Pontus is specialized in arbitration and civil litigation and is head of Hannes Snellman’s Dispute resolution team in Stockholm. Pontus has substantial experience in international and domestic arbitration under the SCC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL rules and ad hoc proceedings as well as court proceedings in Sweden. Pontus' experience as counsel encompassing a wide range of areas such as supply, share and asset purchases, construction and real estate, finance, energy, investor-state disputes, agency and distribution, professional and product liability, regulatory issues and insurance.
Pontus is also appointed as arbitrator on a regular basis.
Is a hard negotiator in disputes, he does his homework all the time and he knows which questions to ask
Dispute Resolution | Chambers Global, 2022
Hannes Snellman acted as counsel in two precedential cases determining the invalidity of intra-EU arbitral awards in Sweden. Both cases concerned the application of EU law principles expressed in the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) Achmea judgment and the case law following the judgment. Hannes Snellman successfully represented the Republic of Poland in the Swedish Supreme Court, where the arbitral awards were declared invalid on the basis of Section 33(2) of the Swedish Arbitration Act. We also successfully represented the Kingdom of Spain in the Svea Court of Appeal regarding an application to invalidate or set aside an intra-EU arbitral award under the Energy Charter Treaty.
Counsel for an EU member state in challenging investment arbitral proceedings under the ECT.
Counsel for the Republic of Kazakhstan in challenging investment arbitral proceedings under the ECT.
Counsel for a constructor in a dispute regarding a large infrastructure project.
Counsel for a global crane manufacturer in a product liability claim.
Counsel for a listed company in a liability dispute against its former board of directors and other related disputes.
Counsel for a global gas and engineering group in several arbitration proceedings under the SCC rules as well as ad hoc proceedings concerning construction and gas supply.
Counsel for a listed real estate company in several construction and tenant disputes.
Counsel for a global manufacturer of industrial couplings in a IT-related dispute.
Counsel for an Italian manufacturer of products for the oil industry in arbitral proceedings against a Russian purchaser.
Counsel for a global listed company in arbitral proceedings regarding IT-systems.
Counsel for a Nordic IT-provider in arbitral proceedings against a global listed company.
Counsel for a Swedish fund management company in complex proceedings against a global bank.
Counsel for Swedish investors in a high value board liability claim in domestic courts, which proceedings involves complex company valuation matters.
Counsel for several real estate owners in disputes against a Swedish authority regarding public procurement.
Counsel for the board of directors in a listed company in a liability dispute initiated by investors in the company.
- Recommended in Dispute Resolution and Construction, Legal 500, 2023
- "Pontus Ewerlöf handles a variety of mandates ranging from the challenging of arbitral awards and shareholder disputes to product liability and arbitral proceedings. He is particularly visible in cross-border mandates.”, Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global and Europe. 2023
- Recognised as Thought Leader, Who’s Who Legal Arbitration (Sweden), 2022
- Recommended in Dispute Resolution, 'Pontus Ewerlöf heads up the dispute resolution team and specialises in civil litigation.' Legal 500, 2022
- "Is a hard negotiator in disputes, he does his homework all the time and he knows which questions to ask," Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global, 2022
- Recommended in Construction, Legal 500, 2021
- Ranked as Future Leader, Who’s Who Legal Arbitration (Sweden), 2021
- "Pontus Ewerlöf brings expertise in international head-of-state matters including high-value setting-aside and invalidation proceedings", Construction, Legal 500, 2020
- "I have worked with Pontus Ewerlöf in arbitration matters. He is a tenacious and active lawyer who is always available.", Dispute Resolution, Legal 500, 2020
- Pontus Ewerlöf is "a top practitioner" in arbitration, and ranks as "a great lawyer who really deserves to be on the list" according to impressed peers. Who's Who Legal Arbitration, 2020
- Ranked as National Leader, Who's Who Legal Arbitration, 2020
- Chambers and Partners (Global) ranking 2018
- Chambers and Partners (Global) ranking 2017
- Chambers and Partners (Global) ranking 2016
- Chambers and Partners (Global) ranking 2015
- Chambers and Partners (Global) ranking 2014
- Chambers and Partners (Europe) ranking 2013
Memberships and Positions of Trust
- Member of the LCIA European Users’ Council
- Member of the Swedish Bar Association, 2004
- Member of the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA)
- Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
- Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
- Member of ICC’s Arbitration Commission (Sweden)
- Lecturer at the Civil procedure program, Stockholm University
- Application of the New York Convention by Swedish Courts in Magnusson, Ragnwaldh, Wallin (eds.), International Arbitration in Sweden, A Practitioner’s Guide, 2nd edition, Wolters Kluwer, March 2021
- ISDS Trends in the Nordic Countries, Hannes Blog, March 2021
- The ICLG to: Investor-State Arbitration, 2020
- The ICLG to: Investor-State Arbitration, 2019
- The International Arbitration Review, Ninth ed. (Swedish Chapter), 2018
- The International Arbitration Review, Eight ed. (Swedish Chapter), 2017
- Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; The Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts (George A. Bermann, editor), 2017
- Report of the IBA Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards (Study on Arbitrability) – Swedish report, 2016
- Report of the IBA Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards - Swedish report, 2015
- Interim Measures v. the New York Convention – has time come to refresh the application of the New York Convention? in Young Arbitration Review, Ed. 16, January 2015
- Application of the New York Convention by Swedish Courts in Franke, Magnusson, Ragnwaldh, Wallin (eds.) International Arbitration in Sweden, A Practitioner’s Guide, Wolters Kluwer, 2013
- Class Actions and Arbitrations in Sweden in Billiet (ed.) Class Arbitration in the European Union, MAKLU, 2013
- Den bortglömda delen av EMR reformen, Infotorg juridik, 2012
- Commercial Litigation, Jurisdictional comparison (Swedish Chapter) in Horrocks (ed.), 2011
Education and Professional Background
- Partner, Hannes Snellman, Stockholm, 2019
- Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, MAQS, 2012-2018
- Senior Associate, Cederquist, 2010-2012
- Senior Associate, Mannheimer Swartling, 2004-2010
- Associate, Cederquist, 2002-2004
- Associate Judge, Svea Court of Appeal, 2001-2002
- Assistant Judge, Solna District Court, 2000-2001
- Assistant Judge, Svea Court of Appeal, 1999-2000
- Trained on the Bench, District Court of Linköping, 1996-1998
- Inhouse Lawyer, Trygg-Hansa Försäkrings AB (Insurance), 1995-1996
- Further professional training, SCC/SAA arbitration training course, 2010
- Master of Laws, Stockholm University, 1995
Recent Speaking Engagements
- Speaker/moderator, The Legal 500 Nordics Disputes Summit: Stockholm, Sweden, 12 November 2019
- Speaker, DIS Baltic Arbitration Days: Riga, Latvia, 14 June 2019
- Speaker, SAA/SCC conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 20 May 2019