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Kristin Haram Førde

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Kristin Haram Førde provides legal advice within technology and privacy. Throughout her career, she has drafted and negotiated a variety of commercial technology agreements, tailored for use in Norway and abroad. She also assists with all kinds of privacy issues and helps companies in facilitating the processing of personal data in a lawful and secure manner. In addition, Kristin renders advice on questions related to ownership of business-critical data and how companies may secure the value of such data.

She also has extensive expertise with cyber security and assists companies that have been exposed to cyber attacks with risk-reducing measures.

Kristin’s long career as both an in-house lawyer and outside counsel for technology companies has provided her with a unique understanding of the IT industry's "tribal language", the game-changing technological development that has formed the industry, and contracts for technology deliveries and digitization. This allows Kristin to draft and negotiate technology contracts for customers and suppliers alike, based on her insight into the parties' needs. Kristin has also assisted in several major national and international IT dispute negotiations.

Kristin is the co-founder of the Privacy Factory (Personvernfabrikken), which is Bull's website for privacy matters and together with Kristian Foss, she is the leader of Bull’s Privacy Network.

Kristin is a member the professional committee for Data Privacy in the Norwegian Bar Association. She is a member of the IT IP Law Group Europe, as well as the International Technology Law Association (ITech Law). She regularly gives lectures on privacy and technology matters, and she is considered an inspiring and knowledgeable lecturer. She is a mentor for students and an external examiner for the Masters’ theses in Technology and Data Privacy law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.

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

Awards and rankings

The rating agencies Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 recommend Kristin as one of Norway's best lawyers in technology, media, and telecom (TMT) as well as in the data privacy specialty. The 2022 Chambers and Partners' edition notes that she "is appreciated for her expertise in IT and data protection, advising on outsourcings, data sharing and SaaS platforms as well as GDPR compliance. Clients also appreciate her 'focus on practical and commercial solutions.'"Who’s Who Legal recognizes Kristin as a world-leading lawyer within Data Privacy & Protection and Information Technology. In addition, she is ranked in the top 10 list within privacy in the Norwegian leading newspaper Finansavisen's annual lawyers’ survey (peer review).

Education

  • 1998
    Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Oslo
  • 1998
    IT-Contracts, Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL)
  • 1996
    Intellectual property law

Work experience

  • 2016–
    Partner, Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS
  • 2014–2016
    Director, Legal Nordics CSC
  • 2014
    Principal Lawyer, Legal Nordics CSC
  • 2010–2014
    Senior attorney, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS
  • 2009–2010
    Attorney, Simonsen Advokatfirma DA
  • 2006–2009
    Associate, Simonsen Advokatfirma DA
  • 2004–2006
    Senior Legal Manager, Oracle Norge AS
  • 2002–2004
    Legal Manager EMEA, Advent Software
  • 1998–2002
    Legal Counsel, Oracle Norge AS

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