Managing Partner: Manfred Löfvenhaft
Number of partners worldwide: 20
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 55
Languages: Swedish, English, Finnish, French, German
Gernandt & Danielsson, one of the leading business law firms in Sweden, employs about 70 lawyers. Since its inception in 1992, the firm has grown organically. The firm specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and finance, competition law and arbitration and litigation proceedings. The firm has a strong international practice and close working relationships with leading law firms in all other Scandinavian jurisdictions, elsewhere in Europe and around the world. Being independent and not part of any alliance, Gernandt & Danielsson is free to consult with or recommend the foreign law firm or expert who can best respond to each particular client’s needs.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm advises on a wide range of capital markets matters, including takeovers, listings, public offerings, private placements, redemption and buy-back programmes and stock exchange and securities regulations.
The firm advises public and private companies, including private equity funds, on all types of mergers and acquisitions, including domestic and crossborder transactions, public and private transactions, and management buyouts.
Corporate & Commercial:
The firm regularly handles shareholder and joint venture agreements and acts as adviser in the restructuring of companies and business groups. The firm frequently advises clients on issues concerning board responsibility, changes in capital structure, incentive programmes for employees, annual general meetings of shareholders and other corporate governance issues.
Arbitration & Litigation:
The firm continuously assists in both international and Swedish arbitral proceedings, including under the Stockholm rules of arbitration, and in litigation proceedings. Several of the firm’s lawyers are frequently appointed as arbitrators in international and Swedish arbitral matters.
Banking & Finance:
The firm assists Swedish and international banks and financial companies, as well as borrowers and issuers, on areas such as bilateral loans, syndicated loans, securitisation, swaps and derivatives. The firm is also recognised for its strong practice in financial regulatory matters.
The firm provides advice on general commercial real estate law and real estate transactions, including portfolio acquisitions, as well as real estate finance, securitisation and investments, property management, and landlord and tenant law.
The firm provides advice on all aspects of competition law, including merger clearances and cartel cases.
The firm handles all matters relating to Swedish employment law.
The firm handles all matters relating to intellectual property law, including trademark and domain name registrations and disputes, and regularly advises clients in the electronic communications, media and IT businesses on a broad range of legal matters, such as infrastructure procurement, joint ventures, outsourcing and distribution arrangements.
The firm’s activities range from concessions and competition law matters to infrastructure, joint venture, network procurement, interconnect, supply and customer agreements.
A considerable number of Gernandt & Danielsson’s clients are in the banking, financial and insurance sector, and include several leading Nordic financial institutions. The firm also services clients in the service, trade, telecom, media, energy and industrial sectors.
Gernandt & Danielsson has consolidated its position as a leader in high profile international transactional work, as well as in international disputes and arbitrations. Selected highlights regarding last year include the following:
■ Advised Nordic Capital Fund VIII in connection with the sale of the payments company Bambora to Ingenico Group for an enterprise value of approximately EUR 1.5 billion
■ Advises Tieto Oyj in connection with its recommended public takeover offer, through its Swedish subsidiary Tieto Sweden AB, to the shareholders of Swedish IT consulting company Avega Group AB (publ)
■ Acts as counsel for Naftogaz of Ukraine regarding a gas supply contract in a multi-billion dollar arbitration, and a gas transit contract in another multi-billion dollar arbitration