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Get to Know Us | Magnus Andersson, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution, Stockholm

6 November 2020

Magnus Andersson works as a senior associate in our Dispute Resolution team in Stockholm. Magnus studied in the LL.M. Program at Columbia Law School in New York and has also been on secondment in the US. We wanted to ask Magnus a few questions about his time in the US.

You have an LL.M. degree from the US. Why did you decide to do an LL.M. and was the US an obvious choice for you?

Pursuing an LL.M. degree was always a long-term goal for me. Therefore, I am very grateful that I got the opportunity to study in the LL.M. Program at Columbia Law School in New York. The US was an obvious choice for me due to a number of factors. First, being trained in a civil law jurisdiction, I thought it made most sense to study in a common law country. In that respect, the US is arguably the leading jurisdiction. Another factor was the incredible diversity of LL.M. programs in the US. My fellow students came from more than 50 countries, and I am fortunate that I now have friends from all over the world. Last but not least, I was thrilled by the prospect of living in New York. With its incredible cultural variety, New York has a magnetic attraction that is simply unmatched. It is probably the best city in the world.

You also went on secondment in the US. What do you see as the biggest differences in the work culture between Sweden and the US?

Generally, I would say that the biggest difference is that the work culture in Sweden is less formal and hierarchical than in the US. Having said that, my American colleagues were of course very open and friendly, but there is nonetheless a perceptible difference. I believe that Sweden is the cultural outlier though, due to its egalitarian and consensus-oriented legacy.

Why did you choose to take a study leave and go on secondment?

I decided to take a study and secondment leave because I wanted to broaden my skill set and expand my network. My LL.M. year also gave me the opportunity to sit the New York bar exam and subsequently apply for admission to the New York Bar Association. I was sworn in in July this year, albeit virtually, which was a great experience.

What is your best memory of your time abroad?

The best moment was the graduation week. Being surrounded by my family and friends while receiving the LL.M. diploma was a fantastic experience and something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Another highly memorable moment was Robyn’s complete takeover of Madison Square Garden. It was an amazing night and I felt a sense of pride when a Swedish artist managed to sell out the biggest venue in New York.

What would you like to say to those who would also like to work or study abroad?

I believe that the most important thing when living abroad is to be humble and open-minded with respect to other people, cultures, and systems. Things will be different, sometimes vastly so, and you have to adapt to a new environment, in all respects. Leaving your comfort zone is essential if your aim is to get the full experience of living in another country.

How does it feel to be back at Hannes Snellman?

It feels great — the practice group that I am a part of has expanded significantly and I look forward to working with my new colleagues.


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