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Réttur – Adalsteinsson & Partners
KLAPPARSTIGUR 25-27
101 REYKJAVIK
Iceland

Iceland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Réttur – Adalsteinsson & Partners handles the full range of domestic and cross-border dispute resolution matters, and is regularly instructed on top-end financial liability and commercial litigation. The firm retains its strong reputation for fundamental rights cases and continues to be engaged on high-profile freedom of speech, right to privacy and healthcare cases. In recent work, the group represented candidates to parliament in a dispute regarding the legitimacy of a contested recount in the 2021 elections, and filed applications to the European Court of Human Rights. Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson and Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson; Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir

Key clients

Icelandic Water Holdings

Flux

Anchorage Capital Group

Reykjavík City Theatre

Kerecis

SÍBS/Reykjalundur endurhæfing

Icelandic Symphony

Stundin

Stígamót

Icelandic Writer’s Association

Fossatún

North Ventures

Alm Brand

RSM Restructuring Advisory

Work highlights

  • Advised four candidates to parliament on the legitimacy of the elections in 2021 and filed applications to the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Acted for Icelandic Glacial in a liability case concerning trade mark rights.
  • Advised Guðjón Skarphéðinsson and Erla Bolladóttir on the annulment of a high-profile murder case from 1980.

Iceland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Iceland > TMT and IP Tier 2

Réttur – Adalsteinsson & Partners excels in the intellectual property and trade mark space, where the team acts for its broad bench of clients on trade mark, copyright and distribution of rights matters arising out of the technology, media and fintech sectors. Key clients for the group include The Icelandic Writer’s Union and Monerium. Department head and seasoned intellectual property practitioner Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir frequently represents leading arts institutions, while Ragnar Aðalsteinsson specialises in complex litigation and is recommended for the enforcement of IP rights in the arts sector.

Practice head(s):

Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Icelandic Symphony

Icelandic Water Holdings

The Icelandic Writer’s Union

Monerium

SÍBS

Reykjavík City Theatre

The Icelandic Visual Art Copyright Association

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Icelandic Actors’ Association

Optitog

Work highlights

  • Advising the Icelandic Writer’s Association on all IP matters as well as its members when negotiating and drafting agreements.
  • Acting as outside general counsel for the Reykjavik City Theatre and the Icelandic Symphony.
  • Advising Monerium, a blockchain licensed e-money company, on all IP related matters.

Iceland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Réttur – Adalsteinsson & Partners is instructed across a range of mandates, including financial restructurings, corporate governance matters, equity financings, litigation and tax issues related to general commercial work. The commercial team often works in tandem with the firm’s dispute resolution practice to provide clients with demonstrable knowledge across both contentious and non-contentious matters. Experienced litigator Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson heads up the team, which includes Stefán Örn Stefánsson, who is a key name at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A small boutique firm in Reykjavik offering personal and professional legal services. Very good communication, professional advice and quick case handling.’

‘Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson is a highly regarded Supreme Court litigator with extensive transactional experience and knowledge. He offers valuable advice on all stages of commercial negotiations and disputes. A down-to-earth, reasonable approach is his trade mark. One of Sigurður’s key strengths is his communicative skills and negotiation with other attorneys. He is one of few to master the art of being an aggressive spokesman and a good listener.’

‘What makes Réttur law firm unique is the quality of the work and work ethic of the team.’

‘Stefán Örn Stefánsson is very personable and always ready to provide valuable advice and legal documents with the highest level of competence.’

Key clients

Anchorage Capital Group

Icelandic Water Holdings

Monerium

SÍBS

Reykjalundur endurhæfing

Flux

Bitfury Group

North Ventures

Fornubúðir fasteignafélag

Work highlights

  • Advised Icelandic Water Holdings on a factoring financing and a stock option scheme.
  • Advised Monerium on a late seed equity financing.
  • Advised North Ventures on a data centre (crypto-mining) joint venture project.

The firm: Réttur traces its origins back to 1969 when Ragnar Aðalsteinsson, one of Iceland’s leading attorneys, started his private practice in Reykjavík. Today, Ragnar’s partners at Réttur include Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson, Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir, Védís Eva Guðmundsdóttir and Kári Hólmar Ragnarsson.

Renowned for its high level of professionalism, ethical standards and efficiency, the firm takes pleasure in giving its clients straightforward legal advice in a timely manner.

Areas of practice: Réttur’s main area of expertise include; litigation, constitutional law and human rights, insolvency law, tort law, competition law, commercial and company law, contract law, M&A, copyright law, property rights and administrative law.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Réttur’s litigation team has excellent experience, the firm constantly ranking as a leader in this field in Iceland. The firm offers first-rate services for Icelandic and international clients, before the District Courts, the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court of Iceland. The firm regularly acts for stakeholders in high profile cases, including providing expert opinions for the media. Réttur further assists clients with settlements, negotiations and alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Commercial and Corporate Law: Réttur has vast experience in the field of commercial and corporate law and has represented large and small companies, financial institutions, investment funds, professional investors and individual shareholders. The commercial and corporate law team led by Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson, leading Supreme Court Attorney, provides legal advice on matters such as Mergers & Acquisitions, company and shareholder disputes, listing on regulated stock exchanges, corporate- and financial restructuring, due diligence, general representation of companies, shareholders and investors, large-scale business negotiations, the formation and dissolution of legal entities, drafting of contracts and other transactional documents, international trade and other cross-border transactions and debt collections.

Human Rights: The ideological basis for Réttur is protection of human rights. Ragnar Aðalsteinsson, Supreme Court Attorney, founder and name partner of Réttur has for decades been considered a pioneer in terms of human rights protection in Iceland. Réttur is focused and committed to preserving this heritage to the utmost degree. Réttur’s lawyers have vast experience in pleading cases both before the domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights, most recently in the highly publicized case of nine female victims of violence against Iceland.

Insolvency and Restructuring of debt: The attorneys at Réttur have extensive experience in providing legal advice on the re-structuring of debt, managing bankrupt estates, litigating rescission cases and other aspects relating to the insolvency of companies, as well as natural persons. Furthermore, the firm’s attorneys have vast experience in giving advice in relation to the international winding-up proceedings of financial institutions.

Intellectual Property and Copyright Law: The attorneys at Réttur have extensive expertise in the area of intellectual property and trademarks, having successfully worked in those fields for decades. We specialize in the protection of all intellectual property rights such as literature, visual artwork, inventions, scientific research, trademarks and patents. Réttur provides advice to Iceland’s largest theatres, art museums, numerous artists and the Writers Union of Iceland among many other rightsholder organizations. Reviewing contracts, settling and litigating IP cases is a large part of Réttur’s attorneys’ work.

Property Rights: The firm’s attorneys have vast experience in litigating private and public land disputes as well as other disputes arising from interference with private property rights. Furthermore, Réttur’s attorneys have written numerous academic articles in this area of law.

Administrative Law: Réttur has wide-ranging experience in administrative proceedings with official authorities, independent administrative committees and the Althing Ombudsman. Réttur‘s creative, comprehensive and client-oriented approach to government decisions continuously yields excellent results.

Criminal Defense: All defendants are entitled to a fair trial. Réttur considers defending clients an important part of the role of the attorney. Réttur’s expertise in human rights law plays an intricate role in this area. Réttur has handled various and diverse cases ranging from complex commercial and economic criminal charges, to highly publicized court cases such as the so-called “Reykjavik Nine” and the “Deportation Protesters”.

Personal Injury and Other Torts: Réttur has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of personal injury and other liability claims, including accident claims, accident insurance claims, insurance disputes, short- or long-term disability benefit disputes and accident benefits disputes. Réttur’s attorneys continuously work with large international law firms and insurance companies, to secure cross-border tort claims, in and out of court.

Immigration Law: Réttur’s expertise extends to the legislation on foreign nationals, immigrants and asylum seekers. The firm’s attorneys pride themselves on being committed to the protection of foreign nationals in Iceland. The firm’s attorneys frequently work on applications for Icelandic citizenship as well as applications for non-residents who are interested in acquiring a residence or work permit, or investing in Iceland.

Department Name Email Telephone
Constitutional law Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson sigurdur@rettur.is
Constitutional law Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir sigrun@rettur.is
Constitutional law Védís Eva Guðmundsdóttir vedis@rettur.is
Commercial and company Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson sigurdur@rettur.is
Commercial and company Stefán Örn Stefánsson stefan@rettur.is
Competition Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson sigurdur@rettur.is
Competition Stefán Örn Stefánsson stefan@rettur.is
EU/EEA Védís Eva Guðmundsdóttir vedis@rettur.is
Insolvency and restructuring Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson sigurdur@rettur.is
Immigration Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir sigrun@rettur.is
Immigration Védís Eva Guðmundsdóttir vedis@rettur.is
Intellectual property and copyright law Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir sigrun@rettur.is
Intellectual property and copyright law Védís Eva Guðmundsdóttir vedis@rettur.is
Intellectual property and copyright law Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson sigurdur@rettur.is
International human rights Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir sigrun@rettur.is
International human rights Védís Eva Guðmunadsdóttir vedis@rettur.is
Litigation and dispute resolution Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson sigurdur@rettur.is
Litigation and dispute resolution Védís Eva Guðmunsdóttir vedis@rettur.is
Litigation and dispute resolution Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir sigrun@rettur.is
Natural resources and property Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson sigurdur@rettur.is
Natural resources and property Védís Eva Guðmundsdóttir vedis@rettur.is
Administrative law Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir sigrun@rettur.is
Photo Name Position Profile
Arnar Gauti Grettisson photo Mr Arnar Gauti Grettisson Associate and Lawyer.
Jóna Þórey Pétursdóttir photo Ms Jóna Þórey Pétursdóttir Associate and Lawyer.
Photo Name Position Profile
Ragnar Aðalsteinsson photo Mr Ragnar Aðalsteinsson Partner and Supreme Court Attorney.
Linda Íris Emilsdóttir photo Ms Linda Íris Emilsdóttir Associate and Attorney at Law.
Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir photo Ms Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir Partner and Appeal Court Attorney.
Védís Eva Guðmundsdóttir photo Ms Védís Eva Guðmundsdóttir Partner and Attorney at Law.
Alexander Hafþórsson photo Mr Alexander Hafþórsson Associate and Attorney at Law.
Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson photo Mr Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson Partner and Supreme Court Attorney.
Kristrún Ragnarsdóttir photo Ms Kristrún Ragnarsdóttir Associate and Attorney at Law.
Kári Hólmar Ragnarsson photo Mr Kári Hólmar Ragnarsson Partner and Attorney at Law.
Stefán Örn  Stefánsson photo Mr Stefán Örn Stefánsson Senior Associate and Attorney at Law.
Number of partners : 5
Number of lawyers : 12
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Contacts : Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir
Contacts : Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson
Contacts : Védís Eva Guðmunsdóttir