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Kluge Advokatfirma AS

LABERGET 24, HINNA PARK, PO BOX 277, 4066 STAVANGER, NORWAY
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Work +47 51 82 29 00
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Fax +47 51 82 29 01
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http://www.kluge.no
Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger

Norway

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

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

With notable experience in the project financing space,¬†Kluge Advokatfirma AS' department is led by¬†Atle Degr√©,¬†Petter Schmidt¬†and¬†Thomas Rieber-Mohn¬†in Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen respectively, and includes the highly regarded¬†Snorre Haukali. The group's recent highlights include¬†Linn Hoel Ringvoll¬†acting for a consortium consisting of AF Gruppen and John Laing Group on the financing elements of a proposed road PPP; Degr√© and Ringvoll assisting Kameo with regulatory matters; and Degr√© advising Avinor and Sj√łmatterminalen on the financing and development of an entity owning a seafood terminal at Oslo Airport. Marine Harvest, √ėgl√¶nd Industrier Holding and Faroe Petroleum Norge are also clients.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Atle Degr√©¬†heads the Oslo-based group at¬†Kluge Advokatfirma AS¬†and¬†Per Kristian Ramsland¬†leads the team in Stavanger. The department focuses on the energy sector and also counts Kameo and Avinor as clients; Degr√© advised the latter on the establishment of its ‚ā¨1.5bn euro medium-term note programme.

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

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

With a strong base in Stavanger,¬†Kluge Advokatfirma AS' practice is led by¬†Per Kristian Ramsland¬†and counts¬†Snorre Haukali¬†and¬†Thomas Abrahamsen¬†as key practitioners, while¬†Frode Olsen¬†and¬†Stig Even Jakobsen¬†are the contacts in Oslo. The department focuses on the oil and energy, construction, real estate and public sectors; it recently advised √ėgl√¶nd System Group on its sale to Hilti, assisted Techinvent with its sale to Yokogawa Electric and handled Odfjell Drilling's sale of its shares in Robotic Drilling Systems to Nabors Industries.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Kluge Advokatfirma AS' clients praise it as 'unique due to its strategic and practical approach, which it combines with excellent legal expertise and mastery at handling clients to ensure they always receive the right advice'. The team excels in real estate development and infrastructure projects; recent mandates include acting for Implenia Norge in a dispute relating to the development of a road tunnel, and representing Bane Nor in multiple claims relating to the Norwegian national railway infrastructure. Oslo group head Espen Nyland is 'an exceptional strategist', Grethe Gullhaug, who leads the Stavanger team, is 'a very sharp lawyer', and associate partner Samuel Skrunes heads the Bergen group. Litigator Lars Ivar Nyland and infrastructure specialist Arild Skage are also key names to note.

Leading individuals

Espen Nyland - Kluge Advokatfirma AS

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Kluge Advokatfirma AS' clients 'always feel like they are well looked after' thanks to its 'unique capability to look at cases from all angles and find excellent strategies to make sure all weak points are covered'. Key sector expertise for the department includes the construction, IP, oil and gas, tax and public procurement industries; it recently acted for Neodrill in an IP dispute against Equinor (formerly Statoil) relating to exploration technology, and represented NRK in litigation relating to workforce reductions and the outsourcing of TV production services. Christian Galtung leads the group, which also includes Steffen Asmundsson and Amund Noss.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Noted for its public procurement strength,¬†Kluge Advokatfirma AS's team¬†has 'strong competencies and excellent skills' and is led by¬†Gro Amdal¬†and¬†Arne Torsten Andersen, who head the public procurement and competition teams respectively. Clients also single out managing partner¬†Bj√łrnar Alterskj√¶r¬†due to his 'in-depth knowledge of state aid law, which makes him an obvious choice in the market';¬†Robert Lund¬†and¬†Torstein Arendt¬†are also names to note. The department recently assisted Sykehusbygg with the procurement issues relating to a new-build hospital project and represented Bane Nor in a claim brought by Skanska following the awarding of contracts for the Follo Line Project.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

As 'a renowned firm with a proven track record' in the oil and gas sector, Kluge Advokatfirma AS fields 'a highly professional team, which always seeks to find the optimal solution'. The group is led by Marco Lilli in Oslo, Johan Krabbe-Knudsen in Stavanger and Nina Gundersen Sandnes in Bergen; Anders Stenbrenden, who is 'an honest, calm and knowledgeable individual', is also noted. The group's client roster includes Neptune Energy, which it assisted with the employment aspects of its acquisition of VNG Norge; MRC Global Norway, which it advised on a major downsizing; and CHC Helikopter Services, which it acted for on the outsourcing of its ground handling operations.

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

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Kluge Advokatfirma AS' client base encompasses companies experiencing financial distress and market difficulties; it acted for Bane Nor on the restructuring of Societa' Italiana per Condotte d'Acqua, assisted former bondholders of Crudecorp with bankruptcy issues and advised AF Gruppen on Submet Construction's insolvency. Hans Ingvald Stensholdt is the key contact in Oslo and Per Kristian Ramsland handles work out of the Stavanger office.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Kluge Advokatfirma AS¬†'never stops looking for solutions' and is 'persistent in its approach' under the leadership of¬†Thomas Rieber-Mohn. Other names to note include¬†associate partners¬†Kyrre Tangen Andersen, who can 'immediately see the big picture and the main point', and the 'pragmatic'¬†Stian Oddbj√łrnsen. Recent work includes representing Norsk Tipping in a trade mark dispute and acting for the University of Oslo in a preliminary injunction against researchers accused of scientific misconduct relating to the publication of research articles based on stolen data.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Kluge Advokatfirma AS 'provides excellent advice' and fields 'a strong team for upstream oil and gas work' under the leadership of the 'genuinely brilliant' Audun Stornes and Thomas Abrahamsen, who is 'particularly good at getting the deal done'. In a recent highlight, Stornes and Abrahamsen led advice to Neptune Energy Norge on its acquisition of VNG Norge. Other work includes assisting Repsol Norge with its purchase of participating interests in the Visund field on the NCS and acting for Faroe Petroleum on development projects in the Njord hub area. Olav Hasaas and litigator Amund Noss are also recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Kluge Advokatfirma AS is 'easy to work with' and is praised by clients for its 'exceptional market knowledge and professional integrity' across its Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger offices led by Naja Dannow, Inger Hygen and Petter Schmidt respectively. The group handles the full range of issues surrounding property developments with recent work including advising Hafrsby on a residential development project in Stavanger, and assisting Drammen Helsepark with the development of commercial, education and health services connected to the new Drammen hospital.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

At Kluge Advokatfirma AS, Frode Olsen and Amund Noss lead the tax advisory and tax litigation groups respectively. Olsen advised Akershus Fylkeskommune on the tax aspects of the structuring of the ownership of its transportation infrastructure and Noss represented Total E&P Norge in a tax dispute relating to the delayed delivery of LNG from the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Eirik Jensen retired.

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Norway

Offices in Stavanger, Oslo, and Bergen

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Kluge Advokatfirma AS

  • Norway not included when short sale regulations in EU take effect 1 November 2012

    From 1 November 2012 EU Regulation 236/2012 on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps will come into effect. Although the Regulation is within the scope of the EEA Agreement, Norway has not implemented the EU Regulation. Based on unofficial information from the Norwegian authorities, we expect the implementation process to be delayed until at least late 2013. Meanwhile, existing rules on short sale in Norway will continue to apply for transactions performed on the Norwegian market. 
    - Kluge Advokatfirma DA

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