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Banking and finance (including shipping finance)
Banking and finance (including shipping finance) - ranked: tier 3

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA combines transactional, banking regulatory and banking litigation expertise to advise top financial institutions including Danske Bank, Bank 2 and Arctic Securities. In a recent highlight, practice head Stine D Snertingdalen advised DNB Bank and Sparebank 1 SR-Bank on securing and recovering outstanding debts under credit facilities, swaps and guarantees. Other work includes assisting the Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency, GIEK, in its role as guarantor with providing syndicated credit facilities to Farstad Shipping, and acting for Collector Bank on its interactions with the Norwegian financial services regulatory authorities. Christian Stang Våland, who counts multiple savings banks as clients, and ship finance expert Jostein Moen are also names to note.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA¬†has core strengths in the technology, energy and natural resources, life sciences and shipping sectors and clients include Aventron and Danske Bank.¬†Yngve Bustnesli¬†and¬†Marius L Andresen¬†assisted Dong Energy (now √ėrsted) with the divestment of its oil and gas division to Ineos,¬†Thomas S Farhang¬†advised Telia on its NOK2.3bn acquisition of Phonero, and Bustnesli and¬†Trygve Norum¬†acted for¬†Kerogen Capital¬†on its acquisition of Norwegian Continental Shelf assets from Tullow Oil.¬†Jostein Moen¬†leads the group and¬†Susanne Schneider¬†is also a name to note.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

With notable expertise in the energy and offshore sectors, Kvale Advokatfirma DA also handles IP litigation and employment law disputes; it recently acted for Rockville Technologies in a dispute against Tidal relating to a terminated licensing agreement. Other work includes acting for a former Thule Drilling board member in a Supreme Court damages claim, defending TDC in a repayment claim against Telenor and representing Statoil (now Equinor) in a dispute relating to the termination of a drilling contract. Per Conradi Andersen heads the team, Kristian Lindhartsen focuses on maritime insurance disputes, Lasse Hagen handles shipping claims and Andreas Stang Lund is a key name for financial services work. IP litigator Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer joined from Wikborg Rein in 2017.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA's 'highly competent' sector-focused team excels in merger clearance work and has substantial knowledge of the TMT, energy, food, life sciences and healthcare industries with a client roster including Bunker Oil, Tine and Broadnet. In a recent highlight, group head Kristin Hjelmaas Valla advised Telia Norge on the competition elements of two separate merger filings; she receives praise for her 'efficiency, responsiveness and communication skills'. Henrik Svane recently acted for Orkla on two merger notifications and clearances and advised Beiersdorf on the competition aspects of the reorganisation of its Norwegian business, and senior lawyer Marit Aaberg, who is a state aid and public procurement expert, assisted Oslo Vognselskap with various public procurement and conflict of interest issues.

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

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA's recent transactional expertise includes advising aventron on its acquisition of Stor√ły Vindpark; assisting Statnett with NordLink, an interconnector project running between Norway and Germany; and handling √ėvre Eiker Energi's sale of its hydro power production and transmission assets. The group also acts in disputes and handles regulatory work; it recently assisted Hafslund with power trading issues including European Market Infrastructure Regulation compliance.¬†Christian Poulsson¬†heads the group and¬†Per Conradi Andersen¬†is also recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA's 'solution-oriented' department recently acted for Bravida in the Gulating Appeal Court in a matter pertaining to the importance of the seniority principle in downsizings, advised the Norwegian Federation of Engineers on issues relating to collective bargaining agreements and individual employment contracts as well as a variety of discrimination issues, and assisted Top Temp with issues surrounding the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements. Nicolay Skarning heads the practice and Jan-Erik Sverre focuses on contentious work.

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

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA's breadth across bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring work benefits its financial institutions client base, which includes Danske Bank, Bank2 and DNB Bank. The group is particularly recognised for its efforts in bankruptcy work; recent work includes handling Atlantic Offshore's bankruptcy estate, advising on the bankruptcy estate of Bandak Holding and its subsidiaries, and assisting the bankruptcy estate of Norpost. Thomas Piro heads the department, which also includes the highly regarded Tom Hugo Ottesen, Stine Snertingdalen and real estate and construction restructuring specialist Espen Hamar.

Leading individuals

Tom Hugo Ottesen - Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Next generation lawyers

Stine Snertingdalen - Kvale Advokatfirma DA

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA's 'strong and incredibly skilled team' handles the full range of IP matters with notable expertise in trade marks, patents and contentious work, particularly in the life sciences, food, retail, and oil and gas sectors. Practice head Anne Marie Sejersted is 'very experienced in pharmaceutical conflicts' and provides 'to-the-point and high-quality advice'; other key names include Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer, who is 'very thorough and analytical in her work'; Marie Vaale-Hallberg, who 'stands out for her unique food expertise'; and Lars Trygve Jenssen. The group represented Mylan and Synthon in a patent dispute, and defended Accord Healthcare in patent infringement claims.

Leading individuals

Anne Marie Sejersted - Kvale Advokatfirma DA

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Maritime law
Maritime law - ranked: tier 2

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA's team of 'sector specialists, who have a creative approach to solving issues and applying the relevant law' excels in the shipping industry and handles insurance claims, restructurings, transactions and financing mandates. Insurance specialist Kristian Lindhartsen leads the practice, which also includes litigator Lasse Hagen and transactional expert Jostein Moen. Clients include Sojitz and the Norwegian Coastal Authorities; senior lawyer Snorre Nordhus is advising the latter on a project to contain and remove mercury pollution from a German U-boat wreck.

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Offshore construction and shipbuilding
Offshore construction and shipbuilding - ranked: tier 2

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA primarily assists oil companies with contentious work and projects; it recently represented a client in a dispute relating to the termination of a contract for a drilling rig and acted for a client in a dispute regarding the termination of a drilling contract. Group head and managing partner Jens Brede led both matters and focuses on contractual issues; other names to note include Erik Brannsten and senior lawyer Snorre Nordhus.

Leading individuals

Jens Brede - Kvale Advokatfirma DA

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA's experience spans contentious and non-contentious mandates with individual areas of expertise including practice co-head¬†Jens Brede¬†handling oil and gas disputes, co-head¬†Yngve Bustnesli¬†focusing on petroleum law and contractual work, and co-head¬†Erik Brannsten¬†excelling in offshore construction and subsea projects.¬†Andreas Stang Lund¬†is also recommended for contentious work. Recent highlights include assisting √ėrsted (previously Dong Energy) with the sale of its oil and gas portfolio to Ineos Industries, representing Equinor (previously Statoil) in a dispute relating to the termination of a drilling contract with Cosl Innovator, and advising Pandion Energy on its acquisition of a 10% stake in the Valhall and Hod fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

Leading individuals

Jens Brede - Kvale Advokatfirma DA

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA expanded on its traditional focus on telecoms work with increased experience in GDPR issues and digitalisation projects; recent examples include advising Pfizer on its GDPR and privacy issues. Notable telecoms highlights include acting for Broadnet in disputes relating to access to sub-loop unbundling, and assisting Telia Norge with the migration of subscribers from Telenor's network to Telia's following its acquisition of Tele2 and Network Norway. Per-Kaare Svendsen and Lars Trygve Jenssen jointly lead the department and specialise in telecoms and IT matters respectively. Telecoms expert Thomas Farhang, contract specialist Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer and newly promoted partner Jens Christian Gjesti are also recommended.

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