Kristina Forsbacka

Senior European Counsel Sweden


Kristina has considerable experience of commercial law, specialising in energy and environmental law

Kristina Forsbacka is a member of the Energy & Utilities Practice Group based in Stockholm.

She has extensive experience of commercial law, specialising in energy, environmental and climate change law. Kristina works extensively with clients in the private and public sectors and has advised the Swedish Energy Agency on a regular basis for many years.

Her experience includes legal investigations, including the interpretation and implementation of EU regulations within the energy, environmental and climate change field; matters related to renewable energy; investment agreements related to CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) projects; and wind projects.

Kristina has experience from litigation in the European Court of Justice, and successfully represented the Swedish Energy Agency in the Ålands Vindkraft case, the new EU precedent within renewable energy. She participated as expert in a reference group of the Governmental Committee that has prepared the proposal to a new Swedish Climate Change Act.

Kristina also specialises in environmental law, particularly environmental issues relating to transactions and environmental liability and renewable energy issues.

She has considerable experience of corporate and real estate transactions and of general commercial law, including dispute resolution, both as a lawyer and as in-house counsel.

Kristina has taught environmental law and led seminars on environmental liability, renewable energy and climate change. She has published a number of articles on environmental liability in Swedish legal publications as well as debate articles on climate change, environmental liability and emissions trading and climate investments in newspapers and industry publications. She joined our Stockholm office in 2012.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. Bird & Bird is best known in this sector for regulatory work, including related litigation. Clients include the Swedish energy agency Energimyndigheten. Kristina Forsbacka heads the group, and Jörgen Ekström heads the oil and gas sub-team.

    Legal 500 2017
  2. Recognised for her experience in regulatory matters, particularly EU law governing renewables, permit applications and commercial contracts. Impressed clients say that she is "service-minded" and "does terrific work both as a legal adviser and as a representative in court."

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  3. "Kristina Forsbacka of Bird & Bird is well versed in compliance work related to EU energy regulations. She is highly experienced in emissions trading, permit applications, investment agreements and environmental liability."

    Chambers Europe 2015