Next Generation Partners

Offshore construction and shipbuilding in Norway


Described by clients as ‘simply an elite group of practitioners’, BAHR draws from its strength in energy as well as its overall ocean capabilities to provide a full-service offering in this space. Field development projects, high-value transactions, and newbuild projects feature prominently in the team’s workload. In June 2023, the firm strengthened its shipping offering with the hires of Henrik Aadnesen and Rebecca Lund Nakkim, both from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt. The pair now co-head the practice alongside Morten Smørdal, who focuses on contracts for the construction of rigs and ships, including FPSO contracts; Haakon Flaatten is another key name here. Øystein Meland, based in Bergen, handles shipbuilding contracts, while Geir Gustavsson attracts praise for his ‘commercial acumen, strategical thinking and sophisticated legal analysis’, handling project finance and contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Aadnesen; Rebecca Lund Nakkim; Morten Smørdal

Other key lawyers:

Øystein Meland; Geir Gustavsson; Haakon Flatten


‘Bahr’s team towards us are consistent and for us a very effective adviser, discussion partner, problem solver.’

‘Industry expertise, ability to stride across diverse subjects like banking, Norwegian corporate and tax laws etc.’

‘Good industry understanding.’

‘Haakon Flaatten is excellent and hands-on. Very solution-focused.’

‘Geir Gustavsson: Our main contact and always responsive and ensuring necessary and correct resources are available.’

‘Industrial competence. Commercial mindset. Legal competence.’

‘Simply an elite group of practitioners.’

‘Geir Gustavsson is able to provide a unique blend of commercial acumen, strategical thinking and sophisticated legal analysis.’

Key clients


Ocean Yield AS

Northern Drilling Limited

Torghatten Nord AS

Moreld AS

Edda Wind


MHWirth AS

Akastor AS

Østensjø Rederi AS

Aker Solutions AS

Future Technology AS

Aker Oilfield Services AS

Klaveness Combination Carrier ASA

Prosafe SE

Måløy Verft AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Østensjø Rederi and Edda Wind with ordering six new Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) and Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) from the shipyards Astilleros Gondan and Astilleros Balenciaga in Spain.
  • Acting for Klaveness Combination Carriers in relation to negotiations for three newbuild contracts with Chinese yard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding for a total cost of nearly $182m.
  • Assisted Ocean Yield with the purchase of three 5,500 TEU newbuilding container vessels currently under construction at HJ Shipbuilding, South Korea.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Described by clients as ‘perhaps the most solid practice in the country’, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is routinely instructed by large high-profile contractors and regularly advises on shipbuilding mandates, energy development projects, as well as contentious matters within the sector. Christopher Sveen oversees the group and has a strong track record advising oil and offshore industry players on project developments and contracts; while Mikal Brøndmo is the key contact for contentious work. Fielding a strong team of associates, the team also includes Sarah-Ann Kvam, who specialises in offshore construction and shipbuilding contracts, while Silje Helene Bakkevig Dagsland ‘excels’ in both contentious and advisory mandates.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sveen

Other key lawyers:

Sarah-Ann Kvam; Silje Helene Bakkevig Dagsland; Bjørn Gisle Grønlie; Mikal Brøndmo


‘The combination of skills in the team provides for a very efficient legal service. Sveen’s thorough legal involvement in the energy construction community gives Haavind a particular strength by providing an industry-wide overview of common developments, challenges and solutions.’

‘Haavind has given solid, convincing and comprehensive legal support on very challenging construction industry matters and has helped us as a client to find new legal paths in difficult situations, which has significantly improved our commercial position and leverage.’

‘Christopher Sveen: very strong understanding of the energy construction industry. Sveen has very meticulous and solid legal understanding of contract law, in particular construction industry law, and has a very close eye to important details in complex claims management and litigation preparation.’

‘Sarah-Ann Kvam: highly skilled lawyer within energy construction industry law. Strong ability to assess large volumes of complex information and provide excellent legal analysis and advice. Dedicated and efficient, active and hands-on, attentive to understand the client’s interests.’

‘Haavind’s offshore construction and shipbuilding practice is perhaps the most solid practice in the country.’

‘Silje Helene Bakkevig Dagsland is a rising star on the team. She excels in offshore construction contracts, with experience ranging from in-house work to arbitration, and a keen aptitude for problem solving complex commercial and legal matters. A pleasure to work with and highly recommended.’

‘Mikal Brøndmo is hands-on and very attentive to client’s needs.’

‘Bjørn Gisle Grønlie gives valuable advice and is able to see the big picture, whilst not losing sight of details.’

Key clients

Aker Solutions

Heerema Fabrication Group B.V.

Heerema Marine Contractors


Norsk Industri


Technip Energie

Nova Sea

The Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Renewables Norway

Seafood Norway AS

Jarle Bergs Sønner AS

Work highlights

  • Advising a wind developer on the structuring of the application for offshore wind development area at Utsira Nord.
  • Advising a global EPC contractor in relation to its execution of and rights under EPC contracts for electrification of oil and gas production facilities.
  • Acting as legal and strategic adviser for the Federation of Norwegian Industries (Norsk Industri) and involved in major initiatives taken by the federation to assist the oil and gas and shipbuilding industry in turning their businesses towards other green industries and entering the offshore wind market.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious work in the offshore and shipbuilding sector, counting shipyards, suppliers, rig owners, energy companies, and infrastructure operators among its impressive roster of clients. In particular, the team has seen a recent uptick in work related to the increase in energy prices and materials, as well as sanctions-related issues affecting the sector. Mads Haavardsholm oversees the team and focuses on corporate shipping matters, including the sale and purchase of vessels and drilling rigs, shipbuilding contracts, and drilling rig construction projects. Pål Lieungh advises Norwegian offshore energy companies undertaking international projects; Jacob F Bull is another key individual here. Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik leads on contentious issues and has extensive experience handling construction and contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mads Haavardsholm

Other key lawyers:

Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik; Pål Lieungh; Jacob F Bull


‘I have not worked with any other law firm having the same knowledge of our business as Krisine Hyldmo Bjørnvik.’

‘The strong commitment from Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik is the main reason for using Thommessen. Her understanding for our business and our need is unique.’

‘Always switched on and up to date on industry matters.’

‘Jacob Bull – good on all aspects, and not just disputes but also complex contracting.’

‘The ability to combine the legal aspect with the overall commercial business cases.’

‘Overall commercial awareness – street smartness.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA

Myklebust Verft

DNO International ASA

Island Offshore/Borgstein

RAK Petroleum PLC

Enhanced Drilling AS


Kongsberg Gruppen


Viken Shipping

Gdansk Shiprepair Yard “Remontowa” S.A.

Vard Group AS

Fearnley Advisors AS/Transportation Recovery Fund

Apollo Asset Ltd/Hunter Group ASA

Arne Blystad/OHT ASA

Qatar Navigation – Milaha

Econnect Energy AS

Island Drilling AS

OHT Alfa Lift AS

TECO 2030 AS

Wellesley Petroleum AS

France Pelagique SAS

J.D. Irving, Limited / Atlantic Harrier Limited Partnership

Southern Wind Shipyards (PTY) Limited

Westcon Yards AS

Green Island Shipholding

Optime Subsea AS

Pareto Securities ASA

Vestfrakt Shipping AS

Vestland Shipping AS

Seadrill Offshore AS


Work highlights

  • Assisted AS Nymo with the contract negotiations of three key contracts with respectively Aker Solutions, NOV and Parat.
  • Assisted Havfram Wind AS with its order for a second self-elevating wind turbine installation vessel to be constructed at Yantai CIMC Raffles shipyard in China. Also assisting Havfram Wind on several tenders for installation work following delivery and technical and operational agreements in relation to the operation of two newbuilds.
  • Representing Seadrill in a dispute concerning the redelivery of the rig “West Hercules” to SFL in December 2023.

Wikborg Rein

Leveraging its international network of offices, Wikborg Rein has a solid track record in advising on high-profile and complex mandates, with a particular emphasis on cross-border work as well as shipbuilding disputes. Øyvind Axe oversees the practice from Bergen, working alongside Oslo-based co-head Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen. Axe’s practice encompasses industry-related transactions, as well as construction contracts, asset sales, and major restructurings. Fjærvoll-Larsen takes point on international transactions in the maritime industry and also contract negotiations and charter agreements. Morten Valen Eide focuses on strategic commercial advice and dispute resolution within the shipping, offshore, and energy segments. Christian James-Olsen heads up the firm’ renewables energy group and also has extensive experience advising on energy-related offshore work, including project development, shipbuilding, and cross-border contract matters.

Practice head(s):

Øyvind Axe; Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen

Other key lawyers:

Christian James-Olsen; Morten Valen Eide


‘Professional with in-depth knowledge of the industry.’

‘Solution-oriented and commercial-minded.’

‘Wikborg Rein’s Offshore construction and shipbuilding practice team has a very practical approach, has the most recent knowledge of the industry and can provide truly useful insights into the business conducted within the industry. The team has very prominent young lawyers in addition to the more senior-level team leads. The team is able to serve the client with high-quality work within tight timelines.’

‘Christian James-Olsen is by far the best legal adviser we have used for Offshore construction and shipbuilding practice assignments. He is pragmatic and he has an amazing ability to explain legal concepts in an understandable way. He is a strategy-oriented and easy-going person.’

‘The team at Wikborg Rein’s Bergen office is highly qualified and provides prompt legal advice, combining industry knowledge with practical legal advice.’

‘Christian James-Olsen is attentive, always available and service-minded. He takes a practical approach to each case, always focusing on the solutions rather than the obstacles. His industry knowledge and experience together with his bright legal mind, have resulted in practical and valuable advice for our company.’

Key clients

Aas Mek. Verksted

Fitjar Mekaniske Verksted

Fjord 1

Lerøy Seafood

Floatel International

Fred. Olsen Windcarriers

Gram Car Carriers

Solstad Offshore

Norwegian Royal Navy

BW Offshore

Macro Offshore


Work highlights

  • Acted for Northern Lights JV DA in connection with its establishment of the world’s first full-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain, a part of the Norwegian “Longship Project”.
  • Acting as legal counsel to global accommodation rig owner Jacktel AS on all aspects of the negotiation and follow-up of a contract for modification work on the jack-up accommodation unit Haven.
  • Acted as counsel to offshore supply company Moray Systems AS in a cross-border dispute against Delmar System Inc. concerning a distribution contract for leasing of equipment for the offshore industry.

Arntzen de Besche

Karl Erik Navestad heads up Arntzen de Besche’s offshore offering, which covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious shipbuilding and offshore construction projects with a particular focus on oil and gas-related work. Navestad has broad experience handling field developments and general project work, as well as drilling rig contracts and regulatory issues. He works alongside Ole Skeidsvoll Moe, who draws on broad in-house experience to advise on projects and developments, as well as contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Karl Erik Navestad

Other key lawyers:

Ole Skeidsvoll Moe; Anders Rødland

Key clients

Altera Infrastructure Production AS

Nordlaks Oppdrett

Imenco Corrosion Technology

Aqualoop AS

Work highlights

  • Assisting Nordlaks Oppdrett with its current project for developing and constructing a second large offshore aquaculture farm; the ‘Hydra’ project.
  • Assisting Aqualoop AS on its development of the ‘Big Dipper’, a solution for farming at sea which is optimal for the biological production of salmon and other species regardless of weather conditions.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Noted for its strength in shipping disputes, Kvale Advokatfirma DA acts for large oil companies, shipyards, and shipping companies and advises on the full range of offshore and shipping issues both domestically and cross-border. In 2022, the firm opened an office in Tromsø, strengthening its presence along the northern coast of Norway. Practice head Kristian Lindhartsen focuses on charterparty agreements and insurance disputes in the sector, and Gry Bratvold has extensive experience advising on international offshore projects, while Yngve Bustnesli takes point on transactions and projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. For building, subsea, drilling and seismic contracts, Lilly Kathrin Relling is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Kristian Lindhartsen

Other key lawyers:

Gry Bratvold; Lilly Kathrin Relling; Yngve Bustnesli


‘Gry Bratvold is solution oriented and her experience working both externally and in-house makes her able to provide practical advice and work directly with non-law clients.’

‘Responsive, pleasure to work with, skilled.’

‘I recommend Kristian Lindhartsen and Lilly Kathrin Relling.’

Key clients


Fearnlys Offshore

Bourbon Offshore Norway

First Marine

Brit Syndicate 2987

Nørresundby Rederi & Shipping af 2017

Vilma Oil


Clarksons Platou

Kongsberg Maritime

Noble Corporation (formerly Maersk Drilling)

Statnett SF

Solution Seeker

WR Berkley Insurance (Europe)

Lancashire Insurance

Eagle Burgmann Norway

BW Offshore

Iberdrola Renovables

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt handles a high volume of offshore construction and shipbuilding disputes, as well as handling all aspects of corporate shipping transactions, for a broad range of clients that include domestic and international shipyards, ship owners, charterers, financiers and insurers. Erlend Bakken and Nils L. Dahl now jointly lead the practice from Oslo and Stavanger, respectively, while Stian Tennfjord, in Ålesund, specialises in offshore and vessel construction and primarily acts for shipyards. Contractual matters are handled by Camilla Bråfelt, who benefits from significant in-house experience in the maritime industry, while contentious matters are handled by Trond Sollund. Henrik Aadnesen and Rebecca Lund Nakkim left the firm in 2023 and are now at BAHR.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Bakken; Nils L. Dahl

Other key lawyers:

Stian Tennfjord; Norman Hansen Meyer; Camilla Bråfelt; Trond Sollund


‘The advantage of using the local office of Schjødt is that they still have direct access to the necessary expertise and resources from their main office in Oslo, or be it somewhere else. Furthermore, they manage to mobilise and respond in an efficient manner, showing great flexibility to meet client needs.’

‘The partner we work with, Stian Tennfjord, has a unique CV/experience, due to the fact that he spent several years as in-house counsel at a leading global shipbuilding group, earning him valuable experience from a commercial point of view. Hence, he is capable of not only providing legal advice, but providing that legal advice in the context of the commercial setting the advice is being asked.’

‘Stian Tennfjord – response time, advice and business and management understanding.’

‘Very good business sense and understanding combined with legal competence.’

Key clients

Frontline Ltd.

Höegh LNG AS

Myklebust Verft AS

Vard Group AS

Fiskerstrand Verft AS

Transocean Ltd.

GC Rieber Shipping ASA

Intership AS

SFL ltd.

Tersan Tersanecilik San. Tic. A.S.

Work highlights

  • Carried out all negotiations, deal structuring and deal documentation for the design and construction of four offshore wind support vessels for Edda Wind ASA with a transaction value of €250m.
  • Carried out all negotiations, deal structuring and deal documentation for the design and construction of two offshore wind support vessels for Purus Wind Ltd.
  • Assisted Tersan Shipyard in connection with its delivery of two cruise passenger vessels to Havila Kystruten AS.


The dedicated offshore construction and shipbuilding team at Selmer receives praise for its ‘exceptional expertise and innovative approach’. Practice co-head Nicolai Myren acts for oil and gas industry players on a broad range of matters, while co-head Christian Steen Eriksen has notable expertise in engineering, procurement and construction contracts in the industry. Frequently working alongside Eriksen is new partner Martin Tandstad Ege, another key name for contracts and procurement issues, particularly charterparties and shipbuilding contracts. Hailed by clients for his ‘strategic insight and meticulous approach’, Preben Berge Helverschou, who joined the firm from Kvale Advokatfirma DA in 2023, is recommended for contentious work relating to offshore support vessels.

Practice head(s):

Nicolai Myren; Christian Steen Eriksen

Other key lawyers:

Preben Berge Helverschou; Martin Tandstad Ege


‘Selmer’s Offshore construction and shipbuilding practice is distinguished by its exceptional expertise and innovative approach. Potential clients should know about their deep understanding of the industry, which translates into tailored solutions. The team’s collaborative ethos and technological integration ensure efficient and effective service.’

‘Among the outstanding individuals at Selmer, Preben Helverschou truly shines. His unparalleled expertise in offshore construction and shipbuilding law is a cornerstone of the practice’s success. Preben’s strategic insight and meticulous approach set him apart from competitors, ensuring clients receive the highest calibre of representation.’

‘Associates within the firm demonstrate a commendable level of dedication and a thorough understanding of the industry. Their collaborative spirit and commitment to excellence further enhance the team’s effectiveness.’

‘What I value most in the team is their client-centric approach. They go above and beyond to understand the unique needs of each client, delivering tailored solutions that exceed expectations. This level of personalised attention is a true differentiator in the legal field.’

Key clients

Tersan Shipyard

Acta Marine

Reach Subsea

Ocean Installer



Swire Energy Services



SLB (formerly Schlumberger)


Technip Energies Group (various subsidiaries)

Work highlights

  • Advised Reach Subsea in connection with ordering two state-of-the-art, remotely-controlled and battery-driven subsea vessels.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig combines its strength in shipping, oil and gas, and other maritime industries with its network of offices along the Norwegian coast to advise leading clients operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The Oslo and Bergen offices focus on vessel newbuild work, shipping disputes, and rig construction contracts, with Erlend Lous, Christine Rødsæther, Lars Inge Ørstavik and Jan Vablum being the key names here. Corporate and transactional mandates are overseen by Gunnar Espeland in the Stavanger office, while shipbuilding and repair is an area of focus for the team in Tromsø.

Practice head(s):

Yannis Litinas; Jan Vablum; Gunnar Espeland

Other key lawyers:

Christine Rødsæther; Erlend Lous; Lars Inge Ørstavik; Hågen Hansen


‘Experience, knowledge of the industry – shipbuilding and financing expertise, work capacity, holistic approach and negotiation skills.’

‘Qualities I have valued: knowledge, experience, the attention we are given and understanding of my company’s values and how we work. Ability to appreciate and assist in reducing our concerns.’

‘Christine Rødsæther is highly qualified, service-minded, attentive and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Seatankers Management Company Limited

Offshore Merchant Partners


Endur ASA and its subsidiaries

Westcon Yards AS

ABN AMRO Bank N.V., DNB Bank ASA, NIBC Bank N.V.

Nordea Bank AB (publ) filial I Norge

Yinson Production

Fjord 1 AS

Volstad Maritime AS

Fosen Yard AS

Oma Baatbyggeri AS

Marinacc AS.

Songa/Blystad group


Maersk Supply Services

GC Rieber Shipping AS

G2 Ocean AS

Wergeland Group AS (including Solund Yard)

Yara Norge AS

Eidsvaag AS

Grieg Logistics

Kleven Yard

Work highlights

  • Advised Project Pissarro AS on the sale/lease back financing of two offshore supply vessels purchased by Project Pissarro AS to be bareboat chartered out to Esvagt A/S, Denmark, converted to hybrid vessels by installing battery packages at Ulstein Yard Norway and employed on long term time charter to Total.
  • Advised the Euronext Oslo listed Seaway 7 ASA on the negotiations of a bareboat charter with purchase options of a newbuildt Heavylift vessel constructed by CSSC in China.
  • Assisting Wergeland Base AS and Grieg Logistics in connection with a complex repair project in respect of the vessel Dubai Harmony.


Under the joint leadership of Karl Even Rygh and Kristine Hasle, the interdisciplinary offshore construction and shipbuilding practice at Wiersholm draws on experts from various practice areas across the firm to provide a full-service offering with notable strength in dispute resolution, including acting in international arbitration proceedings; Christian Hauge is a key name here. Field development and project execution feature heavily in the group’s workload, with the team regularly acting for both international and domestic oil services contractors operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Sondre Dyrland takes point on offshore construction matters, while associate Mattias Grieg ably assists with transactional work in this space.

Practice head(s):

Karl Even Rygh; Kristine Hasle

Other key lawyers:

Christian Hauge; Sondre Dyrland; Mattias Grieg


‘Wiersholm offers potential clients a team that is not only legally astute but also forward-thinking, client-centric, and committed to innovation and diversity. They are a formidable choice for any entity seeking specialised legal services in this sector.’

‘Christian Hauge, a partner in the practice, epitomises legal acumen combined with a pragmatic approach to problem-solving.’

‘Karl Even Rygh brings to the table an extensive knowledge of maritime regulations and a natural knack for risk assessment.’

Key clients

Hurtigruten AS

Siem Industries


Golden Ocean Group Limited

Frontline Limited

Archer Limited

Avance Gas Holding Ltd.

Viking Supply Ships


MPC Container Ships ASA

NYK Lines

Western Bulk Chartering AS

Sinoceanic Shipping AS

Arendals Dampskibsselskab AS (ADS)

OSM Maritime Group

Flex LNG Ltd

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS)

Østensjø Rederi



Nordlys Forsikring

Wilh. Wilhelmsen

Lindblad Expeditions

Maersk Supply Service


ADS Maritime Holding Plc

J. Lauritzen Singapore Pte. Ltd

Statnett SF

Pareto Securities AS

Equinor ASA

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)

SFL Corporation Ltd

Liberty Mutual Insurance SE

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Work highlights

  • Assisted Avance Gas with newbuild contracts and options for 2+2 40,000 LPG carriers from Chinese yard Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering.
  • Assisted Seatankers with newbuild contracts and options for four + two + two Kamsarmax bulk carrier vessels from Chinese yard Qingdao Yangfan.
  • Assisted Northern Lights JV DA (owned by Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies) with developing new contractual concepts, mechanisms and solutions for the commercial storage of CO2.