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Arntzen de Besche

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Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim
Arntzen de Besche, Håvard Sandnes, Oslo, NORWAY

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Håvard Sandnes

Work +47 23 89 40 00
Arntzen de Besche

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Employment and Pensions


Partner. Sandnes is head of the Employment and Pension law department. Sandnes has extensive experience in advising Norwegian and foreign clients on business transfer and employment law issues. He also advices on pension issues. Sandnes acts mainly for employers, often in connection with organisational changes or where a working relationship is ending. Sandnes also provide strategic advice on complex bonus, share and other incentive programs. He is a trusted advisor for many clients, and a discussion partner on all human resource issues from recruitment through to termination. Sandnes has a solution oriented approach, but he is also an experienced litigator.


2014-, Partner, Arntzen de Besche Advokatfirma AS; 2010-2014, Partner, Thommessen; 2007-2010, Senior associate, Thommessen; 2005, Acting Judge, Hålogaland Court of Appeals; 2002-2007, Lawyer, Confederation of Norwegian Entreprise (NHO); 1998-2002, Associate, Arntzen Underland & Co/Arntzen de Besche; 1995-1999m various teaching assignments, University of Oslo


English, Scandinavian languages


2004-2007, Member, Complaints Committee for Environmental Information (Klagenemnda for miljøinformasjon); 2004-2006, Member, Insurance Claims Tribunal (Forsikringsskadenemnda); 1996-1998, Secretary, Foundation Law Commission (NOU 1998:7) (Stiftelseslovutvalget).


1995, University of Oslo, Research Assistant, Department of Private Law; 1991-1998, University of Oslo, Cand. jur (Qualifying law degree).



Within: Employment

With 'impressive, first-class, professional competencies', Arntzen de Besche is 'in a class of its own'  and has 'deep insight into the legal issues at hand and an in-depth knowledge of its clients' industries' alongside an ability to provide 'access to every resource at short notice'. Key sector expertise for the group encompasses the aviation, energy, public, media and construction sectors. Recent highlights include advising Scandinavian Airlines Systems on multiple issues including union negotiations, assisting TV2 with the employment aspects of its restructuring and downsizing, and acting for DCC Energy on its acquisition of Esso Norge's retail petrol station network. Håvard Sandnes leads the team, Tron Dalheim is 'undoubtedly one of the absolute best lawyers in the field', Knut-Marius Sture 'solves problems quickly', Lars Holo handles contentious work and Sven Iver Steen focuses on pensions law. Frode Martin Toftevåg joined from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS in 2019.

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