Håkon Cosma Størdal is a specialist in competition law and has extensive experience in handling complex competition cases, both from private practice and as a Legal Director at the Norwegian Competition Authority. Throughout the past years, Mr. Cosma Størdal has handled some of the most profiled merger cases in Norway. He has significant experience in dealing with cross-border merger filings and in representing clients in cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases before the Norwegian Competition Authority, the EU Commission and the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Mr. Cosma Størdal also advises on EU/EEA law, state aid and public and administrative law.

Mr. Cosma Størdal is ranked as an up-and-coming lawyer on competition law in Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and the Norwegian Financial Daily’s annual lawyers survey.

Competition law specialist Håkon Cosma Størdal is popular among clients, who highlight his "deep knowledge of competition law and superb client service" as key strengths.

Chambers Europe 2017

Projects

  • Mr. Cosma Størdal managed the Wiersholm team advising Coop in the Competition Authority's review and approval of the acquisition of ICA Norge.
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  • Mr. Cosma Størdal managed the Wiersholm team advising Scandic in the Competition Authority's review and approval of the acquisition of Rica Norge.
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  • Mr. Cosma Størdal managed the Wiersholm team advising the parties in the EU Commission's and the Competition Authority's review and approval of the merger of the training centre chains SATS and ELIXIA.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Wiersholm, 2016
  • Managing Associate, Wiersholm, 2013
  • Legal director, the Norwegian Competition Authority, 2010-2013
  • Leader of the Competition Law Reform Commission's secretariat, 2011-2012
  • Head of section, the Norwegian Competition Authority, 2006-2010
  • National expert, the EFTA Surveillance Authority, Brussels, 2007-2008
  • Adviser/senior adviser, the Norwegian
  • Competition Authority, 2005-2006
  • Associate/lawyer, Ro Sommernes advokatfirma DA, 2002-2005

Education

  • Solstrand Programme for Young Leaders, AFF/NHH, 2009-2010
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law, King's College, University of London, 2009
  • Cand. jur., University of Oslo, 2002
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), King's College, University of London, 2001