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TMT in Norway

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AShas a good name within IT law‘, and is home to a group of practitioners ‘known for their practical advice and great industry knowledge‘. Key pillars of strength of the practice include IT and media-related litigation, data protection and privacy matters, complex IT projects and large technology M&A mandates. Practice head Leif Eirik Thrane is ‘an exceptional legal adviser‘ and is very experienced in handling M&A and IT outsourcing matters. The ‘very knowledgeableKari Gimmingsrud specialises in information security, data privacy and data protection issues. Other key names include Arne Byberg, whose practice focuses on technology law and IT transactions, and Andreas Bernt, who advises Norwegian and international media and technology clients on digitalisation and commercial matters, as well as litigation. Senior associate Isak Mendoza assists with IP and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Leif Eirik Thrane

Other key lawyers:

Kari Gimmingsrud; Andreas Bernt; Arne Byberg; Isak Mendoza

Testimonials

‘Unique in their ability to combine legal, tech, and business competence.’

‘Leif Eirik Thrane is an exceptional legal adviser. He is very cooperative and always prioritises the client first. He goes above and beyond to secure value for the client. Skilled in both M&A and IT outsourcing.’

‘Arne Byberg has practical insight.’

‘Arne Byberg demonstrates precise and accurate knowledge, insight, and practical experience.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and excellent collaboration skills.’

‘We have chosen to work with Arne Byberg due to his unique international in-house experience. His practical insight has helped us eliminate pain points, balance our customer-centric perspective, and contributed to more robust results. We were able to work in a collaborative manner that was a great fit for us and has provided excellent value.’

‘Kari Gimmingsrud – very knowledgeable and provides useful/practical advice to be implemented in the business. Arne Byberg – extensive experience and has a good overview.’

Key clients

Nortura

GK Gruppen

Telenor ASA

HG Capital

Statens Vegvesen

Ferd

Veidekke

Motion Blur Films

RiksTV

Helse Sør-Øst

NENT

Work highlights

  • Advised Nortura on its large-scale, cross-border IT outsourcing agreement with Capgemini.
  • Acting for GK Gruppen in a NOK330m dispute with Swedish ERP software provider IFS regarding an ERP software project.
  • Advising software investor Hg Capital on making a majority investment in Norwegian tech-enabled services company Geomatikk Group.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Telecoms expert Kaare Risung and litigation and arbitration specialist Halvor Manshaus jointly head up the digital innovation, TMT and privacy team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt. The department advises across the whole range of matters, including contentious work, transactional mandates, corporate advisory matters and regulatory issues. Eva Jarbekk counts privacy and data protection issues as a core strength of her practice. Other key practitioners include IP expert Sigurd Holter Torp and Hugo Berg Otterlei, who specialises in IT contracts.

Practice head(s):

Halvor Manshaus; Kaare Risung

Other key lawyers:

Eva Jarbekk; Sigurd Holter Torp; Hugo Berg Otterlei

Testimonials

‘The team is legally excellent of course, but their key strength is providing legal advice in a manner that is practical and useful for a business. They are pragmatic and to the point, and have shown a real interest in properly understanding both our technology, and our strategic and commercial drivers, and tailoring their legal advice to suit.’

‘Kaare Risung is an excellent technology lawyer who we have worked with for years. Kaare understands our business and products, and actively tailors his advice to our needs. He keeps us up to date on local legal developments specifically relevant to our business and is never afraid to give a straight and succinct answer.’

‘Professionalism, accessibility, industry knowledge, get the answers quickly, sociable and friendly teams.’

‘Sociable and friendly. Smart and knowledgeable. Ability to give us good guidance on a variety of issues – and in a short time frame.’

Key clients

Apple

SpaceX

Facebook

Motorola Solutions

Egmont, including TV 2

Hexagon Composites

Aker BioMarine AS

Samsung Electronics

The Norwegian Association of Editors

DocuSign

Verdens Gang AS (VG)

Strawberry Publishing AS

Norid

Cognite

Altibox

Gelato/OP Invest

Work highlights

  • Acting for Motorola in an appeal concerning the decommissioning of telecoms company Telenor’s copper network.
  • Advising SpaceX on a new legislative proposal concerning broadband connection financing.
  • Acting for US company Grindr against the Norwegian Data Protection Authority (DPA) concerning a fine for breach of privacy.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s ‘responsive and client-focused‘ team is led by Nicolai Halbo, who is praised as ‘one of the best lawyers within IT law in Norway‘; he has particular expertise in IT procurement mandates and digitalisation projects. Tor Stokke is a highly regarded practitioner who ‘combines tech law knowledge with vast public procurement knowledge‘, and Espen Tøndel (‘a legend within the area‘) has extensive experience advising on prominent technology transactions and procurement mandates. The client base includes multinational corporations and industry leaders in the technology, telecoms, media and public sectors. Trine Vabog is a key name in the practice for contracts law, and senior associate Øyvind Akerholt is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Nicolai Halbo

Other key lawyers:

Tor Stokke; Espen Tøndel; Trine Vabog; Øyvind Akerholt

Testimonials

‘The individuals always give you good advice.’

‘Trine Vabog has an impressive combination of integrity, intelligence and resilience which makes her invaluable in our work.’

‘In my view Simonsen Vogt Wiig probably has the strongest and largest team within TMT in Norway. They are extremely efficient and to the point. The team is comprised of top skilled partners and also younger lawyers which enables them to deliver with cost efficiency. I have worked with them for many years and they are always easy to work with.’

‘Espen Tøndel is a true business lawyer with top legal skills.’

‘A pragmatic team which gives us very good legal advice.’

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s team is responsive and client-focused. Leveraging on the size of the team, it can provide in-depth advice on a wide range of matters comprising tech law as well as adjacent areas of law, including public procurement and intellectual property.’

‘Trine Vabog brings heaps of IT project experience to the table, enabling her to identify and mitigate possible client pitfalls.’

‘Deep knowledge of the telecoms sector, hands on advice and really excellent response times.’

Key clients

Akers Solutions ASA

BDO AS

Space Norway AS

Central Norway Health Region RHF

Sopra Steria AS

Helseplattformen AS

Hewlett Packard

Jakob Hatteland Computer AS

Kongsberg-gruppen ASA

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Novelda AS

Pilaro AS

Play Magnus AS

RiksTV AS

Telia Norge AS

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Tomra Systems ASA

Zwipe AS

Yara International ASA

Fjorden Electra AS

Apple

Work highlights

  • Advising healthcare company Helseplattformen AS on negotiating a comprehensive service agreement for the delivery of a common EHR system.
  • Advised Telia Norge AS, the largest Nordic telecoms provider, on the drafting and negotiation of a national roaming agreement with mobile operator ICE, which allowed ICE access to the client’s mobile network in Norway.
  • Advised Yara International ASA on the process of creating an open data exchange platform in the digital farming field.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS‘ practice has ‘unique knowledge and experience within the legal aspects of digital transformation, IT sourcing, privacy/GDPR and cyber security in an international setting‘. The ‘extraordinarily knowledgeable‘ team is led by Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen, who has ‘unique knowledge of and experience within legal aspects of digital transformations‘, and regularly assists clients in the fintech and medtech sectors. Clausen’s practice also includes handling M&A transactions for telecoms and technology sector entities. Espen Werring has ‘excellent skills in tech contracts‘ and is well versed in advising on IT sourcing projects, licensing issues, GDPR mandates and cloud contracts. Associate Nikolai Rekman is ‘super responsive‘, and assists Norwegian and international clients with cybersecurity, data protection and competition law matters.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen

Other key lawyers:

Espen Werring; Nikolai Rekman

Testimonials

‘Espen Werring has very good negotiation skills and excellent legal understanding. He is effective and available, and a very pleasant man to have in the team.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with and speak to any member of the team. They are service-minded and professional, and provide practical advice. The team knows our business in and out, and follow the market developments closely. They understand that there is more to a decision than the legal aspects and are always prepared to provide a practical solution, not only legal advice.’

‘Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen has the unique combination of being relaxed, business minded and solution oriented, as well as highly professional and with an eye for the details (and solutions) many might miss. With all of his team members, the same kind of service and professional advice are offered and I feel very much prioritised and appreciated as a client. They see solutions and offer practical and possible-to-implement advice.’

‘Nikolai Rekman provides understandable advice and guidance to non-lawyers, as well as excellent project management.’

‘Key strengths of the practice include highly knowledgeable, great project managers, and a great understanding of the client’s interests. It combines great craftmanship with thinking outside the box to come up with solutions which work.’

‘Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen has been very successful in building a great team through authentic leadership. His team delivers very high quality work because they are incredible individuals, but also because he is there backing them up and leading the team.’

‘Nikolai Rekdal has huge talent.’

‘Excellent legal skills combined with very good knowledge about the market and what’s possible to achieve. The combination makes them able to find good solutions and get the agreement in place.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation (including its Norwegian subsidiary, Microsoft Norge AS)

Samsung Electronics AB

Otovo AS

Autostore AS

Elvia AS

Oslo Børs (Euronext Oslo Stock Exchange)

BW LPG

Kahoot! AS

Eika Gruppen

Lyse Energi AS including its subsidiaries Altibox and Smartly

NHST Media Group AS (Dagens Næringsliv)

Zalaris ASA

Storebrand

NomVec AS

Circle K Norge

Dunnhumby Limited

My Game AS

Work highlights

  • Acting as Norwegian counsel to Microsoft, providing advice on data protection, cybersecurity, dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, public procurement, and contract drafting matters.
  • Advising banking alliance group Eika Gruppen on the implementation of an outsourcing agreement, involving over 50 banks.
  • Acting as Norwegian counsel to Samsung Electronics on data protection/GDPR matters, e-commerce, marketing, consumer law and disputes.

Wiersholm

The ‘service-minded and client-focused‘ TMT team at Wiersholm attracts praise for its ‘strong legal knowledge and great commercial and business/industry understanding‘. The group acts for a client base that includes prominent media, telecoms, and technology companies, on big data work, TMT-related M&A mandates, TV distribution issues, IT public procurement and contractual matters and GDPR issues. Hans Erik Johnsenstands out with his deep knowledge of the TV/media sector‘; he heads up the department alongside Kai Thøgersen, who is highly regarded for his M&A expertise; Rune Opdahl, whose practice focuses on data protection, marketing law, IT and contract law; and IP expert Anne Marie Sejersted. Managing associate Theresa Schumacher Walberg counts digitalisation and technology contracts as key areas of strength.

Practice head(s):

Hans Erik Johnsen; Rune Opdahl; Anne Marie Sejersted; Kai Thøgersen

Other key lawyers:

Theresa Schumacher Walberg

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the business and industry, making it easy to apply the advice we receive.’

‘Always available and client focused.’

‘Best in their area of expertise.’

‘Rune Opdahl is extremely clear and concise in his advice, never giving just the “on the one side” answers we all fear to get without also getting a conclusion. He has also been of tremendous help in terms of translating complicated GDPR requirements into concrete check-lists and templates which can be used by the business as part of our internal control program. Rune is also good at promoting/lifting his associates while at the same time ensuring quality control from his side. Rune is also excellent in terms of marketing law and complicated IT contracts. He is definitely the best TMT lawyer in Norway.’

‘Theresa Schumacher Walberg – Proactive, very competent, social skills and solution orientation beyond expectations. Customer focus and prioritisation. Trustworthy and comfortable.’

‘Deep knowledge of the TV/media sector.’

‘Hans Erik Johnsen stands out with his deep knowledge of the tv/media sector.’

Key clients

Schibsted Media Group

Discovery Networks Norway

Aller Media

Telenor

IBM

Santander

DNB

Hurtigruten

Altibox

Helly Hansen

SATS

NAV

Monster / A Nice Company

Visma

Orkla

1881 Group (Digitale Medier 1881 / Opplysningen 1881)

Gyldendal

Telia

Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Flyr

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing assistance to Telia Norge concerning complex negotiations involving a new distribution agreement with TV2.
  • Assisting Norwegian airline company Flyr with developing and negotiating contracts with all of the client’s IT suppliers.
  • Represented the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries in an annual/bi-annual audit of the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission run by Space Norway, involving the review of all contracts entered into as part of the satellite program.

BAHR

The ‘professional‘ and ‘down-to-earth‘ team at BAHR is recognised for its strength in handling a range of transactional mandates and technology agreements, as well as its capabilities in marketing and advertising law and TMT disputes. The group also provides advice to a client roster of telecoms, media and financial sector entities on a range of regulatory issues. M&A expert Lars Kristian Sande and Are Stenvik, whose specialisms include IP and media law, share leadership of the practice. The ‘brilliantLars Norheim is a key name for franchising, contractual and licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Are Stenvik; Lars Kristian Sande

Other key lawyers:

Lars Norheim

Testimonials

‘Great skills, professional, good discussion partners, down to earth.’

‘Lars Norheim do a great job advising us as a company, brilliant in his special field.’

Key clients

Adevinta

Bonnier

Broadnet

Cognite

Eisai & Co

Nets

Merck & Co

Nordic Entertainment Group – NENT (TV3, Viaplay, Viasat, etc.)

Norvestor

REITAN (REMA 1000, 7-Eleven)

Work highlights

  • Advised Adevinta ASA on its $9.2bn acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group.
  • Advising REMA 1000 on the development of “Æ”, a tech and app based customer loyalty program and discount scheme, including data protection issues.
  • Advised Alfa Laval on its NOK3.6bn acquisition of digital services company StormGeo.

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS is perhaps best known in the TMT space for its strength in handling film and TV work for entertainment and media sector clients; Jan Morten Evertsen and the ‘very practical and pragmaticStian Sørensen Schilvold are regularly sought out for their expertise in these sectors. Telecoms and technology mandates are also prominent in the group’s workload; Kristian Foss‘ expertise spans outsourcing, cybersecurity and data privacy issues, and Kristin Haram Førde has extensive experience in cloud computing and digitalisation matters. Department head Jenny Sveen Hovda handles e-commerce mandates, IP issues and marketing law matters. Lisa Digernes ‘has excellent knowledge which she shares generously, and she always finds a solution to any problem’. Tom G Eilertsen is singled out for his IP expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Sveen Hovda

Other key lawyers:

Kristian Foss; Tom G Eilertsen; Kristin Haram Førde; Stian Sørensen Schilvold; Jan Morten Evertsen; Lisa Digernes

Testimonials

‘Good for film and rights connected to film production.’

‘Kristian Foss is a very competent, pragmatic lawyer. His previous in-house background puts him in a great position to understand the needs of the customer. He provides high-quality advice against a fair price. He is very good at managing difficult negotiations and disputes.’

‘Kristian Foss leads the way.’

‘The team here is probably one of the strongest teams in Norway when it comes to technology law. A number of the lawyers have relevant in-house experience within this field and are very helpful in providing not only commercial but product development related advice for business. We have used them extensively in the areas of privacy law, cloud and software licensing, intellectual property and governance matters.’

‘Stian Schilvold – an all round great lawyer, he is particular skilled at supporting in-house related matters. His broad knowledge of different practice areas allows him to solve a broad range of legal and commercial challenges. Would recommend without hesitation.’

Lisa Digernes is a Norwegian and US qualified attorney and really well skilled in tackling cross-Atlantic related matters within several practice areas.’

‘A designated team who drives and leads their respective fields, but still well aligned across the team. Always a can do approach, being practical and not after complicating matters further, but how to resolve and support.’

Key clients

ATB-Nett

Atea

DXC Technology

International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI)

Keylane

KLP

Maipo Film

Monday Media

Nordic Semiconductor

Opera Norway

Paradox

Posten Norge

Pullman Management

Qvisten Animation

SAP Norway

Schibsted Group

Sony Music

Spætt Film

Vewd Software

Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Wilhelmsen IT Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Wallenius Wilhelmsen on all matters relating to the client’s digitalisation program.
  • Advising Maipo Film on contractual negotiations and production agreements.
  • Assisting Norwegian film production company Paradox with legal matters relating to the production of one of the first TV series in Norway for HBO Europe.

Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS

Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS is home to a team which ‘is very skilled and delivers high quality, practical solutions to clients‘. Department head Lars Folkvard Giske is noted for his ‘very commercial approach to negotiating IT and outsourcing contracts‘, while Knut Fiane is sought after for his expertise in large-scale IT procurement projects, cloud agreements and outsourcing matters. Jostein Ramse is ‘a very skilled litigator‘ with extensive experience in handling IT disputes. Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken is ‘outstanding when it comes to IP protection and negotiation of tech transfer agreements‘. Senior associate Kirill Miazine is another name to note, and Arve Føyen has now retired from practice.

Practice head(s):

Lars Folkvard Giske

Other key lawyers:

Knut Fiane; Jostein Ramse; Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken; Kirill Miazine

Testimonials

‘Whether we need a thorough negotiator who won’t miss a single detail or a discussion partner with great business insight and commercial acumen for a new venture, we know the team will provide the support that the particular situation requires.’

A friendly and welcoming team that’s easy to work with.’

‘With impressive experience negotiating tech contracts as previous in-house, Knut Fiane has an ability to put himself in our position and act more or less as a part of our in-house team when we ask him to. This experience sets him truly apart from the competition. He’s pragmatic, knowledgeable and has great understanding of our technology and business.’

‘Kirill Miazine has demonstrated excellent skills within the IT contract area, and has been a very valuable resource in building our user agreement frameworks towards our customers in relation to our IT cloud service offerings.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and excellent collaboration skills.’

Key clients

Google LLC and Alphabet LLC

Accenture AS

Nortura SA

Strex AS

Statens Vegvesen, Vegdirektoratet (the Norwegian Roads Administration)

Nordic Semiconductor ASA

KLP

DIPS AS

Itera Norge AS

Jotun AS

Chili Mobil AS

Bouvet Norge AS

Avinor Flysikring

Sysco AS

OneCo Telecom AS and OneCo Network AS

Hedmark IKT

Bitastad

Work highlights

  • Advising Google Norway and Google LLC on a range of IT, IP, compliance and telecoms matters.
  • Assisting KLP with the procurement of a cloud platform, including advising on fintech regulatory and compliance issues.
  • Assisting international paint manufacturer Jotun with renegotiating its existing ERP license and maintenance agreement.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ ‘very professional and strong‘ team garners praise for its strength in technology contractual matters, and is equally adept at handling TMT disputes, high-value transactions, and procurement matters, to name a few other areas of expertise. ERP mandates have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Department head Ståle L. Hagen has expertise in technology contracts, transactions and disputes, and Nils Kristian Einstabland is sought after for his experience in advising a client base of telecoms, media and technology clients on regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Ståle L. Hagen

Other key lawyers:

Nils Kristian Einstabland

Testimonials

‘Key capabilities within tech-contracts. Efficient and available partners. Strong negotiation skills. Selmer’s team worked very close with us as a customer, being available and searching for good solutions.’

‘Ståle L. Hagen: very professional, with clear communication and advisory skills. Efficient and available.’

Key clients

Felleskjøpet Agri

CGI Norge

Epic Systems Corporation

Color Line

The Norwegian Pharmacy Association

NTT Data (Itelligence)

Statnett

Wilhelmsen IT Services

Puzzlepart

Banqsoft

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean

BEKK Consulting

Kitron

Canon

Mnemonic

Gjensidige Forsikring

Advania

Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services

Difa

OBOS

Defigo

Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Hansen Technologies

Aibel

Bertel O. Steen

Ernst & Young

Fotball Media

Kitron

Getinge

Amazon Web Services

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein‘s technology and digitalisation department is home to a team of ‘very skilled professionals‘ with ‘deep knowledge‘, and provides ‘practical and constructive advice‘ on data protection and privacy matters, IT contracts, marketing law and eGovernment work, to name some key areas of expertise. Hanna Beyer Olaussen‘s practice centres on technology contracts, transactions, marketing law and IT law; she co-leads the team with newly promoted partner and data protection specialist Gry Hvidsten. Other key names are Rolf Riisnæs, who provides ‘sound legal advice‘ on IT public procurement matters, eGovernment work and IT contracts, and Line Coll, who is singled out for her experience in handling digitalisation and privacy mandates.

Practice head(s):

Hanna Beyer Olaussen; Gry Hvidsten

Other key lawyers:

Rolf Riisnæs; Line Coll

Testimonials

‘The GDPR team, with Line Coll and Gry Hvidsten, provides excellent assistance in situations where timing is critical, and planned compliance-related projects.’

‘Rolf Riisnæs is our main contact. He is always available and gives thoroughly prepared advice. He is a good partner to discuss complicated issues with.’

‘The team consists of very skilled professionals, with different unique strengths, that complement each other. Using a diverse set of skills and capabilities, they have managed to guide us through a very challenging set of procurements and privacy issues.’

‘Wikborg Rein has a strong data privacy team that provides a combination of solid professional and academic skills, with commercial understanding and technological knowledge.’

‘Gry Hvidsten and Rolf Riisnæs are extremely skilled data privacy lawyers, with a special and much appreciated combination of IT-expertise, academic and professional skills and have a way of understanding what kind of “product” the client needs and provide solid and good advice.’

‘Rolf Riisnæs is an outstanding lawyer. I have never met a more dedicated and conscientious lawyer and I look forward to working with him again.’

‘Wikborg’s team has delivered within tight time schedules and is always available for discussions.’

‘Gry Hvidsten is to the point. She has practical approach, excellent judgement and is always available. Her experience both from the private and public sector is very useful.’

Key clients

Norway’s Central Bank

H. Aschehoug & Co

Quantafuel ASA

Norgesgruppen ASA

Agency for Public and Financial Management

Norwegian Military Forces

Jotun AS

Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Eidsiva Bredbånd AS

Entra ASA

Digital Norway

Yara International ASA

Byggmakker Handel AS

Sykehusinnkjøp HF

Gard AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Agency for Public and Financial Management (DFØ) with the drafting of two new standard Cloud Services Agreements for the Norwegian market.
  • Advised the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) on privacy matters regarding the establishment of a national app for tracking Covid-19 infections, as well assisting with setting up the framework for corona certificates to demonstrate vaccine/immunity status.
  • Assisting publishing company Aschehoug with drafting standard agreements regarding the licensing of and rights to digital content.

Arntzen de Besche

At Arntzen de Besche, department head Andreas Nordby has expertise in dispute resolution, and provides advice to a roster of media, IT, telecoms and technology clients on contentious matters; marketing law is another core focus of Nordby’s practice. Per Kristian Ramsland and Knut Martinsen specialise in M&A and capital markets work, and Tommy Dahlen regularly assists with transactional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Nordby

Other key lawyers:

Per Kristian Ramsland; Knut Martinsen; Tommy Dahlen

Key clients

Baxter International, Inc

Investcorp / Abax

Globus Ai AS

Huddlestock Fintech

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT)

Merck

DCC Plc

Benchmark Holdings

Helse Midt-Norge RHF

Bilfinger Industrier AS

The SINTEF Foundation (including all divisions and subsidiaries)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Investcorp-backed ABAX with its add-on acquisition of Automile, a Nordic SaaS telematics and IoT company.
  • Assisted AI company Globus with a venture capital round.
  • Represented the NENT Group in negotiations with the Norwegian Journalism Association about the scope of the Journalist Agreement.

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Stephan Brodschöll and Hanne Heltne co-lead the technology team at Advokatfirmaet CLP DA. Recent work for the group includes advising software companies on technology agreements, and the department is equally adept at handling technology transfer matters, competition issues and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Brodschöll; Hanne Heltne

Testimonials

‘Stephan Brodschöll is really good in a heated negotiation. He diffuses the situation and enables strong progress based on good legal practice.’

‘Fast and to the point advice.’

‘Stephan is extremely knowledgeable, mixed with pragmatism.’

‘The firm is a great business partner. They always deliver high-quality, cost effective advice on time.’

‘Hanne Heltne is a fantastic lawyer. She is skilful, professional, client focused and always delivers high value for money.’

‘Stephan Brodschöll is unique. He has a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge. Any task is handled quickly.’

Key clients

Signicat AS

Agder Energi AS

Mercell AS

EU Supply AB

Tellu IoT

Numascale AS

eSmart AS

Vivaldi Technologies AS

Interwell AS

NetNordic AS

Boost Communications AS

Sysco AS

Promon AS

WindSim AS

Tribia AS

Sanity AS

House of Control AS

Northcom AS

PoLight AS

Bazefield AS

Interwell AS

Vitux AS

Otivio AS

Prophylaxia AS

VGTV AS

Fuse AS

Memory AI AS

Schibsted ASA

eRate AS

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to VGTV concerning negotiations over licensing issues.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to WindSim concerning a technology transfer deal with Shanghai Electric Power Energy.

CMS Kluge

CMS Kluge assists a roster of private sector clients and governmental entities with technology projects, and advises on data privacy issues, telecoms matters, and public procurement work, among other areas. The department is jointly led by Stian Oddbjørnsen, who specialises in TMT disputes, procurement matters and technology contractual issues, and Marte Thorsby, who is very experienced in advising clients in the media industry. Torstein Arendt is a key contact for assisting major organisations with prominent IT contracts. Associate partner Ove André Vanebo adds expertise in data privacy law.

Other key lawyers:

Torstein Arendt; Ove André Vanebo

Testimonials

‘CMS Kluge has a very good TMT practice.’

‘The team is very customer-oriented.’

‘Torstein Arendt has shown excellent skills in public contract standards and laws regulating public procurements. He has also been very flexible and responsive.’

‘Stian Hultin Oddbjørnsen stands out as an individual with a positive and customer-oriented attitude.’

Key clients

The Brønnøysund Register Centre

BOTT-project

IFPI Norway

Norwegian Digitalisation Agency (Digdir)

Norwegian Directorate of eHealth (NDE)

Norwegian Government Agency for Public and Financial Management (DFØ)

Norwegian Refugee Council

NO-UK COM AS

Pension Insurance for Seamen (PTS)

Ruter AS

Lotteries Entertainment Innovation Alliance AS (LEIA)

Work highlights

  • Assisting the BOTT project with the procurement of a national digital platform for a case and archive system common to all schools and universities in Norway.
  • Acted for DFØ on its procurement of a framework agreement for cloud services.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Led by telecoms expert Kristin Veierød, the TMT department at Advokatfirmaet Hjort is well known for its strong capabilities in handling telecoms mandates, and regularly advises on technology projects within the energy sector; data protection and privacy work also features in the group’s workload. Monica Syrdal specialises in media law, acting for Norwegian and international clients in the space. Eivind G. Moe is a key contact for outsourcing, contractual and technology work.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Veierød

Other key lawyers:

Monica Syrdal; Eivind G. Moe

Key clients

Agder Energi

Avinor Group

DEFA AS

Difa AS

Epidemic Sound AB

Espira AS

Ironstone AS

Kabel Norge

KnowIT

Multilot AS

Nobina

Norges Televisjon AS

Sopra Steria

Telenor Group

Work highlights

  • Advised DIFA AS on personal data issues relating to the development and deployment of a new IT system, which will be used as a core system by all Norwegian pharmacies.
  • Assisting software developer Sopra Steria with M&A matters concerning its acquisition of multiple companies within the IT industry.
  • Assisted ICT Norway with a consultation regarding the new telecoms legislation implementing the European Electronic Communications Code in Norway.

Brækhus Advokatfirma DA

The ‘professional‘ team at Brækhus Advokatfirma DA is well versed in handling a wide range of complex technology transactions and IT contracts. Other notable areas of strength include disputes and public procurement mandates, particularly in relation to the development of cloud services. Practice head Christian Bendiksen is an AI specialist, Stein E Hove is ‘a great strategist and a valuable adviser‘, and Brede A Haglund is an expert in data protection and commercial contracts. Senior associate Alexander Mollan garners praise for his ‘very strong knowledge and business understanding, and perfect guidance on both a strategic and tactical level‘.

Practice head(s):

Christian Bendiksen

Other key lawyers:

Stein E Hove; Brede A Haglund; Alexander Mollan

Testimonials

‘The Brækhus team is always one step ahead, ready to support their clients. Their advice is always provided in a context that makes it obvious they have deep insights into their clients’ needs.’

‘Alexander Mollan has supported our company on many occasions and has provided excellent business-value each time.’

‘Brækhus’ TMT practice is particularly competent on legal aspects related to technology and digitalisation. Its competence on procurement law, contract law, IP and privacy etc. related to ICT is excellent.’

‘A very experienced, professional, knowledgeable and customer oriented practice.’

‘The two individuals that I have worked with, Stein Hove and Christian Bendiksen, have both been very knowledgeable, experienced, professional and with deep knowledge of contracts within the Information Technology area and contract law in general.’

‘The members of this firm have always provided their services efficiently, diligently, and in a friendly manner. Their fees are also well-priced and come highly recommended in the online gambling industry.’

‘Brede Haglund and Alexander Mollan have been very helpful in steering our operations in the right direction. Both are committed, reliable and knowledgeable in their areas of practice.’

‘High knowledge, good recruiting, high diversity, actively engaged.’

Key clients

Capgemini Norge AS

Flytoget AS

Sayfr AS

Avarn Security AS

Volvo Maskin AS

Postnord AS

Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A

Simplifai AS

Norsk Tipping

Argyll Entertainment Ltd.

SATS ASA

Legentic AS

R8 Property AS

Eie Franchise AS

AOF (The Norwegian Study Organisation)

Kommuneforlaget AS

Cryogenetics AS

Accountor AS

Elop AS

Gaming Innovation Group

Gigantic Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising IT company Capgemini on its €100m acquisition of food producer Nortura’s IT department, as well as a master services agreement for IT services.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Simplifai on optimising its current SaaS-templates for international distribution, as well as concluding distributorship/sub-licensing agreements with US and UK companies.

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA

Petter Bjerke leads the ‘dedicated‘ team at Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA, which is well known for advising a roster of telecoms, advertising and media sector clients on GDPR, data protection and cybersecurity matters. Cross-border mandates are prominent in the group’s workload.

Practice head(s):

Petter Bjerke

Testimonials

‘The team has a practical approach to legal problems, presents solutions in an understandable way, follows instructions on format and depth and delivers in an agreed time. A benefit is also that they have teams in other countries that they co-operate with/deliver jointly with, which is a benefit for a client with affiliates in other countries.’

Key clients

Admincontrol

Polhem

MSD Norway

Vodafone

Voi Technologies

Verifone

Møller Mobility Group

Bank Norwegian

Homely

Unicef

Mondelez

Aggrator

Work highlights

  • Acted as Norwegian TMT counsel to Polhem Infra on its acquisition of telecoms company Telia Carrier.
  • Advising alarm company Homely on regulatory, technology and data privacy issues in connection with establishing its business in Norway.

EY Norway

The TMT team at EY Norway has strength in crypto-technology and blockchain matters, and is well versed in delivering advice on tax, GDPR, business structuring and privacy issues to a roster of technology and online entertainment clients. Practice co-heads Joakim Marstrander and Gjert Melsom are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Joakim Marstrander; Gjert Melsom

Key clients

Telenor ASA

JsGenisis AS

Miris AS

Iagon AS

Mavi App AS

Ev Electra Ltd

EY Skye Consulting AS

iSAMI Media AS

World Bridge Holding AS

Norwegian Fashion Hub

Betway Ltd

24sevenoffice AS

Wakandi

Switchr

Crown LNG AS

Norwegian Block Exchange (NBX)

Orgbrain

Kongsberg Satellite Services AS

ADVOKATFIRMAET GJESSINGREIMERS AS

Boutique firm ADVOKATFIRMAET GJESSINGREIMERS AS ‘is specialised within IP and offers unique insight and skills within this area‘, and also has ‘good understanding and experience within the IT industry‘. Data privacy and protection matters and IT contracts are core pillars of strength for the practice. Practice co-heads Øystein Flagstad and Simen Blaker Strand are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Øystein Flagstad; Simen Blaker Strand

Testimonials

‘Simen Blaker Strand is quick and service minded, strong at IT contracts and GDPR.’

‘Simen Blaker Strand brings many years of experience within the IT industry, and has a very good understanding of our business and the challenges we face.’

‘GjessingReimers are specialised within IP and offers unique insight and skills within this area. They also provide good understanding and experience from the IT Industry.’

Key clients

Buypass AS

Sparebanken Øst

Econa AS

Entur AS

Beaufort Norge AS

TINE SA

Viasat Inc.

Driw AS

Galleon Embedded Computing AS

NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute)

FONO

Rettighetsalliansen (The Rights Holders Alliance of Norway)

Billington Process Technology AS

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS focuses its practice on advising a roster of public sector clients on IT procurement matters, in addition to assisting private clients with a range of TMT matters pertaining to IT projects. The team is led by the ‘excellent adviser and lawyerPeter Lenda. Other key names include public procurement specialist Marie Braadland and associate Gry Handeland Løvlien, who has expertise in data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Lenda

Other key lawyers:

Marie Braadland; Gry Handeland Løvlien

Testimonials

Good knowledge of IT contracts and public procurements.’

Peter Lenda has been excellent in searching for good solutions to complex problems. He is excellent at identifying risks in IT contracts and commercial aspects, and thus providing advice on possible solutions, so that we can decide the best way forward with knowing the appropriate risks and business impacts. Peter delivers a high quality of work.’

Peter Lenda contributes to good solutions, works efficiently and always within budget.’

Key clients

Vinmonopolet

Norske tog AS

Entur AS

The Central Norway Regional Health Authority

The Norway Western Health Authority

Nettpartner AS

NORCE AS

Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment

Tolletaten

Smartliv A

Work highlights

  • Providing IT contractual advice to Norwegian Customs concerning the client’s latest public procurement of IT operations services and consultancy, including transition to cloud services.
  • Advising Smartliv AS on TMT issues concerning the establishment of cloud services.
  • Acting as longstanding counsel to the Norwegian Western Health Authority on ongoing TMT projects.

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS

Data protection and privacy matters and e-commerce issues form the backbone of Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS‘ practice, which is also widely recognised for its strength in marketing law. Practice head Vebjørn Søndersrød is ‘highly skilled in GDPR and IT security law, with a pragmatic and commercial approach‘. Senior associate Cathrine Grundtvig brings IP expertise.

Practice head(s):

Vebjørn Søndersrød

Other key lawyers:

Cathrine Grundtvig

Testimonials

‘Vebjørn Søndersrød has very good industry knowledge and technological understanding, which is very important in the field of marketing and privacy.’

‘Vebjørn Søndersrød is highly skilled in GDPR and IT security law with a pragmatic and commercial approach.’

Key clients

Nordic Choice Hotels

Vipps AS

Tinder, Inc

Power Norge AS

NorgesGruppen ASA

IDEX Biometrics ASA

ANFO (Norwegian association of advertisers)

Thin Film Electronics ASA

180.no Nummeropplysningen AS

Stokke AS

McDonald’s (Food Folk Norge AS)

Xplora Mobile AS

Fjordkraft AS

Simula

Eckbos Legat

Eiendomsverdi AS

Work highlights

  • Acting as longstanding counsel to Stokke AS on a wide range of GDPR-related issues.
  • Acted for electronic equipment retailer Power Norge in a case regarding energy labelling requirements of electronic products.