Johan Karlsson

Partner
  • Stockholm
  • Languages:
    Swedish, English

Johan Karlsson heads Vinge’s EU, Competition & Regulatory practice group. With more than twenty years’ experience he is one of the most reputable competition law experts in Sweden and since many years, ranked as one of the best. Johan is the co-author of the Swedish handbook on competition law Konkurrensrätt - en handbok  (5th ed., 2014) and has published a number of articles in leading journals and other publications. He is regularly retained as a speaker at conferences and seminars, and is active in several forums and networks within the field of competition law.

Mentions

‘The detailed knowledge of our industry is a huge reason for why we choose to work with Johan Karlsson, who also genuinely seems interested to understand our industry. Johan is also appreciated for not always “seeing the worst” in his legal interpretations but adapting a modern way of applying the legislation. Together with Trine Osen Bergqvist they have become an outstanding team on which advice you can firmly rely on.’

‘Johan Karlsson is a very skilled competition lawyer. Teaming up with Jakob Jeanrond, who complements him well, makes them a very sharp team.’ - Legal 500 2021

 

Johan Karlsson is commended by sources for his

"experience in high-level cases" and "good standing in the market."

He is particularly adept at navigating complex behavioural issues and investigations before Swedish and European competition authorities. Chambers & Partners 2021

Johan Karlsson earns acclaim as a “main competitor” among peers who regard him as

“one of the best in Sweden”

for contentious competition proceedings. Thought Leader i WhosWhoLegal (2021)

Johan Karlsson provides us with world-class advice tailored to our industry. He is always available and able to describe complex competition law issues in a simple way for clients. He is highly appreciated and respected throughout the company. - Legal 500 2020

Johan Karlsson receives strong praise from clients, who describe him as a "really excellent lawyer; he knows our business very well so it's very easy to get precise, on-point advice." His well-regarded competition practice encompasses merger clearance, dawn raids and cartel disputes, including damages proceedings. - Chambers & Partners 2020

Johan Karlsson  has over two decades' experience advising on the full spectrum of competition law mandates, advising on a broad range of disputes and investigations, including dawn raids. A client describes him as a "senior lawyer with high competence and market insight."  Chambers & Partners 2019

Sources regularly name Johan Karlsson as amongst the leading competition lawyers in Sweden - Chambers & Partners 2018

Johan Karlsson is hailed as “one of the best competition lawyers in Sweden; he always delivers and is a good discussion partner.” He is well versed in handling both contentious and non-contentious issues. - Chambers & Partners 2017

Clients describe Johan Karlsson as "one of the best in Sweden, if not the best, for competition law." He has recently acted on a number of leading merger cases, as well as representing clients in antitrust litigation. - Chambers & Partners 2016

Practice head Johan Karlsson remains highly valued by all commentators for his significant competition law expertise, and for "his ability to make very mature judgements on how to proceed." - Chambers & Partners 2015

Johan Karlsson is appreciated by clients and recognised by peers for his exceptionally high-quality work. One client commented: “He has a solid legal knowledge and high integrity; you can always trust his advice.” - Chambers & Partners 2014

Johan Karlsson comes highly recommended for his competition law knowledge as well as his responsiveness and business-oriented approach. An impressed client reports: "He saved the day on a crucial case" - Chambers & Partners 2013 

"Speedy and extremely competent” - Legal 500, 2012

Johan Karlsson is a leading figure in the Stockholm office and is described as “very talented; right to the point with his advice.” - Chambers & Partners 2011

“Excellent, knowledgeable’ antitrust expert” - Legal 500, 2011

Education

  • Uppsala University, LL M, 1993
  • K.U. Leuven, Belgium 1992-1993

Other qualifications

  • Appointed by the Government as an expert in the inquiry about Extended powers for the Swedish Competition Authority (Committee Directive 2015:48)
  • Appointed by the Swedish Competition Authority as Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) in the International Network of Competition Authorities (ICN).  
  • Member of expert forums and networks, including inter alia ICC Sweden’s Competition Group, Lex Mundi Antitrust Competition and Trade Group, European Competition Lawyers Forum (ECLF), American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law and International Bar Association’s Antitrust and Trade Law Section.

Awards

Mandate

Mandate September 28, 2020

Vinge advises GB HoldCo on its takeover bid for Gunnebo

Altor Fund V and Stena Adactum AB have, through the jointly controlled company GB HoldCo AB, announc…

Mandate July 28, 2020

Vinge advises Danir Resources on its acquisition of the Örås family’s shares in Poolia

Danir Resources AB has entered into an agreement to acquire the Björn Örås family’s shares in Poolia…

Mandate May 22, 2020

Vinge advises Fidelio Capital in connection with the acquisition of Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Inc.

Vinge has advised Fidelio Capital on the acquisition of Veterinary Orthopedic Implants, Inc (“VOI”).…

Mandate November 12, 2019

Vinge has acted as a Swedish local counsel to Krogerus in advising Caverion Oyj

Vinge has acted as a Swedish local counsel to Krogerus in advising Caverion Oyj, one of the Europe's…

Mandate July 12, 2019

Vinge advised Equinor in connection with divestment of shares in Lundin Petroleum and investment

The Norwegian energy company Equinor ASA announced on 7 July that it had agreed with Lundin Petroleu…

Mandate April 12, 2019

Vinge advises Orkla in connection with the acquisition of Zeelandia AB

Vinge has advised Orkla in connection with Orkla Food Ingredients AS’s acquisition of Zeelandia AB f…

Mandate February 20, 2019

Vinge advises Fidelio Capital on its acquisition of VetFamily

Vinge has advised Fidelio Capital on its acquisition of VetFamily, an alliance for independent veter…

Mandate November 13, 2018

The European Commission closes Tele2 investigation

On 25 April 2017 the European Commission conducted dawnraids at the premises of Tele2 and three othe…

Mandate October 16, 2018

Vinge advises Ambea on its acquisition of Aleris Care

Vinge has advised Ambea on its acquisition of Aleris’ care operations (“Aleris Care”) from Sirela Sw…

Mandate January 10, 2018

Vinge advises Tele2 in the merger with Com Hem

Tele2 AB (publ) and Com Hem Holding AB (publ) announced on 10 January 2018 that they have agreed on…

Mandate November 21, 2017

Vinge acts as counsel to Orkla in connection with the acquisition of Health and Sports Nutrition Group

Vinge acts as counsel to Orkla in connection with the acquisition of Health and Sports Nutrition Gro…

Mandate June 21, 2016

Vinge advises Tele2 in connection with the acquisition of TDC Sverige

Vinge has advised Tele2 Sverige AB in connection with the acquisition of TDC Sverige AB for an enter…

Mandate May 27, 2016

Vinge advised Tele 2 in the largest competition damages case in Sweden

Stockholm District Court delivered its judgment today in the largest competition damages case in Swe…

Mandate May 06, 2013

Vinge advises NKT Cables Group A/S

Vinge has advised NKT Cables in conjunction with the acquisition of Ericsson’s electricity cables op…

News

A shift in EU merger control policy and practice could affect deal certainty and create opportunities for complainants
News April 26, 2021

A shift in EU merger control policy and practice could affect deal certainty and create opportunities for complainants

The European Commission is expanding its control of mergers and acquisitions within the existing leg…

Vinge has received the highest ranking in 14 of 18 categories in Legal 500’s recently released rankings.
News April 16, 2021

Vinge has received the highest ranking in 14 of 18 categories in Legal 500’s recently released rankings.

The following practice areas have been awarded Tier 1 in The Legal 500’s EMEA guide: Banking & Finan…

Compliance policies and dawn raid manuals should be revised in light of amendments to the Swedish Competition Act
News November 25, 2020

Compliance policies and dawn raid manuals should be revised in light of amendments to the Swedish Competition Act

As previously described, the Swedish Competition Act (2008:579) will be amended in several important…

Vinge engages Carl Wetter as Senior Advisor
News October 18, 2018

Vinge engages Carl Wetter as Senior Advisor

Carl Wetter, one of the Nordic region’s most experienced lawyers within EU and competition law, is j…

Competition law expert Trine Osen Bergqvist joins Vinge
News June 02, 2017

Competition law expert Trine Osen Bergqvist joins Vinge

Vinge's EU, Competition & Regulatory practice has recruited the experienced competition law expe…

Johan Karlsson appointed as expert in government commission of inquiry
News May 22, 2015

Johan Karlsson appointed as expert in government commission of inquiry

Following a proposal from the Swedish Bar Association, Vinge’s Johan Karlsson has been appointed as…

New Swedish Rules regarding State Aid
News May 31, 2013

New Swedish Rules regarding State Aid

A new Act concerning the application of the EU State aid rules in Sweden enters into force on 1 July…

Articles

Article April 13, 2016

Merger Control 2016 – Sweden chapter

Chambers Global Practice Guides
Article September 02, 2013

2013 Antitrust Year in Review

American Bar Association Sweden Chapter, p 153-155
Article September 03, 2012

2012 Antitrust Year in Review

American Bar Association Sweden Chapter, p 133-135
Article September 05, 2011

2011 Antitrust Year in Review

American Bar Association Sweden Chapter, p 173-175
Article May 02, 2011

Rättsosäkerhet vid gryningsräder

Europarättslig tidskrift (ERT) 2011 (3)
Article October 01, 2008
Article January 02, 2006

Clearance of Near-Duopoly

European Competition Law Review, Issue 9, 2006
Article January 01, 2006

Getting the deal trough

Sweden Chapter, p 194-199
Article September 01, 1998

Towards convergence, European Counsel

Telecommunications Industry Report 1998, p. 122
Article January 01, 1997

Intervention i mål och ärenden enligt konkurrenslagen - en kommentar till Marknadsdomstolens beslut i CityMail-ärendet

JT 1997-98, p. 165
Article January 01, 1996

Rättegång i konkurrensmål - inhibition av ålägganden enligt konkurrenslagen

JT 1996-97, p. 593
Article January 01, 1995

Exterritoriell tillämpning av konkurrenslagen

JT 1995-96, p. 1017
Article January 01, 1995

Nytt EG-gruppundantag för selektiv och exklusiv distribution av motorfordon

JT 1995-96, p. 1
Article January 01, 1995

Selektiva distributionssystem och konkurrenslagen

Ny juridik nr 3/95, p. 59

Books

Book September 10, 2014

Konkurrensrätt – en handbok, 5 upplagan Karnov Group

Book January 01, 2009

Konkurrensrätt - en kommentar, 4:e upplagan Thomson Reuters Professional 2009

Book January 01, 2008

Competition Cases from the European Union Thomson och Sweet & Maxwell, 2008, p 1193-1219

Book September 07, 2004

Konkurrensrätt - en handbok, 3:e upplagan Thomson Fakta, 2004

Book September 02, 2002

Konkurrensrätt - en handbok, 2:a upplagan Thomson Fakta, 2002

Book September 06, 1999

Konkurrensrätt - en handbok Nerenius & Santérus, 1999

Book January 01, 1995

Konkurrenslagen i praxis, Juridik & Samhälle, Stockholm, 1995, med supplement 1996 och 1997