Firms To Watch: Insurance

Selmer's insurance practice recently added notable strength with the recruitment of new practice co-head Preben Helverschou from Kvale Advokatfirma DA, who specialises in marine insurance; he leads the group with senior associate Eline Hellem Langeland.

Insurance in Norway

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche is praised as ‘a heavy weight‘ in Norwegian insurance law and provides an ‘excellent service‘ across all relevant disciplines; the team regularly acts for both domestic and international insurers and reinsurers, brokers, agents and corporates. Practice head Alexander Plows joined from DLA Piper in January 2023, and regularly acts for insurers and financial institutions, providing an ‘outstanding professional service‘. Sven Iver Steen is a life insurance expert, Karl Rosén specialises in financial service regulations and financial lines insurance, and Eivind Landmark Tandrevold is highly knowledgeable in insurance disputes. The group also includes experienced litigator Jan Olav Aabø, professional liability expert Terje Granvang, and ‘extremely experienced’ adviser Rune Njøs Jacobsen. Other notable practitioners are Tobias Behncke and Bendik Misund Nedberg.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Plows

Other key lawyers:

Sven Iver Steen; Karl Rosén; Eivind Landmark Tandrevold; Jan Olav Aabø; Terje Granvang; Rune Njøs Jacobsen; Tobias Behncke; Bendik Misund Nedberg.


‘The firm provides excellent service, offering prompt reporting and assistance.’

‘The firm is a heavyweight in Norwegian Insurance law. They can handle large and complex insurance claims including recovery and liability claims.’

‘Alexander Plows has consistently assisted us at a high standard and with outstanding professional service.’

‘Alexander Plows and his team provide a fantastic service. They understand what the London market requires, they are responsive and their advice is clear and concise. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Alexander Plows trained in England and worked for City firms before moving to Norway. This dual experience is invaluable.’

‘Sven Iver Steen and Rune Njøs Jacobsen are both extremely experienced and they are always available.’

Key clients

If P&C Insurance

Gjensidige Forsikring

KLP Skadeforsikring AS


Lloyd’s Insurance Company (Lloyd’s of London)

PricewaterhouseCoopers AS

Norges Banks Pensjonskasse (The Central Bank of Norway’s Pension Fund)

Solid Försäkring AB

Z Insurance AS

Tryg Forsikring

Enstar Group

Aspen Insurance

The Hartford


Work highlights

  • Defended If P&C Insurance against a liability claim filed by various hedge funds in a large and complex D&O issue.
  • Successfully represented Norges Banks Pensjonskasse (The Central Bank of Norway’s Pension Fund) in a dispute with Nokas.
  • Successfully defended Tryg Forsikring, a law firm and a lawyer against a major professional negligence claim brought by Deutsche Bank.


BAHR fields a full-service and insurer-focused practice that is ‘approachable, commercially aware, swift and accurate’. The team advises both domestic and international clients, and has particular expertise in marine insurance, regulatory work and asset management issues. Practice head Jan Jansen regularly acts for insurers in complex professional liability claims. Atle Skaldebø-Rød is a ‘fantastic‘ contact for marine insurance litigation who regularly advises maritime and offshore insurance providers, as does fellow marine insurance expert Tarjei Thorkildsen, while Eirik Høiby is an energy and offshore specialist. Marte Leveraas is another key member of the marine insurance team, while Mads Schjølberg, who is an ‘excellent litigator‘, has a wide-ranging practice in insurance, with particular expertise in international matters.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jansen

Other key lawyers:

Atle Skaldebø-Rød; Tarjei Thorkildsen; Eirik Høiby; Marte Leveraas; Mads Schjølberg



‘BAHR are approachable, commercially aware, swift and accurate. They adapt quickly to their client’s needs and wishes, and employ a flexible approach to putting together the right team for the instructions that are provided. They are also not afraid to give their client frank advice and manage expectations.’

‘They are fast and always available and they provide very clear advice on complex matters.’

‘They are extremely competent and also confident in their own skills and what is important in conflict matters.’

‘Atle Skaldebø-Rød is fantastic for litigation and provides excellent, to the point advice. Mads Schjælberg is one to watch for the future and is particularly precise on marine insurance with a nexus with maritime law, shipping and offshore.’

‘Atle Skaldebø-Rød and Mads Schjølberg are excellent litigators.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Group

Chubb Insurance

Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Den Norske Krigsforsikring for Skib

If Skadeforsikring NUF

Tryg Forsikring NUF

Nordnet AB

DNB Livsforsikring ASA

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring ASA


Protector Forsikring

Livsforsikringsselskapet Nordea Liv Norge AS

Duvi AS

Aker pensjonskasse

The Norwegian association of pension funds (Pensjonskasseforeningen)

Work highlights

  • Represented the Strawberry Hospitality Group (Choice Hotels) in a coverage dispute with Codan concerning losses related to the Covid-19 outbreak in a matter that went to the Court of Appeal.
  • Represented NHC’s P&I department in a large direct action brought by West of England P&I Club concerning substantial damage to a valuable cargo of drilling rigs carried on the bulk vessel MV Ocean Prefect from China to Venezuela.
  • Representing insurers and their assured in a substantial claim brought against the assured by cargo insurers Gjensidige Forsikring ASA following the MV Eemslift Hendrika casualty.

Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co

Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co has a specialist insurance practice with an ‘unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional value and results to clients’, and the team regularly advises insurers and reinsurers within all areas of insurance law and dispute resolution. The practice is co-headed by ‘distinguished lawyersTrond Werner Lunde and Terje Marthinsen; Lunde is an insurance and tort law expert with particular experience in D&O and professional indemnity issues, while Marthinsen leads the personal injury and employers’ liability team and the aviation and energy team. Karoline Stenberg specialises in insurance law and dispute resolution, and is an expert in professional liability issues, recourse claims and insurance fraud cases. Experienced litigator Per Kristian Lundkvist, who is ‘available, accessible and good at tailoring his advice to different situations and people‘, specialises in tort and insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Trond Werner Lunde; Terje Marthinsen

Other key lawyers:

Karoline Stenberg; Per Kristian Lundkvist


‘For several years, we have consistently chosen to engage the services from this esteemed law firm. This enduring partnership is a testament to their unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional value and results to their clients.’

‘The company has a breadth of expertise that we cannot find elsewhere.’

‘The entire team at Kogstad Lunde consistently exhibits professionalism and efficiency in handling every inquiry that comes their way. Their swift and expert responses reflect their dedication to their craft.’

‘A team of experienced lawyers with excellent knowledge of insurance law and the relevant legal issues. Good availability and a commercial mindset.’

‘Our primary contacts at the firm have been Trond Werner Lunde and Terje Marthinsen. Both of these distinguished lawyers exemplify integrity, passion and a profound understanding of our industry. Their avant-garde insights and expertise make them our first choice, regardless of the scale or complexity of the matter at hand.’

‘Terje Marthinsen undoubtedly ranks among the foremost strategic thinkers I’ve ever encountered. His extensive experience empowers him to offer counsel that is not easily surpassed. Moreover, his unwavering commitment to detail and thoroughness sets him apart.’

‘Trond Werner Lunde is an exceptional lawyer who excels in providing both comprehensive and finely detailed legal advice. His commanding presence and authority in litigation are truly noteworthy. He unfailingly places the client’s interests and reputation at the forefront of his counsel.’

‘Per Kristian Lundkvist is available, accessible and good at tailoring his advice to different situations and people with different level of expertise. He is also very nice and easy to talk.’

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring

Protector Forsikring

Gjensidige Forsikring



Sandefjord kommune

Alta kommune

Frende Skadeforsikring

Frende Livsforsikring

Stavanger kommune

Haugesund kommune

Hedvig AB

AIG Europe

Fremtind Forsikring

The Norwegian Auditors’ Association

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

The Norwegian Government / The National Complaint Board for Health Services


Pareto Forsikringsmegling AS

Jernbanepersonalets Bank og Forsikring

Knif Trygghet Forsikring


Talgø MøreTre

Landkreditt Forsikring

Ly Forsikring

Faver AS

Drangedal kommune

HDI Speciality SE

Lillehammer kommune

Kennedys Law

Norsk Hussopp Forsikring

Ulstein kommune

Skien kommune

Work highlights

  • Advised Frende Skadeforsikring and If on issues arising from the Sola fire – a fire in the parking house at Stavanger Airport with a potential NOK2bn recourse claim towards the car manufacturer.
  • Counsel for Ulstein kommune in a NOK90m claim against its child welfare authorities.
  • Advising Protector Forsikring, which has both the building insurance and the liability insurance of the owner, on the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Advokatfirmaet RIISA

Insurance and tort boutique Advokatfirmaet Riisa has an ‘outstanding combination of legal knowledge and a pragmatic business-oriented approach’, and assists domestic and international insurance companies with the entire spectrum of insurance-related matters. Practice head Svein Bergset is ‘an exceptional strategist‘ and highly experienced within multiple areas of insurance and tort law. The team also includes liability specialist Jørgen Svartebekk, experienced litigator Jarl Henstein, and Toralf Wågheim, who focuses on professional liability and corporate liability insurance. Other notable practitioners are Joachim Skjelsbæk, who is a specialist in professional and product liability issues and has extensive experience in cases related to real estate, and the ‘highly competent‘ Yngve Skogrand, who specialises in dispute settlement and personal lines insurance. Specialist litigator Amund Hoel Steinsvik is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Svein Bergset

Other key lawyers:

Jørgen Svartebekk; Jarl Henstein; Toralf Wågheim; Joachim Skjelsbæk; Yngve Skogrand; Amund Hoel Steinsvik


‘The team has broad and excellent knowledge in insurance and tort law, and must be considered one of Norway’s foremost teams in this field of law. The team is pleasant to collaborate with and often comes up with new solutions to complex issues and cases.’

‘The best firm on the insurance company side. Very good understanding of how the client wishes to handle the cases.’

‘They are highly skilled professionals with extensive experience in litigating, also before the Supreme Court. Furthermore, they make excellent sparring partners and are very pleasant to collaborate with. They conduct themselves in an organised and punctual manner, demonstrating a strong sense of control. They are well connected within the area of real estate and insurance, maintain strong relationships, and negotiate effectively with counterparts.’

‘Simply outstanding combination of legal knowledge and pragmatic business-oriented approach.’

‘Advokatfirma Riisa has for many years, in my opinion, been the leading firm in insurance and my clearly preferred partner. They have been wise and thought long term with regard to pricing, quality and loyalty to me as a purchaser of legal services on behalf of an insurance company.’

‘Svein Bergset is an exceptional strategist who helped me navigate through extremely difficult cases with ease.’

‘Jarl Henstein and Joachim Mikkelborg Skjelsbæk are both highly skilled in insurance, real estate, and dispute resolution. They have litigated numerous cases in the Supreme Court, possess excellent collaboration abilities and they are outstanding sparring partners. Always available and solution-oriented. They are always ready for new assignments and highly motivated to do their utmost.’

‘The whole team is strong, but in particular Yngve Skogrand is a highly competent and trusted adviser.’

Key clients


Gjensidige Forsikring

Fremtind Forsikring AS

If Skadeforsikring NUF


DNB Livsforsikring


Oslo Pensjonsforsikring AS


Claims Link


Trafikkforsikringsforeningen (TFF)

Yrkesskadeforeningen (YFF)

Toyota Insurance Management SE

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Nordic Guarantee


Frende Forsikring

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

Eika Forsikring

The Norwegian Government/The National Complaint Board for Health Services


HDI Global Specialty SE Denmark

Rockwool Group Denmark

Work highlights

  • Acted as a legal representative for Riskpoint in a claim for compensation against the chairman of the board, general manager and their liability insurance companies after the bankruptcy in Norske Skog ASA.
  • Acted as counsel for the Patient’s Injury Compensation Board in litigation concerning the principles for assessing additional expenses for claimants who are injured (100% invalid) in Norway, but living in the US/abroad at the time of settlement.
  • Assisted AIG Europe in a case before the Supreme Court concerning the impact of the injured party’s own contribution to the loss, related to the liability of an insurance broker.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS acts for national and international insurers on a wide range of insurance issues, such as D&O claims, pension insurance, reinsurance issues and regulatory work, and has notable expertise in the marine and offshore sectors. Practice head Andreas Meidell has ‘excellent skills and knowledge regarding insurance law‘ and focuses his practice on commercial insurance claims. The group also includes Henrik Hagberg, who is an oil services and shipping lawyer with extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious work; Trond Hatland, who regularly acts for major insurers; and Tore Mydske, who advises financial institutions on matters relating to financial services regulations. Emilie Falch Christensen is a key contact for shipping and marine insurance matters. Henrik Møinichen and Markus Kjelløkken are also notable practitioners alongside renewable energy and infrastructure project expert Henrik Fabian Torgrimsby.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Meidell

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Hagberg; Trond Hatland; Tore Mydske; Emilie Falch Christensen; Henrik Møinichen; Markus Kjelløkken; Henrik Fabian Torgrimsby


‘We are very satisfied with the lawyer Andreas Meidell. Him and his team have done a great job for us.’

‘Andreas Meidell has excellent skills and knowledge regarding insurance law and related matters.’

Key clients


Den norske Krigsforsikring for Skib (DNK)

Norwegian Hull Club (NHC)

Tryg Forsikring


UK Club








Travelers Companies Inc.


Storebrand Livsforsikring AS

Gjensidige Forsikring AS

Fremtind Forsikring AS

Finans Norge


Swedish Club

Brit Insurance

Equinor Insurance

Stadyard AS

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended insurers Chubb, QBE and Navigators in a direct action liability D&O claim of NOK1.7bn in Oslo City Court.
  • Successfully litigated an international arbitration on a reinsurance claim of approx. NOK240m.
  • Advising DNK on a total loss claim of $180m following a vessel detention for nine months in Nigeria.


The insurance and regulatory practice at Wiersholm is praised by clients as ‘very knowledgeable, with great expertise, and is very available, service-minded and hands-on‘; the team assists insurance companies and intermediaries with a diverse range of insurance matters, as well as acting in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Practice head Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen is an expert in insurance and marine insurance law, and the team also includes Kjersti Trøbråten, who is ‘one of the best advisers on regulatory matters in the industry’; Olav Perland, who is highly experienced in dispute resolution and corporate law litigation; and shipping and insurance specialist Christian Hauge. Other notable practitioners include ‘highly skilled‘ regulatory specialist Stian Endre, Magnus Nordøy Snellingen, who primarily assists with shareholder M&A and D&O liability disputes; and Fredrik Dahm, who is an expert in liability matters concerning accounts, auditing and other economic issues.

Practice head(s):

Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen

Other key lawyers:

Kjersti Trøbråten; Olav Perland; Christian Hauge; Magnus Nordøy Snellingen; Fredrik Dahm; Stian Endre


‘Wiersholm has a complete insurance team, with experts on the wide range of the spectrum, from regulatory, advisory, contracts to disputes. Its lawyers are also among the best in Norway on professional liability disputes, arising out of or linked to the insurance coverage.’

‘The Wiersholm team is very knowledgeable, has great expertise, is very available, service-minded and hands-on, and offers very constructive and trustworthy advice. The services provided are always spot-on and helpful. Also, the team members that I have been in contact with are very nice and friendly. ’

‘All in all one of the best teams around!’

‘The team is responsive to requests and delivers clear advice that allows for practical discussions within the company.’

‘Kjersti Trøbråten has extensive knowledge of insurance regulatory matters, and provides very insightful and easy to understand advice, as well as constructive solutions. She makes herself available on short notice even if the matter at hand is a part of a major engagement, and leads a team which seems to really enjoy working with her and together.’

‘Kjersti Trøbråten is one of the best advisers on regulatory matters in the industry. Her knowledge and experience are highly valued.’

‘Stian Endre is a knowledgeable lawyer who communicates his advice clearly and in responsive fashion. ’

‘Olav Perland, Magnus Snellingen and Christian Hauge are highly experienced insurance litigators who are commonly used by the large insurers.’

Key clients

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

AIG Europe S.A

AIG Europe UK Limited

Folksam Ömsesidig Sakförsäkring


Gallagher Europe Holding

DHL Global Forwarding (Norway) AS

AXA XL Insurance SE

QBE Europe SA/NV

Gjensidigeforeningene (Møretrygd, Nordlys, Tromstrygd og Bud & Hustad)

Sparebank1 Østlandet

Work highlights

  • Defended DHL and AIG against a claim for damages after DHL discovered that Munch artwork allegedly stored with it in Oslo had disappeared.
  • Advised D&O insurer and previous board members and management of a bank in defending a NOK65m–250m liability claim following a bank collapse.
  • Advised Gjensidige Forsikring ASA in a NOK70m–100m dispute concerning director’s liability.

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS has an insurance practice that is ‘extremely dedicated and competent‘ and frequently advises insurance sector clients on a wide array of contentious and non-contentious issues. Practice head Runar Hansen is a ‘very experienced and solution-oriented‘ practitioner, who specialises in insurance law and liability legislation, as well as frequently acting for international insurers. The group also includes the professional liability specialist Klemet Gaski and Nils Henrik Varmann Jørgensen, who provides ‘excellent assistance‘ to domestic insurers. Harald Strømstad joined from DLA Piper in August 2023 and is experienced in professional liability and D&O cases.

Practice head(s):

Runar Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Klemet Gaski; Nils Henrik Varmann Jørgensen; Harald Strømstad


‘The team has different expertise and experience handling certain legal topics.’

‘Extremely dedicated and competent lawyers.’

‘An expert within insurance law in Norway.’

‘Runar Hansen has deep knowledge of insurance. He is very experienced and solution oriented.’

‘I have had the pleasure of working with Nils Henrik Varmann Jørgensen on several insurance cases where he has provided excellent assistance. He works efficiently and has negotiated excellent results. Assistance of good quality, to the point.’

‘Runar Hansen. Very good knowledge of insurance industry and a very good negotiator.’

Key clients

Arctic Insurance

AGS Forsikring

AIG Europe

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality


Chubb Insurance

CNA Hardy

Icopal BMI

If Skadeforsikring

Landkreditt Forsikring


Norwegian Supervisory Council for Legal Practice

Protector Forsikring


RIF Forsikring

The Norwegian Football Association

Å Energi

Work highlights

  • Representing Å Energi in legal proceedings against Scandinavian insurer Tryg Forsikring in a coverage dispute.
  • Successfully defended Knif Trygghet Forsikring AS and Byggmesterforsikring AS in a lawsuit filed by the owner of high-end staple shopping mall Steen & Strøm in Oslo.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a team of ‘highly specialised lawyers‘, which advises across a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters, with particular emphasis on cross-border issues. ‘Outstanding‘ practice head Mohsin Ramani joined from Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS in February 2023, and focuses on general civil dispute resolution with particular emphasis on insurance claims. The team also includes regulatory lawyer Camilla Wollan, Are Hunskaar, who frequently represents clients in professional liability actions, and Johan Ratvik, who is particularly experienced in regulatory and liability matters. Lars Albert Jøstensen, who is praised as a ‘brilliant insurance lawyer‘ and has special knowledge of cyber insurance, is also a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Mohsin Ramani

Other key lawyers:

Camilla Wollan; Are Hunskaar; Johan Ratvik; Lars Albert Jøstensen


‘Full-service law firm with highly specialised lawyers. Good availability and quality legal advice.’

‘A strong international team.’

‘The team was made up of individuals with extensive knowledge of the field and this became clear during our calls. It weighed heavily in our decision to choose this firm.’

‘Mohsin Ramadi is very pleasant to work with and has a very good legal mindset.’

‘An outstanding individual in Mohsin Ramani.’

‘Johan Ratvik and Mohsin Ramani provide efficient and high-quality legal advice in a timely manner. They have a high degree of availability, and they look for practical solutions. They are good sparring partners for our internal legal counsel.’

‘Johan Ratvik, very skilled and with great combination of expertise.’

‘Lars Albert Jøstensen stands out as the leading insurance specialist in DLA Piper Norway’s insurance team. He is not only a brilliant insurance lawyer but is also extremely responsive and hardworking. He understands the insurance industry and his clients’ needs. Lars is also one of Norway’s best young litigators.’

Key clients

AIG Europe


Gjensidige Forsikring

If Skadeforsikring

QBE Europe



Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Gjensidige in the Norwegian District Court against a recourse claim by If Skadeforsikring Nuf as a result of structural cracks in a building insured by If Skadeforsikring.
  • Acted for COWI and AIG regarding a claim for professional liability amounting to NOK80m after the establishment of a subsea filling, where COWI was responsible for the geotechnical design.
  • Assisted a Norway-based ship design company and Tryg Forsikring in connection with a claim for professional liability for approx. NOK40m.

Ræder Bing

Ræder Bing has a ‘very strong department within insurance law, tort law and procedure‘, and advises insurance companies and industry clients across a wide range of sectors, particularly in the maritime and shipping spaces. Practice head Jon Andersen is ‘hardworking, efficient and thorough‘ and is sought out for his expertise on property and liability insurance cases, especially within the maritime and transport sectors. The group also includes product liability expert Kyrre Kielland, and Kristian Østberg, who has specialist knowledge of shipping and construction matters. Alexander Wiesner Barg returned to the firm in January 2023 and has extensive experience in liability and insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Jon Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Kyrre Kielland; Kristian Østberg; Alexander Wiesner Barg


‘Outstanding firm in Norway for product liability and recalls.’

‘The team has valuable knowledge of insurance law and other relevant areas of law. Priority is given to work efficiently and to achieve good results. ’

‘The involved lawyers are very quick to respond to queries, delivering what we need when we need it. The focus is on reaching the best solution for the client. Amicable solutions are sought where appropriate and in a suitable manner, avoiding unnecessary and costly escalation of disputes.’

‘The firm has a very strong department within insurance law, tort law and procedure. Furthermore, the department has some of the country’s most skilled procedural lawyers. They work thoroughly and efficiently. We have exclusively had very positive experiences with the firm and they are one of our closest partners.’

‘The lawyers in the department ensure that there is close cooperation between them and the client, where strategies, choices and solutions are discussed. The team are superb at adapting to the client’s needs and wishes. They are very skilled and efficient and provide the client with close follow-up in the cases.’

‘Jon Andersen is hardworking, efficient and thorough. At the same time, he shows good interpersonal understanding and seeks good, sensible solutions.’

‘Kyrre Kielland is quick and witty in grasping facts of the case, and good at working together with authorities.’

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring NUF

W.R. Berkley Insurance Nordic NUF

Multiconsult Norge AS

MOWI Markets Norway AS

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

KLP Skadeforsikring AS

Zurich Insurance plc

XL Catlin / Catlin Europe SE

HDI Global SE



Work highlights

  • Assisted Gjensidige forsikring and Oso Hotwater with a product liability claim, in relation to a serial defect with some 39,000 water heaters being recalled from the Norwegian market.
  • Advised Tryg Insurance on legal issues regarding the contractual role of freight forwarders, as either agents or contractual carriers under NSAB.
  • Appointed by the City Court as trustee for the limitation fund established following the grounding and subsequent wreck removal of the vessel “Server”.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt has a ‘very well balanced team with great expertise‘, which advises insurers on both domestic and cross-border insurance matters, with particular focus on regulatory and transactional work. Practice head Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen is a ‘competent and business-oriented lawyer‘, who advises on a range of insurance matters, and frequently acts for life insurers, reinsurers, pension funds and insurance intermediaries. The group also includes Caroline Karlsson, who specialises in private M&A and transactional risk management issues; and experienced litigator Andreas A. Johansen, who has particular experience in pursuing claims for the insured under W&I insurance policies. Norman Hansen Meyer joined from Selmer in June 2023 and is experienced in marine insurance. Ellen Hjelset has now left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Karlsson; Andreas A. Johansen; Norman Hansen Meyer


‘In insurance and tax law, the company is the best we know on the Norwegian market.’

‘Good and reliable team.’

‘Very well balanced team with great expertise and willingness to deep dive into the clients business as relevant for the case. Team members complemented each other very well and worked together seamlessly.’

‘Professional experts, always with a pleasant attitude and high availability.’

‘A professional, business-oriented and competent team that delivers legal advice on all aspects within regulatory insurance issues on time.’

‘Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen is a competent and business-oriented lawyer and understands the client’s challenges within the regulatory framework. He is always available and finds good solutions to complex legal issues.’

‘Andreas Johansen is very approachable and has great expertise.’

Key clients

DARAG Deutschland AG

YOUPLUS Assurance AG

YOUPLUS Livsforsikring NUF

WaterCircles Forsikring ASA

Chubb European Group SE

VPS Euronext


XL Catlin Services SE

Euro Accident Livförsäkring AB

Euro Accident Liv NUF

Tryg Forsikring A/S

Tryg Forsikring NUF

Codan Forsikring NUF

FOLKSAM ömsesidig sakförsäkring

Anticimex Försäkringar AB

Anticimex Forsikring NUF

Hyperion Insurance Group Limited

Howden Group Holdings Limited

Zurich Insurance plc (Ireland), Norwegian Branch

Zurich Insurance plc (Ireland), Swedish Branch

W. R. Berkley Europe AG

W.R. Berkley Corporation

Berkley European Underwriters

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Danica Pensjonsforsikring AS

Nordnet Livsforsikring AS

Frende Livsforsikring AS

AmTrust International Underwriters Ltd.

AmTrust Nordic AB

AmTrust Insurance Services Norway AS

AmTrust North America

Howden Forsikringsmegling AS

Hyperion Insurance Group plc

Norwegian Insurance Partner AS

A/S Norske Shells Pensjonskasse

Protector ASA

KLP (Kommunal Landspensjonskasse Gjensidig Forsikringsselskap)

Beazley Group Ltd.

Builders Direct S.A

Wealins S.A.

Lombard International Assurance S.A.

Telenor Pensjonskasse

Infratek Pensjonskasse

Fortum Pensjonskasse

Adresseavisen Pensjonskasse

Aibel AS Pensjonskasse

NHOs Konsernpensjonskasse

Pensjonskassen for Helseforetakene i Hovedstadsområdet

Viken Pensjonskasse

SquareTrade Ltd.

Pareto Forsikringsmegling AS

Apple, Inc.

Aspen Insurance UK, Ltd


Bolttech Device Protection (Ireland) Ltd

Claims Handling AS

BuySure AS

Danske Bank

Esso Norge AS

Fine Art Specie Adjusters Limited

Nucleus Life AG

Qover SA/NV

SafetyWing AS

SEB Life International Assurance Company DAC

Utmost Pan Europe DAC

Willis North America Inc.

Willis Towers Watson plc

Swisspartners Versicherung AG

Argonaut Insurance Company Ltd

Bastion Insurance Company

Chopin Forsikring A/S

Great Lakes Insurance SE

CR Nordic AS

International Wealth Insurance AS

Norske Forsikringsmegleres Forening


Pensum Forsikringsmegling AS

Skandia Leben (FL) AG

Swiss Life (Liechtenstein) AG

Swiss Life (Luxembourg) S.A.

Salvesen & Thams Invest AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Norwegian domiciled non-life insurer WaterCircles Forsikring ASA on the ongoing redomiciliation of the entire company from Norway to Sweden.
  • Assisted Liechtenstein domiciled life-insurer Swisspartners Versicherung AG with developing insurance product documentation for its entry into the Norwegian UNHW market.
  • Assisted Liechtenstein domiciled life-insurer Youplus Assurance AG with several portfolio transfers and negotiating several distribution agreements with leading MGAs in the Norwegian life insurance market.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig has a broad insurance practice with particular emphasis on marine insurance. Leading the practice, Anette Fjeld focuses on non-marine-related matters, and particularly advises on industrial insurance, property insurance and professional liability insurance. The group also includes Lars Inge Ørstavik, who focuses on shipping and maritime law, including marine insurance work; and Kristoffer Larsen Rognvik, who is highly experienced in marine insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Anette Fjeld

Other key lawyers:

Lars Inge Ørstavik; Kristoffer Larsen Rognvik


‘The SVW team has a strong presence and great experience in shipping and insurance matters.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for liability insurer KLP Ansvarsforsikring and its insureds in several cases, in particular the case of KLP’s insureds Fauske and Sørfold municipalities, defending the municipalities against a claim for compensation following a public procurement of certain waste disposal services.
  • Continuing to assist Norwegian P&I insurer Skuld with several ongoing cases, primarily relating to cargo damage and other matters of liability, and handling litigation relating to bodily injury and damage to cargo.
  • Continuing to advise Gjensidige Forsikring, and assisting with several ongoing cases within the aviation and shipping areas involving cargo damage and matters of liability.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein‘s ‘highly competent team‘ assists with a wide range of insurance mandates, including contentious issues, transactions and regulatory work, and is particularly experienced in the shipping and marine sectors. Practice head Anders Færden is ‘deeply knowledgeable in marine insurance‘, as well as being an experienced litigator. The group also includes Herman Steen, who leads the shipping and offshore disputes department and regularly acts in international insurance cases; and Ole Andenæs, who assists insurance clients with regulatory, advisory and contentious work, as well as M&A transactions involving insurance companies. Other notable practitioners include Anne-Karin Nesdam, marine insurance specialist Halvard Saue, and Marte Sønstevold, who is experienced in both marine and non-marine insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Anders Færden

Other key lawyers:

Herman Steen; Ole Andenæs; Anne-Karin Nesdam; Halvard Saue; Marte Sønstevold


‘A highly competent team with global reach, and particularly strong in marine insurance. Norway’s only truly international law firm.’

‘Anders Færden is deeply knowledgeable in marine insurance.’

‘Herman Steen is rising name in litigation, in particular for wet law and marine insurance disputes.’

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard

Gard Marine & Energy Ltd

Codan Insurance


Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

Hydor AS


Zürich Insuranc

The Swedish Club

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented marine insurers in a Constructive Total Loss dispute.
  • Successfully defended Zurich Insurance in a direct action claim under Directors and Officers Insurance.
  • Assisting the H&M insurers Norwegian Hull Club and the P&I insurers Gard P&I (Bermuda) Ltd as global lead counsel following the casualty of the highly specialised subsea construction and pipe laying vessel SKANDI BUZIOS, which caught fire at the port of Açu, Brazil on 2 June 2023.