GCR 100 - 14th Edition

Mannheimer Swartling

05 December 2013

Sweden

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 advised energy company Ratos in its joint acquisition of supplier Aibel, in a deal that was notified in the EU and Ukraine. The firm also represented Sweco in its acquisition of rival consultancy Vectura.

Behavioural work has been plentiful too. Mannheimer represented Telenor in the authority’s investigation of a joint venture between the country’s four-largest mobile operators, which was closed without an infringement finding last year. The firm is also representing Pernod Ricard in relation to the EU’s abuse of dominance case against alcohol retailer Systembolaget and is defending Kia Motors against allegations of abusive conduct, a case now pending before the Supreme Court.

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