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EU/EEA and Competition Law

Thommessen is a leading firm within the field of EU/EEA and competition law in Norway. We assist Norwegian and foreign companies with merger control processes, investigations, appeals and litigation proceedings and provide ongoing advice related to competition law, state aid law and other EEA law.

Client successes

  • Vår Energi/ExxonMobil – Merger filing to the European Commission (2019): Thommessen's competition law team assisted Vår Energi (a joint venture between Eni and HitecVision) and HitecVision with the notification to the European Commission in connection with its acquisition of ExxonMobil's remaining production licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
  • Kongsberg Gruppen/Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine– Merger filings worldwide (2018-2019): Thommessen's competition law team assisted Kongsberg Gruppen ASA with obtaining merger clearances from the European Commission and national regulators around the world in connection with its acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine.

Since the EEA Agreement was signed in 1992, our lawyers have played an active role in the development of both EU/EEA law and Norwegian competition law. We were involved in drafting the legislation and have assisted Norwegian and foreign clients in an impressive of major and landmark cases – including as counsel before Norwegian courts, the Competition Appeals Board, the EFTA Court and the European Court of Justice.

We have been involved in most major cases within this area of law in Norway – from complex merger cases to possible violations of competition rules. Several of the cases have left significant footprints in judicial development and have been of great financial and commercial significance for our clients.

With this as a basis, we assist in transactions, contract negotiations and other commercial project work, in dispute resolution and in major investigations within a wide range of industries. We strive at being a constructive, solution-oriented and accessible partner.

Thommessen is generally recognised as having one of the country's top teams of specialists, and we have for many years been ranked in the top tier of independent surveys such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, GCR 100 and Prospera.

Very strong team with deep knowledge and understanding of competition and EU law. For Norway – a large team, with the capacity to handle large and complex cases. Very good industry understanding which is key for providing relevant advice. Client
Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

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