Firm Profile > Mannheimer Swartling > Stockholm , Sweden

Mannheimer Swartling

Banking and finance Tier 1

Praised for its 'strong team with broad competencies across the entire range of financial services', Mannheimer Swartling has an established position in the market. The 'very experiencedAndré Andersson, who 'is always very curious and open to new constructive solutions for complex problems', and the 'outstandingly bright and solidThomas Pettersson lead the practice; the latter advised Bankomat on a Swedish law-governed €500m term and revolving credit facilities agreement with a bank syndicate. Daniel Karlsson is 'service minded and very skilled in the leveraged finance space', while Zoran Stambolovski focuses on acquisition, real estate, structured, and infrastructure financing; and Andreas Zettergren counts Scandinavian Airlines and Macquarie as clients.

Capital markets Tier 1

The team at Mannheimer Swartling has an excellent market reputation. On the ECM side, it counts multiple blue chip companies as clients, while DCM work is handled by the highly regarded banking and finance team. Banking and finance group head André Andersson advised Vattenfall on its establishment of a Swedish law governed €10bn EMTN programme in preparation for Brexit; Mattias Lampe and Thomas Pettersson acted as advisors to Danske Bank on its establishment of a Swedish credit institution, Danske Hypotek, which will issue Swedish covered bonds; and Daniel Karlsson assisted Danske Bank as mandated lead arranger with RNB Retail ad Brands' issuance of senior secured bonds. Eva Hägg leads the public M&A and ECM group, which also includes noteworthy practitioners Madeleine RydbergerNina SvenssonEmil Boström and Hans Petersson.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling is highly regarded in the Swedish market and is recognised for its strength in M&A work and commercial matters; Eva Hägg leads the public M&A team, Adam Green heads up the private M&A group and Martin Pekkari is global head of the corporate commercial department. Highlights include assisting Bridgepoints with the sale of its shares in Trustly to Nordic Capital, and advising Spotify on its mutual equity investment deal with Chinese Tencent's music unit. On the commercial side, the team provided advice to the Swedish state on agreements made with numerous regions and municipalities regarding its investment in the establishment of a new high-speed railway connecting Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Jan Holmius is also recommended. Henrik Johansson left for an in-house position at Nordic Capital.

Construction Tier 1

The 'efficient and solution-driven' team at Mannheimer Swartling regularly handles large construction projects and acts for clients in construction disputes. Practice head Johan Granehult 'always provides practical solutions and adds value' and is an expert in construction contracts; his recent work includes advising Northvolt on the €4bn construction of a battery factory in Sweden, and representing the government of Jordan with Kristoffer Löf and Anders Ingvarson (who is 'widely knowledgeable, trustworthy, and great to work with') in an arbitration against Gama Energy relating to financial claims surrounding the Disi Water Conveyance Project. Jan Kansmark is also highly experienced.

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Dispute resolution Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling excels in major international disputes and counts Swedish state-owned companies, financial institutions and blue-chips companies as clients. The team has a particularly strong track record in energy arbitration proceedings. Kristoffer Löf and Fredrik Andersson jointly chair the practice from Stockholm and Gothenburg respectively; Löf successfully defended the Government of Jordan in a highly publicised UNCITRAL arbitration against Disi Water Company. The team also fields Olle FlygtRobin OldenstamAlexander FoersterMattias Göransson and Hans HammarbäckAzadeh Razani was promoted to partner.

Employment Tier 1

Led by Henric DiefkeMannheimer Swartling's highly regarded employment and pensions practice handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Recent mandates include Diefke assisting Spotify with the employment aspects of its acquisition of Soundtrap, and Anders Nordström conducting an investigation into the potential future risks associated with recruitment, whistleblowing and financial services for Sollentuna Municipality. Charlotte Demegård was promoted to specialist counsel in 2018.

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Energy Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling's cross-departmental energy practice has experience in disputes, financing matters, transactions and regulatory issues. Key practitioners Andreas ZettergrenEmma Olnäs Fors and Therese Strömshed acted for GE and Green Investment Group on a joint project to deliver wind power through a wind farm in Northern Sweden. Other clients include Vattenfall and Skanska Wind Power Invest.

Environment Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling fields a team of experienced lawyers, which deals with permit applications, environmental risk management issues and product compliance matters. Practice head Felicia Ullerstam assisted Björkdalsgruvan, which is part of the Mandalay Resources Group, with obtaining a new environmental permit relating to the operations at its gold mine. Per MolanderBo Hansson and Therese Strömshed are other names to note. Joel Mårtensson made partner in 2018.

EU and competition Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling has a strong track record in cross-border merger filings and behavioural antitrust matters, and clients praise the team for 'giving excellent advice, which is always relevant and hands-on'. Brussels-based Stefan Perván Lindeborg has 'great knowledge and gives the client high levels of attention'; he recently represented Hornbach in an investigation relating to alleged retail price maintenance issues and a hub-and-spoke collusion, and worked with practice head Johan Carle to advise a group of Nordic banks on the establishment of a payment system for cross-border payments. Carle is singled out as 'an excellent lawyer, who is very reliable'; counsel Jens Agö and senior associate Fredrik Sjövall are also noted.

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Insolvency Tier 1

The department at Mannheimer Swartling includes partners with cross-practice experience spanning dispute resolution, banking and finance, and corporate and commercial knowledge. The group acts for domestic and foreign clients on bankruptcies and reorganisation filing requirements, financial restructurings and distressed acquisitions and sales. Thomas Pettersson and specialist counsel Christoffer Monell jointly lead the practice; Monell is representing Circle Media Group in a dispute regarding clawback claims from the bankruptcy estate of Sörmlands Grafiska. André Andersson is also an experienced practitioner.

Insurance Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling has 'deep knowledge of insurance law' handling the full gamut of matters in the field. The team is led by the 'simply outstandingHans Hammarbäck, who is particularly experienced in M&A-related insurance disputes. Christian Pfeiff is also well versed in contentious and regulatory insurance matters, while Fredrik Oling Andretzky focuses on corporate advice. Litigator Azadeh Razani made partner in 2018; she and Hammarbäck are representing an insurer against a Swedish industrial company in a significant dispute. Senior associate Erik Schultz is 'extremely helpful and competent'.

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IT and telecoms Tier 1

The team at Mannheimer Swartling has a 'broad spectrum of competences'; it regularly handles outsourcing mandates, which often have a cross-border element, and procurement issues. Martin Pekkari advised Ocado on its cooperation agreement with ICA, relating to an investment by the latter in a fully automated e-commerce solution, which will include Ocado’s online grocery services technology and e-commerce platform. Anders Bergsten is praised for his 'dedication, hard work, and ability to always keep focused on creating high value solutions for the client'; he assisted Loomis with its GDPR compliance project. Erica Wiking Häger is an expert in data protection and privacy matters, and Niklas Sjöblom combines IP and IT expertise.

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Real estate Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling has 'excellent knowledge of real estate law and is very business and commercially oriented'. The department fields a large team of dedicated lawyers who advise clients on transactional matters and real estate projects. Recent highlights include the 'outstandingly skilledHillevi Börjesson assisting NCC with an agreement to jointly develop a property in Gothenburg with Platzer through a jointly owned company, and Magnus Josefsson, who has 'extensive experience', advising D Carnegie & Co on its acquisition of a property portfolio from Akelius. Jesper Prytz leads the practice, which also includes Klas Wennström and Tomas Johansson.

Shipping Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling's recent work included representing European shipowners in negotiations with a Chinese shipyard relating to the new-build contracts for several RoPax vessels. Clients also include Danske Bank, Inter Terminals Sweden and Svenska Orient Linien. The experienced team is jointly led by Stefan Brocker and Fredrik Andersson, and combines shipping and transport expertise with dispute resolution, financing and corporate knowledge. Johan Ljungberg is another name to note.

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Tax Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling has 'a long history of dealing with the most complex clients and tax matters'; the group specialises in all aspects of transactional structuring issues, transfer pricing, tax litigation and real estate tax work. 'Excellent practitionerAnders Erasmie leads the group and focuses on tax issues relating to the sale of companies and real estate, restructurings, private equity matters and financings; he advised D. Carnegie & Co on the tax aspects of its €312m refinancing with AIG Asset Management and related €72m revolving capex facility. Other clients include GE, Ratos, Handelsbanken and Uniper. Martin Nilsson is also a key name to note, Sven-Åke Bergkvist is now a senior adviser, and Niklas Hagbard made partner in 2018. Henrik Johansson departed for an in-house position at Nordic Capital.

Intellectual property and media Tier 2

The 'very professional' team at Mannheimer Swartling has 'great knowledge of the field' and advises a range of clients in the life sciences, technology, media and manufacturing sectors. The Gothenburg-based Niklas Sjöblom heads up the group and has notable IT expertise. Clients also single out Per Josefson, who 'has excellent skills, which, when combined with his innovative approach, makes him a formidable litigator'; he recently represented Leo Pharma in a pan-European patent litigation involving one of its products against Sandoz.

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Public procurement Tier 2

Mannheimer Swartling fields a substantial team, which regularly advises on projects including PPP issues, infrastructure mandates and the outsourcing of IT and public transportation services. Clients include the Swedish Transport Administration, Stockholm County Council and the PostNord Group. Johan Carle and specialist counsel Sven Vaxenbäck are key practitioners.

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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 five offices abroad (Moscow, Shanghai, Hong Kong, 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