Areas

IT, Telecom & Technology

At Vangard Law we have a wide-range and in-depth experience of legal and commercial issues linked to ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and technology in general.

Our client companies include research-, innovation- and technology development companies, IT consultancies and other companies that operate within the constantly growing IT field as well as within medical technology and renewable energy.

We also represent the firm’s clients on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property, trade secrets, confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation and innovations in the workplace. We advise on such matters as disputes, agreements, alleged copyright and trade secret infringements, breach of secrecy and/or non-compete contracts.

Common:

  • IoT, AI, Machine learning, SaaS services, Fog computing & Edge computing
  • Consultancy agreements
  • Prosecution of copyright and trade secret infringement
  • Commercialization of research findings and rights
  • Internet services and e-commerce
  • Software and technology development agreements
  • License and delivery agreements for technology, such as hardware, software and services
  • IP law matters
  • Support agreements
  • Agreements and general contractual terms for sale and purchase of services and products
  • OEM, distribution agreements, resale agreements and agency agreements
  • Product manufacturing agreements
  • Procurement issues
  • Disputes related to the above-mentioned fields

Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution constitutes a considerable proportion of our operations. Where possible, we contribute at an early stage to resolving disputes that have arisen as smoothly and effectively as possible. A protracted dispute is rarely to the benefit of anyone, particularly if there is still a commercial interest in continued collaboration between the parties. Based on our experience and our expertise, we can conduct a risk assessment or instigate legal action at an early stage and provide advice as to whether the matter should be pursued further or not.

Our work includes commercial disputes in general courts, arbitration procedures and rent and leasehold tribunals.

Real Estate and Construction

Vangard Law has extensive experience of legal issues linked to the property field and works with conveyancing, commercial tenancy rights and other rent and leasehold issues, tenant-owner’s rights, contract law and construction and land issues. We represent landlords and landowners as well as tenants of premises and beneficial occupiers, along with a range of companies active within the building-, construction- and contracting sector with matters including contracts and procurement. We also work with disputes within the above areas on a regular basis.

Corporate and M&A

All of Vangard Law’s lawyers operate within various aspects of corporate law and provide advice on an ongoing basis, including in matters concerning board meetings and general shareholders’ meetings. Overall, we have solid experience and expertise within corporate law and all areas associated with it. Vangard Law works with several of Sweden’s leading incubators and their companies. We primarily provide owner-led companies, such as family-owned industrial companies, contractors, start-ups and growth companies with legal assistance, and also support our client companies in connection with restructuring as well as purchase and sale of companies or their assets and liabilities. We also act in legal disputes between companies.

Commissions we regularly handle include:

  • Advise regarding ownership, expansion and financing
  • Drafting and negotiation of share purchase agreements
  • Due diligence reports within M&A
  • Drafting and renegotiation of shareholders’ agreements and other collaborative agreements
  • Investment and financing agreements
  • Negotiation with Private Equity and VC firms in connection with client companies’ financing 
  • Issues of shares, stock options, qualified employee stock options and convertibles
  • Disputes related to corporate law, such as action for annulment of the Annual General Meeting, breach of contracts and liability charges on board members.

The most important asset in start-up enterprises and entrepreneurial companies is their Team. Labor law and matters related to it such as incentive programs are therefore an important and priority part of the Vangard Law’s practice. Besides assisting founders and executive management with these issues, we assist both employers and employees with both complicated and everyday labor law issues. With our long experience and expertise within labor law, we can help in handling all types of labor law issues in a constructive and cost-effective way. Among other things, we provide assistance in drawing up employment contracts, handling termination issues, adjustment of employment terms, issues pertaining to secrecy, competition and business secrets, trade-union issues and negotiations, issues concerning transfer of businesses and not least incentive programs.

We also have long experience of dealing with lawsuits, in both general courts and labor courts, and in arbitration proceedings.

Furthermore we assist our client with application and counseling regarding work permits – with special focus on qualified labor – and related issues such as visas, residence permits and registration with the Swedish Work Environment Authority and the Swedish Tax Agency.

Intellectual Property Rights, Sports & Entertainment

Intellectual property rights cover many of the areas that are important to most companies today, everything from software to content.

We assist companies, associations and individuals etc. with various IP law matters. The clients are active within the computer games industry, athletics, sport, music and film industries. Besides assisting in company law matter and   and dispute resolution, we negotiate and draw up license, cooperation, manager and sponsorship agreements, as well as production and artist agreements.