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Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

RUSELØKKVEIEN 14-16, PO BOX 2444 SOLLI, 0201 OSLO, NORWAY
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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

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Fielding a team of 'tough negotiators' who have 'a proactive approach towards clients', Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS has 'substantial market knowledge', which gives it 'an excellent tactical advantage for its work'. The practice is recognised for its private equity strength and also excels in rig and ship finance work, high-yield bond work and refinancing projects; recent highlights include acting for DNB Bank and Nordea Bank on a term and revolving credit facility agreement to Colosseum Dental Group for the acquisition of several dental clinics, assisting Nordic Trustee with a $300m Norwegian secured bond issue, and advising a bank syndicate led by Danske Bank on the financing of eight jack-up drilling units for Borr Drilling. Viggo Bang-Hansen and financial regulatory professional Bjarne Rogdaberg jointly lead the group, which also includes shipping and offshore financing expert Camilla Skøie Mørkve, debt finance specialist Anders Gullåsen, Thomas Dale, who handles cross-border financings; and Siv Sandvik, who has a key foreign bank client base. Corporate finance specialist Knut Bergo joined from Wikborg Rein and fund expert Andreas Lowzow joined from BAHR.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS stands out for its expertise in the offshore, energy and oil services sectors; recent mandates include advising listed company Songa Offshore on its acquisition by Transocean, assisting Fjordkraft with its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange and acting for Nel on a private share placement. Other work includes handling Self Storage Group's listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange and advising Monobank on a private placement of shares and subsequent repair issuance. Viggo Bang-Hansen and Bjarne Rogdaberg jointly lead the group, which also includes Thomas Aanmoen, ECM specialist Audun BondkallCamilla Skøie Mørkve and the highly regarded Erling Christiansen.

Leading individuals

Erling Christiansen - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Next Generation Partners

Audun Bondkall - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

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

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS advises across the full spectrum of corporate and transactional mandates with notable expertise in assisting foreign investors on inbound transactions and private equity matters. Knut Smith-Erichsen heads the corporate M&A group and focuses on private equity issues; other key individuals include M&A head Tord Fondevik, who counts industrial companies and investment funds as clients; Jon Kristian Sjåtil, Erling Ueland in Stavanger and Einar Caspersen. The firm merged with Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS in 2019.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS' team 'combines deep insight and understanding with a great ability to carry out an overall strategy' across construction projects, infrastructure projects and offshore construction work. 'Outstanding' team co-head Erlend Holstrøm, who joined from Wikborg Rein in 2018, recently represented Cambi in a final account dispute against Oslo municipality EGE relating to the construction of a biogas production and biowaste treatment plant, and 'skilled, experienced and knowledgeable' co-head Ole Christian Hyggen acted for Hibas in a final account dispute relating to the construction of a new hospital. Veidekke, NCC Norge and Peab are also clients. Svein-Dag Karlstad is a key name to note in the Bergen office.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS' 'very strong team works well together, delivers on all questions and has a down-to-earth approach', which 'supports clients well'. Halvor Manshaus leads the group and focuses on IP, technology and media work, Sven Eriksrud handles contact disputes, Vidar Strømme is a key name for oil and gas litigation, Sigurd Holter Torp is 'very knowledgeable' and Per Magne Ristvedt excels in contract and real estate-related disputes. Manshaus recently advised WorldVentures on issues relating to its ban by the Norwegian authorities following allegations that it is a pyramid scheme, Torp represented Autostore Technology in patent litigation and Trond Sollund acted for Prosafe in a dispute against Westcon Ølen relating to the conversion of a flotel rig. Hallvard Gilje Aarseth, David Særsten Brambani and Thomas Nordby joined from the Attorney General's office, Arntzen de Besche and Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS respectively. Cato Schiøtz joined Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS and Vidar Riksfjord joined Advokatfirmaet CLP DA. The group also benefitted from the firm's merger with Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS in late 2018.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS, Olav Kolstad heads the group, which also includes litigator Thomas Nordby. The department is experienced in merger control issues and also handles contentious antitrust issues for international clients operating in Norway and Norwegian companies operating internationally. Inger Roll-Matthiesen joined Berngaard/Sandbek in 2018.

Leading individuals

Olav Kolstad - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

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

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

With 'expansive knowledge and quick response times', Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS utilises the firm's national footprint and is jointly led by Sindre Søndenå Andersen in Bergen and Sverre Bjelland in Stavanger. Other key practitioners include litigator Hallvard Gilje Aarseth and Claus Severin Mørch, who joined from the Office of the Attorney General and Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS respectively.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS' department 'acts very professionally in all aspects of the job' and fields 'knowledgeable and experienced practitioners' who are 'easy to work with and quickly sort out the essentials'. Practice head Martin Jetlund receives praise for his 'excellent teamwork, in-depth knowledge of the field and prompt responses', Magnus Lütken 'provides good, practical advice', Trond Stang is 'excellent' and associate Marie Hagberg 'goes the extra mile to understand all the facts in a matter'. The group has notable expertise in the oil and gas, technology and media industries; it recently acted for Apply Sørco in litigation relating to a collective salary reduction and advised Spirit Energy on a downsizing process.

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Fishing and aquaculture
Fishing and aquaculture - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS' cross-departmental practice includes group head Tord Fondevik and Ålesund-based deputy head Stian Tennfjord; Fondevik recently advised Aker BioMarine on its acquisition of Enzymotec's krill oil business and Tennfjord assisted Optimar with the structure of standard terms and conditions for the production and sale of factories to be used onboard fishing vessels. Cermaq Group, Steinsvik Gruppen, Bremenes, Alginor and Coldwater Prawns Production are also clients. Tore Fjørtoft is the key name for regulatory issues, Dag Sigvart Kaada handles M&A work, and Anders Gullåsen focuses on finance issues.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Erling Ueland leads the department at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS, which excels in restructuring work, particularly in the oil and gas and offshore sectors; clients include Songa Offshore, Lundin Petroleum and Ocean Yield. Johan Henrik Nossum recently acted for the Norske Skog Group on its bankruptcy, Thomas Dale advised DVB Group Merchant Bank on the restructuring of Azur Offshore's debt, and Siv Sandvik represented CFG Peru Investments in a Chapter 11 process in the US. Peter Bugge Hjorth joined from BAHR in 2018.

Next Generation Partners

Peter Bugge Hjorth - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS fields 'a strong team with a practical approach', which is led by 'one of the most competent lawyers in insurance law' Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen , who has 'a no-nonsense approach'. Recent highlights include advising WR Berkley on its implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive, assisting Nordnet Livsforsikring with the design and development of new products and acting for Beazley Group on the development of a cyber insurance product.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS' team excels in IP litigation. Practice head Halvor Manshaus recently represented Elopak in a patent infringement and invalidity action against Tetra Pak Norge, and acted for Subsea Smart Solutions in several patent disputes. Other clients include Bartec Technor, Daimler and new client Aiwa Corporation. Sigurd Holter Torp is also a key name for contentious work, while Tord Fondevik handles non-contentious work in the technology sector. David Særsten Brambani joined from Arntzen de Besche.

Leading individuals

Halvor Manshaus - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

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Maritime law
Maritime law - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS leverages the firm's oil and gas, and offshore construction strength to advise a client base including Aker Floating Production, Brunvoll and Prosafe. The group also represented Volstad Shipping in a dispute relating to the off-hire and wrongful termination of a charter party for an inspection, maintenance and repair vessel, and assisted Ocean Yield with its purchase of four crude tankers. Henrik Aadnesen and Amund Bjøranger Tørum jointly lead the group and focus on transactional and contentious work respectively; clients also single out Stian Tennfjord, who has 'a highly practical approach to legal issues', and Sven Eriksrud, who regularly handles contractual work.

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

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Key names in Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS' practice include team head Amund Bjøranger Tørum, Henrik Aadnesen, who handles transactions, finance matters, project management issues and advisory work, and litigator Trond Sollund. Clients include shipping companies, yards, brokers, contractors, lenders and merchant banks. The team has experience in shipbuilding contracts, offshore developments and rig sales and purchases.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Following its merger with Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS in early 2019, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS fields a team of 'very high-quality lawyers who have extensive knowledge and experience' including the well-regarded Christian Fredrik Michelet, 'excellent partner' Torkjel Grøndalen, transactional specialists Geir Evenshaug and the 'extremely responsive and practical' Preben Willoch, and Erlend Bakken. Michelet recently acted for the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in the high-profile Gassled case, Willoch advised Blue Water Energy on its investment in Mime Petroleum, and Grøndalen assisted Spirit Energy Norge with the tie-in of the Nova field to the Gjøa oilfield facilities. Knut Høivik moved in-house at Equinor (formerly Statoil).

Leading individuals

Christian Fredrik Michelet - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Erlend Bakken - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Next Generation Partners

Preben Willoch - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Torkjel Grøndalen - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

With an 'excellent' team, which is 'very strong in real estate transactions and M&A', Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS recently advised Lysaker Park on its purchase of Storebrand Lysaker Park and its properties, assisted Arctic Prosjekt 82 with its acquisition of Fyrstikkalléen 1, and acted for Økern Sentrum on the development of Økern Senter and the surrounding area. Selvaag Bolig, DNB SPV 1 Holding and Arctic Securities are also clients. The 'brilliantCamilla Kristiansen Lunne and Ditlef Thaulow jointly lead the real estate, construction and tax department, while Martin Støren heads the real estate group. Other key names include the highly regarded Geir Sand and Einar Caspersen.

Leading individuals

Geir Sand - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Next Generation Partners

Camilla Kristiansen Lunne - Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt ASKaare Risung heads the digital innovation and TMT team and Halvor Manshaus is a key name for contentious issues. Tord Fondevik is recommended for technology transactions, Eva Jarbekk (who joined from Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS) handles privacy and GDPR work, Hugo Berg Otterlei focuses on contracts, and Jeppe Songe-Møller is experienced in cyber security and data protection mandates. Recent highlights include representing Andritz in litigation relating to hydro technology and advising Steam Systems and SpaceX on the launch of its satellite system.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

The 'responsive, solution-oriented and pragmatic' department at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS has 'a can-do attitude, which allows it to consistently search for solutions and alternatives' across corporate tax, VAT and tax litigation. Team leader Morten Sandli handles issues in the private equity and real estate sectors, Cecilie Amdahl focuses on corporate tax work and Trond Larsen is the key name for indirect tax matters. The team recently acted for Canica in a dispute relating to the right to deduct loss and represented Komplett Group in VAT-related litigation.

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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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