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Mannheimer Swartling

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Managing Partner: Jan Dernestam
Chairman of the Board: Klas Wennström
Number of partners worldwide: 82
Number of lawyers worldwide: 400
Languages: Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Firm Overview:
Mannheimer Swartling advises on the full range of legal matters that its clients face. As the largest law firm in the Nordic region, the firm offers both the scope and the scale required to handle the most demanding projects. And operating as a true lockstep firm ensures that its collective experience and expertise is available to every assignment. Clients from all areas of the private and public sectors turn to the firm for counsel of exceptional quality. Clients include distinguished companies and organisations in Sweden and around the world. The firm’s approximately 400 lawyers are specialised in different areas of business law and industries. Meaning that they understand their clients’ commercial challenges, while having the legal expertise to find the optimal solutions. The firm’s fundamental objective is to always surpass the expectations of its clients. Thus its aim is to recruit, keep and develop the most passionate legal talent. This business model is founded on the team spirit which is deeply rooted in the firm’s corporate culture.

Main Areas of Practice:
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm’s M&A specialists handle all types of transactions, from private acquisitions to cross-border mergers between publicly listed companies.

Equity Capital Markets:
The firm’s public M&A and equity capital markets team has unrivalled experience on the market and is routinely ranked at the top of all relevant rankings of legal advisors in the Nordic region. The practice represents more listed companies than any other Swedish firm.

Banking & Finance:
The firm is deeply engaged in the Swedish financial market, assisting clients in developing new structures and financial instruments, and continuously monitor market and regulatory issues.

Corporate Commercial:
The firm is specialised in commercial agreements and assists clients with the review, drafting, negotiation and management of contracts, as well as providing strategic advice regarding business operations. The practice draws on experience from a wide range of industry sectors and has a strong commercial focus.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm represents clients, regardless of nationality or applicable law, in any and all matters arising from commercial disputes, such as early dispute assessment, arbitration, litigation, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution.

Corporate Sustainability & Risk Management:
The firm advises on all aspects of regulatory compliance, internal investigations, fraud, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, employment sanction issues, trade sanctions and export control issues.

Real Estate:
The firm has one of northern Europe’s largest teams of real estate lawyers, with lawyers in six countries engaged in real estate law and cross-border transactions, offering expertise ranging from tax and financing issues to planning and permitting.

Corporate Taxation:
The firm primarily advises on domestic and cross-border M&A, reorganisations, structured finance, private equity and venture capital, incentive plans and transfer pricing.

EU & Competition:
The firm advises on all types of European community law, competition law, marketing law and entertainment law.

Intellectual Property, Marketing & Media:
The firm advises on all types of intellectual property issues. It has an emphasis on issues relating to patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyright.

IT, Telecom & Technology:
The firm handles legal matters relating to information technology, media and telecommunications, outsourcing, broadcasting, the internet, data protection and electronic markets.

The firm advises clients on matters such as applications for operating permits, identification and allocation of environmental risk in business transactions, environmental liability and a broad range of other environmentally related matters.

International Work:
As a part of Mannheimer Swartling’s full service offer, the firm monitor events abroad that are important to its clients and that affect their business. To this end, the firm has established offices in markets of strategic significance to its clients. The operations are handled through offices in Sweden, Russia, China and the US. In addition, the firm also has an office in Brussels focusing on matters relating to the EU and competition law. A broad, international network of contacts and close partnerships with other leading law firms around the world are important to be able to provide clients with the best tailored advice. The firm’s staff often work in teams together with lawyers from these firms on different projects and cases. As an independent legal firm, Mannheimer Swartling is not bound to any association of firms. Being independent means it is always able to engage or recommend the best law firm for the current assignment, even in countries where the firm has no operations of its own.

The firm’s clients include many of Sweden’s, and the world’s, leading industrial companies, banks and other financial institutions, government departments and agencies, municipalities and public utilities. Mannheimer Swartling consistently ranks highest in client and industry surveys conducted in Sweden — testimony to the fact that the firm understands and effectively lives up to the demands of its clients year after year.


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