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Advokatfirmaet BAHR AScombines incredibly strong industry knowledge with a highly strategic approach’ through a team of ‘leading experts who can be relied upon, no matter what’. Clients praise practice head Jon Christian Thaulow, who is ‘incredibly skilled’, and ‘standout individual’ Rune Svoren; the two worked together advising the City of Oslo on its public takeover of Hafslund. Thaulow also assisted Statkraft with the Fosen Wind Project and Svoren is acting for Klemetsrudanlegget on the development of a carbon capture and storage project. Other key names include electricity expert Helge Olav Bugge and Morten Smørdal.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is ‘without doubt among the top firms in Norway’ across all elements of the field including regulatory, transactional and contentious issues. ‘Brilliant professionalAksel Tannum leads the group, which also includes Johan Fredrik Remmen, Jarle Holstrøm, Håkon Bleken and renewable energy specialist Mari Reitzel Bjerke. Jøran Sandvik and Kjetil Hardeng are advising BlackRock on its acquisition of Tellenes wind farm, and assisted Stadtwerke München with its acquisition of a stake in Raskiftet wind farm.

Caroline Lund leads the department at Advokatfirmaet Lund & Co DA, which also counts Stein Erik Stinessen, Ulf Larsen, Per Andreas Bjørgan and recently promoted partner Silje Aga Rogan as key practitioners. The team advises municipalities and public sector clients on a wide range of issues; highlights included representing several municipalities against Statnett in property tax litigation and acting for the Haugesund and Hattfjelldal municipalities in the Terra scandal. The group also lobbies on hydro-power and wind power issues.

With ‘a team that knows everything there is to know about the area’, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS handles project development, litigation, licensing issues and regulatory matters for a client base that includes Akershus Energi, Hafslund and Nordkraft. In a recent highlight, department head Jens Naas-Bibow advised the lenders on the financing of the construction of Egersund wind power plant and also acted for NorthConnect on the establishment of a high-voltage direct-current interconnector between Norway and the UK. Other noteworthy practitioners include Gunnar Martinsen, Bendik Christoffersen and Jacob Bull.

The ‘hardworking and solution-orientedInge Ekker Bartnes heads Wiersholm’s practice, which was significantly bolstered by the recruitment of the ‘incredibly talentedJon Rabben from Wikborg Rein. Bartnes recently advised Istad on proposed renewable sector regulatory changes, and assisted Infranode with its acquisition of a stake in Akershus Energi. Statnett, Dalane Energi and Hafslund are also clients. Helge Morten Svarva is recommended for electricity work.

Litigation boutique Advokatfirmaet Hjort handles a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters in the renewable energy sector; recent highlights include representing Statnett in a Supreme Court case against multiple municipalities relating to property tax, and acting for Agder Energi Vannkraft on issues pertaining to the development of two hydropower plants, dams and related infrastructure in Åseral municipality. Kristin Bjella heads the group.

Key contacts at the ‘completely professionalKvale Advokatfirma DA include practice head and regulatory expert Christian Poulsson, who is ‘profoundly knowledgeable’; litigator Per Conradi Andersen and Kristin Ourom. Clients include Hafslund and Aventron; Poulsson is advising the latter on its acquisition of Boge Kraft.

Highlights for Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ department included acting for Norsk Vind Energi on the sale of one of its subsidiaries to a German investment manager, and assisting Engie with its acquisition of the Tonstad wind project. Bergen-based group head Sindre Søndenå Andersen handles wind and hydro transactions, while Sverre Bjelland in Stavanger focuses on cross-border issues.

With notable renewables experience, particularly in the hydropower field, Selmer’s recent work includes handling contractual issues for Senvion relating to the development of Egersund wind farm, and advising Solvind Prosjekt on the sale of a license to build a wind farm. Department head Roy Slettvold and Håkon Sandbekk are key practitioners.

Peter Aall Simonsen heads Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s ‘solution-oriented and service-minded’ practice, which is noted for its wind power expertise. In a recent highlight, Simonsen acted for Finnmark Kraft on the development of the Hamnefjell wind farm. Pål Brudvik focuses on the electricity sector.

Wikborg Rein’s department is now led by Tormod Ludvik Nilsen following Jon Rabben’s move to Wiersholm; Nilsen handles international contract negotiations and asset sales, and regularly acts for energy developers in Asia. Hafslund, NTE Energi and Sarepta Energi are clients.

DLA Piper’s practice head Adele Os joined the firm in 2017 from an in-house position at Statoil and is highly regarded for her offshore wind knowledge. Clients include Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners, Falck Renewables and OX2 Wind.

Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS counts electricity producers and transmission companies, municipalities and hydroelectric power stations as clients; Embriq, Fredrikstad Energi and Glitre Energi are examples. Erlend Balsvik leads the team.

Electricity specialists Sverre Tysland and Alf Øystein Skudal are the key names to note in SANDS’ ‘exceptional’ practice; both joined from Selmer in 2016, as did financial restructuring expert Halvor Grov. Gudbrandsdal Energi, Lofotkraft and Scanergy are clients.

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