Mannheimer Swartling > Gothenburg, Sweden > Firm Profile

Mannheimer Swartling
ÖSTRA HAMNGATAN 16
PO BOX 2235
403 14 GÖTEBORG
Sweden

Sweden > Banking and finance Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling provides clients with a broad banking and finance practice, which has expertise in public offers and IPO financings, acquisition finance work, project financings, securitisations and restructurings. Thomas Pettersson heads up the team and is a key name for regulatory work, acting for Swedish and international financial institutions, insurance companies, banks and corporates. Daniel Karlsson acts for lenders, borrowers, arrangers and issuers on financing and restructuring matters and is well-versed in cross-border transactions, while Andreas Zettergren is recommended for project finance and export finance mandates. Gustav Glimblad and Susanne Fagerman were promoted to partner at the start of 2022, while Olof Stenström left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Pettersson

Other key lawyers:

Therese Jansson; Daniel KarlssonAndreas Zettergren; Daniel Khayyami; Zoran Stambolovski; Gustav Glimblad; Susanne Fagerman

Testimonials

‘Great team from associate to partner level. Delivers on time. Attention to detail.’

‘Daniel Khayyami is outstanding.’

‘Well coordinated and knowledgeable team. The right person on the right level gives the advice.’

‘Knowledgeable both in their area of consultancy but also with an interest in our company and business. Dares to ask questions, reflects on the answers. Can often point to our other deals that may have something we should take into account.’

‘Excellent pro-activity and solution focus.’

‘Seamless teamwork between MSA individuals as well as the client.’

Key clients

SAS AB

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Nordea Bank Abp., filial i Sverige

Swedbank AB

Storskogen Group AB

Summa Equity AB

Northvolt AB

Altor

Preem

Renewable Power Capital Limited

DNB Bank ASA

Nordic Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised SAS in connection with a debtor-in-possession financing credit agreement for $700m with funds managed by Apollo Global Management.
  • Advised Svenska Handelsbanken and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB on a SEK41.6bn public acquisition financing where the bridge facilities were used to finance part of Murgröna Holding’s public offer to acquire the shares in ICA Gruppen and repay certain existing indebtedness in ICA Gruppen.
  • Advised Preem in connection with the entry into an approximately $300m term facility with AB Svensk Exportkredit (the SEK Facility) and an amendment and restatement of its up to $1.6bn multi-currency revolving borrowing base facility.

Sweden > Capital markets

Mannheimer Swartling fields ‘many good lawyers that deliver top-class services’ and is strong in both debt and equity capital markets work. The group handles both domestic and cross-border work and acts for large blue-chip clients on high-yield and investment grade bonds, hybrid bonds, covered bonds and securitisation work, as well as regulatory matters. Patrik Marcelius co-heads the team and is a noteworthy individual for IPOs, public takeovers and mergers, while fellow co-head Thomas Pettersson focuses on derivatives mandates and regulatory matters. Gustav Glimblad was recently promoted to partner and Olof Stenström left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Patrik Marcelius; Thomas Pettersson

Other key lawyers:

Emil Boström; Gustav Glimblad; Jakob Wijkander

Testimonials

‘Very high level of technical skills.’

‘Tasks done by the most senior lawyers, gave us a very smooth process.’

‘Overall many good lawyers that deliver top-class services.’

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

‘The firm has the capacity to add resources to projects when required.’

‘A one-stop-shop and without the need for other parties.’

‘Jakob Wijkander is like an encyclopedia and easy to work with.’

‘Emil Boström is an exceptional partner, well recognized in the industry and delivers exceptional support.’

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 Sandvik AB and Alleima AB in connection with Sandvik’s global separation of former business area Sandvik Materials Technology and the subsequent listing on Nasdaq Stockholm under the new name Alleima AB.
  • Acted as lead counsel to DNB Bank ASA, filial i Sverige, sole book runner and issuing agent, on the issuance of SEK2.25bn senior unsecured floating rate sustainability notes by Luxembourgian issuer Millicom.
  • Advised Volvo Cars, as well as its principal shareholder Geely Sweden Holdings AV, on its IPO on Nasdaq Stockholm at a market valuation of SEK158bn ($18bn) and an offering size of SEK20bn.

Sweden > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling fields ‘a very robust team from partner level to associate level’ and the corporate team draws on support from its strong finance, regulatory, trade, competition and real estate practices, among other areas. Adam Green brings a wealth of experience to the practice and is recommended for cross-border and technology transactions; Jan Holmius is a key name for private equity work and acts for high-profile domestic and international PE houses; and Patrik Marcelius is recommended for public M&A and capital markets work. Johan Lekholm handles transactions and acts as secretary of the board to a number of corporate clients, while Isabella Ramsay, energy specialist Johan Ljungberg and Martin Pekkari, who focuses on outsourcing and infrastructure projects, are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Isabella Ramsay; Johan Ljungberg; Johan Lekholm; Patrik Marcelius; Martin Pekkari

Other key lawyers:

Jan Holmius; Andreas Steen; Emil Boström; Tom Wehtje; Henrik Dock; Johan Berg; Maria Holme; Adam Green

Testimonials

‘Extremely broad and relevant experience within the team.’

‘Very high engagement and commitment to their task.’

‘Very skilled staff with great knowledge and easy to cooperate with. Excellent availability, expertise and support.’

‘Patrik Marcelius – very knowledgeable, practically inclined and always accessible.’

‘Isabella Ramsay – pleasant to work with, champion team lead; constructive and knowledgeable.’

‘Johan Lekholm’s pragmatic yet commercial and strategic input is second to none. He truly sees beyond the legal aspects of a matter and provides real business value.’

‘They maintained a very good negotiation environment for both us and the counter party that lead to a good deal at the end.’

‘They are engaged in the project as a whole and provide robust legal advice to advance the commercial objectives and interests of the client.’

Key clients

Accent Equity

Altor Equity Partners

Castellum

City of Stockholm

EQT

Handelsbanken

Klarna

Kry (LIVI)

Litorina

Northvolt

Sandvik

SEB Private Equity

Stockholm Public Transport Authority

Stockholm Region Council

Stora Enso

Summa Equity

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (SOBI)

Swedish State

Söderberg & Partners

Telia

Valedo Partners

Volvo Cars

Work highlights

  • Advised Sandvik and Alleima on the global carve-out of Sandvik’s former business area Sandvik Materials Technology across more than 30 countries, and the spin-off listing on Nasdaq Stockholm under the new name Alleima.
  • Advised Swedish Match on the $16bn recommended public takeover offer by Philip Morris International.
  • Advised Handelsbanken on the carve-out of its entire operations in Denmark and the related divestment to Jyske Bank.

Sweden > Construction Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling continues to advise on technically complex projects and is familiar with matters regarding tunnelling issues, nuclear power stations and industrial research facilities. The firm is geared to act on the full array of construction issues, with top-tier expertise in environmental law, financings, tax work and public procurement processes. Domestically, the practice counts the Swedish Transport Administration as a key clients, providing extensive legal counsel on the country’s largest ongoing construction projects. Furthermore, the team stands out for its portfolio of international clients and cases, with highly reputed team head Johan Granehult advising Chinese company Sinopec on its natural gas project in Russia. The ‘commercially minded’ Anders Ingvarson focuses on construction litigation and arbitration proceedings, and Kristoffer Löf is principally active in energy matters, while Klas Wennstrom has a strong understanding of the hospitality industry.

Practice head(s):

Johan Granehult

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This is a state-of-the-art law firm. Although they are large, they always deliver legal advice of the highest quality, and teamwork through close collaboration with the client. They are accessible, flexible and they have a total personal commitment to everything they do. When we work with them, we always get a top-quality service and value for money! They have the resources to take on the largest projects on the market.’

‘The firm has great expectations of every employee. The working climate is friendly but also competitive. Every person within this firm always delivers top quality advice’. 

‘They have a knowledgeable and friendly team. They have provided an incredibly high volume of work and give sensible and perceptive advice.’

‘Anders Ingvarson stands out for his knowledge, commercial mindset, and 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

RES Renewable Norden AB

Sinopec Ningbo Engineering

Northvolt AB

Nordic Sugar AB

H2 Green Steel AB

Meta, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) on the €3.7bn Bypass Stockholm Project (a new 21 km ring-road, of which 17 km are tunnels).
  • Advised the 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 offers clients ‘vast and deep knowledge within this field’ and draws on strength from related practice areas to provide a holistic approach to data protection matters. It often advises on the data privacy aspects of M&A deals, compliance matters, investigations by regulators and data transfers. Erica Wiking Häger heads up the practice with over 20 years’ experience and advises clients on compliance matters and contentious issues, including GDPR and cybersecurity work. Niklas Sjöblom acts for blue-chip clients and has considerable experience in the data protection implications of large IT projects.

Practice head(s):

Erica Wiking Häger

Other key lawyers:

Niklas Sjöblom; Anders Bergsten

Testimonials

‘The advice is always pragmatic and solution oriented.’

‘Very knowledgeable within their profession.’

‘They have high availability, deliver on time with high quality.’

‘Never below expectation.’

‘Vast and deep knowledge within this field of expertise.’

‘Ability to provide clarity on a complex legal framework and adjust its recommendations based on our specific needs.’

‘Customer-obsession, including us as a client and recognising the value of collaborating to get the fit for purpose quality advice and recommendations that we can run with.’

Key clients

Klarna Bank

Spotify

Northvolt

SAS (Scandinavian Airlines)

Bonnier Group

Loomis

Castellum

Novamedia

ATG

Capio S:t Görans Hospital

Region Västra Götaland

Kindred

Work highlights

  • Advising Klarna Bank, one of Sweden’s tech unicorns, on the appeal of an administrative fine imposed by the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection for alleged deficiencies in Klarna’s privacy notice.
  • Advised Kindred Group, one of the world’s leading online sports betting operators, in relation to a new SaaS agreement with its service provider Kambi Group PLC, regarding the extension of the parties’ sportsbook partnership.
  • Advising Capio S:t Görans Hospital, an emergency hospital, on the appeal of an administrative fine imposed on Capio S:t Görans by the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection for alleged infringements of GDPR.

Sweden > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘very competent and professionalMannheimer Swartling acts as lead counsel in large international arbitration proceedings and acts for Swedish state-owned companies, financial institutions, and international blue-chip corporations. Kristoffer Löf and Anders Ingvarson jointly head up the practice; Ingvarson brings expertise in the infrastructure and construction sectors, and Löf, who is president of the Swedish Arbitration Association, is well versed in energy disputes. Robin Oldenstam is a key name for arbitration and civil litigation. In team news, both Olle Flygt and Alexander Foerster left to become independent arbitrators, Hans Hammarbäck retired and Marcus Irajinia Berglie was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Kristoffer Löf; Anders Ingvarson

Other key lawyers:

Robin Oldenstam; Mattias Göransson; Stefan Brocker; Jakob Ragnwaldh; Robin Rylander; Fredrik Ringquist; Azadeh Razani; Marcus Irajinia Berglie

Testimonials

‘Strong teamwork within the team and with us as the client.’

‘Very competent and professional.’

‘Good recommendations for other external competencies needed to complete the case.’

‘Exceptional attention to detail, strategic overlook and focus on the key aspects of the case, along with reliable and proportional staffing of very competent associates and broad commercial and technical experience of our industry (construction).’

‘Anders Ingvarson is simply outstanding. High attention to detail, superb strategic overlook, pragmatic and attentive, vast experience of both technical and commercial matters as well as high accessibility.’

‘All associates we have had contact with have also provided very high quality work.’

‘Excellent work lead by Fredrik Ringquist, very determined to do an excellent job, while at the same time being able to listen and adjust as the process went on. Following through on the strategy.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Serbian engineering and construction group Energoprojekt Oprema in a multi-million-dollar Russian language SCC arbitration against a Gazprom entity and in subsequent challenge proceedings before the Svea Court of Appeal.
  • Successfully represented the Swedish Transport Administration in securing a favourable settlement in one of the largest construction disputes ever before Swedish general courts, both in terms of scope and amounts claimed.
  • Represented the Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG in a challenge proceeding before the Svea Court of Appeal, successfully defending awards rendered in a high-stake price-review arbitration against Gazprom.

Sweden > Employment Tier 1

Fielding ‘a very good team with excellent lawyers’, Mannheimer Swartling utilises its employment team for support on large M&A transactions alongside acting for clients on general employment matters and handling contentious disputes. Henric Diefke heads up the team with over 20 years’ experience in employment law, work environment issues and pensions; Anders Nordström is a name for contentious matters, including litigation and arbitration proceedings; and Tobias Normann, who was recently promoted to partner, is experienced in reorganisations, trade union matters, investigations and pensions work. Special counsel Charlotte Demegård is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Henric Diefke

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal skills, constructive, service minded, understands the business and market.’

‘Very good team, excellent lawyers. Easy access.’

‘Partner Henric Diefke is a really good lawyer, responsive and delivers hands-on advice.’

‘Full-service firm but with edge in labour law field.’

‘Anders Nordström – Experienced and confident.’

‘Tobias Normann is highly service minded and accurate/competent in his field of service, particularly outstanding in the legal analysis in combination with being able to give precise advice on which course of action is preferable with an account of relevant risks/benefits.’

Key clients

Volvo Cars

ABB

Sandvik

Telia

Electrolux, Electrolux Professional

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

Loomis

Epic Games Sweden

Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson

Meta Platforms, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Volvo Cars and Geely Holding on a variety of Swedish employment law and pension related matters in relation to the IPO of Volvo Cars on Nasdaq Stockholm and the $20bn de-SPAC transaction of Polestar.
  • Acting for Columbus Global Danmark A/S in multiple larger disputes concerning unlawful competition and misappropriation of trade secrets by former shareholders and employees.
  • Assisted International Automotive Components Group Sweden AB with the successful appeal of the largest reclaim of governmental employer’s support (Covid-19 support) corresponding to approximately SEK105m.

Sweden > Energy Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling has a wide range of expertise across regulatory issues, dispute resolution, financings and transactions. The firm also has a broad understanding of the energy market, in particular renewable power matters. Group co-chairs Andreas Zettergren, Emma Olnäs Fors and Therese Strömshed bring specialist knowledge in wind power and energy infrastructure, with the firm regularly advising on several high-profile wind projects. Per Åsbrink and Johan Ljungberg are key names for M&A mandates.

Practice head(s):

Emma Olnäs Fors; Andreas Zettergren; Therese Strömshed

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Fred. Olsen Renewables (FORAS)

Zephyr AS

Svea Solar

EB Sustainable Investment Management

LHI Group

Northwolt

Eolus

Renewable Power Capital (RPC)

Göteborg Energi

Encavis AG

Polhem Infra

Green Investment Group (Corio)

Obligo Investment Management

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited

H2 Green Steel

Energy Infrastructure Partners

OX2 AB

Vattenfall

RES

Energinet A/S

Gaz-System S.A.

SR Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Zephyr AS in connection with the divestment of a majority share in two offshore wind power projects.
  • Advised Fred. Olsen Renewables (FORAS) in connection with financing agreements providing €480m in equity financing for existing wind farms in Norway and Sweden and future onshore wind farms in the UK and Sweden.
  • Advised OX2 AB in its divestment of a 49% stake in a 9,000MW offshore wind development portfolio, comprising three projects in Sweden, to Ingka Investments.

Sweden > Environment Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling advises a range of clients including industrial companies, energy corporations and government bodies and municipalities. The firm possesses ‘strong knowledge of the sectorand has been active in permit processing work at all levels of the Swedish government regarding power plants, mines, quarries, waste management issues and infrastructure projects. Team head Anna Bryngelsson specialises in permitting for the mineral industry and is intimately familiar with the Land and Environment courts. Therese Strömshed has been increasingly active in the practice due to the departure of Felicia Ullerstam, advising on the project development and permitting processes of energy infrastructure matters. Joel Mårtensson demonstrates considerable expertise in contaminated land and water issues, as well as environmental commercial transactions, and Caroline Perlström is a key contact for waste legislation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Anna Bryngelsson

Testimonials

‘They are very knowledgeable and experienced and always give information and feedback in a timely manner.’

‘Strong knowledge of the sector.’

‘Dedication, commitment and the highest level of professionalism.’

‘Therese Strömshed was the lead for our work and my primary point of contact. She went above and beyond to make sure our projects stayed on track. And, while we try to be respectful of the time zone difference, Therese was always willing to jump on a call to resolve time sensitive issues.’

‘Large team. Good ability to be able to service a large volume of work.’

Key clients

OX2 AB

Gas-System S.A.

Heidelberg Cement Group

Perstorp Oxo AB

Renewable Power Capital

Copperstone Resources AB

Talga AB

Metsä Group

Boliden Mineral AB

Eolus Vind AB

City of Stockholm

Green Investment Group (Corio)

CirChem AB

Energinet A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising OX2 AB on all permit proceedings relating to its large-scale offshore wind portfolio development located on the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone.
  • Advised HeidelbergCement Group/Cementa AB on all legal aspects of the world’s first carbon-neutral cement plant in Slite, Gotland.
  • Advised Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB on several parallel permit processes regarding the final repository system for radioactive waste in Sweden.

Sweden > EU and competition Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling has ‘broad and in-depth experience, and outstanding legal skills’, and stands out in the market by providing cross-border support on EU and competition matters through its Brussels office, as well as leveraging additional international support through its New York and Singapore bases. Johan Carle leads the team and is a noteworthy name for high-profile merger control mandates and antitrust investigations. Fredrik Sjövall is a key contact for disputes and leads on competition litigation cases, while Stefan Perván Lindeborg splits his time between Brussels and Stockholm and focuses on merger control work, and Andreas Johansson is the key practitioner on the ground in Brussels.

Practice head(s):

Johan Carle

Testimonials

‘It’s easy to work with the team. Communication is clear, digital and professional.’

‘All of the team has a very clear and straightforward way of delivering quite complex matters.’

‘The MSA team have very good competence in competition practices, working with them is a pleasure. The engagement and teamwork together with the customer is unique.’

‘Broad and in-depth experience, outstanding legal skills.’

‘Fredrik Sjövall is really strong and has exceptional legal skills.’

‘Knowledgeable team with a broad knowledge of the issues.’

‘Hardworking, pragmatic, interested in our business.’

Key clients

Volvo Cars

Northvolt

Klarna

Securitas

Nasdaq

Swedish Match

Volkswagen

LKAB

AB InBev

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)

Gasum

SAAB

Assa Abloy

Telia

AAK

WineFinder

Arctic Paper

Perstorp

Södra Skogsägarna

Telenor

Kry

Lantmännen

Roxtec

Pågen

E.ON

Välinge

Electrolux

Electrolux Professional

The Swedish Installation Federation

Total Produce Nordic

Insurance Sweden

Nordic Capital

Facebook

Ericsson

Yamaha

Getinge

Höganäs

Heidelberg Cement

Samsung

Duni

Barilla

Linde/AGA Gas

Thule

Söderberg & Partners

Stora Enso

Skanska

Bankföreningen

Bong

Alfa Laval

Accent Equity Partners

Ratos

Uniper

Triton

Kia

Maersk

DFDS

Stena

Altor

Livsmedelsföretagen

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel for Swedish Match, a global market leader in smoke-free tobacco products, in relation to Philip Morris’ public bid for an acquisition of $16bn.
  • Representing LKAB before the General Court in its appeal of the EC’s decision on national implementation plans for emissions allowances.
  • Representing Lantmännen during the EC investigation into suspected anti-competitive behaviour relating to ethanol pricing, including settlement negotiations, as well as related proceedings before the European Courts on disclosure of settlement negotiation documents.

Sweden > Fintech Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling offers clients ‘strong regulatory knowledge and experience’ and is active across a very broad range of fintech areas, including regulatory issues, compliance projects, data security and privacy advice, IT matters, corporate issues and disputes. The firm draws on expertise from multiple practice areas to assist with fintech matters and key practitioners include Anders Bergsten, Carl Johan Zimdahl and Thomas Pettersson. Bergsten handles IT and technology-related projects, Zimdahl is a key name for financial regulatory issues and Pettersson has strong banking and finance capabilities. Martin Nilsson left the firm and was appointed justice at the Supreme Administrative Court.

Practice head(s):

Anders Bergsten; Carl Johan Zimdahl; Thomas Pettersson

Testimonials

‘Worked with a great team that utilised resources from all involved departments and areas of expertise which gave us a great end result.’

‘It was a great experience working with Mannheimer, especially when it came to resolving questions regarding how new technology should fit into the old framework and regulatory environment.’

‘The team we worked with had great knowledge and they put in the time and effort that you expect from a top firm.’

‘The responsible partner Carl Johan Zimdahl brought his extensive knowledge of PSD2, and the upcoming MICA, to see these questions from a larger European perspective.’

‘ The law firm has been very professional with strong engagement and high competence and has also given proof of providing legal advice, at short notice, on many different matters (national and international).’

‘Anders Bergsten has been our main contact in recent procurement projects. Anders is always very engaged in the work, meets deadlines with fast and reliable delivery, and in general supports our bank thoughout the whole procurement process.’

‘Strong regulatory knowledge and experience. The team was well resourced and delivered on a tight deadline.’

Key clients

Finshark

Handelsbanken

Kindred Group

Klarna Bank

Loomis

Lysa

Nasdaq OMX

Nordax Bank

Nordea Bank

Swedbank

Work highlights

  • Advised Kindred Group, one of the world’s leading online sports betting operators, in relation to a new SaaS agreement with its service provider Kambi Group PLC, regarding the extension of the parties’ sportsbook partnership.
  • Advised Lysa on a SEK350m investment round.
  • Represented Nasdaq OMX in its appeal of a sanction decision issued by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (SFSA) relating to alleged violations of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation, (EU) No 648/2012 (EMIR).

Sweden > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling‘s cross-practice team works for a variety of global and domestic companies and healthcare providers on a wide range of matters, including regulatory, compliance and patent issues. Practice head Camilla Appelgren is known for her experience in compliance and regulatory matters, and Caroline Hansson is noted for her skills in drafting, negotiating and managing distribution, research, development and clinical trial agreements, while Peter Nilsson specialises in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Camilla Appelgren

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)

Celgene

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB

AbbVie AB

Inceputa S.A.

Lipum AB

Capio AB

Capio S:t Görans Sjukhus AB

Camurus AB

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Janssen-Cilag

Amgen

Work highlights

  • Advising BMS and Celgene on a regular basis on a range of matters.
  • Advising Lipum on the clinical development of the company’s novel drug candidate.
  • Advised A.P Møller on the acquisition of Unilabs from Apax Partners.

Sweden > Insolvency Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling draws on cross-practice expertise, utilising the firm's banking and finance, corporate and disputes practitioners, among others, to provide a holistic approach to restructuring and insolvency matters. The firm leverages its international network to assist public and private sector clients with cross-border mandates pertaining to financial restructurings, reorganisations, insolvencies and the related litigation. Daniel Karlsson and Christoffer Monell co-head the team, with Karlsson a key name for banking and finance work and Monell handling disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Karlsson; Christoffer Monell

Key clients

TripActions

Trafikverket

Apikal Fastighetspartner AB and Apikal Fastighetspartner II AB

Telenor Sverige AB

SAS AB/Scandinavian Airlines System Denmark-Norway-Sweden

Ackordscentralen Väst AB

Work highlights

  • Acting for SAS AB/Scandinavian Airlines System Denmark-Norway-Sweden in the ongoing restructuring proceedings, including the court supervised Chapter 11 proceedings in the US and the implementation of SAS’ business transformation plan SAS FORWARD.
  • Representing Trafikverket in connection with the formal reorganisation and the associated judicial composition proceedings of Infraservice Group Scandinavian AB.
  • Representing Apikal Fastighetspartner AB and Apikal Fastighetspartner II AB in the bankruptcy proceedings (including proof of claim proceedings) of Nordic City Properties AB.

Sweden > Insurance Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling is sought out by clients from the private and public sectors for assistance with every aspect of contentious and non-contentious insurance law, including contracts, transactions and cross-border matters; it is also noted for its experience in litigation and regulatory issues. Clients benefit from interdisciplinary support from other specialist groups within the firm such as the funds and investments and corporate taxation teams. Senior adviser Hans Hammarbäck specialises in contentious matters, and practice head Azadeh Razani is noted for her capability in large and complex disputes. Recently promoted partner Erik Schultz is praised for his knowledge of regulatory mandates and advises clients on a range of distribution issues.

Practice head(s):

Azadeh Razani

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mannheimer Swartling showed great availability throughout the whole process and managed to pin-point the strengths of the case which resulted in an outcome better than expected.’

‘Erik Schulz provided a solid analysis of the case and how insurance law could be interpreted in order to make a compelling argument for the court.’

‘The team has a very good understanding of both the legal and regulatory aspects of insurance law, as well as excellent business acumen.’

‘Erik Schultz has a solid understanding of the entire field of legal and regulatory aspects that affect our business. The other members of his team are equally knowledgeable, and the team always have additional proposals and suggestions from a business perspective and tactical negotiating tips that they bring to the table as an add-on to their services.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and responsive. A true pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Stockholms Stad (City of Stockholm)

Work highlights

  • Representing Stockholms stad in an insurance dispute against three major European insurers.

Sweden > IT and telecoms Tier 1

The ‘knowledgeable and very pleasantMannheimer Swartling provides clients with significant expertise in outsourcing and procurement projects, often handling cross-border matters for large international clients in both the public and private sectors. The group also has considerable experience in providing advice pertaining to commercial and strategic matters, regulatory issues, disputes and transactions. Niklas Sjöblom heads up the practice and is a key name for large IT procurements, AI issues and big data matters, while Martin Pekkari is a noteworthy individual for digitalisation and transformation projects. Anders Bergsten is the main contact for tech-related matters, including data protection and security work.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Sjöblom

Testimonials

‘The advice is always pragmatic and solution oriented. Very knowledgeable within their profession.’

‘They have high availability, deliver on time with high quality. Never below expectation.’

‘A broad range of expertise which can support with advice on related questions outside of the IT and telecoms area.’

‘Knowledgeable and very pleasant. Conscientious. Understands the business objectives. Always well prepared.’

‘Deep knowledge about how to interpret the complex regulatory framework that is data privacy, security and protection. Understanding how different regulatory requirements interact and apply to our line of business. This is crucial in order for us to get timely and to the point legal advice that we pretty much can run with.’

‘Customer obsession in taking the time to listen and learn the client’s business, risk appetite and ways of working.’

‘The team is ambitious and effective and they are keen to understand our business. We are happy with their deliveries both regarding quality and timing.’

‘The leader of the team is skilled both when it comes to the law and the specific issues that are typical for our business. He delivers promptly and the response time is very short.’

Key clients

Epic Games

Handelsbanken

Kindred Group

Klarna Bank

Nasdaq OMX

Nordax Bank

Nordea Bank

Northvolt

Spotify

Stora Enso

Swedbank

Telia Company

The Swedish State

Västra Götalandsregionen (Region of Western Sweden)

Volvo Cars Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Kindred Group, one of the world’s leading online sports betting operators, in relation to a new SaaS agreement with its service provider Kambi Group PLC, regarding the extension of the parties’ sportsbook partnership.
  • Assisted Göteborg Energi AB, owned by the city of Gothenburg, with the public procurement of its second generation outsourcing of a wide range of IT services.
  • Assisted the City of Stockholm with an initiative to research and develop self-correcting AI-based adaptive tests.

Sweden > Real estate Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling is active in high-level Swedish public and private real estate markets, working with domestic government bodies, energy companies and investors. The firm regularly acts on wind power developments, utilising its strong understanding of energy and environmental concerns when advising on transactions. The practice is headed up by Klas Wennström and Jesper Prytz; Wennström specialises in real estate developments and construction law, while Prytz focuses on commercial contracts, joint ventures and property formations. Tomas Johansson handles commercial leases including sale and leasebacks, and also has experience representing governments and municipalities in complex legal matters.

Practice head(s):

Jesper Prytz; Klas Wennström

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Vi Invest AB

CBRE Investment Management

Göteborg Energi AB

Castellum AB

ICA Fastigheter

Eolus Vind AB

EB – Sustainable Investment Management and LHI Group

Zephyr AS

Northern Horizon Capital AB

Hemsö Fastighets AB

Starwood Capital Group

Blackrock

Work highlights

  • Advised ICA Real Estate on the formation of a new, jointly owned property company (jointly owned with Bonnier Fastigheter), Trecore Fastigheter. The aim of the company is to acquire and own ICA stores at strategic locations, with ICA as the main tenant.
  • Advised Northern Horizon on the acquisition of several retirement homes and a property under development from the real estate company SBB at a value of SEK1.4m.
  • Advising Castellum on its agreement with the Port of Gothenburg to jointly develop the area Halvorsäng, situated in close proximity of the Port of Gothenburg, into a leading logistics hub.

Sweden > Shipping Tier 1

Praised as ‘very strong, with an excellent reputation’, Mannheimer Swartling fields a large shipping team, which advises on disputes, corporate matters, insurance issues, competition mandates and financing work. It is particularly active on the sale and purchase of vessels, charterparties and freight contracts, joint ventures and ship financing work. The team is led by Stefan Brocker, who handles arbitration proceedings both as arbitrator and as counsel, and Johan Ljungberg, who focuses on M&A and transactional work within the shipping and transport industries. Specialist counsel Hanne Aarsheim is a key name for shipbuilding contracts and conversion contracts. Olof Stenström left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Brocker; Johan Ljungberg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very strong, with an excellent reputation.’

‘Stefan Brocker is a true professional lawyer. He has an international approach and you trust his judgements.’

‘As one of the practice’s oldest customers, we have found them very professional and creative in conflicts.’

‘Our main man Stefan Brocker is always available.’

‘The shipping team has vast experience in shipping related legal issues.’

‘They are always ready to help on short notice.’

‘They are doing their job without making things more complicated than it is.’

‘Stefan Brocker is not only a skilled and experienced shipping lawyer but he also has comprehensive experience from disputes solved in court and in arbitration (as counsel as well as part of the arbitration panel). This makes him very useful as he has ability to apply a practical approach when agreements are negotiated as well as when he is asked for an opinion if a case is strong or week. In addition he has a pleasant personality which makes it enjoyable to work with him.’

Key clients

The Stena AB group

Volvo Car Corporation

Heidelberg Cement Northern Europe AB

Shell International Trading and Shipping, London

Baltic Cable AB

LKAB

Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Swedish Orient Line

Gard A/S

Bolloré Logistics

The A.P Moller – Maersk group

Finnlines

Preem AB

Tallink/Silja Line

Donsö Shipping

Bertling Group

Salinity Group

Trafikverket (Swedish authority)

Concordia Maritime Ab

M SEA Capital Management Limited

Svenska Petroleum Exploration AB

Aspo Plc

ESL Shipping Oy

AtoB@C Shipping AB

Work highlights

  • Advised ESL Shipping’s subsidiary AtoB@C on the acquisition of 12 new-generation electric hybrid dry bulk cargo vessels.

Sweden > Tax Tier 1

Mannheimer Swartling is ‘the firm in Sweden for pragmatic top-of-the-line legal tax support’ and advises top domestic and international clients on contentious and non-contentious tax matters. It is well versed in handling the tax implications of large cross-border M&A deals and handles indirect tax, structured finance, transfer pricing and real estate tax matters. Niklas Hagbard heads up the team and is recommended for share and asset transfers, restructurings, incentive schemes and insurance matters, while Anders Erasmie offers similar expertise and also represents clients in tax litigation; Joachim Agrell is also a key name for indirect tax and VAT. Martin Nilsson left the firm to become a Justice of the Supreme Administrative Court.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Hagbard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong and deep team with up-to-date knowledge of latest findings in tax.’

‘Niklas Hagbard – a star in all aspects of tax law.’

‘The firm in Sweden for pragmatic top-of-the-line legal tax support.’

‘Anders Erasmie is a star providing business-centric advice navigating tax law in a pragmatic way.’

‘The tax practice is excellent with high knowledge and a really commercial approach.’

‘Tax partner Anders Erasmie is by far the best tax practitioner in Sweden. His extreme knowledge combined with the ability to make tax matters understandable to non-tax persons and at the same time giving to the point advice.’

‘I have worked with MSA’s Tax team’s VAT lawyer/expert Joachim Agrell, who is the best adviser on the Swedish market. However, the whole team seems to be made up of very highly skilled people with extensive experience.’

‘The strength of the team is their deep tax technical knowledge and vast experience in tax litigation matters.’

Key clients

Nordic Capital

Accent

Cevian

Infranode

Work highlights

  • Advised Volvo Cars AB (publ) on its listing on Nasdaq Stockholm.
  • Advised ICA Real Estate on forming a new property company, jointly owned together with Bonnier Fastigheter and Trecore Fastigheter.

Sweden > Intellectual property and media Tier 2

The IP team at Mannheimer Swartling is ‘very knowledgeable within the profession’ and has a focus on non-contentious IP matters, particularly those stemming from corporate deals; it also has the capacity to handle contentious matters, including litigation, and is active in the life sciences, technology, media and manufacturing industries. Oscar Björkman Possne heads up the practice and is experienced in patent, copyright, trade mark and marketing litigation, while Niklas Sjöblom acts for blue-chip clients on licensing issues and M&A-related IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Oscar Björkman Possne

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The advice is always pragmatic and solution oriented. Very knowledgeable within their profession.’

‘They have high availability, deliver on time with high quality. Never below expectation.’

‘Both the partner and associate involved with the case were very supportive and reachable when things got urgent.’

‘Very knowledgeable in patent litigation matters, creative. Have not put a foot wrong in the years that I have worked with them on a number of parallel actions. Highly recommended for the Swedish market.’

‘Oscar Björkman Possne is excellent. It’s a pleasure working with him and his team. He fully understands all the intricacies of European patent litigation.’

‘The team is excellent and you can rely on the fact that you get appropriate resourcing. They are very efficient.’

‘I very much like working with Niklas Sjöblom and Oscar Björkman Possne. They are both very reliable and experienced lawyers with a clear mind and a clear focus on what is important for the client.’

Key clients

Epic Games

AB Electrolux

Västra Götalandsregionen (Region of Western Sweden)

Volvo Cars Corporation

City of Stockholm

Telia Company

Novartis

Babyshop

Hydrostandard

Sweden > Public procurement Tier 2

Mannheimer Swartling has ‘the ability to create a team around a large procurement with expert competence’ and has strong experience in procurements pertaining to the transport sector, including trains, trams and ferries. It is also strong in the infrastructure sector and advises on PPP projects and the outsourcing of IT projects. Johan Carle heads up the team, specialist counsel Sven Vaxenbäck is a key name for of EU public, utilities and security procurement issues, and Johanna Jonsson is another name for EU and national public law mandates.

Practice head(s):

Johan Carle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Johanna Jonsson and Sven Vaxenbäck make difficult subjects simple.’

‘Quick reliable response that summits the key issues in a professional way.’

‘Mannheimer have good experience from some of Sweden’s largest procurements, and can give expert advice on complex procurements.’

‘Mannheimer has the ability to create a team around a large procurement with expert competence.’

‘Johanna Jonsson is great and has extensive experience.’

‘We always get the help we need and with short notice. It is easy to get in contact with the lawyers and we have a very good cooperation.’

Key clients

Region of Stockholm

Region of Västra Götaland

The Swedish Transport Administration

SAAB Group

PostNord Group

Attendo Group

Tunstall Group

Municipality of Gothenburg

Municipality of Sollentuna

Municipality of Härnösand

HeidelbergCement Group

Electrolux Professional AB

Volkswagen Group

Getinge

Samsung

Securitas

LKAB

Capio

Stena

Swedbank

Göteborg Energi AB

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 three 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.

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