Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Stockholm, Sweden

Bird & Bird
BOX 7714

Intellectual property and media Tier 1

With global expertise in IP and media matters, Bird & Bird is a go-to name in the Swedish market for large-scale trade mark prosecutions, patent litigation and copyright commercialisation issues. Monique Wadsted is a leading name in the media and entertainment sector, who regularly represents US and Swedish movie studios in high-profile enforcement actions, and assists with marketing and commercial matters for clients in the sport and media sectors. Practice head Gabriel Lidman handles the full breadth of contentious and non-contentious IP matters across the Nordics for clients in IP-rich sectors including the life sciences, technology, software, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and retail industries.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Lidman

Key clients

Accumulate AB

Monster Beverage Corporation

Elsevier B.V., Elsevier Ltd. and Elsevier Inc.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Bird & Bird has substantial knowledge of digital communications, VoIP, cloud computing, cybersecurity and IoT mandates. Mattias Lindberg is noted for his expertise in strategic agreements, outsourcing negotiations, digitalisation projects and IT-related disputes, while practice head Hans Svensson is a go-to name for tech-focused M&A and financing transactions. The group also draws on its global network to handle matters for an international client base and domestic blue chips. The group also leverages the firm's ‘twobirds Client Solutions’ platform to assist clients with cloud computing and digital marketing issues.

Practice head(s):

Hans Svensson

Key clients

AB Svensk Bilprovning (the Swedish Motor Vehicle Inspection Company)

Accumulate AB

Tredje AP-fonden (The Third Swedish National Pension Fund)





RCO Security AB

Åke Sundvall Byggnads AB

Atomia AB

118100 Holding AB

3G Infrastructure Services

Accumulate AB


Avalanche Studios


British Telecommunications

Cadence Design Systems

Capgemini Sverige AB


Dassault Systems BV


Infor (Sweden) AB

Infosys Technologies

Kaspersky Lab UK


Lexmark International Technology


QlikTech Nordic

Tata Communications

Tech Mahindra Limited

Tax Tier 2

Leading Bird & Bird’s tax practice, Carl-Magnus Uggla is a key name for real estate tax issues and is routinely instructed by international real estate funds to provide tax structuring advice and due diligence on pan-Nordic transactions including complex forward funding structures. The team also advises insurance firms, media clients, public bodies, high-net-worth individuals and financial institutions on remuneration planning work, SPA negotiations and cross-border tax restructuring issues. Uggla also provides advice on investigations by the Swedish Tax Agency.

Practice head(s):

Carl-Magnus Uggla

Key clients

Accountor AB

AF Gruppen






Citi Group

Consensum Produktion AB

Delivery Hero

Deutsche Bank UK



HSB Projektpartner

Lateral Management

Live Nation

Mattsson Fastighetsutveckling AB

NorthStream AB

Oivor AB


Shellback Industries

Tempur Sealy

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate group at Bird & Bird has expanded its presence in the domestic market, which includes noteworthy names Jan Byström, Ola Lidström and practice co-heads Hans Svensson and Mårten Willamo. The team handles M&A transactions, high-end venture capital investments and post-M&A corporate governance for an international, technology and media-focused client base of private equity houses and corporates. Mattias Lindberg, who heads up the commercial practice, recently joined from Affärsadvokaterna i Sverige AB and advises on strategic agreements, outsourcing issues, franchisings, licensing mandates and complex digitisation projects; he also lends his data privacy expertise to corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Hans Svensson; Mårten Williamo


The team is very responsive and available, to the point and solutions oriented.

Caroline Grotenfelt and her team are down to earth and always give attention to detail. We trust her genuinely.

Jan Byström is an excellent negotiator and project leader, who is solutions driven with good business acumen.

Key clients

Intera Partners

Terra Firma Capital Partners

Tempur Sealy International


RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

AF Gruppen

CapMan Group




Lantmännen Ek För


Kavli Holding

Vitruvian Partners

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Data privacy mandates for Bird & Bird’s clients are handled by commercial practice head Mattias Lindberg, who recently joined from Affärsadvokaterna i Sverige AB to expand the firm's expertise. The team is handling GDPR compliance projects, data processing agreements and cross-border data sharing issues for clients in cutting-edge sectors including the fintech, medtech and life sciences industries. As an integrated offering with the firm's corporate and commercial practice, the group also routinely advises on data privacy issues arising from M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mattias Lindberg

Key clients

AB Svensk Bilprovning

Tredje AP-fonden

Aleris X


RCO Security AB

Åke Sundvall Byggnads

Atomia AB

Orio AB


Employment Tier 3

The employment practice at Bird & Bird assists its tech-heavy client base with the full range of issues, from collective bargaining negotiations and post-M&A integrations to workplace environment policy, internal misconduct investigations and disciplinary procedures. Team head Katarina Åhlberg routinely advises on reorganisations and terminations, while counsel Ottilia Boström is noted for her expertise with pensions and remuneration issues, particularly in the financial services sector. The practice is also noted for its niche expertise in immigration matters, assisting employers with work permits, corporate establishments and taxation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Katarina Åhlberg


Katarina Åhlbeg is very professional and always replies quickly with high quality.

Ottilia Boström is very professional and describes the relevant issues in a quick and easy way.

They have great knowledge of labour law and they treat the customer well!

Key clients

Aerohive Networks



BT (British Telecom) Group



Hemsö Fastighets AB

Implement Consulting



Kraft Heinz

Lantmännen Group




Capital markets Tier 4

Bird & Bird has increased its capital markets expertise under the leadership of recently appointed practice head Ola Lidström. The majority of its transactions involve lower mid-cap rights issuances and IPOs on the First North growth market for clients in the life sciences, energy, pharmaceuticals, IT and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ola Lidström

Key clients

CAG Group

Image Systems

A1M Pharma





Elos Medtech




NewCap Holding

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Bird & Bird’s experienced IP and media team handles complex dispute resolution mandates involving patents, copyright and revocation actions for clients across the pharmaceuticals, software, technology and life sciences sectors. The recruitment of Monique Wadsted from MAQS Advokatbyrå has enhanced the practice; Wadsted has a solid reputation in representing big-ticket US media clients. Practice head Gabriel Lidman acts in procurement, trade secret and unfair dismissal disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Lidman

Key clients


Actelion Pharmaceuticals


DXC Technology Sverige

Uppsala kommun

Karolinska Sjukhuset

Winepartners- Janake

Real estate Tier 4

Bird & Bird’s real estate transactions are handled by Jan Berg, who advises global clients from the firm’s wider network on high-value retail and residential acquisitions and disposals in the Swedish market. Berg has notable experience in sale-and-leaseback transactions, real estate fund financing issues, joint ventures and commercial tenancy law. The client roster also includes domestic property developers and international pension funds.

Practice head(s):

Jan Berg

Key clients

AF Gruppen

Barings Real Estate

Elite Alfred Berg Real Estate Fund

HEBA Fastighets AB

HYY Group

Scandic Hotels

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 1,200 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 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific 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
Banking and finance Hans Svensson
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
Energy and utilities Jan Berg
Technology and communications Hans Svensson
Media Monique Wadsted
Life sciences Ola Lidström
Aviation Mattias Lindberg
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Katarina Åhlberg  photo Mrs Katarina Åhlberg
 Jan Byström  photo Jan Byström
Mr Gabriel Lidman  photo Mr Gabriel Lidman
Mr Ola Lidström  photo Mr Ola Lidström
Mr Mattias Lindberg  photo Mr Mattias Lindberg
Mr Hans Svensson  photo Mr Hans Svensson
Mr Carl-Magnus Uggla  photo Mr Carl-Magnus Uggla
 Monique Wadsted  photo Monique Wadsted
Number of lawyers : 1,100
at this office : 55
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