A Swede deal

McDermott Will & Emery’s loss would appear to be Bakers’ gain, as one of the world’s biggest law firms makes its move to infill one of the few more obvious gaps in its international platform.

To that end Bakers has hired Mats Sacklén, a former White & Case London-based partner qualified in both Swedish and US law and until now the head of McDermott’s European M&A practice. The reason? Bakers is hoping to bridge the corporate divide between London and Stockholm.

Until now Bakers has been best known in Stockholm for its employment practice so getting someone of Sacklén’s calibre – prior to White & Case he held a senior in-house legal position at the headquarters of power and automation technology group ABB in the 1990s – looks like a real coup.

It doesn’t look quite so good news for McDermotts but at least the firm wishes him well.

So that’s good then.

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