Mannheimer Swartling’s practice heads Tommy Pettersson and Johan Carle remain in charge of one of the largest and most experienced antitrust and competition practices in Sweden. The team handles the full range of competition law cases and, bolstered by its Brussels office, has no problem switching gears and advising clients locked into merger, cartel or dominance investigations before DG Comp.
The firm says it has seen a significant rise in dawn raids associated with cartel investigations over the past year; indeed, it has been involved in no fewer than 11 raids for clients over the past 12 months - raids that often turn into long-term defence work. Most of those investigations are carried out by DG Comp, the firm says. Clients include Trioplast Industrier in the commission’s industrial bags cartel investigation; Telenor in an investigation by the Competition Authority surrounding mobile telecommunications operators; and Heidelberg Cement in a DG Comp cartel probe.
The firm says the pace of deals and other transactions crossing lawyers’ desks also continues unabated. The team advised dary company Milko in its merger with Arla Foods - a deal currently in Phase 2 before the authority - and Swedish Post in its tie-up with the Danish postal service. That matter is the first cross-border postal service merger in the EU and was eventually cleared subject to conditions. Telenor Group is another client, requiring advice in its joint ownership with TV4 of premium pay-television operator C More. Other clients include E.ON, Cardo, ASSA ABLOY, Europe Investor Direct, Kia MotorsDirektflyg and many others.
Mannheimer Swartling is the leading law firm in the Nordic region. As the first Swedish law firm to establish a special practice group for EU and competition law, we have a profound experience and is today ranked as one of the 100 best law firms in the world in the competition area. With many years of experience, we can offer fast and efficient advice from our leading team of 25 lawyers.
Our practice is largely concentrated in Stockholm and Brussels. Our presence in Brussels puts us in close daily contact with the EU institutions, which facilitates matter management and the on-going monitoring of legal developments. We also have a well-established practice in Berlin where we mainly represent Scandinavian clients in relation to German competition law issues. We also offer advice on Russian and Chinese competition law through our offices in those countries.
Mannheimer Swartling has approximately 585 employees, of which approximately 395 are lawyers. The firm works with many of Sweden’s, and the world’s, leading major and mid-sized companies and organisations. Mannheimer Swartling is a full service firm with an extensive international practice. The firm has four offices in Sweden, as well as offices in Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Hong Kong, Shanghai and New York.
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Head of Mannheimer Swartling EU and Competition group:
Tommy Pettersson [email protected], Tel: +46 709 777 103
Johan Carle [email protected], Tel: +46 709 777 576