Mannheimer Swartling has offices in Sweden’s four major metropolitan areas, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Helsingborg. This enables us to offer informed insights into the development of these regions and provide expertise focused specifically on the regional business environment. We also have offices in markets of strategic importance for our clients – Germany, Russia, China, Brussels and New York.
These offices were established a number of years ago primarily to handle outbound projects and assist on other cross-border matters. Mannheimer Swartling is a global lockstep partnership. Our lawyers work seamlessly across offices to ensure that our collective experience and expertise are brought to bear at every location.
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Mannheimer Swartling is owned and run by 86 partners (June 2014). The firm has approximately 400 lawyers and operates out of four offices in Sweden and seven offices located in Germany, Russia, China, New York and Brussels. Mannheimer Swartling is built around practice and industry groups that specialise in various disciplines of business law and business sectors.
The firm’s lawyers are supported by class leading professionals working with such matters as knowledge management, seminars, finance and IT. We invest heavily in these service functions because we see it as mission critical to delivering top service to our clients and developing the organization.
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Mannheimer Swartling’s roots date to 1877. The modern firm was founded through a merger between Mannheimer & Zetterlöf and Carl Swartling Advokatbyrå on 1 July 1990. Love Mannheimer and Tage Zetterlöf founded Mannheimer & Zetterlöf in 1943 in Gothenburg. The aim was to establish a modern law firm that would be able to retain and develop its associates into successful partners.
The firm established its first office abroad in 1971 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands together with firms from Denmark, Norway and Finland. In 1973 offices were established in Skåne in southern Sweden and the foreign business was expanded by establishing offices in New York in 1983 and in Frankfurt in 1989.
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Mannheimer Swartling’s business model is founded on team spirit and the long view. Our fundamental principle is called True Partnership: success should benefit the entire firm rather than just an individual. This promotes knowledge sharing and seamless cooperation among colleagues, practice groups and offices.
It also helps ensure that every client is guaranteed access to the collective knowledge of the firm and the best possible advice. In brief, “True Partnership” means that the firm’s earnings are divided equally among partners, with lawyers’ salaries being determined by their level of experience.
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A large percentage of our assignments have an international or cross-border element, and some of our work is only tangentially related to Sweden. Reflecting the decreasing importance and increasing permeability of national borders in terms of our clients’ business interests, Mannheimer Swartling has developed a broad international network and very close co-operation with other leading law firms around the world.
We invest heavily in developing efficient and effective working relationships with these firms, and regularly work with them in integrated teams multi-jurisdictional teams. Our relationship firms meet regularly for joint training and to exchange experiences and enhance co-operation.