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In short, the most pertinent take-aways for the receiving clients were that:

  1. actions that restrict competition are still prohibited;
  2. merger controls may take longer than usual to be finalized;
  3. there is a possibility for procuring authorities in Sweden to claim extreme urgency due to Covid-19, thereby justifying the use of direct awards; and
  4. several measures from the Swedish Government has been approved under the EU Commission’s Temporary Framework on state aid, but companies on the receiving end must be aware of and ensure compliance with state aid law.

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Antonia Malmgren is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Public Procurement and Competition Law Practice Group in Stockholm. Prior to joining the Firm as an associate in 2019, Antonia has experience from positions including summer trainee within the field of human law as well as thesis trainee at the Stockholm office in the spring of 2018.


Philip Thorell is an associate in the Public Procurement & Competition Law Group of Baker McKenzie's Stockholm office. He joined the Firm in September 2016. Mr. Thorell served as a law clerk at the Administrative Court in Malmö from 2014 to 2016.


Erik Brändt Öfverholm heads Baker McKenzie’s EU and Competition Law Practice Group in Stockholm. Prior to joining the Firm, he practiced in another major law firm in Stockholm between 2010 and 2017.