Rikard Wikström | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Rikard Wikstrom
Rikard Wikstrom

Rikard Wikström

Partner, Stockholm

T +46 8 506 32 351

T +46 8 506 32 300

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Ranked by Chambers Global 2014 as one of the leading dispute resolution lawyers in Sweden, Rikard Wikström is “...particularly experienced in the energy and construction industries.”

Overview

Rikard Wikström's practice is focused on dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on international commercial arbitration.

He has significant experience as counsel in arbitration proceedings to both Swedish and foreign companies, including multinational corporations, and is able to steer clients through arbitrations under a range of international rules, including those of the SCC, ICC, SIAC and UNCITRAL.

The need for arbitration can arise in any industry, and Rikard's experience spans an array of business sectors, including Oil & Gas, Construction, insurance & reinsurance, IT and pharmaceuticals. He has successfully resolved numerous cross-border disputes, where millions of US dollars were at stake.

Rikard regularly sits as arbitrator and frequently speaks at national and international arbitration seminars and events.

Bars and Courts

  • Swedish Bar
  • International Bar Association

Education

  • LLM, Juris kandidat, Stockholm University
  • BA, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, USA

Languages

  • Swedish
  • English
  • French

Experience

Major European gas buyer, 2014

Rikard is advising a major European buyer of gas in several price renegotiation disputes under long-term gas supply contracts.

Major international construction company 2014

Rikard is representing a European contractor in a dispute under three contracts regarding a high-technological production facility in Russia

Multinational pharmaceutical company, 2014

Rikard has been providing regular advice to a multinational pharmaceutical company for more than ten years, regarding trademark and patent infringement issues relating to the parallel trade of pharmaceutical products.

Major Swedish construction company, 2014

Rikard is representing a major construction company with multimillion-dollar SEK sub-contractor claims under two contracts.

Multinational IT company in arbitration, 2014

Rikard represented a multinational IT company in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore regarding a shareholders agreement with claims in excess of US$ 525 million.

Swiss Reinsurance company, 2014

Rikard represented a Swiss reinsurance company against a reinsurer in an arbitration in Sweden under a reinsurance agreement.

State-owned gas company, 2014

He represented a state-owned gas company in an SCC Arbitration with claims exceeding US$ 200 million, in a dispute regarding an east-west gas sales & purchase agreement.

Finnish mining company, 2013

He represented a Finnish mining company in a dispute regarding claims under a contract for design & build of plant for metal production.

State-owned gas company, 2012

He represented a state-owned gas company in an east-west gas supply, storage and transit SCC Arbitration with claims in excess of US$ 6 billion.

Major construction company, 2010

Rikard represented a major construction company in international arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules regarding claims under a hospital construction contract on the European continent.

Russian aluminium company, 2011

He represented a Russian aluminium company against a German engineering company with damage claims for defect under a contract for design & build of plant for aluminium production.

Speaking Engagements

5 May 2015: European Parliament in Brussels, ISDS seminar, (speaker)

29 August 2014: Young Arbitrators Copenhagen seminar,
Copenhagen
, (speaker) (on written witness statements in international arbitration)

22 November 2013: CODEX annual seminar,
Helsinki
, (panelist) (debating the competition between different arbitration institutes)

21 November 2013:
Stockholm
, (moderator) (debate with representatives from the SCC and the ICC regarding similarities and differences between the two institutions)

24 March 2012: YAS/ICDR Young & International coffee house,
Vienna
, (panelist) (debating whether arbitrators in international arbitration should use transnational law/ lex mercatoria)

Publications

  • Tvistlösning är till stor nytta vid kriser, Svenska Dagbladet Brännpunkt, 3 April 2015
  • The IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration: do they set the standard or is there now a need for revision?, Construction Law International, Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2013
  • The IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration: do they set the standard or is there now a need for revision?, IBA Arbitration News, Volume 17, No. 2, September 2012
  • The Impact of Document Production on the Efficiency of Arbitration, essay in "Between East and West: Essays in honor of Ulf Francke", JurisNet LLC, New York, USA, 2010, (co-author with Claes Zettermarck)

Awards & Recognition

Leading practitioner: Dispute Resolution – Sweden; Dispute Resolution – Ukraine, Chambers Global 2014

Rikard was appointed by the SCC to an international committee for the revision of the SCC Procedures and Services under the UNCITRAL Rules. (2011)