Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig
FILIPSTAD BRYGGE 1
PO BOX 2043 VIKA
0125 OSLO
Norway

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Key sector strengths for the dispute team at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig include the aviation, banking, media, technology, shipping, corporate and energy industries; the group is also praised by clients for its ‘great depth of knowledge of Norwegian law and precedents in contractual disputes and appeals against government department determinations‘. Christian Reusch, who heads up the practice, is a highly regarded litigator and is well known for appearing before the Supreme Court. Other key names include Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas, who focuses on commercial disputes; Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy, who fields expertise in damages and contractual litigation; and ‘very prompt and efficient‘ associate Marie Bjørk Myklebust.

Practice head(s):

Christian Reusch

Testimonials

‘Friendly, professional and innovative in their approach. Impressive ability to grasp technical case material.’

‘Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas has impressed me a lot. Communication skills are outstanding, very structured and quick to get overview of complex material.’

‘Very succinct, ingenious and clear advice.’

‘Christian Reusch – very knowledgeable and able to provide clear and precise analysis and advice. Inspires absolute confidence in his experience and skills and that the dispute at hand will be dealt with in the best possible manner. Very promptly attends to all queries with in-depth analysis.’

‘Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas is a very strong lawyer. He gave us very specific and constructive advice throughout the case. He showed a genuine interest in and understanding of the relatively complex subject matter of the case, and had a kind personality. He also argued the case very well.’

Key clients

Andøya Vind AS

Bank Norwegian AS

Coop Norge SA

DNB Bank ASA

Entercash Ltd.

European Gaming & Betting Association

Gjensidige Forsikring

Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS

The Federation of Norwegian Aviation Industries (NHO Luftfart)

Norsk Butikkdrift AS

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Prime Capital AG

Prime Scandic SARL

Rheinmetall Norway AS and Rheinmetall AG

Rolls Royce Marine

Skarpnes AS

Trannel Inc

Tesla

TV 2 AS

Ullevål Universitetssykehus HF

Yara

Work highlights

  • Acted for defence technology companies Rheinmetall Norway AS and Rheinmetall AG in a large contractual dispute with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence.
  • Acting as counsel for Prime Capital AG in a cross-border contractual dispute with a Norwegian lawyer concerning an investment in a windmill park.
  • Successfully defended Bank Norwegian in a dispute before the Court of Appeal concerning the purchase of Google ads.

Norway > EU and competition Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig has a leading EU and competition practice, which is recognised for its strength in merger control mandates, cartel investigations and state aid work, and fields a team which regularly handles matters before the Norwegian Competition Authority. Department head Jan Magne Langseth is a well-regarded practitioner, and specialises in high-profile EU regulatory disputes and abuse of dominance claims, while managing partner Mona Søyland is well known for assisting government ministries with a broad range of competition and antitrust work. Media and telecoms sector mandates are handled by Karin Fløistad, who focuses on EU law matters, while senior lawyer Erik Klevmo advises on public procurement work and EU and EEA regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Jan Magne Langseth

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled professionals, working in a down to earth environment which provides for very good collaboration between lawyers and clients.’

‘The team’s strengths are their different competencies that complement each other perfectly. Their in-depth knowledge of the subject area means that they are able to solve problems at a very high level.’

Key clients

Alarmkundeforeningen (The Alarm Customers’ Association)

Alsaker Fjordbruk

Bank Norwegian

British American Tobacco

Coop

Fremtind Forsikring

Kindred Group PLC

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

RiksTV

Snusbolaget / Haypp Group

St1 Group

Synnøve Finden

Telia

The Ministry of Children and Equality

The Ministry of Trade, Industries and Fisheries

The Ministry of Transport and Communication

TV 2

Yara International ASA

Signicat AS

Tink AB

Work highlights

  • Representing Alarmkundeforeningen in the first class action for damages brought against cartel participants in Norway.
  • Acting as competition counsel to Yara, with a focus on ongoing issues concerning compliance and risk analysis related to regulatory competition requirements.
  • Acting for Bank Norwegian in an ongoing court case concerning Adwords advertising on the internet; this is the first case where a Norwegian court will assess the legality of coordinating online advertising among competitors under the Competition Act.

Norway > Fishing and aquaculture Tier 1

Working across the full spectrum of the fishing and aquaculture industry, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig is well-versed in advising on a broad range of disputes, transactions and regulatory work. The ‘always well-preparedArthur Duus has established strength in handling aquaculture-related cases, particularly in relation to corporate, regulatory and contractual work in the space. Duus jointly heads up the practice with Kenneth Mikkelsen, who is highly regarded for his specialist expertise in fishing-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Duus; Kenneth Mikkelsen

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge about this industry. Serious and reliable.’

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig has many lawyers with different special knowledge and experience. Together they can thereby give the best help.’

‘Arthur Duus is reliable, has good knowledge and is a calm person.’

‘I have in this field worked mainly with Arthur Duus. He has shown strong insight and ability to establish a very good overview of each case/issue and great focus on details, as well as drawing on the firm’s capability in ancillary fields.’

Key clients

Alliance Seafoods Inc

Alsaker Fjordbruk AS

Alsaker LFC Drift AS

Alsaker LFC Holding AS

Alsaker LFC Spain S.L.U

Andreassen Rederi ANS

Arctic Pioneer AS

Berg Fiskeriselskap AS

Bjølve Bruk AS

Eidsvaag AS

Eimskip

Fjon Bruk AS

Fosen Yard AS

Grimsholm Fiskedrift AS

Hermann Export AS

Hermes AS

Karls Fisk og Skalldyr AS

Kvitungen AS

Lenangen Fiskeriselskap AS

Lerøy Norway Seafoods AS

Midsund Fiskebåtrederi AS

Nergård Havfiske AS

Norges Sildesalgslag SA

Optimar AS

Royal Greenland AS

Salar Bruk AS

Viking Fjord AS

Westcon Yards AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for Midsund Fiskebåtrederi in a claim against Norway concerning a dispute over a fishing quota.
  • Assisting Alsaker Fjordbruk and its subsidiaries with the 2021 applications for growth under the government’s aquaculture growth regulatory framework, known as the ‘traffic light system’.
  • Assisting Alsaker LFC Holding AS with negotiations and the building of a NOK500m well-boat.

Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s restructuring and insolvency team garners praise for its ‘very considerable experience and technical expertise‘, with an established track record in acting as administrator counsel in large bankruptcy cases. Shipping and offshore restructuring mandates are another core pillar of strength for the practice. The group operates from the firm’s Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo offices; Bjørn Åge Hamre, Nils Håkon Risberg and the ‘very experiencedPeter Aall Simonsen are the respective key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Peter Aall Simonsen; Bjørn Åge Hamre; Nils Håkon Risberg

Testimonials

‘Peter Aall Simonsen is very experienced. Responds immediately.’

‘Precise, strategic and tactical legal knowledge and experience in this field.’

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig has a longstanding ship finance practice and is a market leader when it comes to acting for lenders to the shipping and offshore sectors. The firm is equally comfortable with large corporate style restructurings as it is with smaller “workouts” or restructurings.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

The bankruptcy estate of Bergen Bunkers AS (a subsidiary of O.W. Bunkers)

Bergen tingrett

DVB Bank SE

GIEK (The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency)

ING Bank N.V.

The bankruptcy estate of Kleven Verft AS

Nordea Bank Abp

The bankruptcy estate of Norske Skogindustrier ASA

The bankruptcy estate of Nordic Personell AS (IMO Offshore AS)

The bankruptcy estates of Sesam Parkering, Separk Tech AS and Separk Holding AS

Work highlights

  • Acting as Norwegian counsel to the bankruptcy estate of Norske Skogindustrier ASA, with claims exceeding NOK10bn, concerning ongoing, cross-border proceedings under Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to three syndicates (comprised of 12 international banks) regarding the high-profile second reorganisation of Seadrill Limited.
  • Assisting ING Bank N.V., DVB Bank SE and Sparebanken Møre with the ongoing second restructuring of Island Offshore.

Norway > Maritime law Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s practice ‘ranks among the absolute best in Norway - the team covers everything, and is perhaps at its very best on cargo-related topics and disputes‘, according to a client. Oslo-based Erlend Lous and Bergen-based Hågen Hansen are noted for their expertise in sale and lease back transactions, financings and restructurings, while Jan Vablum, also in Bergen, counts litigation as a core strength. High-profile marine insurance matters have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Christine Rødsæther, who regularly advises international banks and shipyard entities on a wide range of transactional work, and the ‘superbFrithjof Herlofsen, who is sought after for his litigation and arbitration expertise, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Lous; Jan Vablum; Kenneth Mikkelsen; Gunnar Espeland

Testimonials

‘They keep calm under pressure and handle the situation very confidently.’

‘Frithjof Herlofsen is a superb lawyer. His understanding of the Norwegian, Scandinavian and international shipping and cargo industries is first class.’

‘The Simonsen maritime law team ranks among the absolute best in Norway. The Simonsen team covers everything, and is perhaps at its very best on cargo-related topics and disputes.’

Key clients

Blystad/Songa Group

Clarksons (Oslo)

DNB Bank

Eidsvaag AS

Fearnley Securities AS

Fosen Yard AS

GC Rieber Shipping

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Grieg Star

Maritime Asset Partners Limited

Mitsui-Soko Co. Ltd.

Ness Risan & Partners

Australis Maritime

Offshore Merchant Partners

Pareto Maritime Services

RF Tankers

Standard Club

Skuld

Tindall Riley (Britannia Limited)

Utkilen AS

Westcon Yards AS

Allseas S.A

K2 Project Forwarding AS

Work highlights

  • Advising Nordea on the $596m financing of 14 vessels owned by subsidiaries of DHT Holding Inc.
  • Assisted Pareto Securities AS and Partankers XVII AS with founding a holding silent partnership for investors in (and a $55m financing for) a two-vessel (tanker) project company.
  • Advising Fosen Yards on the ongoing construction of a passenger ferry at its yard in Norway; the vessel is owned by the Siem Group.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

Operating out of the firm’s multiple offices, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s offshore department has established expertise in handling offshore construction contracts and high-profile shipbuilding projects. In Stavanger, Gunnar Espeland advises oil companies and contractors on prominent offshore construction projects. Oslo-based Erlend Lous has longstanding expertise in shipping and offshore transactions, financings, M&A and restructuring work; and shipping expert Jan Vablum in Bergen is very experienced in dispute resolution. Lars Inge Ørstavik, also based in Bergen, advises ship owners, shipyards and supplier companies on a range of contractual matters, and Oslo-based Yannis Litinas is noted for his expertise in assisting with shipbuilding and construction contracts, including contracts for specialised vessels.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Lous; Jan Vablum; Kenneth Mikkelsen; Gunnar Espeland

Key clients

Seatankers Management Company Limited

Offshore Merchant Partners

DVB Bank SE

Endur ASA and its subsidiaries

Westcon Yards AS

ABN AMRO Bank N.V., DNB Bank ASA, NIBC Bank N.V.

Nordea Bank AB

Yinson Production

Fjord 1 AS

Volstad Maritime AS

Fosen Yard AS

Oma Baatbyggeri AS

Marinacc AS.

Songa/Blystad group

WLR/TRF

Maersk Supply Services

GC Rieber Shipping AS

G2 Ocean AS

Wergeland Group AS (including Solund Yard)

Yara Norge AS

Eidsvaag AS

Grieg Logistics

Kleven Yard

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Yara Norge AS regarding its  autonomous cargo solution system project, including the construction of the Yara Birkeland, the world’s first autonomous zero emission vessel.
  • Assisting Fosen Yards with the ongoing completion of a RoPax vessel at its yard in Norway.
  • Advising Westcon Yards on a shipbuilding contract entered into with Rimfrost AS concerning the building of a krill factory trawler vessel.

Norway > Oil and gas Tier 1

At Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, the team provides ongoing assistance to Gassnova SF on a range of Norwegian and EU regulations concerning Norwegian environmental legislation, environmental and state aid guidelines, CCS and contract/EPC law; petroleum law expert Frode Berntsen is lead partner on this matter. Practice co-head Bjørn-Erik Leerberg is ‘very professional and innovative‘, and Stavanger-based co-head Gunnar Espeland specialises in decommissioning matters, offshore and onshore construction matters, and oil and gas procurement work.

Practice head(s):

Bjørn-Erik Leerberg; Gunnar Espeland

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The support we received from Bjørn-Erik Leerberg was great and very professional and innovative.’

Key clients

Neptune Energy Norge AS

Eni S.p.A / Eni International B.V

Vår Energi AS (previously Eni Norge AS)

Eni Insurance DAC

Saudi Aramco Development Company

Aramco Overseas Company B.V./ Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures LLC

Gassco AS

Gassnova SF

Capricorn Norge AS

ONE-Dyas Norge AS

OMV (Norge) AS

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Faroe Petroleum Norge AS

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

Instituto Nacional de Petroleo, Mozambique

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Petroleum Exploration and Production Department, Petroleum Authority, Uganda

Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mozambique

Horisont Energi AS

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority, Tanzania

Zanzibar Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Tanzania

National Environment Management Council, Tanzania

Zanzibar Environmental Management Authority, Tanzania

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Saudi Aramco Development Company, Aramco Overseas Company B.V. and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures LLC on M&A/corporate issues regarding the purchase of shares in several Norwegian oil technology companies.
  • Assisting the PSA with its circumpolar study of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) regulatory practices concerning offshore petroleum activities.

Norway > TMT Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s ‘responsive and client-focused‘ team is led by Nicolai Halbo, who is praised as ‘one of the best lawyers within IT law in Norway‘; he has particular expertise in IT procurement mandates and digitalisation projects. Tor Stokke is a highly regarded practitioner who ‘combines tech law knowledge with vast public procurement knowledge‘, and Espen Tøndel (‘a legend within the area‘) has extensive experience advising on prominent technology transactions and procurement mandates. The client base includes multinational corporations and industry leaders in the technology, telecoms, media and public sectors. Trine Vabog is a key name in the practice for contracts law, and senior associate Øyvind Akerholt is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Nicolai Halbo

Testimonials

‘The individuals always give you good advice.’

‘Trine Vabog has an impressive combination of integrity, intelligence and resilience which makes her invaluable in our work.’

‘In my view Simonsen Vogt Wiig probably has the strongest and largest team within TMT in Norway. They are extremely efficient and to the point. The team is comprised of top skilled partners and also younger lawyers which enables them to deliver with cost efficiency. I have worked with them for many years and they are always easy to work with.’

‘Espen Tøndel is a true business lawyer with top legal skills.’

‘A pragmatic team which gives us very good legal advice.’

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s team is responsive and client-focused. Leveraging on the size of the team, it can provide in-depth advice on a wide range of matters comprising tech law as well as adjacent areas of law, including public procurement and intellectual property.’

‘Trine Vabog brings heaps of IT project experience to the table, enabling her to identify and mitigate possible client pitfalls.’

‘Deep knowledge of the telecoms sector, hands on advice and really excellent response times.’

Key clients

Akers Solutions ASA

BDO AS

Space Norway AS

Central Norway Health Region RHF

Sopra Steria AS

Helseplattformen AS

Hewlett Packard

Jakob Hatteland Computer AS

Kongsberg-gruppen ASA

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Novelda AS

Pilaro AS

Play Magnus AS

RiksTV AS

Telia Norge AS

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Tomra Systems ASA

Zwipe AS

Yara International ASA

Fjorden Electra AS

Apple

Work highlights

  • Advising healthcare company Helseplattformen AS on negotiating a comprehensive service agreement for the delivery of a common EHR system.
  • Advised Telia Norge AS, the largest Nordic telecoms provider, on the drafting and negotiation of a national roaming agreement with mobile operator ICE, which allowed ICE access to the client’s mobile network in Norway.
  • Advised Yara International ASA on the process of creating an open data exchange platform in the digital farming field.

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

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig ‘has a longstanding ship finance practice and is a market leader when it comes to acting for lenders to the shipping and offshore sectors‘, according to clients, who also praise the department’s ‘strong combination of legal expertise and commercial acumen backed by industry understanding and know-how‘. Renewable energy financing matters have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. The practice is jointly led by the ‘hugely experiencedPeter Aall Simonsen, the ‘extremely dedicated and solution-orientedHalvor Klingenberg and Eivind Eliassen. Christine Rødsæther is a key contact for shipping and offshore transactions, and senior associate Sunniva Kinsella is an ‘outstanding, talented young lawyer‘.

Practice head(s):

Peter Aall Simonsen; Halvor Klingenberg; Eivind Eliassen

Testimonials

‘Halvor Klingenberg is extremely dedicated and solution oriented. He possesses the unique quality of being very thorough but also efficient. He is very pleasant to work with.’

‘Highly skilled team which seeks solutions rather than only pointing out obstacles and difficulties.’

‘SVW has a large and experienced banking and financing team which we have worked with for many years. They are effective and easy to work with and they have also a pragmatic and commercial approach which makes them stand out from some of the other law firms.’

‘Halvor Klingenberg is truly a rising star in this market and is one of the Norwegian lawyers that we prefer to appoint for new financings. He is extremely effective and always focuses on finding workable solutions.’

‘Peter Aall Simonsen – hugely experienced, his knowledge and insight is invaluable for clients at both legal and commercial levels.’

Sunniva Kinsella is an experienced and very effective associate, with a great focus on key issues.’

‘Agile in their approach in solving issues. Sees solutions to problems quickly and has a unique insight in the banking and finance sector.’

Key clients

DNB Bank ASA

Nordea Bank Abp

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Swedbank AB

FSN Capital

ING Bank N.V.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Export Finance Norway (Eksfin)

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Prime Capital AG

NIBC Bank N.V.

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Bank Norwegian ASA

BNP Paribas

Pareto Bank ASA

Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA

DVB Bank

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Work highlights

  • Acting as longstanding counsel to Eksfin on multiple financings in relation to offshore wind projects.
  • Assisted a syndicate of banks in connection with multiple financings and refinancings of vessels owned by subsidiaries of Golden Ocean Group and Frontline Ltd.
  • Advised SkandinaviskaEnskilda Banken AB as agent on a €160m senior secured refinancing loan facility to hydropower plant company Småkraft.

Norway > Capital markets Tier 2

The capital markets practice at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig operates out of the firm’s corporate, and banking and finance departments. Key pillars of strength for the team include high-profile IPOs and listings, private equity capital markets matters and high-value private placements. The practice is particularly strong in the real estate, finance, retail, technology and pharmaceuticals sectors. Christoffer Bjerknes and Halvor Klingenberg jointly head up the department, which includes ‘stellar lawyer and legal adviserAmund Fougner Bugge, and ‘highly competent and client-focused‘ associate Ingvild Walle Skraastad.

Practice head(s):

Christoffer Bjerknes; Halvor Klingenberg

Testimonials

‘Highly competent, always available to help, customer and solution oriented. From our end, using Simonsen Vogt Wiig increases the likelihood that we make it to the finish line with a happy client.’

‘Amund F Bugge: A stellar lawyer and legal adviser. Would recommend him to anyone in relation to M&A and ECM in and outside Norway. Our clients always comment positively, solicited or unsolicited, on his work during the process and the results he achieves.’

‘Deep understanding and experience in the sector, focusing on commercial logic and the usefulness towards the task of the legal input.’

Key clients

Huddly AS

Harmonychain AS

Skitude Holding AS

Play Magnus AS

Zwipe AS

Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Bank Norwegian ASA

Næringsbanken ASA

Aquaship AS

HBK Holding AS

Novelda AS

Skitt Fiske AS

Your.MD AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Huddly AS with its NOK4.4bn listing on Euronext Growth, and a NOK767m private placement.
  • Assisted Play Magnus AS with its NOK1.1bn listing on Euronext Growth Oslo, and a NOK450m private placement.
  • Advised Skitude Holding AS on its NOK550m listing on Euronext Growth, and on a NOK270m private placement.

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The commercial, corporate and M&A group at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, led by Christoffer Bjerknes, counts private equity and venture capital work as core areas of expertise, and the practice reports an increase in work from clients in the TMT sector. M&A deals, divestments and platform investments are also key drivers of work for the team. Mathias Teir specialises in private equity matters, and senior lawyer Kristoffer Birkeland advises on venture capital and industrial M&A.

Practice head(s):

Christoffer Bjerknes

Testimonials

‘Highly engaged partners. Strong commercial skills and overview of what is happening in the market. Small dedicated team that invests in understanding and knowing their clients.’

Strong experience in technology related businesses.’

‘Strong people skills, engaged, flexible, deep commercial understanding.’

Key clients

FSN Capital

Accel-KKR

Adelis Equity

Core Equity

Valedo Partners Fund

Prime Capital

Litorina

Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH

OpenGate Capital

Credo Partners

CapMan

MVI Advisors

Trill Impact

Providence Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted private equity company Adelis Equity with its first Norwegian platform investment in the Kanari Group.
  • Advised Physical Medicine Group AS/Klinikk for Alle AS on its acquisition of Naprapatlandslaget, a provider of naprapathy treatments.
  • Assisted Håndverksgruppen with its acquisition of Buer Gruppen.

Norway > Electricity and renewable energy Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s ‘very dedicated‘ team has ‘in-depth knowledge about the energy and utility sector in Norway‘. Wind power mandates remain a cornerstone area of instruction for the group, which also counts energy financing matters, grid projects, and hydro power issues as key areas of expertise. Oslo-based Peter Aall Simonsen ‘has a deep understanding of the market, excellent organisational skills and is a well-experienced negotiator‘; he co-leads the department with Kristiansand-based Robin Aker Jakobsen, who specialises in grid law and electricity transmission issues. Senior associate Sunniva Kinsella acts on electricity and renewable sector projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Aall Simonsen; Robin Aker Jakobsen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig has deep understanding of the rights and duties of power grid companies. They are knowledgeable of the law and various cases in the field. The team is on time, and precise.’

‘The entire SVW team is strongly focused and gives relevant and “straight to the point” advice.’

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig has a large and strong team covering all disciplines related to the “green shift”, such as solar, hydrogen, offshore and onshore wind power, grid, hydropower, biofuel, tax etc. They are engaged, easy to work with, very knowledgeable and well connected. The team includes a broad range of experts in different areas who work very well together and are great at finding workable solutions.’

‘The whole team delivers with gusto.’

‘Robin Aker Jakobsen has a very good overview of the regulations in the energy industry.’

‘Quick to respond and always clear recommendations.’

‘They are involved in negotiations and guidelines through industry organisations and for this reason they have first-hand knowledge of what is happening in the industry. This gives a great advantage in terms of being able to help the industry.’

‘Comprehensive sector experience with large involvement from partners.’

Key clients

Agder Energi AS/Agder Energi Nett AS

Arva AS

CapMan Infra Oy

DNB Bank ASA

Finnmark Kraft AS

Eksfin – Export Finance Norway

Glitre Energi Nett AS

Hardanger Energi Nett AS

Haugaland Kraft Nett AS

Horisont Energi AS

Kystnett AS

Kvikraft AS

Lede AS

Linea AS

Linja AS

Lofotkraft AS

Mørenett AS

NAEV Solventus S.a.r.l.

NEAS Nett AS

Norgesnett AS

Odda Energi Nett AS

PGEIF

Prime Capital AG

REN AS / Energi Norge AS

RWE Wind Norway

SFE Produksjon AS

Stryn Energi AS

Tensio AS

Vestas Norway AS

Vesterålskraft Nett AS

Vevig AS

Lofotkraft AS

Work highlights

  • Advising offshore wind developer RWE on bidding matters concerning the construction and operation of offshore wind farms in Norway.
  • Advising Eksfin (as export guarantor) on all matters pertaining to the Dogger Bank Wind Farm Projects, based in the UK.

Norway > Employment Tier 2

Noted as ‘excellent in the area of labour law‘, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s employment practice has a solid track record in handling employee terminations, whistleblowing cases, transfers of undertakings, restructurings, downsizings and reorganisations, and disputes regarding employee dismissals. Practice head Lill Egeland is ‘always available and responsive‘, with ‘very good judgement‘. Bergen-based Trine Lise Fromreide is ‘a good discussion partner‘, and senior associate Trond Erik Kvalsnes advises on collective and union agreements. Marianne Kartum moved to Advokatfirmaet LAG, and Thomas Talén joined from Deloitte Advokatfirma AS.

Practice head(s):

Lill Egeland

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge & experience in a wide range of areas and the ability to communicate well, also taking business specific challenges into consideration.’

‘Lill Egeland is a star.’

‘Lill Egeland and her team are distinctly professional, responsive and service-minded – they help you all the way through in a personal and pleasant way. No issue is too big and no issue is too little. The service delivered by SVW has always been excellent and with a personal touch that they are highly valued by.’

‘Industry knowledge combined with solid academic knowledge. Availability. Good judgement.’

‘Their expertise in the field, their concrete and excellent suggestions to solving problems related to restructuring and their soft but clear approach. In particular, partner Trine Lise Fromreide stands out in this regard.’

‘Lill Egeland is a very valuable partner that knows how to give professional advice with a practical angle.’

‘They are super available and responsive, highly knowledgeable and really tuned in to the issues that we are facing.’

‘Thomas Talén has a strategic mind and excellent communication skills.’

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Egmont

Elkjøp

Go-Ahead

Helse Vest RHF

Hewlett-Packard

Klarna

Mars Norge

Norsk Wavin AS

Orona

Oslo Metropolitan University

PepsiCo

Pinsemenigheten Evangeliehuset Egersund

Schlumberger Norge AS

Telia

The Municipality of Bærum

The University Hospital of Northern Norway

TietoEvry

Velde Industri AS

Vetco Gray Scandinavia AS

Videotel Marine International

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing employment law advice to Helse Vest RHF and its subsidiaries, and recently assisted the client with a dismissal dispute.
  • Acting for Velde Industri AS and its subsidiaries in employment litigation.
  • Assisted Vetco Gray Scandinavia AS with compliance matters regarding the election of employee members to the Board of Directors.

Norway > Insurance Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s insurance practice is singled out for its strength in marine insurance matters, with a solid track record in representing insurers in a range of disputes involving cargo, loss of hire, and marine P&I, among other areas. Frithjof Herlofsen is highly regarded for his expertise in marine insurance, and is well versed in acting for international insurers in contentious matters. Lars Inge Ørstavik, who co-leads the team with Herlofsen, is very experienced in compensation law and casualty work. Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen‘s practice focuses on transport insurance matters, and senior associate Marte Sønstevold is noted for her experience in handling cargo-related matters and coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Frithjof Herlofsen; Lars Inge Ørstavik

Testimonials

‘High and specialized competence. Efficient. Trustworthy and professional. Service minded.’

‘Frithjof Herlofsen is an exceptionally good lawyer, especially when it comes to disputes and litigation.’

Key clients

Gjensidige

Skuld P & I

Navigators

North of England P & I

Hydor AS

Norsk Hydro/Industriforsikring

Yara Insurance

Codan Insurance

Britannia P & I

KLP Skadeforsikring/KLP Ansvarsforskring

NorSun AS

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented If Insurance and Yara before the Court of Appeal, after acting for both clients in a $50m claim before the Oslo City Court following the total loss of the MV ‘Cheshire’ and its valuable cargo following a decomposition event.
  • Representing Britannia and the owners of the MV ‘Sola’ in an ongoing dispute concerning liability for property damage and wreck removal costs against the Norwegian Government/Ministry of Defence.

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s ‘reactive‘ IP team garners praise for its ‘practical advice and critical thinking‘, with notable strength in copyright work. The ‘very service-minded‘ group has also been kept busy with high-profile trade mark litigation, patent matters, and licence and development agreements. The firm is widely recognised for its solid track record in representing clients from the media sector. Practice head Rune Ljostad handles the full range of life sciences, copyright and patent issues, and Espen Tøndel stands out as ‘one of the most experienced and skilled IP attorneys in Norway‘. At senior associate level, Nicholas Foss Barbantonis is ‘efficient‘ and provides ‘pragmatic advice‘ on trade mark and unfair business practices, and Hedda Baumann Heier is ‘always eager to help and very knowledgeable of copyright‘.

Practice head(s):

Rune Ljostad

Testimonials

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig has provided invaluable assistance in connection with IP matters. Simonsen Vogt Wiig provides excellent insight both when it comes to commercializing IP, such as in connection with M&A dealings, but also in connection with more traditional IP enforcement, litigation and strategy. The firm is always readily available and show great enthusiasm in rendering their services, which has been second to none. Simonsen Vogt Wiig continues to be my go-to firm.’

‘Espen Tøndel: one of the most experienced and skilled IP attorneys in Norway. Tøndel deals with all types of complex IP legal issues from Norwegian and international perspectives. He is a true joy to work with.’

‘Nicholas Foss Barbantonis: a brilliant mind and problem solver of highly complex IPR matters; project delivery always on time. Highly recommendable and my go-to attorney for intricate IPR matters. No doubt a rising star.’

‘Nicholas Foss Barbantonis (Associate). Pragmatic advice on contentious trade mark matters. Efficient and very good availability.’

‘Hedda Baumann Heier – always eager to help and very knowledgeable of copyright.’

‘The individuals I worked with have been very service minded, and provided useful feedback regarding how to negotiate and secure co-ownership of the IP in question.’

Key clients

Bank Norwegian AS

Zwipe AS

Coop Norge SA

Fotolotto.no AS

Katapult Accelerator/ Ocean

Amedia AS

Huddly AS

The estate of Flimmer Film AS

Kystgjerdet AS

Play Magnus AS (and other companies within the Play Magnus Group)

Motion Picture Association

Norsk Filmdistribusjon AS

SF Norge AS

Norwegian Rights Alliance

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Telia Norge AS (Phonero)

Kolumbus AS

Age Labs AS

Work highlights

  • Defending Bank Norwegian AS in long-running trade mark litigation against three competing banks, Komplett Bank, Ikano Bank and Monobank.
  • Advising Zwipe AS on IP strategy and contractual matters in connection with a major out-licensing and commercialisation agreement.
  • Represented Coop Norge SA before the Norwegian Business and Industry Committee against food producer Mills AS, which alleged that Coop Norge had copied one of Mills’ product packing and as such had breached the Marketing Act.

Norway > Public procurement Tier 2

Anders Thue heads up Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s public procurement team, which operates from within the firm’s EU and competition practice. The group has an established track record in handling large public procurement mandates, and also acts in dispute resolution. Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen handles litigation, procurement processes and contractual issues. Associate partner Anne Buan focuses on complex IT and technology procurement projects, and senior associate Olav Haukeli advises contractors on tender and award processes.

Practice head(s):

Anders Thue

Testimonials

‘The team explains complex procurement issues in a language understandable for non-lawyers.’

‘High competence and quality. Good knowledge and experience in relevant subject areas.’

‘The person / persons who contributed had both knowledge and experience of a theoretical and practical approach to our challenges. We also experienced solution-oriented service and we were prioritised when necessary in time.’

‘The team’s expertise complements each other in an extraordinary way. The team has always updated knowledge in the field.’

‘Anne Buan always has updated knowledge in the field, and is able to quickly get acquainted with the problem to solve the case for the benefit of the customer.’

Key clients

Baneservice AS

Bombardier Transportation

Central Norway Regional Health Authority

Fosen-Linjen AS

Franzefoss

The Institute of Marine Research

Go-Ahead Group

KLP Forsikring (insurance)

NordicInfu Care AB

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Sanofi Avensis Norge AS

Statnett SF

The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency

Stiftelsen Diakonissehuset Lovisenberg

Stiftelsen Norsk Luftambulanse

Telia

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security

The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom)

The Norwegian Directorate of eHealth (NDE)

The Norwegian Police

Norwegian Government Security and Service Organisation

Troms og Finnmark fylkeskommune

The Norwegian Tax Authority

Sigdal municipality

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Central Norway Regional Health Authority concerning the procurement of a new system for patient journals and patient administration (EPJ/PAS).
  • Representing Bombardier Transportation System AB before the Borgarting Court of Appeal concerning a NOK250m compensation claim against Bane NOR SF, in connection with a public procurement competition for a new digital signal system for the Norwegian railways.
  • Acted for Vestland County in an injunction case against KLP, following a procurement of services related to the client’s occupational pension scheme.

Norway > Real estate Tier 2

The real estate team at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig operates from the firm’s six Norway offices, and is very experienced in real estate financings, planning matters and corporate real estate mandates. Pål Brudvik led the advice to long-standing client Njord Securities on multiple real estate transactions, including nine separate acquisitions with a deal value of over NOK1.8bn, as well as divestments of real estate portfolios. Jørgen Lindboe heads up the practice, which also includes Gøran Mjelde Aarvik, who handles sale and lease bank transactions and syndication projects; associate partner Kjetil Westby Ranum, who advises on financing issues; and senior associate Silje Hangaard.

Practice head(s):

Jørgen Lindboe

Testimonials

‘Professional, solution-oriented and commercial.’

‘Jørgen Lindboe is a deal maker.’

‘Gøran Mjelde Aarvik delivers promptly.’

‘The team is very well qualified. They all are very quick in their response.’

‘Jørgen Lindboe is a highly regarded, all-round real estate lawyer. He is a likeable person and has a commercial, but practical mindset. He is very intelligent and sees the big picture where others get lost in details. Works very quickly with quality, which is important.’

Key clients

Njord Securities AS (formerly Castelar Corporate Finance AS)

Colliers International Corporate AS

Malling & Co, Project Finance AS

Rimfeldt Eiendom AS

Oslo Finans AS

Realkapitial Investor AS

LogCap AS

Fazenda Utvikling AS

DNB Næringseiendom AS

Seabrokers AS

Zurhaar & Rubb AS

Bertel O. Steen Eiendom AS

Coop Norge Eiendom AS

Birger N. Haug Holding AS

DNB Bank ASA – DNB Markets Investment Banking Division

RAC NORWAY AS (part of the AVIS group)

Stadsporten AS

The municipality of Bergen

Realforum AS

Prospective AS

JM Norge AS

Hero Eiendom AS

Gaustadbekken AS

Forus Næringspark AS

Karlander Invest AS

Rolf Olsen Eiendomsselskap AS

Miris AS

Buffin Real Estate Norway AS

Jakob Hatteland Bygg AS

Backer AS

BKK Nett AS

RV Holding AS

Trolltun Investering AS

Ragde Eiendom AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Sparebanken Vest on a NOK1.6bn sale and lease back of its headquarters.
  • Advised Zurhaar & Rubb AS on a large transaction including a purchase and corresponding sale of a property, with a value of over NOK1bn.

Norway > Tax Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s tax practice is perhaps best known for assisting a solid roster of public and private sector clients with the structuring of transactions, restructurings and valuation assignments. Department head Fredrik Haberer Anfinsen counts M&A-related tax work as a key part of his practice, while Pål Brudvik has expertise in advising on the tax aspects of transactional mandates, particularly for real estate clients. Vidar Kleppe is a key name in the firm’s Bergen office.

Practice head(s):

Fredrik Haberer Anfinsen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘High and specialised competence. Efficient. Trustworthy and professional.’

‘SVW’s tax practice provided clear, thorough and well reasoned advice on the applicability or not of various taxes to a proposed international investment structure in Norway, giving us the reassurance and confidence needed to proceed with a significant investment in Norway on behalf of our clients. It is rare to find such clear advice in tax issues.’

Key clients

Amtech AS

Aquaship AS

Asker og Bærums Budstikke Holding AS

Bjørvika Infrastruktur AS

Compact Carbon Capture AS

Coop

Egmont

Eni S.p.A / Eni International B.V

Fazenda Securities

FSN Capital

Kindred Group PLC

Malling og Co

Njord Securities AS

NorthCape Capital

Norwegian Airshuttle ASA

Pareto Securities AS

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Telia Company

Zwipe AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Njord Securities on the tax and VAT aspects of the acquisition and syndication of Ski Eiendomsinvest.
  • Assisted Asker og Bærums Budstikke Holding AS with its sale to Amedia AS.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to the founders and management of new Norway-based impact VC-funds Katapult Accelerator, Katapult Ocean, and Norwegian AI with the funds’ formation, fundraising, and execution of the funds’ first investments.

The firm: Simonsen Vogt Wiig (SVW) is one of the largest law firms in Norway with its 180 lawyers. The firm has a strong international focus on advising leading national and global companies for decades from its offices in Norway and Singapore.

Areas of practice
Maritime: SVW is recognised as one of the leading law firms within shipping and offshore. Several lawyers are internationally ranked as leaders within maritime law, shipping transactions and ship building/offshore construction.

Dispute resolution: SVW is one of few Norwegian firms with a standalone dispute resolution team that dedicates 100% of its time to contentious matters. It has extensive experience and expertise in handling complex matters before both the Norwegian and European courts, arbitration tribunals and a variety of boards, councils and committees.

Oil and gas: SVW has one of Norway’s broadest and most internationally-oriented oil and gas groups and the largest asset transaction volume by number of transactions in Norway for the last five years.

Banking and finance: SVW operates a full-service banking and finance practice. The firm represents agents in major syndicated facilities and clients include some of the most active foreign banks in Norway. SVW is also a market-leading firm within the energy sector and aviation finance.

Commercial, corporate and M&A: SVW operates an expanded standalone transactional department, with partners solely handling public and private M&A work. The team has reported an increasing order volume and presence in the Norwegian transaction market in recent years.

Intellectual property and TMT: SVW is widely acknowledged by clients and peers for its leading TMT practice. It is the only firm in Norway that has a broad coverage in all TMT areas: IT, media, telecoms and data protection.

Insolvency and corporate recovery: SVW has a well-respected restructuring and insolvency team. They assist with credit security, restructuring of business enterprises, and the handling of the clients’ creditor and debtor interests, and as trustee in major bankruptcy estates.

Offshore construction and shipbuilding: SVW is recognised as one of the leading law firms within shipping and offshore and is one of the few to offer strength across the board in shipping and maritime law. Several lawyers are internationally ranked as leaders within maritime law, shipping transactions and ship building/offshore construction.

Capital markets: SVW offers a very strong capital markets team and has key expertise in the areas of public M&A. The firm assisted recently on the largest private stock exchange listing in Norway since 2010.

Construction: SVW’s clients include several national and regional contractors, including three of the top ten contractors on the recently published list of the 100 largest construction companies in Norway.

EU and competition: SVW’s team has extensive experience with EU and EEA regulatory matters and competition law, and the firm assists with all aspects of competition law.

Tax: SVW fields a standalone tax team, with resources across six offices that advise clients on a wide variety of tax-related matters involving corporations, partnerships and their owners and investors. The team has extensive experience in handling audit and controversy matters.

Real estate: the firm fields a standalone real estate team of 40 lawyers across its network of six offices and assists parties in the property sector throughout the whole value chain with a special focus on transactions, raising capital, development projects and regulatory matters.

Employment: SVW assists clients in both the private and public sector. Human resources departments, legal departments and management of major Norwegian and international companies regularly seek assistance from the firm with restructuring, workforce reductions, transfers of undertakings and individual personnel matters.

Electricity and renewables: the firm is one of Norway’s premier law firms in the area of renewable energy and assists major players in both regulatory and finance matters. Its lawyers within this sector have extensive industry knowledge and expertise about energy and watercourse law due to long experience from the power industry regulatory authorities and private practice.

Insurance: SVW’s insurance practice handles both contentious and non-contentious work on behalf of conventional and marine insurers. The firm is a recognised leader in marine insurance, and acts for all major marine insurers in Norway.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Administrative (Managing Partner) Mona Søylandmos@svw.no+47 922 93 651
Banking and Finance Halvor Klingenberghkl@svw.no+47 922 42 116
Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A Amund Fougner Buggeafb@svw.no+47 911 45 982
Dispute Resolution Christian Reuschchr@svw.no+47 975 02 247
EU and Competition Jan Magne Langsethjml@svw.no+47 966 44 440
Electricity and Renewable Energy Peter Aall Simonsenpes@svw.no+47 920 23 789
Employment Lill Egelandleg@svw.no+47 934 90 834
Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Bjørn Åge Hamrebah@svw.no+47 402 49 104
Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Peter Aall Simonsenpes@svw.no+47 920 23 789
Intellectual Property Rune Ljostadrlj@svw.no+47 911 21 180
TMT Tor Stokketst@svw.no+47 932 11 581
Maritime Law Christine Rødsæthercro@svw.no+47 950 74 898
Shipping Erlend Louselo@svw.no+47 992 16 772
Oil and Gas Bjørn-Erik Leerbergbel@svw.no+47 934 90 683
Real Estate Jørgen Lindboejli@svw.no+47 918 03 814
Construction Tage Brigt A. Skoghøytas@svw.no+47 975 27 279
Tax Vidar Kleppevkl@svw.no+47 940 12 512
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Henning Øvrebø  photo Henning Øvrebø Partner
Christoffer Bjerknes photo Christoffer BjerknesPartner and Head of Corporate and M&A
Pål Brudvik  photo Pål Brudvik Partner and Head of Transactions
Lill Egeland photo Lill EgelandPartner and Head of Employment
Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen  photo Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen Partner
Amund Fougner Bugge photo Amund Fougner BuggePartner and Head of Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A
Ingar Fuglevåg  photo Ingar Fuglevåg Partner and Head of Aviation
Frithjof Herlofsen photo Frithjof HerlofsenPartner
Halvor Klingenberg photo Halvor KlingenbergPartner and Head of Banking and Finance
Jan Magne Langseth photo Jan Magne LangsethPartner and Head of EU and Competition
Bjørn-Erik Leerberg  photo Bjørn-Erik Leerberg Partner and Head of Oil and Gas
Jørgen Lindboe  photo Jørgen Lindboe Partner and Head of Real Estate
Rune Ljostad photo Rune LjostadPartner
Erlend Lous photo Erlend LousPartner
Christine Rødsæther  photo Christine Rødsæther Partner
Christian Reusch photo Christian ReuschPartner and Dispute Resolution
Mona Søyland  photo Mona Søyland Managing Partner
Peter Aall Simonsen photo Peter Aall SimonsenPartner and Head of Renewable Energy
Tor Stokke photo Tor StokkePartner and Head of Technology and Media
Espen Tøndel  photo Espen Tøndel Partner
Mathias Teir photo Mathias TeirPartner, Head of Private Equity and Board Member
Anders Thue photo Anders ThuePartner
Morten Wilhelm Winther photo Morten Wilhelm WintherPartner and Head of Financial Regulatory
Number of lawyers : 180
Scandinavian languages
English
French
German
Greek
Icelandic
Mandarin
Portuguese
World Services Group (WSG)
Contacts : Mona Søyland (Managing Partner)
Contacts : Jan Vablum (Bergen)
Contacts : Gunnar Espeland (Stavanger)
Contacts : Nils Håkon Risberg (Trondheim)
Contacts : Asbjørn Breistein (Kristiansand)
Contacts : Ørjan Nilsen (Tromsø)
Contacts : Torgeir Willumsen (Singapore)