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Arntzen de Besche

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Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim

Karl Erik Navestad

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Arntzen de Besche

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Oil, Offshore and Energy


Partner. Navestad is the head of AdeB's oil services and offshore construction practice. He is an attorney with more than 15 years' experience working with a wide variety of legal issues related to the oil and gas industry. Having advised Norwegian and international clients on offshore development projects, FPSO projects, construction contracts, offshore service contracts etc. Navestad's expertise lies mainly in the fields of oil, gas and energy law, and contracts law. Navestad regularly advises oil companies and contractors in the oil and gas industry. During his time with Arntzen de Besche Navestad has also worked as in-house legal counsel for TOTAL E&P Norge AS for two years and he has been seconded to Norwegian independent oil company Lundin Norway AS.


2013- Partner, Arntzen de Besche; 2011-12, Senior lawyer, Arntzen de Besche; 2006-2011, Senior associate, Arntzen de Besche; 2003-05, Legal counsel, TOTAL E&P Norge AS; 2001-03, Associate, Arntzen de Besche.


English and the Scandinavian languages.


Norwegian Bar Association, AIPN


2000, Qualifying law degree from the University of Oslo. 1999-2000, Research assistant at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law.


Offshore construction and shipbuilding

Within: Offshore construction and shipbuilding

Arntzen de Besche's team of 'practical and professional dealmakers' is 'always very helpful' and 'highly knowledgeable about this specific industry'. The group is noted for its offshore construction project expertise including oil field developments and fish farm construction. Lundin Norway, Teekay Petrojarl and Reinertsen are clients. Karl Erik Navestad leads the department, which also includes Ole Skeidsvoll Moe and Stian Fagervold, who joined from Wiersholm in 2017.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

With 'genuine industry expertise and a commercial outlook', Arntzen de Besche has 'strength-in-depth, which allows it to support clients across the spectrum'. The group also has substantial experience in the E&P sector, petroleum industry and oil services market; it recently advised E&P company Hess on the $2bn sale of its Norwegian subsidiary to Aker BP, assisted with the establishment of Edge Petroleum, and handled all issues relating to Lundin's activity on the NCS including the Edvard Grieg and Brynhild oil fields. Group head Karl Erik Navestad has 'great industry knowledge', Rune Omdahl focuses on licensing issues, and Stian Fagervold joined from Wiersholm.

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