CMS Kluge has ‘the largest and most outstanding public procurement law practice in Norway‘, housing a team of ‘specialised and highly qualified procurement lawyers who are able to provide high value advice on all stages of the procurement process‘. The group is well known for advising public entities on the whole life cycle of procurement processes, and reports an uptick in transport and mobility sector mandates. Stian Oddbjørnsen is ‘very knowledgeable, service-minded and efficient‘, and jointly heads up the practice with public procurement expert Gro Amdal. Bjørnar Alterskjær assists major national businesses and government entities with public procurement and state aid matters, and Fredrik Aadahl focuses on dispute resolution. In 2021, associate partner Alf Amund Gulsvik joined from Wikborg Rein and Arne Torsten Andersen moved to BAHR.
Public procurement in Norway
Other key lawyers:
Bjørnar Alterskjær; Alf Amund Gulsvik; Fredrik Aadahl
‘They have good expertise in procurement.’
‘Kluge’s team is customer-oriented and competent, delivering high-quality advice.’
‘Stian Oddbjørnsen has high customer focus, very good communication skills, is always available and very efficient in his work.’
‘Fredrik Aadahl is a highly competent lawyer within public procurement, and is exceptional in legal proceedings. He is efficient and delivers high quality.’
‘Alf Amund Gulsvik combines outstanding knowledge of the procurement regulations with quick thinking and a solution orientated approach to provide high value advice on all stages of the procurement process.’
‘The lawyers have unique expertise in public procurement law which few other companies can match. The team is very large and extremely competent. Besides the heavy professional expertise and commercial understanding, they have an extraordinary competence in assisting the public sector. They are also very good in administrative appeals and dispute resolution in public procurement matters.’
‘Stian Oddbjørnsen is very easy to relate to, very accommodating and provides clear advice. Alf Amund Gulsvik is very competent in public procurement and is very pleasant and thorough.’
‘Great knowledge about many sides of the case, strategic but honest approach. Straight to the point, excellent communication and make themselves available when you need them. Highly efficient and thorough when needs be.’
Agder Kollektivtrafikk AS
Bane NOR SF
Jernbanedirektoratet (The Norwegian Railway Directorate)
Norges Vassdrags – og energidirektorat (The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate)
Samferdselsdepartementet (the Norwegian Ministry of Transport)
Nærings- og fiskeridepartement (the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries)
Norsk Tipping AS
University of Oslo
Municipality of Oslo
Norwegian Costal Administration
The Norwegian Directorate of Health
Steen & Lund AS
WK Entreprenør AS
The Directorate of eHealth
- Assisting the Port of Stavanger with a range of procurement issues, including all matters relating to a competition for a 10-year concessions contract for the establishment and operation of a depot for hazardous waste.
- Assisted Agder Kollektivtrafikk AS with all procurement matters relating to a competition for a 10-year contract for bus transport services, with an aggregate value of over €100m.
The ‘very service-minded‘ and ‘knowledgeable‘ team at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS garners praise for its ‘sound expertise within public procurement‘. The group is well known for handling large, complex procurements projects, often working in tandem with the firm’s state aid, competition, construction and TMT departments to provide multidisciplinary expertise and assistance. Practice head Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim is ‘an extremely intelligent and skilled lawyer; his legal knowledge is enormous‘. Anne Hesjedal Sending specialises in litigation, and senior lawyer Christina Paludan Melson is an expert in public procurement law.
Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim
Other key lawyers:
Anne Hesjedal Sending; Christina Paludan Melson
‘The team has great business understanding and is very solution-oriented.’
‘Sound expertise within public procurement. Easy to work with, extremely high level of dedication.’
‘Anne Hesjedal Sending provides excellent legal advice.’
‘Goud Fjellheim is an exceptional lawyer in every respect. He has extensive knowledge of procurement law and litigation. His most impressive attribute is his strategic advice and his ability to resolve the matter at hand with a practical approach.’
‘Anne Hesjedal Sending and Christina Paludan Melson stand out as highly qualified lawyers.’
‘The firm offers outstanding knowledge with regards to the public procurement area.’
Nye Veier AS
Helse Sør-Øst RHF
Statens Vegvesen (Vegdirektoratet)
Polarsirkelen Lufthavnutvikling AS
Helsetjenestens Driftsorganisasjon for Nødnett HF
Klagenemnda for Offentlige anskaffelser (KOFA)
Eolus Vind AB
Posten Norge AS
The Norwegian Armed Forces
Vestfold and Telemark fylkeskommune
The National Programme for Supplier Development v/NHO
The Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management
Helse Nord RHF
- Assisting Sporveien AS with multiple large procurements.
- Acting for the Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement (KOFA) in two cases regarding illegal direct awards.
- Assisted HDO with the successful procurement of a new communication solution for the Norwegian emergency medical services.
Wiersholm‘s ‘dedicated and highly client-friendly‘ team is well known for its ‘high competence within public procurement‘. Led by the firm’s managing partner Morten Goller, the group has a solid track record in assisting suppliers and contracting authorities with all aspects of procurement processes, with noted expertise in complex disputes. Thomas G Naalsund is an experienced litigator and arbitrator, with a particular focus on the energy sector. Other key practitioners are Stephan Jervell and managing associate Oda Hellenes Ekre.
Other key lawyers:
Oda Hellenes Ekre; Thomas G. Naalsund; Stephan Jervell
‘Excellent, to the point and practical advice. Excellent sparring partners on how to approach legal uncertainty and manage legal risk within the subject area.’
‘Oda Hellenes Ekre: very knowledgeable and updated on all legal developments within public procurement. Gives clear advice and guidance in difficult questions. Very pleasant to work with.’
‘High competence within public procurement, and capacity and availability to assist at all times.’
‘Morten Goller has high competence and together with his team is always available and helpful.’
‘The team has extraordinary legal skills. The client service is second to none. The lawyers show great commercial awareness and commercial understanding, and they always put the client’s interests first. They are efficient and have proven to always give us good value for money.’
‘Morten Goller has extraordinary knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the public procurement rules and the practical sides of both the tendering process and the procurement process. His expertise within the discipline of public procurement is second to none, and the same counts for his expertise within dispute resolution.’
‘Oda Hellenes Ekre is a rising star. She has excellent knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the public procurement rules and regulations. She has excellent understanding of the client’s business and always puts the client’s interest first. She is efficient, and her advice is always excellent and well-founded. When you combine her legal skills with her kind personality, you have a winner.’
‘Thomas G. Naalsund is one of the top lawyers within the discipline of public procurement and dispute resolution. He has excellent knowledge of all aspects of the rules and regulations. He understands the client and his advice is always excellent.’
Hurtigruten AS, Hurtigruten Group AS, Hurtigruten Cruise AS
The Ministry of Industry and Petroleum (MPE)
BMO Tunnelsikring AS
Veidekke Entreprenør AS
Veidekke Industri AS
Skanska Norge AS
Boreal Norge AS
Torghatten Nord AS
ResMed Norway AS
Egencia Norway AS
The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS)
- Advising MTR Nordic AB on multiple large train procurement competitions in Norway, including on ongoing competition for the Oslo Metro area.
- Defended Statnett SF against an interim injunction brought by Kraftmontasje AS related to a disputed procurement process.
- Advised Avinor on the potential takeover of a project to build a new airport in Mo i Rana from a third party developer, involving issues of public procurement rules and evaluating the tender process.
Competition law expert Mads Magnussen leads Wikborg Rein‘s public procurement team alongside practice deputy head Hanne Camilla Zimmer, who acts for private suppliers across a wide range of industries. The department is well known for acting in major national and international procurement mandates, and is also noted for its ‘solid expertise and experience within both IT and public procurement law‘, an area in which Rolf Riisnæs excels. Senior lawyer Malene Reinertsen is ‘an up-and-coming procurement lawyer with great energy and in-depth knowledge of the procurement process‘. Alf Amund Gulsvik moved to CMS Kluge in March 2021.
Mads Magnussen; Hanne Camilla Zimmer
Other key lawyers:
Rolf Riisnæs; Malene Reinertsen
‘Hanne Camilla Zimmer has excellent understanding of our needs.’
‘Malene Reinertsen has extensive experience within public procurement. She provided us with solid legal advice during the procurement process mentioned above. She has great experience from providing legal advice to other contracting authorities, and had a great understanding of us as a client. She is very easy to co-operate with, efficient and thorough.’
‘Rolf Riisnæs has great experience when it comes to assisting clients with large, complex procurements. He provided high-quality strategic legal counsel on procurement law, contract law and negotiations.’
‘Wikborg Rein’s public procurement team is very easy to work with. They are always available for us, and the knowledge they have acquired about our company and our industry makes it easy to go straight to the heart of the matter before us.’
‘Malene Reinertsen works fast and efficiently. Hanne Zimmer is an authority within the field, which gives us confidence as clients.’
‘The team stands out with exceptional knowledge within this legal area, commercial knowledge and ability and knowledge to handle large litigation processes in an effective and most competent manner.’
‘Wikborg Rein has a unique strength in public procurement.’
‘Wikborg Rein has a very competent team of procurement lawyers who are able to provide high-value advice on all stages of the procurement process.’
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Acting as legal counsel to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on over 25 procurements.
- Providing ongoing advice to the Ministry of Defence on the largest outsourcing of IT services in Norway.
Arntzen de Besche’s ‘well-balanced‘ public procurement team is ‘always accessible‘, ‘reliable‘ and ‘easy to work with‘. The group has notable strength in the construction and life sciences sectors, and represents developers, contractors and suppliers in contractual issues, project implementations and litigation, to name a few areas. Espen I Bakken ‘provides high-quality legal advice‘, and heads up the practice alongside litigation expert Svein Terje Tveit and Stein Ove Solberg, who has established strength in competition law. Tor Kristian Lånke is a key name for construction mandates.
Espen I Bakken; Svein Terje Tveit; Stein Ove Solberg
Other key lawyers:
Tor Kristian Lånke
‘Tor Kristian Lånke has been exceptional both in his research and in court.’
‘Espen Bakken is an expert within his field. Available at any time, direct and analytical.’
‘Arntzen de Besche’s team is well updated on legal developments, and is always available for advice and discussion regarding public procurement.’
‘Espen I Bakken provides good business understanding in combination with good, practical and to the point legal advice.’
‘Tor Kristian Lånke is a true pleasure to work with.’
‘Reliable and easy to work with.’
‘Svein Terje Tveit is an outstanding lawyer and adviser. No task is too small or too big, which is fantastic to have in a partner.’
‘Very dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable partners.’
Abbott Norge AS
Norwegian Bank Investment Management
Nye Veier AS
Baxter Norge AS
GE Healthcare AS
Nerliens Mezansky AS
AOP Pharmaceutical AB
ASTM /Itinera SpA
- Advising a consortium comprising ASTM S.p.A, IHI Corporation and Itinera S.p.A on a bid for the PPP contract for the ‘Rv. 555 Sotra Connection’ project.
- Acting as Nordic procurement counsel to Abbott.
- Acted for Buypass AS in the NOK2.6bn public procurement procedure carried out by Norsk Tipping AS for the procurement identification and payment services to all of Norsk Tipping’s operations.
Advokatfirmaet Grette AS‘ ‘excellent‘ team stands out for its ‘high knowledge in public procurement law‘. Public infrastructure projects form the backbone of the practice, and the group regularly advises public health sector companies on procurement matters. The department also acts for private sector supplies. Practice co-heads Marie Braadland and Silje Grimseth Ullebust are ‘very strong public procurement lawyers with a very practical approach‘.
Marie Braadland; Silje Grimseth Ullebust
‘The team is excellent. They are professional, available and efficient, and deliver advice of very high quality.’
‘Silje Ullebust is a good lawyer who understands the customers’ needs.’
‘Silje Ullebust and Marie Braadland are experienced and provide excellent advice. They are efficient and service minded.’
‘Marie Braadland and Silje Ullebust have delivered outstanding work. They are service oriented and provide solid legal advice. They are always to the point and understand what we need in each case.’
Norske Tog AS
The Central Norway Regional Health Authority
The Western Norway Regional Health Authority
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration
Moelven Industrier ASA
Johnson & Johnson
Norwegian Hospital Construction Agency (Sykehusbygg)
Bravida Norge AS
Norwegian Customs (Tolletaten)
Bybanen (Bergen Light Rail)
- Assisted Avinor with several public procurements.
- Acting as counsel to Norske Tog AS on several public procurements.
- Assisting The Norwegian Public Roads Administration with procurements relating to large infrastructure projects.
At Advokatfirmaet Hjort, the team is well versed in assisting large international and domestic construction companies with public procurement matters relating to major construction and building projects. Practice co-head Heddy Ludvigsen specialises in public procurement law, and has extensive expertise in advising public entities and bidders on all stages of procurement processes, and practice co-head Harald Fosse is well known for his experience in construction law.
Avinor Flysikring AS
Agder Energi AS
Anders Thue heads up Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s public procurement team, which operates from within the firm’s EU and competition practice. The group has an established track record in handling large public procurement mandates, and also acts in dispute resolution. Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen handles litigation, procurement processes and contractual issues. Associate partner Anne Buan focuses on complex IT and technology procurement projects, and senior associate Olav Haukeli advises contractors on tender and award processes.
Other key lawyers:
Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen; Anne Buan; Olav Haukeli
‘The team explains complex procurement issues in a language understandable for non-lawyers.’
‘High competence and quality. Good knowledge and experience in relevant subject areas.’
‘The person / persons who contributed had both knowledge and experience of a theoretical and practical approach to our challenges. We also experienced solution-oriented service and we were prioritised when necessary in time.’
‘The team’s expertise complements each other in an extraordinary way. The team has always updated knowledge in the field.’
‘Anne Buan always has updated knowledge in the field, and is able to quickly get acquainted with the problem to solve the case for the benefit of the customer.’
Central Norway Regional Health Authority
The Institute of Marine Research
KLP Forsikring (insurance)
NordicInfu Care AB
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA
Sanofi Avensis Norge AS
The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency
Stiftelsen Diakonissehuset Lovisenberg
Stiftelsen Norsk Luftambulanse
The Ministry of Justice and Public Security
The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom)
The Norwegian Directorate of eHealth (NDE)
The Norwegian Police
Norwegian Government Security and Service Organisation
Troms og Finnmark fylkeskommune
The Norwegian Tax Authority
- Providing ongoing advice to Central Norway Regional Health Authority concerning the procurement of a new system for patient journals and patient administration (EPJ/PAS).
- Representing Bombardier Transportation System AB before the Borgarting Court of Appeal concerning a NOK250m compensation claim against Bane NOR SF, in connection with a public procurement competition for a new digital signal system for the Norwegian railways.
- Acted for Vestland County in an injunction case against KLP, following a procurement of services related to the client’s occupational pension scheme.
Vaar Advokat AS
Marianne H. Dragsten and Espen Bakjord jointly head up the public procurement department at boutique firm Vaar Advokat AS. The team stands out for its regular involvement in procurement processes relating to IT services, and also advises suppliers and contracting authorities on public procurement issues relating to healthcare, construction, consultancy, automobile, playground equipment, furniture and defence services. Thor Beke has extensive expertise in IT law.
Marianne H. Dragsten; Espen Bakjord
Other key lawyers:
‘Espen Bakjord always delivers high quality legal services in a professional manner.’
‘Marianne Dragsten is highly renowned for her expertise in the area of public procurement. She provides clear and understandable advice, and has a unique ability to balance theory with practical advice.’
‘Available and hands-on team with a high level of expertise. Grasps the essence of the situation we address to them quickly.’
‘Impressive knowledge, very good communication skills, follows up along the way, and delivers on time.’
Øvre Romerike innkjøpssamarbeid (ØRIK)
NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre)
Nedre Romerike Avfallsselskap
- Acting as legal adviser for Bodø Kommune on a range of procurement matters, as well as handling complaints before the Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement.
- Providing legal advice to ØRIK on its procurements and purchases.
- Providing legal advice to Skills Norway in connection with its procurements.
Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS‘ ‘very dedicated‘ team is recognised for its work for private suppliers, municipalities and public entities, with particular expertise in the IT, construction and infrastructure sectors; it also has a strong presence in Norway’s public sector. The department is jointly led by ‘very solid communicator‘ Vera Hovelsen, competition expert Harald Evensen, Jørgen Myhre, who has expertise in litigation, and Thomas Oskar Strömbom, who focuses on construction projects. Associate Marius Grønnbak stands out for his ‘excellent service‘.
Vera Hovelsen; Thomas Oskar Strömbom; Jørgen Myhre; Harald Evensen
Other key lawyers:
‘A competent team of highly skilled people with a good work ethic. They deliver on time and with high quality work.’
‘Jørgen Myhre stands out as an exemplary partner.’
‘Fast delivery, easy communication.’
‘Jørgen Myhre is unique in his ability to make non-lawyers understand the complexity of each case or project and work with you instead of for you. His skill level is through the roof and his work ethic is very good. In short he always delivers.’
County Governor of Vestland (Statsforvalteren i Vestland fylke)
Municipality of Aurskog Høland
Municipality of Bamble
Municipality of Drangedal
Municipality of Hamar
Municipality of Indre Østfold
Municipality of Kragerø
Municipality of Lørenskog
Municipality of Oslo
Municipality of Porsgrunn
Municipality of Sandnes
Municipality of Siljan
Municipality of Skien
Municipality of Ullensaker
Municipality of Vinje
Municipality of Volda
Municipality of Ås
Norsk Luftfartssenter Bodø
Norwegian Environment Agency (Miljødirektoratet)
Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning
Norwegian Public Roads Administration
NSW Arkitektur AS
Nye Veier AS
Oslo Metropolitan University
Remiks Husholdning AS
Remiks Miljøpark AS
Remiks Næring AS
Remiks Produksjon AS
Renovasjon i Grenland IKS
Senja Avfall IKS
Stavanger Utvikling KF
The National Insurance Court
Vestfold Avfall og Ressurs AS (VESAR)
Ø M Fjeld AS
Øst-Finnmark Avfallsselskap ANS (ØFAS)
County Governor of Oslo og Viken
Municipality of Nordre Follo
- Assisting The Norwegian Public Roads Administration with all public procurement matters, including advising on large PPP road building projects.
- Assisting the Municipality of Oslo with a public procurement process for the establishment of new nursing homes.
- Advising the Norwegian public authority tasked with decommissioning Norway’s two nuclear reactors on four procurement procedures.
The ‘very skilled‘ team at SANDS has a solid track record in advising on procurement processes pertaining to healthcare, construction, software and infrastructure projects. Åshild Fløisand ‘is extremely knowledgeable in public procurement law and practices‘, and heads up the practice from the Bergen office. Tromsø-based Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm and senior associate Eirik Rise, also based in Bergen, are key names to note.
Other key lawyers:
Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm; Eirik Rise
‘Åshild Fløisand is very skilled with a high level of expertise in the field. She gives good advice based on the right risk. She is one of the most skilled in the field in Norway.’
‘Good professional knowledge. Great work capacity.’
‘Åshild is very competent when it comes to procurement processes and documents, also negotiating with contractors.’
‘The lawyers in SANDS have broad experience and a good understanding of our needs. They provide quick and to-the-point advice of excellent quality.’
‘SANDS’ team of public procurement experts excel in especially two areas that are important to us: great legal skills and high efficiency. The team offers exceptional availability and access to partner resources, compared to other firms that we have used in the past. The team is always highly prepared in all matters, and they always give informed options and potential courses of action, both in terms of legal and commercial strategy.’
‘SANDS has outstanding commercial intuition and knowledge, and is always able to provide useful insights, good advice and develop the best strategies for us. Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm is a leading expert in Norway in the field of public procurement law. Her background as a district court judge, and her position on the Norwegian Public Procurement Complaints Board, gives her an unique experience in contentious processes, which gives us extra certainty that we are in capable hands.’
‘The team is solution-oriented and to-the-point. In addition to knowing the law inside out, the team has solid knowledge of the industry’s dynamics and challenges and is therefore a valuable adviser for our company’
‘The procurement team is led by partner Åshild Fløisand, who is a very experienced lawyer with a key understanding of our commercial position in the market. She is extremely knowledgeable in public procurement law and practices and not afraid of fighting tricky cases. She provides high-quality advice, and it is our impression that she is genuinely engaged in her clients and cases. She is known to provide clear answers and this is a quality that we strongly appreciate. In recent years we have also worked with associate Eirik Rise who is up and coming. He seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge. He is technically strong but also pragmatic and creative if needed. He combines professionalism with friendliness, and it is a delight to work with him.’
Helse Vest IKT
Høgskulen på Vestlandet (Western Norway University of Applied Services)
Volue Market Services
The team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is singled out for advising large public and private sector companies on the whole life-cycle of public contracts. The group acts for suppliers and contracting authorities in a broad range of sectors, including the technology, healthcare, aviation and construction industries. Practice head Thomas Nordby is representing drones company Nordic Unmanned in a long-running dispute with the Norwegian Coastal Administration concerning a claim for a breach of public procurement regulations. Senior associate Johanne Førde has experience in handling complaints and litigation.
Other key lawyers:
‘High-quality work, always available and with a excellent business understanding.’
‘The Schjødt team has a commercial mindset and a practical approach. They quickly understand what’s important and always deliver on time.’
‘Vast insight into Norway governmental procurement practices.’
‘The individuals are flexible, available, knowledgeable and the input given is professional and can be trusted.’
‘Thomas Nordby is outstanding.’
Implenia Norge AS
Nordic Unmanned AS
Achilles Systems AS
Motorola Solutions Norway AS
Med-el Nordic AS
Ricoh Norge AS
Fresenius Kabi AS
Oslo S Utvikling AS
G Travel AS
SAS Scandinavian Airlines Systems
Sverre W. Monsen AS
Airbus Defence and Space Norway
- Providing ongoing advice to Selecta in connection with several tender competitions regarding the client’s operations in Norway.
- Acting as legal counsel to Implenia on several tender competitions regarding the client’s operations in Norway.