June 2023

Kastell strengthens its practice with the recruitment of one of the leading EU and competition law experts in the Nordics

On 1 June 2023, Johan Karlsson will join the partnership at Kastell. Johan was most recently a partner at Vinge, where he helped build a renowned EU and competition law practice, which he has been in charge of for the past fifteen years. Johan Karlsson has long been ranked as one of the leading and most popular advisers in EU and competition law in Sweden.

Johan Karlsson has profound knowledge across the competition law spectrum, combined with almost thirty years’ practical experience. He represents both small and large companies and organisations in all kinds of competition law matters before the Swedish Competition Authority, the European Commission and other authorities, as well as before arbitration tribunals and courts, including the EU courts. Johan also has significant experience in closely related areas such as State aids, public procurement law and general compliance, as well as in sports law. Johan Karlsson is the creator and author of the reference work Competition law – a handbook, 6th ed., 2022 (sw. Konkurrensrätt – en handbok (6:e uppl., 2022)) and of a commentary on the Competition Law Damages Act (2023). He has also published a number of articles in leading journals and other publications. Johan is regularly asked to speak at conferences and seminars and is active in numerous Swedish and international fora and networks. For many years, he has been an adviser to the Swedish Competition Authority in the International Competition Network (ICN) and he was instructed as an expert in the inquiry regarding increased decision-making powers for the Swedish Competition Authority (sw. En utökad beslutanderätt för Konkurrensverket (SOU 2016:49)). Johan Karlsson is also a member of the National Sports Committee (sw. Riksidrottsnämnden (RIN).

 – We are delighted to be able to share this great news. With Johan joining us as a partner at Kastell, we are strengthening our offering and our strong position within our core areas, says Erik Söderlind, one of the founders of Kastell. Johan’s experience, ability, and general wisdom will be a huge asset to us and our clients. With him on the team, we now have five experienced partners in EU and competition law.

Johan Karlsson says:

– It is extremely exciting and very inspiring to have the opportunity to be part of the continued development of Kastell as the leading niche firm within EU and competition law, dispute resolution and public procurement. After almost thirty years with the same firm, it was time for me to do something new. Kastell feels like a perfect match in every way.

About Kastell

Kastell is a well-established niche firm and one of the leading legal advisors within dispute resolution, EU and competition law and public procurement. Read more at https://kastelladvokatbyra.se/en.