Financial Regulation

The rules for banks and other financial institutions have undergone a tremendous change in recent times, and the EEA agreement means that Norway’s financial legislation is increasingly being imported directly from the EU.

BAHR’s financial regulatory team has extensive experience in assisting Norwegian financial companies with complex regulatory issues, and we have good relations with the financial authorities and the key industry organizations such as Finance Norway, ICMA, ISDA, etc. We have long experience in navigating unknown – and often untested – financial regulation waters. Our team helped develop the current rules for covered bonds (OMF), and we were legal counsel for the first securitization carried out by a Norwegian financial institution ever. In a regulatory landscape that is becoming increasingly complex, we are working to make our financial clients’ daily lives as simple and predictable as possible.

Our services

We assist all our clients with all types of financial governing advice, including:

  • Establishment of new banks, payment companies and other financial institutions including licensing, privacy, marketing, etc.
  • Ongoing advice on framework conditions and regulation for established financial institutions
  • Dialogue with supervisors and regulated or unregulated markets, including stock exchange, OTC clearing, etc.
  • Requirements for regulatory capital and issue of subordinated loan capital (Tier 2), hybrid capital (AT1), etc.
  • All types of questions related to derivatives and other financial instruments
  • Preferred Bonds (OMF)
  • EMTN programs and bond issues in the Norwegian and international capital markets.
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