Arktis is a founding member of Explorer HQ, a vibrant Norwegian and international community of technology and media businesses. This engagement gives us first hand knowledge of development in the digital tech field. Arktis is also a proud sponsor of Hacklag a comunity of technology enthusiasts.
Being part of the digital community is a key element to our approach. We embrace the paradigm of open innovation, that assumes that the boundaries between a firm and its environment should be permeable so that innovations and ideas can easily transfer inward and outward.
We have invested in and actively support several tech startups and young talents in the field of digital technology.
Meet our team
Gian Luca is a business lawyer specializing in technology ventures, aviation and foreign direct investments. He counsels start-ups, digital companies and investors in matters of compliance, investment and capitalization, IP and contract law.
He has invested in several technology platforms and legal tech start-ups. He has extensive experience in the aviation industry and regularly advises operators, owners and lenders in the sale, purchase and financing of aircrafts and equipment, in operational and regulatory matters and with regard to industry-specific agreements. Gian Luca has also substantial experience in the purchase, financing and sale of mega yachts. He acts as lead advisor for several foreign companies engaged in infrastructure projects in Scandinavia. In addition he holds an Italian law degree and is experienced in Italian legal matters.
Pedro Fasting has 20 years of experience, in media, entertainment and technology as a business lawyer, advisor, entrepreneur and board member. In addition to an LLM, he holds an MBA from Norway's business school.
Some of the companies he is involved in are: ECIT (third largest and fastest growing accounting and IT company in the Nordic region), Unacast (world's largest beacon network), Syncano (the world's most advanced backend and innovation platform) and BankBridge (leading platform for integration for future banking services). He has extensive international experience and has acted as advisor for listed companies and industrial conglomerates operating in Africa and China.
Mathias Tadesse Gebremichael is a business lawyer. He is specialized in entertainment law, sports, trademark law, privacy law (GDPR) and corporate law.
His practice has included representing several international management companies, record companies, and sports agencies in negotiations and contractual matters and in contractual disputes. He also has extensive experience with international trademark applications, privacy matters and GDPR compliance. Gebremichael wrote his LLM master thesis in 2016 about copyright and plagiarism in the music industry and published it as a book the same year. He serves as Chief Legal Officer for BizBot, as a board member in the GDPR company Adall and is actively involved in several technology projects. He has a background as a dancer and a hobby DJ. And have been traveling around the world with Nico & Vinz as one of their personal dancers on tours in Europe, America and Asia in 2015.
Strategic business advisor
Andy Chen is the Nordic venture partner for Vectr Ventures – specifically focusing on investing in Nordic tech companies with ambitions to expand into Asia.
Most recently he was the founder CEO of TIDAL and parent holding company Aspiro Group which was a mobile technology company listed in NASDAQ Stockholm until acquisition by RocNation/JayZ in 2015. Andy also currently serves on the World Economic Forum as global advisory council for media and technology. Prior to Aspiro Group, Andy was the CEO of Preview Networks (acquired in 2013), a venture-backed video content syndication and advertising platform in Europe with 7 offices in 10 markets, and VP of digital for MTV International, responsible for all digital sales, strategy and product. Andy has spent many years with Aegis Media as the Global Director of Digital Strategy for Carat and Isobar in London and San Francisco, and was one of the 4 global director that integrated +60 acquisitions into the Aegis network. Andy is an active angel investor and advisor to venture and private equity firms. He holds a triple B.A. degree in Architecture, City Planning and Scandinavian Cultures from University of California, Berkeley in the US, and an MBA from Stockholm University, Sweden.
Anja Dominczak Herud is an associate lawyer (advokatfullmektig). She wrote her masters thesis in 2018 at the Faculty of Law in Bergen about the lawful grounds of processing personal data under the GDPR and has a big interest in privacy law.
Anja attended a half year as an exchange student at the University of Ottawa in Canada and specialised in Privacy Law, Competition Law and International Commercial Arbitration. She started as a legal summer intern in the Legal Tech startup Adall and is now actively involved in a COO position with several projects and the continuing growth of the company. Her practice has included guiding companies with their GDPR compliance, work with production of required legal documents and communication of GDPR. She has a background as an active rower and experience as a rowing coach. Now she is also an active board member of Fana Roklubb.
John Evgueni Nilsen is an associate lawyer (advokatfullmektig). John is specialized in European Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Law and construction contracts for the offshore industry.
He wrote his masters thesis about the Information Society Services liability for illegal content in accordance with the E-Commerce Directive article 14. He has a keen interest in intellectual property law, AI and offshore/shipping. John has a background from the music industry as a musician and has been touring in Europe and Asia with his band Ondt Blod. John’s practice includes working with music industry contracts, including label-, management- and booking agency contracts and marketing.
John also speaks fluent Russian and is a member of The Norwegian Russian Chamber of Commerce.
August Evald Falch is an associate lawyer (advokatfullmektig). August graduated from the University of Oslo in 2017. August is specialized in tort law, with a master thesis on «judges’ liability for damages».
Besides his interest in tort law, he also has a keen interest in employment law, company law, tax law and dispute resolution.
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