Robert Karlsson > Magnusson Sweden > Stockholm, Sweden > Lawyer Profile

Magnusson Sweden
P.O. BOX 7413

Work Department

Banking & Finance Regulatory


Head of Banking & Finance Regulatory


Robert Karlsson heads Magnusson’s Banking & Finance department in Stockholm. Robert has almost 15 years of experience working with banking and finance and capital markets law. Before joining Magnusson, Robert served as deputy to the head of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority’s (SFSA) consumer protection operations, which consist of nearly 100 employees with responsibility for the supervision and regulatory enforcement covering all financial institutions on the Swedish market. Further, Robert has held the position as Legal Director at the SFSA’s Securities Markets Law Department where he managed and supervised a department responsible for all legal issues concerning the operations of inter alia broker-dealers, insurance intermediaries and payment services institutes. Robert also headed the SFSA’s division for Capital Markets Law where he managed and supervised a division responsible for legal issues concerning stock exchanges and clearing houses and for the rules governing trading on regulated markets and other market places.

Magnusson Advokatbyrå
Head of Banking and Finance Regulatory, 2018 –

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority
Deputy Executive Director, 2016 – 2018

Danske Bank A/S, Swedish Branch
Managing Compliance Officer, 2015 – 2016

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority
Legal Director, Securities Markets Law Department
Head of Division, Capital Markets Law
Attorney, Securities Law Division
2009 – 2015

Baker & McKenzie Law Firm, Stockholm
Senior Associate, 2006 – 2009

Nasser & Company, Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania
Accounting, 2006

District Court of Helsingborg, Helsingborg
Law Clerk, 2003 – 2005


  • Member of the Supervisory Coordination Network at the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). (2017-2018).
  • Member of ESMA’s Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee. Active in ESMA’s regulatory work to draft technical advice and technical standards under the revised EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. (2014 – 2015).
  • Member of ESMA’s legal network, a forum established by ESMA’s Board of Supervisors with the purpose to serve as a sounding board on legal questions regarding interpretation of ESMA’s founding regulation and rules of procedure. (2014 – 2015).
  • Participated in the International Institute’s Program for Securities Market Development at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington D.C. 2014).


  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Arizona USA, 2003
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Stockholm University, 2002
  • Murdoch University, School of Law, Perth Australia, 2001
  • University of Western Australia, School of Law, Perth, Australia, 2000

Lawyer Rankings

Sweden > Banking and finance

In addition to leading on major transactional mandates, Magnusson Advokatbyrå‘s banking and finance practice head Robert Karlsson and key partner Caroline Landerfors provide assistance with financial regulatory matters including securities issues, European investment directives and applications to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. The client roster comprises corporate sponsors, investment firms and insurance intermediaries.

Sweden > Insurance

Under the leadership of Caroline Landerfors, who is ‘really the cream of the crop when it comes to legal analyses’, Magnusson Advokatbyrå is recommended for insurance distribution issues, group insurance programmes, policy wordings and the handling of claims. Landerfors has considerable experience in insurance law and the related areas of data privacy and financial services. Robert Karlsson is a name to note for regulatory matters.