Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS
0112 OSLO

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

Jointly led by Nicolai Myren and Norman Hansen Meyer, the practice at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is well known for its specific focus on, and expertise in, the full range of offshore construction and shipbuilding matters. Myren is well versed in advising oil and gas companies on contractual work, transactional mandates and disputes, and Meyer assists shipowners and shipyards with newbuild projects and litigation, while Christian Steen Eriksen is very experienced in arbitration and litigation proceedings. At senior associate level, Cecilie Hjorth and Andreas Kyllingstad are names to note. In 2020, Odd-Arne Kleveland and Gro Løge left to take up in-house positions, and Eirik Høiby moved to BAHR.

Practice head(s):

Nicolai Myren; Norman Hansen Meyer


‘My experience with Selmer’s offshore construction and shipbuilding team is very positive. They have managed to solve very complex and critical matters with short deadlines. Their team is very competent and provided pragmatic solutions. They communicate well and have a very good understanding of their client’s business. They are proactive and service minded.’

‘Their knowledge about the industry combined with excellent legal expertise makes the communication swift and professional – and the process to understanding of our legal position and suggested way forward clear.’

‘Nicolai Myren: in depth legal coverage combined with industry knowledge and strong commercial understanding.’

‘High efficiency. Excellent understanding of the legal issues combined with a commercial insight. Availability. Transparent and fair billing.’

‘Norman Meyer: High efficiency.’

Key clients

Deep C Solutions

Tersan Shipyard

Altera Infrastructure (former Teekay Offshore)


Green Yard Kleven shipyard (former Kleven Verft)

Westcon Group

Acta Marine

Reach Subsea

Havfram (former Ocean Installer)



Swire Energy Services


Sevnor Limited

Brønnbåt Nord

Norway > Real estate Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has a ‘very well-rounded team that covers all aspects of the real estate market‘. Mikkel Vislie, who heads up the practice, is highly regarded for his expertise in acting for real estate developers, managers and investors in commercial and residential property transactions, financings and developments. Thomas Reppe Wetting is ‘results-oriented and pragmatic‘, and specialises in advising on complex transactions and development projects. Sverre Nordlie has ‘a very good reputation in the market and an excellent understanding of real estate economics‘. At senior associate level, Helene Hem Halum and Helene Flølo are names to note. Andreas Rørvik moved to BAHR in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mikkel Vislie


‘Really client oriented. Always available. Work hard.’

‘Super client service. Highly diligent. Thomas Reppe Wetting is very stellar, smart and likeable.’

‘Very well rounded team that cover all aspects of the real estate market. Has an edge when it comes to zoning and matters related to public authorities, especially in Oslo.’

‘Broad knowledge and deep sector competence in the commercial real estate business.’

‘The team are always available, very competent and give very professional advice.’

‘They are precise in their advice. They understand all the commercial aspects, in addition to their professional capabilities.’

‘Flexibility, solution-oriented, accessible, professionally highly skilled.’

‘24/7 availability, well-articulated advice, quick understanding of key elements and where to contribute as legal adviser, accuracy and commitment through all processes.’

Key clients


Bane NOR Eiendom

Arctic Securities

SBB Samfunnsbygg

Aspelin Ramm Eiendom

Møller Eiendom

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring

Braathen Eiendom

Stor-Oslo Eiendom


Bertel O. Steen Eiendom


Spabo Eiendom


Scandinavian Property Group

Scandic Hotels

Fabritius Gruppen


Refsnes Gods Eiendom

Norsk rikskringkasting


Norway > Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 2

Bernt Olav Steinland heads up Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ banking and finance practice, which has a notable reputation for handling bond and bank restructurings for clients in the shipping and shipbuilding sector, as well as real estate finance matters. Per Morten Christiansen advises on a broad range of transactional work, including domestic and cross-border loans, acquisitions and project financings, and assists banks, securities businesses and financial institutions with regulatory issues. Tor Herdlevær focuses on restructurings, and Christopher Jensen specialises in bank and bond financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Olav Steinland

Key clients

SpareBank 1 SMN

Sparebanken Vest

Ekornes QM Holding

Arctic Securities

DNB Markets

Pareto Securities

SpareBank 1 Nordmøre

SpareBank 1 Sørøst-Norge

Sparebanken Sør

SpareBank 1 Helgeland

Sparebanken Sogn og Fjordane

Norway > Capital markets Tier 2

The capital markets practice at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has an established track record in acting for Norwegian financial institutions, Nordic investment banks and high-profile issuers on a range of high-value transactions. Practice co-head Jon Fredrik Johansen is a key name for equity transactional work, IPOs and private placements, while co-head Andreas Jarbø specialises in securities law and also advises on public takeovers. Bernt Olav Steinland concentrates on regulatory work, and senior associate Milja Lønne Mørkhagen is ‘always very well prepared‘.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Jarbø; Jon Fredrik Johansen


‘Outstanding collaboration. Always well prepared and solution driven.’

‘Jon Fredrik Johansen directly addresses problems and finds the best solutions for the client. Very calm and patient.’

Milja Lønne Mørkhagen – focused on a professional outcome and works very hard for the client.’

Key clients


Infront ASA

EQT Group

Kitron ASA

Europris ASA

Nordic Nanovector ASA

SpareBank 1 Østlandet

Ekornes QM Holding

Norsk Titanium AS

Photocure ASA

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Led by private equity expert Camilla Magnus, Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ corporate and M&A department has ‘unique expertise when it comes to acquisitions between two different countries‘, according to clients. Robert Sveen is a key contact for cross-border transactions, and regularly acts for a range of investment banks and private equity funds. Are Herrem has established expertise in advising domestic and global private equity funds on investments into Norway, often for clients in the media, oil and gas and fishing industries. Other key names include corporate finance expert Ingar Solheim and Remi Dramstad, who focuses on venture capital work.

Practice head(s):

Camilla Magnus


‘Very proactive, very business minded and pragmatic, whilst keeping attention to detail.’

‘Remi Dramstad always grasps the situation quickly, is always available when needed and has the all important aspect of a good adviser: he sees his clients’ business as his own. Highly recommended!’

‘Selmer has unique expertise when it comes to acquisitions between two different countries. They are efficient and solution-oriented.’

‘Robert Sveen is always available, and he has an incredible amount of knowledge.’

Key clients


Scatec ASA


EQT Infrastructure III

Selvaag Bolig



Nysnø Climate Investment


iCON Infrastructure


Norway > Construction Tier 2

Onshore construction and infrastructure projects are a core pillar of strength for the team at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS. The group is singled out for its expertise in contentious work, an area in which Mads Fuglesang excels. Deputy head Johannes Meyer-Myklestad is ‘an excellent lawyer‘ who is ‘strategic in his mind set and has a practical approach‘. The client roster includes developers and large and medium-scale subcontractors. Svein Sulland is a key name for construction contracts and regularly acts as an arbitrator in the space.

Practice head(s):

Mads Fuglesang; Johannes Meyer-Myklestad

Other key lawyers:


Provides clear advice.’

‘Professional knowledge.’

‘Expert sector knowledge, combined with a very good understanding of the law.’

‘Johannes Meyer Myklestad has stood out as a pillar we could not have managed without, in a time of urgency and uncertainty.’

‘Johannes Meyer-Myklestad is attentive, knowledgeable and very understanding of the complexities in large construction projects.’

Key clients

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring

Aspelin Ramm


Møller Eiendom/Harbitz Torg

Løvenskiold Eiendom

Bertel O Steen Eiendom

Wesselkvartalet/A Bygg/Gulbrandsen & Olimb

EVR Norge




Con-Form Group


VVS Norge Prosjekt

The Roxel Group





Entreprenørforeningen Bygg og Anlegg (EBA)

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ ‘very focused and easy to communicate with‘ team reports an increase in both contractual disputes and technology litigation, and continues to advise on, among other areas, real estate and construction mandates, shipbuilding disputes, arbitration work and mediation proceedings. Mads Fuglesang focuses on offshore and construction dispute resolution; he jointly heads up the practice with Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen, who is very experienced in handling corporate investigations and inquiries. Christian Steen Eriksen specialises in advising Norwegian and international corporate and financial institutions on major oil and gas disputes, and Carl Roberts is ‘technically superb, all over the detail, very easy to deal with and always has one eye on the big picture‘.

Practice head(s):

Mads Fuglesang; Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen


‘Great team, very good communication and strong analytical skills.’

‘My experience with Selmer is that they are very proactive, available, service minded and are easy to interact with. They work effectively and are solution oriented.’

‘The attorneys I have engaged from Selmer are all very friendly and are easy to communicate with. In addition to communicating well they also listen the client’s ideas and suggestions. They provide pragmatic advice and have good understanding of the client’s business. They have very good knowledge within their field of law. They are able to support in a wide range of law fields.’

‘Carl Roberts – technically superb and all over the detail, very easy to deal with and always has one eye on the big picture.’

Key clients

Felleskjøpet Agri

Erik Ohr Eiendom


Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean


Vitaly Orlov


Scandic Hotels

Norway > Electricity and renewable energy Tier 2

The energy department at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is particularly strong for hydro, wind and solar power matters, and works on a broad range of mandates for a client base of domestic and international utility companies, power producers and project developers. The team also reports an increase in work from the offshore sector. Håkon Sandbekk, who heads up the department, is highly regarded for his expertise in wind power projects, and assists with all stages of renewables projects, as well as advising on contractual matters and regulatory issues. Tax expert Einar Bakko and Liv Monica Stubholt, who is very experienced in acting for electricity sector clients, are also key names to note. Roy Slettvold moved in-house in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Håkon Sandbekk

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)



BKW Energie


Varanger Kraft

Agder Energi

Norseman Wind AS

Cloudberry Clean Energy AS

Hitecvision/Vårgrønn AS

Morrow Batteries


Green Ammonia Berlevåg

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Norway > Employment Tier 2

Pensions law expert André Istad Johansen heads up Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ employment team, which is noted for its ‘deep knowledge within the area combined with strong commercial orientation‘. Cross-border work is a core pillar of strength for the group, and restructurings, employment-related M&A matters, transfers of undertakings and whistleblowing claims are key areas of instruction. Hans Jørgen Bender is ‘a clever, pragmatic and to-the-point lawyer and adviser’, and Are Fagerhaug regularly handles restructuring and downsizing mandates.

Practice head(s):

André Istad Johansen


‘Hans Jørgen Bender is a clever, pragmatic and to-the-point lawyer and adviser. He gives street-smart and practical advice even in the most complex matters, rather than providing arguments for different solutions. Every HR manager should have a lawyer like Hans Jørgen Bender to rely on when needed.’

‘Hans Jørgen Bender gives exceptionally good advice. He is clear, straightforward and provides excellent guidance. His background gives him impact in negotiations as he is very good at reading people and situations. Hans Jørgen Bender will always be my first choice for an adviser in labour law.’

‘Hans Jørgen Bender is very commercial-oriented and is always available on short notice.’

‘Selmer’s service level is outstanding. They are always available whenever we need their expertise in ongoing cases.’

‘In-depth knowledge. Business oriented. Service minded.’

Key clients


Link Mobility Group



Norges Fiskarlag



Sopra Steria

Colosseum Dental Group

Scandi Standard




Addtech Group

Aberdeen Standard Investments


Technip FMC

Magseis Fairfield


Papyrus Norge


Work highlights

  • Assisting Pexip with the employment law aspects of its global expansion in multiple jurisdictions, including advising on the transfer of employees.
  • Represented Norges Fiskarlag in an investigation related to whistleblowing matters, involving claims of an alleged breach of Norwegian whistleblowing rules.
  • Advised Statkraft on the employment aspects of the transfer of part of its windmill operations in central Norway, which involved a transfer of undertakings.

Norway > EU and competition Tier 2

Under the leadership of Ole-Andreas Torgersen, the team at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is recognised for its track record in appearing before the Norwegian Competition Authority and the European Commission in complex merger control cases. Clients are drawn from the retail, telecoms, construction, media and energy sectors. Torgersen is very experienced in handling international merger control mandates, as well as distribution-related disputes. Other key practitioners include Karen Anne Rekkedal, who stands out for her expertise across the whole range of public procurement work, and associate Håkon Christoffersen.

Practice head(s):

Ole-Andreas Torgersen

Key clients



Sparebanken Telemark / SpareBank 1 BV



Nordic Concrete Group


SpareBank 1 SR-Bank Forretningspartner

Betong Øst

Norway > Maritime law Tier 2

At Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, recent instructions for the team include shipping transactions, contractual issues, disputes work, and chartering matters. Norman Hansen Meyer regularly assists a client base of charterers, shipowners and operators within the shipping, offshore and oil sectors. Other key lawyers include Christian Steen Eriksen, who advises on shipping projects, and Nicolai Myren, who has noted expertise in cross-border offshore oil and gas projects.

Practice head(s):

Norman Hansen Meyer


‘Professional, highly skilled, easy to communicate with, always available.’

‘Highly qualified and motivated team to ensure the best result is achieved. Strong commercial understanding and knowledge of the business. Always available.’

‘Selmer provides professional assistance.’

‘Excellent legal advice.’

Key clients

Acta Marine

Eastern Bulk

Eidesvik Offshore



Reach Subsea

Havfram (formerly Ocean Installer)

Lorentzen & Stemoco

Westcon Yards

Integr8 Fuels

Union Marine Management Services

Saga Welco


Altera Infrastructure (formerly Teekay Offshore)

Western Bulk Chartering

Sevnor Management

DSV Air & Sea Norway

Awilco Drilling


COSL Drilling

Yinson Production

Tersan Shipyard

Norway > Oil and gas Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ oil and gas team is ‘very competent and experienced with very good knowledge of their client’s business, and provide good and proactive solutions.’ Led by Thomas G. Michelet, the group assists a client base which includes prominent industry leaders and investment banks with high-value acquisitions, project development, financing matters and litigation, to name a few areas of expertise. Øyvind Olimstad has a solid track record in advising on transactional mandates and regulatory matters, while Nicolai Myren is sought out for his expertise in offshore issues. Eirik Høiby moved to BAHR in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas G. Michelet

Other key lawyers:


‘Sound business understanding.’

‘The individuals are very service-minded, friendly, and easy to communicate with. They are solution oriented and are capable of managing very complex and comprehensive matters with short deadlines. I would like to mention Nicolai Myren as a specific stand – out partner.’

‘Selmer’s team within Oil and Gas are very competent and experienced. They have very good knowledge of their client’s business, are service minded and provide good and proactive solutions.’

‘The high level law competence paired with sound business understanding is the value of the team, and then their service level.’

‘Selmer AS represents a good mix and seems to handle anything related to the Oil & Gas segment very well. Always take new positive initiatives, have new ideas, and are very accurate.’

Key clients

Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore


COSL (China Oilfield Services Limited)


IKM Gruppen




Pandion Energy

Golden Energy Offshore

Petrolia NOCO

Havfram (formerly Ocean Installer)


Rosenberg Worley


Arctic Economic Council Secretariat

Norsar Foundation

Norway > Regulatory, compliance and investigations Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ practice stands out for its ‘top compliance knowledge and experience‘. The team works in tandem with the firm’s corporate practice, advising on the full range of corporate compliance matters, including trade restrictions and sanctions issues. Practice head Thomas Steen Brandi is ‘an outstanding lawyer‘. Ole Christian Borge is sought out by investment companies and banks for his expertise in handling anti-money laundering and compliance matters, while Liv Monica Stubholt advises corporations, NGOs and foundations on anti-corruption issues. Senior associate Ingvild Tjong has experience in assisting with sanctions matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Steen Brandi


‘A very competent team with solid experience.’

‘They are very dedicated, and have a strong knowledge in the compliance area.’

‘Thomas Brandi is hands-on, and provides prompt and to-the-point advice.’

‘Thomas Steen Brandi  – highly competent, knowledgeable, pragmatic, problem solver. Very personable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Ingvild Tjong has very good knowledge and experience across multiple industries. Very responsive and results oriented.’

‘Selmer is an indispensable part of our Compliance program and function. They have practical knowledge and experience which gives us invaluable advice on best practice. Their strength is a diverse team with different specialisations that brings a wide approach to compliance and makes them a one-stop service.’

‘Selmer has a depth of knowledge beyond general law practices that has also developed a strong understanding of the governance requirements of our company and the wider network of our main shareholders company. This enables them to support with investigations and compliance frameworks in a way to ensure that we efficiently address the issues with a strong understanding of context. They have a systematic approach and this allows us to build sustainable frameworks.’

‘The high level law competence paired with sound business understanding is the key quality.’

Norway > Tax Tier 2

At Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, the tax team provides ‘on-point advice‘ across the full range of tax work. Practice head Sverre Hveding specialises in tax planning and structuring issues, including cross-border work, and is regularly instructed by a client base of venture capital, banking, technology and private equity companies. Einar Bakko assists domestic and international clients with corporate tax issues, restructurings and transactional work, and Are Fagerhaug focuses on indirect tax work. Other key practitioners include real estate sector expert Bård Ivar Koppang; Daniel Løken Høgtun, who counts cross-border issues as a core area of strength; and senior associate Elisabeth Hansen, who is noted for her expertise in handling VAT matters.

Practice head(s):

Sverre Hveding


‘Sverre Hveding is the partner in charge of the Selmer tax team. He is knowledgeable and combines his professionalism with a great personality.’

‘Very commercial approach.’

‘Einar Bakko: very good technical knowledge and service minded.’

Key clients

Boost AI


Peab group

REC Silicon

Scatec Solar

Solør Bioenergi Group

Sparebank 1 SR-Bank

Westcon Group

Ølen Betong Group

Unacast Inc and Unacast

Møller Mobility Group

Fredensborg Eiendom Group




Alliance venture


Voss Of Norway

Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget i Norden

Braathen Eiendom

Stor-Oslo Eiendom

Hafslund Nett

Westco Holding

Norway > TMT Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ ‘very professional and strong‘ team garners praise for its strength in technology contractual matters, and is equally adept at handling TMT disputes, high-value transactions, and procurement matters, to name a few other areas of expertise. ERP mandates have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Department head Ståle L. Hagen has expertise in technology contracts, transactions and disputes, and Nils Kristian Einstabland is sought after for his experience in advising a client base of telecoms, media and technology clients on regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Ståle L. Hagen

Other key lawyers:


‘Key capabilities within tech-contracts. Efficient and available partners. Strong negotiation skills. Selmer’s team worked very close with us as a customer, being available and searching for good solutions.’

‘Ståle L. Hagen: very professional, with clear communication and advisory skills. Efficient and available.’

Key clients

Felleskjøpet Agri

CGI Norge

Epic Systems Corporation

Color Line

The Norwegian Pharmacy Association

NTT Data (Itelligence)


Wilhelmsen IT Services



Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean

BEKK Consulting




Gjensidige Forsikring


Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services




Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Hansen Technologies


Bertel O. Steen

Ernst & Young

Fotball Media



Amazon Web Services

Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Tor Herdlevær heads up the restructuring and insolvency group at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, which works in tandem with the firm’s shipping and offshore practice to provide advice on oil, offshore and shipping financial restructurings. Per Morten Christiansen assists Norwegian and international lenders with loan restructuring issues, and Christopher Jensen handles financing work. Senior associate Erica Blakstad advises shipping and offshore clients on debt refinancing matters.

Practice head(s):

Tor Herdlevær

Key clients

Sparebank 1 SMN

Sparebanken Vest


Eksportkreditt Norge

Sparebanken Møre

Sparebank1 Sogn og Fjordane

Sparebank1 Søre Sunnmøre

Nordic Trustee

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 4

Led by Nils Kristian Einstabland, the team at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is noted for its expertise in advising clients from the technology, retail, media, energy and fintech sectors on a range of contentious IP work. Trade mark infringement and enforcement cases have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Marketing law and big data matters are other areas of expertise for the department.

Practice head(s):

Nils Kristian Einstabland


‘Nils Kristian Einstabland’s advice is to the point and he is very efficient.’

‘In-depth knowledge. Service minded. Solution oriented.’

Key clients

Brødrene Dahl

Dematic Corp



Omaken Sport




Intelligent Mud Solutions



Ekstremsportveko på Voss

Active Brands

Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Norge


Good for Me

Fotball Media



Stiftelsen NORSAR


Sebra Light

Solar Norge

Pandion Energy

Luca Labs

The firm:  Founded in 1985, Selmer is a full-service law firm providing legal advice within all business law areas, with a particular focus on energy, real estate, transactions and dispute resolution.

The firm assists Norwegian and international companies both in the public and private sector. Selmer has an in-house financial analysis and transaction support team enabling it to provide a unique combination of legal, strategic and financial expertise. Today Selmer is one of Norway’s leading legal practices with 151  employees. Throughout the firm’s short history, it has strived to work in innovative ways, constantly among the first to adopt new ideas and provide fresh thinking and new perspectives.

Selmer is committed to continuing its tradition of seeing things in a new light. For this reason, it will keep on challenging its clients, competitors and itself.

Banking and finance; regulatory Tor Herdlevær
Banking and finance; regulatory Bernt Olav Steinland
Capital markets Andreas Jarbø
Construction Johannes Meyer-Myklestad
Corporate/M&A Camilla Magnus
Dispute resolution Carl E. Roberts
Employment, including pensions André Istad Johansen
EU, EEA and competition Ole-Andreas Torgersen
Financial analysis and transaction support Mikael Minge
Intellectual property Nils Kristian Einstabland
Investigation and compliance Thomas S Brandi
Offshore and shipping Norman Hansen Meyer
Oil and gas Thomas G Michelet
Real estate Mikkel Vislie
Renewable energy Håkon Sandbekk
Restructuring and insolvency Tor Herdlevær
Taxes and duties Sverre Hveding
TMT Ståle L Hagen
Number of lawyers : 118
Den Norske Advokatforening
International Bar Association (IBA)
Employment Law Alliance (ELA)
Roxin Alliance
Contact : Atle Carlsen, managing director
Other offices : Stavanger