Firm Profile > Advokatfirmaet Schjødt > Oslo, Norway

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt
0201 OSLO

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

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt ‘provides a very strong overall service with outstanding attentiveness to the client’s needs’. With a client roster of major banks and financial institutions and key expertise in rig and ship finance work, high-yield bond matters and refinancing projects, the practice’s sector expertise encompasses the shipping, offshore, private equity, oil and gas, real estate and infrastructure industries. Capital markets experts Viggo Bang-Hansen and Bjarne Rogdaberg jointly head up the department; Rogdaberg is also the primary contact for financial regulatory matters. Other noteworthy individuals include debt capital specialist Anders Gullåsen, offshore financing expert Camilla Skøie Mørkve and Thomas Dale in Bergen, who focuses on cross-border financings.

Practice head(s):

Viggo Bang-Hansen; Bjarne Rogdaberg

Other key lawyers:


‘They are highly skilled, easy to work with and always deliver on time.’

‘Schjødt provides a very strong overall service with outstanding attentiveness to the client’s needs in the various transactions. They provide very good availability and client attention.’

‘Camilla Skøie Mørkve: Fantastic to work with. Always available, listens to the clients needs and make sure that the project is well finished in all aspects.’

‘Camilla Skøie Mørkve is singular in her services safeguarding her client’s best interests. She always provides full attention to the case and will not rest until the deal is closed. She is a strong commercial negotiator.’

‘Knut Bergo is unparalleled in his legal knowledge and analytic depth, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Viggo Bang-Hansen is very commercial minded and a solid negotiator. He provides outstanding and clever advice.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Abp

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Ocean Yield ASA

Pareto Securities

Clarkson Platou

Aker BioMarine AS

Arctic Securities

Euronext N.V.


Vår Energi AS


GSO Capital Partners



Danske Bank A/S

Nordic Trustee AS

Norway > Capital markets Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt’s ‘business-minded attitude results in concrete problem-solving suggestions helping clients to move forward easily’ with issues encompassing equity and debt capital markets transactions, restructurings and public M&A. The group is regularly involved in the market’s top mandates, and recently advised Evry on its merger with Tieto and the combined entity’s subsequent secondary listing on Oslo Børs. Viggo Bang-Hansen and Bjarne Rogdaberg jointly lead the practice, which was recently bolstered by the recruitment of restructuring specialist Egil Horstad and the promotion of Peter Bugge Hjorth to equity partner. Other key individuals include the ‘responsive, pragmatic and solution-orientedThomas Aanmoen and Audun Bondkall, who focuses on public and international transactions.

Practice head(s):

Viggo Bang-Hansen; Bjarne Rogdaberg


‘The team is highly knowledgeable about the sector and has a hand-on, pragmatic approach to legal issues. Their business minded-attitude results in concrete problem solving suggestions helping us as clients to move forward. Their short response time to complex challenges is also highly appreciated.’

‘Bjarne Rogdaberg takes great pride in delivering top quality advice based on a deep insight in the legal framework and the financial sector. He acts as a true advisor and always has the client’s business in mind when applying the law.’

‘We have used Thomas Aanmoen for many years. It is basically him that we go to the firm for. He is an extremely hands on, responsive, pragmatic, and solutions-oriented lawyer. He has a team of younger associates that strike us as effective and capable in terms of execution.’

Key clients

Pexip Holding ASA

Aker BioMarine AS

Morgan Stanley & Co. International



ABG Sundal Collier ASA

Ocean Yield ASA


Pareto Securities AS

Pareto Bank ASA

ABG Sundal Collier



Songa Offshore

Self Storage Group ASA


Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS is particularly known for its work for international and domestic private equity funds. The practice handles a broad range of M&A and capital markets transactions, and also stands out for its expertise in the technology, oil and gas and oilfield services sectors; Geir Evenshaug is the key contact for oil-related work. Tord Fondevik, who acts for blue chip corporations, private equity funds and founders, jointly heads up the team with Knut Smith-Erichsen, who also advises on industrial M&A. Up-and-coming partner Jan Martin Rostveit is one to watch, and, in Stavanger, Dag Sigvart Kaada focuses on energy and technology M&A.

Practice head(s):

Knut Smith-Erichsen; Tord Fondevik

Other key lawyers:


‘Industry-leading expertise.’

‘Tord Fondevik has a rare combination of excellent legal understanding and focus on achieving the commercial objectives of the project. He is also able to manage all the other resources/disciplines in a complex project, in an efficient way.’ 

‘The practice is unique in that they understand complex situations, can identify and propose creative solutions and viable paths, are able to plan methodically for negotiations and execute the project tirelessly.’

‘Strong and proven competence across all areas of legal expertise. Always provides driven teams with 24/7 availability.’

‘I work first and foremost with Tord Fondevik, our main lawyer in all we do. Many M&A lawyers try to grow into the role of being their client’s trusted, all-rounder advisor, but no one we have worked with has taken this role better than Tord Fondevik at Schjødt. Having worked with many of the leading Norwegian M&A lawyers, I am not in doubt that Tord is the best M&A lawyer for us. I would even argue that he is the best M&A lawyer in Norway, considering that we are looking for a lawyer combining multiple skills and talents.’

‘Robert Romansky serves both large and midcap clients with the identical high dedication and availability. Fierce in negotiations when needed, and shows pragmatism when sensible.’

Key clients

Euronext N.V.

Bridgepoint Development Capital Limited

Norvestor Equity AS

Partners Group AG

TietoEVRY Oyj

Herkules Capital

Agilitas Private Equity LLP

Aker Biomarine, companies in the Aker Group

Hitec Vision

Visma ASA


Petronor E&P Limited

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS has has excellent dispute resolution expertise spanning corporate litigation, tax litigation, high-profile white-collar crime proceedings, liability claims and freedom of speech issues. In addition to commercial litigation, the department stands out in investigative work, corruption mandates and cyber and IP criminal proceedings. Per Magne Ristvedt focuses on litigation related to company law and M&A disputes. He jointly heads up the team with Halvor Manshaus, who has extensive IP, technology and media experience. Sven Eriksrud, and oil and gas experts Trond Sollund and Vidar Strømme are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Per Ristvedt; Halvor Manshaus

Other key lawyers:

Sven Eriksrud; Trond Sollund; Vidar Strømme; Sigurd Holter Torp; Amund B. Tørum


‘Very competitive mindset, capable of building a team around the case.’

‘They have a wide range of resources with highly qualified lawyers in various legal areas. Always available. Fast deliveries when needed.’

‘Established good relations with the employees – not only those who work directly with us, but with the whole team. The firm shows genuine interest in the cases they assist with.’

‘Halvor Manshaus – outstanding.’

Key clients



Elopak AS

Nordic Trustee

Staur Holding AS


Polaris Media ASA


Orkla ASA


Norway > Maritime law Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt stands out for the combination of its traditional shipping group and offshore construction practice, which specialises in matters involving subsea units and offshore support vessels. The team sits within the firm's broader oil and gas department. Department head, litigator and arbitrator Henrik Aadnesen is an expert in transactions, finance work and project management issues; and Stian Tennfjord, who applies his contract and corporate law expertise to shipyard mandates, leads the Ålesund office. Senior associate Rebecca Lund Nakkim provides energy and shipping advice and focuses on shipping transactions and ship finance work.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Aadnesen

Other key lawyers:


‘On top of every task, efficient and timely deliveries, with the ability to run projects without wasting time. Huge working capacity.’

‘Henrik Aadnesen is on top of things and very dedicated. He spends time understanding the tasks, and is a valuable discussion partner. He gets things done and forms a brilliant group together with his team, in particular Rebecca Lund Nakkim (senior associate).’

‘Very responsive and pragmatic approach from Henrik Aadnesen.’

‘Stian Tennfjord is highly qualified and his experience as an in-house lawyer provides deep knowledge and understanding of the practical as well as the legal issues relevant to the industry. Stian is efficient and available and always a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Aker Floating Production AS

Transocean Ltd.

GC Rieber Shipping ASA

Höegh LNG AS

Ocean Yield ASA

Prosafe SE

Spar Shipping AS

Volstad Shipping AS

Intership AS

Vard Group AS

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt provides the full range of services in the shipping and offshore sectors. At the core of the practice, the group handles the creation and modification of shipbuilding contracts, financial mandates and projects for financial institutions and equity stakeholders. The team, led by transactional, finance and project management expert and litigator Henrik Aadnesen, also acts in disputes and arbitration proceedings concerning shipbuilding issues, ship design and ship conversion work, and offshore platforms.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Aadnesen

Other key lawyers:


‘Combination of high legal competence and excellent knowledge of the industry.’

‘Henrik Aadnesen is on top of things and very dedicated. He spends time on understanding the tasks, and is a valuable discussion partner for us. Further, he gets things done, and forms a brilliant team together with his team, in particular Rebecca Lund Nakkim (Associate).’

‘Henrik Aadnesen is very responsive and pragmatic in his advice.’

‘Stian Tennfjord is efficient and available and always a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Aker Floating Production AS

Transocean Ltd.

GC Rieber Shipping ASA

Höegh LNG AS

Ocean Yield ASA

Prosafe SE

Spar Shipping AS

Volstad Shipping AS

Intership AS

Vard Group AS

Norway > Oil and gas Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt combines 'high legal competence and excellent knowledge of the industry' to handle a range of noteworthy transactions and disputes relating to the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The team acts for  a variety of high-profile clients in the sector, including Lundin Norway, Vår Energi and Total E&P Norge. Sverre Bjelland and Preben Willoch jointly lead the team from Stavanger and Oslo respectively. Other key names include litigator Amund Bjøranger Tørum , Torkjel Grøndalen , who has been notable involved in the Norwegian State's carbon capture and storage project; and Erlend Bakken.

Practice head(s):

Preben Willoch; Sverre Bjelland

Other key lawyers:

Christian Fredrik Michelet; Erlend Bakken; Torkjel Grøndalen; Amund Bjøranger Tørum; Peter Hiorth


‘The combination of high legal competence and excellent knowledge of the industry. This goes in particular for the partners Amund Bjøranger Tørum and Peter Hiorth.’

‘In-depth knowledge and experience within our line of business. Proactive approach and efficient work processes. To the point and clear advice.’

‘Always available (24/7), quick response, efficient and they are pleasant to work with.’

‘Our main contact, Preben T. Willoch is outstanding.’

Key clients

Lundin Norway AS

Vår Energi AS

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway AS

Neptune Energy Norway AS

Repsol Norge AS

Total E&P Norge AS

A/S Norske Shell

Wintershall Dea Norge AS

ONE-Dyas Norge AS

Spirit Energy Norway AS

Kufpec Norway AS

Gassco AS

Petoro AS


Source Energy AS

Chrysaor Norge AS

Capricorn (Cairn) Norge AS


Mime Petroleum AS

Norway > Real estate Tier 1

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, the 'very competent' Oslo-based team specialises in handling large-scale real estate transactions for Scandinavian buyers, sellers and developers; it recently advised on Veidekke's divestment of a NOK10.6bn Norwegian and Swedish housing portfolio. Jointly led by Ditlef Thaulow, Camilla Kristiansen Lunne and Martin Støren, the group's knowledge extends to development projects and any associated zoning, construction and expropriation matters. Corporate and M&A expert Einar Caspersen and the highly experienced Geir Sand are further key names to note in the practice, which also handles asset-based disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ditlef Thaulow; Camilla Kristiansen Lunne; Martin Støren

Other key lawyers:


‘Full service team; very competent; quick follow-up when needed; nice people.’

‘Martin Støren is very competent in dialogue with public authorities. Camilla Kristiansen Lunne sees good commercial solutions and has a good ability to understand the challenges clients have.’

Key clients

Oslo S Utvikling

Oslo Areal

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring

KLP Eiendom

Arctic Securities


Olav Thon Eiendomsselskap

Selvaag Bolig

Selvaag Eiendom

Dolphin Eiendom

Base Property

Self Storage Group


Galleri Oslo Invest

Oslo Havn

Norway > TMT Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is distinguished in the market by its client portfolio of leading multinational technology companies, including Facebook and Apple. The digital innovation, TMT and privacy team covers the full spectrum of mandates, and is known in particular for its work for media clients, and handling transactional and funding matters, and IP litigation. Corporate advisory work is also a mainstay of the practice. The practice is led jointly by the highly experienced Halvor Manshaus and Kaare Risung. Other key names include Tord Fondevik, whose clients include major technology companies, and media sector specialist Halvard HelleEva Jarbekk is the primary contact for privacy and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Halvor Manshaus; Kaare Risung

Other key lawyers:

Sigurd Holter Torp; Tord Fondevik; Eva Jarbekk; Hugo Berg Otterlei; Halvard Helle; Vidar Strømme


‘My experience is of one of their exceptional individual, Kaare Risung. He is highly professional, extremely intelligent, a remarkable team leader and team player.’

‘There is a wide range of competencies in the team. We are always directed to the one who is an expert on the topic we are asking for support in.’

‘Our main contact is Kaare Risung. He is easy to speak with, understands our topics easily, and has a positive attitude.’

Key clients





Egmont, Including TV2

Schibsted ASA

Aker BioMarine AS


The Norwegian Association of Editors



Verdens Gang AS (VG)

Strawberry Publishing AS

Norway > Construction Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is recognised for its cross-practice approach to construction law and draws experience from the firm's real estate, M&A, finance, oil and gas and public procurement departments to advise constructors, architects, consultants and owners on construction matters. Ole Christian Hyggen focuses on contract drafting issues, construction projects and risk assessment work, and also represents clients in disputes and professional liability cases relating to engineering contracts. He leads the team together with Erlend Holstrøm, who advises on onshore and offshore construction projects and specialises in contract litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ole Christian Hyggen; Erlend Holstrøm

Other key lawyers:

Trond Sollund


‘Competent and pragmatic.’

‘Very strong team and a leading firm within construction law. Knowledge, competence and ability to adapt and give advice in any situation needed. They also have a strategic overview looking forward.’

‘Ole Christian Hyggen can pick up small details and understand the importance of them even if others don’t.’

‘A good, experienced team within construction law.’

‘Good understanding of the industry.’

Key clients


Impleniarge AS

AF Gruppenrge AS

Peab AS

Veidrift AS

Eiendomsspar AS

Purac AS

Rambøllrge AS

ÅF Engineering AS

Norway > Electricity and renewable energy Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is highly regarded for its transactional expertise, with a client base of large energy companies and renewable sector businesses; the team has extensive experience in hydro, wind and solar M&A, including the consolidation of smaller utility companies and small-scale hydro work. Hallvard Gilje Aarseth is the department's key contact for regulatory work; he jointly heads up the team with capital markets, securities and corporate law-focused Sindre Søndenå AndersenSverre Bjelland is the key contact in Stavanger.

Practice head(s):

Sindre Søndenå Andersen; Hallvard Gilje Aarseth

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Fjordkraft Holding ASA, Fjordkraft AS, Trøndelag Kraft AS

Norsk Vind AS

Lyse Energi AS

Fred Olsen Renewables AS

Nysnø Klimainvesteringer AS

Clemens Kraft AS / Fearnley Securities AS

Fossberg Kraft AS

Fjelberg Kraftlag SA

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets / Macquarie Group

Tafjord Kraft AS

Jæren Energi AS

Norway > Employment Tier 2

Following its merger with Swedish law firm Hamilton Advokatbyrå KB in early 2020, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt fields a full-service employment practice, which has particular expertise in Norway-Sweden cross-border employment matters. The team is notably active in the aquaculture, oil and gas, technology, aviation, private equity and financial services sectors. Group head Martin Jetlund is a ‘great communicator’ who specialises in international mandates, pensions issues and transfers of undertakings, while Magnus Lütken focuses on employment matters arising from restructurings and transactions, and Trond Stang is an experienced litigator in the media and oil and gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jetlund

Other key lawyers:


‘The firm is very service-minded and always ready to help or give good legal advice to our company. We will especially highlight the excellent work and collaboration we have with Martin Jetlund.’

‘Holistic approach – practical and commercial mind set.’

‘Martin Jetlund – hands on commercial adviser with holistic approach to solving client problems.’

‘They are extremely well qualified, their professional skills are outstanding. You do not have to ask specific questions in order for them to assess them; they know what your problems are before you have presented them.’

‘A combination of competence, availability, speed and style.’

‘Strong communication skills. Very practical in their advice. Dedicated and supportive – any time – day, night, weekends, holidays. Exceptionally strong advice – don’t just “quote the law” they provide advice and alternatives.’

‘Martin Jetlund is very thorough. Covers all options and in detail. Always provides options including risk levels and solutions tailored for our business. Great communicator and at keeping in touch. Always follows up and ensures we don’t miss deadlines.’

Key clients

Tata Consultancy Services

ExxonMobil / Esso


Spirit Energy



Airbus Defence and Space

Posten Norge



Stena Drilling



Gambit H&K


Recover Nordic









Veritas (Norway)




Global Maritime


Singapore Airlines









KCA Deutag

Qatar Airways

Fiskars Norway

Family Sports Club




Dolphin Drilling


Norway > EU and competition Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt's competition team is recognised for its activity in the M&A market, especially on merger notifications. The team is also specialised in acting in high-profile disputes for clients in the farming, food, retail and oil industries; it has experience before the national courts, the Norwegian Competition Authority, the European Commission and the European Courts in Luxembourg. Olav Kolstad and Thomas Nordby focus on competition issues and oil and gas regulation; and public procurement, energy law, and public regulations respectively, and jointly head up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Olav Kolstad; Thomas Nordby


‘Good cross-border competency.’

‘Olav Kolstad has very sound and precise probability assessment skills. Transparent communication.’

‘Extraordinary and in-depth knowledge about what is current and updated practice is highly appreciated when facing e.g. merger controls.’

Key clients

SalMar ASA

Grieg Seafood ASA


Cappelen Damm AS

Prosafe SE

NEC OncoImmunity AS

Herkules Private Equity

SG Finans AS

Ocean Quality AS

Rederiforbundet (Therwegian Shipowners’ Association)


Orkla ASA

Aker Biomarine AS

Polaris Media AS


Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is singled out for its cross-border expertise, which spans Norwegian, Swedish and English law, and its knowledge of the oil and gas, and offshore sectors. The firm's managing partner Erling Ueland heads up the department from Stavanger; key names in Oslo include Peter Bugge Hjorth, who handles cross-border restructurings and assists companies and lenders, and Johan Henrik Nossum. Litigation expert Egil Horstad joined the Bergen office from Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Erling Ueland

Other key lawyers:

Peter Bugge Hjorth; Johan Henrik Nossum; Siv Sandvik; Anders Gullåsen; Egil Horstad


‘Skilled professionals. Driven and with service focus.’

‘The team is in my opinion the strongest insolvency and corporate recovery team in the Norwegian market. The team has highly skilled lawyers and provides a full range of services. They have also a large team located in Stockholm and also expertise located in London, which adds additional value in cross-border matters.’

‘Peter Bugge Hjorth has a strong commercial sense, provides valuable strategic inputs, is clever and hardworking.’

‘Siv Sandvik is very well connected and provided very helpful advice at a reasonable price.’

‘Siv Sandvik’s advice was commercial, clear and helpful.’

‘Experience, availability and ability to explain complex matters in an understandable way.’

‘Peter Bugge Hjorth is of great value as legal adviser due to his commercial and financial understanding joined with legal expertise. He has always provided a top-notch service. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Norge ASA / Nordea Bank Abp


Investec Bank Plc.

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Danske Bank

Songa Offshore SE

Proserv Operations Ltd.

Prosafe SE

Lundin Petroleum

Ocean Yield ASA

Aker Biomarine ASA

BNP Paribas

CFG Peru Investments Pte. Ltd and other group companies

Nordic Trustee AS

Norvestor Equity AS

FSN Capital AS


Export Credit Norway (Eksportkreditt Norge AS)

Scotch & Soda B.V.

Parfümerie Douglas GmbH

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

DVB Bank SE / DVB Group Merchant Group (Asia) Limited / DVB Bank America N.V.

Incus Investor ASA

Sydvaranger AS

Tschudi Shipping Company AS

Epsilon Capital AS

Gresvig Retail Group


Danmarks Skibskredit A/S


ING Bank N.V.

Sparebanken Vest / Sparebanken Møre

Sparebank 1 SR-Bank ASA

Swedbank AB


Standard Chartered

Themoon AS

Mobylife AS (bankruptcy estate)

Norske Skogindustrier ASA (bankruptcy estate)

Norway > Insurance Tier 2

Fielding an insurer-focused practice, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is singled out for its regulatory, product development and transactional work, acting for a variety of clients. The group is also increasingly active in claims work, including handling D&O, marine, financial line, product and general liability disputes. The team's roster of international and domestic clients includes life and non-life insurers, reinsurers, pension funds, insurance intermediaries and larger corporate policyholders. The highly experienced Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen heads up the practice, with Per Magne Ristvedt and Amund Bjøranger Tørum leading the litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Per Magne Ristvedt; Amund Bjøranger Tørum


‘Great knowledge and experience – with a practical touch.’

‘Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen has superb knowledge mixed with a practical touch, which gives value to the clients.’

‘Innovative, solution-oriented and open to new ideas and solutions.’

Key clients

Apple Inc.

Zurich Insurance plc (Ireland), Swedish Branch

Chubb European Group SE

VPS Euronext


XL Catlin Services SE

Euro Accident Livförsäkring AB

Euro Accident Liv NUF

Anticimex Försäkringar AB

Anticimex Forsikring NUF

FOLKSAM ömsesidig sakförsäkring

Hyperion Insurance Group Limited

Zurich Insurance plc (Ireland), Norwegian Branch

W. R. Berkley Europe AG

W. R. Berkley Corporation

Berkley European Underwriters

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken S.A

Samsung Electronics Nordic Aktiebolag

Codan Forsikring NUF

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt acts for clients from various sectors, including large multi-national corporations and domestic companies in the IT, automotive, technology and oil and gas industries, on the full range of IP matters, including patents, trade marks, licenses and anti-counterfeiting mandates. The team, led by ‘top IP litigatorHalvor Manshaus and experienced negotiator Kaare M Risung, is also experienced in IP transactions. Thomas Hagen focuses on trade secrets and marketing law and Sigurd Holter Torp is experienced in handling large, complex IP disputes. Knut Sverre Skurdal Andresen joined from BAHR in late 2019 and focuses on technology patent disputes.

Practice head(s):

Halvor Manshaus; Kaare M Risung


Halvor Manshaus is a diligent and experienced IP lawyer able to cover the various aspects of a case with grace. He is the top IP litigator in Norway. Thomas Hagen is an experienced IP lawyer with a commercial mindset and practical approach to any situation. He has the ability to evaluate difficult situations and provide clear, well-founded and precise advice suitable for our needs.’

‘The team from Schjodt, with Thomas Hagen and Halvor Manshaus, are experts with experience, and they win!

A large Norwegian firm with a good IP section.’

Knut Andresen is a rising star in Norwegian IP. He is already remarkably experienced, careful and precise, he produces excellent legal work and has a tremendous court presence. He will be a defining lawyer in his generation.’

‘Halvor Manshaus is outstanding; he’s great at reshaping legal problems as strategic opportunities.’

Key clients

CardioMech AS

Webmegling Technology AS

Norsk Medisinaldepot AS

FourPhase AS

Aiwa Corporation

Leve Hytter AS

Subsea Smart Solutions AS and Subsea Solutions AS

Daimler AG


Merck Sharp & Dohme

Norway > Tax Tier 2

The practice at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is particularly known for its expertise in international corporate tax structuring work, acting for groups and joint ventures and assisting with tax planning issues on cross-border transactions, transfer pricing work and real estate tax mandates. The team also handles complaints and legal proceedings against the tax authorities. Practice head Morten Sandli has wide-ranging experience encompassing management investment programs, tax due diligence, VAT issues and interest deduction limitation rules. Cecilie Amdahl focuses on the tax aspects of corporate structures, Hugo Matre handles tax litigation, and Trond Larsen specialises in indirect tax work. Marius Sollund is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Morten Sandli

Other key lawyers:


‘High quality throughout the entire practice. Specialists in various areas work together to provide seamless advice on big transactions.’

‘Morten Sandli is an excellent adviser on transactions. He combines technical knowledge and commercial understanding to provide excellent advice and input.’

‘Besides their very good knowledge of corporate tax and tax matters for the different shareholders, they take time to explain and make you understand the different challenges.’

‘Schjødt always acts professionally. The firm provides tax advice based on deep knowledge. what is outstanding is also that the response time is very short.’

‘Our contact is Marius Sollund, partner. He has a nice personality, is professional and responds very quickly to our requests. Trond Larsen has deep knowledge of tax matters.’

‘The past two years I have worked closely with Morten Sandli, partner re tax matters. His knowledge is excellent and he is always easy to reach and provides quick responses, which is very much appreciated!’

‘Jana Johnsen was exceptional. Extremely knowledgeable on US and Norway employment and tax laws. Responded quickly no matter the time of day or week. Made me feel like more than a normal customer. Would recommend her to anyone.’

Key clients

Petrolia SE

Oslo S Utvikling


Aberdeen Asset Management

Steen & Strøm Norge

Opera Software

AF Gruppen

Albright Capital Management


Aker BioMarine

Polaris Media

Global Infrastruktur 2007

Intership AS






Norway > Fishing and aquaculture Tier 3

Working across the full spectrum of the fishing and aquaculture industry, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS is well-placed to advise on mandates covering contractual work, transactional matters and dispute resolution for high-profile clients, including fish farmers, fisheries and vessel building companies. With specialist expertise in regulatory issues, the team regularly handles matters concerning the quota system, allocation criteria and concessions. Tore Fjørtoft and Tord Fondevik lead the team from Oslo, alongside Stian Tennfjord, who heads up the office in Ålesund.

Practice head(s):

Tore Fjørtoft; Tord Fondevik; Stian Tennfjord

Key clients


Aker BioMarine

Ocean Harvest

Hofseth Europe and Hofseth International

Andfjord Salmon

Nova Sea

Bremnes Seashore

Vista Seafood Ltd.

Intership AS

Vard Group AS

Optimar AS

Brunvoll AS

Offshore Salmon AS

Norcod AS

Epax AS

Olav E. Fiskerstrand AS

Schjødt is a leading Scandinavian full service business law firm with a  team of 250 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 & Finance, Capital Markets, China Desk, Construction, Data Protection & Privacy, Digital Innovation & TMT, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Pension, EU & Competition, Financial Regulatory,
Fisheries & Aquaculture, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Litigation & Arbitration, Media, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining & Minerals, Oil & Gas, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Public Contracts, Public Procurement, Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Shipping & Offshore, Sustainability Law, Tax, and Trade & Industry.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Peter Tranvåg Skutvik +47 23 01 16 43
Banking and Finance Camilla Skøie Mørkve +47 23 01 18 60
Banking and Finance Anders Gullåsen +47 23 01 18 61
Capital markets Bjarne Rogdaberg +47 23 01 19 09
Capital markets Viggo Bang-Hansen +47 23 01 18 26
Capital Markets Audun Bondkall +47 23 01 18 90
Construction Marthe Stømner Smestad +47 23 01 18 19
Corporate Arild Støren Frick +47 23 01 15 07
Dispute resolution Per Ristvedt +47 23 01 15 78
Dispute resolution Marie Nesvik +47 23 01 15 16
Employment and Pension Martin Jetlund +47 23 01 15 71
Energy Preben Willoch +47 23 01 16 40
Energy Sverre Bjelland +47 51 91 88 09
Energy Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen +47 23 01 16 41
EU and Competition Olav Kolstad +47 23 01 19 23
EU and Competition Thomas Nordby +47 23 01 19 40
Financial regulatory Andreas Lowzow +47 23 01 15 40
Fisheries & Aquaculture Tord Fondevik +47 23 01 15 99
Intellectual property Sigurd Holter Torp +47 23 01 18 08
Intellectual property/TMT Halvor Manshaus +47 23 01 15 29
Life Sciences Tord Fondevik +47 23 01 15 99
Litigation and arbitration Erlend Holstrøm erlend.holstrom@schjodt.comc +47 23 01 18 28
Litigation and arbitration Vidar Strømme +47 23 01 15 31
Mergers and Acquistions Caroline Karlsson +47 23 01 15 38
Mergers and Acquisitions Knut Smith-Erichsen +47 23 01 18 07
Renewable Energy Sindre Søndenå Andersen +47 51 91 88 15
Real Estate Silje Sund +47 23 01 15 22
Real Estate Camilla Kristiansen Lunne +47 23 01 15 60
Real Estate Ditlef Thaulow +47 23 01 18 96
Real Estate Martin Støren +47 23 01 15 62
Restructuring and insolvency Egil Horstad +47 55 55 35 03
Restructuring and insolvency Peter Bugge Hjorth +47 23 01 15 66
Restructuring and insolvency Johan Henrik Nossum +47 23 01 18 38
Shipping and Oil Services Henrik Aadnesen +47 23 01 18 91
Shipping and Oil Services Nils Ludvig Dahl +47 51 91 88 13
Sustainability Law Andreas Lowzow +47 23 01 15 40
Tax Morten Sandli +47 23 01 19 59
Tax Cecilie Amdahl +47 23 01 18 84
Tax Hugo M Matre +47 55 55 35 19
TMT Kaare M Risung +47 23 01 18 33
Trade and Industry Ole Klevan +47 23 01 15 19
Trade and Industry Magnus Lütken +47 51 91 88 30
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Thomas Aanmoen  photo Mr Thomas Aanmoen Partner in the corporate practical group. Fields of expertise include securities, stock…
Mrs Cecilie Amdahl  photo Mrs Cecilie Amdahl Partner, Head of Taxation, Head of Corporate Advisory and Transactions
Mr Audun Bondkall  photo Mr Audun Bondkall Partner. Head of Capital Markets practice group
 Anders Gullåsen  photo Anders Gullåsen Partner, Deputy Head of Banking and Finance
 Erlend W Holstrøm  photo Erlend W Holstrøm Partner. Head of Litigation practice group
Mr Dag Sigvart Kaada photo Mr Dag Sigvart Kaada Partner. Vice Managing Partner in Schjødt
Mr Ole Klevan  photo Mr Ole Klevan Partner. Co-head of Industry department
Mrs Camilla Kristiansen Lunne  photo Mrs Camilla Kristiansen Lunne Partner. Vice Managing Partner in Schjødt, Co-head of Real Estate department
Mr Halvor Manshaus  photo Mr Halvor Manshaus LPartner. Head of TMT/IP practice group
Mr Kaare M Risung  photo Mr Kaare M Risung Partner
Mr Bjarne Rogdaberg  photo Mr Bjarne Rogdaberg Partner. Co-head of Capital Markets department
Mr Geir Sand  photo Mr Geir Sand Partner
 Camilla Skøie Mørkve  photo Camilla Skøie Mørkve Partner
Mr Trond Sollund  photo Mr Trond Sollund Partner 
Number of lawyers : 180
Number in administration : 49
the Scandinavian languages
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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.