Advokatfirman Vinge > Gothenburg, Sweden > Firm Profile

Advokatfirman Vinge
NORDSTADSTORGET 6
BOX 11025
404 21 GÖTEBORG
Sweden

Sweden > Banking and finance Tier 1

With close, long-standing relationships with Sweden’s regulatory bodies, Advokatfirman Vinge‘s financial services regulation offering is one of the most robust in the market. World-leading banks and alternative lenders retain Emma Stuart-Beck, Fredrik Wilkens and Albert Wållgren to assist with pan-European regulated operations and licensing issues, including under the AIFMD framework. Mikael Ståhl, who spearheads the practice, Fabian Ekeblad and Henrik Ossborn advise on syndicated loans, asset-backed financings, LBO financing work, project finance issues and securitisation deals. Louise Brorsson Salomon handles high-value revolving credit facility agreements and refinancing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Well balanced team both for the work with the loan agreement as well as the ISDA agreement. Quick turn around and good discussions regarding ways forward.’

‘Louise Brorson Salomon – good sounding board.’

‘Vinge’s financial services practice is able to bring substantial strength in depth to the largest and utmost business-critical regulatory matters, while assisting clients with regulatory transactions or SFSA actions. The broad experience on the principal cases in the sector is combined with a commercial perspective, which makes the team solution-oriented, client-friendly and responsive. The team holds a very strong position on the Swedish regulatory market and is an noticeable choice for domestic and international top-tier clients.’

‘Emma Stuart-Beck is a well-known and sought-after adviser within the Swedish financial services sector. Being a person of high integrity, Emma truly understands the full scope of the problem at hand – she is an outstanding financial regulatory lawyer. She successfully leads a dedicated and experienced financial services team.’

‘Very responsive team, always solution oriented, efficient.’

‘Their responsiveness is quite unique in this market, they are very solution oriented and familiar with transaction standards.’

‘Vinge has a broad and very knowledgeable bank and financing group. They work swiftly over a wide range of areas and they know us as client very well.’

‘Mikael Ståhl – Adviser to us since the mid-90s. Mikael knows our business and our core values by heart. Albert Wållgren – young and experienced partner, which is an unusual combination, with good knowledge over the whole field of bank and financing. Albert is also very creative in finding solutions when moving into uncharted territory (regarding i.e. new legislation).’

Key clients

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Helaba

Citibank

Barclays

Standard Chartered Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Credit Agricole

HSBC

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

Deutsche Bank

Swedbank

Nordea

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Lendify

EQT

Anyfin

Fidelio Capital

Autoliv

Investor AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Vimian AB and the principal shareholder Fidelio Capital AB in connection with three stages of refinancing in preparation of a private placement and subsequent listing on Nasdaq First North Growth Market of Vimian AB.
  • Advised EQT AB in connection with its inaugural €1bn Swedish law revolving credit facility agreement.

Sweden > Capital markets

Praised as a leading outfit across the whole capital markets spectrum, Advokatfirman Vinge's practitioners act as expert advisers to corporate issuers, PE sponsors, investment firms and multinational financial services institutions. On the equity side, Jesper Schönbeck, Erik Sjöman and Anders Strid (who lead the Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg teams respectively) handle IPOs, directed share issuances, securitisations and public takeovers, as well as advising on the related regulatory and disclosure requirements. Co-head Mikael Ståhl spearheads the debt capital markets offering, focusing on EMTN programmes, domestic and international high-yield and investment-grade bonds, and hybrid debt/equity offerings.

Testimonials

‘Extremely good availability and response times. You can always rely on the Vinge team being able to quickly jump in to an assignment.’

‘Louise Brorsson-Salomon is a valuable partner in tough negotiations and handles all assignments in a professional and structured manner.’

‘Absolutely top of the market in terms of quality, problem solving, market knowledge and client management.’

‘Vinge Stockholm has the number one capital markets group in Sweden. They are part of almost all major transactions and are in the forefront of new legislation and questions that relate to the Swedish Securities Counsel.’

‘Erik Sjöman – the number one adviser regarding capital markets practice in Sweden. Erik is connected to most of all listed companies and is part of or involved in almost all matters on the market. In addition, Erik is very close to the academic and legislative work that is always ongoing in the Swedish capital markets and he also follows current case law closely.’

‘Very close to market and business understanding approach, able to benchmark market practices and standards, always well ahead when it comes to new legislation and implementation. Keen on informing me as a client of relevant news and changes in applicable legislation.’

‘Charlotte Levin, partner at the Stockholm office, outstanding when it comes to companies law and capital markets legislation and interpretation. Always available and generous with providing advice and always proactive.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank

Swedbank

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

Citibank

Deutsche Bank AG

Crédit Agricole

Barclays Bank

Lantmännen ek för

Tele2

JP Morgan

DnB

UBS Limited

Danica Pension, Livsforsikringsaktieselskab (Danica)

Lendify AB

Marginalen Bank Bankaktiebolag

Sparbanken Skåne AB

ZetaDisplay AB

Lifco AB

Latour Capital

Essity Aktiebolag

ESSVP IV / Orlando Nordics AB

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Nordea Bank Abp

Ambea AB

Vostok New Ventures Ltd

Swedish State

KKR

EQT AB

Investor AB

Peab AB

AB Volvo

Azelio AB

Tele2 AB

Pandox AB

NatWest Markets N.V.

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal advisers to Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, HSBC FranceNomura International plc, Svenska Handelsbanken and others in connection with the Stadshypotek’s issuance of €1bn covered bonds due 2028 under the issuer’s €20bn EMTCN Programme.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc and the other arranging banks consisting of Barclays Bank, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, J.P. Morgan Securities and Svenska Handelsbanken on Svenska Handelsbanken’s issuance of Additional Tier-1 contingent convertible notes.
  • Advised EQT in connection with its inaugural €500m sustainability‑linked bond maturing in 2031.

Sweden > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate commercial practice group at Advokatfirman Vinge advises blue-chip clients on complex public and private transactions, commercial issues including distribution agreements, and regulatory matters. The M&A team is led by Jonas Bergström, who has expertise in cross-border and domestic M&A and private equity transactions. Johan Winnerblad focuses on the financial services, TMT, and life sciences sectors, while Christina Kokko, who is head of the private equity team, handles corporate matters in the retail and media sectors. Jonas Johansson and Jesper Schönbeck are other key individuals and cover a variety of public M&A and equity capital market transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Vinge is truly a one-stop-shop with exceptional legal knowledge, engaged and available partners and associates, a high level of professionalism, a commercial focus and a genuine interest in the client’s business, needs and wants. You can trust that you will be given access to a tailor made team with high attention to your transaction and an appropriate seniority ratio in the team assisting you.’

‘Jonas Johansson (partner) is a trusted adviser and a preferred partner in every transaction of importance. Jonas has a unique set of skills, where he combines very high and rare to find business acumen with in-depth legal knowledge and a willingness to go over-the-top to serve his clients. He has very high availability, a laser focus on details but never loses sight of the broader rationale of the deal. Also of importance, he is a people person, is very enjoyable to work with and gains respect from all sides in a transaction.’

‘Using Vinge for our M&A activities is a guarantee for professional efficiency. They represent integrity and quality, have always shown great commitment and stand out with the best commercial skills/knowledge in the industry.’

‘Jonas Bergström, Very professional, responsive, committed, competent, flexible and with great social skills.’

‘Jonas Bergström (Partner), extremely service minded, always available and gives the right advice.’

‘Christina Kokko is a very experienced negotiator.’

‘Jonas Johansson is very proactive, professional and hard-working, always giving guidance and advice in negotiations with the clients best in mind while being able to find solutions acceptable to the other party. We would without doubt trust him as an adviser in a future M&A process.’

Key clients

FAM AB

Tele2 AB

Lifco AB

Lagercrantz AB

Investment AB Latour

EQT

Triton

IK Investment Partners

Bain Capital

Fidelio Capital

Verisure Securitas Direct Group

SEB

Sixth National Pension Fund

Orkla

Lantmännen ek för

AMF Pensionsförsäkring

Procuritas Capital Investors

Work highlights

  • Represented EQT in the SEK60bn acquisition of leading global pest control specialist Anticimex.
  • Advised SBB on its NOK30bn public offer to the shareholders of Entra ASA.
  • Advised Lone Star Funds on the sale of the Stark Group to CVC Capital Partners.

Sweden > Employment Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge is a full-service employment firm with a diverse portfolio of work encompassing terminations, collective bargaining agreements, workforce reorganisations, trade secrets issues, disputes and transaction-related matters. The firm is well placed to advise on cross-border mandates with branches in Malmö, Helsingborg and Gothenburg. The practice recently joined forces with the corporate crime team to provide unique employment law expertise from a criminal investigation perspective. Fredrik Dahl co-heads the team with Yohanna Öhrnegård and Ingela Malmorg. Åsa Gotthardsson regularly advises on HR and personnel-related issues.Forssander Sonander Advokat is spearheaded by notable practitioner Charlotte Forssander who started the boutique firm in 2021. The practice is able to advise on the full spectrum of employment law issues with a particular focus on trade secret infringements and other loyalty breaches.

Practice head(s):

Fredrik Dahl; Ingela Malmborg; Yohanna Öhrnegård

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Yohanna Öhrnegård has solid knowledge of all kinds of employment law related questions, very responsive and is easy to work with.’

‘I had one contact all the way and she is Åsa Gotthardsson who responded very fast every time we had some issues. She was also very understanding and helpful when our HR Manager and President for Europe was joining our calls.’

‘The employment practice at Vinge is knowledgeable, professional and always readily available whenever we need support. Even in situations where we need quick feedback or support after hours we have received the legal advice in a timely manner. Their network of law firms internationally is a great addition as we work globally and are from time to time in need of employment practice in other countries.’

‘Availability and commitment. Focus on equality with many female partners.’

‘Yohanna Öhrnegård is exceptional in providing solution based commercial advice whilst navigating complex areas of law.’

‘We got tremendous professional advice. Advokatfirman Vinge showed great expertise and thoroughly investigated all matters in our conflict. I found their advice to be specific and adequate. They made it also possible for me as a layman to understand all aspects of our conflict.’

‘Yohanna Öhrnegård showed, during the entire process, a conviction in our case, making it possible to endure the stress of the conflict.’

Key clients

EQT Partners AB

Google

SCA AB

IKEA Group

Bluestep Bank AB

AB Volvo

Northvolt AB

King (Midasplayer AB)

Tetra Pak

Work highlights

  • Assisted Swedish video game studio Sharkmob with the setting up of its first studio in London, UK.
  • Assisted G-Loot, an e-sport platform that enables players to earn money while playing the games they already play, with defining and formalising its relationships and related agreements with social media influencers.
  • Assisted major global timber, pulp and paper manufacturer SCA as it initiated a process to reorganise its operations in Sundsvall, whereby a new organisation was implemented and a paper production site was closed.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Forssander

Testimonials

‘Very professional, customer focused, responsive and flexible team.’

‘Genuine care for client. Pragmatic, proactive and hands-on.’

‘Unique know-how regarding employment laws in Sweden. Very fast and professional response to any questions or concerns.’

‘Charlotte Forssander is a very calm person with a long history and indisputable record on employment laws. That was a key factor when choosing the firm to work with. Charlotte really looks out for the best solution for her clients and can, in a professional way, explain the various outcomes in the processes. It is easy to follow here advice in different cases.’

‘Exclusive partner attention with clear and distinctive eminence in the employment law field. Extremely well tailored employment law advice to our specific needs. Output highly relevant and useful. Not just another paper but indeed helpful, practical and clear guidance.’

‘Charlotte Forssander is “the best of the best”. She has deep experience, is always available and to the point. Provides excellent service and useful pieces of advice to often highly complex matters.’

Key clients

ACO Nordic AB

We Are More AB

Medins Havs- och Vattenkonsult AB

VANBRUUN.com

Bunker One Sweden AB

Novasol A/S

Stiftelsen Ljungskile Folkhögskola

Geosyntec AB

Work highlights

  • Represented a senior pension insurance advisor, in litigation against his former employer, who alleged that he had breached non-solicitation undertakings in his employment agreement upon joining a new employer.
  • Advised Geosyntec with regards to its establishment of a company in Sweden.

Sweden > Energy Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge’s department is jointly lead by Peter Sundgren in Stockholm and Christoffer Thalin in Malmö, who both excel in energy-related M&A transactions and greenfield acquisitions. Environmental specialist Johan Cederblad and transactional expert Johan Göthberg also contribute to the practice, which has particular expertise in the wind power sector and energy regulatory mandates. Noteworthy clients include Equinor, Fortum and Ikea Finland; the team advised the latter on its takeover of three of the four wind farms in Project Castle, Finland.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Christoffer Thalin has a deep knowledge of the energy industry. He is able to guide the client through complex negotiations and to focus on the most important criticalities.’

‘Understands the differences in business culture.’

Key clients

Fortum

Stockholm Exergi

EQT Infrastructure

Alecta

AMF Pensionsförsäkringar AB

Ellevio

Equinor ASA

RWE

VKS Vindkraft Sverige AB (part of the German WKN Group)

IKEA / Ingka Group

KGAL Group

Cloudberry / Scanergy

Equitix

First State Investments

Manor Investment S.A.

Marguerite Fund

Ardian Fund

re:cap Global Investors

Work highlights

  • Acted for Manor Investment S.A. and Ernst Rosén Invest AB on their divestment (through a controlled auction) of their aggregate majority stake in the wind power development company Rabbalshede Kraft AB.
  • Assisted Alecta on its SEK1.6bn investment in Stena Renewables.
  • Advised Ikea Finland Oy on the takeover of three out of four wind farms (Verhonkulma, Långmossa and Ribäcken in Finland) in Project Castle, Finland.

Sweden > Environment Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge’s ‘available, supportive, very efficient and helpful’ practice is led from Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg by the ‘proactive, to-the-point and pragmaticJohan Cederblad, Ingela Malmborg and Robert Deli respectively. The ‘very experiencedThomas Sjöberg is also singled out in the Stockholm office and has experience in transactional work, permit applications, contaminated area matters and administrative and civil litigation. With expertise across the full range of environmental mandates, the group has recently been active in transactional and project work; in a recent highlight, the team advised Vasa Vind on its permit application for an onshore wind farm in Sweden.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fast and on point deliveries with the capability to support outside the box if needed.’

‘A down to earth approach with strong skills within their field and advice is always clearly understandable and directly usable.’

‘Partner Johan Cederblad is proactive, to-the-point, pragmatic and highly professional.’

‘The team is available and supportive, allowing us to meet deadlines, very efficient and helpful!’

‘Johan Cederblad is very competent, calm and gives clear and considered advice on how to navigate within the field of environmental law, based on the wider context of our business.’

‘High quality, good availability’

‘Thomas Sjöberg – very experienced, good knowledge. Johan Cederblad – effective, good listener understood our situation very well. Open minded. Both very updated about court cases.’

Key clients

Vasa Vind AB

Connected Infrastructure Capital GmbH

Välinge Innovation Sweden AB

Bi-qem

Norra Hunna Vind AB

IPCO Sweden AB

Öresundskraft Kraft och Värme AB

Atria

Norra Åsbo Renhållnings AB

Work highlights

  • Represented Vasa Vind AB in the permit application for one of the largest onshore wind farms in Sweden. The application for the wind farm Hällberget includes 125 wind turbines, as well as representing the client in an appeal regarding a permit application for a wind farm in Västra Kinneskogen in the west of Sweden.
  • Representing long-standing client NÅRAB (Norra Åsbo Renhållnings AB), in a matter before the regional permitting environmental authority covering an application for an amendment of the existing environmental permit with the purpose of extending the prescribed period for the final coverage of an on-site closed down landfill.
  • Advised Alecta in connection with an investment of SEK1.6bn in Stena Renewable AB, of which SEK600m will be invested over a five-year period.

Sweden > EU and competition Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge handles complex matters across the EU and competition law space, with a deep bench of partners focusing on this area of law. The firm is one of the few in the Swedish market to have an office in Brussels, where Martin Johansson works alongside Sweden-based partners to handle high-profile state aid cases as well as antitrust matters at the EU level. Elsewhere, the practice represents clients facing investigations by Swedish regulators, and provides advice on ensuring commercial agreements comply with competition law. The team also has notable merger control knowledge and is frequently instructed by private equity clients on high-value deals; Anna Palmérus, Marcus Glader and Pär Remnelid are names to note in this space. Johan Karlsson has a broad practice in competition law, handling both merger control matters and investigations, and Björn Nicolai leads on competition matters in the firm's Gothenburg office.

Practice head(s):

Johan Karlsson; Björn Nicolai; Pär Remnelid; Martin Johansson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Marcus Glader and his team are excellent. They listen to their clients, are practical and goal-oriented.’

‘Marcus Glader is business-minded, understands the business and gives hands on advice that leads to results. He is a resilient and good negotiator.’

Key clients

EQT

SJ

Tele2

Stockholm Exergi

Volvo

Altor

Schibsted

Optigroup AB

Hultafors Group AB

Stirling Square Capital

Work highlights

  • Serving as the global merger control counsel for international private equity house EQT.
  • Representing HMD Global and Opera, respectively, in proceedings before the General Court in Luxembourg, regarding the European Commission’s infringement decision against Google Android.
  • Acted as adviser to the Government of Sweden in connection with the recapitalization of SAS AB.

Sweden > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

With a particular emphasis on the pharmaceuticals and biotech industries, Advokatfirman Vinge‘s life sciences and health group advises on licensing and collaboration agreements, IP matters, all forms of regulatory issues, distribution agreements and the breadth of corporate transactions. Håkan Borgenhäll leads on high-stakes patent litigation for leading global corporates, including Eli Lilly’s high-profile validity dispute relating to the patented use of the pharmaceuticals product Alimta. Practice head and counsel Stojan Arnerstål is regularly engaged on large commercialisation projects, while Johan Cederblad is the go-to partner for regulatory appeals.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Vinge has a great ability to provide the right team of lawyers to ensure that the client is provided with the highest standard of expertise in the various legal areas involved, while maintaining simple and effective communication with the client.’

‘Stojan Arnerstål has excellent skills in matters related to IP and global patent licensing agreements. He has a business minded approach, listens carefully to the needs of the client and is very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Eli Lilly and Company

Bridgepoint Growth

Recipharm

Atlas Antibodies

Tamro

Vimian Group

Corline Biomedical

Medivir

Xspray Pharma

Hansa Biopharma

Calliditas Therapeutics

Oncopeptides

BioGaia

Nanoform Finland

The Founders of Distriktstandvården

Medicover

Järven Plast & Smide Aktiebolag

Work highlights

  • Represented Eli Lilly and Company in a patent infringement and validity dispute relating to the client’s patented use of the pharmaceuticals product Alimta, where the opposite party was Fresenius Kabi.
  • Advised BioGaia on the directed share issuance of approximately SEK1.1bn through an accelerated bookbuild offering.
  • Advised Vimian Group AB and the principal shareholder Fidelio Capital AB on a private placement and subsequent listing on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.

Sweden > Insolvency Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge houses a full-service insolvency practice with office locations across Sweden. Gothenburg-based Anna Palmérus is frequently instructed as court-appointed receiver on major cross-border bankruptcy cases in all major sectors. The team also has a real strength in out-of-court restructurings and is regularly instructed by major corporates; Albert Wållgren, Morgan Hallén and Henrik Ossborn (respective heads of the Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö teams) handle large-scale financial restructurings, distressed M&A and all other corporate resolutions. Sectors of activity include the retail and hospitality industries, and has recently also handled mandates in the oil and gas sector.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Vinge has been our solid partner and adviser for many decades. Their set up is perfect.’

‘Morgan Hallén is our main contact and is outstanding together with his team.’

Key clients

ITAB Shop Concept

The Swedish State

Mobylife AB (in bankruptcy)

Work highlights

  • Advised ITAB Shop Concept on a SEK868m recapitalisation.
  • Advised The Swedish State on the recapitalisation of flight carrier SAS.

Sweden > Insurance Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge is well known in the market for insurance-related M&A and regulatory work, and also handles disputes and advisory matters. Its services are praised as ‘timely, precise, well-balanced, commercial and always at the right level’. Fabian Ekeblad leads the team alongside Mattias Rosengren, Henrik Ossborn and Michele Fara, and is recommended for transactions and regulatory matters, while also managing client relationships with large Swedish and international insurance companies and intermediaries. Viveka Classon is experienced in corporate governance and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Ekeblad; Henrik Ossborn; Mattias Rosengren; Michele Fara

Other key lawyers:

Per Johan Eckerberg; Viveka Classon; Fredrik Lundblom

Testimonials

‘The people are very service minded and always deliver on time or before’.

‘They have deep knowledge in the areas you need help with’.

‘They are reliable and are always there when you need them’.

‘Viveka Classon and her team are business-oriented and offer in-depth knowledge about the Swedish insurance market’.

‘Viveka Classon stands out among the insurance partners at Vinge as she brings important experience from the Swedish insurance industry from her past experience’.

‘The partners, Viveka Claesson and Fabian Ekeblad are very professional, always deliver on time and give very good advice’.

‘They have deep industry knowledge and experience’.

‘Fabian Ekeblad is a top insurance lawyer; he provides solid and sharp advice, always on time and with a smile’.

Key clients

Sirius International Insurance Corporation

Willis Towers Watson

Hedvig Försäkring AB

Codan Forsikring AS/Trygg-Hansa Försäkring Filial

Zurich Insurance

AIG

Skandia

Dina Försäkring AB/the Dina insurance federation

Cardif Försäkring AB

Work highlights

  • Represented Sirius International in several matters including all Swedish regulatory implications of the acquisition by ThirdPoint Re of the Sirius International group, including the application for ownership approval by the Swedish regulator.
  • Represented Willis Europe B.V., a subsidiary of Willis Towers Watson Plc, in the sale of all ordinary shares in MM Holding AB, the parent company of the Max Matthiessen group, to Nordic Capital Fund IX (through a newly set-up buyer SPV).
  • Acting as (sole) legal counsel for Trygg-Hansa Codan, the Danish insurance giant within the RSA Group, in an insurance dispute before the Stockholm District Court.

Sweden > Intellectual property and media Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge’s intellectual property practice covers the full range of matters in this area. The team provides advice to multinational clients on maintaining IP portfolios, including handling registrations, renewals, and oppositions, and also provides input on agreements for the creation and licensing of IP. The practice’s contentious work encompasses patent, trade mark, and copyright litigation. In the media space, the firm handles broadcast and distribution agreements. Practice head Richard Wessman specialises in trade mark prosecution and marketing disputes, while Anette Henrysson leads on IP prosecution and anti-counterfeiting work. Håkan Borgenhäll is another key name for contentious IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wessman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stojan Arnerstål has excellent skills in all matters related to IP and a good understanding of partnership agreements in the Life Sciences industry. He has a business minded approach, listens carefully to the needs of the client and is very easy to work with.’

‘The no 1 IP law firm in Sweden – have dedicated experts for all relevant sub-fields of IP. Good understanding of commercial realities, great experience and track record in handling complex IP legal matters and highly reputed among Swedish clients.’

‘Richard Wessman is the leading expert in Sweden on trade mark law. He is an outstanding litigator, legal thinker as well as an excellent communicator. He is our go to person for all high-end and complex IP legal matters and a joy to work with.’

‘No other law firm in Sweden has an IP-department with such a wide range of experienced IP-experts in different fields. The firm is a Swedish leader in trade mark and patent litigation, but also very strong in for example trade mark prosecution and licensing matters.’

‘Richard Wessman, partner and head of IP at Vinge, has assisted us in several trade mark and unfair competition matters. Wessman combines a practical and business oriented approach with a sharp analytical mind. He is an experienced litigator and also extremely knowledgeable in these areas, as the author of the commentary to the Swedish Trade Marks Act. We hold him as a clear number one in Sweden in trade mark and unfair competition matters and are very happy with the advice he has provided.’

‘Richard Wessman is likely the most experienced and knowledgeable lawyer in his field in Sweden. Would not use anyone else in litigation.’

‘We have been working with some of the team members for a long time so they know us as a client and our business very well. The overall level of service is great; outstanding legal advice, great knowledge of our business and very responsive. They are also very keen to help out with secondees whenever needed and are very responsive to flexible billing set ups.’

‘Richard Wessman – extremely knowledgeable within his field (IP/Marketing), very client oriented/friendly and responsive and always willing to find solutions if we need assistance. Stojan Arnerståhl – also very knowledgeable within his field (agreements/IP), provides practical/business oriented advice, very friendly and responsive.’

Key clients

Alfa Laval

Apple

Eli Lilly and Company

Pernod Ricard

Swedish Match North Europe

Swedish Olympic Committee

Tele2 Sverige AB

Thomas Concrete Group

UEFA

Unilamp

Star Stable Entertainment AB

Hansa Biopharma

Verbum AB

Hästens Sängar AB

The Wine Team Global AB

Iconic Wines AB

Work highlights

  • Representing Swedish Match in a contentious matter involving patent claim construction.
  • Representing Eli Lilly and Company in a patent infringement and validity dispute relating to the client’s patented use of the pharmaceutical product Alimta, where the opposite party is Fresenius Kabi.
  • Providing Apple, Inc. with legal services related to management of trade mark portfolios, inter alia searches, filings, maintenance and renewals, strategies and monitoring services.

Sweden > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge’s IT and telecoms offering is spread across Stockholm, Gothenburg and Skåne, and acts for banks, public institutions, industrial companies and start-ups on contentious and non-contentious matters. The team, which is ‘extremely committed, client-oriented and flexible’, advises clients on procurement mandates, tech-related IP issues and M&A. Carl Johan Af Petersens acts for domestic and international businesses in the TMT sector, and co-heads the team alongside Eva Fredrikson, Henrik Borna and Anna Maria Lagerqvist Gahm. Nicklas Thorgerzon is a name to note for privacy matters and GDPR projects, while senior manager Mathilda Persson is recommended for outsourcing work.

Practice head(s):

Eva Fredrikson; Carl Johan Af Petersens; Henrik Borna; Anna Maria Lagerqvist Gahm

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Vinge is truly a one-stop-shop with exceptional legal knowledge, engaged and available partners and associates, a high level of professionalism, a commercial focus and a genuine interest in the client’s business, needs and wants.’

‘You can trust that you will be given access to a tailor-made team with high attention to your transaction and an appropriate seniority ratio in the team assisting you.’

‘The price structure is transparent and reasonable, especially considering the level of service you will receive.’

‘Jolene Reimerson is an extremely skilled lawyer, whose knowledge provides great and tangible value to any matter she assists on’.

‘Its a strong team, capable of introducing relevant experts to all challenges that have arisen.’

‘The professionalism and ability to always strive for excellence is appreciated.’

‘Eva Fredrikson has extensive experience from representing clients in drafting and negotiating contracts in technology procurement projects.’

‘What makes the IT and telecoms practice at Vinge unique and strong in comparison to others, is the professional but still highly commercial and practicable way that legal requests are handled’.

Key clients

Tele2

Borgo AB

Net Insight AB

Star Stable Entertainment AB

Advania

Work highlights

  • Advising Tele2 on various data protection aspects, including in relation to an ongoing investigation by the Swedish Data Protection Authority.
  • Advising Tele2 on its Baltic joint network cooperation with Bité.
  • Representing Star Stable Entertainment AB in various IT and media-related contractual matters, e.g. TV-production and distribution agreements, IT operations and IT development agreements, artist and music agreements and marketing agreements.

Sweden > Real estate Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge has a full-service real estate offering and demonstrates in-depth expertise in related M&A and financings. Assur Badur heads up the Stockholm department and has a broad practice that covers transactions, commercial lettings and property development work. Anders Forkman has a similar practice and is based in Malmö. Niclas Winnberg is an ‘excellent negotiator‘ and is a key individual in Stockholm, while Gothenburg-based Robert Deli focuses his practice on construction-related real estate.

Practice head(s):

Assur Badur; Anders Forkman; Robert Deli

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Broad experience in the field of real estate but questions related to other practice areas such as finance or public procurement can quickly be answered by colleagues at the firm. Vinge always responds quickly and as a client you get the feeling that they always have time for you.’

‘Assur Badur has, in addition to great overall knowledge of the market and in particular transactions, good negotiation skills. He always remains calm even in tough negotiations.’

‘Niclas Winnberg has a great understanding of the deal and understands the clients needs. An excellent negotiator.’

‘Excellent prompt service and skills in real estate transactions. Very experienced and always to be trusted. Quick and easy to respond and communicate.’

Key clients

Eurocommercial Properties

Wallenstam AB

Platzer Fastigheter AB

Akelius Fastigheter

Skanska

Coop Storbutiker & Marknader AB

ByggVesta AB

SBB

Allianz Real Estate

Residential Holding

Nordr

Work highlights

  • Advised Prime Living on the acquisition of Studenbostäder i Sverige AB and the reversed IPO of the company.
  • Advised FAM AB in connection with the SEK3.6bn acquisition of Grand Group from Patricia Industries (a part of Investor AB), which includes the hotel businesses Grand Hôtel, Lydmar Hotel and The Sparrow Hotel, and the Grand Hôtel real estate property owned by Vectura, a subsidiary of Patricia Industries.
  • Advised Annehem on the SEK3bn acquisition of a large property portfolio from Peab and the listing of Annehem.

Sweden > Shipping Tier 1

As ‘one of the best in Sweden for transport and logistics work’, Advokatfirman Vinge’s maritime and transport law department acts for a range of Swedish and global shipping companies, insurers and ports on the full range of shipping mandates including sales, registrations and financing matters. The team is also highly regarded for its arbitration expertise and regulatory knowledge and has handled disputes arising from collisions and other maritime incidents. Michele Fara leads the group and is active in contentious work. At associate level, Ninos Aho, Robin Eliasson and Paula Bäckdén are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘I find Vinge to be a very responsive and diligent shipping practice. We had instructed them on short notice to assist in potential arrest proceedings in Sweden and they were very quick with their turn around. While arrests are not common in Sweden, the Vinge team do possess sufficient technical expertise to advise on the merits and risks that may be associated with arrest in Sweden. Vinge is also capable of understanding and conveying Swedish legal concepts in a way which common law lawyers can understand.’

‘Ninos Aho is quick, sharp, and manages risk well. Safe pair of hands. Paula Bäckdén possesses significant technical expertise in maritime and shipping law.’

‘We simply think, that in Transport and Logistics field, they are one of the best in Sweden and also with good knowledge of EU legislation.’

‘We are pleased that our issues are being dealt with by Ninos Aho and Robin Eliasson. We have very specific and complicated matters to deal with, and knowing Swedish administration and legislation, we always get through in a quick and prompt way. We also like the way of communication: it is very intelligent, patient and explained in detail for non-professionals.’

‘The Shipping team has broad and deep experience in the field. This contributes to a strategic discussion and handling of matters. I feel confident they will solve my issues swiftly and spot on.’

Sweden > Tax Tier 1

Matters at the intersection of tax and private equity are an area of particular expertise for the large team at Advokatfirman Vinge; the group is instructed by many notable domestic private equity funds, and advises such clients on a wide range of issues, ranging from IPO exits and reconstructions to project financings. Tax litigation is the firm’s other core specialism, with counsel Ulrika Bengtsson standing out for this type of work. Transactional expert Mattias Schömer heads up the practice. The firm also fields a roster of lauded practitioners at associate level, including Victor Ericsson, Karolin Ekström and Henrik Wastenson.

Practice head(s):

Mattias Schömer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ulrika Bengtsson is exceptionally client-oriented, and brings deep government experience to her practice that helps her offer practical advice and effective advocacy. Any time I have a tax issue in Sweden in the future, I will be reaching out to Ulrika.’

‘We have great trust in Mattias Schömer. His detailed knowledge combined with his understanding of our business is very valuable.’

‘Vinge has extensive experience with private equity owned companies in the Nordics.’

‘I was particularly impressed by the work of Victor Ericsson and Henrik Wastenson. They drove the full process as associates, and were able to draw insights from various sectors and company structures, which made a tangible difference to our final output.’

Key clients

Nordic Capital

Segulah Medical Acceleration

KFI Kapital

Adelis Equity Partners Fund I AB

Sleep Cycle AB

Vostok New Ventures Ltd

PEAB AB

Nordic Capital

Segulah Medical Acceleration

Elenima Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing investment professionals connected to Nordic Capital in the Supreme Administrative Court relating to the income tax treatment of distribution of profits from Channel Islands funds to Sweden.
  • Advising Vostok Emerging Finances on its re-domestication by way of a change of domicile of the group parent company from Bermuda to Sweden.
  • Assisting Peab with its Lex Asea IPO of the real property spin-off of its structure.

Sweden > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Data privacy and data protection work is an integral part of Advokatfirman Vinge’s TMT practice, which is led by Eva Fredrikson and Henrik Borna. It handles all data-related issues, including disputes, GDPR projects and the data elements of M&A. The team is well known for offering local law advice and handling cross-border work for clients from the public and private sectors. Nicklas Thorgerzon has comprehensive experience in representing clients in data-related disputes before the Swedish courts, and jointly leads the practice with Emelie Svensäter Jerntorp, who assists clients with GDPR implementation and compliance work.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Vinge’s team is excellent in understanding your situation and can give advice based on broad knowledge. The individuals in the team have specialized in different areas, which gives you an expert in every field.’

‘Emelie Svensäter Jerntorp is very good at understanding your problem/question and give you quick and informative advice. I am grateful for our collaboration.’

‘Vinge’s data privacy and data protection practice is great. We purchase services from this team on a regular basis, based mainly on their excellent advice but also on the fact the their advice is always suited for our business and can easily be put into practice. The team handles all kinds of GDPR related requests in a highly professional manner. The availability and pragmatic advice truly makes the team stand out.’

‘The level of understanding of our business – what to focus on / being pragmatic but still professional – and the way their advice can always easily be put into practice, make Nicklas Thorgerzon a great contributor to this team who should be mentioned.’

‘Great knowledge in the field, quick and correct info. Easy to work with.’

‘Nicklas Thorgerzon is an amazing lawyer. Exceptional knowledge in his field, super nice to work with, easy going and very quick. He is key to our business.’

‘Solid advice, very good knowledge of the market and very available. Always deliver on time.’

Key clients

Tele2

Advania

Lead investors CPP Investments

Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC

Star Stable

Aller Media

ForSea AB (formerly HH Ferries)

Borgo

Work highlights

  • Advised Tele2 on various data protection issues, including an ongoing investigation by the Swedish Data Protection Authority.
  • Advised IT‑provider company Advania on data protection aspects in connection with the divestment of a majority of the shares.
  • Advised Star Stable on various data protection aspects, including in relation to processing of child personal data.

Sweden > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Advokatfirman Vinge has an excellent dispute resolution practice, which regularly handles high-value disputes. Recent highlights the team have acted on include representing Italian contractor Vianini Lavori in a high-profile construction dispute worth over €100m concerning the Stockholm bypass. James Hope is a strong arbitrator and heads up the practice with Krister Azelius and Silvia Dahlberg. Jonas Eklund has particular experience in large-scale energy arbitrations, while Mattias Rosengren has represented several insurance and financial companies. Cecilia Möller Norsted provides valuable support.

Practice head(s):

James Hope; Silvia Dahlberg; Krister Azelius

Testimonials

‘Great responsiveness and a good practical approach.’

‘Silvia Dahlberg is outstanding.’

‘Vinge and especially Silvia Dahlberg have been most helpful in our case. Our case is quite niche and very few people know and understand the ins and outs of the Swedish housing market and our laws regarding collective negotiations with the tenants union. Mrs Dahberg has been able to immerse herself without any prior knowledge regarding the subject matter and make a good and strong case on our behalf.’

‘I have had the pleasure to work with Silvia Dahlberg at Vinge. Mrs Dahlberg is always ready to answer any of our questions, she takes the time to talk and write regarding our case and makes you feel like her only and most important client which is always nice. A true professional through and through.’

‘Intellectual capacity, knowledge and experience.’

‘Good grasp of both legal and technical issue and the appreciation that they are sometimes very closely linked.’

‘The team is diligent and thorough and is innovative in finding solutions that we as a client may not have considered.’

‘Realistic expectations regarding the outcome and very hands-on partners in our project.’

Key clients

Investment AB Öresund

Swedish Match

H&M

Tele2 AB

SPP Pension & Försäkring AB

Delphi Automotive

Bergvik Skog AB

Swedish Match

Skånemejerier ek för

Zhoukou Municipal Grain Reserve Storehouse of China Grain Reserve

Kingdom of Spain

Republic of Italy

Office Depot

SEB

SSP

Vianini Lavori SpA

Work highlights

  • Representing Spain and Italy, respectively, in three separate proceedings before the Svea Court of Appeal challenging arbitral awards in investment treaty cases.
  • Representing Nordkalk in a large, complex and high-profile one-of-a-kind case before the European Court of Human Rights relating to a decision made by the Swedish Government to propose new geographical areas on the Swedish island Gotland to be protected as “Natura 2000” under EU Environmental Legislation.
  • Representing Italian contractor Vianini Lavori in a high-profile construction dispute against Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration) concerning the Stockholm bypass (Förbifart Stockholm).

Sweden > Public procurement Tier 2

Advokatfirman Vinge provides comprehensive advice to clients throughout the procurement process. The team advises contracting authorities on the drafting of documents, assists suppliers with preparing bids, and represents both parties in review procedures. A notable specialism of the practice is its work on procurement issues involving EU law, where it leverages its office in Brussels to handle matters such as disputes in the CJEU. The team is also able to utilise its in-house economics expertise to make both legal and economic arguments in court proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Daniel Wendelsson, Jerker Alm, and Martin Johansson, who is based in Brussels. Alm is particularly focused on the energy sector, and Kristoffer Sällfors is another name to note for contentious procurement matters. Wendelsson was promoted to partner in January 2022, while Per-Ola Bergqvist joined the team in the same month from Foyen Advokatfirma.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Wendelsson; Jerker Alm; Martin Johansson

Testimonials

‘Kristoffer Sällfors has an interesting background that has been helpful for my case. He has a unique insight and makes good conclusions from this. Daniel Wendelsson is service minded, and keen to make sure that I understand. I think both of these two do a fantastic job, and are competent in the field but I would not have expected anything less. They meet my expectations, which were set very high.’

‘The public procurement team consists of highly skilled and professional lawyers with broad expertise.’

‘Kristoffer Sällfors is a highly skilled and extremely dedicated lawyer. His long experience of working in the field of public procurement law has given him an in depth knowledge in the most complex areas of this field of law. He also has a unique experience of representing in the Court of Justice of the European Union.’

‘Per-Ola Bergqvist is an expert in public procurement on both sides.’

‘Per-Ola Bergqvist has great knowledge, is nice and is responsive. Always has good views when we need help and always available.’

Key clients

The City of Malmö

Scandinavian Service Partner (SSP)

Ellevio AB

SJ AB

DAB Dental AB

Work highlights

  • Representing SJ, the state-owned incumbent operator of railway passenger transport services in Sweden, in a legal review procedure against the local authority/public service operator Mälab AB.
  • Represented the electrical grid company Ellevio in legal review procedures, where Ellevio’s award decision regarding a works contract for a gas insulated switchgear in Stockholm was challenged by Siemens and General Electric.
  • Representing SJ, the state-owned incumbent operator of railway passenger transport services in Sweden, before the General Court at the CJEU.

Sweden > Construction Tier 3

Advokatfirman Vinge‘s rapidly growing construction practice is retained by a mix of property owners and construction companies for advice on both contentious and non-contentious issues. With a wide geographical footprint (co-heads Robert Deli, Anders Forkman and Assur Badur sit in Gothenburg, Skåne and Stockholm respectively), the group assists with all phases of construction projects, from planning and financing issues to long-tail litigation and arbitration proceedings. Daniel Prawitz recently joined from an in-house role, while international arbitration expert Daniel McKiernan joined from Skanska.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Robert Deli at Vinge demonstrates excellent skills in the field and we are also impressed by his litigation skills.’

‘The team serve us with legal advice in an efficient and professional way. The team responds quickly and delivers on time with margin.’

‘Robert Deli is an excellent adviser when negotiating large and complex contracts. Robert and his team is very easy to work with and delivers value for the projects.’

‘The Construction team, led by Robert Deli, at Advokatfirman Vinge has a high level of competence and collaborates in an effective way, which results in fast and qualitative advice to their clients.’

‘Robert Deli and his team have handled a large and complex dispute in a dedicated and efficient manner.’

‘Robert Deli – great professional with a strong commercial mindset, who not only provides excellent legal advice but with integrity.’

‘Robert Deli is highly skilled in property law and construction law. He stands out in his ability to grasp a legal problem, explain it to and extract the relevant input from other persons and areas of expertise. He is also very skilled in strategic advice and making the client feel secure.’

‘Very personable, explained first the detailed and correct legal terminology, and then explained it in laymen’s terms to ensure all relevant parties understood the clauses and amendments that were being discussed.’

Key clients

Skanska AB

The firm: Established as a result of a merger between a number of leading Swedish firms in 1983, Advokatfirman Vinge KB (‘Vinge’) is one of the largest firms in Scandinavia today, with some 300 lawyers in seven Swedish and overseas offices.

Areas of practice: Vinge is a full-service law firm with a substantial international practice and with a strategic focus on M&A and corporate finance. The firm has acted in most of the major mergers and acquisitions in Sweden in recent years and has consistently achieved top positions on Mergermarket’s list of M&A advisers in the Nordic market as well as Tier 1 rankings with the leading ranking institutes.

The firm regularly represents clients in connection with large international financing transactions, including project financing and structured finance arrangements. Vinge’s competition law team is one of the most distinguished and experienced in the Nordic markets. As a full-service firm, Vinge also advises domestic and international clients within a number of specialist areas such as: competition compliance; employment; information technology; insolvency; insurance; intellectual property; litigation and arbitration; marketing; private equity; property; public procurement; tax; telecommunications; and transport.

In addition to four offices in Sweden, the firm has a presence in Brussels.

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