Bird & Bird expands its Corporate practice in Stockholm with the arrival of start-up and venture capital partner Martin Folke in January 2022


International law firm Bird & Bird strengthens its Corporate practice in Sweden with the appointment of start-up and venture capital specialist Martin Folke as a partner. Martin will join the firm on the 1st January 2022. 

Martin joins Bird & Bird from MAQS and will continue to specialise in equity investments and other venture-related matters in the Swedish market, including commercial and corporate governance matters. Martin primarily advises start-ups and other growth companies on national and cross-border fundraisings and transactions. 

His appointment comes as part of the strategic expansion of Bird & Bird’s international and Nordic Corporate team: to work with clients at the forefront of digitalisation and technology across all stages of their growth.

Mårten Willamo, managing partner of Bird & Bird’s office in Stockholm comments: “I’m delighted Martin will be joining Bird & Bird at such an exciting period of growth and opportunity for tech-focused businesses. With the pandemic shifting how companies operate, both in the Nordics and internationally, it’s never been more crucial for our clients to be fully supported when navigating fundraisings and transactions in the digital world.” 

Struan Penwarden, international head of the Venture Capital practice at Bird & Bird adds: “Martin brings a depth of expertise working on both sides of the table for VC investments. I look forward to seeing our client offering for Sweden’s leading tech businesses continue to thrive and grow under his guidance. Welcome onboard, Martin!”

Martin, himself says: “I’m thrilled to be joining Bird & Bird, a truly international firm with wide-reaching, cross-sector capabilities. I look forward to collaborating with colleagues from across the firm’s network of offices to facilitate the needs of Sweden’s most cutting-edge tech companies.”