Bird & Bird continues to boost Nordic corporate practice with the appointment of Ola Lidström as Partner in Sweden


International law firm Bird & Bird today appoints highly experienced capital markets lawyer, Ola Lidström as a partner in its International Corporate Group, based in Sweden.

Ola's practice focuses on all aspects of capital markets transactions within the Nordic region and internationally, including initial public offerings, rights issues, underwritings, public take-overs and capital markets regulation. Ola's practice also includes financial regulation, including private equity fund structures and the cross-border offerings of products and services of asset managers and other financial institutions. Ola is heavily involved in the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector, advising clients on Nordic and international listings, equity offerings and other capital raising transactions.

He joins from domestic Swedish firm Hamilton. Prior to Hamilton, Ola was the head of capital markets practice and a partner with Törngren Magnell. Ola's background includes spending four years as Nordic Head of Legal for ABN Amro Bank, then leading Nordic investment bank Alfred Berg, and ten years as an associate in the capital markets group of the leading domestic firm Vinge.

Ola's appointment is part of Bird & Bird's aim to build a strong corporate group across Europe. This has recently gained momentum, with a number of lateral additions to the group including Jan Byström in Sweden, David Dederick in Hungary and three specialist equity capital markets practitioners in London: Clive Hopewell, Adam Carling and Nicholas Heap.

Peter Veranneman and Stefano Silvestri, Co-Heads of the International Corporate Group at Bird & Bird say: "Our continuing ambition is to build a robust and diversified corporate practice which provides complex advice to clients across our key sectors and geographies. Part of this strategy involves us recognising the locations in which we feel we can truly operate at top tier level and the Nordic region is one of these. We're delighted to welcome Ola to the firm."

Mårten Willamo, Head of Sweden at Bird & Bird says: "Ola's wealth of knowledge, experience and strong client base will enable him to confidently spearhead the capital markets practice in Stockholm. We're excited to have him join our Swedish team - we consider that his addition will bring further strength and depth of knowledge to an already very capable team."

Ola adds: "I'm very excited to join Bird & Bird, an international firm with an established presence in Stockholm. The combination of Bird & Bird's strong technology and life science practices and its growing Nordic and international capital markets practice provides an excellent opportunity to build a comprehensive legal services offering for Swedish and Nordic Life Science & Healthcare companies."