Mannheimer Swartling has one of the most experienced practices in Sweden. Jointly headed by Who’s Who Legal nominees Tommy Pettersson and Johan Carle, the team is backed up by a Brussels office, helping it attract EU-level work on top of its busy domestic schedule. Special counsel Tomas Kjellgren has particular expertise in public procurement.
Merger work has been particularly busy. Mannheimer advised Assa Abloy in its acquisition of Swesafe, Sweden’s largest locksmith; the deal went to an in-depth investigation but was cleared without remedies. The firm also represented Sweden’s largest cable television operator Com Hem in its abortive merger with Canal Digital Kabel-TV, and acted for Irish company DCC before the European Commission in its first major acquisition in the Scandinavian energy market.
Behavioural work has been plentiful too. Mannheimer represented Sweden Post in the authority’s largest investigation of rebates in its history. Dawn raids were carried out in May 2011, but the authority dropped the case this year. The firm is also representing Telenor in alleged abuse of dominance allegations over a joint venture between Sweden’s largest mobile telephone operators, and continues to advise Bong in DG Comp’s investigation of envelope makers.
Among several other matters, Mannheimer is defending tobacco company Swedish Match from several antitrust complaints.