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Kluge Advokatfirma AS

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Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger
Kluge Advokatfirma AS, Bjørnar Alterskjær, Oslo, NORWAY

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Bjørnar Alterskjær

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Kluge Advokatfirma AS

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Public sector. EU and competition. 


Bjørnar Alterskjær has particular expertise in public procurement and state aid matters. EU law, EEA law, State aid law, Competition law, Public procurement law, free movement of goods, services, labour and capital, business law. Bjørnar has been Deputy Director of the legal department in the EFTA Surveillance Authority and was also for an extended period Acting Director of the department. He has outstanding experience in litigation before the EFTA and the EU Courts, having represented the EFTA Surveillance Authority in over 20 cases in almost all fields of law covered by the EEA Agreement and the EU treaties. Several of the cases concerned questions within the field of state aid and public procurement. He has also worked extensively with questions pertaining to the free movement of goods, services, labour and capital, in addition to the rules on establishment, competition law, labour law and financial services. Further he has acted as Hearing Officer for competition cases in the EFTA Surveillance Authority.
Alterskjær is manging partner in Kluge since 2018. 


From 2001 to 2004, Bjørnar worked with state aid and public procurement in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry and in the Competition Policy department in the Ministry of Administration and Government Reform. In addition to holding a law degree from the University of Oslo, Bjørnar holds an LL.M from the Humboldt University in Berlin. His master thesis was on third party access to the electricity grid (Der Zugang Dritter zu den Netzwerke nach der EG-Stromrichtlinie – Mit Blick auf das norwegische Genehmigungsverfahren für den Auslandshandel mit Strom). Bjørnar also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Vleric Leuven Gent Business School. The MBA programme of this prestigious school is regarded as being among the best in Europe. He therefore knows what it takes for our clients to succeed in business. Bjørnar holds presentations and speeches both nationally and internationally. He has written several articles, amongst others in the European State Aid Law Quarterly, and is one of the authors of the leading book on state aid in Norwegian Statsstøtte – EØS-avtalens regler om offentlig støtte.


Scandinavian languages, English, German


Norwegian Bar Association.


2016, Partner, Kluge Advokatfirma, 2011, Associate lawyer, ALT law firm, 2008 - 2010, Deputy Director/Acting Director, Legal and Executive Affairs, EFTA Surveillance Authority Cand. jur. (Norwegian law degree)


EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Noted for its public procurement strength,¬†Kluge Advokatfirma AS's team¬†has 'strong competencies and excellent skills' and is led by¬†Gro Amdal¬†and¬†Arne Torsten Andersen, who head the public procurement and competition teams respectively. Clients also single out managing partner¬†Bj√łrnar Alterskj√¶r¬†due to his 'in-depth knowledge of state aid law, which makes him an obvious choice in the market';¬†Robert Lund¬†and¬†Torstein Arendt¬†are also names to note. The department recently assisted Sykehusbygg with the procurement issues relating to a new-build hospital project and represented Bane Nor in a claim brought by Skanska following the awarding of contracts for the Follo Line Project.

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Kluge Advokatfirma AS

  • Norway not included when short sale regulations in EU take effect 1 November 2012

    From 1 November 2012 EU Regulation 236/2012 on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps will come into effect. Although the Regulation is within the scope of the EEA Agreement, Norway has not implemented the EU Regulation. Based on unofficial information from the Norwegian authorities, we expect the implementation process to be delayed until at least late 2013. Meanwhile, existing rules on short sale in Norway will continue to apply for transactions performed on the Norwegian market. 
    - Kluge Advokatfirma DA

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