Banking & Finance: Sweden
Department head Svante Hultqvist is widely regarded as one of the most talented and accomplished banking lawyers in Sweden. “He is truly excellent. He is extremely positive, full of common sense and solution-oriented – he just gets things done. I cannot speak highly enough of him,” one enthusiastic client reports.
Mattias Larsson is a respected figure who is praised by sources as “skilful and technically excellent.” His broad range of expertise includes banking and finance, capital markets and M&A, and he recently advised Swedbank on the financing of Nordic Capital's public offer for Munters.
According to sources, Johan Lundberg is “a great negotiator who provides first-rate work.” He represented a group of lenders including Nordea and Swedbank in the refinancing of Gambro.
Department head Mikael Ståhl recently acted for Gambro on the refinancing of the company. He is a firm favourite with clients, who appreciate his “down-to-earth manner.” Another source highlights his “great commercial understanding that comes from having worked in a bank.”
Stefan de Hevesy is a senior figure in the team and an immensely experienced finance lawyer. He is widely praised for his “swift, efficient service and excellent manner.”
Fabian Ekeblad is seen as a “diligent and well-connected lawyer.” He advised Nefab Holding on its refinancing.
Managing partner Maria-Pia Midenbäck Hope is respected for her leveraged finance expertise. She recently advised Goldman Sachs and Nordea on the financing of BC Partners' acquisition of the Com Hem group.
Department head André Andersson is hailed as “a real star and the father of all banking lawyers." Another client adds that "he knows pretty much everything there is to know in the field.” He has broad international expertise and extensive experience of working in the Baltics.
Managing partner Jan Dernestam's practice encompasses leasing, asset finance, loan financing and acquisition financing.
Mattias Lampe covers finance and debt capital markets transactions, handling securitisation, acquisition finance, syndicated lending and financial regulation. “You can always rely on him to deliver. He is great on cross-border work and works well with international counsel,” say sources.
Daniel Karlsson enjoys an impressive reputation amongst his peers. They hail him as “really great," adding that he is "pragmatic and easy to work with.”
Seasoned practitioner Thomas Pettersson attracts significant praise for his practice, with sources particularly highlighting his strength in derivatives.
Per Gustaf Ekbom is widely regarded as the premier asset finance lawyer in Sweden. He elicits enthusiastic praise from clients, who say: “You can call him any time and he will always make an effort. We consistently get the very best advice from him.”
Practice head Fredrik Rydin gains plaudits from sources. He recently acted for CVC Capital Partners on the EUR1.8 billion financing of the acquisition of Ahlsell.
Johan Häger handles finance and debt capital markets, focusing on asset-backed, acquisition and project financing.
Joakim Wedlund covers international finance transactions and domestic and cross-border debt restructuring. Market commentators note that his previous experience working at Danske Bank is of particular benefit.
The banking and finance department is co-chaired by Ulf Grubbström and Mattias Anjou.
Sources laud Niclas Rockborn as "a focused and to-the-point lawyer," adding that he is "hard-working and technically skilled." He handles financial services and investment funds, advising Swedish and international fund managers on fund formation, cross-border notifications, and licensing and regulatory issues.
Clients are quick to highlight Marcus Johansson as “a great financing lawyer.” He acted for Kuwait Finance House on the Shari'a-compliant financing of a SEK250 million property.
Practice head Magnus Wennerhorn is praised for his “candid, solution-focused attitude and ability to tell clients clearly what can and cannot be done." He advises banks, private equity firms and corporate clients on a range of banking work, with a particular focus on acquisition finance.
Team head Tobhias Brandell is considered to be “a talented lawyer who sees the bigger picture in business.”
According to clients, Carl Schwieler is “a great negotiator – he is energetic and always delivers flawlessly.” He covers structured finance, leveraged finance and regulatory matters.
Mikael Kövamees covers asset finance, leasing and project finance. “He has an in-depth understanding of our business model and how we work. He makes things run smoothly,” say sources.
Björn Sjöberg advises arrangers, lenders and borrowers on leveraged, structured, asset and real estate financing. He has an impressive client base which includes Barclays Bank.
Dennis Hansson leads the banking team, handling leveraged finance, restructuring and insolvency and corporate lending. He has notable cross-border experience, having previously worked in the firm's London office.
Banking & Finance: Sweden (Desks Based Abroad)
Tomas Gärdfors is admitted to practice in Sweden and the UK. Clients praise his adept handling of cross-border transactions, saying: "He impressed us with his negotiation capacity and ability to always find the right contacts for us." He is an active member of the firm's London-based Sweden desk.
recently founded BAUMGARTEN, BYSTRÖM, ROOTH & TALLAVAARA. He is particularly well known for his expertise advising on English law-governed transactions.
of Wistrand Advokatbyrå has impressive international credentials. He is UK-qualified and has previously worked in London. He is also well placed to advise Brazilian companies thanks to his experience as Head of Legal South America and Latin America at a multinational company.
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
of McGuireWoods London LLP has vast experience in international transactions. He speaks Swedish and is a former chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the UK.
London-based Simon Middleton
of Simmons & Simmons regularly advises clients from across the Nordic region on a range of banking and finance issues.
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