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Johan Carle
Office:
Norrlandsgatan 21
PO Box 1711
111 87
City:
Stockholm
Country:
Sweden
Tel:
+46 8 595 065 76
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+46 8 595 060 01

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Competition: Lawyers

Johan Carle joined Mannheimer Swartling in 1993 and was elected partner in 1999. He was Mannheimer Swartling’s resident partner in Brussels for almost a decade, returning to Stockholm in 2003 where he now co-chairs the EU and competition law group. Johan has substantial experience in issues relating to merger control, cartels, abuse of a dominant position, state aid and public procurement. He is consistently ranked as a leading individual in the most recognised legal directories.

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER TO DATE.

I studied law at Uppsala University, did a court clerkship, then joined Mannheimer Swartling almost 25 years ago. After some time in Stockholm, I moved to the firm’s Brussels office, heading up that team and becoming a partner, before returning to Stockholm in 2003 and ultimately taking on my current role as co-head of the EU and competition group.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER IN THE AREA OF COMPETITION?

The international flavour of EU and competition law attracted me and world events helped carve my path. I studied for an EC law master’s degree in Amsterdam in the early 1990s, as Sweden began its own journey towards eventual EU membership in 1995. In 1993, I began working at Mannheimer Swartling, the same year that a new Swedish Competition Act came into force. 

TO WHAT EXTENT IS THE SWEDISH COMPETITION AUTHORITY AN EFFECTIVE BODY IN ENFORCING COMPETITION LAW IN THE COUNTRY?

The Swedish Competition Authority is a sophisticated organisation, with a solid reputation, more advanced with economic analysis than many. Its testing of legal boundaries as our jurisprudence matures inevitably leads to some misses alongside the hits but that is the process and price of development.

IS AN ALIGNED EU COMPETITION FRAMEWORK IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF ALL MEMBER STATES?

In general, yes, assuming such standards are carefully developed. Many of our clients are active outside Sweden and there is a clear benefit to consistency. 

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE SWEDEN’S CARTEL IMMUNITY AND LENIENCY PROGRAMMES?

At present, Sweden does not receive as many true leniency applications as some other European countries. The system is clear and functioning but uptake could be higher. 

AS CO-HEAD OF MANNHEIMER SWARTLING’S EU AND COMPETITION LAW PRACTICE GROUP, WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN PRIORITIES IN TERMS OF THE PRACTICE’S DEVELOPMENT?

We have long held the leading position in the Nordics, the result of hard work and dedication across our team. Maintaining that reputation is our priority and at least as challenging as gaining it. Our clients and competitors move forward and so must we.

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE DISPUTE YOU HAVE WORKED ON?

Prevailing against the Swedish Competition Authority when its attempts to block a merger were stymied by a combination of our hard work and a time bar was memorable. You take your wins where you can get them!

LOOKING BACK ON YOUR CAREER, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

To keep in mind that we are more than the work on our desks. To remember to get out there and meet people, and to do so as much as possible before life renders it more complicated, as families grow or other external factors play an increased role in demands on our time.  

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

Johan Carle is a partner at Mannheimer Swartling and, with Tommy Pettersson, co-chairman of its EU and competition law group.

He was resident partner at Mannheimer Swartling’s office in Brussels from 1999 to 2003 before returning to the firm’s head office in Stockholm, where he began his career in 1993.

He specialises in cartel litigation, merger control and the application of EU and Swedish competition law, particularly in relation to the abuse of a dominant position. He regularly represents clients before the European Commission and the Swedish Competition Authority.

In addition, he has extensive experience of state aid and public procurement matters, representing clients before the European Commission and in courts.

WWL says: Johan Carle receives international praise for his excellent antitrust practice, which covers the gamut of competition matters including cartel litigations, abuse of dominance and merger control.

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