Our history

Setterwalls is the oldest law firm in Sweden. Our history dates back to 1878, when lawyers Nils Setterwall and Oscar von Koch bought "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 dominate the business for much of the 1900s. It also brought a greater influx of foreign assignments.


During the late 1900s, the firm's offering gradually widened 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 two new offices opened: one in Gothenburg and one in Malmoe.


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