Hannes Snellman > Stockholm, Sweden > Firm Profile

Hannes Snellman
P.O. BOX 7801

Sweden > Banking and finance Tier 2

Hannes Snellman has a strong focus on financing, insolvency, restructuring and regulatory work and the team is led by Fredrik Olsson. Historically, the firm has been known to act for borrower clients and more recently has shifted its focus to advising mainly European banks and other lenders such as debt funds. Olsson is a key name to note for high-yield bonds, leveraged buy-outs, real estate financings, corporate lending work and asset finance issues; Carolina Wahlby is another name for financing transactions. In late 2021, Joel Montin joined as counsel from an in-house role, while Paula Röttorp left for an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Fredrik Olsson

Other key lawyers:

Carolina Wahlby; Joel Montin; Maria Orrgard


‘Maria Orrgard and team gave us good advice, worked swiftly and pragmatically.’

Key clients


Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Stirling Square Capital Partners LLP

Valedo Partners Fund II AB



Aktiebolaget SL Finans

CORDET Lending II S.À R.L.

Dustin Group

KLAR Partners

Eltel AB

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel to P Capital Partners IV AB on its loan facility to Kry.
  • Advised KLAR Partners on its fund financing for the acquisition of Oleter Group.
  • Acted as lead counsel to MEKO AB on two separate financing transactions.

Sweden > Capital markets

Hannes Snellman has the capacity to advise on both ECM and DCM matters and handles cross-border transactions in the Nordics with ease, utilising its integrated Finnish and Swedish teams. Key areas of strength include IPOs, public tender offers and private placements, and the Stockholm team is led by Mattias Friberg, who has over 20 years’ experience in M&A, regulatory and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Mattias Friberg

Other key lawyers:

Ola Åhman; Fredrik Olsson; Khaled Talayhan


‘Available with deep knowledge.’

‘Seek constructive solutions.’

‘Mattias Friberg is constructive and pragmatic.’   

‘Ola Åhman is excellent – commercial and to the point in his advice, with undisputed legal knowledge.’

Key clients

F. Holmström Fastigheter AB

Areim AB

Koch Industries

AutoStore Holdings Ltd

Vitec Software Group AB

Episurf Medical AB

Life Sciences Partners

Nivika Fastigheter AB

Girindus Investments AB

NP3 Fastigheter AB

Copperstone Resources AB

Mangold AB

Polygon AB


NeoGames S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Swedish real estate company Nivika Fastigheter AB on its initial public offering and listing on the Nasdaq Stockholm main list.
  • Advised Nordic software company Vitec Software Group AB, listed on Nasdaq Stockholm large cap, on its SEK920m directed issuance and private placement of new shares.
  • Advised Norwegian oil and gas company Aker BP, listed on Oslo Stock Exchange, on the SEK100bn combination of its oil and gas business with the oil and gas business of Lundin Energy AB, the Swedish oil and gas company listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

Sweden > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Hannes Snellman fields ‘an extremely highly skilled team with a very pragmatic and business-oriented approach’. With integrated Finnish and Swedish offices, the group handles cross-border Nordic matters with ease and is led by Claes Kjellberg and Mattias Friberg. Kjellberg is a key name for M&A and private equity transactions, and Friberg is recommended for cross-border M&A, regulatory issues and compliance matters. Ola Åhman is another noteworthy name for corporate deals, and managing associate Ammar Khan advises venture capital businesses and start-ups. Johanna Wärnberg was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Claes Kjellberg; Mattias Friberg

Other key lawyers:


‘Solid advice on M&A processes.’

‘Johanna Warnberg does a solid and holistic job.’

‘Practical and efficient. Lean staffing for smaller transactions.’

‘Extremely highly skilled team with a very pragmatic and business oriented approach.’

‘Ola Åhman is by far the most skilled and highly regarded lawyer in this area in Sweden. Ola is very business minded and to the point in his advice.’

‘Hard working and truly dedicated.’

‘Very client centric, pragmatic and solution oriented.’

‘Claes Kjellberg is very engaged and easy to communicate with. He shows keen understanding for industry issues and is quick to propose solutions.’

Key clients


Equip Capital AS

Gores Guggenheim, Inc.

IK Investment Partners Ltd.

KLAR Partners Limited

Oriola OY

Kingdom of Sweden

Riverside Europe Partners AB

Sanoma Pro Oyj

SEB Investment Management AB


Soltech Energy Sweden AB

Thomas H Lee Partners LP

VASS Conultoria de Sistemas, S.L.U

Savvy Gaming Group

NeoGames S.A


Life Science Partners

Koch Industries

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to the Kingdom of Sweden on the sale of Orio AB to Hedin Mobility Group AB.
  • Acted as counsel to the Kingdom of Sweden on the sale of Metria AB to Sikri Holding AS.

Sweden > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Hannes Snellman has ‘strong competence and experience’ in data, privacy and cybersecurity matters, and handles data breaches, cross-border data transfers, compliance issues and investigations by authorities. Practice head Caroline Sundberg often acts as DPO for clients and is active in the financial services, industrial, telecoms and retail sectors. Elisabeth Vestin is a key name for IP and technology work, while senior associate Filip Åhsberger, who recently joined from Advokatfirma DLA Piper Sweden KB, is experienced in large GDPR compliance projects.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Sundberg

Other key lawyers:


‘The strong competence and experience of the HS team allows them to give quick and well-adopted advice perfectly balanced for our business.’

‘Caroline Sundberg is one of the best in her area. Whenever seeking advice, she answers directly and to the point.’

‘The Hannes Snellman team is big and diverse and can give reliable and competent advice on a wide range of matters.’

‘As a client or colleague you can rest assured that you get the right associate resourcing and that the matter will be handled by the right person.’

‘For data protection and data privacy matters, Caroline Sundberg is certainly the woman to go to. Over the last years she has gained an amazing visibility and standing in the market.’

‘Caroline Sundberg’s team of lawyers always provide solid advice and assistance.’

‘Caroline Sundberg is true pleasure to work with. Her extensive knowledge, clear-cut advice and brilliant negotiation skills stand out among peers.’

‘Hannes Snellman is a very trusted adviser who I can call and get a quick answer from.’

Key clients

BareCollective Group

CredPoint AB

Dustin Group

Hi3G Access AB

Iboxen Infrastruktur Sverige AB

Intergiro AB

Konsumentverket (the Swedish Consumer Agency)

Seeburger Group


Vitamin Well

Work highlights

  • Advised Hi3G Access AB as external DPO.
  • Advised Dustin Group on a data transfer impact assessment project.
  • Advised TruId on the launch of its digital authentication services.

Sweden > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Hannes Snellman’s team is led by Elisabeth Vestin and focuses on outsourcing, digitalisation, cloud procurement, e-commerce and media matters. The department advises a range of top domestic and international clients and often acts as local counsel for large international law firms. Vestin is well versed in IT contracts, digitalisation projects, telecoms issues and commercial matters. Counsel Anna Ribenfors is a key name for fintech matters and acts for insurance companies and financial institutions, while Caroline Sundberg, who was recently promoted to specialist partner, focuses on data protection and GDPR matters. Filip Åhsberger joined as senior associate from Advokatfirma DLA Piper Sweden KB.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Vestin

Key clients

Gores Guggenheim, Inc.

Enerim Oy

Hi3G Group

Adapteo Group

Dustin Group

iBoxen Group

CredPoint AB

TouchPoint Medical Nordic AB


Vitamin Well Group

Oriola Corporation

Seeburger Group


Nordiska Kompaniet AB

Vourity AB

Paulig Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Gores Guggenheim, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed by the affiliates of the Gores Group and Guggenheim Capital, LLC, in its business combination with the global electric performance car company Polestar at an enterprise value of $20bn.
  • Acted as counsel to Enerim Oy on the negotiated public procurement process for a service-based IT solution for Customer, Market and Invoicing functionality initiated by Göteborg Energi.
  • Acted as counsel to Adapteo Group on its parallel procurement processes for second generation (1) outsourcing of IT-operations and (2) operation of ERP Solution. The matter involved drafting the RFI documentation and drafting and negotiating the agreement package for the IT-operations and ERP Solution respectively.

Sweden > Public procurement Tier 2

Hannes Snellman is ‘very accessible and hands on in its ways of working’ and has a strong contentious practice which handles litigation pertaining to procurement processes, judicial reviews and damages claims. It is active in a wide range of sectors, including the transportation, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, IT and construction industries. Joakim Lavér and Peter Forsberg jointly lead the team; Lavér is recommended for public contracts and the related EU and competition matters, while Forsberg is a key name for litigation, public procurement issues and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Joakim Lavér; Peter Forsberg

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Miskin


‘Very quick at understanding the legal issue and come back with a super professional answer.’

‘They are also fast and friendly. A good combination.’

‘Fast, personal and kind.’

‘Very accessible and hands on in their ways of working.’

‘Always there to give a well thought through answer.’

‘The lawyer I worked with was Nathalie Miskin. She is, despite her relatively short experience of public procurement, highly skilled in public procurement law.’

‘The team is very objective oriented with cooperative spirit. This makes it very easy for me as a client to move things forward. In addition, their professional skills regarding Swedish public procurement rules are excellent.’

‘Joakim Lavér – probably the best public procurement lawyer in Sweden. I truly appreciate his extensive knowledge and the ability to adapt it to commercial situations. When asked, he will give a realistic and honest take on a situation based on experience without covering the rear.’

Key clients

AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (Stockholm Regional Public Transport Authority)

AB Transitio

GlaxoSmithKline AB

Public Art Agency Sweden

Siemens Mobility AB

Medley AB


SAP Svenska AB

Eltel Networks Infranet AB

ConvaTec AB

Nåiden Bygg AB

Work highlights

  • Represened Siemens in a large review procedure concerning a direct award of high-speed trains, being capable of operating on existing and future infrastructure in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
  • Advised Transitio on its procurement of thirty regional passenger trains for the south-eastern regions of Sweden and represented Transitio before the Administrative Court, when the contract decision was challenged, as well as after the court decision that the procurement had to be recommenced.
  • Represented AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik in a large arbitration regarding its now running subway trains.

Sweden > Construction Tier 3

Leveraging offices across Sweden and Finland, Hannes Snellman works with clients on a wide range of construction projects including residential, energy and sports developments, with specific expertise in construction disputes. Team head Martin Rifall is notably adept at advising clients across all stages of the construction cycle, and Pontus Ewerlöf specialises in arbitration and civil litigation mandates and possesses a strong knowledge of real estate and energy issues.

Practice head(s):

Martin Rifall

Other key lawyers:


‘It is always possible to reach them at any time. Very kind and friendly communication.’

‘The team was passionate, 100 percent dedicated, and examined the nitty-gritty of every little nuance and detail.’

Key clients

SSM Bygg & Fastighets AB

Haninge Life Fastighets AB

If Skadeförsäkring AB

SBC Construction AB

Veolia Sweden AB

Work highlights

  • Represented If Skadeförsäkring AB in a claim against Britek AB relating to scaffolding, which collapsed due to the fact that the scaffolding dimensions were incorrect.
  • Represented SBC Construction in a dispute against its employer JM Entreprenad AB regarding the erection of a residential real estate project consisting of 130 apartments and a shared garage in Tyresö municipality outside Stockholm.

Sweden > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Hannes Snellman has a strong Nordic presence with an integrated Finnish and Swedish team handling cross-border disputes often in tandem with larger international firms. It handles litigation and arbitration proceedings with particular experience in the M&A, IT, insurance, automotive, transport and energy sectors. Pontus Ewerlöf and Martin Rifall co-head the team; Ewerlöf is a notable name for arbitration and civil litigation matters and Rifall is experienced in construction disputes. David Ackebo left for Advokatfirman Lindahl KB.

Practice head(s):

Pontus Ewerlöf; Martin Rifall

Other key lawyers:

Joakim Lavér


‘Martin Rifall is a lawyer-partner star. Outstanding delivery of legal services in a very easy-going and pragmatic way.’

‘Always at hand and delivers on time with exceptional quality.’

‘Good management of associate/partner time.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the facts of our cases. Outstanding dedication to our cases.’

‘Service-minded and quick response times.’

‘The greatest difference from other law offices is the attitude towards client.’

‘Very kind and friendly communication.’

‘All people I worked with were super friendly and focused on our common goal. I really appreciate their passionate, 100 percent dedication and delving into the essence of the case, clarifying every little nuance and detail.’

Key clients

Kingdom of Spain

Republic of Poland

AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik

Hudya AB

Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB

Veolia Nordic AB

Haninge Life Fastighets AB

If Skadeförsäkring AB

Project Panther Bidco Ltd (part of the TIDAL Group)

Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH

Strömma Buss AB

Kindred Group PLC

Pite Havsbad

Work highlights

  • Representing Republic of Poland in its challenge of multiple awards (including partial and final award) concerning the alleged expropriation of foreign investments in Poland under a Bilateral Investment Treaty.
  • Represented AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) in a major arbitration between SL and Bombardier Transportation concerning the cars trafficking the Stockholm metro system.
  • Represented Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB (Oasmia) in numerous disputes, arbitration and civil litigation, including a class-action against Oasmia and its former board of directors.

Sweden > EU and competition Tier 3

Hannes Snellman advises foreign and domestic clients on the competition aspects of large M&A transactions, as well as cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, follow-on damages claims, and regulatory proceedings. Peter Forsberg and Joakim Lavér co-head the team, with Forsberg recommended for international merger control issues and Lavér a key name for public procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Peter Forsberg; Joakim Lavér


‘I have worked together with Peter Forsberg in relation to a buy-out process as well as specific competition related matters. He’s attentive, pragmatic, understands the business and has a very nice approach in general.’

‘Peter Forsberg is pragmatic, finding suitable solutions that always comply with the legislation.’

‘Great knowledge and experience.’

‘Peter Forsberg, excellent knowledge of competition law.’

Key clients

Anora Group

Oriola/Kronans Apotek


Metso Outotec

Kingdom of Sweden

Ahlström Capital

KLAR Partners

One Equity Partners

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities

Savaria Corporation


Conaxess Trade Sweden

Kindred Group



NEP Group






Work highlights

  • Acting as merger control counsel to Konecranes on its merger with Cargotec.
  • Advising Oriola on a JV combining its pharmacy retail operations in Sweden with that of rival Europapotheca, acting before the European Commission, and upon a voluntary referral, the Swedish Competition Authority.
  • Representing Altia on its merger with Arcus, including a lengthy phase II matter before the competition authorities in Sweden, Finland, and Norway including structural remedies.

Sweden > Insolvency Tier 3

Hannes Snellman’s finance and restructuring team is led by Fredrik Olsson and cooperates closely with the firm’s employment and M&A teams to handle contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters, often with a cross-border element. Managing partner Olsson is recognised for his experience in financing transactions and private equity-related restructurings, while Ola Åhman handles all kinds of distressed situations and acts for companies, boards and management, creditors and suppliers.

Practice head(s):

Fredrik Olsson

Other key lawyers:

Carolina Wahlby; Ola Åhman; Maria Orrgard

Sweden > Employment Tier 4

Praised as ‘highly knowledgeable in the area, very service-minded and fast to respond to questions’, Hannes Snellman is led by Jenny Lundberg and advises on a large number of M&A-related employment mandates, including transaction-related work. It also advises clients on day-to-day matters, negotiations with trade unions, risk assessments and trade secrets matters. Lundberg has considerable experience in restructurings, collective and individual redundancies and management contracts.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Lundberg

Other key lawyers:

Josephine Lindgren


‘Highly knowledgeable in their area, very service-minded and fast to respond to questions.’

‘Co-operates well with Finnish colleagues, and refers to them when applicable, which is very useful for clients who have offices in both Sweden and Finland.’

‘Jenny Lundberg is a highly competent lawyer. She is available, effective, pragmatic and a joy to work with!’

‘Jenny Lundberg has also done a great job in growing a strong team of very skilled associates, especially Josephine Lindgren who I had the pleasure to work with.’

‘Responsive and commercial.’

‘Clear advice. Very good written and oral English.’

‘Jenny Lundberg and Josephine Lindgren are responsive, very pleasant and easy to work with.’

Key clients


Savvy Gaming Group

Oy Karl Fazer Ab

Nivika Fastigheter AB

NEP Group, Inc.

Gores Guggenheim, Inc.

Oriola Oyj

Bare Collective Group (ImseVimse, JaBaDaBaDo, Esska & Boob Design)

Slättö Förvaltning AB

VASS Group


Kingdom of Sweden

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to Aker BP ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, in the combination of its oil and gas business with the oil and gas business of Lundin Energy AB, the Swedish oil and gas company listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.
  • Acting as counsel to Gores Guggenheim, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed by the affiliates of The Gores Group and Guggenheim Capital, LLC, on its proposed business combination with the global electric performance car company Polestar.
  • Acting as counsel to Fazer Group on its acquisition of Trensums Food, a Swedish market-leading producer of plant-based drinks, with a strategic focus on oat drinks.

Sweden > Intellectual property and media Tier 4

Hannes Snellman ‘handles a wide range of matters from traditional problems to very current and new aspects of the law’. The group is particularly strong in handling the IP aspects of large M&A deals for high-profile domestic and global clients. Elisabeth Vestin heads up the practice and is recommended for general IP matters, and technology and data issues.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Vestin

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Sundberg; Anna Ribenfors


‘Service minded and personable.’

‘The Hannes Snellman IP (& Tech) team can handle a wide range of matters from traditional problems to very current and new aspects of the law.’

‘In particular, I like their expertise in retail and e-commerce/digitalisation matters.’

‘As a client or colleague you can rest assured that you get the right associate resourcing and that the matter will be handled by the right person. It also seems that the associates are very well supervised and led by their partners.’

‘As IP & Tech team, Elisabeth Vestin, Caroline Sundberg and Anna Ribenfors are hard to beat. Their quality is outstanding – not just as lawyers but also as teams leaders. They work very hard but also take good care of their team.’

‘Elisabeth Vestin’s skill to communicate with clients and colleagues is truly amazing.’

‘Hannes Snellman has a very impressive all-round team that assists an impressive portfolio of Media clients with complex issues including IP and commercial.’

‘Elisabeth Vestin is very thoughtful, skilled and attentive.’

Key clients

Gores Guggenheim, Inc.

Bernadotte & Kylberg AB


Indiska Magasinet AB

EasyMining (part of the Ragn-Sells Group)


The Vitamin Well Group

Red Bull


Bare Collective

The Kindred Group

Nordiska Kompaniet

The Fazer Group

Unicef Sweden


Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Gores Guggenheim, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed by the affiliates of the Gores Group and Guggenheim Capital, LLC, on its business combination with the global electric performance car company Polestar at an enterprise value of $20bn.
  • Acted as counsel to Oriola Corporation on the formation of a joint venture with Euroapotheca combining the Swedish retail pharmacy chains Kronans Apotek and Apoteksgruppen.
  • Successfully represented Kindred/Spooniker in an appeal before the Administrative Court regarding the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision to impose a record fine of €10m for alleged violation of the Gambling Act, which was subsequently lowered.

Sweden > Real estate Tier 4

Hannes Snellman works on a range of real estate matters, including transactions, property developments, leases and joint ventures. Team head Mikael Stabo has been highly active in the practice and is experienced in the full life cycle of real estate issues, and possesses a strong understanding of environmental, infrastructure and renewable energy matters. Associate Andreas Wingren has also contributed to a number of mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mikael Stabo

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly skilled firm with a broad knowledge of the market and experience in the relevant aspects.’

‘Mikael Stabo has high technical skill and is very commercial in his approach.’

‘In my experience Hannes Snellman possesses a very efficient and experienced team with great sector knowledge. Their repeatedly great advice and guidance have made us very comfortable.’

‘I would like to give some extra credit to Mikael Stabo (Partner) and Andreas Wingren (Associate). They have done outstanding work on our latest transaction. They have an unprecedented knowledge of the sector which makes it possible to provide great advice and guidance in complex transactions and negotiations. On top of that they have made themselves available twenty-four hours a day and have always been very professional.’

‘Unprecedented stamina. High accessibility. Full senior partner involvement. Problem solving focus. Broad knowledge/competence.’

‘Mikael Stabo and Andreas Wingren are a real estate Batman and Robin duo.’

‘I have only worked with Mikael Stabo and he is very service minded, replies swiftly, is business oriented, competent and nice to work with.’

Key clients



BEWISynbra Group

Nivika Fastigheter

Einride AB


Granitor Holding

Upplands Motor

Alfa Development

Löfberg Fastigheter


NP3 Fastigheter

Stockholm Live



Work highlights

  • Advised Slättö on a joint venture with Peab and subsequent JV acquisition of residential apartments under construction.
  • Advised Bewi on the sale and leaseback of an industrial real estate portfolio to KMC Properties totaling NOK2bn.
  • Advised Stockholm Live on the renegotiation of the lease agreement for the iconic Stockholm Globe Arena.

The firm: Hannes Snellman is a Nordic law firm with 300 outstanding lawyers and other professionals based in Finland and Sweden. We advise leading international and local corporations across all business sectors. Our firm has the expertise and capacity to handle any demanding local or cross-border matters in which assets are being developed, protected, financed, acquired or under dispute.

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital Markets Mattias Friberg mattias.friberg@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 007
Competition & Procurement Joakim Lavér joakim.laver@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 037
Corporate Advisory Mattias Friberg mattias.friberg@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 007
Dispute Resolution Pontus Ewerlöf pontus.ewerlof@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 013
Employment Jenny Lundberg jenny.lundberg@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 041
Environment & Natural Resources Martin Rifall martin.rifall@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 012
Finance Fredrik Olsson fredrik.olsson@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 006
Infrastructure & Energy Claes Kjellberg claes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 082
IP & Technology Elisabeth Vestin elisabeth.vestin@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 009
Joint Ventures & Commercial Cooperation Richard Åkerman richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 005
Private Equity Claes Kjellberg claes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 082
M&A, Private Richard Åkerman richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 005
M&A, Public Mattias Friberg mattias.friberg@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 007
Projects & Construction Fredrik Olsson fredrik.olsson@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 006
Real Estate Mikael Stabo mikael.stabo@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 034
Restructuring & Insolvency Fredrik Olsson fredrik.olsson@hannessnellman.com +46 760 000 006
Tax Heikki Vesikansa heikki.vesikansa@hannessnellman.com +358 40 844 2117
Number of lawyers : 220
Other offices : Helsinki