This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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FIRM OF THE YEAR – SWEDEN
Over the past year leading Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling has continued to expand its expertise in a number of practice areas with the hire of six new partners. The banking and finance, M&A, employment and funds and investments groups have all seen a bolstering in numbers, expanding the firm’s offering in these key areas of practice.
|Arbitration||2||Insurance & Reinsurance||2|
|Aviation||4||Labour & Employment||1|
|Commercial Litigation||4||Private Funds||1|
|Competition||2||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Governance||1||Project Finance||2|
|Corporate Tax||2||Public Procurement||2|
|Environment||2||Telecoms & Media||1|
Our Swedish firm of the year for the ninth time, Mannheimer Swartling maintains its dominance in the Nordic region. Working with both domestic and international companies and organisations, the firm is held in high regard for its expertise across a range of business and industry sectors. Its “outstanding” local presence is also accompanied by an extensive international practice with seven offices in other countries around the world.
|Total Listings in WWL||48||Established||1990 through a merger between Mannheimer & Zetterlöf and Carl Swartling Advokatbyrå|
|Home jurisdiction||Sweden||Total size of firm||400|
|Number of partners||88||Number of offices||11|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Mannheimer Swartling has a particularly strong capital markets group and is noted for its “unparalleled” expertise in the debt and equity and structured finance sectors. The team has been involved in a number of high-profile transactions over the past year, including representing Santander Consumer Bank with the launch of a 4.5 billion kronor term securitisation of a portfolio of Swedish auto loans, which is the first public asset-backed securities transaction of its kind. André Andersson is a “leading light” and chairs the firm’s banking and finance practice. He frequently advises on matters involving the restructuring of distressed debt. Mattias Lampe works with securitisation and asset-backed financing and is renowned for his knowledge of debt capital markets. Eva Hägg chairs the public M&A and equity capital markets practice group and is an “expert” in securities.
A number of the financing lawyers have a “wealth of experience” in the aviation sector including Jan Dernestam, who has “great expertise” in the cross-border leasing of aircraft and other modes of transportation. Sven Unger is also a “recognised” leader and is highly experienced in a range of aviation finance transactions.
The dispute resolution group is home to a number of “first-rate” practitioners who are experienced in commercial disputes within all industries. Robin Oldenstam co-chairs the group and shows “incredible insight” in energy-related disputes and arbitrations. Kaj Hobér is another “well-rounded” practitioner recommended for his litigation and arbitration work.
Mannheimer Swartling’s M&A practice comprises over 100 lawyers. The team works in varied fields including joint ventures, group restructurings, venture investments and divestitures. Adam Green is praised for his “sharp thinking and strategic vision”. His work focuses on the purchase and sale of companies and business, and investments in privately held companies. Biörn Riese heads the global M&A group and has an “impressive and wide-ranging” M&A practice. He is recognised in particular for his work in the telecoms and media field.
Among various other programmes, the firm has supported the Stockholm-based Centre for Justice since its inception in 2002. This non-profit organisation aims to protect individuals’ human rights and freedoms in Sweden and teams of lawyers from Mannheimer Swartling contribute with judicial expertise in legal proceedings. The firm counts among its proudest pro bono moments the success of the Centre in winning cases before the Supreme Court of Sweden and the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
The firm’s sustainability work focuses on the following areas: organisation and employees, ethics and regulatory compliance, environment, and legal advice in the community. There are a number of activities planned for 2013-2014, including a partnership with CSR Sweden/Academy for Human Rights in Business, and the introduction of an interactive web-based anti-corruption training programme for employees. Constant monitoring of its progress is achieved through its accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines for sustainability reporting.
As a leading Nordic business law firm, Mannheimer Swartling aims to further consolidate its position and support clients with a strong presence in foreign markets. Of particular interest to the firm are China, Germany, Russia, the US and Brussels for EU matters.
Mannheimer Swartling is the leading Nordic law firm and regularly represents many of the region’s, and the world’s, most prominent organisations. We are not, and never have been, all things to all people, and our clients typically come to us with their most demanding and important assignments. We see our primary role as being a constructive partner and trusted adviser to our clients: a means to their business ends.
Mannheimer Swartling is an independent, full-service firm with an extensive international practice. The firm is based principally in Sweden, but with seven offices abroad we also have a substantial international presence. With a broad international network in addition to our foreign offices, we have extensive experience in managing international teams.
Each of the firm’s approximately 350 lawyers specialises in specific fields of business law and many focus on particular industries. As a result, our lawyers are able to contribute added value to our clients’ transactions with both cutting-edge expertise and solid industry knowledge.
Our core M&A, banking, capital markets and dispute resolution practices are frequently cited as the market leaders. In addition, we set out very early to establish high-level expertise in essentially every area of commercial law, primarily to support our transactional practices. These areas have now developed into strong – indeed, market-leading – practices in their own right. For instance, the firm has Sweden’s leading tax, environmental, competition and real estate practices, and enjoys a prominent position on the market in construction, employment, energy, insurance, intellectual property, information technology, and shipping and transportation. We endeavour to remain at the forefront of industry and regulatory developments in order to advise our clients on issues that are growing increasingly important as the world grows more complex. Examples of recent market-leading innovation include establishing two practices over the past couple of years: one dedicated to climate change and the other focusing on corporate compliance and investigations.
Mannheimer Swartling’s ability to maintain its leading position owes much to our ability to recruit the best people, our strong emphasis on skills development, and a culture built around our all-equal, true partnership compensation system. The firm consistently tops the league tables and ranks highest in client and industry surveys conducted in Sweden – testimony to the fact that we understand and effectively live up to the demands of our clients year after year.
Banking & Finance
Corporate Compliance & Investigations
Employment & Pensions
EU and Competition
Funds & Investments
Mergers & Acquisitions
Public M&A & Equity Capital Markets
Energy & Natural Resources
Health Care & Life Sciences
Infrastructure & Construction
IT, Telecommunication and Technology
Media & Entertainment
Shipping & Transportation
Sweden: Stockholm, Göteborg,
Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt
China: Hong Kong, Shanghai
USA: New York
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