InterviewMartin Andersén

Martin Andersén, Associate in the Real Estate group

When I studied law at university I did not know what I wanted to specialise in – mainly because I found most of it interesting. It was only after I had been a summer trainee at Mannheimer Swartling that I realised I wanted to be a business lawyer.

When I studied lawat university I did not know what I wanted to specialise in – mainly because I found most of it interesting. It was only after Ihad been a summer trainee at Mannheimer Swartling that I realised I wanted to be a business lawyer. I particularly liked the variety that the role offers, and was also attracted by the international nature of the work. Last but not least, the lawyers I met at the firm and the reception I was given as a summer trainee ensured I wanted to return – I really felt like "one of the gang" right from day one.

I particularly liked the variety that the role offers.

I am a member of the firm's real estate group, and divide my time between property transactions and property law disputes,mainly construction disputes. I particularly like the fact that the work is so varied. Property deals happen at a fast pace, and it is stimulating to be involved in contract negotiations with the other party, and to fine-tune contract clauses. The work is quite edgy. Dispute resolution in this field often entails complex questions to which there is no clear answer – it is a question of finding the best arguments to persuade the court or arbitral tribunal that your client is right. There is an obvious element of competition in this, which I really like.

I joined Mannheimer Swartling after graduating from Lund University, and started at the Malmö office. I then moved to our office in Gothenburg because my partner had been offered a job there. Our work at the firm is so highly integrated between the offices that the move to Gothenburg was really smooth. Although I am now based in Gothenburg, I have daily contact with my colleagues in Malmö. We have a number of offices that are geographically far apart, but it really does feel like we all belong to the same office.