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Banking and finance (including shipping finance)
Banking and finance (including shipping finance) - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Associate partner¬†Hans-Christian Donjem¬†'makes the difference in an issue' and¬†heads the practice at¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, which 'clearly understands the task at hand'. The department focuses its efforts on three key areas; asset-based financing, corporate financing and financial regulatory issues. The department is also active in the renewable and real estate sectors; the team recently advised BlackRock Renewable Energy on its investment into the project financing of a wind farm in Guleslettene. Other mandates include assisting Santander with the day-to-day operations of its Nordic business, handling Axactor's ‚ā¨350m corporate refinancing across five jurisdictions, and acting for Csam Health on its NOK100m refinancing with Cordet.¬†Peter L Brechan¬†is the key name for regulatory matters advising insurance companies, financial institutions and fund managers, and associate partner¬†Halvor Klingenberg¬†focuses on project financing, bond financing and asset-based financing work.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' 'young and very responsive team' is 'effective and visible in the market and stands out for offering more partner attention to its clients'. Group head Cornelius Sogn Ness has 'a pragmatic approach and is always a pleasure to work with'; he is experienced in public takeover issues. Recent highlights include advising Spectrum on a public takeover process to acquire MultiClient Geophysical and assisting Axactor with a NOK110m private share placement.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

The 'extremely service-minded' practice at¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†is 'effective, expedient and energetic' and 'knows exactly what its clients need'. The group is recognised for its expertise in the technology, energy, oil, offshore, real estate and private equity sectors; it counts Telenor, Axactor and Equinor (formerly Statoil) as clients. It also recently assisted BlackRock with its acquisition of the Guleslettene wind farm and advised FSN Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in M√łrenot.¬†Kjetil Hardeng¬†and¬†Bj√łrn Olav Torpp¬†jointly lead the department, which also includes the 'dynamic and pragmatic'¬†Preben Brecke, who is 'a safe pair of hands on any issue'.¬†Arne Byberg¬†joined from an in-house position and¬†Andreas Vik¬†made partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

Kjetil Hardeng - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

With 'extensive and diversified experience',¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†provides 'constructive and to-the-point advice' and is 'action oriented, productive, technically brilliant and always aware of what its clients need'. Clients praise litigator¬†Johnny Johansen¬†as 'extremely service minded and a good communicator',¬†Arve Martin Bj√łrnvik¬†as 'a dedicated professional who can pinpoint the arguments needed to move a case forward quickly', and single out¬†Olav Bergsaker¬†for his 'deep knowledge of the industry'. Other key names include group head¬†Henning Nordtvedt,¬†Mikal Br√łndmo¬†and¬†Andreas Rostveit, who joined from Advokatfirmaet F√łyen Torkildsen AS¬†in 2018. The team recently represented the Norwegian Public Roads Authority in a dispute relating to the final settlement of a road project, and acted for KHR Arkitekter in a dispute surrounding the construction of the Alexander Dale Oen Arena in Bergen. Kv√¶rner, Statkraft and Sporveiein are also clients.

Leading individuals

Arve Martin Bj√łrnvik - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Johnny Johansen - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

The 'extremely focused and well-prepared' practice at¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†'regularly outperforms the firms it is up against' with 'a hands-on and creative¬†approach, excellent understanding of the law and amazing market knowledge'. Clients single out the 'calm, trustworthy and highly skilled'¬†Rasmus Asbj√łrnsen,¬†who 'balances the ability to draw up the big picture with precision and an excellent court manner';¬†'great litigator'¬†Johnny Johansen, the 'analytical and strategically shrewd'¬†Arve Martin Bj√łrnvik, managing partner and group head¬†Henning Nordtvedt,¬†and¬†Mikal Br√łndmo, who is 'quick, pleasant and productive'. Bj√łrnvik recently acted for Nortura in a compensation claim relating to the extension and renovation of a food processing factory and¬†Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim¬†represented the Norwegian Ministry of Transport in a damages claim relating to the acquisition of a new road toll collection IT system.¬†P√•l Martin Abell¬†and¬†Vebj√łrn Krag Iversen¬†made partner in 2019, and¬†Anne Hesjedal Sending¬†joined from a position at the Attorney General's office.

Leading individuals

Johnny Johansen - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†combines strength across competition law, state aid and public procurement issues to assist clients including Avinor, Sporveien Oslo and AtB.¬†Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim¬†heads the firm's public procurement group and associate partner¬†Simen Klevstrand¬†leads the competition law team; other key individuals include¬†Bj√łrg Ven, who focuses on public procurement issues, and senior lawyer¬†Gaute Bergstr√łm, who is experienced in state aid work. The department recently represented Posten Norge in a cross-border damages claim arising out of the European Commission's trucks cartel settlement decision, and defended Avinor in a dispute arising from a public tender for airport bus transfer work involving rights to exclusion and alleged abuse of dominance issues. Associate partner¬†Anne Hesjedal Sending¬†joined from a position at the Attorney General's office, and¬†Silje Grimseth Ullebust¬†joined¬†Advokatfirmaet Hjort¬†in 2018.

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

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

With 'detailed knowledge and a highly commercial approach',¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†fields a team of 'professional and pragmatic' individuals including group head¬†Aksel Tannum, who has 'a deep understanding of the sector and consistently seeks solutions throughout',¬†Johan Fredrik Remmen, newly promoted partner¬†J√łran Sandvik, infrastructure specialist¬†Jarle W Holstr√łm, litigator¬†H√•kon Bleken¬†and renewables expert and senior lawyer¬†Mari Reitzel Bjerke. In a recent highlight, Sandvik led advice to BlackRock on its acquisition of the Guleslettene wind farm; the team also assisted Statnett with the establishment of a new central power grid in Northern Norway, acted for Eolus Vind Norge on the development of a wind power project, and handled the establishment of an onshore wind power cluster project for Fosen Vind.¬†P√•l Martin Abell¬†also made partner in 2019.

Leading individuals

Aksel Tannum - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Next Generation Partners

Mari Reitzel Bjerke - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

As 'one of Norway's leading firms', Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS has 'a professional and effective approach' thanks to 'a solution-oriented team, which is smart, creative and experienced' and 'handpicked for each problem so problems can be easily solved'. Clients single out group head Lars Kokkvold, who is 'an outstanding lawyer, who is dedicated to finding the right solutions', 'perfect partner' Pål Kvernaas, Sten Foyn, who 'really takes his client's needs seriously', and Gaute Krokann, who is 'proactive in his approach and provides excellent strategic and tactical input'. Erik Davidsen and Kari Gimmingsrud are also names to note. The team handles the full spectrum of employment law advice and recently assisted Telenor with a reorganisation, transfer of undertakings and outsourcing issues. Other clients include Randstad, Equinor (formerly Statoil) and Tieto.

Leading individuals

Lars Kokkvold - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS leverages its 'sensible, no-nonsense, low-key approach' to 'consistently stay on target' and provide 'a highly professional and knowledgeable service'. Clients single out group head Ellen Schult Ulriksen as 'a fantastic partner who is amazing through the whole process'; she advised Santander Consumer Bank on its defaulting financial arrangements and handles customer and distributor non-payment issues for Ahlsell Norge.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' 'highly skilled' team 'provides the services you would expect from a high-quality group' and 'stands out for its ability to provide value-added IP advice'. Newly promoted partner¬†Vebj√łrn Krag Iversen, who 'dares to take creative approaches on complex issues',¬†leads the IP practice and is noted for his patent litigation knowledge; he recently defended Sandoz in a high-value patent infringement dispute relating to supplementary protection certificates covering a product for lowering cholesterol. Litigator¬†H√•kon Bleken¬†and media sector expert¬†Andreas Bernt¬†are also key names to note; Bernt recently represented RiksTV in a Supreme Court copyright clearance dispute against Tono.

Next Generation Partners

Andreas Bernt - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Vebj√łrn Krag Iversen - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

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

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' 'unique' practice 'consistently performs at its best and develops great trust between itself and its clients' with notable emphasis on contractors and oil services companies; Aibel, CGG and Kv√¶rner are among its clients. Litigator¬†Mikal Br√łndmo, who is¬†'a great professional with excellent experience in the field',¬†and¬†Christopher L. Sveen, who handles transactional work and has 'an extensive background in the field that places him well in the industry', jointly head the team. Br√łndmo and associate partner¬†Kristine Hyldmo¬†represented Westcon Yards in a dispute relating to delays surrounding a ship conversion into a tender support vessel.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

With 'broad and in-depth knowledge of contracts for the NCS',¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†is 'able to see the different viewpoints in complicated issues'. In a recent highlight, team co-head¬†B√•rd Sandstad¬†advised Seacrest Capital Group and Bangchak on their investment in Okea and acquisition of producing interests in the Draugen and Gj√ła fields; other work includes group co-head¬†Mikal Br√łndmo¬†and associate partner¬†Kristine Hyldmo¬†representing Westcon Yards in a dispute relating to a tender support vessel and Sandstad assisting Fortis Petroleum with the restructuring of its NCS activities.¬†Johnny Johansen¬†and¬†Christopher L. Sveen¬†are also key names to note.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' 'solution-oriented and pragmatic' team 'combines a strong technical background with excellent commercial acumen' making it, arguably, 'the most efficient firm in Norway' for real estate work. The group's client roster includes Storebrand Eiendom, which it is advising on a large development and transformation project in Oslo; NRP Finans, which it assisted with its disposal of a portfolio of real estate companies; and new client Canica Eiendom, which it acted for on the purchase of an office building. 'Standout lawyer' and practice head¬†Jarle W Holstr√łm¬†'delivers strategic choices', transactional lead¬†Christian Bj√łrn-Hansen¬†is 'a strong negotiator with the ability to focus on the legal and commercial aspects of a deal',¬†Erling Timm¬†is 'extremely intelligent and calm', and newly promoted partner¬†Herman Roksund¬†'exceeds expectations'.

Leading individuals

Christian Bj√łrn-Hansen - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Held 'in high regard' by clients, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS fields 'dedicated partners with international experience and detailed knowledge' in the IT, technology, digitalisation and media space, alongside privacy and data protection expertise. Team leader Leif Eirik Thrane focuses on the technology sector and recently advised Sporveiein Oslo on a technology procurement relating to a new train signalling system. Clients also praise Andreas Bernt as 'excellent and prompt'; he is particularly active in media work. The group's client roster also includes Telenor and Santander Consumer Bank; Kari Gimmingsrud acted for the latter on its GDPR compliance efforts. Technology transaction specialist Arne Byberg joined from an in-house position, and Espen Werring joined Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS in 2018.

Next Generation Partners

Andreas Bernt - Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' expertise encompasses corporate tax, VAT and tax litigation through the experience of group head¬†Espen Nordb√ł,¬†Nils Flesland Bull¬†and¬†Arne Haavind¬†respectively. Nordb√ł recently advised Axactor on the process of making a tax neutral change of corporate seat and tax residence, Bull represented Avinor in a case relating to whether a VAT registered enterprise can recover input VAT, and Haavind acted for the Norwegian Tax Authority in a matter connected to the valuation of IP rights.

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