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Wikborg Rein

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Rolf Riisnæs

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Wikborg Rein

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Trade, Industry and Public Sector.


Rolf Riisnæs is a Partner at Wikborg Rein's Oslo office and is head of the firm's IP and Technology practice. Riisnæs' areas of expertise are within ICT-contracts, eBusiness/eGovernment, information security, hereunder electronic signature, digital certificates and certification services (PKI), data protection/privacy and IPR. Riisnæs was appointed Dr. juris in 2006 for his thesis regarding digital certificates and certification services (PKI). He has published several works in the area of electronic signatures/PKI, eGovernment and EDI and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He has contributed strongly to the development of eGovernment regulations in Norway. During the last years, Riisnæs has been counseling several major ICT procurement and eGovernment projects in the public sector. This includes i.a. the new Government Internet portal for public reporting from Norwegian enterprises (Altinn II) acquired by Brønnøysundregistrene (the national register authority) and the procurement of certificate services (eID) to the Government eID-portal (ID-porten) acquired by the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi). ID-porten shall facilitate single-sign-on, electronic signatures and encryption to electronic services provided by the Norwegian Government and public administration to the citizens. Together with colleague Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer, on behalf of the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi), he has revised the entire "family" of Government standard terms and conditions for ICT contracts, and developed new framework agreements for a major part of the Norwegian public health sector. He is consecutively counseling several of Wikborg Rein's clients within the area of data protection/privacy and license agreements.


2010- Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo. 2007-2009 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo. 2006 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo. 2000-2005 Researcher/Scholarship-holder for doctorate (part time). 1994-1999 Researcher, Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law (NRCCL), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (part time). 1994-1999 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo (part time). 1990-1993 Research Assistant, Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law (NRCCL), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (part time). 1985-1987 Financial Secretary, Norsk AS Philips.


Norwegian Bar Association.


2007 Practising Certificate. 2006 Dr. juris, University of Oslo. 1993 Cand.jur., University of Oslo.


EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

At Wikborg Rein, department head Jonn Ola Sørensen successfully represented Jotun in an abuse of dominance investigation, and Stein Pettersen is assisting Havilafjord with its attempt to block Torghatten’s acquisition of Fjord1. The practice advises on all competition issues, including EU law and state aid. Public procurement head Rolf Riisnæs is ‘consistently effective’.

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Intellectual property and TMT

Within: Intellectual property and TMT

Wikborg Rein’s ‘superior’ practice is ‘one of the market’s best’, comprising ‘a highly dedicated team of lawyers’ with ‘a new way of thinking and a willingness to look at all angles of attack’. Rolf Riisnæs, who is ‘excellent at ICT contract drafting’, leads the department, which also includes ‘master litigatorGunnar Meyer and the ‘fiercely intelligentIngvild Hanssen-Bauer. Teva Europe, Orkla and Siemens are clients.

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    On 11 May 2012 certain changes to the Norwegian prospectus rules were proposed to the Norwegian parliament to ensure compliance with Directive 2010/73 EU.
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