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Private Equity and Venture Capital

Our team assists Nordic and international private equity and venture funds, as well as other investors and managers, including family offices, fund of funds, investment companies, and institutional investors in a broad range of investment strategies.

During the latest years, we have seen an increase of investments in infrastructure and have assisted a number of clients with this. Our team offers tailored and fully integrated legal advice to managers, funds and other stakeholders.

As one of Norway’s leading providers of legal advice in transactions, we have broad experience and expertise in national and international acquisition situations, auctions, mergers and acquisitions across all sectors and strategies. We also have extensive experience in assisting clients with investments in infrastructure, which has seen increasing growth in recent years.

We understand our clients' commercial needs and adapt our teams to best handle each individual case. As a full-service law firm, our team of lawyers is supported with experts within relevant disciplines across the firm, including commercial property, competition law, employment law, compliance, intellectual property rights, and dispute resolution, to provide a holistic service in complex cases.

In stock market-related acquisitions and exits (IPOs, etc.), we combine our industry experience from private equity and venture capital with our firm's expertise and broad experience within the capital markets. We assist with all forms of capital market transactions and offer a leading capability in all processes and regulatory requirements in this regard.

We offer

Legal advice to among others:

  • Management and investment teams at all stages from establishment, tax and structure, regulatory conditions and incentive schemes to the preparation of relevant contracts and commercial consultancy agreements
  • Managers and funds throughout the life cycle of the fund, including establishment and structuring of the fund to portfolio extract and dismantling of the fund, assistance in portfolio investments (from pre-seed to buy-out investments, unlisted and listed transactions)
  • MIP structures and other ongoing assistance to funds and portfolio companies during the ownership period
  • Assistance with tax structure, fund due diligence, regulatory matters, investments (including primaries and secondaries)

Funds and Managers

  • Project management ("legal lead")
  • Tax and structure
  • Establishment of management environment
  • Fund establishments and capital collection
  • Regulatory matters, including permits and registrations, marketing consultancy and pre-marketing
  • Preparation of fund agreements, management agreements, etc.
  • Due diligence of funds (including seed corn, venture, infrastructure, debt, real estate, natural resources, etc.)
  • Primary and secondary investments
  • Co-investments
  • Continuation vehicles
  • Sponsor investments
  • Investor negotiations, side letter
  • Company law and other corporate
  • Compliance, AML and governance services
  • ESG, including SFDR and EU Taxonomy


  • Project management ("legal lead")
  • Tax and structure
  • Due diligence (buyer/seller)
  • Co-investment/incentive schemes
  • Investments, including national and international acquisitions, auctioning processes, mergers and feed-in purchases
  • Series A, B and C investments
  • Platform investments, bolt-ons
  • Refinancing, reorganisations
  • Competition law
  • Exit (private/noted)

Portfolio companies

  • Contractual law
  • Company law and other corporate
  • Tax
  • Human capital
  • Compliance, AML and governance services
  • Regulatory, procedures, sanctions and crisis management
  • ESG and SFDR
  • Competition law
  • GDPR
  • Contact with authorities
  • Dispute
  • Intellectual Property Rights

Family offices and other unregulated investment companies

  • Tax and structure
  • Investment (primary, secondary and co-investments)
  • Due diligence of funds (including infrastructure, debt, real estate, etc.) and management of side letters
  • Financial regulatory assistance
  • Shareholder agreements etc.
  • Management
  • Financing
  • Company law and other corporate
  • Human capital
  • Co-investment/incentive schemes
  • ESG

Read our articles on Private Equity and Venture Capital

Cover image of article "Wikborg Rein assisting Summa Equity with rolling Norsk Gjenvinning into a new continuation fund"

Wikborg Rein assisting Summa Equity with rolling Norsk Gjenvinning into a new continuation fund

We are thankful for the opportunity to assist Summa Equity in connection with Summa Fund I's and other existing shareholders' sale of NG to Summa Circular, a continuation vehicle managed by Summa Equity.

Cover image of article "Wikborg Rein assisting in voluntary offer in Kahoot! ASA"

Wikborg Rein assisting in voluntary offer in Kahoot! ASA

We are proud to announce that we alongside Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP have assisted General Atlantic, the largest shareholder in Kahoot! ASA, in connection with the launch of a recommended, voluntary offer to acquire all shares in Kahoot! ASA.

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