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Global Guide

Corporate/Commercial — Iceland


BBA - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Well reputed as a “very strong M&A lawyer,” Bjarki Diego is highly active in the banking and finance sector and advises on both domestic and international project financing, acquisitions and sales. Clients laud his “very good commercial awareness and excellent client service.” In a recent highlight he acted on Thorsil's ISK360 million financing of a silicon metal project.

Dual-qualified in Iceland and France, Baldvin Björn Haraldsson offers clients depth of expertise in international M&A. Haraldsson frequently advises the French subsidiaries of Icelandic companies on acquisitions. He has a number of clients from the energy, telecommunications and real estate sectors. He recently advised ISS World Services on its sale of an Icelandic subsidiary. Sources commend him as a “knowledgeable, efficient and flexible” lawyer.

Einar Baldvin Árnason frequently acts on large M&A mandates, representing banks, investment funds and corporates. Interviewees note that he is “really thorough and never misses anything.” He assisted Fiskisund with its ISK4 billion acquisition of a fish-farming company.

Ásgeir Ragnarsson is admitted to practice in Iceland and New York and frequently represents banks in domestic and international financing matters. He advised Nordic Investment Bank on its EUR50 million loan facility to Össur. One source remarks that he is “very thoughtful and goes beyond the narrow scope of what is required.”

Atli Björn Thorbjörnsson advises banks, private equity houses and fund managers on a broad range of corporate and commercial mandates, including acquisitions and refinancings. He represented BankNordik in its sale of Vörður tryggingar to Arion Bank. Clients commend his “strong analytical skills” and describe him as a “good communicator.”

Dual-qualified in France and Iceland, Antoine Lochet is a popular choice for Icelandic companies acquiring French companies or restructuring French subsidiaries. He specialises in project financing and loan facilities, acting for Icelandic and foreign clients from the private equity and banking sectors.

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Lex Law Offices - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Ólafur Haraldsson acts on project and acquisition finance mandates, representing banks and other financial institutions. He also advises on loan and security agreements, M&A and restructuring.

Described as an "excellent lawyer" by market sources, Guðmundur Ingvi Sigurðsson assists corporate clients and banks with M&A, financing and capital markets transactions. He advised Costco on the corporate aspects of the incorporation of its Icelandic operations. Clients "recommend him highly," saying that he is “very helpful” and “very responsive.” He also assists clients with investment into Iceland and financial restructuring.

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Corporate and commercial law are the cornerstone at LEX.  Drawing from decades of experience and knowledge, LEX routinely advises on issues ranging from the choice of corporate form, the establishment of the corporation itself, the drafting of articles of association and cross border considerations.  Our corporate and commercial practice group frequently works in collaboration with other practice areas, such as Tax, Banking and Finance and Merger & Acquisition.  The close cooperation between different practice areas at LEX ensures that client's cases are dealt with in the most efficient manner, from both time and monetary perspectives.


In addition to providing general corporate legal advice, LEX is one of Iceland's leading law firms in preparing due diligence reviews related to change of ownership of companies and businesses, financing and refinancing and IPOs’. Our portfolio of corporate clients ranges from many of Iceland’s major companies to international clients.


In recent years LEX has worked closely with a number of leading international law firms in cross border transactions, providing Icelandic law advice and handling any Icelandic aspects of such transactions.


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Logos - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Thórólfur Jónsson is highly reputed for his M&A expertise and hailed as “a very solution-minded lawyer.” One interviewee notes: “He is an excellent generalist lawyer who gives good advice and is very calm.” He acted for Icelandic Group on the sale of Ný-Fiskur and its subsidiary. He also has a strong reputation for financial mandates and restructuring.

Lauded across the market for his "depth of expertise," Óttar Pálsson advises on M&A, foreign investments and capital markets transactions, and frequently represents clients in disputes. Additionally, he was recently active on restructuring and insolvency mandates following the Icelandic financial crisis. Clients enthuse: “He is a very strong and effective lawyer whom we fully trust with our most difficult legal matters.”

Gunnar Sturluson regularly acts on share sales and offers expertise in financial restructuring and competition law. He recently represented Brim in its acquisition of all the shares in Icelandic Asia from Icelandic Group. Clients value his "very good technical knowledge” and describe him as "a very reliable and dedicated lawyer.”

Ragnar Tómas Árnason specialises in intellectual property law and regularly assists with M&A transactions. Market sources praise him as "a very creative and intelligent lawyer."

Managing partner Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir is valued as “a really high-quality lawyer” who “is extremely smart and quickly grasps the core issues.” She offers a broad range of expertise, advising on corporate transactions, capital markets and competition law. She acted on Domino's Pizza Group's acquisition of 49% of the share capital in Pizza-Pizza.

Guðmundur Oddsson assists with international transactions from the firm's London office. He recently acted for Meniga on its migration from Iceland to the UK. Sources describe him as "an excellent lawyer who is very experienced" while other commentators highlight his attraction for UK-based investors.

The London-based Gunnar Thór Thórarinsson assists with cross-border corporate deals, and is also experienced in handling restructuring mandates, particularly for clients from the banking sector. Clients say: “Thórarinsson has great cross-border capabilities,” adding that he also provides “unmatched client service.”

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Corporate and commercial law have been core areas of our practice since LOGOS was founded over a century ago. We service a range of Icelandic and international clients in every sector. Our corporate and commercial lawyers aim to provide sophisticated and value added advice in respect to all legal and commercial issues that may arise in the day to day business of our clients. Our team draws on experience from a wide range of industry sectors and this enables us to advise on complex transactions.

LOGOS has instructed in great majority of substantial transactions in Iceland through the years and has been the
preferred local partner of international investors and financial institutions with interests in Iceland.

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ADVEL Attorneys at law - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

The "reliable" Kristinn Hallgrímsson is praised in the market as a “key adviser” and a “very experienced lawyer.” He acts on a broad range of corporate and finance mandates, including M&A and loan agreements.

Clients recommend Stefán Thór Ingimarsson for his expertise in cross-border deals and say that he is “good in international contracts.” He advises on M&A and capital markets mandates. Clients also highlight Ingimarsson for his "quick turnaround time in projects." He also has a strong focus on insurance sector clients, assisting with D&O matters and other liability issues.

Sigurður Valgeir Guðjónsson has previous banking sector experience and assists clients with financing mandates. He is highlighted as a “corporate-minded lawyer” whose industry experience brings added value for clients. He has also advised clients on corporate agreements.

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Juris - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Halldór Jónsson advises clients from a broad range of sectors on M&A and tax matters. He recently advised Íslandsbanki on the sale and liquidation of Frumherji. Clients appreciate his availability, saying: “We get all the attention we require.”

Clients benefit from Andri Árnason's wide-ranging expertise which includes advice on M&A and competition law. He is also a renowned litigator. He assisted Íslandspóstur with competition issues relating to an agreement signed with Western Union. Sources praise him as “very determined, with a quick mind and extensive knowledge.”

The “extremely capable and commercially-minded” Vifill Harðarson advises on finance mandates, as well as assisting with securities and M&A. He acted for Reginn on its debt refinancing through a ISK70 billion notes issue.

Simon Knight is a UK-qualified solicitor and regularly assists clients with cross-border mandates between the UK and Iceland. He represented UK-based Halicilla in its purchase of a number of properties in North-East Iceland. Clients value his “technical knowledge in international contracts” and describe him as a “very effective” adviser.

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Landslög Law Offices - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Jóhannes Bjarni Björnsson advises clients on bankruptcy mandates and represents clients in disputes and contract negotiations. Sources say that he is “good to work with” and highlight his strength in M&A negotiations.

Viðar Lúðvíksson is a good choice for corporate advisory matters and M&A transactions. He also handles contractual issues and insurance liability litigation. Interviewees report that he is "very busy on commercial deals" and add that "clients would be well served by him."

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Fjeldsted & Blondal - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Joining the rankings this year after excellent feedback, Halldór Karl Halldórsson stands out as a “great problem-solver” who is “quick to reply and provides superb client service.” He acts on a broad range of mandates, including finance, M&A and capital markets transactions. He recently assisted Iceland Seafood International with its listing on Nasdaq First North.

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Eminent Practitioner

Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir

Logos

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir is valued as “a really high-quality lawyer” who “is extremely smart and quickly grasps the core issues.” She offers a broad range of expertise, advising on corporate transactions, capital markets and competition law. She acted on Domino's Pizza Group's acquisition of 49% of the share capital in Pizza-Pizza.

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Band 1

BBA

From the Chambers Global guide

Well reputed as a “very strong M&A lawyer,” Bjarki Diego is highly active in the banking and finance sector and advises on both domestic and international project financing, acquisitions and sales. Clients laud his “very good commercial awareness and excellent client service.” In a recent highlight he acted on Thorsil's ISK360 million financing of a silicon metal project.

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Band 1

Baldvin Björn Haraldsson

BBA

From the Chambers Global guide

Dual-qualified in Iceland and France, Baldvin Björn Haraldsson offers clients depth of expertise in international M&A. Haraldsson frequently advises the French subsidiaries of Icelandic companies on acquisitions. He has a number of clients from the energy, telecommunications and real estate sectors. He recently advised ISS World Services on its sale of an Icelandic subsidiary. Sources commend him as a “knowledgeable, efficient and flexible” lawyer.

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Band 1

Thórólfur Jónsson

Logos

From the Chambers Global guide

Thórólfur Jónsson is highly reputed for his M&A expertise and hailed as “a very solution-minded lawyer.” One interviewee notes: “He is an excellent generalist lawyer who gives good advice and is very calm.” He acted for Icelandic Group on the sale of Ný-Fiskur and its subsidiary. He also has a strong reputation for financial mandates and restructuring. 

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Band 1

Logos

From the Chambers Global guide

Lauded across the market for his "depth of expertise," Óttar Pálsson advises on M&A, foreign investments and capital markets transactions, and frequently represents clients in disputes. Additionally, he was recently active on restructuring and insolvency mandates following the Icelandic financial crisis. Clients enthuse: “He is a very strong and effective lawyer whom we fully trust with our most difficult legal matters.”

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Band 2

Einar Baldvin Árnason

BBA

From the Chambers Global guide

Einar Baldvin Árnason frequently acts on large M&A mandates, representing banks, investment funds and corporates. Interviewees note that he is “really thorough and never misses anything.” He assisted Fiskisund with its ISK4 billion acquisition of a fish-farming company.

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Band 2

Jóhannes Bjarni Björnsson

Landslög Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Jóhannes Bjarni Björnsson advises clients on bankruptcy mandates and represents clients in disputes and contract negotiations. Sources say that he is “good to work with” and highlight his strength in M&A negotiations. 

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Band 2

Kristinn Hallgrímsson

ADVEL Attorneys at law

From the Chambers Global guide

The "reliable" Kristinn Hallgrímsson is praised in the market as a “key adviser” and a “very experienced lawyer.” He acts on a broad range of corporate and finance mandates, including M&A and loan agreements.

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Band 2

Ólafur Haraldsson

Lex Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Ólafur Haraldsson acts on project and acquisition finance mandates, representing banks and other financial institutions. He also advises on loan and security agreements, M&A and restructuring.

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Band 2

Halldór Jónsson

Juris

From the Chambers Global guide

Halldór Jónsson advises clients from a broad range of sectors on M&A and tax matters. He recently advised Íslandsbanki on the sale and liquidation of Frumherji. Clients appreciate his availability, saying: “We get all the attention we require.” 

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Band 2

Ásgeir A Ragnarsson

BBA

From the Chambers Global guide

Ásgeir Ragnarsson is admitted to practice in Iceland and New York and frequently represents banks in domestic and international financing matters. He advised Nordic Investment Bank on its EUR50 million loan facility to Össur. One source remarks that he is “very thoughtful and goes beyond the narrow scope of what is required.”

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Band 2

Guðmundur Ingvi Sigurðsson

Lex Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Described as an "excellent lawyer" by market sources, Guðmundur Ingvi Sigurðsson assists corporate clients and banks with M&A, financing and capital markets transactions. He advised Costco on the corporate aspects of the incorporation of its Icelandic operations. Clients "recommend him highly," saying that he is “very helpful” and “very responsive.” He also assists clients with investment into Iceland and financial restructuring.

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Band 2

Logos

From the Chambers Global guide

Gunnar Sturluson regularly acts on share sales and offers expertise in financial restructuring and competition law. He recently represented Brim in its acquisition of all the shares in Icelandic Asia from Icelandic Group. Clients value his "very good technical knowledge” and describe him as "a very reliable and dedicated lawyer.” 

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Band 2

Atli Björn Thorbjörnsson

BBA

From the Chambers Global guide

Atli Björn Thorbjörnsson advises banks, private equity houses and fund managers on a broad range of corporate and commercial mandates, including acquisitions and refinancings. He represented BankNordik in its sale of Vörður tryggingar to Arion Bank. Clients commend his “strong analytical skills” and describe him as a “good communicator.”  

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Band 3

Juris

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients benefit from Andri Árnason's wide-ranging expertise which includes advice on M&A and competition law. He is also a renowned litigator. He assisted Íslandspóstur with competition issues relating to an agreement signed with Western Union. Sources praise him as “very determined, with a quick mind and extensive knowledge.”

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Ragnar Tómas Árnason

Logos

From the Chambers Global guide

Ragnar Tómas Árnason specialises in intellectual property law and regularly assists with M&A transactions. Market sources praise him as "a very creative and intelligent lawyer."

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Band 3

Sigurður Valgeir Guðjónsson

ADVEL Attorneys at law

From the Chambers Global guide

Sigurður Valgeir Guðjónsson has previous banking sector experience and assists clients with financing mandates. He is highlighted as a “corporate-minded lawyer” whose industry experience brings added value for clients. He has also advised clients on corporate agreements. 

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Band 3

Hörður Felix Harðarson

Jonsson & Hall

From the Chambers Global guide

The “highly esteemed” Hörður Felix Harðarson of Jonsson & Hall is a well-rounded corporate adviser who acts on finance and insolvency mandates as well as assisting clients with general corporate and competition law assistance.

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Band 3

Vífill Harðarson

Juris

From the Chambers Global guide

The “extremely capable and commercially-minded” Vifill Harðarson advises on finance mandates, as well as assisting with securities and M&A. He acted for Reginn on its debt refinancing through a ISK70 billion notes issue.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Stefán Thór Ingimarsson

ADVEL Attorneys at law

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients recommend Stefán Thór Ingimarsson for his expertise in cross-border deals and say that he is “good in international contracts.” He advises on M&A and capital markets mandates. Clients also highlight Ingimarsson for his "quick turnaround time in projects." He also has a strong focus on insurance sector clients, assisting with D&O matters and other liability issues.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Viðar Lúðvíksson

Landslög Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Viðar Lúðvíksson is a good choice for corporate advisory matters and M&A transactions. He also handles contractual issues and insurance liability litigation. Interviewees report that he is "very busy on commercial deals" and add that "clients would be well served by him."

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Up and Coming

Friðrik Ársælsson

Réttur - Aðalsteinsson & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Friðrik Ársælsson, who co-heads the corporate department of Réttur - Adalsteinsson & Partners, advises on equity and debt financing and M&A mandates. He enters the rankings based on impressive feedback, with clients valuing his “great understanding of different businesses” and also lauding him as an “organised, fast and reliable” adviser.

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Up and Coming

Lagahvoll

From the Chambers Global guide

Dadi Bjarnason of Lagahvoll is highly active on share sales and acquisitions, debt financing and restructuring. Clients appreciate that he is “resourceful and quick to respond.” In a recent highlight he acted on Múlakaffi's ISK120 million sale of the restaurant Nautholl.

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Up and Coming

Halldór Karl Halldórsson

Fjeldsted & Blondal

From the Chambers Global guide

Joining the rankings this year after excellent feedback, Halldór Karl Halldórsson stands out as a “great problem-solver” who is “quick to reply and provides superb client service.” He acts on a broad range of mandates, including finance, M&A and capital markets transactions. He recently assisted Iceland Seafood International with its listing on Nasdaq First North.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Juris

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Knight is a UK-qualified solicitor and regularly assists clients with cross-border mandates between the UK and Iceland. He represented UK-based Halicilla in its purchase of a number of properties in North-East Iceland. Clients value his “technical knowledge in international contracts” and describe him as a “very effective” adviser.

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Up and Coming

Jóhann Tómas Sigurðsson

Lagahvoll

From the Chambers Global guide

Jóhann Tómas Sigurðsson of Lagahvoll's experience in the financial services stands out to clients, who say that “his background in the finance industry really helps him bring good ideas.” He remains highly active within banking and finance, recently advising Savings Banks Association of Iceland on a dispute arising from its sale of shares in Reiknistofa bankanna. Clients also praise his "extremely good drafting capabilities" and ability to "come in with a different angle." 

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