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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
Trondheim, Stavanger, Oslo

Norway

Top-tier recommendations


Norway

Within Banking and finance (including shipping finance), Arntzen de Besche is a second tier firm,

Arntzen de Besche added depth to the team by hiring acquisition finance expert Trond Kildal, who was formerly head of banking and finance at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS. Recent highlights include Atle Gabrielsen and Paul Sveinsson advising the lenders on the financing of the DKK17bn private equity acquisition of Danish payments provider Nets Holding. Sven Iver Steen is a notable regulatory specialist.

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Within Capital markets, Arntzen de Besche is a third tier firm,

Strong for both debt and equity work’, Arntzen de Besche attracts a significant amount of work from issuers and underwriters in the oil and gas and offshore sectors. Geir Evenshaug is recommended.

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Within Construction, Arntzen de Besche is a third tier firm,

Arntzen de Besche provides ‘a well-prepared and responsive service’ to clients including Veidekke Entreprenør, Skanska Norge and Peab. Trondheim-based Kjell Sagen Berg is recommended.

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Within Corporate and M&A, Arntzen de Besche is a third tier firm,

Arntzen de Besche excels at M&A in the oil and gas sector, wherein the ‘sharp and incisiveGeir Evenshaug advised RWE regarding the €5.1bn sale of its oil and gas division to LetterOne Group. Erlend Bakken and Per Dagslet are also recommended.

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Within Dispute resolution, Arntzen de Besche is a second tier firm,

Arntzen de Besche provides a ‘responsive and value-for-money service’ and is particularly strong in oil and gas disputes. As well as securing a notable victory for Transocean in a high-profile tax dispute, the firm continues to represent Petroleum Geo-Services in the Factorias Vulcano litigation and also acts for the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The firm is noted for its professional liability expertise and has handled work for auditing firms such as PwC. Kåre Moljord heads the 17-partner team, which includes ‘tough litigatorFred Garde and Terje Granvang and Thomas Nordby.

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Within Electricity and renewable energy, Arntzen de Besche is a third tier firm,

At Arntzen de Besche, team head Dag Erlend Henriksen is advising National Grid on its €2bn joint venture with Statnett to develop the NSN Link electricity interconnector between the UK and Norway.

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Within Employment, Arntzen de Besche is a first tier firm,

Headed by Håvard Sandnes following Sven Iver Steen's appointment as manging partner, Arntzen de Besche’s ‘knowledgeable’ eight-partner team has the strength in depth to handle a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for clients including SAS Group and Avinor. Lars Holo, who is ‘very good at litigation’, recently represented Statoil in a Supreme Court dispute relating to agency workers. Knut-Marius Sture and Ingeborg Borgerud are also recommended. The practice recruited Håvard Sandnes from Thommessen in May 2014.

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Within EU and competition, Arntzen de Besche is a first tier firm,

Arntzen de Besche provides expertise across the full spectrum of issues including public procurement, merger control and EEA law. As well as acting for clients in several high-profile EFTA Surveillance Authority cases, the team also provided the competition law advice on Marathon Oil Norge’s $2.1bn acquisition by Det norske oljeselskap.Espen Bakken heads the team, which includes Thomas Nordby, the 'responsive and knowledgeable' Espen Bakken, and Stein Ove Solberg, who 'combines a strong business sense with in-depth legal knowledge'.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Arntzen de Besche is a second tier firm,

Arntzen de Besche has ‘a solution-oriented approach’ to formal insolvency processes and restructurings. Trondheim-based Joar Grimsbu has ‘an excellent track record’ and often works closely with Stein Tonning in formal bankruptcy proceedings; both are administering the NOK42m bankrupt estate of furnishing company Black Design. Geir Evenshaug is recommended for restructuring mandates.

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Within Intellectual property and TMT, tier 4

Arntzen de Besche is particularly proficient at handling patent litigation in the oil and offshore industry. Oslo-based team head Espen Sandvik is recommended along with the ‘outstanding’ David Brambani in Stavanger.

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Within Oil and gas, Arntzen de Besche is a first tier firm,

Dag Erlend Henriksen heads Arntzen de Besche’s eight-partner team, which has ‘excellent industry knowledge’, and advises domestic and international clients, including Shell and Lundin, on transactions, litigation and regulatory matters. Geir Evenshaug and Torkjel Grondalen are advising RWE on the €5.1bn sale of its oil and gas division to LetterOne Group. The firm also assists foreign governments with policy and legislative issues. Erlend Bakken, Christian Michelet and Rune Omdahl are also recommended.

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Within Real estate, Arntzen de Besche is a second tier firm,

Arntzen de Besche’s clients include private equity real estate funds, developers and public bodies. ‘Excellent all-rounderHans-Henrik Kværne heads the team, Erling Hoyte is recommended for disputes and senior lawyer Thomas Øslebø is ‘one of the leading young lawyers in the market’. Eilif Koch advised DTZ Realkapital on the NOK410m acquisition of a major office building in central Oslo.

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Within Tax, Arntzen de Besche is a second tier firm,

Arntzen de Besche provides ‘technically rigorous and strategic advice’ to clients on M&A-related tax issues, ad hoc advisory work and litigation. The ‘practical and business-focusedHanne Skaarberg Holen and Ulf Werner Andersen continue to advise Transocean on the civil law aspects of a high-profile tax evasion case.

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