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SANDS

CORT ADELERS GATE 33, 0254 OSLO, PO BOX 1829 VIKA, NORWAY
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Work +47 22 81 46 80
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Web:
www.sands.no
Alesund, Bergen, Oslo, Tonsberg, Tromso, Trondheim

Norway

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

SANDS

Stein Hegdal leads SANDS’ department, which handles issues in the oil and gas, shipping and maritime sectors and also has asset finance expertise; the team advised Helaba on Tristan Capital Partners’ financing of the purchase of several shopping centres.

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

SANDS

SANDS continued its growth trajectory in 2017 with the recruitment of Sverre Tysland, who focuses on corporate governance issues in the energy and natural resources sector and joined from Selmer. Other noteworthy names include practice head Erik Lind and Terje Gulbrandsen; Gulbrandsen handles M&A deals and ‘can be trusted to thoroughly examine even the finest of details’.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

SANDS

At SANDS, team head Geir Frøholm focuses on infrastructure and PPP projects; he advised Bodø Kommune on a new airport and city development. Litigator Morten Hugo Berger and Tor Anthon Christiansen, who is ‘incredibly knowledgeable’, are also names to note.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

SANDS

SANDShas all bases covered’ thanks to ‘a competent, talented and impressive team’ led by the ‘robust and intelligent’ Morten Steenstrup. The team also includes Bjørn Stordrange, who is recognised for his expertise in white collar-crime disputes; construction litigator Morten Hugo Berger; and shipping litigator Oddbjørn Slinning.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

SANDS

The ‘hardworking and knowledgeable’ Thomas Sando leads the department at SANDS, which also includes Aksel Joachim Hageler. The group acted for Fjord Line in litigation relating to port access; other clients include Aleris Helse, Boreal and Elretur.

Next generation lawyers

Thomas Sando - SANDS

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Electricity and renewable energy
Electricity and renewable energy - ranked: tier 3

SANDS

Electricity specialists Sverre Tysland and Alf Øystein Skudal are the key names to note in SANDS’ ‘exceptional’ practice; both joined from Selmer in 2016, as did financial restructuring expert Halvor Grov. Gudbrandsdal Energi, Lofotkraft and Scanergy are clients.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

SANDS

SANDSdelivers advice promptly and efficiently’ thanks to ‘an outstandingly knowledgeable team, which has a highly professional manner and strong industry experience’. Bergen-based Torkel Tveit heads the team, which is highly regarded for its workforce reduction expertise. Clients also praise Henning Heitmann, Espen Johannessen and Per Ragnar Bronken.

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

SANDS

Excellent negotiator’ Jon Skjørshammer heads SANDS’ ‘brilliant’ practice, which has expanded its focus on insolvency litigation and restructuring mandates alongside bankruptcy work. Skjørshammer advised RXT on Chapter 11 proceedings and Robert Jensen, who joined in 2017 from Selmer, assisted Swedbank with restructuring and insolvency issues.

Next generation lawyers

Robert Jensen - SANDS

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

SANDS

Christian Kjellby Nesset, who ‘understands the technical issues’, heads the ‘highly professional’ department at SANDS following Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen’s departure to Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS. Highlights included representing Basa-Huset in business interruption claims following a fire, and acting for Johnson Controls and Chubb in a professional indemnity issue.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

SANDS

SANDS specialises in the technology, life sciences, healthcare and energy sectors; clients include Mood Harvest, Pre Diagnostics and Oslo MedTech. The team counts practice head Katrine Malmer-Høvik and patent litigator Vidar Johnsen as key practitioners; Johnsen receives praise for his ‘broad knowledge, commercial approach and sound advice’.

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Maritime law
Maritime law - ranked: tier 2

SANDS

SANDS’ recently established shipping team includes Marit Kirkhusmo and Oddbjørn Slinning as key practitioners; they joined in 2017 from Advokatfirma Ræder DA and Wikborg Rein respectively. Highlights included advising DHT Holdings on vessel sales and acquisitions; Master and Commander and Pareto Securities are also clients.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

SANDS

Following the recruitment of team head Lars Berge Andersen from an in-house position in 2016, SANDS continued its growth in 2017 with the recruitment of Oddbjørn Slinning from Wikborg Rein. The full-service department advises on cross-border oil and gas projects, construction and disputes.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

SANDS

Under the leadership of Jens Aas, SANDS has increased its focus on property development work advising clients at a domestic and international level. Other key names to note include Ove-Marthin Granlund and Christian Hartmann, who handle transactional work; Hartmann joined from Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS in 2016.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

SANDS

SANDS provides ‘an excellent level of service’. The team includes practice head Ulf Sørdal, who is ‘the tax litigator you want fighting your corner’; corporate tax specialist Ernst Ravnaas, and the ‘brilliant’ Stig Nordal. Key clients include Domino’s Pizza, Siemens and Moods of Norway.

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Legal Developments by:
SANDS

  • Norway: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 2010

    Norway is not a member of the European Union (“EU”), but it is a member of the European Free Trade Association (“EFTA”) and the European Economic Area (“EEA”). This means that most EU regulations concerning M&A transactions has been and will be implemented in Norwegian law, including MIFID and the Transparency Directive.
    - Advokatfirmaet Steenstrup Stordrange DA

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