Electricity and renewable energy in Norway

BAHR

BAHR has an excellent reputation for its strength in complex energy transactions; the team provides ongoing assistance to Fortum Oslo Varme on the full-scale carbon capture and storage project initiated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the first of its kind to be constructed in Norway. Department head Jon Christian Thaulow is ‘very knowledgeable and a prominent tactician‘, and advises on regulatory, contentious and M&A work. Other key practitioners include Rune Svoren, who specialises in electricity transactions; managing partner Thomas Svensen, who handles hydropower sector matters; M&A and contract law specialist Morten Smørdal; and senior associate Christian Rieber-Mohn.

Practice head(s):

Jon Christian Thaulow

Other key lawyers:

Rune Svoren; Thomas Svensen; Morten Smørdal; Christian Rieber-Mohn

Testimonials

‘Jon Christian Thaulow has great capacity and insight into corporate and regulatory matters within renewables. He is calm and radiates confidence and control.’

Rune Svoren is a senior partner with vast experience within renewables, and a great resource for the team.’

‘Morten Smørdal and Jon Christian Thaulow – when it comes to energy transactions there is no-one in the market that can match their capabilities, negotiation skills, legal and business acumen, and stamina.’

Key clients

Hafslund E-CO AS

Njordr AS

Oslo Municipality

Bodø Energi AS

Aquila Capital

Ymber AS

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Freyr AS

Aker Horizons AS

Sognekraft AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Aker Horizons on the establishment of Aker Clean Hydrogen.
  • Assisting Aquila Capital with corporate, commercial, contractual and regulatory issues in connection with the acquisition and construction of Øyfjellet Wind Farm.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

The department at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS demonstrates ‘impressive in-depth knowledge‘ and ‘very strong leadership in the renewable energy sector in Norway’. The client roster includes large domestic and international power producers and grid companies, which the team regularly represents in high-profile transactions and projects, notably for hydropower and wind power sector entities. Energy sector litigation is another core area of expertise for the group. Practice head Aksel Tannum ‘is an exceptional lawyer in the area of electricity and renewable energy‘. Johan Fredrik Remmen focuses on contentious work, an area in which Pål Martin Abell also has extensive experience. Mari Reitzel Bjerke has ‘broad knowledge of the sector‘, and Jøran Sandvik is the key name for electricity-focused mandates.

Practice head(s):

Aksel Tannum

Other key lawyers:

Jøran Sandvik; Johan Fredrik Remmen; Pål Martin Abell; Mari Reitzel Bjerke

Testimonials

‘Haavind has a strong team in electricity and renewables.’

‘Haavind has a very strong legal team within electricity and renewable energy. The team has broad experience within the renewable space, including in particular hydro power and wind.’

‘Aksel Tannum is an exceptional lawyer in the area of electricity and renewable energy, and few match his calibre in the Norwegian market. He is also a very pleasant person to work with and gives advice in a precise yet nuanced way, and in a manner useful to the client. Highly recommended.’

‘Haavind has particularly good expertise in laws and regulations within the energy sector in Norway.’

‘High competence in electricity and renewable energy and ongoing development of regulatory framework conditions. Strong customer focus and good follow-up of customers’ needs.’

‘Jøran Sandvik – Very high competence and close follow-up of us as a customer with good availability and quick responses.’

‘Variety of skills and capabilities within their team. Down-to-earth style, but at the same time very professional.’

‘In terms of the Norwegian electricity market and related regulations, the team is very able. The team has in-depth knowledge of the new power grid and grid company regulations.’

Key clients

Statkraft

Eolus

Statnett

BlackRock Inc

Axpo Nordic AS and Axpo Trading AG

Vattenfall AB

Stadtwerke München

Elvia AS

Agder Energi AS

Eramet

Alcoa Norway ANS

Energy Norway

Helgeland Kraft AS

Skagerak Kraft AS

Salten Kraftsamband AS

Sunnfjord Energi AS

SFE/Vestavind Kraft AS

Elkem AS

Norsun AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Hydro Energi on the merger of hydropower production assets with Lyse, forming the company Lyse Kraft.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to Eolus with all legal aspects regarding the wind power project Øyfjellet.
  • Representing Statkraft/Fosen Vind in several ongoing court cases regarding the validity of permits to build and operate wind farms.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

At Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, Bendik Christoffersen leads the practice, which acts for a high-profile roster of utility and energy companies. Renewables work is a core pillar of strength for the department, and the team regularly handles high-profile M&A mandates, regulatory matters, financings and dispute resolution, to name a few areas of expertise. Christoffersen is noted for handling complex transactional mandates for clients in the renewables sector, and also advises on concession issues. Gunnar Martinsen specialises in regulatory work, and Jacob F Bull assists with development projects and contractual issues. Jens Naas-Bibow departed to establish his own firm.

Practice head(s):

Bendik Christoffersen

Other key lawyers:

Gunnar Martinsen; Jacob F. Bull

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent in helping to secure common ground and making negotiations move forward, in addition to finding balanced legal contracts for long-term business relationships.’

‘Deep sector knowledge.’

‘Gunnar Martinsen and Bendik Christoffersen combine deep industry knowledge with practical solutions.’

Key clients

Green Investment Group

Akershus Energi AS

Eidsiva Energi AS with subsidiaries

Lyse AS / Lyse Energi AS with subsidiaries

Nordkraft AS with subsidiaries

Freyr AS

Engie International Holdings BV (Tonstad wind farm)

Zephyr AS

Haram Kraft AS

Lutelandet Energipark AS and Bremangerlandet Vindpark AS

Glitre Energi AS with subsidiaries

Avantor AS

Vardar AS

Sira-Kvina Kraftselskap

Småkraft AS

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Tysvær Vindpark AS

Østfold Energi AS

Kraftriket AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Lyse on the merger of its hydro power business with Norsk Hydro, creating Lyse Kraft, one of the largest hydro power producers in Norway.
  • Advising Glitre Energi AS on the ongoing merger process with Agder Energi AS, in order to create one of the largest integrated power utility groups in Norway.
  • Acted as joint legal adviser to Kraftriket AS and Polar Kraft AS on the merger between the companies, creating one of the largest power retailers in Norway.

Wiersholm

Inge Ekker Bartnes and Jon Rabben jointly lead Wiersholm‘s electricity practice, which has an excellent reputation for advising on power purchase agreements, large energy transactions, financings, M&A mandates and regulatory matters. The team has been kept busy advising clients from the offshore wind sector on potential development areas in Norway. Managing associate Ekaterina Pouzatcheva and senior associate Kjetil Grini Jacobsen are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Inge Ekker Bartnes; Jon Rabben

Other key lawyers:

Ekaterina Pouzatcheva; Kjetil Grini Jacobsen

Testimonials

‘Highly competent professionals, with long and deep industry experience combined with a wide range of competencies (ranging from industrial specialist topics to M&A transaction execution).’

‘Jon Rabben has wide and deep industry knowledge within his sector. Leader within his field!’

‘Ekaterina Pouzatcheva: up and coming star with strong legal knowledge and excellent client management capabilities.’

‘Very dedicated people.’

‘Top of the line.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life

Akershus Energi AS / Akershus Energi Varme AS

Dalane Energi AS / Dalane Kraft AS / Enida AS

Downing LLP

Infracapital, a part of M&G plc

Infranode

Istad AS / Istad Nett AS / Istad Fiber AS

Mainstream Renewable Power Limited

Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS / NTE Energi AS

Ringerikskraft AS

Skagerak Energi AS / Skagerak Kraft AS

Sogn og Fjordane Energi AS / SFE Produksjon AS

Statkraft AS

Statnett SF

Suomen Voima Oy (SV Vattenkraft AB)

TrønderEnergi AS

Troms Kraft AS

Whitehelm Capital Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised TrønderEnergi on the acquisition of Statkraft’s ownership stake in Norway’s Roan wind farm.
  • Assisted Infracapital with its €110m investment in thermal batteries company EnergyNest AS.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein ‘has a very strong legal practice within the renewables space‘, and has notable expertise in wind power mandates. Department head Tormod Ludvik Nilsen advises domestic and international clients on financings, project development work and regulatory issues, and is very experienced in assisting with international investments into Norwegian electricity projects. Caroline Skaar Landsværk‘s practice focuses on assisting investors, developers, contractors and stakeholders with energy regulatory matters and contractual work. Senior associate Ingeberg Collett handles hydro power and grid transactions, power purchase agreements, and international wind farm transactions. Birgitte Karlsen left the firm in June 2021 and is now in-house.

Practice head(s):

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Skaar Landsværk; Ingeberg Collett

Testimonials

‘The renewable team has wide experience and knowledge in both on and offshore wind power and hydropower.’

‘Wikborg Rein has a wide range of competence in the field of electricity and renewable energy, from hydro and wind power production, to grid tariffs and regulation and retail/technology. I would like to highlight their EU/EEA competence.’

Caroline Skaar Landsværk is easy-going and has a good sense of humour. Her competence in EU-law and renewable energy is very good. She also has the ability to make advanced legal text available for non-lawyers.’

‘Wikborg Rein has a very strong legal practice within the renewable space. The team is highly competent, well organised, hard working and pleasant to work with. They also draw on a broad portfolio of M&A projects that also provides us, as client, with an experience in the renewables that few can match.’

‘Tormod Ludvik Nilsen and Caroline Skaar Landsværk are highly competent within their fields of expertise and are able to communicate advice in a practical and well rounded manner. As a client we also highly appreciate their ability to provide transparency around processes and to deliver advice in a timely manner. Both are also very pleasant to work with.’

‘Wikborg has a strong practice for M&A transactions in the renewable energy sector.’

‘Tormod Nilsen is a distinctive lawyer. He is very responsive, knowledgeable and was a great support in the negotiations.’

Key clients

ASKO Fornybar AS

BKK AS

Energi Norge

Elvia

Hafslund Ny Energi AS

Norfund

Norsk Hydro ASA

Stadtwerke München GmbH

Troms Kraft AS

Tronox Holdings AS

Hafslund Eco AS

TrønderEnergi AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Stadtwerke München on the acquisition of a 29.4% ownership stake in Roan wind farm.
  • Assisting Energi Norge with an assessment of how new EU regulations within the energy area will affect Norwegian law.
  • Assisted Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for developing countries, with the sale of SN Power AS to Scatec ASA.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Advokatfirmaet Hjort ‘has a high level of expertise in electricity and renewable energy‘. Kristin Bjella, who heads up the practice, specialises in renewable energy law, and advises on hydropower, wind power and grid development projects, concession and electricity grid regulation, and transactional mandates. Corporate law expert Jørn Uggerud acts as longstanding counsel to Gassnova regarding carbon capture and storage matters, and also advises on offshore wind projects. Other key practitioners include Ola Hermansen and associate Sjur Gabrielsen. Morten Fjermeros moved to Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Bjella

Other key lawyers:

Jørn Uggerud; Ola Hermansen; Sjur Gabrielsen

Testimonials

‘The company has a high level of expertise in electricity and renewable energy, and delivers content both on time and focused on what the customer needs.’

Key clients

Agder Energi Group

Statnett SF

Sogn og Fjordane Energi AS

Energiselskapet Hardanger Group

Gassnova

NODES Markets and NODES Tech

Fred. Olsen Renewables

Siemens Gamesa

Salten Kraftsamband

Avinor SF

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Agder Energi Vannkraft AS on all legal matters concerning the development and building of two new hydropower plants, as well as dams and tunnels in the Åseral region.
  • Advising Agder Energi Nett AS on the contractual framework and procurement issues relating to procurement of services and equipment for electricity transformer plants.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

With ‘expert competence in electricity and renewable markets‘, Kvale Advokatfirma DA has an established track record in representing developers, producers and utility companies in a wide range of transactional, regulatory and contentious work. Christian Poulsson, who leads the team, is a key name for cross-border work, and is highly experienced in acting for Norwegian hydropower and wind power clients in restructuring and transactional mandates. Kristin Ourom ‘has strong knowledge around all aspects of the energy industry in Norway‘. Per Conradi Andersen and associate Pernille Wold Ellingsen are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Christian Poulsson

Other key lawyers:

Kristin Ourom; Per Conradi Andersen; Pernille Wold Ellingsen

Testimonials

‘Excellent and highly responsive team combining unique market insight with firm legal judgement.’

‘Kristin Ourom stands out as responsive with incredible capacity. Superb service and insight combined with an unique and pragmatic approach, and clear advice for efficient solutions to complex challenges.’

‘We have a very good cooperation with Kvale and their team.’

Key clients

Alta Kraftlag

aventron AG

Captiva Capital Management

Energeia AS

Hafslund E-CO

Hallingdal Kraftnett

Hammerfest Energi

Hålogaland Kraft

Notodden Energi

Saudefaldene

Sykkylven Energi

Stranda Energi

Stryn Energi

Tafjord Kraft

TrønderEnergi

Volue / Markedskraft

Geitåni Kraftverk

Tinfos

Nortura

Scanergy

NorgesEnergi / Kredinor Finans

Cloudberry Asset Management

Maik

Nettalliansen

Skjåk Energi

Hemsedal Energi

Luster Energi

Jæren Energi

Drangedal Energi

Hardanger Energi

Luosterjok Kraftlag

Repvåg Kraftlag

Hålogaland Kraft

Rauland Kraftlag

Svorka Energi

Sunndal Energi

Nord-Salten Kraft

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

The energy department at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is particularly strong for hydro, wind and solar power matters, and works on a broad range of mandates for a client base of domestic and international utility companies, power producers and project developers. The team also reports an increase in work from the offshore sector. Håkon Sandbekk, who heads up the department, is highly regarded for his expertise in wind power projects, and assists with all stages of renewables projects, as well as advising on contractual matters and regulatory issues. Tax expert Einar Bakko and Liv Monica Stubholt, who is very experienced in acting for electricity sector clients, are also key names to note. Roy Slettvold moved in-house in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Håkon Sandbekk

Other key lawyers:

Einar Bakko; Liv Monica Stubholt

Key clients

Fortum

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)

Statkraft

Statnett

BKW Energie

Scatec

Varanger Kraft

Agder Energi

Norseman Wind AS

Cloudberry Clean Energy AS

Hitecvision/Vårgrønn AS

Morrow Batteries

HydrogenPro

Green Ammonia Berlevåg

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s ‘very dedicated‘ team has ‘in-depth knowledge about the energy and utility sector in Norway‘. Wind power mandates remain a cornerstone area of instruction for the group, which also counts energy financing matters, grid projects, and hydro power issues as key areas of expertise. Oslo-based Peter Aall Simonsen ‘has a deep understanding of the market, excellent organisational skills and is a well-experienced negotiator‘; he co-leads the department with Kristiansand-based Robin Aker Jakobsen, who specialises in grid law and electricity transmission issues. Senior associate Sunniva Kinsella acts on electricity and renewable sector projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Aall Simonsen; Robin Aker Jakobsen

Other key lawyers:

Sunniva Kinsella

Testimonials

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig has deep understanding of the rights and duties of power grid companies. They are knowledgeable of the law and various cases in the field. The team is on time, and precise.’

‘The entire SVW team is strongly focused and gives relevant and “straight to the point” advice.’

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig has a large and strong team covering all disciplines related to the “green shift”, such as solar, hydrogen, offshore and onshore wind power, grid, hydropower, biofuel, tax etc. They are engaged, easy to work with, very knowledgeable and well connected. The team includes a broad range of experts in different areas who work very well together and are great at finding workable solutions.’

‘The whole team delivers with gusto.’

‘Robin Aker Jakobsen has a very good overview of the regulations in the energy industry.’

‘Quick to respond and always clear recommendations.’

‘They are involved in negotiations and guidelines through industry organisations and for this reason they have first-hand knowledge of what is happening in the industry. This gives a great advantage in terms of being able to help the industry.’

‘Comprehensive sector experience with large involvement from partners.’

Highly skilled team with substantial industry knowledge.’

Key clients

Agder Energi AS/Agder Energi Nett AS

Arva AS

CapMan Infra Oy

DNB Bank ASA

Finnmark Kraft AS

Eksfin – Export Finance Norway

Glitre Energi Nett AS

Hardanger Energi Nett AS

Haugaland Kraft Nett AS

Horisont Energi AS

Kystnett AS

Kvikraft AS

Lede AS

Linea AS

Linja AS

Lofotkraft AS

Mørenett AS

NAEV Solventus S.a.r.l.

NEAS Nett AS

Norgesnett AS

Odda Energi Nett AS

PGEIF

Prime Capital AG

REN AS / Energi Norge AS

RWE Wind Norway

SFE Produksjon AS

Stryn Energi AS

Tensio AS

Vestas Norway AS

Vesterålskraft Nett AS

Vevig AS

Lofotkraft AS

Work highlights

  • Advising offshore wind developer RWE on bidding matters concerning the construction and operation of offshore wind farms in Norway.
  • Advising Eksfin (as export guarantor) on all matters pertaining to the Dogger Bank Wind Farm Projects, based in the UK.

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche‘s department fields expertise across the spectrum of electricity matters, with particular strength in electricity financing work, and is also widely recognised for its solid track record in advising on hydro power and wind power projects. The team stands out as ‘excellent in EU law‘, with practice co-head Espen Bakken focusing on M&A and competition law. Practice co-head Odd-Harald Berg Wasenden is praised for his ‘outstanding understanding of energy market regulation‘.

Practice head(s):

Espen Bakken; Odd-Harald Berg Wasenden

Testimonials

‘Odd-Harald Wasenden: very knowledgeable of both law and our business processes, which adds significant value and possibility to directly apply his advice. He has knowledge of both electricity and financial law which is unique and very valuable for us.’

‘Odd-Harald Wasenden is top-notch in EU law. He gives excellent advice. When we are negotiating deals, he is very good for commercial issues. And every time he has been involved the result has been very good.’

‘Odd-Harald Wasenden has high competence within energy regulation on a EU level. This is very sophisticated and specialized work.’

Key clients

TrønderEnergi AS

Statnett SF

Gassco AS

BKK

DigiPlex

Norske Skog Saugbrugs AS

Geothermal Energy AS

Agdereierne

Nasdaq Spot AB

Nasdaq Oslo ASA

Nasdaq Clearing AB

Elkem ASA /Elkem Iceland ehf.

EcoPro

Sarepta Energi AS

Biokraft AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Statnett on procurement matters pertaining to grid losses.
  • Advising Agdereierne, a consortium of over 20 municipalities holding a majority ownership in Agder Energi, on the merger of Agder Energi with Glitre Energi.

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Managing partner Lars Gunnar Aas and Amund Erdal jointly head up the ‘very hands-on, pragmatic and solutionoriented‘ team at Advokatfirmaet CLP DA. The group garners praise for its ‘expertise, efficiency and deep understanding of the industry‘, with a solid track record in advising on large-scale energy transactions, clean tech deals and infrastructure technology matters. Electricity and renewables sector acquisitions and divestments remain a buoyant area of instruction for the group. Senior associate Lars Strøm Killengreenstands out as a talented legal professional within the energy sector‘.

Practice head(s):

Lars Gunnar Aas; Amund Erdal

Other key lawyers:

Lars Strøm Killengreen

Testimonials

‘Both Amund Erdal and Lars Gunnar Aas are very knowledgeable within the electricity and renewable practice, and assist the client with all faces of the projects and contribute to getting the deals through.’

‘Very high quality deliveries within the time scope agreed. High availability.’

‘Very competent and dynamic team. Senior resources are hands-on in the projects.’

‘Lars Gunnar Aas has been very hands-on in the projects we have worked together. He is competent, flexible, listens to the clients’ needs, and delivers in an efficient and timely manner.’

‘Apart from providing efficient legal advice of very high quality, the CLP team stands out with their commercial mindset and understanding.’

‘Amund Erdal is a highly competent attorney who truly cares for his clients. He always makes himself available when needed and works proactively to ensure that risks and mitigating actions are identified at an early stage. His support has helped our legal department deliver value adding contributions to our business. Amund’s personable demeanour also makes him a pleasure to work with.’

Lars Strøm Killengreen stands out as a talented legal professional within the energy sector. He has helped drive complex projects with characteristic persistence and calm in high-pressure environments.’

‘Very practical, solution oriented, fast to respond.’

‘Amund Erdal is a very pragmatic and open-minded lawyer. He is thorough, level-headed and highly skilled in energy matters. What really stands out about Amund is his ability to come up with creative ideas where others only see hopeless problems. He is tough in defending his clients’ interest but at the same time delves deep into the issues and the parties’ goals and motivations to search for common ground and a way forward that works for all. Highly recommended!’

‘Amund Erdal is very knowledgeable and able to cover all the aspects relevant for us within the sector from greenfield development projects to transactions, mergers and carve-out of assets. He is very hands on and finds solutions in complex projects.’

Key clients

Agder Energi AS

Arendal Fossekompani ASA

Fortum Oyj

Fortum Consumer Solutions AS

Agder Energi Vannkraft AS

Volue ASA

Fortum Markets AS

Ånstadblåheia Vindpark AS

Nygårdsfjellet Vindpark AS

Entelios AS

Sørfjord Vindpark AS

Røros Elektrisitetsverk AS

Nysnø Klimeinvesteringer AS

Baze Technology AS

Enfo Technology AS

Agder Energi Venture AS

Intex Resources ASA

eSmart Systems AS

Resoptima AS

Lefdal Mine Datacenter AS

Morrow Batteries AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Agder Energi Vannkraft AS on the negotiation of a power purchase agreement with renewable energy asset manager Luxcara for the output of a 900MW wind power portfolio across Finland and Sweden.
  • Advising Morrow Batteries on the development of a factory, which will use renewable hydroelectric power to manufacture batteries.
  • Advising Fortum Oyj on the sale and transfer of shares in Sørfjord Vindpark AS to Nordic Wind B.V.

CMS Kluge

Stig Even Jakobsen heads up the practice at CMS Kluge, which is noted for advising on high-profile electricity and renewable energy projects. Kjetil Stensvik is ‘precise and practical‘, and is leading the advice to Statnett on all aspects of the ongoing North Sea Link project. Energy sector litigation and regulatory issues are other key areas of instruction for the ‘dedicated and capable‘ team. Senior associate Kenneth Høgevold ‘has a quick grasp of complex issues‘.

Practice head(s):

Stig Even Jakobsen

Other key lawyers:

Kjetil Stensvik; Kenneth Høgevold

Testimonials

‘Very competent, highly skilled. Delivers first-class advice.’

‘Individuals are very responsive and proactive in their advice. They understand our problems very easily and suggest good solutions to them.’

‘Very flexible and thorough in their work.’

‘CMS Kluge has offered a team of qualified lawyers with different expertise which we were able to draw upon. Instead of delivering lengthy, cumbersome memos, they deliver short and precise advice, specifically related to the issue presented.’

‘I have worked with Kenneth Høgevold. He has shown a quick grasp of complex issues, how they might be linked to other possible issues and is able to see the whole picture. He works independently and is able to propose solutions with good reasoning for meetings with the counter party. I especially appreciate his willingness to be available for a phone call at any time and to get the work done, no matter how late at night or how difficult the counter party is.’

‘Fast responses, understand very quickly the matter/case. Able to handle very complex information, also regarding international law. Able to understand the whole picture and be practical, not just see it from a ‘juridical and theoretical point of view’. Street smartness!’

Key clients

Hydro Energi AS

Hafslund E-CO AS

KLP

Kvinnherad Energi AS

Elvia AS

Statnett SF

Norsk Fjernvarme

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Fortum OYj

Nysnø Klimainvesteringer AS

Norsk Hydro ASA

Fjordkraft AS

Tensio AS – Tensio TS/TN

Salhuselva Kraft AS

Green Mountain AS

Brakar AS

Ruter AS

Gassnova SF

CO2 Capsol AS

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Powerzeek AS

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS‘ ‘very hands-on‘ team ‘knows the energy sector‘. The ‘pragmaticThomas Borch-Nielsen stands out for his expertise in M&A transactions, notably within the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. He jointly heads up the department with Stig Walle, who is praised for his ‘great industry knowledge‘. Marius Svendsvoll Langnes assists with construction projects, and litigation expert Øyvind Greaker Bjørndal ‘understands the customer’s needs well‘. Kristine Høivik Smedsrud is a key contact for contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Borch-Nielsen; Stig Walle

Other key lawyers:

Marius Svendsvoll Langne; Øyvind Greaker Bjørndal; Kristine Høivik Smedsrud

Testimonials

‘Very hands on, knowledgeable of all relevant aspects of the area and with a focus on solutions.’

‘Thomas Borch-Nielsen covers all relevant needs for assistance within the sector. Especially his combined knowledge as a great M&A lawyer and energy lawyer makes him stand out.’

‘Highly experienced on construction contracts. Direct and clear communication. Solution oriented.’

‘They are professional, but easy to communicate with. They are ahead of our case, and make us feel like we are an important customer and that they’ve always got the time for us. They are up to date with all the recent events. Extremely service minded.’

Key clients

Hywer (formerly Brødrene Dahl AS)

Småkraft Utbygging AS

Celsa Armeringsstål AS

MIP Miljøkraft AS

Green Norway AS

Maats tec ltd

Forte Vannkraft AS

Imtas

KB Spennteknikk

Nettalliansen AS

Nettpartner AS

Hurum Energi AS (Hurum Kraft AS and Smartliv AS)

Work highlights

  • Advised Forte Energi Bergboring AS (a wholly owned subsidiary of Forte Vannkraft AS) on an asset purchase from the Norhard Group, involving the acquisition of drilling rigs.
  • Assisting MIP Miljøkraft AS with disputes with the main contractor arising from the construction of the Leiråga hydropower plant.
  • Assisting Hywer with EPC contracts for the construction of hydropower plants.

SANDS

The energy department at SANDS has a strong cross-practice offering, with a team that advises on restructurings, energy transactions and regulatory issues, to name a few areas of expertise. Hydro, wind and solar sector mandates form the backbone of the practice, and department head Alf Øystein Skudal is very experienced in representing grid and hydropower sector clients. Senior associate Mathilda Bergman specialises in energy law, and is a key contact for transactional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Alf Øystein Skudal

Other key lawyers:

Mathilda Bergman

Testimonials

‘They quickly understand what you need assistance with and get the job done efficiently.’

‘The individuals we have worked with at SANDS have been very flexible in terms of turning work around quickly in accordance with our needs, and have had excellent subject matter knowledge.’

‘Alf Øystein Skudal has strong capabilities in the fields of M&A transactions, great in managing and coordinating projects, responds timely with quality. Exceptional market knowledge.’

Key clients

Ren Røros

Vesterålskraft

Cloudberry

NTE Energi

Tensio

Gudbrandsdal Energi

Dønnesfjord Vindkraft

Vento Ludens

Sandøy Energi

Aventus Green Technology

Scanvind2

Sira-Kvina Kraftselskap

Captiva Capital

Småkraft

Midtkraft

Magnora ASA

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt handles a wide variety of energy transactions, and is particularly well-regarded for its solid track record in advising renewables sector and energy companies on solar, wind and hydro M&A projects. Regulatory work is another core area of expertise for the practice, in which Hallvard Gilje Aarseth is experienced. Aarseth co-heads the department with Sindre Søndenå Andersen, who focuses on corporate law, securities and capital markets, and Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen.

Practice head(s):

Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen; Sindre Søndenå Andersen; Hallvard Gilje Aarseth

Testimonials

‘They have a very experienced and skilled team and we are very happy with their performance.’

Key clients

Fjordkraft Holding ASA / Fjordkraft AS

Norsk Vind AS

Magnora ASA

Nysnø Klimainvesteringer AS

VårGrønn AS

Lyse Energi AS

Fossberg Kraft AS

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Valinor AS

Clemens Kraft AS

Fjelberg Kraftlag AS

Tafjord Kraft AS

Gjensidig Forsikring ASA

Kellas Midsream Limited

Jæren Energi AS

Ocean GeoLoop AS

Biozin Holding AS