Swedish firm Vinge has lured a high-profile investment banker into its practice to become a partner in its corporate finance department. Bertil Villard was head of corporate finance at domestic investment bank Alfred Bergs ABN Amro in Stockholm, which ABN Amro acquired from Volvo Group in April 1995. Villard is no stranger to Vinge. He was managing partner at the firm from 1992 to 1996, but then decided to take a purely commercial approach. "He essentially had an offer he couldn't refuse," said Vinge's current managing partner Michael Wigge. "He's very commercially minded." But Villard has decided to move back into the law after two years at the bank, bringing his commercial expertise with him. He returns to the firm on 1 June 2002, but will have no management responsibility. The hire will be a huge benefit to Vinge, strengthening its relationship with the bank even further. Alfred Bergs carried out more than 150 equity deals between 1998 and 2000, with a combined value of more than SKr100bn (£6.8bn). It also completed more than 90 M&A transactions for the same period, valuing SKr178bn (£12.1bn). Vinge is one of the largest commercial law firms in Scandinavia, but its orbit also spans Belgium, China, France, Hong Kong and the UK. It has a strong equity and debt capital markets practice. Villard will deal primarily with M&A work.