Helping companies succeed

Doing business in Norway

Magnus Legal is a Norwegian business law firm. We specialize in helping foreign companies succeed when doing business in Norway. In addition, we assist employees with their tax returns and with other legal issues related to working in Norway.

Magnus Legal is a preferred partner for international companies with business activities in Norway. We provide legal assistance to a wide range of clients, from start-ups to multinational groups, covering a variety of business industries.

The Corona outbreak and business in Norway

The lawyers at Magnus Legal have summarized the government's efforts and answer relevant questions. 

Find out more on our blog:

The Magnus Legal Blog | Corona virus

 

 

Establishing a business in Norway

Do you need help establishing your business in Norway? The type of corporation you choose is of great importance in relation to liability, risk, tax, rights and duties. Contact Magnus Legal for advice on how to optimize the registration and organization of your company.

 

Corporate tax

The international tax team in Magnus Legal holds extensive knowledge of Norwegian taxation. We regularly assist foreign companies establishing a business structure in Norway, and offer an assessment of the tax liability for both the companies and their employees.

 

VAT in Norway

Foreign businesses that start up activities liable to VAT in Norway must calculate and pay VAT in the same way as Norwegian businesses.  The VAT is reported on VAT returns that normally are filed every other month. Magnus Legal holds extensive knowledge of Norwegian and foreign VAT.

Work in Norway

Magnus Legal is the professional partner that assists both foreign employers and expatriates with Norwegian compliance obligations. We also solve legal issues related to Norwegian tax and social security contribution.

Labour law

For foreign employers, it could be hard to relate to Norwegian labour law, including the mandatory system for holiday and holiday pay, the strict regulations of working hours and the rules of dismissal.

Expats

Working as an expat leads to obligations to Norway. Magnus Legal has considerable experience with legal assistance for expats, and provides many services for expats working in Norway.

Individual tax return

Everyone who works in Norway or on the Norwegian continental shelf is liable to submit a tax return to the Norwegian Tax Administration. The tax return provides an overview of your income, deductions, wealth and debts. The tax return must be completed by 30 April the year following the income year.

Public procurement

The annual value of Norwegian public procurement is estimated at more than NOK 500 billion. The field is governed by a set of rules that are meant to ensure fair competition, integrity and predictability in the procurement process, and equal treatment of providers. We can help your company through the bidding process.

Corporate law

Our lawyers regularly provide legal assistance in all areas of corporate law from establishing companies, through the many challenges you face in daily operations, including changing capital needs, buying and selling of stocks, restructuring and transformation to dissolution of companies.

Real estate

There are special rules and regulations related to tax, VAT and corporate law governing the operations, restructuring and realization of real estate. Our real estate lawyers provide legal assistance to builders and property owners, and have extensive experience in counselling and litigation related to real estate projects.

Contracts

We assists in the preparation of written agreements that clarify the obligations of each party. Our skilled lawyers are experienced in contracts related to outsourcing processes, ICT, mergers, acquisitions, demergers, rental agreements, employment contracts, supplier and customer agreements and contracts related to real estate.

International reach

Magnus Legal is a member of MSI Global Alliance (MSI), a leading international association of independent legal and accounting firms. The membership in MSI enables Magnus Legal to quickly source reliable, local expertise wherever in the world clients are involved in doing business. 

 

 

Do it right

As always, it is better to do the right things from the beginning than to tidy up afterwards. Click for an article that gives a brief overview of the required actions applicable in 2019 to foreign companies with business operations in Norway, including information on registration, reporting and tax liability in Norway.

Do the right things when doing business in Norway

Legal assistance - personal attention

Our lawyers emphasize personal service, individual attention and a close and informal cooperation based on trust. Our goal is to provide high quality legal assistance in a timely manner and at reasonable rates. All services are customized to the individual needs of our clients, whether business or individual.

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Norwegian business culture

Whether you are planning a business trip to Norway, relocating or setting up a new business here, an understanding of the Norwegian business culture could help you off to a good start. This article points out some of the most important issues when navigating through Norwegian business life.

Increase your chances of success: Norwegian business culture

 

 

Business opportunities

Because of the estimated increase in investment within oil and gas, manufacturing, mining and quarrying and electricity supply the opportunities in Norway has increased.

Make sure your company is prepared and qualified to win contracts in Norway.

Find out more: Opportunities in Norway

 

 

News

April 30 is the final deadline to opt out of the withholding tax scheme (2019) – PAYE scheme

Is PAYE tax the most favourable option for you? If in doubt, an option is to apply for an extended due date buying you some extra time to decide.

Tax lawyer Martin Wikborg from the law firm Magnus Legal comments in Sunday Times

Martin Wikborg doubts there will be a rush of wealthy Norwegians moving to the world's first Arctic tax haven.

From our blog

Norwegian employment contracts – do’s and don’ts

28.07.2020

Many foreign employers are surprised at the protection employees in Norway have. The Norwegian regulations are especially stringent when it comes to the mandatory system for holiday and holiday pay, the regulations relating to working hours and the dismissal rules. So how do you draft the employment contracts in order to preserve your freedom to manage?

Should your business register for VAT in Norway?

14.07.2020

In many cases it is difficult to establish whether a foreign company must register for VAT in Norway. Is there a sufficiently strong connection between your business and Norway to trigger registration obligations?