Bird & Bird > Stockholm, Sweden > Firm Profile

Bird & Bird
NORRLANDSGATAN 15
BOX 7714
103 95 STOCKHOLM
Sweden

Sweden > Intellectual property and media Tier 2

The intellectual property team at Bird & Bird provides comprehensive, ongoing advice to household name clients, aiding them in the management of IP portfolios as well as the exploitation of IP through commercial agreements. The team is also frequently engaged by clients on contentious matters such as oppositions, copyright and trade mark infringements, and anti-counterfeiting actions. Another notable specialism for the practice is its work on high-stakes trade secrets litigation. Gabriel Lidman and Monique Wadsted jointly lead the practice and provide advice to a client base including companies in the consumer goods, technology, and financial services sectors. In the media space, the team acts for publishers, film and TV producers, and video game companies.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Lidman; Monique Wadsted

Testimonials

‘The Team is one of very few IP teams in Sweden that both have the relevant commercial experience from media-related agreements, as well as heavyweight IP practice including litigation. Very few firms have all of this, often its one or the other.’

‘Gabriel Lidman is a very seasoned negotiator and litigator whom I would highly recommend. He goes above and beyond for his clients.’

Key clients

Accumulate AB

Monster Beverage Corporation

Aron Flam

Work highlights

  • Advising and 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.
  • Acting for US beverage giant Monster Beverage Corporation (Monster) on a number of trade mark matters in relation to its global ‘Monster Energy’ brand.
  • Represented the Swedish comedian and author Aron Flam before the Patent and Marketing Court of Appeal in a landmark case.

Sweden > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Bird & Bird focuses on the software and services, and digital business sectors, and has also been involved the development of a number of products in the fintech arena. Hans Svensson co-heads the practice and has over 20 years’ experience in public and private M&A, capital markets, financing and joint ventures, while Mattias Lindberg, who also leads the team, is recommended for commercial matters and strategic agreements; Lindberg is also experienced in litigation, both on a national and European level. Jan Berg left for Advokatfirman Lindahl KB.

Practice head(s):

Hans Svensson; Mattias Lindberg

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird are outpacing the competition due to Mattias Lindberg being there.’

‘Mattias Lindberg holds a phenomenal combination of subject matter expertise as well as an exquisite sense of what is to be prioritised.’

‘The way that Bird & Bird collaborates with us as customers to help us grow our business stands out.’

Key clients

TAG

10 Chambers

Contiga

HeidelbergCement Group

AB Svensk Bilprovning

Kontakta

Atomia

RCO Security

Åke Sundvall Byggnads AB

Allmänna reklamationsnämnden

Föreningen NIX-Telefon

Stripe

Mastercard

BtoBet Ltd

Rastel Holding N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised AB Svensk Bilprovning (the Swedish Motor Vehicle Inspection Company) in relation to several large IT projects, such as the strategic and legal considerations relating to the procurement of all its customer communications in both physical and digital channels.
  • Advised Swedish game studio 10 Chambers after Tencent (a Chinese multinational technology conglomerate holding company) acquired a major stake in the company.
  • Assisted TAG in relation to its new service Paiwise, which enables new types of economic transactions not supported by traditional financial services.

Sweden > Tax Tier 2

At Bird & Bird, the group’s excellent reputation for transactional and tax planning work – particularly in the real estate and private equity sectors – is firmly rooted in practice head Carl-Magnus Uggla‘s extensive experience. The team is able to leverage its close connections with its pan-Nordic network of offices to provide seamless advice across the region. For high-net-worth individuals seeking tax advice, senior counsel Staffan Anderson is the name to note. May 2021 saw the team further strengthened by the promotion of Victor Stålblad to senior counsel, and the arrival of associate Andreas Lundqvist from Linklaters.

Practice head(s):

Carl-Magnus Uggla

Key clients

10 Chambers AB

AC Datacenter AB

Adaptic AG

Accountor AB

AIG

AF Gruppen AS

AG Mining

AREIM AB

Bain Inc / Bain AB

Besqab

BRABO AB

Brockwell Capital Ltd

Cambri Oy

Citi Group

Collegio AB

Compassion International

Convergence

Credit Suisse

Combient

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

Ålandsbanken

Work highlights

  • Advised growth investor Vitruvian Partners on the acquisition of Scrive, one of Europe’s leading providers of electronic signature and identity solutions, with more than 3,000 customers across 30 countries.
  • Advised 10 Chambers and its owners on the sale of a major stake in the company to Chinese technology giant Tencent.
  • Assisted Reichmut & Co with tax structuring matters relating to the acquisition of a wind park development.

Sweden > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Bird & Bird advises on all kinds of corporate matters, including joint ventures, private equity buyouts, post-acquisition integration work, capital markets issues, and venture capital investments. Alongside the firms well-established expertise in the technology, media, telecoms and IP spheres, the firm has extended its expertise to the retail, consumer, energy, and renewable energy industries. Hans Svensson and Nordic operations head Mårten Willamo jointly lead the corporate practice, while Mattias Lindberg heads up the commercial practice and has extensive expertise in the retail, consumer and technology sectors.

Key clients

Fortum

Vitruvian Partners

Capgemini

eEquity

TK Elevator

10 Chambers

Beta Film GmbH

Statkraft AS

Ratos AB

CapMan Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Statkraft on the formation of a joint venture with the regional energy companies that currently own Bee Charging Solutions AB.
  • Advised Reichmuth & Co, alongside NTR’s Renewable Energy Income Fund II, on the €115m financial close of the 86MW Norra Vedbo wind farm located in the county of Jönköping, in Southern Sweden.
  • Assisted eEquity IV AB with the final closing of Equity’s fourth fund.

Sweden > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

The data privacy and data protection group of Bird & Bird handles matters concerning various sectors including the automotive, media, healthcare, technology and communications industries. The firm also assists with GDPR and general privacy compliance, data breaches, data transfer challenges, and online tracking issues. The team is led by Mattias Lindberg, who covers all contentious and non-contentious matters and advises on cybersecurity mandates, data breach compliance issues and audits.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird are outpacing the competition due to Mattias Lindberg being there. Mr Lindberg holds a phenomenal combination of subject matter expertise as well as a exquisite sense of what is to be prioritized. The ways Bird & Bird collaborates with us as customers makes us grow in our business.’

Key clients

3G Infrastructure Services AB

Kontakta

AB Svensk Bilprovning

RCO Security AB

The Fourth Swedish Pension Fund

Åke Sundvall Byggnads AB

Contiga AB

HeidelbergCement Sweden AB

The First Swedish Pension Fund

The Third Swedish Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Assisted AB Svensk Bilprovning with all drafting, negotiations, as well as other strategic and legal considerations relating to the procurement of all its customer communications in both physical and digital channels.
  • Assisted Åke Sundvall Byggnads AB with issues relating to smart buildings.
  • Assisted Kontakta and its member companies with all questions in respect of the daily business of call centres and industry specific questions and the legal developments within the industry.

Sweden > Employment Tier 3

The employment team at Bird & Bird is instructed by a range of clients across a broad range of sectors such as the life sciences and technology industries. The international reach of the firm allows it to carry out cross-border matters. The department advises on policies, in-house documentation, terminations, redundancies and disputes. Katarina Åhlberg heads up the team and is an expert in executive contracts, compensation issues and pensions matters.

Practice head(s):

Katarina Åhlberg

Other key lawyers:

Lucas Magnusson

Testimonials

‘They have excellent labour law knowledge and expertise. Always available and give us support and help quickly, thoroughly and concisely with professional guidance.’

‘They give us shorter answers which is something we appreciate very much.’

‘Fast in replying and keeping track of changes and follow up processes, good service providers.’

‘I had the pleasure to work with Lucas Magnusson who is a seasoned lawyer with the ability to take a 360 degree approach to organisational change and the legal aspects of that coupled with an outstanding ability to get things done in a collaborative way. We also had the support of one of the partners, Katarina Åhlberg, who contributed her very long and deep experience as well as an innovative and pragmatic approach.’

‘Breadth of expertise across a variety of employment issues is impressive.’

‘Excellent responsiveness and ability to provide pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

10 Chambers

Qlik

BT

Care Equity

DXC

Mitsubishi Corporation

AF Gruppen

Lexmark

eEquity

Work highlights

  • Advised Swedish game studio 10 Chambers in connection with the acquisition of a major stake of 10 Chambers by Tencent.
  • Provided Qlik with legal advice and assistance in relation to, inter alia, pay obligations and work performance issues.
  • Advised BT in the Nordics in relation to a global restructuring project.

Sweden > Capital markets Tier 4

Led by Ola Lidström, Bird & Bird‘s equity capital markets practice acts for corporate issuers across a diverse range of sectors, including the medtech, mining, technology and oil and gas industries. The team advises on rights issuances on the main and growth segments, as well as cross-border issuances on London’s AIM platform.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Beowulf Mining plc

Discover Echo, Inc.

Eurobattery Minerals AB (Orezone AB)

RNB Retails and Brands AB

Irisity AB

EnQuest PLC

QP Games AB

ChromoGenics AB

Greater Than AB

Checkin.com Group AB

Iconovo AB

Work highlights

  • Represented ChromoGenics AB in connection with its SEK94.1m rights issuance of units on Nasdaq First North.
  • Represented Beowulf Mining plc in connection with its £7.3m open offer and SEK56.7m rights issuance on AIM and Spotlight Stock Market.
  • Represented Checkin.com Group AB on its SEK45m initial public offering on Nasdaq First North.

Sweden > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Bird & Bird handles a wide range of dispute resolution matters including litigation and ADR methods spanning arbitration and mediation proceedings. The practice has expertise in technology disputes, corporate and commercial issues, IP litigation, life sciences claims and media disputes. Gabriel Lidman heads up the practice with support from Monique Wadsted.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Lidman

Other key lawyers:

Monique Wadstead

Key clients

Accumulate AB

Uppsala kommun

Karolinska Sjukhuset

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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 1,400 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 31 offices 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Katarina Åhlberg photoMrs Katarina ÅhlbergKatarina is the head of the Employment Group in Stockholm. She is…
Jan Byström photo Jan ByströmJan is a partner in our International Corporate Group, based in Sweden.…
Gabriel Lidman photoMr Gabriel LidmanGabriel Lidman is partner at the Stockholm office and the head of…
Ola Lidström photoMr Ola LidströmOla is a partner in our International Corporate Group, based in Stockholm.…
Mattias Lindberg photoMr Mattias Lindberg
Hans Svensson photoMr Hans SvenssonHans Svensson a Partner in our office in Sweden, and the head…
Carl-Magnus Uggla photoMr Carl-Magnus UgglaCarl-Magus is a partner in our International Tax Group, based in Stockholm.…
Monique Wadsted photo Monique WadstedMonique is a partner in our Intellectual Property practice and head of…
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