Advokatfirmaet Schjødt > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt
RUSELØKKVEIEN 14-16
PO BOX 2444 SOLLI
0201 OSLO
Norway

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

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s ‘very dynamic and hands-on‘ team stands out for its excellent track record in advising a client base drawn from the real estate, offshore, shipping, energy, infrastructure and private equity industries on a wide spectrum of financial matters. Ship finance is a core strength of the practice, and the group is regularly instructed on project financings, large-scale refinancing mandates, and acquisition finance matters. Peter Bugge Hjorth and Erlend Bakken jointly lead the team, which includes Camilla Skøie Mørkve, who focuses on offshore and shipping finance issues; Anders Gullåsen, who has extensive experience in debt financing work; and Bergen-based Thomas Dale, who regularly handles cross-border financings.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Bakken; Peter Bugge Hjorth

Testimonials

‘Very dynamic and hands on team. Very practical.’

‘Peter Bugge Hjorth – brilliant restructuring lawyer.’

Key clients

Lundin Energy

Seadrill

Nordea Bank

Neptune Energy

DNB Bank

Hitec Vision

Wallenius Wilhelmsen ASA

GSO Capital Partners

Ocean Yield

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Knut Smith-Erichsen and Caroline Karlsson jointly head up Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s M&A practice, which regularly acts for private equity funds and large corporations from a range of sectors on large-scale transactions. Geir Evenshaug is ‘a trusted adviser‘ on international transactions, often within the oil and gas sector, while Tord Fondevik and Robert Romansky act for private equity funds and blue chip corporations. Other key names to note are the ‘extremely practicalArild Frick and Stavanger-based Dag Sigvart Kaada. In 2021 Jan Martin Rostveit left the firm to take up an in-house position, and Marianne Lind Sahl joined from Arntzen de Besche in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Karlsson; Knut Smith-Erichsen

Testimonials

‘High competence across the team. Hands-on with strong knowledge.’

‘Arild Frick is an awesome M&A and corporate lawyer who sincerely works side-by-side with his clients. His strong and broad range of expertise both academically both also based on his previous experience makes him stand out. He both understands and takes an active role in tactics but also he has in depth knowledge and experience related to operational subjects.’

‘Geir Evenshaug will respond immediately. He understands our need for commercially driven legal advice and is clear when advice is given.’

Key clients

Euronext N.V.

Panoro Energy ASA

Fjordkraft Holding ASA

Veidekke ASA

TietoEVRY Oyj

Smedvig Capital

Solon Eiendom ASA

Companies in the Aker Group, including Cognite and Aker BioMarine

IK Investment Partners Limited (IK)

Keystone Academic Solutions AS

Magnora ASA

Vaccibody AS

Paine Schwartz Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised IK Investment Partners on its NOK3bn acquisition of wealth management company Formue.
  • Assisted Veidekke ASA with the divestment of its property development operations in Norway and Sweden.
  • Advised Smedvig and its minority shareholders on the NOK7.6bn sale of data centre service provider Green Mountain AS to Azrieli Group Ltd.

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt has extensive experience in commercial litigation, white-collar crime proceedings, liability claims, tax litigation and large-scale international arbitrations within the offshore, energy and shipping sectors. Per Magne Ristvedt demonstrates ‘good control over the facts‘, and jointly heads up the practice with Marie Nesvik, who focuses on cross-border litigation. Sven Eriksrud handles contractual disputes and professional liability cases, Trond Sollund  focuses on the oil and gas sector, Halvor Manshaus specialises in technology and media litigation, and Sigurd Holter Torp is a key name for white-collar crime mandates. Vidar Strømme left the firm for a role in the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Marie Nesvik; Per Magne Ristvedt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professionality and efficiency.’

‘Schjødt is a very professional firm with wide expertise and the ability to deliver high standard legal advice.’

‘Sven Eriksrud is a very good litigator.’

‘Business minded. Extremely skilful. Looks for best solutions and not the longest possible process.’

‘Highly skilled professionals with a broad range of expertise.’

‘Availability and speedy response. Open for input and discussion to achieve the best result.’

Key clients

Ølen Betong Gruppe AS

Transocean Offshore Ltd.

TV2 AS

Apple Inc.

Polaris Media ASA

Songa Offshore Services AS

Subsea Smart Solutions AS and Subsea Solutions AS

Rettsdata.no

Hofseth Europe GmbH and Hofseth International AS

Work highlights

  • Defended the former board of directors and owners of Reinertsen AS against a claim for damages arising from the company’s bankruptcy estate.
  • Successfully represented Apple before the Supreme Court in a principal trade mark case.

Norway > Oil and gas Tier 1

As ‘a real powerhouse oil and gas practice with a huge breadth of experience in all related disciplines,’ Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is ‘widely regarded as a market leader in Norway‘. Jointly led by Sverre Bjelland and Preben Willoch from Stavanger and Oslo respectively, the team stands out for its ‘unique combination of experience, in-depth knowledge, and service-minded attitude‘, and continues to represent prominent oil and E&P companies in high-profile disputes and transactional mandates. Other key names include the highly regarded Christian Fredrik Michelet, Torkjel Grøndalen, who is sought out for his regulatory, contractual and M&A expertise, and Peter Hiorth, who specialises in oil taxation. Amund Bjøranger Tørum left the firm in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sverre Bjelland; Preben Willoch

Testimonials

‘This firm is our go-to firm in Norway and we have always been extremely impressed with them. Clear, practical advice and deep industry knowledge.’

‘Preben Willoch is the star performer and we have tremendous confidence in him to deliver.’

‘The service is always first class. Up to date with the law and latest practice. Advice from the team has been impeccable and Schjødt have been really supportive. Great to work with.’

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.’

‘Excellent response times and commercial mindset.’

‘Able to leverage unique industry experience to provide fit for purpose legal advice.’

‘Speedy and fit for purpose advice. I have worked especially with Sverre Bjelland and highly recommend him.’

Key clients

Lundin Norway AS

Vår Energi AS

Repsol Norge AS

Total E&P Norge AS

PGNiG Upstream Norway AS

Petoro AS

Chrysaor Norge AS

Wintershall Dea Norge AS

Spirit Energy Norway AS

Neptune Energy Norway AS

Work highlights

  • Represented Repsol Norge AS in Maersk’s $373m sale and leaseback of a jack-up rig to Havila, which will then sell the rig to the Yme field licence, operated by Repsol.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to Total E&P Norge AS on the development of the “Northern Lights” CCS project.
  • Advised PGNiG Upstream Norway AS on its acquisition of Norske Shell’s interests in the Valemon and Kvitebjørn producing fields in the North Sea.

Norway > TMT Tier 1

Telecoms expert Kaare Risung and litigation and arbitration specialist Halvor Manshaus jointly head up the digital innovation, TMT and privacy team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt. The department advises across the whole range of matters, including contentious work, transactional mandates, corporate advisory matters and regulatory issues. Eva Jarbekk counts privacy and data protection issues as a core strength of her practice. Other key practitioners include IP expert Sigurd Holter Torp and Hugo Berg Otterlei, who specialises in IT contracts.

Practice head(s):

Halvor Manshaus; Kaare Risung

Testimonials

‘The team is legally excellent of course, but their key strength is providing legal advice in a manner that is practical and useful for a business. They are pragmatic and to the point, and have shown a real interest in properly understanding both our technology, and our strategic and commercial drivers, and tailoring their legal advice to suit.’

‘Kaare Risung is an excellent technology lawyer who we have worked with for years. Kaare understands our business and products, and actively tailors his advice to our needs. He keeps us up to date on local legal developments specifically relevant to our business and is never afraid to give a straight and succinct answer.’

‘Professionalism, accessibility, industry knowledge, get the answers quickly, sociable and friendly teams.’

‘Sociable and friendly. Smart and knowledgeable. Ability to give us good guidance on a variety of issues – and in a short time frame.’

Key clients

Apple

SpaceX

Facebook

Motorola Solutions

Egmont, including TV 2

Hexagon Composites

Aker BioMarine AS

Samsung Electronics

The Norwegian Association of Editors

DocuSign

Verdens Gang AS (VG)

Strawberry Publishing AS

Norid

Cognite

Altibox

Gelato/OP Invest

Work highlights

  • Acting for Motorola in an appeal concerning the decommissioning of telecoms company Telenor’s copper network.
  • Advising SpaceX on a new legislative proposal concerning broadband connection financing.
  • Acting for US company Grindr against the Norwegian Data Protection Authority (DPA) concerning a fine for breach of privacy.

Norway > Capital markets Tier 2

Thomas Aanmoen and Bjarne Rogdaberg jointly lead the practice at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, which has been kept busy handling high-profile equity and debt capital markets transactions, restructurings, private placements and IPOs for clients in the financial, offshore and oil sectors. High-yield bond work is another area of expertise for the team. Viggo Bang-Hansen focuses on restructurings and public M&A work, and Audun Bondkall is a key contact for international and public transactions. Senior associate Vegard André Fiskerstrand advises on securities law and represents issuers and managers in transactional matters. Marianne Lind Sahl joined from Arntzen de Besche in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Aanmoen; Bjarne Rogdaberg

Testimonials

‘The team is top notch for capital markets in Norway.’

‘Thomas Aanmoen is the most responsive lawyer we have ever worked with. He is sharp, creative and reliable, and appreciated by our entire team.’

Key clients

Meltwater B.V.

Aker BioMarine ASA

Goldman Sachs

Sparebank 1 Markets AS

ABG Sundal Collier ASA

Vaccibody AS

Hexagun Purus AS

Pareto Securities AS

Veidekke ASA

Havila Holding AS

DNB Bank ASA

Salmar ASA

BRAbank ASA

Norway > Employment Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s full-service employment practice has a strong track record in assisting with the employment aspects of transactions and restructurings. Department head Martin Jetlund focuses on pensions work, transfers of undertakings and international mandates, and Magnus Lütken specialises in advising on the employment aspects of transactions and restructurings, as well as handling litigation. The client roster includes companies in the aviation, oil and gas, financial services and technology sectors. Senior associate Marie Hagberg is active on pension matters and redundancy cases. Trond Stang has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jetlund

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very fast and practical answers.’

Key clients

Tryg

TietoEVRY

Euronext

Aker

Cermaq

Polaris Media

Airbus

Transocean

HitecVision

ExxonMobil/Esso Norge

Work highlights

  • Advised TietoEVRY on a multi-jurisdictional transfer of undertakings process following the sale of its oil and gas software business to Aucerna.
  • Advised Tryg on all employment aspects in relation to the client’s acquisition of RSA Group.
  • Providing ongoing employment law advice to a fishing company.

Norway > EU and competition Tier 2

The department at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt stands out for its ‘ability to respond quickly and provide first-class operational advice‘ on a range of matters, with a solid track record in appearing before the EFTA Surveillance Authority, the Norwegian Competition Authority and the European Commission. The team is well known for its strength in handling merger notification mandates, and regularly represents clients from the oil, media, food and farming industries in high-profile disputes. The ‘very knowledgeableOlav Kolstad specialises in handling the competition aspects of oil and gas matters; he jointly heads up the practice with Thomas Nordby, who focuses on energy law, dispute resolution and public procurement work. Senior associate Morten Henriksen advises on anti-competitive matters, state aid issues and abuse of dominant position claims.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nordby; Olav Kolstad

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Thomas Nordby is both an outstanding lawyer and a very attentive and friendly person.’

‘The ability to respond quickly and to provide first-class operational advice stands out.’

Key clients

Cappelen Damm AS

Fjordkraft ASA

Norges Rederiforbund

Betsson Group

NEC Oncoimmunity

Egmont International Holding AS

SalMar ASA

Grieg Seafood ASA

Sjor AS

Ringnes AS

Dagligvareleverandørenes forening (DLF)

Polaris Media AS

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

TietoEvry Norway AS

Norges Televisjon AS

AkerBioMarine ASA

Tine SA

Orkla ASA

AF Gruppen

Nordic Intermaritim AS

DNO ASA

Herkules Private Equity IV G.P I Limited

Intellilift AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Betsson Group with a response to the Norwegian Ministry of Cultural Affair’s consultation paper on a new proposed Gaming Act; the matter concerns issues of EEA compliance.

Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Egil Horstad heads up Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s practice, which is well known for its expertise in high-profile restructuring mandates. The ‘very experienced and well-composed‘ team continues to assist Prosafe SE with the ongoing restructuring of the Prosafe Group; the ‘brilliantPeter Bugge Hjorth, who is based in Oslo, and Stavanger-based managing partner Erling Ueland lead the advice on this matter. Other key names in Oslo include Johan Henrik Nossum, who regularly acts for debtors in large restructurings, and Siv Sandvik, who is very experienced in cross-border matters and advises mining, shipping, oil and financial services clients.

Practice head(s):

Egil Horstad

Testimonials

‘The team is knowledgeable, easy to work with and innovative in their thinking.’

‘Peter Hjorth is brilliant. A real leader in the field.’

‘Johan Henrik Nossum stands out with his creativity and problem solving abilities.’

‘A combination of solid legal minds, positive personalities, proactive style and knowledge of the industry and business, which also allows them to be good business advisers.’

Key clients

Prosafe SE

Nordic Trustee AS

The bankruptcy estate of Bergen Bunkers AS

The bankruptcy estate of Conseptor AS and its (Norwegian) subsidiaries / DNB Bank ASA

Axxis Geo Solutions ASA

DSV Air & Sea AS

Nordic White Diesel ASA

Mobylife AS

Flux Group AS

The bankruptcy estate of Norske Skogindustrier ASA

The bankruptcy estate of Themoon AS

Norway > Insurance Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s practice focuses predominantly on acting for insurer clients in a range of matters, including insurance-related M&A, product development work and regulatory matters. Pension funds, reinsurers, and life and non-life insurers are included in the group’s client base. Practice head Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen acts for insurance intermediaries and larger corporate policyholders in cross-border mandates, and associate Ellen Hjelset is active in financial regulatory work. Amund Bjøranger Tørum left the firm in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professional team that delivers value for money.’

‘Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen demonstrates competence and delivers quick answers that you trust.’

‘Particularly good knowledge of Norwegian regulations related to pensions and insurance.’

‘Klaus Henrik Wiese-Hansen quickly understands the customer’s problems and manages to convey complex messages in an understandable way.’

Key clients

DARAG Deutschland AG

YOUPLUS Assurance AG

YOUPLUS Assurance AG NUF

WaterCircles Forsikring AS

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

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

Howden Forsikringsmegling AS

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

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

Willis North America Inc.

Willis Towers Watson plc

Work highlights

  • Assisting Tryg Forsikring A/S with all Norwegian legal aspects of to its acquisition of Codan Forsikring A/S, and the subsequent merger between the Norwegian branches of the companies.
  • Advised DARAG Deutschland AG on negotiations for a retrospective quota share reinsurance agreement with Protector Forsikring.
  • Advised WaterCircles Forsikring AS on the NOK307m sale of its distribution companies, as well as a capital reserve matter with the Norwegian regulator.

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 2

The intellectual property practice at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is jointly led by Kaare M Risung and Halvor Manshaus, who is highly regarded for his extensive experience in IP litigation. Sigurd Holter Torp focuses on complex, high-profile patent and trade mark disputes, and is well versed in marketing law and trade secrets matters, while Knut Sverre Skurdal Andresen is ‘always positive, resolution oriented, creative and has a lot of knowledge within his area‘, with noted expertise in technology patent disputes and the IP aspects of transactions. Senior lawyer Thomas Hagen is ‘an experienced IP lawyer with a commercial mindset and practical approach to the situation‘. Associate Jenny Nondal is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Halvor Manshaus; Kaare M. Risung

Testimonials

‘Strong on IP, easy to work with, quick feedback.’

‘Halvor Manshaus and Thomas Hagen at Schjødt are the go to guys for tough IP matters. Their results speak for themselves.’

‘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.’

‘Schjødt has a strong IP legal team.’

‘Knut Andresen is a rising star on the Norwegian scene. He has a commanding presence in court and is able to address both legal issues and witnesses incisively.’

‘Halvor Manshaus – unique and outstanding – best lawyer I have ever worked with. Complete understanding across legal and procedural strategy, business strategy and negotiations.’

Key clients

Vaccibody AS

CardioMech AS

Rottefella AS and 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

Work highlights

  • Acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme in ongoing, multi-jurisdictional injunction proceedings.
  • Acting for Rottefella AS and Madshus AS in litigation concerning alleged trade mark infringement and patent invalidation claims.
  • Assisted Vaccibody with its multi-billion NOK licensing transaction with Genentech.

Norway > Maritime law Tier 2

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, the ‘very efficient‘ team has been kept especially busy handling a range of high-profile transactions, financings and contractual mandates within the maritime sector. Practice head Henrik Aadnesen is regularly instructed in finance and transactional work, and is also sought after for his expertise in litigation and arbitration, while Ålesund-based Stian Tennfjord is noted for his strength in corporate and contract law, with a focus on shipyard matters. Senior associate Rebecca Lund Nakkim is well versed in shipping transactions.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Aadnesen

Testimonials

‘Stian Tennfjord’s contractual knowledge , skills as broker/diplomat, as well as his ability as a good judge of character is remarkable. Stian quickly gets a accurate overview of the case, and does this without missing out on details. His contractual confidence make us as clients less uncertain when faced with a challenge, resulting in a very efficient work pace.’

Key clients

Ocean Yield ASA

Aker Energy AS

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 ASA with the purchase of two suezmax newbuilding tankers, with ten-year bareboat charters to Nordic American Tankers Ltd., structured as sale and lease back transactions.
  • Assisted Aker Biomarine AS with the delivery of its support vessel Antarctic Provider, built by China’s CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd.
  • Assisted Ocean Yield ASA with the sale of the offshore construction and cable-lay vessel named ‘Connector’ to Jan De Nul N.V.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 2

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, practice head Henrik Aadnesen advises shipping companies, yards and contractors on transactional matters, as well as assisting with Norwegian and international litigation and arbitration. Trond Sollund is active in representing oil and gas companies in contentious matters, and fields expertise in offshore construction contracts and rig contracts. In the Ålesund office, Stian Tennfjord specialises in assisting shipyard clients with contractual and corporate work. Senior associate Rebecca Lund Nakkim is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Aadnesen

Testimonials

Excellent legal competence and industry knowledge.’

Key clients

Ocean Yield ASA

Aker Energy AS

Höegh LNG AS

Vard Group AS

Transocean Ltd.

GC Rieber Shipping ASA

Prosafe SE

Spar Shipping AS

Volstad Shipping AS

Intership AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for shipyard Vard Group in securing a design and construction contract for three offshore wind support vessels with North Star.
  • Assisted Ocean Yield ASA 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.
  • Assisted a shipyard with the delivery of its new support vessel Antarctic Provider, built by China’s CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd.

Norway > Real estate Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is perhaps best known for housing a team of ‘stand-out transaction advisers‘, with established strength in assisting Scandinavian entities with a range of transactional mandates. Einar Caspersen is an expert in corporate and M&A law, and is well known for handling large real estate transactions. Geir Sand has an excellent track record in assisting with major real estate development projects, transactions and infrastructure projects. Ditlef Thaulow, Camilla Kristiansen Lunne and senior associate Silje Sund jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Camilla Kristiansen Lunne; Ditlef Thaulow; Silje Sund

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely dedicated and willing to push hard on behalf of clients.’

‘Einar Caspersen: Uniquely positioned in running both M&A/corporate deals as well as real estate. As such he offers unparalleled assistance in tough negotiations and complex transactions. Extremely knowledgeable, both from a legal and commercial standpoint.’

Key clients

Oslo S Utvikling AS

Oslo Areal AS

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring AS

KLP Eiendom AS

Arctic Securities ASA

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 Acquisition Inc

Profier AS

Eiendomsspar AS

Bjørvika Infrastruktur AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Arctic Securities AS on setting up a new property company, Public Property Invest AS.
  • Advised the shareholders of Helsfyr Kontorinvest AS on the sale of the company to Entra ASA at a property value of NOK2.4bn.
  • Assisting listed real estate company Solon Eiendom ASA with multiple transactions.

Norway > Tax Tier 2

Corporate tax expert Morten Sandli heads up the tax practice at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, which is very well known for its capabilities in international corporate tax structuring matters. Real estate tax issues, transfer pricing mandates and cross-border transactions remain prominent in the group’s workload, which also takes in litigation and tax due diligence. Cecilie Amdahl advises oil and gas, real estate, media and financial sector clients on international and corporate tax work, and Hugo Matre is a key contact for tax litigation. Other key practitioners include Jana Johnsen, who handles corporate, personal and international tax, and VAT expert Trond Larsen. Marius Sollund left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Morten Sandli

Testimonials

‘Combination of solid competence and positive personalities.’

Key clients

Petrolia SE

Oslo S Utvikling AS

Entra ASA

Aberdeen Asset Management

AF Gruppen ASA

PROSAFE SE

Aker BioMarine AS

TietoEVRY

Schlumberger

Fredensborg AS

DNB Liv

Vaccibody

Seetee

Cognite

Work highlights

  • Advised TietoEVRY Oyj on the tax aspects of the sale of its oil and gas division.
  • Assisted with the structuring and set-up of Seetee, a sub-group of Aker for bitcoin investments.
  • Represented an energy company in litigation concerning transfer pricing.

Norway > Electricity and renewable energy Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt handles a wide variety of energy transactions, and is particularly well-regarded for its solid track record in advising renewables sector and energy companies on solar, wind and hydro M&A projects. Regulatory work is another core area of expertise for the practice, in which Hallvard Gilje Aarseth is experienced. Aarseth co-heads the department with Sindre Søndenå Andersen, who focuses on corporate law, securities and capital markets, and Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen.

Practice head(s):

Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen; Sindre Søndenå Andersen; Hallvard Gilje Aarseth

Testimonials

‘They have a very experienced and skilled team and we are very happy with their performance.’

Key clients

Fjordkraft Holding ASA / Fjordkraft AS

Norsk Vind AS

Magnora ASA

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

Norway > Fishing and aquaculture Tier 3

Tord Fondevik and Tore Fjørtoft head up the ‘very efficient‘ team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt. The practice is well known for its established strength in handling a wide range of fishing and aquaculture matters with a significant overlap in the capital markets, M&A, disputes, financial and regulatory arenas. Fondevik has an excellent reputation for his expertise in advising on large M&A transactions in the fishing sector, while Fjørtoft is well known for his strength in regulatory work. Ålesund office head Stian Tennfjord assists financial sector clients with contractual and corporate law issues.

Practice head(s):

Tord Fondevik; Tore Fjørtoft

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stian Tennfjord’s contractual knowledge, skills as a broker/diplomat, as well as his ability to be a good judge of character, is remarkable. Stian quickly gets an accurate overview of the case, and does this without missing out on details. His contractual confidence make us as clients less uncertain when faced with a challenge.’

‘Human relations, confidence, and contractual skills are key capabilities that makes this practice unique.’

Key clients

Cermaq

Aker BioMarine ASA

Ocean Harvest AS

Hofseth Europe and Hofseth International

Andfjord Salmon

Nova Sea

Bremnes Seashore

Vista Seafood Ltd.

Offshore Salmon AS

Norcod AS

Stingray Marine Solutions AS

Mørenot Group

Olav E. Fiskerstrand AS

Intership AS

Vard Group AS

Optimar AS

Brunvoll AS

Leppefisk AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Aker BioMarine with its NOK2.25bn listing on Oslo Børs, which included advising the client on establishing an ownership structure in compliance with Norwegian fishing law.
  • Representing Hofseth Europe and Hofseth International in a dispute with Lithuanian company ICECO arising from a project concerning the production and sale of salmon to the German market.
  • Assisted Cermaq with the tender process and contractual matters for acquiring fish feed for its production facilities worldwide.

Norway > Public procurement Tier 3

The team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is singled out for advising large public and private sector companies on the whole life-cycle of public contracts. The group acts for suppliers and contracting authorities in a broad range of sectors, including the technology, healthcare, aviation and construction industries. Practice head Thomas Nordby is representing drones company Nordic Unmanned in a long-running dispute with the Norwegian Coastal Administration concerning a claim for a breach of public procurement regulations. Senior associate Johanne Førde has experience in handling complaints and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nordby

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

High-quality work, always available and with a excellent business understanding.’

The Schjødt team has a commercial mindset and a practical approach. They quickly understand what’s important and always deliver on time.’

Vast insight into Norway governmental procurement practices.’

The individuals are flexible, available, knowledgeable and the input given is professional and can be trusted.’

Thomas Nordby is outstanding.’

Key clients

Selecta AS

Implenia Norge AS

Nordic Unmanned AS

Achilles Systems AS

Cognite ASA

Norges Juristforbund

Motorola Solutions Norway AS

Med-el Nordic AS

Ricoh Norge AS

Fresenius Kabi AS

Oslo S Utvikling AS

G Travel AS

SAS Scandinavian Airlines Systems

Sverre W. Monsen AS

NorEngros AS

Airbus Defence and Space Norway

Handicare AS

NHO Service

HelseApps AS

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Selecta in connection with several tender competitions regarding the client’s operations in Norway.
  • Acting as legal counsel to Implenia on several tender competitions regarding the client’s operations in Norway.

Sweden > Insurance

With an international network that includes offices in London and Oslo, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is well equipped to handle cross-border insurance matters and works closely with practitioners in other jurisdictions. The firm handles a broad range of insurance and reinsurance mandates, including corporate, regulatory and commercial issues, and litigation. Practice head Peter Kullgren acts for domestic and international insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kullgren

Other key lawyers:

Anna Wahlbom; Ola Hansson

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge in insurance’.

‘Provide good support by looking ahead and assessing the next steps in the process’.

‘Dedicated and easy to reach’.

‘Good knowledge of the regulatory and legal insurance framework’.

‘The firm’s banking & finance team has deep knowledge and experience of insurance law’.

‘Partners Peter Kullgren and Anna Wahlbom stand out for their dedication and expertise within the field of insurance law’.

Key clients

Futur Pension (previously Danica Pension)

Svenska Läkemedelsförsäkringen

Kollektivavtalsinformation Sverige AB

Förhandlings- och samverkansrådet PTK

Unionen Medlemsförsäkring AB

Anticimex Försäkringar AB

Medicover Försäkringar AB (publ)

SPP Pension och Försäkring AB

PostNord Försäkringsförening

SCOR Sweden Re

Swedbank Försäkring AB

Aktiebolaget Akademikerförsäkring AB

Idun Liv Försäkring AB

American Express

Vector Nordic AB

Euler Hermes

LRF Försäkring Skadeförsäkringsaktiebolag

FörsäkringsGirot Sverige AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Swedbank Försäkring AB on a matter regarding the interpretation of the Solvency II regulatory framework and the calculation and stresses made within the SCR.
  • Advised Svenska Läkemedelsförsäkringen AB on its sole insurance product, i.e., a pharmaceuticals insurance, in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and the implications thereof.
  • Advised Unionen Medlemsförsäkring AB on its sole insurance product, i.e., unemployment insurance, in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and the implications thereof.

Sweden > Real estate

With a recent increase in transactions within the house developing sector, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt has also handled a collection of cross-border transactions between Norway and Sweden, leveraging the firm's Nordic network. The ‘professional, attentive and responsive‘ team is led by Charles Andersson and has seen notable recent activity in transactional work within the real estate and retail sectors and an increase in Norwegian clients.

Practice head(s):

Charles Andersson

Other key lawyers:

Oskar Högberg

Testimonials

‘Seriousness, professional, attentive and responsive.’

‘We work closely with Schjødt in Sweden, and are very happy with their service. They are flexible, timely and deliver the product we need to fulfil our transactions.’

‘It is a dedicated team that has a good focus.’

‘My personal experience is to work with Charles Andersson and Oskar Högberg, and we are very happy with both of them.’

Key clients

Veidekke

NREP

Klövern

Scandinavian Property Group

Kildare Partners

Nischer Properties

Profi Fastigheter

City Finansiering AS

SSM

ResiDev

Svenska Stadsbyggen AB

Solon Eiendom ASA

Norwegian Hospitality Group

Nordr

Work highlights

  • Advised Scandinavian Property Group on the sale of two residential building projects with a total deal value of SEK1.3bn.
  • Advised Svenska Stadsbyggen on the sale of an elderly care homes portfolio to Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget i Norden (SBB).
  • Advised Solon Eiendom on a JV-investment and acquisition with SBB, which eventually will own one of SBB’s current property portfolios in Stockholm.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and Finance Peter Tranvåg Skutvikpeter.skutvik@schjodt.com+47 23 01 16 43
Banking and Finance Camilla Skøie Mørkvecamilla.morkve@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 60
Banking and Finance Anders Gullåsenanders.gullasen@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 61
Capital markets Bjarne Rogdabergbjarne.rogdaberg@schjodt.com+47 23 01 19 09
Capital markets Viggo Bang-Hansenviggo.bang-hansen@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 26
Capital Markets Audun Bondkallaudun.bondkall@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 90
Construction Marthe Stømner Smestadmarthe.smestad@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 19
Corporate Arild Støren Frickarild.frick@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 07
Dispute resolution Per Ristvedtper.ristvedt@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 78
Dispute resolution Marie Nesvikmarie.nesvik@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 16
Employment and Pension Martin Jetlundmartin.jetlund@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 71
Energy Preben Willochpreben.willoch@schjodt.com+47 23 01 16 40
Energy Sverre Bjellandsverre.bjelland@schjodt.com+47 51 91 88 09
Energy Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalentorkjel.grondalen@schjodt.com+47 23 01 16 41
EU and Competition Olav Kolstadolav.kolstad@schjodt.com+47 23 01 19 23
EU and Competition Thomas Nordbythomas.nordby@schjodt.com+47 23 01 19 40
Financial regulatory Andreas Lowzowandreas.lowzow@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 40
Fisheries & Aquaculture Tord Fondeviktord.fondevik@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 99
Intellectual property Sigurd Holter Torpsigurd.torp@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 08
Intellectual property/TMT Halvor Manshaushalvor.manshaus@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 29
Life Sciences Tord Fondeviktord.fondevik@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 99
Litigation and arbitration Erlend Holstrømerlend.holstrom@schjodt.comc+47 23 01 18 28
Litigation and arbitration Vidar Strømmevidar.stromme@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 31
Mergers and Acquistions Caroline Karlssoncaroline.karlsson@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 38
Mergers and Acquisitions Knut Smith-Erichsenknut.smith-erichsen@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 07
Renewable Energy Sindre Søndenå Andersensindre.andersen@schjodt.com+47 51 91 88 15
Real Estate Silje Sundsilje.sund@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 22
Real Estate Camilla Kristiansen Lunnecamilla.lunne@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 60
Real Estate Ditlef Thaulowditlef.thaulow@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 96
Real Estate Martin Størenmartin.storen@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 62
Restructuring and insolvency Egil Horstadegil.horstad@schjodt.com+47 55 55 35 03
Restructuring and insolvency Peter Bugge Hjorthpeter.hjorth@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 66
Restructuring and insolvency Johan Henrik Nossumjohan.nossum@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 38
Shipping and Oil Services Henrik Aadnesenhenrik.aadnesen@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 91
Shipping and Oil Services Nils Ludvig Dahlnils.dahl@schjodt.com+47 51 91 88 13
Sustainability Law Andreas Lowzowandreas.lowzow@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 40
Tax Morten Sandlimorten.sandli@schjodt.com+47 23 01 19 59
Tax Cecilie Amdahlcecilie.amdahl@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 84
Tax Hugo M Matrehugo.matre@schjodt.com+47 55 55 35 19
TMT Kaare M Risungkaare.risung@schjodt.com+47 23 01 18 33
Trade and Industry Ole Klevanole.klevan@schjodt.com+47 23 01 15 19
Trade and Industry Magnus Lütkenmagnus.lutken@schjodt.com+47 51 91 88 30
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Thomas Aanmoen  photo Mr Thomas Aanmoen Partner in the corporate practical group. Fields of expertise include securities, stock…
Mr Hallvard Gilje Aarseth photo Mr Hallvard Gilje AarsethPartner
Mrs Cecilie Amdahl  photo Mrs Cecilie Amdahl Partner, Head of Taxation, Head of Corporate Advisory and Transactions
Mr Erlend Bakken photo Mr Erlend BakkenPartner
Mr Audun Bondkall  photo Mr Audun Bondkall Partner. Head of Capital Markets practice group
Mr Einar Caspersen photo Mr Einar CaspersenPartner
Mr Geir Evenshaug photo Mr Geir EvenshaugPartner
Mr Tord Fondevik photo Mr Tord FondevikPartner
Mr Anders Gullåsen  photo Mr Anders Gullåsen Partner, Deputy Head of Banking and Finance
Mr Erlend W Holstrøm  photo Mr Erlend W Holstrøm Partner. Head of Litigation practice group
Egil Horstad photo Egil HorstadPartner
Me Eva Jarbekk photo Me Eva JarbekkPartner
Mr Dag Sigvart Kaada photo Mr Dag Sigvart KaadaPartner. 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
Christian Fredrik Michelet photo Christian Fredrik MicheletPartner
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 SandPartner
Mr Geir Sand  photo Mr Geir Sand Partner
Camilla Skøie Mørkve  photo Camilla Skøie Mørkve Partner
Mrs Camilla Skøie Mørkve  photo Mrs Camilla Skøie Mørkve Partner
Mr Trond Sollund  photo Mr Trond Sollund Partner 
Mr Ditlef Thaulow photo Mr Ditlef ThaulowPartner
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Number in administration : 49
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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.