Mr Andri Árnason > Juris > Reykjavik, Iceland > Lawyer Profile

Juris
BORGARTÚN 26
105 REYKJAVÍK
Iceland

Work Department

Practice areas:
Competition and Regulatory
Constitutional and Administrative
Corporate and Commercial
Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner

Career

Admitted as a Supreme Court Attorney (Iceland) in 1993.
Admitted as a District Court Attorney (Iceland) in 1984.

Languages

Icelandic.
English.
Nordic languages.

Memberships

Board Member of the Icelandic Bar Association 1993-1996.
Chairman of the Icelandic Bar Association’s Legal Committee 1992-2000.
Chairman of the Court of Arbitration of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce 2005-2018.
Chairman of the Equal Rights Appeals Committee 2000-2011.
Member of the Competition Appeals Board 1994-1995.

Education

Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law, King’s College, London (2004).
Cand.jur., University of Iceland (1982).

Lawyer Rankings

Iceland > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Andri Árnason – Juris

The ‘strong team’ at Juris handles high-end disputes across the fishing, telecoms, private investment and pharmaceuticals sectors, and is noted for its expertise in cross-border financial litigation and asset recovery cases. A recent highlight for the practice included representing Huginn in a claim against the Icelandic government relating to the distribution of mackerel quotas. Supreme Court attorneys Andri Árnason and Stefán A Svensson jointly lead the team have considerable experience in contentious competition law mandates. State departments, municipalities and leading domestic companies are on the group’s key roster of clients.

Iceland > EEA and competition

(Hall of Fame)

Andri ÁrnasonJuris

Juris advises its roster of corporate and commercial clients on the EEA aspects of project finance matters, often involving a cross-border element, as well as state aid work and merger issues, and provides representation before the Icelandic Competition Authority. Experienced partners Andri Árnason and Stefán A Svensson, who focuses on contentious competition cases, jointly lead the group. Hólmfríður Björk Sigurðardóttir is another key contact in the team and is noted for her expertise in this space, leveraging her time at the Icelandic Competition Authority.

Iceland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Juris acts for leading Icelandic companies on M&A transactions, particularly in the hospitality sector, including advising a subsidiary of Birgir Bieltvedt, Eyja Fjárfestingafélag III, on its purchase of PPS Foods AB (Domino’s Sweden), as well as general corporate and commercial matters arising out of the banking and finance, fishing, energy, infrastructure and technology sectors. ‘Extremely capable corporate lawyerHalldór Jónsson leads the team alongside Andri Árnason, while Icelandic and English-qualified partner Simon Knight, who has experience in cross-border transactions, is another key contact. The ‘agile and lean team’ counts secured lending, project finance and refinancing mandates as part of its caseload.

Iceland > TMT and IP

Juris acts for key providers in the telecoms and media sectors, including Síminn and national broadcasting service RÚV; it is currently representing the latter in disputes concerning freedom of expression issues and privacy rights. The team also handles GDPR compliance matters, including drafting procedures and assisting with the implementation of projects. Andri Árnason, who has represented Síminn and its subsidiaries for over 20 years, leads the practice alongside litigator Stefán A Svensson.

Iceland > Restructuring and insolvency

Juris handles collapse-related insolvency cases, including rescission and asset recovery litigation, as well as winding-up proceedings and also advises domestic clients on issues relating to financial restructurings. The team also acts for distressed companies and their liquidators in disputes and non-contentious matters. Andri Árnason and Halldór Jónsson jointly lead the practice group, and Stefán A Svensson has experience in insolvency rescission cases.

Iceland > Banking, finance and capital markets

Juris handles top-end financing projects and transactions, often involving cross-border elements, across various industries, including the fishing, energy, hospitality, infrastructure, property development and financial services sectors, and has demonstrable experience in international investments and banking-related litigation. The ‘professional and solution-minded’ practice, which is jointly led by tax specialist Halldór Jónsson, Andri Árnason and Sigurbjörn Magnússon, counts commercial banks among its roster of long-standing clients, including Íslandsbanki and Landsbankinn. Other key members of the team include Simon Knight and Vífill Harðarson, who are both dual qualified in Iceland and England.