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Our history

Setterwalls is the oldest law firm in Sweden. Our history dates back to 1878, when the lawyers Nils Setterwall and Oscar von Koch purchased "Advokatföreningen, Juridisk Affärsbyrå" in Stockholm.

The firm changed its name to Nils Setterwalls Advokatbyrå. Assignments included everything from classical corporate law to mining and forestry cases.


A few years later, maritime law made its entry. This area would go on to dominate the business for much of the 1900s. It also brought a greater influx of foreign assignments.


The firm's range gradually widened during the late 1900s to include finance and property law.


The rate of expansion increased in the early 2000s and we became one of the fastest growing firms in the country. The existing business in Stockholm experienced considerable growth while at the same time two new branches were opened: one in Gothenburg and one in Malmoe.


The combination of a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a far-reaching international contact network has meant that many of the best-known lawyers continue to choose Setterwalls as their base.


Today we have an excellent reputation among clients and in the industry and we have been awarded top ranking by institutions such as Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. We also have an excellent reputation among law students and are able to recruit the top talents.