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) and IT/technology. To Chambers and Partners (2023), clients state that "Kristian is an excellent sparring partner and hub into the rest of the team." To The Legal 500 (2022) they say that "Kristian Foss is a very competent, pragmatic lawyer. His previous in-house background puts him in a great position to understand the needs of the customer. He provides high-quality advice against a fair price. He is very good at managing difficult negotiations and disputes."[object Object][object Object]To The Legal 500 (2023) a satisfied client stated:[object Object][object Object]‘I would like to mention Kristian Foss. Very competent, very service minded and very good at understanding our business needs. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Kristian and he has been key in ensuring our focus on information security and our ambition to reach a high level of maturity in this field.’


  • 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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