Tommy Pettersson

Office:
Stavgårdsgatan 76.
167 57 Bromma
City:
Stockholm
Country:
Sweden
Tel:
+46 708948530

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Competition: Lawyers

Tommy Pettersson, founder of Tommy Pettersson Advokat AB, has worked extensively on both EC competition matters and Swedish competition law, representing international and domestic clients before the European Court of First Instance, the European Commission, the Swedish Competition Authority, and Swedish courts and arbitration tribunals. He has written numerous articles and spoken at several seminars on the subject of European and competition law. For many years, he has also been engaged as a judge in the European Law Moot Court Society. Mr Pettersson received his LLM from the University of Uppsala in 1985 and became a member of the Swedish Bar Association in 1990. He joined Mannheimer Swartling in 1987 and became a partner in 1993. Between 1993 and 1998, he was in charge of the firm’s Brussels office, before establishing Tommy Pettersson Advokat AB in 2018.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO SPECIALISE IN COMPETITION LAW?

I started to specialise in competition law when Sweden joined the EEA in 1992. I was already very much interested in international law and found that competition law, as part of EU law, was very interesting and challenging.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE?

I have built a strong competition law litigation practice and have been acting in many of the best-known Swedish cases, on both EU and national levels.

ARE THERE ANY CASES YOU’VE WORKED ON THAT REALLY STICK IN YOUR MIND?

The Swedish asphalt cartel case and the successful dominance case against the Swedish Aviation Authority for applying discriminatory charges against SAS.

WHAT ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES FACING CORPORATE CLIENTS AT THE MOMENT?

To adapt their policies in order to avoid engaging in anticompetitive practices of any kind and also, if relevant, to thoroughly analyse their market positions to see to it that there is no abuse of dominance in any relevant markets, through rebates or other practices. I further believe that competition economics will play a significant role as part of an effects-based approach applied by competition authorities in their enforcement of relevant competition rules. Moreover, the number of jurisdictions and competition regimes that the clients will have to take into account in potential merger activity will definitely increase.

HOW MUST COMPETITION PRACTITIONERS ADAPT TO MEET THESE CHALLENGES?

It is crucial for us to closely follow the legal developments and adapt our advice to an ever changing situation; such as the increased use of competition economics, the digitalised economy and so on. I further believe the matters we will be handling might be fewer in volume, but much larger in complexity.

HOW DO YOU SEE EU COMPETITION LAW PRACTICE DEVELOPING OVER THE COMING YEARS?

I think that the activity of the European Commission and the Swedish Competition Authority, and also merger activity, will continue to be very high and that we will to continue to see a large number of cases as a result. Outside the competition law area, I think that Brexit will raise a lot of concerns to clients and create quite a lot of work on a more general EU law basis.

HOW DO YOU EXPECT EU COMPETITION LAW TO EVOLVE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

There will be further adaption to the so-called digitalised economy and inter alia cartel enforcement will be affected. The use of competition economics will increase and the number of cases will be fewer but much more complex. There will also be an increased number of competition regimes to pay attention to.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO LAWYERS LOOKING TO MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES IN COMPETITION LAW?

It is a good idea to join a well-established practice and to keep a high level of knowledge of an area that is ever changing and increasing in complexity.

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