Expertise

Commercial Real Estate

The Commercial Real Estate team offers a wide range of specialized expertise provided by lawyers with extensive experience of transactional activities. The team provides services to investors and property buyers, as well as to property owners and developers, in connection with buying and selling real estate companies, due diligence, structuring and restructuring. They also offer advice in collaboration with the Corporate, Tax & VAT team on any and all tax and VAT issues arising from the purchase, conversion or sale of commercial real estate, and transactions. We also draw up leases and renewals, and help terminate leases.

Dispute resolution

Bing Hodneland’s Dispute Resolution team has considerable experience of and expertise in the resolution of disputes, both inside and outside the courtroom.
When a dispute arises, it is often practical to seek advice early on in the process in order to determine the client’s legal position, choose a strategy and thus ensure an opportunity for resolving the dispute as early as possible, minimizing the use of time and resources. It is often best to agree on a solution outside the courtroom. Negotiations, mediation or other dispute resolution mechanisms may be viable options.

E-sport & gaming

The Esports & Gaming team offers help with the commercial operation of esports activities. Among other things, the team is equipped to handle the legal aspects of setting up companies, securing advertising and sponsorship agreements, managing brands and sports rights, and organizing events, competitions, etc. This team of specialists also covers sports law, including agreements with teams and players, agreements regarding the development of games and apps, and agreements for the delivery of VR services, as well as e-commerce, gambling, media and broadcasting, and rights clearance.

Film & TV

The Film & TV team can guide its clients through all manner of production activities related to the production of e.g. dramas, reality, documentaries, sports broadcasts, etc. The team’s Film & TV lawyers can facilitate agreements with ordering platforms, international streaming services and format owners, as well as with creators and performers, including scriptwriters, directors, composers and actors, and with crew, participants and hosts. They can also assist with rights clearance and the delivery of  chain of title.

Ground Leasing

To the best of our knowledge, our team is only one in Norway that specializes in ground leases. The team can provide advice to private individuals and to companies in connection with the surrender, adjustment or winding-up of ground leases, offering representation to lessees and lessors alike. The team has exact knowledge of economics, valuation and interest rate trends. In connection with the sale of businesses and development projects, many of which involve ground leases, the team can offer expertise that safeguards the vital interests and foreign investors and buyers.

Housing law

The Housing Law team is equipped to help developers, business managers, cooperative building associations, companies and private individuals with all aspects of owning, establishing, operating and developing condominium associations, cooperative housing associations, housing cooperatives with limited liability, etc. Advisory services related to housing law are multi-faceted, drawing on expertise from other fields of law and Bing Hodneland’s  Real Estate and Construction teams. The Housing Law team’s experience of practical challenges associated with the operation of existing housing cooperatives is instrumental for establishing new organizations as well as for reorganizing existing ones. Typical problems include the distribution of shared costs, upcoming or completed maintenance projects, expansion or changes inside or outside existing buildings, and amendments to articles of association.

Music

The Music team helps clients that utilize music in their products and services. The team provides services related to the clearance and licensing of music rights for all manner of uses, e.g. in film, TV, podcasts, games, apps and other media productions. The team can also help with the clearance of music rights for concerts and events, and for streaming and recording such events, on customer premises, on public and other modes of transportation, and with other digital products and services offered by the enterprise.

Publishing

The Publishing team supports Norwegian publishers and related trade associations with legal and commercial advice on major and minor issues. The team routinely works with questions involving the publication of fiction and non-fiction works in traditional and digital formats, and with digital platforms and other products and services developed by publishers. Among other things, the team can provide advice on the management and licensing of rights, freedom of expression, data protection and defamation/libel, as well as on the drafting and interpretation of commercial contracts and collective agreements in the publishing industry.

Real estate

The Real Estate team offers real estate planning, building and development services based on its long experience of assisting public and private actors with land use planning and building issues. Several team members have come from the public sector, including Oslo Municipality (Agency for Planning and Building Services), the County Governor’s Office and the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernization. The team also has cutting edge expertise in general administrative law, legislation relating to conservation areas in Oslo and neighbouring municipalities, the system for applications and legal aspects of the right to accept responsibility, as well as issues related to property law in planning and construction cases.

Security, compliance and investigation

The team of specialists helps clients establish and maintain methodical compliance work. Team members support clients by identifying their risks, including any legal risks and potential risk to their reputations. An enterprise’s awareness of such risks will make it more robust in navigating a changing world. The team’s specialists in data protection, security, Corporate Social Responsibility and labour law offer advice on in-house guidelines and compliance measures, audits and/or on the compilation of compliance systems, internal investigations and the handling of non-conformance.

Succession in family businesses

The team that oversees succession in family businesses has long experience of advising clients on transferring business activities and other assets to the next generation. The team provides counsel on how to plan and implement successful succession to coming generations, including drawing up wills, future powers of attorney and transaction documents required for making transfers. Thanks to their comprehensive expertise in tax law and corporate law, team members can help clients restructure companies and groups of companies to prepare for succession in family businesses.

Tax & VAT

Bing Hodneland’s Tax and VAT team provides help with most relevant issues, e.g. in connection with transactions, audits, international tax law, value-added tax (VAT), disputes with the tax and VAT authorities, general tax and VAT advisory services, etc. The attorneys in this service area provide advice on questions such as the optimisation of tax and VAT liability, as well as on the tax and VAT effects of demergers/mergers and on questions related to the restructuring and reorganization of business activities. The team also works with tax and VAT questions associated with labour-related issues. The team offers assistance to foreign and domestic companies, sole proprietorships, foundations, nonprofits, board members, investors and private individuals.

Theatre

The Theatre team provides help with all legal aspects of theatre productions and their commercialization. The team also fields questions about copyright, music rights, performing rights, labour law and independent contractors. The team can help draw up contract templates or draft tailor-made contracts for individual productions. The team is equipped to deal with rights clearance effectively, not least when a production is to be made available online, including on social media, and when the music is to be released.