GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Oslo Economics

10 January 2017

Oslo Economics

Oslo Economics is the leading competition economics practice in Norway, with a strong portfolio of merger work and other antitrust matters.

  • Advised on four mergers that went into Phase II
  • Involved in five competition law litigations
  • Hired 11 economists in the past year
Global heads Rolf Sverre Asp, Ove Skaug Halsos
Home jurisdiction Norway
Total size of firm 35
Competition economists 15
% of firm specialised 49%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 1
Lateral hires 4
Departures 0
Internal promotions 5

Oslo Economics has been growing its practice since the start of 2009 and is now the leading Norwegian consultancy specialising in competition economics. The firm hired 11 prominent economists this year, several of whom have strengthened the firm’s analytical ability in competition cases. These include Alexander Bråthen, who joined from the Norwegian Central Bank, and Arne Rogde Gramstad, whose doctorate is in competition economics and who specialises in network effects and digital markets.

During the last year, Oslo Economics has worked on a state aid and compensation case in the bus market, a case which required presentations at the European Free Trade Association in Brussels and preparations for the case at a Norwegian district court. It has also aided Norled, a client in the Norwegian ferry market, in a lawsuit against the government regarding compensation for mandatory discount rates for passenger transport. One partner appeared in a Norwegian court of appeals as an expert lay judge in a complicated compensation lawsuit regarding price discrimination in the telecoms market.

Oslo Economics is still prominent in the merger sphere, where it has been working on a large deal in the Nordic newspaper market. Merger cases in Norway have grown significantly in size and complexity, and the firm has tackled increasingly difficult topics: markets with peer effects and vertical relations, such as telecoms, and two-sided markets, such as newspapers.

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