Norway > Banking and finance (including shipping finance)
‘Top-class firm’ Advokatfirmaet BA-HR DA ‘has excellent legal acumen with in-depth and specialist knowledge that can’t be matched’. The ‘exceptionally experienced’ Richard Sjøqvist, who heads the team, recently acted for a syndicate of banks as lenders on a NOK11.85bn loan facility to Visma. Other clients include Nordea Bank, DNB Bank and Sparebank 1 Gruppen. Rolf Johan Ringdal and regulatory expert Peter Hammerich are recommended. Anders Gullåsen joined Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS.
Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS allies strength in oil and gas and offshore refinancing projects with private equity expertise for clients including RS Platou, Nordic Capital and Ocean Yield. The ‘very good’ Camilla Skøie Mørkve recently assisted Songa Offshore with the financing of four drilling rigs and department head Jon Kristian Sjåtil led advice to RS Platou on the financing of an offshore accommodation rig. Viggo Bang-Hansen and Henrik Aadnesen provide ‘a high level of service’. Anders Gullåsen joined the Oslo office from Advokatfirmaet BA-HR DA and Bergen-based Thomas Dale joined from Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig in 2015.
Tor Herdlevær heads Selmer’s department, which has particular expertise in regulatory matters and debt finance. The practice counts several banks as clients, including DNB Bank, Nordea Bank and Pareto Securities. Bernt Olav Steinland assisted Sparebanken Sør with regulatory issues following its merger with Sparebanken Pluss. Christopher Jensen is ‘always positive and service-minded’.
Hans Haugstad heads the debt financing team at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, while Tore Mydske leads on financial regulatory work. The firm has strong links to many banks and recent highlights include acting for DNB Bank on the refinancing of Marine Harvest group and advising a syndicate of lenders on the refinancing of Kværner. Financing and restructuring specialist Einar Grette is recommended, as is Halvor Mansåker. Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl made partner in 2015.
Wiersholm acts for local and international clients, including various banks and private equity firms. Practice co-head Kaare Sverdrup recently assisted Coop Norge Handel with a NOK4.35bn senior facilities agreement and fellow co-head Leif Moltke-Hansen advised Advent International on an acquisition financing. The team also represents banks in disputes. Erik Ramm is recommended.
‘Top of the list’ for some clients, the five-partner team at Wikborg Rein is particularly known for its ship finance expertise, and recently advised Kfw IPEX-Bank on the $250m export financing of two German vessels. Other clients include Nordea Bank, HSH Nordbank and Danske Bank. Practice head Alexander Owesen is recommended along with the ‘helpful’ Bernhard Haukali and acquisition finance expert Johan Rasmussen.
Arntzen de Besche has particular strengths in aviation, shipping and energy financing, and also leveraged buyouts. Recent highlights include advising BNP Paribas and DNB Bank on the financing of Det Norske’s acquisition of Marathon Oil Norge. Clients recommend the ‘hardworking, experienced and solution-oriented’ Atle Gabrielsen and the ‘extremely helpful’ Trond Kildal. Paul Sveinsson heads the practice.
The ‘strong and client-friendly’ team at DLA Piper, led by Fredrik Lindblom, combines substantial experience in straight lending matters and complex financings with a robust regulatory practice. The department advises domestic and international clients including Norfund, Credit Suisse and Handelsbanken. Dag Thomas Hansson joined from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS.
Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s ‘knowledgeable, flexible and responsive’ team has substantial expertise in financing matters, particularly in the aviation, export finance, energy and offshore sectors. The department continues to advise Norwegian Air Shuttle on the financing of the direct purchase of 271 aircraft, a matter being led by Ingar Fuglevåg. Peter Aall Simonsen and Erik Solheim head the teams in Oslo and Bergen, respectively.
Brækhus Dege Advokatfirma DA handles a variety of financing transactions, including leasebacks, project finance and credit facilities. Bredo Stabell acts for Bank of America, and Christian Solemslie often represents SEB.
Advokatfirmaet Grette DA’s team is led by the ‘top-notch’ Børge Grøttjord and is particularly noted for its regulatory expertise; the ‘excellent’ Karl Rosén has financial regulation experience. The practice recently assisted Balticmax with a ship finance deal. Other clients include DNB Bank and Permira Investments.
The ‘informative’ team at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS recently advised Spectrum, Viking Redningstjeneste and Deutsche Bank on refinancings, and also acts for banks, financial investors and borrowers on a wide range of other financial matters. Peter Brechan is ‘a very skilled lawyer who provides a high level of service at all times’.
The ‘highly responsive’ practice at Kluge Advokatfirma AS often attracts export finance instructions from Eksportkreditt Norge, particularly in the shipping and offshore sectors. The team recently advised Marine Harvest on the refinancing of existing syndicated loan facilities. Snorre Haukali heads the practice.
Kvale Advokatfirma DA ‘performs well’ and is noted for its financial restructuring expertise, acting for clients such as Danske Bank and Handelsbanken. Stine Snertingdalen heads the team, which includes Christian Stang Våland.
Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA’s strength lies in the shipping and offshore sectors, advising domestic and foreign clients on financing matters and related disputes. Christian Steen Eriksen heads the department. Jostein Moen made partner in 2015.
Marit Kirkhusmo heads the team at Advokatfirma Ræder DA, having joined from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS. Clients include Sparebanken Finans Nord-Norge, Escala Capital and Uksnøy & Co. Kyrre Kielland is noted for his ‘dedication and constructive advice’.
Advokatfirmaet Steenstrup Stordrange DA’s ‘strong and competent’ practice recently advised Mizuho Bank as agent on the refinancing of Select Service Partners. Stein Hegdal heads the department. Regulatory expert Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen and Odd Moe are recommended.