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Law for business: Civil or common?


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Law for business: Civil or common?

  • Mannheimer Swartling Norrlandsgatan 21 Stcokholm (map)

In cooperation with Mannheimer Swartling and the British Swedish Chamber of Commerce. 

The purpose of this seminar is to highlight differences and similarities between civil law and common law, by comparing the history, culture, concepts and participants in the two systems. 

The legal world is divided into two camps: the “common law” and the “civil law”. About one third of humanity lives in countries where the legal system has its roots in English common law, with the rest (including Sweden) being more or less “civilian”. Business people and their lawyers from the civil law world are therefore regularly exposed to contracts, legal concepts and lawyers from the common law systems (in particular from England and the U.S.).

The seminar is presented by a group of lawyers who have extensive professional experience from both systems.


André Andersson is a Partner of Mannheimer Swartling in Stockholm, where he is Head of Banking & Finance. André has law degrees from Lund and Oxford and practised for a period at Slaughter and May in London.



Adam Green is a Partner of Mannheimer Swartling in Stockholm, where he is Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Adam has law degrees from Columbia and Oxford. He started his career at Cravath in New York, but in 2002 his Swedish wife persuaded him to come with her to Sweden.



Sarah Hoskins is a Senior Associate at Mannheimer Swartling in Stockholm, focusing on competition law. Sarah has law degrees from Glasgow, King’s College London and Strasbourg. She started her career at Maclay Murray & Spens in Glasgow, but in 2011 her Swedish husband persuaded her to come with him to Sweden.



William McKechnie is Head of Corporate Legal at If P&C Insurance in Stockholm. William has a law degree from Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a barrister at the King's Inns in Dublin. In 2003 love brought him to Sweden where he joined Mannheimer Swartling as an associate.



Stephen Powell is a Partner of Slaughter and May in London, where he is in charge of the firm's Scandinavian desk. Stephen has a law degree from Cambridge and practised for a period with Mannheimer Swartling in Stockholm. Although Stephen’s beloved wife is English, he professes a great love of Sweden alongside his formative home of Wales.

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