The Legal 500

Arntzen de Besche

PO BOX 2734, SOLLI, 0204 OSLO, NORWAY
Tel:
Work +47 23 89 40 00
Fax:
Fax +47 23 89 40 01
Email:
Web:
www.adeb.no
Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim

Norway

Banking and finance (including shipping finance)
Banking and finance (including shipping finance) - ranked: tier 2

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche has particular strengths in aviation, shipping and energy financing, and also leveraged buyouts. Recent highlights include advising BNP Paribas and DNB Bank on the financing of Det Norske’s acquisition of Marathon Oil Norge. Clients recommend the ‘hardworking, experienced and solution-orientedAtle Gabrielsen and the ‘extremely helpfulTrond Kildal. Paul Sveinsson heads the practice.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Arntzen de Besche

Department head Per Dagslet is recommended at Arntzen de Besche, which is particularly strong in the oil, energy and offshore sectors. The practice has seen an increase in advising issuers and underwriters on high-yield bonds.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Arntzen de Besche

The ‘professional, clear and commercial team’ at Arntzen de Besche is led by ‘highly professional adviserPer Dagslet, and is noted for its M&A experience in the oil and offshore sectors. The practice recently assisted Shell with the sale of its downstream business in Norway.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s team is led by Trondheim-based Kjell Sagen Berg, who is particularly strong in litigation. Clients include Veidekke, Skanska and Peab.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche is ‘a very effective firm with good business knowledge and excellent efficiency’. Kåre Moljord heads the 16-partner practice, which includes ‘perfect adviserFred Gade and Terje Granvang, who is experienced in professional liability matters. Clients include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Transocean and ACE European Group. Thomas Nordby joined Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Bescheprovides good advice through its practical, commercial and effective team’, which is led by Espen Bakken and includes the ‘outstandingStein Ove Solberg, who is ‘one of the best antitrust advisers in the market’. The practice advised Shell International, a recent client win, on the competition aspects of the divestment of its Norwegian downstream business. Thomas Nordby joined Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS.

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Electricity and renewable energy
Electricity and renewable energy - ranked: tier 3

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s practice head Dag Erlend Henriksen is assisting ASKO Fornybar with the development and planning of a wind farm project. Clients also recommend the ‘pragmatic and reliable’ Erlend Solberg.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s ‘very supportive, pragmatic and experienced’ eight-partner practice is noted for its experience in the aviation, oil and energy sectors; clients include Avinor, SAS Group and Petoro. Håvard Sandnes heads the group, which provides comprehensive employment advice, with a particular strength in litigation. Tron Dalheim, Knut-Marius Sture and Lars Holo are also recommended. The firm has teams in the Oslo, Trondheim and Stavanger offices.

Leading individuals

Lars Holo - Arntzen de Besche

Tron Dalheim - Arntzen de Besche

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s practice is ‘one of the most reputable in central and northern Norway’, with Trondheim-based ‘dealmaker’ Joar Grimsbu heading the team. Grimsbu and Stein Tonning often act together on bankruptcy matters, including when administrating Totaltek Tekniske’s bankruptcy estate. Trond Kildal is recommended. Geir Evenshaug joined Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS.

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Intellectual property and TMT
Intellectual property and TMT - ranked: tier 3

Arntzen de Besche

The ‘very service-minded team’ at Arntzen de Besche is led by Espen Sandvik. It has substantial strength in IP matters for clients in the oil and offshore sectors.

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Maritime law (including insurance)
Maritime law (including insurance) - ranked: tier 3

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche recently acted for clients such as Teekay Corporation, Havila Shipping and the Norwegian Shipowners Association. Atle Gabrielsen heads the team, which has a growing reputation in transactional and contentious work.

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Offshore construction and shipbuilding
Offshore construction and shipbuilding - ranked: tier 2

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche has ‘a wide field of competence’ and assists international and domestic clients on a range of issues. Highlights included assisting Lundin Norway with the development of the Edvard Grieg oilfield and related platform construction projects. The ‘experienced and always availableKarl Erik Navestad heads the practice.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s practice, led by Dag Erlend Henriksen, ‘delivers high-quality advice in a prompt, appropriate and comprehensive fashion’ in transactions, litigation and regulatory matters. Karl Erik Navestad and Rune Omdahl are recommended. Christian Fredrik Michelet and Erlend Brun Bakken left to establish specialist oil and gas firm Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS. Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen joined Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s ‘excellent team is very competent and commercially oriented’. The group assists clients in a range of sectors with deals and financings. The ‘focusedHans Henrik Kværne heads the practice, which has lawyers in Oslo, Trondheim and Stavanger. Clients recommend ‘dealmakerThomas Øslebø, and the ‘very smartEilif Koch.

Leading individuals

Hans Henrik Kværne - Arntzen de Besche

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s team, headed by Anders Heieren, is ‘technically strong with an emphasis on client service’, and advises on transactional matters and represents clients in litigation. The ‘exceptionally intelligentUlf Werner Andersen recently represented Transocean in several civil tax litigations. Cecilie Aasprong Dyrnes is recommended for indirect tax mandates. Hanne Skaarberg Holen joined Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

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