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Global Guide

Dispute Resolution — Iceland


Juris - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Valued for his "wealth of experience," Andri Árnason is lauded by clients as “a really smart litigator” who “can easily handle complex and difficult litigation cases.” A long-standing market leader in claims disputes and contentious competition matters, he recently assisted Siminn with two competition litigations relating to other service providers' use of mobile phone networks. Sources enthuse that he is "one of the best litigators" and that "litigation is his strength."

Stefán Svensson is highly active on banking and finance litigation and offers additional expertise in competition matters. In a recent highlight, he represented Borgun and other financial institutions as defendants in a case relating to alleged competition law infringement based on its merchant acquiring service. Clients value his “good experience of international disputes” and say: “He is very knowledgeable and gets to grips with complex matters.”

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Landslög Law Offices - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Clients benefit from Jóhannes Karl Sveinsson's “huge level of experience” in handling complex corporate litigation. Sources accentuate that “he is very good at breaking down difficult cases and bringing simplicity to the arguments.” He is highly regarded by financial sector clients. Sveinsson also represents clients in contentious competition law cases.

Viðar Lúðvíksson's practice covers a broad range of mandates. He advises clients on liability, insurance and contractual disputes. He offers additional experience handling non-contentious issues.

Grímur Sigurðsson is hailed as “a very hard-working litigator who is aggressive when he needs to be and really works hard for his clients.” He represents clients in a broad range of corporate disputes, and is active in tort and insolvency cases.

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Logos - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Lauded as a “first-class litigator,” Ólafur Eiríksson is esteemed for his “excellent judgement and technical ability.” He is well reputed for his employment law expertise, as well as disputes arising out of insolvency. He has a number of clients from the insurance sector, and recently acted for VÍS as defendants on an insurance dispute regarding claims made by a pension fund and its former board members. Clients highlight his "efficiency and availability" as well as his "good communication skills."

Heiðar Asberg Átlason is a strong choice for competition and financial sector disputes, recently advising UBS on a derivatives claim against LBI in connection with an ISDA Master Agreement. Sources say he is "impressive to deal with,” particularly in competition cases.

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LOGOS legal services is the largest law firm in Iceland with Dispute Resolution practice in both Iceland and the UK. That combined with the vast experience we have in all aspects of litigation and representation before the Supreme Court, the District Courts, the Government of Iceland and Government-appointed committees, arbitration tribunals as well as the EFTA Court, has kept us in the number one spot when it comes to dispute resolution.

LOGOS has been known throughout the years to be the number one law firm for the business sector. In the past decade we have also had extensive experience in the defence of clients subject to large scale corporate and criminal investigations.

Over the past years, LOGOS has been heavily involved in complicated litigation relating to the collapse of the banking sector in Iceland, including cases on various insolvency law issues and damage claims. During that process, LOGOS has represented a number of foreign creditors, banks and institutions.

LOGOS has furthermore pleaded a number of complicated derivatives claims resulting from financial instruments issued by the failed banks. Also, LOGOS has represented a number of foreign banks and institutions in relation to claw back cases, set off claims, as well as damages claims arising from the winding-up process.

Our litigation and arbitration team has extensive experience in defending clients who are subject to large-scale
corporate investigations and investigations by tax and competition authorities.

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Jonsson & Hall - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

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White-collar crime specialist Hörður Felix Harðarson is renowned as an “excellent litigator” in the field. He is additionally active in competition litigation.

The “extremely experienced” Gestur Jónsson is a highly respected litigator in the market. He has long-standing experience in white-collar crime disputes.

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Lex Law Offices - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Kristín Edwald is described by sources as an experienced and "very capable litigator." She represents clients in criminal disputes, as well as matters relating to insurance and tort law. She defended Magnús Guðmundsson, the former CEO of Kaupthing, against market manipulation and breach of trust accusations.

Rising star Arnar Þór Stefánsson is hailed as a litigator with “technical knowledge of the highest standard.” He is notably active on disputes relating to the fishing and materials industries. He represented Ferskar in its case against the government of Iceland in connection with its import ban on fresh meat.

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LEX is extremely proud of its reputation as one of Iceland's leading litigation law firms. With 11 Supreme Court Attorneys, our litigation team is one of the largest and most experienced in Iceland and offers services across the legal spectrum. The close cooperation between the practice's leading litigators and specialists from other practices areas such as Property, Tax, Banking, Finance, Construction, Media, Tort, Employment, Insolvency, Insurance and other corporate matters ensures that LEX’s clients obtain the best possible legal services LEX has to offer.

LEX’s litigation team handles the majority of the Supreme Court cases dealt with by the firm. The firm has set up a special team of litigators and through the years, its attorneys have tried numerous landmark cases before the Supreme Court. 

LEX continues to perform extensive work for all the major commercial and investment banks in Iceland. A large client of LEX in dispute resolution is Sjova-Almennar tryggingar hf., one of the largest insurance companies in Iceland.

LEX has been in the forefront of introducing Icelandic companies to arbitration as a feasible alternative to litigation.

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Réttur - Aðalsteinsson & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Ragnar Aðalsteinsson is highlighted by market sources as a “legend in litigation.” He is highly experienced representing private individuals and is has considerable expertise relating to human rights disputes. He also advises on cross-border corporate disputes.

The “very enthusiastic” Kári Hólmar Ragnarsson enjoys a good reputation for his broad disputes practice. He represents financial institutions in insolvency-related cases as well as private individuals in human rights disputes. He is praised as being “very skilled on international issues.”

Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson acts on international insolvency cases relating to the collapse of Icelandic banks. He is valued by clients as a “safe pair of hands” and is described as a "smart and commercial disputes lawyer." In a recent highlight, he assisted Drake Management with its settlement of a contentious matter relating to ISDA close-outs with Glitnir.

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Senior Statesperson

Ragnar Aðalsteinsson

Réttur - Aðalsteinsson & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Ragnar Aðalsteinsson is highlighted by market sources as a “legend in litigation.” He is highly experienced representing private individuals and is has considerable expertise relating to human rights disputes. He also advises on cross-border corporate disputes.

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Senior Statesperson

Jonsson & Hall

From the Chambers Global guide

The “extremely experienced” Gestur Jónsson is a highly respected litigator in the market. He has long-standing experience in white-collar crime disputes.

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Band 1

Juris

From the Chambers Global guide

Valued for his "wealth of experience," Andri Árnason is lauded by clients as “a really smart litigator” who “can easily handle complex and difficult litigation cases.” A long-standing market leader in claims disputes and contentious competition matters, he recently assisted Siminn with two competition litigations relating to other service providers' use of mobile phone networks. Sources enthuse that he is "one of the best litigators" and that "litigation is his strength."

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Band 1

Ólafur Eiríksson

Logos

From the Chambers Global guide

Lauded as a “first-class litigator,” Ólafur Eiríksson is esteemed for his “excellent judgement and technical ability.” He is well reputed for his employment law expertise, as well as disputes arising out of insolvency. He has a number of clients from the insurance sector, and recently acted for VÍS as defendants on an insurance dispute regarding claims made by a pension fund and its former board members. Clients highlight his "efficiency and availability" as well as his "good communication skills."

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Band 1

Jóhannes Karl Sveinsson

Landslög Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients benefit from Jóhannes Karl Sveinsson's “huge level of experience” in handling complex corporate litigation. Sources accentuate that “he is very good at breaking down difficult cases and bringing simplicity to the arguments.” He is highly regarded by financial sector clients. Sveinsson also represents clients in contentious competition law cases. 

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Band 2

Heiðar Asberg Átlason

Logos

From the Chambers Global guide

Heiðar Asberg Átlason is a strong choice for competition and financial sector disputes, recently advising UBS on a derivatives claim against LBI in connection with an ISDA Master Agreement. Sources say he is "impressive to deal with,” particularly in competition cases. 

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Band 2

Hörður Felix Harðarson

Jonsson & Hall

From the Chambers Global guide

White-collar crime specialist Hörður Felix Harðarson is renowned as an “excellent litigator” in the field. He is additionally active in competition litigation.

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Band 2

Juris

From the Chambers Global guide

Stefán Svensson is highly active on banking and finance litigation and offers additional expertise in competition matters. In a recent highlight, he represented Borgun and other financial institutions as defendants in a case relating to alleged competition law infringement based on its merchant acquiring service. Clients value his “good experience of international disputes” and say: “He is very knowledgeable and gets to grips with complex matters.”

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Band 3

Lex Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Kristín Edwald is described by sources as an experienced and "very capable litigator." She represents clients in criminal disputes, as well as matters relating to insurance and tort law. She defended Magnús Guðmundsson, the former CEO of Kaupthing, against market manipulation and breach of trust accusations.

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Band 3

Baldvin Björn Haraldsson

BBA

From the Chambers Global guide

Baldvin Björn Haraldsson of BBA is highly active in disputes relating to the insurance and financial sectors. He recently acted on Swiss Life's claims against a number of Icelandic banks following the banking crisis. Clients value his “strong business mindset.” He is a member of both the Paris and Icelandic Bars.

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Band 3

Viðar Lúðvíksson

Landslög Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Viðar Lúðvíksson's practice covers a broad range of mandates. He advises clients on liability, insurance and contractual disputes. He offers additional experience handling non-contentious issues.

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Band 3

Guðmundur Siemsen

ADVEL Attorneys at law

From the Chambers Global guide

Guðmundur Siemsen of ADVEL Attorneys at law is highlighted for his “versatility and great overall knowledge,” and his depth of experience makes him a valued adviser for clients. He is active on public procurement, contract and employment law disputes, recently representing SMI in a contract dismissal claim filed by Hagar.

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Band 3

Grímur Sigurðsson

Landslög Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Grímur Sigurðsson is hailed as “a very hard-working litigator who is aggressive when he needs to be and really works hard for his clients.” He represents clients in a broad range of corporate disputes, and is active in tort and insolvency cases. 

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Band 3

Stefán Geir Thórisson

Forum Lögmenn

From the Chambers Global guide

Stefán Geir Thórisson of Forum Lögmenn is regarded by interviewees as a "good-quality lawyer" specialising in tort law and employment law litigation. He is additionally active on disputes relating to competition and EU law.

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Up and Coming

Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson

Réttur - Aðalsteinsson & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson acts on international insolvency cases relating to the collapse of Icelandic banks. He is valued by clients as a “safe pair of hands” and is described as a "smart and commercial disputes lawyer." In a recent highlight, he assisted Drake Management with its settlement of a contentious matter relating to ISDA close-outs with Glitnir.

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Up and Coming

Kári Hólmar Ragnarsson

Réttur - Aðalsteinsson & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

The “very enthusiastic” Kári Hólmar Ragnarsson enjoys a good reputation for his broad disputes practice. He represents financial institutions in insolvency-related cases as well as private individuals in human rights disputes. He is praised as being “very skilled on international issues.” 

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Up and Coming

Arnar Þór Stefánsson

Lex Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Rising star Arnar Þór Stefánsson is hailed as a litigator with “technical knowledge of the highest standard.” He is notably active on disputes relating to the fishing and materials industries. He represented Ferskar in its case against the government of Iceland in connection with its import ban on fresh meat.

^ See whole ranking table