Bjarney Anna Bjarnadóttir

Practice area
  • Commercial and Company law
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Competition law


Education
  • District Court Attorney, 2012
  • University of Iceland, Mag.jur. 2010
  • University of Uppsala, 2008


LANGUAGES
Icelandic English German
Recent cases
BBA//Fjeldco is happy to have been Icelandic legal advisor of Rapyd Financial Network (2016) Ltd. acquisition of Valitor hf.

BBA//Fjeldco is happy to have been Icelandic legal advisor of Rapyd Financial Network (2016) Ltd. acquisition of Valitor hf. The deal size has been reported as $100 million and the transaction is expected to close by the end of 2021, subject to regulatory approval.

Rapyd first entered the Icelandic market in 2020 through its acquisition of Korta (now Rapyd Europe hf.) The acquisition of Valitor will provide Rapyd with an expansion of its payment capabilities throughout Europe as Valitor is a well-established payment brand and is considered one of Europe’s leaders in providing both in-store and online payments acceptance solutions as well as card issuing.

https://www.rapyd.net/company/news/press-releases/rapyd-to-acquire-valitor-expanding-access-to-global-payments/

Trading has now commenced with shares of Íslandsbanki hf. following a successful IPO

BBA//Fjeldco advised Icelandic State Financial Investments (ISFI) and Íslandsbanki hf. relation to the IPO, which is the largest IPO in history of Iceland and the largest European bank IPO since 2018.

Prior to the IPO Íslandsbanki was wholly owned by ISFI, on behalf of the Treasury of Iceland. ISFI will hold 65% of the share capital of Íslandsbanki hf. following the offering, assuming full exercise of the overallotment option.

The team was led by partner Einar Baldvin Árnason, partner Bjarney Anna Bjarnadóttir, senior associate Sara Rut Sigurjónsdóttir, associate Sigvaldi Fannar Jónsson and partner Kári Ólafsson.

BBA//Fjeldco provided EpiEndo Pharmaceuticals ehf. with legal advice in relation to the entry into a convertible loan agreement, amounting to EUR 2.7 million, as well as a financing round in the amount of EUR 20 million.

BBA//Fjeldco provided legal advice to the biopharmaceutical company EpiEndo Pharmaceutical ehf. (EpiEndo). The advice regarded drafting a convertible loan agreement, executed in April 2021, amounting to EUR 2.7 million, between EpiEndo and the European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund established by the European Commission in 2020. The aim of EIC Fund is to provide direct equity investment in breakthrough innovation companies as well as enabling private investors to co-fund such companies.

 

Furthermore, BBA//Fjeldco provided legal advice to EpiEndo with regards to €20m financing round led by Flerie Invest and Iðunn Venture Fund, with existing investors ABC Ventures participating, along with the EIC Fund joining the round, which was closed in August 2021. The financing secures funds to advance clinical development of EpiEndo’s lead compound EP395.

https://www.epiendo.com/post/epiendo-pharma-announces-2-7-million-investment-by-the-european-innovation-fund-eic

https://www.epiendo.com/post/epiendo-secures-20-million-series-a-funding

Financing of Icelandair Hotels

BBA//Fjeldco acted as the lead counsel for Arion Bank hf. in complex  financing of Icelandair Hotels.

 The complexity derived essentially from three factors: i) the  transaction is significant by Icelandic financial standards (matter value is classified);  ii) the security provided was multidimensional and involved various complex  assets; and iii) the financing was implemented in correlation with a transaction  which involved a change of ownership of Icelandair Hotels.

Legal adviser in relation to BREXIT and other financial regulatory matters

BBA//Fjeldco acted as Legal Adviser to Morgan Stanley, CitiBank,  Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, RW Baird NASDAQ, Shanghai International Exchange  and others in relation to BREXIT and other financial regulatory matters.

The Asian Development Bank

BBA//Fjeldco acted as a legal advisor to the Asian Development Banks in relation to a USD 250,000,000 loan facility to the Arctic Green Energy corporation and Sinopec Green Energy Geothermal Company Limited, provided in order to expand environmentally sustainable district heating services in the People's Republic of China.

Kvika banki hf.

BBA//Fjeldco acted as a legal advisor to Kvika banki hf. in relation to ISK 2,406,000,000 acquisition of all shares issued by Gamma Capital Management hf., an asset management company in Iceland.

Festi hf.

BBA//Fjeldco advised Festi hf. in relation to the acquisition of Kaupás ehf. and other subsidiaries of Norvik hf. Although the value of the agreement is confidential, it is safe to say that the deal is one of the largest domestic M&A deals in recent years.

Takeover of the Nordic travel group Travelco

BBA//Fjeldco advised Arion Bank (Iceland's largest bank listed in Reykjavik and Stockholm) in relation to its takeover of the Nordic travel group Travelco.

Sale of Icelandair Hotels

BBA//Fjeldco advised Icelandair hf. in relation to the sale of Icelandair Hotels and related estates to Berjaya Corporation

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