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

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Haavind ASalways provides a first-class service’ under the leadership of Hans-Christian Donjem, who ‘consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism’. The team also includes the ‘efficient, reliable and hardworkingHalvor Klingenberg, who focuses on asset and project financing; and ‘extremely efficient’ senior counsel Peter Brechan, who is noted for his regulatory knowledge. Santander, BlackRock, Danske Bank and Statkraft are clients.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, clients praise practice head Cornelius Sogn Ness, who is ‘well recognised in the market for his broad knowledge of transactions from both an equity and debt standpoint’ and ‘has a strong track record advising on public takeovers’.

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

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ ‘top-notch’ practice has ‘an experienced team that doesn’t beat around the bush’, placing it as ‘a key name in the market for cross-border transactions’. The team is active in the technology, energy and private equity fields; it recently advised Telenor on the sale of its companies in South America. Kjetil Hardeng leads the team, which includes Bjørn Olav Torpp and Preben Brecke.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Highlights for Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ ‘outstanding’ practice included advising Otra Kraft on a hydroelectric power project in southern Norway and representing Sporveien in a dispute related to the construction of a new underground subway line. Henning Nordtvedt heads the department, which fields Johnny Johansen, who is ‘clearly one of the best practitioners in the market’; ‘top litigatorArve Martin Bjørnvik, the ‘highly skilledOlav Bergsaker, ‘excellent negotiatorJohan Fredrik Remmen and the ‘committedMikal Brøndmo.

Leading individuals

Johnny Johansen - Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Construction specialist Henning Nordtvedt leads the ‘top-class practice’ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, which combines ‘a first-rate service with a responsive, consistent and commercial team and particularly excellent industry insight’. Avinor and Otra Kraft are clients; the group represented the latter in a final settlement claim relating to a hydropower project. Key practitioners include Rasmus Asbjørnsen, construction specialists Johnny Johansen and the ‘knowledgeable and committedMikal Brøndmo, and public procurement and tax expert Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, ‘stand-out specialist’ Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim leads the public procurement team and ‘extremely competent’ associate partner Simen Klevstrand is the key name for competition law advice. The group defended AtB in the EFTA Court in a damages claim.

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

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is ‘without doubt among the top firms in Norway’ across all elements of the field including regulatory, transactional and contentious issues. ‘Brilliant professionalAksel Tannum leads the group, which also includes Johan Fredrik Remmen, Jarle Holstrøm, Håkon Bleken and renewable energy specialist Mari Reitzel Bjerke. Jøran Sandvik and Kjetil Hardeng are advising BlackRock on its acquisition of Tellenes wind farm, and assisted Stadtwerke München with its acquisition of a stake in Raskiftet wind farm.

Next generation lawyers

Mari Reitzel Bjerke - Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

The ‘stand-out practice’ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind ASalways provides a first-class service’ through the ‘truly incredible’ work of practice head Lars Kokkvold, the ‘practical and strategicPål Kvernaas, ‘strong adviserSten Foyn, Gaute Krokann, who gives ‘bullet-proof advice’, and the ‘brilliantErik Davidsen. Highlights included advising Akastor Group on a restructuring, and defending Ryanair in a case brought by a former flight attendant.

Leading individuals

Lars Kokkvold - Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS fields ‘a team of dedicated lawyers with a flexible attitude that are easy to work with’. ‘Solution-oriented, hands-on and knowledgeable’ associate partner Ellen Schult Ulriksen leads the group. The team acts for banks, bondholders, creditors and distressed corporations; Santander, SpareBank 1 and Sandvik Norge are examples.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

With ‘a skilled and experienced IP practice’, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AShas significant knowledge of the technology, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors’; recent work includes acting for Orifarm in a patent case against Mundipharma relating to transdermal patches and handling a copyright clearance dispute for RiksTV. Practice head Vebjørn Krag Iversen ‘has a commercial mindset and always does his best to combine quality and efficiency’, Håkon Bleken focuses on litigation, and recently promoted partner Andreas Bernt advises media-sector clients.

Next generation lawyers

Andreas Bernt - Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

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

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Mikal Brøndmo leads the practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, which was bolstered by the arrival of oil sector specialist Christopher Sveen from Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA. Litigator Henning Nordtvedt and construction expert Johnny Johansen are highly regarded. Arctic Seaworks, Kværner and National Oilwell Varco are clients.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Problem-solving expertMikal Brøndmo leads the practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, which is ‘excellent at striking the balance between pragmatism and formality’, and was recently strengthened by the recruitment of Christopher Sveen and Bård Sandstad from Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA. Fortis Petroleum, Kværner and North Energy are clients.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Haavind ASexceeds all possible expectations’ with ‘outstanding legal knowledge, solid strategic assessments and concrete advice across the board’. Department head Jarle Holstrøm handles developments and planning issues, and Christian Bjørn-Hansen advises international investors; Bjørn-Hansen’s recent work includes advising ICA Fastigheter on the sale of a property portfolio. Erling Timm handles transactions and development projects.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

According to some, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is ‘the clear leader in the Nordics for TMT work’ with ‘top-notch execution skills, cutting-edge experience and a strong commercial sense, which combines to create the perfect practice’. Department head Leif Eirik Thranestands out for his second-to-none skills in the technology sector’; he is advising Sporveien on its procurement of a new train signalling system. Other key practitioners include ‘outsourcing expertEspen Werring, who is ‘service minded and solution oriented’; and Arne Steen Slåttå, who has ‘profound experience in IT and licensing agreements’. Andreas Bernt made partner in 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Arne Steen Slåttå - Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Haavind AS, Advokatfirmaet

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS provides ‘a swift, accurate and highly professional service’ under the ‘first-class leadership’ of Espen Nordbø. Nils Flesland Bull heads the standalone indirect tax group, which focuses on VAT and customs duties, and Arne Haavind is recommended for contentious mandates.

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