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LOGOS has been rated an exemplary business by Creditinfo rating agency

LOGOS has made Creditinfo’s list of exemplary business for the operating year 2017 (Strongest in Iceland), which was presented at Harpa conference hall on 14 November last. The list includes 857 businesses, or 2% of all listed companies in Iceland.

LOGOS ranked top by IFLR1000

IFLR1000 has just published its rankings for 2018 and in the Financial and Corporate category, LOGOS’ services are described as exemplary. LOGOS therefore continues to be a Top Tier firm in Iceland, according to the IFLR1000.

SUPREME COURT VICTORY

LOGOS congratulates Síminn hf., an Icelandic telecom company, in it‘s victory in Sýn hf. vs. Síminn hf. The case, which started with injunction procedures initiated by Síminn hf. against Sýn hf. (trading as Vodafone in Iceland) in 2015, came to an end on 18 October, when the Supreme Court of Iceland handed down a judgment, accepting all demands by Síminn hf.

Article by Hjordis Halldorsdottir

Viðskiptablaðið (Weekly business news in Iceland) published an article by Hjordis Halldorsdottir Partner at LOGOS on October 25th. Hjordis who specialises in IP/IT law and Data Protection is writing about "cookies" in her article, Eru allir að klúðra kökunum?

Article by Bjarnfredur Olafsson

Viðskiptablaðið (Weekly business news in Iceland) published an article by Bjarnfredur Olafsson Partner at LOGOS today. Bjarnfredur who specialises in tax law is writing about tax inspection in his article, Vandi skattrannsókna.

LOGOS Associates great achievement

Hildur Hjörvar, Associate at LOGOS is the first student to get all four recognitions for academic achievement in the faculty of law at The University of Iceland. Morgunblaðið has an article about Hildur in today's paper:  Fyrst til að hljóta öll verðlaun deildarinnar

Interview with HELGA M ÓTTARSDÓTTIR

Viðskiptablaðið (Weekly Business review in Iceland) published today an interview with Helga M Óttarsdóttir Managing Partner at LOGOS. The general topic of the interview is; being a lawyer in Iceland and about the future of lawyers. 

LOGOS recommended as a TOP-TIER FIRM

<p>We are proud to announce that LOGOS remains a Legal 500 recommended top-tier firm in the categories below and that so many of our team have been listed in the elite &ldquo;Leading lawyers&rdquo; list and come recommended by the Legal 500, and our latest partner, &Aacute;slaug Bj&ouml;rgvinsd&oacute;ttir, is listed in the &ldquo;Next generation lawyers&rdquo; list, a guide to promising up-and-coming lawyers.</p>

Process of ISAL

We have advised Rio Tinto in the sale process of ISAL, which runs an aluminium plant in Iceland.  This week Norsk Hydro made a binding offer to acquire 100% share of ISAL.  Our team, led by partners Hjordis Halldorsdottir and Gudbjorg Helga Hjartardottir, congratulate all involved on this landmark milestone in the process.

LOGOS advises Kaupthing on its sale of shares in Arion Bank.

LOGOS advised Kaupthing when it sold a 5.34% stake in Arion Bank last week. The stake was sold to a number of Icelandic funds and two foreign investors. Other advisors in the transaction included Kvika Bank and the foreign law firm White & Case.

Chambers Europe 2018

Chambers Europe has published its annual guide to the best law firms in Iceland for 2018 and yet again they have ranked LOGOS as one of the top firms. We are ranked in band 1 in the following categories: 

Chambers and Partners ratings for 2018

Chambers and Partners have announced its ratings for this year (Chambers Global 2018) and below are the highlights:

VIS Insurance and Atafl acquitted in the Supreme Court

VIS insurance and Atafl were acquitted in the Supreme Court of all claims made due to an accident that occurred during the preparation of a discharge of a fork lift from a truck. The court believed it was not proven how the accident happened and if it was connected to the truck or its use. Ólafur Eiríksson, attorney at LOGOS legal services, acted as counsel for both defendants before the Supreme Court.

Kvika banki hf. acquitted of all claims made by ET sjón ehf.

Kvika banki hf. was acquitted of all claims made by ET sjón ehf. before the District Court of Reykjavik on 24 January 2017. A claim had been made for roughly ISK 301 million due to loss which ET sjón ehf. felt it had suffered in relation to insufficient consultancy services carried out by Kvika banki hf.’s predecessor.

Hjördís Halldórsdóttir' presentation at IT conference, UTmessan in Reykjavik

At the recent IT conference in Harpa Conference Center in Reykjavik, UT Messan, one of the partners at LOGOS, Hjordis Halldorsdottir, gave a presentation on profiling and automated decision making, or decisions by artificial intelligence (AI). The new Act on Data Protection addresses both and places certain demands on businesses that are important to be aware of, especially if the plan is to automate business processes and utilise AI in the business.

New articles by LOGOS' Partners

Um eignaskatta, artcile by Jón Elvar Guðmundsson published in Viðskiptablaðið (A weekly busniess news publication in Iceland) on October 26th. Jón Elvar specialises in Tax law and is writing about potential difficulties in imposing net wealth taxes due to consitutional issues in his article.

LOGOS' 110 year anniversary celebration

November 9th LOGOS held a party to celebrate its 110 year anniversary.

In 1907 Sveinn Björnsson (later the first president of Iceland) established the Counsel Office. The Counsel Office was also the first law firm ever opened in Iceland. In the year 2000, The Counsel Office merged with another law firm called Adalsteinsson and Partners, which was established in 1969 by Ragnar Adalsteinsson. This marked the beginning of LOGOS.

Lifting of Capital Controls

On March 14th 2017, new rules issued by the Central Bank of Iceland came into effect, lifting the capital controls which have been in force in Iceland since October 2008.
The new rules are structured as general exemptions from the provisions of the Act on Foreign Exchange. Although the new rules are intended to effectively lift the capital controls, a few issues remain to be further clarified by the Central Bank. Furthermore, certain cross-border transactions remain subject to notification to, or conformation by, the Central Bank of Iceland. 

Partner Announcement

LOGOS announces the promotion of three new partners with effect from 1 January 2017. Mrs Áslaug Björgvinsdóttir is based in the Reykjavik office and Mrs Anna Huxster and Mrs Claire Broomhead are new partners in the London office. Each brings a different blend of talent, expertise and experience to the partnership which will further strengthen the position of LOGOS as the leading law firm in Iceland with a strong team in its London office

Amendments to the data protection legislation

In September LOGOS and Microsoft Iceland held a meeting about amendments to the data protection legislation.

LOGOS LONDON OFFICE RANKED AS TOP-TIER FIRM BY LEGAL500 UK

We‘re pleased to announce that LOGOS has been recommended as a top-tier firm by the Legal 500 UK in the category ‘Foreign Firms – European firms in London – Scandinavia.

Chapter on Iceland in Private Antitrust Litigation Global Guide 2016/17

Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir and Gunnar Sturluson recently wrote a chapter on Iceland for Thomson Reuters's Private Antitrust Litigation Global Guide 2016/17. The chapter: Private antitrust litigation in Iceland: overview has been published online and can be accessed here: Private antitrust litigation in Iceland: overview

Top-tier firm by the Legal500 United Kindom 2016

We‘re pleased to announce that LOGOS has been recommended as a top-tier firm by the Legal 500 UK in the category ‘Foreign Firms – European firms in London – Scandinavia’, thus joining our office neighbours Thommessen and Kromann Reumert, as well as the Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein.

Gudmundur Oddsson and Gunnar Thor Thorarinsson have also been recommended as leading lawyers in the same category. 

The Legal500 UK bases its rankings on the strength of the team and the consistent strength of the team as well as contacts and credibility of top clients, capacity for large transactions/matters and prestigious clients, among other things.

We also wish to thank our clients for giving us such consistently good feedback on our work for them.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2013

In The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2013 editorial, LOGOS Legal Services in London has been recommended as a top-tier firm in the category FOREIGN FIRMS IN LONDON. Guðmundur Oddsson has also been recommended as a leading lawyer.