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Having achieved ‚Äėa good balance between senior and junior people‚Äô, BBA¬†has ‚Äėextensive experience in working with international clients‚Äô on a full range of corporate issues. √Āsgeir Ragnarsson¬†jointly heads the department with Baldvin Bj√∂rn Haraldsson, who is ‚Äėextremely capable‚Äô in providing M&A advice. Ragnarsson¬†acts for major clients including Boeing, Microsoft, Dell and JP Morgan. The ‚Äėvery detailed, but highly commercial at the same time‚Äô and ‚Äėincredibly hardworking‚Äô Bjarki Diego¬†assisted Kvika banki¬†with its ‚ā¨20bn merger with Vir√įing.

Juris¬†‚Äėmanages any situation promptly and with superb accuracy‚Äô. Halld√≥r J√≥nsson¬†and associate Bjarni A√įalgeirsson¬†advised entrepreneur Birgir √ě√≥r Bieltvedt on a series of high-profile M&A deals concerning¬†Domino‚Äôs Pizza Group and Hard Rock Caf√©. Simon Knight¬†is leading the team in acting for Sunnuvellir on Silicor‚Äôs $900m silicon plant project. V√≠fill Har√įarson¬†was involved in matters involving corporate restructuring.

At Lex Law Offices, practice head √Ėrn Gunnarsson¬†led the team in advising on Sj√°vars√Ĺnin‚Äôs acquisition of Tandur valued at¬†√ćkr2,5bn. Gudmundur Ingvi Sigurdsson¬†serves as leading counsel to Costco Wholesale Corporation and Isavia. Focusing on corporate taxation and M&A, Gardar Vidir Gunnarsson¬†advised the shareholders of tourism services provider Extreme Iceland on the merger¬†of Extreme Iceland and Arctic Adventures. In 2017, Eyvindur S√≥lnes¬†joined the firm from his own practice.

The ‚Äėvery experienced, knowledgeable and friendly‚Äô lawyers at LOGOS¬†utilise their ‚Äėin-depth¬†understanding of what domestic and international clients want‚Äô in handling complex M&A deals. Ragnar T√≥mas √Ārnason¬†and the team assisted Icelandic company Norvik with selling its timber industry companies in a number of jurisdictions. Thorolfur J√≥nsson¬†advises on complex M&A transactions for clients such as Icelandair Hotels. Highly regarded for his corporate expertise, Gu√įmundur Oddsson, who is based in London, led on advice to Xantis Pharma on a number of acquisitions. The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô Hei√įar √Āsberg Atlason¬†and Claire Broomhead¬†are also recommended.

Fjeldsted & Bl√∂ndal¬†is,¬†according to one client,¬†‚Äėexcellent to have with you at the negotiating table‚Äô. Practice head Halld√≥r Karl Halld√≥rsson, who ‚Äėovercomes obstacles to secure a successful conclusion of the transaction‚Äô, led on advice to Arctic Green Energy on the debt and equity refinancing of the company and its subsidiaries. Other notable clients include global pharmaceutical company Actavis and Pt Capital.

Led by practice head Vi√įar L√ļ√įv√≠ksson, Landslog ‚Äď Law Offices¬†acted as sole legal counsel to Fast-1 on the signing of a purchase agreement regarding the sale of certain real estate companies to Reginn. Other highlights include acting for Hagar on the ‚ā¨133m purchase of shares in oil company Oliuverzlun Islands and assisting Vodafone Iceland with the ‚ā¨69m purchase of assets in media company 365 Mi√įlar. Vilhjalmur H. Vilhjalmsson left the firm to accept a position at Landsr√©ttur.

ADVEL Attorneys at Law¬†acts for clients including Silicor Material and Austrian group Novomatic. Highly regarded practice head Stefan √ě√≥r Ingimarsson¬†assisted fishing gear company Hampidjan with a number of high-value acquisitions.

Deloitte ehf.'s team, which is 'always aiming for a new solution', advises large multinational companies on general corporate matters, corporate tax, and structuring issues pertaining to M&A transactions. Bjarni Thór Bjarnason heads the team.

Lagahvoll¬†advises on issues regarding corporate finance and M&A transactions. Highlights included acting for a group of buyers on the acquisition of a majority stake in √Ėlger√įin Egill Skallagr√≠msson, the country‚Äôs oldest beer-producing factory.

R√©ttur ‚Äď Adalsteinsson & Partners¬†assists key client Flux with complex contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to the¬†termination of a¬†shareholders' agreement, the sale of shares, and corporate governance. Headed by Fri√įrik √Ārs√¶lsson, the corporate department also handles general corporate law issues for several financial institutions including¬†BNP Paribas and Commerzbank, among others.

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