Bird & Bird's Swedish office appoints two new partners


Bird & Bird today announces the appointment of Catharina Baerselman and Johanna Olsson to the partnership. Both Catharina and Johanna will be based in the firm's office in Stockholm.

Catharina joined the Bird & Bird Stockholm office in October 2011 as counsel. She had previously been partner at litigation boutique firms A1 Advokater and Advokatfirman Södermark and worked as counsel at the legal department of the City of Stockholm. Catharina is head of Bird & Bird's Public Procurement Group in Stockholm and has successfully built the public procurement practice. Catharina also specialises in the field of commercial dispute resolution including litigation and arbitration.

Johanna will be joining the Stockholm office in January from her current role as General Counsel at Grontmij. Prior to working at Grontmij Johanna spent 6.5 years working as an associate in Bird & Bird's Stockholm office. In addition she has 5 years experience as General Counsel at the real estate developer Vasallen. Johanna's main focus is on Real Estate where she specialises in providing legal services relating to transactions and exploitation of real property. Johanna also advises regularly on corporate law and is experienced in commercial dispute resolution.

Katarina Åhlberg, Head of Sweden, Bird & Bird said: “We are very pleased to welcome both Catharina and Johanna to the partnership; both appointments are very well deserved. Their appointments will considerably strengthen the Stockholm office's existing expertise in Public Procurement, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate respectively and we look forward to the experience and knowledge that they can offer new and existing clients." 

Catharina Baerselman; "Bird & Bird's international presence, innovative thinking and sector focus is a fantastic platform for building and pursuing the public procurement practice. Over the years we have established ourselves  in Sweden as one of the leading advisors  and I look forward to taking this further in my role as partner, as well as continuing to meet our clients' needs within commercial dispute resolution."

Johanna Olsson said: “I am very excited to return to Bird & Bird in this new role. I look forward to continuing to build good relations with existing and new clients after an interesting year as general counsel with one of the leading technical consultants in Europe.”