InterviewNiklas Hagbard

Niklas Hagbard, Partner in the Corporate Taxation group

My interest in tax law began as far back as the basic course in tax law at Stockholm University. My first summer job in the law was at the Swedish Tax Agency. As I approached graduation, and it was time to look for a job, I knew I wanted to specialise in tax. I was also attracted by the challenge of working at a business law firm. Mannheimer Swartling, with its highly respected tax group, was my first choice.

Tax work at a leading business law firm is both varied and challenging.

My interest in tax law began as far back as the basic course in tax law at Stockholm University. My first summer job in the law was at the Swedish Tax Agency. As I approached graduation, and it was time to look for a job, I knew I wanted to specialise in tax. I was also attracted by the challenge of working at a business law firm. Mannheimer Swartling, with its highly respected tax group, was my first choice.

I knew right away that I had found my niche. I enjoy my work just as much now as I did ten years ago. Tax work at a leading business law firm is both varied and challenging. Our day-to-day work ranges from assisting clients in tax disputes to being part of a larger team of lawyers with different specialities assisting in M&A transactions. And it is this variety of work, and the constant evolution of legislation and case law that makes the work so stimulating.

My wife and I both grew up in Stockholm, and over the years we have spent a great deal of time in the fantastic Stockholm archipelago, something I now want to pass on to our children. I therefore had no hesitation in getting involved in the firm’s Race for the Baltic pro bono project. The project is an initiative to restore the natural environment of the Baltic Sea, in which the firm provides legal advice. I see the project as incredibly worthwhile, and am glad to be able to make a contribution.