Firm Profile > Setterwalls > Gothenburg, Sweden

PO BOX 11235

Energy Tier 1

The department at Setterwalls 'has the great ability to be able to sort out complicated legal processes to ensure that all parts are handled correctly'. In a recent mandate, the group assisted Aquila Capital with its acquisition of the Valhalla wind farm project from OX2 Group. Jonas Frii 'provides invaluable guidance' and is particularly experienced in acquisitions and financings. Frii, Tove Andersson, who has 'expert knowledge in environmental law', and Anders Linnerborg jointly lead the team; senior associate Elin Hjort is also noted.

Intellectual property and media Tier 1

Setterwalls fields an experienced team, which is skilled in patent litigation, transactional work and trade mark matters for clients across the life sciences, music and entertainment sectors. Martin Levinsohn is active in patent disputes involving pharmaceuticals companies; he successfully represented Teva in a patent dispute against Boehringer Ingelheim. Sophia Spala advised Diageo on trade mark and marketing issues, and Fredrik Roos is well versed in IT law.

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Recognised for its 'deep knowledge', Setterwalls is well versed in digital transformation and data protection work and regularly acts for clients in the fintech and healthtech sectors. The teams in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö are led by Jörgen Axelsson (who is noted for 'his quick understanding and clear advice'), Fredrik Roos and Marc Tullgren respectively. Highlights included advising China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) on a preparatory global investigation relating to the concept for Geely's new brand Lynk & Co, Axelsson handling the Swedish aspects of Harvey Nash's global GDPR project, and Johan Hallén assisting an e-commerce app with its establishment and go-to-market phase including procurement, financing, GDPR and licensing issues.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Setterwalls fields a team of 'highly competent and service-minded' lawyers, who are 'hardworking and reliable advisors with good technical drafting skills'. The group is jointly led by the 'fantastic' Åke ForsJesper Kuschel and Lennart Iwar, and is regularly engaged by foreign and domestic banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers. Carl Lindencrona is also a key name to note, and the team was notably strengthened by the 2018 arrival of regulatory compliance expert Andreas Löfholm from an in-house role at PwC.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Setterwalls provides a 'uniquely high level of service, expertise and response time' and is experienced in the life sciences, technology, automotive, energy and finance sectors. The 'reliable and accessible' team assisted Altigi with its acquisition by Stillfront Group; other clients include Aquila Capital, Skanska and FSN Capital. The practice is jointly led by Anders SöderlindAnders Holmgren and Ola Grahn in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö respectively; Johan Hallén is singled out as an 'outstanding negotiator, who is always taking the business and acumen of his client into consideration' and Matthias Detterfelt is 'an exceptionally good lawyer'.

Employment Tier 2

Setterwalls' practice is regularly instructed by national and international companies and public authorities, and handles matters relating to employment contracts, restructurings, terminations and labour disputes. The team also has notable expertise in internal investigations; practice co-head Åsa Erlandsson assisted The Swedish Social Democratic Party with an internal investigation after the speaker of the Swedish parliament was accused of sexual harassment. Other clients include TV4, Mylan and Dedicare. Fellow co-head Henrik Kjellander is also a key name to note. Dan Bullarbo left to establish Attorney Dan Bullarbo AB in 2018.

Environment Tier 2

The 'high-quality' team at Setterwalls regularly handles transactions alongside the firm's M&A group and is also experienced in regulatory matters and permit trials. The 'very goodTove Andersson is noted for her expertise in permit processes and regulatory mandates; she recently represented Stena Renewable in multiple regulatory proceedings. Anders Linnerborg has significant experience in liability issues for contaminated land, and specialist counsel Linnea Ljung joined from Mannheimer Swartling in 2018.

Insolvency Tier 2

Setterwalls is a 'strong player' in the insolvency and restructuring market with substantial international expertise; it is also well versed in bankruptcy mandates including recovery matters, proof of debt work and dividend issues. The 'pragmatic and knowledgeableMathias Winge leads the team and is experienced in the manufacturing and real estate sectors; he recently assisted RE Education Holding with its bankruptcy. Senior counsels Leif Baecklund and Thomas Ehrner are 'greatly experienced' and newly promoted specialist counsel Nina Baecklund is also noted; she regularly advises debtors and creditors on financial crises.

Public procurement Tier 2

In a recent highlight for Setterwalls' group, Ulf Djurberg advised Stockholm County Council on the procurement of a core digital system for the health care organisations in the county. It also has significant expertise representing its clients before the national courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Martin Levinsohn and Sophia Spala are also names to note.

Real estate Tier 2

Setterwalls handles the full range of real estate matters encompassing transactions, commercial lease issues, real estate financings, tax mandates and disputes. The group, which was strengthened by the arrival of Patric Olofsson from MAQS Advokatbyrå in 2019, was recently involved in several complex projects for national and international clients. Team leader Anders Heintze specialises in development projects; Lennart IwarJessica Schönning and senior associate Anders Frick are also key practitioners. Niklas Svantesson left for an in-house position at Tobin Properties.

Shipping Tier 2

Setterwalls' department has 'excellent knowledge' and advises on a variety of shipping and maritime projects. Team leader Åke J Fors, who specialises in ship finance and insurance issues, assisted the North of England P&I Club and one of its members as creditor with a Swedish bankruptcy relating to a damaged vessel. Senior associate Niclas Martinsson is praised for 'always providing honest advice and putting the client's needs first'.

Tax Tier 2

Setterwalls' practice is 'very knowledgeable' and 'finds pragmatic solutions' and is led by Sören Brekell, 'problem-solverKarl-Johan Nörklit and Christian Sjökvist in Malmö, Stockholm, and Gothenburg respectively. The team is often instructed by clients from the real estate, private equity and non-profit sectors; Nörklit recently performed a tax due diligence for Railcare relating to its listing at Nasdaq Stockholm. Clients also single out Niclas Hermansson, who combines 'business-minded and practical approach with very high integrity levels'.

Capital markets Tier 3

Setterwalls has a strong IPO and listing practice with notable experience in the life sciences sector. Jonas Frii advised Arise on a rights issuance of convertible bonds with preferential rights for existing shareholders, and Jörgen S. Axelsson assisted Instalco Intressenter with its IPO and listing on Nasdaq Stockholm. Frii and Axelsson jointly lead the team with Maria DahlqvistMarcus Nivinger is also a name to note. Senior associate Axel Helle joined from Advokatfirman Cederquist KB, while Anders Grefberg moved in-house at AMF Pension.

Construction Tier 3

Clients single out Setterwalls as 'professional, fast, and competent'; the practice has experience in the planning, procurement, implementation and monitoring of building projects and related construction contracts, as well as expertise in contentious issues. Lennart Iwar and senior associate Mattias Wiklund represented BTH Bygg in a compensation claim against its sub-contractor Benders for damages caused by delays and defects; the team's client portfolio also includes Skanska, NCC and Strabag. Iwar is the practice head in Malmö, while Anders Heintze and Hans Dahlberg Kolga lead the teams in Gothenburg and Stockholm respectively. Erik Palmgren joined MAQS Advokatbyrå and Henric Namander moved in-house at Tuve Bygg.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Setterwalls fields a large team of experienced lawyers, which handle a variety of disputes ranging from corporate and commercial proceedings to litigation in the IP and construction sectors. Practice co-head Hans Dahlberg Kolga represented Sweden’s public employment agency Arbetsförmedlingen in proceedings against CGI relating to the termination of a contract for the installation and operation of an electronic filing system. Group co-head Johan Strömbäck is recognised for his 'thorough and honest advice', and Johan Karlbom and Emma Fredberg are the key contacts in Gothenburg. Johannes Ericson and Magnus Rydberg were new arrivals from Hamilton Advokatbyrå in 2019.

EU and competition Tier 3

Setterwalls' expertise spans merger control advice, cartel investigations, compliance matters, public procurement and state aid work, and competition litigation. Practice head Ulf Djurberg is well versed in competition disputes, while Martin Levinsohn regularly acts for clients in merger control and antitrust matters before the authorities. Recent hires include the highly experienced Tommy Pettersson from Mannheimer Swartling and Magnus Jonsson from the Swedish Competition Authority. Malin Albert departed to Hammarskiöld & Co AB.

Insurance Tier 3

The team at Setterwalls handles a range of insurance and reinsurance matters including the separation of insurance investment funds, regulatory issues and disputes relating to insurance coverage. Financial specialist Åke Fors and litigator Magnus Berlin jointly lead the practice. Patrik Olivecrona and specialist counsel Kenneth Nilsson are other key practitioners. Magnus Rydberg and Johannes Ericson were new arrivals from Hamilton Advokatbyrå in 2019.

The firm

Setterwalls is one of Sweden’s leading full-service business law firms, as well as one of Sweden’s largest law firms, with some 190 lawyers servicing clients from its three offices in Sweden’s largest cities – Stockholm, Gothenburg (Göteborg) and Malmoe (Malmö). Setterwalls is an independent law firm with an extensive, well-established international network. Established in 1874, it is also Sweden’s oldest law firm.

Areas of practice

Being a commercial full-service practice, Setterwalls offers clients a complete range of business law services, including within the following areas of practice:

Aviation; commercial; corporate; dispute resolution; employment and labour law; energy and commodities; environment; equity capital markets; EU and competition law; financial markets; financial services regulation practice; infrastructure and construction; insolvency and restructuring; insurance and reinsurance; intellectual property rights and marketing law; life sciences; M&A; private client; private equity; public procurement; public sector; railway; real estate; real estate M&A; shipping; sports and entertainment; tax; technology, media and telecoms; transportation; see the firm’s website for more information.

Clients: by combining its legal expertise with extensive knowledge of numerous sectors, Setterwalls attracts clients within a wide range of sectors – from biotech entrepreneurs, clean tech and media companies to private equity firms, game developers and real estate funds – including many of Sweden’s, and the world’s, leading companies, banks and other financial institutions and government agencies.

International work: because it is based in Scandinavia, which has one of the world’s most globalised business environments, Setterwalls is accustomed to working in multinational contexts – across linguistic and cultural boundaries. All in all, about half of Setterwalls client assignments originate from countries outside of Sweden, including from many of the world’s leading companies, banks and other financial institutions.

Foreign desks: Setterwalls has established a number of foreign desks – the China desk, the French desk and the German desk – to meet clients’ demand for truly international expertise and legal advice. Each desk consists of a group of lawyers who combine legal specialist expertise with linguistic skills and a deep understanding of the business culture and legal system of China, France, and Germany respectively. See the firm’s website for more information.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Jesper Kuschel
Construction Henric Namander
Corporate and commercial Johan Hallén
Corporate and commercial Maria Dahlqvist
Dispute resolution Emma Fredberg
EU and competition Ulf Djurberg
Employment and labour Dan Bullarbo
Employment and labour Martin Vildhede
Environment Anders Linnerborg
Environment Tove Andersson
Equity capital markets Maria Dahlqvist
Insolvency and restructuring Kenneth Nilsson
Insurance and reinsurance Kenneth Nilsson
Intellectual property Fredrik Roos
M&A; private equity Anders Holmgren
Public procurement Martin Vildhede
Real estate Anders Heintze
Tax Christian Sjöqvist
Technology, media and telecom Fredrik Roos
Photo Name Position Profile
Adv Johan Hallén  photo Adv Johan Hallén
Adv Anders Heintze  photo Adv Anders Heintze
Adv Anders Holmgren  photo Adv Anders Holmgren
Mr Johan Karlbom photo Mr Johan Karlbom
Adv Jesper Kuschel  photo Adv Jesper Kuschel
Adv Fredrik Roos  photo Adv Fredrik Roos
Adv Christian Sjöqvist  photo Adv Christian Sjöqvist
Number of lawyers : 190
Other offices : Malmö
Other offices : Stockholm