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Advokatfirmaet BA-HR DAstands out’ for its ‘exceptional knowledge, client care and responsiveness’. Highlights included advising Det Norske Oljeselskap on multiple Norwegian continental shelf acquisitions, and acting for Solveig Gas Norway, Silex Gas Norway and Infragas Norge in the Gassled tariff litigation. The full-service practice, led by Jan Jansen, fields 15 partners, including Thomas Svensen, ‘truly excellent’ transactional specialist Jon Christian Thaulow, and Stig Klausen Engelhart.

Kvale Advokatfirma DAhas some of the strongest lawyers around, especially in litigation and regulatory matters’, and ‘delivers clear advice in a timely fashion’. Practice head Jens Brede, who is ‘perhaps the best litigator in E&P matters’, is representing Statoil in a dispute with Diamond Offshore regarding a terminated drilling contract, and Yngve Bustnesli who is a ‘first choice for regulatory matters’, advised Dong Energy on its restructuring and IPO. Erik Brannsten is ‘experienced in development projects’. Total E&P Norge, DNO and Halvorsen Offshore are other clients.

Top-quality’ boutique Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS – newly established in mid-2015 – has ‘a strong team’ which provides ‘a first-rate service with excellent knowledge and expertise’. It is predominantly composed of lawyers previously at Arntzen de Besche, including Christian Fredrik Michelet, who is ‘one of the top Norwegian oil and gas lawyers’, ‘strong legal mind’ Erlend Bakken, and the ‘pragmatic’ Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen. The ‘excellent’ Preben Willoch joined from Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig. Diamond Offshore Netherlands, Premier Oil Norge and Faroe Petroleum are clients.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ full-service practice covers M&A transactions, disputes, regulatory matters, commercial agreements, construction projects and tax mandates. Amund Bjøranger Tørum leads the department, which also includes Stavanger-based Knut Høivik, who recently assisted Maersk Oil Norway with the negotiation of a unit operating agreement on the Norwegian continental shelf, and litigator Trond Sollund. Sverre Bjelland and Peter Hiorth, both based in Stavanger, are recommended. Sven Eriksrud joined from Wikborg Rein.

Top-tier firmAdvokatfirmaet Thommessen AS regularly advises exploration, petroleum and oil services clients such as Statoil and Lundin Norge. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Rune Solberg advised BP UK on its NOK11bn merger with Det Norske Oljeselskap, and also assisted Petoro with the unitisation process of the Johan Sverdrup oilfield. Jacob Bullpossesses a truly commercial mindset’, and ‘excellent negotiatorPål Lieungh has ‘strong technical skills’.

Wiersholm was strengthened in 2016 following the arrival of ‘impressive’ practice head Sondre Dyrland and Thomas Naalsund from Kluge Advokatfirma AS. Dispute resolution is a key strength for the department, and Andreas Bullen is acting for Total E&P Norge in an LPG transfer pricing dispute. On the non-contentious side, Dyrland is assisting the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy with a carbon capture and storage project on the Norwegian continental shelf. Stephan Jervell and the ‘tremendousErik Thyness are recommended.

Wikborg Rein’s ‘service-minded practice always delivers high-quality work on time’. Dag Mjaaland leads the gas team, while Aadne Haga heads the energy group. Ola Nisja and the ‘excellentJon Rabben are also recommended. The firm assisted North Energy with the restructuring of its oil and gas business. Cairn Energy and Panoro Energy are other clients

Dag Erlend Henriksen heads Arntzen de Besche’s practice, which ‘provides a top service alongside good industry knowledge’ and acts on transactions, litigation and regulatory issues. Highlights included advising E.ON SE on the sale of its shares in E.ON E&P Norge as part of a restructuring, and assisting Lundin Norway with the development of the Edvard Grieg field. Rune Omdahl, Karl Erik Navestad and Stavanger-based Anders Rødland are recommended. Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen joined Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS.

Kluge Advokatfirma AS’ ‘attentive’ team advised Wintershall Norge and Dong E&P Norge on the sale of their Norwegian continental shelf portfolios, and is also assisting Edison Norge with issues relating to the Zidane development project. Stavanger-based ‘first-class lawyerThomas Abrahamsen leads the four-partner group, which also includes Audun Stornes and Olav Hasaas. Siri Birgitte Bang moved in-house. Sondre Dyrland and Thomas Naalsund joined Wiersholm.

Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA primarily acts on non-contentious matters for clients such as Ocean Installer (which the firm is advising on several EPCI projects), Kværner and Aker Solutions. Department head Eirik Høiby and Odd-Arne Kleveland are recommended.

Selmer’s ‘top-notch practice’ is ‘extremely professional and provides a quality service’ to clients such as Lundin Norway, Mol Group and Akastor. The team, which includes Nils Bugge and the ‘perceptiveLiv Monica Stubholt, has notable strength in transactional work. Practice head Thomas Michelet advised Gasum Oy on its acquisition of an LNG plant.

The ‘excellent’ team at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig has strength in M&A, and assisted Repsol Norge with the acquisition of Talisman Energy Norge’s assets. The team also has a notable public sector client base; examples include the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and Instituto Nacional de Petroleo. Bjørn-Erik Leerberg leads the team. Preben Willoch joined Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS.

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