GCR 100 - 18th Edition

Mannheimer Swartling

11 January 2018

Sweden

MANNHEIMER SWARTLING maintains its place on the Swedish A-list of competition firms, led by co-heads Tommy Pettersson and Johan Carle. The firm has one of the largest practices in Sweden where lawyers work exclusively on competition law. Though it no longer has offices in Berlin or Frankfurt, partner Stefan Pervan is back at the helm of the Brussels office.

The team continues to represent several big-name clients including Nasdaq OMX, Novamedia and Heidelberg Cement. The firm represents Nasdaq in its ongoing fine proceeding before the Patent and Market Court for abuse of dominance, and continues to represent Swedish Match against claims of abuse of dominance in the domestic moist snuff market. The Swedish authority launched the Swedish Match case in 2014. In February 2017 the Swedish Patent and Market Court ruled in favour of the authority and found the implementation of a labelling system in coolers that Swedish Match provides to moist snuff retailers had the potential to restrict competition. The court fined the company €3 million, leading to Swedish Match appealing against the judgment to the Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeals.

Mannheimer has a vibrant merger and acquisitions practice, accounting for a good chunk of all merger notifications in Sweden last year. The firm represented global heating pipe company Logstor Group in its acquisition of Swedish competitor Powerpipe Systems, successfully stopping the Swedish enforcer’s attempt to block the deal last year following a Patent and Market Court appeal.

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