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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s lender-focused practice counts Credit Suisse and DNB Bank as key clients; the ‘brilliantDag Thomas Hansson assisted the latter with the refinancing of Norwegian Property involving term and revolving loan facilities totalling NOK2.8bn. Clients also praise ‘highly knowledgeable’ practice head Fredrik Lindblom, Erik Ramm, who is ‘one of the leaders in the field’, and associate partner Camilla Julie Wollan, whose ‘strong technical skills make her irreplaceable’.

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Erik Ramm - DLA Piper

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

DLA Piper

Under the leadership of ‘skilled negotiator’ Kaare Oftedal, DLA Piper leverages its global network to focus on cross-border mandates. The practice, which is ‘increasingly becoming a real competitor in the market’, acted for Linas Matkasse HoldCo on the combination of Adams Matkasse and, and assisted Herkules Private Equity IV with its acquisition of Beckmann. Clients also praise the ‘hardworking’ Christian Fenner, Fredrik Lykke and Magnus Brox, who recently made partner.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

Led by Are Hunskaar, who is recognised by some clients as ‘one of the best’, DLA Piper’s practice ‘delivers extraordinarily efficient results that place it at the front of the pack’. Hunskaar is representing Opak in a dispute arising from a residential condominium, and Bjørn Erik Mørkved is defending Mesta against a compensation claim following a landslide. Clients also praise Hans Christian Brodtkorb and ‘market leader’ Arne Engesæth.

Leading individuals

Arne Engesæth - DLA Piper

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Key areas of expertise for DLA Piper’s department include construction, which is a focus of Arne Engesæth and Are Hunskaar; insurance, which is handled by department head Runar Hansen (who also covers transport disputes) and Alexander Plows; and IT, where the firm’s capability was bolstered by the arrival of Jan Sandtrø from an in-house position.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

With ‘an excellent team, which delivers solid advice across the board’, DLA Piper’s competition practice is led by Kjetil Haare Johansen. Kjell-Andre Honerud, who joined the group from Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS, heads the public procurement team.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s practice head Adele Os joined the firm in 2017 from an in-house position at Statoil and is highly regarded for her offshore wind knowledge. Clients include Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners, Falck Renewables and OX2 Wind.

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper leverages its global network to advise on cross-border assignments including reorganisations, international incentive schemes and TUPE issues. Practice head Per Benonisen and Gunn Kristin Olimstad are recognised for their reorganisation and collective redundancy work. Sony Music Entertainment Norway and Discovery Networks Norway are clients.

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

DLA Piper

Highlights for DLA Piper’s ‘highly professional, responsive and knowledgeable’ practice include Frode Finnøy advising IK Gruppen on its restructuring and acting as trustee for the bankruptcy estate of Byggkompaniet, and the ‘incredibly analytical’ Johan Ratvik assisting Zurich with bankruptcy-related liability claims. Egil Hatling, who has ‘well-developed business acumen’, leads the team.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

Strong competitorDLA Piper advises a client base of international insurers including Chubb, AIG Europe, Allianz, Aspen and Zurich. The practice focuses on non-marine insurance claims and coverage disputes with expertise in D&O issues, professional liability matters and reinsurance disputes. Runar Hansen leads the department; other key names include financial specialist Alexander Plows and associated partner Camilla Julie Wollan, who is recommended for regulatory mandates.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Fredny Bade leads the department at DLA Piper, which also includes Petter Bjerke, who advises clients in the media, broadcast and electronic communication sectors. Nordic Semiconductor, Mondelēz International and Gobitech are clients.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piperproves itself a reliable business partner’ under the leadership of Magnus Lutnæs, who is ‘a service-minded, proactive and trusted adviser’. Transactional work is the cornerstone of the practice; the team advised Ikea on the acquisition of land for a storage facility and handled portfolio acquisitions for Kildare Partners. Tone Gjertsen leads the planning team.

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TMT - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s practice was recently bolstered by the recruitment of ‘outstanding lawyer’ Jan Sandtrø from an in-house position at Evry. Sandtrø specialises in the technology sector and counts Epic Systems and Nordic Semiconductor as clients. Fredny Bade leads the team and Petter Bjerke focuses on the media, broadcast and advertisement sectors.

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Tax - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Preben Aas leads the M&A-focused practice at DLA Piper, which was bolstered by the recruitment of corporate tax specialist Jonas Aartun from an in-house position. Clients include Ikea, Pfizer and IK Gruppen.

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Legal Developments by:
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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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