GCR 100 - 11th Edition

Mannheimer Swartling

18 January 2011

Mannheimer Swartling's practice heads Tommy Pettersson and Johan Carle say cartel, public procurement and state aid work have grown considerably for the group over the past year.

Both partners are nominees to the Who's Who and co-lead a team of 31 antitrust specialists. The Stockholm group is the largest in the country, and continues to be visible on the high-profile cases.

Mannheimer advised Scandinavian Airlines on the refinancing of certain credit facilities earlier this year, including competition law issues. It advised on Esselte's acquisition of Isaberg Rapi, and represented Danish media monitoring company Infopaq in opposing Swedish news agency TT's acquisition of media monitoring company Retriever.

Pettersson says the team devoted half of its time last year to behavioural issues. The practice continued to advise Skanska in relation to the authority's long-running asphalt cartel investigation; it is now defending the company against private damages litigation.

It is acting for Europe Investor Direct in a damages claim against Euroclear alleging abuse of dominant position, and advised Direktflyg in a private action against örebro Airport for alleged state aid granted to one of Direktflyg's competitors.

The group also represented Trioplast before Europe's General Court in an appeal against the European Commission's decision in the industrial bags case. It is advising on several leniency applications in Sweden and in Brussels. Pettersson says the practice works in tandem with competition partner Stefan Lindeborg, who heads the firm's Brussels office.

Other competition clients include the world's largest lock maker Assa Abloy, Nordic and Baltic stock exchange owner Nasdaq, and logistics company Green Cargo.

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