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, regulatory issues and transactions where technology and IP are central.

Legal 500 emea 2024 recommended lawyer


Rankings and recognitions

  • Recommended in Legal500 EMEA 2024 within Technology Media and Telecommunications:

‘We mainly work with Simen Blaker Strand. He has an excellent understanding of our business and quickly understands the questions we bring to him. He provides excellent legal support as well as business advice.’


‘The team has supported us with advice regarding agreements and the protection of our IP. They have deep insight and experience in these areas and provide very valuable support.’


  • Recommended in Who’s Who Legal Data: Data Privacy and Protection 2024
  • Recommended in Who’s Who Legal Data: Information Technology 2024
  • Ranked as “promising talent”, in the categories “Data Privacy” and “Media, Sport and Culture” in Norwegian business newspaper Finansavisen’s ranking of lawyers 2024.


Simen has more than 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 a decade, 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 other regulatory issues, 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