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Ola Haugen

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Litigation and Arbitration, Contract and Construction


Ola Haugen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein's Oslo office and is head of the firm's Litigation and Arbitration practice. Haugen's main areas of practice include issues relating to litigation and dispute resolution, as well as contractual law, real estate and administrative law. Haugen is admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court and is recommended by Chambers and Partners as "Leaders in their field" in the category Dispute Resolution.


2001- Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo. 1993-2001 Associate and Senior Associate, the Attorney General, Oslo. 1991-1992 Assistant Lecturer, Department of Private Law, University of Oslo.


Norwegian Bar Association.


2000 Admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court. 1992 Cand.jur., University of Oslo.



Within: Construction

Wikborg Rein¬†specialises in construction disputes thanks to the leadership of litigator and co-head¬†Ola Nisja; he recently acted for Peab Bolig Prosjekt in a dispute arising from defects in a residential project in Drammen. Other work includes representing AF Gruppen in a final account claim relating to a gas sector infrastructure project, advising Storebrand on the development and construction of an office building and shopping centre in Oslo, and acting for Fridmark in a damages claim relating to two residential developments in Oslo. Team co-head and newly promoted partner¬†Marius Egeberg¬†specialises in contract law and¬†Ola Haugen¬†also handles construction disputes.¬†Erlend Holstr√łm¬†is now at¬†Advokatfirmaet Schj√łdt AS.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Ola Haugen - Wikborg Rein

Within: Dispute resolution

Ola Haugen heads the practice at Wikborg Rein and has 'a prodigious command of the law'; clients also praise 'excellent lawyer' Kaare Andreas Shetelig (who 'does an excellent job'), and Ola Nisja who is 'outstanding both in and out of court and provides superb strategic advice'. Haugen recently acted for the Norwegian Armed Forces in two cases against Avinor relating to the transfer of Bergen and Trondheim airports to Avinor, and Dag Mjaaland represented Naftogaz in two international arbitrations relating to its gas sales contract with Gazprom and a transit contract. Norsk Gjenvinning, Troms Kraft and DNB are also clients. Mads Magnussen joined the group from his position as a District Court judge.

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Within: Tax

Wikborg Rein's 'excellent industry knowledge' covers transactional and M&A support, real estate-related work and VAT issues, with notable experience in the offshore, shipping and petroleum sectors; clients include Gard, Aberdeen and Sevan Marine. Anders Myklebust leads the department; he recently assisted NSB with the tax aspects of the restructuring of the Norwegian rail sector, and worked with litigator Ola Haugen acting for EDF Trading in a tax dispute relating to its exit from Norway. The 'effective' Are Zachariassen and Kaare Andreas Shetelig are also active in the space.

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