Gizur Bergsteinsson

practice areas

  • Banking and Finance
  • Company Law
  • Competition Law
  • EU/EEA Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Public Procurement Law
  • Restructuring, Receivership & Liquidation
  • Tax Law

ATTORNEY AT LAW – PARTNER

Gizur is a seasoned litigator, particularly focusing on civil and commercial litigation. With his extensive experience and knowledge of Icelandic procedures, Gizur helps clients mitigate risk and navigate complex strategic issues and legal challenges. His main focus is on corporate and commercial law and he is widely regarded as one of the Bar’s leading specialists in competition law.

In terms of non-contentious experience, Gizur frequently advises private enterprises on commercial transactions and is often called upon by state institutions and municipalities in terms of regulatory issues. On the contentious side, Gizur regularly appears for regulators and state institutions in judicial review challenges. In recent years, Gizur has acted for the Government of Iceland, the Central Bank of Iceland and the Icelandic Competition Authority, both before the Supreme Court of Iceland and the EFTA Court in Luxembourg. Gizur was recently instructed by the Government of Iceland in a landmark case before the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning alleged market abuse by Uefa and Fifa.

ADMISSIONS

  • The Supreme Court of Iceland (2012)
  • The Appeal Court
  • The District Courts

EXPERIENCE

  • Partner, LAGASTOÐ, 2010-
  • Partner, Lögmannsstofa Gizurar Bergsteinssonar ehf., 2005-7 and 2008-9
  • Attorney at Law, Kaupthing Bank hf., 2007-8
  • Law Clerk, the Supreme Court of Iceland, 2001-3 and 2004-5
  • Lawyer, the Internal Revenue Board and the Althingi Ombudsman (secondment), 1998-2001

APPOINTMENTS

  • Member of the Standing Committee on Procedural Law, 2022-
  • Member of the Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, 2019-
  • Member of the Committee for Reopening of Court Cases, 2018-20
  • Member of the Consumer Appeals Committee, 2005-7

ACEDEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • University College London (LL.M. in Corporate and Commercial Law), 2004
  • University of Iceland, Faculty of Law (Cand.jur.), 1998
  • Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð (Matriculation Exam), 1993

TEACHING & EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT

  • External examiner (Competition Law), University of Iceland, Faculty of Law, 2011-
  • Assistant lecturer (Civil Procedure), University of Iceland, Faculty of Law, 1998-2008, 2013 and 2015
  • Teacher (Civil Procedure), the Icelandic Bar Exam, 2006-7

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Danish
  • German