Kjetil Vågen gains widespread praise thanks to his excellent reputation in the field and considerable experience of working with clients on international franchise structures.
Kjetil Vågen is a leading franchising lawyer. He is partner in the Oslo-based law firm, Advokatfirmaet CLP DA.
Kjetil Vågen represents a number of the largest retail players in the Norwegian market within consumer electronics, cosmetics, clothing, books, furniture, office supplies, optics and sports goods. Franchise is a part of this retail practice. Furthermore, Vågen also assists other franchise chains outside the retail sector, hereunder clients within food and beverages and hotel operators.
Kjetil Vågen has broad franchising experience with particular focus on drafting franchise agreements (master franchise agreements, franchise agreements and sub franchise agreements); market entry for both Norwegian and foreign clients; regulatory issues; contract negotiations (lease agreements and supply agreements); competition law; disputes; compliance, trademarks; M&A and corporate advice. In recent years, Vågen has assisted in a number of both asset purchase and share purchase transactions related to franchisors purchase of the shares in franchisees or its business.
Vågen was ranked as the number one lawyer in Norway within the retail and trade category in the 2018 and 2019 election of the best lawyers in Norway facilitated by Finansavisen (the Norwegian finance and economics newspaper).
Vågen has contributed to the Norwegian chapter in Getting the Deal Through: Franchise.
Vågen has broad experience with representing franchisors in retail chains consisting of a mix both franchisees and the chain's own stores, he is also highly skilled in handling the legal and practical challenges that come with these combinations.