Richard Åkerman

+46 760 000 005


Richard heads our Swedish Private M&A practice. He specialises in M&A and private equity. His fields of expertise also include information and communications technology.



  • Ranked as a Highly regarded lawyer in Private Equity in the 2020 editions of IFLR1000
  • Recommended in the 2019 edition of Legal 500, Corporate and M&A
  • Ranked as a Highly Regarded lawyer in Private Equity in the 2019 edition of IFLR1000.

  • A respected lawyer in the market, Richard Åkerman advises clients on a broad range of M&A mandates and has recent experience assisting clients from the food and pharmaceutical industries, Chambers Global 2018 and Chambers Europe 2018.
  • Highly regarded lawyer, Corporate and M&A, Private equity, IFLR1000, 2018

  • 'Truly professional', Commercial, corporate and M&A, Legal 500, 2017  
  • '[...] One client says: "He is not only a very experienced M&A lawyer, but he is very business-oriented and understands which matters to focus on," also appreciating that he is "very pleasant to work with and has great social skills."'  Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe 2017

  • Leading lawyer, Private equity, IFLR1000, 2017
  • 'Richard Åkerman heads the firm's private M&A practice. He is recommended for his transactional experience, particularly in the information and communications technology sectors.', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Europe 2016
  • 'Richard Åkerman is "to the point in his advice and focused on the deal fundamentals."', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2015 and Chambers Europe 2015
  • 'Team head Richard Åkerman is "a brilliant analyst – creative and authoritative."', Mergers and acquisitions, Legal 500, 2014
  • 'Department head Richard Åkerman is praised for his business-minded approach. He handles M&A and private equity transactions, and is well versed on the TMT sector.', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2014
  • 'Richard Åkerman is a firm favourite with clients. They value his cool-headed, structured approach.', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Europe 2013
  • 'Practice head Richard Åkerman has "made a solid impression" on clients.', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2012
  • Leading lawyer, Mergers and acquisitions, IFLR1000, 2012
  • '...particularly recommended for private M&A transactions.', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe 2011
  • Leading lawyer, Mergers and acquisitions, IFLR1000, 2011
  • 'Richard Åkerman is one the main players at the firm and he has been praised for his approach. "He is one to watch,"...He is a star though, he knows his market, his legal knowledge is top-class."', IFLR1000, 2011
  • '...firmly focused on private M&A and is noted for his excellent technical skill.', Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2010
  • Leading lawyer, Mergers and acquisitions, IFLR1000, 2010
  • Endorsed in Corporate/M&A, Private equity: buyouts, PLC Which Lawyer? 2010
  • 'Richard Åkerman...“He’s great,” sources enthuse; “he has a good understanding of transactions despite his young age, due in part to his experience working with private equity firms.”', Chambers Global 2009, Corporate/M&A
  • ‘”He’s an excellent lawyer with strong negotiation skills,” says one client of Åkerman.’, IFLR1000, 2009
  • ‘…Richard Åkerman is “technically sound and very strong in negotiating.”’, Chambers Global 2008


  • Member of the Swedish Bar Association


  • Partner, Hannes Snellman, Stockholm, 2008
  • Partner, Setterwalls, 2000 – 2008
  • Managing Partner 2002 – 2004
  • Associate Lawyer, Advokatfirman Hammarskiöld & Co., 1998 – 2000
  • Associate Lawyer, Lagerlöf & Leman Advokatbyrå, 1995 – 1998
  • LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, New York, 1994
  • Service with Swedish Courts, 1991 – 1993
  • Jur. kand. (LL.M.), Stockholm University, 1991