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At Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS, joint practice heads Richard Sjøqvist and Robin Bakken specialise in debt and equity capital markets respectively. Clients include Pareto Securities and Aker; Haakon Flaatten and Svein Gerhard Simonnæs advised the latter on its NOK500m equity investment in Solstad Offshore. Other practitioners include Svein Gerhard Simonnæs and securities expert Bjørn Gabriel Reed. Lars Knem Christie was a new arrival in April 2018 from Selmer.

With ‘exceptional strength’ in the offshore and oil services sectors, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS recently advised Nel on a private share placement; it also handled Evry’s IPO and assisted Axactor with a share placement totalling NOK598m. Debt specialist Jon Kristian Sjåtil leads the department; Thomas Aanmoen, Viggo Bang-Hansen and Erling Christiansen are other names to note.

Selmer’s recent work includes advising Plantasjen and Apax Partners on a proposed dual-track IPO, assisting SpareBank 1 Østlandet with its Oslo Børs listing, and acting for Scatec Solar on its NOK380m private share placement. Debt expert Christopher Jensen and recently promoted partner Per Arne Dæhli are the key names. Lars Knem Christie joined Advokatfirmaet BA-HR DA in April 2018.

As ‘a clear leader in the market for equity capital markets thanks to a superior combination of legal understanding and business knowledge’, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS provides ‘outstanding advice’ across the full gamut of issues. Noteworthy practitioners in the ‘absolutely brilliant’ group include Einar Grette, Hans Cappelen Arnesen and Anders Arnkværn. Solveig Fagerheim Bugge made partner in 2017.

Wiersholm’s ‘high-quality and experienced’ team is jointly led by Tone Østensen and Sverre Sandvik. Highlights included assisting Arcus with its Oslo Stock Exchange IPO and advising Borr Drilling on two private share placements totalling $955m. Kristine Hasle Øverby was promoted to the partnership in 2017.

Dag Erik Rasmussen heads the ‘leading’ department at Wikborg Rein, which is ‘great for debt work’, particularly in the offshore, energy and shipping sectors; clients include Songa Bulk, Solstad Farstad and Questerre Energy. Rasmussen recently advised Rem Offshore on its restructuring, including a NOK170m equity placement.

Lars André Gjerdrum at Aabø-Evensen & Co Advokatfirma is ‘a preferred partner for many clients’, who praise his ‘brilliant market knowledge and pragmatism’. The group covers all elements of capital markets work, with ‘key expertise in equity transactions’. Hege Dahl joined from Arntzen de Besche in 2017.

Arntzen de Besche focuses on the oil, energy, offshore and fishery sectors, with recent work including advising Magseis on a private placement and assisting Norway Royal Salmon with its acquisition of a stake in Arctic Fish. Per Dagslet leads the group, which recruited Marianne Sahl Sveen and Lars Horgen Hinze from Wikborg Rein in 2017.

The ‘extremely client friendly and preparedEdvard Cock heads Advokatfirmaet CLP DA’s team, which also includes the ‘knowledgeableAndreas Kildal and ‘highly experiencedJakob Villum. The group has expertise in IPOs, public takeovers, securities trading and share placements.

Core sector focuses for the ‘tremendous’ practice at Advokatfirmaet Grette DA include life sciences, technology, energy and real estate sectors; clients include Oceanteam and Jool Markets. The ‘highly experienced and personableAndreas Myrstad leads the equity department, and Karl Rosén heads the debt team.

At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, clients praise practice head Cornelius Sogn Ness, who is ‘well recognised in the market for his broad knowledge of transactions from both an equity and debt standpoint’ and ‘has a strong track record advising on public takeovers’.

Kluge Advokatfirma AS leverages its strength in the offshore and energy sectors to advise a client roster including Reach Subsea, which the group assisted with a private placement and restructuring. Avinor and Marine Harvest are also clients. Atle Degré leads the team.

At Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, practice head Amund Fougner Bugge is the key name for equity transactions, while Morten Wilhelm Winther focuses on structured finance issues.

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