People

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm

Richard Åkerman’s practice focuses on corporate and private equity transactions. He frequently provides advice regarding corporate law, governance and transactional matters to corporations and financial sponsors. Richard has also advised many industrial and technology companies in restructuring and insolvency situations. Richard Åkerman is the chairman of Hannes Snellman’s board of directors.

He is not only a very experienced M&A lawyer, but he is very business-oriented and understands which matters to focus on.

Chambers Europe | Corporate/M&A


References

Parties 

SGS, SYNLAB’s Analytics & Services division

Transaction 

SGS to buy SYNLAB's Analytics & Services division

Deal value 

EUR 550 million 

Role 

Swedish and Finnish Counsel to SGS

 

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Nicole Jerad

Nicole Jerad

Associate | Stockholm
nicole.jerad@hannessnellman.com
Maisa Cederström

Maisa Cederström

Senior Associate | Helsinki
maisa.cederstrom@hannessnellman.com
Emma Andersson

Emma Andersson

Associate | Stockholm
Emma.Andersson@hannessnellman.com
Josephine Lindgren

Josephine Lindgren

Associate | Stockholm
josephine.lindgren@hannessnellman.com
Itai Coleman

Itai Coleman

Associate | Stockholm
itai.coleman@hannessnellman.com
Amanda Blick

Amanda Blick

Associate | Helsinki
amanda.blick@hannessnellman.com
Noora Britschgi

Noora Britschgi

Senior Associate | Helsinki
noora.britschgi@hannessnellman.com

Parties

The Kantar Group Limited (target), Bain Capital, LP (Buyer), WPP Plc (Seller)

Transaction

Bain Capital, LP. has agreed to acquire 60 per cent of the Kantar Group Limited, from WPP Plc in a restructuring transaction.

Deal Value

EUR 3551.77 million

Role

Counsel to WPP Plc

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Heidi Haanpää

Heidi Haanpää

Partner | Helsinki
heidi.haanpaa@hannessnellman.com
Maisa Cederström

Maisa Cederström

Senior Associate | Helsinki
maisa.cederstrom@hannessnellman.com
Sara Soini

Sara Soini

Associate | Helsinki
sara.soini@hannessnellman.com
Josephine Lindgren

Josephine Lindgren

Associate | Stockholm
josephine.lindgren@hannessnellman.com
Jenny Lundberg

Jenny Lundberg

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
jenny.lundberg@hannessnellman.com
Nicole Jerad

Nicole Jerad

Associate | Stockholm
nicole.jerad@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Transdev Group, Flygbussarna Airport Coaches

Transaction 

Transdev Group in its divestment of Flygbussarna Airport Coaches to Vy

Deal Value 

Value not public 

Role

Counsel to Transdev Group

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Ammar Khan

Ammar Khan

Managing Associate | Stockholm
ammar.khan@hannessnellman.com
Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Senior Associate | Stockholm
moa.fritzon-torbjelt@hannessnellman.com
Anna Bergström

Anna Bergström

Associate | Stockholm
anna.bergstrom@hannessnellman.com
Jessica Tressfeldt

Jessica Tressfeldt

Associate | Stockholm
jessica.tressfeldt@hannessnellman.com
Jenny Lundberg

Jenny Lundberg

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
jenny.lundberg@hannessnellman.com
Josephine Lindgren

Josephine Lindgren

Associate | Stockholm
josephine.lindgren@hannessnellman.com

Parties

AAC Capital Partners, Intermediate Capital Group PLC and other shareholders (Sellers), Viking Redningstjeneste Topco AS (Target)

Transaction

P&C Insurance Ltd (publ) in its Acquisition of Viking Redningstjeneste Topco AS

Deal Value

EUR 32 million 

Role

 Swedish and Finnish counsel to Sweden-based insurance company If P&C Insurance Ltd (publ)

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Outi Raitasuo

Outi Raitasuo

Partner | Helsinki
outi.raitasuo@hannessnellman.com
Johanna Wärnberg

Johanna Wärnberg

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
johanna.warnberg@hannessnellman.com
Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Senior Associate | Stockholm
moa.fritzon-torbjelt@hannessnellman.com
Emmi Kantola

Emmi Kantola

Associate | Helsinki
emmi.kantola@hannessnellman.com
Anna Bergström

Anna Bergström

Associate | Stockholm
anna.bergstrom@hannessnellman.com
Sara Heikfolk

Sara Heikfolk

Associate | Stockholm
sara.heikfolk@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Fazer Food Services, Compass Group PLC

Transaction

Fazer Group in its divestment of Fazer Food Services to Compass Group PLC

Deal Value

EUR 475 million

Role

Counsel to Fazer Group

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Ammar Khan

Ammar Khan

Managing Associate | Stockholm
ammar.khan@hannessnellman.com
Jonas Sjöberg

Jonas Sjöberg

Associate | Stockholm
jonas.sjoberg@hannessnellman.com
Nicole Jerad

Nicole Jerad

Associate | Stockholm
nicole.jerad@hannessnellman.com
Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Senior Associate | Stockholm
moa.fritzon-torbjelt@hannessnellman.com
Sini Paajanen

Sini Paajanen

Senior Associate | Helsinki
sini.paajanen@hannessnellman.com
Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Johanna Haltia-Tapio

Specialist Partner | Helsinki
johanna.haltia-tapio@hannessnellman.com
Jenny Lundberg

Jenny Lundberg

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
jenny.lundberg@hannessnellman.com
Josephine Lindgren

Josephine Lindgren

Associate | Stockholm
josephine.lindgren@hannessnellman.com
Jenni Heurlin

Jenni Heurlin

Associate | Helsinki
jenni.heurlin@hannessnellman.com
Julia Wegelius

Julia Wegelius

Associate | Stockholm
julia.wegelius@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Transdev, Utö Rederi AB

Transaction

Transdev, a Sweden-based private passenger transport company, has acquired Utö Rederi AB, a shipping company that operates passenger traffic in Stockholm's southern archipelago.

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Transdev

Claes Kjellberg

Claes Kjellberg

Partner | Stockholm
claes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com
Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Senior Associate | Stockholm
moa.fritzon-torbjelt@hannessnellman.com
Ninja Pyy

Ninja Pyy

Associate | Helsinki
ninja.pyy@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Ramirent Plc (buyer), Stavdal AB

Transaction

Ramirent in its acquisition of Stavdal AB to become the leading company in Swedish equipment rental market

Deal Value

EUR 158 million

Role

Counsel to Ramirent Plc

Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg

Partner | Stockholm
peter.forsberg@hannessnellman.com
Jenny Lundberg

Jenny Lundberg

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
jenny.lundberg@hannessnellman.com
Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Sofia Bengtsson

Sofia Bengtsson

Associate | Stockholm
sofia.bengtsson@hannessnellman.com
Aina Renström

Aina Renström

Senior Associate | Stockholm
aina.renstrom@hannessnellman.com
Julia Wegelius

Julia Wegelius

Associate | Stockholm
julia.wegelius@hannessnellman.com
David Olander

David Olander

Senior Associate | Stockholm
david.olander@hannessnellman.com
Anna Bergström

Anna Bergström

Associate | Stockholm
anna.bergstrom@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Direct Conversion AB (Target), Varex Imaging Corporation (Bidder)

Transaction

Counsel to the sellers of Direct Conversion in a 90% stake acquisition by Varex Imaging.

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to sellers of Direct Conversion

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Mattias Friberg

Mattias Friberg

Partner | Stockholm
mattias.friberg@hannessnellman.com
Ammar Khan

Ammar Khan

Managing Associate | Stockholm
ammar.khan@hannessnellman.com
Khaled Talayhan

Khaled Talayhan

Senior Associate | Stockholm
khaled.talayhan@hannessnellman.com
Nicole Jerad

Nicole Jerad

Associate | Stockholm
nicole.jerad@hannessnellman.com
Douglas Essehorn

Douglas Essehorn

Associate | Stockholm
douglas.essehorn@hannessnellman.com
Carolina Wahlby

Carolina Wahlby

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
carolina.wahlby@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Kildare Partners, Technopolis Plc

Transaction

Kildare Partners’ public tender offer for Technopolis Plc, a Finland-based listed company providing offices, coworking spaces and related services

Deal Value

EUR 729.7 million

Role

Counsel to Kildare Partners

Klaus Ilmonen

Klaus Ilmonen

Partner, Doctor of Laws | Helsinki
klaus.ilmonen@hannessnellman.com
Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Antti Kuha

Antti Kuha

Managing Associate | Helsinki
antti.kuha@hannessnellman.com
Anniina Järvinen

Anniina Järvinen

Managing Associate | Helsinki
anniina.jarvinen@hannessnellman.com
Antti Alanko

Antti Alanko

Partner | Helsinki
antti.alanko@hannessnellman.com
Lauri Marjamäki

Lauri Marjamäki

Associate | Helsinki
lauri.marjamaki@hannessnellman.com
Maisa Cederström

Maisa Cederström

Senior Associate | Helsinki
maisa.cederstrom@hannessnellman.com
Katja Heikkinen

Katja Heikkinen

Senior Associate | Helsinki
katja.heikkinen@hannessnellman.com
Noora Britschgi

Noora Britschgi

Senior Associate | Helsinki
noora.britschgi@hannessnellman.com
Mari Miettinen

Mari Miettinen

Associate | Helsinki
mari.miettinen@hannessnellman.com
Jonas Sjöberg

Jonas Sjöberg

Associate | Stockholm
jonas.sjoberg@hannessnellman.com
Agda Vähä-Piikkiö

Agda Vähä-Piikkiö

Associate | Helsinki
agda.vaha-piikkio@hannessnellman.com
Susanna Hernberg

Susanna Hernberg

Associate | Helsinki
susanna.hernberg@hannessnellman.com
Tapio Teräkivi

Tapio Teräkivi

Partner | Helsinki
tapio.terakivi@hannessnellman.com

Parties

AtoB@C Shipping AB (Target), Aspo Plc (Bidder) Anders Nilsson (Private Investor)(Seller)

Transaction

Aspo Plc has agreed to acquire AtoB@C Shipping AB from Anders Nilsson (Private investor).

Deal Value

EUR 30 million

Role

Counsel to Aspo Plc

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Riikka Rannikko

Riikka Rannikko

Managing Partner | Helsinki
riikka.rannikko@hannessnellman.com
Mikko Huimala

Mikko Huimala

Partner | Helsinki
mikko.huimala@hannessnellman.com
Josephine Lindgren

Josephine Lindgren

Associate | Stockholm
josephine.lindgren@hannessnellman.com
Sara Soini

Sara Soini

Associate | Helsinki
sara.soini@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Asiakastieto Group Plc (Buyer), UC AB (Target), Six Swedish banks (Sellers)

Transaction

Asiakastieto Group Plc’s pending acquisition of UC AB, a credit information company

Deal Value

Appr. EUR 340 million

Role

Counsel to Asiakastieto Group Plc

Klaus Ilmonen

Klaus Ilmonen

Partner, Doctor of Laws | Helsinki
klaus.ilmonen@hannessnellman.com
Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Markus Bremer

Markus Bremer

Partner | Helsinki
markus.bremer@hannessnellman.com
Elisabeth Vestin

Elisabeth Vestin

Partner | Stockholm
elisabeth.vestin@hannessnellman.com
Antti Kuha

Antti Kuha

Managing Associate | Helsinki
antti.kuha@hannessnellman.com
Toni Malminen

Toni Malminen

Counsel | Helsinki
toni.malminen@hannessnellman.com
Albert Danielsson

Albert Danielsson

Senior Associate | Stockholm
albert.danielsson@hannessnellman.com
Elina Toivakainen

Elina Toivakainen

Counsel | Helsinki
elina.toivakainen@hannessnellman.com
Maisa Cederström

Maisa Cederström

Senior Associate | Helsinki
maisa.cederstrom@hannessnellman.com
Sara Heikfolk

Sara Heikfolk

Associate | Stockholm
sara.heikfolk@hannessnellman.com
Lauri Marjamäki

Lauri Marjamäki

Associate | Helsinki
lauri.marjamaki@hannessnellman.com
Nicole Jerad

Nicole Jerad

Associate | Stockholm
nicole.jerad@hannessnellman.com
Suvi-Tuuli Saarnio

Suvi-Tuuli Saarnio

Senior Associate | Helsinki
suvi-tuuli.saarnio@hannessnellman.com
Jonas Sjöberg

Jonas Sjöberg

Associate | Stockholm
jonas.sjoberg@hannessnellman.com
Jenny Lundberg

Jenny Lundberg

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
jenny.lundberg@hannessnellman.com
Paula Röttorp

Paula Röttorp

Partner | Stockholm
paula.rottorp@hannessnellman.com
Annemari Rosi

Annemari Rosi

Senior Associate | Helsinki
annemari.rosi@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Fazer Group (Buyer), Froosh (Target), Unilever Ventures and minority owners (Seller)

Transaction

Fazer Group's acquisition of Froosh

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Fazer Group

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Nicole Jerad

Nicole Jerad

Associate | Stockholm
nicole.jerad@hannessnellman.com
Julia Wegelius

Julia Wegelius

Associate | Stockholm
julia.wegelius@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Wärtsilä Corporation (Buyer), Puregas Solutions AB (Target)

Transaction

Wärtsilä Corporation’s agreement to acquire Puregas Solutions AB

Deal Value

EUR 29 million

Role

Counsel to Wärtsilä Corporation

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg

Partner | Stockholm
peter.forsberg@hannessnellman.com
Aina Renström

Aina Renström

Senior Associate | Stockholm
aina.renstrom@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Dual Co Ltd (Buyer), Herenco AB, Pomona-Gruppen AB, Larsson Industrier i Smalandsstenar AB (Sellers), Borgstena Group Sweden (Target)

Transaction

DUAL Co., Ltd. will acquire 95% stake in Borgstena Group Sweden, from Herenco AB, Pomona-Gruppen AB, and Larsson Industrier i Smalandsstenar AB.

Deal Value

USD 56.2 million

Role

Counsel to DUAL Co., Ltd.

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Intrum Justitia AB (Buyer) Lindorff (Target)

Transaction

Counsel to Intrum Justitia in Connection with the Combination with Lindorff

Deal Value

SEK 40 billion

Role

Counsel to Intrum Justitia AB

Fredrik Olsson

Fredrik Olsson

Managing Partner | Stockholm
fredrik.olsson@hannessnellman.com
Sören Lindström

Sören Lindström

Senior Advisor | Stockholm
soren.lindstrom@hannessnellman.com
Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Claes Kjellberg

Claes Kjellberg

Partner | Stockholm
claes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com
Paula Röttorp

Paula Röttorp

Partner | Stockholm
paula.rottorp@hannessnellman.com
Jenny Lundberg

Jenny Lundberg

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
jenny.lundberg@hannessnellman.com
Carolina Wahlby

Carolina Wahlby

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
carolina.wahlby@hannessnellman.com
Aina Renström

Aina Renström

Senior Associate | Stockholm
aina.renstrom@hannessnellman.com
Sanna Böris

Sanna Böris

Senior Associate | Stockholm
sanna.boris@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Valedo Partners Fund I (Seller), Akademikliniken (Target), Polaris Private Equity (Buyer)

Transaction

Valedo Partners Fund I has agreed to divest its majority holding in Akademikliniken to Polaris Private Equity

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Valedo

Aina Renström

Aina Renström

Senior Associate | Stockholm
aina.renstrom@hannessnellman.com
Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Oy Karl Fazer AB (Buyer), Frebaco Kvarn AB (Target)

Transaction

Oy Karl Fazer AB has acquired Frebaco Kvarn AB

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Oy Karl Fazer AB

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Moa Fritzon Torbjelt

Senior Associate | Stockholm
moa.fritzon-torbjelt@hannessnellman.com
Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg

Partner | Stockholm
peter.forsberg@hannessnellman.com
Aina Renström

Aina Renström

Senior Associate | Stockholm
aina.renstrom@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Oak & Oak AB, managers and directors (Sellers), Ekelöw InfoSecurity AB (Target), PwC Sweden (Buyer)

Transaction

The sale of Ekelöw InfoSecurity AB to PwC Sweden

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Oak & Oak AB, managers and directors

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Claes Kjellberg

Claes Kjellberg

Partner | Stockholm
claes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Discovery Networks Sweden and Modern Times Group (MTG) Sweden

Transaction

Discovery Networks Sweden and Modern Times Group (MTG) Sweden have established a joint venture to combine their regional advertising sales businesses for their respective flagship television channels in Sweden, Kanal 5 and TV3. The new 50:50 JV company is named Airtime Sales

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Discovery Networks Sweden

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Sensys Traffic (Buyer), Gatso Beheer B.V. (Target)

Transaction

Sensys Traffic has entered into an agreement to acquire the Dutch company Gatso Beheer B.V

Deal Value

Approximately MSEK 278.

Role

Counsel to Sensys Traffic

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg

Partner | Stockholm
peter.forsberg@hannessnellman.com

Parties

TeliaSonera, Spotify

Transaction

TeliaSonera is investing USD 115 million for a 1.4 percent stake in Spotify

Deal Value

USD 115 million

Role

Counsel to TeliaSonera

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Claes Kjellberg

Claes Kjellberg

Partner | Stockholm
claes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com
Carolina Wahlby

Carolina Wahlby

Specialist Partner | Stockholm
carolina.wahlby@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Nefab AB (Target), Wallenberg Foundations FAM (Bidder), Nordgren/Pihl family (Seller)

Transaction

FAM's investment in Nefab

Deal Value

SEK 1.1 billion targeted share issue

Role

Counsel to the Nordgren/Pihl family

Sören Lindström

Sören Lindström

Senior Advisor | Stockholm
soren.lindstrom@hannessnellman.com
Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg

Partner | Stockholm
peter.forsberg@hannessnellman.com

Parties

NEP Group Inc.(Buyer), Mediatec Group (Target)

Transaction

NEP Group Inc.'s acquisition of Mediatec Group from its current owners

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to NEP Group Inc.

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com

Parties

Novax (Buyer), Academic Work (Target), Latour (Seller)

Transaction

Novax' acquisition of Latour’s entire shareholding in Academic Work

Deal Value

Value not public

Role

Counsel to Novax

Richard Åkerman

Richard Åkerman

Partner | Stockholm
richard.akerman@hannessnellman.com
Claes Kjellberg

Claes Kjellberg

Partner | Stockholm
claes.kjellberg@hannessnellman.com

Rankings

  • "Assists a broad range of clientele with public and private M&A." Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2020
  • Ranked as Highly regarded lawyer, Private Equity, IFLR1000, 2020
  • Recommended in Corporate/M&A, Legal 500, 2019
  • Ranked as Highly regarded lawyer, Private Equity, IFLR1000, 2019
  • "A respected lawyer in the market, Richard Åkerman advises clients on a broad range of M&A mandates and has recent experience assisting clients from the food and pharmaceutical industries.", Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2018
  • Ranked as Highly regarded lawyer, Corporate/M&A, Private Equity, IFLR1000, 2018
  • "Truly professional.", Commercial, Corporate/M&A, Legal 500, 2017  
  • 'One client says: "He is not only a very experienced M&A lawyer, but he is very business-oriented and understands which matters to focus on", also appreciating that he is "very pleasant to work with and has great social skills.", Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe, 2017
  • Ranked as Leading lawyer, Private Equity, IFLR1000, 2017
  • "Richard Åkerman heads the firm's private M&A practice. He is recommended for his transactional experience, particularly in the information and communications technology sectors.", Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Europe 2016
  • 'Richard Åkerman is "to the point in his advice and focused on the deal fundamentals."', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2015

Memberships and Positions of Trust

  • Member of the Swedish Bar Association

Education and Professional Background

  • Partner, Hannes Snellman, Stockholm, 2008
  • Managing Partner, Hannes Snellman, 2002 – 2004
  • Partner, Setterwalls, 2000 – 2008
  • Associate Lawyer, Advokatfirman Hammarskiöld & Co., 1998 – 2000
  • Associate Lawyer, Lagerlöf & Leman Advokatbyrå, 1995 – 1998
  • LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, New York, 1994
  • Service with Swedish Courts, 1991 – 1993
  • Jur. kand. (LL.M.), Stockholm University, 1991