Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS > Stavanger, Norway > Firm Profile

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS
KONGSGÅRDBAKKEN 3
PO BOX 440
N-4002 STAVANGER
Norway

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

The team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is jointly led by Erlend Bakken, who regularly advises on offshore sector financing matters, and restructuring expert Peter Bugge Hjorth. The practice has established expertise in ship finance work, and is equally adept at assisting offshore, oil and gas, private equity, renewable energy, real estate and infrastructure clients across a broad range of financial matters. High-value financings and refinancings have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Other key practitioners to note include Thomas Dale in the firm’s Bergen office, who has extensive experience in international financing work; Camilla Skøie Mørkve, who has expertise in acquisition and secured bond financings; Anders Gullåsen, who focuses on debt financing issues; and senior lawyer Ali Sayyad, who advises borrowers, investors and financial institutions on transactions.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Bakken; Peter Bugge Hjorth

Testimonials

‘Very good commercial understanding of clients’ needs and able to provide targeted legal advice to accommodate those. Outstanding commitment to land a project/transaction and flexibility and availability as part of that process.’

‘Nice to work with, good discussion partner, service minded and knowledgeable.’

‘Camilla Skøie Mørkve. Top three banking and finance lawyers in Norway.’

Key clients

Ocean Yield

Vår Energi

Lundin Energy

DNB Bank ASA

Prosafe

Northern Ocean Ltd.

Crédit Agricole

Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge

Aker BioMarine

HitecVision

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt garners praise for its ‘first-class expertise‘ in high-value, cross-border M&A transactions. The practice is jointly led by Robert Romansky, who acts for private equity funds, and Tord Fondevik, who is regularly sought after by blue-chip companies. Knut Smith-Erichsen and Stavanger-based Dag Sigvart Kaada are co-heads of the department’s transactional group, and oil and gas expert Geir Evenshaug has ‘a quick and analytical legal mind‘. Caroline Karlsson, who specialises in private M&A, is another key practitioner. In 2022, Arild Frick moved to Wikborg Rein, and Christoffer Bjerknes and Mathias Teir joined from Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig.

Practice head(s):

Tord Fondevik; Robert Romansky

Testimonials

‘Geir Evenshaug has a pragmatic but hands-on approach and he has a quick and analytic legal mind and provides to-the-point advice. He is also very approachable and good to work with.’

‘Good balance between commercial and legal assistance. Pragmatic when needed.’

‘Schjødt is a top corporate/M&A firm in Norway, offering first class expertise in all areas a client could need. Their presence in Stockholm and London also gives a unique cross-border corporate offering which no other Norwegian law firm has.’

Key clients

MOWI ASA

Infronode AB

Keystone Academic Solutions AS

Lundin Energy AS

CVC Capital Partners

Ferd Capital

Paine Schwartz Partners

Entra ASA

FSN Capital

IMK Gruppen

Work highlights

  • Advised Infranode on all aspects of the NOK20bn acquisition of Fortum Oslo Varme.
  • Acted for Lundin Energy in its NOK125bn acquisition by Aker BP ASA.

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Per Magne Ristvedt and Halvard Helle jointly lead Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s team, which attracts praise for its ‘strong strategic thinking and extensive knowledge about dispute resolution and arbitration‘. Cross-border work forms a core pillar of the practice, and the group is highly regarded for its expertise in handling prominent international arbitration mandates alongside a wide spectrum of contentious work. The ‘focusedTrond Sollund is a key name for offshore and oil and gas sector disputes, and Halvor Manshaus is sought after for his expertise in media and technology litigation. Sigurd Holter Torp handles complex white-collar crime matters, and Sven Eriksrud focuses on contractual disputes, while construction and real estate expert Erlend Holstrøm is ‘a solid litigator‘. In May 2022, Marie Nesvik moved to Wikborg Rein.

Practice head(s):

Per Magne Ristvedt; Halvard Helle

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced team which is willing to dive even into the most complex topics to support their client. You get the most excellent value for your money.’

‘Trond Sollund and Halvor Manshaus are extremely well organised, detail oriented, well connected, and experienced. We would and will work with them again in the future.’

‘Efficient and to the point in all matters, no time or resources wasted.’

‘Trond Sollund has the ability to present the case in a simple and easy to understand way, enabling the court to focus on the important and core matters.’

‘Valued clear advice, both legal and commercial.’

‘Erlend Holstrøm is a solid litigator.’

Key clients

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Oslofilialen NUF

KF Entreprenør AS

Devico AS

Polaris Media ASA

SJI Equities Ltd

Subsea Smart Solutions AS and Subsea Solutions AS

Rottefella AS & Madshus AS

GoldenTree Asset Management LP

Pesquera Azul AS

Verdens Gang AS (VG)

Dagens Næringsliv AS (DN)

Norwegian Bar Association

Transocean Offshore

Bremnes Seashore

Work highlights

  • Acting for SJI Equities as former shareholders of RenoNorden ASA in an ongoing liability claim.
  • Defended Verdens Gang AS in the Supreme Court in a dispute concerning the right of the media to use and publish photographs collected in the course of investigative journalism.
  • Acted for GoldenTree Asset Management LP in litigation concerning a PIK loan.

Norway > Energy

Fielding one of the largest oil and gas practices, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is singled out as ‘a one-stop shop with broad competence’ across commercial contracts, regulatory issues, transactional matters and dispute resolution. Sverre Bjelland and senior lawyer Rebecca Lund Nakkim lead the oil and gas group from Stavanger and Oslo respectively, Preben Willoch is the key name for private equity transactions, Torkjel Grøndalen is an expert in offshore mandates, and Claus Severin Mørch handles transactions and projects; Christian Fredrik Michelet and Peter Hiorth also contribute to the practice. In the renewables space, the team has been notably active in advising clients on their transitions to renewable energy models and M&A projects in the wind power, hydropower and solar power sectors. Grøndalen, Sindre Søndenå Andersen and Hallvard Gilje Aarseth jointly lead the group; Grøndalen is a key name for CCS projects, Andersen handles wind and hydro transactions and Aarseth focuses on litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sindre Søndenå Andersen; Torkjel Grøndalen; Hallvard Gilje Aarseth; Sverre Bjelland; Rebecca Lund Nakkim

Testimonials

‘Always available, to the point and very efficient. Good understanding of our need for legal assistance in a commercial context.’

‘Schjødt; Go-to team for a wide array of commercial, corporate and M&A matters. The team is strong in terms of commercial acumen, very responsive and provides clear and pragmatic advice. Excellent team, covering all areas and able to share outstanding insights.’

‘Claus Severin Mørch; Claus is a top-notch lawyer, very supportive and on the ball. He is a very capable and really able to think with the client and is constantly ahead of the game. Always there when you need him. Able to zoom in and out when needed and guide all involved to the preferred outcome. Very impressive performance and client focused. Claus provides valuable insights on a wide range of aspects and is always very well prepared and pro-active.’

‘Peter Hiorth; an eminent figure in the oil and gas sector, with huge experience advising multinational energy companies. Great lawyer with a fantastic reputation. Easy to work with.’

‘One-stop shop. The team provides a broad competence within the areas of oil and gas for companies operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.’

‘Competent and professional individuals providing quick and good responses.’

Key clients

Elmera Group ASA / Fjordkraft AS (including Gudbrandsdal Energi AS, Eidsiva Energi AS, Trøndelag Kraft AS)

Norsk Vind AS (including Bjerkreim Vind AS, Norsk Vind Gravdal AS, Norsk Vind Skinansfjellet, Norsk Vind Måkaknuten AS, Norsk Vind Egersund AS, Norsk Vind Skorveheia AS, Norsk Vind Faurefjellet AS)

Magnora ASA

Norsk Havvind AS

TotalEnergies

Nysnø Klimainvesteringer AS

VårGrønn AS

Lyse Energi AS

Fossberg Kraft AS

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Valinor AS

Clemens Kraft AS

Fjelberg Kraftlag AS

Tafjord Kraft AS

Gjensidig Forsikring ASA

Kellas Midsream Limited

Jæren Energi AS

Ocean GeoLoop AS

Biozin Holding AS

Vår Energi AS

Repsol Norge AS

PGNiG Upstream Norway AS

Petoro AS

Chrysaor Norge AS (Harbour Energy)

Wintershall Dea Norge AS

Spirit Energy Norway AS

Neptune Energy Norway AS

Lundin Energy Norway AS

Mime Petroleum AS

Source Energy AS

Petronor E&P ASA

Work highlights

  • Assisting with establishment of an offshore wind JV between Norsk Havvind AS, TotalEnergies and Iberdrola.
  • Advised Lundin Energy AB on the sale of its Norwegian oil and gas business to Aker BP.
  • Advised Spirit Energy Norway AS, Spirit Energy Limited, Centrica plc and SWM Gasbeteiligungs GmbH on the sale of Spirit Energy Norway’s Statfjord interests to Equinor and Spirit Energy Norway’s remaining Norwegian business to Sval Energy.

Norway > Real estate Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjodt AS fields a team that has ‘exceptional commercial acumen and quality of work’, and is a market leader in real estate developments and infrastructure projects. The group has recently experienced an increase in cross-Nordic transactions, especially involving investors from Sweden and Norway. Notably, the team recently acted on behalf of Entra on the purchase of Oslo Areal, totalling NOK14bn. The team is jointly led by Martin Støren, Ditlef Thaulow, Silje Sund and Anders Nitteberg Lie, and also includes Christian Bjørn-Hansen, who focuses on high-value real estate transactions, real estate portfolio structurings and development projects. Camilla Kristiansen Lunne specialises in complex transactions involving development projects and various forward structures, and Geir Sand's substantial experience further bolsters the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Støren; Ditlef Thaulow; Silje Sund; Anders Nitteberg Lie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm that are able to draw on internal resources to cover just about any need we as a client could have.’

‘We have always had a good relationship with Ditlef Thaulow. He has exceptional knowledge about the real estate industry and is able to analyse our business and recommend appropriate solutions in most situations.’

‘Martin Støren is a very clever person in the legal matters/law/regulations with the public sector. Silje Sund is an up-and-coming young lawyer.’

‘The Schjødt team covers all areas and have extensive experience. For us as the client, there are no situations that is new to the team and which they cannot give advice based on similar situations in the past.’

‘Partner Ditlef Thaulow, as most Schjødt partners, is highly competent and clearly holds the skills to handle any situation within real estate. Having worked with him for more than 10 years, the confidence that Ditlef shows in any complex situation, rubs off on us as the client.’

‘Great knowledge, availability and the ability to focus on the important matters. Provides exceptional advice on how to solve complex issues.’

‘Full-service provider of all legal services, with exceptional commercial acumen and quality of work. The team is more than a mere service provider and goes above and beyond to provide value to clients.’

‘Christian Bjørn-Hansen is by far the best all-round real estate lawyer in Norway, and provides significant value to his clients. The quality of his commercial advice is unrivalled, and combined with a rigorous legal mind, he is our go-to provider for all legal services in the real estate sector.’

Key clients

Oslo S Utvikling AS

Oslo Areal AS

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring AS

KLP Eiendom AS

Arctic Securities AS

Entra ASA

Olav Thon Eiendomsselskap ASA

Selvaag Bolig ASA

Selvaag Eiendom AS

Self Storage Group ASA

Veidekke ASA

Galleri Oslo Invest AS

Oslo Havn KF

Urban Property Eier AS

AF Gruppen ASA

DEAS Asset Management AS

Solon Eiendom ASA

IK Lykke Eiendom AS

Asset Buyout Partners AS

Slate Asset Management

Profier AS

Eiendomsspar AS

Bjørvika Infrastruktur AS

Canica Eiendom AS

UREM Real Estate Fund I AS

H.I.G Capital Europe

Swisslife Asset Management AS

Bulk Industrial Real Estate AS

Scandinaviegaardene AS

Tjelta Eiendom AS

Public Property Invest AS

LogCap Invest AS

Norway > Capital markets Tier 2

The capital markets department at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt counts IPOs, listings and private placements as key areas of expertise, and is well known for advising on public M&A and restructurings. Oil and offshore companies are prominent in the client roster. Audun Bondkall focuses on securities law and public and international transactions; he co-leads the team with Marianne Lind Sahl, who is very experienced in advising on IPO mandates, while Viggo Bang-Hansen is adept at assisting with equity and debt capital markets matters. In 2022, Christoffer Bjerknes and senior associate Ingvild Walle Skraastad joined from Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig.

Practice head(s):

Marianne Lind Sahl; Audun Bondkall

Key clients

Vår Energi

Frontline

Thoma Bravo

Airthings

Nykode Therapeutics

NEL

REC Silicon

Meltwater

Klaveness Combination Carriers

ABG Sundal Collier

Pareto Securities

Carnegie

Sparebank 1 Markets

DNB Markets

Arctic Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised Vår Energi ASA on its NOK8.85bn IPO and subsequent listing on Oslo Børs.
  • Advising private equity company Thoma Bravo on its NOK3.2bn voluntary public offer to acquire all shares in Mercell Holding ASA.

Norway > Employment Tier 2

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, recent work for the ‘strong team‘ includes advising insurance company Tryg on its integration with Codan and a subsequent reorganisation and redundancy process – the group had previously assisted the client with the employment aspects of its acquisition of RSA Group. Senior lawyer Kristin Slørdahl Hjort, who heads up the practice, is a key contact for contentious employment issues, and Martin Jetlund has an excellent reputation for handling transfers of undertakings and pensions matters. Magnus Lütken is active on restructuring mandates, while senior associate Marie Hagberg has a niche focus on the ownership and transfer of intellectual property rights within the employment space. Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen joined the practice in 2023 from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, and is noted for her post-acquisition experience.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Slørdahl Hjort

Testimonials

‘Martin Jetlund is responsive, smart, and a good strategist on contentious matters, supported by a strong team. Collaborative approach, listen to clients.’

‘All round service, collaborative approach, good instincts in contentious matters.’

Key clients

Tryg

TietoEVRY

Euronext

ExxonMobil

Mestergruppen

Moreld

Entra

Zolva

Earth Science Analytics

DeepOcean Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Entra on a transfer of undertakings process following its acquisition of a major real estate company.
  • Represented DeepOcean in pension litigation, involving issues of time-barred pension claims.

Norway > EU and competition Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s ‘highly experienced‘ team has ‘excellent legal knowledge in EU and competition matters, combined with strong and in-depth knowledge of regulatory issues and company law’. Merger notification matters are a key driver of work for the group, which is equally adept at handling antitrust mandates. Practice head Olav Kolstad has ‘extensive professional expertise in competition law‘, and regularly acts as counsel to oil and gas clients. At senior associate level, Morten Henriksen is a key contact for abuse of dominance matters and state aid work, and Elsa Brandt Stensrud advises on anti-competitive issues and merger control mandates.

Practice head(s):

Olav Kolstad

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge of the law, and practical knowledge on situations and processes in this field. Easy to work with.’

‘Olav Kolstad is an excellent professional in his field. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘Olav Kolstad gives precise advice and understands the customer’s needs.’

‘Highly experienced and excellent legal knowledge in EU and competition matters, combined with strong and in-depth knowledge in regulatory issues, company law and commercial understanding.’

Key clients

Fjordkraft ASA

Egmont International Holding A/S

Royal Unibrew A/S

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Kommunal Landspensjonskasse Gjensidig Forsikringsselskap (KLP)

Royal Unibrew A/S

Tine SA

Work highlights

  • Assisted Entra ASA with a merger filing relating to its multi-billion acquisition of Oslo Areal.
  • Assisted Royal Unibrew A/S with the merger filing of its NOK3bn acquisition of Norwegian brewery Hansa Borg.

Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is particularly sought out for its established track record in acting on complex restructuring matters, often including international elements. Department head Egil Horstad, who is based in Bergen, is well known for acting as a court-appointed administrator, and Oslo-based Peter Bugge Hjorth regularly acts for lenders in cross-border restructuring mandates. Also in the Oslo office, Siv Sandvik is a key name for clients from the shipping, oil, mining and financial services sectors, and Johan Henrik Nossum is a specialist in bankruptcy law. Norman Hansen Meyer joined the group in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Egil Horstad

Testimonials

‘Competent, flexible and pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Prosafe SE

Nordic Trustee AS

The bankruptcy estate of Bergen Bunkers AS

Goldentree Asset Management LP

Carbon Transition ASA

DSV Air & Sea AS

Nordic White Diesel ASA

Flux Group AS

BS Vest AS

Axess Logistics AS

Norway > Insurance Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjodt AS is lauded for its unique capabilities in handling insurance product design, development, and distribution issues, as well as transactional and regulatory expertise. The practice is insurer focused and regularly handles complex cross-border claims for a range of clients including pension funds, reinsurers, and insurance intermediaries. The team is led by leading insurance law expert Klaus Henrik Wise-Hansen, who has vast experience handling complex multi-jurisdictional matters for foreign insurers. Senior associate Ellen Hjelset is a key contact for regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Knowledge, fast and fair billing.’

‘Professional and very competent team that delivers legal advice on all aspects within regulatory insurance issues on time with value added.’

‘Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen is a very competent and very business-oriented lawyer and deeply understands the client’s challenges within the regulatory framework. He is always available and finds good solutions to complex legal issues, not forgetting the business side of it.’

Key clients

DARAG Deutschland AG

YOUPLUS Assurance AG

YOUPLUS Livsforsikring NUF

WaterCircles Forsikring ASA

Chubb European Group SE

VPS Euronext

AXA XL

XL Catlin Services SE

Euro Accident Livförsäkring AB

Euro Accident Liv NUF

Tryg Forsikring A/S

Tryg Forsikring NUF

Codan Forsikring NUF

FOLKSAM ömsesidig sakförsäkring

Anticimex Försäkringar AB

Anticimex Forsikring NUF

Hyperion Insurance Group Limited

Howden Group Holdings Limited

Zurich Insurance plc (Ireland), Norwegian Branch

Zurich Insurance plc (Ireland), Swedish Branch

W. R. Berkley Europe AG

W.R. Berkley Corporation

Berkley European Underwriters

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Danica Pensjonsforsikring AS

Nordnet Livsforsikring AS

Frende Livsforsikring AS

AmTrust International Underwriters Ltd.

AmTrust Nordic AB

AmTrust Insurance Services Norway AS

AmTrust North America

Howden Forsikringsmegling AS

Hyperion Insurance Group plc

Norwegian Insurance Partner AS

A/S Norske Shells Pensjonskasse

Protector ASA

KLP (Kommunal Landspensjonskasse Gjensidig Forsikringsselskap)

Beazley Group Ltd.

Builders Direct S.A

Wealins S.A.

Lombard International Assurance S.A.

Telenor Pensjonskasse

Infratek Pensjonskasse

Fortum Pensjonskasse

Adresseavisen Pensjonskasse

Aibel AS Pensjonskasse

NHOs Konsernpensjonskasse

Pensjonskassen for Helseforetakene i Hovedstadsområdet

Viken Pensjonskasse

SquareTrade Ltd.

Pareto Forsikringsmegling AS

Apple, Inc.

Aspen Insurance UK, Ltd

BDO AS

Bolttech Device Protection (Ireland) Ltd

Claims Handling AS

BuySure AS

Danske Bank

Esso Norge AS

Fine Art Specie Adjusters Limited

Nucleus Life AG

Qover SA/NV

SafetyWing AS

SEB Life International Assurance Company DAC

Utmost Pan Europe DAC

Willis North America Inc.

Willis Towers Watson plc

Swisspartners Versicherung AG

Argonaut Insurance Company Ltd

Bastion Insurance Company

Chopin Forsikring A/S

Great Lakes Insurance SE

CR Nordic AS

International Wealth Insurance AS

Norske Forsikringsmegleres Forening

AIG

Pensum Forsikringsmegling AS

Skandia Leben (FL) AG

Swiss Life (Liechtenstein) AG

Swiss Life (Luxembourg) S.A.

Salvesen & Thams Invest AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted WaterCircles Forsikring ASA with the highly complex redomiciliation of the entire insurance company from Norway to Sweden.
  • Advised Tryg Forsikring A/S on Norwegian legal matters relating to its acquisition of Codan Forsikring A/S and the subsequent merger between the Norwegian branches of Tryg Forsikring A/S and Codan Forsikring A/S.
  • Acted for Nokas Verdihåndtering AS in a complex insurance regulatory claim against Norges Banks Pensjonskasse regarding Nokas’ right to ownership of approx. NOK45m of equity from Norges Banks Pensjonskasse.

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s team of ‘highly experienced professionals‘ is sought after by global and Norwegian companies for its expertise in complex IP litigation; the group also handles the full spectrum of IP work. Department head Thomas Hagen, who made partner in 2022, is ‘a star in the making‘; he is well versed in marketing law, transactional matters and trade secrets issues. Halvor Manshaus is a key contact for contentious mandates, and Knut Sverre Skurdal Andresen is noted for his ‘in-depth knowledge‘ of patent, trade mark and copyright disputes. Senior associate Jenny Nondal assists life sciences and technology clients with contractual work. In December 2021, Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken joined from Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hagen

Testimonials

‘Breadth of highly experienced professionals like no other law firm in Norway. Always make you feel prioritised.’

‘Halvor Manshaus is brilliant.’

‘Thomas Hagen; a star in the making. Seemingly no end to his capacity to absorb and make use of new knowledge. Pleasure to work with.’

‘Highly dedicated.’

‘The collaboration with Schjødt has been absolutely outstanding. Through Knut Sverre Skurdal Andresen, the firm has shown to be a highly dedicated resource for us and basically contributed to solving our case. Our experience with Schjødt has given us the impression of a well organized law firm, with highly skilled partners. We have no doubt in continuing to recommend this firm to anyone, for any operation.’

‘Knut Sverre Skurdal Andresen has – through his engagement and in-depth knowledge – shown an exceptional ability to find solutions along the way. His willingness to always respond in time, always be reachable, give clear explanations and instructions, -has been highly valuable to us. Also he has unveiled great long-term strategic capacities. There is no doubt that we will contact him again on any other potential cases.’

Key clients

Nykode Therapeutics AS

CardioMech AS

Rottefella AS

Madshus AS

Norsk Medisinaldepot AS

Leve Hytter AS

Subsea Smart Solutions AS and Subsea Solutions AS

CamelBak

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Daimler AG

Jollyroom AB

CoorsTek Membrane Sciences AS

ZEG Power AS

Nordic Unmanned AS

Devico AS

Aibel AS

Vard Group AS

Redningsselskapet

Polaris Media AS

Altus Intervention AS

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Rottefella AS and Madshus AS in litigation against sports goods company Amer concerning alleged trade mark infringement and patent invalidation claims.
  • Representing Altus Intervention AS in a patent infringement and invalidity case brought against the client by Welltec.

Norway > Maritime law Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt’s shipping practice advises on a number of high-value transactions, financings and contractual mandates, as well as providing advice on deep sea shipping issues, regulatory petroleum law, shipbuilding matters, construction projects, and management structures. The team is comprised of financing and transactions specialist Henrik Aadnesen, contract and corporate law expert and Ålesund office head Stian Tennfjord, and group co-head Rebecca Lund Nakkim, who focuses primarily on shipping finance. Trond Sollund is the key contact for litigation and co-head Sverre Bjelland is based in Stavanger. Norman Hansen Meyer joined the group in mid-2023.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Lund Nakkim; Sverre Bjelland

Key clients

Ocean Yield AS

Frontline Ltd.

Höegh LNG AS

Vard Group AS

Transocean Ltd.

GC Rieber Shipping ASA

Prosafe SE

Spar Shipping AS

Volstad Shipping AS

Intership AS

Work highlights

  • Adviding Frontline Ltd. on negotiations for a potential high-profile acquisition.
  • Assisted Ocean Yield AS with the purchase of six VLCCs with 10-year bareboat charters to International Seaways Inc.
  • Assisted Ocean Yield AS in connection with the sale of Ocean Yield AS from Aker ASA to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 2

Covering the full spectrum of shipping and offshore services work, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt advises on shipbuilding issues, construction projects, modifications, charterparties, ownership issues and management structures. Henrik Aadnesen advises shipping companies, yards and contractors on financings, transactions and other projects in the shipping, offshore and oilfield services sectors. Litigation and arbitration proceedings are the purview of Trond Sollund, who is trusted by both domestic and international oil and oil services companies. Based in the Ålesund office, Stian Tennfjord is the go-to name for contractual and corporate issues, particularly in relation to shipyards, while Sverre Bjelland is the key name in Stavanger. At the non-partner level, senior lawyer Rebecca Lund Nakkim is also recommended. Norman Hansen Meyer joined the practice in mid-2023.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Lund Nakkim; Sverre Bjelland

Key clients

Ocean Yield AS

Frontline Ltd.

Höegh LNG AS

Vard Group AS

Transocean Ltd.

GC Rieber Shipping ASA

Prosafe SE

Spar Shipping AS

Volstad Shipping AS

Intership AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ocean Yield AS with the purchase of two 36,000 ethylene gas carrier newbuildings, to be constructed at Jiangsu Yangzi-Mitsui Shipbuilding in China.
  • Acted on behalf of Vard Group AS as the ship builder on successfully securing the design and construction contract for three offshore wind support vessels with North Star.
  • Assisted Ocean Yield AS with the purchase of two suezmax newbuild tankers, with ten-year bareboat charters to Nordic American Tankers Ltd., structured as sale and lease back transactions.

Norway > TMT Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s team ‘has great knowledge of all aspects within TMT‘. Clients praise the group’s ‘deep understanding of the tech industry, and ability to give clear-cut legal advice in a dynamic and fast-moving commercial landscape‘. Halvor Manshaus ‘really understands technology‘; he heads up the department alongside IP specialist Thomas Hagen and Kaare Risung, who counts telecoms work as a core area of expertise. Contractual expert Inge Kristian Brodersen is ‘an extremely high-performing professional lawyer‘, while Eva Jarbekk and Jeppe Songe-Møller regularly handle data protection and privacy matters. In December 2021, Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken joined from Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS, while Hugo Berg Otterlei moved to Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig in mid-2022.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hagen; Halvor Manshaus; Kaare Risung

Testimonials

‘Inge Kristian Brodersen is highly skilled, knowledgeable and very pleasant.’

‘Extremely professional, highly skilled and with unique expertise from the larger and more complex TMT contracts. We truly benefit from their efficient and to the point support.’

‘Eva Jarbekk is my Norwegian data protection lawyer to go to. She knows the local laws extremely well, has great contact with local authorities and has the right business attitude.’

‘The unique expertise in the team. Their ability to be flexible, quickly understand issues and provide good advice.’

‘Schjødt’s TMT team has great knowledge of all aspects within the practice area. Their deep understanding of the tech industry, and ability to give clear-cut legal advice in a dynamic and fast-moving commercial landscape, is second to none in the jurisdiction. The firm is good at letting talent rise through the ranks, which is also evident in the TMT team with young and bright minds among the partners.’

‘The ability to truly understand the client’s service from a technical point of view is key for any lawyer working within this practice area. Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken demonstrates this ability time and time again. Having great and always up to date knowledge of the applicable law, as well as being very pleasant and responsive, Øyvind possesses all the characteristics of great legal adviser.’

‘Halvor Manshaus – number one for legal and strategic advice. He really understands technology. Inge Brodersen – an extremely high performing professional lawyer, with a uniqueness in understanding the complexity in the deals. Still always being able to explain it in a very simplistic way.’

Key clients

Apple

SpaceX

Facebook

Motorola Solutions

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Norway > Fishing and aquaculture Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s fishing and aquaculture practice handles a wide range of related matters, including capital markets transactions, M&A, and dispute resolution; the team is also particularly strong advising on regulatory matters. The practice is co-led by Tore Fjørtoft and Tord Fondevik, with Fjørtoft noted for his regulatory expertise and Fondevik praised as an M&A expert. Stian Tennfjord is also recommended, and is a go-to person for corporate and contract law issues in the industry.

Practice head(s):

Tore Fjørtoft; Tord Fondevik

Other key lawyers:

Stian Tennfjord

Key clients

Cermaq Group AS / Cermaq Norway AS

Mowi ASA

Aker BioMarine ASA

Ocean Harvest AS

AKVA group ASA

Hofseth Europe and Hofseth International

Andfjord Salmon

Bremnes Seashore

Vista Seafood Ltd.

Offshore Salmon AS

Norcod AS

Stingray Marine Solutions AS

Mørenot Group

Arteq Aqua AS

Olav E. Fiskerstrand AS

Intership AS

Vard Group AS

Optimar AS

Brunvoll AS

Leppefisk AS

Refsnes Laks AS

Tau Tech AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Cermaq on its tender process for the acquisition of fish feed for its production facilities worldwide and provided subsequent assistance in connection with contracts entered with the suppliers.
  • Assisted Mowi ASA with its bid process for the shares in NTS Group.
  • Assisted AKVA Group ASA with negotiating and securing a contract for the delivery of a recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) facility in Maryland for AquaCon.

Norway > Public procurement Tier 3

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, recent work for the ‘highly skilled‘ team includes assisting Motorola Solutions Norway with filing a complaint in connection with an ongoing tender procedure; practice head Thomas Nordby led on this matter. Contentious procurement mandates have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Senior associate Johanne Førde is ‘a rising star within procurement- highly skilled and to the point.’

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nordby

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A good and strong team. Good quality work.’

‘Solid understanding of governmental procurement processes and related agreements.’

‘Rapid understanding of key issues, risks and strategies.’

‘Johanne Førde is a rising star within procurement. Highly skilled and to the point.’

Key clients

Selecta AS

Implenia Norge AS

Nordic Unmanned AS

Achilles Systems AS

Norges Juristforbund

Motorola Solutions Norway AS

Med-el Nordic AS

Ricoh Norge AS

SAS Scandinavian Airlines Systems

Airbus Defence and Space Norway AS

AJ Produkter AS

Betsson Services Ltd.

Kindred Group

Norges Rederiforbund

Handicare

Euromaint Rail AS

Bodø Municipality

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing assistance to Selecta concerning several tender competitions in Norway.
  • Acting for Bodø Municipality in an ongoing NOK90m claim for compensation concerning an alleged breach of Norwegian public procurement regulations.

Norway > Tax Tier 3

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, the ‘thorough, professionally excellent and available’ team is highly regarded for its track record in handling international corporate tax structuring mandates. The group counts the oil and gas, finance and real estate industries among its sector strengths. Department head Jana Johnsen and Cecilie Amdahl have established expertise in handling corporate and international tax matters, while Trond Larsen is a key name for VAT law. Morten Sandli regularly advises private equity entities on tax planning and structuring work, and Hugo Matre focuses on tax litigation. The ‘experienced and thoroughMorten Platou is sought after for his experience in assisting with tax treaties.

Practice head(s):

Jana Johnsen

Testimonials

‘The service received from the team has been excellent. The team has very good technical skills.’

‘Morten Sandli’s technical tax skills are excellent. He is hands-on and managed to get a very good overview of a complex tax case in a short time. He is also a excellent strategic adviser.’

‘Schjødt has many qualified and experienced attorneys and you will always be able to receive necessary help within several professional fields. My experience with Schjødt is that they are thorough, professionally excellent and available whenever necessary.’

‘Morten Platou is efficient and easy to collaborate with, and delivers as agreed.’

‘Jana Johnsen stands out as an experienced tax law partner.’

Key clients

TietoEVRY Oyj

Seetee AS

Compass Group Norge AS

Canica AS

Aker BioMarine ASA

Havila Holding AS

Neptune Energy Norge AS

Longships fund I

Gro Capital A/S

McKinsey & Company Inc Norway

Frontline

Thoma Bravo

Ocean Geoloop

Norway > Regulatory, compliance and investigations

Schjødt is a leading Scandinavian full service business law firm with a  team of over 350 with offices in Oslo, Stavanger, Ålesund, Bergen, Stockholm  and London.  Schjødt is internationally recognized and respected as one of Scandinavia’s top tier law firms, with  a reputation for legal excellence. We combine this with commercial skills, a commitment to service,  innovative solutions and producing excellent results for our clients.

Schjødt is truly committed to a one firm, client-oriented philosophy. This greatly influences the way we  approach client work, to ensure full client satisfaction. Our clients set high expectations for themselves,  and should expect nothing less from us. To ensure the best qualified and most suited lawyers for any given matter all assignments are allocated and staffed by department heads.

Based on the client’s needs, their expressed wishes and the particulars of the case, each new assignment is  delegated to the lawyer best qualified to be responsible for the matter. We strive to maintain a continuous  high level of knowledge amongst our colleagues therefore we have an internal educational institution,  Schjødt Academy, that is continuously tailored to develop the skills of our legal professionals and staff.

Practice areas worldwide: banking and finance, capital markets, China desk, construction, corporate compliance and crisis management, data protection and privacy, digital innovation and TMT, dispute resolution, employment and pension, EU and competition, financial services, fisheries and aquaculture, German desk, insurance, intellectual property, life sciences, litigation and arbitration, media, mergers and acquisitions, mining and minerals, oil and gas, private equity and venture capital, public contracts, public procurement, real estate, renewable energy, restructuring and insolvency, sanctions and export control, shipping and offshore, sustainability law, tax, trade and industry and white-collar crime.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Camilla Skøie Mørkve camilla.morkve@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 60
Banking and Finance Anders Gullåsen anders.gullasen@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 61
Capital markets Bjarne Rogdaberg bjarne.rogdaberg@schjodt.com +47 23 01 19 09
Capital markets Viggo Bang-Hansen viggo.bang-hansen@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 26
Capital Markets Audun Bondkall audun.bondkall@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 90
Dispute resolution Per Ristvedt per.ristvedt@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 78
Employment and Pension Martin Jetlund martin.jetlund@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 71
Energy Preben Willoch preben.willoch@schjodt.com +47 23 01 16 40
Energy Sverre Bjelland sverre.bjelland@schjodt.com +47 51 91 88 09
Energy Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen torkjel.grondalen@schjodt.com +47 23 01 16 41
EU and Competition Olav Kolstad olav.kolstad@schjodt.com +47 23 01 19 23
EU and Competition Thomas Nordby thomas.nordby@schjodt.com +47 23 01 19 40
Financial regulatory Andreas Lowzow andreas.lowzow@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 40
Fisheries & Aquaculture Tord Fondevik tord.fondevik@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 99
Fisheries & Aquaculture Tore Fjørtoft tore.fjortoft@schjodt.com +47 400 42 480
Intellectual property Sigurd Holter Torp sigurd.torp@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 08
Intellectual property/TMT Halvor Manshaus halvor.manshaus@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 29
Life Sciences Knut Sverre Skurdal Andresen knut.andresen@schjodt.com +47 951 74 153
Life Sciences Tord Fondevik tord.fondevik@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 99
Construction Erlend Holstrøm erlend.holstrom@schjodt.comc +47 23 01 18 28
Mergers and Acquistions Caroline Karlsson caroline.karlsson@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 38
Mergers and Acquisitions Knut Smith-Erichsen knut.smith-erichsen@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 07
Renewable Energy Sindre Søndenå Andersen sindre.andersen@schjodt.com +47 51 91 88 15
Real Estate Silje Sund silje.sund@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 22
Real Estate Ditlef Thaulow ditlef.thaulow@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 96
Real Estate Martin Støren martin.storen@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 62
Restructuring and insolvency Egil Horstad egil.horstad@schjodt.com +47 55 55 35 03
Restructuring and insolvency Peter Bugge Hjorth peter.hjorth@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 66
Restructuring and insolvency Johan Henrik Nossum johan.nossum@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 38
Shipping and Oil Services Henrik Aadnesen henrik.aadnesen@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 91
Shipping and Oil Services Nils Ludvig Dahl nils.dahl@schjodt.com +47 51 91 88 13
Sustainability Law Andreas Lowzow andreas.lowzow@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 40
Tax Morten Sandli morten.sandli@schjodt.com +47 23 01 19 59
Tax Cecilie Amdahl cecilie.amdahl@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 84
Tax Hugo M Matre hugo.matre@schjodt.com +47 55 55 35 19
TMT Kaare M Risung kaare.risung@schjodt.com +47 23 01 18 33
Trade and Industry Ole Klevan ole.klevan@schjodt.com +47 23 01 15 19
Trade and Industry Magnus Lütken magnus.lutken@schjodt.com +47 51 91 88 30
Sanctions & Export Controls Thomas Steen Brandi thomas.brandi@schjodt.com +47 970 40 500
Corporate Compliance & Crisis Management Thomas Steen Brandi thomas.brandi@schjodt.com +47 970 40 500
TMT Thomas Hagen thomas.hagen@schjodt.com +47 971 49 169
Public Contracts Thomas Nordby thomas.nordby@schjodt.com +47 901 68 150
Mining & Minerals Ole Klevan ole.klevan@schjodt.com +47 913 35 990
White-Collar Crime Halvard Helle halvard.helle@schjodt.com +47 934 42 410
Photo Name Position Profile
Nils Ludvig Dahl photo Mr Nils Ludvig Dahl Partner. Co-head of Shipping & Oil Services department
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Schjødt is internationally recognized and respected as one of Scandinavia’s top tier law firms, with a reputation for legal excellence. We combine this with commercial skills, a commitment to service, innovative solutions and producing excellent results for our clients.

We have a team of 247 lawyers in Oslo, Stavanger, Ålesund, Bergen, Stockholm and London. We tailor our legal advice to our clients’ professional and geographical business objectives and needs.

Our strong market share and extensive portfolio of foreign clients and matters are an important strategic advantage for Schjødt and every day we work to further improve our insight, skills and services as we work with foreign clients doing business in Norway, Sweden and UK, and with Norwegian and Swedish clients with activities or interests abroad.

We have lawyers from several nationalities. Norway is not a member of the EU but, due to its membership of the European Economic Area, it is legally bound by EEA Law as regards the freedom of goods, services, people and financial resources. To ensure focus, specialist skills and quality client services, we have established:

  • German desk
  • Russian desk
  • Chinese desk
  • Indian desk
  • Nordic desk
  • UK desk
  • US desk

    We also have excellent relationships with law firms on all continents. Schjødt’s London office is strategically placed in one of the most important financial centres in the world, and an important business hub for a wide range of industries.


Schjødt is recognised and respected as one of Scandinavia’s top law firms, with a particular reputation for legal excellence – a reputation on which we will not compromise. While pursuing legal excellence, and across every part of our business, we strive to create an inclusive environment that embraces differences and fosters inclusion. We believe that valuing diversity and offering inclusiveness is a competitive differentiator enabling us to achieve our vision to create unmatched value for both our clients and colleagues.

We embrace a diverse workforce and therefore aim to recruit and retain a workforce that is representative of our society’s diversities, for example with respect to various nationalities, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientation, beliefs, status, and (dis)abilities.

Schjødt’s diversity commitment is based on our core values and focuses on equal opportunity, respect, inclusiveness and flexibility throughout the whole firm. We actively strive to create an inclusive workplace for all.

We maintain that employees shall be promoted on their merits and based on objective standards, and no employees shall experience that their background, belief or lifestyle affects their opportunities within our firm. We treat co-workers with dignity, fairness and respect and will not tolerate any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment based on differences of background, belief or lifestyle. We likewise welcome clients, vendors, and all other visitors equally regardless of their background or appearance.

To achieve a diverse and inclusive environment, we recognize the value of recruiting employees with different backgrounds, knowledge, and experience. We are committed to ensure that gender is not a barrier to career opportunities and advancement. We provide a representation of all genders throughout all recruitment processes and we believe that through gender-balanced leadership and talent pipelines, we can better represent our customers’ needs. Therefore, we actively ensure that gender diversity and equal treatment across gender lines is prioritized particularly in our pay and promotions processes.

Schjødt recognizes that traditionally duties outside of the workplace have hindered lawyers’ advancement. We affirmatively encourages employees to assume these duties, and we work to compose a workplace with employees who have a variety of life circumstances. We recognizes the need to ensure that employees feel valued and are not hindered in living a full life, no matter their background or needs, while still receiving the opportunity to participate and advance their career with Schjødt. People are our most valuable asset and we strive to make flexible working arrangements available where appropriate, as we appreciate that not everyone can and will work the same hours or in the same way.