collaborate with; friendly, easy to get in contact with and reach out to for topics small and big. Excellent support!’

‘Camilla Appelgren – young partner, letting some fresh air into the business. Extremely knowledgeable. Peter Nilsson – rising star, will be an extraordinary life science partner one day.’

‘Very knowledgeable team with specific sector expertise that is highly valuable to us.’

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi)

AbbVie AB

Inceptua S.A.

Lipum AB

Oncopeptides AB

Kry (aka LIVI)

Camurus AB

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Bonesupport AB

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bristol-Myers Squibb on a regular basis with advice relating to regulatory, commercial, pricing and reimbursement and healthcare compliance matters.
  • Advised Deciphera Pharmaceuticals in connection with a licence agreement with Sprint Bioscience AB.
  • Advised Inceptua in connection with an exclusive agreement with Elevar Therapeutics for the distribution and commercialization of Apealea (paclitaxel micellar) in Europe.

Sweden > Insolvency Tier 1

In the scope of high-stakes out-of-court restructurings, Mannheimer Swartling provides ‘accurate advice’ to a variety of national and international companies in financial difficulty and their board members, shareholders, lenders, equity investors and suppliers as well as trustees in bankruptcies and liquidators. The team's members typically advise on financial restructurings, distressed transactions, preventative planning issues and cross-border reorganisations as well as complex insolvency disputes including clawback proceedings. Daniel Karlsson specialises in debt capital market transactions and restructurings, and Christoffer Monell is focused on dispute resolution.

Testimonials

‘Respond quickly and are easy to communicate with. Accurate advice.’

Key clients

Danske Bank

Nordic Trustee AB

SAS AB

Work highlights

  • Represented Nordic Trustee as agent for holders of bonds and holders of convertible bonds issued by the Swedish listed company Eniro AB, in connection with the formal reorganisation and the associated judicial composition proceedings in Eniro.
  • Represented Danske Bank as super senior facility creditor in connection with the formal reorganisation, and the associated judicial composition proceedings, in certain subsidiaries of the Swedish listed company RNB Retail and Brands AB.
  • Represented SAS AB in connection with its recapitalisation plan.

Sweden > Insurance Tier 1

The insurance team at Mannheimer Swartling is ‘both very cool and professional’ and covers the full gamut of insurance work, including contracts, mediation, disputes, regulatory work and transactional matters, often with cross-border aspects. The team is jointly led by Hans Hammarbäck and Azadeh Razani; Hammarbäck is recommended for contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, and M&A-related insurance disputes, and Razani handles disputes, including litigation and arbitration proceedings. Senior associate Erik Schultz has particular experience in regulatory matters and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Hans Hammarbäck; Azadeh Razani

Other key lawyers:

Erik Schultz; Fredrik Oling Andretzky; Christian Pfeiff

Testimonials

‘Strong team which combines corporate, commercial, contract and regulatory expertise’.

‘Broad knowledge of the fields of work, and ability to provide effective advice on how to implement regulatory requirements into complex agreements’.

‘Good engagement, speed, diversity and knowledge’.

‘Consistent team with deep knowledge that always delivers on time’.

‘Christian Pfeiff is a superb lawyer: thoughtful and innovative in finding solutions to legal problems’.

‘Overall very professional and knowledgeable’.

‘They are very knowledgeable, very responsive, and it is my impression that they have a good relationship with the Swedish regulator’.

‘They are very pleasant to work with’.

Key clients

Stockholms Stad (the City of Stockholm)

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA, Sweden branch

Munters AB

Gamla Livförsäkringsaktiebolaget SEB Trygg Liv

Work highlights

  • Representing Stockholms stad in an insurance dispute against three major European insurers.
  • Represented Gjensidige Forsikring ASA, Sweden branch, in its acquisition of a Swedish Managing General Agent.

Sweden > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling fields an ‘extremely competent and ambitious team’ which offers legal and commercial advice to clients in the banking and finance, insurance and life sciences sectors. Niklas Sjöblom heads up the practice and is a name to note for corporate, tech and IP work, while Anders Bergsten is recommended for information security issues, such as data protection and digitalisation projects. Martin Pekkari is experienced in large procurement and co-operation projects both in the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Sjöblom

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Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and highly attentive.’

‘Niklas Sjöblom stands out as one of the best lawyers in the field to work with.’

‘Very easy to work with and always highly attentive, pragmatic and knowledgeable.’

‘The Mannheimer Swartling team stays connected to the real questions and solves your problems with innovative solutions.’

‘Mannheimer Swartling is more than a legal adviser and guides your business through the sourcing process.’

‘They are the business support partner that you want with years of experience in closing IT-sourcing deals.’

‘Their variety of solutions to any pain-point is a real asset.’

‘Anders Bergsten is very easy to work with and always available when needed.’

Key clients

Epic Games

Klarna Bank

Northvolt

Spotify

Stora Enso

Telia Company

The Swedish State

UAB Bitė Lietuva

Västra Götalandsregionen (Region of Western Sweden)

Volvo Cars Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised a Nordic bank on a major migration, implementation and outsourcing project, aiming to replace the bank’s entire back-end IT environment.
  • Advised Västra Götalandsregionen (Region of Western Sweden) on a strategic procurement of a core system for the healthcare provided within the region, introducing innovative and modern technology, inter alia through combining the use of AI and big data.
  • Advised Klarna on designing and carrying out an industry initiative for the purpose of combatting online fraud.

Sweden > Real estate Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling has a sizeable real estate practice, which handles a broad range of real estate transactions and projects. Key clients of the firm include real estate companies, property developers, real estate funds, governments and municipalities. Stockholm-based practice head Klas Wennström has an extensive background in real estate developments and transactions, while Jesper Prytz heads up the team in Gothenburg and has in-depth expertise in real estate partnerships, joint ventures and property developments. Hillevi Börjesson is a key individual in the Gothenburg team, and Magnus Josefsson and Tomas Johansson are both based in Stockholm.

Practice head(s):

Jesper Prytz; Klas Wennström

Testimonials

‘Its a one-stop shop which delivers high quality advice. The team can provide help in the development of new business models, contributing effective management of legal issues in transactions as well as projects, and also in dispute resolution and structural questions.’

‘Accessibility, skills and professionalism.’

Key clients

The renewables infrastructure group (trig)

BayWa r.e.

Heimstaden Bostad

Stena Adactum och AMF Pensionsförsäkring AB

Partners Group

Vattenfall Vindkraft Sverige Aktiebolag

Castellum AB

Peter Eriksson Fastighets AB

[Ursvik Entré / Nordisk Renting AB]

Infracapital och AMP Capital avyttring till JP Morgan

Eolus Vind AB

AstraZeneca AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Heimstaden Bostad on its acquisition of 21 properties in Linköping. The total agreed property value for the purchase amounted to SEK2.5bn.
  • Advised Castellum on its divestment of a portfolio of 214 properties comprising primarily warehouse/logistics and light industry segments in Sweden.
  • Advised Stena Renewable and AMF on divestment of 20% of the shares in Stena Renewable AB.

Sweden > Shipping Tier 1

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):

Testimonials

‘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

LKAB, AB

Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Swedish Orient Line

Gard A/S

Bolloré Logistics

The A.P Moller – Maersk group

Finnlines

Preem

Tallink/Silja Line

Donsö Shipping

Bertling Group

Salinity Group

Trafikverket

Concordia Maritime Ab

Sweden > Tax Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling is an adviser of choice for the full gamut of large, cross-border tax mandates, both advisory and contentious. The firm is noted both for its ability to deliver expert assistance across ‘a palette of different specialist areas‘, and its particular proficiency in transactional, structured finance and real estate matters. Practice head Anders Erasmie is described by one client as being ‘in a league of his own‘. Joachim Agrell is the key contact for work relating to indirect tax. Other recommended team members include Martin Nilsson and Niklas Hagbard.

Practice head(s):

Anders Erasmie

Testimonials

‘Anders Erasmie is one of my favourite lawyers. Not only very strong knowledge in tax matters but also very good business acumen in general terms. Very accessible and proven high level of creativity.’

‘Anders Erasmie’s combination of tax law skill and pragmatic business-minded approach is the best in Sweden.’

‘Strong team with technical skills, pro-active, makes you as a client feel you are in good hands.’

‘Mannheimer Swartling’s tax practice stands out as the strongest tax practice among the Swedish law firms. Mannheimer offers a full range of tax services with focus on transactions and tax controversy. I’ve worked with Mannheimer mainly on issues concerning indirect tax controversy and setting up of investment funds. Mannheimer has proved that they have a excellent knowledge on the specific tax issues but also deep industry knowledge as well as good capability to work across the legal disciplines. If I have a tax matter of more ‘legal’ type, I would turn to Mannheimer.’

‘Anders Erasmie is a highly skilled lawyer who delivers to the point advice.’

‘Good team with a palette of different specialist areas. The team is available on short notice when needed, so very customer focused team.’

‘Anders Erasmie is in a league of his own in Sweden.’

‘Joachim Agrell is totally customer focused, good at listening and always good at following discussions and advising.’

Key clients

Nordic Capital

Accent

Cevian

Infranode

Work highlights

  • Advised Accent Equity on the restructuring of Accent Equity 2017 LP, a Jersey domiciled alternative investment fund.
  • Advising Northvolt on a $1.6bn debt project financing provided by a consortium of commercial banks, pension funds and public financial institutions, increasing the total amount of capital raised to date for Northvolt’s development of factories and R&D investments to over $3bn.
  • Advising Infranode on the fundraising for its second infrastructure fund – Infranode II.

Sweden > Intellectual property and media Tier 2

The intellectual property team at Mannheimer Swartling has a broad practice covering the IP aspects of corporate and commercial agreements as well as patent and trade mark litigation. Niklas Sjöblom handles a variety of non-contentious work, advising on procurements, licensing, research and collaboration agreements, and the IP elements of corporate transactions. Practice head Oscar Björkman Possne leads on litigation, acting for clients in the pharmaceuticals, industrial, and technology sectors. Both partners are also instructed on marketing law matters, providing ongoing advice on compliance with regulations as well as handling disputes involving the use of trade marks in advertising.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Björkman Possne

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mannheimer Swartling always has a forward looking focus and may assist in setting up licensing structures that lasts for the future when needs and wants change without being too redundant and costly. We like all alternatives presented together with the recommendations of best way forward as well as that they are up to speed on the industry development e.g. when it comes to open source etc.’

‘Excellent at handling complex patent disputes for world leading IP companies, including biopharma companies. First rate quality on strategy, drafting, knowledge of IP law across Europe and the Swedish courts themselves. Excellent work product and very easy to work with.’

‘Oscar Björkman Possne is an excellent litigator, and a pleasure to work with. He sees the bigger picture, radiates calm and authority and is able to coordinate and pull together all of the strands needed for successful litigation. In a recent case we worked on together, he always seemed to be one step ahead of his opponent.’

‘Mannheimer Swartling has an excellent client base and one can easily see why this is the case: They are outstanding lawyers who provide very pragmatic advice, covering every important aspect in a very efficient way. You can always rely on them to get very good advice soon.’

‘I like in particular Oscar Björkman Possne. He is very focused and experienced with deep knowledge of IP and e-commerce law. With him you can be certain that clients will be served very well.’

‘Deep knowledge in their respective fields and has a great way of working together with their colleagues.’

‘The team provides a high level of quality and always delivers what they promise. Partner Oscar Björkman Possne has vast experience within the contentious and non-contentious field of IP and is always assisted by excellent associates. Compared to other firms I would say that it is one of the best teams in Sweden no matter what IP or media matter you have. The firm is on the frontline when it comes to technology, not least its focus on legal tech. They also work actively with diversity and there are several initiatives to strengthen gender and background diversity in place.’

‘Oscar Björkman Possne is a seasoned litigator with an eye for detail and an ability to quickly grasp complex legal and technical matters. You can tell that he has years of experience from litigating complicated cases and knows his way around the court room. He also excels on licensing and transactional agreements.’

Key clients

Epic Games

AB Electrolux

Västra Götalandsregionen (Region of Western Sweden)

Volvo Cars Corporation

City of Stockholm

Telia Company

Novartis

Babyshop

Hydrostandard

Work highlights

  • Advised Scandinavian Enviro Systems on the agreements with Michelin that form the basis of the company’s strategic partnership.
  • Represented Babyshop and Lekmer in unfair marketing litigation.
  • Advised the Region of Western Sweden on a strategic procurement of a core software system for the healthcare provided within the region, introducing innovative and modern technology, inter alia through combining the use of AI and big data.

Sweden > Public procurement Tier 2

Mannheimer Swartling has a varied public procurement practice, handling matters ranging from contracts for the operation of public transport systems, to the procurement of large-scale IT systems. The team acts for suppliers as well as contracting authorities, including municipalities, regional governments and central purchasing bodies. The team works for all of these parties in non-contentious matters, such as contract drafting work, and in litigation. Key figures in the team include practice head Johan Carle, Sven Vaxenbäck, and Johanna Jonsson.

Practice head(s):

Johan Carle

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Region of Stockholm

Region of Västra Götaland

The Swedish Transport Administration

SAAB Group

Vattenfall Group

PostNord Group

Attendo Group

Tunstall Group

Municipality of Sollentuna

Municipality of Härnösand

HeidelbergCement Group

Electrolux Professional AB

Volkswagen Group

Getinge

Samsung

Securitas

LKAB

Capio

Stena

Swedbank

Göteborg Energi AB

Work highlights

  • Advising the Swedish Transport Administration in relation to the Swedish ERTMS project.
  • Advising the Region of Stockholm in connection with its procurement of bus transportation in several large areas surrounding the region of Stockholm.
  • Advising the Region of Stockholm on its project to expand the subway with 19 km of new tracks and eleven new stations.

The firm: Mannheimer Swartling’s roots date to 1877. The modern firm was founded through a merger between Mannheimer & Zetterlöf and Carl Swartling Advokatbyrå on 1 July 1990. The merger led to the creation of a firm with approximately 90 lawyers. Time has shown that merging was the correct decision, and the firm has thrived ever since. Today Mannheimer Swartling is the leading business law firm in the Nordic region. Its clients include companies and organisations in Sweden and around the world. With approximately 400 lawyers specialised in different areas of business law and industries, the firm seeks always to understand clients’ legal and, equally importantly, commercial challenges, and applies its collective expertise to find optimal solutions. A large percentage of its assignments have an international or cross-border element, and some of the work is only tangentially related to Sweden. Reflecting the decreasing importance and increasing permeability of national borders in terms of clients’ business interests, Mannheimer Swartling has developed a broad international network and very close co-operation with other leading law firms around the world. It invests heavily in developing efficient and effective working relationships with these firms, and regularly works with them in integrated multi-jurisdictional teams. The firm has offices in Sweden and four offices abroad (Moscow, Singapore, Brussels and New York).

Areas of practice: Mannheimer Swartling advises on the full range of legal matters that its clients face. As the largest law firm in the Nordic region, it offers both the scope and the scale required to handle the most demanding projects. Operating as a true lockstep firm ensures that its collective experience and expertise is available to every assignment. Clients from all areas of the private and public sectors turn to the firm for counsel of exceptional quality. Its industry groups are composed of lawyers who have specific, practical experience of the legal and commercial issues facing various industry sectors. The firm continuously invests in developing sector knowledge to ensure it evolves with changing industry conditions.

Number of lawyers : 400
Number of partners : 82
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