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As ‘one of the number one teams in the market’, Arntzen de Besche’s full-service practice is jointly led by merger control specialist Stein Ove Solberg, the ‘service-oriented and highly professionalEspen Bakken and Thea Susanne Skaug, who focuses on the grocery sector. Solberg advised Swedbank on the merger control elements of its acquisition of PayEx, and Bakken assisted Strabag and Acciona Construction with a tender offer for the Norwegian Public Road Administration’s first PPP project.

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS’s ‘fantastic’ department is ‘clearly a leader for merger control work’; it advised Norvestor on the sale of its stake in Phonero to Telia, and acted for DNB Bank on merger control issues relating to transactions involving its Baltic state subsidiaries. Team head Beret Sundet is highly regarded for her M&A-related competition work, Helge Stemshaug is ‘brilliant’ and consultant Harald Selte is ‘an excellent economist’.

Siri Teigum, who is ‘easily one of the best lawyers and someone you definitely want on your side’, heads Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS’ ‘excellent’ group, which has ‘an in-depth understanding of the industry and applies practical approaches to complex legal issues’. Clients also praise the ‘incredibly understandingEivind Vesterkjær. The team acted for Telenor in an investigation relating to alleged breaches of EEA competition rules.

In Wiersholm’s ‘high quality’ department, the ‘hardworkingHåkon Cosma Størdal leads the competition and antirust group, while the ‘outstandingStephan Jervell and Morten Goller, who is ‘without doubt the best procurement lawyer in the country’, lead the public procurement team. Thomas Naalsund is also praised for his ‘remarkable ability to get to the core of any issue’. Anders Ryssdal joined Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS.

Kvale Advokatfirma DAperfectly advises on clients’ needs’ thanks to its ‘two top partners’, ‘highly rated’ team head Kristin Hjelmaas Valla and Henrik Svane. Key sector focuses include energy, life sciences, food and beverage, and TMT; the team advised Telia on the competition elements of its acquisition of Phonero. The group also handles competition disputes, merger clearances and cartel investigations.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ department is historically recognised for its M&A strength, and is growing its litigation and state aid work under the leadership of Olav Kolstad. Inger Roll-Matthiesen is the key name for public procurement mandates.

Selmer’s expertise includes state aid issues, public procurement matters and merger control cases; highlights included handling a major public procurement case for Fjord1 regarding ferry routes, and assisting Nalka Invest with the competition elements of its acquisition of Osby Intressenter. Ole-Andreas Torgersen leads the team and is ‘clear in his advice and knowledgeable of the industry’.

The ‘highly professionalJan Magne Juuhl-Langseth, who has ‘a very practical approach’, leads Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s ‘world-class’ team. The group handles state aid cases, antitrust litigation and abuse of dominance issues alongside substantial public procurement work through Anders Thue and Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen. Mona Søyland, Karin Fløistad and Tor Stokke are also names to note.

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS’ ‘professional, knowledgeable and responsive’ department benefitted from the recruitment of group head Kirti Mahajan Thomassen from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS in 2016. Thomassen is advising Abilia on a procurement project and is handling the procurement processes related to Skagerak Nett’s launch of a research and development project.

With ‘an excellent team, which delivers solid advice across the board’, DLA Piper’s competition practice is led by Kjetil Haare Johansen. Kjell-Andre Honerud, who joined the group from Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS, heads the public procurement team.

Advokatfirmaet Grette DA’s full-service department is led by Odd Stemsrud on the competition law side, while Marie Braadland is ‘the obvious name for public procurement work’. Stemsrud is representing Henrik Kristoffersen against the Norwegian Ski Federation in an issue relating to sponsorship agreements.

At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, ‘stand-out specialist’ Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim leads the public procurement team and ‘extremely competent’ associate partner Simen Klevstrand is the key name for competition law advice. The group defended AtB in the EFTA Court in a damages claim.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s full-service team focuses on the energy, technology and telecoms sectors; Gassnova, Telenor and Kabel Norge are clients. Group head Monica Syrdal is well regarded for her expertise in abuse of dominance, Heddy Ludvigsen is ‘genuinely great’ and Kristin Veierød handles telecoms regulatory matters.

Kluge Advokatfirma AS’ ‘professionally strong’ group counts public procurement team head Gro Amdal and EU law department head Bjørnar Alterskjær as key individuals. The group has a substantial public sector client base.

The ‘hardworking and knowledgeable’ Thomas Sando leads the department at SANDS, which also includes Aksel Joachim Hageler. The group acted for Fjord Line in litigation relating to port access; other clients include Aleris Helse, Boreal and Elretur.

Key practitioners in Wikborg Rein’s ‘exceptional’ team includes procurement and state aid team head Line Camilla Werner, senior lawyer Eivind Stage, procurement specialist Rolf Riisnæs and special counsel Alf Amund Gulsvik. Jonn Ola Sørensen is now a judge.

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