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Kennedys gains insurance foothold in Scandinavia through three new-year deals

Will merge with Erritzøe and form associations with Kogstad Lunde & Co and NorelidHolm

10 December 2015

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International law firm Kennedys is expanding in Scandinavia through a merger and two new associations.

Under the agreements, which come into effect on 1 January 2016, the firm is merging with Danish law firm Advokatfirmaet Erritzøe and forming associations with Norwegian firm Kogstad Lunde & Co and Swedish firm Advokatfirman NorelidHolm.

"Expanding our international reach is key to our strategy," said Kennedys' senior partner Nick Thomas.

"I am delighted that Kennedys has been able to expand, with trusted friends, so as to deliver such a substantial presence in Scandinavia. The region is a major user of insurance products."

Erritzøe, a four-partner, 12-lawyer firm in Copenhagen, Denmark, becomes a full Kennedys office and will be led by senior partner Morten Erritzøe Christensen. Founded in 2005 by Morten and Jesper Ravn, the firm acts for a large number of global and domestic insurers.

Kennedys has worked with Erritzøe since 2007. In 2012, Erritzøe became a Kennedys associated office.

"I am really pleased that we are formally joining Kennedys," said Christensen. "We will benefit from leading insurers finding it easier to instruct us on the highest value claims. While we expect the increase in instructions to come primarily from local insurers, we see a benefit in developing the number of international instructions that will result from being part of Kennedys' global presence."

Kogstad Lunde & Co, a six-partner, ten-lawyer firm in Oslo, Norway becomes an associate office. Its founding partners, Eivind Kogstad and Trond Werner Lunde, both have insurance-sector backgrounds. The firm is one of the leading insurance sector-focused law firms in Norway.

NorelidHolm, a two-partner, eight-lawyer firm in Stockholm, Sweden also becomes an associate office. Established in 2005 by its founding partners, Christer A. Holm and Susanna Norelid, the firm is also a leading domestic law firm within the insurance sector.


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