Jan L. Backer

Jan L. Backer



+47 22 82 76 14
+47 913 75 815

Jan L. Backer is a partner at Wikborg Rein's Oslo office. He is heading our employment practice. Backer has an extensive experience in advising companies and industry clients on a broad range of issues. He has considerable experience in international transactions. Backer has worked on employment law issues for more than 20 years. His general knowledge of and long-term relationship with management in business and industry makes him a valuable advisor with respect to contractual issues, termination and other questions relating to the management. He is frequently been used for discussing and preparing pension arrangements as well as advising on conflicts pertaining to pension issues. Backer has been much involved in reorganizations and downscaling. He is a member of the Norwegian Bar Association's Panel for employment law. Backer is recommended by Chambers and Partners as "Leaders in their field" in the category Employment.

Relevant experience:

  • Litigation and advice on reorganization, downsizing, redundancy and pension related issues
  • Advice on corruption and other integrity issues
  • Negotiation and signing of purchase agreements, shareholder and loan agreements relating to companies in developing countries

Work experience:

  • 1991- Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo
  • 1988-1990 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo
  • 1986-1987 Deputy Judge, Drammen byrett
  • 1984-1986 Executive Officer, Tax Department, The Norwegian Ministry of Finance


  • Contributor to the book 100 næringseiendomstips (100 commercial real estate tips), Wikborg Rein 2014


  • Stiftelsen Studenterhjemmet, Chairman
  • International Cruise Management Agency AS, Director


  • 1983 Cand. jur., University of Oslo