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Banking and finance (including shipping finance)
Banking and finance (including shipping finance) - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS’s ‘experienced and highly effective’ practice is ‘truly exceptional’ in its transactional advice to lenders and borrowers and also has ‘leading regulatory expertise’. Richard Sjøqvist heads the group, which counts regulatory expert Peter Hammerich, ship and offshore finance specialist Rolf Johan Ringdal and Erik Langseth, who handles real estate financing transactions, as key names. The team acted for several lenders on Floatel International’s fleet financing package totalling $1bn, and advised Aker BP on the financing issues pertaining to the consolidation of Det Norske Oljeselskap and BP’s Norwegian assets.

Leading individuals

Richard Sjøqvist - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Rolf Johan Ringdal - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

At Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS, joint practice heads Richard Sjøqvist and Robin Bakken specialise in debt and equity capital markets respectively. Clients include Pareto Securities and Aker; Haakon Flaatten and Svein Gerhard Simonnæs advised the latter on its NOK500m equity investment in Solstad Offshore. Other practitioners include Svein Gerhard Simonnæs and securities expert Bjørn Gabriel Reed. Lars Knem Christie was a new arrival in April 2018 from Selmer.

Leading individuals

Robin Bakken - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

With ‘an excellent combination of legal knowledge and market awareness’, Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS is ‘a clear leader in Norway’ for M&A work in the private equity arena through Børre Sofus Arnet and Peter Hammerich. The department also ‘excels in the oil and energy space’; energy experts Thomas Svensen and Stig Klausen Engelhart led advice to Point Resources on its acquisition of ExxonMobil’s Norwegian upstream business; and Rune Svoren and Jon Christian Thaulow acted for the City of Oslo and its subsidiary Oslo Energi Holding on the purchase of Hafslund, and its subsequent delisting. Øystein Guvåg leads the group, and Robin Bakken, Svein Gerhard Simonnæs, Bjørn Gabriel Reed and Lars Kristian Sande are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Bjørn Gabriel Reed - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Svein Gerhard Simonnæs - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR ASdelivers a first-class service no matter the issue’ and ‘stands out for its truly excellent knowledge of every possible matter in the arena’. The full-service team handles project work, litigation and contractual mandates for a client roster of domestic and international companies, which includes Aker, Storebrand Eiendom, Coop and Westcon Yards. Team head Sam Harris is ‘absolutely brilliant’, Jan Einar Barbo is ‘an amazing litigator’, and Stig Bech and Anne Sofie Bjørkholt are ‘the obvious names in the field for transactional work’. Øystein Myre Bremset made partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

Jan Einar Barbo - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Sam Harris - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Next generation lawyers

Øystein Myre Bremset - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS is ‘easily among the best in Norway for litigation’ with ‘an ability to deliver first-class advice’ thanks to ‘a skilled and responsive team, which has an excellent understanding of the requirements of its clients’. The ‘genuinely brilliant’ practice is led by Atle Skaldebø-Rød, and also includes construction specialists Sam Harris and Jan Einar Barbo, IP experts Gunnar Sørlie and Are Stenvik, employment specialist Tarjei Thorkildsen and oil and gas-focused Thomas Svensen.

Leading individuals

Gunnar Sørlie - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Thomas Svensen - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS’s ‘fantastic’ department is ‘clearly a leader for merger control work’; it advised Norvestor on the sale of its stake in Phonero to Telia, and acted for DNB Bank on merger control issues relating to transactions involving its Baltic state subsidiaries. Team head Beret Sundet is highly regarded for her M&A-related competition work, Helge Stemshaug is ‘brilliant’ and consultant Harald Selte is ‘an excellent economist’.

Leading individuals

Beret Sundet - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Helge Stemshaug - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Electricity and renewable energy
Electricity and renewable energy - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AScombines incredibly strong industry knowledge with a highly strategic approach’ through a team of ‘leading experts who can be relied upon, no matter what’. Clients praise practice head Jon Christian Thaulow, who is ‘incredibly skilled’, and ‘standout individual’ Rune Svoren; the two worked together advising the City of Oslo on its public takeover of Hafslund. Thaulow also assisted Statkraft with the Fosen Wind Project and Svoren is acting for Klemetsrudanlegget on the development of a carbon capture and storage project. Other key names include electricity expert Helge Olav Bugge and Morten Smørdal.

Leading individuals

Rune Svoren - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AScreates the perfect partnership with its clients’ advising on transactional, contentious and pensions issues. Recent highlights include assisting Norwegian with negotiations for the renewal of collective bargaining agreements for its cabin crew, and acting for G2 Ocean on global employment contracts following a joint venture. Practice head Tarjei Thorkildsen is ‘brilliant’, Peter Hammerich handles pension issues, Geir Mikalsen is ‘extremely professional’ and Børre Sofus Arnet advises private equity houses.

Leading individuals

Tarjei Thorkildsen - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

With ‘one of the top teams in the country’, Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS sits ‘head and shoulders above the rest’ with ‘a pragmatic and commercial team, which excels across the board’. The practice, led by ‘market leader’ Richard Sjøqvist, acts on major insolvencies and international restructurings for bondholders, investment banks and private equity firms; Nordea Bank, Pareto Securities and Nordic Trustee are examples. Other practitioners include Karstein Espelid and Peter Bugge Hjorth.

Leading individuals

Richard Sjøqvist - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Next generation lawyers

Peter Bugge Hjorth - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS’s insurer-focused practice is ‘professional, efficient and truly exceptional’ across marine, non-life and life insurance. Clients include Zurich and Norwegian Hull Club; Tarjei Thorkildsen acted for the latter in two loss of hire claims brought by a ship charterer. The ‘always available’ Jan Jansen leads the group, which includes marine insurance litigator Atle Skaldebø-Rød, Peter Hammerich and Audun Nedrelid who handles financial issues.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS is ‘at the forefront in the field of patent litigation’ through the expertise of practice head Are Stenvik and Gunnar Sørlie. Recent highlights include defending Baker Hughes in a patent dispute brought by Smart Reamer Drilling Systems relating to a wellbore underreaming tool; representing Genentech in a dispute pertaining to the validity of a patent application for a combined treatment breast cancer regime, and acting for Statoil in a patent dispute surrounding oil and gas well technology. Beret Sundet is recommended for trade mark issues and Lars Norheim handles licensing and franchising matters.

Leading individuals

Are Stenvik - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Gunnar Sørlie - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Maritime law
Maritime law - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS’s full-service practice advises on corporate issues, maritime financings, insurance issues and disputes. In a recent highlight, Audun Nedrelid assisted Nordea Bank Norge as agent for a bank syndicate with the refinancing of BW Offshore and its subsidiaries; other work includes Haakon Flaatten advising Akofs Offshore on the formation of a joint venture company with Mitsui & Co and Mitsui OSK Lines. Geir Gustavsson leads the team; Rolf Johan Ringdal and Robin Bakken are also key team members.

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Offshore construction and shipbuilding
Offshore construction and shipbuilding - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS’s ‘consistently brilliant’ practice ‘handles some of the most high-profile matters in the market’; recent work includes assisting Aker BP with issues relating to the redevelopment of the Valhall field, and advising Westcon Yards on a contract pertaining to the conversion of an accommodation rig. Deep Sea Supply and Ocean Installer are also clients. Geir Gustavsson leads the group, which also includes Jan Einar Barbo and Haakon Flaatten.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Under the leadership of Jan Jansen, Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS’s full-service practice ‘delivers first-class advice on transactional and finance matters’ and also assists with upstream issues, petroleum tax and litigation. In a recent highlight, the ‘solution-oriented’ Jon Christian Thaulow and Stig Klausen Engelhart advised Aker BP on several acquisitions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf including acquiring Noreco’s license portfolio and its acquisition of BP Norge. Clients also praise ‘market leader’ Jan Einar Barbo, the ‘genuinely fantastic’ Thomas Svensen and ‘brilliant’ senior associate Sandra Simonsen.

Leading individuals

Jan Jansen - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Thomas Svensen - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Next generation lawyers

Sandra Simonsen - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS is ‘without a doubt, the best in Norway’ thanks to its ‘always available, pragmatic and knowledgeable team’, which is led by the ‘brilliant’ Stig Bech. Clients also praise Anne Sofie Bjørkholt, who ‘always looks for the best solution and finds it every time’; she recently advised Meteva and Arctic Securities on the acquisition of DNB’s Bjørvika headquarters. Erik Langseth handles real estate financings.

Leading individuals

Anne Sofie Bjørkholt - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Stig Bech - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS is a key name in the market for advertising and marketing work, TMT transactions and licensing issues; recent highlights include advising Rema 1000 on its licensing arrangements, and assisting Bonnier and Bridgepoint with the sale of their interests in Nordic Cinema Group to AMC Entertainment. Lars Kristian Sande is the name to note for technology clients.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS’s full-service practice is recognised for its corporate tax expertise, advising clients on transfer pricing issues, energy tax, cross-border matters and tax litigation. Joachim Bjerke, who leads the department, represented ExxonMobil Production Norway in a transfer pricing dispute. Clients also praise petroleum tax expert Jan Jansen, shipping specialist Frode Talmo, Peter Hammerich and Anne Sofie Bjørkholt, who handles real estate mandates.

Leading individuals

Joachim Bjerke - BAHR AS, Advokatfirmaet

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