Major accomplishments

Over the years, Affärsadvokaterna have assisted their clients with matters such as:

General commercial law

  • Assisted in contract inventory within a major Nordic corporate group with extensive subsequent renegotiations of contracts.
  • Introduced legal risk policy and reporting and decision-making procedures in a major Nordic corporate group.
  • Assisted in all issues connected with the claims of leading international IT suppliers within Saab Automobile AB’s reorganisation.
  • Introduced policies concerning relation-promotion measures (anti-bribery and corruption policies) for an IT company with large international operations and considerable focus on the public sector.
  • Prepared general terms and conditions for several companies and organisations in a number of areas, such as the purchase of consultancy services, goods, IT services, licensing conditions and confidentiality agreements.
  • Administration of cases and matters at the Swedish Consumer Agency, including the monitoring of company compliance with the Consumer Contracts Act, the Consumer Sales Act, the Consumer Credit Act and the Consumer Services Act.
  • Assisted a leading international IT company in the auditing and evaluation of the permissibility of international agreements and marketing measures, from a Swedish legal perspective.
  • Assisted a leading transport company in ongoing cases concerning all types of customer matters, such as contractual law and consumer law issues.
  • Assisted leading group of companies in the transport sector with strategic and legal decisions at their introduction of one of Sweden’s largest customer bonus programmes, including the preparation of membership terms, agreements with collaborative partners and the ongoing handling of legal issues.
  • Administration of cases and matters at the Swedish Consumer Agency, including monitoring company compliance with the Marketing Act.
  • Assisted in the delisting from the Stockholm Stock Exchange of a leasing company in the aviation industry.
  • Assisted in the liquidation of a well-known investment firm.
  • Assisted in the liquidation of a company that distributed free newspapers in Stockholm.

Strategic agreements

  • Assisted in the establishment of agreements and in negotiations concerning a leading transport company’s improvements to its passenger coaches (SEK 350 million). The project involved extensive strategic considerations and negotiations in respect of inbound and outbound vehicles and the consequences of delayed delivery.
  • Assisted in multi-annual negotiations regarding the delivery of trains for a leading transport company (SEK 3 billion) from Alstom. The project involved extensive strategic internal considerations, such as negotiations and the preparation of agreements on financing, maintenance, IT, etc.
  • Assisted a leading transport company in its entry into a five-year contract with LSG (Lufthansa’s catering operation, the world’s largest supplier of catering to the aviation industry) in respect of catering for the transport company’s trains (more than 40,000 departures per year). The agreement included conditions for expanding the operation by 5-10 per cent per year and was conducted by specialised units in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö.
  • Assisted in the establishment of agreements, negotiations and the subsequent ongoing management of all legal aspects of a leading transport company’s purchase of rolling stock from Bombardier (approx. SEK 2 billion plus further purchase options).
  • Assisted a leading transport company in ongoing negotiations with Nordea regarding the financing of investments in regional trains. The leasing contract had a term to maturity of eight years and concerned a financial lease with a credit of SEK 2.2 billion.
  • Assisted a leading transport company in negotiations with a facility management company (subsidiary to a company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) regarding a facility management agreement involving offices and related services at around 50 locations in Sweden and Denmark (contract value of approx. SEK 125 million).
  • Assisted in negotiations between two major, market-leading competitors who, on behalf of their most frequent customers, introduced joint annual passes for travellers. The agreement included a travel guarantee for all travellers for connections between flights and trains at Arlanda airport.

Commercial contract law

  • Affärsadvokaterna assisted a software development company in the preparation and negotiation of strategic agreements as well as subcontractor agreements, agent agreements, general terms and conditions for web hosting and related services, and in licensing agreements for end users.
  • Assisted one of the leading healthcare groups in the Nordic region in the preparation of, and subsequent implementation of internal training in the group on, general terms and conditions for the hiring out of staff within the medical and healthcare sector, general terms and conditions for the delivery of consumable items, general terms and conditions for consultancy services, and agreements for care-related consultancy services.
  • Affärsadvokaterna assisted a market-leading international company operating in the logistics industry in the review and subsequent preparation of the group’s new agreement terms and conditions, with special handling of transport and franchise-related issues.
  • Assisted a leading transport company in preparing standard templates for confidentiality agreements, cooperative agreements, delivery agreements, development agreements, purchasing agreements, consultancy agreements, project agreements and systems delivery agreements. Subsequently assisted in the negotiation of these agreements.
  • Affärsadvokaterna assisted one of the leading licence advisory and technical infrastructure services companies with the preparation of the group’s new customer agreements, with special handling of complex legal issues and provisions in for licensing, consultancy services and advice.

IT law

  • Assisted a leading international IT company in the review, preparation, evaluation and negotiation of tender processes relating to systems delivery (storage) that the IT company finally won (the client is listed on NASDAQ OMX Nordic).
  • Assisted in the inventory of a leading transport company’s intellectual property rights and the subsequent formulation and implementation of a new strategy for trademarks and other intellectual property rights within the transport company’s corporate group.
  • Personal data representative for a leading Scandinavian company within the transport sector. Conducted an inventory of the personal register, introduced procedures to continuously update the register list for information submission purposes. Handled audits by the Data Inspection Board.
  • Furthermore, Affärsadvokaterna have experience as personal data representatives, for example, for a leading, well-known Swedish organisation that handles personal data, and for the Swedish operation of a leading international company in the healthcare sector that is listed on NASDAQ in the U.S.
  • Assisted one of the leading healthcare groups in the Nordic region in the production of information and agreement texts, and in the preparation of policy documents.
  • Assisted one of the leading healthcare groups in the Nordic region in special auditing and integrity analyses to ensure that the processing of personal and patient data was conducted in accordance with laws and regulations, and in as cost-efficient a manner as possible.
  • Assisted a leading Nordic company in the transport sector in the preparation and negotiation of agreements concerning the purchasing of modems, and upgrades and improvements to networks on board trains. The agreement led to a tripling of surf speeds.
  • Assisted a leading Nordic group of companies in the transport sector in agreement negotiations with suppliers of applications management for the company’s Open Source-based integration platform. With the new platform as a base, the group established new services in a relatively short period, such as a ticket auction on Tradera, an SMS ticket service and event initiatives throughout the group.
  • Assisted a leading Nordic corporate group in the transport sector in agreement negotiations concerning the introduction of a mobile portal that enables the purchasing of tickets and access to traffic information directly via the user’s mobile phone.
  • Assisted a leading international IT company in its review and evaluation of two major procurements (PC and consultancy services), which the IT company won.
  • Assisted a leading international IT company in its review and evaluation of procurements concerning the outsourcing of, for example, PC as a service, service desks, server and application operation (a total of approx. SEK 700 million), project management, data network operation (WAN) and systems development.

Privacy law

  • Personal data representative for a leading Nordic company in the transport sector. Conducted an inventory of the personal register, introduced procedures to continuously update the register list and for information submission purposes.
  • Affärsadvokaterna handled several review processes by the Data Inspection Board in addition to a large number of national and international issues concerning personal data.
  • Furthermore, Affärsadvokaterna have experience as the personal data representatives, for example, for a leading, well-known Swedish organisation that handles personal data, and for the Swedish operation of a leading international company in the healthcare sector that is listed on NASDAQ in the U.S.
  • Assisted one of the leading healthcare groups in the Nordic region in the production of information and agreement texts, and in the preparation of policy documents.
  • Assisted one of the leading healthcare groups in the Nordic region in special auditing and privacy analyses to ensure that the processing of personal and patient data was conducted in accordance with laws and regulations, and in as cost-efficient a manner as possible.
  • Often engaged as speakers in issues relating to the handling of personal and patient data, at courses for senior management, as well as lectures and seminars.
  • Affärsadvokaterna’s Mattias Lindberg is the author of the Swedish section in the Global Legal Group’s “International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection”.

Outsourcing

  • Assisted leading international IT supplier in negotiation of outsourcing agreements for the consolidation and operation of all data centres with a leading Swedish retail group whose core activities involve convenience goods.
  • Assisted a leading Nordic group in the transport sector with the preparation of agreements and negotiations in a large number of IT projects and IT outsourcing projects in areas such as operations, workstations, service desk, communication services, printers and application management.
  • Participated in steering committees, prepared agreements, negotiated and took control of all legal aspects in connection with a large number of systems delivery agreements (for example, document management and staff, HR and payroll systems), development agreements (for example, in relation to pocket computers, the self-validation of tickets and ticket sales via Internet auctions), project agreements (for example, yield management and resource planning systems) and related maintenance agreements.
  • Assisted several clients in outsourcing agreements regarding BI (Business Intelligence) and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing).
  • Mattias Lindberg assisted leading Nordic corporate groups in the transport sector with the preparation of agreements and negotiations in a large number of IT projects and IT outsourcing projects in areas such as operations, workstations, service desk, communication services, printers and application management.

Procurements

  • Assisted a leading international IT company in its review and evaluation of two major procurements (PC and consultancy services), which the IT company won.
  • Assisted a leading international IT company in its review and evaluation of procurements concerning the outsourcing of PC as a service, service desks, server and application operation (a total of approx. SEK 700 million), project management, data network operation (WAN) and systems development.
  • Assisted a leading corporate group in the transport sector in its review, preparation and evaluation of SL’s procurement of commuter trains in Stockholm (approx. SEK 7 billion) and Rikstrafiken’s procurement of train services in northern Sweden (approx. SEK 2 billion). Both procurements were won by the groups in question. Also handled all legal and strategic issues related to the formation of the subsidiaries that were founded in conjunction with the respective procurement and the preparation and negotiations of all agreements in connection with this.
  • Review, preparation and evaluation of the procurement of train services in southern Sweden and Denmark by Skånetrafiken and the Danish Transport Authority (approx. SEK 11 billion). The leading company within the transport sector that Mattias Lindberg represented formed a joint company together with a Hong Kong-based company. As a result, the firm also handled all related legal and strategic issues concerning the procurement, corporate affairs and shareholder issues. Also the handling of the joint company’s request for reconsideration of the procurements in Swedish and Danish courts due to the winner, DSB, being considered to have received inadmissible governmental support, and the procurement not having been conducted in accordance with the Public Procurement Act and the equivalent Danish legislation. Also involved in the issue regarding the right of access to tender documents that were not considered public documents by the courts.
  • Assisted in the review, preparation and evaluation of the procurements of regional and commuter train services conducted by Tåg i Väst for western Sweden, and the procurements of inter-regional train services and maintenance in south-east Sweden conducted by AB Östgötatrafiken and Kalmar Läns Trafik AB.
  • Regularly assisted one of Sweden’s major procuring entities in its actions and in all related legal issues.

Corporate law

  • Assisted in many company formations in conjunction with both company acquisitions and procurements; also handled all related legal and strategic issues. Also assisted in the negotiation of related strategic agreements (for example, share and business transfer agreements and shareholder agreements).
  • Assisted in all legal and strategic issues related to the formation of a training company active in the areas of service, sales and management training.
  • Board member and secretary on the boards of private and wholly state-owned companies.
  • Assisted in many annual general meetings and board meetings for large, medium-sized and small companies, both listed and unlisted.
  • Appointed as liquidator by the public court.

M&A

  • Represented an IT and management company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in the acquisition of an IT consulting firm specialising in the systems development of business-critical systems in the finance, daily news and gaming industries. The purchase sum of approx. SEK 56 million was made using both cash and newly issued shares.
  • Represented a risk capital company in the acquisition of a market-leading Swedish industrial company with factories and subsidiaries in several countries throughout Europe, with around 1,000 employees and a turnover of approx. SEK 1.6 billion (the purchase sum is confidential). The transaction included a notification of competition, negotiations with vendors and with senior management.
  • Represented a company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in the acquisition of all shares and other securities in a leading English supplier of program solutions for the file-based processing of digital film and video. The purchase sum (confidential) consisted of cash considerations, shares, convertible promissory notes and promissory notes combined with warrants.
  • Represented a Swedish shipping company (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) in the acquisition of a competitor with a market-leading position (company value of approx. SEK 3.2 billion). Also handled issues of generally accepted practices in the equities market.

Raising of capital

  • Advisor to a company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in its share rights issue (SEK 420 million), in offers to acquire outstanding convertibles listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (EUR 60 million) and in the private placement of shares and issuing of share options (SEK 256 million). Also involved in the implementation of due diligence, the preparation of prospectuses and discussions with the company board and principal owner, and the handling of the principal owner’s issuing of guarantee commitments in connection with the share issue.
  • Advisor in the private placement (“book building process”) in a Swedish lock company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (SEK 2.4 billion) and in the sale of shares from the company’s main shareholder (EUR 134 million).
  • Advisor to the Nordic region’s leading e-learning company, listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, which develops systems, services and products within e-learning to consumers and businesses, in its share rights issue (SEK 10 million). Also involved in the implementation of due diligence, the preparation of prospectuses and discussions with the company’s board and principal owner.
  • Advisor to Europe’s leading company in online testing and certification, listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, in its share rights issue (SEK 20 million). Also involved in the handling of exemptions from mandatory bid rules. Also involved in the implementation of due diligence, the preparation of prospectuses and discussions with the company’s board and principal owner.
  • Advisor to a leading IT security company, listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, that develops and supplies secure IT solutions, in its share rights issue (SEK 103 million). Trade in warrants. Also involved in the implementation of due diligence, the preparation of prospectuses and discussions with the company board and principal owner, and the handling of the principal owner’s issuing of guarantee commitments in connection with the share issue.

Dispute resolution

  • Represented Swedish government agency in public court in connection with agreement interpretation (approx. SEK 600 million).
  • Represented a leading European credit market company in a dispute in public court, which was ultimately decided in the Supreme Court.
  • Represented a market-leading international company in the logistics industry in arbitration proceedings concerning transport-damaged goods.
  • Represented a Swedish authority in a dispute in public concerning transport-damaged goods.
  • Represented a market-leading Nordic company in the logistics industry in arbitration proceedings concerning agreement interpretation.