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BAHR¬†has 'a commercial mindset and at the same time maintains an excellent and thorough legal standard in its work'. With a substantial cross-border aspect to the practice, the group handles corporate work, financing issues and maritime insurance mandates. Group head¬†Geir Gustavsson¬†'consistently delivers to a high standard' and focuses on shipbuilding projects and project finance work; other key names include marine insurance expert¬†Tarjei Thorkildsen, litigator¬†Atle Skaldeb√ł-R√łd, who 'easily masters the detail',¬†and transactional specialist¬†Rolf Johan Ringdal. Thorkildsen recently represented Norwegian Hull Club in two loss of hire claims and Skaldeb√ł-R√łd acted for Skuld in a collision damage claim. Robin Bakken moved in-house.

Advokatfirmaet Schj√łdt AS¬†leverages the firm's oil and gas, and offshore construction strength to advise a client base including Aker Floating Production, Brunvoll and Prosafe. The group also represented Volstad Shipping in a dispute relating to the off-hire and wrongful termination of a charter party for an inspection, maintenance and repair vessel, and assisted Ocean Yield with its purchase of four crude tankers.¬†Henrik Aadnesen¬†and¬†Amund Bj√łranger T√łrum¬†jointly lead the group and focus on transactional and contentious work respectively; clients also single out¬†Stian Tennfjord, who has 'a highly practical approach to legal issues', and¬†Sven Eriksrud, who regularly handles contractual work.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†fields 'a diverse team with a variety of backgrounds' led by¬†Erlend Lous¬†in Oslo,¬†Jan Vablum¬†in Bergen,¬†Kenneth Mikkelsen¬†in Troms√ł and¬†Gunnar Espeland¬†in Stavanger.¬†Frithjof Herlofsen¬†and¬†Christine R√łds√¶ther¬†are also highly regarded and clients praise associate partner¬†Yannis Litinas, who is 'able to provide vital advice to¬†tackle¬†legal challenges'. Clients include Songa Bulk, which the group advised on the acquisition of its entire fleet; Fearnley Project Finance, which it assisted with three asset plays; and Meidell Ship Holdings, which it acted for on its purchase of five barges and one tug boat.

With 'good business understanding and in-depth knowledge of the industry', Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS 'consistently delivers high-quality work' and clients single out group head Mads Haavardsholm, who is 'always reachable and is a professional team player'. The department recently acted for Norwegian Hull Club in litigation relating to a cover claim following a collision in the Gulf of Mexico, and assisted Cargow Investments with the sale and leaseback of four new vessels. Other key names include the highly regarded Stephen Knudtzon, insurance specialist Andreas Meidell and Henrik Hagberg.

Wiersholm¬†is 'efficient and experienced when it comes to shipping transactions' and 'provides sound and professional advice' to a client base of ship owners, rig owners, shipping banks, financial advisers and service companies; examples include Hurtigruten, Siem Industries and Golden Ocean Group.¬†Karl Even Rygh¬†and¬†Kristine Hasle √ėverby¬†jointly lead the group; √ėverby recently assisted Ship Finance International with its acquisition of four container vessels on long-term charters and advised Hurtigruten on a bond issuance to repurchase and upgrade two vessels.¬†Christian Hauge¬†focuses on contentious work and¬†Erik Blaker¬†handles insurance-related matters.¬†Atle Gabrielsen¬†was a new arrival from¬†Arntzen de Besche.

Wikborg Rein's full-service practice includes group leader¬†Gaute Gjelsten¬†and deputy head¬†√ėyvind Axe¬†in Oslo and Bergen respectively; Gjelsten is a key name for contentious work and Axe focuses on shipping transactions. Other noteworthy practitioners include¬†Morten Lund Mathisen, who leads the maritime and offshore emergency response team, managing partner¬†Finn Bj√łrnstad¬†and¬†Trond Eilertsen. Mathisen recently represented Assuranceforeningen Gard in litigation arising from a collision in the Singapore Strait and Axe assisted Solstad Farstad with its merger with Deep Sea Supply.¬†Herman Steen¬†made partner in 2018.

As a key name in the market for cargo-related matters, Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS's department includes group head Jon Andersen, who focuses on contentious work, and product liability expert Kyrre Kielland. Recent highlights include acting for Tryg Forsikring and Gjensidige Forsikring in a liability claim relating to temperature damage to fish carried in refrigerated containers and representing Insr Insurance in litigation relating to a collision. Marine Harvest Norway, Tanux Shipping and Zurich Insurance are also clients.

At Arntzen de Besche, the team recently assisted ABN Amro with a term loan facility to Flex LNG for the financing of three new LNG carriers and advised Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken on the financing of three new oil carriers. Teekay, Magseis, Transocean, SpareBank 1 SR-Bank and Dreifa Energy are also clients. Trond Kildal is a name to note; he acts for Norwegian and international banks and financial institutions. Atle Gabrielsen is now with Wiersholm.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA's team of 'sector specialists, who have a creative approach to solving issues and applying the relevant law' excels in the shipping industry and handles insurance claims, restructurings, transactions and financing mandates. Insurance specialist Kristian Lindhartsen leads the practice, which also includes litigator Lasse Hagen and transactional expert Jostein Moen. Clients include Sojitz and the Norwegian Coastal Authorities; senior lawyer Snorre Nordhus is advising the latter on a project to contain and remove mercury pollution from a German U-boat wreck.

SANDS' 'very professional and responsive' team is 'a pleasure to work with' and advises on transactional, financing, insurance, contentious and employment issues. Team co-leader¬†Marit Kirkhusmo¬†is a key name for financing work and fellow co-head¬†Oddbj√łrn Slinning¬†has notable experience in restructuring matters. Recent work includes acting for DHT Holdings on the negotiation of a vessel acquisition agreement relating to its purchase of BW Group's entire fleet of VLCC tankers, and assisting Pareto Securities and Master and Commander with the renegotiation of a long-term bareboat charter with CGG.

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