Roschier raids Mannheimer for Swedish arbitration veteran

Nordic firm Roschier has bagged veteran arbitration partner Claes Lundblad from Mannheimer Swartling to boost its Swedish practice.

Lundblad will launch Roschier’s ;Stockholm dispute resolution group, three years after the Finnish firm first opened an office in the Swedish capital.

Roschier Stockholm managing partner Alex Calissendorff, an ex-colleague of Lundblad’s at Mannheimer, said: “Having established a strong transactional practice in Sweden, the timing was right to move on to dispute resolution. This hire gives us a great opportunity to quickly establish a leading local practice in this area.”

Roschier has followed an acquisitive ;strategy ;in Sweden since landing in Stockholm. In 2006 it hired Linklaters‘ Swedish banking head Frederik Rydin, returning last year to nab a three-lawyer real estate team.

The firm launched its Swedish office in 2005 with a double partner hire from Swedish firm Cederquist. The office now numbers around 50 lawyers.

Roschier senior partner Tomas Lindholm said: “Since we launched we have had high ambitions to be a leading player in Sweden in the same way we are in Finland. The key areas for our business are corporate transactions, IP and alternative dispute resolution.”

As well as an office in Sweden, Roschier also has a network of firms in the Baltic states called RoschierRaidla.