Firm Profile > Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS > Oslo, Norway
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS Offices
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PO BOX 1324 VIKA
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS > The Legal 500 Rankings
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has notably expanded beyond its traditional contractual expertise following its merger in early 2019 with shipping, energy and natural resources boutique Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA, which brought practice co-head and offshore project specialist Odd-Arne Kleveland and shipping project expert Christian Steen Eriksen into the department. Practice co-head Nils Bugge is highly regarded for his shipbuilding contract, charter party and management agreement expertise, and Norman Hansen Meyer is a key contact for shipowners and shipyards. Eirik Høiby joined BAHR in 2020.
‘In-depth knowledge of the business drivers in combination with the legal environment in which corporates and projects work under. Fully committed team with the capacity and flexibility to support when and where needed.‘
‘The individuals have excellent knowledge of the business in addition to the T&C’s our company is working under.‘
Deep C Solutions
Kleven Verft AS
Acta Marine B.V.
Reach Subsea ASA
Real estate Tier 1
Mikkel Vislie heads up the practice at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, which excels in real estate transactions and development projects; the group recently advised SBB on its sale of shares in Nye Barcode 121, the head office of DNB Bank in Oslo. The group also saw notable growth recently with the promotion of Mari Helen Gulsvik and Daniel Løken Høgtun to the partnership in 2019, and the recruitment of Trude Gran Melbye from Wikborg Rein in 2018. Other key individuals include Andreas Rørvik, who focuses on real estate finance work; Even Berg, transaction focused Sverre Nordlie, and Thomas Reppe Wetting, who regularly advises on the establishment of syndicates and the fund structure for real estate investments. Line Ravlo-Losvik departed to DLA Piper in 2019.
‘Andreas Rørvik is probably the best all-round real estate lawyer in Norway.’
Wahl Eiendom AS
Tre Kronor Property Investme
Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget i Norden AB
Niam V Holding
Carnegie Project Finance
Coop Norge Eiendom
Genesta GNRE II Holdings
Møller Eiendom AS
Selvaag Bolig ASA
Braathen Eiendom AS
Nærsenter Utvikling AS
Orkla Eiendom AS
Bernt Olav Steinland heads the practice at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, which excels in banking and finance transactions including debt restructurings and shipping finance issues, and financial services regulatory work. The group’s shipping, oil and offshore-related work was also recently bolstered by the addition of Christian Steen Eriksen and senior associate Andreas Kyllingstad, who joined the group as part of the firm’s merger with Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA in early 2019. Tor Herdlevær is a key name for distressed debt restructuring transactions, Christopher Jensen specialises in bank and bond financings, and Per Morten Christiansen regularly handles export, acquisition and real estate financing work.
Aberdeen Asset Management
The Eika Alliance
SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge
SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus
SpareBank 1 Østlandet
SpareBank 1 SMN
SpareBank 1 SR Bank
Capital markets Tier 2
With expertise across equity and debt capital markets work, Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is a key contact for Nordic financial institutions; its client roster includes Pareto Securities, Nordea and Arctic Securities. The group is also active in the high-yield bond arena. Bernt Olav Steinland and Robert Sveen jointly lead the practice; Steinland is recommended for regulatory work and Sveen advises on transactional matters. Other noteworthy practitioners include Andreas Jarbø, who handles ECM transactions for financial institutions, Christopher Jensen, who specialises in DCM work, and newly promoted partner Jon Fredrik Johansen, who assists with stock exchange and securities law.
‘The Selmer team has a deep and comprehensive knowledge within capital markets. The team is available and pleasant to work with.‘
‘The team invests in understanding the business of the client and hence understands what the key issues for the client are. They have a very good commercial understanding and give direct advice in complex matters.‘
‘The individuals we work with in the Selmer team are pro-active, and they are able to think “outside the box”.‘
‘Jon Fredrik Johansen is hands on and very efficient. Very knowledgeable and efficient. Able to give direct advice on complex matters.‘
Qumei Home Furnishing Group Ltd.
Pareto Securities AS
PCI Biotech ASA
SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Scatec Solar ASA
HIVE Blockchain Technologies LTD
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS’ sector expertise encompasses the energy, fishing, retail and healthcare industries alongside the group’s notable private equity and financial services strength; the group recently advised Ekornes on its acquisition by China-based private equity firm, Huatai Zijin Investment. Camilla Magnus leads the practice, which also fields corporate finance expert Ingar Solheim, Are Herrem, who regularly acts for private equity funds; and Robert Sveen, who is co-head of the firm’s equity capital markets team. Remi Dramstad was promoted to the partnership in 2019.
‘The Selmer team, particularly Ingar Solheim, stood out from the other legal advisers and really proved themselves as a top tier firm. Always on top of the game, with excellent business understanding, strong problem solving skills, integrity and professionalism.‘
‘They are service minded and gain great knowledge about us as clients.‘
‘Selmer has a highly professional legal team with strong business and commercial understanding, efficient deliveries with high quality, enjoyable to work with and very well liked by their clients in our experience.‘
‘Ingar Solheim has very strong legal skills. He is always available and responsive and also has a high versatility, understanding the business and thinking out of the box to find solutions to complex problems.‘
Viking Life-Saving Equipment
EQT Infrastructure III
Construction Tier 2
With expertise across onshore and offshore construction work, Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS acts for mid and large-sized contractors, owners and developers on projects, developments, procurement issues and construction litigation. The group is also particularly active in advising international contractors with Eltel Networks and Rebaioli as key examples, and recently expanded its offshore expertise through its merger with Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA in 2019. Practice head Mads Fuglesang primarily focuses on industry and infrastructure projects, Svein Sulland handles all stages of construction projects, and Johannes Meyer-Myklestad is an experienced litigator.
‘With their hard work, which exceeds expectations, we find great comfort in Selmer as our legal adviser.’
‘They have specialists in all types of issues and work strategically in teams for the best interests of the customer. Always available when you need help.‘
‘This practice has by far the best team in construction. They have the experience and the understanding of the main objectives in the construction industry in Norway. Compared to other firms, Selmer’s strength is that they have a great understanding of how things work and they try to avoid unnecessary conflicts.‘
‘Johannes Meyer-Myklestad has shown profound dedication in his work with our company. Through his personal involvement, he ensured that our need of Selmer’s broad expertise were met in full. We highly regard his opinion and advice in negotiations.‘
‘They take clients seriously and do everything to help you as quickly as possible – whether it’s daytime, evening or weekends, as well as being incredibly skilled in their profession. And if they have no answer, they quickly find a colleague who is a specialist to help. In addition, they are nice and informal and we can talk to them about anything. Would especially like to mention Mads Fuglesang who serves us in an incredibly good way.’
‘Those who I’ve been in contact with have such a great understanding of the problems that the industry is facing. You don’t need to spend a lot of time explaining the issue. They are very helpful, knowledgeable, open, fair and solid lawyers. Johannes Meyer-Myklestad is a well-known figure in the industry and is part of Selmer’s team. His engagement in the industry is priceless.‘
VIA Vika (Aspelin Ramm Gruppen and Storebrand)
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS’ ‘understanding of deep technical complexities is impressive and is used in a very balanced way’ to assist clients in the technology, IP, real estate and corporate sectors; the group also recently expanded its shipping and offshore expertise through the firm’s merger with oil and offshore boutique Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA. Asbjørn Berg and Carl Roberts jointly lead the department and specialise in IP litigation and contractual disputes respectively. Christian Steen Eriksen also joined as part of the merger, and focuses on the oil and gas sector. Eirik Høiby joined BAHR in 2020.
‘The team was able to combine their own knowledge in both law and the domain with our knowledge and experience, to build a strong case. They were extremely professional while at all times keeping focus on the human beings in the process.‘
‘The Selmer team has shown an exemplary structure and process in their work towards the court case and also thereafter. The understanding of deep technical complexity is impressive, and they used it in a very balanced way. Their handling of us as their client and balance of emotions against facts was indeed very strong.‘
‘The keen interest, the hunger for information and understanding the case, the background, the nitty gritty details and how that could be used in our favour.’
‘Carl Roberts held it all together in a very good way, understanding the facts related to technology and ran the processes in a strong way. Despite the fact that it took a long time, years, from the beginning until the resolution, he seemed to be on top of the situation and even the details at all times.‘
Teekay Offshore Partners/Teekay Shipping Norway
Benefiting from its merger with Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA in early 2019, Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has notable expertise in the hydropower industry with clients including Norsk Hydro, Statkraft and multiple municipalities. The group is also active in the wind and solar sectors; it recently advised Solvind Project on the sale of Storøy Wind Farm to Aventron. Håkon Sandbekk leads the department and handles all stages of renewables projects; other key individuals include Roy Slettvold, who acts for several regional utility companies. Senior associate Maria Mikkelsen joined from a position in the Department of Climate and Environment.
Hydro Energi/Norsk Hydro
The Norwegian Export Credit Agency (GIEK)
Varanger Kraft/Varanger Kraft Vind
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’ ‘commercially oriented’ team counts industrial and offshore companies, banks and insurers as clients, handling the full range of employment mandates including investigations, pensions law work, whistleblowing allegations and compliance issues. Team leader Andre Istad Johansen is ‘very experienced and highly skilled’, Hans Jørgen Bender is a specialist in non-compete and non-solicit issues, management incentive schemes and whistleblowing cases; and newly promoted partner Are Fagerhaug ‘has a very good understanding of the client’s point of view’.
‘The team at Advokatfirma Selmer AS is well versed in different legal topics and many of the lawyers there have specialised themselves in more than one subject. With this each one of them are able to advise on different topics, but with a point of view from different angles. And you always know that the answer is well thought through and all aspects of the situation has been taken into account.‘
‘In addition to being very strong in the employment area the team is also very commercially oriented.‘
‘Selmer is an extraordinary provider for us. We get the full attention and help we need at any time of the day 7 days a week. Their areas of expertise are broad and cover the needs we have in our business. Compared to other firms, we are treated as an important customer, even when we only utilise their services to a minor extent.‘
‘Balance. Balance between being proactive and too pushy. Balance between commercial growth and the humans affected. Balance between solution orientation and legal integrity.‘
‘Hans Jørgen Bender is the go-to guy in any situation. He has the ability to be hard when needed, but is also an adviser that gives you the right advice either legally or business-wise. Andre Istad Johansen is also a great lawyer and adviser. I think the use of both Hans Jørgen and Andre makes the perfect team in any situation.‘
‘Andre Istad Johansen is very experienced and highly skilled. He understands our business and mind-set. He has very quick response times and is also very service minded.’
‘I have mostly worked with Are Fagerhaug and he is very competent in his field. He has knowledge in all the employment matters that I have raised with him and he is very good at understanding our point of view. Even though he understands our point of view, he always gives us the correct legal advice, even though this might not be the advice we want. To explain; he always provides advice based on the laws and regulations, and doesn’t try to accommodate us to make us happy.’
‘True experts. Humble and interested in the client’s view and understanding of the matter. Listens to understand, not to respond. Still comes across as super confident. I have worked with them for +10 years, on quite complex matters, with extreme time pressure and their advice and our agreed way forward always worked out as assumed or better.‘
‘Everyone we meet at Selmer is “on”. They give us legal advice and help us to achieve what we want/need. We feel that we are in good hands when we cooperate with the team at Selmer.‘
Norwegian Seafood Council
RIO Rusmisbrukernes interesseorganisasjon
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
Azets (part of Cogital Group)
Aerospace Industrial Maintenance
Aberdeen Asset Management
Colosseum Dental Group
Peterson Packaging (part of VPK Packaging Group)
Aberdeen Fund Management
EU and competition Tier 2
The ’capable and eager’ competition department at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS excels in merger control work where it has experience before the Norwegian Competition Authority and the European Commission; in a recent highlight, the group assisted Ambea with its acquisition of Aleris’ senior care, adult care and youth care business and the related merger filing. Alongside the healthcare and life sciences sector, the practice also advises clients in the retail, public transport, TMT, energy and real estate sectors. ‘Service-minded partner’ Ole-Andreas Torgersen leads the group.
‘Highly skilled, understands our business and mind-set. Quick response times and very service minded and experienced.‘
‘Ole-Andreas Torgersen is a very service-minded partner that is always available. He is highly skilled and understands our business.‘
‘Ole-Andreas Torgersen’s expertise is beyond doubt. He has a clear mind, is smart and is very good at arguing a case.‘
Bertel O. Steen
Norwegian Concrete Group
DXC Technology Company
Brødrene Dahl AS
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS’ practice leverages the firm’s wider shipping and offshore strength to handle oil, shipping and offshore financial restructurings; it recently advised Kleven Maritime Invest on two rounds of financial restructurings and also counts SpareBank 1 SMN, Nordic Trustee and Eidesvik Offshore as clients. Tor Herdlevær heads up the group, which also fields restructuring, insolvency and investigation expert Thomas Steen Brandi and Per Morten Christiansen, who has notable experience in the refinancing and restructuring of loan facilities.
SpareBank 1 SMN
SpareBank 1 Søre Sunnmøre
Kleven Maritime Invest
Maritime law Tier 2
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS’ shipping and offshore practice saw notable growth in early 2019 following its merger with oil and gas and shipping boutique Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA, which brought shipping project expert Christian Steen Eriksen into the group. Other key practitioners include department co-heads Nils Bugge and Norman Hansen Meyer, and Nicolai Myren, who focuses on cross-border offshore engineering, procurement, construction and installation projects. The group’s experience spans commercial shipping and contractual work, litigation, vessel sales and purchases, and marine insurance matters.
‘The firm cooperates well between specialists. All of the team is accessible when needed and are generally easy to communicate with. Everybody knows their organisation well and efficiently knows how to talk to the clients.‘
‘The individuals are very accessible, rapid to give feedback written and oral. Time is always limited and these partners understand and respect the need to be on time, and hit deadlines without misses or misunderstandings.‘
‘Norman Hansen Meyer is dedicated, solution oriented and available, and especially experienced in charter contracts.‘
Western Bulk Management
Arctic Sea Explorer Spf
Integr8 Fuels Inc.
Tersan Shipyard (Turkey)
Oil and gas Tier 2
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS’ ‘highly skilled, efficient and very professional’ team has broad expertise, which spans licensing issues, corporate transactions, maintenance contracts for rigs, vessels and offshore installations; litigation and regulatory matters. Thomas G. Michelet heads up the department, which also fields Liv Monica Stubholt, who handles development, strategy and corporate work; and Gro Løge, who focuses on the oil services and oil and gas construction industries. The practice also benefited from the firm’s recent merger with Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA, which introduced Odd-Arne Kleveland into the team. Eirik Høiby departed to BAHR in 2020.
‘Excellent oil and gas team. Rapid response with effective solutions.‘
‘Excellent sector knowledge. Very good at finding solutions to business problems.‘
‘For us, it’s their focus and expertise on upstream oil and gas business in Norway. They have lawyers dedicated in this area of law and they are very commercial in their approach to transactions.‘
‘Our impression of the Selmer team is that they are highly skilled, efficient and very professional. They balance their legal advice in a very good way so that they also work in a practical way.’
‘Hands-on approach with high expertise in the industry, especially oil and gas. More than just legal services.‘
‘Thomas G. Michelet is an outstanding lawyer, very knowledgeable and yet demonstrates a strength of understanding the aims of his clients.‘
‘Øyvind Olimstad is a pleasure to work with. Combines deep legal knowledge with an ability to find practical solutions to manage challenging issues. Always calm.‘
Acta Marine B.V.
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Deep C Solutions AS
Global Geo Services AS
LUKOIL Overseas North Shelf AS
Pandion Energy AS
RN Nordic Oil AS
Fortum Oslo Varme AS
Ocean Installer AS
Global Maritime AS
Tax Tier 2
Sverre Hveding leads the practice at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, which ‘has a very good practical and business-minded approach to its tax advice’ and handles the full spectrum of tax issues including transactional work, share-based incentives programmes, VAT and indirect tax issues, tax complaints and tax litigation. Hveding primarily focuses on tax planning and structuring work and Einar Bakko is ‘very knowledgeable on Norwegian corporate taxation’, while Are Fagerhaug is a VAT and indirect tax specialist and Daniel Løken Høgtun is ‘always available, very efficient and gives clear advice’.
‘Extremely professional, swift and effective, with the highest relevant skill set compared to other firms we have been in contact with.‘
‘The team is very solution oriented and efficient. They give clear advice in complicated matters. Willing to stick their neck out if it is requested.‘
‘The tax team is very experienced and understands our business well. The team is also quite service minded and we get quick responses.‘
‘My experience with Selmer is that they are very knowledgeable, they always tend to invest time in getting to know cases and letting clients feel that they are a lot more than just a client.’
‘Sverre Hveding is extremely skilled, and conducts each assessment with high precision. His ability to not only consider the applicable laws, but also understand the business impact in our space has been of utmost importance.‘
‘Are Fagerlund has a very good understanding of all areas within tax and VAT and his pleasant manner makes him a trusted adviser.‘
‘We have worked with Daniel Løken Høgtun over the last two years. He is highly skilled, he understands our business and mind-set, and is extremely service minded.‘
Solør Bioenergi Group
Sparebank 1 SR-Bank
Ølen Betong Group
Unacast Inc and Unacast
Møller Mobility Group
Fredensborg Eiendom Group
Voss Of Norway
Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget i Norden
TMT Tier 2
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS’ standalone technology department advises on the full spectrum of issues including transactions, software development and contracting projects, technology procurement mandates, technology implementation projects and litigation. Ståle Hagen leads the practice, which also counts transactional and regulatory specialist Nils Kristian Einstabland as a key practitioner. In a recent highlight, the group advised EQT Infrastructure on its acquisition of Broadnet; other clients include Itelligence, Canon, Statnett and Felleskøpet Agri.
‘Pragmatic and result-oriented deliverables. Good knowledge from previous projects.‘
‘We primarily work with Ståle Hagen. Very good insights and provides valuable input of similar and relevant situations that we encounter. Very structured approach to all challenges we present him with.‘
Wilhelmsen IT Services
Bertel O. Steen
Auto Transport Service
Den Norske Opera & Ballett
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded in 1985, Selmer is a full-service law firm providing legal advice within all business law areas, with a particularfocus 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|
|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|