Firm Profile > Wistrand > Gothenburg, Sweden

Wistrand
LILLA BOMMEN 1
PO BOX 11920
404 39 GÖTEBORG
Sweden

Insolvency Tier 1

The 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.

Practice head(s):

Christian Bergqvist

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Saab Automobile

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.

Practice head(s):

Jörgen Eklund; Anne-Marie Pouteaux

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Anticimex Insurance

AIG

Falck Försäkringar AB

If

Zurich

WL Care AB

Riskpoint

Neon

Tokio Marine HCC

Ambridge

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.

Practice head(s):

Tommy Grönberg; Lars Gahnström

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Niam

Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget i Norden (SBB)

Magnolia Bostad

Partners Group

Estea

Slättö

Strawberry Properties

Nordic Choice Hotels

FastPartner

Swedish Airport Infrastructure AB (SAIAB)

Castellum

Catella/Bouwfunds, Catella Real Estate

PATRIZIA Immobilien AG

Sigillet Fastighets AB

Stenvalvet

DNB Næringseiendom

Nordic Land plc

NCC

DEKA Immobilien

Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

Stockholmsmässan (Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre)

Thon Property/Olav Thon Gruppen

Pareto Project Finance

KICKS

Skandia Fastigheter

HanssonGruppen Invest AB

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Probitas

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.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Pouteaux

Testimonials

Highly capable and a high level of industry knowledge.

Key clients

Stena Line

Swedish Shipowners Association

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.

Practice head(s):

Conny Otteland; Peter Brandt

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

NIAM

Altro Invest AB

Soluno BC

Partners Group

Slättö Förvaltning AB

Einride

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.

Practice head(s):

Tommy Grönberg; Anne-Marie Pouteaux

Testimonials

Excellent skill, performance and execution.

Very skilled and service minded.

Håkan Lindgren has outstanding knowledge.

Key clients

Niam

SEB

Svensk Exportkredit

Catella Real Estate

Citibank

ISDA

Euroclear Sweden

Westdeutsche Immobilien Bank

Akademiska Hus

Danske Bank

PNC Bank, National Association

Credit Agricole Bank

SBB

EQT

Mycronic

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Robert Kullgren; Lars Harp; Per Dalemo

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Schibsted Media Group

Stena Group

PWC

Nokas

Atea

Tacton Systems

Almi Invest

AIG

Mycronic

CapMan

Strawberry Living

Formica Capital

20th Century Fox

Proact

B3 Consulting Group

Consolis

Volution

Industrifonden

Einride

Greencarrier AB

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.

Practice head(s):

Jan Alexanderson; Eilert Anderson

Key clients

Stockholm international Fairs

Eknö Hemman

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Praktikertjänst Fastigheter

Ansaldo STS Sweden

Englund-Gruppen

Nordic Gas Solution

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.

Practice head(s):

Jörgen Eklund; Mårten Hulterström

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Arvato Finans

Finansiel Stabilitet Denmark

Lauzon International

Medtronic

Nordic Choice

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Saab Automobile in bankruptcy

Schibsted Group

Stena Group

Swedish Football

Zurich

WL Care

Liconic

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.

Practice head(s):

Jakob Bernander; Jörgen Larsson

Testimonials

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.

Intellectual property and media Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Erik Ullberg; Christel Rockström

Key clients

Schibsted Media Group

Nordic Choice Hotels

Lagardère Sports and Entertainment

Stena Group

Stendahls Reklambyrå

The Swedish Hockey League (SHL)

Michael Weinig AG and Raimann Holzoptimierung GmbH & Co

Einride

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.

EU and competition Tier 5

Led by Gothenburg-based Tobias Bengtsson, Wistrand’s EU and competition practice advises on merger control filings, dawn raids and compliance reviews. Clients originate from a broad range of sectors including the transportation, media and manufacturing industries.

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Corporate and commercial
Dispute resolution
EU and competition
Employment
Energy and environment
Entertainment and sport
Financial markets
IT and telecoms
Insolvency and restructuring
Insurance
Intellectual property and media
Maritime and transport
Mergers and acquisitions
Public procurement
Real estate and construction
Special assignments
Tax
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Number of lawyers : 139
at this office : 82
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Other office : Stockholm

Wistrand is regularly advising international clients as well as Swedish clients on cross-border matters.

German Desk

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.

Lawyers

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 by companies such as Roche, Allianz, Coesia, Deichmann and Hitachi Zosen Inova. 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.
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 Capital Markets debt.

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.