November 23, 2012 - News about the firm

Mannheimer Swartling named Sweden’s most sought after legal adviser

For the ninth year in a row, Mannheimer Swartling has been named Sweden’s most sought after legal adviser. In connection with BG Research’s presentation of the annual Client Barometer survey (“Klientbarometern”), Mannheimer Swartling received the “Law Firm of the Year” award; Biörn Riese, the firm’s chairman, was named “Lawyer of the Year” for the second consecutive year; and the firm’s M&A, real estate, and dispute resolution groups topped the category rankings.

Client Barometer is an independent survey that is conducted annually among existing and prospective clients to legal advisers in Sweden. This year’s results are based on replies from 1,053 respondents: CEOs, general and corporate counsel, and personnel and financial managers.

“We are obviously very proud and honoured by this recognition. It illustrates that our approach to sharing knowledge is successful and that Mannheimer Swartling excels at developing both the breadth and depth of its expertise,” says Jan Dernestam, Managing Partner.

This is the ninth consecutive year that the firm has received the business law firm award. New this year are awards within specific categories, e.g. M & A, real estate and dispute resolution, where respondents were asked to indicate which firm they would most like to engage in a matter related to a specific area.

Also new is that Biörn Riese is the first person to receive the “Lawyer of the Year” award for the second time in a row.

“His long, successful service speaks for itself, but it is clear that today we have a little extra cause to celebrate Biörn’s success. That he is the first person to receive this award for two consecutive years is also very well-deserved.”

The full study was presented in connection with a conference and awards ceremony held on 22 November in Stockholm. This is the ninth year that the Client Barometer (“Klientbarometern”) has been conducted. The survey was completed by approximately 1,100 general and corporate counsel, CEOs, CFOs and HR managers working in companies where annual sales exceed SEK 100 million. They have received qualified questions about the criteria that form the basis for their selection of firm and lawyer. The survey was conducted by BG Research, an independent research firm in the Blendow Group.

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