Rising Stars

Dispute resolution in Norway

BAHR

BAHR is home to ‘a dedicated and utterly professional dispute resolution team, with a fantastic ability to transform complex factual and legal issues into a understandable language‘. Led by contractual litigation expert Atle Skaldebø-Rød, who is also highly regarded for his experience in arbitration proceedings, the group counts commercial litigation as a key driver of work, with insolvency disputes, post-M&A issues and contentious shareholder mandates prominent in the team’s workload. The practice has a strong focus on the oil, insurance, pharmaceuticals and onshore and offshore construction sectors. Managing partner Thomas K. Svensen focuses on energy sector arbitration and litigation, while Jan Jansen is well known for his expertise in tax litigation, and Sam E. Harris regularly advises on mediation, onshore construction disputes and post-merger litigation.

Practice head(s):

Atle Skaldebø-Rød


Other key lawyers:

Jan Jansen; Thomas K. Svensen; Sam E. Harris


Testimonials

‘Atle J. Skaldebø-Rød is very sharp, intelligent, prepared, professional, delivered much-needed local guidance and provided excellent results.’

‘Ability to make complex issues straightforward and focus on the key areas.’

‘Jan Jansen is very capable. Eyes on the target.’

‘Always well prepared.’

‘Sam Harris gives very good advice.’

‘Advice was clear.’

‘A dedicated and utmost professional dispute resolution team, with a fantastic ability to transform complex factual and legal issues into a understandable language. Such ability ultimately benefits us as client in court proceedings.’

‘If its possible to win, they will do.’

Key clients

DNB Bank ASA


Sognekraft AS


AINMT Holdings AB and Ice Group Scandinavia Holdings AS


Asset Buyout Partners AS/Åsane Næringspark AS


Steen & Strøm AS/Økern Sentrum ANS


Future Production Holding


OMV (Norge) AS


Coast Seafood AS


Huritgruten Coastal AS


Work highlights


  • Representing Sval Energi AS in a $4.1m dispute with Searcher Seismic Pty Ltd concerning a contractual fee.
  • Assisted DNB Bank with a NOK450m damages claim arising from alleged wrongful payments made to one of the client’s customers from the government.
  • Successfully acted for Sognekraft AS in a post-M&A dispute concerning the termination of a share purchase agreement.

Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS

At boutique firm Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS, commercial litigation expert Emanuel Feinberg leads the advice to Greenpeace regarding an ongoing claim brought against the Norwegian state concerning licenses for petroleum in the Barents Sea; the case has been brought before the European Court of Human Rights. Department head Anders Ryssdal is a highly regarded arbitrator, and Nils-Henrik Pettersson has an excellent track record in handling litigation pertaining to professional liability, oil and gas, real estate, construction and corporate law. Senior lawyer Anne-Sofie Stigum and associate Marie Skonseng are also noteworthy names in the group.

Practice head(s):

Anders Ryssdal


Other key lawyers:

Nils-Henrik Pettersson; Emanuel Feinberg; Anne-Sofie Stigum; Marie Skonseng


Testimonials

‘Availability of partners with high efficiency.’

‘Glittertind and the team are unique. They are always available and ready to help me in any way necessary. The team is versatile and has good knowledge.’

‘Emanuel Feinberg is a unique lawyer with a broad band of expertise.’

‘Efficiency and ability to go behind the facts and use them constructively.’

Key clients

Blommenholm Industrier AS


Viking Venture AS


Trygge Barnehager AS


Ryde Technology AS


Jehovah’s Witnesses


Föreningen Greenpeace Norden


World Wide Fund for Nature


Metallco AS


Green Party


Deloitte Norge AS


Work highlights


  • Successfully defended Blommenholm Industrier against a minority shareholders’ claim.
  • Successfully represented Ryde Technology before the Supreme Court in a dispute with Trondheim municipality relating to a ban on rental scooters.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ ‘dedicated‘ team is ‘excellent in dispute resolution‘ and provides ‘a solution-oriented approach at all stages, combined with a refined commercial understanding of complex cases‘. Practice head Henning Nordtvedt is recognised for his expertise in advising on disputes pertaining to infrastructure and construction matters, and Johnny Johansen has ‘an easy-going style combined with very good qualifications and understanding of litigation‘. Mikal Brøndmo counts international disputes and arbitration work as key areas of strength, while Goud Fjellheimstands out for excellency in dispute resolution and he will always bring extra skills to a tax dispute‘, and Rasmus Asbjørnsen is ‘a highly qualified litigator‘. Other key practitioners include Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik and Pål Martin Abell.

Practice head(s):

Henning Nordtvedt


Other key lawyers:

Johnny Johansen; Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik; Rasmus Asbjørnsen; Goud Fjellheim; Mikal Brøndmo; Pål Martin Abell


Testimonials

‘Haavind has an excellent group of lawyers in the Dispute Resolution practice. This team is fully focused to provide the best possible legal advice on an immediate basis. All in all, Haavind is the firm to trust.’

‘Johnny Johansen is full of energy.’

‘Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik is an extremely experienced dispute resolution attorney, solid and decisive, with good strategic skills in the litigation arena.’

‘It is always an extremely “well-tuned” team, where all players pull in the same direction.’

‘They make the client feel well taken care of. They try different angles to solve issues and cases.’

‘Rasmus Asbjørnsen is always hands-on and available, being an easy-to-work-with guy. He is highly competent and experienced, always giving you clear advice when required. He has a strong strategic mind and is enthusiastic.’

‘Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim is always well prepared, and can handle any challenges a case will raise. He presents every case in an easy, understandable way, clear and logical. He has a realistic opinion about all cases, and gives clear advice.’

‘Pål Martin Abell is quick to familiarise himself with difficult issues and large amounts of documentation in a short time. He is also a person who is extremely good at asking the right questions in trial. This is the lawyer you want to have on your side in a court case.’

Key clients

Telenor ASA


Norway Post


Norwegian Public Roads Authorities


Sparebank 1 Finans Nord-Norge AS


Storebrand ASA


Axactor SE


GK Norge AS


Fosen Vind DA


Nortura SA


Work highlights


  • Represented e-commerce company Netthandelsgruppen’s shareholders in a dispute with potential investors, concerning investment in the company.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Per Magne Ristvedt and Halvard Helle jointly lead Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s team, which attracts praise for its ‘strong strategic thinking and extensive knowledge about dispute resolution and arbitration‘. Cross-border work forms a core pillar of the practice, and the group is highly regarded for its expertise in handling prominent international arbitration mandates alongside a wide spectrum of contentious work. The ‘focusedTrond Sollund is a key name for offshore and oil and gas sector disputes, and Halvor Manshaus is sought after for his expertise in media and technology litigation. Sigurd Holter Torp handles complex white-collar crime matters, and Sven Eriksrud focuses on contractual disputes, while construction and real estate expert Erlend Holstrøm is ‘a solid litigator‘. In May 2022, Marie Nesvik moved to Wikborg Rein.

Practice head(s):

Per Magne Ristvedt; Halvard Helle


Other key lawyers:

Sven Eriksrud; Halvor Manshaus; Trond Sollund; Sigurd Holter Torp; Erlend Holstrøm


Testimonials

‘Highly experienced team which is willing to dive even into the most complex topics to support their client. You get the most excellent value for your money.’

‘Trond Sollund and Halvor Manshaus are extremely well organised, detail oriented, well connected, and experienced. We would and will work with them again in the future.’

‘Efficient and to the point in all matters, no time or resources wasted.’

‘Trond Sollund has the ability to present the case in a simple and easy to understand way, enabling the court to focus on the important and core matters.’

‘Valued clear advice, both legal and commercial.’

‘Erlend Holstrøm is a solid litigator.’

Key clients

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB


Oslofilialen NUF


KF Entreprenør AS


Devico AS


Polaris Media ASA


SJI Equities Ltd


Subsea Smart Solutions AS and Subsea Solutions AS


Rottefella AS & Madshus AS


GoldenTree Asset Management LP


Pesquera Azul AS


Verdens Gang AS (VG)


Dagens Næringsliv AS (DN)


Norwegian Bar Association


Transocean Offshore


Bremnes Seashore


Work highlights


  • Acting for SJI Equities as former shareholders of RenoNorden ASA in an ongoing liability claim.
  • Defended Verdens Gang AS in the Supreme Court in a dispute concerning the right of the media to use and publish photographs collected in the course of investigative journalism.
  • Acted for GoldenTree Asset Management LP in litigation concerning a PIK loan.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Led by ‘very skilled‘ litigator Christian Reusch, the team at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig ‘quickly grasps the legal issues involved in complex disputes and works very well together under pressure‘. The group is acting for Prime Capital in an ongoing cross-border contractual dispute with a Norwegian lawyer concerning an investment in a windmill park. Based in the Bergen office, Kristoffer Larsen Rognvik regularly appears before the Supreme Court in a range of multi-jurisdictional disputes, and acts as counsel to shipping, oil and gas and marine sector clients. Anette Fjeld focuses on tax litigation, while senior associate Therese Sætre Løfsgaard is a key name for damages and contractual litigation. In 2022, Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy, Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas and associate Marie Bjørk Myklebust departed to DLA Piper.


Practice head(s):

Christian Reusch


Other key lawyers:

Anette Fjeld; Kristoffer Larsen Rognvik; Therese Sætre Løfsgaard


Testimonials

‘Christian Reusch does good work.’

‘I would especially recommend Christian Reusch as an outstanding legal adviser with an impressive and extraordinary performance. We are very satisfied with the services and focus we received.’

‘They deal with disputes in a very calm and measured way, even when things get heated. Strongly recommend them.’

Kristoffer Larsen Rognvik is a very safe pair of hands for disputes, he is very measured and considered in his approach. There is no doubt that all aspects of the dispute have been considered and that the best course of action has been found when his advice is provided.’

‘The dispute resolution team has outstanding capabilities in court. Individual strengths are used collectively in the team. There is good cooperation across partners and not separate “partner-led silos”.’

‘Anette Fjeld is well organised, well spoken and well prepared.’

Key clients

Andøya Vind AS


Bank Norwegian AS


Coop Norge SA


DNB Bank ASA


Entercash Ltd.


European Gaming & Betting Association


Gjensidige Forsikring


Frøiland Bygg AS


The Federation of Norwegian Aviation Industries (NHO Luftfart)


Norsk Butikkdrift AS


Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA


Prime Capital AG


Prime Scandic SARL


Rheinmetall Norway AS and Rheinmetall AG


Rolls Royce Marine


Skarpnes AS


Trannel Inc


Tesla


TV 2 AS


Ullevål Universitetssykehus HF


Yara


Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Led by the ‘amazingKristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik, the dispute resolution team at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is highly regarded for assisting banking clients with a wide range of commercial and insolvency litigation. Post-M&A disputes, contentious insurance matters and construction claims are key pillars of strength for the group. Henning Harborg is ‘an excellent lawyer – very analytical and pragmatic, yet clear in his advice‘, and is a key contact for white-collar crime mandates. Andreas Meidell focuses on insurance disputes, with established expertise in the maritime sector. Stig Berge handles professional liability cases and corporate litigation, and Eirik W Raanes is ‘a brilliant lawyer and a tremendously experienced litigator‘, while Audun Stornes advises oil and gas clients on contentious work. Managing associate Henrik Møinichen is also a key contact.


Practice head(s):

Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik


Other key lawyers:

Henning Harborg; Eirik W Raanes; Andreas Meidell; Stig Berge; Audun Stornes; Henrik Møinichen


Testimonials

‘Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik is good at listening and understands the issue needing attention.’

‘Henning Harborg: very good advocate.’

‘First-class litigators.’

‘Eirik W Raanes is an outstanding litigator – amazing in court.’

‘The approach was extremely structured and thorough.’

‘All individuals in Thommessen’s team are easy to work with, very professional and skilled.’

Andreas Meidell has strong expertise in litigation.’

‘Eirik W Raanes has a wealth of experience and will not stop until he knows every detail of the case. He is exceptionally good at identifying the issues at hand so to simplify and make it comprehensible. He will also provide candid feedback with regard to alternative solutions.’

Key clients

KPMG AS


Deloitte AS


Ernst & Young AS


PricewaterhouseCoopers AS


DNB ASA


ING Bank N.V


Telenor ASA


Storebrand ASA


Equinor ASA


BW Group Limited


BW LPG Limited


The Norwegian Ministry of Transport / The Norwegian Public Road Administration (NPRA)


Westcon Yards AS


Directors/shareholders of RenoNorden


Firda Seafood Group AS


MDE Group AS/MDE Personell AS


TGS Nopec Geophysical Company ASA


The bankruptcy estate of Alpha Insurance A/S


TONO SA


Norxe AS


Intervet International BV


Zimmer Biomet Norway AS


Pareto Securities AS


Songa Corp.


Assuranceforeningen Gard (gjensidig)


Lyse Produksjon AS


Samsung Electronics Nordic AB


Gasum Oy


Fortum


Søylen Eiendom AS


Tryg Forsikring


Kongsberg Gruppen ASA


Norwegian Hull Club


Navigators Holdings (UK) Ltd


Bane Nor SF


Kesko Corporation


Orkla ASA


Norgesgruppen ASA


Eika Gruppen AS


Koppernæs AS


DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH


Haugaland Kraft AS


CHUBB


Kimek AS


Cap Vest


MSG Aviation AS


Markel International Ltd


Stadyard AS


NTS ASA


Vestland fylkeskommune (Vestland County Council)


Promenaden Management AS


Swedbank


Eksportfinansiering Norge (Export Finance Norway)


QBE Insurance


MOWI ASA


The Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket)


Borgestad ASA / Borgestad Properties AS


Work highlights


  • Defending DAF Trucks Deutschland GmBH and DAF Trucks N.V. against a damages claim brought by Posten Norge AS and subsidiaries arising from the long-running trucks cartel case.
  • Acted for Alba Forvaltning AS, Odden Forvaltning AS and Faros Forvaltning AS in a shareholder’s dispute against Blommenholm Industrier.
  • Representing insurers QBE Insurance (Europe) Ltd, Chubb European Group SE and Navigators Lloyds Syndicate 1221 in a dispute involving a NOK1.7bn claim brought against two former directors of Norske Skogindustrier ASA, arising from alleged negligence in connection with the company’s debt restructuring.

Wiersholm

At Wiersholm, the team provides advice to Deutsche Bank regarding ongoing liability claims arising from the enforcement in Norway of a UK ruling against Sebastian Holding; Olav Perland, who is well regarded for his strength in financial and corporate litigation, leads on this matter. Perland co-heads the department with international arbitration expert Stephan Jervell and Thomas G Naalsund, who is admitted to appear before the Supreme Court and has experience in assisting oil and gas sector entities with contentious mandates. Other key practitioners include firm managing partner Morten Goller, who advises on contentious public procurement, tax, competition, contract and construction matters; IP and TMT expert Magnus Hellesylt; and Magnus Nordøy Snellingen, who has expertise in insurance litigation. Managing associate Odin Breidvik is ‘an excellent lawyer and litigator‘.


Practice head(s):

Thomas G Naalsund; Stephan Jervell; Olav Perland


Other key lawyers:

Magnus Hellesylt; Morten Goller; Magnus Nordøy Snellingen; Odin Breidvik


Testimonials

‘Good preparation and involvement.’

‘Strong appearance in court, and excellent litigation handling.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA


DNV


International Business Machines AS (IBM)


Sparebank 1


AIG Europe Limited


AF Gruppen ASA


Skanska Norge AS


BDO AS


Danske Bank AS


Coop Norge SA


Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS (NTE)


Veidekke ASA


Tesla


Yara International ASA


Bertel O. Steen AS


ABB AS


Kistefos AS


Multiconsult ASA


Rimfrost AS and Rimfrost Technologies AS


Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS


Work highlights


  • Successfully defended DNV against a liability claim worth more than NOK15bn, arising from the total loss of the Norwegian Navy frigate KNM Helge Ingstad in November 2018.

Wikborg Rein

The team at Wikborg Rein stands out as ‘very strong in arbitration‘, and is highly regarded for its strength in advising on a broad range of complex disputes; contractual disputes have been prominent in the group’s recent caseload. Ola Nisja, the firm’s global head of disputes, is ‘an exceptional lawyer‘ with an excellent track record in handling arbitration proceedings, contractual litigation and contentious construction matters; he jointly heads up the team with Marie Nesvik, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt in May 2022. Kaare Andreas Shetelig is ‘very strong‘ in public sector disputes, post-M&A and transfer pricing litigation, and Ola Haugen is admitted to appear before the Supreme Court. Jørgen Vangsnesbrings authority and experience‘ to contentious technology and administrative work, while senior lawyer Ane Vilnes is praised as ‘an up and coming litigation star‘. Oddbjørn Slinning joined from SANDS in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ola Nisja; Marie Nesvik


Other key lawyers:

Kaare Andreas Shetelig; Ola Haugen; Jørgen Vangsnes; Oddbjørn Slinning; Ane Vilnes


Testimonials

‘Ola Nisja is probably the leading arbitration lawyer in Norway. He acts in both domestic and international arbitrations and is known for always delivering extremely high quality work, both as counsel and arbitrator.’

‘Highly competent team, able to manage everything from minor to high risk/high complexity international disputes. Gives clients the confidence they need to pursue their claims.’

‘Jørgen Vangsnes is an exceptionally skilled lawyer.’

‘Top of the pop in Norway. Very strong in arbitration and value litigation.’

‘Ane Vilnes must be mentioned as an up and coming litigation star.’

‘Jørgen Vangsnes brings authority and experience to the matter.’

Key clients

AB Volvo


Telenor ASA


Fjord1


The Ministry of Defence (including The Norwegian Armed Forces)


Norgesgruppen ASA


Naftogaz of Ukraine


Oljeskattekontoret


Vy (formerly NSB)


KGAL


Work highlights


  • Representing ferry operator company Fjord1 in a dispute with the Norwegian Government, involving issues of compensation arising from changes to net loss contracts.
  • Acted for the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority in a dispute concerning the valuation of 93 acres of land in Drammen for the construction of a hospital.

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche‘s dispute resolution team is ‘very talented and has solid expertise in commercial litigation, in particular shareholder disputes, professional and directors’ liability cases and insurance disputes‘; the group is also ‘very service minded and delivers high-quality advice‘. Department head Eivind Landmark Tandrevold is well known for his expertise in post-M&A disputes and contentious insurance matters, and Vidar Riksfjord is ‘a brilliant and experienced lawyer with a great level of knowledge and confidence – he knows the law‘. Andreas Nordby ‘has an analytical approach combined with strong practical experience, and really stands out with his ability to dive into details in complex matters and to present it to the court in a persuasive manner‘. Terje Granvang is ‘an excellent litigator, who has extensive experience with directors’ and professional liability cases‘, and also has expertise in arbitration proceedings. Senior associate Tobias Behncke is ‘a very talented lawyer‘.

Practice head(s):

Eivind Landmark Tandrevold


Other key lawyers:

Terje Granvang; Vidar Riksfjord; Andreas Nordby; Tobias Behncke


Testimonials

‘Wide knowledge of matters, and a dedicated and effective team. Great value and asset for us as a company.’

‘Vidar Riksfjord is extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Andreas Nordby is a brilliant litigator and has great negotiation skills.’

‘Arntzen de Besche has a solid position in dispute law. They are highly service-minded and have unique overall insight and knowledge with a very professional and result-oriented approach.’

‘Strong attention to details and good legal understanding.’

‘Vidar Riksfjord has always been well-prepared, accurate and knowledgeable both on commercial and legal matters.’

‘Top knowledge and quick responses on all requests.’

‘Vidar Riksfjord is extremely sharp, to the point, and effective.’

Key clients

Norges Banks Pensjonskasse


KPMG AS


Veidekke Entreprenør AS


TINE SA


Ferd AS


H. Stoll GmbH & Co KG


Lloyds Insurance Company (Lloyds of London) / C.J. Coleman


DNO Norge AS


Vroon Containers B.V.


Eviny AS


Chubb Insurance


Tryg Forsikring


Overføringsavtalens Sikringsordning


Vatne Property AS


Work highlights


  • Representing the former directors of Spiro Medical in a directors’ liability claim concerning alleged misleading information in connection with a capital increase.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to TINE and Diplom-IS relating to a damages claim arising from the long-running truck cartel case.

CMS Kluge

The ‘strong‘ team at CMS Kluge is highly regarded for its expertise and ‘extensive legal knowledge‘ in infrastructure and construction litigation, with commercial claims, financial services disputes, and contentious IP matters other key strengths for the group. Practice head Christian Galtung focuses on administrative litigation, and Steffen Asmundsson is ‘a very knowledgeable and reflective lawyer with a distinctly analytical mind‘. Mediation and arbitration matters are prominent in Asle Bjelland‘s workload, while Amund Noss specialises in contentious tax work, and Hans Ingvald Stensholdt is a key contact for insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):

Christian Galtung


Other key lawyers:

Steffen Asmundsson; Amund Noss; Asle Bjelland; Hans Ingvald Stensholdt


Testimonials

‘Asle Bjelland is extremely well prepared and has a unique ability to focus on the important parts of a case.’

‘They have a human touch in their performance that makes them easy to work with.’

‘CMS Kluge’s dispute resolution team is solution oriented, highly competent and realistic. They are also very easy to cooperate with and they understand the broader picture.’

‘Steffen Asmundsson has a humble approach towards clients and counterparties, but he is able to strike hard whenever it is needed. His focus on the details challenges the clients to turn over every stone, but he is also solution-oriented and pragmatic.’#

‘Steffen Asmundsson is a very knowledgeable and reflective lawyer with a distinctly analytical mind. He invites discussions and input to ensure that all details in the case come to light. Based on this, he gives good advice for further progress in the case.’

Key clients

APL


Alto Invest AS


Ballista AS


Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. and CVL Corp.


Coop Klepp Sa


Dolphin Jærhagen AS


Financial Funds AS


Fortis Petroleum Norway AS


Gjensidigestiftelsen


Gustav Thrane-Steen Eiendom AS


Hafslund E-CO Vannkraft Innlandet AS


Hestkamben AS


Investec Bank plc


Kongsberg Maritime AS


NEE-kreditorene AS


Neodrill AS


Pescara Invest AS


Petfor Invest AS


Q Capital AS


Trafalgar AS


Work highlights


  • Representing Fortis Petroleum Norway in ongoing litigation concerning the Norwegian tax regime for petroleum exploration.
  • Representing a foreign sovereign state in litigation before the Norwegian courts concerning a compensation claim and concurrent professional liability claim arising from an alleged termination of a purchase contract for a prominent building in central Oslo.
  • Representing Petfor Invest AS and Hestkamben AS in litigation against the tax authorities concerning the interpretation of the EFTA agreement and the treaty’s implications on Norwegian tax law.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Advokatfirmaet Hjort‘s dispute resolution department is ‘dedicated, hands on, very experienced and skilled in court‘. The team has expertise in handling high-profile financial crime mandates, and regularly assists with professional liability matters and a range of civil litigation. Practice head Kristin Veierød is well known for her expertise in arbitration proceedings and acting for private and state-owned entities in commercial litigation, and white-collar crime law expert Nils Christian Langtvedt is a highly regarded practitioner. Frode Innjord is well known for appearing before the Supreme Court, and Alex Borch ‘combines high competence in legal issues with the ability to present the cases efficiently in court‘. Aslak Førde specialises in real estate and construction litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Veierød


Other key lawyers:

Nils Christian Langtvedt; Frode Innjord; Alex Borch; Aslak Førde


Testimonials

‘The team put in hard work, and I felt that they were really invested in getting the best possible outcome for me. They were always available.’

‘They managed my expectations well.’

‘The team’s strength was the ability to quickly get an overview of a complex case, and then move forward to lay out a strategy within a short period of time.’

‘The team has a combination of experience and insight that compliments them, and work very well together.’

‘The professional expertise combined with the human openness and good guidance.’

‘Very dedicated and realistic. Excellent in court.’

‘The team was very good to work with, they knew litigation and seemed very confident and calm during the whole process. They also listened carefully to clients’ input, and came with good advice that we as the client benefited from.’

‘Aslak Førde is very friendly, service minded and highly competent. He managed to strike the right balance between efficiency and thoroughness.’

Key clients

DNB Bank ASA


Edison International S.p.A


Bane NOR SF


Peab AS


Barco NV and Barco Fredrikstad AS


Finnmark Estate Agency


Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment


Boreal AS


Mo Industripark AS


Unio


Norsk sykepleierforbund


The Norwegian Pensioners’ Association (Pensjonistforbundet)


The bankruptcy estate of M3 Anlegg


Mosseregionens Eiendomsutvikling AS


Den Norske kirke


IdHair A/S


Work highlights


  • Acting for Finnmark Estate Agency in a dispute regarding ownership of uncultivated land in Karasjok municipality.
  • Assisted Edison International with a damages claim against Danske Bank arising from a €14m CEO fraud.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Per Conradi Andersen heads up the dispute resolution team at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which is well known for its solid track record in advising on a broad range of commercial litigation. The group continues to handle shipping claims, contentious telecoms work and corporate mandates, and Andreas Stang Lund is very experienced in assisting oil and gas, real estate, consumer products, financial services and public sector companies with litigation. Lilly Kathrin Relling is a key contact for cross-border mandates, and senior associate Alexander Daae is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Per Conradi Andersen


Other key lawyers:

Andreas Stang Lund; Alexander Daae; Lilly Kathrin Relling


Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, hands on, fast responses and very service minded.’

Key clients

ABB


Danske Bank


INEOS E&P Norge


EIka Gruppen


Eltek


Holship Norge


MAN Truck & Bus


Norsk Hydro


CloballConnect


Rockville Technologies


Telia


Telia Norway


West Oil Tools


Bilia


Mylan Healthcare


Synthon


Siemens


Sandoz


Unilever


The Norwegian Authors’ Union


Selmer

Selmer‘ team stands out for its ‘high level of knowledge‘ across a broad spectrum of contentious matters, and is widely recognised for its strong capabilities in real estate disputes, arbitration proceedings, contractual litigation and technology mandates, to name a few areas. Department head Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen has ‘a deep understanding of the law combined with an out-of-the-ordinary ability to understand complicated cases‘. Christian Steen Eriksen is very experienced in assisting international and domestic financial institutions and corporate companies with large oil and gas disputes. Litigator Carl Roberts and Ole Christian Borge, who handles regulatory mandates, are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen


Other key lawyers:

Christian Steen Eriksen; Carl Roberts; Ole Christian Borge


Testimonials

‘Very dedicated and very much present and focused.’

‘At Selmer it is all about the people who work there. Very strong lawyers in multiple fields.’

‘Fredrik Ellingsen is one of Norway’s best dispute lawyers. A deep understanding of the law combined with an out-of-the-ordinary ability to understand complicated cases. When Fredrik speaks in court, everyone listens.’

‘They were always available and highly committed and very easy to work with.’

‘Carl Roberts and the team were responsive, insightful and easy to work with as our client’s Norwegian counsel on a recent matter. They had a good eye for important detail in review of draft documents, and provided advice on Norwegian law issues in a clear and client-friendly manner.’

‘Carl Roberts was able to manage a complex arbitration case and, based on a very deep legal understanding, come forward with a solid basis for our claims.’

Key clients

Felleskjøpet Agri


Fjord1


Statnett


Borregaard


Daimler


Scandic Hotels


Snøbyen


Voi Technology Norway


Work highlights


  • Acting for Scandic Hotels in a dispute against Nordkapp Municipality regarding the right to carry out certain business activities on the North Cape plateau.

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

At Advokatfirmaet CLP DA, the team successfully represented Skeie Technology in a recourse claim dispute, which arose from litigation against the Norwegian Government regarding a claim under a parent guarantee. The client roster includes technology, oil and gas, construction and real estate companies. Practice co-heads Egil Jarslett and Kyrre Eggen and associate Hogne Huus-Hansen are key practitioners.


Practice head(s):

Egil Jarslett; Kyrre Eggen


Other key lawyers:

Hogne Huus-Hansen


Testimonials

‘The team complements each other perfectly and together delivers exceptional service.’

‘Kyrre Eggen is a highly experienced litigation lawyer who is 100% dedicated to his clients. He is fully committed to our case and has provided us with outstanding legal advice. He communicates clearly.’

‘Kyrre Eggen is the star of the team. Professional and delivers with quality.’

‘Very strong team, able to focus on all details without missing the picture.’

‘Kyrre Eggen – clever and able to find the right angle and focus point of any case.’

‘Egil Jarslett – very good discussion partner with the ability to see the case from a top down view.’

Key clients

Ferd


Skeie Technology


SpareBank 1 Gruppen


Fortum Oyj


Recover Nordic Group


Kredinor


Viking Venture


Capman


Alliance Venture


Agder Energi


OBOS


Powel


Verdane Capital


Stykket Invest


Credo Partners


Signicat


Scandza


Skanska Norge AS


Umoe


Hofseth International AS


Flying Elephant


Tribe / First Hotels


Induct AS


Amedia


AGC Equity Partners


British American Tobacco


DNO ASA


Strategic Value Opportunities Fund, L.P.


Floatel International AB.


Work highlights


  • Acting for AGC Equity Partners Investment Management and AGC Maritime Yield Fund I in a complex dispute with multiple banks and Solstad Offshore ASA concerning the financing and possible restructuring of subsea oil vessel Normand Maximus.
  • Representing Forsta Bidco AS and the company’s owners in a dispute against the successors of the late Erik Martin Vik, alleged former owner of international software company Confirmit ASA, concerning the validity of a forced sale.

DLA Piper

The dispute resolution team at DLA Piper is highly regarded for its expertise in multi-jurisdictional litigation, and is equally strong in handling complex arbitration work. Key sector strengths for the group include the construction, real estate, insurance and technology industries; department head Helge Neraal is singled out for his expertise in contentious construction matters, while Hans Christian Brodtkorb is a key contact for infrastructure litigation, and Are Hunskaar advises on professional liability matters, construction disputes and insurance litigation. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy, Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas and associate Marie Bjørk Myklebust from Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig in 2022, and Mohsin Ramani from Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Helge Neraal


Other key lawyers:

Are Hunskaar; Hans Christian Brodtkorb; Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy, Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas; Marie Bjørk Myklebust; Mohsin Ramani


Testimonials

‘Devoted, informative and dedicated to the task.’

‘Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas is a steady and intelligent soul. In the cases we have had together he has been able to see legal solutions that are not intuitive, and he is definitely a steadfast person in the cases he is working with.’

‘DLA Piper is commercial and understands the clients’ business. It provides excellent and clear advice.’

‘Helge Neraal quickly absorbs the complex problems in a construction contract or conflict, and swiftly provides great legal advice. He is also very practical about potential business impacts of the different options. He is a great sparring partner in our difficult cases.’

‘Fast and useful delivery.’

‘Tage Brigt Skoghøy: Quick to respond to questions and see the relevant problems and to suggest strategies. Very strong in presenting the case, the law and relevant questions before the courts.’

Key clients

Allianz Re


Investec Bank


Credit Suisse


Marti Group


AIG


Beazley Group


Navigators/the Hartford


RiskPoint


Lloyd’s of London


COWI


Zurich Insurance


Liberty Specialty Markets


Aspen Insurance


Sichuan Road Bridge Group


Munich Re


Credit Agricole


Sweco


Betonmast


Hæhre


HSBC Bank


Gjensidige


HENT


Møller Mobility Group


Tryg


If


OPAK


Alfa Blue Ocean


Microchip Technology Norway


Work highlights


  • Representing Valkyrien Utvikling and Fram Realinvest in a final settlement dispute arising from the construction and rehabilitation of a shopping centre in Oslo.
  • Advising an automotive company on multiple individual damages claims.
  • Advising IT company Nordlo Haugesund and its board members on multiple customer claims arising from a cyber-attack.

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS‘ ‘very strong dispute resolution team‘ has a solid track record in handling construction litigation. The group provides ‘strategic advice‘ on a broad spectrum of contentious matters to prominent Norwegian entities. Practice head Line Wefald and Øystein Myre Bremset are sought after for their expertise in litigation, while Anders Myhre focuses on contract and construction law.

Practice head(s):

Line Wefald


Other key lawyers:

Anders Myrhe; Øystein Myre Bremset


Testimonials

‘We found them very user-friendly and they dealt very well with our clients.’

‘Dedicated, client focused, extremely high skills.’

‘Grette has a very strong dispute resolution team, and they cover all areas for our business. The team has the ability to give strategic advice adapted to each case and the client interests.’

Key clients

HENT AS


Elektro-Kontakten AS


Småkraft Utbygging AS


Olav Thon Eiendomsselskap ASA


Bravida Norge AS


If Skadeforsikring NUF


Oceanteam ASA


Selvaag Bolig ASA


Alento AS


Work highlights


  • Providing ongoing assistance to HENT AS regarding proceedings arising from a dispute over the termination of a construction contract.
  • Representing electrical contractor Elektro-Kontakten AS before the Supreme Court in a dispute arising from the construction and rehabilitation of a school building in Oslo.
  • Representing construction company Alf Brekken & Sønner AS in a dispute with Veidekke Entreprenør AS arising from an infrastructure project in Lofoten.

Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co

Insurance disputes form the sole driver of work for the ‘very experienced and to-the-point‘ team at boutique firm Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co. The ‘always well-prepared‘ group is jointly led by Terje Marthinsen, who garners praise for his ‘very good insight‘, and Trond Werner Lunde, who has expertise in litigation and tort law. Karoline Stenberg handles professional liability and recourse claims.

Practice head(s):

Trond Werner Lunde; Terje Marthinsen


Other key lawyers:

Karoline Stenberg


Testimonials

‘An experienced and very competent team with the client’s commercial interests always in mind. Very good availability both with partners and younger lawyers and deliveries are made as promised/requested.’

‘Excellent in all aspects of dispute resolution, both in case preparation phase and in court.’

‘The people are very reliable. They have a high level of competence in their field of expertise. Always available and fast feedback from the team.’

‘Outstanding knowledge and performance.’

‘Terje Marthinsen is a knowledgeable insurance lawyer and always takes on cases in the best possible way.’

‘High performance law firm with custom-made solutions.’

‘Terje Marthinsen goes above and beyond to serve his clients.’

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring


Protector Forsikring


Gjensidige Forsikring


If


KLP


Sandefjord kommune


Alta kommune


Frende Skadeforsikring


Stavanger kommune


Haugesund kommune


Hedvig AB


AIG Europe


Fremtind Forsikring


The Norwegian Auditors’ Association


The Norwegian Government/Attorney General/The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation


The Norwegian Government / The National Complaint|Board for Health Services


Eika


Frende Liv


Jernbanepersonalets Bank og Forsikring


Knif Trygghet Forsikring


Byggmesterforsikring


Pareto


Talgø MøreTre


Landkreditt Forsikring


Bane Nor


HCC International Insurance Company PLC


Ly Forsikring


Faver AS


Drangedal kommune


Orkland kommune


Work highlights


  • Representing Eika Forsikring in a case concerning alleged insurance fraud, involving questions raised regarding the rules governing limitation in the Norwegian Insurance Act.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Frende Insurance and If (as the insurer of the car and building respectively) in a NOK2bn recourse claim against a car manufacturer, following a car fire in a car park at Stavanger Airport.
  • Acting for Tryg Insurance in a cross-border product liability claim spanning Norway, Ukraine and Belgium.

SANDS

White-collar crime expert Hege Birkeland Ersdal jointly heads up the practice at SANDS with Christian Kjellby Nesset, who is well versed in handling insurance disputes and contractual disputes. The aquaculture, construction, shipping, finance and retail industries are other key sector strengths for the team. Senior partner Morten Steenstrup is a highly regarded practitioner in the disputes space, and Morten Hugo Berger and Caterina Gaeta are also key names to note. Oddbjørn Slinning moved to Wikborg Rein in July 2022.


Practice head(s):

Hege Birkeland Ersdal; Christian Kjellby Nesset


Other key lawyers:

Morten Hugo Berger; Morten Steenstrup; Caterina Gaeta


Key clients

AF Gruppen


AKVA Group


Allianz


American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association


Chubb Insurance


CNH Industrial N.V.; and Iveco


BDO


Havkraft


Hybrid Minds


IKT-Norge


Johnson Controls


LB Samarbeidet AS


National Association of Private Kindergartens


Norsk Stein AS


OOIOT AS/Cypod Solutions AS/George Ezzat


Protector Insurance


RiskPoint


Retriever Norge


SGMT


Salmar


Stendi


Schenker


Zurich Insurance


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