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Bird & Bird
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Sweden > Intellectual property and media Tier 2

Bird & Bird fields ‘strong and specialised media and IP lawyers, backed by one of the largest media and IP practices in Europe’. In the contentious space, the group often handles IP litigation relating to pharmaceuticals patents, copying of software, commercial deals and trade secrets in a range of industries. The team is led by Gabriel Lidman, who deals. Former group co-head Monique Wadsted left the group in early 2023 to establish her own firm.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Lidman


‘Bird & Bird provided clear and well-founded advice that could effectively be used to close one of our largest deals.’

‘Gabriel Lidman, Partner, was personally committed and provided excellent advice in a speedy manner.’

‘They have very strong and specialised Media and IP lawyers, backed by one of the largest media and IP practices in Europe within Bird & Bird as one integrated firm.’

‘Gabriel Lidman is a very strong negotiator and litigator. He is also very attentive.’

Key clients

Accumulate AB

Aptiv Contract Services Sweden AB

Monster Beverage Corporation

Öjvind Fahlström’s estate

Work highlights

  • Representing Accumulate AB in a trade secret/copyright litigation against Finansiell ID-Teknik BID AB before the Patent and Marketing Court, in regards to a method for secure transactions.
  • Assisted Aptiv Contract Services Sweden AB in a major trade secret case against Lear Corporation Gothenburg AB at the District Court of Gothenburg.

Sweden > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Bird & Bird tech and comms sector group is led by Hans Svensson and Mattias Lindberg, and stands out from its local competitors by utilising support from its tech-focused international network. The team acts for large global and domestic clients on cybersecurity and regulatory matters, data protection issues, digital transformation projects and compliance work; Lindberg is particularly singled out for digital development projects and contentious issues. Senior associate Beatrice Duke is recommended for data protection mandates, international data transfers and breach response work.

Practice head(s):

Hans Svensson; Mattias Lindberg

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Archive Resale, Inc

RCO Security

Aion NV/SA (Aion Bank)



3G Infrastructure Services AB

Médecins Sans Frontières Sweden Innovation Unit

Work highlights

  • Advised Archive Resale on a strategic Master Service Agreement regarding an agile development process and implementation of the marketplace solution on e-commerce platforms.
  • Assisted RCO Security AB with drafting the agreement package for its new service model where RCO Security AB moves from providing services on premises to the cloud.
  • Assisted Aion Bank with entering into the Swedish market with its online banking services.

Sweden > Tax Tier 2

Bird & Bird’s tax offering is led by Carl-Magnus Uggla and advises high-profile domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of transactions, mainly in the real estate and private equity sectors. It is also strong in tax planning, tax incentive schemes, investigations and litigation. Uggla acts for real estate clients, construction companies and corporations and handles advisory work and litigation, while senior counsel Victor Stålblad is a key name for incentive schemes and litigation; he is also a Swedish Tax Agency alumnus.

Practice head(s):

Carl-Magnus Uggla

Other key lawyers:

Victor Stålblad; Andreas Lundqvist

Key clients

10 Chambers AB

AC Datacenter AB

Adaptic AG

Accountor AB


AF Gruppen AS

AG Mining


Bain Inc / Bain AB



Brockwell Capital Ltd

Cambri Oy

Citi Group

Collegio AB

Compassion International


Credit Suisse


Cytovac AS

Deutsche Bank

Eduhouse Oy

eEquity AB

Ferronordic AB

GreenCargo AB

Guard Therapeurics AB

Hiscox Ltd

Holiday Club AB

HSB Projektpartner AB

ICAP Ltd, (TP ICAP Group)

Läkarleasing AB

Majority AB

Mattssons Fastighetsutveckling AB

Nyköpingshem AB

Norama Alternative Investments AB

NorthStream AB

Oivor AB

Opfutrade AB

Unloc AS

Reihmut & Co Investment Management AG

RebTel AB

Samsaj Group AB

Sinch AB

Tempur Sealy AB

Trip Advisor AB

TV4 Media AB

Zimpler AB


Work highlights

  • Advised major real estate fund Slättö Förvaltning AB on its first cross-border transaction into Finland.
  • Advised Citi on its “take-over” of Nordea’s sub-custody business, through a strategic referral arrangement with Nordea.
  • Advised new fintech company Zimpler AB on its entry into the Peruvian and Colombian markets.

Sweden > Banking and finance Tier 3

Bird & Bird‘s Swedish finance and financial regulation offering is integrated into the firm’s international team and is well placed to handle both domestic and international work; it counts commercial banks, international development banks, investment banks, funds, multilateral banks and other financial institutions on its client roster. Mirja Sikander joined the practice from Advokatfirman Cederquist KB in late 2023 to lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mirja Sikander

Key clients


Livförsäkringsbolaget Skandia, ömsesidigt


Reichmuth & Co

TAG (Trust Anchor Group)


Danske Bank A/S, Danmark, Sverige Filial

DNB Bank ASA Filial Sverige

Work highlights

  • Advised Danske Bank A/S, Danmark, Sverige Filial, on a €55m secured revolving multi-currency credit facility made available for Thunderful Group AB.
  • Advised Swedish listed real estate company Nyfosa AB on the financing of the acquisition of a Finnish property portfolio consisting of 43 properties.
  • Advised DNB Bank ASA in connection with a secured construction bridge financing of a wind farm with capacity of 134.4 MW in Sweden.

Sweden > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The Bird & Bird team is made up of  ‘competent people understanding the essentials of the underlying business’ and is well placed to handle cross-border mandates by virtue of its international network. The practice is led by Hans Svensson, Mårten Williamo and Mattias Lindberg, and advises on M&A, joint ventures, private equity buy-outs, venture capital investments, post-acquisition integration work and capital markets issues. Martin Folke joined from MAQS Advokatbyrå and acts for start-ups and growth companies on venture capital mandates.

Practice head(s):

Hans Svensson; Mårten Willamo; Mattias Lindberg

Other key lawyers:


‘Mårten Willamo was very helpful for all post-closing matters of our transaction.’

‘Competent people understanding the essentials of the underlying business and taking care of the overall delivery.’

‘Truly engaged and experienced individuals, delivering on milestones and deadlines.’

‘Very proactive and effective team.’

Key clients


Ratos AB

CapMan Plc

Polaris Equity

Nalka Invest

Alder Equity


TK Elevator GmbH

Statkraft AS Group


Beta Nordic Studios


ChromoGenics AB

Secits AB

Fujitsu Sweden AB

The Synsam Group

Archive Resale, Inc

RCO Security

Aion NV/SA (Aion Bank)



Medhelp Sjukvårdsrådgivning AB

3G Infrastructure Services AB

Médecins Sans Frontières Sweden Innovation Unit

Work highlights

  • Advised PDSVision Group on the add-on acquisition of Cambridge-based Root Solutions Ltd. and on the acquisition of Manchester-based Wilde Analysis Ltd.
  • Advised Group on its acquisition of GetID, an Estonian developer of an all-in-one identity verification service that streamlines customer onboarding processes, and on the acquisition of Datacorp OÜ, an Estonian developer of AI software for image analysis based on neural network algorithms, computer vision and machine learning.
  • Advised IT and communications company, Fujitsu Sweden AB, on its sale of C7 business unit and related assets to Triona AB.

Sweden > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Bird & Bird’s privacy and data protection practice group leverages its international network for support and is well-placed to handle cross-border mandates. Under the leadership of Mattias Lindberg, the practice acts for top domestic and international corporate clients on GDPR issues, compliance work, data breaches and cross-border data transfers. Lindberg is a key name for digital transformation projects, IT mandates and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Mattias Lindberg


‘The team is truly professional while also easy to collaborate with.’

‘Mattias Lindberg is a star.’

‘Mattias Lindberg’s extensive knowledge in adapting the legal framework into practical and business-efficient processes is outstanding.’

Key clients

The Synsam Group

Medhelp Sjukvårdsrådgivning AB



Médecins Sans Frontières Sweden Innovation Unit

Work highlights

  • Supporting the Synsam Group with its data protection governance.
  • Advising Bilprovningen on drafting, negotiations, as well as other strategic and legal considerations, relating to all of the IT projects in which data protection matters form an integral and very important part.
  • Assisting Kontakta and its member companies with all questions in respect of the daily business of call centres and providing expert advice in industry specific questions and the legal developments within the industry.

Sweden > Employment Tier 3

Bird & Bird fields ‘efficient and productive lawyers who are highly skilled within the field of employment law’. It is particularly strong in the life sciences and technology sectors and utilises its international network and integrated team to assist on cross-border matters. Katarina Åhlberg heads up the practice and is a noteworthy individual for disputes, pensions and benefits work, while counsel Simon Söderholm is recommended for HR support and transaction-related employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Katarina Åhlberg

Other key lawyers:

Dasha Arntyr; Simon Söderholm


‘Efficient and productive lawyers who are highly skilled within the field of employment law. Their lawyers are also very sympathetic and likeable.’

‘Karina Åhlberg is always hands-on, effective, and provides reasonable and practical advice and suggestions. Very easy to work with.’

‘Easy to reach out, engaged in the case, provide high level professional advice.’

‘They are focused, have a good understanding of the business and environment we operate in.’

‘Bird & Bird has a very high quality delivery of legal advice that they provide often under challenging and short time tables which is highly appreciated. This goes for all deliveries independent of who provides it.’

‘Have worked with Bird & Bird for more then 20 years. What I like is that they can provide me with assistance in whatever field I need help. Always prompt and without any problems.’

‘Quick and timely help and contact when needed.’

‘Our project involved many jurisdictions in different continents and B&B showed a great capacity of coordination of the different input received from B&B offices or corresponding law firms; B&B also showed great teamwork spirit with our company’s stakeholders involved in the project; they understood our needs well and how to approach them in an objective way without losing quality.’

Key clients

10 Chambers




Purmo Group Oy






Work highlights

  • Advised Mitsubishi on a restructuring of the Mitsubishi Corporation Swedish branch’s organisation as well as on management of Japanese staff members’ immigration status.
  • Represented Twistshake in litigation against a former employee regarding invalidation of a redundancy dismissal.
  • Represented Aptiv in litigation against a major competitor involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets by a former employee.

Sweden > Capital markets Tier 4

The capital markets team at Bird & Bird focuses on ECM mandates and is particularly experienced in private equity-driven IPOs and transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors. Ola Lidström heads up the practice and advises issuers, underwriters and shareholders on various transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Ola Lidström

Key clients

Beowulf Mining plc

Eurobattery Minerals AB

RNB Retails and Brands AB

EnQuest PLC

QP Games AB

ChromoGenics AB

Greater Than AB Group AB

Iconovo AB

Prebona AB


Cytovac AB

Erik Penser Bank AB

Image Systems AB

Kommuninvest i Sverige AB

Work highlights

  • Advised high-performance façade glass manufacturer ChromoGenics AB in connection with its SEK68.2m rights issuance on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market.
  • Advised Group AB on its SEK56m accelerated book-building and placing on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market.
  • Assisted EnQuest PLC on Swedish law aspects in connection with its $50m open offer and placing on the LSE Main Market.

Sweden > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Bird & Bird focuses on IP and public procurement disputes under the leadership of Gabriel Lidman. Litigation, arbitration and ADR all fall under the remit of the team, which is supported by a strong global network on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Lidman


‘I’ve only used Bird & Bird – they are the best.’

Key clients

3G Infrastructure Services AB – 3GISAccumulate AB

Accumulate AB

Aptiv Contract Services Sweden AB


City of Uppsala (Uppsala kommun)



Karolinska Sjukhuset

Work highlights

  • Representing Accumulate AB in a trade secret/copyright litigation against Finansiell ID-Teknik BID AB before the Patent and Marketing Court, in regards to a method for secure transactions.
  • Representing the city of Uppsala (Uppsala Kommun) in a public procurement litigation of principle interests against JC Decauxo.
  • Assisted Aptiv Contract Services Sweden AB in a major trade secret case against Lear Corporation Gothenburg AB at the District Court of Gothenburg.

The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

Bird & Bird has over 1,450 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 32 offices across Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, North America and the Middle East, offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups.

The Swedish practice has a broad transactional and contentious capability with a special focus on the technology and communications, media, life sciences, energy and utilities, food and beverage, and aviation industry sectors.

As an international law firm Bird & Bird co-ordinates its activities across all its international offices to ensure an integrated approach, continuity of client care and regular exchange of know-how and best practice.

The Stockholm office is located in the centre of Stockholm and has 80 employees, including 55 lawyers. The office is headed by managing partner Mårten Willamo.

Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:

Automotive: advising on all stages of a life cycle of a motor vehicle, from initial design, to sales and distribution, through to disposals.

Aviation, aerospace, defence and security: advising on asset management and financing, civil aviation matters, including airlines, regulatory and competition issues, and aerospace and defence, including PPP/PFI and product liability.

Electronics: advising clients operating in or serving the electronics industry, from R&D and component manufacturing, to technology licensing agreements.

Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, cleantech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.

Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.

Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.

Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media and emerging areas, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Sports: advising clients such as national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years. Its team includes lawyers with a particular focus on communications, devices and components, digital tech and eCommerce, and software and services as well as a number of more specialist industries including data centres, postal and satellites.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Mattias Lindberg
Competition Gabriel Lidman
Corporate Hans Svensson
Dispute resolution Gabriel Lidman
Employment Katarina Åhlberg
Employee incentives and benefits Katarina Åhlberg
Food and beverage Caroline Grotenfelt
Intellectual property Gabriel Lidman
Tax Carl-Magnus Uggla
Technology and communications Hans Svensson
Life sciences Ola Lidström
Corporate/M&A Mårten Willamo
Venture Capital Martin Folke
Photo Name Position Profile
Katarina Åhlberg photo Mrs Katarina Åhlberg Katarina is the head of the Employment Group in Stockholm. She is…
Gabriel Lidman photo Mr Gabriel Lidman Gabriel Lidman is partner at the Stockholm office and the head of…
Ola Lidström photo Mr Ola Lidström Ola is a partner in our International Corporate Group, based in Stockholm.…
Mattias Lindberg photo Mr Mattias Lindberg
Hans Svensson photo Mr Hans Svensson Hans Svensson a Partner in our office in Sweden, and the head…
Carl-Magnus Uggla photo Mr Carl-Magnus Uggla Carl-Magus is a partner in our International Tax Group, based in Stockholm.…
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