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Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | February 2024

Expanded employee definition (Section 1-8 of the Working Environment Act) The Norwegian Working Environment Act (WEA) has introduced a new definition of the term «employee» in Section 1-8: «In this Act, an employee means anyone who performs work in the service of and subordinate to another ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | February 2024

The case concerns the interpretation of Article 269 of the AHL, which provides that additional or more stringent measures by Member States may be adopted concerning responsibilities for animal health in certain limited areas. (As provided for Articles 10 to 17 AHL ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | February 2024

Since 2010, the Danish toy giant Lego has had a registered design right in the EU to the toy brick, commonly referred to as «the Lego brick»: Photo reference: View More

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | February 2024

Background On 20 June 2023 the Norwegian government made a proposal to amend Norwegian law by introducing regulation on gender balance for the board of directors in large and mid-sized private limited liability companies (Nw. aksjeselskaper), as well as certain partnerships, cooperatives and foundations. Previously, such requirements only applied to public limited liability companies, and the purpose of the proposal is, inter alia, to increase the proportion of women in Norwegian board rooms ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | January 2024

Yesterday, the Oslo District Court issued its decision in the case. The court determined that all three PDO permits are invalid because the greenhouse gas emissions from the fields have not been adequately assessed for their environmental consequences. This is in violation of procedural rules in the petroleum law, interpreted in light of Article 112, paragraph two, of the Constitution, and the EU Project Directive ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | January 2024

New Law on Digital Security Digital systems and services are playing an increasingly crucial role in society, and attacks of these can have significant consequences. Consequently, digital security has become a national concern. The Norwegian National Security Authority’s report on security advisory for 2023 indicates that Norway’s preparedness in this context has long been insufficient ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | January 2024

Frank C. Aase has more than 16 years of experience assisting companies facing financial challenges, providing support to banking and company clients. He is regularly appointed as a trustee in bankruptcy and serves as the leader of the Norwegian Bar Association’s legal committee for bankruptcy, composition, security rights, enforcement, and debt collection. Frank comes from Brækhus Advokatfirma, where he previously served as managing partner ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | January 2024

Another great year for the Ocean team at SVW has ended. The Shipping industry had a great year, as we have witnessed it through our clients’ engagements. More steps have been taken toward environmentally smarter investments by many clients, not only within the fuel engine options in new-building orders, but also piloting strategic joint ventures and collaborations in the fuel terminals infrastructure (hydrogen/ammonia), as well as power plants ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | January 2024

Inflation and increasing interest rates continued to dominate headlines in financial markets in 2023. As central banks struggled to combat inflation and interest rates continued to increase, borrowers’ borrowing costs increased throughout the year. Increased borrowing costs caused some borrowers to default on their loans, requesting waivers and amendments or initiating a restructuring of their debt ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

Mergers – recent cases On 15 December 2023, Nordea’s acquisition of Danske Bank’s private customer portfolio was unconditionally cleared after a phase II investigation. The market for banking services holds great significance for Norwegian consumers, prompting a thorough examination of Nordea’s acquisition of Danske Bank’s private customer operations by the NCA ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

Norway fully integrated the provisions of PSD2 and the Payment Accounts Directive into its legal system with the entry into force of the new Financial Agreements Act on January 1, 2023. The Norwegian Central Bank made significant strides in its exploration of digital central bank currency, completing the fourth phase of its initiative. This phase focused on testing and validating technical solutions, with findings reported on December 18, 2023, indicating successful outcomes ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

Climate and environment In November 2023, SVW assisted Greenpeace and Nature and Youth Norway in a new climate case before the District Court of Oslo. The plaintiffs challenge the validity of three new oil field approvals on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and ask for a temporary injunction ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

Enhanced obligations for the employer in reorganizations and redundancies From January 1, 2024, certain employer obligations that previously applied to each separate company will now extend to all companies within a corporate group. The legislative changes mandate that the employer is obliged to consider (and offer to the employee) other suitable work throughout the group, even if the employee is not formally employed in any of the other companies within the group ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

The Norwegian real estate market in 2023 has been characterized by uncertainty regarding inflation and interest rates. The key interest rate is right now at 4.5%, which is the highest rate since the financial crisis in 2008. As a consequence of the aforementioned uncertainty, we have seen decreased investments in the real estate market in 2023 compared to recent years ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

On 9 December 2023 the European Parliament and the Council managed to reach a provisional agreement regarding the AI Act, which is expected to be adopted early 2024. Within two years from adoption the AI Act will apply to all businesses introducing or using AI in the EU.  Given this timeline, EU businesses should already be planning and adjusting their strategies to comply with the new AI regulation ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

Nicholas Foss Barbantonis is affiliated with the dispute resolution team in Oslo. He specialises in intellectual property and information technology law dispute resolution and has been involved in several high-profile intellectual property disputes. Nicholas is ranked as a Rising Star in Legal 500 and highlighted as a promising talent in Kapital’s annual lawyer survey. Nicholas is listed in the World Trademark Review guide for enforcement and litigation (WTR 1000) ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

Introduction Block exemption regulations (BER) for liner shipping companies have been in place in one form or another since 1986, originally as «Conference» BER, and since 2008 as «Consortia» BER. With the discontinuation, the liner shipping segment joins other shipping segments as fully subject to the competition rules in the EU, including the prohibition against anti-competitive cooperation under Article 101 TFEU ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

There was considerable anticipation regarding whether the negotiations would be successfully concluded during this meeting. Without an agreement, there was a risk of significant delays in the adoption of the framework. This was undesirable for EU institutions that have invested considerable prestige in leading the regulation of AI globally. Read more about the most contentious issues leading up to the last negotiation meeting in this article ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

In the guide, Chambers notes that Simonsen Vogt Wiig is a highly respected firm in Norway with significant expertise in payments law. The firm acts for large banks and start-ups on corporate matters, regulatory compliance, data privacy and cryptocurrency issues. It has further capability in intellectual property and crowdfunding ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

The EU ETS is a good step in the right direction towards reducing the EU’s total GHG emissions by 55% by 2030. The EU legislators have worked hard on this. But the respective IMO and the EU portals are still not aligned. And the EU ETS reporting starts in a few weeks ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | December 2023

In recent years, the intersection of economic openness and national security has prompted international policy development in various countries, including Norway. Concerns about vulnerabilities arising from foreign investments, particularly in security-sensitive sectors, have led to the revision of legislation and the initiation of supply chain assessments by trading partners ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | November 2023

Due to Norway’s status as a non-EU member, and instead member of the European Economic Area (the EEA), implementation of the Directives is delayed compared to the rest of the EU. For comparison, the original deadline for the implementation of the DSM Directive in the EU was 7 June 2021. Some of the proposed amendments to the Norwegian Copyright Act include: New obligations for providers of online content sharing platforms (such as Youtube, Facebook etc ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | November 2023

The Council and Parliament deal on the 13th November involves several alterations to the proposed Critical Raw Materials Act, put forward in March this year (EU launches a Critical Raw Material Act – the proposal will impact Norwegian mining legislation – Simonsen Vogt Wiig (svw.no). In the European Commission’s original proposal, 34 raw materials were listed as critical raw materials, while 16 raw materials were listed as strategic raw materials ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | November 2023

Background In the lead up to the entry into force of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation, sustainable dismantling of vessels was put higher on the agenda for shipowners and stakeholders, and authorities in EEA tested cases on ship recycling under the waste regulations prohibiting export of waste from the EEA ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | October 2023

After a particularly active consultation round with approx. 140 consultation responses, together with the proposal for the national budget for 2024, the government presented a revised proposal today, 6 October 2023. The criticism from a relatively united renewables industry must be said to have fallen on relatively deaf ears and the proposal is essentially a continuation of the consultation proposal ...