Hannes Snellman > Stockholm, Sweden > Firm Profile

Hannes Snellman
P.O. BOX 7801

Sweden > Banking and finance Tier 2

Helming Hannes Snellman‘s finance and restructuring practice, Fredrik Olsson takes the lead on high-yield transactions, LBOs, real estate financings and asset-backed lending mandates. The client roster comprises heavyweight private equity clients on the borrower side, and a number of European financial institutions on the lender side. Carolina Wahlby handles the financing of public offers and through Paula Röttorp, the practice provides a strong financial regulatory offering, covering licensing issues, payment services operations and dealings with the Swedish Financial Services Authority.

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‘Good, solid advice in financing transactions.’

‘Fredrik Olsson stands out with his business minded approach.’

‘Knows exactly what banks want/need.’

‘Down-to-earth approach, clear focus on making even complicated issues understandable, responsive and sharp in advice and consultations with a clear view on the topic, always delivering on time and with great quality. Co-operations internally not visible to client but working perfectly well for end user.’

‘Passionate and very high level competence with a sense of humour. Carolina Wahlby is always delivering the best in all situations with a calm and clear mind even in stressed situations. Fredrik Olsson is a good business partner when needed with solutions to almost every challenge we have faced. Great support and when meeting new people in the organisation you can feel that quality and good customer experience always is in their focus.’

‘The team showed a strong commitment and skills, they gave us good advice and negotiated pragmatically in order to move things forward.’

‘Service minded and pragmatic and explained complicated matters in understandable ways.’

Key clients

Proventus Capital Partners IV AB

Stirling Square Capital Partners LLP

Mekonomen AB

KLAR Partners

Triton Investment Management Limited

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Paradigm Capital

Aktiebolaget SL Finans

CORDET Lending II S.À R.L.

Polygon AB

Valedo Partners Fund II AB

Vitec AB

FerroNordic AB

Dustin AB


Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Proventus Capital Partners IV AB on its SEK700m loan facility to MatHem.
  • Advised KLAR Partners on its first acquisition and funding arrangements in Sweden, being the acquisition of Sandbäcken from Segulah.
  • Acted as counsel to Dustin Group on the financing in connection with its acquisition of Centralpoint Holding B.V.

Sweden > Capital markets

Hannes Snellman fields an active capital markets practice across the debt and equity sections. For the latter, Christopher Saidac and Ola Åhman lead on IPOs, public tenders and private placements on behalf of foreign and domestic sponsors. Practice head Mattias Friberg and Fredrik Olsson handle debt-side mandates, including high-yield bond offerings, real estate-backed bonds, LBOs and green bonds for high-profile bookrunners and issuers.

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‘Great value for money. Fantastic approach to the client.’

‘Ola Åhman is the absolute best partner in this area.’

‘Expertise in different areas, high degree of service and always delivers on time, understands client’s business and related legal issues.’

‘Understanding of business. Proactive in identifying and resolving legal matters.’

‘Being there when we need them the most anytime of the day or night and in a practical and reassuring way. Quick responses and good advice at the right time.’

‘Both Mattias Friberg and Khaled Talayhan have supported us greatly during the year in the challenges we have faced with new owners and refinancing. The advice has been accurate and down-to-earth so we as non-capital market persons can understand and act correctly. Even in stressed situations they have been calm and helpful in a great way.’

‘The team is able to give advice covering multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Mattias Friberg can translate the law into practical guidance in specific situations.’

Key clients

Polygon AB


Stirling Square Capital Partners LLP

Logent Group

NP3 Fastigheter AB

Mekonomen AB

Terveystalo Plc

Areim AB

Holmströmgruppen AB

Eltel AB

Episurf Medical AB

Koch Industries, Inc

Savaria Corporation

Paradigm Capital


Spa Holdings 3 Oy / Ahlstrom Capital

Vitec Software Group AB

Adapteo Plc

Magnesium Capital

Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB

Copperstone Resources AB

SpectrumOne AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Mekonomen AB on its issuance of senior unsecured bonds of SEK1.2bn, within a frame amount of SEK2bn, and the listing of the bonds on Nasdaq Stockholm.
  • Advised the consortium led by Paradigm Capital Value Fund SICAV and the joint acquisition vehicle Peutinger AB on its €330m mandatory public cash offer for Internationella Engelska Skolan, listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.
  • Advised Savaria Corporation on its €290m recommended public offer for Handicare Group AB, listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

Sweden > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Hannes Snellman’s private M&A team advises on mid and large-cap transactions for private equity houses from Sweden and abroad. The group's client roster covers a wide range of sectors, including the banking, energy and real estate industries. The corporate and public M&A team is led by Mattias Friberg, who acts for domestic and international corporates, financial institutions, and fund clients, while Claes Kjellberg has extensive transactional and private equity experience and heads up the private M&A team. Ola Åhman is also highly regarded in the market, Johanna Wärnberg is a key name for private equity clients, and managing associate Ammar Khan acts for venture capital businesses and start-ups.


‘Hands-on, flexible and full-service. down-to-earth working on smaller but also large cap deals.’

‘The team is able to provide advice covering multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Mattias Friberg can translate the law into practical guidance for specific situations.’

Key clients

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA

Bridgepoint Capital AB

Charles River Laboratories International, Inc

Areim AB

KLAR Partners Limited

Infor Sweden AB

Management Team of Unifaun


Paradigm Capital Value Fund SICAV

Riverside Europé Partners

Accastum AB


Savaria Corporation



Vitec Software Group AB

IK Investment Partners


Work highlights

  • Advised KLAR Partners Limited on the acquisition of Sandbäckens, the Swedish provider of technical installation and service of Sprinkler, Heating & Sanitation solutions for buildings.
  • Assisted Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. with the acquisition of Cognate BioServices, Inc, including its Swedish and British subsidiaries Cobra Biologics, a premier cell and gene therapy contract development and manufacturing organisation.
  • Advised the Riverside Company backed REF IV Luxembourg S.à r.l. on the divestment of RE Skolor AB and advised Abracon LLC on its cross-border acquisition of Proant AB and Proant Asia Limited.

Sweden > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Sweden > Insolvency Tier 2

Hannes Snellman has a focus on representing various stakeholders in insolvencies and restructurings, such as creditors, shareholders and board members. The practitioners have backgrounds in dispute resolution, restructurings and finance issues and work in close conjunction with members of other teams, such as the M&A and employment groups, in order to handle distressed transactions at a domestic and cross-border level. Practice head Fredrik Olsson is particularly experienced in private equity related restructurings, while Ola Åhman advises management, creditors and suppliers of insolvent companies. Financing transactions are the specialty of Carolina Wahlby and Maria Orrgard.

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Work highlights

  • Advised a franchisor in relation to the bankruptcy of one of its franchisees.

Sweden > IT and telecoms Tier 2

The intellectual property and technology team at Hannes Snellman has broad experience, which includes knowledge in outsourcing, cloud procurement, data security, e-commerce and TMT matters. Elisabeth Vestin heads up the practice and is recommended for IT contracts, GDPR issues, and more broadly, commercial and regulatory matters. Counsels Anna Ribenfors and Caroline Sundberg are also key practitioners; Ribenfors handles fintech solutions for insurance companies and financial institutions, and Sundberg focuses on commercial agreements and data privacy work.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Vestin


‘I like their outstanding expertise in IT procurement and outsourcing matters.’

‘They deliver excellent results, always to the point.’

‘Some people think that being professional and pleasant is an impossible combination for a business lawyer; Elisabeth Vestin, Anna Ribenfors and Caroline Sundberg certainly prove them wrong. They are excellent lawyers and working with them is always a pleasure.’

‘Knowledgeable and highly attentive.’

‘Elisabeth Vestin shows a genuine interest in her clients and is always highly attentive, business-focused, pragmatic and knowledgeable’.

‘Elisabeth Vestin is very easy to work with and you know you will get a very good result.’

‘The team is able to provide both the legal advice as well as explain the business implications of various agreement options and regulations.’

‘They have extensive experience and are able advise on a level that we have not seen anywhere else.’

Key clients

iBoxen Infrastruktur Sverige AB

Vourity AB

Intergiro Intl AB

Vitec Software Group

AB Nordiska Kompaniet

AB Svensk Exportkredit

Alma Talent Group


Hi3G Access

Dustin Group

Hipgnosis Songs Fund


Kindred Group

Konsumentverket (the Swedish Consumer Agency)

Sanoma Group

SAP Svenska AB

Seeburger Group

Plan International

Unicef Sweden

Vitamin Well Group

Work highlights

  • Representing 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.
  • Assisted iBoxen Infrastruktur AB with the complex negotiations with one of its core collaboration partners and assisted on the set up of a joint venture as well as the licensing agreements, all relating to the supply of digital infrastructure supplying the physical infrastructure.
  • Assisting Vitec Software Group AB with tech and data related advice regarding the client’s strategic growth through acquisitions of other software companies, inter alia Nordman & Co, Travelize International AB, Unikum Datasystem Aktiebolag.

Sweden > Public procurement Tier 2

At Hannes Snellman, the procurement team is adept at handling the full range of matters in this area, providing advice to clients on bidding processes as well as representing them in litigation. The team stands out for its experience in the transport sector, where it advises the suppliers and contracting authorities in the procurement of rolling stock, maintenance services, and the construction of infrastructure. Elsewhere, the practice advises on corporate transactions involving procuring entities, providing assistance on the transfer of existing contracts. The team is jointly led by Joakim Lavér and Peter Forsberg; Lavér is highly experienced across contentious and non-contentious procurement law, while Forsberg specialises in handling matters at the intersection of competition and procurement law.

Practice head(s):

Joakim Lavér; Peter Forsberg


‘Very good skills in the field of public procurement.’

‘They have exactly the specific competence we need.’

‘Specialist and deep competence in the specific area.’

‘Very good cooperative approach to the task and high individual legal skills, fit for the purpose.’

‘They have an ability to have an open and clear dialogue, an openness to discuss different aspects of the case and in the end the capacity to give clear advice on how to execute.’

‘Good support and innovative.’

Key clients

AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (Stockholm Regional Public Transport Authority)

Telia Sverige AB

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

  • Representing 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.
  • Representing SL Storstockholms Lokaltrafik in a large arbitration regarding its now running subway trains.

Sweden > Construction Tier 3

Hannes Snellman provides legal advice on all stages of construction projects, ranging from tender procedures to construction disputes. The team is experienced in handling a wide range of projects, including office and residential developments, infrastructure projects, energy-related construction projects, sport complex construction work, and hotel projects. Martin Rifall leads the team and focuses on construction disputes, acting as counsel for employers and contractors in large national and international construction projects.

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‘High availability, proven capability, excellent co-working internally and externally, very good client handling, trust based relationship.’

‘Martin Rifall has a very high level of knowledge in the construction industry, which in combination with his excellent legal knowledge means that he has the ability to look at problems from both a technical and legal angle and based on this provide advice in a simple and concise way. Martin is always available and fast in his deliveries. Its a pleasure to have Martin working in your team.’

‘Pontus Ewerlöf has lengthy experience and excellent knowledge in dispute resolution, which makes him a reliable partner in arbitration and other judicial proceedings. Pontus is always available and is fast in their deliveries. With Pontus, you can always feel confident that, based on the conditions, he does his utmost to ensure that you as a client get as good a strategic position as possible.’

‘Personal relationship, efficient, clear.’

Key clients

SSM Bygg & Fastighets AB

AB Iskra


Sweden > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Hannes Snellman‘s dispute resolution practice has seen notable growth as it increasingly works cross-border between Sweden and Finland to provide a Nordic alternative to the largest international firms. The team has significant experience in arbitration and litigation proceedings within various sectors including the IT, insurance, automotive and transport, energy and infrastructure industries. Pontus Ewerlöf heads up the dispute resolution team and specialises in civil litigation, while Martin Rifall has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. David Ackebo covers all areas of disputes, while Joakim Lavér is well versed in handling competition-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Pontus Ewerlöf; Martin Rifall; David Ackebo

Other key lawyers:

Joakim Lavér


‘We maintain a cooperation with Mr. Pontus Ewerlöf. We appreciate his readiness to immerse himself into complex technical facts of the case which are relevant for the defence of a case. Mr. Ewerlöf has in this regard an impressive and good understanding and the ability to combine this knowledge with legal aspects. We value his short reaction times.’


‘Extremely accessible and service minded.’

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

Sweden > EU and competition Tier 3

The competition practice at Hannes Snellman stands out for its work on merger notifications for large, complex transactions. The team is frequently instructed on cross-jurisdictional transactions, and works with the firm’s Helsinki office to handle transactions across the Nordics. The practice also advises on matters involving complicating aspects such as Phase II proceedings and remedy packages. The team is jointly led by Peter Forsberg and procurement specialist Joakim Lavér. In addition to his transactional work, Forsberg also represents clients in complaints to the Swedish Competition Authority.

Practice head(s):

Peter Forsberg; Joakim Lavér

Other key lawyers:

David Olander


‘Extremely capable of understanding the client’s business and needs.’

‘Peter Forsberg and his team provide high-class solution oriented advice with no fuss.’

‘Peter Forsberg is a high-quality merger clearance lawyer.’

‘I have had the pleasure to work with Peter Forsberg, an incredibly pragmatic, well-skilled and knowledgeable lawyer for more then 10 years. He has been with Hannes Snellman all the time and has helped me out with valuable advice.’

‘They are very service oriented. Always accessible and fast in their feedback. Responsive and knowledgeable in their area which in my case are procurement and contract issues but also advice in marketing etc.’

‘The team were highly knowledgeable with the right level of expertise for the legal questions we asked. They understand well the client needs and the field/industry the client operates in. They were very quick to respond, and provided very thoroughly researched documents. They provided answers in non-technical language to make sure the client understood well the options and legal position. The team proved to be excellent value for money.’

‘Our main contacts were senior associate David Olander & Peter Forsberg. Both of these gentleman were very approachable, and made themselves available via telephone or video call, sometimes even at short notice. They responded quickly to our questions and delivered agreed outputs on time and in full. They were both extremely knowledgeable of our industry and in the area of our legal matter. Super service.’

‘The team at Hannes Snellman is amazing and has the right balance of expertise, experience, diversity and up-and-coming talents. They all work in an inclusive and collaborative manner, in a way that makes them stand out from other law firms.’

Key clients


Metso Outotec


AURELIUS Equity Opportunities

Savaria Corporation


Conaxess Trade Sweden

Kindred Group

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

GlaxoSmithKline AB

NEP Group Inc





Oriola Corp.


Work highlights

  • Acting as merger control counsel to Konecranes in its merger with Cargotec.
  • Assisted Outotec in obtaining global merger clearances for its combination with Metso Minerals in a major consolidation in the mineral processing equipment industry.
  • Representing Altia on its merger with Arcus, two leading Nordic spirits and wine companies, in a lengthy Phase II matter before the competition authorities in Sweden, Finland, and Norway.

Sweden > Employment Tier 4

Hannes Snellman‘s employment practice encompasses both day-to-day HR support and transactional issues. The team frequently assists clients with terminations of employment, employment policies, incentive schemes and health and safety issues. Jenny Lundberg heads up the team with expertise in restructurings, union negotiations and management contracts. while Josephine Lindgren lends support on general labour matters.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Lundberg

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‘Wide competence, thorough analysis, smart solutions and innovative advice. Solutions that are easily implemented. Very pragmatic when needed.’

‘Jenny Lundberg leads our client team and she is absolutely great, competent, credible as well as clear and distinct. She doesn’t spend unnecessary time on complex legal terminology which is very appreciated.’

‘Very good customer service. Extremely responsive. Good advice.’

‘Professional! Always quick in replying to emails, phone calls, questions etc. High lever of service!’

‘The individuals I work with are super responsive, give great advice and are flexible. We are a small company, and this is something that they understand and take into consideration when giving advice.’

‘Calm and straightforward approach. Clear and pragmatic advice. Very responsive.’

‘Jenny Lundberg and Josephine Lindgren were very responsive and commercial, giving clear and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Proventus Capital Partners IV AB

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA

TrønderEnergi AS

Vida AB

KLAR Partners Limited

Vitec Software Group AB

Sitowise Holding AB

Altia Plc

Magnesium Capital LLP

Charles River Laboratories International

Terveystalo Oyj

Work highlights

  • Assisted KLAR Partners with its acquisition of Sandbäcken.
  • Assisted Altia Plc with the merger of Altia Plc and Arcus ASA, forming Anora Group.
  • Assisted Intera Partners with its acquisition of Technology for Infrastructure Projects Sweden AB.

Sweden > Intellectual property and media Tier 4

The IP and media practice at Hannes Snellman advises clients across a range of sectors on the registration and protection of intellectual property, as well as on transactions involving IP rights. The team’s transactional work includes acting alongside the firm’s M&A practice to assist with the sale and purchase of IP, as well as advising companies where IP is crucial to their business. The practice also advises on commercial deals involving IP, such as R&D agreements. Elisabeth Vestin leads the team and has a particular focus on matters in the media sector.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Vestin


‘They are personable.’

‘The Hannes Snellman team are engaged and professional and have substantial expertise and knowledge. They are extremely efficient and follow up exactly when and where it was needed. We couldn’t be more happy working with them.’

‘What we particularly liked about the Hannes Snellman team is that they seem to have such good team work between them, treated each other (as well as us) in a friendly and positive way, and with the utmost respect for each other’s expertise. Elisabeth Vestin has been a fantastic partner for us, always super professional and engaged.’

Key clients

Savaria Corporation

Swedish Fashion Association

Indiska Magasinet

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd

Unicef Sverige

Vitamin Well

Red Bull


Nordiska Kompaniet

Centrum för Rättvisa

Helly Hansen


Card Group

House of Dagmar

Kindred Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd on the acquisition of Kobolt’s entire music catalogue.
  • Advised Savaria Corporation and its acquisition vehicle Savaria (Sweden) AB on its recommended cash offer to the shareholders of Handicare Group AB listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.
  • Acted as counsel to Tikkurila Oyj on the recommended public cash tender offer for all shares in Tikkurila by PPG Industries, Inc.

Sweden > Real estate Tier 4

Hannes Snellman's real estate practice was founded in 2020 with the arrival of practice head Mikael Stabo from Cirio Advokatbyrå AB. Maintaining close ties with the firm’s Helsinki practice to provide a strong cross-border offering, the team handles transactions, property developments, leases, joint ventures, and strategic advice. Stabo’s expertise encompasses environmental liability and real estate financing mandates as well as matters in the renewable energy and infrastructure fields.

Practice head(s):

Mikael Stabo


‘Mikael Stabo: great partner. skilled and commercial.’

‘Good team. Skilled and quick.’

Key clients


Nivika Fastigheter


Upplands Motor

ELF Development

Löfberg Fastigheter

Midroc Property Development


NP3 Fastigheter

Pite Havsbad Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to a consortium of Areim AB and F. Holmström Fastigheter AB on its public offer for Magnolia Bostad AB.
  • Advised Svensk Plaståtervinning (Swedish Plastic Recycling) on its acquisition of the property holding Europe’s largest plant for recycling of plastic materials.
  • Advised Upplands Motor Holding AB on the letting and divestment of two properties in the greater Stockholm region to Stenhus Fastigheter.

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.

Administrative Proceedings David Ackebodavid.ackebo@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 099
Capital Markets Mattias Fribergmattias.friberg@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 007
Competition & Procurement Joakim Lavérjoakim.laver@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 037
Corporate Advisory Mattias Fribergmattias.friberg@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 007
Corporate Responsibility & Compliance David Ackebodavid.ackebo@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 099
Dispute Resolution Pontus Ewerlöfpontus.ewerlof@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 013
Employment Jenny Lundbergjenny.lundberg@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 041
Environment & Natural Resources Martin Rifallmartin.rifall@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 012
Finance Fredrik Olssonfredrik.olsson@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 006
Infrastructure & Energy Claes Kjellbergclaes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 082
IP & Technology Elisabeth Vestinelisabeth.vestin@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 009
Joint Ventures & Commercial Cooperation Richard Åkermanrichard.akerman@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 005
Private Equity Claes Kjellbergclaes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 082
M&A, Private Richard Åkermanrichard.akerman@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 005
M&A, Public Mattias Fribergmattias.friberg@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 007
Projects & Construction Fredrik Olssonfredrik.olsson@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 006
Real Estate Mikael Stabomikael.stabo@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 034
Restructuring & Insolvency Fredrik Olssonfredrik.olsson@hannessnellman.com+46 760 000 006
Tax Heikki Vesikansaheikki.vesikansa@hannessnellman.com+358 40 844 2117
Number of lawyers : 220
Other offices : Helsinki