Maritime law in Norway

BAHR

BAHR‘s practice stands out for its ‘high competence in maritime law, commercial capabilities and high technical understanding.‘ Geir Gustavsson has ‘outstanding competence within maritime law‘, and is regularly instructed in project finance and shipbuilding matters, as well as offshore work. He shares leadership of the practice with Anne Dahl Frisak, who has expertise in sale and lease back transactions and shipbuilding contracts, and newly promoted partner Lisa Marie Opdahl. The client base includes banks, operators and owners, and international and domestic shipping companies.

Practice head(s):

Geir Gustavsson; Anne Dahl Frisak; Lisa Marie Opdahl

Testimonials

‘They are very swift on reporting and they provide clear and actionable advice based on a high level of legal and industry knowledge.’

‘Partner Geir Gustavsson has a high level of understanding regarding technical issues, and a genuine will and ability to understand the issues in question.’

Key clients

Torghatten

PGS

Østensjø Rederi

Color Line

Okeanis

Navig8

Nordea

DNB

The Aker Group

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Norwegian Hull Club

Star Bulk

Philly Shipyard ASA

Edda Wind

Work highlights

  • Acting for Frontline and Golden Ocean on the acquisition of the clients’ ship management company SeaTeam Management by OSM Maritime.
  • Advising Østensjø Rederi on the sale of 50% of its offshore wind company, Edda Wind, to maritime company Wilh. Wilhelmsen.
  • Assisted Nordea Bank Abp with the establishment of a senior secured credit facilities agreement, with KCC Shipowning AS as a borrower and Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA (KCC) as the parent company and guarantor.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s practice ‘ranks among the absolute best in Norway - the team covers everything, and is perhaps at its very best on cargo-related topics and disputes‘, according to a client. Oslo-based Erlend Lous and Bergen-based Hågen Hansen are noted for their expertise in sale and lease back transactions, financings and restructurings, while Jan Vablum, also in Bergen, counts litigation as a core strength. High-profile marine insurance matters have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Christine Rødsæther, who regularly advises international banks and shipyard entities on a wide range of transactional work, and the ‘superbFrithjof Herlofsen, who is sought after for his litigation and arbitration expertise, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Lous; Jan Vablum; Kenneth Mikkelsen; Gunnar Espeland

Other key lawyers:

Christine Rødsæther; Frithjof Herlofsen; Hågen Hansen

Testimonials

‘They keep calm under pressure and handle the situation very confidently.’

‘Frithjof Herlofsen is a superb lawyer. His understanding of the Norwegian, Scandinavian and international shipping and cargo industries is first class.’

‘The Simonsen maritime law team ranks among the absolute best in Norway. The Simonsen team covers everything, and is perhaps at its very best on cargo-related topics and disputes.’

Key clients

Blystad/Songa Group

Clarksons (Oslo)

DNB Bank

Eidsvaag AS

Fearnley Securities AS

Fosen Yard AS

GC Rieber Shipping

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Grieg Star

Maritime Asset Partners Limited

Mitsui-Soko Co. Ltd.

Ness Risan & Partners

Australis Maritime

Offshore Merchant Partners

Pareto Maritime Services

RF Tankers

Standard Club

Skuld

Tindall Riley (Britannia Limited)

Utkilen AS

Westcon Yards AS

Allseas S.A

K2 Project Forwarding AS

Work highlights

  • Advising Nordea on the $596m financing of 14 vessels owned by subsidiaries of DHT Holding Inc.
  • Assisted Pareto Securities AS and Partankers XVII AS with founding a holding silent partnership for investors in (and a $55m financing for) a two-vessel (tanker) project company.
  • Advising Fosen Yards on the ongoing construction of a passenger ferry at its yard in Norway; the vessel is owned by the Siem Group.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS‘ shipping practice is home to a ‘strong‘ team, which is ‘always available and gives good advice‘. The group leverages the expertise of its M&A, banking and insolvency departments in order to assist clients with the whole spectrum of shipping and maritime matters. Mads Haavardsholm handles restructurings, transactions, shipbuilding contracts and the sale and purchase of vessels, and oil and gas expert Henrik Hagberg is well versed in advising across a broad range of non-contentious and contentious work in the sector, with a particular focus on marine-related insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Mads Haavardsholm; Henrik Hagberg

Testimonials

‘They react quickly, with thorough and well-founded advice.’

‘Hands-on approach. Always available and always looking out for our best interests. Questions are answered quickly and professionally. The team compliments each other.’

‘Strong team, always available and gives good advice.’

‘We experience a friendly professional atmosphere dealing with this firm.’

Key clients

Höegh Autoliners and Höegh LNG

Wilh Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

Gard AS

OHT ASA

Pareto Securities 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

Odfjell SE

Wilson

Sølvtrans

G2 Ocean

AquaShip

Gearbulk

DOF ASA

Viken Shipping

Arne Blystad AS

Western Bulk Charterering AS

Den Norske Krigsforsikring for Skib

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel on both the sell side and the buy side concerning MPC Container Ships ASA’s acquisition of a 100% stake in Songa Container AS.
  • Advising OHT ASA on an agreement to combine OHT with Subsea 7’s renewables business unit.
  • Representing Bibby Transport and its insurers in ongoing legal proceedings arising from a damages claim brought by Yara Asia.

Wiersholm

Shipping finance and transactional work forms the backbone of Wiersholm‘s practice, which has particular experience in sale and lease back transactions, new-build and conversion projects, and sales and purchases of vessels. The department is jointly led by Karl Even Rygh and Kristine Hasle; both have expertise in offshore transactions. Litigator Christian Hauge is praised for his experience in acting for insurance companies and ship owners in a range of contentious matters, as well as mediation and arbitration. Erik Blaker has now retired.

Practice head(s):

Karl Even Rygh; Kristine Hasle

Other key lawyers:

Christian Hauge

Key clients

Hurtigruten AS

Siem Industries

SFL Corporation (previously Ship Finance International)

DNV

Golden Ocean Group

Frontline Limited

Archer Limited

Avance Gas Holding Ltd.

Viking Supply Ships

Awilhelmsen

MPC Container Ships ASA

NYK Lines

Western Bulk Chartering AS

Polarcus Limited

Sinoceanic Shipping AS

Arendals Dampskibsselskab AS

OSM Maritime Group

Flex LNG

DESS Aquaculture Shipping

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS)

Østensjø Rederi

Møretrygd

Tromstrygd

Nordlys Forsikring

Bud og Hustad Forsikring

Wilh. Wilhelmsen

Lindblad Expeditions

Maersk Supply Service

Seatankers

ADS Crude Carriers

J. Lauritzen Singapore Pte

Statnett SF

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel for Golden Ocean on its en bloc purchase of 18 dry bulk vessels.
  • Successfully defended classification society DNV against a NOK15bn damages claim brought by the Norwegian state, following the total loss of the frigate ‘Helge Ingstad’ in late 2018.
  • Acting for Champion Shipping AS in an ongoing $20m insurance dispute.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein has ‘an impressive group of lawyers working on maritime law matters‘. The ‘excellent‘ team is highly regarded for its capabilities in handling contentious work; practice head Gaute Gjelsten is well known for being ‘very experienced in marine and offshore insurance related issues and complex claims‘. Deputy head Øyvind Axe, who is based in the Bergen office, is sought out for his expertise in restructurings, financings and transactional matters. Additionally, the group has noted strength in offshore and maritime emergencies – this sub-team is led by Morten Lund Mathisen, who garners praise as ‘one of the most experienced casualty response lawyers globally‘. The ‘very ableHerman Steen advises on international maritime disputes pertaining to maritime casualties, and, in Oslo, Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is the key contact for shipping offshore transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Gjelsten; Øyvind Axe

Other key lawyers:

Herman Steen; Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen; Morten Lund Mathisen

Testimonials

‘ Broad, diverse specialist knowledge.’

‘Herman Steen is exceptionally swift.’ 

‘Wikborg Rein’s maritime team has a great knowledge of all matters related to ship-owning practice. They are very responsive and have an impressive commercial understanding.’

‘Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is absolutely outstanding and his work is really impressive. He always understands the legal implications quickly and delivers a solution the same night. Not only is he an excellent lawyer, he is an excellent person.’

‘The firm has partners with deep and long experience in maritime and offshore contractual, liability regimes and insurance solutions.’

‘The best “wet” admiralty practice in Norway – outstanding quality and knowledge base. The global offices make it truly an international practice with a Norwegian flavour, harnessing cross-jurisdictional knowledge and capabilities. World leader in wreck removals, in particular with an offshore connection.’

‘Always available at short notice and provide immediate practical solutions.’

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard

Assuranceforeningen Skuld

BKK

DNB Bank

Fearnley Securities

Floatel International

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

Nordea

Norwegian Hull Club

Odfjell Drilling

Pareto

Solstad Offshore

Stolt Tankers

The Swedish Club

Transocean

Work highlights

  • Acted for Solstad Offshore ASA on the successful restructuring of the group’s NOK34bn debt liabilities.
  • Advising both BKK AS and a potential joint venture to be established by BKK AS, Equinor ASA and Air Liquide AS, on a project regarding the establishment of a new value chain for liquid hydrogen on the western coast of Norway.
  • Acting on behalf of the owners and insurers of chemical tanker ‘Stolt Commitment’ in ongoing litigation arising from its collision with cargo ship ‘Thorco Cloud’ in the Singapore Strait in Indonesian territorial waters in 2015.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA‘s practice is split between handling public law matters, including governmental aspects pertaining to the shipping industry, as well as sanctions, and also private law work, including marine contracts, charterparties and insurance matters. Practice head Kristian Lindhartsen has expertise in marine insurance matters, and advises charterers and shipowners on collisions and charterparties. Corporate lawyer Jostein Moen regularly advises on shipping-related transactions and restructurings, while Lilly Kathrin Relling is praised for her disputes expertise.

Practice head(s):

Kristian Lindhartsen

Other key lawyers:

Jostein Moen; Lilly Kathrin Relling

Key clients

Havila

Fearnlys Offshore

Standard P&I

Bourbon Offshore Norway

GIEK

SR-Bank

First Marine A/S

Brit Syndicate 2987

Nørresundby Rederi & Shipping af 2017

Vilma Oil

Hardangerfrakt

Clarksons Platou

SANDS

At SANDS, the ‘experienced‘ team reports an uptick in restructuring mandates, and continues to handle matters pertaining to offshore construction issues, LNG carriers, and support and cargo vessels. Practice co-head Marit Kirkhusmo‘s advice regularly relates to disputes, financings and M&A matters, while co-head Oddbjørn Slinning has extensive experience in offshore installation work, ship sales and purchases, and project finance for rigs, ships and other assets. Guy Leonard counts LNG and regasification projects as a key area of expertise. Associate Ingvild Nordtveit is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Marit Kirkhusmo; Oddbjørn Slinning

Other key lawyers:

Guy Leonard; Ingvild Nordtveit

Testimonials

‘Oddbjørn Slinning is service-minded, available, mild-mannered but tough when needed.’

‘Responsive and efficient service.’

‘They think outside the box in order to solve challenges.’

Key clients

Base Marine Norway

Bulk Loaders

DHT Holdings

P&O Maritime

Ocean Farming

AROS Marine

Höegh LNG

Deep Ocean

Stema Shipping

Green Yard Group / Green Yard Kleven

Kanfer Shipping

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, the ‘very efficient‘ team has been kept especially busy handling a range of high-profile transactions, financings and contractual mandates within the maritime sector. Practice head Henrik Aadnesen is regularly instructed in finance and transactional work, and is also sought after for his expertise in litigation and arbitration, while Ålesund-based Stian Tennfjord is noted for his strength in corporate and contract law, with a focus on shipyard matters. Senior associate Rebecca Lund Nakkim is well versed in shipping transactions.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Aadnesen

Other key lawyers:

Stian Tennfjord; Rebecca Lund Nakkim

Testimonials

‘Stian Tennfjord’s contractual knowledge , skills as broker/diplomat, as well as his ability as a good judge of character is remarkable. Stian quickly gets a accurate overview of the case, and does this without missing out on details. His contractual confidence make us as clients less uncertain when faced with a challenge, resulting in a very efficient work pace.’

Key clients

Ocean Yield ASA

Aker Energy AS

Höegh LNG AS

Vard Group AS

Transocean Ltd.

GC Rieber Shipping ASA

Prosafe SE

Spar Shipping AS

Volstad Shipping AS

Intership AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ocean Yield ASA with the purchase of two suezmax newbuilding tankers, with ten-year bareboat charters to Nordic American Tankers Ltd., structured as sale and lease back transactions.
  • Assisted Aker Biomarine AS with the delivery of its support vessel Antarctic Provider, built by China’s CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd.
  • Assisted Ocean Yield ASA with the sale of the offshore construction and cable-lay vessel named ‘Connector’ to Jan De Nul N.V.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

At Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, recent instructions for the team include shipping transactions, contractual issues, disputes work, and chartering matters. Norman Hansen Meyer regularly assists a client base of charterers, shipowners and operators within the shipping, offshore and oil sectors. Other key lawyers include Christian Steen Eriksen, who advises on shipping projects, and Nicolai Myren, who has noted expertise in cross-border offshore oil and gas projects.

Practice head(s):

Norman Hansen Meyer

Other key lawyers:

Christian Steen Eriksen; Nicolai Myren

Testimonials

‘Professional, highly skilled, easy to communicate with, always available.’

‘Highly qualified and motivated team to ensure the best result is achieved. Strong commercial understanding and knowledge of the business. Always available.’

‘Selmer provides professional assistance.’

‘Excellent legal advice.’

Key clients

Acta Marine

Eastern Bulk

Eidesvik Offshore

Fjord1

Wilhelmsen

Reach Subsea

Havfram (formerly Ocean Installer)

Lorentzen & Stemoco

Westcon Yards

Integr8 Fuels

Union Marine Management Services

Saga Welco

Hydor

Altera Infrastructure (formerly Teekay Offshore)

Western Bulk Chartering

Sevnor Management

DSV Air & Sea Norway

Awilco Drilling

Halliburton

COSL Drilling

Yinson Production

Tersan Shipyard

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS

Led by Kristian Østberg, Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS‘ shipping, marine and transport department garners praise for its ‘knowledge and quick assistance‘ with recovery claims, vessel collisions, recourse actions, and salvage and groundings, among other maritime matters. Jon Andersen is another key name to note for marine insurance matters and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kristian Østberg

Other key lawyers:

Jon Andersen

Testimonials

‘Knowledge and quick assistance.’

‘Good service, quick assistance if we have problems.’

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring NUF

W.R. Berkley Insurance Nordic NUF

Codan Forsikring NUF

Nemi Forsikring

MOWI Markets Norway AS

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

AXA XL, Norway Branch

Zurich Insurance plc, Norway Branch

Norwegian Coastal Directorate