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Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS
0112 OSLO

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

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.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

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.

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 2

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'.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

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.

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 2

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 HøibyPer KyllingstadChristian 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 HøibyOdd-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 creativeSverre Hveding heads the group, which also includes the 'proactiveEinar 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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance; regulatory Tor Herdlevær
Banking and finance; regulatory Bernt Olav Steinland
Capital markets Robert Sveen
Company Per Arne Dæhli
Construction Svein Sulland
Corporate/M&A Camilla Magnus
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Einar Bakko  photo Mr Einar Bakko
Mr Hans Jørgen Bender  photo Mr Hans Jørgen Bender
Mr Even Berg  photo Mr Even Berg
Mr Asbjørn Berg  photo Mr Asbjørn Berg
Mr Nils Bugge  photo Mr Nils Bugge
Mr Per Morten Christiansen  photo Mr Per Morten Christiansen
Mr Per Arne Dæhli  photo Mr Per Arne Dæhli
Mr Nils Kristian Einstabland  photo Mr Nils Kristian Einstabland
Mr Are Fagerhaug  photo Mr Are Fagerhaug
Mr Mads Fuglesang  photo Mr Mads Fuglesang
Mr Thomas G. Michelet  photo Mr Thomas G. Michelet
Mr Ståle Hagen  photo Mr Ståle Hagen
Mr Norman Hansen Meyer  photo Mr Norman Hansen Meyer
Mr Tor Herdlevær  photo Mr Tor Herdlevær
Mr Are Herrem  photo Mr Are Herrem
Mr Sverre Hveding  photo Mr Sverre Hveding
Mr Andre Istad Johansen  photo Mr Andre Istad Johansen
Mr Mads Iversen  photo Mr Mads Iversen
Mr Andreas Jarbø  photo Mr Andreas Jarbø
Mr Christopher Jensen  photo Mr Christopher Jensen
Mr Roy M. Slettvold  photo Mr Roy M. Slettvold
Mrs Camilla Magnus  photo Mrs Camilla Magnus
Mr Johannes Meyer-Myklestad  photo Mr Johannes Meyer-Myklestad
Mr Sverre Nordlie  photo Mr Sverre Nordlie
Mr Øyvind Olimstad  photo Mr Øyvind Olimstad
Mr Andreas Rørvik  photo Mr Andreas Rørvik
Mr Stian Berger Røsland  photo Mr Stian Berger Røsland
Mr Eirik Riddervold  photo Mr Eirik Riddervold
Mr Carl Roberts  photo Mr Carl Roberts
Mr Martin B. Rove  photo Mr Martin B. Rove
Mr Håkon Sandbekk  photo Mr Håkon Sandbekk
Mr Ingar Solheim  photo Mr Ingar Solheim
Mr Thomas Steen Brandi  photo Mr Thomas Steen Brandi
Mr Bernt Olav Steinland  photo Mr Bernt Olav Steinland
Ms Liv Monica Stubholt  photo Ms Liv Monica Stubholt
Mr Svein Sulland  photo Mr Svein Sulland
Mr Robert Sveen  photo Mr Robert Sveen
Mr Ole-Andreas Torgersen  photo Mr Ole-Andreas Torgersen
Mr Mikkel Vislie  photo Mr Mikkel Vislie
Mr Thomas Reppe Wetting  photo Mr Thomas Reppe Wetting
Number of lawyers : 120
Den Norske Advokatforening
International Bar Association (IBA)
Contact : Atle Carlsen, managing director
Other offices : Trondheim