About the firmInternational

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 and Malmö. 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.

Mannheimer Swartling's China/APAC desk advises clients who are already active in the region or who are interested in doing business there. The group is composed of Swedish and Chinese lawyers with long and extensive experience from China / APAC and focuses primarily on the legal and business environment there. Our offering includes advice within e.g. foreign direct investments, establishments and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, commercial agreements, risk and crisis management, sustainability and compliance, dispute resolution and strategic advice. Beyond its legal expertise, the group also has the linguistic, cultural and practical experience required within the region. Thanks to the firm's long presence in the region, we are well acquainted with the leading law firms in China / APAC and join forces with them as and when needed.

Our Hong Kong office specializes in international dispute resolution and has an experienced international arbitration team. Our Hong Kong operations are fully integrated with the firm's global dispute resolution group, with access to the entire firm's collective expertise and resources.

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.

Historically Iran has been one of Sweden's most important non-European export markets and many Swedish companies have a long history in the country. In January 2016, a gradual repeal of the economic and financial sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN, EU, US and others began, and Iran has once again become an attractive market for US and European companies. Mannheimer Swartling's Iran desk provides advisory services to clients who are already active in the Iranian market or are interested in doing business in Iran. In addition to offering legal expertise, several members of the Iran desk also have the linguistic and cultural knowledge required to successfully enter the Iranian market and operate a business in Iran. The group can advise on sanction-related questions regarding both export and import issues and financial restrictions, as well as matters concerning the protection of investments and investment protection agreements. The group also helps the firm's clients to establish local contacts.