Firm Profile > Wistrand > Stockholm, Sweden
PO BOX 7543
103 93 STOCKHOLM
Wistrand > The Legal 500 Rankings
Insolvency Tier 1The team at Wistrand is regularly appointed as trustee for high-profile bankruptcies, and group head Christian Bergqvist, Niklas Körling and newly promoted partner Fredrik Thor are regularly singled out by clients. The practice handles complex debt restructuring mandates for banks and corporates across the insurance, IT and real estate sectors; the firm's Gothenburg office is also a key name for manufacturing clients. The department also advises banks as creditors in large bankruptcies, and Anders Nilsson has notable expertise in insolvency litigation at a domestic and global level. Counsel Nina Baecklund was a new arrival in 2020.
‘The team has high-level practical understanding of complex in-court insolvency proceedings which adds value to their advice.‘
‘Very good — maybe the best — at insolvency litigation.‘
‘One of the most skilled insolvency teams in the country.‘
‘A competent, young and active team.‘
‘Christian Bergqvist always delivers straightforward and valuable advice in challenging situations.‘
‘Anders Nilsson is an excellent insolvency lawyer and one of the brightest in the market.‘
‘Niklas Körling is well recognised for his work. He has tonnes of experience within insolvency law and has a practical and commercial approach.‘
‘Fredrik Thor is a highly skilled and pragmatic, business-minded professional, quick to identify and analyse complex legal issues, possessing both intuitive social skills and a high degree of integrity. It has been a pleasure working with him and the execution of projects has been hands-down excellent.‘
AQ Segerström & Svensson AB
Scana Steel Björneborg AB
Sulitelma Fastigheter AB
Powerwave Technologies Sweden AB
Suderhälsan HVB AB
The Cords & Co AB
OneOak Networks AB
Gibson Innovations Sweden AB
New Construction Group
Insurance Tier 1
Wistrand’s insurance practice has particularly strong expertise in W&I insurance, with Magnus Forssman receiving instructions from major international insurers as underwriters of cross-border transactions. Practice head Jörgen Eklund and Harry Bergman represent insurers in litigation proceedings including professional liability and coverage claims. The firm also has a significant regulatory practice, with recent mandates spanning the implementation of insurance products and policy drafting issues. Anne-Marie Pouteaux heads up the Gothenburg team.
‘The firm has very good knowledge of the insurance industry and our business.‘
‘Provides fast feedback, excellent quality and very good knowledge of our business. They provide pragmatic advice when negotiating with our partners.‘
Falck Försäkringar AB
WL Care AB
Tokio Marine HCC
Stena Oil AB
Stena Metall AB
Real estate Tier 1
Wistrand’s leading real estate M&A practice routinely handles high-value property acquisitions and divestments for a client portfolio of Nordic investors and property companies. Per Dalemo and practice co-heads Tommy Grönberg and Lars Gahnström advise on the full breadth of transactional work including tax, environmental and warranty and indemnity insurance issues, and investments and transactions involving residential, commercial, data centre and retail assets. The team also handles all issues regarding leasing negotiations and transfers, project developments, permit applications, property conversions and real estate disputes. Nils Sköld also has expertise in real estate fund formation mandates.
‘A very good and capable real estate team which is always easy to work with. Has vast experience in hospitality-related real estate matters.‘
‘A very professional practice with vast experience in real estate matters. Always available and able to combine legal advice with commercial astuteness.‘
Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget i Norden (SBB)
Nordic Choice Hotels
Swedish Airport Infrastructure AB (SAIAB)
Catella/Bouwfunds, Catella Real Estate
PATRIZIA Immobilien AG
Sigillet Fastighets AB
Nordic Land plc
Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Stockholmsmässan (Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre)
Thon Property/Olav Thon Gruppen
Pareto Project Finance
HanssonGruppen Invest AB
The Victor Rydberg School Foundation
Energy Tier 2
Wistrand’s energy practice is led by Rudolf Laurin, who advises on a range of regulatory issues including emissions-trading rights, access to electricity grids, energy taxes and permit applications. Recent transactional work included hydropower station sales and wind park acquisitions.
Shipping Tier 2
Wistrand’s Gothenburg-based shipping practice provides the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious advice under practice head Anne-Marie Pouteaux. Recent instructions for Pouteaux, Kristofer Selvin and senior associate Ida Dahlborg included the sale, purchase and registration of vessels; negotiations for port access, ship financing issues, ship arrests and other maritime claims. The team counts shipping companies, insurers, charterers, financial institutions and shipyards as clients.
Tax Tier 2
Wistrand fields a highly regarded team of tax professionals including Rickard Jonason, Victor Palm and practice co-heads Conny Otteland and Peter Brandt. The team handles cross-border matters concerning transfer pricing issues, structuring advice for corporate transactions, fund formations, incentive programmes and real estate joint ventures. Notable contentious experience includes handling administrative appeals to tax decisions and tax audits, as well as advising on investigations by tax authorities; the practice represents businesses as well as high-profile individuals. Clients originate from a broad range of sectors including the financial services, insurance, IT and manufacturing industries.
‘A unique combination of skills in both tax and transactions within the real estate market.‘
‘The team understands very well our company, business and the environment we are active in. They are solutions oriented and very good at finding possible ways to handle both challenges and difficulties. They have skills in the tax area that are at the highest level compared to other firms.‘
‘The team has outstanding experience in Swedish tax law and practice, in particular with international taxation. The team covers all aspects of tax including litigation.‘
‘I have worked with the tax team in various client matters and it is the vast experience and thought-through tax advice which comes to mind. Given the size of the team, they are able to put forward the best tax lawyers for the specific job.‘
‘I have worked with Nils Sköld for 15 years in a great number of transactions and I have never been disappointed. He has also been an adviser to the board in different tax issues and that has been real helpful for our company’s growth. He has the ability to balance tax matters and business issues in a very professional way.‘
‘We are very satisfied working with Nils Sköld and Joakim Söderlund. They are both very competent in the tax area and are also very easy to work with. Their skills are at the very best you can find in the market.‘
‘Peter Brand is an excellent tax lawyer and litigator with broad experience in Swedish tax law.‘
‘Rickard Jonason has excellent client-handling skills and a broad international tax practice.‘
‘Christian Luthman is a real dealmaker; he simply solves the issues on the table one way or the other. His personal style and vast experience is certainly contributing to the success of the team.‘
‘Victor Palm is a thorough thinker, technically impressive and a nice person to work with.‘
Altro Invest AB
Slättö Förvaltning AB
Banking and finance Tier 3
Export and real estate finance work are particular fields of expertise for Wistrand’s banking and finance team, which is jointly led by Tommy Grönberg and Gothenburg-based Anne-Marie Pouteaux. Pouteaux and Kristofer Selvin are also regarded for their expertise in shipping finance. Alongside borrowing mandates, a number of big-ticket banks and investment funds also instruct the group on financial regulatory work, particularly pertaining to EU regulations. Ulf Forsman and Håkan Lindgren are key names for domestic borrowers requiring acquisition finance advice.
‘Excellent skill, performance and execution.‘
‘Very skilled and service minded.‘
‘Håkan Lindgren has outstanding knowledge.‘
Catella Real Estate
Westdeutsche Immobilien Bank
PNC Bank, National Association
Credit Agricole Bank
Robert Kullgren, Lars Hasp and Per Dalemo jointly lead Wistrand’s M&A practice, which handles mid-cap transactions for a client roster of domestic and pan-European corporates in the media and telecoms, financial services and real estate sectors. The team is particularly active in public takeover deals and the firm’s Gothenburg office is well-placed to handle significant transactions in the automotive sector. Magnus Forssman lends his highly regarded insurance knowledge to complex warranty and indemnity issues arising from corporate transactions.
‘The team is very responsive and has a direct and clear approach.‘
‘Outstanding lawyers who are very skilled and have a pragmatic approach. Always easy to work with.‘
‘Has a combination of top-notch legal skills, attention to detail, good business sense and individuals that are nice and fun to work with.‘
‘We have mainly worked with Per Dalemo, Henrik Saalman and Tomas Hecht, who all have good and solid knowledge in their respective fields of expertise.‘
‘Per Dalemo and Fredrik Råsberg stand out for being very professional, skilled and commercially astute.‘
‘Has a good understanding of business needs and what a client wants to achieve. This enables a pragmatical discussion on when to be firm on legal details and when to make compromises in order to reach a goal. In addition, nice individuals that are really fun to work with.‘
‘The firm is perceived as friendly, easy to cooperate with and highly professional, with the ability to act local, yet having a wider perspective.‘
Schibsted Media Group
20th Century Fox
B3 Consulting Group
Construction Tier 3
Wistrand’s construction experts assist with the planning and development of commercial, residential and community infrastructure projects and advises on the full construction process from contract and procurement negotiations to leasing arrangements. The client portfolio consists of developers, contractors and joint ventures at a domestic and international level. Key contacts include Jan Alexanderson in Stockholm and Eilert Andersson in Gothenburg.
Dispute resolution Tier 3
With a notable reputation in litigation and arbitration proceedings, Wistrand’s Harry Bergman is a go-to name for complex professional liability and insurance-related dispute resolution. The team, which is jointly led by Jörgen Eklund and Mårten Hulterström, frequently represents its global client base in post-M&A and investment disputes, as well as other commercial litigation matters in the financial services, energy, industrial and telecoms sectors. The firm also has niche German law expertise and often acts in related arbitration proceedings.
‘Wistrand’s team is very thorough in its legal analysis, responsive to deadlines, and practical in its approach.‘
‘Wistrand is big enough to have competence in all areas of law that were involved in my case. At the same time the firm is not too large and cooperation between my lead lawyer and his colleagues worked well.‘
‘Andreas Rönnheden is extremely pleasant to work with. He is very knowledgeable, dedicated, efficient and available. He also possesses a great ability to present complex materials and make them understandable.‘
‘Jennie Jarl is an excellent lawyer. She has taken care of our case with great respect for the client and the delicate matters.‘
‘Johan Gregow did an outstanding job as the lead partner in the litigation. He is very intelligent and gave practical advice during the process.‘
‘Harry Bergman and Christel Rockstrom’s competence is second to none. They remembered nearly every single detail in the case and always had a clear strategy. Their integrity is unquestionable and they really have their clients’ interests at heart.‘
Finansiel Stabilitet Denmark
Saab Automobile in bankruptcy
Swedish National Grid
Employment Tier 3
Jakob Bernander and Jörgen Larsson jointly lead Wistrand’s employment practice, which attracts praise from its client base of mid-tier domestic and international corporates for handling the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Alongside handling the employment elements of M&A transactions, the team also acts in trade secret litigation, disputes concerning collective bargaining agreements, employee contract drafting issues, reorganisations and terminations. Key areas of expertise span the construction, media, healthcare and technology sectors.
‘Delivers with excellent skill and speed.‘
‘Jakob Bernander has deep knowledge and I feel he can address all aspects of employment law.’
‘Jakob Bernander is very skilled in labour law and practice.‘
‘Jakob Bernander is quick, professional and flexible.‘
Environment Tier 3
Gothenburg-based Rudolf Laurin handles Wistrand’s environment and energy mandates, typically advising on permit applications and related disputes for wind power projects, landfill sites, dangerous waste treatment and water operations.
On the contentious side of Wistrand’s IP and media practice, team co-head Erik Ullberg regularly handles copyright infringement litigation, trade secrets disputes and contentious patent work. Christel Rockström, who also co-heads the practice, leads on media and marketing-related matters including representing publishing platforms in defamation cases. The team also lends its IP expertise to corporate transactions for the firm’s roster of international corporate clients.
IT and telecoms Tier 3
The key contacts for IT and telecoms advice at Wistrand are Magnus Forssman and Erik Ullberg, who have experience in advising IT suppliers, software companies and producers on outsourcing contracts, cooperation agreements and distribution agreements. Clients are fielded from the domestic and international markets.
Capital markets Tier 4
Wistrand’s debt capital markets mandates are handled by Monica Petersson, who advises on MTN programmes, IPOs and other debt instruments. Erik Hygrell provides advice on equity capital markets issuances.
Wistrand > Firm Profile
The firm: Wistrand is one of Sweden’s largest, full-service business law firms with approximately 200 employees and offices in Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Since its founding in 1915, the firm has focused on providing quality legal advice within all areas of commercial law to private and public industry in Sweden and internationally. With lawyers specialised in virtually all areas of business law and industries, Wistrand assists its clients with everything from major transactions and disputes to ongoing advice.
At Wistrand, the firm draws on the range of depth of its expertise to develop commercial, effective solutions for its clients. In order to provide tailored advice, it invests in understanding its client’s organisation, operating context as well as the opportunities and challenges they face.
The firm’s clients include large and medium-sized Swedish and foreign companies, banks and other financial institutions, government departments and agencies, municipalities and public utilities.
Areas of practice
Banking and finance: the firm assists with all aspects of banking and finance law, including Swedish and international bonds and notes issues, syndicated and bilateral loans, export, project and acquisition finance and regulatory work.
Capital markets: the firm assists on all varieties of capital markets transactions, including securities and financial regulatory matters.
Commercial, corporate and M&A: the firm regularly assists leading Swedish and international companies on sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions and on general corporate matters, including: M&A; shareholder/governance matters; joint ventures; incentive programs; employee stock purchase plans; and commercial agreements. The firm has a leading position in Representations & Warranties (R&W) insurance deals on the Swedish M&A market.
Data protection and integrity: The firm provides advice to various businesses and industries on all issues relating to data protection and integrity. Our clients range from Swedish and international groups to startup companies.
Dispute resolution: the firm handles commercial dispute and is strong in contentious matters in M&A and investment-related disputes, IT, IP and telecom disputes, industry and energy sector disputes and credit and insolvency disputes. It is a leading firm in Sweden for representation in professional liability matters and handling international disputes.
Employment: the firm has vast experience in advising Swedish and international clients on employment and labour law matters. The practice handles high-level employment work across a range of industry sectors, and is especially well regarded in the construction sector.
Environment and energy: the firm represents the manufacturing, quarry, waste and energy sectors. It advises in the energy production sector, advising on energy issues such as the grid, energy taxes, emission rights, purchase and sales agreements, permits, and legal actions.
Insolvency and restructuring: Wistrand is one of the few Swedish firms to offer equal capability in traditional insolvency work and debt restructuring for banks and corporates. The practice covers official court appointments as liquidator, administering winding up of companies, high-level advisory work, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed workouts.
Insurance: the firm’s stellar reputation in contentious matters is also noted in its insurance-related work. The practice advises local Swedish corporate clients, insurers and international law firms.
IT and telecoms: the firm provides legal matters relating to IT and telecommunications with respect to licensing, transfer and acquisition of technology outsourcing, development, consultancy, distribution and cooperation agreements, procurement of systems and data protection.
Real estate: the firm has one of the largest and most active teams in real estate, with expertise and capability across all key disciplines of the real estate sector: domestic and cross-border transactions, projects, development, finance, restructuring and disputes. The firm also offers a range of related specialties such as tax, construction, and environmental.
Tax: the firm assists both consulting/advisory, as well as litigation and investigations. The consulting work includes tax advice and support on M&A, financings, real estate deals, cross-border transactions, and restructurings, while the tax litigation part includes administrative appeals against tax decisions, tax audits, and representing clients in government tax investigations.
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|Entertainment and sport|
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|Insolvency and restructuring|
|Intellectual property and media|
|Maritime and transport|
|Mergers and acquisitions|
|Real estate and construction|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 136 at this office : 78
LanguagesCzech Danish English French German Italian Norwegian Polish Portuguese Serbian Spanish Swedish
OtherOther office : Gothenburg
Wistrand is regularly advising international clients as well as Swedish clients on cross-border matters.
Our German Desk provides legal advice to companies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in their business transactions in Sweden. The areas of advice include cross-border transactions, the formation of subsidiaries or branches, all types of commercial agreements, labor law, disputes, as well as ongoing advice concerning daily business in Sweden.
Our German Desk consists of Swedish and German lawyers with many years of experience in corporate law activities regarding Germany, Switzerland and Austria. All lawyers have been educated and worked in Sweden as well as Germany.
In addition, we assist our Swedish clients in cross-border transactions, investments and other business aspects regarding the German-speaking part of the world.
Robert Kullgren – Over the years, Robert has represented a large number of major German investors in Sweden, such as Deutsche Bank, Deka, Bouwfonds, Patrizia and Berlinovo. He holds a LL.M from a German university and has previously worked for a German law firm.
Sascha Schaeferdiek – Sascha is a dual-qualified Swedish Advokat and German Rechtsanwalt, and is regularly engaged in cross-border M&A transactions, in particular for medium-sized companies from the German-speaking countries. Sascha holds a German law degree and a doctorate from a German university and has worked for a German law firm for several years.
Erik Hygrell – Erik has for several years advised German clients on investments and various corporate law mandates in Sweden, including in particular clients from automotive and other manufacturing industry sectors. Erik holds an LL.M from a German university and has previously worked for a German law firm.
Elisabeth Salmgren von Schantz – Elisabeth regularly advises German clients on investments, corporate matters and transactional work mandates in Sweden. Elisabeth has studied law at a German university and has previously worked for a German law firm.
Johanna Müller – Johanna is part of Wistrand’s litigation team. She has acted as counsel in various litigations and arbitrations, particular in those with a link to Germany or German speaking clients. She holds an LL.M. degree from one of the worldwide leading Master programs within commercial arbitration.
Anne Geismar – Anne has a special focus on commercial contracts and IP matters. She holds a doctor’s degree from the University of Kiel and has previously worked for a German law firm following her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Schleswig-Holstein.
Wistrand also has a strong international practise within Banking and Finance, and Debt Capital Markets.
Monica Petersson – advises leading Swedish and international banks and blue chip corporates on all aspects of debt financing, ranging from unsecured and secured bilateral and syndicated loans and export financing to Debt Capital Markets, derivatives, and related regulatory matters. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 1990 and to the Swedish Bar in 1994 and is now considered to be one of the top banking lawyers in Sweden.
Ulf Forsman – a dual-qualified (England and Sweden) banking and finance specialist, he focuses mainly on secured lending (including real estate finance), export finance, acquisition finance and receivables finance. Ulf worked as a banking lawyer in the City of London for over 10 years and was based in Brazil for nine years, where he was Head of Legal for Latin America for a multinational company. In 2018 Ulf assisted the London Loan Market Association (LMA) in connection with the drafting of the export finance buyer credit agreement recently published by the LMA.
We strive for a long-term profitable business with a good balance between financial, environmental, and social responsibility. Wistrand’s sustainability work aims to achieve a good balance between these three aspects of our responsibility.
We shall generate sustainable profit and secure our financial position both in the short and long term, in balance with our environmental and social responsibility.
We shall take responsibility for operating a business that does not affect our natural resources in a negative way in the long-term.
We shall take responsibility for operating a business that considers the health and well-being of humans by contributing to a well-functioning society.
We have identified six areas that we focus our sustainability work on. These focus areas are:
Fair business practices
Good business practices ensure we act in an ethical and sustainable manner in our interactions with the outside world. This includes relationships with actors we meet within the scope of our matters (e.g. clients, counterparties, courts and other authorities) but also other actors in our environment (e.g. the Swedish Bar Association, suppliers and competitors). This area includes legal ethics, anti-corruption work, actions against money-laundering and promotion of social responsibility in the value chain.
Diversity and inclusion
All those who are part of a society – regardless of skin color, age, religion, sexuality, gender identity, physical and mental functions, financial conditions, cultural descent and ethnicity – shall have the same opportunities and rights. Wistrand’s work with diversity and inclusion is mainly about taking advantage of many different experiences and knowledge within the scope of our work. A good composition of people with various experiences increases both the efficiency and the quality in the business.
Wistrand’s commitment within this area means continuously striving to create guidelines and work practices related to work within or upon assignment by Wistrand that brings about good working relationships. The work concerns,
among other things, occupation and employment conditions, working conditions and social security, work environment and dialogue with representatives for employee and employers’ organizations.
Community commitment and development
We are a part of the society in which we operate. It is only natural for us to strive to contribute our knowledge and experiences in various projects advantageous to society. Wistrand encourages its colleagues to commit to such projects and with the help from its existing connections assume a social responsibility. Exchange with other actors is valuable as it helps them and us to learn and grow. The focus area includes community commitment to education and culture, health, development of and access to technology and social investments.
Our environmental work includes working for a sustainable employment of resources and striving to prevent negative environmental impact.
The recognition of, and respect for, human rights is critical for the principles of the rule of law and is the basis for the most important institutions in society, such as the legal system. Our goal is that our business operations shall be permeated by the respect for human rights and freedoms. Respect for these is a prerequisite for sustainability work within all of our focus areas.
For more information about our sustainability work, please contact Ida Dahlborg, email@example.com