Insurance in Norway
BAHR focuses on insurer clients with a roster including Zurich, Chubb and Tryg. The group's marine insurance strength was evident in its recent representation of Norwegian Hull Club in two linked loss of hire claims brought by Suez Fortune Investments relating to vessel damage; it also acted for Skuld in a collision damage claim following a collision in a port and advised DNB Livsforsikring on the establishment of DNB Scandinavian Property Fund, the first unleveraged property fund created by a life insurance company. Insurance litigator Jan Jansen leads the department, and Atle Skaldebø-Rød and Tarjei Thorkildsen focus on marine insurance litigation.
Alexander Plows leads the department at DLA Piper following Runar Hansen's departure to Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS in 2018. The group is a key name in the market for reinsurance and professional liability work; recent highlights include defending Multiconsult in a professional liability claim. The team also assisted Palaistra with its acquisition of an interest in Silver Pensjonsforsikring and advised Brightstar International on its provision of a mobile insurance programme to Telenor. Associate partner Camilla Julie Wollan is the key name for regulatory issues, associate partner Beate Vesterås (who joined from an in-house position) focuses on professional liability work and lead lawyer Linn Kvade Rannekleiv joined from Wiersholm in 2018.
Boutique insurance firm Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co is 'a key player in the industry' with 'experience in all lines of insurance' giving it 'longstanding and deep relationships with all the major companies in the market'; it counts Tryg Forsikring, Zurich and Sparebank 1 Forsikring as clients. Clients single out senior partners Trond Werner Lunde and Eivind Kogstad as 'go-to individuals in the industry'; other key names include Terje Marthinsen, who leads the personal injury team, and the 'highly insightful' Claus Krag Brynildsen. Recent mandates include assisting Protector Forsikring with all legal issues surrounding the Grenfell Tower fire as holder of the owner's building and liability insurance, and acting for the insurers on issues relating to two rocket crashes.
Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' 'thorough and skilled' team is led by Andreas Meidell, who is arguably 'one of the best lawyers in Norway for insurance matters' and has 'an impressive ability to keep up with the details'. The department handles the full spectrum of corporate insurance work with notable strength in marine insurance; it recently acted for Norwegian Hull Club in a claim following a collision in the Gulf of Mexico and represented SwissMarine and Gard in a recourse direct action against Skuld. Other noteworthy individuals include Henrik Hagberg, Trond Hatland, Stephen Knudtzon and managing associate Hugo-A. B Munthe-Kaas.
With 'a strong regulatory sense and practical understanding of the insurance sector', clients praise Wiersholm as 'among the best in the field'. The department assists with non-marine insurance, marine insurance and regulatory mandates, with recent examples including its defence of CHC Helikopter Service in claims relating to a helicopter accident in Bergen and acting for AIG as liability insurer in claims relating to the bankruptcy of Terra Securities. Team head Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen 'has good insight into the industry and how it operates', Erik Blaker has 'valuable strategic capabilities', and Kjersti Trøbråten is a key name for regulatory work.
'Pre-eminent firm' Wikborg Rein delivers 'quick, sharp and clear advice' across marine and non-marine insurance led by the highly regarded Anders Færden. Færden's recent work includes assisting Asko Norge and NorgesGruppen as policyholders with their insurance cover following an industrial fire, and acting for XL Insurance as excess liability insurer in a claim relating to the leasing of offshore helicopters. XL Caitlin, Norwegian Hull Club and QBE are also clients. Gaute Gjelsten is a key contact for marine insurance work and specialist counsel Christoffer Bergene focuses on regulatory issues.
Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS has 'a practical way of working', allowing it to 'look at all the appropriate angles and make a good assessment of any situation'. The firm has built on its historic focus on marine insurance with recent expansion into non-marine areas including professional liability claims, transactional issues and product liability work. The team of 'highly professional' partners includes group head Jon Andersen, who focuses on maritime and transport law, litigator Joar Heide and product liability specialist Kyrre Kielland. Joakim Ulltveit Moe moved in-house.
Arntzen de Besche 'combines knowledge of insurance products, the law and its clients' to assist with a wide range of issues encompassing professional liability work, directors and officers (D&O) issues, natural disaster incidents and matters in the oil and energy, offshore, shipping, aviation and pension sectors. Group leader Sven Iver Steen represented Overføringsavtalens Sikringsordning in a recourse claim against Oslo municipality following Oslo Vei's bankruptcy and Kåre I Moljord is acting for the bankruptcy estate of Marine Subsea in a D&O liability claim against the former board members, two former CEOs and the insurance company.
The 'effective and highly competent' department at SANDS acts for insurer and policyholder clients including Zurich, Allianz and Protector. Christian Kjellby Nesset leads the practice; he represented Johnson Controls and Chubb in a dispute pertaining to professional liability, advised WR Berkley on the restructuring of its insurance activities in Norway and Sweden, and acted for Moen Marine on the insurance issues relating to two shipwreck incidents.
Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS fields 'a strong team with a practical approach', which is led by 'one of the most competent lawyers in insurance law' Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen , who has 'a no-nonsense approach'. Recent highlights include advising WR Berkley on its implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive, assisting Nordnet Livsforsikring with the design and development of new products and acting for Beazley Group on the development of a cyber insurance product.
Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig excels in marine insurance with expertise in protection and indemnity insurance, cargo claims and loss of hire issues. Frithjof Herlofsen leads the department; his recent work includes acting for Gjensidige in a case relating to the application of limitations in clauses and representing Hamburg Cruises in a claim against Gard relating to the calculation of compensation under loss of hire cover. The firm also has an aviation insurance practice led by Ingar Fuglevåg and personal injury team headed by Øyvind Vidhammer.