Technology and innovation

Technology offers enormous opportunities for both established companies and budding new companies. Innovation can give a great competitive advantage. The regulatory framework is becoming increasingly invasive and sets the agenda for what is possible and what you need to take into account. We are concerned with achieving the best possible commercial profitability from technology and innovation, while also meeting all regulatory requirements and protecting internal innovation. Our team assists clients throughout the entire lifecycle; from raising money, making deals, protecting against innovation interventions and establishing routines to comply with regulations, to the desire to expand or sell.

Advice from our lawyers

Our team has extensive experience as advisors related to innovation and commercialisation processes, digitalisation and R&D activities, enabling us to support our clients’ strategic and operational goals. We provide assistance with the following:

  • company formations
  • capital raising
  • negotiations and drafting of agreements
  • protection and utilisation of intellectual property rights (link)
  • privacy and GDPR (link)
  • understanding and complying with regulatory requirements
  • transactions (M&A)
  • dispute resolution

Research communities and R&D

We have more than 20 years’ experience as advisors to development communities, such as SINTEF, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a number of research and educational institutions in the Nordic countries. We assist many of Norway’s leading business players in connection with the purchase of R&D services as well as participation in national and international collaborative projects for the development of new technology, both under public subsidy schemes and private projects.

Start-ups and spin-offs

We enjoy an extensive collaboration with key players such as DIGS, Mesh and the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship. We have broad experience with start-ups and spin-offs from research communities and commercial enterprises, and allocate significant resources to contribute to the innovative ecosystem in Norway. As advisors to start-ups and contractors, we help reduce “legal friction” on their journey towards success.

Established companies

We find that most of our clients are involved in digitalisation and technology utilisation on some level. We daily assist large, well-established national and international clients, including technology-centered businesses and traditional businesses, with all issues related to technology and innovation utilisation. Some examples are major technology transactions, complex disputes before the courts, improper use of key trade secrets or intellectual property rights, drafting of customer terms and conditions, negotiation of distribution agreements and assistance related to compliance with marketing rules.

What to expect from us

In addition to being one of Norway’s leading legal communities, we have solid and valuable connections to players in various research and academic communities and are therefore updated on both digital and technological developments in various industries. We make a living by providing clear, practical and commercially viable advice within a complex legal landscape, tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

You will be assigned one primary contact person. We put you in touch with the lawyer who can help you in the most optimum way, both in terms of knowledge and cost, and naturally expand the team if required. In summary: With us, you will always have the right expert on the right assignment at the right time.

What we have done

Cartesian successfully raises capital

We are proud to have assisted Cartesian as legal advisers in this successful funding round. Cartesian, a provider of modular and cost-effective energy storage systems managed to raise NOK 23 million, in addition to NOK 8 million in R&D funds from Norges Forskningsråd and Innovation Norway.

Sennheiser invests in Norwegian scale-up sensiBel

Today, sensiBel, a Norwegian scale-up, announced a significant milestone with the successful closure of their EUR 7 million funding round. The investment was led by Sennheiser, a global leader in professional audio, along with participation from existing shareholders including TRUMPF Venture, Skagerak Capital, Investinor, SINTEF Venture, MP Pensjon, and Halden Kommunale Pensjonskasse. We are proud to have acted as legal advisers to SensiBel throughout this transaction.

Arntzen de Besche assists Nordlaks with the hydra innovation project

We are proud to assist Nordlaks with another exciting and complex innovation project. Hydra is a semi-closed production tank for aquaculture. The technology was invented and designed in Norway, and will be built in Turkey by the Gemak shipyard group from the summer until delivery in the first quarter of 2024.

Arntzen de Besche has assisted in the sale of FARA

It was announced 2nd December 2019 that the UK company TIcketer has acquired the technology company FARA. FARA is a leading provider in the Nordics within electronic ticketing and the products are sold to among others Sweden, Denmark, Germany, UK, Ungarn and Switzerland.


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