Nordics focus: High-value and strong values

Nordics focus: High-value and strong values

The Nordic legal market had a good pandemic, using the time to advise clients on the many challenges of lockdowns and to prepare for major societal and technological changes. Downtime, in many cases, was also a good opportunity to plan for what was to become a boom year in 2021.

Unlike much of Europe, the region is not home to many international law firms, with DLA Piper the most often-cited exception to that rule, while others operate small satellite offices or advise via local affiliates. In Norway, law firms must be run by Norwegian citizens. Continue reading “Nordics focus: High-value and strong values”

Euro Elite Nordics: Complete package

Euro Elite Nordics: Complete package

Across the Nordic region, the Covid-19 crisis meant firms faced challenges in terms of adapting to remote working requirements and new regulations. The early days of the pandemic saw a noticeable dip across the board in terms of new work coming into firms, and transactional activity slowed down, but despite the ongoing uncertainty, the market has proven resilient.

‘The Norwegian legal market has proven to be very robust with high growth over time,’ observes Thomas K. Svensen, managing partner of BAHR. ‘Despite an uncertain global situation, the strong and stable outlook for the Norwegian economy continues to attract activity which again fuels an already strong legal market.’ Continue reading “Euro Elite Nordics: Complete package”

Nordics: Northern Lights

Nordics: Northern Lights

Much like the rest of the world, the Nordic market couldn’t escape the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the virus seemingly kept the Nordics in its periphery, while the rest of Europe felt the brunt of the impact. Average GDP across Norway, Sweden and Denmark in 2020 fell by roughly 3% (the wider EU GDP fell by 6.1%) with the biggest impact, unsurprisingly, on the tourism industry (Iceland, a nation heavily reliant on its tourism, saw a GDP drop of 6.6%). However, the predictions for 2021 show GDP growth across all three of the main Nordic countries, with 3.7%, 3.4% and 3% growth predicted respectively.

‘The Nordics have suffered less than many other European countries in the course of the pandemic,’ states Roschier’s managing partner Mikko Manner in Finland. ‘It has been forecast that during the second quarter of 2021, most restrictions will be eased due to vaccinations, and the Nordic economies will be able to start a swift recovery, with economic activity reaching pre-crisis levels later this year.’ Continue reading “Nordics: Northern Lights”