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Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS divides its banking and finance department into debt financing and regulatory teams; the debt team acts for several banks and investment banks and has notable experience in debt restructurings and real estate bond financings, while the regulatory group handles framework conditions, licensing issues and transactions. Tor Herdlevær and Bernt Olav Steinland head debt work and regulatory mandates respectively; Herdlevær recently worked with Per Morten Christiansen to assist Seadrill with various issues relating to its debt restructuring plan and Steinland advised 15 independent savings banks with their acquisition of a 12% stake in Norwegian mobile payment app, Vipps. Other clients include Aberdeen Asset Management, Danske Bank, Eksportkreditt Norge and Orkla. Christopher Jensen is also a key name to note; he recently acted on a green bond issuance. The firm merged with Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA in 2019, gaining Christian Steen Eriksen and lawyer Andreas Kyllingstad; Kyllingstad handles oil and offshore projects.
Real estate Tier 1
Fielding 'a very dedicated team, which is instrumental to clients' success', Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS 'stands out for its depth of knowledge and competence' and clients 'emphasise its availability and proactivity in responding to issues as they arise'. Department head Mikkel Vislie focuses on developments, transactions and financing work; Andreas Rørvik is 'an excellent negotiator and one of the best all-round real estate lawyers in the country', Sverre Nordlie 'has an excellent understanding of the market' and Thomas Reppe Wetting 'has a clear mission in solving issues in a commercially viable manner'. The group recently advised Heimstaden Bostad on two property deals; Norsk Hydro, EQT Infrastructure Fund and Selvaag Bolig are also clients. Line Ravlo-Losvik is now with DLA Piper.
Capital markets Tier 2
The 'highly professional, exceptionally hardworking and completely reliable' team at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS 'has a real passion for its clients' and is jointly led by Bernt Olav Steinland and Robert Sveen following Lars Knem Christie's move to BAHR in 2018. Newly promoted partner Andreas Jarbø and DCM specialist Christopher Jensen are also key names to note; Jarbø advised listed company Eidesvik Offshore on its financial restructuring including an equity issue, and Jensen acted for Nordea Bank, Swedbank and ABN Amro Bank on a NOK750m green bond issuance by Scatec Solar.
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' private equity-focused practice fields 'a highly professional M&A team, which stands out as being service-minded, available, efficient and solution-oriented'. Team head Camilla Magnus is 'excellent and reliable', Ingar Solheim has 'a strong understanding of the legal, strategic, financial and commercial aspects of a transaction', Are Herrem is the key name for private equity funds, and Robert Sveen is 'highly impressive'. Recent highlights include assisting 15 independent savings banks with their establishment of Balder Betaling and its subsequent acquisition of a 12% stake in Vipps, and acting for Brookfield Business Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Teekay Offshore Partners.
Construction Tier 2
Led by Mads Fuglesang, who 'truly puts the clients first', Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' department has notable expertise in contract work, particularly relating to infrastructure and housing projects, alongside experience in construction litigation and knowledge of the real estate, and oil and gas sectors. Svein Sulland and Johannes Meyer-Myklestad are also names to note; the latter joined from Wikborg Rein in 2018. Recent highlights include advising Vedal Entreprenør on its renovation of the Telegraph Building in Oslo, and acting for Celco Handel and Håndværk in a dispute against Hent relating to the renovation of Flesland Airport.
Dispute resolution Tier 2
The 'highly professional' practice at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has 'a helpful, hands-on approach' and is 'very dedicated to its clients'. The practice is recognised for its experience in contract disputes with notable expertise in the shipping, IT, construction, IP and real estate sectors. Asbjørn Berg and Carl Roberts jointly lead the team; Berg recently defended Daimler in a compensation claim filed following a European Commission decision which fined truck manufacturers for impermissible information exchanges, and Roberts is 'a good team player, who excels in global commercial conflicts'. The practice gained Eirik Høiby and Christian Steen Eriksen following the firm's 2019 merger with Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA.
As a key name for hydro power matters, Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' recent work includes advising Hydro Energi on the proposed divestment of its portfolio of hydro power plants in Røldal-Suldal. Other mandates include assisting Nord Pool with its restructuring, acting for Solvind Project on the sale of Storøy wind farm to aventron, and handling the planning and construction of a new power distribution grid in Lofoten for Lofotkraft. Roy Slettvold leads the group and Håkon Sandbekk focuses on renewable energy projects.
Employment Tier 2
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' 'highly capable and dedicated' team is 'available 24/7' with 'strong strategic skills' and handles the full spectrum of employment work including pensions work, investigations and compliance issues. In a recent highlight, the team assisted Ekornes with the employment aspects of its sale to QuMei Home Furnishing Group; other mandates include advising CGI Norge on its purchase of Affecto and acting for Azets on its acquisiton of several portfolios from Visma and Bluegarden. André Istad Johansen leads the practice and Hans Jørgen Bender specialises in non-compete and non-solicit work, management incentives and whisteblowing issues.
EU and competition Tier 2
The 'high-quality' group at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is 'always ready to help with key knowledge about its clients and the industries in which they operate', particularly those in the retail sector where the practice counts Orkla and Optimera as key clients. Team head Ole-Andreas Torgersen, who is 'consistently available at short notice', handles general competition and public procurement mandates; he recently defended Daimler in compensation claims arising from alleged overcharges, assisted KB Gruppen Kongsvinger with the competition aspects of its establishment of a joint venture with Ølen Betong Gruppen, and advised Fjord1 on various tender processes relating to the operation of two ferry connections. Clients also praise senior lawyer Karen Anne Rekkedal, who is 'very thorough, structured and to the point and has control over the details'.
The 'well-coordinated and responsive' practice at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is 'always available' and is noted for its financial restructuring expertise in the oil and offshore sectors led by Tor Herdlevær. Herdlevær's recent work includes advising the unsecured creditors and affiliated debtors of Seadrill on its restructuring, and assisting Eidesvik Offshore with its restructuring. Other clients include SpareBanken Vest, Eksportkreditt Norge and Nordic Trustee. Thomas Steen Brandi is also noteworthy and focuses on restructuring, insolvency and compliance work, and investigations.
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS provides 'quality advice on time, anytime' and excels in shipbuilding and offshore construction contracts; department head Nils Bugge recently advised Acta Marine on the negotiation of a shipbuilding contract. Other highlights include assisting Kleven Yard with a financial restructuring and acting for Kleven on an agreement with De Beers Marine Namibia for the construction of a specialised vessel to support seabed diamond mining operations. Norman Hansen Meyer joined from an in-house position and Øyvind Olimstad was promoted to the partnership. The group also benefitted from the firm's 2019 merger with Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA, which added Eirik Høiby, Per Kyllingstad, Christian Steen Eriksen and Gro Løge to the team.
Oil and gas Tier 2
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' 'efficient and professional' group handles licence transactions, contractual issues, regulatory work, unitisations, compliance mandates and disputes regularly acting for E&P companies, engineering, procurement and construction contractors; equipment suppliers and seismic and electromagnetic services companies. The team recently assisted Okea with its acquisition of working interests in the Draugen and Gjøa fields and handled Kufpec's acquisition of Total Norge's interests in the Gina Krog field. Thomas G. Michelet leads the group; Liv Monica Stubholt and newly promoted partner Øyvind Olimstad are also active in the space. Following the firm's 2019 merger with offshore, oil and gas, and oil services boutique Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA, Eirik Høiby, Odd-Arne Kleveland and Gro Løge are also key names to note.
Tax Tier 2
With 'excellent commercial orientation and technical skills', Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' 'dedicated, professional and highly supportive' practice 'delivers 100% of the time' on tax litigation and transactional advice. The 'very hands-on and creative' Sverre Hveding heads the group, which also includes the 'proactive' Einar Bakko and senior lawyer Are Fagerhaug, who 'always has good solutions to complicated issues'. Bakko recently advised Nord Pool on its tax-exempt group merger and the simultaneous demerger of its power exchange operations.
TMT Tier 2
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' 'very service-minded' team 'always responds quickly with high-quality feedback' and excels in the technology industry with clients including Itelligence, Canon and CGI. Department leader Ståle Hagen advised Obos on the contract negotiations for its move from on-premise software to a cloud-based strategy and assisted Norsk Medisinaldepot with its acquisition of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) and point of sale system. Nils Kristian Einstabland acted for EQT Infrastructure on its acquisition of Broadnet and advised Fotball Media on media rights to the Norwegian elite football leagues.
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS > Firm Profile
The firm: Selmer was founded in 1985. The firm quickly became an important challenger to the establishment. While other law firms had existed for over a hundred years, Selmer could offer fresh thinking and a new perspective.
Today Selmer is one of Norway’s leading legal practices with 190 employees. Throughout the firm’s short history, it has strived to work in innovative ways, constantly among the first to adopt new ideas. One of these is a company structure that includes both accountants and financial analysts, unique in the Norwegian legal industry, enabling the firm to give interdisciplinary advice that other firms cannot. In January 2019, Selmer announced its merger with Kyllingstad Kleveland, one of the leading law firms in Norway within oil, offshore and shipping industries. The new department, Selmer Energy, unites two of Norway’s leading legal specialist groups within oil and gas, oil services, shipping and renewable energy to Norway’s largest energy practice.
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. The legal business is still traditional – Selmer offers a new perspective.
|Banking and finance; regulatory||Tor Herdlevær|
|Banking and finance; regulatory||Bernt Olav Steinland|
|Capital markets||Robert Sveen|
|Company||Per Arne Dæhli|
|Dispute resolution||Asbjørn Berg|
|Employment, including pensions||André Istad Johansen|
|EU, EEA and competition||Ole-Andreas Torgersen|
|Financial analysis and transaction support||Mikael Minge|
|Intellectual property||Martin Berggreen Rove|
|Investigation and compliance||Thomas S Brandi|
|Investigation and compliance||Helge Kvamme|
|Offshore and shipping||Nilse Bugge|
|Oil and gas||Thomas G Michelet|
|Real estate||Mikkel Vislie|
|Renewable energy||Roy Slettvold|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Tor Herdlevær|
|Taxes and duties||Sverre Hveding|
|TMT||Ståle L Hagen|
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