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TMT in Norway

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

The team of ‘very skilled professionals‘ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS ‘has deep insight into the legal landscape, and at the same time, is able to translate the legal issues into practical solutions‘. Led by Leif Eirik Thrane, who has established strength in handling cloud services and outsourcing work, the group is highly regarded for its solid track record in acting for blue-chip clients in high-profile IT disputes, cybersecurity matters and prominent technology M&A deals. Arne Byberg ‘always give thoroughly prepared advice; he is very competent, solution oriented and his expertise is very much appreciated‘. Andreas Bernt has ‘excellent insight into the media industry‘, and Kari Gimmingsrud ‘has great insight into IP issues‘. Senior associate Isak Mendoza specialises in data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Leif Eirik Thrane


Other key lawyers:

Kari Gimmingsrud; Andreas Bernt; Arne Byberg; Isak Mendoza


Testimonials

‘Kari Gimmingsrud: excellent, dedicated, outstanding quality and expertise. Always available.’

‘Arne Byberg and the team in general has the ability to think outside the box.’

‘Kari Gimmingsrud manages to communicate complex challenges with ease for non-lawyers.’

‘The team has an excellent ability to combine, resolve and present complex legal issues.’

‘Kari Gimmingsrud stands out as very skilled. Her work is impeccable.’

Haavind has a strong data privacy team that provides a perfect combination of solid academic and professional skills, with high commercial understanding and tech knowledge.’

Kari Gimmingsrud – proactive, very competent, and solution oriented.’

Isak Mendoza – a very competent data privacy lawyer.’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence


GK Gruppen


Telenor ASA


Norwegian Defence Research Institute


The Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management


National Security Authority


Norwegian Road Authority


Storebrand ASA


Equinor ASA


RiksTV


Work highlights


  • Advising Norwegian Defence on the NOK16bn MAST (military application of cloud technology) program.
  • Represented the Norwegian Road Authority (SVV) before the Court of Appeal in a large, long-running IT dispute with IBM.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s TMT team ‘has good standing in the market‘, and garners praise for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge‘. IT procurement specialist Nicolai Halbo heads up the department and is well known for his extensive experience in advising on digitalisation projects; ERP matters are a growing area of instruction for Halbo. Espen Tøndel is ‘an outstanding lawyer due to his overall knowledge and long experience within the TMT sector, and is able to give valuable advice no matter what the issue is‘. The ‘robust and solution-orientedTrine Vabog is well known for assisting large public and private companies with IT contracts, and Tor Stokke is a key name for advising telecoms clients on regulatory issues. Senior associate Øyvind Akerholt is also a key name to note. In August 2022, Hugo Berg Otterlei joined from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt.

Practice head(s):

Nicolai Halbo


Other key lawyers:

Tor Stokke; Espen Tøndel; Trine Vabog; Øyvind Akerholt; Hugo Berg Otterlei


Testimonials

‘Excellent skills and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Trine Vabog possesses strong legal skills.’

‘Trine Vabog has a unique ability to communicate at different levels – always with precision, always with attention to the needs and abilities of the given situation and participants. She always delivers.’

‘Very good at balancing the right person with the right level of competence to the right task. This enables us to have proper resourcing and the right team for us as a client.’

‘Tor Stokke is always ready to discuss complex issues.’

‘Very pleased with the proactive, competent and cost-effective counselling we receive from Simonsen Vogt Wiig.’

‘The team understands our company in and out and has outstanding industry knowledge.’

‘Partners and associates we have worked with have been outstanding counsels and advisors. They understand our company’s specific culture and the dynamics of the industry in which we operate and are able to provide great advice across all legal matters.’

Key clients

Helseplattformen AS


Norsirk AS


Space Norway AS


Hemit HF


Multi Color Corporation (MCC)


Veidekke Entreprenør AS


Vic.Ai AS


Jakob Hatteland Computer AS


Kongsberg-gruppen ASA


Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA


Novelda AS


Play Magnus AS


RiksTV AS


Telia Norge AS


TV2


Zwipe AS


Yara International ASA


Skanska Norge AS


The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection


Sporveien AS


Work highlights


  • Providing ongoing advice to healthcare company Helseplattformen AS regarding negotiations for a comprehensive service agreement for the delivery of a common EHR system.
  • Assisted Multi-Color Corporation with negotiating an operational service agreement with a Norwegian supplier following its acquisition of Skanem and subsequent merger of IT operations.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS‘ ‘very professional‘ team is led by Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen, who is praised as ‘a very good TMT adviser‘; he has particular expertise in advising technology and telecoms clients on M&A mandates, as well as assisting medtech, fintech, edtech and proptech entities with digital transformation projects. Espen Werring is ‘an outstanding lawyer with exceptional legal skills in addition to deep understanding of IT solutions‘. At managing associate level, Kjetil Rikardsen specialises in data protection and technology contractual matters, and Uros Baarlid Tosinovic advises on cybersecurity, marketing, outsourcing, regulatory and licensing issues. Senior associate Nikolai Rekman has expertise in handling digitalisation matters and technology contractual work for domestic and international entities, and senior associate Gry Handeland Løvlien joined the group from Advokatfirmaet Grette AS.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen


Other key lawyers:

Espen Werring; Kjetil Rikardsen; Uros Baarlid Tosinovic; Nikolai Rekman; Gry Handeland Løvlien


Testimonials

‘Strong legal understanding.’

‘High legal competence. Available on short notice. Easy to cooperate with.’

‘Excellent legal skills and very good knowledge about the sector. Focused on finding the best possible solutions.’

‘The cybersecurity team has broad competence in legal issues, in addition to technical insight and knowledge necessary to give practical advice.’

‘We especially valued Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen’s legal competence combined with his technical understanding.’

‘Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen has very good industry knowledge.’

‘Espen Werring is an outstanding lawyer with exceptional legal skills in addition to deep understanding of IT solutions and the customer business. Highly recommended.’

‘Thommessen is very good at designing a team that is relevant and suitable for the assignment. We were very impressed by their industry knowledge, integration into our team and the way they adapted to the development of the project.’

Key clients

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


Kongsberg Gruppen ASA


Samsung Electronics AB


Otovo AS


AutoStore AS


Elvia AS


My Game AS


Norwegian Maritime Cyber Resilience Center (NORMA Cyber)


NorgesGruppen ASA


PatientSky


Dr.Dropin


Diakonhjemmet Sykehus


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


Kahoot Dragonbox AS


Imove AS


Biblioteksentralen AS


Work highlights


  • Providing ongoing assistance to banking alliance group Eika Gruppen concerning the implementation of an outsourcing agreement, involving over 50 banks.
  • Assisted start-up company MyGame Norge AS with data protection assessments, contract negotiations and transactional work, as well as its merger with Sportway AB and recent launch of an AI streaming platform for sports.
  • Advising a large insurance company on the procurement of technology to replace the client’s existing core system.

Wiersholm

Wiersholm‘s ‘practical and commercially-minded‘ team is ‘very knowledgeable‘ on all aspects of TMT, and regularly assists global technology companies with data privacy issues and digitalisation work. Big data issues, IT contracts and public procurement mandates are other key drivers of work for the group. The ‘excellentHans Erik Johnsen shares leadership of the department with M&A expert Kai Thøgersen; Anne Marie Sejersted, who advises a client base of offshore, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals and maritime sector entities on a range of technology matters; and data protection and privacy specialist Rune Opdahl. Managing associate Theresa Schumacher Walberg and senior associate Fredrik Wiker are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

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


Other key lawyers:

Theresa Schumacher Walberg; Fredrik Wiker


Testimonials

‘Hands-on and pro-active advisers, with excellent business and commercial understanding.’

‘Rune Opdahl has deep privacy knowledge.’

‘Rune Opdahl is a stand-out partner with his commercial mindset and practical approach to all issues. He also has a great understanding of risk-based approaches and does not hesitate to be clear with the client when the client needs to adjust their practices.’

‘The Wiersholm TMT team is by far the most practical and commercially minded team. They understand what you need and the format you need it in for further internal use, so they make your job as General Counsel easier. They also come up with solutions, alternatives and compromises.’

Key clients

Hurtigruten


SATS


Monster / A Nice Company


Visma


Orkla


Gyldendal


Kyndryl


Work highlights


  • Assisting a telecoms company with the procurement of 5G network frequencies.
  • Assisting Norwegian production company The Global Ensemble Drama with all negotiations with Netflix, including media-related issues.

Wikborg Rein

Technology transactional expert Hanna Beyer Olaussen and the ‘very solution-orientedGry Hvidsten jointly head up the technology and digitalisation practice at Wikborg Rein; according to clients, ‘the combination of good technical understanding, commercial skills and professionalism makes the team very solid‘. Rolf Riisnæs is ‘a great adviser‘ on eGovernment regulatory matters, data protection and privacy mandates, IT contracts and IT public procurement issues. Senior associate Wegard Kyoo Bergli ‘combines technical understanding and commercial skills in an excellent way‘, while the ‘exceptionalJørgen Vangsnes is a key name for IT-related litigation. In April 2022, Line Coll left the firm following her appointment to the position of Director-General of the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

Practice head(s):

Hanna Beyer Olaussen; Gry Hvidsten


Other key lawyers:

Rolf Riisnæs; Wegard Kyoo Bergli; Jørgen Vangsnes


Testimonials

‘Jørgen Vangsnes has an intuitive understanding of complex questions and complicated cases. He is sharp and strong on delivery, a very cherished adviser and priceless support.’

‘Strong legal knowledge and good commercial sense.’

‘Not afraid to discuss difficult matters, open-minded, solution oriented, patient, showed strong insight.’

‘Rolf Riisnæs is very knowledgeable.’

‘The team provides excellent and thorough advice relating to data protection.’

‘Gry Hvidsten is always available, and her advice is highly appreciated.’

‘Always available and provides professional legal advice with a high level of service.’

‘Rolf Riisnæs and Jørgen Vangsnes have always shown great insight and understanding of our business, technology and digitalization. Rolf, with his many years of experience, has been an important asset to us. They are both always available on short notice and are very good at explaining difficult legal questions so it makes sense to non-lawyers.’

Key clients

Norgesgruppen ASA


Orkla ASA / Orkla IT AS


Telenor ASA


Hydro Havrand AS


Eidsiva Bredbånd AS


Remarkable AS


Quantafuel ASA


Amedia AS


The Central Bank of Norway (Norges Bank)


Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries


Norwegian Institute of Public Health


Entra ASA


Hafslund Eco AS


Work highlights


  • Assisting Norges Bank with a large-scale Schrems II project, involving a review of all IT systems within the client’s operations and administration, including updates of all agreements involving the potential transfer of personal data outside the EU/EEA.
  • Assisting telecoms company Eidsiva Bredbånd with transactional matters concerning the purchase and development of fibre infrastructure.
  • Advising the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) on the client’s current presence on and use of Facebook as a communication platform, involving data protection issues.

Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS

Outsourcing expert Lars Folkvard Giske heads up Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS‘ department; clients comments that the group's ‘long experience with and knowledge of public sector IT contracts in Norway is quite unique‘. Jostein Ramse provides ‘practical advice‘ and is sought after for his expertise in handling contentious IT work; he has also been kept busy advising on privacy issues. Knut Fiane is very experienced in assisting with cloud agreements, outsourcings and IT contractual matters, and senior lawyer Kirill Miazine regularly advises on complex IT procurement mandates. In December 2021, Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken moved to Advokatfirmaet Schjødt.

Practice head(s):

Lars Folkvard Giske


Other key lawyers:

Knut Fiane; Jostein Ramse; Kirill Miazine


Testimonials

‘Very “down to earth” people.’

‘They use sound judgement in reading the situations.’

‘Within the IT area Føyen stands out with experience in representing clients on both the buyer side and seller side of the table.’

‘Service minded and competent.’

‘Easy-going and friendly team with business acumen.’

‘Knut Fiane is always approachable, quick to respond and not afraid to provide the kind of commercial and actionable advice in-house teams appreciate.’

‘Jostein Ramse has a great overview of the legal requirements which he translates into practical advice.’

‘The team is very quick to respond and always delivers on time.’

Key clients

Google LLC and Alphabet LLC


Accenture AS


Ekornes AS


Kernel 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


Sysco AS


OneCo Telecom AS and OneCo Network AS


Hedmark IKT / Hamar kommune


Bitastad


Avinor Flysikring AS


Link Mobility AS


Nordic Choice Hotels


Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning (NND)


Work highlights


  • Providing ongoing assistance to Google Norway and Google LLC on a range of IT, compliance, telecoms and IP matters.
  • Assisting IT consultancy company Bouvet with contractual issues relating to its bid and negotiations with Norwegian Defence concerning its MAST program.
  • Assisting international paint manufacturer Jotun with negotiations for an agreement for a large upgrade project.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA‘s team stands out for its strength in handling digitalisation projects for a client base of prominent telecoms, media and technology companies. Outsourcing matters and high-value transactions are also prominent in the group’s workload; practice head Per-Kaare Svendsen recently led advice to data communication and centre services provider GlobalConnect on its acquisition of BSS/OSS software involving negotiations for a multi-national licence for the software. Jens Christian Gjesti is sought after for his experience in data protection, privacy and GDPR matters, and Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer regularly handles contractual issues, while Lars Trygve Jenssen is a key contact for IT law.

Practice head(s):

Per-Kaare Svendsen


Other key lawyers:

Jens Christian Gjesti; Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer; Lars Trygve Jenssen


Key clients

Telia


GlobalConnect/HomeNet


Microsoft


Pfizer


TINE


Compusoft/TwentyTwenty


Elkjøp/Dixons Carphone


IKEA


Bilia


Bufetat


Fantefilm


Municipality of Oslo


Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s team ‘has great knowledge of all aspects within TMT‘. Clients praise the group’s ‘deep understanding of the tech industry, and ability to give clear-cut legal advice in a dynamic and fast-moving commercial landscape‘. Halvor Manshaus ‘really understands technology‘; he heads up the department alongside IP specialist Thomas Hagen and Kaare Risung, who counts telecoms work as a core area of expertise. Contractual expert Inge Kristian Brodersen is ‘an extremely high-performing professional lawyer‘, while Eva Jarbekk and Jeppe Songe-Møller regularly handle data protection and privacy matters. In December 2021, Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken joined from Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS, while Hugo Berg Otterlei moved to Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig in mid-2022.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hagen; Halvor Manshaus; Kaare Risung


Other key lawyers:

Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken; Inge Kristian Brodersen; Jeppe Songe-Møller; Eva Jarbekk


Testimonials

‘Inge Kristian Brodersen is highly skilled, knowledgeable and very pleasant.’

‘Extremely professional, highly skilled and with unique expertise from the larger and more complex TMT contracts. We truly benefit from their efficient and to the point support.’

‘Eva Jarbekk is my Norwegian data protection lawyer to go to. She knows the local laws extremely well, has great contact with local authorities and has the right business attitude.’

‘The unique expertise in the team. Their ability to be flexible, quickly understand issues and provide good advice.’

‘Schjødt’s TMT team has great knowledge of all aspects within the practice area. Their deep understanding of the tech industry, and ability to give clear-cut legal advice in a dynamic and fast-moving commercial landscape, is second to none in the jurisdiction. The firm is good at letting talent rise through the ranks, which is also evident in the TMT team with young and bright minds among the partners.’

‘The ability to truly understand the client’s service from a technical point of view is key for any lawyer working within this practice area. Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken demonstrates this ability time and time again. Having great and always up to date knowledge of the applicable law, as well as being very pleasant and responsive, Øyvind possesses all the characteristics of great legal adviser.’

‘Halvor Manshaus – number one for legal and strategic advice. He really understands technology. Inge Brodersen – an extremely high performing professional lawyer, with a uniqueness in understanding the complexity in the deals. Still always being able to explain it in a very simplistic way.’

Key clients

Apple


SpaceX


Facebook


Motorola Solutions


Klaveness Digital


Bulk Infrastructure


Airbus Defence & Space


Aize


InfoCare


Norid


Cognite


Altibox/Lyse


Selmer

Selmer assists a roster of media, technology and telecoms clients with procurement matters, high-value technology transactions, data protection issues, TMT disputes and contractual work. Ståle L. Hagen, who leads the team, is highly regarded for his excellent track record in handling technology contracts, as well as advising on contentious IT matters, while Nils Kristian Einstabland is a key name for transactional and regulatory matters. Other key contacts include senior lawyer Dan Sørensen and senior associate Vemund Sande.

Practice head(s):

Ståle L. Hagen


Other key lawyers:

Nils Kristian Einstabland; Dan Sørensen; Vemund Sande


Key clients

Dott


Andel / Watts


Epic Systems Corporation


Rema 1000


The Norwegian Pharmacy Association


NTT Data


Statnett


Wilh Wilhelmsen


Puzzlepart


Banqsoft


Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean


BEKK Consulting


Kitron


Canon


Mnemonic


Gjensidige Forsikring


Advania


Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services


Difa


Defigo


Macsimum


Hansen Technologies


Aibel


Bertel O. Steen


Ernst & Young


Getinge


Amazon Web Services


BAHR

At BAHR, the team continues to act as counsel to Norwegian supermarket chain REMA 1000 on all aspects of the development of Æ, an app-based customer loyalty program and discount scheme, including advising on domestic and international marketing and data protection compliance issues. TMT disputes are another core area of expertise for the group. Lars Kristian Sande, who is highly regarded for his strength in M&A, shares leadership of the practice with managing associate Eirik Basmo Ellingsen, who assists a client roster of life sciences, energy, aquaculture, and telecoms sector entities with contractual issues, litigation and transactions. Lars Norheim is sought after for his expertise in franchising and licensing law.

Practice head(s):

Lars Kristian Sande; Eirik Basmo Ellingsen


Other key lawyers:

Lars Norheim


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)


Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

Film and TV work form the backbone of Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS‘ TMT practice, which is widely recognised for its excellent track record in assisting a solid roster of media and entertainment sector clients. Department head Lisa Digernes has extensive experience in IP matters, and Stian Sørensen Schilvold has expertise in personal data issues and technology transactions. Kristin Haram Førde is singled out for her strength in outsourcing, cybersecurity, digitalisation and cloud computing matters. Jenny Sveen Hovda left the firm in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Digernes


Other key lawyers:

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


Testimonials

‘Overall, Bull & Co possesses a deep understanding of Information Security and GDPR, and the implications that those have on everyday business. They are really good at understanding our needs down to a detailed level. Add to that friendly and service minded and well-connected employees, as well as facilitating the more practical aspects like secure document transfers to/from our partners.’

‘I would like to mention Kristian Foss. Very competent, very service minded and very good at understanding our business needs. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Kristian and he has been key in ensuring our focus on information security and our ambition to reach a high level of maturity in this field.’

Key clients

Aize


Aptic Norway


Atea


Bulk Infrastructure


ConnectMyApps


DXC Technology


Hardanger Breiband


International Sámi Film Institute


Leave Spildefilm


Monday Media


NTB


Opera Norway


Paradox


Posten Norge


Qvisten Animation


SAP Norway


Schibsted Group


Shortcut


Spond


Verdens Gang


Vewd Software


Wallenius Wilhelmsen


Work highlights


  • Assisting Norwegian software developer Aize with contractual matters and GDPR issues.
  • Advising Nordic production company Monday Media on all legal matters relating to the client’s TV productions.
  • Acting as the main external legal adviser for Norwegian IT infrastructure company Atea, assisting the client with data privacy and contractual matters.

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA is perhaps best known in the TMT space for its strength in acting for technology and software clients in contentious mandates and handling technology transfers and agreements, competition matters and licensing issues. In recent instructions, practice co-head Hanne Heltne led the advice to two media houses concerning licensing rights for use of photos and videos in the Netflix documentary, The Tinder Swindler. Practice co-head Stephan Brodschöll regularly acts for a client base of life sciences, biotech, IT, telecoms, technology and media companies.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Brodschöll; Hanne Heltne


Key clients

Signicat AS


Agder Energi AS


Mercell AS


EU Supply AB


Tellu IoT


Numascale AS


eSmart 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


Oliasoft AS


Resoptima AS


Ørn Software AS


Arribatec ASA


Inventory Investment AS


Appear AS


CMS Kluge

At CMS Kluge, recent instructions for the group include advising Norwegian healthcare authority Helse Midt-Norge on the negotiation and acquisition of multiple agreements with Helseplattformen regarding a centralised patient records system for all municipalities and local health regions in central Norway; the ‘experiencedTorstein Arendt is the key name on this matter. Stian Oddbjørnsen is ‘an excellent technology lawyer‘ with established expertise in advising private and public sector companies and technology entities on procurement work and TMT litigation; he co-leads the practice with Marte Thorsby, who is highly regarded for her experience in assisting music and media sector clients with contractual and licensing issues. Other key practitioners include associate partner Ove André Vanebo, who specialises in data privacy law, and senior lawyer Linn Cathrine Jøsendal.


Practice head(s):

Stian Oddbjørnsen; Marte Thorsby


Other key lawyers:

Torstein Arendt; Ove André Vanebo; Linn Cathrine Jøsendal


Testimonials

‘They are always welcoming, have very good professional expertise, and provide good guidance.’

‘Great lawyers with good business sense, able to balance legal and commercial needs, with a mind to risk allocation.’

‘Torstein Arendt has exceptional negotiation skills.’

‘Highly professional with a service-oriented and practical approach to assignments.’

‘Very competent in topics related to technology, e-health and public clients.’

‘Stian Oddbjørnsen is able to go straight to the mark.’

‘Linn Cathrine Josendal and Stian Oddbjørnsen are excellent technology lawyers who understand our business and the commercial implications of their advice. They have taken the time to learn our business and our company’s needs in Norway, which better enables them to provide clear and effective legal advice.’

‘Stian Oddbjørnsen not only gives us the correct legal advice, but he is also able to see the challenges in context of our business and clients. This is rare and highly appreciated.’

Key clients

The Brønnøysund Register Centre


Central Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Midt-Norge RHF)


ECI Software, Inc


IFPI Norway (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry)


Lotteries Entertainment Innovation Alliance AS (LEIA)


Norwegian Digitalisation Agency (Digdir)


Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir)


Norwegian Directorate of Health (Helsedirektoratet)


Ruter AS


Work highlights


  • Assisting the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency with all regulatory compliance issues concerning the state administrative staff’s use of a private eID.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Telecoms work and technology mandates form the backbone of Advokatfirmaet Hjort‘s practice, which is also highly regarded for its expertise in privacy and data protection issues. In a prominent highlight, the team acted for the Norwegian Consumer Council in bringing a complaint against US company Grindr concerning a breach of privacy, resulting in a NOK65m fine imposed on Grindr. Department head Kristin Veierød specialises in advising a variety of telecoms entities, and Monica Syrdal is well known for assisting media clients with licensing, regulatory and contentious commercial work. Specialist counsel Eivind G. Moe is well versed in handling complex IT contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Veierød


Other key lawyers:

Monica Syrdal; Eivind G. Moe


Testimonials

‘Value for money.’

‘Pragmatic approach.’

‘Very competent. Quick. High quality.’

‘Driven and responsible.’

Key clients

Kabel Norge


Norges Televisjon AS


Telia Norway


Multilot AS


Agder Energi


Avinor Group


Difa AS


Ironstone AS


KnowIT


Sopra Steria


Bodø pensjonskasse


Espira Gruppen AS


Forbrukerrådet


Statnett SF


Work highlights


  • Advising Kabel Norge on lobbying issues relating to the impact of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche has ‘strong knowledge within the TMT field‘. The ‘pragmatic’ team, led by transactional expert Tommy Dahlen, is well versed in advising on the full range of contentious and non-contentious TMT matters, and reports an increase in instructions from clients in the aquaculture sector. Other key practitioners include Knut Martinsen and Per Kristian Ramsland, who focus on capital markets and M&A issues, litigation expert Andreas Nordby, and senior lawyer Christopher Hestnes, who specialises in IP work.

Practice head(s):

Tommy Dahlen


Other key lawyers:

Per Kristian Ramsland; Knut Martinsen; Andreas Nordby; Christopher Hestnes


Testimonials

‘Tommy Dahlen provided excellent support in negotiations and contract reviews. His knowledge and pragmatic approach were stand out and secured an exceptionally effective process with high quality.’

‘Christopher Hestnes has been important for us, with his in depth understanding of new technology. Our license model will be based on many of his inputs and has really brought extra value for us using Arntzen de Besche.’

‘Christopher Hestnes has extensive knowledge and expertise.’

‘Strong staff with a pragmatic approach. Strong knowledge within the TMT field.’

‘Their know how about technology with a dedicated team in Trondheim has been utterly important for us in our matter. Dealing with the newest technology, licenses models etc.. on a daily basis has increased our value proposition and setting the right value on our product.’

Key clients

Investcorp / Abax


Globus Ai AS


Huddlestock Fintech


Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT)


Merck


DCC Plc


Benchmark Holdings


Helse Midt-Norge RHF


Bilfinger Industrier AS


Novelda AS


EG A/S


The Norwegian Directorate and Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs


Spordrift AS


Trym AS


Finter AS


Strise AS


Work highlights


  • Assisted the Norwegian Directorate and Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs with data protection issues concerning processing sensitive personal data.

Brækhus Advokatfirma DA

Led by AI expert Christian Bendiksen, the team at Brækhus Advokatfirma DA is well known for advising large Norwegian and international companies on IT contracts, disputes, procurement matters and technology transactions. The group continues to advise Simplifai on distributorship and sub-licensing agreements with UK and US companies, as well as optimising its current SaaS-templates for international distribution. Stein E Hove is a key contact for IT litigation and contracts, and Brede A Haglund is sought after for his expertise in data protection law. Alexander Mollan was promoted to associate partner in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Christian Bendiksen


Other key lawyers:

Stein E Hove; Brede A Haglund; Alexander Mollan


Testimonials

‘Very proactive.’

Takes a holistic approach, and guides on commercial aspects to make sure nothing falls between the cracks.’

‘No fuss, straight to the point. Great people to work with. Delivers results.’

Very fast responses.’

Key clients

Capgemini Norge AS


Flytoget AS


Sayfr AS


Avarn Security AS


Nille AS


Volvo Maskin AS


Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A


HydroScand AS


Postnord AS


Bouygues


Simplifai AS


MetaMedia


Norsk Tipping


Argyll Entertainment Ltd.


SATS ASA


Legentic AS


Recreate ASA


Eie Franchise AS


The Norwegian Study Organisation (AOF)


Kommuneforlaget AS


Cryogenetics AS


Elop AS


BPW Hofstad AS


Digiflow AS


Rubin Medical AS


Altinget AS


Statens vegvesen


Solid Media AS


Rift Labs


Gamesys Group


SEEN AS


IMI Hydronic Engineering


EY Norway

EY Norway focuses its practice on assisting online entertainment, financial and technology clients with blockchain and crypto-technology work, and is also widely recognised for its strength in tax law. Tax expert Gjert Melsom co-heads the department with associate partner Mads Ribe.

Practice head(s):

Gjert Melsom; Mads Ribe


Key clients

Sky Mavis Pte Ltd.


Adidas (Germany)


Adapted Consulting AS


Defi Technologies AS


Syndikators AB


Plus Capital Ltd (UK)


Unisot AS


Datablock AS


Effectus Analytics AS


Wakandi AS


Iagon AS


Canpol AS


Orgbrain AS


Betway Ltd


Work highlights


  • Assisting blockchain company Sky Mavis with all tax aspects of the client’s crypto token holdings, following its tokenization of assets in a virtual game.
  • Assisting Norwegian blockchain company Defi Technologies with all legal aspects of its development of a user-friendly interface application for THORChain.
  • Assisting Consulting AS with tax and financial regulatory matters concerning token exchange issues.

ADVOKATFIRMAET GJESSINGREIMERS AS

Øystein Flagstad and Simen Blaker Strand jointly head up the TMT practice at boutique firm ADVOKATFIRMAET GJESSINGREIMERS AS. The department is well known for handling IT contracts, data protection issues and privacy work for a client base of public sector entities and technology and media companies.

Practice head(s):

Øystein Flagstad; Simen Blaker Strand


Testimonials

‘Simen Blaker Stand provides valuable advice and quickly comes up with answers and solutions.’

‘Very relevant experience, good knowledge about our business.’

Key clients

NORCE – Norwegian Research Centre AS


Norsk Medisinaldepot AS (McKeeson Corporation)


Syntax Systems GmbH & Co KG


Norwegian Directorate of Education


PetXL Group AS


Buypass AS


Beaufort Norge AS


ECONA


Viasat Inc.


DRIW AS


NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute)


Galleon Embedded Computing AS


FONO


Rettighetsalliansen (The Rights Holders Alliance of Norway)


Billington Process Technology AS


Work highlights


  • Advising the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute on the implementation of a knowledge management system for preserving and reusing data.
  • Assisting ECONA with data privacy issues and negotiating a data processing agreement with publishing house Cappelen Damm concerning content on digital platforms.
  • Acting as sole external legal adviser to the Norwegian Directorate of Education concerning data privacy issues and IT contracts regarding a framework agreement entered into under public procurement rules.

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

At Advokatfirmaet Grette AS, the ‘professional‘ team continues to advise the Norwegian Western Health Authority and the Central Regional Health Authority on a range of TMT matters and IT procurement work remains a core pillar of strength of the practice. Department head Peter Lenda has ‘lengthy experience within the TMT sector‘, and provides ‘sound advice‘ on IT contractual issues. Marie Braadland has notable public procurement expertise, and Odd Stemsrud is a key name for competition and regulatory issues. Senior associate Gry Handeland Løvlien has moved to Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

Practice head(s):

Peter Lenda


Other key lawyers:

Marie Braadland; Odd Stemsrud


Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge and up-to-date expertise.’

‘Peter Lenda is our expert for all things legal. While we definitely value his mastery of the legal field, what sets him apart is his dedication towards learning about our specific business and technology before applying his knowledge. He stays up-to-date on the new technologies emerging, and the challenges and opportunities that come with it.’

‘Peter Lenda (Partner) – the clear understanding of our problems and the proposed (and prompt) solution suggested were highly appreciated by our team – fast response on how to address our issues is what we valued the most.’

‘Grette has a unique combination of partners and associates with expertise within the energy sector , IT/TMT, the public sector and general legal matters who make the company a very good fit for us.’

‘Professional, The ability to explain and translate the legal language to non legal experienced customer is appreciated.’

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


Simplifai AS


Sølvguttene


Work highlights


  • Advising Norwegian Customs on ongoing public procurement matters relating to technology acquisitions.