Jarle Kvam works mainly with company law and stock exchange law, with emphasis on advising and preparing contracts in business transfers, mergers and private equity/venture capital investments and instruments. He also has long experience with international negotiations.

In addition, Mr. Kvam has approximately 25 years of experience with M&A and cross-border transactions, and he frequently assists international, Nordic and local buy-out funds.

Mr. Kvam is ranked as one of Norway's most prominent experts on mergers and acquisitions in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

He [Jarle Kvam] is particularly active in advising private funds and investors on international transactions. Sources say that "he is very good, very open-minded and quick", adding: "He is commercial, so he understands how the client thinks".

Chambers Europe 2017


  • Mr. Kvam assisted Advent International, Bain Capital and ATP in their DKK 17 billion acquisition of the Nordic card payment company Nets Holding AS.
  • Mr. Kvam assisted Cisco Inc. in its public offer for and acquisition of Tandberg ASA for approximately NOK 19.1 billion, which still represents the largest take-over in Norway by a foreign company.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Wiersholm, 2003
  • Partner, Wikborg, Rein & Co., Oslo, 2000-2003
  • Senior Associate, Wikborg, Rein & Co., 1997-1999
  • Lawyer, Gorrissen Federspiel Kierkegaard, Copenhagen, 1994-1995
  • Associate and Lawyer, Jonas Bruun, Copenhagen, 1989-1994


  • Solicitor of England and Wales, 1998
  • Norwegian practising certificate, 1997
  • Master of Business Administration, Henley Management College, 1996
  • Cand. jur., University of Copenhagen, 1989, Danish practising certificate

Board Memberships

  • Wiersholm, Chairman of the Board
  • IDEA Foundation, Chairman of the Board
  • Nordic Buy Out Forum, initiator and head of the conference