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KPMG Norway

SØRKEDALSVEIEN 6, POSTBOKS 7000 MAJORSTUA, 0306 OSLO, NORWAY
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Work +47 454 04063
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www.kpmg.no
Alesund, Bergen, Bodo, Haugesund, Haugesund, Oslo and 4 more

Thor Leegaard, Attorney-at-law/Partner and Chairman of the Board

Thor Leegaard explains how the firm is adapting to clients’ changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate your firm from its competitors?

We have some top specialist capacity in our firm, and our international network certainly sets us apart from the domestic law firms. We also believe we have taken tax administration of large infrastructure projects to another level. As always, though, it is the people who make a difference, and we are confident that we are able to create a rapport with our clients which goes beyond the technical, reflecting an understanding of business processes and governance as well as the wider picture of public debate on tax. Our aim is to help develop tax strategies that are fit for purpose in the international tax systems of tomorrow.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The general conversation on tax – and its complexities – has definitely risen on the agenda. There will certainly be an increased focus on international tax, with an ever increasing pace of regulatory changes and the continued development of EU Law. An added effect is the increased compliance burden for business. Cross-border projects will continue to be a focus area where we add certainty and stability for our clients, and where we believe our business will grow.

What is the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Change is a given in our profession. We continue investing in important areas, such as our people, technology and innovation, to support our clients to understand how tax changes impact their business models and supply chain.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology is changing every aspect of business, both for us and our clients. It changes the way we communicate and interact with clients. Technology is integral to our tax work. We use technology to reduce redundant, repetitive tasks and have a platform that simplifies data collection, validation and sharing documentation.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We assist domestic and multinational enterprises to understand the impact of increased compliance and transparency and how to apply the new rules of International tax to business. Our bread and butter services add value every day, in resolving complex tax matters, ensuring correct reporting and solving tax controversy with the tax authorities, in most cases without having to resort to litigation.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Yes, I definitely believe clients want a long-term relationship with their legal advisor. They want someone they know and trust and someone they trust always have the best interest of the client in mind. Clients are also looking for an advisor that can challenge them and suggest changes.

We have this kind of relationship with many of our clients today and this is one of the reasons we have seen great growth in our law firm the last years. We will continue to build on our strong assets and show our clients that we are the clear choice both now and for the future.

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