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Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS’s ‘experienced and highly effective’ practice is ‘truly exceptional’ in its transactional advice to lenders and borrowers and also has ‘leading regulatory expertise’. Richard Sjøqvist heads the group, which counts regulatory expert Peter Hammerich, ship and offshore finance specialist Rolf Johan Ringdal and Erik Langseth, who handles real estate financing transactions, as key names. The team acted for several lenders on Floatel International’s fleet financing package totalling $1bn, and advised Aker BP on the financing issues pertaining to the consolidation of Det Norske Oljeselskap and BP’s Norwegian assets.

As ‘a clear leader in the private equity space’, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ client roster includes Altor and Nordic Trustee; the team also has substantial expertise in the shipping, oil and gas, and real estate sectors. Highlights included advising DNB Bank and Nordea Bank on a revolving credit facility agreement to Dental Norco II, and assisting Ocean Yield with multiple vessel financings. Camilla Skøie Mørkve leads the department, which also includes Anders Gullåsen, cross-border financing expert Thomas Dale and Viggo Bang-Hansen.

Led by Bernt Olav Steinland, Selmer stands out for its debt financing and regulatory advice; the team advised the Norwegian branch of Danske Bank on a term facility for the refinancing of NRC Group’s debt, and acted for Arctic Securities as arranger on several bond issuances by Swedish property management company SBB’s subsidiaries. Clients also praise Tor Herdlevær, who focuses on financial restructurings and ship finance; Per Morten Christiansen, who is ‘excellent’; and Christopher Jensen.

The ‘incredibly professional’ department at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS has ‘exceptional industry knowledge’ of financing transactions. The banking and finance team, which is led by Hans Haugstad, is combined with the firm’s debt restructuring and insolvency group headed by Jo Rodin. Haugstad recently advised a loan syndicate led by DNB Bank on the refinancing of Marine Harvest, and assisted Nordea Bank with a cross-border merger between Nordea Bank and Nordea Bank Norge. Danske Bank, Barclays and Swedbank are also clients. Clients also praise Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl, who handles vessel and aircraft finance.

Wiersholm’s ‘first-class practice’ is ‘absolutely top rate’ and is jointly led by Kaare Sverdrup and Leif Moltke-Hansen. Sverdrup advised Arcus on a term loan, revolving credit facility and guarantee facility from SEB, and Moltke-Hansen assisted Visma with a syndicated facilities agreement with DNB Bank. Clients also recommend recently promoted partner Kristine Hasle Øverby, who is ‘a true problem solver’.

Wikborg Rein leverages its strong shipping and offshore practice to advise on financing transactions; the group acted for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken on the financing of the merger between Det Norske Oljeselskap and BP Norge, and assisted a group of commercial lenders with the financing of two expedition cruise vessels. ‘Dedicated lawyer’ Johan Rasmussen and Christoffer Bergene lead the banking and finance team and regulatory teams respectively; Alexander Owesen, Henrik Hafstad and Bernhard Haukali are also names to note.

Arntzen de Besche is ‘a leading firm for LBOs’ and is also well regarded for its knowledge of the oil, energy, shipping, offshore and aviation sectors. ‘Highly creative’ debt financing expert Atle Gabrielsen leads the team, which also counts ‘incredibly knowledgeable and commercial’ aviation finance expert Pål Sveinsson, the ‘solution-oriented and service-minded’ Trond Kildal and regulatory specialist Sven Iver Steen as key names.

DLA Piper’s lender-focused practice counts Credit Suisse and DNB Bank as key clients; the ‘brilliant’ Dag Thomas Hansson assisted the latter with the refinancing of Norwegian Property involving term and revolving loan facilities totalling NOK2.8bn. Clients also praise ‘highly knowledgeable’ practice head Fredrik Lindblom, Erik Ramm, who is ‘one of the leaders in the field’, and associate partner Camilla Julie Wollan, whose ‘strong technical skills make her irreplaceable’.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind ASalways provides a first-class service’ under the leadership of Hans-Christian Donjem, who ‘consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism’. The team also includes the ‘efficient, reliable and hardworking’ Halvor Klingenberg, who focuses on asset and project financing; and ‘extremely efficient’ senior counsel Peter Brechan, who is noted for his regulatory knowledge. Santander, BlackRock, Danske Bank and Statkraft are clients.

The ‘excellentPeter Aall Simonsen heads Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s Oslo team while Eivind Eliassen leads the group in Bergen; Simonsen specialises in project and acquisition financing and Eliassen handles ship financing issues. Nordea Bank and Norwegian Air Shuttle are clients; Ingar Fuglevåg advised the latter on several aircraft financings.

At Advokatfirmaet Grette DA, Børge Grøttjord is ‘a highly talented professional’, Karl Rosén is ‘one of the best for regulatory advice’ and Andreas Myrstad is ‘punctual and incredibly detailed in his analyses’. The group focuses on the life sciences, technology, financial services, oil and gas, and construction sectors; Pareto Securities, DNB Bank and Danske Bank are clients.

Kluge Advokatfirma AS is highly regarded for its project financing advice, particularly on shipping and offshore equipment mandates; the team acted for Marine Harvest on the refinancing of its syndicated loan facilities and assisted DVB Bank America with the refinancing of three ferries. Snorre Haukali leads the department.

Stine Snertingdalen and Christian Stang Våland jointly head Kvale Advokatfirma DA’s group, which is recognised for its financial restructuring expertise. Danske Bank, DNB Bank, Collector Bank and Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export Credits are clients.

Shipping and offshore boutique Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA has notable project finance expertise. Christian Steen Eriksen heads the department. Clients include the Bank of Nova Scotia, Pareto Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China.

Stein Hegdal leads SANDS’ department, which handles issues in the oil and gas, shipping and maritime sectors and also has asset finance expertise; the team advised Helaba on Tristan Capital Partners’ financing of the purchase of several shopping centres.

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