August 20, 2009 - Assignment

Wallhamn, Sweden’s largest private port, gains approvals for expansion

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Wallhamn AB on matters related to gaining approval for expansion of the port’s fairway to facilitate access for larger cargo ships. The port, owned by the Italian-based Grimaldi Group, is used for RoRo cargo, mainly in relation to the import and export of vehicles. The matter involved negotiations and permitting approval from, among others, the Swedish Transport Agency as well as other authorities and concerned parties. The firm recently also advised the Grimaldi Group on its acquisition of 50 per cent of port Wallhamn from EUKOR Car Carriers Inc, making the Grimaldi Group the sole owner of port Wallhamn.

Mannheimer Swartling’s team was led by Johan Ljungberg with Mårten Tageus advising on environmental law issues. Assisting in the matter were Andréa Dahrén, Charlotte Björnsdotter Lundgren and Paula Bäckdén.