Bird & Bird offers a highly experienced tax department in Sweden, with almost 80 years of experience between the three members of the tax team. This includes head of tax Carl-Magnus Uggla, who specialises in transactional tax, especially within the real estate and private equity sectors. Staffan Andersson acts as a senior counsel, with nearly 40 years of experience focused on tax advice for HNWIs. Victor Stålblad, with his experience litigating incentive schemes, completes the team.
Uggla recently advised AF Gruppen on all the tax and legal aspects of its €60 million acquisition of the HMB group as well as assisting Tempur Sealy International on its joint venture investment in the SOVA retail chain. It also advised the board of Oivor, a parent company of the largest owner of Angry Bird developer Rovio Entertainment, on its current holding structures and potential restructurings.
“Bird & Bird delivered its advice timely and accurately. They are experienced with financial services sector disclosures.”
Deloitte operates a large tax practice, with close to 250 professionals assisting clients. The firm works closely with its international network to offer global tax advice to numerous multinational clients. It operates in all areas of tax law, including indirect taxes, business tax, and M&A tax, as well as focusing on tax litigation. It also operates a strong transfer pricing practice. Frida Haglund is managing partner and head of the Swedish tax department.
“Strong global presence and local presence in Sweden in all tax disciplines.”
Magnusson is a pan-Nordic and CEE law firm, operating in nine countries. Its Swedish tax department is a sole practice of Eric Cederström, a tax specialist within fund formation and the investment sector, as well as expert in corporate and international tax.
Cederström recently assisted Pareto Alternative Investment in the set-up and formation of its latest real estate fund, Pareto Logistics. He also advised Söderberg & Partners on the recent sale of a substantial stake in Söderberg & Partners from TA Associates to KKR. He advised on the tax structures enacted during and post-transaction, including the accommodation of multiple layers of preferential shares.
Former senior associate Per Wiker left the practice in January 2019 to create his own firm.
“I think all-in-all they provide good advice in a timely manner at a reasonable cost.”
“Accurate and efficient advice on all aspects of our real estate portfolio, particularly effective in corporate tax structure advice.”
Mannheimer Swartling is one of the leading Swedish law firms, with a practice advising on international tax matters through its foreign offices, as well as reorganisations, M&A, IPOs, real estate tax, financial structuring, fund formation and tax litigation. It is led by three partners, Niklas Hagbard, Anders Erasmie and Martin Nilsson. A team of advisers and lawyers assists the partners.
The firm is currently engaged in litigation on behalf of insurer Marsh, following the tax authority's imposition of a SKr1.5 million penalty, following the assessment of the VAT exemptions assessable to insurers when serving cross-border services for international clients. It also represents Nordic Capital in litigation following the Supreme Court's decision that carried interest can be taxed according to the ‘closely held company’ rules. The uncertainty of the Supreme Court's ruling as to how the carried interest should be taxed has resulted in the current round of litigation, in which Mannheimer Swartling represents Nordic Capital.
“They are fantastic. Always give very clear advice and recommendations. Stands out in relation to Big Four firms in being more firm in their advice. Strong analytically and very all-round.”
“Strengths in understanding the subject matter from an industry perspective but also competence in advising legal and tax as well as the legal process in a court of law.”
“An overall high assessment with quality and timely advice.”
PwC operates the largest tax consultancy practice in Sweden, with practitioners in 23 offices across the country containing 376 fee earners, including 35 partners, specialising across all areas of taxation. The firm operates a sophisticated transfer pricing department as well as offering tax services for all direct and indirect taxes, including financial services taxation, M&A tax, real estate tax and international tax services. Mikael Carlén is the head of tax and legal at the firm, a position he has held for more than three years.
Skeppsbron Skatt is an independent firm of Swedish tax advisers. It specialises in a variety of taxes, including international tax, M&A tax, real estate tax, corporate tax, tax litigation and transfer pricing. It has a total of 14 partners, including managing director Mac Berlin and chairman of the board, Jari Burmeister. They are supported by a further 39 tax professionals. It is a member of the global Taxand network, the largest independent tax organisation.
The team regularly advises a number of multinational clients, both Sweden-based and international, with an array of tax matters, including cross-border transaction advice, tax litigation representation and indirect tax advice.
Svalner is a member of WTS Global, an association of tax firms offering tax consulting services in more than 100 countries worldwide. It is one of the leading Swedish advisers in the areas of real estate and construction taxes, transactional tax, indirect taxes and litigation. Viktor Sandberg is the managing partner of the firm, which employs nine further partners across two locations in Sweden.
The firm is currently advising numerous real estate funds, including advising an unlisted fund on its preparation of an IPO in 2019, as well as advising Alma Property Partner on the formation of its new, pan-Nordic real estate fund. It also advised mid-market investment bank Lincoln International on its establishment in Sweden through a merger with Navigo Partners.