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Sten Bauer

Senior Counsel
Baker & McKenzie Advokatbyrå KB


Sten Bauer is an experienced M&A lawyer and is also head of Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Stockholm. He is recognised as a leading lawyer by several directories including Legal 500 and Chambers. Sten is a member of and active within the Swedish Bar Association, inter alia, by giving seminars on Rules of Conduct and also as examiner in connection with bar examinations. Sten has also acted as arbitrator and secretary in arbitration panels both ad hoc and organized under the Chamber of Stockholm arbitration. He was the Managing Partner of the Stockholm office 2010-2016.

Practice Focus

Sten has for 30 years advised a wide range of industry clients within two areas of law, one being Mergers & Acquisitions, where he has represented a number of prominent companies in private transactions. The other within the areas of general employment law including executive recruitment terminations, employment benefits as well as collective redundancies and labor litigation. The main industry focus has been manufacturing, electronics, IT and pharmaceuticals.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Newscycle Solutions on corporate and employment issues in connection with the acquisition of Infomaker.

  • Advised McDonald’s Corporation on its divestment and refranchising of all its restaurants in the Nordics.

  • Advised CapMan Buyout on the sale of MPT Sweden AB.

  • Advised Swedima AB in connection with its divestment of Werners Gourmetservice AB.

  • Handled various work force reductions, including advice and preparation of documentation as well as assisting in union consultations and negotiating individual settlement agreements.

  • Advised on and assisted in various terminations of employments, including contentious dismissals with immediate effect and and terminations due to redundancy.

  • Advised various companies in employment related M&A projects and business transfers.

  • Assisted in various compliance investigations including employee interviews and independent assessment of events.

  • Advised various companies in a wide range of data privacy law issues, including data privacy audits and other GDPR issues.

  • Negotiating Executive recruitment, incentive packages and terminations.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Swedish Bar Association


  • Sweden (1991)


  • University of Geneva (1986)
  • Graduate Institute of International Studies (1986)
  • University of Stockholm (1985)


  • English
  • French
  • Swedish

Sten Bauer is a regular contributor to the Firm's publications in the general commercial, IT and employment areas. He has also published several articles on Swedish commercial law and is the author of the chapter on Sweden for the International Immigration and Nationality Law published by the Centre for International Legal Studies. He is also author of the chapter on Sweden for American Immigration Lawyers Association's Global Immigration Guide.

Mr. Bauer has led several internal training programs for clients.