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Monica Syrdal


Monica Syrdal works with a combination of EEA/competition law and intellectual property rights, including copyright, trademark, marketing law and GDPR.

Monica has in-depth knowledge of communication, technology, media and retail sectors and practical experience with many of the legal matters that are relevant to these sectors including intellectual property rights and competition law.

Within competition law, she specializes in issues relating to the prohibitions on anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant positions. She has particular experience in handling alleged infringement cases before the Norwegian Competition Authority, the Competition Appeals Board (“Konkurranseklagenemnda”) and the EFTA Surveillance Authority. She has also practical competition litigation experience before the ordinary court in respect of private competition law enforcement.

Within the media sector, Monica has extensive experience with respect to copyright issues pertaining to audio-visual content, including films, sports and other content licensing and questions in the nexus of competition law and intellectual property rights. Monica has hereunder experience with copyright and other IPR litigation before the courts and various alternative dispute resolution bodies, including but not limited to the Appeals Board for Industrial Rights and the Remuneration Board (“Vederlagsnemnda”). She also advices on regulatory issues involving broadcasting and audiovisual on-demand services. She has for a number of years worked extensively with adoption of new legislation within the copyright and broadcasting field both on a national and EU/EEA -level.

Another part of her practice involves consumer marketing legislation, unfair marketing in relation to other businesses and privacy/GDPR.

In addition to English, Monica also speaks German.

Professional Experience
Partner, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Managing Associate, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Attorney, In-house counsel in Telenor, Telenor ASA
Attorney, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen
EFTA Surveillance Authority, Department of Competition and State aid
Deputy Judge, Nedre Romerike District Court
Associate, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen
Competition law, Kings College
Candidate in Jurisprudence, The University of Oslo
Examinations in English and German for lawyers

Leader of The Norwegian Bar Association’s legislative committee on European and Competition law

The Norwegian Bar Association

The Norwegian Copyright Association

Monica is recommended in the categories Intellectual Property, TMT and EU and Competition by The Legal 500.

“Monica Syrdal is a highly skilled competition lawyer. She is valued for her practical approach and clear advice. She knows our business and is to the point.” – The Legal 500 in EU and Competition.

Monica is also ranked by Managing IP as IP Star in Trademark and Copyright and Top 250 Women in IP.

Monica Syrdal receives notable praise for her copyright expertise, frequently advising media clients on topics such as music and TV distribution rights. Sources say: “She has great industry knowledge and her experience within this field is extensive. She is very proactive and keeps us updated on the legislation.” – Chambers and Partners.

“She is always available and does excellent work.” – Chambers and Partners.

In addition, she is ranked in the intellectual property rights (IP) and TMT categories by Chambers and Partners.