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The firm: Grette is a dynamic law firm dating back to 1887 and covers the full spectrum of business law. Grette has a flat organisational structure with lean and highly competent teams. This makes Grette able to solve each case in the best interest of the customer, professionally as well as commercially.

Main Areas of Practice

Banking & Finance: The expertise of Grette’s banking and finance team includes acquisition and leveraged financings and re-financings, debt capital markets and high yield, syndicated and bilateral lending, project finance and financial derivative. The firm also advises banks and lenders, and other market participants that operate in heavily regulated environments, on finance regulatory matters.

Capital Markets: The firm’s capital markets team assist issuers and underwriters with equity and debt capital market transactions, such as IPO’s, follow-on offerings and private placements, rights offerings and related transaction types.

Corporate M&A: Grette’s corporate M&A team advice across the full range of transaction types, including private M&A, public-to-privates, carve-outs, distressed M&A and joint ventures. The firm focuses on providing practicable risk assessments and solutions in its transactional work.

EU & Competition, Public Procurement: Grette advises private and public customers in complex negotiations across all sectors on all competition issues, including: national and international cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, merger control, compliance, state aid and market access/internal market issues. Grette has one of the largest public procurement department in Norway.

Construction: Grette’s construction team has long traditions in advising on construction, including infrastructure, matters. The firm advises contractors, private developers and major state owned entities. Its expertise includes complex construction contracts, both on- and offshore, public-private partnerships, joint ventures and litigation.

Employment & Pensions: Grette’s employment law practice has a particular focus on individual and collective employment law advice to corporations. The team provides customers with strategic advise and representation in employment law related litigation and advise on, among other things, downsizings, pension law matters, employment of leading personnel and incentive schemes.

Dispute Resolution: Grette represents customers before all Norwegian courts and in arbitration. The litigation work the firm does for its customers is usually led by specialist litigators, in cooperation with lawyers that are industry or sector experts.

Electricity & Renewable Energy: Grette’s electricity and renewable energy team advise energy companies, investors, banks, landowners and contractors on matters relating to development of hydroelectric power plants, development on windmill projects, regulatory matters, intellectual property rights matters, as well as litigation within this space together with the firm’s dispute resolution team.

Marketing: Our clients are multinationals, SMEs and start-ups within the life sciences, biotechnology and aquaculture, the food industry, oil and gas, the design industry, energy companies and the processing industry, etc. Our clients include associations representing holders of IP rights, as well as individual holders of IP rights, such as authors, photographers and other artists, music and film producers, broadcasting enterprises and ICT enterprises. R&D-intensive businesses and industrial enterprises can always be assured of meeting professionally updated and industry-oriented lawyers at Grette.

IT, E-Commerce & Telecommunications: Grette advises some of the biggest players in the Norwegian IT market, in privacy matters, contract negotiations and corporate M&A.

Oil Services & Shipping: Grette’s team regularly assists actors in the entire value chain of the Norwegian oil and gas industry, including, seismic, E&P, offshore, and service providers. Grette has expertise within all relevant legal areas of the oil and gas industry including petroleum law, petroleum tax, corporate finance, M&A, regulatory, employment, construction contracts, rig and drilling, shipbuilding contracts and charter parties.

Real Estate: Grette’s real estate team assists property investors, landlords and leaseholders, estate agents, real estate corporations and planners with the full range of transaction-related work: real estate sales and acquisitions, negotiations and due diligence, disputes and legal processes, the development of building plots for commercial purposes, property and property portfolio management in cooperation with public authorities, architects and developers.

Restructuring & Insolvency: Grette’s restructuring and insolvency team focuses primarily on financial work outs and litigation. Grette’s restructuring and insolvency team distinguishes itself by its attorneys having operational experience from in-house positions from both the creditor and debtor side.

Tax: Grette’s tax practice covers all areas of transactional and advisory tax and VAT (direct and indirect), including corporate and acquisition structures (national and cross-border) as well as all types of employee share or incentive schemes, procedural assistance and litigation.

German Desk: Grette’s German desk, which consists of one German lawyer and various Norwegian lawyers who are fluent in German, advises German-speaking businesses in Norway in all of the above practice areas. Grette’s German Desk provides legal services with the added benefit of thorough first-hand knowledge of the relevant German speaking legal and cultural environment. Grette also has extensive contacts and working relationships with renowned advisors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including law firms, accountants, financial advisors, and patent attorney firms.

  • Contact

  • Jacob S Bjønness-Jacobsen

  • Number of lawyers: 75
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • the Scandinavian languages

Above material supplied by Advokatfirmaet Grette AS.

Legal Developments by:
Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

  • Proposed ban on personal import of medicinal products ordered via Internet

    The Ministry of Health and Care has recently issued a hearing letter proposing stringent restrictions on import of medicinal products for personal use. Among the actions proposed, is a general ban on the import of prescription drugs, and access for Customs to seize and destroy falsified or illegal medicinal products.
    - Advokatfirmaet Grette DA

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