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 by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

Jarle Kvam"always puts the client first," says a commentator, who also highlights that he is "very hard-working and very dedicated to the matter." Another market source describes him as "an excellent negotiator."

Chambers Europe, 2018


  • 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