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Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

RUSELØKKVEIEN 14-16, PO BOX 2444 SOLLI, 0201 OSLO, NORWAY
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Work +47 22 01 88 00
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Fax +47 22 83 17 12
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www.schjodt.no
Ålesund, Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger

Norway

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

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

As ‘a clear leader in the private equity space’, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ client roster includes Altor and Nordic Trustee; the team also has substantial expertise in the shipping, oil and gas, and real estate sectors. Highlights included advising DNB Bank and Nordea Bank on a revolving credit facility agreement to Dental Norco II, and assisting Ocean Yield with multiple vessel financings. Camilla Skøie Mørkve leads the department, which also includes Anders Gullåsen, cross-border financing expert Thomas Dale and Viggo Bang-Hansen.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

With ‘exceptional strength’ in the offshore and oil services sectors, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS recently advised Nel on a private share placement; it also handled Evry’s IPO and assisted Axactor with a share placement totalling NOK598m. Debt specialist Jon Kristian Sjåtil leads the department; Thomas Aanmoen, Viggo Bang-Hansen and Erling Christiansen are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Erling Christiansen - Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

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

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ team stands out for its private equity and international investment expertise. Stavanger-based Dag Sigvart Kaada led advice to Prox Dynamics on its sale to Flir Systems, Erling Christiansen acted for Wallenius Lines on its cross-border merger with Wilh. Wilhelmsen, and Mathias Teir Pettersen handled Altor Equity Partners’ divestment of Curato Røntgen. Knut Smith-Erichsen heads the corporate advisory and transactional team, and Jon Kristian Sjåtil leads the M&A and capital markets practice. Erling Ueland, Einar Caspersen and Robert Romansky are also singled out.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Ole Christian Hyggen heads Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ department, which advises a contractor client base including Veidekke, NCC Norge, Peab and Rambøll Norge. The group also includes Svein-Dag Karlstad in Bergen, contract specialist Sven Eriksrud, offshore construction expert Amund Bjøranger Tørum and Erlend Holstrøm, who joined from Wikborg Rein in 2017.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Recent highlights for the ‘strong and highly experienced’ team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS include defending the former CEO of a telecoms company against corruption charges, representing Olympic Holdings in litigation relating to share valuations, and advising WorldVentures on the banning of its activities in Norway following allegations that it is running a pyramid scheme. ‘Brilliant litigator’ Sigurd Holter Torp heads the group, which also includes Vidar Riksfjord, who has ‘impressive, strategic litigation skills’; Nils Christian Langtvedt and the ‘uniquely talentedHalvor Manshaus are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Nils Christian Langtvedt - Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ department is historically recognised for its M&A strength, and is growing its litigation and state aid work under the leadership of Olav Kolstad. Inger Roll-Matthiesen is the key name for public procurement mandates.

Leading individuals

Olav Kolstad - Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Electricity and renewable energy
Electricity and renewable energy - ranked: tier 2

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Highlights for Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ department included acting for Norsk Vind Energi on the sale of one of its subsidiaries to a German investment manager, and assisting Engie with its acquisition of the Tonstad wind project. Bergen-based group head Sindre Søndenå Andersen handles wind and hydro transactions, while Sverre Bjelland in Stavanger focuses on cross-border issues.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

The ‘brilliant’ department at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS has a core focus on sectors including oil and gas, technology and media; example clients include Apply Sørco, which the team is acting for in litigation following a collective salary reduction; and FMC, which the group is defending in a class action lawsuit brought by former employees. Martin Jetlund heads the group, and Trond Stang and Magnus Lütken attract praise.

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

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ ‘friendly and helpful’ department includes team leader Erling Ueland, who focuses on the oil and offshore sectors; the ‘experienced and confident’ Johan Henrik Nossum; Siv Sandvik, who has ‘proven herself to be extremely knowledgeable in the restructuring field’; and offshore expert Thomas Dale. Clients include Nordea Bank, Songa Offshore and Danske Bank.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

IP litigation is the cornerstone of Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ ‘outstanding’ practice; recent work includes defending AutoStore Technology in a patent dispute brought by Ocado, and representing Rottefella in a matter involving patent rights, fair market violations and design infringements. The ‘extremely impressive and uniqueHalvor Manshaus heads the department, and Sigurd Holter Torp is the name to note for patent litigation.

Leading individuals

Halvor Manshaus - Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Maritime law
Maritime law - ranked: tier 1

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ ‘excellent industry knowledge allows it to provide practical and clear advice’, which makes it ‘a top-tier firm in the market’. The group advises major ship and rig owners including Songa Offshore and Ocean Yield; practice head Henrik Aadnesen assisted the latter with multiple vessel purchases. Amund Bjøranger Tørum handles litigation and Stian Tennfjord advises ship yards.

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

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS, which ‘receives top marks across the board’, acts for oil companies, ship yards and contractors; examples include Technip Norge, ExxonMobil, Ocean Yield and Songa Offshore. Practice head Amund Bjøranger Tørum is ‘brilliant’, Henrik Aadnesen is ‘highly practical’ and Trond Sollund handles litigation.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

The ‘excellent’ practice at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS is ‘one of the very best in Norway’ according to some, with ‘a commercial mindset and client focus combined with an unbeatable pragmatism and practicality’. In a recent highlight, the group assisted ExxonMobil Holding Norway with the sale of its petroleum stations and Norwegian retail business to DCC. Other clients include Maersk Oil Norway, Petoro and Engie E&P Norge. Knut Høivik leads the department, which also includes litigator Amund Bjøranger Tørum, Sverre Bjelland and Trond Sollund.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt ASsits in the top league’ as ‘one of the strongest firms in the space’. Ditlef Thaulow leads the ‘highly professional’ group and ‘works relentlessly with a strong commercial approach’; Camilla Kristiansen Lunne advised Selvaag Bolig on a development site in Fornebu; and Geir Sand acted for Oslo Areal on the purchase of the Lundin building in Lysaker.

Leading individuals

Geir Sand - Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Next generation lawyers

Camilla Kristiansen Lunne - Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Highlights for Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ ‘dedicated’ practice included advising AMC Entertainment on its acquisition of Nordic Cinema Group’s cinema businesses in Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Baltics; acting for HgCapital on its purchase of shares in Visma, and assisting SpaceX with the launch of its satellite system. Kaare Risung leads the digital innovation and TMT team, while Halvor Manshaus is head of the IP and media group.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Schjødt AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ ‘fantastic’ department ‘always provides the right expertise and guidance’ on corporate structuring and tax litigation. Team head Cecilie Amdahl handles corporate tax issues and Morten Sandli is ‘very focused on solving problems in the best possible way’; he advised Stangeskovene on a group restructuring. Hugo Matre, VAT expert Trond Larsen and Peter Hiorth also receive praise.

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Legal Developments by:
Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

  • Norwegian Competition authority prohibits consumer health merger

    The proposed acquisition of the Sunkost chain of consumer health products by Validus ASA, the major wholesaler of consumer health products on the Norwegian market, was prohibited by the NCA on 29 JUne. The parties to the merger have a last chance of appeal to the Ministry of Government Administration and Reform. This will delay the final outcome with another 60 working days, in a case that commenced by a simplified notification on September 24th 2008.
    - Schjødt

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