Bull & Co has recruited expertise within Media and Entertainment – and Real estate – and strengthens the partnership by adding Lisa Digernes (45), Jan Morten Evertsen (61) and Anders Evjenth (56).
Competence and company culture are Bull & Co’s main assets. Therefore, recruiting the best minds who also share the company’s view of its future is key. With the recruitment of Lisa, Jan Morten and Anders, Bull & Co gains three new partners who are among the foremost experts in their respective disciplines and who will be central to the future development of these areas at Bull & Co. All three joined the firm on 1 January 2020.
“I am very pleased that the unique company culture and the strong specialist environment at Bull attract some of the most highly skilled people in the industry. With Lisa and Jan Morten on board, we get a market-leading team within film, media and entertainment, and with Anders returning, we have significantly strengthened our position within real estate development and construction,” says Tom Eilertsen, Bull & Co’s Chairman of the Board.
Lisa is an expert within media and entertainment law, as well as on copyright and technology contracts. Lisa comes from Advokatfirmaet Ræder, where she was a Senior Attorney. For ten years previously, she worked as a lawyer and partner in the U.S. law firm Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP in New York, a boutique firm within entertainment, digital media and intellectual property law.
Lisa has worked broadly with rights issues and agreements within media, film and entertainment, including financing, production and distribution of content on different platforms. She is an adviser to several technology companies – from major publicly traded companies to start-ups – in connection with strategy, negotiations and a wide range of licensing agreements and technology contracts. Through her significant U.S. practice, she gained broad international experience as a legal adviser to various players in the film, media and entertainment industries and the publishing industry, as well as within technology and digital media. Lisa also assisted players within the arts.
“Bull & Co has one of the industry’s strongest teams of expertise within intellectual property law and technology and has also demonstrated its innovative qualities over several years. In addition, the company has a value base that I personally identify myself with, so I’m excited to be part of this company culture. We are ambitious about what we want to achieve in the media and entertainment business going forward,” says Lisa Digernes.”
Lisa is ranked as Foreign Expert for the United States within intellectual property law in Chambers Global 2019. She is currently board chairperson for Oslo Kunstforening and Psykologisk.no AS.
Jan Morten Evertsen
Jan Morten is a specialist within media, film and entertainment, intellectual property law and marketing law. He has extensive experience as a business lawyer and comes from Advokatfirmaet Ræder, where he was a partner. Prior to that, Jan Morten was partner in Thommessen for many years.
Jan Morten has extensive experience with contract negotiations for rights agreements in film, media and entertainment – including on-demand streaming – for Norwegian and international film and TV production companies as well as the music industry. In addition, his advice includes trademark and patent questions and license agreements, as well as general and special marketing law for entertainment, media, music and merchandising players. He has also dealt with issues related to intellectual property law in connection with several acquisitions and transactions.
“It’s been interesting to see the ever-increasing international interest in Norwegian film and TV productions over the past few years and the entry of new players within on-demand streaming. With the combination of Lisa’s international experience, my experience with Norwegian productions and Bull’s expertise, we are looking forward to contributing to the continued development of this industry,” says Jan Morten Evertsen.
Jan Morten is ranked in Band 3 within TMT by Chambers Europe 2019 and recommended within TMT by The Legal 500.
Lisa and Jan Morten will be key members of Bull & Co’s media and entertainment team. Read more about the team’s competence and services here.
Anders works primarily with real estate and planning law; he returns as a Bull partner following a two-year period as a partner in Advokatfirmaet Hjort. Before Anders came to Bull in 2015, he worked for eight years as a lawyer and associate partner at Advokatfirmaet Kluge. His work experience also includes several positions in public entities, including Project Manager of the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development and Section Lead/Department Director of the Legal Department at the County Governor of Oslo and Akershus.
Within real estate, Anders’ main focus is on property development, planning law, development agreements, reimbursement issues, discretion and process, and he assists commercial builders, municipalities, cooperatives and private individuals. He has broad procedural experience before the District Court and the Court of Appeal, as well as expropriation cases under the Expropriation of Real Property Act and the Road Act, and with legal issues in cases handled by the Land Consolidation Court. His practice also includes management of departmental reporting on planning law topics.
“I’m returning to a growing company, and I’m looking forward to becoming part of the friendly environment I know from before. With our recent recruitments within construction, we can offer services in all phases of real estate projects – from development and construction to operations and leasing, as well as sales of individual buildings or property portfolios,” says Anders Evjenth.
Anders regularly holds courses within planning law and related topics for JUS, National Association of Norwegian Architects, the Building and Construction Industry Group and the Centre for Real Estate Subjects. He will be part of the real estate and construction team at Bull, which now counts eleven partners and lawyers with broad experience from commercial and residential real estate transactions, development, construction and infrastructure. Read more about Bull & Cos expertise and services within Real estate here.