We go where our clients go. Mannheimer Swartling offers advice on markets that are of strategic importance to our clients. Outside the Nordic region this is done partly through our own offices, partly through regional desks and also through collaboration with other leading law firms. Our ambition is to be a go-to partner as our clients step out into the world – regardless of the market – while at the same time being able to assist foreign clients in the Nordic region.
As a part of Mannheimer Swartling's full service offer, we monitor events abroad that are important to our clients and that affect their business. To this end, we have established offices in markets of strategic significance to our clients. Our operations are handled through offices in Sweden, Russia, China and the US. In addition, the firm also has an office in Brussels focusing on matters relating to the EU and competition law.
Both Swedish and foreign lawyers work in our offices abroad. This creates an effective combination of Swedish business expertise and local knowledge when it comes to legal advice. In markets where we do not have an office but which are of great importance to our clients, we have established regional desks. Our Africa desk and our Iran desk monitor developments and provide our clients with tailored advice based on the local context and a broad and unique network of contacts among local legal firms.
A broad, international network of contacts and close partnerships with other leading law firms around the world are important to be able to provide our clients with the best tailored advice. Our staff often work in teams together with lawyers from these firms on different projects and cases. An assignment is tailored to the client’s wishes and can be carried out as a shared assignment by the firms involved under the leadership of Mannheimer Swartling.
As an independent legal firm, Mannheimer Swartling is not bound to any association of firms. Being independent means we are always able to engage or recommend the best law firm for the current assignment, even in countries where the firm has no operations of its own.
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Mannheimer Swartling is Sweden’s largest business law firm and has offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Helsingborg. In total, the Swedish offices have approximately 300 lawyers. Our local presence means that we are intimately acquainted with regional developments. It also means that our local offices are able to focus on the legal fields which are prevalent in the region in question. But most of all, it enables us to be close to our Swedish clients, which we believe is of decisive importance for long-term co-operation.
In 1990 Mannheimer Swartling became the very first European law firm to open an office in what was then the Soviet Union. Activities were at first primarily related to litigation and arbitration but soon broadened and now cover most areas of business law. Our office in Moscow, which employs both Russian and Swedish lawyers, is, like all of our offices, fully integrated into the firm, and its lawyers have full access to the resources and experience of the whole firm. Mannheimer Swartling has an extensive knowledge of the Russian market and its business climate. Most of our clients are large companies, banks and investors based in Scandinavia or Northern Europe, as well as their Russian subsidiaries. The arbitration practice also works with some of Russia’s largest corporate groups.
In 2007, Mannheimer Swartling opened offices in both Shanghai and Hong Kong and several experienced professionals were recruited. Currently, the firm has about 15 professionals stationed in China, providing services mainly to clients from the Nordic region (Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway). The firm’s offices in China focus primarily on the commercial and legal environment in China including foreign direct investments, business establishments and acquisitions, restructuring of existing investments, regulatory and compliance, dispute resolution, and banking and finance.
The firm’s Hong Kong office also provides services such as providing a company secretary for a large number of clients as well as assisting with trade mark applications in Hong Kong and China. The firm’s Hong Kong office has an international arbitration team. The team in Hong Kong is fully integrated into the rest of the firm’s global arbitration practice enabling it to draw from the firm’s experience and resources wherever they may be.
In close co-operation with EU and competition law specialists located at other offices, the Brussels office provides expert advice on all areas of EU law, including competition law, merger control, anti-dumping, free movement of goods, public procurement and state aid. The lawyers in Brussels represent clients before the European Commission and EU courts in all types of matters, and have close contact with the relevant EU institutions. This enables us to assist our clients quickly and to react swiftly to changes in law or policy.
Mannheimer Swartling’s lawyers in New York have many years’ experience of the complex US legal system and business environment. The office assists Scandinavian clients doing business in the United States or when they otherwise need advice on US law. American clients are offered a primary source of contact without the burden of geographical distance or time zone differences. Mannheimer Swartling’s lawyers in New York are engaged in matters ranging from initial establishments to complex acquisitions and project management of US litigations.
Mannheimer Swartling’s Africa Group has 15 years of experience of working in different African countries. The firm has developed a unique network of law firms in countries such as Angola, Benin, Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The goal of the Africa Desk is to assist clients in matters relating to Africa and help with local contacts.