Håkon Cosma Størdal is a specialist in competition law and heads Wiersholm's team of lawyers practicing EU/competition law. He has extensive experience in handling complex competition cases, both from private practice and as the legal director of the Norwegian Competition Authority. In his practice as a lawyer, Mr. Cosma Størdal has handled some of the most high-profile merger cases in Norway. He has significant experience in dealing with cross-border mergers, and regularly represents clients in cases relating to cartel investigations and the possible abuse of market dominance vis-à-vis the Norwegian Competition Authority, the European Commission and the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Mr. Cosma Størdal also advises on EU/EEA law, matters relating to government subsidies and administrative law.

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

Mr. Cosma Størdal is the co-author of the book Norsk Konskurranserett, Bind II Fusjonskontroll (Norwegian Competition Law, Volume II Merger Control).

The "solution-oriented" Håkon Cosma Størdal regularly acts on competition matters relating to M&A transactions. Clients laud his "impressive ability to argue and win complex competition cases."

Chambers Europe, 2018

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