Firm Profile > BAHR > Oslo, Norway

BAHR
TJUVHOLMEN ALLÉ 16
PO BOX 1524 VIKA
0117 OSLO
Norway

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

With an excellent track record in banking transactional work, BAHR is a top choice for international mandates and innovative deals: the group handled Norway's first reservoir-based lending transactions. The practice is a leading player for covered bonds and advised on the country's first issuance of green bonds. The group also has a notably strong regulatory offering, and is at the forefront of shadow banking initiatives and operations in which non-banking financial intermediaries seek to carry out traditional banking functions outside the traditional system. Practice head Richard Sjøqvist is a key name for high-value international restructuring matters, and Rolf Johan Ringdal is the primary contact for the department's shipping and offshore finance team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sjøqvist

Other key lawyers:

Rolf Johan Ringdal; Peter Hammerich; Audun Nedrelid; Markus Nilsen

Testimonials

‘Have many years of experience in the highest level of cases both with regard to profile and complexity. Norway’s strongest team with regard to covered bonds with a unique insight of all aspects for covered bond issuers from lending programs to ISDA to more operative issues within the same team.’

‘In-depth knowledge about the banking sector and regulation. They are able to explain complex issues in an understandable way, to ensure that the client makes the right decisions.’

‘Audun Nedrelid and Richard Sjøqvist: Very experienced, strong sector and product knowledge, efficient.’

‘The people we work with at BAHR are dedicated and follow up the discussion points we have and deliver clear advice, and help us to find the best possible solution. They are easy to get hold of and answer questions fast, which is valuable.’

‘BAHR has a highly skilled and professional team with a solid overview over the complexities around international loan programmes. As well as having the professional overview, the team also possess a good overview of the issuers’ needs and capabilities in addition to good cooperative skills towards other important participants in the EMTN process.’

‘Markus Nilsen is the current partner in charge of covered bonds. He is always available, very knowledgeable, hands on and flexible, but with integrity, and a very nice person to work with.’

‘Strong sector knowledge, efficient and can allocate large teams to a case.’

‘They know their subject, deliver on time and are easy to communicate with.’

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

Capital markets Tier 1

The capital markets practice at BAHR stands out for its record in handling complex equity capital markets mandates; areas of expertise include share offerings by both private and public companies, stock exchange listings, IPOs and public takeovers, large secondary issuances and private share placements. Lars Knem Christie is the key contact for ECM work; he jointly heads up the practice with Richard Sjøqvist, who concentrates on DCM mandates. The group is highly active in advising on securitisations and high-yield bond issuances, and also handles complex capital markets regulatory issues and is experienced in less-common financial instruments. Svein Gerhard Simonnæs focuses on public and private M&A, Rolf Johan Ringdal specialises in the shipping and energy sectors, and Bjørn Gabriel Reed handles securitisation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Lars Knem Christie; Richard Sjøqvist

Other key lawyers:

Arne Tjaum; Svein Gerhard Simonnæs; Rolf Johan Ringdal; Bjørn Gabriel Reed; Lars Kristian Sande; Erik Langseth

Testimonials

‘Very commercial and results oriented. Deep insights into legal doctrine.’

Key clients

ABG Sundal Collier

Aker Group

Pareto Securities

Norwegian Trustee

DNB Bank and DNB Markets

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Arctic Securities

HitecVision

Morgan Stanley

JP Morgan

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

BAHR is a leader in the market for large transactions, with considerable strength in the oil and energy sector, and an impressive track record in infrastructure deals and real estate M&A. 'With a wide range of knowledge and capabilities', the group has an impressive roster of clients, ranging from engineering companies to international investors. Other core segments of the practice include work in the private equity space, with an excellent fund formation, investment fund and asset management practice. Private equity specialist Øystein Guvåg leads the department alongside deputy head Lars Kristian Sande, who focuses on the telecoms industry and technology companies. Svein Gerhard Simonnæs is also noted for his public and private M&A expertise, and Robin Bakken re-joined the firm in mid-2020. Bjørn Gabriel Reed, shipping expert Rolf Johan Ringdal and corporate governance specialist Lars Knem Christie are also noteworthy individuals.

Practice head(s):

Øystein Guvåg; Lars Kristian Sande

Other key lawyers:

Svein Gerhard Simonnæs; Bjørn Gabriel Reed; Lars Knem Christie; Rolf Johan Ringdal; Jon Christian Thaulow ; Thomas K. Svensen

Testimonials

‘One of the largest firms in Norway, with a wide range of knowledge and capabilities. Most experienced Norwegian legal PE adviser, which is an advantage when it comes to advising portfolio companies in our PE funds – also in traditional M&A processes.’

Key clients

Arctic Securities

Aker, including its affiliates, Aker Solutions, Kvaerner and Aker BP

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

Investinor

Norvestor Equity

Axcel

HitecVision

Reitangruppen

Argentum Fondsinvesteringer

Blackstone

Equip Capital

DNB Bank ASA

Triton

Construction Tier 1

BAHR's construction practice stands out for handling non-contentious work, in particular infrastructure and development projects, with a notable emphasis on Government building issues. Onshore construction and real estate work is handled by Sam Harris, while the offshore construction and shipbuilding sector are also key areas of expertise for the practice. Litigator Øystein Myre Bremset leads the team, which includes Jan Einar Barbo, who is recognised for his work in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Øystein Myre Bremset

Other key lawyers:

Jan Einar Barbo; Sam Harris

Testimonials

‘Care for their client, and try to deliver the best risk/reward advice.’

‘Flexible and available, high competence and good insight into client cases.’

‘Jan Einar Barbo is very experienced and has a good understanding of the business.’

‘The team is very dedicated to the tasks and their clients. They are knowledgeable, but seek new knowledge when needed. They are easy to work with and communicate well.’

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

Dispute resolution Tier 1

BAHR has broad litigation and arbitration experience, covering the oil, pharmaceuticals, insurance and insolvency sectors. Thomas Svensen concentrates on the energy sector and has significant energy-related dispute resolution experience before the domestic courts and arbitration tribunals; Gunnar Sørlie has a strong reputation in IP and offshore and onshore construction cases; and Jan Jansen has expertise spanning the energy and offshore sectors, tax cases, and general commercial disputes. Experienced all-round litigator Atle Skaldebø-Rød heads up the group, and primarily acts in insolvency disputes, direct actions and general liability and contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Atle Skaldebø-Rød

Other key lawyers:

Jan Jansen; Thomas Svensen; Gunnar Sørlie; Sam E. Harris; Tarjei Thorkildsen; Jan Einar Barbo; Are Stenvik

Testimonials

‘Skilled and experienced team, very professional, many high-end cases.’

‘A very capable and approachable litigation team. Excellent and pragmatic approach to dealing with disputes in addition to a strong commercial understanding.’

‘I give Tarjei Thorkildsen my best recommendations. I would describe him as an excellent and strictly professional lawyer, who always is a pleasure to work with. He has unique and broad experience.’

‘Atle S. Rød is particularly skilled within insolvency related cases, gives excellent follow up to clients, is always well prepared and professional and leaves the client confident that the case is in good hands and under control.’

Key clients

Color Line AS

Realforum AS

Drengsrud Herregård DA

Equinor Energy AS (previously Statoil Petroleum AS)

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

DNB Bank ASA

AS Norske Shell

Protector Forsikring ASA

Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS

Sognekraft AS

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

BAHR’s ‘forceful team’ is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in complex energy transactions; the group recently advised Hafslund E-CO on the combination of Hafslund’s and Eidsiva Energy’s grids to create Norway’s largest grid company, and is also assisting Fortum Oslo Varme with the Norway’s first full-scale carbon capture and storage project initiated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The practice is also recognised for its regulatory work. Jon Christian Thaulow leads the energy, natural resources and shipping department, which includes transactional specialist Rune Svoren, managing partner Thomas Svensen, who focuses on the hydropower sector; and tax expert Helge Olav Bugge.

Practice head(s):

Jon Christian Thaulow

Other key lawyers:

Rune Svoren; Thomas Svensen; Helge Olav Bugge

Testimonials

‘BAHR impresses in their ability to put together a forceful team.’

‘Thomas Svensen has been the responsible partner and has stood out with the combination of commercial understanding, broad legal competence, work capability and people skills. Both him and his team have contributed with energy, competence and a good climate.’

Key clients

Hafslund E-CO AS

Njordr AS

Oslo Municipality

Bodø Energi AS

Aquila Capital

Ymber AS

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Clean Energy Group

Rainpower AS

Sognekraft AS

Employment Tier 1

BAHR’s employment law practice is headed up by ‘one of the top labour lawyers in Norway’, Tarjei Thorkildsen, who specialises in cross-border employment and pensions matters, acting for large international corporations. The team also acts for employer’s associations with additional expertise in the financial services sector, providing employment advice on the full range of matters, including collective bargaining agreements, employee data protection issues and the employment aspects of M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. Peter Hammerich, Børre Sofus Arnet and Geir Mikalsen focus on pensions issues, executive compensation work and transactions, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Tarjei Thorkildsen

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hammerich; Børre Sofus Arnet; Geir Mikalsen; Rajvinder Singh Bains

Testimonials

‘One of the leading labour law teams among Norwegian law firms, guided by Tarjei Thorkildsen, who in my opinion is one of the top labour lawyers in Norway.’

‘BAHR’s employment team is led by the number one employment expert in Norway, Tarjei Thorkildsen. His ability to define (and redefine) important questions in cases is extraordinary. His team learns and practice the same.’

‘Team leader Tarjei Thorkildsen stands out. His ability to work continuously to support his client is fantastic, including his ability to win court cases.’

‘Geir Mikalsen is one of the wisest lawyers I have known. He combines business smartness and dialogue with sound legal advice.’

‘Without compromising quality and diligence, BAHR delivers prompt and straightforward advice and support. Being one of our preferred firms, BAHR knows and understands the business well and is always ready to propose alternative paths and solutions. The relationship is indeed down-to-earth and not coloured by unnecessary legal jargon.’

‘Rajvinder Singh Bains – our main contact in the employment practice – is driven by a sound winning spirit. He has the great capacity to promptly understand complex scenarios and counterpart strategies. Moreover, Singh Bains has the ability to remain calm and serves as a catalyst even in the most pressing of times by adding a positive and optimistic touch to the matters discussed.’

‘Tarjei Thorkildsen is my man. Very good skills and made us all very comfortable.’

‘They were professionals, always delivering what they said and when they said they would do it. They were positive and pleasant and we always felt well taken care of. The whole way during the process I felt sure that they would do a great job for our company.’

‘They were so skilled, nice and made us feel taken care of and safe. They were always available to answer questions, and they took the time to practice with all of our witnesses in court, and that made us all well prepared for our role.’

‘At all times, top notch on both legal questions and processes. Always friendly.’

Key clients

The Employer’s Association Spekter

Norwegian Airline

Color Line

Aker ASA

Norsk Luftambulanse

Sporveien Oslo AS

NRK (Norwegian Broadcast Corporation)

Nordea

Sport 1

Posten Norge/Bring

NETS

EU and competition Tier 1

BAHR has a leading EU and competition practice, which is especially recognised for its merger control expertise; the team regularly acts in complex merger investigations, cross-border transactions and international merger filings. The group also handles audit and compliance issues, state aid matters and competition damages claims. Helge Stemshaug spearheads the department and is singled out for her strong knowledge of economics; the team also recently recruited an economist. Beret Sundet stands out for her M&A and competition work in the pharmaceuticals and biotech sectors.

Practice head(s):

Helge Stemshaug

Other key lawyers:

Beret Sundet

Testimonials

‘Beret Sundet is surely among the elite of Norwegian lawyers within competition and anti-trust law. She is excellent in providing clear advice and her capabilities extend far beyond that of Norwegian law only. Having her as part of the team on cross-border transactions is indispensable for multi-national clients.’

‘Fast feedback. Very accessible. For larger questions, they always let us know when we can expect answers.’

‘Partner Beret Sundet sees the challenges and can respond and advise quickly and precisely when the need arises. She also has very good knowledge of the markets our company operates in, which of course is a great advantage.’

‘Good combination of legal and economic skill set.’

‘Very good at presenting the case.’

‘BAHR has an excellent competition team. They are always spot-on and give accurate and useful advice. They also have an economist as part of the team, which is very useful.  On top of that they’ve got strong connections with other similar teams around the globe (which is also very useful as our use in these segments often includes multiple jurisdictions).’

‘Beret Sundet is always to the point. She has a lot of knowledge, and quickly captures the issues and does not spend useless time on unimportant topics. She listens to requests carefully and quickly understands what clients are asking for.’

Key clients

Color Line

Cargotec Oy

Nordea Bank AB

REMA 1000

Hafslund E-CO

Prosafe SE and Floatel International Ltd.

Norconsult

YX Norge

ICE Group

ON Sunde

Gjelsten Holding/Sport 1

If

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

BAHR's restructuring team is praised by clients as 'the single best restructuring team, not just in Norway, but in all of Northern Europe'. The group focuses on advising bondholders and is notably acting for Nordic Trustee AS; it also counts a variety of banks on its client roster. The team is led by Richard Sjøqvist, who is well regarded for his restructuring expertise, and includes restructuring litigator Karstein Espelid and capital markets expert Arne Tjaum; both are also key figures in the team for traditional insolvency matters and insolvency litigation. Magnus Tønseth, who handles restructuring and financing transactions, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sjøqvist

Other key lawyers:

Magnus Tønseth; Karstein Espelid; Arne Tjaum

Testimonials

‘The firm shows first-class legal competence coupled with commercial acumen.’

‘Impressive skills and knowledge within the field of restructuring and bankruptcy in the financial services industry where multiple parties in many jurisdictions are involved.’

‘The team at BAHR is exceptional. They deliver high quality services, client focus and partner-level attention in all matters.’

‘Magnus Tønseth possesses a rare combination of legal expertise, commercial acumen and personal likeability.’

‘Excellent industry experience and knowledge in combination with commercial understanding.’

‘The restructuring team, led by Magnus Tønseth, is the single best restructuring team, not just in Norway, but in all of Northern Europe. Hands down. Magnus and his team have more knowledge, experience and judgment than most of the other firms combined.’

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

Danske Bank

Insurance Tier 1

With a strong national and international client base, BAHR handles high-profile cases for a variety of businesses; in recent highlights, the group represented Strawberry Hospitality Group in a Covid-19-related insurance dispute and acted for Skuld in the Norwegian Supreme Court. Jan Jansen leads the practice, with a specialisation in acting for insurers in contentious mandates. Atle Skaldebø-Rød and Tarjei Thorkildsen are also noteworthy due to their experience in marine insurance litigation, acting in damage cases, business interruption claims and reinsurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jansen

Other key lawyers:

Atle Skaldebø-Rød; Tarjei Thorkildsen

Testimonials

‘A growing and strong practice for marine insurance. Atle Skaldebø-Rød is a very good practitioner.’

‘Very strong knowledge of the law and excellent litigation skills.’

‘Very good industry knowledge. They are legal experts and can apply the law to the commercial reality. Very good negotiation skills to solve and settle matters.’

‘Very good and speedy communication, as well as prompt and detailed responses when required.’

‘Excellent communication and availability, as well as a very good understanding of the client’s needs and time frames. Special mention to Atle Skaldebø-Rød.’

‘BAHR has for many years been renowned to be one of the best law firms in Norway. The team they put together on specific cases clearly reflects this position.’

‘Tarjei Torkildsen is simply one of the best lawyers in Norway when it comes to litigation, also on insurance matters.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Group

Chubb Insurance

Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Tryg

Nordnet AB

DNB Livsforsikring ASA

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring ASA

AIG

Protector Forsikring

Livsforsikringsselskapet Nordea Liv Norge AS

Intellectual property Tier 1

BAHR handles full array of intellectual property mandates, advising on contentious and non-contentious patent, trade mark and copyright issues as well as national advertising campaigns. The team is ‘one of the best for patent litigation’, representing various multinational corporations in cross-border disputes, particularly in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sector; it also acts for various domestic retail, oil and gas and media and entertainment clients. The ‘meticulousAre Stenvik has particular expertise in patent matters and jointly leads the team with deputy head Eirik Basmo Ellingsen. Gunnar Sørlie specialises in pharmaceuticals patent disputes, and Lars Norheim and Beret Sundet focus on the retail and TMT sectors respectively.

Practice head(s):

Are Stenvik; Eirik Basmo Ellingsen

Other key lawyers:

Gunnar Sørlie; Lars Norheim; Beret Sundet

Testimonials

BAHR is one of the best with patent litigation. They are very thorough, thoughtful, ethical, responsive, and knowledgeable. The interaction was fluent and efficient, before presenting a case with the utmost clarity.’

Are Stenvik is a highly professional litigator, meticulous, thoughtful and knowledgeable in science and patent law perspectives. Eirik Basmo Ellingsen is very communicative and responsive, thorough, thoughtful and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Roche/Genentech

Aker Solutions

Equinor (Statoil)

Biogen

Novartis

Bayer

Reitan Convenience

REMA 1000

Neurim Pharmaceuticals

Baker Hughes

Umoe Restaurants

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Maritime law Tier 1

BAHR has a strong shipping department with a local and global reputation, with clients including leading Norwegian and international shipping companies, owners and operators, banks and marine insurers. The team is led by the highly regarded Geir Gustavsson, who focuses on shipbuilding and project finance mandates, and draws expertise from several departments to provide multidisciplinary advice covering corporate, equity and capital markets transactions, ship finance work, tax issues and disputes as well as insurance matters, construction contracts and M&A. Anne Dahl Frisak is highly regarded for her experience in transactions, commercial shipping issues and traditional dry shipping work.

Practice head(s):

Geir Gustavsson

Other key lawyers:

Anne Dahl Frisak

Testimonials

‘Proactive, result-oriented and commercially driven with deep insights into legal doctrine. Geir Gustavsson stands out.’

‘Good competence and experience in maritime laws. Close monitoring of the processes, trustworthy and always delivers on time.’

‘Geir Gustavsson is excellent in his field and a good discussion partner.’

‘Very good industry knowledge, competent personnel and service minded.’

‘Geir Gustavsson is competent, knows the industry very well and sees the whole picture – flexible, commercial, service minded. Anne Dahl Frisak is competent, efficient, communicates well, and is flexible and service-minded.’

Key clients

Torghatten

PGS

Østensjø Rederi

Color Line

The John Fredriksen group

Navig8

Nordea

DNB

The Aker group

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Norwegian Hull Club

Star Bulk

Philly Shipyard ASA

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

BAHR's offshore construction and shipbuilding department has been notably active in contract renegotiations and cancellations, and also saw an increase in instructions relating to new building projects. The team has strong relationships with notable players in the market, which is advises on tendering and contractual issues. Geir Gustavsson, who heads up the shipping and offshore practice, is particularly active, alongside Morten P Smørdal, who leads the offshore construction team and handles contracts for the construction of rigs and ships as well as floating, production, storage and offloading contracts.

Practice head(s):

Geir Gustavsson; Morten P Smørdal

Testimonials

‘They are well versed in all matters related to offshore construction and shipbuilding, and are able to seamlessly integrate resources from other areas like company law, banking, capital markets, insolvency practice etc.’

‘BAHR lawyers have extensive industry and commercial knowledge, including practical business experience, and are used to working closely with the clients’ legal departments to understand and meet their needs. Legal advice received is always timely and of the highest quality.’

‘A firm with good knowledge within the offshore sector.’

‘The team in which Geir Gustavsson is a prominent partner is commercially driven and very result oriented and pragmatic. They have deep insights into relevant legal doctrine and contract regulation, and give great advice on risks and its allocation.’

‘Very high quality firm.’

‘Geir Gustavsson has great commercial awareness and common sense.’

Key clients

Aker BP ASA

Northern Drilling Limited

Torghatten Nord AS

Aker Energy AS

FosenNamsos Sjø AS

Equinor AS

Akastor AS

Østensjø Rederi AS

Kvaerner ASA

Aker Solutions ASA

Bastø Fosen

Torghatten Trafikkselskap

Oil and gas Tier 1

With a team composed of 'outstanding individuals that manage to combine legal expertise with a good understanding of the industry', BAHR is engaged on a broad range of matters including transactions, development projects, disputes and petroleum tax issues. Instructed by several leading companies including Total, Shell and ExxonMobil, the department is particularly active advising on issues related to E&P mandates. Managing partner Thomas Svensen is focused on oil and energy work, with significant litigation experience before domestic courts and arbitration bodies. Jon Christian Thaulow jointly leads the practice alongside Svensen, with expertise in tax matters, litigation and transactions. Jan Jansen leads the firm's wider oil and energy department.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Svensen; Jon Christian Thaulow

Other key lawyers:

Jan Jansen

Testimonials

Due to their extensive industry insight, their advice is always commercially sound.

High quality and swift deliveries.

Outstanding individuals that manage to combine legal expertise with a good understanding of the industry and the value drivers.

A highly competent team with a high degree of customer service and efficient case handling. They are always available and give us as customers the assistance we need, when we need it and with high quality.

The level of engagement and service they provide make them feel like part of our own company. When an associate of the firm gets involved in a case, they work and engage as if they were our own employees.

Thomas Svensen always provides fantastic service and is always available to aid us with whatever we need.

Key clients

Aker BP

Aker Energy AS

Equinor

TOTAL

Shell

ExxonMobil

Neptune

Vår Energi

Rosneft

Sval Energi (previously Solveig Gas Norway)

CapeOmega

Petoro

Aker Group Companies (Aker, Aker Solutions, Akastor, Kvaerner)

Seadrill

PGS

Real estate Tier 1

BAHR's practice regularly handles complex and high-value real estate transactions and structuring mandates, with a strong roster of foreign investor clients. Key areas of expertise include advising on complex and multi-use developments, and urbanisation and major property development projects, with a niche in environmentally friendly development solutions; and PPP projects in the healthcare, education and transport sectors. Clients include large institutional investors, life insurance companies, private equity funds and asset managers. Group lead Anne Sofie Bjørkholt focuses on complex real estate transactions, development work and the structuring of real estate portfolios; up-and-coming partner Ole Andreas Dimmen is noted for his expertise in tax issues and partnership agreements.

Practice head(s):

Anne Sofie Bjørkholt

Other key lawyers:

Ole Andreas Dimmen

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal skills, very good business understanding and the team is always able to find the best solutions.’

‘Anne Sofie Bjørkholt is without doubt the best real estate lawyer in Norway.’

Key clients

Aker ASA/Fornebuporten

Solon ASA

AVA Eiendom AS

Aspelin Ramm

Deka Bank Deutche Girozentrale

Höegh Eiendom AS

Union Eiendomskapital

DNB Livsforsikring ASA/DNB Scandinavian Property Fund

Fredensborg Eiendom AS

Schage Eiendom AS

Polar Star Holding Norway AS (Blackstone Real Estate)

Tax Tier 1

BAHR’s ‘absolutely top-of-the-line’ practice provides ‘down-to-earth and honest advice’ combined with ‘excellent business understanding and technical skills’. The full-service department works closely with the corporate and M&A team on tax transactions and is also singled out in the market for its tax litigation experience and transfer pricing expertise. Joachim Bjerke heads up the group and is a leading name in transfer pricing work, while Jan Jansen focuses on petroleum tax work; other key sectors for the team include the shipping, renewable and real estate industries. Peter Hammerich leads the firm’s asset management and private equity team, Anne Sofie Bjørkholt primarily focuses on the real estate sector, and Camilla Jøtun and Ole Andreas Dimmen were promoted to the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Joachim Bjerke

Other key lawyers:

Jan Jansen; Peter Hammerich; Anne Sofie Bjørkholt; Camilla Jøtun; Ole Andreas Dimmen; Frode Talmo

Testimonials

‘I find the tax lawyers at BAHR absolutely top of the line when it comes to tax legislation and rulings. In addition they are very good at advising on transaction specific details and how this possibly may affect the tax positions and vice versa. Also, me and my colleagues are very pleased with the “down to earth” and honest advice they give, they do not try to oversell any “juicy” tax advice – but instead they give clear and concise advices based on realistic assumptions.’

‘We mainly work with Joachim Bjerke and Frode Talmo. I think both Joachim Bjerke and Frode Talmo are among the absolute top tax lawyers in Norway. They are very good in legal assessments, and combine this with excellent business understanding and technical skills. This goes both for evaluation of tax implications, but also combined with excellent understanding of how an acquisition / reorganisation may be structured from a company law and financial perspective.’

‘Very good sector knowledge and high service level.’

‘Camilla Jøtun is the lead partner with respect to tax discussions. Very good sector knowledge and high service level.’

Key clients

Aker BP

Shell

ConocoPhillips

HitecVision

Equinor (previously Statoil)

Argentum

Norvestor

Explore Equity

DNB Scandinavian Property Fund

Equip Capital

Fishing and aquaculture Tier 2

BAHR particularly stands out for expertise in transactional mandates; the practice also fields a strong regulatory team, which recently advised on the government's 'traffic light system' and development licensing issues. Other key areas of work include aquaculture construction projects and equity growth investments; it has also seen increased work in the services sector, in particular relating to the maintenance and mechanical treatment of stock to reduce or eliminate sea lice. Lisa Marie Opdahl, who handles financing and M&A transactions, heads up the team, which includes Stig Klausen Engelhart, who is noted for his regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Marie Opdahl

Other key lawyers:

Stig Klausen Engelhart

Testimonials

‘Responsible partner has a hands-on approach, making him our main contact in all matters. The team have a good mix of regulatory knowledge and commercial sense.’

‘Stig Klausen Engelhart is very knowledgeable, is very focused on finding the solution on any issue and has a keen commercial sense.’

‘Stig Klausen Engelhart is a very intelligent adviser and clever listener, understanding client situations and applying the relevant legal framework diligently.’

‘Light-footed team with very quick response times and efficient solutions.’

‘They are very proactive and find solutions to problems. They are quick to respond and efficient in their answers.’

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

Salmon Evolution AS

DNB Bank ASA/DNB Markets

Arctic Securities AS

TMT Tier 2

BAHR provides specialist advice across advertising and marketing law, transactional work, regulatory issues, TMT disputes and technology agreements. It attracts a diverse client base of domestic and international companies which includes media groups, telecoms companies, technology suppliers and private equity funds. The department is jointly led by IP specialist Are Stenvik and Lars Kristian Sande, who combines expertise in M&A transactions and the telecoms sector. Other notable names include Lars G. Norheim, whose specialisms include licensing and franchising work, and transactional expert Svein Gerhard Simonnæs.

Practice head(s):

Are Stenvik; Lars Kristian Sande

Other key lawyers:

Lars G. Norheim; Svein Gerhard Simonnæs; Beret Sundet; Eirik Basmo Ellingsen

Key clients

Nets

Bristol Myers Squibb

Eisai & Co

Eli Lilly & Co

Broadnet

Merck & Co

Norvestor

Bonnier

Reitangruppen (REMA 1000, 7-Eleven)

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

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.                               

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets Richard Sjøqvist
Banking and finance Richard Sjøqvist
Banking and finance Audun Nedrelid
Asset management Peter Hammerich
Asset management Svein Gerhard Simonnæs
Administrative law Helge Stemshaug
Administrative law Sam E Harris
Competition Helge Stemshaug
Competition Beret Sundet
M&A Svein Gerhard Simonnæs
M&A Lars Kristian Sande
M&A Øystein Guvåg
Dispute resolution Gunnar Sørlie
Dispute resolution Sam E Harris
Dispute resolution Atle Skaldebø-Rød
Employment and pensions Tarjei Thorkildsen
Employment and pensions Peter Hammerich
Energy and renewables Jon Christian Thaulow
Energy and renewables Rune Svoren
Insolvency and restructuring Richard Sjøqvist
Insolvency and restructuring Geir Mikalsen
Intellectual property Are Stenvik
Intellectual property Gunnar Sørlie
Oil and gas Jan B Jansen
Oil and gas Stig K Engelhart
Oil and gas Thomas K. Svensen
Real estate Anne Sofie Bjørkholt
Tax Joachim M Bjerke
Tax Frode Talmo
TMT Svein Gerhard Simonnæs
TMT Lars G Norheim
Construction Jan Einar Barbo
Construction Sam E Harris
Shipping and oil services Geir Gustavsson
Shipping and oil services Rolf Johan Ringdal
Shipping and oil services Haakon Flaatten
Corporate Arne Tjaum
Photo Name Position Profile
 Asle Aarbakke  photo Asle Aarbakke Partner
 Børre Sofus Arnet  photo Børre Sofus Arnet Partner
 Robin Bakken photo Robin Bakken Partner
 Jan Einar Barbo photo Jan Einar Barbo Specialist Partner
 Anne Sofie Bjørkholt  photo Anne Sofie Bjørkholt Partner
 Joachim Bjerke photo Joachim Bjerke Partner
 Lars Knem Christie photo Lars Knem Christie Partner
 Anne Dahl Frisak  photo Anne Dahl Frisak Partner
 Ole Andreas Dimmen  photo Ole Andreas Dimmen Partner
 Stig Engelhart photo Stig Engelhart Partner
 Haakon Flaatten photo Haakon Flaatten Partner
 Geir Gustavsson photo Geir Gustavsson Partner
 Øystein Guvåg  photo Øystein Guvåg Partner
 Charlotte Håkonsen  photo Charlotte Håkonsen Partner
 Peter Hammerich photo Peter Hammerich Partner
 Sam E. Harris  photo Sam E. Harris Partner
 Camilla Jøtun  photo Camilla Jøtun Partner
 Jan Jansen photo Jan Jansen Partner
 Erik Langseth photo Erik Langseth Partner
 Geir Mikalsen photo Geir Mikalsen Partner
 Øystein Myre Bremset  photo Øystein Myre Bremset Partner
 Audun Nedrelid photo Audun Nedrelid Partner
 Markus Nilssen  photo Markus Nilssen Partner
 Lars Norheim photo Lars Norheim Partner
 Bjørn Gabriel Reed  photo Bjørn Gabriel Reed Partner
 Rolf Johan Ringdal photo Rolf Johan Ringdal Partner
 Lars Kristian Sande photo Lars Kristian Sande Partner
 Svein Gerhard Simonnæs  photo Svein Gerhard Simonnæs Partner
 Richard Sjøqvist  photo Richard Sjøqvist Partner
 Atle Skaldebø-Rød  photo Atle Skaldebø-Rød Partner
 Morten Smørdal  photo Morten Smørdal Partner
 Helge Stemshaug photo Helge Stemshaug Partner
 Are Stenvik photo Are Stenvik Partner
 Beret Sundet photo Beret Sundet Partner
 Thomas K. Svensen  photo Thomas K. Svensen Managing Partner
 Rune Svoren photo Rune Svoren Partner
 Magnus Tønseth  photo Magnus Tønseth Partner
 Jon Christian Thaulow photo Jon Christian Thaulow Partner
 Tarjei Thorkildsen photo Tarjei Thorkildsen Partner
 Arne Tjaum photo Arne Tjaum Partner
Number of lawyers : 120 (160 including partners)
Dutch
English
French
German
Scandinavian languages
Spanish

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.