Firm Profile > BBA//Fjeldco > Reykjavik, Iceland
BBA//Fjeldco > The Legal 500 Rankings
Following its merger in late 2019, the newly incorporated BBA//Fjeldco fields a broad banking, finance and capital markets team which leverages offices in Iceland, England, France and New York to act for a range of international clients including major investment banks. The group's banking and finance work encompasses cross-border debt issuances, financings and refinancing instructions, while recent capital markets mandates include private placements and major IPOs on Nasdaq OMX. Halldór Karl Halldórsson is a key name for noteworthy transactions: he recently advised Arion Bank on its ISK49bn private placement, which was the first private placement by a large financial institution followed by a public offering of shares. Bjarki Diego's recent work includes assisting Asian Development Bank with its $250m loan to Arctic Green Energy and Sinipec Green Energy Geothermal Company to finance a major project in China. Dual-qualified (Iceland and New York) Ásgeir Ragnarsson has a wealth of experience in M&A, project financing and various commercial and company law matters. Gunnar Thor Thorainsson, who is qualified to practice in Iceland and England, is recognised for advising international investors engaged in Iceland and domestic investors exploring commercial opportunities abroad.
Ásgeir Ragnarsson; Gunnar Thor Thorarinsson
Kvika bank hf.
Asian Development Bank
RPC Group PLC
Alvogen and Alvotech
Barclays Bank plc
Arion Bank hf.
Nordic Investment bank
Danske Bank A/S and Nordea Bank AB
RW Baird Nasdaq
Shanghai International Exchange
BBA//Fjeldco's 'solution oriented' practice has recently benefited from notable team growth with five lawyers joining the group in mid-2019 and a new London office, which was added following the merger between BBA and Fjeldsted & Blöndal. With a high-profile client roster, which includes major international banks and corporations, the team regularly handles acquisitions in the telecoms, energy and real estate sectors, and has notable expertise in refinancing and restructuring mandates. Einar Baldvin Árnason, who is praised as 'the best in his field', routinely acts for Icelandic companies and investment funds on corporate and commercial law matters. Qualified to practice in Iceland and France, co-head Baldvin Björn Haraldsson has a strong track record in M&A transactions and winding-up proceedings, and Ásgeir Ragnarsson, who is qualified in Iceland and New York, handles M&A, capital markets transactions and regulatory matters. Co-head Halldór Karl Halldórsson is also a key name to note.
Baldvin Björn Haraldsson; Halldór Karl Halldórsson
Turkish Development Bank
Alvogen and Alvotech.
Arctic Green Energy
Kvika bank hf.
RPC Group PLC
Arion Bank hf.
Nordic Investment bank
Danske Bank A/S and Nordea Bank AB
ABN Amro bank
SJÓKLÆÐAGERÐIN HF. – 66°N
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1
Following its 2019 merger, BBA//Fjeldco's practice is instructed on some of Iceland's leading restructuring and insolvency mandates spanning takeovers, private equity investments and refinancings. On the contentious side, the group has recently acted in D&O cases and disputes over share purchase agreements. In a recent non-contentious highlight, Ásgeir Ragnarsson advised Arion Bank on its takeover of the Nordic company Travelco following its default on loans owed to the client, representing one of few successful enforcements of a share pledge agreement of this type to take place in a Nordic country. Group co-head Einar Baldvin Árnason stands out for his active role in mandates emerging from the financial crash, and fellow co-head Gunnar Thor Thorarinsson assisted bondholders of Iceland's failed banks with restructuring issues and high-value settlement negotiations.
Einar Baldvin Árnason; Gunnar Thor Thorarinsson
Eaton Vance Management
Alvotech and Alvogen
Turkish Development Bank, World Bank
Nox Holding ehf.
Kvika bank hf.
The Collectivié de Strasbourg Metropole
Arion Bank hf.
Byr savings bank
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Following its recent merger, BBA//Fjeldco fields offices in Reykjavik, London and France, and also has New York qualified lawyers. The practice has been notably active in a wide range of damages claims including tort proceedings, construction disputes and cross-border mandates. In addition, the team also has a strong track record in cases arising from the 2008 financial collapse, and expertise in real estate and shareholder disputes. 'Strong diplomat' and group co-head Thorir Júlíusson, who is praised for his 'good commercial understanding', is acting for LBI in three separate tort proceedings relating to compensatory damages issues. Co-head Hafliði Kristján Lárusson, who is qualified in Iceland and England, specialises in disputes relating to IP, technology issues and data protection.
Thorir Júlíusson; Hafliði Kristján Lárusson
‘The team’s commercial understanding is sound, and they strike a good balance between flexibility and firmness when providing advice.’
‘Partners are generally engaged themselves on matters and provide very constructive advice.’
‘Halldór Karl Halldórsson has a pragmatic yet very professional approach to dealing with legal issues.’
‘Kári Ólafsson is highly proactive and very efficient in managing disputes.’
Eik fasteignafélag hf.
WOW air ehf.
The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce
FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
Harpa Concert Hall
BBA//Fjeldco > Firm Profile
BBA//FJELDCO is the result of a merger of two leading corporate law firms in Iceland, BBA and Fjeldco. The merger creates a first-class, full-spectrum corporate law firm, being the obvious choice when complex and demanding corporate legal services are needed, whether local or international.
The merged firms have since 1998 been leading in the field of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and corporate finance, energy and PFI projects, as well as general corporate and commercial law.
We have been entrusted by our local and international clients to provide advice on many of Iceland’s biggest and most complicated financing and M&A deals, as well as the country’s most important PFI and energy projects. Our reputation in these areas of legal practice has resulted in a continuous top-tier ranking by all of the major ranking firms during the last decade.
The firm has over 25 specialized corporate lawyers, with qualifications in Iceland, England, France and New York.
BBA//FJELDCO has offices in Reykjavik and London, together with operations in France.
Mergers and Acquisitions are an important part of BBA//FJELDCO’s legal services. We have played a major role in majority of the biggest and most important M&A deals in Iceland in recent years, whether acting for buyers, sellers or financing parties. BBA //FJELDCO is a key player in M&A legal services in Iceland and is confirmed as leading in that field by all the major ranking firms.
Corporate & Commercial
BBA//FJELDCO is constantly ranked as leading in Iceland on the market of corporate and commercial law. We have advised the vast majority of the largest companies in Iceland on their various corporate and commercial issues. Our corporate activities represent the core of our focus and of our services to the businesses operating on the Icelandic market. Our key focus remains on the international aspects of our clients’ operations.
BBA//FJELDCO advises its clients on all aspects of competition law, whether such issues arise in relation to M&A transactions or more generally regarding commercial agreements and market conduct, which may have competition-law relevance. Further, we regularly act for both Icelandic and international clients in their mandatory communication and notices to the Icelandic Competition Authority.
Banking and Finance
BBA//FJELDCO has vast experience in advising financial institutions and borrowers on all aspects of banking and finance. The firm has an excellent track-record with complex financing structures and we are as a result regularly trusted by all the local banks to handle their more complex, multi-jurisdictional financing deals. Our reputable performance in banking and finance has secured BBA//FJELDCO with a top-tier ranking in this field with all major ranking firms.
Employment and Labour Law
BBA//FJELDCO advises its corporate clients on all employment law related matters, both contentious and non-contentious, such as negotiating employment contracts, set-up of options and bonus schemes, implementation of remuneration policies and assisting companies when redundancies are required. Also, BBA//FJELDCO has an extensive experience in handling complex negotiations and drafting of employment contracts and termination agreements with senior managers.
BBA //FJELDCO has in recent years been active in the field of Energy Law. The firm has advised Icelandic companies in geothermal ventures in countries around the world, including the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Abu Dhabi, Nepal and Ethiopia. Furthermore, BBA//FJELDCO has advised Icelandic energy companies in securing terrain for geothermal research as well as advising on Power Purchase Agreements and Project Agreements. As a result of this, we have also gained substantive experience in dealing with foreign governments and energy authorities in matters concerning licenses, such as for feasibility studies, exploration drilling, construction of facilities and operations.
BBA//FJELDCO has in recent years been heavily involved in advice to Icelandic authorities in PFI/PPP matters. We have advised the Icelandic government and the City of Reykjavik since 2005 in all matters concerning the design, construction and operations of Harpa, the Concert and Conference Hall on the Reykavik harbour. We have furthermore been active in matters concerning public procurement, advising among others the Icelandic State Trading Centre, as well as the Icelandic Government and the City of Reykjavik concerning a public procurement of land.
BBA//FJELDCO regularly advises its clients on capital-raising (including public listings) and financing strategies in relation to acquisitions, take-overs and reorganisation projects. BBA//FJELDCO has advised on many of the public listings in Iceland during the last decade, both on the Nasdaq Iceland main market and the Nasdaq First North Growth Market.
BBA//FJELDCO provides its clients with in-depth advice and assistance in relation to their regulatory issues and internal organisation. BBA//FJELDCO has advised its financial clients on obtaining operating licenses, handled communications with the Icelandic Financial Supervisory Authority, and assisted companies with structuring and set-up of internal rules and standardized terms and conditions. Also, BBA//FJELDCO has substantive expertise in fintech projects.
Restructuring and Insolvency
BBA//FJELDCO regularly advises on corporate restructuring, workouts and insolvency matters, both transactional and contentious. We strive to find commercially sound and efficient solutions to complex issues arising in this context and our approach is strategic and problem-solving in order to reach the ultimate outcome for our clients.
BBA//FJELDCO has an experienced team in litigation and local/international arbitration and mediation, including ICC, LCIA and WIPO arbitration and mediation. Our partners can be found on the panel of arbitrators at international arbitral institutions, they have served as members of the International Court or Arbitration of the ICC and on the board of the Nordic Arbitration Centre, Iceland.
BBA//FJELDCO advises its clients on all aspects of data protection/privacy matters, including data protection audits, data mapping, appropriate data protection policies, procedures and assessments both in relation to employee and client data, adequate responses and action in the event of data breach, communication with the Icelandic Data Protection Authority and contentious matters under Icelandic data protection law and the GDPR.
Aviation Law and Aircraft Financing
BBA//FJELDCO has an in-depth expertise in relation to aviation and aircraft financing matters. We advise airlines, lenders and lessors on complex regulatory and transactional matters and most of our work in this field is international in nature.
IP & Technology Law
BBA//FJELDCO has in-depth expertise in intellectual property and technology matters, both local and cross-border. Our practice covers all aspects of complex IP & Technology matters, for instance in relation to FMCG, virtual reality, biotech, fintech, renewable energy and cloud computing projects.
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Baldvin Björn Haraldssonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+354 550 0503|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Halldór Karl Halldórssonemail@example.com||+354 550 0504|
|Corporate & Commercial||Baldvin Björn Haraldssonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+354 550 0503|
|Corporate & Commercial||Halldór Karl Halldórssonemail@example.com||+354 550 0504|
|Competition Law||Einar Baldvin Árnasonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+354 550 0518|
|Banking and Finance||Ásgeir Árni Ragnarssonemail@example.com||+354 550 0501|
|Employment and Labour Law||Haflidi Kristján Lárussonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+354 550 0502|
|Energy Law||Baldvin Björn Haraldssonemail@example.com||+354 5500503|
|PFI/PPP||Baldvin Björn Haraldssonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+354 5500503|
|Capital Markets||Ásgeir Árni Ragnarssonemail@example.com||+354 550 0501|
|Capital Markets||Gunnar Thor Thorarinssonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0) 7595 057460|
|Financial Services/Fintech||Haflidi Kristján Lárussonemail@example.com||+354 550 0502|
|Restructuring and Insolvency||Einar Baldvin Árnasonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+354 550 0518|
|Dispute Resolution||Thorir Júlíussonemail@example.com||+354 550 0507|
|Data Protection/Privacy||Haflidi Kristján Lárussonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+354 550 0502|
|Aviation Law and Aircraft Financing||Haflidi Kristján Lárussonemail@example.com||+354 550 0502|
|IP & Technology Law||Haflidi Kristján Lárussonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+354 550 0502|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 25
LanguagesDanish English French German Swedish Norwegian Icelandic
MembershipsNew York Bar Association IBA (International Bar Association)
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Published: November 2019
Authors: Stefán Reykjalín Baldvin Björn Haraldsson
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Fintech laws and regulations that may occur in Iceland.
Iceland: Mergers & Acquisitions
Published: March 2020
Authors: Baldvin Björn Haraldsson Stefán Reykjalín
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Iceland.