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Kristian Foss assists with technology agreements and privacy issues. This includes agreements for international sales, procurement of IT systems, and the definition of new business models. Kristian is one of the few Norwegian IT lawyers with litigation experience and in-depth knowledge of free software (open source). He also focuses on finding solutions to privacy challenges. Kristian achieves results through a negotiation style that preserves relationships and is interest-based.

Kristian’s long career as a lawyer and entrepreneur has given him a unique commercial, technical, and strategic understanding that is reflected in the legal solutions he proposes. His extensive experience from international and domestic negotiations on technology deliveries creates results that create value over time. Kristian can also quickly resolve issues outside of Norway through his large network of international lawyers.

Kristian has a strong professional commitment. He is a member of the Expert committee for ICT law in the Norwegian Centre for Continued Legal Education, former president of IT IP Law Group Europe, and he regularly attends international conferences on IT law and data protection. Kristian also gives lectures on privacy, contract law, data security, intellectual property law, and professional liability. He is considered an inspiring and knowledgeable communicator who focuses on simplifying complicated messages and agreements.

Kristian is part of Bull's crisis management team for Cyber Incidents and Emergency Preparedness.

Awards and rankings

The rating agencies Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, and Who's Who Legal recommend Kristian as one of Norway's best lawyers in technology, media, and telecom (TMT). To Chambers and Partners (2022), clients describe Kristian as "…very down to earth and can level with our engineers on technical matters," adding: "The technical knowledge and practical approach is exactly what we are looking for in external counsels."

Education

  • 2003
    Subjects in history, University of Oslo
  • 1997
    Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Oslo
  • 1988-1989
    Sergeant course (USK), The Norwegian Army

Work experience

  • 2015–
    Partner, Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS
  • 2007–2015
    Managing partner, Gille advokater DA
  • 2001–2007
    Attorney/Associate, responsible for technology, IT and telecom., Advokatfirmaet Haavind Vislie AS
  • 1999–2001
    Associate/Attorney, Legal department, EVRY
  • 1999
    Co-founder, Idium AS
  • 1997–1999
    Project manager, attorney and business developer, Grape Interactive AS (Internet consulting firm)

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