To date, we have advised on over a thousand transactions, many with values exceeding one billion SEK. In addition to this, we have helped both general and limited partners to raise or invest in several hundred private equity funds as well as funds for alternative assets. In addition, we have been involved in disputes from virtually every angle of a private equity transaction.
In connection to M&A transactions, we frequently act as legal advisors for private equity funds, industrial players, entrepreneurs and foreign law firms and have experience from over a thousand transactions. Clients come to us because they appreciate our philosophy, the high partner attention and small, dedicated and experienced teams. We aim to have the same team for due diligence, first drafts of the transaction documentation and negotiations. In our experience, this expedites the process, and makes sure time and resources can be utilized efficiently.
Venture and growth investments call for a different mindset than traditional M&A or buy-out transactions. It is often critical to maintain a good relationship with the founder. Clients are many times not interested in full due diligence or negotiations making the need for pragmatism, experience and efficient processes even greater.
Raising a fund is a critical process for fund managers; it is a complex world with an abundance of opportunities. Sometimes the process is over in a couple of months and sometimes it stretches out over an extended period of time. We are the most experienced law firm in the Nordic countries on this topic and with the help of our network we can give you advice on how to maximize the value of your position.
We have been selected in tenders for the First, Third, Fourth and Sixth Swedish National Pension Funds to act as their legal advisor on investments in alternative assets. We also regularly act on behalf of the European Investment Fund and major life insurance companies in their investments in private equity funds. Our clients, due to their sheer size, are oftentimes anchor or lead investors. Therefore, we regularly perform comprehensive reviews of all aspects of fund structures – not only in the Nordics but also in the rest of Europe, the US and Asia.
A continuous flow of regulatory matters allows us to provide fast and up-to-date advice about most regulatory and compliance issues faced by fund managers, other financial institutions or investors, domestically as well as internationally. Our advice covers a large range of matters related to AIFMD, MiFID, UCITS, EuVECA, AML/KYC, listing of funds and similar.
Tax issues often heavily influence fund and transaction structuring. This insight has driven us to include tax advice as an integrated part of our service. Today several of our lawyers have a background as tax specialists. They are knowledgeable and experienced in incentive programs, fund structuring, financial transactions, transaction structuring and certain VAT issues.
Our litigation practice has long-lasting and broad experience in handling the disputes that arise in a private equity environment – both for companies and institutions. Our experience includes domestic and international litigations before Swedish courts as well as domestic and international arbitrations under various arbitration rules including SCC, ICC and ad hoc arbitration in accordance with the Swedish Arbitration Act.
We regularly provide advice on general corporate matters such as issues relating to various financing instruments, including shares and participating debentures as well as on commercial agreements such as term sheets, letters of intent, loan agreements, shareholders’ agreements, employment agreements, consultancy engagements, services agreements, joint ventures and agreements involving other forms of co-operation.
We regularly do pro bono work and provide our services to those who are unable to afford them. One of our more recent activities was to advise on the technical aspects of risk allocation and financing associated with transport for refugees. We also serve as a legal partner to ABC Charity, a global charity project based on kids helping kids.