MAQS Advokatbyrå > Stockholm, Sweden > Firm Profile
MAQS Advokatbyrå Offices
111 45 Stockholm
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Sweden > Energy Tier 2As a key name in the renewable energy space, MAQS Advokatbyrå has notable knowledge of the wind and water power industries in the Nordics, acting for a range of energy suppliers, domestic and multinational corporations and government agencies. Practice head Mikael Kowal is highly active in wind power transactions while Jessica Svantesson focuses on real estate-related work. The team also works closely with the firm’s environmental department in relation land exploitation issues and environmental damages cases.
‘Mikael Kowal has been outstanding in his support to our needs and made the necessary time available to address pressing and less pressing matters we referred to MAQS’s attention.’
‘We have worked with MAQS for the purpose of wind turbine procurement contract and what makes MAQS unique are their fantastic people. They always strive to gain an understanding of the issue, even though it may be bordering on technical in nature in order to provide the best legal advice. They have the experience and the flexibility to propose different solutions. It has been excellent working with them. The work carried out for us was done in a team with different areas of responsibility and it is clear they support each other well enabling progress.’
‘They aim to find solutions to support the work of agreeing complex technical commercial issues during contract negotiation. They have a solution based approach based on knowledge and experience with the subject, and they are always open to increasing their knowledge. This makes them excellent to work with in challenging projects, where the timeframe is limited and the complexity high.’
‘The volume of work they handle in the energy practice makes their team quite a valuable resource of accumulated knowledge and experience.’
‘Quick at understanding client’s needs, accessible and pragmatic.’
‘I work especially close to Mikael Kowal which is my contact at MAQS. Mikael is one of the sharpest I know in deal making and closing a deal. We have been in numerous situations which have seemed hopeless but still Mikael has managed to turn the situation and made it beneficial for me and my company in the end. He is a real closer.’
‘Cecilia Rossing is incredibly professional and easy to work with and sees many solutions, she has also brought her colleagues together to meet our challenges in a very good way, I want to give Cecilia our warmest recommendations.’
‘Mikael Kowal is our main partner and he really simply is fantastic!’
Momentum Energy Sweden AB
Rabbalshede Kraft AB
Dala Vind AB
Liquid Wind AB
EnBW Sweden AB and EnBW Sweden Wind AB
- Assisted Rabbalshede Kraft AB with its first investment abroad.
- Represented Lennartsson trading Sweden AB in the sale of all the shares in H. Lennartsson Energi AB, a company owning a district heating facility, to Solör Bioenergi AB.
- Assisted Liquid Wind with numerous agreements in relation to the development of the first facility in Örnsköldsvik.
Sweden > Construction Tier 3MAQS Advokatbyrå represents clients at all stages of construction projects, including the procurement process, contractual negotiations, liability issues, and disputes. It provides advice to employers, contractors, technical consultants, and construction coordinators on all construction-related matters. The team is led by Erik Kjaer, who focuses on large-scale construction disputes at a national and international level. Erik Palmgren is the other key contact.
Other key lawyers:
‘MAQS has a strong team with edge and competence within construction law.’
‘Erik Kjaer has impressed us a lot. He understands our business, he’s quick to grasp our questions/positions and he always provides excellent support. Erik is also very accurate and pleasant to work with.’
Erlandsson Holding AB
Serneke Group AB
Stanley Security Sweden AB
Assemblin Sverige AB
Billströmmer Riemer Andersson Bygg AB
Circle K Sweden AB
Blue Wall Construction AB
F.O. Peterson & Söner Byggnads AB
Okidoki Arkitekter AB
- Assisted Serneke Group AB with the ongoing €1.3bn Karlatornet project which will include the tallest building in the Nordic Region.
- Represented BRA Bygg AB in contract negotiations and contract drafting for the erection of Volvo’s new experience centre in the central part of Gothenburg.
- Assisted Stanley Security Sweden AB with a dispute concerning the installation of security systems for a new build forensic psychiatric institution.
Sweden > Employment Tier 3MAQS Advokatbyrå has a comprehensive employment law offering with key coverage of the country thanks to the firm’s offices in Malmö and Gothenburg. The team covers both advisory and contentious matters, advising on M&A, employment contracts, employment terminations, collective consultations and pensions plans. Lars Lövgren advises on a wide range of issues such as restructurings, while Maria Moberg has wide knowledge regarding temporary agency personnel and expatriates. Mats Nilsson works primarily in dispute resolution.
Lars Lövgren; Maria Moberg
Other key lawyers:
Mats Nilsson; Marie-Anne Lindhardt
‘Very good personal contact that you always can reach, even if they have holidays. Very good knowledge.’
‘The ability to cover both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. Equally good in contentious as non-contentious. A truly full service support to HR.’
‘I work primarily with Lars Lövgren. He has represented us on a range of employment law matters and always impressed. In particular he is a very strong litigator who covers everything and never misses a point. Also very good in managing client’s expectations and provides clear guidance. Equally good in transaction support and stand alone employment advice such as representing us in court. In my view the best employment lawyer in Sweden.’
‘Quick in responding and always professional.’
‘Great commitment and work is always done with expertise and security. Maria Moberg and Mats Nilsson’s availability and understanding of our company is valuable.’
Cyan Racing AB
Sweden > Environment Tier 3At MAQS Advokatbyrå, Magdalena Persson now leads the department following the departure of former group head Christina Rydell Ahlström to Morris Law in mid-2021. The practice handles the full gamut of environment work with notable experience in liability issues relating to contaminated real property, environmental permits, regulatory work and issues in the water and hydropower sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘High knowledge, Easy to contact. Very Good discussions.’
‘A small and efficient team helped us with our questions regarding environmental law and practice, the team was a good discussion partner and showed us a reasonable path forward.’
‘MAQS law firm consists of a number of lawyers who have broad expertise in a number of areas. Since you have had assignments all over Sweden, you also have a great deal of experience in various areas. Professional treatment and knowledgeable lawyers.’
‘Through MAQS law firm and lawyers Magdalena Persson and Jessica Svantesson, we have received professional advice and concrete legal assistance in a number of cases. What is distinctive is their ability to explain the law in an understandable way and a very positive attitude.’
Räddningstjänsten i Storgöteborg
Sunds Mekaniska AB (Pichano group of companies)
Sundfrakt AB/Delta Terminal AB/Åkerigrus I/ Sundsvall AB (Sundfrakt group of companies)
SIA Glass AB
- Assisting Sunds Mekaniska AB with its contacts with supervisory authorities regarding liability for investigations of contaminated land.
- Advising the municipality of Ale regarding the liability for contaminated land within the former industrial area Älvängen.
- Assisting Räddningstjänsten i Storgöteborg with a complex and ongoing situation regarding contaminated land.
Christina Berggren; David Berggren
Other key lawyers:
‘A very supportive team who are quick to act when needed.’
‘We recommend Christina Berggren.’
Volvo Trademark Holding AB
The Coca-Cola Company
Essity Hygiene and Health AB
Stampen Lokala Medier AB
ASKO Appliances AB
Cyan TM AB
Salming Trademarks AB
Electro Elco AB
Cura of Sweden
PPY Production AB
MbedIT Solutions AB
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS)
- Representing Cura of Sweden AB in two cases regarding patent infringement and revocation of the patent.
- Assisting Reitan Convenience Sverige with IP law and in particular trade mark and marketing law.
- Assisting Cyan with Cyan’s trade mark, design, and copyright strategy and with protection of its trade marks on all its markets, including in relation to Cyan’s customers and partners such as OEMs.
‘Easy to work with. Down to earth assessments of risks and opportunities.’
‘The people we have interacted with (mainly Jonas Svahn) has been very communicative and have listened to our every demand end explained the way forward in a impressive way. His ability during negotiations have been equally impressive.’
‘It is a firm that makes you feel welcomed and that they always set your interests first.’
‘The two individuals I work most with are both very skilled and always well informed about practices around our case.’
Opera Tech Ventures (BNP Paribas’ corporate venture arm)
Zeppelin Sverige AB
Rabbalshede Kraft AB
Stampen Lokala Medier
GPX Medical AB
Vätterleden Invest AB
Oblique Therapeutics AB
IRLAB Therapeutics AB
OneMed Sverige AB
- Advised Winningtemp AB on its SEK157m capital injection from several venture capital entities, inter alia Norrsken,Almi Invest, Chalmers Ventures, Bonnier Ventures and Frog Capital.
- Advised Oblique Therapeutics AB on its SEK100m private placement to inter alia Danish VC Sunstone Capital.
- Advised the purchaser on the acquisition of Semcon Sweden AB’s 100% of the shares in the Swedish IT company Squeed AB.
Sweden > EU and competition Tier 4The competition practice at MAQS Advokatbyrå provides ongoing advice to clients in a range of sectors, including the consumer goods, transportation, forestry, and pharmaceuticals industries. This work encompasses providing advice on pricing strategies, as well as helping to ensure that commercial contracts do not violate competition regulations. The practice is also engaged in contentious matters, responding to investigations by the Swedish Competition Authority into alleged anti-competitive practices. Mikael Åström leads the team and is praised by clients as an ‘outstanding competition lawyer’.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very professional, knowledgeable but also enjoyable to work with.’
‘Mikael Åström is a true professional with vast experience. He has been around for a long time on a top level. He possesses valuable practical insight in many respects due to his experience. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.’
‘It’s a team of very skilful lawyers with which it is, at the same time, fun to work with.’
‘Mikael Åström is an outstanding competition lawyer.’
KGH Customs Services
Essity Hygiene and Health
ESAB / Colfax Corporation
Perrigo Company Plc
- Advising Markslöjd AB on competition matters regarding commercial market strategy in relation to pricing, online platforms and sales, selective networks, and cooperation agreements with competitors/suppliers/distributors.
- Advising Essity on a continuous basis on all legal matters, including substantial and complex competition law advice related to mergers, dominance issues, pricing, and commercial market strategy.
- Continuing to act for Zenuity on a ground-breaking and pioneering joint venture between some of the largest global automotive companies.
Sweden > Real estate Tier 4MAQS Advokatbyrå handles complex corporate transactions and related issues including environmental and tax-related work. Katrin Troedsson leads the team alongside Magnus Bengtsson and Jessica Svantesson; Svantesson focuses her practice on developments and usufruct rights, while Bengtsson is highly active in advising clients on transactions and commercial lease agreements. Bengtsson works closely with associate Lovisa Elardt, who is an expert in M&A transactions and real estate projects.
Katrin Troedsson; Jessica Svantesson; Magnus Bengtsson
Other key lawyers:
Lovisa Elardt; Magdalena Persson
‘MAQS has presented outstanding advice and business solution orientation in the assignment as a legal adviser to us in a real estate transaction. MAQS helped us overcome the obstacles and complete the deal.’
‘The lawyers we worked with were always available, quick with feedback and anticipated future challenges in the negotiation. We worked mainly with Jessica Svantesson.’
‘MAQS law firm has assisted us in a number of contractual issues concerning real estate. They have a broad competence and competent lawyers. We experience them as very professional in what they do and very positive in their treatment.’
‘MAQS lawyers Jessica Svantesson and Magdalena Persson have assisted us positively and with great skill in their respective areas of expertise. In cases where it is required, additional expertise has been involved.’
Fastighets Aktiebolaget Trianon
Executive Property Europe AB
Coop Väst ekonomisk förening
Älvstranden Utveckling AB
Eksta Bostads AB
Råberget Entreprenad AB
Cormac Förvaltnings AB
Melica Förvaltning AB
Mälardalens Omsorgsfastigheter Holding AB
- Assisted Fastighets AB Trianon with its divestment of 50% of the shopping mall Rosengård Centrum to Fastighets ABHemmaplan (a joint venture company between Bonnier Fastigheter and Brunswick Real Estate).
- Assisted Fastighets Aktiebolaget Trianon and Wallfast AB with entering into an agreement with Grosvenor European Retail Partnership regarding the acquisition of the shopping mall Burlöv Center.
- Assisted Haga Gruppen Holding AB with its divestment of 13 residential properties in central Malmö.
Sweden > Dispute resolution Tier 5MAQS Advokatbyrå has a respectable dispute resolution practice with lawyers working seamlessly across the Stockholm, Sundsvall, Gothenburg and Malmö offices. The practice is specialised in a variety of different sectors including the sports, construction, retail, technology and pharmaceuticals industries. Annica Borjesson heads up the team with experience in arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Wendela Hårdemark; Erik Kjaer
‘MAQS has a strong team with competence in dispute resolution.’
‘Erik Kjaer has impressed us a lot. He understands our business, he’s quick to grasp our questions/positions and he always provide excellent support. Erik is also very accurate and pleasant to work with!’
MAQS Advokatbyrå > Firm Profile
MAQS Advokatbyrå is a full-service commercial law firm with offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall. Its clients are mainly domestic and foreign private corporations and entities, but the firm also advises the public sector. MAQS provides high-quality legal advice and is appreciated by its clients for its responsiveness, availability and ability to make complex matters easy to understand. MAQS is at the forefront of new technology and is recognised for its project management work.
Areas of practice: MAQS’ main areas of expertise are corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, dispute resolution, intellectual property and market- ing law, insolvency, real estate and environmental law, private equity, digital business and sports, media and entertainment law. MAQS has experience in handling cases from a number of industries, including the automotive, consumer goods, manufacturing, real estate, insurance, education, energy, textile, transportation, sports and high-tech industries. MAQS’ lawyers are experienced in cross-border matters and the firm has an established international network.
Automotive Industry: The firm has a team working exclusively towards the automotive industry supporting both OEM’s and suppliers with their day-to-day legal questions as well as complex business structures and negotia- tions. The firm provides legal assistance within racing to e.g. Cyan Racing AB, and to Zenuity AB when it comes to software development relating to autonomous driving. The firm is also involved in new high profile projects such as the establishment of the business of the new super- and hypercar manufacturer Automobili Pininfarina.
Real estate and environmental: Real estate clients include Blackstone, Älvstranden, MKB and Serneke. Recent cases include advising MKB regarding the real estate project Culture Casbah in Malmö and advising Serneke in its sale of Säve airport in Gothenburg to Castellum. The sale of Säve airport included a total of five adjacent properties, with several larger buildings and approximately 3 million square meters of property. The environmental department works with the administrative section as well as with the civil law section of the environmental legislation, i.e. permits for environmentally hazardous activities and water operations, liability for contaminated land, environmental damages and environmental issues related to exploitation.
Mergers and acquisitions: MAQS has continued to strengthen its M&A business and recent cases include advising the wind power company Rabbalshede Kraft AB (publ) in connection with various acquisitions during 2018, assisting Dala Vind AB in the sale of wind power project Enviksberget to Arise AB (publ), advising Vicore Pharma AB (publ) in acquiring HealthCap’s portfolio company INIM Pharma to form a company with the potential to become leading in the field of rare lung diseases, advised Rootfruit Scandinavia AB (publ) in the acquisition of Exotic Snacks AB within the segment natural snacks, assisted Plastal (a leading tier-1 supplier of injection moulded thermoplastics) in acquiring ARWI High-Tech Coating Raufoss AS’ business, advising Zenuity AB (which develops system software for advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD)) in the acquisition of Beyonav’s business Beyomap (a proprietary map data run-time format).
Construction: Within the area of construction law, the firm is representing the Serneke Group in matters related to the planning, design and construction of northern Europe’s tallest building, Karlatornet (planned to be 266 metres high). The project also includes adjacent blocks of office and retail buildings. MAQS also represents a large number of national and international construction companies and players in the real estate sector.
Dispute resolution: The dispute resolution team is acting as counsel for numerous Swedish and international companies in arbitrations, litigations and mediations, and its senior members are regularly appointed as arbitra- tors and mediators, institutional as well as ad hoc.
Capital markets: MAQS regularly advises issuers on capital market matters, such as IPO’s, private placements, incentive programs and compliance. During 2018 MAQS for instance advised I-Tech AB (publ) in connection with an IPO on Nasdaq First North, Vicore Pharma AB (publ) in a rights issue including the drafting of applicable prospectus, advised the board of directors of IRLAB Therapeutics AB (publ) in connection with a share issue directed to institutional investors in Sweden and the USA, advised Minesto AB (publ) in a rights issue including the drafting of applicable prospectus, and advised Powercell Sweden AB (publ) in connection with a directed issue of shares to Swedish and international investors.
Digital business: In combining legal expertise within all areas of IT- and IP-law with in-depth knowledge of almost every area of business and/or industry where IT and digitalisation are relevant on a daily basis, our digital business team provides services to Swedish and international clients. Due to the variety of complex matters handled by the team the services are often provided on a project basis in close collaboration with external partners from other areas of expertise. During the last couple of years the team has successfully developed and used a multi-competence model for implementing GDPR and personal data compliance programs for a large variety of clients from large listed companies to high-tech start-ups.
Competition: Within competition law, the team advises several global market leaders such as Zenuity, Alps Electric, Essity, Exertis CapTech and Olympus. It offers a broad spectrum of services, in particular focusing on vertical agreements, dominance issues and co- operation between competitors. The team regularly file merger notifications and support clients in dawn raids and discussions with competition authorities.
Intellectual property and marketing: MAQS assists clients within all areas of intellectual property and marketing law; all types of protection, commercialisation and defence of trademarks, company names and domain names, patents, designs and copyrights. In addition, MAQS works with the closely-related areas of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, media law and trade secrets. Examples of clients that MAQS work with are Stampen Media, Essity Hygiene and Health, the Coca-Cola Company and Volvo Trademark Holding.
|Dispute Resolution||Björn Goldman|
|Dispute Resolution||Fredrik Iverström|
|EU and Competition||Mikael Aström|
|Franchising and Distribution||Bo Sjöholm|
|Public procurement||Jimmy Carnelind|
|Real estate||Jessica Svantesson|
|Transport and Maritime||Annica Börjesson|
|Automotive Industry||Anton Olsson|
|Automotive Industry||Per-Henrik Schönberg|
|Life Science||Niklas Eskilsson|
|Life Science||Dag Fredlund|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 70 :
LanguagesEnglish Swedish French German
MembershipsPangea Net Nextlaw Global Referral Network
OtherOther offices : Malmö Other offices : Stockholm
MAQS Advokatbyrå > Firm Profile
The firm: MAQS Advokatbyrå is a full-service commercial law firm with offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall. Its clients are mainly domestic and foreign private corporations and entities, but the firm also advises the public sector. MAQS provides high-quality legal advice and is highly appreciated by clients for its availability and ability to make complex matters easy to understand. MAQS is at the forefront of new technology and is recognised for its project management work.
Areas of practice: MAQS’ main areas of expertise are: banking and finance, capital markets, corporate, commercial, dispute resolution, intellectual property and marketing law, insolvency, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and sports, media and entertainment.
MAQS has experience in handling cases from a number of industries, including the automotive, banking and finance, consumer goods, manufacturing, real estate, education, energy, textile, transportation, sports and high-tech industries. MAQS’ lawyers are experienced in cross-border matters and the firm has an established international network.
Real estate clients include Blackstone, Cromwell, Klövern and Tristan. Recent cases include advising Klövern in acquiring 28 properties, with a total area of 117,000 sqare metres, in Malmö and Lund from Castellum and advising Tristan in the acquisition of a shopping mall in Stockholm.
MAQS has continued to strengthen its M&A team and recent cases include advising the wind power company Rabbalshede Kraft AB in connection with the investment in the wind farm Lyrestad where all the power will be purchased by Google; advising the owners of akeab, a leading company in the construction and cable industry, in connection with the sale of the company to funds administrated by Triton; and Veolia Nordic AB, in connection with Lassila & Tikanoja’s purchase of Veolia’s Swedish facility management services business (FM) through the acquisition of all of the shares of Veolia FM AB.
The banking and finance team represents a number of banks, financial institutions and funds in relation to financing, treasury and capital market matters on the Swedish market, eg Nykredit, Nordea Finance, Collector Bank, Crédit Agricole, HSBC, Pareto, and Aberdeen.
The commercial team continuously represents several international companies, such as 3M, Philips, NEVS and TUI in the Nordic region.
Within the area of construction law, the firm is representing the Serneke Group in matters related to the planning, design and construction of northern Europe’s tallest building, Karlatornet (planned to be 266 metres high). The project also includes adjacent blocks of office and retail buildings.
MAQS regularly advises issuers on capital market matters, such as IPOs, capital raisings and incentive programmes. The firm has been involved in several cross-border IPOs on Nasdaq Stockholm. In addition, MAQS also advises issuers on debt capital market matters, for example in connection with Klövern AB (publ) issue of a SEK 10bn secured MTN programme.
The dispute resolution team is, among other things, acting as Swedish counsel for the Republic of Kazakhstan in extensive challenge proceedings in the Svea Court of Appeal regarding an arbitral award under the Energy Charter Treaty. The team is also counsel for Klövern, listed at the Nasdaq OMX stock exchange in Stockholm, in a dispute against Telefonaktiebolaget Ericsson regarding Ericsson’s new headquarters in Stockholm.
Within competition law, the team advises several global market leaders such as 3M, Alps Electric, Bauer Media, Essity and Olympus. The firm offers a broad spectrum of services, in particular focusing on vertical agreements, dominance issues and co-operation between competitors. It also regularly files merger notifications and supports clients in dawn raids and discussions with competition authorities.
|Digital Business||Mikael Satama Granberg|
|French desk||Anders Åberg|