Electricity and renewable energy in Norway

BAHR

BAHR’s energy practice handles the full spectrum of mandates for a high-profile client list including energy producers and operators, grid owners, investment companies and developers; key examples include Statkraft, Hafslund E-CO and Fortum Oslo Varme. The team regularly assists with complex transactions, financing work, contentious mandates and competition issues; it has also recently strengthened its regulatory offering and is a key name in the market for special tax regulations relating to renewable energy. Jon Christian Thaulow heads up the group, Rune Svoren is experienced in transactional electricity work and Helge Olav Bugge focuses on electricity tax and production matters. Other noteworthy individuals include managing partner Thomas Svensen and Rolf Busch.

Practice head(s):

Jon Christian Thaulow

Other key lawyers:

Rune Svoren

Testimonials

The team is coordinated, flexible and they have good knowledge of the energy industry.

Thomas K. Svensen has very good knowledge of the energy industry, and also our company, as we have cooperated for several years.

Key clients

Hafslund E-CO AS

Njordr AS

Oslo Municipality (Oslo kommune)

Bodø Energi AS

Aquila Capital

Ymber AS

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Clean Energy Group

Rainpower AS

Sognekraft AS

Statkraft

Work highlights

  • Assisting Hafslund E-CO with its merger with Eidsiva Energi to create Norway’s largest grid company.
  • Acting for Fortum Oslo Varme on its carbon capture and storage project.
  • Advising Clean Energy Group on the Namakhvani hydropower project in Georgia.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ ‘well-knit team of true professionals’ acts for a range of Nordic power and grid companies across wind power production, hydropower production and electricity grid projects. The group ‘combines outstanding competence with longstanding experience’ to handle some of the regions high-profile mandates; it recently advised BlackRock on its acquisition of the Guleslettene wind farm. Aksel Tannum leads the department, which also fields energy specialist Johan Fredrik Remmen, renewables expert Jøran Sandvik, litigator Håkon Bleken and Jarle W Holstrøm, who handles infrastructure mandates and development projects. Clients also praise newly promoted partner Pål Martin Abell, who is ’a rising star of the firm’ and senior lawyer Mari Reitzel Bjerke.

Practice head(s):

Aksel Tannum

Testimonials

The lawyers from Haavind always deliver high-quality advice. Combination of outstanding competence and longstanding experience, which contribute to solving issues in an excellent way. Their thorough work give us as a customer a great deal of security.

A well-knit team of true professionals, that always stay two steps ahead of the competition. Industry leading in strategic thinking, and challenges the status quo. I have never had a meeting where they don’t come truly prepared.

The team understands the Norwegian energy business well. Haavind has an excellent resource base of experienced lawyers.

Pål Martin Abell performs excellently in all circumstances. He is always well prepared and his advice is clear and thoroughly. The experienced partner Johan Fredrik Remmen has unique competence, which is difficult to find somewhere else. Together with Jarle W. Holstrøm, who always perform well, this is a high-quality team.

Pål Martin Abell is a rising star in the firm, who takes on every challenge with a great mood and professional weight.

Key clients

Statkraft

Statnett

BlackRock Inc.

Axpo Nordic AS and Axpo Trading AG

Vattenfall AB

Stadtwerke München

Agder Energi AS

Salten Kraftsamband AS

Voith Hydro AS

Helgeland Kraft AS

Skagerak Kraft AS

Alcoa Norway ANS

Otra Kraft DA

Sunnfjord Energi AS

Vestavind Kraft AS

Sognekraft AS

Elkem AS

Eidsiva Energi AS

Eolus Vind AB / Eolus Vind Norge AS

Norsun AS

Work highlights

  • Advising BlackRock on its acquisition of the Guleslettene wind farm.
  • Assisting Statnett with the establishment of a new central power grid in the north of Norway.
  • Acting for Statkraft and Fosen Vind on the establishment of the largest onshore wind power cluster in Europe, including litigation relating to the validity of permits.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is notably active across the renewable space and regularly acts for utility clients in the renewable energy, hydroelectric, wind, heating, waste and bioenergy sectors. The practice also stands out for its regulatory expertise and is active in infrastructure and grid operations work alongside experience in project development work, litigation, licensing issues, environmental law and restructuring matters. Practice head Jens Naas-Bibow regularly handles energy licences and energy sector regulatory work; other key practitioners include power regulation expert Gunnar Martinsen, concession law, corporate and tax specialist Bendik Christoffersen and Jacob F Bull, who advises on energy construction projects. Thomas Borch-Nielsen departed to Advokatfirmaet Grette AS.

Practice head(s):

Jens Naas-Bibow

Key clients

Agder Energi AS with subsidiaries

Akershus Energi AS

Eidsiva Energi AS with subsidiaries

Lyse Energi AS with subsidiaries

Nordkraft AS with subsidiaries

NorthConnect KS

Energi Norge

Haugaland Kraft AS with subsidiaries

Engie International Holdings BV

Zephyr AS

Midtfjellet Vindkraft AS

Agder Energi AS with subsidiaries

Work highlights

  • Assisting NorthConnect with the establishment of a high-voltage direct-current interconnector between Norway and the UK.
  • Acting for Zephyr on the development, sale and project financing of the Guleslettene wind farm.
  • Advising Lyse Produksjon on the procurement and construction of the new Lysebotn II hydropower plant.

Wiersholm

Wiersholm advises renewable energy operators on the full range of issues encompassing regulatory matters, transactional work, power purchase agreements, financing mandates, project developments and litigation. The practice’s client roster include domestic and international clients with notable examples including Statnett, Statkraft and TrønderEnergi. Inge Ekker Bartnes and Jon Rabben jointly lead the group and are recommended for regulatory, contractual and corporate work; Kristine Hasle Øverby also handles transactional work and renewable project finance issues. Odd-Harald Berg Wasenden joined Arntzen de Besche in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Inge Ekker Bartnes; Jon Rabben

Testimonials

Inge Bartnes has great market knowledge and experience combined with a very commercial approach to transactions.

A wide competence within the energy sector.’

Inge Ekker Bartnes is a highly qualified lawyer in the energy field and has exceptional availability and client engagement.

Key clients

Statnett SF

Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS

Statkraft SF

The Hafslund Group

TrønderEnergi AS

Istad AS

SL Capital Partners LLP/ Standard Life Investments

Infranode AB

Ringeriks-Kraft AS

Impax Asset Management (AIFM) Ltd.

Dalane Energi / Dalane Kraft AS

Work highlights

  • Advised TrønderEnergi Kraft, Sarepta Energi and NTE Energi on the joint coordinated structure sale of a majority ownership in eight Norwegian wind farms.
  • Advising Facebook on its negotiations of long-term power purchase agreements relating to multiple wind farms in Norway.
  • Assisting TrønderEnergi with the development of the Fosen Vind wind farm.

Wikborg Rein

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen leads the full service energy and renewables practice at Wikborg Rein, which is singled out for its expertise in the wind and hydropower sectors and also handles grid-related transactions and contentious matters. The group’s wind power expertise encompasses financing, PPA and project development and the group recently advised Stadtwerke München on its acquisition of a majority share in Midgard Vind Holdings. Jan Erik Clausen is a key name in the Bergen office and focuses on energy and electricity matters; and Birgitte Karlsen  handles project development work.

Practice head(s):

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen

Testimonials

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen is highly recomended for renewable issues. Tormod always gives feedback or finds someone else with the correct competance to answer. Tormod always answers in good time before the deadline.

They seem to really care about our business and making sure we are making sound business decisions. They are more than just lawyers, and have great business acumen.

Key clients

Stadtwerke München GmbH

Hafslund E-CO

BKK AS

Eidsiva Energi AS

Troms Kraft AS

Luxcara GmbH

SUSI Partners AG

NBT AS

Norfund

Yara International ASA

Lithium Werks Inc.

Enova SF

SN Power

Statnett

Statkraft

ASKO Fornybar

Work highlights

  • Assisted Stadtwerke München with its acquisition of a 70% stake in Midgard Vind Holdings.
  • Acted for Luxcara on the refinancing of the Eikeland-Steinsland wind farm.
  • Advised BKK on the reorganisation of its business following its acquisition of the grid, hydro, power production, power sales and broadband business of Tysnes Kraftlag and Etne Elektrisitetslag.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt’s department stands out in the market for its transactional expertise in the hydroelectric, wind and solar sectors; the group also handles regulatory work and dispute resolution. The team fields practitioners across the firm’s Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger offices; Bergen-based practice head Sindre Søndenå Andersen focuses on the wind, hydro and emerging technology sectors, Sverre Bjelland in Stavanger handles cross-border projects and regulatory issues, and Hallvard Gilje Aarseth acts in energy disputes from the Oslo office.

Practice head(s):

Sindre Søndenå Andersen

Key clients

Fjordkraft Holding ASA / Fjordkraft AS / TrøndelagKraft AS / Trondheim Kraft (all part of the Fjordkraft group)

Nysnø Klimainvesteringer AS

Norsk Vind Energi AS

Fred Olsen Renewables AS

Clemens Kraft AS

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets / Macquarie Group

Norsk Solar AS

Lyse Energi AS

Fossberg Kraft AS

Fjelberg Kraftlag AS

KLP

Engie (fka GDF Suex)

AMF Pensionsforsäkring AB

Tafjord Kraft AS

Statkraft

Jæren Energi AS / Eurus Energy Europe

Renewable Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised on the IPO and listing of shares in Fjordkraft Holding.
  • Assisted Fjordkraft and its subsidiary Trøndelag Kraft with the acquisition of TrønderEnergi Marked.
  • Acted for Norsk Vind Energi on the development of three wind projects in Bjerkreim.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Advokatfirmaet Hjort leverages its contentious strength to act in energy disputes; the team is also active in transactional work, particularly grid operations, and contractual issues, public procurement matters, security mandates and public law. The practice also has niche expertise in the reindeer industry and the rights of the Sami people as they relate to the development of energy projects in Northern Norway, and also advises on the digitalisation of the energy sector and the expropriation of land for power projects. Kristin Bjella heads up the practice, which also includes transactional experts Rolf Chr. Trolle Andersen and Jørn Uggerud, and digitalisation specialist Kristin Veierød.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Bjella

Testimonials

A firm with very skilled lawyers in the field of environment law with a very high service level and short response times.

Key clients

Agder Energi AS with subsidiaries: Agder Energi Vannkraft AS, Agder Energi Nett AS, Agder Energi Varme AS, LOS Energy

Statnett SF

Sogn og Fjordane Energi AS

Energiselskapet Hardanger, with subsidiaries Hardanger Energi AS; Hardanger Energi Nett AS and Hardanger Energi Montasje AS

Nord Pool AS

Gassnova SF

SFE Produksjon AS

SFE Nett AS

Mirova Eurofidem 4 S.L.P

Øyfjell Vindpark AS

NODES Markets and NODES Tech

Work highlights

  • Advising Agder Energi Vannkraft on the development and construction of a new power production plant in Åseral.
  • Assisting Energiselskapet Hardanger with a range of matters including its restructuring.
  • Acting for Sogn og Fjordane Energi on its possible merger with Sunnfjord Energi.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA advises on the full spectrum of transactional, regulatory and contentious mandates for clients at a regional, domestic and international level; notable examples include Hafslund, TrønderEnergi, aventron and Tafjord Kraft. Group leader Christian Poulsson has substantial expertise in regulatory matters, commodities and derivatives trading and real estate issues; the practice also counts Per Conradi Andersen, who handles transactions, restructurings and disputes, as a key practitioner. The practice also gained Sverre Tysland from SANDS in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christian Poulsson

Testimonials

Fast responses, outstanding quality on the work done.

The team combines excellent legal skills with thorough knowledge of the energy markets. They have a pragmatic approach and will not consume more time than strictly needed to do the job.

Christian Poulsson is a great guy; top litigator with great expertise in energy, most notably renewables.

Key clients

Alta Kraftlag

aventron

Captiva Capital Management

Hafslund

Hammerfest Energi

Hålogaland Kraft

Swiss Life Asset Management

MidtKraft

Notodden Energi

Saudefaldene

Sykkylven Energi

Tafjord Kraft

TrønderEnergi

Augusta & Co

Geitåni Kraftverk

Rauma Energi Nett

Nortura

Øvre Eiker Energi

Work highlights

  • Advised aventron on its acquisition of Storøy Vindpark Gismarvik Vindkraft and the development of its greenfield wind power projects on the south-west coast of Norway.
  • Acting for Swiss Life Asset Management and Augusta & Co on the acquisition of long-term hydro power production capacity in Norway from Nord-Trøndelag Elektisitetsverk.
  • Representing Nortura in a dispute against Entelios relating to a long-term power and electricity certificate purchase agreement.

Advokatfirmaet Lund & Co DA

Energy boutique Advokatfirmaet Lund & Co DA focuses on public sector clients and advises a range of municipalities and county authorities; the team also counts landowners and energy companies as clients. Other areas of expertise include environmental law issues and matters relating to the use and protection of natural resources. Noteworthy individuals include Stein Stinessen, Caroline Lund and Ulf Larsen.

Other key lawyers:

Stein Stinessen

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Benefiting from its merger with Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA in early 2019, Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has notable expertise in the hydropower industry with clients including Norsk Hydro, Statkraft and multiple municipalities. The group is also active in the wind and solar sectors; it recently advised Solvind Project on the sale of Storøy Wind Farm to Aventron. Håkon Sandbekk leads the department and handles all stages of renewables projects; other key individuals include Roy Slettvold, who acts for several regional utility companies. Senior associate Maria Mikkelsen joined from a position in the Department of Climate and Environment.

Practice head(s):

Håkon Sandbekk

Key clients

Dragefossen

BKW Energie

Haugaland Kraft

Helgeland Kraft

Hydro Energi/Norsk Hydro

iCON Infrastructure

Jämtkraft

N2 Applied

NODES

Nord Pool

Norwegian Crystals

Scatec Solar

Lofotkraft

Solar Norge

Statkraft

Statnett

The Norwegian Export Credit Agency (GIEK)

Varanger Kraft/Varanger Kraft Vind

SKS

Aibel

Equinor (New Energy Solutions)

Borregaard

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

The municipalities of Førde, Fjaler, Jølster, Naustdal, Gaular, Hyllestad and Solund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Statkraft on the construction phase of the Fosen wind farm cluster.
  • Assisting Solvind Project with the sale of the Storøy wind farm to Aventron.
  • Advising Nordpool on its corporate restructuring.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Peter Aall Simonsen leads the energy practice at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, which advises on the full range of renewable energy matters including power grid issues, the transmission of electricity, renewable energy projects, hydroelectric power, new technologies and project financings, regulatory matters and transactional work. The group is also singled out for its wind power expertise and has been increasingly active in international projects. The team also has a notable presence in Kristiansand, which includes Robin Aker Jakobsen, who is experienced in power grid regulations and electricity transmissions.

Practice head(s):

Peter Aall Simonsen

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge of all the “do’s and dont’s” for (electric) grid-companies in Norway.

They know a lot about the electricity market in Norway and what the challenges are.

The group stands out for its level of attention. Work delivery is simply impressive in both speed and quality.

I like the way they communicate, especially Robin Aker Jakobsen who is an easy going person.

Key clients

Prime Capital AG

Agder Energi AS

Ren AS

Gassnova SF

SFE Produksjon AS

GIEK – the Norwegian State Export Credit Agency

Skagerak Nett AS

Gudbrandsdal Energi AS

Lofotkraft

NEAS

Odda Energi

BKK Nett

Troms Kraft Nett

Sunndal Energi

Sunnfjord Energi

Nord-Salten kraftlag

Eidefoss

Helgeland Kraft

Haugaland Kraft

Glitre Energi

Mørenett

NTE Nett

Vestas Wind Turbines A/S

DNB Bank ASA

Finnmark Kraft AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Prime Capital on its purchase of Tromsø Vind and Raudfjell Vind, which own the Kvitfjell and Raudfjell wind power projects, which are under construction.
  • Assisting Agder Energi with grid and transmission issues including transmission contracts, new grid investments and regulatory matters.
  • Acting for Ren on a day-to-day basis including handling grid connection issues, joint standard agreements and matters relating to the construction of a new net.

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s climate, environment and renewables team is primarily based in the firm’s Trondheim office and has notable strength in handling transactional and regulatory matters for local grid and power companies. The practice also advises on hydropower and wind power projects, while the team in Oslo focuses on transactional, competition and contentious mandates. Practice head Steffen G Rogstad counts TrønderEnergi Group as a key client, Erlend Solberg focuses on wind energy projects, and Oslo-based Espen I Bakken handles wind power transactions and state aid issues. Renewable energy and climate rights specialist Odd-Harald Berg Wasenden joined the group in early 2020 from Wiersholm.

Practice head(s):

Steffen G Rogstad

Testimonials

Very focused team. Work was precise and to the point. Very high level of expertise.

Espen Bakken and Vilde Hannevik Lien are real experts when it comes to state aid and EEA law. Very good legal opinions and their oral representation is extremely good.

Key clients

TrønderEnergi AS

Sarepta Energi AS

Naturkraft AS

Gassco AS

E-Co Energi Holding

National Grid

NORWEA – Norwegian Windpower Association

Norsk BioEnergiforening (Norwegian BioEnergy Association)

Enova SF

Work highlights

  • Assisting Gassco with real property tax issues with two municipalities relating to the Kårstå processing plant to the north of Stavanger.
  • Acting for TrønderEnergi and TrønderEnergi Nett on the establishment of a new power grid corporation.
  • Advising Biokraft on the establishment of a liquid biogas plant in Skogn.

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA’s renewable energy, power and transmission department, which was formerly part of the corporate group, has notable strength in transactional mandates including acquisitions and divestments; the team’s expertise also encompasses power purchase agreements, project developments, cable and grid projects, energy software issues and clean-tech investments. The group’s client roster includes domestic and international purchasers, sellers, stakeholders and managers; key examples include Agder Energi, Hafslund Marked and eSmart Systems. Lars Gunnar Aas and newly promoted partner Amund Erdal jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lars Gunnar Aas; Amund Erdal

Testimonials

The department, led by partners Lars Gunnar Aas and Amund Erdal, is highly responsive, very knowledgeable and has great commercial insight (all crucial for our choice of legal adviser).

Young and energetic team.

Lars Gunnar Aas is unique.

Lars Gunnar has, as our trusted legal adviser, delivered an outstanding service for many years. He is very responsive, extremely knowledgeable and always provides on-point advice. He is also an excellent project manager and manages to stay on top whilst at the same time having full insight into the crucial details.

Amund Erdal has been a great addition to the renewables team. He is very efficient, and has extensive knowledge of the regulatory framework in addition to being an experienced and first-class M&A lawyer.

Lars Gunnar Aas is very hands-on in projects. Competent knowledge of the sector and tough in negotiations.

Key clients

Agder Energi AS

Fortum Oyj

Hafslund Marked AS

Agder Energi Vannkraft AS

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Fortum Markets AS

Statkraft Ventures GmbH

Ånstadblåheia Vindpark AS

Nygårdsfjellet Vindpark AS

Sørfjord Vindpark AS

Røros Elektrisitetsverk AS

Freyr AS

Baze Technology AS

Powel AS

Enfo Technology AS

Agder Energi Venture AS

BKK AS

Intex Resources ASA

eSmart Systems AS

Scala Eiendom AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortum Oyi on the voluntary offer made by Oslo municipality for Hafslund and the subsequent restructuring of the Hafslund Group.
  • Assisting eSmart Systems with its capital raise.
  • Acting for Agder Energi Fleksibilitet on the establishment of two joint ventures, which will enable the use of flexibility in the grid by opening it up to providers and grid operators.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has key expertise in onshore wind projects and utilises the firm’s wider network to assist with Nordic and global matters. The team is also praised for its construction experience, renewable energy project and transmission systems knowledge, and project financing expertise; clients include DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale and Deutsche Bank. Fredrik Lindblom, who is primarily based in London, leads the team, which also fields managing partner Kaare Oftedal and banking partner Erik Ramm. Dag Thomas Hansson joined Kluge Advokatfirma AS in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Fredrik Lindblom

Key clients

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

LBBW

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale on the acquisition by BlackRock of a wind farm in western Norway from Zephyr.
  • Assisted Landesbank Baden Wuertemberg with the project financing of the Tonstad onshore wind farm project in south-west Norway.

SANDS

SANDS’ cross-practice team advises on all elements of energy production including transactions, restructurings, regulatory work and advisory matters in the hydropower, wind and solar sectors. Alf Øystein Skudal handles hydropower and grid matters, Halvor Grov assists with renewable sector reorganisations and transactions, and Vidar Johnsen is a construction and contract law specialist. Former group head Sverre Tysland joined Kvale Advokatfirma DA in 2020.

Key clients

Midt Energi (prev. Gauldal Energi)

Røros Elektrisitetsverk

Lofotkraft

Scanergy

NTE Nett

Captiva Asset Management

Selbu Energiverk

Gudbrandsdal Energi Holding

Haugaland Kraft

Vesterålskraft

Vento Ludens GmbH

HW Asset GmbH

Solvind Prosjekt

Sandøy Energi

Trollfjord

Work highlights

  • Advised Midt Energi on the divestment of its electrical grid activities.
  • Assisting Røros Elektrisitetsverk with its reorganisation, which will enable it to comply with future unbundling requirements.
  • Acting for the Scanergy group on multiple purchases of hydropower plants, and also handling the development of a wind farm.