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Håkan Fohlin

Partner, Member of the Swedish Bar Association


I work with Swedish and international M&A, often in collaboration with foreign law firms.

After more than 30 years at Setterwalls, I have wide-ranging corporate law competence and also much experience of complex contract negotiations, as well as of general contract and commercial contract law.

For many years, I have managed Swedish and international projects within company acquisition, corporate establishments in Sweden, corporate finance, joint ventures, and private and public project financing often related to the Swedish technology (incl. cleantech), shipping and automotive industries. This includes providing advice to investors and portfolio companies on the venture capital and private equity markets. After studies abroad, internships in the UK and the USA, participation in the International Bar Association, my international contact network is large. I was the managing partner of the firm during 2004-2007 and am currently responsible for Setterwalls’ China desk in Stockholm, and for coordinating Setterwalls Stockholm’s international contacts. I am a contact partner with respect to the firm’s membership in the World Law Group (and past member of the Board of Directors/Treasurer), a Chambers ranked Elite, international network of law firms.

To our people




Setterwalls, managing partner


Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens Law Firm, New York, Jantzen scholarship


Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Oslo


Administrative Court of Appeals of Stockholm, Assistant Judge


District Court of Stockholm, law clerk


Rea, Grundberg & Co. Law Firm, London


National Board of Taxation


Student Union of the University of Stockholm, Student Legal Advisor


Stockholm University, Business Administration


Stockholm University, LL.M.

External publications


"International Liability of Corporate Directors", (Sweden), Juris Publishing, Inc.

NOV 2011

Factoring and pledging of trade receivables, Banking & Finance Report

SEP 2010

"Revamp of the VC market? Advising the entrepreneur on raising capital", The International Bar Association Closely Held and Growing Enterprises Committee e-bulletin.

AUG 2009

"EU must sign prohibition of ballast discharges", Dagens Industri

JUN 2008

"The Rail Road Committee - balanced system for information and ticket-booking for railroad passengers regardless of operators", report to the Swedish Government's Agency for Public Management

APR 2008

"Multiple Representations in Auctions", M&A Report

2004, 2005, 2006

"Getting the Deal Through - Corporate Governance - Sweden"

MAY 2000

"Bank's and Financial Institutions' Outsourcing of Business Activities", European Banking Review, vol. III

DEC 1999

"The New Market for Corporate Law", Magazine of the Swedish Bar Association "Advokaten"

IFLR1000 (2018-2021)

”Håkan Fohlin, draws praise from his colleagues in other countries. One international partner describes him as "precise" and "creative". His team, too, are described in a very positive way: "The quality is great".”

IFLR 1000