Insurance in Norway

BAHR

BAHR’s insurance-focused practice regularly acts in high-profile international cases, and recently represented Protector Forsikring in an reinsurance dispute against Munich Re following the Grenfell Tower fire in London. The team also leads in the marine insurance market and counts Skuld and the Norwegian Hull Club as clients. Jan Jansen heads up the department and focuses on insurance disputes; other key individuals include marine insurance litigator Atle Skaldebø-Rød and Tarjei Thorkildsen, who has recently handled matters relating to ship and cargo damage, reinsurance issues and business interruption claims.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jansen

Testimonials

BAHR has a strength in advising on maritime insurance, understanding the underlying Norwegian insurance law, the Nordic Plan and P&I and FD&D Rules. BAHR has strong competence in disputes related to the same. On time delivery of very high quality advice.

Jan-Fredrik Rafen and Atle Skjaldebø-Rød both stand out for their knowledge of marine insurance and their appearance in court or before tribunals.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Group

Chubb Insurance

Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Tryg

Nordnet AB

DNB Livsforsikring ASA

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring ASA

Nordea Liv ASA

AIG

Work highlights

  • Represented Protector Forsikring in a reinsurance dispute against Munich Re following the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Defending Skuld in the Mineral Libin direct action brought by SwissMarine and Gard relating to a collision in a Chinese port.
  • Advised DNB Scandinavian Property Fund on establishing the first unleveraged property fund set up by a life insurance company as the cornerstone investor.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper stands out in the market for its reinsurance and professional liability experience and counts a range of insurers and reinsurers as clients; Munich Re, AIG and Tryg are notable examples. Practice head Alexander Plows is dual-qualified in the UK and Norway and handles financial services, D&O, professional indemnity and warranty and indemnity insurance claims. The group also fields associate partner Camilla Wollan, who focuses on regulatory mandates, particularly cross-border financial services work; and litigators Are Hunskaar and associate partner Beate Vesterås . Lead lawyer Linn Kvade Rannekleiv is a specialist in auditors’ liability claims. Hugo-A. B Munthe-Kaas joined from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Plows

Testimonials

It was amazing to see the DLA Piper team in action across their London and Oslo offices. In Oslo, Alexander Plows and Linn Kvade Rannekleiv exhibited outstanding teamwork demonstrating DLA Piper’s ability to provide a superior legal service across countries/offices as well as across various specialist legal fields.’

The team is quick and accommodating, and handles big and complicated cases with ease.

It has been a terrific experience working with DLA Piper. In particular, Alex Plows has proven himself to be a brilliant reinsurance lawyer with whom you can break new legal ground.’

They have the necessary specialisation, while at the same time having generally good knowledge in several fields.

Key clients

Munich Re

Navigators

AIG Europe

Aspen

Tryg Forsikring

Riskpoint

W.R. Berkley

Chubb

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Ltd

QBE European Operations

Work highlights

  • Defended Munich Re in a property treaty reinsurance arbitration dispute against Protector Forsikring arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire, which centred on the interpretation of a surplus treaty between the insurer and the reinsurer.
  • Assisting Brightstar International with the provision of a device protection programme to Telenor Norge.
  • Defending Multiconsult in a professional liability claim relating to the construction of underground parking facilities and tennis courts on the roof of a building housing an insurance and risk management company.

Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co

Insurance boutique Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co acts for domestic and international insurers and reinsurers on the full range of insurance law, tort law and insurance litigation issues with expertise across D&O work, employers’ liability matters, life and health insurance claims, maritime insurance matters and product liability mandates. Terje Marthinsen heads up the personal injury team, Claus Krag Brynildsen is ‘one of the best insurance lawyers in Norway’ and name partner Trond Werner Lunde is ‘an approachable, straightforward adviser’. Eivind Kogstad retired.

Practice head(s):

Terje Marthinsen

Testimonials

This law firm carries a special status in the insurance community. Although not unique – there are a few others in this area. One of the elements that gives this practice an edge is that all lawyers have a work background in the insurance industry, and consequently a deeper understanding of the needs of the insurers.

Kogstad Lunde has a deep and undisputed understanding of the insurance market. Their commercial understanding combined with unparalleled legal expertise makes them a one of a kind in the Norwegian market for legal services to the insurance market.

Kogstad Lunde & Co are trustworthy and we can always trust them to represent us in the best way possible.

Kogstad Lunde & Co are specialised in insurance law and torts which makes them unique for handling big and complex claims in recourse. Experience and expertise are the key strengths for this firm. Compared to other suppliers for similar services they have the ability to act and make things happen.

Trond Werner Lunde is an approachable straight forward advisor with a great insight and an experienced overview of even the most complex cases.

Our claims mostly get handled by Tor Morten Austerheim. He is meticulous and always available for consultation. We also have some experience with some of the other lawyers in the firm, and we are always pleased with the handling of our cases/requirements.

Claus Brynhildsen’s knowledge of the legislation and industry is hard to match. He provides detailed and good argumentation.

We would specially recommend Terje Martinsen and Claus Brynildsen for their outstanding performance and knowledge of the business.

I have personally worked a lot with associate Per Kristian Lundkvist. Of the many associates I work with he is the one I value the most. He is unique in the way that he quickly understands what I am after and does not waste time on anything irrelevant. He gives practical advice and understands what we need help with and what we don`t need help with. He is also excellent in his field and I always trust his work and opinions.

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring

The Norwegian Government / The National Complaint

Board for Health Services

Fremtind

Protector Forsikring

Pareto

Jernbanepersonalets Bank og Forsikring

Gjensidige Forsikring

The Norwegian Motor Insurers’ Bureau (TFF)

The Norwegian Government / Attorney General / The

Norwegian Labours and Welfare Organisation

AIG Europe

The Norwegian Occupational Injury Insurers’ Bureau

If

Eika

Frende Skadeforsikring

Frende Liv

KLP

Knif Trygghet Forsikring

Byggmesterforsikring

INSR Insurance Group

Tide Forsikring

Brit Insurance

Norse Forsikringsmegling

Randall & Quilter

Zurich Insurance

Quality Broker

Norsk Hussopp Forsikring

Norsk Naturskadepool

ETU Insurance

AXA Partners SAS

AON Norway

Landkreditt Forsikring

Skogbrand Forsikring

Dual Corporate Risks Limited

Bane Nor

FaVer AS

The Norwegian Auditor’s Association / Aegis / C. J.

Coleman

DnB Forsikring

Chubb European Group Ltd Sweden

Chubb European Group Ltd Norway

Jernbanepersonalets sparebank

Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality SE

Chubb UK

Markel International

HCC International Insurance Company PLC

Pembroke Insurances

Tokio Marine Kiln

Travelers

StarStone Insurance

Beazley

Work highlights

  • Representing Protector Forsikring as building and liability insurer of the owner in matters arising from the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
  • Acting for HCC International Insurance and other reinsurers in a dispute with Storebrand Forsikring  relating to the Amenas terrorist attack and hostage crisis in 2013.
  • Acting for Tryg Forsikring in a recourse claim against the producer of a bathroom fan which has caused more than 30 house fires.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Andreas Meidell leads the department at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, which is a key name for marine insurance work; the group recently represented Norwegian Hull Club in a total loss matter relating to a vessel detention in Nigeria. The practice also advises on non-marine insurance, liability and recovery, and regulatory and corporate insurance work for its insurer client base. Henrik Hagberg is singled out for his oil services and shipping expertise, Tore Mydske acts for financial institutions, Trond Hatland is the key contact in Bergen.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Meidell

Key clients

Gard

Den norske Krigsforsikring for Skib

Norwegian Hull Club

Tryg

Industriforsikring

UK Club

Zurich

XL Caitlin

Chubb

Navigators

Markel

Allianz

AXA Corporate S.A.

Cardif

RiskPoint

Work highlights

  • Representing Norwegian Hull Club in a total loss claim under Marine Hull and War Risk policies.
  • Acting for SwissMarine and Gard in a direct action against Skuld, which has been admitted to the Supreme Court.
  • Representing Axa Corporate Solutions in a Supreme Court case relating to a damaged umbilical cable for a remotely operated underwater vehicle.

Wiersholm

At Wiersholm, the team acts for policyholders and insurers on a range of marine, D&O, professional indemnity and regulatory mandates and is regularly instructed on pure insurance disputes. Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen heads up the practice, and Erik Blaker leads the marine insurance group; Blaker’s expertise encompasses wet shipping work, arrest issues, salvage claims and collision matters. Other key practitioners include Kjersti Trøbråten, who is a regulatory expert, and litigator Olav Perland.

Practice head(s):

Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen

Testimonials

Wiersholm’s team has a strong regulatory and practical understanding of the insurance sector that is essential for ensuring swift and relevant advice. They are recommendable for both sparring and on day-to-day matters as well as for handling complex issues.

Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen is highly competent and quick to see the relevant questions at hand from both an insurance regulatory and insurance contractual perspective. He has good insight into the industry and a clear understanding of how it operates.

Key clients

AIG Europe S.A

AIG Europe UK Limited

BDO AS

C.J. Coleman

Danske Bank

Codan Forsikring NUF

Allianz Corporate & Specialty

AXA XL Insurance SE

QBE Europe SA/NV

W. R. Berkley Insurance Nordic NUF

Work highlights

  • Acting for AIG Europe as underwriters of CHC Helikopter Service in claims relating to the Turøy helicopter accident in 2016.
  • Defending BDO and its liability insurer If against a claim brought by the bankruptcy estate of Reinertsen
  • Acting for Møller Baltic Import in obtaining a large insurance pay out following a massive hailstorm accident which caused extensive damage to its stock.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein’s insurance practice covers contentious, transactional and regulatory matters across marine and non-marine insurance work. ‘Skilled negotiatorAnders Færden is global head of the firm’s insurance practice and Gaute Gjelsten leads the firm's shipping offshore group. Clients also praise marine insurance litigator Herman Steen, who ’always has a practical solution to solve a tricky issue’. The department’s client roster encompasses insurance and reinsurance companies, captives and mutual policyholders and insurance intermediaries. Christoffer Bergene moved in-house at Danske Bank.

Practice head(s):

Anders Færden; Gaute Gjelsten

Testimonials

Wikborg Rein’s team has a solid understanding of insurance and is highly competent.

Knowledgeable within maritime law & Nordic Marine Insurance Plan, always available and keen to support in any situation.

Anders W. Færden is highly recommended. He is swift, available, a skilled negotiator and particularly strong in insurance contract law and general contract law.

Gaute Gjelsten and Nina Hanevold Sandvik are both very competent and good team workers.

Anders Færden is analytic in the build up to a court case and persuasive in front of the judge.

I work mostly with Herman Steen. He is a very bright guy and quite experienced for his age. He always has a practical solution to solve a tricky issue.

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard/Gard Marine & Energy Ltd.

Codan Insurance

AXA XL

Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

Hydor

QBE

Norse Forsikringsmegling AS

Brit Insurance

RiverStone Insurance (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Assuranceforeningen Gard-Gjensidig in a disruption claim relating to the grounding and re-floating of an oil rig in US waters.
  • Acted for Gard Marine & Energy as loss of hire insurers in a coverage dispute following the grounding of a cruise vessel.
  • Acted for XL Insurance (now Axa XL) as excess liability insurer in a claim brought by a bank against a law firm, lawyers and liability insurers regarding advice given relating to the leasing of offshore helicopters.

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS’ insurance practice has continued its expansion beyond its traditional strength in marine and transport insurance with recent highlights also including property insurance claims, professional liability work, product liability issues, regulatory mandates and transactional matters. The group acts for policyholders and insurers and regularly assists domestic and international insurance companies; key examples include Tryg, WR Berkley Insurance Nordic NUF and Zurich. Jon Andersen leads the team, which also counts litigator Joar Heide, product liability expert Kyrre Kielland and Ole André Oftebro, who handles product and professional liability claims, as key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Jon Andersen

Testimonials

My assessment of the firm is that they are absolutely first rate in the fields of insurance, maritime law and also aquaculture, particularly from an insurance and transportation angle. Jon Andersen and his team provide an excellent service that is responsive, cost effective and commercial and they are real experts in their fields.’

They have a unique understanding of issues related to product liabilities. Here they are much better than others we have used.

Jon Andersen is worthy of great praise in the advice and assistance he provides to our clients and the service he provides to his own clients in the Norwegian maritime and insurance market. He clearly understands his clients legal and commercial needs very well. Jon is available at all hours and is very practical and commercial and he is our go-to Norwegian maritime lawyer.

They are friendly and extremely knowledgeable. They are a good team that works together on issues when needed. We know that no matter the extent of the case, it is in the best hands.

Morally and ethically impeccable, with a strong focus on the subject matter. Kyrre Kielland in particular has impressed us.

I have worked with Kyrre Kielland and Joar Heide. Mr Heide’s comprehensive experience enables him to provide creative solutions to complex questions. Mr Kielland knows how to “operationate” complex law to day-to-day business, leaving us compliant with the rules and regulation relevant to our business and, further, leaving us to rightfully ignore rules and regulations that are not relevant.

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring NUF

W.R. Berkley Insurance Nordic NUF

Codan Forsikring NUF

Nemi Forsikring AS

MOWI Markets Norway AS

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

KLP Skadeforsikring AS

Zurich Insurance plc

XL Catlin / Catlin Europe SE

HDI Global SE

Securitas AS

Help Forsikring AS

Work highlights

  • Acting for Zurich Insurance and a lawyer in a case relating to the leasing and financing of helicopters and the advice provided by the lawyer.
  • Acting for Gjensidige Forsikring in liability and compensation claims arising from a cruise ship collision into a quay.
  • Advising the City Court of Oslo on the establishment of a limitation fund following the grounding of the vessel ‘Full City’ on the South coast of Norway in 2009.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is recognised for its insurance regulatory and transactional capacity and regularly acts for insurers, reinsurers, pension funds, intermediaries and corporate policyholders on cross-border mandates and product design and development projects. The team also acts in marine and non-marine claims, an area recently strengthened following the recruitment of Øyvind Gravdal from an in-house position. Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen leads the practice, which also draws on the expertise of litigators Per Magne Ristvedt and Amund Bjøranger Tørum.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen

Key clients

Apple, Inc.

Zurich Insurance plc (Ireland), Swedish Branch

SEB Life International Assurance Company DAC

Euro Accident Livsförsäkring AB

FOLKSAM ömsesidig sakförsäkring

Hyperion Insurance Group Limited

Berkley European Underwriters

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken S.A

Zurich Insurance plc (Ireland), Norwegian Branch

Samsung Electronics Nordic Aktiebolag

Codan Forsikring NUF

Tryg Forsikring NUF

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Protector ASA

Danica Pensjonsforsikring AS

KLP (Kommunal Landspensjonskasse Gjensidig Forsikringsselskap)

If Skadeforsikring NuF

Esso Norge AS (Exxon)

Livsforsikringsselskapet Nordea Liv Norge AS

Lombard International Assurance S.A.

Wealins S.A.

AmTrust International Underwriters Ltd.

AmTrust Nordic AB

AmTrust Insurance Services Norway AS

W. R. Berkley Europe AG

W. R. Berkley Corporation

W. R. Berkley Insurance Norway Nuf

W. R. Berkley Insurance Nordic Nuf

W. R. Berkley Europe AG, Swedish Branch

Nordnet Livsforsikring AS

Quantum Leben AG

Beazley Group Ltd.

Builders Direct S.A

Argonaut Insurance Company

Fortum Corporation Oy

Infratek AS

Hansard Europe Dac

Utmost Pan Europe Dac

Norwegian Insurance Partner AS

Howden Forsikringsmegling AS

Telenor Pensjonskasse

A/S Norske Shells Pensjonskasse

Infratek Pensjonskasse

Fortum Pensjonskasse

NHOs Konsernpensjonskasse

A/S Norske Shell

Riskpoint AS

Safe Forsikring AS

Skandia Leben (FL) AG

Fjordkraft AS

Sparebanken Møre

Fine Art Specie Adjusters Ltd

Square Trade Ltd.

CBL Insurance Europe DAC

AVIS

Pareto Forsikringsmegling AS

Baker McKenzie Link

Safety Wing AS

AXA XL

Hogan Lovells International LLP (Spain)

Tarian Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Gjensidige Forsikring on its sale of Gjensidige Bank to Nordea.
  • Assisting Apple with the development of its AppleCarePlus device insurance program to fit Norwegian legal requirements.
  • Advising Samsung on the development of its Samsung Care+ mobile device insurance program.

Arntzen de Besche

Sven Iver Steen leads the full service insurance department at Arntzen de Besche, which acts for a range of insurance companies on professional liability and D&O mandates and transactional issues, and is notably active in the oil and gas, offshore, shipping and aviation sectors. Other clients include brokers, agents and corporate policyholders. Litigator Andreas Nordby also contributes to the practice, as does Karl Rosén, who focuses on regulatory matters, and Kåre I Moljord, who handles non-life insurance law, professional liability and D&O work, and insurance litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sven Iver Steen

Testimonials

The team is very client focused and service minded, and delivers on time.

The individuals, who work with us on a regular basis have great knowledge of our business.

Key clients

Gjensidige Forsikring

Sparebank 1 Forsikring

Marine Subsea AS, its bankruptcy estate

Gabler

Eikos

Lillevold and Partners

If Skadeforsikring

KLP Skadeforsikring AS

Storebrand

Work highlights

  • Represented the bankruptcy estate of Marine Subsea in a Supreme Court case filed against the former CEO relating to time bar principles.
  • Acted for the bankruptcy estate of Reinertsen in a negligence claim against five members of the board of directors.
  • Defending PwC in a claim filed by Bertel O Steen Østfold, which claims the auditor acted negligently in its audit of Iseveien Bil, which caused it to suffer financial loss.

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS’ insurance practice has seen substantial growth in recent years, most notably with the recruitment of group head Runar Hansen from DLA Piper in 2018 and compliance specialist Anne Helsingeng from Advokatfirmaet Hjort in mid-2019. The pair join Nils Henrik Varmann Jørgensen, who is a key name for insurer clients and regularly handles real estate and contract-related matters; regulatory expert Erlend Balsvik and Klemet Gaski, who assists with professional indemnity work.

Practice head(s):

Runar Hansen

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality (on behalf of Revisorgruppen)

Chubb Insurance

RiskPoint (CV Starr-Lloyds Syndicate & Arch Insurance Company (Europe)

If

AGS Forsikring (agent for Aegis)

RIF Forsikring

The Norwegian Football Association

Norwegian Supervisory Council for Legal Practice

Work highlights

  • Acting for auditor Revisorgruppen and its insurer Allianz in a lawsuit filed by Bertel O Steen, which alleged the auditor acted negligently.
  • Defending Chubb in a D&O claim against an overseas board member of a bankrupt Norwegian company in the publishing sector.
  • Advising Standard Garanti Forsikring on its successful application to the Financial Supervisory Authority for a licence to operate in Norway.

SANDS

Acting for both policyholders and insurers, SANDS’ roster of domestic and international clients includes WR Berkley, Zurich Insurance, Tryg, Chubb and RiskPoint. Group head Christian Kjellby Nesset assists with product development issues, insurance claims and reinsurance mandates; he recently acted for Johnson Controls and Chubb in a professional indemnity matter and acts as adviser to Protector on its insurance activities in Norway.

Practice head(s):

Christian Kjellby Nesset

Key clients

Protector

Zurich Insurance

Tryg

Schenker and Schenker Ocean

Chubb

Generali PanEurope Dac

Hansard Europe Dac

Johnson Controls captive

KLP

Norwegian Insurance Partner

Frende Forsikring

RiskPoint

Tromstrygd Gjensidig Forsikringsselskap

W. R. Berkley Insurance (Europe)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Chubb and Johnson Controls in a professional indemnity matter.
  • Advising WR Berkley on the restructuring of its insurance activities in Norway and Sweden.
  • Assisting Moen Marine with a range of issues arising out of two shipwreck incidents, which involved production defects.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

At Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, Frithjof Herlofsen and Lars Inge Ørstavik jointly lead the insurance practice from Oslo and Bergen respectively. The group is a key name for marine insurance work and acts for all major marine insurers in the domestic market; recent mandates include protection and indemnity insurance work, hull and machinery claims, cargo issues and loss of hire disputes. The practice also handles non-contentious work for international life and non-life insurers, and also operates standalone aviation insurance and personal injury insurance teams, led by Ingar Fuglevåg and Øyvind Vidhammer respectively. Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen and Jan Vablum are also noteworthy contacts.

Practice head(s):

Frithjof Herlofsen; Lars Inge Ørstavik

Key clients

Gjensidige

Skuld P & I

Zurich Insurance

Allianz Insurance

North of England P & I

Hydor AS

Norsk Hydro/Industriforsikring

Yara Insurance

Codan Insurance

Britannia P & I

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gjensidige in a Supreme Court case relating to the application of limitation clauses.
  • Representing Hamburg Cruises in a dispute against Gard relating to the calculation of compensation under loss of hire cover.
  • Acting for Yara Insurance and If in proceedings relating to the MV Cheshire casualty, in which the ship became a total loss and all cargo carried on the vessel was damaged.