Firm Profile > MAQS Advokatbyrå > Gothenburg, Sweden
MAQS Advokatbyrå Offices
ÖSTRA HAMNGATAN 24
PO BOX 119 18
404 39 GOTHENBURG
MAQS Advokatbyrå > The Legal 500 Rankings
Environment Tier 2
Recent mandates for environmental practice head Christina Rydell Ahlström and Magdalena Persson at MAQS Advokatbyrå include liability assessments relating to contaminated land, licensing applications for water and hydropower operations and environmental due diligence investigations. The team regularly acts in disputes relating to contentious liability issues and operation permits. Clients include energy suppliers, public bodies (including the Civil Fire Protection Agency), municipalities and food and beverage companies.
Christina Rydell Ahlström
‘I engaged Christina Rydell Ahlström in an arbitration case and I was very impressed and happy in engaging her. It was obvious that her knowledge within the field is profound and she could quickly grasp the relevant questions. She rendered both memos and answers in a speedy manner and her advice was clear and well founded.‘
‘Very knowledgeable and very interested in listening and caring about the case.‘
‘Magdalena Persson stands out particularly. Her broad competence binds together with care for the customer building a trust which has been key to us.‘
‘I appreciate Christina Rydell Ahlström’s pragmatic approach, her competence within the area and her approachability & service mindedness.‘
Lilla Harrie Valskvarn AB
Räddningstjänsten i Storgöteborg
Serneke Fastighet AB
Construction Tier 3
Led by Erik Kjaer in Gothenburg, MAQS Advokatbyrå’s practice advises contractors and developers on all stages of construction projects from procurement strategies and contractual negotiations to ongoing consultations. Erik Palmgren is a noteworthy name for construction disputes and has experience representing contractors in contractual arbitrations; he recently handles claims for additional work and other contractual disputes.
‘Erik Kjaer is always quick to answer, very accurate and a true professional. He adds great value to us.‘
Erlandsson Bygg and Erlandsson Holding
Stanley Security Sweden
RO-Gruppen AB No
Billströmmer Riemer Andersson Bygg
Circle K Sweden
Employment Tier 3
Gothenburg-based Lars Lövgren and Malmö-based Mats Nilsson lead the employment practice at MAQS Advokatbyrå, which assists a client roster of companies from a diverse range of industries with contract negotiations, employee transfers, dismissals and collective bargaining issues; the team also provides employment-related transactional support. Recent contentious mandates include non-compete and trade secret claims. Senior associate Maria Moberg is noted for her expertise in contract and trade union negotiations.
Lars Lövgren; Mats Nilsson
Cyan Racing AB
Automotive Components Floby AB
MAQS Advokatbyrå’s M&A practice handles public and private transactions for clients in the domestic mid-cap market. Gothenburg-based Mikael Kowal and Malmö-based Jonas Blomquist jointly lead the group and field particular expertise in the life sciences and renewables sectors and acts for significant wind power clients; other clients stem from the insurance, media, IT and financial services sectors. The team also assists a number of private equity and venture capital companies with portfolio acquisitions and subsidiary sales.
Mikael Kowal; Jonas Blomquist
‘They are very accessible, easy to work with, hardworking and they deliver high-standard legal advice efficiently and on time. The team was set with the deal in mind and the various questions were handled by team members having the appropriate skills and expertise.‘
‘We were given a high level of attention by Niklas Eskilsson, Jessica Svantesson and Christina Rydell Ahlström. They each handled the matters and various questions within their field of expertise very professionally and I highly appreciated the team spirit both in relation to our team and internally between them. It was an important part of making the deal come through.‘
Rabbalshede Kraft AB
Rootfruit Scandinavia AB (Exotic Snacks AB)
Vicore Pharma AB
Elektroautomatik i Sverige Group AB
IRLAB Therapeutics AB
MAQS Advokatbyrå’s IP and media practice is jointly led by Gothenburg-based Christina Berggren and David Berggren in Malmö; the group provides trade mark protection and enforcement strategy advice to a client list comprising domestic and global clients in the clothing, automotive and consumer goods sectors. The team also handles commercialisation and copyright strategies in the media and entertainment sector. Recent contentious matters included trade mark infringement litigation with cross-border elements.
Christina Berggren; David Berggren
‘Great people who understand my business. I use the firm as my one-stop shop.‘
‘Maria Jennerholm has in-depth knowledge with a speedy delivery.‘
Hyundai Motor Company
Volvo Trademark Holding AB
The Coca-Cola Company
Elkjöp Nordic AS
Essity Hygiene and Health AB
Stampen Lokala Medier AB
ASKO Appliances AB
Cyan TM AB
Salming Trademarks AB
Axel Arigato AB
Coco & Nuts AB
Real estate Tier 4
MAQS Advokatbyrå’s real estate practice handles transactions and leasing negotiations for domestic and international property owners and investment funds. Gothenburg-based Katrin Troedsson leads the practice and, with key names Jessica Svantesson and Magnus Bengtsson, handles mid-tier transactions involving residential properties, the disposal of building rights and the establishment of joint ventures. Recent highlights on the leasing side include negotiations for commercial buildings and universities.
Älvstranden Utveckling AB
Cromwell Property Group
Fortinova Fastigheter AB
Executive Property Europe AB
Fastighets Aktiebolaget Trianon
Serneke Group AB
MKB Fastighets AB
Tax Tier 4
Lars Odinge and Krister Hjelmstedt, based in Gothenburg and Malmö respectively, are key contacts in MAQS Advokatbyrå’s tax practice. The team assists with structuring issues arising from corporate transactions, real estate acquisitions and company restructurings.
Dispute resolution Tier 5
Recent highlights for MAQS Advokatbyrå’s dispute resolution practice include defending breach of contract claims, construction sector cooperation agreement disputes, insurance coverage cases and real estate disputes relating to commercial rental costs. Other commercial litigation mandates stem from the heavy manufacturing, healthcare, forestry and sports sectors. Key names include group co-heads Annica Börjesson, Björn Goldman and Karoline Lindow, who all have international arbitration expertise.
Annica Börjesson; Björn Goldman; Karoline Lindow
Circle K Sweden
Stanley Black & Decker Group
Essity Hygiene & Health
EU and competition Tier 5
MAQS Advokatbyrå provides competition law advice to clients with operations across the Nordics; typical issues include pricing and rebate structures, abuse of dominant position compliance work and dawn raid and investigation responses. Practice head Mikael Åström recently defended multiple clients in EU investigations and before the Swedish Competition Authority in cartel allegations concerning price maintenance and coordination of prices.
‘Partner Mikael Åström is extremely talented, experienced and always such a pleasure to work with. Always positive and has a good sense of humour.‘
KGH Customs Services
Essity Hygiene and Health
Alps Electric Corporation
Music Retail Group
ESAB / Colfax Corporation
Inteleon Group (SMS Park)
MAQS Advokatbyrå > Firm Profile
MAQS Advokatbyrå is a full-service commercial law firm with offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. 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|
|IT and Telecom||Linn Samuelsson|
|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|