Martin Johansson

Partner

Martin Johansson, juris dr h.c., specializes in EU and competition law, in particular state aid, public procurement, the four freedoms, regulatory issues as well as the construction and application of EU regulations and directives. He has more than 30 years’ experience of EU law, including more than 10 years at the EU Court of Justice, and has acted as counsel in proceedings before the European Commission, the CJEU and before Swedish courts and tribunals.

Mentions

Martin Johansson is qualified in Sweden and advises on EU competition law out of the firm's Brussels office. He frequently works together with the firm's M&A team on merger control issues and is also highlighted by sources as "a good lawyer for state aid matters."(Corporate/M&A) - Chambers Global 2018

Brussels-based Martin Johansson assists clients with corporate compliance matters, particularly those pertaining to EU competition law. He has considerable experience of handling EU mandates and is qualified to practise in Sweden. (Corporate/M&A) - Chambers Global 2016

"An excellent state aid lawyer"  and “has long-standing experience of EU law and Swedish competition matters”. Chambers Global 2012

 

Business Sectors

Speciality

Education

  • College of Europe, Diplôme de Hautes Etudes Europénnes, 1988
  • Lund University, LL M, 1987

Experience

  • Court of Justice of the EC, Luxembourg, Judge von Bahr's Cabinet 2002-2006
  • Court of Justice of the EC, Luxembourg, Judge Sevón's Cabinet 1998-2002
  • Court of First Instance of the EC, Luxembourg, Judge Lindh's Cabinet 1995-1998
  • EFTA Court, Geneva, Judge Norberg's Cabinet 1993-1995
  • EFTA Secretariat, Geneva, Legal Affairs 1989-1993
  • Mannheimer Zetterlöf 1988-1989
  • Clifford Chance 1988

Other qualifications

  • Juris dr h.c. at School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Awards

Mandates

Mandate June 28, 2021

Vinge advises EQT Infrastructure on the EUR 2.7 billion refinancing for its portfolio company GlobalConnect

Vinge advises EQT Infrastructure on the EUR 2.7 billion refinancing for its portfolio company Global…

Mandate October 23, 2020

Vinge advises the Swedish state in connection with the recapitalization of SAS

Vinge advises the Swedish state in connection with the recapitalization of SAS. The recapitalization…

Mandate July 04, 2019

Vinge has assisted Nobina with a complaint to the Commission

Vinge has assisted Nobina with a complaint to the Commission about Finland having granted loans unde…

Mandate September 21, 2018

Vinge advises HH Ferries

Vinge has advised HH Ferries in an action before the EU General Court in Luxembourg in state aid pro…

Mandate December 23, 2016

Vinge advises Tele2 in proceedings before the CJEU regarding the swedish data retention regulation

Vinge has advised Tele2 in connection with proceedings before the CJEU where it has been adjudicated…

News

Sanctions update December (part 2)
News December 30, 2022

Sanctions update December (part 2)

Further to our previous sanctions newsletters we herewith inform about recent sanctions developments…

COP27 – one step closer to climate justice
News December 19, 2022

COP27 – one step closer to climate justice

COP27 was concluded on 18 November 2022 after two weeks of negotiations in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt…

Sanctions update December 2022
News December 14, 2022

Sanctions update December 2022

Further to our previous sanctions newsletters we herewith inform about recent sanctions developments…

The EU Digital Service Act has entered into force
News December 13, 2022

The EU Digital Service Act has entered into force

The EU Digital Service Act (DSA), Regulation 2022/2065, entered into force on 16 November. It sets o…

Renewable energy – The Council agrees on a temporary emergency regulation
News December 06, 2022

Renewable energy – The Council agrees on a temporary emergency regulation

In the beginning of November, the European Commission put forward a proposal regarding a framework t…

REPowerEU – The European Parliament and the Council have assumed their standpoints
News November 29, 2022

REPowerEU – The European Parliament and the Council have assumed their standpoints

In May 2022, the Commission presented its proposal regarding REPowerEU. The purpose of the plan, whi…

The wide reach of the prohibition against circumventing EU sanctions
News October 31, 2022

The wide reach of the prohibition against circumventing EU sanctions

Against the background of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU has imposed a number of sanctions, wh…

Sanctions update 14 October
News October 14, 2022

Sanctions update 14 October

Further to our previous sanctions updates of 25 February, 3 March, 11 March, 16 March , 14 April and…

Temporary EU measures addressing rising energy prices
News October 13, 2022

Temporary EU measures addressing rising energy prices

The EU has adopted a new Regulation setting out various temporary measures to lower prices on the en…

The European Commission proposes a Cyber Resilience Act
News October 12, 2022

The European Commission proposes a Cyber Resilience Act

On 15 September 2022, the European Commission published a proposal for a new regulation on cyber sec…

Proposed EU regulation prohibiting forced labour
News October 05, 2022

Proposed EU regulation prohibiting forced labour

On 14 September 2022, the European Commission proposed a EU new regulation which bans products made…

Proposal for a European Media Freedom Act
News September 26, 2022

Proposal for a European Media Freedom Act

The European Commission has presented a proposal for new legislation which aims to protect journalis…

The European Commission proposes a new Single Market Emergency Instrument
News September 22, 2022

The European Commission proposes a new Single Market Emergency Instrument

On 19 September 2022, the Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on an emergency instrum…

Sanctions update 22 July
News July 26, 2022

Sanctions update 22 July

Further to our previous sanctions updates of 25 February, 3 March, 11 March, 16 March , 14 April and…

A new EU instrument for international procurement (IPI)
News July 11, 2022

A new EU instrument for international procurement (IPI)

On 17 June 2022, the Council adopted a regulation on a new instrument for international procurement…

New Regulation on foreign subsidies – the Council and the EP has reached an agreement
News July 05, 2022

New Regulation on foreign subsidies – the Council and the EP has reached an agreement

On 30 June, the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on a n…

COP26 - a step in the right direction to achieve the Paris Agreement goals
News June 23, 2022

COP26 - a step in the right direction to achieve the Paris Agreement goals

On 13 November 2021, the two-week international climate summit COP26, held in Glasgow, UK, was concl…

Sanctions update June 8
News June 08, 2022

Sanctions update June 8

Further to our previous sanctions updates of 25 February, 3 March, 11 March, 16 March and 14 April w…

The REPowerEU Plan – The EU Commission’s response to the energy market disruptions
News May 24, 2022

The REPowerEU Plan – The EU Commission’s response to the energy market disruptions

On 18 May 2022, the EU Commission presented the REPowerEU Plan in response to the current world-wide…

Sanctions update April 14
News April 14, 2022

Sanctions update April 14

Further to our previous sanctions updates Sanctions update March 16, Sanctions Newsletter update 11…

Sanctions update 16 March 2022
News March 16, 2022

Sanctions update 16 March 2022

Further to our previous sanctions updates we herewith provide a further update of recent sanctions d…

Sanctions update including counter measures by Russia
News March 11, 2022

Sanctions update including counter measures by Russia

Further to our previous sanctions updates we herewith provide a further update of recent sanctions d…

Sanctions update 3 of March
News March 03, 2022

Sanctions update 3 of March

Further to our sanctions newsletter of 25 of February, as amended, EU announced on 2 of March it has…

Update on the EU, UK and US sanctions against Russia and Belarus
News February 25, 2022

Update on the EU, UK and US sanctions against Russia and Belarus

In the past few days EU, UK and US have issued sanctions against Russia and Belarus in response to R…

Nuclear power and natural gas to be included in climate taxonomy – new proposal by the EU Commission
News January 20, 2022

Nuclear power and natural gas to be included in climate taxonomy – new proposal by the EU Commission

On 31 December 2021, the EU Commission submitted a proposal to an expert group within the Commission…

The prohibition imposed by EU law on complying with secondary sanctions laid down by the United States against Iran may be relied on in civil proceedings
News December 23, 2021

The prohibition imposed by EU law on complying with secondary sanctions laid down by the United States against Iran may be relied on in civil proceedings

On Tuesday 21 December, the EU Court of Justice delivered its long-awaited judgment in the Bank Mell…

The EU Commission proposes a new tool to counter the use of economic coercion by third countries
News December 13, 2021

The EU Commission proposes a new tool to counter the use of economic coercion by third countries

The European Commission has proposed a new regulation that will provide it with tools to counteract…

Sweden proposes a new law on investment screening which will have significant implications for transactions
News November 04, 2021

Sweden proposes a new law on investment screening which will have significant implications for transactions

Contrary to the situation in many other countries, there are currently only limited possibilities to…

Arbitration proceedings between a Member State and an investor from another Member State further curtailed – the judgment of the EU Court of Justice in PL Holdings
News October 27, 2021
New statute prohibits unfair terms and conditions and practices in conjunction with the purchase of agricultural and food products
News October 05, 2021

New statute prohibits unfair terms and conditions and practices in conjunction with the purchase of agricultural and food products

The so-called UTP Act prohibits buyers from using certain terms and conditions and practices against…

European Commission provides sanctions compliance guidance
News September 20, 2021

European Commission provides sanctions compliance guidance

The European Commission has recently issued three opinions regarding the interpretation of asset fre…

EU climate taxonomy – New regulations concerning companies’ publication of information
News June 21, 2021

EU climate taxonomy – New regulations concerning companies’ publication of information

According to the European Union’s climate taxonomy, certain organisations must publish to what exten…

The EU’s climate taxonomy – new legal act concerning technical review criteria
News June 02, 2021

The EU’s climate taxonomy – new legal act concerning technical review criteria

On 21 April this year, the EU Commission adopted an action package containing several delegated lega…

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…

The global reach of OFAC sanctions
News April 15, 2020

The global reach of OFAC sanctions

Sanctions imposed by OFAC have a global reach and therefore also an impact on any company involved i…

Vinge appoints new heads of its Brussels office
Press Release August 25, 2015

Vinge appoints new heads of its Brussels office

Pär Remnelid, partner, and since 2001 based at Vinge's office in Malmö, will become the new head of…

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 January 01, 2010

The ECJ Decides the First Case Under the Article 256(2) TFEU Review Procedure

European Law Reporter 2010, s. 198
Article January 01, 2008

Les référendaires de la Cour de justice des Communautés européennes - Hommes et femmes de l'ombre?

Revue des Affaires Européennes, Law & European Affairs 2007-2008/3, s. 563
Article January 01, 2008

The ECJ and the Swedish Monopolies

Swedish Studies in European Law, Vol. 2, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2007, forthcoming
Article January 01, 2007

The role and importance of legal secretaries

Competition Law Insight, Volume 6, Issue 7, p. 11
Article January 01, 2007

Rosengren - The ECJ makes a narrow interpretation of Franzén

European Law Reporter 2007, p. 250
Article January 01, 2005

State liability within the EEA from a Swedish perspective – Sveinbjörnsdóttir confirmed

European Law Reporter 2005, p. 50
Article January 01, 2005

Sveinbjörnsdóttir confirmed by Högsta Domstolen – But reluctance to apply Community law seems to persist

ERT (Europarättslig Tidskrift) 2005, s. 507
Article January 01, 2001

Finanger-follow up’ of the EFTA Court

European Law Reporter 2001, p. 399
Article January 01, 1999

The protection of the rights of individuals under the EEA Agreement

1999 24 E.L.Rev. (European Law Review) p. 373
Article January 01, 1994

The EEA surveillance and enforcement mechanism with special emphasis on the field of competition law

Vassili Christianos and Steen Treumer (eds.), EEA Competition Law, European Institute of Public Administration 1994
Article January 01, 1994

Advisory opinions from the EFTA Court

in Article 177 references to the European Court - policy and practice, Mads Andenas (ed.), Butterworths 1994
Article January 01, 1994

The EEA Agreement: Institutional Solutions and Competition Rules Applicable to Undertakings

Julian Lonbay (ed.), Frontiers of Competition Law, Wiley Chancery Law Publishing 1994
Article January 01, 0001

Books

Book January 01, 2006

Liber Amicorum in Honour of Sven Norberg – A European for All Seasons Bruylant 2006

Book January 01, 2004

Cinquante ans de jurisprudence de la Cour de justice: Bilan et perspectives (Amicale des référendaires et des anciens référendaires de la Cour de justice et du Tribunal de première instance des Communautés européennes), Bruylant 2004

Book January 01, 1993

EEA Law - A commentary on the EEA Agreement Fritzes 1993