Electricity and renewable energy in Norway

BAHR

BAHR’s ‘forceful team’ is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in complex energy transactions; the group recently advised Hafslund E-CO on the combination of Hafslund’s and Eidsiva Energy’s grids to create Norway’s largest grid company, and is also assisting Fortum Oslo Varme with the Norway’s first full-scale carbon capture and storage project initiated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The practice is also recognised for its regulatory work. Jon Christian Thaulow leads the energy, natural resources and shipping department, which includes transactional specialist Rune Svoren, managing partner Thomas Svensen, who focuses on the hydropower sector; and tax expert Helge Olav Bugge.

Practice head(s):

Jon Christian Thaulow

Other key lawyers:

Rune Svoren; Thomas Svensen; Helge Olav Bugge

Testimonials

‘BAHR impresses in their ability to put together a forceful team.’

‘Thomas Svensen has been the responsible partner and has stood out with the combination of commercial understanding, broad legal competence, work capability and people skills. Both him and his team have contributed with energy, competence and a good climate.’

Key clients

Hafslund E-CO AS

Njordr AS

Oslo Municipality

Bodø Energi AS

Aquila Capital

Ymber AS

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Clean Energy Group

Rainpower AS

Sognekraft AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Hafslund E-CO on its NOK100bn deal with Eidsiva Energi, combining Hafslund’s and Eidsiva’s grids and Eidsiva’s and E-CO Energi’s power plants.
  • Acted for Njordr, a Norwegian developer of wind farm projects, on a joint venture agreement with Norsk Hydro, whereby Norsk Hydro acquired 34% of the shares in the company and will use Njordr as its principle vehicle for developing wind power projects across the region.
  • Advised Fortum Oslo Varme, operator of the largest waste-to-energy plant in Norway, on the ongoing CCS (Carbon Capture & Storage) project, a project initiated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

With ‘leading competence in Norwegian energy law’, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS ‘takes a constructive and trust-building role in negotiations’ and has the ‘ability to find solutions to complex problems’. The group is regularly involved in wind power and hydropower production and electricity grid projects, acting for a diverse client roster of power and grid companies including Statkraft, Statnett and Norsk Hydro. The team also recently advised Eolus Group on the Øyfjellet wind power project, which, when constructed, will be the largest standalone wind power plant in Norway. Aksel Tannum heads up the practice, Jøran Sandvik focuses on transactional work and Pål Martin Abell and Johan Fredrik Remmen have notable contentious experience. Newly promoted partner Mari Reitzel Bjerke is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Aksel Tannum

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of current law. Ability to find solutions to complex problems. Very good understanding of us and our business. The lawyers at Haavind are very nice people with nice behaviour.’

‘Complete set of skills and experience to cover any energy/power related topic for an energy business professional. Especially strong on energy law and regulation and detailed knowledge of the underlying physical power system.’

‘The Haavind team is very knowledgeable in the area of hydro power production. They are also extremely hard working, service minded and take a constructive and trust building role in negotiations. We have also found them to be well organised and able to provide well balanced legal advice under considerable time pressure.’

‘Haavind has given full attention to our needs and been available around the clock. We have appreciated the extremely hard working and diligent attitude.’

‘The team specialises in the hydropower industry’s work areas. The team has very good insight into public administration in hydropower matters.’

‘I would especially like to point out that the lawyers in Haavind respond quickly when asked by us and solve assignments quickly.’

‘Strong competence and much experience as regards expropriation of indigenous peoples’ rights to land, validity of license and expropriation permit (including international law), compensation and procedural matters.’

Key clients

Statkraft

Statnett

BlackRock Inc.

Axpo Nordic AS and Axpo Trading AG

Vattenfall AB

Stadtwerke München

Agder Energi AS

Lundin Energy

Salten Kraftsamband AS

Eolus Vind AB / Eolus Vind Norge AS

Fontavis AG

Voith Hydro AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Eolus with all legal aspects regarding the wind power project Øyfjellet, a large standalone power plant.
  • Represented Statkraft/Fosen Vind in several court cases regarding the validity of permits to build and operate wind farms, including a Supreme Court case regarding the right to commence the building.
  • Advised Swiss asset manager Fontavis on the acquisition of OBOS’ portfolio of small-scale hydro power plants.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS particularly stands out for its renewables department, which has strength in the hydroelectric power, wind power, district heating, waste incineration and bioenergy sectors. The team is active in infrastructure and grid operations, including regulatory matters and issues concerning land owners and public authorities; Gunnar Martinsen is a key name for regulatory work. Core segments of the practice comprise environmental law, licensing issues, concessions and public permits, expropriation and valuation work, power plant taxation and energy-sector dispute resolution. Practice head Bendik Christoffersen focuses on concession law and corporate organisational issues, while Jens Naas-Bibow is noted for his environmental and economic regulation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Bendik Christoffersen

Other key lawyers:

Jens Naas-Bibow; Gunnar Martinsen

Testimonials

‘I believe their knowledge in renewable energy including everything related to regulation is very strong. Easy to approach for discussion on local particularities, good availability.’

‘The local understanding of the wind market, legal issues and regulation was very good. Bendik Christoffersen is clearly an expert in that area.’

‘Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the stakeholders positions, motivation and working methods in the renewable industry. Detailed knowledge on legislation and processes for permits, contract management, risk mitigation, financing, investment decisions, taxation. Experienced, friendly and professional. ’

‘Bendik Christoffersen is skilful and experienced. Excellent industry knowledge and negotiating skills. Solid reputation.’

‘Gunnar Marthinsen is a utility and renewable industry expert on regulation. Solid reputation.’

Key clients

Green Investment Group

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

Glitre Energi AS with subsidiaries

B Capital Partners AG

Lyse AS with subsidiaries

Avantor AS

Vardar AS

Småkraft AS

Østfold Energi AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Eidsiva Energi AS with its merger with Hafslund E-CO/Oslo Holding AS, now Norway’s largest municipal and county administrational owned energy corporation.
  • Assisted Green Investment Group with the purchase and development of the Tysvær and Buheii wind farms.
  • Assisted Akershus Energi Vind AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Akershus Energi AS, with the acquisition of the Songkjølen and Engerfjellet Wind Farm project from RWE Renewables.

Wiersholm

At Wiersholm, Inge Ekker Bartnes and Jon Rabben jointly lead the electricity practice, which acts for a high-profile roster of private and public companies including Statkraft, Statnett and TrønderEnergi. The group notably excels in energy transactions and regulatory mandates and also handles power purchase agreements, project financing issues, development work and energy disputes. Ronny Lund and Helge Morten Svarva have key expertise in energy sector litigation with notable knowledge of contractual issues, Stephan Jervell regularly handles international arbitration proceedings and Georg Abusdal Engebretsen focuses on environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Inge Ekker Bartnes; Jon Rabben  

Other key lawyers:

Ronny Lund; Helge Morten Svarva; Stephan Jervell; Georg Abusdal Engebretsen

Key clients

Akershus Energi AS / Akershus Energi Varme AS

Dalane Energi / Dalane Kraft AS

Impax Asset Management (AIFM) Ltd.

Istad AS

Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS / NTE Energi AS

Ringerikskraft AS

Skagerak Energi AS / Skagerak Kraft AS

SL Capital Partners LLP/ Standard Life Investments

Sogn og Fjordane Energi AS / SFE Produksjon AS

Statkraft AS

Statnett SF

Suomen Voima Oy (SV Vattenkraft AB)

TrønderEnergi AS

Varanger Kraft AS

Whitehelm Capital Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Infracapital on its acquisition of 63% of Fortum Recharge, Fortum’s charging point network for electrical vehicles in the Nordics.
  • Advised Akershus Energi AS on possible legal and commercial structures as a consequence of the merger of Akershus Energi’s owner, Akershus County, into Viken County, and assisted with license applications.
  • Advising Ringerikskraft AS on its planned merger with Nore Energi AS, a municipal utilities company.

Wikborg Rein

The energy department at Wikborg Rein is particularly strong for renewables and wind power, and works on a broad range mandates including advising on transactions, power purchase agreements, development work, construction contracts, financings, regulatory issues and disputes. Group head Tormod Ludvik Nilsen assists numerous international investors with interests in Norwegian electricity production and onshore wind projects. The practice also includes Bergen office managing partner Jan Erik Clausen and Birgitte Karlsen, who primarily handles project development work.

Practice head(s):

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen

Other key lawyers:

Jan Erik Clausen; Birgitte Karlsen

Testimonials

‘Wide knowledge in onshore and offshore wind power and hydropower matters. High competence on national regulations and laws within the renewable market. Knowledge on EU matters within renewable energy. Delivers always within time limit according to agreed schedule.’

Key clients

Stadtwerke München GmbH

Nord Pool Holding AS

Hafslund E-CO

Norsk Hydro ASA

BKK AS

Eidsiva Energi AS

Troms Kraft AS

Luxcara GmbH

SUSI Partners AG

TSO Holding AS

ASKO Fornybar AS

NBT AS

Enova SF

KGAL GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advised Nord Pool, Europe’s leading power exchange for physical power trading, and its owners (the Nordic and Baltic transmission system operators) on a complex structured sales process.
  • Advising Troms Kraft AS on the largest grid transaction of 2020, between Troms Kraft Nett AS and Nordlandsnett.
  • Representing the owner of Sandhaugen Vind AS in a high-profile and principal litigation matter against the Norwegian state.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is highly regarded for its transactional expertise, with a client base of large energy companies and renewable sector businesses; the team has extensive experience in hydro, wind and solar M&A, including the consolidation of smaller utility companies and small-scale hydro work. Hallvard Gilje Aarseth is the department's key contact for regulatory work; he jointly heads up the team with capital markets, securities and corporate law-focused Sindre Søndenå AndersenSverre Bjelland is the key contact in Stavanger.

Practice head(s):

Sindre Søndenå Andersen; Hallvard Gilje Aarseth

Other key lawyers:

Sverre Bjelland

Key clients

Fjordkraft Holding ASA, Fjordkraft AS, Trøndelag Kraft AS

Norsk Vind AS

Lyse Energi AS

Fred Olsen Renewables AS

Nysnø Klimainvesteringer AS

Clemens Kraft AS / Fearnley Securities AS

Fossberg Kraft AS

Fjelberg Kraftlag SA

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets / Macquarie Group

Tafjord Kraft AS

Jæren Energi AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Norsk Vind AS and Bjerkreim Vind AS on the Bjerkreim wind power projects.
  • Advised FjordkraftHolding ASA on its acquisition of retail electricity provider Innlandskraft AS.
  • Advised Norsk Vind AS on a project development and structured sales process relating to Norsk Vind Måkaknuten AS.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Advokatfirmaet Hjort handles a wide variety of energy transactions, and is particularly well-regarded for its regulatory expertise in issues including the expropriation of land in wind and hydroelectric power projects, concessions, decarbonisation issues, and transport and energy trading concerns. Other core areas of expertise for the practice span indigenous law issues arising from project developments, organisational requirements for energy companies and IT and digitalisation work. Team lead Kristin Bjella has broad experience in wind, hydropower and grid projects; transactional and tax expert Morten Fjermeros and technology specialist Kristin Veierød are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Bjella

Other key lawyers:

Morten Fjermeros; Kristin Veierød

Key clients

Agder Energi group

Statnett SF

Sogn og Fjordane Energi AS

Energiselskapet Hardanger group

Gassnova SF

SFE Produksjon AS

SFE Nett AS

Mirova Eurofidem 4 S.L.P

NODES Markets and NODES Tech

Fred. Olsen Renewables

Siemens Gamesa

Salten Kraftsamband

Work highlights

  • Advised Agder Energi Vannkraft AS on the development of two new hydropower plants.
  • Advised Energiselskapet Hardanger on matters including the acquisition of shares in another hydropower company and the renegotiation of energy rights.
  • Assisted Gilja Vindkraftverk AS with a licensing application for a wind plant development project.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA has ‘unique insight into the utilities sector’ at a national and international level, acting for a range of utility companies and energy clients including Hafslund, E-CO Energi and TrønderEnergi. Group head Christian Poulsson regularly handles cross-border mandates with additional expertise in regulatory work, commodities issues and litigation. Other key practitioners include Per Conradi Andersen, Kristin Ourom, who acts for distribution system operators and hydropower production companies; and corporate expert Sverre Tysland, who joined the group from SANDS in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christian Poulsson

Other key lawyers:

Per Conradi Andersen; Kristin Ourom; Sverre Tysland

Testimonials

‘They hold unique insight into the utilities sector, regulation and governing laws. Clients benefit from their practical approach to challenges related to ongoing restructuring work, securing a lean and predictable process for clients within the governing framework. Excel in support on large acquisitions according to strict rules for public acquisitions. Providing clients trust and stability on lawsuits.’

‘Partner Kristin Ourom shows excellent response and insight to sector specific matters. She pulls on the broader team when required, securing a true one stop and professional point of contact.’

‘Litigation, renewable energy, predominantly renewable electricity, are in my experience the firm’s strengths. Definitely a firm to go to in Norway.’

‘Christian Poulsson is excellent. Pleasant to work with, seasoned and efficient energy lawyer, effective in litigation.’

‘Kristin Ourom, Industry knowledge and wide network with renewable and utility companies, especially SMEs. Detailed understanding of the industry, and the motivation, position, working methods of company management, boards, owners, regulators, suppliers, lenders, unions, equity investors, landowners etc. Professional and friendly.’

Key clients

Alta Kraftlag

aventron

Captiva Capital Management

E-CO Energi

Hafslund

Hallingdal Kraftnett

Hammerfest Energi

Hålogaland Kraft

Notodden Energi

Rauma Energi

Saudefaldene

Sykkylven Energi

Stranda Energi

Stryn Energi

Tafjord Kraft

TrønderEnergi

Augusta & Co

Geitåni Kraftverk

Tinfos AS

Nortura

Scanergy AS

NorgesEnergi AS / Kredinor Finans AS

Cloudberry Asset Management AS

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium lead by Cloudberry Asset Management AS on an attempted acquisition of the hydropower production portfolio owned by OBOS AS.
  • Acted for Kredinor Finans AS in a regulatory dispute with the Norwegian Energy Regulatory Authority (RME) concerning terms of power sale by several utilities.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS stands out in the market for its expertise in the hydropower industry, advising key regional and national players and utility companies, with additional strength in the wind and solar sectors. Clients include state-owned utilities, project developers and power producers; a distinguishing strength for the team lies in handling corporate PPAs. Practice head Håkon Sandbekk advises on the full life-cycle of renewables projects, from planning, development, construction and financing issues to operational work and M&A transactions. Roy Slettvold is a go-to name for regional utilities and senior associate Maria Mikkelsen is also a key contact for project work.

Practice head(s):

Håkon Sandbekk

Other key lawyers:

Roy Slettvold; Maria Mikkelsen

Key clients

Fortum OY

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)

Graphene Batteries

Dragefossen

BKW Energie

Haugaland Kraft

Oslofjord Varme

NODES

Falck Renewables

Norwegian Crystals

Scatec Solar

Lofotkraft

Statkraft

Statnett

Varanger Kraft/Varanger Kraft Vind

Norseman Wind

Aibel

Equinor (New Energy Solutions)

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

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

SKS

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortum Oy on the structured sales process for a majority stake in Fortum Recharge, the largest EV charging business in the Nordics.
  • Advising Statkraft on the contemplated restructuring of its ownership in Fosen Vind, Europe’s largest onshore wind farm cluster.
  • Advising NBIM, fund manager for Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, on strategy and processes for investment in the offshore wind sector.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig ‘has a good overview of what is happening in the industry’ with notable expertise in the wind power sector; it recently advised Prime Capital on its acquisition of Tromsø Vind and Raudfjell Vind. The team also assists with grid projects, energy transmission issues, hydroelectric mandates, financing work, regulatory matters and energy M&A. Peter Aall Simonsen and Robin Aker Jakobsen jointly lead the group and are based in Oslo and Kristiansand respectively.

Practice head(s):

Peter Aall Simonsen; Robin Aker Jakobsen

Other key lawyers:

Sunniva Kinsella

Testimonials

‘The Simonsen team have strong knowledge of both the power sector and of financial transactions. There is always a friendly and constructive atmosphere in our working relationship. We have not had any problems or challenges in working with Simonsen. They have always been very reliable.’

‘Peter Aall Simonsen: Efficient, friendly and service minded. Strong knowledge of both the power sector and financial transactions. Good at finding feasible solutions.’

‘Sunniva Kinsella: Efficient, friendly and service minded. High quality on every document she has delivered.’

‘They have highly competent employees that know the electricity business well.’

‘Robin Aker Jakobsen is the person in SVW that helps us the most. He is, by my opinion, highly qualified in our field and an “easy going” person that is comfortable to work with.’

‘They have excellent understanding of the challenges customers may have and have a great ability to communicate their message.’

‘Peter Aall Simonsen is almost a guru in the Nordic energy market.’

‘Has a good overview of what is happening in the industry and can contribute in consulting based on good industry knowledge.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable about the renewable industry in general which is very helpful in practicing legal advice. In addition they have key staff, such as Peter Aall Simonsen, that is highly referred to as an renewable energy expert. The team is flexible and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Agder Energi AS/Agder Energi Nett AS

BKK Nett

DNB Bank ASA

Energi Norge AS

Finnmark Kraft AS

Gassnova SF

GIEK – the Norwegian State Export Credit Agency

Glitre Energi Nett

Gudbrandsdal Energi Nett AS

Hardanger Energi Nett AS

Haugaland Kraft Nett

Helgeland Kraft Nett

Istad Nett AS

Lofotkraft

Mørenett

NEAS

Nord Salten Kraft Nett AS

Nordlandsnett AS

Nord-Salten kraftlag

Norgesnett

Nydalen Energi AS

Odda Energi

Prime Capital AG

REN AS

SFE Nett

SFE Produksjon AS

Skagerak Nett AS

Stryn Energi

Sunndal Energi

Sunnfjord Energi

Tensio

TRMEW Obrót S.A.

Troms Kraft Nett

Trønderkraft

Vestas Wind Turbines A/S

Vesterålskraft Nett

Ymber Nett

Work highlights

  • Advised Prime Capital AG on its purchase of the companies Tromsø Vind AS and Raudfjell Vind AS, which own the Kvitfjell and Raudfjell wind power projects.
  • Advising Gassnova on the Norwegian state’s large and groundbreaking Carbon Capture and Storage project.
  • Assisted REN with all legal matters since 2014, including regulatory matters, contractual issues, the building of facilities and public procurements.

Arntzen de Besche

The full-service practice at Arntzen de Besche handles electricity financing mandates, projects, transactions and regulatory work, with a strong profile in handling wind projects and matters for local grid and power companies. Competition law and EU and EEA regulations are particular areas of expertise; competition and M&A specialist Espen Bakken jointly heads up the team with Odd-Harald Berg Wasenden, whose practice encompasses petroleum and environmental law issues.

Practice head(s):

Espen Bakken; Odd-Harald Berg Wasenden

Testimonials

‘Expert knowledge in the field of electricity trading, both physical and financial.’

‘Odd-Harald Wasenden always provides the best expert advice and has a unique insight into the business of physical and financial trading.

‘Unique competence in combining legal and business expertise adding exceptional value for the customers, especially Odd-Harald Wasenden.’

‘Odd-Harald Wasenden is a very professional, dedicated and efficient lawyer.’

Key clients

TrønderEnergi AS

Sarepta Energi AS

Gassco AS

NORWEA – Norwegian Windpower Association

Norsk BioEnergiforening (Norwegian BioEnergy Association)

Enova SF

Nasdaq Oslo AS

Nasdaq Clearing AB

Elkem ASA /Elkem Iceland ehf.

Work highlights

  • Advised TrønderEnergi on its expansion of 1TWh of new wind power projects in Trøndelag, Norway.
  • Assisted biofuel company Biokraft AS with every stage of the establishment of a liquid biogas plant at Skogn, Norway.
  • Advised Nasdaq Oslo on the establishment of a Nominated Electricity Market Operator.

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA’s renewable energy, power and transmission department is particularly strong in transactional mandates and active in energy technology deals, including clean tech and utility and infrastructure technology mandates. Notable example highlights include software and technology work related to power production, production and transmission surveillance issues, and power transmission matters. Electricity and renewables-sector divestments and acquisitions are a key area of work, in which teams co-heads Lars Gunnar Aas and Amund Erdal are both experienced.

Practice head(s):

Lars Gunnar Aas; Amund Erdal

Testimonials

‘Efficient and direct communication and production, expert knowledge across legal M&A and equity structures.’

‘The CLP team stands out from other Oslo-based teams in many ways, but most importantly by achieving strong commercial results, requiring creativity, commercial astuteness, deal and sector experience and intelligence – from lead partner to associate. They are able to build trust with counterparts which is important for smooth execution of transactions.’

‘Lars Gunnar Aas is a very experienced lawyer, a good negotiator and very pleasant to deal with. Amund Erdal is extremely qualified in energy law and equally pleasant to deal with. Both gentlemen do their utmost to meet with the client’s requests and timeline and proactively consider what would be best for the client in each situation.’

‘In addition to very good sector knowledge in energy, they are extremely flexible, proactive and pragmatic.’

‘Very strong and competent team. Although compact, it’s always attentive, able to cope with large transactions and driving processes proactively. Very solution-oriented attitude which is always appreciated. ’

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

Fredriksborg Eiendom AS

CapMan Real Estate Oy

Røros Elektrisitetsverk AS

Freyr AS

Nysnø Klimeinvesteringer AS

Arendal Fossekompani ASA

Baze Technology AS

Powel AS

Enfo Technology AS

Agder Energi Venture AS

BKK AS

Intex Resources ASA

eSmart Systems AS

Resoptima AS

Lefdal Mine Datacenter AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Nordic Wind B.V. and Fortum Oyj on the sale of an 80% stake in Fortum’s Nordic onshore wind portfolio to funds advised by Credit Suisse Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advised Agder Energi Vannkraft AS on the negotiation of a 15TWh power purchase agreement with Boliden AB.
  • Advised Battery Holding AS and Agder Energy Venture AS in connection with NOAH AS’ acquisition of a majority stake in Graphene Batteries AS.

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS' energy practice is distinguished by its strong regulatory offering, with particular experience in German law regarding wind power and grid projects. The team regularly advises on large international projects concerning oil and gas, offshore wind and onshore facilities. Practice head Thomas Borch-Nielsen focuses on M&A transactions in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Borch-Nielsen

Other key lawyers:

Stig Walle; Marie Braadland

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge within the utility, offshore wind and small-scale hydro power sector.’

‘Very good competence within road construction/infrastructure/PPP.’

‘Thomas Borch-Nielsen has long and diverse experience within the renewable energy sectors, hereunder from M&A processes.’

Key clients

Celsa Armeringsstål AS

Moelven Industrier ASA

Hywer (formerly Brødrene Dahl AS)

Småkraft Utbygging AS

enso hydro GmbH

MIP Miljøkraft AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hywer with establishing, structuring and following-up on all framework agreements and legal structures in developing a portfolio of 80 hydropower plants.
  • Assisted MIP Miljøkraft AS with the construction process of the Leiråga hydropower plant.
  • Acted for Småkraft Utbygging in a dispute with one of its contractors during and after the building of the Fjærland portfolio of six hydropower plants.

SANDS

Alf Øystein Skudal heads up the practice at SANDS, which utilises its cross-practice approach to assist with energy transactions, restructurings, regulatory issues, patent work and corporate governance mandates. Skudal is noted for his expertise in the hydropower and grid sectors, while Vidar Johnsen regularly handles cross-border development projects in the solar industry and is also recommended for mandates involving contractual, infrastructure and IP elements.

Practice head(s):

Alf Øystein Skudal

Other key lawyers:

Vidar Johnsen

Key clients

Ren Røros

Lofotkraft

Cloudberry

NTE Energi

Tensio

Gudbrandsdal Energi

Dønnesfjord Vindkraft

Vento Ludens

Sandøy Energi

Aventus Green Technology

Vesterålskraft

Scanvind2

Sira-Kvina Kraftselskap

Småkraft

Captiva Capital

Flesberg municipality

Work highlights

  • Advised Vesterålskraft on the sale of 100% of the shares in Vesterålskraft Strøm to Fjordkraft, with issuance of Fjordkraft shares as consideration.
  • Advised Gudbrandsdal Energi on assessments of how new and expected regulations will impact different business segments and advising on assessments of new branding requirements.
  • Advised ScanVind2 on the possible sale of Rewind Vänern, which holds a license to develop, construct and operate a wind farm comprised of 20 wind turbine generators in Lake Vänern, Sweden.