Gry Hvidsten

Partner

About Gry Hvidsten

Gry Hvidsten is a partner at Wikborg Rein's Oslo Office and a leading lawyer within data protection and digitalization. Hvidsten is the deputy head of the Technology and Digitalization team and Head of the firm's Data Protection practice. Her practice also includes assisting clients within IT-law/information security, e- privacy law and marketing law. Hvidsten also works with large and complex projects in the intersection between data protection and legislation concerning the use of personal data within specific sectors such as finance and health.

Hvidsten holds a unique combination of in-depth professional knowledge and a commercial mindset. She has 20 years of experience working as a data protection specialist in the Legislation Department in the Ministry of Justice, in Norway’s largest company Equinor and as a long-standing business lawyer.

Hvidsten advises leading corporations within a variety of sectors, including large group companies, and public authorities on all aspects related to data protection compliance, including the procurement, implementation and development of new technology and new products and services, including necessary agreement to cover the sharing and transfer of personal data. Over the last years her focus has expanded to include larger and more complex projects related to digital business development and the use of new technologies.

Hvidsten has assisted several international corporations with the implementation of BCR (Binding Corporate Rules).

Hvidsten also assists clients on a regular basis in relation to handling security incidents and with handling technology transactions. She often works in close cooperation with other Wikborg Rein teams such as Commercial property, Financial regulatory, Risk and crisis management and with our firm’s office in Shanghai.

With a passion for the intersection between technology, law and business development, Hvidsten takes a particular interest in understanding the client's business and in working closely with clients to find effective and business-oriented solutions.

Gry Hvidsten is a lecturer at Norwegian universities and a regular speaker at industry events. Hvidsten is a member of the board of The Norwegian Association for Computers and Law (NFJE). She is also responsible for the Norwegian chapter in the International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) on Data Protection 2021.

Hvidsten received appreciation as Rising Star in the latest Legal 500 ranking.

Work experience
  • 2021 -

    Partner and Deputy of Technology and Digitalisation practice, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2018 - 2021

    Specialist Counsel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2014 - 2018

    Advisor, Sr. Advisor, Statoil ASA

  • 2009 - 2014

    Associate/Senior Lawyer, Arntzen de Besche, Oslo

  • 2007 -

    Examiner, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

  • 2001 - 2009

    Legal Advisor, Legislation dept, Ministry of Justice

  • 2000 - 2001

    Secretary for the Norwegian Advisory Council on Bankruptcy, Civil dept, Ministry of Justice

  • 1997 - 1998

    Research Assistant, Institute of Public Law, University of Oslo

  • 1996 - 1997

    Legal Advisor, Juss-Buss

  • 1996

    Trainer (part time), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Education
  • 2000

    Cand. jur, University of Oslo

  • 1991

    French for foreigners, Sorbonne, Paris