Thomas K. Svensen > BAHR > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

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Managing Partner


Thomas K. Svensen is the Managing Partner of BAHR.

He primarily advises energy-related clients, with an emphasis on the petroleum and hydropower sectors. This involves him acting for a number of national and international oil companies and other energy-related clients. Thomas has previously served in the Office of the Attorney General and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. His practice encompasses both energy-related transactions and dispute resolution, in addition to the provision of ongoing advice, including on major development projects and in relation to the authorities. He has been involved in a number of the largest energy-related transactions in Norway in recent years. He also has extensive dispute resolution experience and has acted in numerous national and international disputes.


  • 2002 – Admitted to the Supreme Court
  • 1997 – Cand. jur., University of Bergen

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Thomas K. SvensenBAHR

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.

Norway > Oil and gas

(Leading individuals)

Thomas K. SvensenBAHR

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.

Norway > Electricity and renewable energy

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.

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.