EU and competition in Norway

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche‘s EU and competition practice is home to a ‘strong team with unique industry knowledge‘. The department covers the full range of matters, spanning merger control work, competition litigation, investigations and cartel cases, and state aid mandates. The client roster includes names in the food, construction, transport, oil and gas and pharmaceuticals industries. Svein Terje Tveit is ‘a very skilled competition lawyer‘, with expertise in EU and EEA regulatory work and complex disputes; he shares leadership of the practice with Espen I Bakken, who focuses on state aid and public procurement work, and merger control expert Stein Ove Solberg. Senior lawyer Frida May Behrens regularly handles antitrust and public procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Stein Ove Solberg; Espen I. Bakken; Svein Terje Tveit

Other key lawyers:

Frida May Behrens

Testimonials

‘Stein Ove Solberg is a great lawyer and very pleasant.’

‘Espen I. Bakken demonstrates good business understanding in combination with practical and to the point legal advice.’

‘Senior associate Frida May Behrens is talented.’

‘Very dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable partners.’

‘Svein Terje Tveit provides first class advice. He is a pleasant person to work with. When retaining Svein, you know you get no-nonsense sound legal advice in a highly efficient and service-minded way, which is highly appreciated as competition law entails high risk for our business.’

Key clients

Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS

Bonnier Books

Orkla ASA

The Norwegian Competition Authority

Glommen Mjøsen Skog SA

Hoff SA

Nortura SA

Toyota Norge AS

Maersk A/S

NTS ASA

Betsson Group

TINE SA

Carneo

Abelia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bonnier Books with its acquisition of a 70% stake in Norwegian book publisher Strawberry Publishing.
  • Assisting Shearwater with two transactions in order to take over marine seismic acquisition assets previously owned by Polarcus, from Tiger Moth AS.
  • Representing dairy producer TINE in antitrust litigation against truck manufacturers arising from the European Commission’s ‘Trucks’ case.

BAHR

BAHR‘s ‘highly experienced‘ team has ‘excellent legal knowledge‘ in EU and competition matters, with notable expertise in complex merger control mandates, antitrust and cartel investigations, competition damages claims, and state aid work. Practice head Helge Stemshaug has an established track record in appearing before the Norwegian Competition Authority and the EFTA Surveillance Authority concerning cartel investigations. Beret Sundet is ‘a very well-regarded competition lawyer‘ who is sought out for her expertise in M&A-related competition work. Senior associate Ylva Kolsrud Lønvik acts on state aid matters. Arne Torsten Andersen joined from CMS Kluge in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Helge Stemshaug

Other key lawyers:

Beret Sundet; Arne Torsten Andersen; Ylva Kolsrud Lønvik

Testimonials

‘Beret Sundet understands client needs and delivers well-tailored and constructive advice.’

‘Well organized and highly qualified company and team.’

‘Helge Stemshaug is very client focused.’

Key clients

REMA 1000

DNB Bank

Nordea Bank AB

Color Line

Uno-X Energi/YX Norge

Sport Holding

Norconsult

Strawberry Publishing

If

Akastor

Work highlights

  • Advised O.N. Sunde AS and Gjelsten Holding AS on the joint acquisition of sports retailer Gresvig.
  • Assisting Akastor with multi-jurisdictional merger filings, relating to the establishment of a joint venture between Akastor and Baker Hughes.
  • Advising Norwegian financial services group DNB on its acquisition of digital bank Sbanken via a public offer.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig has a leading EU and competition practice, which is recognised for its strength in merger control mandates, cartel investigations and state aid work, and fields a team which regularly handles matters before the Norwegian Competition Authority. Department head Jan Magne Langseth is a well-regarded practitioner, and specialises in high-profile EU regulatory disputes and abuse of dominance claims, while managing partner Mona Søyland is well known for assisting government ministries with a broad range of competition and antitrust work. Media and telecoms sector mandates are handled by Karin Fløistad, who focuses on EU law matters, while senior lawyer Erik Klevmo advises on public procurement work and EU and EEA regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Jan Magne Langseth

Other key lawyers:

Mona Søyland; Karin Fløistad; Erik Klevmo

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled professionals, working in a down to earth environment which provides for very good collaboration between lawyers and clients.’

‘The team’s strengths are their different competencies that complement each other perfectly. Their in-depth knowledge of the subject area means that they are able to solve problems at a very high level.’

Key clients

Alarmkundeforeningen (The Alarm Customers’ Association)

Alsaker Fjordbruk

Bank Norwegian

British American Tobacco

Coop

Fremtind Forsikring

Kindred Group PLC

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

RiksTV

Snusbolaget / Haypp Group

St1 Group

Synnøve Finden

Telia

The Ministry of Children and Equality

The Ministry of Trade, Industries and Fisheries

The Ministry of Transport and Communication

TV 2

Yara International ASA

Signicat AS

Tink AB

Work highlights

  • Representing Alarmkundeforeningen in the first class action for damages brought against cartel participants in Norway.
  • Acting as competition counsel to Yara, with a focus on ongoing issues concerning compliance and risk analysis related to regulatory competition requirements.
  • Acting for Bank Norwegian in an ongoing court case concerning Adwords advertising on the internet; this is the first case where a Norwegian court will assess the legality of coordinating online advertising among competitors under the Competition Act.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS‘ department stands out for its ‘extensive experience and in-depth knowledge about competition law‘. The team covers complex antitrust investigations, public procurement matters, joint ventures and mergers, state aid work, regulatory issues and competition litigation, and acts for clients from a range of sectors. Siri Teigum is ‘an excellent competition lawyer with good client handling skills‘; she co-heads the practice with Eivind J Vesterkjaer, who is instructed by clients from the retail, technology, telecoms, shipping and offshore industries on merger control, pricing and distribution work. Heidi Jorkjend was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Siri Teigum; Eivind J. Vesterkjær

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Jorkjend

Testimonials

‘Experience and knowledge about Norwegian and international competition laws and practice.’

‘Siri Teigum has unique knowledge and experience on competition law.’

‘Top team with high degree of skills and precise advice.’

‘Eivind J. Vesterkjær has very high integrity, and puts our interests as a client first like few other lawyers do. His ability to provide sound legal advice applied to our business is second to none. Also, he is a genuinely pleasant person to work with.’

Key clients

Telenor ASA

DnB ASA

SpareBank 1

Kongsberg Gruppen

Veidekke ASA

Ringnes

Gyldendal ASA

Lindum AS

BKK AS

BAMA

NorgesGruppen ASA

Circle K

Mestergruppen

El-Proffen AS

Ferd

Triton Partners

DAF Trucks N.V. / DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH

Lyse AS / Lyse Produksjon AS

Legemiddelindustrien LMI

Lesaffre International

Sbanken ASA

Nordic Tyre Group AB

Work highlights

  • Advising Telenor on its application to the EFTA Court, seeking an annulment of the EFTA Surveillance Authority’s fining decision.
  • Representing NorgesGruppen in the ongoing investigation by the Norwegian Competition Authority into competitive conditions in the Norwegian foodstuffs sector.
  • Advising SBanken on its potential takeover by major Norwegian bank DNB.

Wiersholm

Wiersholm fields a ‘dedicated and highly client-friendly‘ team lauded for its ‘very high competition law skills, good commercial sense and great availability‘. Merger control mandates, abuse of dominance claims, cartel cases, state aid work, and EU and EEA law are key pillars of strength for the group, alongside public procurement matters. The ‘very impressive‘ practice head Håkon Cosma Størdal ‘combines in-depth knowledge of competition law with commercial, strategic and practical thinking, and takes ownership and is able to communicate complex issues in understandable terms‘. Stephan Jervell has core expertise in public procurement issues, and Thomas Naalsund is noted for his experience in state aid cases, while managing partner Morten Goller focuses on litigation. At associate level, managing associate Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal is sought after for her expertise in handling abuse of dominance claims, restrictive practices and damages actions, and has a track record in representing private and public sector clients in state aid cases before the EFTA Surveillance Authority, while Elisabeth Torkildsen handles EU and EEA-law matters.

Practice head(s):

Håkon Cosma Størdal

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Jervell; Morten Goller; Thomas Naalsund; Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal; Elisabeth Torkildsen

Testimonials

‘Elisabeth Haugsdal is dedicated, knowledgeable and has full control of the law. She understands the commercial realities.’

‘Håkon Cosma Størdal and Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal are strong individuals.’

‘Very client oriented and service minded. Excellent legal knowledge.’

‘The team’s client service and technical expertise is high.’

‘Thomas Naalsund’s competence on state aid issues is of the best in Norway.’

‘Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal has the highest competence in state aid law.’

Key clients

Altor Funds

DNB

Bertel. O. Steen

Coop Norge SA

Felleskjøpet SA

Hurtigruten ASA/ Hurtigruten AS

IK Investment Partners

JCDDecaux

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Schibsted ASA

Telenor Norge AS

Veidekke ASA/Seby AS

Bravida

Mowi ASA

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA

Kistefos AS

Visma AS

Hafslund ASA

Statnett SF

Sector Alarm Holding AS

EQT

The Norwegian Heart and Lung Patient Organisation (LHL)

Statkraft

Santander Consumer Bank

SB1 Markets

Vipps

Netfonds Holding

Summa Equity

Veidekke Entreprenør AS

Skanska Norge AS

Entur AS

Boreal Norge AS

Den Norske Opera og Ballett

Torghatten ASA

ABB AS

Discovery Communications Europe Limited

Bastø Fosen AS

Viking Redningstjeneste Topco AS

Arcus ASA

Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS

Norwegian Banks’ Guarantee Fund

Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA)

Ticket

Algeco Holdings B.V

The Ministry of Trade, Industries and Fisheries

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein‘s 'outstanding' competition team is ‘very knowledgeable, gives high-quality advice and is very service-minded‘. The practice is especially recognised for its expertise in handling high-profile infringement cases initiated by the Norwegian Competition Authority, as well as merger filings. Practice head Mads Magnussen is ‘very service-minded and has enormous knowledge of competition law‘, and specialist counsel Eivind Stage ‘stands out as a true expert in this field‘. Newly promoted partner Hanne Camilla Zimmer is noted for her expertise in advising public and private sector clients on public procurement, EU law and state aid matters. Antitrust mandates are handled by the ‘very dedicated‘ senior lawyer Preben Milde Thorbjørnsen, while senior lawyer Stuart Stock advises on multi-jurisdictional merger control matters.

Practice head(s):

Mads Magnussen

Other key lawyers:

Hanne Camilla Zimmer; Stuart Stock; Eivind Stage; Preben Milde Thorbjørnsen

Testimonials

‘They deliver high quality work, give good advice and are pleasant to work with. I am impressed with their knowledge of the Norwegian Competition Authority.’

‘Preben Milde Thorbjørnsen has worked several years with the Norwegian Competition Authority, has broad experience and is very knowledgeable in competition/antitrust matters. He is able to see the case from different perspectives and find solutions. He shares his views and gives good advice. He is very dedicated, thorough and a pleasant lawyer to work with, in addition to cost efficient.’

‘Stuart Stock is very engaging and approachable.’

‘Professional partners and lawyers who know competition law very well.’

‘Eivind Stage: very professional and with high integrity.’

‘The team has a high level of commercial understanding, combined with professional integrity. We find great solutions together.’

‘Mads Magnussen and Preben Milde Thorbjørnsen know our business and strategic priorities, and are able to give great advice. They present their advice in a simple and understandable way.’

‘Stuart Stock provides clear and concise advice, which is always fit for purpose.’

Key clients

AB Volvo

Mastercard International

DNB

NorgesGruppen

Jotun

Amedia

Verisure

Lerøy Seafood Group

Vygruppen

Elkem

Kesko

Enova

Norsk Gjenvinning

Statens jernbanetilsyn

Naftogaz

Aschehoug

Transocean Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented NorgesGruppen in the Norwegian Competition Authority’s investigation into alleged discriminatory pricing by two grocery suppliers.
  • Representing the Lerøy Seafood Group in the ongoing EU Commission investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct in the market for Norwegian farm-raised Atlantic salmon, as well as related class action litigation in the USA and Canada.
  • Successfully represented Vygruppen before the Competition Appeals Tribunal, following the Norwegian Competition Authority’s imposition of a high-value fine for breaching the Competition Act’s procedural rules in a merger case.

CMS Kluge

Led by Henrik Nordling, the department at CMS Kluge is ‘particularly good at state aid and public procurement‘ work, however the team fields expertise across the whole spectrum of EU and competition work. Managing partner Bjørnar Alterskjær has ‘excellent expertise‘ in representing government entities and large corporations in public procurement matters, and is sought after for his solid track record in handling complex state aid mandates. Clemens Kerle ‘provides excellent advice in state aid matters‘, while senior lawyer Frederik Nordby regularly acts for clients from the transport, infrastructure and information technology industries in state aid mandates. Arne Torsten Andersen moved to BAHR in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Nordling

Other key lawyers:

Bjørnar Alterskjær; Clemens Kerle; Frederik Nordby

Testimonials

‘The team is customer-oriented and competent, delivering high quality advice with good access to/ability to allocate relevant resources on short deadlines.’

‘The individuals are engaged, competent, flexible and customer oriented.’

‘The firm is a recommended go-to on state aid matters. Their ability to think outside the box in complex state aid policy matters is highly valued. Recommended!’

‘The lawyers have heavy professional expertise and commercial understanding, and provide extensive assistance to both private and public sectors.’

‘Bjørnar Alterskjær is the best individual in Norway when it comes to state aid.’

‘The members of the team were all very helpful and motivated. They showed great interest in understanding our particular case and how they could assist us with it.’

‘The team have been very welcoming and pleasant to work with. They have been flexible and provided very good service. They are professional at the top level, knowledgeable and have shown excellent technical expertise. The team has a very good ability to analyse issues of both a strategic and tactical nature.’

‘Bjørnar Alterskjaer is both tactically and strategically wise. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with him.’

Key clients

Agder Kollektivtrafikk AS

Bane NOR SF

Jernbanedirektoratet (The Norwegian Railway Directorate)

Låssenteret AS

LEIA AS

LGT

Ministry of Transport

Nærings- og fiskeridepartement (Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries)

Norsk Tipping AS

Norwegian Brewers and Beverages Association

Ruter AS

NHO

Forcit

Siva SF

Statsbygg

Telenor

University of Oslo

Work highlights

  • Assisting Lotteries Entertainment Innovation Alliance AS (LEIA), a joint venture between the national lotteries of Norway, Finland, Denmark and France, with all competition and public procurement matters.
  • Advising the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on the compliance with state aid rules and approval by the EFTA Surveillance Authority for national state aid schemes to counteract the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Represented Bane NOR in an alleged abuse of dominance claim.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ department is praised for its ‘high level of industry knowledge‘, and houses a team of ‘highly skilled lawyers who deliver high-quality work‘. Merger control work forms a core pillar of the practice, with state aid matters, competition litigation, investigations and advisory work included in the group’s workload. Simen Klevstrand, who leads the team, is ‘highly skilled on all aspects of competition law‘, with notable strength in advising on digital services and technology sector matters. Senior lawyer Gaute Bergstrøm is a key name for state aid mandates and issues relating to abuse of dominant positions. Senior associate Marianne Henne Møllercomplements the team in a perfect way – she always seems to be on top of the situation‘.

Practice head(s):

Simen Klevstrand

Other key lawyers:

Gaute Bergstrøm; Marianne Henne Møller

Testimonials

‘Very client centred.’

‘Simen Klevstrand is our go to contact in Norway for anything antitrust.’

‘Simen Klevstrand is a skilled and pragmatic lawyer.’

‘Haavind’s competition law practice is headed by the recognised Simen Klevstrand, who provides excellent advice both in terms of legal analysis and commercial thinking. Keywords on this great team is high-end advice provided in a service-minded, solution-oriented, tailor-made, and efficient manner. Highly recommended!’

‘Excellent understanding of the law and a practical approach to it.’

‘The team is very tight, always well prepared and work in a seamless manner. In our opinion Haavind’s competition practice should be considered among the-top tier firms in terms of value for money.’

‘Simen Klevstrand – Extremely hands on. Creative in his approach to complex matters.’

Gaute Bergstrøm – Bright mind who is excellent at finding practical solutions to challenging issues. Not afraid of digging into the details if needed.’

Key clients

Posten Norge AS

Norsk Hydro ASA

Equinor

OBOS

NBF

Helse Sør-Øst HF

FSN Capital Partners AS

Ferd AS

Work highlights

  • Acting for Posten Norge against European truck manufacturers in the ongoing first cartel damages claim being heard before Norwegian courts.
  • Advised Norsk Hydro on the competition law aspects of the establishment of hydropower company Lyse Kraft.
  • Acted as lead counsel for private equity house Hg Capital on its acquisition of Geomatikk.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

At Kvale Advokatfirma DA, ‘professional and service-minded‘ practice head Kristin Hjelmaas Valla is leading the advice to Norwegian publishing company Vigmostad & Bjørke in an ongoing investigation by the Norwegian Competition Authority, regarding allegations of infringement. Valla has extensive experience in assisting telecoms, life sciences, media, energy and food sector entities with cartel issues, merger clearances and distribution mandates. Robert Lund is ‘an excellent litigator‘, and has an excellent reputation for his expertise in state aid and procurement law. Intellectual property expert Marie Vaale-Hallberg has ‘solid knowledge and experience, and is very efficient‘.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Hjelmaas Valla

Other key lawyers:

Robert Lund; Marie Vaale-Hallberg

Testimonials

‘Kvale are experts on competition law, and widely recognised as experts in the field. They understand our business and our business environment, and have delivered clear advice accordingly.’

‘Kristin H. Valla and Marie Vaale-Hallberg have solid knowledge and experience, and are very efficient. They also give clear advice in given circumstances. They rapidly get familiar with our commercial interests and needs, and give advice accordingly.’

‘Kvale has a high level of professional quality and service.’

The team was always service minded and available. We felt we were in very safe hands.’

‘Robert Lund has detailed knowledge about the subject. He is an excellent litigator. He is tough, but responsive.’

‘Kristin Hjelmaas Valla has an amazing ability to quickly grasp complicated facts and provide pragmatic and business oriented legal advice.’

‘Kristin H. Valla – experienced partner in competition law. Professional and service minded.’

Key clients

Telia Norge (inc. TDC/Get)

Pfizer

Tine

Visa Europe

Vigmostad & Bjørke

Barilla

Coca Cola European Partners Norge

GlobalConnect

DLF

Grønnegata 21

Kirkeveien 72

Mano

Nortura

Elkjøp Nordic/Dixons

HR Prosjekt

GIEK

Lerum

DNB

KLP

Diplom-IS

Bilia

Tradesolution

EveryMatrix Software

Work highlights

  • Representing four entities in litigation arising from the ongoing Boligbygg case, involving property purchases and state aid issues.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

The department at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt stands out for its ‘ability to respond quickly and provide first-class operational advice‘ on a range of matters, with a solid track record in appearing before the EFTA Surveillance Authority, the Norwegian Competition Authority and the European Commission. The team is well known for its strength in handling merger notification mandates, and regularly represents clients from the oil, media, food and farming industries in high-profile disputes. The ‘very knowledgeableOlav Kolstad specialises in handling the competition aspects of oil and gas matters; he jointly heads up the practice with Thomas Nordby, who focuses on energy law, dispute resolution and public procurement work. Senior associate Morten Henriksen advises on anti-competitive matters, state aid issues and abuse of dominant position claims.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nordby; Olav Kolstad

Other key lawyers:

Morten Henriksen

Testimonials

‘Thomas Nordby is both an outstanding lawyer and a very attentive and friendly person.’

‘The ability to respond quickly and to provide first-class operational advice stands out.’

Key clients

Cappelen Damm AS

Fjordkraft ASA

Norges Rederiforbund

Betsson Group

NEC Oncoimmunity

Egmont International Holding AS

SalMar ASA

Grieg Seafood ASA

Sjor AS

Ringnes AS

Dagligvareleverandørenes forening (DLF)

Polaris Media AS

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

TietoEvry Norway AS

Norges Televisjon AS

AkerBioMarine ASA

Tine SA

Orkla ASA

AF Gruppen

Nordic Intermaritim AS

DNO ASA

Herkules Private Equity IV G.P I Limited

Intellilift AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Betsson Group with a response to the Norwegian Ministry of Cultural Affair’s consultation paper on a new proposed Gaming Act; the matter concerns issues of EEA compliance.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Under the leadership of Ole-Andreas Torgersen, the team at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is recognised for its track record in appearing before the Norwegian Competition Authority and the European Commission in complex merger control cases. Clients are drawn from the retail, telecoms, construction, media and energy sectors. Torgersen is very experienced in handling international merger control mandates, as well as distribution-related disputes. Other key practitioners include Karen Anne Rekkedal, who stands out for her expertise across the whole range of public procurement work, and associate Håkon Christoffersen.

Practice head(s):

Ole-Andreas Torgersen

Other key lawyers:

Karen Anne Rekkedal; Håkon Christoffersen

Key clients

Orkla

EQT

Sparebanken Telemark / SpareBank 1 BV

Daimler

Dragefossen

Nordic Concrete Group

Foodora

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank Forretningspartner

Betong Øst

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA

Operating primarily out of the firm’s regulatory practice, Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA‘s ‘always dedicated‘ competition group provides advice to Sweco Norge on a range of competition issues; the firm’s country managing partner Kjetil Haare Johansen leads on this work. The team also draws on the firm’s global and Nordic network to regularly assist clients in the construction, retail, food, energy, healthcare and automotive industries. Practice head Line Voldstad has expertise in public procurement and EU and EEA regulatory law.

Practice head(s):

Line Voldstad

Other key lawyers:

Kjetil Haare Johansen

Testimonials

‘Clear thinking, well assessed solutions. Dedication and always available for their client.’

‘Good understanding of how the Competition Authority works and approaches matters.’

‘Kjetil Haare Johansen has expert insight into competition matters.’

Key clients

Sweco Norge

OneCo

Mesta

Merck KGaA

Gassnova

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

At Advokatfirmaet Grette AS, the competition team is notable for acting as legal counsel for Vinmonopole, Norway’s only retail monopoly; the group assists the client with public procurement and competition law matters. The department has also been kept busy handling instructions from entities in the transport industry, as well as governmental bodies. Odd Stemsrud heads up the practice, which includes public procurement specialist Silje Grimseth Ullebust and associate Sigri Sagberg.

Practice head(s):

Odd Stemsrud

Other key lawyers:

Silje Grimseth Ullebust; Sigri Sagberg

Key clients

UK – Her Majesty’s government

Höegh Autoliners Holdings AS

GSK/GlaxoSmithKline

Vinmonopolet

Norske Tog

Entur AS

The Western Region Health Authority

The Central Norway Regional Health Authority

The Norwegian Tax Administration

OsloMET

Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Norrøna

Moelven Industrier ASA

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen-Cilag)

Avinor AS

Stagecoach Group

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to the UK Government concerning Brexit-related matters.
  • Advising Höegh Autoliners (as global coordinating counsel) on enforcement matters arising from a maritime car carrier cartel case.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Monica Syrdal and Heddy Ludvigsen jointly head up the practice at Advokatfirmaet Hjort, which stands out for its experience in public procurement work, competition litigation and abuse of dominance matters. The group reports an uptick in state aid instructions, and is well versed in representing clients from the media, financial, telecoms, technology, public and aviation sectors. Managing associate Dag Sørlie Lund is very experienced in acting in cases before the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

Practice head(s):

Monica Syrdal; Heddy Ludvigsen

Other key lawyers:

Dag Sørlie Lund

Testimonials

‘Hjort has assisted us in several matters regarding public procurement and competition law over the last few years. The firm impresses us with being to the point and keeping a practical focus. It has a good understanding of our business and works efficiently to provide valuable advice.’

‘Heddy Ludvigsen gives solid advice, is professional and always responds quickly. Monica Syrdal is very competent, with a practical focus, and gives to-the-point advice.’

Key clients

Telenor

Nordea

Agder Energi

Bokbasen AS

Avinor AS

Vadsø Municipality

Bane NOR SF

Work highlights

  • Assisted Avinor with its notification to the EFTA Surveillance Authority regarding state aid being granted to Haugesund Airport as compensation for damages arising from the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Representing Bokbasen in an ongoing Norwegian Competition Authority investigation concerning alleged anti-competitive practices within the publishing sector.
  • Representing an individual in ongoing proceedings, which are part of the long-running NAV case complex.

SANDS

The team at SANDS is notable for providing ‘specialised Norwegian competition law advice‘ to a client roster of public and private companies drawn from, among others, the transport, automotive, fisheries and aquaculture, construction and healthcare industries. Department head Thomas Sando has ‘great knowledge of competition law‘ and specialises in high-profile merger control matters. Aksel Joachim Hageler is regularly instructed in infringement cases and is an expert on state aid, EU and EEA law. Special counsel Lennart Garnes is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Sando

Other key lawyers:

Aksel Joachim Hageler; Lennart Garnes

Testimonials

‘Thomas Sando is the lawyer we work with in SANDS. Thomas handles all aspects of competition law matters for us, as well as matters concerning contract law and public procurement. Thomas is extremely service-minded and he always responds quickly. In addition to his outstanding legal and commercial skills we should also highlight his work capacity, and his ability to make us feel like the most preferred customer.’

‘Thomas Sando – very efficient, structured and friendly.’

Thomas Sando is a particularly competent and innovative lawyer.’

‘SANDS: professional company, with good insight and understanding, that ensures the most optimal solutions. High quality at all levels. Efficient processes and many resources in the company.’

‘Thomas Sando is an expert and provides pragmatic advice in relation to complex competition law matters.’

Key clients

Aleris Helse

AC Nielsen

Elretur

CNH Industrial

Iveco/Iveco Magirus

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Ministry of Local Government & Regional Development

Stendi AS

Norlandia Health & Care Group