Hall Of Fame: Electricity And Renewable Energy

Next Generation Partners: Electricity And Renewable Energy

Firms To Watch: Energy

Established in 2021 by Jens Naas-Bibow and Frode Støle, 1,5 Advokatfirma AS specialises in renewable energy, infrastructure and sustainability mandates, and assists clients with regulatory issues, contractual work, transactions and disputes.

Energy in Norway

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche is singled out as a ‘forward-leaning’ practice in the oil and gas field, regularly handling E&P financing mandates, regulatory issues and M&A deals as well as disputes and tax matters. The group is particularly highlighted for its work for contractors on development projects and has recently been active in projects relating to the electrification of offshore installations. Karl Erik Navestad leads the group, which also includes upstream specialist Rune Omdahl and Anders Rødland. Regulatory specialist Odd-Harald B. Wasenden leads the firm’s electricity and renewable energy offering, which is active in the hydropower and wind power sectors. Tax expert Rune Tjomsås Andersen and senior associate Aleksander Dypvik Myklebust also contribute to the group.

Practice head(s):

Odd-Harald B. Wasenden; Karl Erik Navestad

Other key lawyers:

Rune Omdahl; Anders Rødland; Rune Tjomsås Andersen; Aleksander Dypvik Myklebust


‘Very capable and available team, forward-leaning and eager to add value to our processes.’

‘Karl Erik Navestad is a very experienced oil and gas lawyer with in-depth industry knowledge. He is very quick at catching what is important to his clients, and always delivers on his promises. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘Timely, on point, excellent lawyers.’

‘Anders Rødland – personal engagement, collaboration, proactive, expert advice.’

‘Odd-Harald B Wasenden has a deep understanding of the electricity market, and grid/infrastructure issues in particular. He always has the ability to see the big picture when providing his advice.’

‘Aleksander D. Myklebust has valuable regulatory grid and infrastructure insight and a very good political understanding.’

‘Rune Tjomsås Andersen is very knowledgeable in the energy and electricity sector. In particular related to tax issues and transactional work.’

‘Great team with relevant knowledge and a business mind. Also links to resources in other countries.’

Key clients


Statnett SF

Gassco AS

Eviny AS (formerly BKK AS)

Bulk Infrastructure Group AS

Trollfjord AS

Norske Skog Saugbrugs AS

Geothermal Energy AS

TrønderEnergi AS

Nasdaq Spot AB / Nasdaq Oslo ASA / Nasdaq Clearing AB

Elkem ASA /Elkem Iceland ehf.

Enova SF

Norsk Hydrogenforum

Biokraft AS

Lime Petroleum AS

National Grid plc

The government of Iceland


Vår Energi AS

Petoro AS

Altera Infrastructure


Edison S.p.A.

Lime Petroleum

MOL Norge



Pandion Energy

Work highlights

  • Assisting Agdereierne in connection with Agder Energi’s process of merging with Glitre Energi AS.
  • Assisted energy companies Trollfjord AS and Andøy Energi Holding AS in connection with entering into NOK7.5bn transaction agreements with Nordkraft AS.
  • Advising Lime Petroleum on the NOK356m acquisition of Repsol Norge’s 33.84 % share in the Brage field.


With ‘commercial and efficient advice’ and ‘deep knowledge that never stops impressing’, BAHR is a key name in the market for transactional work across all elements of the energy sector and is also highly regarded for its knowledge of regulatory challenges, development projects, financings, litigation and commercial agreements. In the renewable energy space, the group acts for a high-profile client roster of public and private entities in the carbon capture, offshore wind and hydropower production industries, and the team is also a go-to contact for leading oil and gas E&P companies and oil services businesses. Jon Christian Thaulow leads the energy and environmental law group, while Stig Klausen Engelhart heads up the petroleum division and managing partner Thomas K. Svensen excels in oil and gas projects. Other key practitioners include transactional specialists Rune Svoren and Trond Lingaas, Morten Smørdal, who handles electricity production and wind farm developments, and Jan B. Jansen, who focuses on contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Jon Christian Thaulow; Thomas K. Svensen; Stig Klausen Engelhart

Other key lawyers:

Rune Svoren; Trond Lingaas; Morten Smørdal; Jan B. Jansen


‘On point advice. Very service-minded and pleasant to work with.’

‘Highly competent and always on top of things.’

‘BAHR has sufficient resources to always be able to put together a team that can handle peak loads. Extremely good availability.’

‘My main person within BAHR is Stig Klausen Engelhart. He has been the responsible partner for several significant projects over the last years. In particular I will emphasise his excellent commercial skills, to not lose sight of the commercial objectives and contribute to finding good solutions for us that are acceptable for the counterpart. He is very solution oriented and has always been able to solve sensitive matters and maintain progress according to the timeline.’

‘The BAHR team are always able to address a wide range of legal challenges and demonstrate ability to solve issues that require competence within multiple areas and disciplines.’

‘In general, their deep knowledge of the various parts of the E&P value chain never stop impressing me. I have worked with Trond Lingaas in particular and he demonstrates an understanding of the practical challenges and awareness of any commercial interfaces leaving great confidence in the end products he has been involved with.’

‘BAHR is great due to: – its highly skilled lawyers – its well designed support teams fit to suit the relevant tasks – its customer service and priorities – its diversified teams – its customer availability and service level – its format of practical legal advice and input – its branch- and customer knowledge.’

‘The BAHR team supporting us provides superb legal support by allocating the best team for the relevant task adding unique competence.’

Key clients

Hafslund AS


Oslo Municipality (Oslo kommune)

Aker Horizons AS

Aquila Capital

Ymber AS

Aker Offshore Wind

Celsio (formerly Fortum Oslo Varme)

Freyr AS

Aker Carbon Capture

Aker Clean Hydrogen


Sognekraft AS

Aker BP

Aker Energy AS






Vår Energi

Sval Energi



Aker Group Companies (Aker, Aker Solutions, Akastor)




Work highlights

  • Assisting Aker Horizons with its €1bn acquisition of Mainstream Renewable Power, a leading independent renewable energy company with a presence in multiple jurisdictions, and the subsequent €575m investment by Mitsui in Aker Mainstream Renewables.
  • Assisted an investor consortium consisting of Hafslund AS, HitecVision and Infranode with the acquisition of Fortum’s 50% stake in Fortum Oslo Varme AS (now Hafslund Oslo Celsio AS), the largest supplier of district heating in Norway, and acted for Hafslund AS and the City of Oslo in relation to the latter’s transfer of a 50% stake to the former.
  • Advising Aker and Aker BP in connection with the NOK125bn acquisition of Lundin Energy Norway AS.

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Credited as a ‘very qualified and strong transaction team within the energy sector’, Advokatfirmaet CLP DA's practice fields a ‘compact, agile and commercially experienced team’ which is adept at advising on large-scale energy and electricity transactions, infrastructure projects, and clean technology deals. Lars Gunnar Aas and Amund Erdal co-lead the practice, which maintains a strong track record in assisting power production and utilities companies with cross-border and domestic M&A.

Practice head(s):

Lars Gunnar Aas; Amund Erdal


‘CLP has very good knowledge about the electricity and renewable energy market in Norway, updated, know the different players quite well and are very solution oriented.’

‘Amund Erdal is very qualified, easy to cooperate with and able to find good and practical solutions. With the support of Lars Gunnar Aas, CLP has a very qualified and strong transaction team within the energy sector.’

‘Amund Erdal has been exceptional.’

‘Close personal relationship between client and client contact, including socially connected.’

‘A strong focus on providing a compact, agile and commercially experienced team covering all our needs for legal assistance. The focus on providing us with a consistent team with one contact point is highly appreciated, knowing that regardless of the matter it will be handled swiftly.’

‘Amund Erdal is extremely knowledgeable and our go to legal adviser in the energy sector regardless of the matter at hand. He is a very strong negotiator with a great understanding of the important commercial aspects and objectives of the assignments. His calm and analytic approach also makes him a very pleasant adviser to work with.’

‘Lars Gunnar Aas is one of the most experienced legal advisers we have worked with in the sector and has a unique capability to push the transactions forward in the wanted direction.’

Key clients

Agder Energi AS

Arendal Fossekompani ASA

Fortum Oyj

Fortum Strøm AS

Agder Energi Vannkraft AS

Volue ASA

Ånstadblåheia Vindpark AS

Nygårdsfjellet Vindpark AS

Entelios AS

Green Hyco 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

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Resoptima AS

Lefdal Mine Datacenter AS

Morrow Batteries AS

Sysco AS




Work highlights

  • Advised Finnish utility Fortum Oyj on the sale of its controlling stake in Fortum Oslo Varme AS to an investor consortium comprising Hafslund Eco AS, HitecVision and Infranode.
  • Advised Morrow Batteries AS on its €100m private placement against Siemens Financial Services, ABB, Nysnø Klimainvesteringer, Arendals Fossekompani (new investors) and the existing shareholders Agder Energi Invest, NOAH and the Danish pension fund PKA to finance the first phase of Morrow Batteries AS’ 42 GWh giga battery factory.
  • Assisted Agder Energi Vannkraft AS with the negotiation and signing of a PPA with Yara Norge AS for the purpose of electrifying and decarbonising Yara’s ammonia plant at Herøya.

CMS Kluge

CMS Kluge’s oil and gas and renewable energy teams utilise the firm’s global network to assist a broad range of domestic and international clients on cross-border projects, handling transactional, regulatory and contentious work. In the oil and gas space, the team excels in E&P and offshore developments and licensing issues. Petroleum expert Olav Hasaas leads the group, which also fields contract specialist Siv Madland and litigator Asle Bjelland. The firm has also advised several oil and gas clients on their transition into the renewable energy space, an area in which Hasaas has been notably active. Other key names on the renewables front include M&A expert Stig Even Jakobsen, Knut Anders Sannes and Kjetil Stensvik.

Practice head(s):

Olav Hasaas

Other key lawyers:

Siv Madland; Asle Bjelland; Stig Even Jakobsen; Knut Anders Sannes; Kjetil Stensvik; Camilla Grytten


‘The CMS Kluge team covers the entire range of legal services required. A very good “full service” practice, where the different fields/departments work seamlessly together. They offer a very collaborative approach, which is also reflected in innovative pricing and billing arrangements based on the needs of the client.’

‘Each member of the CMS Kluge team takes a personal interest in the client’s project; the full commercial business case, and the risks and opportunities in it, and not limited to only the agreements or transactions in question for the firm’s scope. Partner Kjetil Stensvik stands out as a lawyer extremely dedicated to the clients project, business case, organisation and needs.’

‘They are friendly, helpful and understand our needs.’

‘Professional team including both experienced lawyers who built their experience working in house in the biggest oil and gas companies in Norway and young lawyers with good knowledge receiving good support from partners. CMS Kluge is helping young lawyers to develop their skills. Team is unique, consists of very competent and professional advisers who are easy to connect with and feel comfortable under the cooperation. Always delivering on time and flexible with prices when tasks are less complicated. I would highly recommend CMS Kluge. They joined an international chain of advisers and can deliver legal advice also across different jurisdictions.’

‘Camilla Grytten – hardworking, thorough, engaged, always on time with her work, very open and friendly with good sense of humour and modern lawyer. She was a part of big and complex project for my company including drafting and assessment of 30 agreements, her experience and understanding of the complexity of project helped to mitigate the risks for my company. Brilliant in disputes. Creating a good atmosphere for the local team and during the meetings with other parties.’

‘Experienced team in Energy Law – and leading Norwegian law firm in the field of District Energy.’

‘Kjetil Stensvik always give timely and high-quality deliverables. He finds practical solutions on potential contractual disputes, and provides clear guidance on a possible way forward. Very good communications skills and ability to build relationships in the project organisation.’

Key clients

Brakar AS

CO2 Capsol AS

KLP pension fund

Green H

Hafslund E-CO Vannkraft Innlandet AS

Norsk Fjernvarme

Ruter AS

Statnett SF

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Lotos Exploration and Production Norway AS

Semar AS

Aarbakke AS

AF Aeronmollier AS

COUNT Energy Trading B.V.

Densiq AS

Gassnova SF

LOTOS Exploration and Production Norge AS

Neodrill AS

OMV Norge AS

Optilift AS

Pandion Energy AS

Petoro AS

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Total E&P Norge AS

Wellesley Petroleum AS

Wintershall Dea Norge AS

Work highlights

  • Advising Gassnova on the Longship carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.
  • Advised Wellesley Petroleum on the divestment of PL 942 (Ørn).
  • Advised Statnett SF on the North Sea Link project, which is a cooperation between Statnett and the UK’s National Grid to construct an interconnector between Norway and the UK.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has expanded its coverage of the renewable energy sector and is a key name in the market for transactional work, particularly investment and finance mandates involving wind power assets. The team also leverages the firm’s construction expertise to handle construction projects and is also able to utilise the firm’s global network to attract international clients. M&A experts Kaare Oftedal and Siren Skalstad Ellensen are the key contacts in the practice, which also includes construction specialist Helge Neraal.

Practice head(s):

Kaare Oftedal; Siren Skalstad Ellensen

Other key lawyers:

Helge Naraal; Magnus Brox; Anders Hilt


‘The partners and all of the team members are very dedicated, they have someone with the right skills and knowledge ready to help.’

‘Through their internal consultation, we were able to access some of the team with a specific knowledge and combined with the general practice and specificity of the matter, they suggest the best way to proceed. So far in all these years, our collaboration with DLA Piper Norway has always paid off.’

Key clients

MEAG Asset Management

Norsk Vannkraft

Aqualung Carbon Capture

STX Group




Ming Yang Wind Power Group

Odal Vindkraftverk

Falck Renewables

Nordic Wind Power / Energy Infrastructure Partners

Cloudberry Clean Energy

Cube Infrastructure Managers / Cube Energy III


OX2 Wind

Emerging Acquisitions


Credit Suisse

Sarpsborg Avfallsenergi

Work highlights

  • Advising MEAG Asset Management on the proposed investment in an onshore wind energy portfolio across Norway, Sweden and the UK.
  • Advising Nordic Wind Power on all legal matters in relation to the aftermath of the Norwegian Supreme Court ruling declaring the facility licences for the two wind farms under Fosen Vind and Roan Vind ownership to be invalid on the basis of the wind farms infringing on Sami rights protected by international human rights.
  • Advising Cloudberry on entering into a binding term-sheet for the sale of 50% of the shares in Cloudberry Offshore Wind AS, to form a 50/50 joint venture with Hafslund AS, regarding the development and management of a 100MW shallow-water wind project Stenkalles Grund in the lake of Vänern in south-central Sweden.

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

The newly formed electricity and renewables practice at Advokatfirmaet Grette AS is praised for being ‘curious, sincere and dedicated’ to its clients, advising on large-scale M&A transactions, as well as assisting utilities companies with public procurement and regulatory issues. Energy-related M&A specialist Thomas Borch-Nielsen and energy projects expert Stig Walle jointly lead the practice, regularly acting for clients in the onshore wind and hydropower sectors. Marius Svendsvoll Langnes is the go-to person for construction projects, and for litigation, Øyvind Greaker Bjørndal is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Borch-Nielsen; Stig Walle

Other key lawyers:

Marius Svendsvoll Langnes; Øyvind Greaker Bjørndal; Kristine Høivik Smedsrud


‘We got to know the people in the company who appeared to us to be curious, sincere and dedicated to their role in following up with us as a potential client. Their direct communication particularly appealed to us.’

‘I would like to highlight Partner Øyvind Greaker Bjørndal and Attorney Kristine Høivik Smedsrud for their knowledge about our business. The very good dynamic between these two people add great value for Grette as a firm. They are both dedicated, knowledgeable and represent the firm in a trustful way. Both of them have great human qualities that make us as client have a good time doing business with Grette.’

‘The team in Grette knows our business and market as they participate in the meetings of the industry and are up to date on changes, news and restructurings that are taking place.’

‘The individuals in Grette are easy to communicate with, they take initiative when needed and are efficient in problem solving.’

‘Grette has a unique combination of partners and associates with expertise within the energy sector, IT/TMT, the public sector and general legal matters, who make the company a very good fit for an energy company like us.’

‘Thomas Borch-Nilsen is a senior partner with lengthy experience within the energy sector, and our main contact at Grette. Thomas has continuously delivered sound advice, excellent co-ordination during the years we have worked together.’

Key clients

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW)

Hy2gen AG

Hurum Energi AS (Hurum Kraft AS and Smartliv AS)

Energi Teknikk AS

Forte Vannkraft AS


Nettpartner AS

Hywer AS

Energi Norge AS

NGI (Norges Geotekniske Institutt)

Småkraft Utbygging AS

Celsa Armeringsstål AS

MIP Miljøkraft AS

Green Norway AS

MAATS Tech Ltd.

Nettalliansen AS

IMTAS Prosjekt AS

KB Spennteknikk AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hurum Energi AS with its sale of 51% of the shares in Asker Nett AS to Glitre Energi Nett Holding AS.
  • Assisted Hy2gen AG (Hy2gen) in relation to the facility in Sauda, Norway
  • Assisted EnBW in establishing a joint venture (Norseman Wind AS) for the operation of a bottom-fixed offshore wind farm with a capacity of 1400MW over 400km2 in Sørlige Nordsjø II.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is praised as ‘unmatched in the market’ for its renewable energy expertise and the team has advised on some of the largest hydropower, wind power and electricity grid projects in the Nordic region. Acting for domestic and international power producers and grid companies, the group excels in transactions and energy sector litigation. Aksel Tannum heads up the renewable energy practice and regularly handles power generation mandates, while Jøran Sandvik is recommended for regulatory issues, and Pål Martin Abell and Mari Reitzel Bjerke focus on litigation, along with senior lawyer Ivana Filipovic. On the oil and gas front, the group acts for a range of major contractors in the sector. It is jointly led by oil and offshore M&A expert Bård Sandstad and construction specialist Christopher Sveen, while Mikal Brøndmo is the key contact for oil and gas disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Jøran Sandvik; Pål Martin Abell; Mari Reitzel Bjerke; Ivana Filipovic; Mikal Brøndmo


‘A key understanding of the market, players and regulatory affairs unmatched in the Norwegian Market.’

‘Aksel Tannum is extremely diligent, trustworthy and always at hand.’

‘The team has a deep sector competence and overview, which is a strength as the team is able to handle a diversity of cases. The team is particularly available to us as a client.’

‘Cooperation with both Aksel Tannum and Mari Reitzel Bjerke has been successful. They are both available to us as a client, have deep knowledge and give valuable advice, which has created successful results.’

‘Haavind clearly provides the highest quality legal counsel in my experience. Haavind have a dedicated team to support the company I work for. This means that Haavind has a good understanding of us as a customer through a long-term relationship. Depending on the deal, they will put their subject matter expert on the case, while involving an associate to support on the back-office tasks. The collaboration is transparent and of the highest professional level. I enjoy the fact that the team is very diverse and that the people are also fun characters to deal with.’

‘I recently had the pleasure to work with Bård Sandstad. Part of the process was during the summer vacation period, but Bård would be available whenever required. The main characteristics and strengths of Bård are:- He understands how we work and think. Bård has the experience in drafting Term Sheets and long forms with a short turnaround time. He is always available on short notice. Bård has a clear, tough and efficient strategy in negotiations. He listens well to the customers and executes as per customer request. In negotiations with the counter party, he tends to “win all fights”, he is more eloquent and knowledgeable than the counterparty.’

‘Axel Tannum and Pål Martin Abell have performed outstandingly well.’

‘Their strength and knowledge both on Norwegian and international laws and insight in business are important for us. Haavind have long-term experience and knowledge on the oil and gas industry and depth of knowledge in the challenges for the oil and gas technology and service suppliers. Such competencies are excellent in the team and important for us and our members.’

Key clients




BlackRock Inc.

Axpo Nordic AS and Axpo Trading AG

Vattenfall AB

Norsk Hydro

Stadtwerke München

Elvia AS

Agder Energi AS


Alcoa Norway ANS

Energy Norway

Helgeland Kraft AS

Skagerak Kraft AS

Salten Kraftsamband AS

Sunnfjord Energi AS

SFE Produksjon AS

Elkem AS (a BlueStar company)

Norsun AS

NTE Energi AS

ABL Group AS (former Aqualis Braemar LOC AS)

Technip Energies

Barents Naturgass AS (BNG)


Broadview Industries B.V

Azinor Ltd (Seacrest Capital Group)

Fortis Petroleum Corporation AS

Equinor Venture AS


Work highlights

  • Represented Fosen Vind and Statkraft in a major human rights dispute regarding the establishment of the largest onshore wind power project in Europe and litigated the case in the Supreme Court grand chamber.
  • Advising Eolus/Øyfjellet Wind AS on the development of the wind power project “Øyfjellet” which will be Norway’s largest stand-alone wind power plant with an installed capacity of 400MW.
  • Assisted Technip Energies in relation to its investment in Hy2gen AG, a German green hydrogen investment platform.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

The electricity and renewables practice at Advokatfirmaet Hjort is praised for its ‘devoted and engaged lawyers’, who have a ‘great commitment to deliver with quality’. Covering the broad spectrum of renewable energy mandates including hydro, solar, wind, biomass, and carbon capture storage projects, the team advises on both transactional and regulatory mandates for energy producers and distributors. Kristin Bjella leads the team and has extensive expertise in the renewables sector, specialising in land acquisitions and expropriation issues. Jørn Uggerud is a corporate law specialist with a strong renewable energy sector practice and has recently focused on carbon capture utilisation and storage projects. Also of note at a non-partner level is senior associate Sjur Gabrielsen.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Bjella

Other key lawyers:

Jørn Uggerud; Sjur Gabrielsen


‘Good professional strength, quick response and good availability, understandable explanations of complicated legal issues. Builds good relationships, is open to input from us as a customer.’

‘Very competent, solid and experienced in the particular field. Great commitment to deliver with quality on time (also on short notice). Devoted lawyers with much engagement and commitment to deliver. These qualities particularly apply to Kristin Bjella.’

‘The team is put together in a very efficient way, where the members fulfil each other in a good way. They communicate well within the team, and make the client feel like they are in good hands.’

‘They are very service minded, friendly and always get back to the client as soon as possible.’

Key clients

Nordix Data AS

Agder Energi group (Agder Energi AS with subsidiaries Agder Energi Vannkraft AS, Agder Energi Nett AS, Agder Energi Varme AS, LOS Energy)

Statnett SF

Statkraft SF

TrønderEnergi AS

Sogn og Fjordane Energi AS with subsidiaries

Energiselskapet Hardanger group (Energiselskapet Hardanger AS with subsidiaries Hardanger Energi AS; Hardanger Energi Nett AS and Hardanger Energi Montasje AS)

Hydropower AS

Fred. Olsen Renewables

Volda kommune

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Borg CO2 AS

Fosen Vind DA

Roan Vind DA

MIP Industrinett AS

NODES Market

Carbonor AS

Work highlights

  • Advising Agder Energi Vannkraft AS on all legal matters concerning the concession and acquisition of property, as well as legal proceedings, for the development and building of new power production plants in the region Åseral, including the building of two new hydro power plants, new dams and tunnels.
  • Assisted wind farm companies Fosen Vind DA and Roan Vind DA with the follow up of the Supreme Court’s judgement in the so-called Fosen case, where the court ruled that the awarded licence to two already built wind farms was in breach of the human rights of the affected reindeer herders.
  • Acted for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) in connection with its investment in a large green ammonia project in the municipality of Sauda, Norway.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA’s ‘highly dedicated and service-minded’ oil and gas group is a key name for matters involving the Norwegian continental shelf and is particularly praised for its knowledge of upstream oil and gas issues, litigation and transactional work. Gry Bratvold and Yngve Bustnesli jointly lead the team, specialising in offshore energy mandates and petroleum issues respectively; Jens Brede and Andreas Stang Lund are the go-to names for contentious work. On the renewables front, the team counts utility companies, electricity developers and producers on its client roster, and handles regulatory issues, transactions and litigation. Group head Christian Poulsson excels in hydropower and wind power projects, Per Conradi Andersen is noted for his electricity sector acquisition expertise, and Kristin Ourom handles transactional and financing work.

Practice head(s):

Gry Bratvold; Yngve Bustnesli; Christian Poulsson

Other key lawyers:

Jens Brede; Andreas Stang Lund; Per Conradi Andersen; Kristin Ourom


‘Kvale’s renewable team really comes together across experience and different areas of expertise. Their legal advice is accurate and solid. The team is also very flexible and able to deliver solid work in a short time/within tight deadlines.’

‘Christian Poulsson has extensive experience in the power industry. He is business-related and knows, among other things, the power market very well. He is accurate and has good legal judgement.’

‘Comprehensive knowledge of legal issues concerning upstream oil and gas transactions. Exceptionally good value.’

‘Yngve Bustnesli has been a top quality adviser guiding us through several transactions.’

‘The team is highly dedicated and service minded. Very cost-efficient.’

‘Excellent firm. They have great expertise in the field of energy, energy transition and renewables. I would single out Christian Poulsson. They are pragmatic and come with simple, straightforward solutions to complicated legal questions, irrespective of whether these are more of an energy regulatory or procedural nature. Christian Poulsson is a seasoned energy lawyer. He is great in handling complicated questions, often solving problems with simple, straightforward solutions. He is very effective and a nice guy to work with. One of the best in Norway!’

‘Kvale has good regulatory competence and a unique experience in handling transactions on behalf of smaller energy companies and utilities.’

‘Kristin Ourom is knowledgeable, trustworthy and pragmatic in relation to smaller energy companies and municipalities.’

Key clients

Maersk Drilling


Wintershall Norge



BW Offshore

Pandion Energy

Solution Seeker

EagleBurgmann Norway

M Vest Energy

CiTECH Energy Recovery Solutions UK

Alta Kraftlag


Captiva Capital Management

Hafslund Eco Vannkraft


Hallingdal Kraftnett

Hammerfest Energi

Hemsedal Energi

Hålogaland Kraft

Notodden Energi


Sykkylven Energi

Stranda Energi

Stryn Energi

Tafjord Kraft

Telemark Energi

Tinn Energi


Volue Market Services / Markedskraft

Geitåni Kraftverk

Glitre Energi

Syversætre Foss Kraftverk

Gismarvik Vindkraft

Sirdal Kraft

Markåni Kraftverk

Ytre Oppedal Kraftverk

Kjerringnes Kraft


Skjåk Energi

Luster Energi

Jæren Energi

Drangedal Energi

Hardanger Energi

Luosterjok Kraftlag

Repvåg Kraftlag

Hålogaland Kraft

Rauland Kraftlag

Svorka Energi

Sunndal Energi

Nord-Salten Kraft

Work highlights

  • Advised Maersk Drilling on a complex $373m transaction involving the sale of the drilling jack-up rig Maersk Inspirer to Havila Sirius and deliveries of drilling management services to Repsol Norge as the operator of the Yme field on the Norwegian continental shelf.
  • Acting on behalf of Pandion Energy as a member of the Valhall negotiating team related to the King Lear fields request for use of Valhall/Hod infrastructure and construction of new shared facilities to be located at the Valhall field as part of the development of the King Lear field.
  • Advised MVE Energy (MVE) on a complex transaction involving the acquisition by MVE from Neptune Norge (Neptune) of assets in the Draugen field, Brage field, the Ivar Aasen field, the Edvard Grieg oil pipeline and the Utsira High gas pipeline.


The cross-practice energy department at SANDS has ‘strong industry experience’ and handles transactions, restructuring matters, regulatory issues and litigation. The group excels in the solar, wind and hydropower sectors and, in the more traditional energy arenas, handles upstream oil and gas and LNG projects and offshore construction work. Alf Øystein Skudal is a key contact for hydropower and grid sector clients, while Guy Leonard excels in LNG import issues and global construction projects, and oil and gas group head Lars Berge Andersen handles upstream work.

Practice head(s):

Alf Øystein Skudal; Lars Berge Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Guy Leonard


‘One of the top Scandinavian law firms with an unparalleled knowledge of the oil and gas and energy and shipping sectors in particular, and a stellar client list.’

‘Lars Berge Andersen is a superb disputes lawyer with extensive, multi-jurisdictional experience, having lived and practised in London and Shanghai as well as Norway. He has superb in-depth knowledge of the energy market, and impressive legal skills coupled with a real businessman’s understanding. He inspires total confidence in his clients, and in addition to sound legal advice, he is fantastic and great fun to work with. A real star.’

‘SANDS has demonstrated a unique ability to put themselves in a client’s seemingly deadlocked situation. Fast solution to a given problem and come up with proposals for solving complex cases. Master many different academic subjects in an impressive manner, realistic, and honest in terms of possible process outcomes. Outstanding solution oriented. Prioritises the client’s wellbeing.’

‘SANDS has professional integrity, professional strengths, high moral and ethics and understands the client’s needs and concerns. Comes with honest solutions based on professionally well-grounded possible results. Ability to anticipate an outcome.’

‘Stand out for their experience and commercial in-depth knowledge in the shipping industry.’

‘Lars Berge Andersen has unique diversified knowledge and understanding of the commercial part of the legal side of the shipping contracts we handle. His advice is very valuable to us.’

‘Strong industry experience – solid hands-on advice.’

‘Very speedy service. Always a solution to all challenges – and challenges are solved fast.’

Key clients

Login Vinterbro

Captiva Capital and affiliated companies


Gudbrandsdal Energi

Dønnesfjord Vindpark

Kraftia Energi


Aventus Green Technology

Sira-Kvina Kraftselskap


OSM Maritime Group

Dakarnave Shipyard


Biomarine S.r.l

Hammerfest Industriservice

PSW Technology (now merged with listed Scana ASA)

DeepOcean Group

Archer ASA

Höegh LNG

Atlantica Tender Drilling

Borealis/Australis Maritime

Empower Oilfield Services

Global Green Capital


Frydenbø Group


Umoe Group

Magnora ASA (previously named Sevan Offshore)


Managed Pressure Operations

MHWirth (now part of HMH, a JV with Baker Hughes)

PG Flow Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Vesterålskraft on the possible sale of the company or some of its subsidiaries, and thereafter advising one of the owners on the sale of shares to Lofotkraft Holding.
  • Advised Captiva Asset Management on its exit as shareholder in Proxima Scandinavia, as well as assisting with the acquisition of part of Proxima Scandinavia’s customer agreements, combined with the sale of its shares in the company to Bkw Energie
  • Advised DeepOcean Group, the leading Norway-based global subsea provider, on a wide range of different matters and projects worldwide.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Fielding one of the largest oil and gas practices, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is singled out as ‘a one-stop shop with broad competence’ across commercial contracts, regulatory issues, transactional matters and dispute resolution. Sverre Bjelland and senior lawyer Rebecca Lund Nakkim lead the oil and gas group from Stavanger and Oslo respectively, Preben Willoch is the key name for private equity transactions, Torkjel Grøndalen is an expert in offshore mandates, and Claus Severin Mørch handles transactions and projects; Christian Fredrik Michelet and Peter Hiorth also contribute to the practice. In the renewables space, the team has been notably active in advising clients on their transitions to renewable energy models and M&A projects in the wind power, hydropower and solar power sectors. Grøndalen, Sindre Søndenå Andersen and Hallvard Gilje Aarseth jointly lead the group; Grøndalen is a key name for CCS projects, Andersen handles wind and hydro transactions and Aarseth focuses on litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sindre Søndenå Andersen; Torkjel Grøndalen; Hallvard Gilje Aarseth; Sverre Bjelland; Rebecca Lund Nakkim

Other key lawyers:

Preben Willoch; Claus Severin Mørch; Christian Fredrik Michelet; Peter Hiorth


‘Always available, to the point and very efficient. Good understanding of our need for legal assistance in a commercial context.’

‘Schjødt; Go-to team for a wide array of commercial, corporate and M&A matters. The team is strong in terms of commercial acumen, very responsive and provides clear and pragmatic advice. Excellent team, covering all areas and able to share outstanding insights.’

‘Claus Severin Mørch; Claus is a top-notch lawyer, very supportive and on the ball. He is a very capable and really able to think with the client and is constantly ahead of the game. Always there when you need him. Able to zoom in and out when needed and guide all involved to the preferred outcome. Very impressive performance and client focused. Claus provides valuable insights on a wide range of aspects and is always very well prepared and pro-active.’

‘Peter Hiorth; an eminent figure in the oil and gas sector, with huge experience advising multinational energy companies. Great lawyer with a fantastic reputation. Easy to work with.’

‘One-stop shop. The team provides a broad competence within the areas of oil and gas for companies operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.’

‘Competent and professional individuals providing quick and good responses.’

Key clients

Elmera Group ASA / Fjordkraft AS (including Gudbrandsdal Energi AS, Eidsiva Energi AS, Trøndelag Kraft AS)

Norsk Vind AS (including Bjerkreim Vind AS, Norsk Vind Gravdal AS, Norsk Vind Skinansfjellet, Norsk Vind Måkaknuten AS, Norsk Vind Egersund AS, Norsk Vind Skorveheia AS, Norsk Vind Faurefjellet AS)

Magnora ASA

Norsk Havvind AS


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

Vår Energi AS

Repsol Norge AS

PGNiG Upstream Norway AS

Petoro AS

Chrysaor Norge AS (Harbour Energy)

Wintershall Dea Norge AS

Spirit Energy Norway AS

Neptune Energy Norway AS

Lundin Energy Norway AS

Mime Petroleum AS

Source Energy AS

Petronor E&P ASA

Work highlights

  • Assisting with establishment of an offshore wind JV between Norsk Havvind AS, TotalEnergies and Iberdrola.
  • Advised Lundin Energy AB on the sale of its Norwegian oil and gas business to Aker BP.
  • Advised Spirit Energy Norway AS, Spirit Energy Limited, Centrica plc and SWM Gasbeteiligungs GmbH on the sale of Spirit Energy Norway’s Statfjord interests to Equinor and Spirit Energy Norway’s remaining Norwegian business to Sval Energy.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS handles the full spectrum of renewable energy and oil and gas mandates, and clients particularly praise its ‘deep knowledge and understanding of upstream transactions on the Norwegian continental shelf’. Within the renewables space, the group handles hydro, wind and solar power projects for state-owned and private utility companies and energy producers and has recently been notably active on offshore wind mandates. Håkon Sandbekk leads the practice, which also fields tax expert Einar Bakko and electricity sector specialist Liv Monica Stubholt. The firm’s oil and gas practice is led by Thomas G. Michelet; other key names include petroleum expert Øyvind Olimstad, Nicolai Myren, who handles offshore projects, and Martin Tandstad Ege.

Practice head(s):

Thomas G. Michelet; Håkon Sandbekk

Other key lawyers:

Einar Bakko; Liv Monica Stubholt; Øyvind Olimstad; Nicolai Myren; Martin Tandstad Ege


‘The cooperation with the Selmer team is solid through the value chain, encouraged by one focal point of contact handling quote, execution and closing. Very much reflecting our own way of lean and agile working processes, hence matching well and being effective for all parties.’

‘Using Martin Tandstad Ege in Selmer, who is a dedicated, strongly competent lawyer with deep insight in the contract structures of which we are exposed to, with the combination of commercial skills have been values much appreciated. This balanced with short processing time have been crucial in many of our cases.’

‘Deep knowledge and understanding of upstream transactions on Norwegian Continental Shelf. Very good at explaining and guiding colleagues from head office with limited knowledge of Norwegian law and its practices.’

‘Øyvind Olimstad – Superb adviser, able to understand client needs and focus on pragmatic solutions.’

‘Very service minded, timely and efficient. Highly skilled lawyers.’

‘Nicolai Myren is our contact point, and he has never disappointed in any way.’

‘Our contact person is partner Øyvind Olimstad. Øyvind is highly skilled, efficient and professional. His response time is very short, which in many cases is critical.’

Key clients

Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore


COSL (China Oilfield Services Limited)


IKM Gruppen




Pandion Energy

Swire Energy Services

Petrolia NOCO

Havfram (formerly Ocean Installer)


Rosenberg Worley


Technip Energies

Arctic Economic Council Secretariat

Norsar Foundation

Semi AS

Horisont Energi

Carbon Centric

Vår Energi


Karpinsky Oil and Gas Company

Fortum Oslo Varme



BKW Energie

Cloudberry Clean Energy

Solør Bioenergy


Varanger Kraft

Agder Energi

Norseman Wind


Morrow Batteries

Green Ammonia Berlevåg

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg

Norsk Vannkraft


Ny Energi

Finnmark Kraft

Technip FMC

Renewables Consulting Group Nordic

Work highlights

  • Advised Pandion Energy on its recent acquisition of ONE-Dyas Norge and on the merger of the company into Pandion Energy.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Highly regarded for its regulatory expertise, the oil and gas group at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig handles the full range of issues encompassing field exploration and development mandates, CCS projects, infrastructure developments and decommissioning matters. Petroleum and regulatory expert Bjørn-Erik Leerberg heads up the team alongside Gunnar Espeland in Stavanger, who handles onshore and offshore project work; Nikolai Brøvig and Halvor Klingenberg are also members of the team. For renewable energy mandates, the firm has particular expertise in wind power and electricity grid matters, and practice co-head Peter Aall Simonsen excels in large-scale energy projects. Fellow co-head Robin Aker Jakobsen is a key contact for electricity focused work and works closely with Jahn Egil Osestad. Sunniva Kinsella is the key name at the senior lawyer level.

Practice head(s):

Bjørn-Erik Leerberg; Gunnar Espeland; Peter Aall Simonsen; Robin Aker Jakobsen

Other key lawyers:

Nikolai Brøvig; Halvor Klingenberg; Jahn Egil Osestad; Sunniva Kinsella


‘The knowledge and flexibility of a large firm with the responsiveness of a boutique.’

‘The SVW team is responsive and nimble. They have significant expertise in the Norwegian energy sector, including matters involving regulation.’

‘Peter Aall Simonsen is a long-standing expert in Norwegian energy sector law.’

‘They are easy going, easy to work with, they give good advice and are good at explaining complicated legal issues in an easy-to-understand manner.’

‘Their versatility within a wide range of required professional areas.’

‘Their individuals have personal qualities that strengthen the team’s overall ability to assist on a wide level.’

‘SVW forms a formidable team with great expertise in legal matters relating to network construction and operation.’

‘Robin Aker Jacobsen in SVW is a nice guy due to his sociable personality and professional competence.’

Key clients

Neptune Energy Norge AS

Eni S.p.A / Eni International B.V

Eni Insurance DAC

Equinor ASA

Saudi Aramco Development Company

Aramco Overseas Company B.V./ Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures LLC

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL (on behalf of PKN Orlen)


Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Instituto Nacional de Petroleo, Mozambique

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Petroleum Exploration and Production Department, Petroleum Authority, Uganda

Horisont Energi AS

Swarfix AS

Noble Drilling (Norway) AS / Noble Holding UK Ltd.

Noble Drilling (Land Support) Limited

Noble International Finance Company

Agder Energi AS/Agder Energi Nett AS

Andritz Hydro

Arctic Wind AS

Arva AS

Barents Nett AS (formerly Varanger Kraft Nett AS)

Biojet AS


CapMan Infra Oy

Crédit Agricole CIB



Eesti Energi AS

Eksfin – Export Finance Norway

Elmea AS (formely Lofotkraft AS)

Fagne AS (formely Haugaland Kraft Nett AS)

Finnmark Kraft AS

Glitre Energi Nett AS

Hamnefjell Vindkraft AS

Hardanger Energi Nett AS

Horisont Energi AS

Hybridtech Consulting AS


Hydrolift AS

KKB Norway AS

Kvikraft AS

Kystnett AS

Lede AS

Linea AS

Linja AS

Lofotkraft AS

Mellom AS (formely NEAS Nett AS)

Mørenett AS

NAEV Solventus S.a.r.l.


Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge

Norgesnett AS

Northconnect KS

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Nydalen Energi AS

Odda Energi Nett AS


Prime Capital AG

Raudfjell Vind AS

REN AS / Energi Norge AS

RWE Wind Norway, Branch of RWE Wind Norway AB (previously E.ON)

SFE Produksjon AS

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Statnett SF

Stavro Vind AB

Svelgen Kraft Holding AS

Tensio AS


Tromsø Vind AS

Vestall AS (formely Vesterålskraft Nett AS)

Vestas Norway AS

Vevig AS (formerly Gudbrandsdal Energi Nett AS)

Vissi AS (formerly Ymber Nett AS)

Yara International AS

Work highlights

  • Advising the The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority in connection with its Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) regulatory practices concerning offshore petroleum activities and offshore renewable energy projects.
  • Assisted the Mozambican Government with the establishment and implementation of its upstream oil and gas regime.
  • Advising RWE Wind Norway in relation to Norwegian wind power projects.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Leveraging its ‘exceptional insight into the power sector’, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS’ renewable energy and infrastructure group is led by Bendik Christoffersen and is strong across the full gamut of mandates including project development work, M&A, restructurings, litigation, and contractual and licensing matters. Gunnar Martinsen is particularly noted for his regulatory knowledge, Jacob F Bull excels in energy construction projects, and managing associate Henrik Fabian Torgrimsby handles infrastructure projects. The firm is also highly knowledgeable in oil and gas projects and has maintained a strong track record in M&A mandates in the E&P space, thanks to the ‘skilled and highly competent’ oil and gas group. Christian Hals and Pål Lieungh jointly lead the group, which utilises the expertise in the firm’s Stavanger office through upstream oil and gas and litigation expert Audun Stornes and corporate specialist Thomas Abrahamsen. Procurement expert Jone Stakkestad and June Snemyr, who handles regulatory issues, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bendik Christoffersen; Christian Hals; Pål Lieungh

Other key lawyers:

Gunnar Martinsen; Jacob F Bull; Henrik Fabian Torgrimsby; Audun Stornes; Thomas Abrahamsen; Jone Stakkestad; June Snemyr; Kristian Ulriksen


‘We work with Bendik Christoffersen. He is the most respected partner in the power sector in Norway due to his knowledge, experience, responsiveness, capability to come up with new/creative solutions on difficult problems as well as his project management skills. In addition he treats people with respect and makes sure the negotiation environment is good for all parties involved.’

‘Thomas Abrahamsen – In a very busy period, I was able to assign him a project and almost forget about it because it felt safe in his hands and he was always sure to update me and/or seek instructions only when necessary. Just impeccable transactional lawyering.’

‘Christian Hals: excellent understanding of the oil and gas business and client’s needs which is valuable in proving targeted advice. Very reliable, trustworthy and available. Easy to cooperate with.’

‘Jone Stakkestad (partner), exceptional industry knowledge and understanding of oil and gas clients’ needs after working in-house himself. Commercial mindset and ability to filter issues and focus on the value driving elements. Also very pleasant to work with and honest in his advice.’

‘Gunnar Martinsen has exceptional commercial industry knowledge and network combined with excellent energy law competence and a strong commercial law team.’

‘The Energy team in Thommessen is probably the most knowledgeable and experienced electricity team in Norway and shows an exceptionally good insight in the power sector in Norway and Europe. They are involved in all aspects of the electricity sector. They are responsive, pleasant to work with and have strong ethical standards.’

‘June Snemyr – very pleasant to work with, delivers high quality, service minded and works very well in a multi discipline environment.’

‘Kristian Ulriksen is a fine young lawyer. Keen to become involved and take initiative. Uses his brain. Great responsiveness. Really hope to see him progress well in his career and be recognised for it.’

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

Haugaland Kraft AS with subsidiaries

Tonstad Vindpark AS

Zephyr AS

Haram Kraft AS

Lutelandet Energipark AS and Bremangerlandet Vindpark AS

Glitre Energi AS with subsidiaries

Avantor AS

Vardar AS with subsidiaries

Sira-Kvina Kraftselskap

Småkraft AS

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Tysvær Vindpark AS

Østfold Energi AS

Yve AS (incl Kraftriket AS and Polar Kraft AS)

Beyonder AS


Østfold Energi AS

Epex Spot

Encavis AG

Multiconsult Norge AS

Northern Lights JV DA

BP International


Kongsberg Gruppen



Island Offshore

Island Drilling Company

Vard Group AS

Energean Oil & Gas

PGNiG Upstream Norway

Odfjell Drilling


Shelf Drilling

Vår Energi

BW Offshore

RAK Petroleum

Wellesley Petroleum


MOL Norge


Myklebust Verft

TTC Norge

Veolia Environmental


PGNiG Supply & Trading

A/S Nymo

BW Energy

Longboat Energy

LOTOS Exploration And Production Norge

Wintershall Dea Norge


Suncor Energy Norge AS

Hav Energy AS

Sval Energy AS



Petoro AS

Northern Lights JV DA

Work highlights

  • Advised HitecVision in connection with the establishment of Aneo AS, a new 50/50 JV with TrønderEnergi including all TrønderEnergi’s wind power assets, downstream business and 20 % of hydro power.
  • Advised Glitre Energi AS on the merger with Agder Energi AS, which will create one of the largest renewable utilities in Norway.
  • Advised BP in connection with Aker BP’s NOK125bn acquisition of Lundin’s oil and gas business.


The ‘highly dedicated’ team at Wiersholm covers the full breadth of renewable and traditional energy mandates with equal dominance across commercial agreements, project financing work, regulatory issues, transactions and litigation. Acting for a client base of domestic and international clients, the group assists a notable roster of major state-owned renewable energy companies, and E&P companies active on the Norwegian continental shelf. The renewable energy group is jointly led by Inge Ekker Bartnes and Jon Rabben, who focus on transactional and regulatory matters in the wind and hydropower sectors, while Georg Abusdal Engebretsen handles environmental and compliance issues. Sondre Dyrland leads the oil and gas group and excels in petroleum-related matters and Thomas Naalsund specialises in contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Inge Ekker Bartnes; Jon Rabben; Sondre Dyrland

Other key lawyers:

Georg Abusdal Engebretsen; Thomas Naalsund


‘Excellent and in-depth knowledge of the Norwegian oil and gas law.’

‘Sondre Dyrland and his team have provided us with high quality advice on different legal aspects within oil and gas law. With his genuine understanding of the system, and honest approach, Dyrland’s advice is highly valued in discussions, also on strategic matters.’

‘Very good teams working together with the customer. Highly dedicated!’

‘Always in position, and bringing a team ready for the challenge.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life

Akershus Energi AS / Akershus Energi Varme AS

Dalane Energi AS / Dalane Kraft AS / Enida AS

Infracapital, a part of M&G plc


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


Norsk Vannkraft AS

Kyoto Group AS

Keppel Infrastructure Trust (KIT)

Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP)

Inherit Carbon Solutions AS

Northern Lights JV DA

Gassco AS

Equinor ASA

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS

TotalEnergies EP Norge AS/TotalEnergies S.A.

Lundin Norway AS

Chrysaor Norge AS

Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)



CapeOmega AS


Bangchak Corporation PCL

Concedo ASA

North Sea Infrastructure AS / PKA AIP A/S

Danske Bank A/S

BNP Paribas

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge

ING Bank N.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisted TrønderEnergi in respect of the recently announced partnership with HitecVision – a highly innovative deal which includes the establishment of a new jointly owned renewable energy business with substantial ownership in large hydro, wind power and downstream assets.
  • Assisted Keppel Infrastructure Trust (KIT) together with Keppel Corporation Limited on the €160m investment in a portfolio of existing and pipeline onshore wind energy assets across Norway, Sweden and the UK sponsored by Fred.
  • Assisting the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) as sole legal adviser on its full-scale carbon capture storage project (CCS).

Wikborg Rein

Praised as ‘hardworking, pragmatic and responsive to changing needs’, Wikborg Rein’s renewable energy and infrastructure practice is singled out for its experience in renewables projects, particularly onshore and offshore wind power projects, where it acts for international funds and industry players. The group also has substantial expertise in advising on battery plants, and energy recovery, hydropower and electric grid transactions. Tormod Ludvik Nilsen leads the global practice, which also includes regulatory and contractual expert Caroline Skaar Landsværk, who leads the Oslo team, and Christian James-Olsen, who has knowledge of carbon capture and storage projects and heads up the Bergen-based group. In the petroleum and energy department, the team handles the full spectrum of matters and is noted for its expertise in oil and gas disputes. Gas litigation experts Aadne Haga and Dag Mjaaland are key names to note; Haga leads the department. Cathrine Hetland is also recommended, as is oil and gas M&A expert Arild Frick, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen; Caroline Skaar Landsværk; Christian James Olsen; Aadne Haga

Other key lawyers:

Dag Mjaaland; Cathrine Hetland; Arild Frick


‘From a layman view point, Wikborg Rein is the most reputable law firm in Norway. It was among the first to grasp the importance and potential of renewables, and has made it an important prioritisation. Hence, the choice of legal adviser is relatively simple for us.’

‘The WR team shows great understanding of the nature of the business and the relevant legal and commercial aspects of developing new projects and concepts. The WR team is a very good commercial adviser in addition to the legal adviser role. Very efficient establishment and negotiation of contracts.’

‘Partner Cathrine Hetland has demonstrated insight and knowledge of the oil and gas business, and she is both accessible and flexible in achieving common goals to progress good solutions on behalf of clients.’

‘They build deep trust due to the combination of personal social skills in combination with high legal and commercial competence. Communication is efficient and very little time is needed since they quickly understand the core challenges of the tasks at hand.’

‘The W&R Energy department is lead by Tormod L. Nilsen. From a client perspective, he is an extremely helpful and pleasant lawyer, possessing unsurpassed business acumen. In short, the best lawyer I have met.’

‘Tormod Nilsen is a very skilled and intelligent lawyer. He is very experienced in the renewable energy sector and is very responsive. I really enjoy working with him and his team.’

‘The team is hardworking and pragmatic, responsive to changing needs. Plenty of breadth and depth of experience in renewables projects.’

‘Tormud Ludvik Nilsen as lead partner fills the desired role of main point of contact well, coordinating input from other experts at his firm as and when needed. Shows a clear interest in and knowledge of the business and is easy to work with.’

Key clients

Stadtwerke München GmbH

Stange Energi AS

Lillesand Vind AS

Eviny AS

Energi Norge

Hydro Energi AS/Hydro Havrand

Gyldendal Rettsdata

Troms Kraft AS

Norgesgruppen ASA / Asko Fornybar AS


Eidsiva Energi

Luxcara GmbH

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine

Stadtwerke München GmbH

Bayerngas GmbH

Eviny AS

Waldorf Production UK Limited

Jacktel AS

Havila Sirius AS

Transocean Offshore NUF

Odfjell Drilling AS

COSL Drilling Europe AS and COSL Offshore Management AS

Northern Lights JV DA

Work highlights

  • Advised Stadtwerke Munchen GmbH on contractual and regulatory legal questions following the decision from the Norwegian Supreme Court holding that certain wind farm installation licenses are invalid.
  • Advised Stange Energi on the sale of its energy and power grid operations to Eidsiva Energi.
  • Advised NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine and the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine on the proceedings to certify Gas for Europe GmbH (G4E), a subsidiary of Russian oil giant Gazprom, as operator for the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.