Sweden Teams 2019 – GC Powerlist

Sweden Teams 2019

Arvato Financial Solutions

| Arvato Financial Solutions

A Bertelsmann Group subsidiary, Arvato Financial Solutions is a global financial service provider with around 7,500 employees in 20 countries, including a strong presence in Europe, America and Asia. The...

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ASSA ABLOY

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The ASSA ABLOY group is the global leader in access solutions, offering products and services related to openings, such as locks, doors, gates, entrance automation and identity management solutions. ASSA...

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AstraZeneca

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Having a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, AstraZeneca is a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company. It has a strong...

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Atlas Copco

| Atlas Copco

One of the largest revenue generating entities in the entire Nordic region, historic industrials company Atlas Copco has a number of business interests centred on the manufacturing of industrial tools...

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Axfood

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Founded in 2000, Axfood is Sweden’s second largest food retailer with brands such as Hemköp and Tempo. The company’s legal department is led by general counsel Sandra Brånstad who joined...

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Editor Message

Continuing to punch above its weight for a country of its size, the Swedish economy continues to see innovation, creativity and productivity in ample amounts across various market sectors. With strong international brands as well as companies with a strong local presence – in addition to a highly active technology hub – Sweden’s in-house legal community is extremely busy mitigating risk and ensuring continued prosperity and growth.

The first edition looking at in-house legal teams in the country, this year’s GC Powerlist: Sweden Teams showcases the highest achieving legal departments that are transforming internal legal services in Sweden, whilst being indispensable within their organisations. Themes emergent from the research, which spanned several months and entailed conversations with many in-house legal specialists and leaders in the country, saw many teams producing solutions to deal with challenges including growing digitalisation, changing market environments and the impact of new regulations.
Contributing several inventive and disruptive products and services to global markets, it would not be a stretch to claim Swedish companies have changed many things about world business. Our research proved that in tandem, Sweden’s in-house legal teams are contributing to the changing nature of in-house legal practice. Some examples of this include an increasing emphasis on data privacy and cyber security, restructuring in order to bring counsel closer to various business units, and revising and enhancing recruitment processes. Sweden also has a proud record regarding diversity and inclusion, and the teams featured here also follow, with legal departments led by women featuring prominently in this shortlist.

The legal teams selected have therefore demonstrated exceptional ability in handling a wide range of challenges, and excel within the context of the Swedish market. They are innovators and examples of the best quality that the Swedish
in-house legal sector has to offer, and it is our pleasure at The Legal 500 to recognise their abilities.

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Sponsor Message

Hamilton Advokatbyrå

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I am delighted to announce that Hamilton, a year on from the highly successful partnership with The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Sweden, has been selected to host this year’s equally significant GC Powerlist: Sweden Teams. This was established to highlight the substantial work of in-house counsel teams and their activity in the legal service sector.

We wish to congratulate all the nominated teams, as you empower the in-house legal function to be at the heart of business development. As a result, the relationship between corporate governance and the legal team has become increasingly important and CEOs throughout Sweden are recognising more than ever their intrinsic value. In order to live up to corporate expectations, the team members have to be in tune with each other as well as company strategy. This implies communication flow, exchange of knowledge, and fluid individual leadership within the team structure.

The role of today’s GC (general counsel) team is to ensure that complex legal issues are resolved with solutions that fit the needs of their specific business. What struck me personally with all the nominees was the amazing diversity of the sectors represented, the teams’ combined skill sets and the results achieved. Moreover, the teams lead by way of their legal guidance for the other departments in the company.

Furthermore, the teams are at the forefront of the continual development of technology which is one of the most fundamental current trends. In addition, the rapidly changing regulatory landscape requires these teams to be continually updated regarding business knowledge.
The value of a GC team, whether it is large or small, is more significant today than ever before. They are a barometer of their company’s business, and their guidance produces the oxygen for clear and informed decision-making.

At Hamilton, we have worked closely with exceptional teams throughout Sweden. We treasure these relationships as they lay the foundations for a stronger practice tailored to meet the team’s high expectations. Furthermore, the teams guide us in our transformation regarding our role as external legal counsels in supporting in-house legal teams in their strategy and business planning.

We know the value of these teams. Therefore, we have created one of the market’s most ambitious development programmes for GCs and their teams: Hamilton Insights. This program is a series of seminars that provide a greater understanding of pertinent subjects and market updates in various key practice areas. This is supported by Hamilton Perspectives, our legal newsletter, which includes news from business sectors and our practice groups. These initiatives provide GC teams with further tools for the challenges being faced in today’s legal world.

The future looks exciting for GC teams, and Hamilton is excited about supporting them in the development of the legal service sector going forward. Once again, all the teams that have been recognised in the Powerlist deserve our warmest congratulations regarding their innovative and exceptional achievement.