Firm Profile > Advokatfirman Vinge > Gothenburg, Sweden

Advokatfirman Vinge
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Banking and finance Tier 1

The group at Advokatfirman Vinge handles the full spectrum of banking and finance matters and also advises on regulatory and compliance work. Praised for 'delivering excellent results', the teams in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö are led by Mikael StåhlFredrik Sonander and Henrik Ossborn respectively. Recent highlights included advising Investor's subsidiary Patricia Industries on the financing of its acquisition of the Piab Group from EQT; the 'outstandingLouise Brorsson Salomon and associate Linn Adelwald acting as Swedish counsel for Goldman Sachs on a cross-border financing relating to amendments to Perstorp’s bank and bond financing arrangements and an additional note issuance; and Albert Wållgren assisting Unilabs Group with the financing of its acquisition of AeskuLab Holding and Alpha Medical. Counsels Sofia Törnroth‑Nyberg and Anna Åhlberg joined the team from Baker McKenzie and Skanska respectively.

Capital markets Tier 1

The team at Advokatfirman Vinge is 'extremely dedicated, always has a commercial approach' and is regularly involved in significant ECM and DCM transactions. Recent examples include Louise Brorsson Salomon advising Sparbanken Skåne on the issuance of covered bonds totalling SEK3bn; Jesper Schönbeck assisting Stendörren Fastigheter with its listing move from Nasdaq First North Premier to Nasdaq Stockholm’s main market; and Mikael Ståhl acting for Ixat Intressenter, a subsidiary of Cabonline Group, on the issuance of up to €200m in senior secured floating rate bonds. Erik Sjöman is another key practitioner and David Andersson made partner in 2018.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge's highly regarded department has 'exceptional knowledge and business judgment' and includes standalone public M&A, private M&A and corporate and commercial groups. Jonas Johansson, who is 'very proactive, professional, and has a high understanding of negotiation dynamics', led the team advising FAM on its €512m acquisition of Sandvik's process systems division; Erik Sjöman and Charlotte Levin assisted Tele2 with its merger with Com Hem, and Johan Larsson is noted for his 'contractual skills and industry knowledge'. The 'dedicatedJohan Winnerblad and Christina Kokko are experts in M&A and private equity respectively.

Employment Tier 1

The 'excellent' team at Advokatfirman Vinge, which is 'available and proactive', handles all aspects of employment law and is particularly well versed in contentious matters, most notably in claims relating to employee disloyalty and trade secret infringement issues. The group's client roster encompasses companies in the banking and finance, private equity, transportation and telecoms sectors. The practice is jointly led by Fredrik DahlCharlotte Forssander and Ingela Malmborg in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö respectively. Newly promoted partner Åsa Gotthardsson is 'very knowledgeable, engaged and efficient'; she assisted Saint-Gobain Emmaboda Glas with the transfer of business units, and also handled a number of investigations for clients in the media sector. Yohanna Öhrnegård also made partner in 2018 and is praised for 'always delivering above expectations'.

Energy Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge fields a 'competent team with the resources to answer diverse questions' and has significant expertise in transactions, energy financings and regulatory matters. The 'widely experiencedChristoffer Thalin advised Ikea on multiple wind power projects, and Johan Göthberg, who has 'a proactive approach', assisted BlackRock with its acquisition of a majority stake in Sjisjka wind park from Skanska. Göthberg, Thalin and Robert Deli jointly lead the practice.

Environment Tier 1

At Advokatfirman Vinge, the environment team works closely with the real estate and M&A practice groups and is well versed in the full range of issues in the field. In a recent highlight, newly promoted partner Johan Cederblad is advising a property owner on permit application processes relating to a planned railway project. Thomas Sjöberg is experienced in transactional work and contentious issues; specialist Mathias Lindquist is another name to note.

EU and competition Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge's team has a notable reputation in the market and advises on the full gamut of competition matters with substantial expertise in cross-border mandates. The department is led by Johan Karlsson, who is 'fast, always available and keeps track of the market well'; he is acting for SJ in an abuse of dominance investigation by the Swedish Competition Authority. In another highlight, the 'excellentMarcus Glader advised on the merger control issues related to EQT's acquisition of Azelis. Other clients include Tele2, Altor and AIG. Martin Johansson and Anna Palmérus are also key names to note.

Insolvency Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge is well positioned in the market to assist with bankruptcies, compulsory liquidations and reconstructions. The 'efficient and professional team' is regularly appointed as receiver or administrator by the courts and also acts for creditors and debtors. 'Top-class lawyersFabian EkebladRobert Wikholm and Anna Palmérus lead the group; Palmérus was recently appointed as receiver in Svets & Mekano's bankruptcy. Morgan Hallén acted as receiver in the bankruptcy of Secure Networks Sweden and is also handling the liquidation of Damen Shiprepair Götaverken.

Insurance Tier 1

The 'highly knowledgeable' group at Advokatfirman Vinge 'always goes the extra mile to help its clients' and has particular experience in insurance-related M&A and regulatory work; it also handles contentious and advisory matters and has expertise in tax and VAT-related issues. 'Outstanding' practice head Fabian Ekeblad advised Skandia Mutual Insurance on the implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD), Mattias Rosengren and Michele Fara are the main contacts for contentious matters, and Henrik Ossborn is the key practitioner in the Skåne office.

Intellectual property and media Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge has 'strong knowledge of the field' and handles contentious and non-contentious matters including trade mark prosecutions and the IP elements of transactional matters. The 'broadly experiencedHåkan Borgenhäll and counsel Richard Wessman recently represented Orkla in a dispute against Nestlé regarding the Felix trade mark. Tobias Kempas, who 'quickly understands complicated issues and always focuses on the client's best interests', was promoted to counsel in 2018, and specialist Eva Blum is the key contact in Malmö.

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge fields an 'experienced and highly skilled team with a strong focus on delivering value'; it specialises in assisting purchasers with IT and technology investments, handling IT and telecom procurements, and assisting with data privacy and e-commerce issues. 'Problem solverEva FredriksonCarl Johan af Petersens and Henrik Borna jointly lead the department. Recent highlights include advising Tele2 on its merger with Com Hem; Canal Digital, Daimler and Ellevio are also clients. Specialist Nicklas Thorgerzon 'stands out for his ability to solve complex data protection issues'.

Real estate Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge is 'in the top group of firms in the field' and has a team of specialists with particular expertise in real estate M&A and financings. In a recent mandate, Niclas Winnberg advised Akelius on the €251m sale of its residential real estate portfolio to D Carnegie & Co; other clients for the team include Skanska Fastigheter and Platzer. Anders ForkmanRobert Deli and Assur Badur jointly lead the group; Badur recently handled several transactions involving office buildings and is 'pragmatic with a deep knowledge of the full spectrum of real estate issues'.

Shipping Tier 1

Clients praise Advokatfirman Vinge for its team of 'highly skilled lawyers, who are always attentive and have great business knowledge'. The group assists national and foreign companies and institutions across the full gamut of maritime and transport matters including the sale, registration and financing of ships. Practice head Michele Fara is a 'great problem-solver with an undisputed deep knowledge of dispute resolution and experience in a wide variety of maritime cases'; of counsel Fredrik Vinge and senior associate Ninos Aho are other key practitioners, and senior associate Paula Bäckdén 'shows great interest and knowledge'.

Tax Tier 1

Advokatfirman Vinge's practice is widely recognised as a go-to group for private equity firms for fund structuring matters. The team works closely with the firm's capital markets and M&A teams to handle the tax elements of transactions and IPOs, and also acts for clients in tax litigation. In a recent highlight, highly experienced group head Mattias Schömer assisted a healthcare provider with its restructuring in preparation for its IPO on Nasdaq Stockholm; other work includes counsel Thomas Andersson representing Svenska Handbollslandslaget in the Swedish Court of Appeal in a dispute relating to a contribution from the International Handball Federation. Counsel Maria Schultzberger and associates Lina Hansson and Karolin Ekström are also key names to note, and specialist Ulrika Bengtsson joined the team in 2018 from an in-house position at Deloitte.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Advokatfirman Vinge regularly handles significant cross-border disputes and is praised for its 'excellent tactical and strategic skills'; the group was involved in the well-publicised Gazprom arbitration and the high-profile HQ bank litigation. Vinge fields teams in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Skåne, which are led by 'excellent legal and strategic advisorJames HopeSilvia Dahlberg, who is 'a team player with solid leadership'; and the 'highly recommendedKrister Azelius respectively. Other noteworthy individuals include Jonas Eklund, who is 'a bright lawyer with excellent judgement', 'outstanding leading starFredrik Lundblom, and Mattias Rosengren, who is a 'hugely able litigator, who gives thoughtful and well-considered advice'. Cecilia Möller Norsted was promoted to the partnership in 2018.

Public procurement Tier 2

The clients of Advokatfirman Vinge praise its 'knowledge and personal engagement'; the department assists on all elements of the procurement process and works closely with the firm's M&A group. Associate Jerker Alm successfully represented Hafslund in a review case against the municipality of Kalmar relating to the procurement of electricity services. Counsel Ann Hofling Johansson leads the Gothenburg team and specialist Daniel Wendelsson 'performs at the highest level of procurement law'.

Construction Tier 3

Advokatfirman Vinge's group handles building permit processes, the negotiation and formation of tender documents, and assists with contracts and dispute resolution. The client roster includes Göteborgs Hamn, Platzer Fastigheter and Wallenstam. Robert DeliAnders Forkman and Assur Badur are the key contacts.


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.


Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance
China practice group
Commercial agreements
Corporate commercial
Corporate finance and capital markets
Corporate risk and compliance
Dispute resolution
Employment and benefits
EU, competition and regulatory
Financial regulatory issues
General corporate
Intellectual property
Maritime and transport
Private equity
Public procurement
Real estate
Restructuring and insolvency
Telecommunications, technology and outsourcing
Number of lawyers : 320
at this office : 50
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Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Helsingborg
Other offices : Malmö
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Stockholm