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Sweden

About

Centrally positioned in northern Europe, Sweden is the largest market in the Nordic region. The country is a global leader in innovation, with a highly skilled labour force, sophisticated consumers, smooth business procedures, openness to international ownership and a stable economy.

What we offer is unique in Stockholm and the Nordic region. Our Stockholm and Helsinki offices make White & Case the only global law firm with a strong and established Nordic presence. We work with Swedish and international clients, in Sweden as well as globally.

Our lawyers are market-leading practitioners in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, banking, capital markets and dispute resolution. We work on some of the most significant and complex transactions and cases in the market. Our offer is rooted in our profound understanding of our clients’ business. We work in focused teams, close to our clients. Our success is founded on our ability to combine knowledge and experience with personal commitment.

Our core services include:

 

Banking

Banking is one of the office's core practice areas. We advise Swedish and non-Swedish banks and financial institutions, private equity sponsors, large corporates and alternative capital providers on a broad range of banking and restructuring matters, both foreign and domestic and within a broad product offering. Clients include some of Sweden's largest financial institutions, corporates and private equity funds. The combination of White & Case's international experience and the Stockholm office's knowledge of local legislation and industry practice makes us extremely well suited to be efficient advisors to both local and international banking and finance clients.

"It has an international dimension that gives us an extra advantage."
"Whatever I ask, the team has always answered on the same day."
Chambers Europe, 2014

"They provides 'in-depth, knowledgeable advice' to an impressive list of global and domestic clients."
The Legal 500 EMEA, 2015

 

Capital Markets

The Capital Markets Group in Stockholm focuses on capital markets and public M&A. The team advises issuers, owners as well as underwriters in a variety of ECM transactions, including IPOs, spin-offs and rights offerings, as well as convertible bonds, other hybrids and pure bond offerings, including HY. The team's public M&A experience includes a wide range of domestic and cross border buy-outs, merger of equals and reversed takeovers, and they represent both sponsors and strategic buyers.

"It is a great full-service practice with an extensive international network."
Chambers Europe, 2014

"Rikard Stenberg heads the 'top-notch' team at White & Case, which continues to have a strong international presence."
The Legal 500, 2015

 

Arbitration and Litigation

We have successfully represented clients in a number of the largest and most complex litigations and commercial arbitrations that have arisen over the past few years. In any dispute, we are focused on achieving our clients' objectives by combining our legal knowledge and accumulated know-how with our industry knowledge and geographical reach.

On the arbitration side, we know the process as well as the arbitration institutes. The group has many years of experience in representing Swedish and international clients in ad hoc proceedings conducted in accordance with the Swedish Arbitration Act, as well as institutional proceedings under various rules, such as the SCC, ICC and UNCITRAL rules.

The team is "commended for its expertise on infrastructure and construction mandates, including liability and negligence claims, alongside corporate, energy and financial services disputes" by Chambers Europe 2015 – Dispute Resolution: Sweden.

Clients include international oil & gas companies, contractors, insurance companies, banks, financial institutions, corporations and government agencies.

Anders Reldén is according to Chambers Global 2015 "considered by market commentators to be 'one of the leading lawyers of his generation'" in Sweden. He covers both international arbitration and commercial litigation including inter alia financial disputes, oil & gas, construction and insurance disputes. Anders is Band One ranked in Dispute Resolution by Chambers and listed as a Leading individual in Dispute Resolution, Sweden, by The Legal 500 EMEA 2015.

 

M&A

The M&A team in Stockholm represents multinational companies, private equity firms, financial institutions and other clients in connection with domestic and cross-border M&A transactions across a range of industry sectors. We have a long history of representing clients in Nordic M&A transactions and of representing our Swedish clients in their M&A transactions around the world. Clients recognize our unique cross-border capabilities, and we have been engaged to act for them in some of the most innovative and demanding M&A transactions in the region.

The Stockholm office is part of the White & Case global M&A team. We are one of few law firms with the global capacity and expertise to provide assistance to clients on mergers and acquisitions worldwide.

Our transactions include Domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, Joint venture, Spin-offs, Privatization, Private equity funding, Leveraged buyouts, Recapitalizations.

"We are satisfied with all aspects of service. When issues arise, the team will clear its schedule to fit ours."
Chambers Europe, 2014

"'A responsive and customer-oriented' team"
The Legal 500, 2015

 

In addition we provide advice on:
• Asset Finance
• Competition Law
• Employment Law
• General Corporate & Commercial Law
• Intellectual Property
• Insurance and Reinsurance
• Investment Funds
• Media
• Project Finance
• Technology
• Telecoms

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

White & Case ranked #1 2016 in the Nordic region by deal value according to Mergermarket

White & Case deal value amounts to 22,405 MEUR this year, having advised on 36 announced deals. White & Case ranked #1 in Finland and #3 in Sweden. White & Case has also had great success globally in the last year. Globally ranked #1 according to Mergermarket, with a transaction value of 665 billion USD, which is a record. Bloomberg is also ranking White & Case as #1.

 

"Commended for its expertise on infrastructure and construction mandates, including liability and negligence claims, alongside corporate, energy and financial services disputes."
Chambers Europe 2015 (Dispute Resolution: Sweden)

"We have been extremely happy with the team; it has demonstrated a flexible and attentive approach."
Chambers Global 2014 (Private Equity: Stockholm)

"It is an outstanding full-service practice with an extensive international network."
Chambers Europe 2014 (Stockholm)

"It has an international dimension that gives us an extra advantage."
Chambers Global 2014 (Banking & Finance: Sweden)

"The team covers all our requirements—it always takes care of everything we need."
Chambers Europe 2013 (Corporate/M&A: Stockholm)

"The team is clearly among the best out there. I highly recommend it."
Chambers Global 2013 (Dispute Resolution: Stockholm)

Experience

Nordea Bank as one of the original lenders  in the Tele2 merger with ComHem
Represented Nordea Bank, together with Citibank, N.A., London Branch and SEB as the original lenders, on the SEK 11 billion-term facility agreement made available to Tele2 AB (publ) to finance part of the merger with Com Hem Holding AB (publ). Tele2 is a NASDAQ Stockholm-listed telecom operator and Com Hem is a NASDAQ Stockholm-listed TV cable company.

FSN on the financing of Zetup and Dicom
Represented northern European private equity investment company FSN Capital on the financing of its acquisition of IT companies Office IT-Partner, Zetup and Dicom.

Arion Bank dual listing
Represented Arion Bank and its principal owner Kaupskil in connection with the IPO and Stockholm/Reykjavik dual listing of Arion Bank.

Piab IPO
Represented EQT and Piab in connection with the contemplated IPO and Nasdaq Stockholm listing of Piab.

Handicare IPO
Represented Handicare and its principal shareholder Nordic Capital in connection with the IPO and Nasdaq Stockholm listing of Handicare.

Multinational IT company in SCC arbitration
Represented a multinational IT company in SCC arbitration against a retail company regarding the termination of a software delivery and installation project.

Construction company in a dispute
Represented one of Scandinavia’s largest construction companies in a dispute with a global provider of processing technology regarding claims under a construction contract for a gas treatment installation at a mining facility. 

Ingencio Group on the acquisition of Bambora
Represented Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payments, on its €1.5 billion acquisition of Bambora, a fast-growing global player in the payments industry, from private equity firm Nordic Capital. The transaction is was the second largest transaction in Sweden so far in 2017.

Nordic Capital on the acquisition of Ryds Bilglas
Represented Nordic Capital on its acquisition of Ryds Bilglas, one of the leading vehicle glass repair and replacement companies in Sweden.

ABB on its investment of Northvolt
Represented ABB on its investment in Northvolt AB, a Swedish company which is building Europe’s largest and most advanced lithium-ion battery factory.

Nomura and Barclays on their acquisition of Cevian Capital's entire stake in AB Volvo
Represented Nomura and Barclays on their acquisition of Cevian Capital's entire stake in AB Volvo, the global leading truck manufacturer and the largest stock-listed entity in Sweden, and Nomura and Barclays later on-sale of the entire stake to Geely. The deal was the largest deal in Sweden 2017 and the largest ever exit by an activist fund globally.