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Maria Kosteska Fägerquist

Chairman of Board, Gothenburg

CMS Wistrand
Mårten Krakowgatan 2
411 04 Göteborg
Languages English, Swedish, Serbian

Maria is co-head of the CMS Wistrand employment team, and has a practice that extends across the full range of employment law.  Maria works closely with our clients’ management and HR departments in all aspects of employment law. 
Maria has particular experience in assisting clients through business change, and she advises on employment aspects of business purchases and transfers, mergers and restructures. She advises clients on their full range of employment needs and advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. She assists clients in the day-to-day management of HR issues such as agreements, recruitment issues and redundancies, policies, working conditions, work environment investigations and employment litigation relating to wrongful termination, non-compete clauses and infringement of trade secrets. Maria assists employers in all kinds of negotiations and consultations with unions. Much of her work emanates also from international companies seeking advice in Sweden. She has specific experience in labour law in the Consumer Products sector and Hotel & Leisure sector. Maria is also partner in CMS Wistrand Dispute Resolution team. She has more than 18 years of experience handling large and complex disputes, involving litigation and arbitration. Marias’s work often involves claims for breach of contract. She has represented clients in dispute resolution concerning a wide range of areas, such as share transactions and asset sales, real estate M&A, supply agreements, non-registered partnerships and shareholders’ agreements. She regularly advises clients across a range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on hotels & leisure and real estate. She is also specialized in advising clients on liability matters with specific focus on insurance-related disputes and professional liability matters.

Professional Experience 

  • Partner, CMS Wistrand, 2015-
  • Senior Associate, CMS Wistrand, 2010-2015
  • Law Clerk, Gothenburg District Court, 2006-2007
  • Associate, CMS Wistrand, 2005-2010
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Relevant experience

  • Represents largest actor in the hotel sector in the Nordic region. She has worked with the organisation since 2010 and continues to regularly assist it in general employment matters and also in work environment matters. 
  • Assisting various international groups on the labour law aspects in cross-border transfer
  • Assisting in world wide lay off in the food industry.
  • Setting up Whistle blowing channels in Nordic Region for a leading Swedish retail group
  • Restructuring process and following union negotiations laying down department in the construction sector
  • International group on contractual bonus arrangements.
  • Reorganization in world leading consumer product company.
  • Assisting leader in B2B ecommerce, a multichannel distributor in complex and significant work environment case.
  • Day to day HR-related assistance to fast-growing sustainability energy company that provides solar cell solutions in a wide range of issues, including HR and work environment-related matters. Litigation ongoing for ten years related to complex company law issues.
  • Disputes related to termination of lease agreements and following claims. 
  • Representing law firms and lawyers in professional liability matters
  • Representing audit firms and auditors in professional liability matters
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Memberships & Roles

  • Swedish Bar Association, 2010
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Awards & Rankings

  • Recommended Lawyer, Legal 500 2023: Dispute Resolution 
  • Recommended Lawyer, Legal 500 2023: Employment

”Maria Kosteska Fägerqvist is extremely precise in her work and during the process she has shown great knowledge and outstanding abilities to catch and hold the question.”

"Our contact people are Maria Kosteska Fägerquist and Victoria Hybbinette and I really appreciate them for their ability to coach us in our cases. They are really listening and we can discuss issues from several different perspectives."

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  • LL.M., Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, 2005
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Sweden joins CMS
The decision to become a part of CMS, one of the world’s largest law firms, was made to future-proof our position as one of Sweden’s leading law firms and to expand internationally. CMS’s unique structure ensures that CMS Wistrand can continue to be an independent, locally rooted firm for Swedish clients while benefiting from CMS’s global expertise and net­work.‘’Ef­fect­ive and well-structured teams across borders are crucial in today’s legal landscape. It creates value for clients by reducing friction in deliveries and expediting the processes of acquiring legal services’’, says Maria Kosteska Fäger­quist.‘’Sig­ni­fic­ant time and cost savings are achieved for our clients by leveraging unique legal expertise across borders, sectors and practice areas, working in structured teams with common values and focus’’. We now have the opportunity to further drive the innovation necessary to shape the legal services of the fu­ture.‘’Be­ing future-facing means proactively anticipating challenges and driving innovation. Now, we position ourselves to deliver solutions that shape the industry and help our clients confidently navigate the changing landscape’’, says Fredrik Råsberg, Chairman of the Board in Stock­holm.‘’But our commitment doesn’t end with innovation. Successfully steering the ESG agenda with a focus on climate change and social responsibility is of great importance for companies now and in the future, and as a law firm, we have a responsibility to help our clients navigate in the right dir­ec­tion.’’It was announced back in November 2023 that Wistrand would become a part of CMS. For CMS, entering the Swedish market was cru­cial.“De­vel­op­ing a strong Nordic platform is important as our clients expect us to support them in major business hubs around the world,” says Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill, CMS Chairman. “We already have CMS Kluge offices in Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger. Now with CMS Wistrand, we can offer clients deep local expertise in Sweden, combined with our global reach.”