Firm Profile > LOGOS > Reykjavik, Iceland
LOGOS > The Legal 500 Rankings
Operating from Reykjavik and London, the banking, finance and capital markets team at LOGOS is jointly led by Thórólfur Jónsson and Óttar Pálsson. Counting Goldman Sachs and Barclays on its client portfolio, the group regularly handles substantial Icelandic DCM and ECM deals and also provides regulatory assistance on funds and borrowing mandates; it also recently established a banking task force which is aimed at lender clients. The practice also advises clients from the energy sector and attracts a significant amount of work from the aviation and technology industries. Securities specialist Guðbjörg Helga Hjartardóttir is another key contact.
Thórólfur Jónsson; Óttar Pálsson
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at Logos is one of the best in Iceland in this area. They have extensive knowledge of the topics, are thorough, responsive and solution driven. The partner is hands on and guides the team such that the demands of the clients are met. No other firm in Iceland is better than the Logos team in this area.’
‘Óttar Pálsson is the stand out partner. He is extremely knowledgeable, reliable and thorough. Great work ethic and solution driven. He pushes his team to be the absolute best.’
‘What makes this practice unique is its comprehensive areas of practice, expertise in a wide range of industries, many highly regarded partners and associates, professionalism and its offices in Iceland and London.’
‘Guðbjörg Helga Hjartardóttir provides in-depth work of excellent quality and “best in class” legal advice.’
Goldman Sachs International
Verne Global Data Centres
New Business Venture Fund
Iceland > Dispute resolution Tier 1
Led by company law expert Heiðar Ásberg Atlason, the dispute resolution practice at LOGOS also features EEA and competition specialist Helga Óttarsdóttir as well as experienced litigators Ólafur Eiríksson and Halldór Brynjar Halldórsson. Covering both Iceland and the UK, the team has substantive experience before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, EFTA and the European Court of Human Rights. In particular, the group regularly defends clients in large-scale investigations brought by the tax or competition authorities and bankruptcy claims; it recently advised HSBC on the collapse of LBI and the domestic legal requirements of a cross-border winding-up. The practice attracts a significant amount of work from key players in the banking, telecoms, retail and shipping sectors.
Advising domestic and international clients in the retail, telecoms and fishing sectors, the EEA and competition team at LOGOS legal services is jointly led by Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir and Gunnar Sturluson. The group handles key issues including mergers, market dominance allegations and unlawful cooperation of undertakings cases, and advises on dawn raids, horizontal and vertical agreements, state aid work and private enforcements. In a notable highlight, the team secured a partial annulment of a fine given to Norvik and Byko relating to allegations of cartel behaviour. Halldór Brynjar Halldórsson is a key contact for competition litigation.
Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir; Gunnar Sturluson
Other key lawyers:
‘In-depth knowledge of relevant field of law, very good cooperation between partners in complex multi-legal-sector cases, very good understanding of the economy and different business.’
‘Halldór Brynjar Halldórsson. More in-depth knowledge of respective field of law then peers. He is able to find the hidden treasures in all matters and is willing to explore what lies behind the ordinary.’
‘In my opinion the team at LOGOS has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of EEA and competition law. They have been involved in most of the major matters that have come up in Iceland in recent years. They are responsive and solution driven.’
‘Gunnar Sturluson is one of the most experienced EEA and competition lawyers in Iceland. Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir also has long standing experience in this field.’
‘Well known and well respected firm in Iceland. They can serve ours needs both for the domestic market and our export market.’
‘Gunnar Sturluson has been our main contact and he has been outstanding in his service to us. Good consultations and deep understanding in our matters.’
Eimskipafelag Islands hf.
Ölgerðin Egill Skallagríms hf.
Arctic Adventures hf.
Einar Baldvin Axelsson and Erlendur Gíslason jointly lead the maritime and transport practice at LOGOS legal services, and specialise in shipping and aviation mandates respectively. On the marine side, the team handles cargo and salvage claims, vessel sales and purchases, and international shipbuilding agreements. For its roster of aviation-related clients, which includes Icelandair and Icelease, the group advises on aircraft acquisitions, leasing issues and finance work.
Einar Baldvin Axelsson; Erlendur Gíslason
‘Our relationship with LOGOS is about 15 years old and we have been with the same partner at LOGOS all that time. Their knowledge of our business and our firm is a great strength in my opinion, as well as being very responsive to our requests. LOGOS is highly respected in Iceland and it goes without saying that such a reputation is of course a great asset.’
‘Erlendur Gíslason’s support to our business in every way has always been very positive and professional in my opinion.’
‘Without doubt the Logos team is the best in Iceland for maritime and transport. Our experience with them as a customer has spanned years and the service has been at an exceptional standard all those years in various projects and smaller deals – all have been done with a top-standard approach and commercial understanding for the parties in the deal.’
‘Einar Baldvin Axelsson has been our main legal adviser over the years and is by far the best lawyer in his field in Iceland. We have been lucky to work with him in countless projects over the years and his legal assets have without doubt helped us tremendously in many complex cases over the years and have always been executed by Einar Baldvin and his time in best possible way.’
‘Einar Baldvin Axelsson is the leading maritime lawyer in Iceland, outstanding knowledge and excellent record in the courts, and above all great human being with highest respect.’
Eimskip Island ehf.
Vatryggingafelag Islands hf.
The Icelandic Coast Guard
The Shipowners P&I club
The Standard Club
Atlantic Tank Storage ehf.
Air Iceland Connect
Led by public procurement specialist Hjördís Halldórsdóttir, the real estate and construction team at LOGOS legal services handles transactions, property developments, commercial leases, financing work and tax issues. The group also has a strong track record in dispute resolution and successfully represented IAV in court proceedings against the creditor of a bankrupt estate. Benedikt Egill Árnason is recommended for energy sector work, while Erlendur Gíslason is the name to note for debt settlements.
‘Very professional service. You will always get a very quick feedback on your requests and the tasks are directed to the people with the proper skills.’
‘Hjördís Halldórsdóttir is our key account lawyer in the firm. She has excellent know how within the Construction business and has been involved in lot of our claim cases as well as general contracting support. Prompt and professional.’
‘They are knowledgeable and accessible. Benedikt Egill Árnason and Hjördís Halldórsdóttir have been my main contacts.’
Islenskir adalverktakar hf. (IAV)
Nordural Grundartangi ehf.
Rio Tinto á Íslandi hf.
Jardboranir hf./Iceland Drilling Ltd.
Munck Island ehf.
Framkvaemdafelagid Arnarhvoll ehf.
Eignarhaldsfelagid Hornsteinn ehf.
B.M. Vallá ehf.
BS eignir ehf.
Járn verktakar ehf.
Government Construction Contracting Agency (Framkvæmdasýsla ríkisins)
Byggingafélagið Bakki ehf.
Klasi ehf. / Smárabyggð ehf.
The team at BBA//Fjeldco advises clients on corporate restructurings and transactional and contentious insolvency mandates. Jointly led by Einar Baldvin Árnason and Gunnar Thor Thorarinsson, the practice counts Sports Direct, the Turkish Development Bank and Tommi’s Burger Joint on its diverse client roster. In a recent highlight, the group was involved in Icelandair's voluntary restructuring, a process which involved the participation of stakeholders and the national government. The practice recently welcomed Claire Broomhead from LOGOS and Páll Jóhannesson from SKR Legal Services.
The team at LOGOS handles issues relating to payment suspensions, bankruptcy proceedings, and voluntary and compulsory arrangements with creditors. Clients also benefit from the group's experience in advising on insolvent estates, distressed enterprises and the compulsory dissolution of companies, and leverages the firm's additional London office on cross-border matters. Led by contract specialist Heiðar Ásberg Atlason, the practice recently worked on Icelandair's restructuring following the impact of Covid-19.
Einar Baldvin Árnason; Gunnar Thor Thorarinsson
Eaton Vance Management
Alvotech and Alvogen
Turkish Development Bank, World Bank
Nox Holding ehf.
Kvika bank hf.
ODDEG – Office Djiboutien de Développementde l’Energie Géothermique
SportsDirect.com Retail Limited
The Collectivié de Strasbourg Metropole
Arion Bank hf.
Byr Savings Bank
Heiðar Ásberg Atlason
Other key lawyers:
Ólafur Arinbjörn Sigurðsson
‘This practice is well known and connected in Iceland. The teams consists of individuals with broad knowledge and good experience.’
‘Ólafur Arinbjörn Sigurðsson helped us to reconstruct our equities and debts. He successfully managed meetings with pension funds, banks and other institutions through a very difficult time in our history.’
Lyf og heilsa hf.
Pension Fund of State Employees
Estate of SS Hus ehf.
Baugur Group Estate
Barclays Bank plc.w
Iceland > TMT and IP Tier 1
IT expert Hjördís Halldórsdóttir leads the TMT and IP team at LOGOS legal services, which handles trade mark and patent litigation, and also has significant experience in data protection matters. Representing major clients in the entertainment field, the group also assists with copyright issues, counterfeiting disputes and franchising agreements. In a recent highlight, the group represented Síminn in a case filed by IHM claiming that a distribution package exceeded its original terms. Áslaug Björgvinsdóttir is a key contact for European IP legislation.
Other key lawyers:
Áslaug Björgvinsdóttir; Steinlaug Högnadóttir
‘My experience is that the team’s knowledge is outstanding in regards to GDPR law. They work efficiently and are professional all the way. Their solutions have been highly regarded by others.’
‘I have been in contact with Áslaug Björgvinsdóttir and her associate Steinlaug Högnadóttir. All their work has been flawless, quick and professional.’
Verne Holdings ehf.
The Icelandic Broadcasting Service, Ríkisútvarpið
Arion banki hf.
At LOGOS legal services, Thórólfur Jónsson and Guðbjörg Helga Hjartardóttir lead the team in Reykjavik, while Guðmundur Oddsson heads up the London-based practice. Handling all aspects of commercial, corporate and M&A work, the team also acts on restructuring and refinancing mandates. With a client roster of listed corporates, the group is notably active in the fishing, automotive, technology and life sciences sectors; in a recent highlight, the team advised Klakki on the sale of the largest car leasing business in Iceland for ISK9.3bn.
Thórólfur Jónsson; Guðmundur Oddsson; Guðbjörg Helga Hjartardóttir
Other key lawyers:
‘The LOGOS team has exceptional skills and capabilities in all legal areas.’
‘Proven track record, highly skilled team, in-depth sector knowledge. Very scalable practice.’
‘Professional and personal service. Result driven.’
‘The Logos team provides relevant advice in a timely fashion. Besides their legal knowledge they also shows a great interest and understanding of our business and even the PR side when it comes to M&A activities and related regulatory areas.’
‘The managing partner, Thórólfur Jónsson, is most likely the most qualified lawyer in the M&A field in Iceland having managed several large transactions, both domestically and internationally.’
‘Guðmundur Oddsson has been my legal council and is excellent in every manner.’
‘The partner Gunnar Sturlusson has been a great support for us in our local M&A activities. His attention to detail, willingness and ability to understand our business and sound judgement have been much appreciated.’
Icelandair Group hf.
Goldman Sachs International
Haugen Gruppen Nordic AS
Verne Global ehf.
Crowberry Capital ehf.
Olgerdin Egill Skallagrimsson hf.
Iceland > Employment Tier 2
The employment team at LOGOS legal services is led by litigation specialist Ólafur Eiríksson, and handles contracts, restructuring issues and disputes with employees; the practice also advises on remuneration schemes, work permits and collective bargaining agreements. Key sector strengths for the team include assisting companies in the aviation, fishing, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and finance industries; it recently represented Deloitte in a claim for unfair dismissal. Einar Baldvin Axelsson is the name to note for matters involving maritime workers.
Other key lawyers:
‘Ólafur Eiríksson has exceptional insight in all things both commercial and legal. Every aspect of the case was handled in very professional manner.’
‘Ólafur Eiríksson is the go to person for us at Logos.’
‘Total legal services that cover all aspects of the law, and good cooperation between partners in cases covering multiple legal issues.’
Veritas Capital ehf
Ragnar og Ásgeir ehf
LOGOS > Firm Profile
The firm: Established in 1907, LOGOS is one of the premier law firms in Iceland and is highly regarded for its international presence. The firm, which specialises in corporate and commercial law, advises both the international business community and domestic clients requiring international legal assistance. The LOGOS London office makes LOGOS uniquely placed as an adviser to both Icelandic businesses in their international relationships and to foreign businesses with interests in the Icelandic market.
Consistently highly praised by its many loyal and longstanding clients, the firm attracts Iceland’s finest legal talent and maintains its competitive edge with continuous investment in training and development throughout every lawyer’s career.
Areas of practice
International work: LOGOS has an outstanding track record in helping clients taking advantage of ever-changing opportunities in a range of industries in Iceland. The firm has also advised its longest-standing clients in relation to M&A as well as their more routine business transactions, outside Iceland.
Banking and finance: LOGOS is highly regarded for its performance in the banking and finance arena. The firm acts for a mix of domestic and international financial institutions as well as for corporate borrowers, providing high-quality advice on domestic and cross-border financing and securitisation, as well as regulatory advice.
Corporate finance and capital markets: with unrivalled experience in this field, LOGOS lawyers have advised a broad range of investors, including investment funds, pension funds and international investors. The firm advises on financing options, securities trading, loan agreements, banking and stock exchange matters, and has been involved in most of the biggest stock market listings and public M&A deals in Iceland to date.
M&A and corporate law: LOGOS provides legal advice and assistance on all aspects of purchasing and selling companies and businesses, often with a cross-border element. The firm advises on both public and private mergers and acquisitions and advises buyers, sellers and lenders.
Competition: a strong and highly regarded team advises on antitrust issues, including merger activity, an area of particular scrutiny in a small economy like Iceland. LOGOS has also been working on many cases in a related field, namely private enforcement relating to competition cases.
Employment and benefits: LOGOS provides practical employment and pensions law advice and support to corporates and employers, for example in creating syndicate agreements and employment contracts, and by representing clients in disputes with employees and other organisations.
Energy: with vast reserves of geothermal and hydropower energy, Iceland has attracted considerable inward investment and LOGOS has worked for most of the international corporations or financial institutions supporting these projects.
Financial restructuring: LOGOS has successfully advised a diverse range of clients on various restructuring projects, including creditors of Icelandic banks, private equity houses and other firms.
Insurance and tort: a specialised tort and insurance law team at LOGOS offers legal advice, representation and interest protection to its insurance company clients.
IP/IT and telecommunications: the field of intellectual property, information technology and telecommunications is one of LOGOS’ main strengths, and the same applies to data protection.
Litigation and arbitration: LOGOS undertakes all forms of dispute resolution, including complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration.
Property and real estate: LOGOS regularly acts on acquisitions and disposals of property portfolios, as well as dealing with construction issues arising from new-build projects.
Tax: the LOGOS tax team has unparalleled experience in the market and works on a wide range of matters for investors.
Maritime and transport: in the field of maritime law, LOGOS advises on matters relating to contracts of carriage, bills of lading, charter parties, freight forwarding, shipbuilding contracts, personal injury, cargo claims and cargo and hull insurance.
|Banking and finance||Ottar Palsson|
|Banking and finance||Thorolfur Jonsson|
|Capital markets||Benedikt Egill Arnason|
|Capital markets||Gudbjorg Helga Hjartardottir|
|Corporate finance||Gudbjorg Helga Hjartardottir|
|Corporate finance||Gudmundur J Oddsson|
|Insolvency||Olafur Arinbjorn Sigurdsson|
|Insolvency||Heidar Asberg Atlason|
|Insurance||Einar Baldvin Axelsson|
|IP/IT||Ragnar Tomas Arnason|
|Litigation (civil)||Heidar Asberg Atlason|
|Litigation (civil)||Olafur Eiriksson|
|M&A||Benedikt Egill Arnason|
|Litigation (criminal)||Helga Melkorka Ottarsdottir|
|Litigation (criminal)||Ottar Palsson|
|Restructuring||Olafur Arinbjorn Sigurdsson|
|Tax||Jon Elvar Gudmundsson|
|Ms Elva Thora Arnardottir||Main practice areas include Insurance and Torts, Employment and Benefits and Competition…||View Profile|
|Mr Benedikt Egill Arnason||Main practice areas are banking and finance, corporate law, corporate finance and…||View Profile|
|Mr Ragnar Tomas Arnason||Main practise areas are corporate law, construction and real estate, financial restructuring,…||View Profile|
|Mr Hrafnkell Asgeirsson||Main practice areas include banking and finance, corporate and competition law.||View Profile|
|Mr Heidar Asberg Atlason||Main practice areas are banking and finance, corporate finance and capital markets,…||View Profile|
|Ms Svanhvit Axelsdottir||Main practise areas are administrative and development law, employment and benefits, insurance…||View Profile|
|Mr Einar Baldvin Axelsson||Main practise areas are maritime and transport, insurance, tort, litigation and financial…||View Profile|
|Mrs Aslaug Bjorgvinsdottir||Main practice areas are IT law, including data protection and e-commerce, IP…||View Profile|
|Mr Sigurbjorn Bernhard Edvardsson||Main practice areas are EU/EEA law, corporate and commercial law, tax law…||View Profile|
|Mr Olafur Eiriksson||Main practice areas are litigation, employment and benefits, financial restructuring and insolvency,…||View Profile|
|Ms Linda Iris Emilsdottir||Main practice areas include corporate and commercial law, corporate finance and capital…||View Profile|
|Ms Kristin Edda Frimannsdottir||Main practice areas include EU/EEA law, data protection, IP/IT law and Construction…||View Profile|
|Mr Erlendur Gislason||Main practice areas are aviation law, construction and real estate, financial restructuring…||View Profile|
|Mr Jon Elvar Gudmundsson||Main practice areas are tax law, including corporate direct and indirect tax…||View Profile|
|Ms Katla Lovisa Gunnarsdottir||Main practice areas are Corporate law, IT and IP, media and entertainment,…||View Profile|
|Mrs Hjordis Halldorsdottir||Main practice areas are adminstrative and development law, banking and finance, corporate…||View Profile|
|Mr Halldor Brynjar Halldorsson||Main practice areas are administrative and development law, competition law, corporate law,…||View Profile|
|Mr Arnar Sveinn Hardarson||Main practice areas include EU/EEA law, Financial Regulation and Administrative law.||View Profile|
|Mrs Gudbjorg Helga Hjartardottir||Gudbjorg has extensive experience in providing a wide range of legal services…||View Profile|
|Mrs Steinlaug Hognadottir||Main practice areas are Data protection and EU law||View Profile|
|Mr Fannar Freyr Ivarsson||Main practice areas are administrative and development law, banking and finance, corporate…||View Profile|
|Mr Kristofer Jonasson||Main practice areas include banking and finance, corporate finance and capital markets,…||View Profile|
|Ms Marta Jonsdottir||Main practice areas include banking and finance, corporate and EU/EEA Law.||View Profile|
|Mr Thorolfur Jonsson||Main areas of practice are banking and finance, corporate finance and capital…||View Profile|
|Mr Gunnar Jonsson||Main areas of practice are administrative and development law, competition law, corporate…||View Profile|
|Mr Elvar Jonsson||Main practice areas are Corporate and commercial law, Tax law and Competition…||View Profile|
|Ms Erna Leifsdottir||Main practice areas include corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, corporate…||View Profile|
|Mr Gudmundur J Oddsson||. Partner, Head of London Office||View Profile|
|Mr Bjarki Olafsson||Main areas of practice are corporate law, and litigation and arbitration.||View Profile|
|Mr Hlynur Olafsson||Main areas of practice are banking and finance, competition law, corporate finance…||View Profile|
|Mr Bjarnfredur Olafsson||Main areas of practice are administrative and development law, corporate law, financial…||View Profile|
|Mrs Helga Ottarsdottir||Main areas of practice are corporate finance and capital markets, competition law,…||View Profile|
|Ms Yr Sigurdardottir||Main practice areas are IP and Copyright Law, Insurance Law, and Contractor-…||View Profile|
|Mr Olafur Arinbjorn Sigurdsson||Main areas of practice are banking and finance, corporate finance and capital…||View Profile|
|Mr Freyr Snaebjornsson||Main areas of practice are administrative and development law, corporate finance and…||View Profile|
|Mr Gunnar Sturluson||Main areas of practice are competition law, construction and real estate, corporate…||View Profile|
|Mr Vilhjalmur Herrera Thorisson||Main practice areas are Corporate Law, Competition Law, European Law and M&A.||View Profile|
|Ms Hrafnhildur Sæberg Thorsteinsdottir||Main practice areas are banking and finance, corporate and commercial law, corporate…||View Profile|
|Ms Sigfrid Elin Thorvaldsdottir||Main practice areas including corporate, banking and finance, construction and real estate…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomas Aron Viggosson||Main practice areas include EU/EEA law, Insurance and torts and employment and…||View Profile|
|Mr Arni Vilhjalmsson||Main areas of practice are competition law, corporate law, energy law, European…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 54
LanguagesDanish English French German Italian Norwegian Spanish Swedish
OtherContacts : Thorolfur Jonsson (managing partner) Contacts : Gudmundur Oddsson (head of London office) Other offices : London
When it comes to human resources LOGOS appreciates diversity. The firm boasts of a diverse group of a strong, hard working and interesting employees who are determined and ambitious in their work. Our goal is to create a working environment where everyone has the chance to grow and prosper in their work and where there is space for different personalities.
LOGOS puts emphasis on continuing professional development and encourages employees to increase their knowledge and skills by attending courses, seminars and conferences. Employees are also diligent in sharing information, knowledge and experience within the firm.
LOGOS is a family friendly workplace. The aim of a family friendly workplace is to minimise the negative effects of pressure from work and increase flexibility, which makes the employees more capable of handling the demands of both work and family.
LOGOS is the largest law firm in Iceland. It advises numerous domestic and foreign companies on all aspects of corporate law, from the establishment of a company to its dissolution.
As a full-service premier law firm, with a dedicated team of employees working together to provide quality services for our clients and over 50 attorneys covering a broad range of practice areas, we can put together the team that best matches our clients’ needs in any situation. The competitive edge of the firm is the result of the systematic recruitment of Iceland’s finest legal talent and continued investment in training and development. LOGOS’ success is rooted in passionate commitment to our clients, as well as providing high-quality legal advice and services.
LOGOS has an outstanding track record in assisting clients in utilizing the ever-changing opportunities in a range of industries.
The firm has long standing experience in international corporate work, finance and M&A, aviation, shipping and regulatory matters such as competition law and tax, and both domestic tax and international tax restructuring. Through our 100-year history, we have built up international experience and work with leading law firms all over the world.
The experience and stability that we have gained over the years has allowed us to rapidly adapt to today’s business environment and will serve as a solid foundation to confront the challenges ahead.