Firm Profile > MAQS Advokatbyrå > Gothenburg, Sweden

MAQS Advokatbyrå
ÖSTRA HAMNGATAN 24
PO BOX 119 18
404 39 GOTHENBURG
Sweden

Environment Tier 2

MAQS Advokatbyrå advises on all areas of environmental law, and is instructed by public authorities and domestic and multinational companies. The department has extensive permit expertise, and recently acted for Lilla Harrie Valskvarn AB in precedent-setting proceedings in the Supreme Court and the Land and Environmental Supreme Court regarding hydropower activities. Christina Rydell Ahlström leads the team and assists with permit applications relating to a variety of projects, including water plants and wind farms. The team also includes Magdalena Persson (one of the firm's founding partners), who handles liability issues for municipalities relating to contaminated land.

Practice head(s):

Christina Rydell Ahlström

Other key lawyers:

Magdalena Persson

Testimonials

‘Very polite and interested to listen to the problem. Want to move forward and solve the problems.’

‘Very good listeners and unique experience in different parts of the case/environmental law. Christina Rydell Ahlström is easy to call and she always responds very quickly.’

‘Strong team with lengthy track record in the environmental practice for renewable energy.’

‘They are quick and you can trust them.’

‘High availability and flexibility when support needed.’

‘They are very dedicated.’

‘We experience MAQS Advokatbyrå as very professional and with a high level of knowledge and understanding of renewable energy, both legally and from a more comprehensive perspective. An overall understanding how the market and the processes work creates great added value for our assignments.’

‘We feel that MAQS Advokatbyrå is the leading firm within renewable energy in Sweden. Christina Rydell Ahlström contributes with her professionalism and is keen to know more about our business to be able to guarantee best in class services.’

Key clients

Ale kommun

Lilla Harrie Valskvarn AB

Räddningstjänsten i Storgöteborg

Serneke Fastighet AB

Berendsen Textil Service AB

Construction Tier 3

With offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, MAQS Advokatbyrå is well-placed to advise on large construction projects across Sweden. The firm assists with all stages of development projects, from the procurement processes and contract negotiations through to project management issues and disputes. Erik Kjaer leads the team and represents international and domestic clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Erik Palmgren advises on projects in the civil engineering and industrial spaces.

Practice head(s):

Erik Kjaer

Other key lawyers:

Erik Palmgren

Testimonials

‘Erik Kjaer is very competent and combines excellent legal knowledge with equally practical advice and an easy going and approachable personality – a must for our business, and the construction sector in general.’

‘I have been in contact with MAQS Law firm in many disputes and worked together with Erik Kjaer in Gothenburg. The firm has excellent knowledge in construction law and knows the construction industry very well. Thus, the firm has the capacity to give “tailored” advice which is of great benefit to it’s clients.’

‘I would like to “highlight” Erik Kjaer at MAQS Law firm in Gothenburg. He is very skilled and is very easy to discuss and negotiate with even in very complex cases.’

Key clients

Erlandsson Bygg AB and Erlandsson Holding AB

Serneke Group AB

Stanley Security Sweden AB

Boskalis N.V

Assemblin Sverige AB

RO-Gruppen AB

Billströmmer Riemer Andersson Bygg AB

Circle K Sweden AB

AstraZeneca AB

Östersunds kommun

Blue Wall Construction AB

F.O. Peterson & Söner Byggnads AB

Wästbygg AB

BESAB AB

Employment Tier 3

With a strong footprint in Malmö and Gothenburg, MAQS Advokatbyrå’s employment practice has extensive client roster of domestic companies and also acts for several international corporates. Group co-head Lars Lövgren handles the breadth of contracting issues, M&A work, terminations and executive compensation planning matters, while co-head Mats Nilsson takes on employment disputes concerning wrongful terminations and damages claims before the Labour Court. New client wins include public bodies, municipalities, retail chains, and media and construction companies.

Practice head(s):

Lars Lövgren; Mats Nilsson

Testimonials

‘Down to earth and pragmatic but still customer leaning in a very professional way.’

‘This firm has great competence, professional results and provides security.’

‘Personal service, fast response times and always a genuine responsibility and interest in the result being successful.’

Key clients

Stampen Group

Cyan Racing AB

Trelleborgs FF

Skåneinstallatören AB

Jayway AB

Energy Tier 3

MAQS Advokatbyrå’s renewables group includes practice head Mikael Kowal, who handles a high volume of transactions and investments in the wind power sector, and Christina Rydell Ahlström, who has an active presence in the hydropower sector, regularly handling transactions and permit applications. The team is active in the cleantech space, advising innovative carbon capture companies on inbound investments. Numerous municipality-owned energy companies also retain the firm for transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Mikael Kowal

Other key lawyers:

Christina Rydell Ahlström

Testimonials

‘Well established in the sector of renewable energy with excellent insight and knowledge in Sweden.’

‘Highly competent and going the extra mile to solve issues.’

‘They have very high integrity, fast feedback and great ability to understand the needs of each unique mission.’

‘We feel that MAQS Advokatbyrå is a leading firm within renewable energy in Sweden. Mikael Kowal contributes with his professionalism and genuine knowledge in wind power.’

‘The broad availability to reference cases within the energy sector has made the overall negotiation very smooth.’

‘Mikael Kowal has deep knowledge of how business works and how deals are made within the energy sector, which has been essential to help us reach an agreement with the other part to sell our company.’

Key clients

Lilla Harrie Valskvarn AB

Rabbalshede Kraft AB

Dala Vind AB

Solkraft EMK AB

EnBW Sweden AB and EnBW Sweden Wind

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Owing to a sizeable footprint in southern Sweden, MAQS Advokatbyrå’s corporate M&A department is active in the automotive, construction and energy sectors, while also sourcing clients from the life sciences, medtech and e-commerce industries. Practice heads Mikael Kowal and Jonas Blomquist focus on mid-cap, sell-side mandates, and Dag Fredlund is driving growth in cross-border transactional mandates. New recruits Martin Folke and Olof Wetterling (who joined from Baker McKenzie and Linklaters respectively) were enlisted to develop the team’s Stockholm office.

Practice head(s):

Mikael Kowal; Jonas Blomquist

Other key lawyers:

Dag Fredlund; Martin Folke; Olof Wetterling

Key clients

Rabbalshede Kraft AB

Stampen

Provator

Zenuity

Dala Vind AB

SOVA AB

Capillar Advisory

Jayway

A1M Pharma

SKF Group

IRLAB Therapeutics AB

BNP Paribas/ Alfred Berg

Opera Tech Ventures (BNP Paribas’ corporate venture arm)

Abacus Alpha Gmb

Semcon AB

EU and competition Tier 4

Recent contentious highlights for MAQS Advokatbyrå’s EU and competition practice saw practice head Mikael Åström representing clients before the Swedish Competition Authority against price maintenance and price coordination allegations; Astrom also recently brought abuse of dominance claims relating to digital parking solutions against the Municipality of Gothenburg. The team also handles merger filings including Phase II reviews for a diverse client portfolio including automotive, life sciences, forestry and technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Mikael Åström

Testimonials

‘The team was very professional however also very easy to cooperate with. The communication was very clear and easy to understand and translate to our business and the planned merger.’

‘High degree of availability, easy to talk to, very professional, expertise and experience.’

Key clients

Olympus Corporation

Zenuity

KGH Customs Services

SCA Forest

Essity Hygiene and Health

Music Retail Group

ESAB / Colfax Corporation

Santa Maria

Perrigo Company Plc

Latour AB

Inteleon Group (SMS Park)

Intellectual property and media Tier 4

MAQS Advokatbyrå’s IP and media group is particularly strong in the trade mark space, with typical instructions encompassing trade mark protection work, transactions, commercialisation issues and enforcements. Sector strengths are broad: co-head Christina Berggren focuses on the media, fashion and design industries; co-head David Berggren often advises government departments; and Daniel Thorbjörnsson recently provided strategic advice to clients in the autotech and gaming sectors. Co-head Wendela Hårdemark recently joined from Advokatfirman Vinge, strengthening the group's patent expertise.

Practice head(s):

Christina Berggren; David Berggren; Wendela Hårdemark

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Thorbjörnsson

Testimonials

‘Strong trade mark and media practice strengthened on the patent and copyright side with Wendela Hårdemark.’

‘Very knowledgeable, speedy and transparent.’

‘I have worked with Wendela Hårdemark and Christina Berggren for several years – the work is very practical and result oriented with the best interests of the client in mind.’

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Company

Volvo Trademark Holding AB

The Coca-Cola Company

AB Lindex

Elkjöp Nordic AS

Essity Hygiene and Health AB

Stampen Lokala Medier AB

ASKO Appliances AB

FootballAddicts AB

Cyan TM AB

Salming Trademarks AB

Illume/Ridestore AB

Zenuity AB

Electro Elco AB

Cura of Sweden

Real estate Tier 4

With multiple offices across Sweden, MAQS Advokatbyrå's practice is centred around M&A transactions. The team regularly leverages the firm's wider expertise, collaborating with lawyers from the tax, banking and environment departments. Jessica Svantesson heads up the Gothenburg team and advises on the buy and sell side of M&A transactions. In Malmö, Magnus Bengtsson handles commercial lease agreements. Firm CEO Katrin Troedsson also contributes to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Svantesson; Magnus Bengtsson; Katrin Troedsson

Key clients

Fastighets Aktiebolaget Trianon

Executive Property Europe AB

Öckerö Fastighets AB

Älvstranden Utveckling AB

Klövern

Serneke Group AB

Wenaas Ottersland AB

Cormac Förvaltnings AB

Mitthem AB

Dispute resolution Tier 5

MAQS Advokatbyrå fields a dispute resolution practice, which is primarily based in Gothenburg under Björn Goldman. Sector-focused teams have expertise in handling arbitration and litigation in the automotive, renewable energy and sports industries; the group also handles procurement disputes for municipalities and other state entities. Wendela Hårdemark was welcomed to the team from Advokatfirman Vinge to expand the commercial litigation offering in Stockholm.

Practice head(s):

Björn Goldman

Other key lawyers:

Wendela Hårdemark

Key clients

AB SKF subsidiary

Expressbacken AB

HansenGroup AS

Assemblin Sweden

Serneke Bygg AB

Stanley Security AB

The Swedish Football Club Östersund FK

RGS Nordic AB

Circle K Sweden AB

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Peter Andeby
Commercial Per-Henrik Schönberg
Commercial Carl Fhager
Construction Erik Kjaer
Dispute Resolution Björn Goldman
Dispute Resolution Fredrik Iverström
Employment Lars Lövgren
Energy Katrin Troedsson
Environment Magdalena Persson
EU and Competition Mikael Aström
Franchising and Distribution Bo Sjöholm
Insolvency Mats Romell
IP Christina Berggren
IT and Telecom Linn Samuelsson
Sport Carl Fhager
M&A Mikael Kowal
Public procurement Jimmy Carnelind
Real estate Jessica Svantesson
Tax Lars Odinge
Transport and Maritime Annica Börjesson
Automotive Industry Anton Olsson
Automotive Industry Per-Henrik Schönberg
Construction Erik Palmgren
Life Science Niklas Eskilsson
Life Science Dag Fredlund
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Magnus Dahlén  photo Mr Magnus Dahlén Intellectual property and marketing law, IT, technology and telecommunications
Mr Eric Ehrencrona  photo Mr Eric Ehrencrona Company law (Corporate), Mergers & Acquisitions
Mr Niklas Eskilsson  photo Mr Niklas Eskilsson
Ms Magdalena Persson  photo Ms Magdalena Persson Mergers & acquisitions, Environment & Cleantech, Real Estate & Construction
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