Firms To Watch: Insurance

Maritime boutique Gjelsten Herlofsen Advokatfirma AS was established in late 2022 and is highly active in maritime insurance claims. Founding partners Frithjof Herlofsen and Gaute Gjelsten are the key names to note; they were joined by Børge Alsvik in early 2023.

Insurance in Norway

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s insurance practice has established a leading reputation for its full-service offering which includes advising on all insurance types from pension insurance and professional liability issues through to offshore insurance and natural hazard insurance. The firm also provides guidance on insurance disputes and has an impressive track record in handling M&A-related insurance matters. Practice head Sven Iver Steen has primary expertise in pension issues, life and non-life insurance matters, Andreas Nordby excels in contentious work and Karl Rosén focuses on regulatory work. The team has been strengthened by the recent additions of Alexander Plows, who has experience in insurance claims, regulatory issues and policies; and Eivind Landmark Tandrevold, who is active in professional liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Sven Iver Steen


Other key lawyers:

Andreas Nordby; Karl Rosén; Alexander Plows; Eivind Landmark Tandrevold


Testimonials

‘The team is highly competent and delivers with swiftness and quality. Always looking for the best solutions – listening, but at the same time not afraid to recommend different solutions than asked for.’

‘Always interested in the business as a whole and not just the insurance part.’

‘Sven Iver Steen has outstanding competence in complicated pension questions, background information, historic development, etc. and is a trustworthy partner in these kinds of questions.’

‘Eivind Landmark Tandrevold is great at coordinating it all. Exceptional service from him!’

‘The combination of multiple disciplines to help us understand how to settle our insurance issue has been of great help. Ensuring that our insurance covers the liabilities we want to cover requires a unique set of skills with knowledge about our daily business including an understanding of regulatory challenges. Eivind Landmark Tandrevold has been key for us, he’s made sure that our insurance and terms are a good match.’

Key clients

If Skadeforsikring


Frende Forsikring


Gjensidige Forsikring


KLP Skadeforsikring AS


Storebrand


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


Aegis


Gabler


PricewaterhouseCoopers AS


Eikos


Lillevold and Partners


Norges Banks Pensjonskasse


Solid Försäkring AB


Zinsurance AS


Work highlights


  • Representing If Skadeforsikring in a substantial directors and officers liability case.
  • Defending the Central Bank of Norway’s pension fund against a significant claim put forward by Nokas Verdihåndtering AS, a leading security and cash handling company.
  • Representing a Lloyd’s syndicate, with Aegis as the lead insurer and administered by C.J. Coleman, that provides professional liability insurance to members of the Norwegian Institute of Public Accountants.

BAHR

BAHR is renowned for its work with major international and domestic insurance groups in the marine and offshore insurance fields and is highly regarded for its knowledge of regulatory matters and disputes. The firm has niche expertise in marine insurance, personal injury claims and issues relating to real estate insurance and property damage claims. Jan Jansen heads up the team and is a leading authority on insurance litigation. Marine insurance litigation specialists Atle Skaldebø-Rød and Tarjei Thorkildsen are well reputed in the industry, and regulatory and transactional expert Markus Heistad also contributes to the practice. Mads Schjølberg is the key name at managing associate level.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jansen


Other key lawyers:

Atle Skaldebø-Rød; Tarjei Thorkildsen; Markus Heistad; Mads Schjølberg


Testimonials

‘They set up a small efficient team for handling the matters and they provide swift and clear advice, and they are confident in their conclusions, making it easy to use their advice when handling matters.’

‘Atle Skaldebø-Rød is a very bright lawyer who is always accessible and who displays deep knowledge on a wide range of issues. He is also an excellent litigator.’

‘Mads Schjølberg is a bright lawyer who provides swift and actionable advice, and he has a calm and pleasant demeanour, which makes him easy to work with.’

‘The team has excellent legal capabilities and very good knowledge of the P&I market and insurance practice. The combination of insight into the industry and legal knowledge is key and a strength that the firm and its insurance team provide.’

‘Mads Schjølberg and Atle Skaldebø-Rød: Industry insight, excellent legal knowledge and quick turnaround of complex matters. Very good at seeing commercial realities in a legal context. Atle is a very good and strategic negotiator.’

‘Very hands on and client friendly approach. Legal issues are understood quickly, and they do not waste time on unnecessarily lengthy advice (unless specifically requested).’

‘Atle Skaldebø-Rød is a great litigator and an excellent man for the courtroom, with great appreciation of commercial issues as well, Mads Schjølberg is one to watch for the future.’

‘Mads Schjølberg is a senior associate worth following. He is a pleasant and very skilled lawyer.’

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


AIG


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, Scandinavia’s third largest insurance company, concerning losses related to the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Representing Norwegian Hull Club in a large P&I direct action brought by West of England P&I Club. The claim relates to damages to a valuable cargo of drilling rigs. The case is the first-time coverage defences under a P&I policy will be heard by the Norwegian courts.
  • Assisted with the development of the DNB Scandinavian Property fund, including the establishment of new Norwegian and Luxembourg feeders, adjustments to Solvency II, AIFMD, different tax issues, VAT and a number of capital issues from the different feeders.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides coverage across a wide range of regional and cross-border complex insurance and reinsurance matters. The firm leverages its global practice to advise international clients on product liability claims, cyber insurance, professional liability issues and construction and engineering insurance policies. The team has unique experience resolving reinsurance disputes and advising captive insurers on reinsurance issues. Hugo Munthe-Kaas leads the practice group following Alexander Plows‘ departure to Arntzen de Besche in 2023, Camilla Wollan is the key name for regulatory work, and Are Hunskaar and Johan Ratvik focus on contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Munthe-Kaas


Other key lawyers:

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


Testimonials

‘Very good cooperation on several cases. The DLA Piper team are very pleasant to work with and are very competent both on local and international issues.’

‘Johan Ratvik is very competent and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Gjensidige Forsikring


If Skadeforsikring


Lloyds Insurance Company


Munich Re


The Hartford


AIG Europe


Aspen Insurance


RiskPoint


Zurich


Beazley


Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe


QBE European Operations


AXA XL


RSA France


Work highlights


  • Assisted Zurich Insurance with handling all of the liability claims under the mandatory insurance policy for trustees in bankrupt estates and the estates of deceased individuals.
  • 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.

Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co

Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co is a boutique law firm that specialises solely in insurance law and the related dispute resolution mandates. The firm has represented leading insurers and reinsurers in several seminal insurance, reinsurance, and commercial disputes, and has a deep understanding of the Norwegian insurance market with expertise spanning private insurance, policy wording, coverage advice and compliance and claims handling work. The team is competently led by Trond Werner Lunde, Terje Marthinsen and Claus Krag Brynildsen who have decades of experience, and Karoline Stenberg is singled out by clients as ‘a star performer‘.

Practice head(s):

Trond Werner Lunde; Terje Marthinsen; Claus Krag Brynildsen


Other key lawyers:

Karoline Stenberg; Per Kristian Lundkvist


Testimonials

‘An experienced and very competent team with the client’s commercial interests always in mind. Good recruitment and mentoring means that the younger lawyers also provide excellent and cost-effective advice. Very good availability both with partner and younger lawyers and deliveries are made as promised/requested. Very good at appropriating the right resources to the relevant issue.’

‘Very experienced, to-the-point means they are able to deliver excellent and cost-effective advice. Available expertise within all aspects of insurance law.’

‘High competence in the field. The team are reliable. Quick feedback from the team.’

‘Super-fast response times. Quality of oral and written work. Calm and clear coaching. Top notch competence and relevant network.’

‘Karoline Stenberg is a star performer. Operates with confidence, calm and ability to connect with the client’s level of knowledge.’

‘Expertise in insurance and compensation law.’

‘Skilled staff who have a very hands-on approach.’

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring


Protector Forsikring


Gjensidige Forsikring


If


KLP


Sandefjord municipal


Alta municipal


Frende Skadeforsikring


Stavanger municipal


Haugesund municipal


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


Eika


Frende Liv


Jernbanepersonalets Bank og Forsikring


Knif Trygghet Forsikring


Byggmesterforsikring


Pareto


Talgø MøreTre


Landkreditt Forsikring


Bane Nor


HCC International Insurance Company PLC


Ly Forsikring


Faver AS


Drangedal kommune


Orkland kommune


Work highlights


  • Advised Protector Insurance, which has both the building insurance and the liability insurance of the owner, on the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
  • Advised Frende Insurance and If on the Sola fire – a fire in the parking house at Stavanger Airport with a potential NOK2bn recourse claim towards the car manufacturer.
  • Acted for Tryg Insurance in a cross-border product liability recourse claim involving Norway, Ukraine and Belgium.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS has an established and well-regarded insurance practice that acts regularly on behalf of life and non-life insurance clients on issues including marine, energy and cargo insurance mandates. The team has broad experience in representing insurers and reinsurers in major international arbitration proceedings, and also has notable knowledge of war risk and pension insurance, marine insurance and professional liability issues. Andreas Meidell heads up the practice and has expertise in commercial insurance claims and litigation, while managing associate Henrik Fabian Torgrimsby advises on coverage issues and infrastructure projects. Henrik Hagberg excels in the oil services and shipping sectors, and Tore Mydske handles financial regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Meidell


Other key lawyers:

Henrik Fabian Torgrimsby; Henrik Hagberg; Tore Mydske; Trond Hatland


Testimonials

‘A lean and highly experienced marine and offshore insurance legal team.’

‘Quick and adequate advice on issues they are asked to consider. Good advisers and assistance in negotiating settlements.’

‘Thommessen probably have the best insurance team in Norway. Highly skilled lawyers with very good industry knowledge.’

‘Andreas Meidell is the best insurance lawyer in Norway.’

‘Andreas Meidell is an excellent insurance lawyer and litigator. Very capable to handle complex cases.’

‘The strongest insurance team in the Norwegian market; deep expertise and extensive experience (both insurance laws and claims) combined with a collaborative work style, creates value and comfort for their clients. The partners are always close to their associates.’

‘In general, Thommessen’s client-centric focus and culture is reflected in its behavior and approach – easily accessible at all levels, quick response time and very collaborative.’

‘Andreas Meidell is very good at understanding complex matters, simplifying the matters and carving out the core of the matters.’

Key clients

Gard


Den norske Krigsforsikring for Skib


Norwegian Hull Club


Tryg Forsikring


Industriforsikring


UK Club


Zurich


AXA XL


Chubb


Navigators


Markel


Allianz


Cardif


Travelers Companies Inc.


QBE


Storebrand Livsforsikring AS


Gjensidige Forsikring AS


Fremtind Forsikring AS


Finans Norge


Skuld


Swedish Club


Work highlights


  • Represented insurers Chubb, QBE and Navigators in a direct action liability D&O claim of NOK1.3bn in Oslo City Court.
  • Acted for Storebrand Livsforsikring AS in an international reinsurance arbitration.
  • Represented Finans Norge, the Norwegian branch association for insurance companies and other financial undertakings, in a dispute with the Norwegian FSA and the Norwegian Ministry of Finance on the correct interpretation of the Norwegian Insurance Activities Act.

Wiersholm

The key strength of Wiersholm’s insurance practice lies in its extensive knowledge of insurance law and regulatory issues. The firm regularly acts on behalf of policyholders and insurance companies on a wide range of insurance matters and assists clients with matters involving the Norwegian and foreign supervisory authorities. The team also has competencies in insurance litigation and arbitration proceedings and often represents major international clients in industry leading liability dispute settlements.  The team is jointly led by recently promoted partner Magnus Nordøy Snellingen, regulatory expert Kjersti Trøbråten and litigator Olav Fr Perland; shipping specialist Christian Hauge is also an active member of the team. Former group head Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen moved to an in-house role in 2022.


Practice head(s):

Magnus Nordøy Snellingen; Kjersti Trøbråten; Olav Fr. Perland


Other key lawyers:

Stian Endre; Christian Hauge


Testimonials

‘Wiersholm’s insurance practice has an in-depth knowledge of the local market and provides accurate, helpful advice on insurance regulatory topics.’

‘Olav Perland and Magnus Snellingen provide an excellent service. They are professionally strong and able to explain complicated questions in a simple way.’

‘Wiersholm is a highly competent law firm with people skills, transparent billing and amazing collaboration.’

‘Stian Endre provides insightful advice on complex topics in the insurance regulatory field and is responsive to our need for timely advice where required.’

‘The team has excellent service with quick responses and solid assessments. Stian Endre is a great adviser.’

‘Stian Endre is a service-minded and extremely knowledgeable legal adviser, who is always analytical in his reasoning and to the point in his advice.’

‘Skilled lawyers who quickly get to the core of issues.’

‘The friendliness and professional approach were highly appreciated.’

Key clients

Insr Insurance Group ASA


Brannkassene i Norge (Norwegian Fire insurers)


AIG Europe S.A


AIG Europe UK Limited


Folksam Omsesidig Sakforsakring


BDO AS


Mowi ASA


DHL Global Forwarding (Norway) AS


Danske Bank


Codan Forsikring NUF (recently merged with Tryg Forsikring)


AXA XL Insurance SE


QBE Europe SA/NV


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


Gjensidige Forsikring


Fremtind Forsikring AS


Sparebank1 Østlandet


Work highlights


  • Assisted INSR Insurance Group ASA with Norway’s largest insurance restructuring, consisting of numerous portfolio sales, correspondence with the NFSA and over 50 disputes with insurance intermediaries, plus a large number of negotiations.
  • Represented Sparebank 1 Østlandet in a dispute with a consumer regarding the bank’s liability for unauthorised payment transactions caused by third party fraud.

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS fields a highly experienced team of experts in insurance law regulation and acts for a diverse client portfolio which includes sector leading financial institutions, insurance brokers, and global insurance and logistics companies. Practice head Runar Hansen is distinguished in the field of insurance law and liability legislation, while Klemet Gaski has notable expertise in handling professional malpractice cases, particularly D&O liability claims and auditors’ liability issues. Einar Heiberg and Anders Evjenth are also noted for their expertise in professional liability matters; Nils Henrik Varmann Jørgensen is also active in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Runar Hansen


Other key lawyers:

Klemet Gaski; Einar Heiberg; Anders Evjenth; Nils Henrik Varmann Jørgensen


Testimonials

‘Team with very good skills.’

‘They have the experience and understanding with respect to insurance from a law perspective better than any other law company in Norway.’

Key clients

Agder Energi


AGS Forsikring


AIG Europe


Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality


Byggmesterforsikring


Chubb Insurance


CNA Hardy


Gjensidige


If


Norwegian Supervisory Council for Legal Practice


RiskPoint


RIF Forsikring


The Norwegian Football Association


Work highlights


  • Assisted an insurance company with a reinsurance dispute regarding interpretation of a clause in the reinsurance contract relating to Covid-19.
  • Acted for AIG Europe in a coverage dispute over a large D&O claim.
  • Defended the directors of the board of a Norwegian power company in a large insurance claim.

Advokatfirmaet Riisa

Advokatfirmaet Riisa leverages it’s substantial experience in insurance and tort law across its Oslo and Bergen offices to handle a broad range of mandates spanning insurance litigation, claims issues, settlement negotiations and advice relating to terms, conditions and policy wording. Svein Bergset is the key contact in Bergen and is praised as ‘a simply sensational stand-out partner‘ who is ‘in a league of his own‘. In Oslo, Jørgen Svartebekk excels in insurance litigation, particularly liability claims, an area of expertise also covered by Joachim Skjelsbæk, and Yngve Skogrand is a key contact for personal injury work. Jarl Henstein and Toralf Wågheim are also noteworthy practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Svein Bergset; Yngve Skogrand; Joachim Skjelsbæk; Jørgen Svartebekk


Other key lawyers:

Jarl Henstein; Toralf Wågheim


Testimonials

‘The experience of the key people at Riisa is unique. They have played a key role in forming tort, damage and insurance practice in Norway. They also have long-standing litigation practice which is important to us.’

‘Svein Bergset is a simply sensational stand-out partner. He is in a league of his own. Svein is a master strategist. I have employed him successfully on numerous matters.’

‘We have a very good collaboration; they are very competent and always do a thorough and good job. They are also very accessible and always take on new assignments when needed.’

Key clients

AIG


Gjensidige Forsikring


Fremtind Forsikring AS


IF Skadeforsikring


DNB Bank ASA


DNB Livsforsikring


Tryg


Codan


Storebrand


Claims Link AS


Protector Forsikring ASA


YFF


TFF


Toyota Insurance Management SE


Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty


Nordic Guarantee


Industriforsikring


Frende


Eika Forsikring


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


The Norwegian Government / The National Complaint Board for Health Services


Zurich


Work highlights


  • Acted as counsel for Codan Forsikring and Tryg Forsikring in litigation where a hotel business claimed insurance cover for loss suffered due to Covid-19.
  • Acted as counsel for the Patient’s Injury Compensation Board in a case concerning the principles for assessing additional expenses for claimants who are injured in Norway but living in the US/abroad at the time of settlement.
  • Assisted Polarkonsult AS and If Skadeforsikring regarding the Helge Ingstad-case. Polarkonsult AS was accused of errors in connection with the approval of the military frigate KNM Helge Ingstad. The case concerned compensation claims after the grounding and shipwreck of the frigate.

Ræder Bing

Ræder Bing’s insurance team advises a wide range of domestic and international insurance companies on mandates spanning the shipping, transport, electronics, and real estate industries. The firm has a core focus on maritime and cargo insurance, as well as professional liability claims. The team is led by Jon Andersen, who has unique expertise in advising on fish farming insurance and transaction insurance matters; other key names include product liability specialist Kyrre Kielland, Joar Heide, who acts in professional liability claims, and Kristian Østberg, who handles maritime insurance work.

Practice head(s):

Jon Andersen


Other key lawyers:

Kyrre Kielland; Joar Heide; Kristian Østberg


Testimonials

‘The firm is very responsive and quick as well as very reliable in its timing.’

‘Kyrre W. Kielland is a very professional lawyer, very pragmatic and always gives clear recommendations and guidelines appropriate for the business. In addition, it is easy and pleasant to work with him’

‘I have worked with Ræder for many years. They are extremely competent in particular maritime and transport matters, and rank in my opinion as one of the leaders within that area.’

‘Fantastic lawyers. Efficient and trustworthy, and the best in their field of marine/transport insurance.’

‘The company has a team of professionals covering the transportation sector relevant to our company. Collaboration and professional advice within the area is important for us.’

‘Jon Andersen’s experience within all elements of contracts has proved valuable to us. His experience from settlement of disputes and claims adjustment has great value to our company.’

‘Ræder is a very reactive and professional law firm. They give pragmatic recommendations, applicable to the business, and professional support.’

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


KLP


Work highlights


  • Acted as counsel for a cargo insurer in connection with an incident where vessel MV Samskip Courier collided with 7 pipes under towage in the English Channel.
  • Acted as counsel for Winterbergh and its insured Microtrading AS in relation to insurance coverage and handling of roughly 50 product liability recourse claims in relation to house fires caused by defective radios.
  • Advised Gjensidige and its insured in connection with a NOK70m product liability recourse claim against an Italian supplier of defective parts.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjodt AS is lauded for its unique capabilities in handling insurance product design, development, and distribution issues, as well as transactional and regulatory expertise. The practice is insurer focused and regularly handles complex cross-border claims for a range of clients including pension funds, reinsurers, and insurance intermediaries. The team is led by leading insurance law expert Klaus Henrik Wise-Hansen, who has vast experience handling complex multi-jurisdictional matters for foreign insurers. Senior associate Ellen Hjelset is a key contact for regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen


Other key lawyers:

Ellen Hjelset


Testimonials

‘Knowledge, fast and fair billing.’

‘Professional and very competent team that delivers legal advice on all aspects within regulatory insurance issues on time with value added.’

‘Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen is a very competent and very business-oriented lawyer and deeply understands the client’s challenges within the regulatory framework. He is always available and finds good solutions to complex legal issues, not forgetting the business side of it.’

Key clients

DARAG Deutschland AG


YOUPLUS Assurance AG


YOUPLUS Livsforsikring NUF


WaterCircles Forsikring ASA


Chubb European Group SE


VPS Euronext


AXA XL


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


BDO AS


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


AIG


Pensum Forsikringsmegling AS


Skandia Leben (FL) AG


Swiss Life (Liechtenstein) AG


Swiss Life (Luxembourg) S.A.


Salvesen & Thams Invest AS


Work highlights


  • Assisted WaterCircles Forsikring ASA with the highly complex redomiciliation of the entire insurance company from Norway to Sweden.
  • Advised Tryg Forsikring A/S on Norwegian legal matters relating to its acquisition of Codan Forsikring A/S and the subsequent merger between the Norwegian branches of Tryg Forsikring A/S and Codan Forsikring A/S.
  • Acted for Nokas Verdihåndtering AS in a complex insurance regulatory claim against Norges Banks Pensjonskasse regarding Nokas’ right to ownership of approx. NOK45m of equity from Norges Banks Pensjonskasse.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s insurance practice handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious work on behalf of both conventional and marine insurers. The firm has core expertise in marine insurance and is a top choice for leading marine insurers in Norway. Team co-head Anette Fjeld, who joined from Deloitte Advokatfirma AS in 2022, is an expert in non-marine insurance claims and liability issues and also has notable experience in high-profile insurance litigation. Fellow co-lead Lars Inge Ørstavik has deep knowledge and experience in casualty work and compensation law and regularly assist P&I clubs, hull underwriters and ship owners. Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen is a go-to lawyer for contractual and insurance claims within the transport and energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Anette Fjeld; Lars Inge Ørstavik


Other key lawyers:

Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen; Øyvind Grøneng


Testimonials

‘Strong marine insurance practice. Good combination between pragmatism and bright legal minds.’

‘Lars Inge Ørstavik is a very experienced lawyer within all fields of marine law, always ready to come up with new, smart and practical solutions. Øyvind Grøneng is an extremely bright up-and-coming litigation specialist.’

Work highlights


  • Represented If Insurance and Yara (as well as liability insurers) in a $65m claim before the Borgarting Court of Appeal following the total loss of the MV “Cheshire” and total loss of a valuable cargo following a decomposition event on board the vessel.
  • Represented Britannia and the owners of the MV “Sola” against the Norwegian government/Ministry of Defence following the collision with and subsequent sinking of the Norwegian Royal Navy’s frigate KNM Helge Ingstad.
  • Acted as legal adviser to Hydor AS and its shareholders (S&F Holdings AS and Xenia Consult AS) on its sale of Hydor AS to Hydor Bidco AS, a company wholly owned by Longship Fund II LP.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein‘s full-service practice offers both Norwegian and English law insurance advice spanning disputes, transactions and regulatory issues; it acts for a roster of high-profile clients including insurance and reinsurance companies, captives and mutuals, policyholders, and insurance intermediaries. Marine and offshore insurance issues are a key focus of the firm. Practice head Anders Færden specialises in insurance law and has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings regarding insurance coverage disputes, recovery issues and professional liability claims. Other key names that contribute to the practice include litigators and maritime experts Oddbjørn Slinning and Herman Steen, and regulatory specialist Ole Andenæs.

Practice head(s):

Anders Færden


Other key lawyers:

Oddbjørn Slinning; Herman Steen; Ole Andenæs; Anne-Karin Nesdam


Testimonials

‘Strong and historic track record in marine insurance. Unique position in Norway for both wet and dry insurance disputes for the marine sector, with an additional international touch as the only domestic firm with a true global presence.’

‘Anders Færden is a steady pair of hands. Herman Steen is one to watch for the future, dealing both with casualty related matters and insurance law.’

‘A unique understanding of the clients needs. Looking at the case from a perspective of sharing the ownership of the problems that need to be overcome, not leaving the client with a legal advice only approach.’

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard/Gard Marine & Energy Ltd


Codan Insurance


AXA XL


Norwegian Hull Club


Assuranceforeningen SKULD


Hydor


Söderberg & Partners


RSA


Brit Insurance


RiverStone Insurance (UK) Limited


Zürich Insurance


Work highlights


  • Represented AXA XL and Tryg Forsikring successfully in the Supreme Court in a professional negligence case.
  • Represents Gard Marine & Energy and international co-insurers in a Constructive Total Loss dispute.
  • Assisted Danica A/S with the sale of the life insurance company Danica Pensjonsforsikring AS to Storebrand.