Banking and Finance
Over the past few decades, the financial markets have developed substantially, and financial products have become increasingly more complex and internationalised.
Since we understand that commercial contracts are of fundamental importance to our clients’ businesses, Gernandt & Danielsson offers specialist expertise and many years’ experience advising on contracts in a broad spectrum of industry sectors.
Corporate law is of fundamental importance in our clients’ day-to-day business, such as in relation to matters concerning forming subsidiaries, shareholders meetings, capital protection, minority shareholder protection and directors’ liability.
Corporate Compliance and Investigations
Companies are increasingly subject to stringent requirements to take preventative measures to ensure that the company and its employees are in compliance with various statutory regulations and ethical standards, which often vary from country to country. These requirements can be imposed by public authorities as well as investors, lenders and customers.
Debt Capital Markets
Over the past few years, a robust corporate bond market has developed in Sweden and the Nordic region. An increasing number of companies choose to finance their businesses by issuing corporate bonds. There are strong indications that this type of financing will continue to develop vigorously over the next few years.
Gernandt & Danielsson acts for clients in all types of commercial disputes, including disputes involving commercial contracts, M&A transactions, general corporate matters (such as the compulsory sale of shares by shareholders and directors’/auditors’ liability), intellectual property rights, construction law, employment law, regulatory compliance, and EU and competition law.
Gernandt & Danielsson has longstanding experience of acting for employers operating in the Swedish employment market. Among other things, we advise on reorganisations, business transfers, downsizing, and outsourcing.
Energy and Natural Resources
Business operations within power, energy and natural resources are subject to a wide range of legal regulations, from real estate law and environmental law to special legislation and license terms. The regulations have significant impact on the everyday operations, as well as in connection with acquisitions of businesses and capital market transactions.
Matters regarding legal environmental liability and risks occur frequently in connection with mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and capital market transactions. In for example manufacturing and mining industries, and in the energy and power sector, legal environmental matters are often present in the everyday operations.
Equity Capital Markets
IPOs, capital raisings, share buybacks, share redemptions and other changes to a company’s capital structure are complex transactions that require specialist expertise, experience and excellent project management skills.
EU and Competition
Competition law presents risks for companies in most sectors, for example in the form of competition fines, damages for breaching rules and blocked mergers and acquisitions. But this legal area also presents opportunities, for example for those wishing to challenge a monopoly or state aid which distorts competition.
The financial sector is subject to extensive regulations, which are often multi-layered, from EU directives and domestic legislation to regulations and general guidelines issued by supervisory authorities.
In the past decade, the healthcare sector has experienced extensive development and commercialisation. This has meant that the law has come to play an increasingly important role in, for example, public procurements of healthcare services, sales of businesses, and privatisations.
Gernandt & Danielsson has extensive experience advising clients operating in the insurance industry. Our clients include life insurance companies and property insurance companies, as well as insurance brokers. We have acted, among other things, on a number of major acquisitions, portfolio sales and disputes relating to the insurance industry.
Protecting and regulating intellectual property rights, such as patents and trademarks, is often of crucial importance for the market position and value of a company.
Legal Public Affairs
For many companies and organisations, there are sound commercial reasons for closely monitoring and analysing the provisions of new legislation and other regulations. This is particularly the case in sectors which are highly regulated, such as the financial, telecommunications, energy, and healthcare sectors.
Media and Entertainment
Media and entertainment are industry sectors characterised by rapid growth. This requires many different types of agreements and often raises relatively complex regulatory issues relating to, for example, licensing, marketing, and competition law.
There are complex elements involved in both setting up and managing a private equity fund and its investments, placing high demands on efficient and legally secure procedures.
For over 20 years, Gernandt & Danielsson has been providing legal advice on acquisitions and sales of everything from large multinational groups to medium-sized companies operating in all industry sectors, providing us with extensive experience. We have an in-depth understanding of current market practice, but we also know when tailor-made solutions are needed.
Takeover bids can give rise to significant challenges for the parties involved, who are often compelled to make swift decisions on complex issues. The decisions often draw the attention of shareholders, the media and other interested parties. This is where the assistance of legal advisers with extensive experience advising on similar projects is required.
Gernandt & Danielsson regularly acts for both Swedish and foreign companies, as well as contracting authorities, in public procurement matters. We have clients in a wide range of sectors, including the healthcare, transportation, public transport, education, food, white goods, furniture and electronics sectors.
Issues of significant value to the parties which require legal advice often arise in real estate transactions and in traditional M&A transactions involving properties or leased commercial premises. Issues requiring legal advice in the area of commercial leases and properties often arise in our clients’ day-to-day business as well. These situations require legal expertise and experience of similar matters.
Restructuring and Insolvency
The legal issues that may arise when a company runs into financial difficulties are often complex and hazardous, both for the company itself and for its shareholders, financial backers, suppliers and customers. Gernandt & Danielsson offers a high level of legal expertise and extensive experience in handling such issues.
Nowadays, companies operating in both the manufacturing and services sectors are dependent on the use of their own or third party technology. The activities performed by financial institutions based on advanced computer systems are an example.
Today, stringent legal demands are placed on companies operating in the telecommunications industry, both in terms of contractual issues and regulatory issues. This is because the telecommunications industry is highly regulated, and is also typified by globalisation, rapid technical developments and substantial investments in infrastructure.