Maritime law in Norway

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

With ‘unique industry insight’, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt handles the full spectrum of shipping and offshore issues including deep sea shipping work, regulatory petroleum law and shipbuilding matters. The group also assists with offshore construction mandates and leverages the firm’s wider oil and gas and litigation practices. Henrik Aadnesen heads up the department, which was bolstered by the firm’s 2019 merger with oil and gas boutique Michelet & Co. Other key individuals include Amund Bjøranger Tørum, who handles contentious matters; Stian Tennfjord, who leads the Ålesund office and specialises in shipyard work; and contract expert Sven Eriksrud.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Aadnesen

Testimonials

Hands-on dedicated partners and lawyers with quick response times and turn-around with high precision on deliverables. Unique industry knowledge that fits our needs. Honourable mention goes to Henrik Aadnesen, who personifies everything mentioned.

Stian Tennfjord has very relevant experience from his background as head of legal in Vard/STX. Hence, his market understanding is highly relevant.

Stian Tennfjord has a practical approach, understands the client’s needs well and is very service minded.

Key clients

Aker Floating Production AS

Brunvoll

GC Rieber Shipping ASA

Höegh LNG AS

Ocean Yield ASA

Prosafe

Spar Shipping

Volstad Shipping AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for Intership on its acquisition of five well boats including the related structuring of long-term finance for the investments.
  • Assisted Vard Group with the sale of a diving support and construction vessel to an international client.
  • Advised Ocean Yield on the purchase of two ultramax dry bulk vessels.

BAHR

BAHR’s international shipping practice acts for a varied client roster of major ship owners and operators, rig owners, offshore vessel owners, ferry operators, banks and marine insurers, and has notable expertise assisting companies which provide marine services to the offshore energy sector. The group also leverages the firm’s expertise in M&A, insurance and financing work to handle complex transactions, claims and finance matters in the maritime arena. ‘Commercially oriented lawyerGeir Gustavsson focuses on shipbuilding and project finance issues and leads the cross-departmental team, which also includes M&A expert Haakon Flaatten, finance specialist Audun Nedrelid and litigator Atle Skaldebø-Rød. Robin Bakken moved in-house.

Practice head(s):

Geir Gustavsson

Testimonials

The practice has strong overall knowledge across various themes.

Geir Gustavsson stands out as a very commercially oriented lawyer with a high result-oriented focus and deep insights in relevant legal matters. Always responsive, available, and has a proactive approach.

The team has a commercial mindset and good negotiation skills.

BAHR is always a top-quality firm for various matters in the Norwegian market with great quality and value. Lars Kristian Sande continues to be at the top of the class in M&A work.

Key clients

Flex LNG Ltd

Skuld

FosenNamsos Sjø AS

Golden Energy Offshore Services AS

Akastor AS

Torghatten Nord AS

Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge (BW Offshore)

Prosafe SE and Floatel International Ltd.

FosenNamsos Sjø AS

Østensjø Rederi AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Flex LNG on a $300m private placement and its acquisition of five state-of-the-art high-specification LNG carriers.
  • Representing Skuld in the Supreme Court in a direct action brought by Swissmarine and its insurer Gard relating to the remit of contractual freedom in commercial and marine insurance following a collision in a Chinese port.
  • Assisted Golden Energy Offshore Services with its agreements with Nantong Rainbow Offshore and Engineering Equipments for the acquisition of two new-build multi-purpose platform supply vessels.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig benefits from its wider domestic network, fielding groups in Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø and Stavanger led by Erlend Lous, Jan Vablum, Kenneth Mikkelsen and Gunnar Espeland respectively, while also leveraging the firm’s presence in Singapore for international shipping mandates. The group’s work encompasses cross-border shipping transactions and shipping finance work, and the practice also includes a distinct shipping casualties and litigation team. Christine Rødsæther is singled out for her transactional expertise, Frithjof Herlofsen focuses on maritime litigation, and Yannis Litinas specialises in contractual negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Lous; Jan Vablum; Kenneth Mikkelsen; Gunnar Espeland

Testimonials

The team’s way of communicating and understanding the customer’s needs stands out.

SVW’s ability to be hands on, understanding the urgency and needs of the customer and to deliver on it is highly appreciated.

Competent team led by Erlend Lous. Easy to deal with and to place 100% trust in. Quite cheap on fees compared to peers.

We value the attention we get as a customer, delivery of qualified services and commercial understanding.

Erlend Lous is one of the best shipping lawyers there is. Handles both legal and also commercial matters with care.

Key clients

Maritime Asset Partners

Lynx Partners

RF Ocean

Leth Suez Transit Ltd

Tide Capital Management

If Skadeförsäkring, Sweden

Nautical Bulk Holding, Bermuda

Silkroad Maritime of Malta

Pausco Agencies, London

DVB Bank SE

Clarksons Platou Finance

Songa/Blystad Group

Pareto Securities

Fearnleys Project Finance

WLR/TRF

Olympic Ship and Olympic Subsea

Ulstein Group

ABN AMRO

Sparebanken More

Bergen Bunkers AS – bankruptcy estate

DNB Bank ASA

NIBC Bank N.V.

Skandinaviska Enskilda BankenAB (publ) (SEB)

Skuld

Njord Shipping

Offshore Merchant Partners

Nordea Bank

Ness Risan & Partners

International Registries Inc.

NorthCape Capital

Yara Marine Technologies AS

Swedbank

Golden Ocean Group Limited (Fredriksen)

Seatankers Management Company Limited (Fredriksen)

Yinson Production

Fjord 1 AS

Volstad Maritime AS

Fosen Yard AS

Oma Baatbyggeri AS

Marinacc AS.

Bergen Group ASA and its subsidiaries

Drydocks World Dubai

Work highlights

  • Advised Songa Container on a $130m bond issuance to refinance three different loan facilities and providing financing for the scrubber systems of 13 vessels.
  • Assisted DVB Bank with the restructuring of Havila Shipping.
  • Representing Hamburg Cruises in a marine insurance dispute against Gard Insurance relating to the operation of Nordic marine insurance plan (NMIP) loss of hire cover.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Mads Haavardsholm heads up the department at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, which handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious shipping work for its client roster of ship owners, banks, rig owners and insurers. The practice also works closely with the firm’s banking and finance, insolvency, litigation and M&A teams to provide a cross-disciplinary service. The group’s core areas of expertise span charter parties and freight contracts, transactional work, vessel and rig sales and purchases, financing mandates and competition law. Stephen Knudtzon is a key name for contract law, insurance work and litigation; Olav Vikøren focuses on dry shipping matters, and Andreas Meidell and Henrik Hagberg are recommended for insurance-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mads Haavardsholm

Key clients

Höegh Autoliners and Höegh LNG

Wilh Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

Gard AS

Offshore Heavy Transport AS

Forland Shipping AS

Island Offshore AS

Jo Tankers AS

Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers ASA

Norwegian Hull Club

BW Maritime/BW Offshore/BW LPG

Team Tankers International Ltd.

Fearnley Advisors AS

TRF Ship Management AS

Clean Marine AS

Belships ASA

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Gdansk Shiprepair Yard “Remontowa” SA

Tschudi Shipping Company

Hunter Group ASA

Work highlights

  • Advised BW Group and BW Tankers on the latter’s merger with Hafnia Tankers.
  • Assisted a consortium comprised of CapMan Infra and CBRE Caledon with its acquisition of Norled.
  • Acted for Tschudi Arctic Transit on its contract with Yamal Trade for the world’s largest LNG ship-to-ship transfer operation.

Wiersholm

Wiersholm’s shipping expertise spans transactional, finance and litigation work including vessel sales and purchases, new-build projects, marine insurance law, ship finance issues and offshore shipping restructuring and insolvency work. Practice co-heads Karl Even Rygh and Kristine Hasle Øverby specialise in transactional work and ship finance matters respectively; Rygh is also experienced in new-build and conversion projects and sale leaseback issues, and Øverby also acts on offshore-related restructurings. Christian Hauge is the key name for litigation, Erik Blaker leads the marine insurance, arrest, salvage and collision expertise; and Atle Gabrielsen, who joined from Arntzen de Besche in 2019, handles financing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Karl Even Rygh; Kristine Hasle Øverby

Key clients

Hurtigruten AS

Siem Industries

Ship Finance International Limited

DNV GL

Golden Ocean Group Limited

Frontline Limited

Archer Limited

Avance Gas Holding Ltd.

Ocean Rig UDW Ltd

Viking Supply Ships

Awilhelmsen

MPC Container Ships ASA

NYK Lines

Western Bulk Chartering AS

Polarcus Limited

Sinoceanic Shipping AS

Arendals Dampskibsselskab AS (ADS)

Maersk Supply Service

ADS Crude Carriers PLC

OSM Maritime Group

Flex LNG Ltd

DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS)

Østensjø Rederi

Møretrygd

Tromstrygd

Work highlights

  • Acted for ADS Crude Carriers on the purchase and financing of three very large crude carriers and also handled the company’s listing on the Norwegian Merkur Market.
  • Assisted Flex LNG with the sale and leaseback of two LNG carriers with Hyundai.

Wikborg Rein

Maritime law is a key pillar of Wikborg Rein’s firm-wide expertise, fielding a ‘first-class team’, which regularly handles complex contentious and non-contentious mandates at a domestic and international level. For its cross-border work, the team also benefits from the firm’s London, Shanghai and Singapore outposts. Gaute Gjelsten heads up the department, while deputy practice head Øyvind Axe is based in the Bergen office; Gjelsten has substantial litigation expertise and Axe focuses on transactional mandates. The practice also has a maritime and offshore emergency response team, which is led by Morten Lund Mathisen and includes Herman Steen; Anders Færden handles marine insurance work and managing partner Finn Bjørnstad acts for banks and ship owners. Bergen-based Morten Valen Eide was promoted to the partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Gjelsten

Testimonials

First-class team with competent lawyers in any area of maritime law, both as legal advisers and as litigators. International representation which is important for us as a client with worldwide activities.

In general the lawyers are knowledgeable about their particular fields. In particular the firm has a capacity which enables it to utilise their best resources on complicated cases and give well-founded advice when required, even on short notice. The lawyers have proven to be proactive and experienced in relation to the challenges we have encountered.

Gaute Gjelsten and Anders Færden in Oslo are first-class lawyers you can trust with any case with complex legal matters.

Morten Valen Eide has shown that he, in particular, is knowledgeable with offshore contracts and in maritime law as well as legal procedures. In my opinion he is able to see not only the legal aspect on matters, but also give strategic advice.

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – / Gard AS

Pareto Securities AS

Codan Insurance

Odfjell Drilling (UK) Ltd.

Odfjell SE

Norwegian Hull Club – gjensidig assuranseforening

Solstad Offshore ASA

Stolt Tankers BV

The London Steam-Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association Ltd.

Fearnley Securities AS

COSL Drilling

Transocean

Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

The Swedish Club

Hydor AS

Floatel International Ltd.

Fjord1 ASA

Work highlights

  • Acted for Floatel International on the $1bn refinancing of its fleet of semi-submersible accommodation units.
  • Represented the owners and insurers of the Full City vessel in the Supreme Court in limitation fund proceedings relating to the limitation fund size and the calculation of interest.
  • The emergency response team assisted the interests of cruise ship, Viking Sky, which suffered a blackout and engine shutdown in Hustadvika, Norway. The team handled the investigation and related passenger and tug claims.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Marine insurance expert Kristian Lindhartsen leads the shipping practice at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which advises on a broad range of issues including charter parties and marine contract law, pollution law, marine litigation, restructuring matters and transactional work. Lasse Hagen is the key contact for contentious mandates, Jostein Moen focuses on shipping transactions and restructurings, and senior lawyer Lilly Kathrin Relling handles commercial matters. Gry Bratvold joined the group in mid-2019 from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, and Snorre Nordhus moved in-house at Aker Energy.

Practice head(s):

Kristian Lindhartsen

Testimonials

Experienced team with strong shipping capabilities.

Great combination of commercial understanding and strong legal skills with the ability to focus on the end result for its clients rather than pursuing the legal angle only. Kristian Lindhartsen is a good example of the new generation of shipping lawyers in Norway that runs large complex matters while retaining the focus and swift response on other matters to other clients.

Lasse Hagen, Kristian Lindhartsen and Jostein Moen are professional, service minded and each very good and solution-oriented maritime lawyers.

Key clients

Miljøstein

Norwegian Coastal Authorities

Sojitz Corporation

Standard P&I

Bourbon Offshore Norway

GIEK

SR-Bank

Hydor

Boreal Sjø

ParCar

Brit Syndicate 2987

PMSOF TT1

Nørresundby Rederi & Shipping af 2017

Vilma Oil

Azur Offshore

Hardangerfrakt

Clarksons Platou

Work highlights

  • Advised Bourbon Offshore Norway on its financial and legal restructuring.
  • Representing Hydor and Boreal in a dispute against the Norwegian State following a collision between a ferry and a quay in Flostad.
  • Acted for GIEK and SR-Bank on the restructuring of PSV Invest II.

SANDS

SANDS is ‘always willing to go the extra mile’ for its client roster of ship owners, tanker companies, shipbuilders, offshore services providers and oil and gas corporates. Practice head Marit Kirkhusmo is singled out for her financing expertise, Oddbjørn Slinning has recently been active in domestic and cross-border restructuring mandates, and Guy Leonard focuses on offshore and shipping projects. The practice also handles notable contentious issues, insurance mandates, tax work and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Marit Kirkhusmo

Testimonials

Knowledgeable, efficient, and very responsive lawyers, always willing to go the extra-mile to reach objectives.

Stands out for its professionalism, expert knowledge and dedication.

Very humble, down-to-earth and non-egocentric attitude. Appropriate non-confrontational approach to undertaking discussions during contract negotiations. Guy Leonard and Oddbjørn Slinning have my trust and I would take him into any meetings without hesitation. I cannot say the same of many lawyers...’

Key clients

Base Marine Norway

Bulk Loaders

DHT Holdings

P&O Maritime

Ocean Farming AS

AROS Marine

Work highlights

  • Advised DHT Holdings on the $45m sale of two large crude oil carriers to Greek and Swiss buyers.
  • Assisted Base Marine Norway with a ship conversion contract with Halvorsen Offshore, converting an ordinary bulk vessel into a multi-cargo offshore service vessel.
  • Assisted Ocean Farming with the construction, transportation and delivery of one of the first ocean-going fish farming rigs.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS’ shipping and offshore practice saw notable growth in early 2019 following its merger with oil and gas and shipping boutique Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA, which brought shipping project expert Christian Steen Eriksen into the group. Other key practitioners include department co-heads Nils Bugge and Norman Hansen Meyer, and Nicolai Myren, who focuses on cross-border offshore engineering, procurement, construction and installation projects. The group’s experience spans commercial shipping and contractual work, litigation, vessel sales and purchases, and marine insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Nils Bugge; Norman Hansen Meyer

Testimonials

The firm cooperates well between specialists. All of the team is accessible when needed and are generally easy to communicate with. Everybody knows their organisation well and efficiently knows how to talk to the clients.

The individuals are very accessible, rapid to give feedback written and oral. Time is always limited and these partners understand and respect the need to be on time, and hit deadlines without misses or misunderstandings.

Norman Hansen Meyer is dedicated, solution oriented and available, and especially experienced in charter contracts.

Key clients

Western Bulk Management

Faerder Tankers

Acta Marine

Sevnor Management

Eastern Bulk

Eidesvik Offshore

Fjord1

Wilh. Wilhelmsen

BW Offshore

Reach Subsea

Ocean Installer

COSL Norway

Kleven Yard

Myklebust Yard

Westcon Yards

Arctic Sea Explorer Spf

Integr8 Fuels Inc.

Tersan Shipyard (Turkey)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Færder Tankers on its order of eight Suezmax oil tankers to be built by Dalian yard in China.
  • Assisted Bulk Avanti and Eastern Bulk with the sale of a supramax dry-bulk vessel to Vietnamese buyers.
  • Advised Acta Marine on an option to build a walk-to-work offshore construction and service vessel for offshore wind farms.

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS is a go-to name for cargo-related matters and regularly handles collision work, ship arrests, salvage issues, groundings and marine insurance mandates. Practice head Jon Andersen is an experienced litigator with notable expertise in the maritime, transport and insurance sectors; and Kyrre Kielland handles product liability claims. The group also advises on fish farming matters including collisions with cages at sea, vessel sales and leasebacks, and new-build mandates.

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 aqua culture, particularly from an insurance and transportation angle. Jon Andersen and his team provide an excellent service that is responsive, cost effective and commercial; they are real experts in their fields.

Jon Andersen and his team have unique expertise. My impression is that they are at the top of their field here in Norway. It feels easy to ask for help and they intuitively understand what kind of assistance we need. They get involved quickly and provide good and safe information along the way. We feel very well taken care of in every way.

Ræder is first class in maritime and shipping work. They are extremely skilled in these areas and always provide first-class and timely advice.

Jon Andersen is worthy of great praise in the advice and assistance he provides and the service he provides 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.

The whole team seems very competent and we feel that the delivery is very ‘smooth’ in terms of quality, even though they each have their own personality. We find them good at finding good amicable solutions that make sense.

Jon Andersen is absolutely first class.

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring NUF

W.R. Berkley Insurance Nordic NUF

Codan Forsikring NUF

Nemi Forsikring AS

MOWI Markets Norway AS

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

AXA XL, Norway Branch

Zurich Insurance plc, Norway Branch

Work highlights

  • Acting for WR Berkley Insurance Nordic NUF in a claim relating to a vessel collision.
  • Advised Gjensidige Forsikring on issues relating to the collision of a cruise ship with a quay at Honningsvåg.
  • Acted for Insr Insurance in issues relating to a collision between two vessels.

Arntzen de Besche

Erlend Solberg leads the practice at Arntzen de Besche, which counts banks, ship owners, investors, brokers and shipyards as clients and has key expertise in shipping disputes, insurance issues, restructurings, ship finance work and transactional matters. The team also handles ship registrations, repair contracts, charter parties and cargo mandates. Stian Fagervold is a contract and litigation specialist, Trond Kildal focuses on financing work, and Karl-Johan Gombrii specialises in shipping contract disputes. Atle Gabrielsen joined Wiersholm in early 2019.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Solberg

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable lawyers, who go the extra mile. We have worked with them for a long time and the team is stable, which ensures we don’t have to get new team members up to speed every time.’

Very pleasant people to work with and very passionate on the topic.

Key clients

Teekay Corporation

Magseis ASA

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA

Eksportkreditt Norge AS

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA

Shearwater Geoservices

Swedbank

Reinertsen AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Shearwater GeoServices on its acquisition of the marine seismic acquisition assets and operations of WesternGeco.
  • Acting for Vroon Containers in a dispute against the chairman of Marsoft International including the arrest of assets.
  • Assisted Corvus Energy Holding with its acquisition of all shares in Grenland Energy.