November 26, 2010 - Press release

Mannheimer Swartling elects new managing partner

Mannheimer Swartling announced yesterday the election of Jan Dernestam as Managing Partner, effective April 2011. He will succeed Stefan Brocker, who has been Managing Partner since 2005.

Jan Dernestam has been a partner since 2004 and a member of the board since 2009.
Biörn Riese, Mannheimer Swartling’s chairman, said:

This election highlights the quality that is found within our ranks to offer continuity and leadership within our organisation. We look forward to Jan assuming his new role as managing partner in the coming year.

On behalf of all my colleagues, at this time I would also like to thank Stefan for what will have been an unprecedented six year term of enthusiastic and tireless service to the firm as managing partner. During these years, we further consolidated our standing as Sweden’s leading business law firm. At the same time, we strengthened our position as the leading Scandinavian law firm in Russia and entered the Chinese market with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.”

Jan Dernestam, Mannheimer Swartling managing partner-elect, said:

“I am honoured to have been elected to serve as the firm’s next managing partner. Stefan has been an excellent managing partner and will be a difficult act to follow. My ambition in this role is shared by all my colleagues and predecessors: to extend Mannheimer Swartling’s leadership position in the industry by exceeding our clients expectations daily.”

Stefan Brocker continues to serve as the firm’s managing partner until the Partner Meeting in April 2011. Thereafter, he will return full time to his practice as a member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution group and head of the firm’s Shipping and Transportation industry group.

Jan Dernestam has been with Mannheimer Swartling since 1997, except for a short period from 1999-2001. Jan specialises in Banking and Finance law and has been a partner since 2004 and a member of the board since 2009. Jan Dernestam’s three-year term as managing partner will commence at the Partner Meeting in April 2011.