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With their ‘exceptional support and superb knowledge’, the lawyers at Juris focus on commercial and financial litigation, among other matters. The team represents KaupĂŸing Bank in civil proceedings for the recovery of funds lost due to alleged criminal conduct prior to the 2008 financial collapse. Following the successful representation of KaupĂŸing against claims brought by AB76, Andri Árnason and StefĂĄn A. Svensson are currently assisting the bank with handling further claims regarding its alleged market abuse. Other work includes defending Borgun hf. against claims alleging abuse of a dominant position and collusion, as well as defending ÍslandspĂłstur (Iceland Post) against an alleged market abuse claim brought by PĂłstmarkaĂ°urinn. Simon Knight stands out for his 'strong cross-border dispute resolution skills'.

Landslog – Law Offices assists a wide range of clients with complex contentious and non-contentious matters. JĂłhannes Karl Sveinsson, ViĂ°ar LĂșĂ°vĂ­ksson and GrĂ­mur SigurĂ°sson are key figures. VilhjĂĄlmur H. VilhjĂĄlmsson left the firm to become a judge at LandsrĂ©ttur.

The litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution team at Lex Law Offices handles a large volume of contentious work. The department is jointly headed by KristĂ­n Edwald and Arnar Thor Stefansson. The former led on acting for insurance company SjĂłvĂĄ-Almennar tryggingar in a number of cases regarding tort and insurance matters, as well as defending MagnĂșs GuĂ°mundsson, the former CEO of Kaupthing Bank Luxembourg, in proceedings brought as a result of the 2008 financial collapse. StefĂĄnsson represented the claimant Ferskar Kjötvörur in a highly publicised Supreme Court case against the Icelandic government, which successfully challenged an importation ban on fresh meat that is currently in force. Other clients include Reynivellir, general engineering and consulting company Efla and the Icelandic state. ÁåsgerĂ°ur RagnarsdĂłttir and AĂ°alsteinn JĂłnasson left the firm to accept judicial positions. Vidir SmĂĄri Petersen  joined from his own firm.

At LOGOS, Helga ÓttarsdĂłttir and senior associate HalldĂłr Brynjar HalldĂłrsson represent Norvik and Byko in the high-profile appeal of the Icelandic Competition Authority's decision regarding an alleged cartel. Practice head Ólafur EirĂ­ksson is leading the team in defending Valitor against a claim regarding a payment gateway, where funds were collected for the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks. HjördĂ­s HalldĂłrsdĂłttir represents SĂ­minn in a case against Fjarskipti (Vodafone Iceland) challenging the legitimacy of an injunction in a wider dispute concerning the distribution of a television station owned by the client.

The lawyers at RĂ©ttur – Adalsteinsson & Partners are ‘experienced, service oriented and spend time in understanding the detail of the issues in question’, thereby forming ‘an extremely strong team’. The firm places a core emphasis on litigation and represents clients including Commerzbank and BNP Paribas. Highly regarded practice co-head Ragnar AĂ°alsteinsson represents GuĂ°jĂłn SkarphĂ©Ă°insson in a widely publicised criminal case concerning the disappearances of GuĂ°mundur Einarsson and Geirfinnur Einarsson. Fellow co-head SigurĂ°ur Örn Hilmarsson and SigrĂșn Ingibjörg GĂ­sladĂłttir are defending Icelandic Water Holdings in a case concerning the infringement of trade mark rights brought by iGwate before the District Court.

The dispute resolution department at ADVEL Attorneys at Law is headed by Guðmundur Siemsen, who was instructed by SMI ehf. in a complex case concerning contractual obligations filed by Hagar, owner of large Icelandic retail food stores Bonus and Hagkaup. Other clients include Vodafone and Arion Bank. Kristinn Hallgrímsson and Stefan Þór Ingimarsson are also key contacts.

Headed by Baldvin Björn Haraldsson and Atli B. Þorbjörnsson, the team at BBA specialises in dispute resolution matters related to the banking and insurance sectors. The firm is handling multiple ongoing issues related to the 2008 banking collapse for clients including Swiss Life, Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Axis Specialty Europe Underwriters.

The dispute resolution specialists at Fjeldsted & Blöndal ‘respond quickly, have exceptionally good knowledge and are always willing to explain and discuss matters in greater detail’. Practice head Þórir JĂșlĂ­usson, who is an experienced litigator, and HafliĂ°i KristjĂĄn LĂĄrusson, who specialises in international commercial arbitration, are ‘very focused and determined to provide high-quality legal services’. Key clients include LBI and LÍN.

Jonsson & Hall focuses on litigation in the fields of labour and banking law. Gestur Jónsson represents a number of individuals in white-collar crime cases initiated in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Geir Gestsson acted for UBS and for other clients in a series of rescission cases brought pursuant to the Bankruptcy Act. Hörður Felix Harðarson focuses on competition law matters, representing clients before the Icelandic courts and the Icelandic Competition Authority.

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