Firm Profile > Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS > Oslo, Norway

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS
0112 OSLO

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' team exclusively focuses on offshore construction and shipbuilding matters and provides a wide-range of advice incorporating transactional, contractual, contentious and regulatory matters. The negotiation and funding of offshore projects is a key area for co-head Odd-Arne Kleveland, while shipbuilding and offshore construction contracts are handled by co-head Eirik Høiby. The practice is also recognised for its contentious experience in the offshore construction and shipbuilding sectors, acting in domestic and cross-border arbitration and litigation proceedings; Gro Løge is an experienced litigator.

Practice head(s):

Odd-Arne Kleveland; Eirik Høiby

Other key lawyers:

Gro Løge; Martin Tandstad Ege


‘Good knowledge of the offshore business and the standard contracts.’

‘The firm is highly skilled, efficient and very professional. They have a broad expertise spanning all elements of the oil and gas and energy sector, such as corporate transactions, construction and maintenance contracts for rigs, vessels and offshore installations and related litigation and regulatory matters.’

‘Martin Tandstad Ege stands out in the team. He is the upcoming generation lawyer with a keen willingness to explore new technical solutions to increase efficiency and client value combined with a strong legal acumen and business understanding.’

Key clients

Færder Tankers

Deep C Solutions

Tersan Shipyard

Altera Infrastructure (former Teekay Offshore)


Kleven Verft

Westcon Group

Acta Marine

Reach Subsea


Real estate Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS assists real estate developers with joint ventures and development projects in the residential, commercial, retail and infrastructure sectors. With strong expertise in public administration and regulatory work, the department is well-placed to advise on large-scale developments and complex real estate portfolio structuring mandates.  Practice head Mikkel Vislie focuses on real estate developments, transactions and financings, handling both residential and commercial property matters. Andreas Rørvik is noted for his expertise in real estate financing issues.

Practice head(s):

Mikkel Vislie

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Rørvik; Even Berg; Thomas Reppe Wetting; Sverre Nordlie


‘Mikkel Vislie – just an excellent advisor to our management.’

‘The firm has strong individual capabilities in the commercial real estate sector. This leaves us as clients with processes that result in up-to-date contracts and settlements. Furthermore, the firm’s strong partners attract younger talents, who are given opportunities to build their own experience with close support from partners. The broadness of this practice outshines other firms in my view.’

‘Real personal involvement and level of details in specific cases. Less focus on “billing-time” than others. Focus on solving and advising rather than troubleshooting.’

‘The team of Sverre Nordlie at Selmer delivers immediate service and safe handling of our matters.’

‘A very business-oriented team with the client in focus. Very high level of business capability, all the way from associates to senior partners.’

‘Sverre Nordlie really stands out as a very pedagogic and business-minded lawyer. He is also very good in explaining the characteristics and features of the market for me as a non-lawyer and from a foreign country.’

‘Exceptionally strong on details and complicated matters.’

‘Even Berg is highly intelligent and efficient.’

Key clients

Norsk Rikskringkasting

Selvaag Bolig



Axa Real Estate Managers

Wahl Eiendom

Orkla Eiendom


Arctic Securities

Samhällsbygnadsbolaget I Norden AB

Aspelin Ramm Eiendom

Møller Eiendom

HAV Eiendom

Braathen Eiendom

Stor-Oslo Eiendom

Bane Nor Eiendom

Bertel O. Steen Eiendom


Spabo Eiendom


Finansgruppen Eiendom

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has a strong focus on shipping finance work, and excels in bank and bond restructurings in the shipping and shipbuilding sector. The practice also handles real estate finance and acquisition finance mandates, and has a notable reputation for banking regulatory work. Practice head Bernt Olav Steinland provides regulatory counsel to numerous financial services clients, including savings banks, banking alliances, investment companies and asset managers; he also has significant experience acting in proceedings before the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway and the Ministry of Finance.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Olav Steinland

Other key lawyers:

Per Morten Christiansen; Tor Herdlevær

Key clients

DNB Bank

DNB Markets Debt Capital Markets

Danske Bank

Pareto Securities

Sparebanken Vest

SpareBank 1 SMN

The Eika Alliance

Haugesund Sparebank

Aurskog Sparebank

Ekornes QM Holding


Nemaska Lithium

Capital markets Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is a notable choice for Norwegian financial institutions, advising investment and savings banks on ECM and high-yield bonds. Andreas Jarbø is an expert in securities law, and also focuses on equity transactions. He jointly heads up the team with Jon Fredrik Johansen, who has extensive experience in private placements, IPOs and public M&A, along with stock exchange law. Bernt Olav Steinland is a key name for regulatory work, Robert Sveen specialises in transactional work, and Christopher Jensen handles DCM mandates.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Jarbø; Jon Fredrik Johansen

Other key lawyers:

Bernt Olav Steinland; Robert Sveen; Christopher Jensen


‘Unrivalled knowledge of the Norwegian savings bank market, and capital markets knowledge concerning equity certificate capital.’

‘Extensive hands-on experience, industry leading in regulatory matters concerning savings banks. Commitment to clients’ success.’

‘Bernt Olav Steinland and Andreas Jarbø are the best in the market concerning issues related to savings banks. Immediately available and service minded.’

Key clients

Ekornes QM Holding




PCI Biotech

Nordic Nanovector

SpareBank 1 Østlandet

Selvaag Bolig


Sparebanken Vest

Scatec Solar

Aprila Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The corporate and M&A team at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is highly regarded for its venture capital, private equity and financial services sector strength; practice head Camilla Magnus specialises in private equity and corporate governance matters and Are Herrem regularly acts for private equity funds on investments into Norway. The department regularly handles M&A mandates in the energy, fishing, healthcare and retail industries, leveraging the firm's wider departments and sector-specific expertise. Robert Sveen acts for a range of private equity funds and investment banks, and Ingar Solheim is a key contact for corporate finance work.

Practice head(s):

Camilla Magnus

Other key lawyers:

Robert Sveen; Are Herrem; Ingar Solheim


‘Strong legal skills combined with good business acumen and a pragmatic approach to problem solving – seeking to find the best solution for all parties while limiting complexity.’

‘Very responsive and well organised, and easy to work with. Truly a trusted advisor. ’

‘Robert Sveen had complete control of his team, focus on schedule and always delivered on time. His efforts were a major contributing factor for the trade to go through.’

‘The team led by Are Herrem have been handling our commercial and corporate practice since 2005. Are Herrem has a unique knowledge of our business combined with very strong knowledge of relevant practices.’

Key clients


Marlin Private Equity

Ambea Oslo

Francisco Partners



EQT Infrastructure III

Selvaag Bolig






Construction Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS fields an onshore construction team with a focus on disputes, led by experienced litigator Mads Fuglesang and deputy head Johannes Meyer-Myklestad. The team's clients include medium and large-scale companies and contractors at a domestic and international level. On the contractor side, the group is particularly focused on infrastructure matters in relation to road, rail and power grid projects. Public procurement expert Karen Anne Rekkedal was promoted to partner in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mads Fuglesang

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Meyer-Myklestad; Karen Anne Rekkedal


‘They have the ability to quickly address quite complex discussions in an outstanding way. They are quick to react and help out at almost all hours.’

‘Johannes Meyer-Myklestad is an outstanding lawyer and very pleasant to work with. He is confident, nice and skilled.’

‘They are very clear and understanding, and give the client great confidence and trust.’

‘Johannes Meyer-Myklestad always responds quickly and precisely on all tasks. He also has outstanding skills in understanding our business and challenges.’

‘ They have a large team working on construction. They are thorough, professionally strong and pleasant colleagues.’

‘Mads Fuglesang is very concerned about the interests of his clients. He shows enthusiasm in promoting the Norwegian market to foreign contractors, making him a natural local contact point for cases that need to be referred.’

‘Johannes Meyer Myklestad is a pleasure to work with on a personal level because of his standing integrity and great sense of justice.’

‘The construction team at Selmer combines legal and commercial advice. They understand the industry drivers which makes them easy to communicate with and find viable solutions.’

‘Mads Fuglesang is knowledgeable, hard-working and very pleasant. Mads is at the top among peers in his industry. He answers questions quickly and precisely, without too much complexity, delivering balanced opinions and advice. It is a true pleasure to work with him.’

‘The team is well equipped with the support of Mads Fuglesang. He and Johannes Meyer-Myklestad really stand out against competitors regarding their insight and experience handling large and complex contracts. The response time is fast, and they deliver great responses on large topics in the shortest possible time.’

Key clients


EVR Norge


Aspelin Ramm


The Roxel Group

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring

VVS Norge

Eltel Networks

General Electric

Løvenskiold Eiendom


P. Abrahamsen Transport

Presis Vegdrift



Kvinnherad Elektro


VSM Entreprenør



Dispute resolution Tier 2

The dispute resolution team at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS handles the full range of litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings, encompassing major contractual disputes, shipbuilding and offshore claims, technology and intellectual property mandates, real estate and construction cases, and transaction-linked litigation. Mads Fuglesang and Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen jointly head up the practice, and specialise in construction and corporate investigations and inquiries respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mads Fuglesang; Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen

Other key lawyers:

Christian Steen Eriksen; Carl Roberts


‘Very dedicated and very hard working, willingness to go all the way and work day and night to win.’

‘They have a deep understanding of the pressures and demands of international litigation and can work seamlessly with foreign lawyers to provide a valuable support service on matters of Norwegian law.’

‘Very strong ability to understand complex technical challenges and solutions. Therefore very trustworthy when it comes to facts that need to be explained.’

‘Christian Steen Eriksen. He was always available, dealt with our queries quickly and efficiently and the work was high quality. We would highly recommend Christian for dispute resolution matters in Norway.’

‘Good balance between legal and subject matter expertise.’

‘Highly skilled people in both tech and legal.’

‘Trustworthy people in all aspects.’

‘Carl Roberts – very easy to deal with, highly responsive and organised, gives valuable legal insights, can digest complex points of law and produce clear and practical legal advice.’

Key clients

Felleskjøpet Agri

Erik Ohr Eiendom

Teekay Offshore Partners/Teekay Shipping Norway





Vitaly Orlov


General Electric


Electricity and renewable energy Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS stands out in the market for its expertise in the hydropower industry, advising key regional and national players and utility companies, with additional strength in the wind and solar sectors. Clients include state-owned utilities, project developers and power producers; a distinguishing strength for the team lies in handling corporate PPAs. Practice head Håkon Sandbekk advises on the full life-cycle of renewables projects, from planning, development, construction and financing issues to operational work and M&A transactions. Roy Slettvold is a go-to name for regional utilities and senior associate Maria Mikkelsen is also a key contact for project work.

Practice head(s):

Håkon Sandbekk

Other key lawyers:

Roy Slettvold; Maria Mikkelsen

Key clients

Fortum OY

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)

Graphene Batteries


BKW Energie

Haugaland Kraft

Oslofjord Varme


Falck Renewables

Norwegian Crystals

Scatec Solar




Varanger Kraft/Varanger Kraft Vind

Norseman Wind


Equinor (New Energy Solutions)

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

The municipalities of Førde, Fjaler, Jølster, Naustdal, Gaular, Hyllestad and Solund


Employment Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has a strong track record in assisting with the employment aspects of M&A, carve-outs, restructurings and downsizings. André Istad Johansen is an ‘outstanding lawyer’, who specialises in pensions issues; he leads the team of ‘highly skilled people’, which is experienced in cross-border mandates, collective dismissals, collective bargaining agreements, illegal use of the workforce claims and missing overtime payment issues. Hans Jørgen Bender focuses on management incentives schemes and whistleblowing matters, and Are Fagerhaug specialises in cross-border executive issues.

Practice head(s):

André Istad Johansen

Other key lawyers:

Hans Jørgen Bender; Are Fagerhaug; Anja Lange


‘Highly skilled and very experienced. They understand our needs. They respond quickly and assist us in a highly professional way and they are pleasant people to collaborate with.’

‘I have worked with Selmer and Are Fagerhaug for years and the team is highly skilled and service minded. They have experience and knowledge on both employment matters and other areas that might have an impact on us as a company. They are good at seeing the case/items from many sides and are good discussion partners for finding the best solution for both straightforward cases and more complex matters.’

‘I work mostly with Are Fagerhaug and I find him highly skilled and very experienced. He understands our business and mindset and he has good solutions to complex matters. We have worked together for years and he always has our company history in mind when he gives advice, making sure that we are following the laws and regulations, but also helping us keep similar solutions to same problems over the years. He has quick response times and is very service minded.’

‘The team is always ready to help us regardless of the time of the day. If we are in an M&A situation and need advice during a customer meeting late Friday evening, the team at Selmer are available. They are very competent and ensure we get what we need in time. They also ensure that their employees competencies are kept up to date.’

‘André Istad Johansen is a highly valued partner for our business. He is very knowledgeable, organised, down to earth, listens and understands the issue, as well as being very service minded. He will always answer the phone or e-mail regardless of the time of the day or the day of the week. If we have an issue in another country, he ensures it gets solved through the firms network of lawyers. He has also built a solid team that assists us where applicable and in this way he helps us to keep an eye on the cost. We have also had the pleasure to work with Anja Lange from his team. She is also knowledgeable, organised, down to earth and service minded.’

‘Hans Jørgen Bender’s commercial orientation, combined with his expertise, makes him outstanding.’

Key clients

Scandi Standard









Addtech Group

Aberdeen Standard Investments


Peterson Packaging

Magseis Fairfield



Brødrene Dahl

Survitec Group

EU and competition Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS demonstrates particular strength in handling complex merger control cases before the Norwegian Competition Authority and the European Commission. Practice head Ole-Andreas Torgersen also handles disputes in relation to distribution work, cartels and other competition-related issues. Karen Anne Rekkedal, who focuses on public procurement work including tender contracts, tender submissions, appeal processes and public agreement negotiations, was made partner in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ole-Andreas Torgersen

Other key lawyers:

Karen Anne Rekkedal


‘The team at Selmer has a broad knowledge of competition law and years of experience in practising the law on a variety of cases.’

‘The lawyers at Selmer are all professional and customer minded. In the competition law area, Ole-Andreas Torgersen is a highly competent, pragmatic and solution oriented lawyer. In addition to being available and service minded, he is proactive and gives information relevant to our companies and our business. His legal skills and understanding of the client’s business make his services seem even more relevant than services provided by other legal firms.’

Key clients

Gasum Oy

Helgeland Sparebank


Nordic Concrete Group / Betong Øst




Nittedal Torvindustri

Birkeland Entreprenørforretning

Brødrene Dahl

Maritime law Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS stands out for its experience in advising on charter parties, shipbuilding issues, restructurings and contracts, especially in the oil industry. Christian Steen Eriksen and Nicolai Myren jointly lead the practice, together with fellow co-head Norman Hansen Meyer; they have extensive experience in traditional shipping work, transactions and disputes, and the negotiation and execution of shipping projects.

Practice head(s):

Norman Hansen Meyer; Christian Steen Eriksen; Nicolai Myren


‘Selmer delivers above what one normally expects from top law firms. Not only are they knowledgeable and professional, they are also extremely efficient and great to work with. The team is very accessible and have a commercial mindset, and provide streamlined advice both within ship finance and transactional work as well as in dispute resolution and enforcement.’

‘Norman Hansen Meyer is a highly knowledgeable and experienced maritime lawyer who is great to work with. He has a very good understanding of the many questions relevant for shipowners.

‘Provides the right level of expertise within most areas. Pleasant culture and people.’

‘Norman Hansen Meyer has a focused approach combined with exceptional experience with shipping contracts. This means efficient processes and a great product.’

Key clients

Faerder Tankers

Acta Marine

Eastern Bulk

Eidesvik Offshore



BW Offshore

Reach Subsea

Ocean Installer

Lorentzen & Stemoco

Westcon Yards

Integr8 Fuels

Union Marine Management Services

Saga Welco


Alterna Infrastructure

Western Bulk Chartering

Sevnor Management

DSV Air & Sea Norway AS

Awilco Drilling


COSL Drilling

Oil and gas Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS's merger with oil and gas boutique Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA has significantly expanded the department's size and capabilities. The practice has a broad scope spanning corporate transactions, licensing work, litigation and regulatory issues, acting for industry leaders in the Nordic region. Thomas G. Michelet jointly leads the team and regularly advises on corporate, regulatory and licensing mandates. Co-head Eirik Høiby, who joined the team as part of the merger, is an expert in construction issues, project executions, negotiations and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Thomas G. Michelet; Eirik Høiby


The team we use has a good business understanding and strategic thinking. Hard working and deliver on time.

High standard. Proactive and practical. Know the O&G industry segment.

Key clients

Acta Marine


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Deep C Solutions

Global Geo Services


LUKOIL Overseas North Shelf


Pandion Energy

RN Nordic Oil

Fortum Oslo Varme

Ocean Installer


Global Maritime

Karpinsky Oil and Gas Company

Lundin Norway



Petrolia NOCO

Tax Tier 2

The full-service group at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS handles an extensive slate of matters, including planning issues, tax due diligence, tax audits, tax complaints against the Norwegian authorities, and tax litigation. Central areas of expertise include domestic and cross-border transactions and reorganisations, employee share-based incentive programmes, and national and cross-border VAT work. Practice head Sverre Hveding focuses on providing tax advice to private equity and venture capital clients, Are Fagerhaug is the primary contact for indirect tax mandates, and Einar Bakko focuses on transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Sverre Hveding

Other key lawyers:

Einar Bakko; Are Fagerhaug; Daniel Løken Høgtun; Bård Ivar Koppang


‘The company are highly skilled regarding general cases within property and tax questions, and understand our business and mind-set well.’

‘Selmer’s availability and all-round knowledge in tax and related matters, as well as their no-nonsense approach to tax matters, is appreciated.’

‘Sverre Hveding is always available, always solution-oriented and a very good team player with an eye for matters around the corner.’

‘Daniel Løken Høgtun and Are Fagerhaug are both very experienced and have good solutions to complex matters. They also have a great business understanding.’

‘A Norwegian power house within tax.’

‘Daniel Løken Høgtun is very to the point and makes complicated matters understandable.’

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

CGI Group


Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services


IFPI Norge

TMT Tier 2

The technology department at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS provides the full range of advice to clients across the TMT sector. Particularly strong in technology mandates, the practice assists with large transactions, software development and contracting projects, procurement issues and disputes. Practice head Ståle L. Hagen is regularly involved in significant technology sector deals and contracts. Also noted in the team is Nils Kristian Einstabland, who has expertise in transactional and regulatory matters, and also advises on the related political frameworks.

Practice head(s):

Ståle L. Hagen

Other key lawyers:

Nils Kristian Einstabland

Key clients

Felleskjøpet Agri

CGI Norge

Rema 1000

Color Line




Wilhelmsen IT Services

Hiddn Securities


Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean





Gjensidige Forsikring





Auto Transport Service

Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Hansen Technologies


Bertel O. Steen





Apotekforeningen / Difa

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' restructuring and insolvency department draws its strength from the wider shipping and offshore practice and covers financial restructurings in the oil, shipping, yard and offshore sectors. Team head Tor Herdlevær is particularly recognised in the space; Thomas Steen Brandi and Per Morten Christiansen are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Tor Herdlevær

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Steen Brandi; Per Morten Christiansen


‘Professional, friendly, commercial and smart.’

‘Commercial and experienced.’

‘Tor Herdlevær provides exceptional legal services for financial intuitions and companies in distress. He has a fantastic ability to present and structure complex cases in a way that makes it easier for his clients to make the right decisions and focus on the matters that will drive the process in the right direction and to come to the best possible solution. This, together with his commercial and industry knowledge, unique ability to negotiate with any opponent and find solutions, are qualities I value.’

Key clients

Sparebank 1 SMN

Sparebanken Vest


Eksportkreditt Norge

Sparebanken Møre

Sparebank1 Sogn og Fjordane

Sparebank1 Søre Sunnmøre

Kleven Maritime Invest

Nemaska Lithium

Goodtech ASA

City Con

Norwegian Crystals

Roxel Group

Intellectual property Tier 4

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has a strong focus on IP litigation, trade mark protection and enforcement issues, distribution rights, unfair competition work and marketing disputes. The team has expertise in the media, fintech, technology, software, energy and retail sectors and provides advice on the IP aspects of digitalisation and artificial intelligence projects, big data mandates and trade secrets. Practice head Nils Kristian Einstabland specialises in the media, technology and fintech sectors and transactions with an IP focus.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andreas Jarbø  photo Andreas Jarbø Partner / lawyer
Mr Johannes Meyer-Myklestad  photo Mr Johannes Meyer-Myklestad Partner/ lawyer
 Øyvind Olimstad  photo Øyvind Olimstad Partner / lawyer
 Stian Berger Røsland  photo Stian Berger Røsland Partner / lawyer
Mr Eirik Riddervold  photo Mr Eirik Riddervold Partner / lawyer
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