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Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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HAAKON VII'S GATE 10, PO BOX 1484 VIKA, 0116 OSLO, NORWAY
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Bergen, London, Oslo, Stavanger

Norway

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

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Hans Haugstad¬†leads the debt financing team at¬†Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†and¬†Tore Mydske¬†heads up the financial regulatory group, both of which benefit from the firm's financial restructuring and insolvency department, led by newly promoted partner¬†Kristoffer Hegdahl. Haugstad and Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl¬†recently advised Seadrill on its debt structuring, Mydske assisted Nordic Credit Rating with its establishment as a credit rating agency under the supervision of the European Securities Markets Agency,¬†Einar Grette¬†and¬†Halvor Mans√•ker¬†handled a number of high-yield bond issuances for various financial advisers and issuers, and Bergen-based¬†Jan J Greve¬†advised Flex LNG on a term loan facility. Other clients include DNB Bank, Nordea Bank, Svenska Handelsbanken and Pareto Securities. Shipping and maritime industry expert¬†Bj√łrn Sande Urtegaard¬†made partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

Hans Haugstad - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Next Generation Partners

Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†provides 'excellent support' to its clients and has 'a solid mix of commercial understanding and legal knowledge combined with an efficient and proactive approach' thanks to 'a solution-oriented and client-centric team' jointly led by¬†Ervin Auren¬†and¬†Solveig Fagerheim Bugge. Clients also praise the highly regarded¬†Anders Arnkv√¶rn, who 'stands out for his outstanding knowledge and understanding of his clients'; newly promoted partner¬†Christian Hals¬†and ECM lawyer¬†Hans Cappelen Arnesen. Arnesen recently advised Elkem on its IPO on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Arnkv√¶rn and Bugge assisted Shelf Drilling with its IPO, and¬†Einar Grette¬†acted for DNB Bank, DNB Markets and Nordic Trustee on Chembulk Holdings' ‚ā¨250m bond issuance.

Leading individuals

Anders Arnkværn - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Einar Grette - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Next Generation Partners

Solveig Fagerheim Bugge - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

As a key name in the market for cross-border transactions,¬†Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†acts for a high-profile client roster including DNB, Altor Equity Partners and Storebrand. In a recent highlight, the well-regarded¬†Anders Arnkv√¶rn¬†advised SafeRoad Holding and Nordic Capital on FSN Capital's NOK2bn acquisition of SafeRoad; other mandates include¬†Hans Cappelen Arnesen¬†assisting Hellman & Friedman with its recommended cash offer for payment service provider Nets, Christian Gr√ľner Sagstad¬†(the head of department) handling Triton Partners' acquisition of a majority stake in Glamox, and¬†Ervin Auren¬†advising Alimentation Couche-Tard on the divestment of its marine fuel business through the sale of Statoil Fuel and Retail Marine to St1 Norge.¬†Baard Bale,¬†Stig Berge¬†and¬†Solveig Fagerheim Bugge¬†are also key names to note.¬†Christian Hals¬†and¬†Rune Ulriksen Steinsland¬†made partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

Anders Arnkværn - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Hans Cappelen Arnesen - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Next Generation Partners

Solveig Fagerheim Bugge - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

As a key name in the market for construction projects in the energy sector, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' recent work includes advising NorthConnect on the construction of a high-voltage direct-current interconnector between Norway and the UK, assisting Zephyr with the development of a wind farm project in Guleslettene, and acting for Lyse Produksjon on the construction of a hydro power plant. Other clients include Yara International, Midtfjellet Vindpark and Agder Energi Vannkraft. Jacob F Bull heads the group. Asle Bjelland is now a judge.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Recent highlights for the 'highly professional and reliable' practice at¬†Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†include¬†Camilla Vislie¬†acting for Tono in a dispute with a TV distributor relating to multi-territorial licensing issues, and practice co-head¬†Henning Harborg¬†defending TGS Nopec Geophysical Company in a tax fraud case. Other noteworthy individuals include¬†Eirik W Raanes, who handles IP and construction disputes;¬†Trond Hatland¬†in Bergen, whose expertise encompasses fishery, insurance, corporate and employment disputes; and tax specialist¬†Hanne Skaarberg Holen. Former team head Asle Bjelland is now a judge. Managing associate¬†Kristine Hyldmo Bj√łrnvik¬†joined from¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†in 2019.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS fields 'a very strong legal team, which excels in understanding clients' business goals and legal goals' and has 'solid knowledge of the industry's dynamics and challenges'. The department handles the full scope of competition issues including merger control work, competition litigation, investigations and cartel cases, state aid issues and public procurement matters. The practice recently acted for Höegh Autoliners Shipping in investigations into the car carrier industry by several international competition authorities, represented Telenor in the EFTA Surveillance Authority's (ESA) investigation into alleged breaches of EEA competition rules, and handled the competition and antitrust aspects of Kongsberg Gruppen's acquisition of Rolls Royce Marine. Siri Teigum and Eivind J Vesterkjær jointly lead the practice; Teigum is 'probably the best EU and competition lawyer in Norway' and 'her name and recognition give credibility to a position', and Vesterkjær is 'to the point and always willing to give clear answers'. Clients also praise managing associate Svein Terje Tveit, who is 'technically strong but also pragmatic and creative if needed'.

Leading individuals

Siri Teigum - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Next Generation Partners

Svein Terje Tveit - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' 'highly competent, effective and strategic' team 'always adds value and delivers on time' on mandates including transactions, disputes, concession work, licensing issues and environmental law with notable experience in corporate restructurings, project developments and investments in renewable energy assets. Department head Jens Naas-Bibow acted for NorthConnect on the establishment of a high-voltage direct-current interconnector between Norway and the UK, Bendik Christoffersen advised Zephyr on the development, sale and project financing of Guleslettene wind farm; Jacob F Bull led advice to Lyse Produksjon on the procurement and construction of a new hydro power plant, and Gunnar Martinsen assisted Energi Norge with the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. Managing associate Thomas Borch-Nielsen is also a name to note.

Leading individuals

Gunnar Martinsen - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Jens Naas-Bibow - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Next Generation Partners

Thomas Borch-Nielsen - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' 'knowledgeable' practice is led by Stein Kimsås-Otterbech and Trond Hatland is the key contact in the Bergen office; Kimsås-Otterbech is recognised for his expertise in senior management issues and cases involving reputational risk and Hatland focuses on contentious work, particularly in the shipping and oil and gas sectors. Recent highlights include advising Bama Gruppen on working time issues, transfers of undertakings, collective bargaining agreements and employee terminations; assisting Boliden Odda with gender equality issues and employee termination-related litigation, and acting for Tidal in a dispute brought by an employee following their redundancy.

Next Generation Partners

Stein Kimsås-Otterbech - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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Fishing and aquaculture
Fishing and aquaculture - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Fielding a team of 'hands-on partners and juniors that work incredibly hard',¬†Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†is 'a perfect partner for complex operations' and has th ability to 'learn quickly, work swiftly and¬†expediently, and remain solution oriented throughout'.¬†Mons Alfred Paulsen¬†leads the 'highly trustworthy' group, which has notable expertise in regulatory issues. Recent highlights include representing Isqueen in an appeal case against the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries relating to the allocation of green salmon farming licenses, advising Hav Line Gruppen (a joint venture between Sekkingstad and Haugland Gruppen) on its establishment, financing issues and a vessel construction, and assisting Salmones Camanchaca with its IPO and dual listing on the Oslo and Santiago Stock Exchanges. Other clients include Pelagia, S√łlvtrans and Biomar.¬†Lars Eirik G√•seide R√łs√•s,¬†Rune Ulriksen Steinsland¬†and managing associate¬†Kenneth Steffensen¬†are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Mons Alfred Paulsen - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' 'strong team of restructuring lawyers is experienced in the shipping and offshore sectors' and 'has the experience, tools, manpower and know-how to handle matters competently and efficiently'. Group head Kristoffer Hegdahl has 'good insight into the offshore industry and performs well'; he recently acted for seven banks including DNB and Nordea Bank on the restructuring of Solship Invest 3. Financing expert Einar Grette, bond restructuring specialist Halvor Mansåker and associate partner Reidar Myhre are also names to note. Jo Rodin retired.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' 'thorough and skilled' team is led by Andreas Meidell, who is arguably 'one of the best lawyers in Norway for insurance matters' and has 'an impressive ability to keep up with the details'. The department handles the full spectrum of corporate insurance work with notable strength in marine insurance; it recently acted for Norwegian Hull Club in a claim following a collision in the Gulf of Mexico and represented SwissMarine and Gard in a recourse direct action against Skuld. Other noteworthy individuals include Henrik Hagberg, Trond Hatland, Stephen Knudtzon and managing associate Hugo-A. B Munthe-Kaas.

Leading individuals

Andreas Meidell - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Next Generation Partners

Hugo-A. B Munthe-Kaas - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' 'superior' practice 'really enters into a case and becomes a natural part of a bigger team' in IP litigation. In a recent highlight, department head Camilla Vislie represented Tono in the Supreme Court in a dispute against a TV distributor relating to music clearance and remuneration to music rights holders connected to the audiovisual distribution of multiple broadcast channels and multi-territorial licensing; Vislie also represented Nexans Norway in a patent infringement and validity case, and acted for Eli Lilly and Company in a preliminary injunction filed against generics companies preventing the launch of a product that infringes on a patent. Eirik W Raanes is also a key contact; he defended Zimmer Biomet Norway in claims relating to unfair competition issues and the misappropriation of trade secrets.

Leading individuals

Camilla Vislie - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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Maritime law
Maritime law - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

With 'good business understanding and in-depth knowledge of the industry', Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS 'consistently delivers high-quality work' and clients single out group head Mads Haavardsholm, who is 'always reachable and is a professional team player'. The department recently acted for Norwegian Hull Club in litigation relating to a cover claim following a collision in the Gulf of Mexico, and assisted Cargow Investments with the sale and leaseback of four new vessels. Other key names include the highly regarded Stephen Knudtzon, insurance specialist Andreas Meidell and Henrik Hagberg.

Leading individuals

Stephen Knudtzon - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Next Generation Partners

Mads Haavardsholm - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

The 'experienced, responsive and solution-oriented' team at¬†Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†has 'deep-rooted experience in the industry thanks to a group of very dedicated partners who have excellent legal and commercial skills'. Key practitioners include¬†Mads Haavardsholm,¬†Jacob F Bull, who is¬†'a top pick for the most difficult legal issues',¬†and the¬†'extremely gifted and very thorough'¬†P√•l Lieungh. Haavardsholm recently advised Nymo on the fabrication and construction of 18 subsea structures relating to the Eni Offshore Cape Three Points field off the coast of Ghana, and Bull assisted Dong E&P (now part of Ineos) with the execution of the Hejre field development in the North Sea. Asle Bjelland is now a judge.¬†Managing associate¬†Kristine Hyldmo Bj√łrnvik¬†joined from¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†in 2019.

Leading individuals

Pål Lieungh - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

At¬†Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, newly promoted partner¬†Christian Hals¬†leads the oil and gas team and¬†P√•l Lieungh¬†heads the oil services group; Hals recently advised Ineos on its acquisition of Dong E&P and Lieungh assisted Island Offshore Shipbuilding with the restructuring of its debt relating to a 30-vessel operation. Other mandates include acting for PGNiG on its acquisition of licence interests in the Fogelberg field and handing Seadrill's restructuring. BP International, Equinor, Kongsberg Gruppen, Faroe Petroleum and Transocean are also clients.¬†Jacob F Bull¬†focuses on construction projects,¬†Mads Haavardsholm¬†advises clients in the oil services sector and¬†St√•le R Kristiansen¬†handles tax work.¬†Rune Ulriksen Steinsland¬†made partner in 2018 and managing associate¬†Kristine Hyldmo Bj√łrnvik¬†joined from¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†in 2019. Rune Solberg retired and Asle Bjelland is now a judge.

Next Generation Partners

Christian Hals - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†has 'strong legal and commercial skills' and 'ensures all workstreams are subject to a high degree of project management and all lawyers involved know the deal inside out'. Clients also single out¬†Even Bratsberg¬†as 'fantastic', with 'one of the best track records in the legal market' thanks to 'a well-developed commercial awareness that bring out the best in his clients and his team'.¬†Christian M√ľller¬†leads the team and¬†Christopher Borch¬†and¬†Vidar Havsg√•rd¬†are¬†also key names to note. M√ľller recently advised Oslo Areal on its purchase of Grenseveien 78, and Borch assisted Storebrand Livsforsikring with the NOK2.2bn sale of its headquarters in B√¶rum.

Leading individuals

Christopher Borch - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' 'well-aligned and coordinated' practice 'combines legal insight with project expertise' to 'consistently look for solutions instead of identifying theoretical problems'. Department head Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen is singled out as 'highly experienced and able to cut through irrelevant information and see the core issues'; he advised Telenor on its global GDPR programme and acted for Vipps on its merger with BankAxept and BankID. The group was also bolstered by the recruitment of Espen Werring from Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS in 2018; he is highly regarded for his technology expertise and regularly handles digitalisation strategies. Associate partner and IT expert Haakon Opperud and litigator Eirik W Raanes are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Espen Werring - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Next Generation Partners

Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†has¬†'the skills and competences to move issues forward quickly' with expertise in corporate tax, VAT, international tax, litigation and notable strength in the energy, petroleum and shipping sectors. Practice head¬†Finn Backer-Gr√łndahl¬†primarily handles tax disputes; he recently represented PRA Group in a dispute with the Norwegian Tax Authority relating to penalty tax.¬†St√•le R Kristiansen¬†and¬†Hanne Skaarberg Holen¬†are also recommended for contentious work,¬†Marius Holm Rynning¬†focuses on corporate tax mandates,¬†Espen Ommedal¬†handles international tax issues and Bj√łrn Christian Lilletvedt Tovsen¬†leads the indirect tax practice.

Leading individuals

Finn Backer-Gr√łndahl - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Next Generation Partners

Bj√łrn Christian Lilletvedt Tovsen - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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