Mannheimer Swartling was one of the first law firms in Sweden which specifically concentrated on the IT and telecoms industries (ITT). Over the last few decades, we have built up one of Sweden’s foremost industry sector groups in ITT.
Our role is not limited to writing and negotiating agreements. With our in-depth industry knowledge we regard it as our task to provide general business support to our clients. We are accustomed to managing projects with both a Swedish and a global reach and have a well-established network of the best foreign law firms in ITT.
We work with all types of transactions and matters in ITT. The core of our business consists of:
- Outsourcing – We have solid experience of outsourcing and routinely advise on outsourcing projects of both a national and international nature. In addition to outsourcing within the ITT area, we also have extensive experience of the outsourcing of, among other things, financial services, business processes and real estate services in both the public and private sectors.
- Technology transactions – Technology transactions is a broad practice area. We work with the firm’s M&A lawyers on acquisitions and investments in the ITT area. We help setting up joint ventures and strategic alliances for the exploitation of new technology. Naturally, we also work with classic IT projects and IT agreements such as system procurements and different forms of software distribution.
- Telecoms – The telecoms industry is constantly changing as regards technology, range of services, markets and law. This makes for an exciting industry and creates new challenges for its participants. With our solid experience and constant skills development in the field, we are very well suited to act as business support for our clients and to help them reach agreements on the right terms. We also help our clients understand the constantly changing legislation in the field and represent them before public authorities and courts.
- Privacy issues – In recent years, the treatment of personal data has increased in importance – especially for companies focusing on consumers. We advise on all aspects of the handling of personal data. For example, we have created strategies for transfer of personal data to countries outside the EU/EEA, led internal compliance projects for our clients and handled contacts with the Swedish Data Inspection Board.
- Internet and e-commerce – Right from the start, we have worked with the Internet and e-commerce. We help our clients with everything from starting up to preparing user terms and conditions and to finding secure solutions for on-line payments. We also draft operations and hosting agreements and advise on marketing issues.
Said about the firm and its specialists
"Clients 'can’t speak highly enough' of the TMT capabilities of this Swedish powerhouse. The firm has restructured to encourage greater synchronicity between all three fields of TMT and to take advantage of its massive pool of M&A talent. Indeed, sources agree that the group 'has a strong M&A edge to its TMT practice.' 'Extraordinarily professional, top-notch' lawyers solidify this firm’s presence in the TMT market." (TMT Chambers Europe – 2007)
"Biörn Riese wins plaudits for his judicious approach to traditional IT work as well as systems procurements. 'He’s an expert who leaves no stone unturned and offers solid solutions.' Rivals admire his 'deal-oriented, non-confrontational manner.' Bo Söderberg is a favourite among respondents in both the IT and telecoms markets. Clients rave about his 'wonderful work,' saying: 'He takes a practical view of what’s required and makes the whole process simple.' His competence in outsourcing and telecoms is also applauded. Martin Pekkari impresses clients with his ability to 'understand commercial realities and give advice in an efficient way.'" (TMT Chambers Europe – 2007)
"The influential nine-partner IT, telecoms and technology group at Mannheimer Swartling continues its strong transactional focus as well as being involved in regulatory work and advice to suppliers. It has undertaken an increasing amount of outsourcing work." (It and telecoms Legal 500 – 2007)