Record fast growth in M & A

The growing market for mergers and acquisitions are creating new business opportunities for Swedish law firms.

Cederquist has in just one year managed to achieve a strong position in the area and has climbed from 44th to 8th place in the Nordic countries, according to the independent M & A intelligence Mergermarket's latest report.

- M & A transactions is one of our core areas. It's fun to our ambitions to grow in this area gives the impression in the statistics. The greatest value of the deal Cederquist this quarter, Investor and Morgan Stanley Principal Investments acquisition of Mölnlycke Health Care Group. Equally important and gratifying, however, is the large number of additional business in which Cederquist involved, says Jens Tillqvist, at Cederquist.

According to mergermarket report has Cederquist during the period 1 January 2007 to 31 March 2007 completed nine transactions worth close to 30 billion.

- It means not only a significant step forward in the Nordic statistics, but also a boost from eighth to third place in Sweden in terms of number of M & A deals, says Jens Tillqvist.

He points out that the information from the company Mergermarket analysis indicates that the market for mergers and acquisitions is highly fragmented, both in the Nordic region and Sweden, and that no agency therefore has a dominant position in the market for M & A. The market leader in Sweden, for example, only about 12 percent of the total value had reported in Q1 of 2007.

- We are pleased with our strong growth, but also realizes that the fragmented market can mean big opportunities for Cederquist to gain further market share in the market for M & A, says Jens Tillqvist.

Cederquist, who is currently in a strong growth phase, has over one hundred employees and works with clients from around the world with business interests in the Swedish market. Over 70 percent of the company's shareholders are top ranked in their respective fields.

- Earlier, we are top ranked in Sweden by independent rating companies such as Chambers and Partners, PLC Which Lawyer, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. The location of mergermarket is further proof that our high standards of quality are bearing fruit, says Jens Tillqvist.

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