BAHR > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile

BAHR
TJUVHOLMEN ALLÉ 16
PO BOX 1524 VIKA
0117 OSLO
Norway

Norway > Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

Restructuring law expert Richard Sjøqvist heads up BAHR‘s banking and finance practice, which is highly regarded for its expertise in representing lenders and borrowers across a range of large, complex transactions. The team provides ongoing assistance to Norwegian Air Shuttle on a range of refinancing and restructuring matters. The department is also singled out by clients for housing ‘the best covered bond team in Norway‘, an area in which Markus Nilssen has extensive experience. Other key practitioners in the group include the highly experienced Rolf Johan Ringdal, finance specialist Audun Nedrelid, financial regulatory expert Peter Hammerich and Magnus Tønseth, who assists shipping, offshore and energy clients.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sjøqvist

Testimonials

‘Outstanding industry knowledge and able to find innovative solutions. The entire team understands the client’s needs. Great to work with.’

‘The team is highly competent and experienced. They are always welcoming and assist in an outstanding way.’

‘Partner Markus Nilssen is young, professional, and has full overview over the covered bond area, including loan programs, derivatives, regulatory issues etc. Delivery is timely and professional. Markus is always available.’

‘Magnus Tønseth and Richard Sjøquist – Fantastic restructuring and finance lawyers.’

‘BAHR has the best covered bond team in Norway, lead by Markus Nilssen.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Apb

DNB Group

Sparebank 1 Gruppen

Danske Bank A/S

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Norvestor Equity

Aker Group (incl. Aker Solutions, Akastor, Kværner, Aker Pensjonskasse, and Aker Insurance)

HitecVision Advisory

Argentum Asset Management

Norway > Capital markets Tier 1

Equity capital markets work forms a core pillar of BAHR‘s practice, with established strength in advising public and private companies on public takeovers, stock exchange listings and share offerings. Debt capital markets mandates are also prominent in the team’s workload, an area where Richard Sjøqvist is the key contact. Sjøqvist co-heads the department with Lars Knem Christie, who specialises in ECM matters. Arne Tjaum advises on restructurings, securities law and stock exchange regulatory issues, while Rolf Johan Ringdal is adept at handling equity and debt work for clients in the shipping, offshore, energy and transport sectors. Other key practitioners are finance specialist Audun Nedrelid and Robin Bakken, who returned to the practice in 2020. Bjørn Gabriel Reed left the firm in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lars Knem Christie; Richard Sjøqvist

Testimonials

‘Up to date on regulations. Efficient and quick replies.’

‘Know us as a customer and our needs.’

Key clients

ABG Sundal Collier

Aker Group

Pareto Securities

Norwegian Trustee

DNB Bank and DNB Markets

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Adevinta

HitecVision

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

Work highlights

  • Advised Aker Solutions on its merger with Kværner ASA, in which shareholders in Kværner acquired a stake in the new company.
  • Assisted seismic vessel operator PGS with the financial restructuring of its $522m term loan B and $350m revolving credit facilities, as well as its $300m export credit facilities.

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

BAHR is highly regarded for its large-scale transactional work, and has been kept especially busy handling mandates from clients in the energy and technology sectors. Other core strengths for the team include deals in the oil and gas, real estate and infrastructure sectors. Private equity work is another key area of instruction for the group; Peter Hammerich specialises in assisting private equity clients with transactional, tax and regulatory matters, and department head Øystein Guvåg regularly acts as counsel to private equity clients on M&A work. Deputy head Lars Kristian Sande acts for technology and telecoms companies in transactions. Other key names to note are private and public M&A expert Svein Gerhard Simonnæs, firm managing partner Thomas K. Svensen, who stands out for his expertise in energy-related transactions, and Jon Christian Thaulow, who has experience in corporate governance matters. Bjørn Gabriel Reed left the firm in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Øystein Guvåg; Lars Kristian Sande

Key clients

Arctic Securities

Aker, including its affiliates, Aker Solutions and Aker BP

The John Fredriksen Group, including its affiliates Seatankers, Golden Ocean Group, Frontline, FLEX LNG and Archer, and others.

Explore Equity

Norvestor Equity

Axcel

HitecVision

Reitangruppen

Argentum Fondsinvesteringer

Blackstone

Equip Capital

DNB Bank ASA

Triton

Work highlights

  • Advised Adevinta ASA on its $9.2bn acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group.
  • Advised Spacemaker AS on its $240m acquisition by Autodesk.
  • Assisted Alfa Laval with its NOK3.6bn acquisition of StormGeo.

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 1

BAHR‘s dispute resolution department has solid expertise in commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes and contentious insolvency matters, and reports an increase in professional liability cases. Key sector strengths for the group include the insurance, offshore and onshore construction and oil industries. Atle Skaldebø-Rød heads up the group, and has a strong reputation in contractual disputes, directors’ liability matters and arbitration proceedings. Jan Jansen concentrates on the energy and offshore sectors and has significant expertise in tax litigation; Sam E. Harris focuses on onshore construction and post-M&A litigation, and is well known as an arbitrator; and Thomas K. Svensen specialises in energy sector litigation and arbitration. Of counsel Gunnar Sørlie is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Atle Skaldebø-Rød

Testimonials

‘Excellent communication and response times.’

‘Very professional, presented well. Very good handle on litigation, procedure and good instincts.’

‘Professionally skilled and prepared.’

‘Strong on legal matters, available and service-minded.’

‘Atle Skaldebø-Rød: strong legal mind, always available and service-minded. Open for, and reflective on, discussions on strategy and arguments.’

‘Sam Harris and his team were very competent and conscientious.’

Key clients

Realforum AS

Equinor Energy AS

DNB Bank ASA

Sognekraft AS

AINMT Holdings AB and Ice Group Scandinavia Holdings AS

Asset Buyout Partners AS/Åsane Næringspark AS

Steen & Strøm AS/Økern Sentrum ANS

Work highlights

  • Representing AINMT Holdings AB (a subsidiary of telecoms company Ice Group) in an ongoing dispute concerning multiple alleged breaches of a loan agreement.
  • Representing DNB Bank in a NOK450m damages claim concerning alleged wrongful payments from the government to one of DNB’s customers.
  • Representing Sognekraft AS in a post-M&A dispute concerning the termination of a share purchase agreement.

Norway > Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

BAHR has an excellent reputation for its strength in complex energy transactions; the team provides ongoing assistance to Fortum Oslo Varme on the full-scale carbon capture and storage project initiated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the first of its kind to be constructed in Norway. Department head Jon Christian Thaulow is ‘very knowledgeable and a prominent tactician‘, and advises on regulatory, contentious and M&A work. Other key practitioners include Rune Svoren, who specialises in electricity transactions; managing partner Thomas K. Svensen, who handles hydropower sector matters; M&A and contract law specialist Morten Smørdal; and senior associate Christian Rieber-Mohn.

Practice head(s):

Jon Christian Thaulow

Testimonials

‘Jon Christian Thaulow has great capacity and insight into corporate and regulatory matters within renewables. He is calm and radiates confidence and control.’

Rune Svoren is a senior partner with vast experience within renewables, and a great resource for the team.’

‘Morten Smørdal and Jon Christian Thaulow – when it comes to energy transactions there is no-one in the market that can match their capabilities, negotiation skills, legal and business acumen, and stamina.’

Key clients

Hafslund E-CO AS

Njordr AS

Oslo Municipality

Bodø Energi AS

Aquila Capital

Ymber AS

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Freyr AS

Aker Horizons AS

Sognekraft AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Aker Horizons on the establishment of Aker Clean Hydrogen.
  • Assisting Aquila Capital with corporate, commercial, contractual and regulatory issues in connection with the acquisition and construction of Øyfjellet Wind Farm.

Norway > Employment Tier 1

At BAHR, the team recently represented longstanding client Spekter before the Supreme Court in a high-profile case concerning the secondary legal effect of collective agreements on individual employment agreements, concerning the issue as to whether employees are entitled to a wage supplement following a previous collective agreement even after the agreement ceases to apply following a change to the employers’ organisation; practice head Tarjei Thorkildsen led on this matter. Other key practitioners include pension law expert Peter Hammerich, of counsel Geir Gustavsson and private equity specialist Børre Sofus Arnet. Senior associate Hannah Osberg Andresen and associate Agnes Inora Marie Strøm Olsen are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tarjei Thorkildsen

Testimonials

‘Excellent; service minded.’

‘Great team that helps and assists us a lot. Competent, professional, great cultural fit.’

‘Tarjei Thorkildsen is the best lawyer in his field, very competent and a great adviser. Always “on” and the cooperation works seamless between us. Always good people surrounding him.’

‘The team has a high level of competence with a mix of established and very competent partners and up and coming young lawyers. They have a high level of concern for the client and the clients’ needs that exceed the concrete case.’

‘Tarjei Thorkildsen stands out in the market as one of the most competent employment lawyers, and is our preferred lawyer for big or complicated cases.’

Key clients

The Employer’s Association Spekter

Norwegian Airline

Color Line

Aker ASA

Norsk Luftambulanse

Sporveien Oslo AS

NRK (Norwegian Broadcast Corporation – NRK)

Sport 1

Posten Norge/Bring

NETS

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing litigation services and legal advice to Spekter, one of Norway’s leading employers’ confederations.

Norway > EU and competition Tier 1

BAHR‘s ‘highly experienced‘ team has ‘excellent legal knowledge‘ in EU and competition matters, with notable expertise in complex merger control mandates, antitrust and cartel investigations, competition damages claims, and state aid work. Practice head Helge Stemshaug has an established track record in appearing before the Norwegian Competition Authority and the EFTA Surveillance Authority concerning cartel investigations. Beret Sundet is ‘a very well-regarded competition lawyer‘ who is sought out for her expertise in M&A-related competition work. Senior associate Ylva Kolsrud Lønvik acts on state aid matters. Arne Torsten Andersen joined from CMS Kluge in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Helge Stemshaug

Testimonials

‘Beret Sundet understands client needs and delivers well-tailored and constructive advice.’

‘Well organized and highly qualified company and team.’

‘Helge Stemshaug is very client focused.’

Key clients

REMA 1000

DNB Bank

Nordea Bank AB

Color Line

Uno-X Energi/YX Norge

Sport Holding

Norconsult

Strawberry Publishing

If

Akastor

Work highlights

  • Advised O.N. Sunde AS and Gjelsten Holding AS on the joint acquisition of sports retailer Gresvig.
  • Assisting Akastor with multi-jurisdictional merger filings, relating to the establishment of a joint venture between Akastor and Baker Hughes.
  • Advising Norwegian financial services group DNB on its acquisition of digital bank Sbanken via a public offer.

Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Richard Sjøqvist heads up BAHR‘s ‘exceptional‘ restructuring team; according to clients ‘it has the legal and commercial acumen to navigate even the most complex insolvency and restructuring dynamics across numerous sectors and jurisdictions‘. The practice has an excellent reputation for assisting bondholders with cross-border restructurings, and is well regarded for its expertise in acting for banks on lender-side matters. Magnus Tønseth has expertise in large-scale international restructuring matters and regularly advises offshore clients. Finance specialist Audun Nedrelid acts for banks, borrowers and lenders on complex debt restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sjøqvist

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The BAHR team is truly exceptional. Their partners are extremely impressive, and their associates incredibly capable. Partners are highly knowledgeable, extremely hands-on and experienced in both local and cross-border restructuring processes. The full team, from the most senior to the most junior, make an unparalleled effort to drive deal processes forwards.’

‘I have had significant experience working with Richard Sjøqvist and Magnus Tønseth, each of whom have impressed me deeply with their client commitment, their legal expertise and their commercial acumen. Together and separately, they are a force to be reckoned with. They are deeply committed to their clients’ needs, extremely “hands-on” and involved in all aspects of transaction structuring and negotiation, and they each have a true understanding of the cultural and commercial sensitivities which need to be navigated to achieve value-optimising transactions for their clients.’

Key clients

Aker Group

Nordea Bank Norge ASA

DNB Bank ASA

Nordic Trustee ASA

Pareto Securities

Norwegian Air shuttle ASA

Norvestor VI L.P.

ABN Amro

ING Bank NV

Swedbank AB

Work highlights

  • Assisting Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA with multiple restructuring matters, including a debt for equity swap where $1.3bn of debt was converted to equity.
  • Representing Nordea Bank Norge ASA as agent for a syndicate of lenders in connection with the ongoing refinancing of Prosafe SE and its subsidiaries.
  • Acting as joint lead restructuring counsel for a coordination committee of creditors, representing lenders under 12 credit facilities, holding approximately $5.7bn of secured debt relating to the restructuring of an offshore company.

Norway > Insurance Tier 1

BAHR‘s team of ‘very good insurance lawyers‘ is led by oil and gas expert Jan Jansen, who handles D&O and professional indemnity claims for international insurers and is also well known for his expertise in litigation. Atle Skaldebø-Rød is ‘extremely sharp and quick on his feet, and a great litigator‘, with a solid track record in handling contentious marine insurance work. Tarjei Thorkildsen is also a key contact for marine insurance litigation, and acts as counsel to the Norwegian Hull Club on business interruption claims, reinsurance work, and ship and cargo damage cases. Senior associate Mads Schjølberg is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jansen

Testimonials

‘Highly competent and attentive to clients’ needs. Good commercial insight. Quick thinking and solution oriented. Extremely prompt in providing feedback.’

‘Mads Schjølberg is one to watch for the future.’

‘Tarjei Torkildsen has considerable knowledge in insurance matters, which combined with his skills as a litigation lawyer gives the client the utmost comfort.’

Mads Schjølberg shows good knowledge in insurance law. One to watch for the future.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Group

Chubb Insurance

Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Den Norske Krigsforsikring for Skib

If Skadeforsikring NUF

Tryg Forsikring NUF

DNB Livsforsikring ASA

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring ASA

AIG

Protector Forsikring

Livsforsikringsselskapet Nordea Liv Norge AS

Duvi AS

Aker pensjonskasse

The Norwegian association of pension funds (Pensjonskasseforeningen)

Work highlights

  • Representing Choice Hotels in an ongoing coverage dispute with Codan Insurance regarding losses due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Representing Norwegian Hull Club in a P&I direct action claim arising from cargo damage.
  • Acted for Nordea on its acquisition of a portfolio of occupational pensions from life insurance company Frende Livsforsikring.

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 1

Patent litigation is a recognised pillar of strength for BAHR‘s intellectual property practice. The team has an established track record in acting for prominent pharmaceuticals and life sciences companies in cross-border disputes, and is equally well versed in advising domestic companies in the media, telecoms, retail and oil and gas sectors on a broad spectrum of non-contentious and contentious IP issues. The group also has expertise in handling the IP aspects of complex transactions, and franchising and licensing matters. Patent law expert Are Stenvik jointly leads the team with senior associate Eirik Basmo Ellingsen. Lars Norheim is well known for advising retail clients on licensing and franchising matters, and of counsel Gunnar Sørlie has expertise in handling patent litigation for pharmaceuticals clients.

Practice head(s):

Are Stenvik; Eirik Basmo Ellingsen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Roche/Genentech

Aker

Equinor

Cisco

Novartis

Bayer

Reitan Convenience

REMA 1000

Neurim Pharmaceuticals

Baker Hughes

Brage Innovation

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Ewos AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Norwegian software developer Spacemaker AS on the IP aspects of its $240m acquisition by Autodesk.
  • Advising C4IR Ocean on the facilitation of open publication of ocean data, as well as licensing and copyright issues.
  • Successfully defended a manufacturer of feed for the fish farming industry against a request for a preliminary injunction regarding alleged patent infringement.

Norway > Maritime law Tier 1

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.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

The offshore construction and shipbuilding practice at BAHR was bolstered by the arrival of Eirik Høiby from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS and shipping law expert Øystein Meland from Wikborg Rein in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Geir Gustavsson leads the shipping and offshore practice, and is well known for his expertise in handling international shipbuilding projects and contracts. Morten Smørdal heads up the offshore construction team, and advises on floating, production, storage and offloading contracts, as well as contractual matters involving the construction of ships and rigs. Jan Einar Barbo‘s practice focuses on contract law and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Geir Gustavsson; Morten Smørdal

Other key lawyers:

Eirik Høiby; Øystein Meland; Jan Einar Barbo

Testimonials

‘Provides very high quality legal services, very hands-on, has great availability with quick/easy access to broad range of expertise, and has excellent collaboration capacities.’

‘The people we work with have tremendous intellect and tenacity.’

‘What makes this firm different is their very deep bench of practitioners who are able to approach very complicated matters and turn documents around very quickly, efficiently and effectively. It is the nature and quality of the work they do and the performance and delivery of the same and always most pleasantly and collegiately. It is always a pleasure to work with them.’

‘They are very professional and collegiate. The work is always energizing but there is also an exchange of intellect and friendship. This is very important in the very fast and complicated environment in which we have to function. They are respectful, friendly and highly intelligent which makes for a particularly good relationship.’

Key clients

Aker BP ASA

Northern Drilling Limited

Torghatten Nord AS

Moreld AS

MHWirth AS

Equinor AS

Akastor AS

Østensjø Rederi AS

Kvaerner ASA

Aker Solutions AS

Future Technology AS

Aker Oilfield Services AS

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to clients involved in offshore construction projects on renegotiating and amending contracts following the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisting Østensjø Rederi and Edda Wind with ordering six new-build Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) and Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) from the Spanish shipyards Astilleros Gondan and Astilleros Balenciaga.
  • Acting for offshore drilling company Future Production Holding in a dispute against Atle Korsmo and Hag Invest AS.

Norway > Oil and gas Tier 1

BAHR is a key name in the oil and energy sector, with noted expertise in financing and transactional matters. Petroleum tax issues are another core strength of the practice; Jan Jansen is a highly regarded practitioner in this space, acting as counsel to a solid client base of prominent industry names including ExxonMobil and Shell. Managing partner and department co-head Thomas K. Svensen is regularly instructed in oil and gas-related dispute resolution, project development matters and regulatory work. Jon Christian Thaulow, who shares leadership of the practice with Svensen, has extensive experience in transactions and restructurings. Specialist partner Trond Lingaas is another key contact, and Eirik Høiby joined from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas K. Svensen; Jon Christian Thaulow

Testimonials

‘The team is very easy to interact with, friendly, highly approachable and professional. Trond Lingaas, who we work with the most, has all the qualities mentioned and is highly appreciated by us.’

‘Hands-on follow-up with high-quality holistic advice.’

‘High quality adviser that works efficiently on a broad range of issues.’

Key clients

Aker BP

Aker Energy AS

Equinor

TOTAL

Shell

ExxonMobil

Neptune

Vår Energi

Rosneft

Sval Energi

CapeOmega

Petoro

Aker Group Companies (Aker, Aker Solutions, Akastor)

Seadrill

PGS

OMV

Norway > Real estate Tier 1

At BAHR, the ‘conscientious‘ real estate team is singled out for its ‘very deep professional knowledge‘ of large property development and urbanisation projects, structuring matters and complex real estate transactions. Its client base includes private equity funds, asset managers and foreign investors. Department head Anne Sofie Bjørkholt ‘brings a great deal of security and professional weight into any negotiation‘, and is highly regarded for her expertise in structuring real estate portfolios, real estate tax, transactions and development matters. Ole Andreas Dimmen and Andreas Rørvik, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS in January 2021, are key practitioners in the group.

Practice head(s):

Anne Sofie Bjørkholt

Testimonials

‘Anne Sofie Bjørkholt is on top of everything, and has knowledge of the smallest details in a case. Her capability to stay calm in a negotiation, even if the party on the other side is not, is exemplary.’

‘Anne Sofie Bjørkholt brings a great deal of security and professional weight into any negotiation. You can always trust that assignments are delivered before the deadline.’

‘The team is always prepared and service minded, as well as professional and expedient. High competency level.’

‘Always easy to get hold of and reliable.’

‘They always quickly understand the situation and what we need. Based on that they clearly point out our options and a recommended way forward. The team covers all relevant areas, handled in a cost efficient way.’

‘Very service minded, always available and exceptional business understanding and knowledge.’

‘Anne Sofie Bjørkholt is extremely knowledgeable and has broad experience in the industry. Her experience and knowledge in VAT is very important and useful for our business. She also has a respectful and pedagogical approach which is very valuable in negotiations.’

Key clients

Aker ASA/Fornebuporten

Rica Hotels

AVA Eiendom AS

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring

Deka Bank Deutche Girozentrale

Höegh Eiendom AS

Union Eiendomskapital

DNB Livsforsikring ASA/DNB Scandinavian Property Fund

Fredensborg Eiendom AS

Schage Eiendom AS

Entra

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Höegh Eiendom on the multi-billion NOK redevelopment of a former cellulose plant outside Moss Municipality.
  • Assisted the owners of residential development company Neptune Properties AS with the sale of all shares in the company.
  • Advised HitecVision VII, L.P. on the sale of Norwegian industrial real estate company Asset Buyout Partners AS to Fastighets AB, valued at NOK9bn.

Norway > Regulatory, compliance and investigations Tier 1

At BAHR, the ‘experienced‘ team is noted for its expertise in advising across the full range of corporate compliance matters, and is recognised for its specialist knowledge in assisting prominent private equity clients and asset managers with regulatory and compliance issues. International trade and anti-corruption compliance work forms another core pillar of the practice. The group is jointly led by Morten Smørdal and senior associate Annina Luterbacher; the pair advised multiple Norwegian and international clients on trade sanctions compliance issues. Energy law expert Jon Christian Thaulow combines ‘deep insights in legal doctrine with a pragmatic view.’ Peter Hammerich, who leads the firm’s private equity and asset management group, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Morten Smørdal; Annina Luterbacher

Testimonials

‘This firm is sophisticated, responsive, entrepreneurial and able to solve business problems as well as legal ones. Strongly recommend them for regulatory investigations and compliance.’

‘Morten Smørdal is very strong in the investigations and compliance space.’

‘Good knowledge and relevant experience within PE.’

‘Competent team, insightful and result-oriented. They are involved in many aspects within the regulatory, compliance and investigation space.’

‘John Christian Thaulow. Deep insights in legal doctrine with a pragmatic view.’

‘Experienced team, very trustworthy and has expertise, provides clear advice.’

Norway > Tax Tier 1

With an ‘excellent team‘ of ‘highly talented tax lawyers‘, BAHR‘s full-service department has been kept busy advising large oil companies on a range of transfer pricing issues, with tax litigation remaining a prominent area of instruction for the group. Practice head Joachim Bjerke garners praise for his ‘excellent insight into transfer pricing‘, and Jan Jansen is highly regarded as ‘one of the strongest tax litigators in Norway‘, which he combines with expertise in petroleum tax law. The practice is also noted for its solid experience working in tandem with the firm’s M&A team to provide advice on transactional work. Peter Hammerich and Camilla Jøtun primarily focus on private equity and asset management matters, Anne Sofie Bjørkholt is sought after for her expertise in real estate tax, and specialist partner Marius Pilgaard is a key individual.

Practice head(s):

Joachim Bjerke

Testimonials

‘BAHR’s team is very well connected and respected among industry peers and the authorities. They have the ability to look at matters from different angles, and use other parts of their organisation that provide value to the client. BAHR has built a winning tax team.’

‘Joachim Bjerke is extremely diligent and has an eye for details far beyond what can be expected. He is very pleasant to work with, always calm, kind and open to listen to what you have to say.’

‘Jan Jansen is an excellent tax lawyer. He is really good at making complex matters simple and provides valuable input.’

‘Great availability and knowledgeable. Will investigate within the firm or through network in case of not knowing the answer to a question directly. Provides trustworthy advice.’

‘Joachim Bjerke is extremely competent and professional. Also a very pleasant person and easy to work with.’

‘Highly experienced with excellent knowledge, combined with a very good business understanding. They identified the relevant questions and found the best possible solutions.’

‘A dedicated team that made a quick and very good assessment of very complex circumstances.’

‘Jan Jansen – Strong in tax litigation. Good and clear tax advice.’

Key clients

Aker BP

Shell

Awilhelmsen

HitecVision

Equinor (previously Statoil)

Argentum

Norvestor

Explore Equity

DNB Scandinavian Property Fund

Equip Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Aker BP on the temporary changes to the petroleum tax system intended to stimulate new projects and investment on the Norwegian Continental Shelf following the outbreak of Covid-19.
  • Successfully represented A/S Norske Shell in a transfer pricing dispute before the Supreme Court.
  • Advising private equity company Norvestor on all tax aspects of the restructuring of its fund management business.

Norway > Construction Tier 2

At BAHR, specialist partner Jan Einar Barbo leads the advice to Statsbygg on the ongoing construction of the new National Museum in Oslo, the largest government building project currently ongoing in Norway, worth NOK6bn. The ‘knowledgeable‘ team has a solid track record in advising on non-contentious mandates, notably development and infrastructure projects. Sam E. Harris is the key contact for offshore and onshore construction work. Senior associate Sofie Komissar is also noted.

Testimonials

‘Well experienced within PPP projects.’

‘The team has a high level of competence.’

‘Solid practice, strong dispute resolution team.’

‘The team from BAHR has proven to be knowledgeable within the specific areas and able to provide responses within the timeline agreed with the client. Further, the teams are capable of gaining understanding of the issues at stake by discussing with the relevant client personnel.’

Key clients

Aker Solutions ASA/Aker ASA /Akastor ASA /Aker BP ASA

Statsbygg

Sporveien AS

Bane Nor SF

Oslo Fortum Varme KEA AS

Joint Venture consisting of Acciona Construccion S.A.S, VINCI Construction Grand Projects S.A.S and Implenia Norge AS.

Risa AS

Trevi Group

Ava Eiendom AS

Steen & Strøm AS

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing assistance to a joint venture comprising Acciona Construccion S.A.S, VINCI Construction Grand Projects S.A.S and Implenia Norge AS on the tender stage of one of the largest infrastructure projects in Norway worth NOK17bn.

Norway > Fishing and aquaculture Tier 2

The fishing and aquaculture team at BAHR is led by newly promoted partner Lisa Marie Opdahl, who is noted for her expertise in M&A, contractual and financing matters within the sector. Transactional and construction mandates are key areas of instruction for the group; it has also seen increased volume of offshore construction matters. Stig Engelhart is a key name in the team for regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Marie Opdahl

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive.’

A very good, competent and hands on team.’

Key clients

Cermaq Group AS / Cermaq Norway AS

Aker ASA / Aker Solutions ASA

Ocean Aquafarms AS

Aker BioMarine AS / Aker Biomarine Antarctic AS

Domstein AS

PG Flow Solutions AS

Norvestor

SalmoClinic SpA / Salmoclinic Norway AS

Kværner ASA

Cargill Inc.

Broodstock Capital

Bluefront Equity AS

Solvay S.A

Cflow Fish Handling AS / Cflow Fish Handling S.p.A

Salmon Evolution ASA / Salmon Evolution AS

DNB Bank ASA/ DNB Markets

Arctic Securities AS

Midt-Norsk Havbruk AS

EWOS AS

Pareto Securities AS

Norsal AS

Arion Banki hf.

EnFlow AS

ABG Sundal Collier

Work highlights

  • Advised land-based salmon farming company Salmon Evolution ASA on its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Cermaq on entering into a long-term charterparty with Norsk Fisketransport AS for the charter of a well-boat.
  • Represented Ewos AS, a manufacturer of feed for the fish farming industry, in preliminary injunction proceedings and appeals concerning alleged patent infringement.

Norway > TMT Tier 2

The ‘professional‘ and ‘down-to-earth‘ team at BAHR is recognised for its strength in handling a range of transactional mandates and technology agreements, as well as its capabilities in marketing and advertising law and TMT disputes. The group also provides advice to a client roster of telecoms, media and financial sector entities on a range of regulatory issues. M&A expert Lars Kristian Sande and Are Stenvik, whose specialisms include IP and media law, share leadership of the practice. The ‘brilliantLars Norheim is a key name for franchising, contractual and licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Are Stenvik; Lars Kristian Sande

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great skills, professional, good discussion partners, down to earth.’

‘Lars Norheim do a great job advising us as a company, brilliant in his special field.’

Key clients

Adevinta

Bonnier

Broadnet

Cognite

Eisai & Co

Nets

Merck & Co

Nordic Entertainment Group – NENT (TV3, Viaplay, Viasat, etc.)

Norvestor

REITAN (REMA 1000, 7-Eleven)

Work highlights

  • Advised Adevinta ASA on its $9.2bn acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group.
  • Advising REMA 1000 on the development of “Æ”, a tech and app based customer loyalty program and discount scheme, including data protection issues.
  • Advised Alfa Laval on its NOK3.6bn acquisition of digital services company StormGeo.

Norway > Public procurement

BAHR is a leading Norwegian business law firm founded in 1966, that has successfully been advising Norwegian and international clients since then.

Our practice covers all core business law disciplines. A seamless approach to large, complex and often multijurisdictional corporate transactions is among the hallmarks of BAHR’s practice.

Many leading Norwegian and international clients turn to us for assistance in domestic and cross border matters, knowing that our team possesses the broad international experience, knowledge and business acumen they require.

We believe well-organised and focused teams based on the “best person for the job” principle are best suited to efficiently work on complex matters. While we will never compromise on the staffing and resources required to do the job, we aim at a lean and cost-efficient approach.                               

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Asset management & Private Equity Peter Hammerichph@bahr.no
Asset management & Private Equity Camilla Jøtuncaj@bahr.no
Competition and EU Law Helge Stemshaughst@bahr.no
Competition and EU Law Beret Sundetbsu@bahr.no
Competition and EU Law Arne Torsten Andresenata@bahr.no
Compliance and RM Morten P Smørdalmps@bahr.no
Privacy Lars G Norheimlgn@bahr.no
Corporate M&A Øystein Guvågogu@bahr.no
Corporate M&A Svein Gerhard Simonnæssgs@bahr.no
Dispute resolution Atle Skaldebø-Rødatska@bahr.no
Dispute Resolution Jan B Jansenjbj@bahr.no
Employment, Benefits and Pensions Tarjei Thorkildsentth@bahr.no
Employment, Benefits and Pensions Geir Mikalsengmi@bahr.no
Energy and Climate Change Thomas K. Svensentks@bahr.no
Energy and Climate Change Jon Christian Thaulowjct@bahr.no
Energy and Climate Change Henrik Bjørnebyeheb@bahr.no
Finance and Capital Markets Richard Sjøqvistric@bahr.no
Finance and Capital Markets Lars Knem Christielkc@bahr.no
Debt Capital Funding Audun Nedrelidaun@bahr.no
Financial Regulation Markus Nilssenmarni@bahr.no
Fisheries and Aquaculture Stig K Engelhartskl@bahr.no
Fisheries and Aquaculture Lisa Marie Opdallisop@bahr.no
Public Sector Asle Aarbakkeaaa@bahr.no
Public Sector Rune Svorenrs@bahr.no
Real estate Anne Sofie Bjørkholtasb@bahr.no
Real Estate Andreas Rørvikaro@bahr.no
Real Estate Ole Andreas Dimmenoadim@bahr.no
Construction Sam E Harrisseh@bahr.no
Restructuring Richard Sjøqvistric@bahr.no
Restructuring Magnus Tønsetmagto@bahr.no
Shipping and Offshore Geir Gustavssonggu@bahr.no
Shipping and Offshore Anne Dahl Frisakandfr@bahr.no
Shipping and Offshore Lisa Marie Opdahllisop@bahr.no
Shipping and Offshore Rolf Johan Ringdalrjr@bahr.no
Tax Joachim M Bjerkejmb@bahr.no
Tax Camilla Jøtuncaj@bahr.no
Technology Lars Kristian Sandelks@bahr.no
Intellectual property Are Stenvikast@bahr.no
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Asle Aarbakke photo Asle AarbakkePartner
Arne Torsten Andersen photo Arne Torsten AndersenPartner
Børre Sofus Arnet photo Børre Sofus ArnetPartner
Robin Bakken photo Robin BakkenPartner
Jan Einar Barbo photo Jan Einar BarboSpecialist Partner
Joachim Bjerke photo Joachim BjerkePartner
Anne Sofie Bjørkholt photo Anne Sofie BjørkholtPartner
Henrik Bjørnebye photo Henrik BjørnebyePartner
Lars Knem Christie photo Lars Knem ChristiePartner
Anne Dahl Frisak photo Anne Dahl FrisakPartner
Ole Andreas Dimmen photo Ole Andreas DimmenPartner
Stig Engelhart photo Stig EngelhartPartner
Geir Gustavsson photo Geir GustavssonPartner
Øystein Guvåg photo Øystein GuvågPartner
Peter Hammerich photo Peter HammerichPartner & Chairman
Sam E. Harris photo Sam E. HarrisPartner
Jan Jansen photo Jan JansenPartner
Camilla Jøtun photo Camilla JøtunPartner
Erik Langseth photo Erik LangsethPartner
Audun Nedrelid photo Audun NedrelidPartner
Markus Nilssen photo Markus NilssenPartner
Lars Norheim photo Lars NorheimPartner
Lisa Marie Opdahl photo Lisa Marie OpdahlPartner
Rolf Johan Ringdal photo Rolf Johan RingdalPartner
Andreas Rørvik photo Andreas RørvikPartner
Lars Kristian Sande photo Lars Kristian SandePartner
Svein Gerhard Simonnæs photo Svein Gerhard SimonnæsPartner
Richard Sjøqvist photo Richard SjøqvistPartner
Atle Skaldebø-Rød photo Atle Skaldebø-RødPartner
Morten Smørdal photo Morten SmørdalPartner
Helge Stemshaug photo Helge StemshaugPartner
Are Stenvik photo Are StenvikPartner
Beret Sundet photo Beret SundetPartner
Thomas K. Svensen photo Thomas K. SvensenManaging Partner
Rune Svoren photo Rune SvorenPartner
Simen Skjold Søgaard photo Simen Skjold SøgaardPartner
Jon Christian Thaulow photo Jon Christian ThaulowPartner
Tarjei Thorkildsen photo Tarjei ThorkildsenPartner
Arne Tjaum photo Arne TjaumPartner
Magnus Tønseth photo Magnus TønsethPartner
Jonathan Uggedal photo Jonathan UggedalPartner
Ida Marie Windrup photo Ida Marie WindrupPartner
Number of partners : 41
Number of lawyers : 165
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At BAHR, we recognise that in order to maintain our role as a leading law firm, we must be able to attract the most talented people regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

BAHR recruits about 30 new team members each year and we make targeted efforts to maintain and evolve diversity at the firm. Our recruitment team does at all times comprise personnel in various professional categories and of different age and gender. Our recruitment guidelines include a number of provisions to promote diversity, such as for example:

  • We shall recruit from all three university law schools in Norway
  • We shall have a good gender balance
  • We shall attract candidates from different cultural, social, ethnical and professional backgrounds
  • We shall recruit a number of experienced lawyers each year, in addition to recent graduates
  • We shall each year facilitate secondments from our business partners, both in and outside Europe, typically for a period of 6 months
  • We recruit a number of lawyers with international law degrees (experience from other jurisdictions and other cultures)

Working at BAHR shall provide the ultimate foundation for a successful legal career: regardless of how long a team member remains at BAHR, the time spent with us shall be rewarding and valuable. Many of our former BAHR colleagues now occupy leading positions in business and public administration, and quite a few return to BAHR after pursuing career opportunities in other organisations. This makes us proud and contributes to the diversity of our team.

The overall gender balance at our firm is favourable, at about 50/50.

It is a clear ambition for BAHR to increase the number of women in our partnership, and we are working actively to achieve this.