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Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

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Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, Bjørn-Erik Leerberg, Oslo, NORWAY

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Bjørn-Erik Leerberg

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Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

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Oil and gas


More than 25 years experience as private practitioner and senior civil servant with a particular focus on the oil & gas sector, infrastructure and public sector service functions advising industry, interest organizations and governments on four continents on oil & gas concessions and contracts, administrative and public international law issues.


Partner, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS 2013-; Partner, Simonsen Advokatfirma DA (prev. Simonsen Føyen) 2003-2012; Partner, Advokatfirmaet PricewaterhouseCoopers DA 2001-2003; Senior Manager/Attorney at law, Advokatfirmaet PricewaterhouseCoopers DA 1998-2001; Deputy Director General, Head of Petroleum Law and Legal Affairs, Oil & Gas Department, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy 1996-1998; Assistant Director General, Head of Legal Affairs Division, Oil & Gas Department, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy 1991-1996; Dep. District Judge, Nes District Court, Sørumsand, Norway 1989-1991; Head of Division, Legal Affairs Section, Police department, Norwegian Ministry of Justice 1988-1989; Executive Secretary to the Fostervoll Royal Commission 1988; Senior Executive Officer, Polar Department, Norwegian Ministry of Justice 1987-1988; Executive Officer, Legal section, Police Department, Norwegian Ministry of Justice 1986-1988; Various positions as legal clerk and trainee with Norwegian and international Law firms 1983-1985.


Norwegian and English. Some knowledge of French and German.


Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS member of the Board 2013-; Simonsen Advokatfirma DA member of the Board 2011-2013; Member of Frigg and of the Heimdal-Brae Consultative Commissions on transboundary fields and pipelines, member of the Statfjord and the Murchison Commissions on transboundary fields 1992-1998; Member of the interim Norfra Commission 1996-1997; Member of the Norpipe, (Ekofisk-Emden and Ekofisk-Teesside), Europipe and Zeepipe Commissions on transboundary pipelines 1993-1997; Member representing the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in the Norwegian Law of the Sea and Maritime Border Committee 1993-1996; Member representing the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in the InterMinisterial Polar Committee 1991-1994; Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Polar Committee 1988.


Oxford Energy seminar, St. Cathrine College, Oxford, UK 1998; Shell International Executive Seminar, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland 1993; Admitted to the bar 1991; Candidatus Juris, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law 1985; Private International Law Seminar at the Academy of International Law, International Court of Justice, Haag, the Netherlands; on scholarship from the Royal Dutch Ministry of Education and Science 1982.


Oil and gas

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Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig is ‘a stand-out name in the market for oil and gas transactions and regulatory advice’; it recently advised Tullow Oil on the sale of its Norwegian licences and operational platform to Kerogen Capital, and assisted Aker BP with the Snadd subsea field development. Bjørn-Erik Leerberg leads the Oslo team, and Gunnar Espeland is head of the Stavanger group. Trym Landa joined from Ernst & Young Advokatfirma AS.

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