Jan E. Frydman, who until recently was the head of unit for international regulatory affairs at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, will be a new partner of Swedish law firm Ekenberg & Andersson. He joins the Firm from a position as adj. Judge of the Svea Court of Appeal.
Mr. Frydman is a Swedish lawyer with an American degree in Business Administration and Economics, who brings more than 30 years of experience from Swedish and American business, the EU institutions in Brussels and U.S. authorities in Washington, D.C., with a focus on international / transatlantic regulatory issues. He has also negotiated regulatory issues with China and Japan.
“I very much look forward to joining Ekenberg & Andersson; an interesting, highly respected and dynamic law firm in Swedish and international business law. I hope to further strengthen its international position, particularly in EU-related matters and in my field of specialization, transatlantic relations”, says Jan E. Frydman.
Frydman is a member of the Swedish Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
“We are delighted that Jan has accepted to become a partner with us at Ekenberg & Andersson. With his many years of experience, Jan will be an important addition to our EU law and international practice. With Sweden’s membership in the EU, the need for knowledge of EU law and, not least, how the EU institutions work is increasing. Transatlantic relations are also becoming increasingly important. Many decisions affecting Swedish business are taken either in Brussels or in Washington, something that can be expected to continue given the negotiations between the EU and the U.S. on a free trade agreement (TTIP). With Jan’s many years of experience in both the EU and the U.S., our Firm will be able to offer a unique expertise in these areas”, says Thomas Ekenberg, Senior Partner at Ekenberg & Andersson.
About Jan E. Frydman
Jan started his career in marketing management at Procter & Gamble. Subsequently, he was recruited to The First National Bank of Chicago where he as a representative for the Nordic countries was responsible for the bank’s relations with international financial institutions. He also worked in corporate finance at the Bank’s headquarters in Chicago. He was also the Vice President of the U.S. insurance company American Professionals in Indianapolis before returning to Sweden where for many years he practiced law at Mannheimer Swartling in Stockholm and New York, focusing on international transactions and M & A. He was also the Firm’s Head of Information and Knowledge Management.
When Sweden joined the EU, Jan was recruited to the European Commission in Brussels, where he remained for nearly two decades, initially as legal advisor to the Director General for Enterprise and Industry, followed by positions of increasing responsibility, including as responsible for transatlantic relations and as Head of International Regulatory Affairs with a focus on trade and regulatory issues, particularly with the U.S., China and Japan. He developed and coordinated among others the instruments and processes that govern the regulatory cooperation for goods between the EU and these countries. In cooperation with the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Jan created the structure for regulatory cooperation between the EU and the U.S., which preceded the ongoing work for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and he coordinated with the U.S. Department of Commerce the government side of the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). Jan also served as adj. Judge of the Svea Court of Appeal.