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Advokatfirmaet BA-HR DA’s ‘top-notch team’ has ‘a deep knowledge that makes it a strong business adviser’. Recent highlights include advising Frontline as borrower on a new senior facility agreement to refinance debt, and assisting DNB Bank as facility and security agent with a revolving facilities agreement for Amedia’s refinancing. Richard Sjøqvist leads the practice, which includes Rolf Johan Ringdal, regulatory expert Peter Hammerich and the newly promoted Audun Nedrelid.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS has sector strengths in private equity as well as oil and gas; highlights included advising Ocean Yield on an acquisition financing, acting for Songa Offshore on the financing of four semi-submersible drilling rigs, and assisting DNB Bank as lender with the financing of three shuttle tankers. Camilla Skøie Mørkve leads the department, and Anders Gullåsen is deputy head. Thomas Dale and Henrik Aadnesen are recommended.

Tor Herdlevær leads the ‘excellent’ practice at Selmer, which also includes Per Morten Christiansen, Bernt Olav Steinland and the ‘service-minded and solution-focusedChristopher Jensen. The team is noted for its debt finance and regulatory strengths; Christiansen advised Nordea Bank Norge on the LBO financing of the acquisition of TeleComputing by IK Investment Partners. Other clients include Aberdeen Asset Management, DNB Bank and Eksportkreditt Norge.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is ‘one of the top firms for finance work’, coupling a debt financing team led by Hans Haugstad with a strong regulatory practice headed by Tore Mydske. The department has a notable bank client base; recent mandates include advising a syndicate of banks led by Nordea Bank on the refinancing of Akastor, and assisting DNB Bank as well as Handelsbanken with a revolving credit facility. Einar Grette, Halvor Mansåker and the ‘highly experiencedEllen Teresa Heyerdahl are recommended.

Wiersholm is ‘one of the best in the area’, providing ‘a commercial and practical approach’. Kaare Sverdrup, who jointly heads the practice with the ‘experiencedLeif Moltke-Hansen, advised Handelsbanken Capital Markets on a term loan to Steen & Strøm for the part-financing of its majority share acquisition of Oslo City Kjøpesenter. Other clients include DNB Bank, Nordic Capital and Pareto Bank. Erik Ramm joined DLA Piper.

The ‘top-tier team’ at Wikborg Rein, led by Alexander Owesen, has particular expertise in shipping and offshore finance; it recently advised Nordea Bank Norge as lender in the financing of eight oil and chemical tankers. The ‘hardworkingJohan Rasmussen and the ‘commercialBernhard Haukali are recommended. Cecilie Kvalheim is now a District Court judge.

Arntzen de Besche’s practice, led by the ‘solution-oriented and knowledgeableAtle Gabrielsen, is renowned for its financing expertise in the oil, energy, shipping, offshore and aviation sectors, and also assists with LBOs. The ‘hardworkingTrond Kildal is recommended for debt financing, while the ‘incredibly responsive and facilitative’ Pål Sveinsson specialises in aviation finance. Ida Espolin Johnson joined from Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA.

Fredrik Lindblom leads DLA Piper’s practice, which was strengthened by the arrival of Erik Ramm from Wiersholm. The team primarily advises lenders; clients include DNB Bank, Credit Suisse and Handelsbanken. Areas of expertise include project and acquisition finance, bank lending and regulatory issues. Dag Thomas Hansson is recommended for acquisition finance.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig regularly handles export and acquisition finance matters, and has sector expertise in energy and aviation. Oslo practice head Peter Aall Simonsen is assisting Finnmark Kraft as borrower with the part-financing of the Hamnefjellet wind farm project. Eivind Eliassen leads the Bergen team, where Erik Solheim is also a key contact.

Advokatfirmaet Grette DA’s ‘commercial as well as reliable’ team is ‘exceptional in financial services regulation’, and has recently seen an increase in project financings, international debt and restructuring mandates. Børge Grøttjord and regulatory expert Karl Rosén jointly head the practice.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ new practice head Hans-Christian Donjem, who joined from an in-house position, has a focus on project and acquisition financing and restructurings. Recent work includes advising Arctic Securities on a real estate bond financing, and assisting the founding investors with the establishment of Instabank. Senior counsel Peter Brechan is recommended for regulatory issues. Bård Sandstad joined from Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA.

Kluge Advokatfirma AS is ‘among the best’ in the shipping and offshore sectors; practice head Snorre Haukali is advising Marine Harvest on the refinancing of its syndicated loan facilities. Eksportkreditt Norge is a significant client, which the team regularly assists with loan transactions.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA is recognised for its financial restructuring expertise and its clients include Danske Bank, Handelsbanken as well as new win DNB Bank. Stine Snertingdalen, who ‘always achieves remarkable results’, and Christian Stang Våland are practice co-heads.

Boutique firm Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA focuses on the shipping and offshore sectors, where it advises primarily on project finance matters. Practice head Christian Steen Eriksen is recommended. Ida Espolin Johnson joined Arntzen de Besche and Bård Sandstad moved to Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS.

The ‘excellent’ Stein Hegdal leads the practice at SANDS (Advokatfirmaet Steenstrup Stordrange DA), which acts for such clients as Danske Bank, Skandiabanken and new win the Helaba Group. Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen specialises in regulatory issues, while Odd Moe is experienced in corporate finance.

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