Simen Blaker Strand


Simen Blaker Strand specialises in IT/technology law, personal data law, and intellectual property law. He has extensive hands-on experience from the IT-industry, and from advising on contracts and transactions where technology and IP are central.


Rankings and recognitions

  • Recommended in Legal500 EMEA 2021: TMT

2021: ‘Simen Blaker Strand is quick and service minded, strong at IT contracts and GDPR.’

2021: ‘Simen Blaker Strand brings many years of experience within the IT industry, and has a very good understanding of our business and the challenges we face.’

  • Recommended Who’s Who Legal Data: Data Privacy and Protection 2021
  • Recommended Who’s Who Legal Data: Information Technology 2021
  • Ranked as “up and coming”, Data Privacy in Norwegian daily newspaper Finansavisen’s ranking of lawyers 2021.


Simen has 20 years experience within technology law, data privacy law and intellectual property law. Having previously held the position as Head of Legal in IBM Norway for nine years, he has hands-on experience from the IT industry. Simen has been advising on a broad range of technology related legal issues, including negotiating and drafting a large number of major IT contracts across the full spectrum of software, hardware and services, and other commercial contracts such as research and development agreements, technology consortium agreements, licensing agreements, and partner- and distribution agreements. Simen has extensive experience from advising on IP rights in connection with technology transactions. Simen advises private and public organisations on data privacy/GDPR matters, and public procurement.


Partner, GjessingReimers2019-
Partner, Grette2017-2019
Head of Legal, IBM Norway2008-2017
Senior Attorney, Schjødt2007-2008
Attorney, Schjødt2004-2006
Associate, Schjødt2001-2004


  • Member of the Norwegian Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the country code Top Level


  • “International Advertising Law, A Global Handbook”, Globe Law and Business 2021, co-author
  • The Norway Chapter in International Comparative Legal Guide – Outsourcing Laws and Regulations 2018


  • The Norwegian Bar Association
  • Norwegian Computers and Law Association (Board member 2016-2018)
  • Norwegian Association for the Protection of Industrial Property
  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriètè Intellectuelle – AIPPI


Law degree, University of Bergen2001


The Scandinavian languages, English