Annual Report 2012
Mannheimer Swartling has been the leading business law firm in the Nordic region for many years. The reason for this is that our clients trust us to deliver legal advice of the highest possible quality. We work hard to retain this position and constantly develop our offering, so that we not only meet – but exceed – our clients’ high expectations.
Last year was characterised by continued uncertainty in the global financial markets – and an ensuing cautiousness with regard to expansions, acquisitions and other activities requiring major corporate investments. Over the year, we intensified our efforts to hone our processes further so that we may offer our clients’ better value in the assignments they entrust us with.
The past year includes several examples of how we refine and adapt our knowledge to meet our clients’ needs. The review of TeliaSonera’s business transactions in Uzbekistan and Skandia Liv’s acquisition of Skandia were among the matters that received the most attention in the Swedish media in 2012. Mannheimer Swartling advised on them both. Our firm was further engaged in a wide range of assignments that collectively reflect our firm’s range of skills, resources and ability to act internationally – such as in relation to the Greek rescue package.
One of our primary challenges is to always remain one step ahead when anticipating our clients’ needs. Our firm’s structure and emphasis on working together promotes the channeling and refining of knowledge into new areas of expertise. One example of this is our Corporate Compliance & Investigations practice.
Our emphasis on sharing knowledge to guarantee the quality of our services in the long term aligns with our view of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We recognise that our position of leadership in business law presents both an opportunity and a responsibility to influence. There is a strong connection between business law, legal due process and human rights. Furthermore, recent developments indicate an international convergence of corporate governance involving social, environmental and ethical aspects, including human rights.
Interest in working for the firm remains high – for the tenth consecutive year, Mannheimer Swartling was voted the most popular law firm by Sweden’s law students in Universum’s FöretagsBarometern (the Swedish Student Survey). We recognise that it is exceptionally important for Mannheimer Swartling to be considered an attractive place to work in order to attract and retain the very best talent.
One of several acknowledgements of our firm’s position within Swedish business law was the award for “Best Swedish Firm of the Year”, which we received for the second consecutive year at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence. Mannheimer Swartling was also named “Nordic Legal Adviser of the Year” for the second consecutive year in the Financial Times/mergermarket European M&A Awards 2012.
These are just a few examples of the firm’s activities from the past year. The full story can be found in our Annual Report for 2012.