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"Very few people fit into a given template"

Interview with Per Josefson, Partner of the practice group Intellectual Property, Marketing and Media.
From Mannheimer Swartling's Sustainability Report 2016.

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When the adviser becomes investigator

It takes a long time to build client, employee and shareholder trust. However, it can quickly be reduced or even lost. This is something Telia Company, Swedbank, Nordea, SCA and many other companies are well aware of.

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For China in Sweden

China is stepping up as a global investor. In recent years, Chinese direct investments in Sweden have tripled and are expected to increase further.

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Volatile international trade regulations

International trade with Russia and Iran is currently a hot topic. The EU and US sanctions against both countries are significant to several Swedish companies.

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Effective dispute resolution through evolution

Faster deals and internationally accepted judgments. These are some of the reasons why arbitration is the most common way to resolve business disputes. But since international arbitration is based on "best practice", rather than written laws and rules, lawyers working in the field must be experienced and constantly update their knowledge. "The parties, rather than the rules, determine how the dispute should be handled," says Kristoffer Löf from Mannheimer Swartling's Dispute Resolution practice group.

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New EU rules will strengthen personal data protection

High fines – up to four percent of global sales – threaten companies that violate the new EU rules on processing of personal data. "This revolutionary change in the rules covers all enterprises in the EU, as well as companies in the rest of the world that sell goods and services to people residing in the EU," says Erica Wiking Häger, chairperson of Mannheimer Swartling's Corporate Sustainability and Risk Management practice group.

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The EU digital single market – a lot can happen

The European Commission has identified the completion of the EU digital single market as one of its ten political priorities. The Commission expects that a digital single market could contribute € 415 billion per year to the EU's economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The work related to the digital single market includes a number of different areas. Among other things, the Commission is considering a modernisation of copyright law and limiting the possibility of unjustified geo-blocking of online services.

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Annual Report 2015

For many years Mannheimer Swartling has been the leading business law firm in the Nordic region. In 2015 our position was confirmed as we were engaged in some of the year's biggest and most complex transactions and disputes within a wide range of industries, and by receiving new awards.

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Sustainability in M&A transactions

As sustainability climbs higher on the agendas of boards and management, there is a sharpened focus on sustainability in mergers and acquisitions.

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Stockholm - the capital of energy disputes

The US is about to be transformed from a net importer to a net exporter of energy. OPEC’s and Russia’s dominance in oil and gas is being challenged. Germany is in the process of closing its nuclear power plants. At the same time, bioenergy – along with solar, wind and hydropower – is on the rise. All of these factors are contributing to the transformation of the international energy market. In its wake, energy disputes have flared up and Stockholm has solidified its position as a venue for the settlement of these disputes.

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Construction of neutron microscope in Lund accelerates after approval from environmental court

After decades of preparation, ground was broken in September 2014 for the construction of one of the world's most advanced neutron microscopes, the European Spallation Source (ESS). When the facility outside of the city of Lund in southern Sweden is finally up and running in 2023, it is expected to attract thousands of researchers annually from all over the world who are seeking answers to complex questions about the structure of materials. "It may involve, for example, why a specific type of adhesively bonded joint on an aircraft wing fails, or how a protein interacts with a drug," says Patrik Carlsson, Associate Director of Operations at ESS.

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“It’s more important to teach students to code than to cross-stitch if Sweden is to keep its high-tech edge”

Home computer subsidies and inclement weather. These are just a few of the reasons cited for why Stockholm has emerged as the world's second hottest high-tech hub, bested only by Silicon Valley. But if we are to continue producing success stories such as Spotify, Mojang and Klarna, more young women need to be interested in technology – programming and coding should be as important in the classroom as mathematics and English, according to people from several prominent Swedish technology companies.

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Sustainability Report 2014

In our Annual Report, we reported on our achievements in 2014. We advised on the largest and most complex assignments and established new practice groups. We continue our focus on quality while always striving to surpass our clients' expectations.

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Mannheimer Swartling journeys to Mozambique with SOS Children’s Villages

"If we are to be credible when providing clients advice on issues relating to sustainability, we should know what we are talking about. It is also important for us to be engaged. This trip increased both our knowledge of a region where a number of our clients are active and our desire to inspire more people to get involved with children who are vulnerable," say Anna Bryngelsson and Mikaela Mars, lawyers at Mannheimer Swartling. They are the firm's first ambassadors to SOS Children's Villages and have recently returned from visiting the organisation's operations in Mozambique.



Revenge for Helsinki in Mannheimer Swartling Vis Arbitration Pre-moot

After finishing second by a narrow margin the past two years, the University of Helsinki finally got their revenge.


IKEA and Mannheimer Swartling exemplify benefit of knowledge sharing

A corporate culture pervaded by open doors and generous knowledge sharing leads not only to satisfaction among employees – it is also an important reason why some companies are more successful than others. While IKEA and Mannheimer Swartling are two very different companies, both have realised the importance of promoting a culture of knowledge sharing to generate sustainable success.

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“Defluff sustainability issues”

"Sustainability issues must be defluffed. Sustainability is not about being good, but about managing risk, long-term survival and profitability. If a company lacks clear policies in areas such as anti-corruption or fails to ensure compliance with its policies, it risks being in breach of both local legislation and UN guidelines." So says Parul Sharma, human rights lawyer and the Dean of The Academy for Human Rights in Business/CSR Sweden.

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Research highlights out-dated legislation

The Swedish legislation governing real estate-backed fi nancing is outdated and does not meet the needs of a globalized real estate market. Also, knowledge of Swedish real estate law is being eroded.

To help break this trend, Mannheimer Swartling has sponsored a research position in land law at Stockholm University. Elisabeth Ahlinder, who received her PhD in December, recommends revised legislation in her dissertation. “It is now up to the Swedish Ministry of Justice to react,” she says.

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You cannot free yourself from responsibility by delegating it

Bribes, the use of chemicals or the abuse of workers. The responsibility for how a company's local organisations manage the business always rests with the group management – as the effects ultimately affect not only the brand, but also the earnings. In a seminar series in 2013, Mannheimer Swartling emphasised the importance of lifting risk analysis and anti-corruption strategies to a strategic level – and not delegating responsibility.

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