Firm Profile > BAHR > Oslo, Norway

0117 OSLO

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

As ‘one of the top firms in Norway’, BAHR is a key name in the market for banking transactional work, regularly handling international transactions and innovative issues; the team recently assisted several major savings banks with the establishment of clearing platforms and acted on the first issuance of green covered bonds in Norway. The group also fields a highly regarded funds practice and the team’s lender and borrower client base draws in notable regulatory work. Richard Sjøqvist heads up the department, which also counts ship and offshore finance expert Rolf Johan Ringdal, asset management and regulatory specialist Peter Hammerich, Audun Nedrelid, go-to financial instruments name Arne Tjaum and Erik Langseth, who handles real estate financing matters, as key practitioners. Markus Nilssen and Magnus Tønseth were promoted to the partnership in 2019.

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Key clients

Nordea Bank AB including its Norwegian branch


Sparebank 1 Gruppen (including Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge, Sparebank 1 SMN, Sparebank 1 SR-Bank)

Danske Bank A/S


ING Bank N.V.

Norvestor Equity (and affiliated companies and funds)

Aker Group (including Aker Solutions, Akastor and Kværner)

HitecVision Advisory  (and affiliated companies and funds)

Argentum Asset Management

Capital markets Tier 1

BAHR is singled out for handling some of the markets most complex equity capital markets work alongside experience in debt offerings and regulatory matters; in a recent highlight, the group advised an underwriting syndicate comprised of JP Morgan, Arctic Securities and SEB on the spin-off of Adevinta from Schibsted and the simultaneous IPO of Adevinta on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Lars Knem Christie led the matter and is praised by clients for being ‘extremely knowledgeable of the market’; other key individuals include practice head Richard Sjøqvist, who focuses on DCM work; Svein Gerhard Simonnæs, who primarily advises on private and public M&A; and Rolf Johan Ringdal, who is a key name for international work and has experience in the shipping, offshore, energy and transport sectors. Erik Langseth also leads the firm’s company law group and Bjørn Gabriel Reed is the main contact for securities work. Markus Nillsen and Magnus Tønseth were promoted to the partnership in 2019.

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Extremely knowledgeable with massive experience.

Lars Knem Christie is extremely knowledgeable of the market, market terms, and legislation. Always available and able to deliver on tight timelines.

Key clients

ABG Sundal Collier

Aker Group

Norwegian Energy Company

Norwegian Trustee

DNB Bank ASA and DNB Markets

The John Fredriksen Group

Arctic Securities


ICE Group

JP Morgan

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

BAHR’s ‘first-class legal knowledge’ makes it a powerhouse in the market for domestic and international M&A, regularly handling high-profile mandates with notable expertise in the private equity, energy, real estate and infrastructure sectors. The team also has substantial fund formation experience and counts multiple international investors as clients. In a recent highlight, the group advised DNB Bank on the sale of its majority stake in Luminor Bank to a consortium managed by Blackstone. Practice head Øystein Guvåg specialises in M&A and private equity transactions, and deputy head Lars Kristian Sande is experienced in the telecoms industry. Other key practitioners include Bjørn Gabriel Reed, Svein Gerhard Simonnæs, offshore specialists Rune Svoren and Thomas Svensen, energy expert Jon Christian Thaulow and Peter Hammerich, who leads the asset management and private equity industry group. Charlotte Håkonsen joined from an in-house role in 2018 and shipping specialist Anne Dahl Frisak was promoted to the partnership.

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First-class legal knowledge and experience, coupled with solid commercial understanding.

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.


Norvestor Equity and portfolio companies


HitecVision and portfolio companies


Argentum Fondsinvesteringer


Explore Equity



Construction Tier 1

As ‘one of the top firms in construction in Norway’, BAHR is highly regarded for its non-contentious construction mandates and regularly handles the market’s top matters; it is advising Statsbygg on the construction of the new National Museum in Oslo and also assisted Aker BP with the tender process for the development of infrastructure at the Alvheim, Valhall West Flank and Snadd fields. The group is also singled out for its contentious expertise with key practitioners including Sam Harris, energy, oil and gas specialist Jan Einar Barbo, Gunnar Sørlie and practice head Øystein Myre Bremset. The team counts domestic and international developer and investor clients on its roster and also has expertise in projects in the healthcare, education, offshore and transport sectors.

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Excellent – very good knowledge.’

The BAHR team assists us with great competence and service on contractual matters and when we have contractual discussions with our clients. The team at BAHR is always well prepared when representing us in court. I would rank BAHR as one of the top firms in construction in Norway.

Øystein Bremset is a master in this field. He is exceptional in court and also a very nice person to work with.’

Gunnar Sørlie has shown outstanding competence and performance in all our cases. He has great strategic skills and is very good in negotiations.

Key clients

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

Storebrand Eiendom AS

AVA/Salto Eiendom

Coop Norge Handel AS

Coop Eiendom AS

Höegh Eiendom AS

Westcon Yards AS

ROM Eiendom AS/ Bane NOR Eiendom AS

Sporveien AS


Dispute resolution Tier 1

BAHR ‘singles itself out in that the team consists of outstanding professionals’ who have ‘a diverse range of knowledge and experience’ and are ‘able to see new angles when building a defence, being curious and innovative in their approach’. With substantial expertise across the full range of contentious issues, the group fields practitioners with notable areas of knowledge; Gunnar Sørlie and Jan Einar Barbo are key names for construction cases, Thomas Svensen handles oil and gas disputes, Jan Jansen focuses on energy and tax disputes, Tarjei Thorkildsen acts in employment claims, and Are Stenvik is an IP litigator. Atle Skaldebø-Rød heads up the department, which also includes all-round litigators Sam Harris and Øystein Myre Bremset. Eirik Høiby joined from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS in 2020.

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BAHR’s team singles itself out in that it consists of outstanding professionals practising in the key fields of civil law. This means that the team is one of the few that can take on cases requiring a diverse range of knowledge and experience. It is my opinion that BAHR is a competent and professional law firm.

The team consists of highly skilled and experienced professionals. They are able to see new angles when building the defence, being curious and innovative in their approach. Their way of working, with sincere interest for the business and people, makes them an excellent business partner.

Tarjei Thorkildsen is a highly experienced litigator with outstanding legal knowledge and capabilities. In that sense he stands out both in employment law and litigation.

Jan Jansen is outstanding at finding new and innovative solutions when approaching an issue. With his experience he is able to ask the right questions in order to provide the best defence possible.’

Joachim Bjerke is outstanding at working with complex technical issues and has an eye for key details.’

Key clients

Aker Group

Nordic Trustee

Norwegian Hull Club

Exxon Mobil

Norwegian Air Shuttle


Astra Zeneca

AS Norske Shell


Color Line AS

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

BAHR’s energy practice handles the full spectrum of mandates for a high-profile client list including energy producers and operators, grid owners, investment companies and developers; key examples include Statkraft, Hafslund E-CO and Fortum Oslo Varme. The team regularly assists with complex transactions, financing work, contentious mandates and competition issues; it has also recently strengthened its regulatory offering and is a key name in the market for special tax regulations relating to renewable energy. Jon Christian Thaulow heads up the group, Rune Svoren is experienced in transactional electricity work and Helge Olav Bugge focuses on electricity tax and production matters. Other noteworthy individuals include managing partner Thomas Svensen and Rolf Busch.

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The team is coordinated, flexible and they have good knowledge of the energy industry.

Thomas K. Svensen has very good knowledge of the energy industry, and also our company, as we have cooperated for several years.

Key clients

Hafslund E-CO AS

Njordr AS

Oslo Municipality (Oslo kommune)

Bodø Energi AS

Aquila Capital

Ymber AS

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Clean Energy Group

Rainpower AS

Sognekraft AS


Employment Tier 1

Tarjei Thorkildsen heads up the department at BAHR, which acts for a high-profile client roster of corporates and employer confederations; key examples include the employer’s association Spekter, Aker and Nordea. The team also leverages the firm’s wider expertise in the private equity, asset management and financial sectors to act for private equity houses, investment banks and merchant banks. The group handles the full spectrum of employment mandates including transactional and contentious issues; in a recent highlight, the team represented Norwegian Air Shuttle in a Supreme Court case brought by several pilots and cabin crew members relating to whether they were hired personnel or part of a crew service. Peter Hammerich is the key contact for pension work, Børre Sofus Arnet acts for private equity houses, and Geir Mikalsen has notable transactional experience.

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The Employer’s Association Spekter

Norsk Industri

Norwegian Air

Esso/Exxon Mobil AS

Aker ASA

Norsk Luftambulanse

Sporveien Oslo AS



Subsea 7 AS

EU and competition Tier 1

The practice at BAHR provides ‘high-quality and reliable advice’ and ‘always tries to be as clear and accurate as possible’. The team is a key name in the market for merger control work; it recently advised Nordea Bank on its acquisition of Gjensidige Bank and assisted with the merger between offshore accommodation companies Prosafe and Floatel. Other notable areas of expertise include competition damages claims, cartel investigations, public procurement work and state aid matters. Helge Stemshaug leads the practice, which also includes pharmaceuticals and biotech sector specialist Beret Sundet, who ‘combines a good understanding of her clients' business and markets with high-quality legal analysis and knowledge’; procurement expert Jan Einar Barbo, litigator Sam Harris and economist Harald Selte. Henrik Nordling moved to Kluge Advokatfirma AS in late 2019.

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High-quality and reliable advice in complex competition law matters.

The EU and competition team of BAHR has high standards and integrity. They give you good advice and always try to be clear and accurate. They are effective and easy to work with. On top of that they are engaged and open.

Beret Sundet combines a good understanding of our business and our markets with high-quality legal analysis and knowledge.

Beret Sundet has a lot of knowledge, is always on top of your questions and adds great value. Very easy to work with.

Key clients

Color Line

Cargotec Oy

Nordea Bank AB

REMA 1000

Hafslund E-CO

Prosafe SE

Floatel International Ltd


Fortum Oslo Varme AS

ICE Group

Norsk rikskringkasting AS


Nordic Entertainment Group Norway AS

Discovery Networks Norway AS

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Under the leadership of ‘one of the leading lawyers in the fieldRichard Sjøqvist, BAHR fields ‘a team of very skilled younger lawyers and provides top-class services’. The practice is a go-to name for bondholders and investment banks and counts DNB Bank, Nordic Trustee and Pareto Securities as clients; other key areas of expertise include handling international transactions and major insolvencies and restructurings, and acting for other financial institutions and private equity companies. Sjøqvist is singled out for his international finance and restructuring expertise, while Karstein Espelid and Atle Skaldebø-Rød focus on contentious work, Rolf Johan Ringdal handles debt restricting and refinancing work, and Audun Nedrelid is a financing expert. Magnus Tønseth was promoted to the partnership in 2019.

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Richard Sjøquist is one of the very best amongst the top three leading lawyers within the field of international financing (in particular ship and offshore financing). Both Mr. Sjøquist and also Magnus Tønseth stand out as always delivering very high quality work.

Magnus Tønseth – Highly energetic and always with a positive attitude. Strong work capacity and professional attitude. Strong interpersonal skills. Makes complicated matters look easy.

Richard Sjøqvist – Industry expert, strong in his field, to-the-point communicator, professional and clear in negotiations and above all, very pleasant to work with.

Both Mr. Sjøquist and Mr Tønseth provide very good legal advice. They tend to have a very good view of the various transactions and have a practical approach to solving legal problems. They lead a team of very skilled younger lawyers and provide top-class services.

Key clients

Aker Group

Nordea Bank Norge ASA


Skandinaviske Enskilda banken AB

Swedbank Norge

Nordic Trustee ASA

Pareto Securities

Store Norske Spitsbergen Kullkompani

Norvestor VI L.P.

ABN Amro


Danske Bank

Insurance Tier 1

BAHR’s insurance-focused practice regularly acts in high-profile international cases, and recently represented Protector Forsikring in an reinsurance dispute against Munich Re following the Grenfell Tower fire in London. The team also leads in the marine insurance market and counts Skuld and the Norwegian Hull Club as clients. Jan Jansen heads up the department and focuses on insurance disputes; other key individuals include marine insurance litigator Atle Skaldebø-Rød and Tarjei Thorkildsen, who has recently handled matters relating to ship and cargo damage, reinsurance issues and business interruption claims.

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BAHR has a strength in advising on maritime insurance, understanding the underlying Norwegian insurance law, the Nordic Plan and P&I and FD&D Rules. BAHR has strong competence in disputes related to the same. On time delivery of very high quality advice.

Jan-Fredrik Rafen and Atle Skjaldebø-Rød both stand out for their knowledge of marine insurance and their appearance in court or before tribunals.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Group

Chubb Insurance

Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)


Nordnet AB

DNB Livsforsikring ASA

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring ASA

Nordea Liv ASA


Intellectual property Tier 1

BAHR is singled out for its patent litigation expertise and counts several high-profile patent originators as clients including Bayer, Novartis and Merck Sharp & Dohme. The team is also a key name in the market for transactional IP work including M&A and the establishment of joint ventures; soft IP matters and media-related work. Practice head Are Stenvik is a patent expert, deputy head and senior associate Knut Sverre Skurdal Andresen focuses on pharmaceuticals patent disputes, Gunnar Sørlie handles patent litigation, Lars Norheim specialises in licensing, franchising and retail-related work; Helge Stemshaug is a competition law expert, and Beret Sundet is the key contact for trade mark issues in the life sciences and TMT sectors.

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A strong team of careful, legally astute practitioners, with excellent courtroom skills and attention to detail.

Highly professional and knowledgeable team providing trustworthy client support.

Knut Andresen is a senior associate with a very bright future ahead of him. Personable, impeccable, a superb advocate, and a pleasure to work with.

Knut Sverre Skurdal Andersen is analytical and provides well thought through advice. As a client, you can trust that he always has taken the full perspective and next step into account.

Key clients


Aker Solutions

Equinor (Statoil)




Reitan Convenience (Scandinavian master franchisee/licensee 7-Eleven)

REMA 1000

Norsk Kylling AS

Baker Hughes

Umoe Restaurants (Scandinavian master franchisee/licensee Starbucks, Burger King, Leon)

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Maritime law Tier 1

BAHR’s international shipping practice acts for a varied client roster of major ship owners and operators, rig owners, offshore vessel owners, ferry operators, banks and marine insurers, and has notable expertise assisting companies which provide marine services to the offshore energy sector. The group also leverages the firm’s expertise in M&A, insurance and financing work to handle complex transactions, claims and finance matters in the maritime arena. ‘Commercially oriented lawyerGeir Gustavsson focuses on shipbuilding and project finance issues and leads the cross-departmental team, which also includes M&A expert Haakon Flaatten, finance specialist Audun Nedrelid and litigator Atle Skaldebø-Rød. Robin Bakken moved in-house.

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The practice has strong overall knowledge across various themes.

Geir Gustavsson stands out as a very commercially oriented lawyer with a high result-oriented focus and deep insights in relevant legal matters. Always responsive, available, and has a proactive approach.

The team has a commercial mindset and good negotiation skills.

BAHR is always a top-quality firm for various matters in the Norwegian market with great quality and value. Lars Kristian Sande continues to be at the top of the class in M&A work.

Key clients

Flex LNG Ltd


FosenNamsos Sjø AS

Golden Energy Offshore Services AS

Akastor AS

Torghatten Nord AS

Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge (BW Offshore)

Prosafe SE and Floatel International Ltd.

FosenNamsos Sjø AS

Østensjø Rederi AS

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

BAHR’s highly regarded practice, which ‘offers innovative solutions to difficult problems’, handles complex contentious and non-contentious mandates across the offshore construction and shipbuilding arena including shipbuilding contract issues and acquisitions, development projects and disputes. The group’s client roster includes high-profile market players including Equinor, Northern Drilling and Golden Energy Offshore Services; the practice also remains a go-to name for Aker BP, which it recently advised on two separate alliance agreements for jackups and semi-submersibles. Geir Gustavsson leads the oil services and shipping department and has notable expertise in international shipbuilding projects and project finance work; other key individuals include Haakon Flaatten, Jan Einar Barbo and Morten P Smørdal, who leads the offshore construction group. Anne Dahl Frisak was recently promoted to the partnership, and Eirik Høiby joined from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS in 2020.


BAHR has a good set up and mix of lawyers and partners ready to take on small and large projects. The lawyers at BAHR receive systematic top-class on-the-job-training, and as far as I can see are taught all elements of relevant legal matters, case handling, and client interaction.

They are very responsive to clients’ requirements and are able to offer innovative solutions to complex problems.

Highly competent, efficient and service-minded, and sees the whole picture.

Jan Einar Barbo is an industry leader. Morten Smordahl is an efficient all-rounder.

Geir Gustavsson stands out as a very commercially-oriented lawyer with a result-oriented focus and deep insights in relevant legal matters. Always responsive, available, and has a proactive approach.

Key clients


Northern Drilling Limited

Golden Energy Offshore Services AS

Torghatten Nord AS

Aker Energy AS

FosenNamsos Sjø AS

Equinor  AS

Akastor AS

Østensjø Rederi AS

Torghatten Nord AS

Oil and gas Tier 1

BAHR’s expertise spans the entire oil and gas sector and the team is particularly singled out for its strength in transactional and finance work, development projects, upstream oil and gas issues, petroleum tax, litigation and oil services mandates. The group’s client roster includes exploration and production companies operating on the Norwegian continental shelf, oil and gas infrastructure clients and oil services companies; notable examples include Aker BP, Equinor, Total, Shell and ExxonMobil. Managing partner Thomas Svensen leads the department, which also fields oil services expert Morten P Smørdal, petroleum specialist Jan Jansen, transactional lawyer Jon Christian Thaulow and Stig Klausen Engelhart, who regularly handles cross-border M&A. Senior associate Sandra Simonsen is also singled out, and Eirik Høiby joined from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS in 2020.

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Thomas Svensen is always available. In-depth knowledge of oil and gas. Good business sparring partner. Understands customer needs.

Tarjei Thorkildsen is a HR specialist with in-depth expertise. Keeps focus and seeks pragmatic solutions avoiding emotional bias.

Key clients

Aker BP

Aker Energy AS

Equinor (previously Statoil)




Neptune (previously ENGIE)

Vår Energi (previously Point Resources and Eni)


Solveig Gas Norway



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



Real estate Tier 1

Following a year of change, the ‘young and strong team’ at BAHR is a key name in the market for large real estate developments and urbanisation projects, and also handles substantial transactions and structuring issues. The group acts for a range of domestic and international clients and regularly assists foreign investors investing in the Norwegian market, institutional investors, life insurance companies, private equity funds and asset managers. Anne Sofie Bjørkholt leads the team, which also fields transactional expert Erik Langseth, Lars Kristian Sande, who advises on real estate portfolio work; and senior associate Ole Andreas Dimmen.

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The team has very good skills and easily understands the problem at hand.’

A team that knows our preferences better than anyone. The only focus is on getting the deal done on fair terms, as well as keeping the legal framework within our preferences. Efficient and commercially minded.

Anne Sofie Bjørkholt is an excellent lawyer with impressive skills. She is also very good in explaining difficult cases in an easy way and is very good to work with.

Key clients

Aker ASA/Fornebuporten

Solon ASA

AVA/Salto Eiendom

Aspelin Ramm

Deka Bank Deutche Girozentrale

Höegh Eiendom AS

Union Eiendomskapital

DNB Livsforsikring ASA/DNB Scandinavian Property Fund

Fredensborg Eiendom AS

Infranode AB

Tax Tier 1

BAHR’s team of ‘highly skilled and experienced professionals’ is singled out for its tax litigation work, cross-border experience, transfer pricing expertise, and knowledge of petroleum and real estate tax. The group is also active in the oil and energy, private equity, oil services and shipping sectors and counts Aker BP, Shell and Explore Equity as clients. The ‘outstandingJoachim Bjerke heads up the department and focuses on international tax work, transfer pricing issues and structuring M&A transactions. Other key practitioners include Jan Jansen, who is an expert in the special petroleum tax regime; Frode Talmo, who is a financial instruments specialist; Peter Hammerich, who leads the asset management and private equity group; and Anne Sofie Bjørkholt, who focuses on the real estate sector.

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The team consists of highly skilled and experienced professionals. They are able to see new angles when building the defence, being curious and innovative in their approach. Their way of working – sincere interest for the business and people – makes them an excellent business partner.

Jan Jansen is outstanding at finding new and innovative solutions when approaching an issue. With his experience he is able to ask the right questions in order to provide the best defence possible.

Joachim Bjerke is outstanding at working through complex technical issues and has an eye for key details.

Key clients

Aker BP




Equinor (previously Statoil)



The National Tax Appeal Board


Explore Equity

DNB Scandinavian Property Fund

Vatne Capital

Fishing and aquaculture Tier 2

Stig Engelhart heads up the practice at BAHR, which is singled out for its transactional strength and regulatory expertise; the group also leverages its offshore construction knowledge and is increasingly active in the services sector. The team counts Aker, Marine Bioproducts, Ocean Aquafarms and Aker Biomarine on its client roster; it also recently represented Torbjørn Kvassheim in a fisheries patent case in the Court of Appeal relating to a fish counting device. Haakon Flaatten focuses on corporate work and Are Stenvik handles IP litigation.

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Aker ASA / Aker Solutions ASA

Marine Bioproducts AS

Ocean Aquafarms AS

Aker BioMarine

Domstein AS

PG Flow Solutions AS

Midt-Norsk Havbruk AS

SalmoClinic SpA

Kværner ASA

Cargill Inc.

TMT Tier 3

BAHR’s TMT expertise is focused on advertising and marketing law including handling advertising campaigns and online marketing issues; the team also has experience in transactional work, licensing and franchising matters, fintech issues and TMT disputes. Key contacts include Are Stenvik and Lars Kristian Sande; Lars Norheim, who handles issues in the retail and media sectors; transactional expert Svein Gerhard Simonnæs, and regulatory specialist Beret Sundet.

Key clients


Bristol Myers Squibb

Eisai & Co

Eli Lilly & Co


Merck & Co



Reitangruppen (REMA 1000, 7-Eleven)

Modern Times Group MTG (TV3, Viasat)

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
Ms Robin Bakken photo Ms Robin Bakken Partner
 Jan Einar Barbo photo Jan Einar Barbo Specialist Partner
 Joachim Bjerke photo Joachim Bjerke Partner
 Anne Sofie Bjørkholt photo Anne Sofie Bjørkholt 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)
Scandinavian languages

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.