Press Release

Stefan Backman awarded company lawyer of the year

April 04, 2014

At an award ceremony held during the Swedish Company Lawyers Association Spring meeting on 3 April 2014, Stefan Backman, general counsel at Tele 2 Sverige AB, received the award Company Lawyer of the Year 2104.

The award was established last year by the Swedish Company Lawyers Association, Vinge and the publication, Affärsvärlden, in order to highlight the important role played by company lawyers in trade and industry. During the nomination period in January and February this year, 40 company lawyers were nominated and Stefan Backman was ultimately chosen from the five finalists on the basis of the following reasoned statement by the jury:“The Company Lawyer of the Year 2014 has actively contributed to public debate in relation to prevalent legal issues and has clearly, competently and factually elucidated the problems relating to privacy and data protection issues. In his capacity as general counsel, the award winner has also been closely involved in the sale of two large divisions. The Company Lawyer of the Year 2014 has also proven to be a role model due to his leadership and consideration for others by, among other things, always being available for his personnel and through his willingness to share his considerable knowledge.”

“I am very happy and honoured to receive this award. I am also glad that the jury’s statement highlighted my part in Tele 2’s opposition to various issues which have constituted a threat to privacy in Sweden in 2013. Privacy is an issue of concern to both our customers and many of us within the company and thus there are a lot of people who are as delighted as I am” says Sefan Beckman general counsel at Tele 2 Sverige.

The jury which awarded Company Lawyer of the Year 2014 consisted of the following persons:

  • Cecilia Sternius, chairman, Swedish Company Lawyers Association
  • Bengt Gustafson, former general counsel at Securitas AB 
  • Göran Norén, Head of Economic (Commercial) Policy, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise 
  • Jon Åsberg, Chief Editor, Affärsvärlden 
  • Bertil Villard, partner and advokat, Vinge 
  • Mats Lönnkvist, General Counsel SAS and Company Lawyer of the Year 2013

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 suppliers of agricultural and food products. The Swedish Competition Authority exercises supervision and can, among other things, carry out unannounced inspections and order individual to attend formal interviews. In conjunction with violations, sanctions such as injunctions subject to a default fine or a sanction fee of up to one per cent of the buyer’s annual turnover can be imposed. The UTP Act will enter into force on 1 November 2021 and will also be applicable to contracts which are entered into prior to this date.
October 05, 2021

Vinge employs additional antitrust economists to further strengthen its practice

We welcome Adam Löfquist and Carl Widstrand to our EU, Competition & Regulatory practice group.
September 30, 2021

European Commission provides sanctions compliance guidance

The European Commission has recently issued three opinions regarding the interpretation of asset freeze provisions in certain sanctions legislation pertaining to Central African Republic, Ukraine, Libya and Syria. The opinions are also of relevance for other sanctions regimes which provide for the same or similar restrictions. Therefore, their practical relevance goes far beyond the sanctions regimes in the context of which they were issued and they therefore provide for helpful guidance regarding the required thresholds for sanctions compliance generally.
September 20, 2021