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Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig
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Norway > EU and competition Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig fields an established EU and competition practice with recognised professionals who notably handle takeovers, national merger filings and issues relating to breaches of the Competition Act. Jan Magne Langseth, who focuses on abuse of dominance claims, cartel investigations and EU-regulation disputes, leads the department. The team also regularly acts for public authorities, including police bodies and universities, on EU law matters, leveraging managing partner Mona Søyland's experience acting for government ministries. Karin Fløistad is well regarded for competition work; she specialises in the media and telecoms sectors and advises privately run welfare institutions.

Practice head(s):

Jan Magne Langseth

Other key lawyers:

Mona Søyland; Karin Fløistad


‘The team has an extraordinarily easy-go-to culture with rapid, thoughtful and constructive feedback.’

‘Jan Magne is unique and one of the best competition lawyers in Norway.’

‘Jan Magne Langseth – outstanding competition lawyer who always delivers solid advice in a timely manner. He is always available, fast, pragmatic and delivers excellent competition law advice.’

‘The team is versatile with a broad set of skills. Very efficient and service minded.’

‘Jan Magne Langeseth is without doubt the expert in the industry in Norway. He is excellent both on the legal side and on the public affairs side.’

‘Very high knowledge of the Norwegian tender market and regulation. SVW are able to combine excellent legal capabilities with a business mindset and have a broad range of experts in different areas to bring in if needed.’

Key clients

Yara International ASA

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA



Go-ahead Group

TV 2


Snusbolaget / Haypp Group

British American Tobacco

St1 (formerly Shell in Norway)


The Ministry of Trade, Industries and Fisheries

The Ministry of Transport and Communication

The Ministry of Children and Equality


Synnøve Finden

Kindred Group PLC

Norway > Fishing and aquaculture Tier 1

With large teams located in Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø and Trondheim, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig is a well-established adviser to clients in the marine and shore-based elements of the fishing and aquaculture industry. The team handles the full range of transactional, regulatory and disputes work; Kenneth Mikkelsen has a strong track record in handling fishing-related cases, including litigation before the Norwegian Supreme Court. Mikkelsen jointly heads up the practice with Arthur Duus, who focuses on contractual, corporate and regulatory matters, and has extensive experience advising salmon producers.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Duus; Kenneth Mikkelsen

Key clients

Alliance Seafoods Inc

Alsaker Fjordbruk AS

Alsaker LFC Drift AS

Viking Fjord AS

Norges Sildesalgslag SA

Lerøy Norway Seafood AS

Grimsholm Fiskedrift AS

Polar Seafood Norway AS

Hermann Export AS

Optimar AS

Nergård Havfiske AS

Hermann Mehamn AS

Skjervøy Fiskeriselskap AS

Kvitbjørn AS

Fjon Bruk AS

Alsaker LFC Holding AS

Salar Bruk AS

Lyder Fisk AS

Arnøytind AS


Hermes AS

Midsund Fiskeriselskap AS

Arctic Poiner AS

Kvitungen AS

Polar Pioner AS

Royal Greenland AS

Karls Fisk og Skalldyr AS

Aksel Hansen AS

Berg Fiskeriselskap AS

Lavonjarg AS

Lenangen Fiskeriselskap AS

Andreassen Rederi ANS

Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

At Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, the insolvency and corporate recovery team is split between Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, with Peter Aall Simonsen, Bjørn Åge Hamre and Nils Håkon Risberg heading up the three groups, respectively. The practice is particularly recognised for its work as administrator and creditor counsel in bankruptcy and restructuring cases, and also acts for debtors. It is a key name in the market for banking clients at a domestic and international level, and also assists with matters in the shipping, oil, offshore and real estate industries.

Practice head(s):

Peter Aall Simonsen; Bjørn Åge Hamre; Nils Håkon Risberg


‘Excellent skills and follow up of clients.’

‘My impression of the firm’s performance is exceptional. Has been great to have such experienced and competent lawyers to consult with.’

‘They are taking initiatives and showing creativity.’

Key clients

GIEK (Therwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency)

BNP Paribas

Nordea Bank

Danske Bank

ING Bank

Bergen tingrett

Nordhordland tingrett

Sør-Trøndelag tingrett

Kristiansand tingrett

Sunnmøre tingrett


DVB Bank


Sparebanken Møre

Olympic Ship

Norway > Maritime law Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig has deep roots in the jurisdiction with offices in Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø and Stavanger, respectively led by Erlend Lous, Jan Vablum, Kenneth Mikkelsen and Gunnar Espeland, alongside an international presence in Singapore, which enhances the group's ability to handle cross-border shipping mandates. The group's wide network allows it to advise on all aspects of shipping and offshore matters, including issues relating to the oil and gas, and fishing sectors. Collisions and insolvency matters also feature on the team's workload. Christine Rødsæther is praised for her transactional expertise; litigator Frithjof Herlofsen is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Lous; Jan Vablum; Kenneth Mikkelsen; Gunnar Espeland

Other key lawyers:

Christine Rødsæther; Frithjof Herlofsen 


‘Extremely good specialist competence. Very good at involving the right lawyers for each case.’

‘Flexibility and availability 24/7 in addition to high competence and willingness to find solutions that are good for the client.’

‘Erlend Lous is very commercial and pragmatic (as opposed to academic). Not afraid of telling clients to adjust their position.’

‘I have mainly worked with Christine Rødsæther, hence my comments mainly apply to her work. Christine is highly qualified, experienced within the maritime industry, efficient and available. She provides practical and realistic advice. I am very pleased with the work she has done throughout the 14 years we have been working together.’

‘The team is well informed about our trade and maritime law in particular. We have collaborated for more than a decade and, with intimate knowledge, they come up with good solutions quickly.’

‘Frithjof Herlofsen provides very thorough and clear advice, showing excellent understanding of the law and related practical issues.’

Key clients

Maritime Asset Partners Limited (Malta)

Maas Capital

Vincent Shipping

En Trust Global Partners


Nippon Supra AS

Partankers XIV AS

Blue Ocean Lease Partners

Proventus Capital Partners

Atlantic Feeder AS

G2Ocean AS

GC Rieber Shipping

Døhle Group

Utkilen Shipping AS

Fearnley Securities AS

Clarksons (Oslo)

Pareto Securities AS


NIBC Bank N.V.

Skandinaviska Enskilda BankenAB


Britannia P&I

Industriforsikring (Hydro Group)

Njord Shipping

Offshore Merchant Partners

Nordea Bank

Ness Risan & Partners

International Registries Inc.

NorthCape Capital

Yara Marine Technologies AS


Golden Ocean Group Limited (Fredriksen)

Seatankers Management Company Limited (Fredriksen)

Yinson Production

Fjord 1 AS

Volstad Maritime AS

Fosen Yard AS

Oma Baatbyggeri AS

Marinacc AS

Endúr ASA and its subsidiaries


Olympic Ship and Olympic Subsea

Ulstein Group

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig has a highly active offshore construction and shipbuilding practice, spread across several domestic offices and an outpost in Singapore. Norwegian and international yards, financial banks, ship and rig owners and buyers are the key clients of the Oslo and Bergen practices (led by Erlend Lous and Jan Vablum respectively), which represent clients in disputes and handle construction contracts. The Stavanger office is headed up by Gunnar Espeland and focuses on offshore construction and oil and gas corporate and transactional work. Shipbuilding and ship repair mandates are covered by the Tromsø team, which is headed up by Kenneth Mikkelsen.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Lous; Jan Vablum; Kenneth Mikkelsen; Gunnar Espeland

Key clients

Seatankers Management Company Limited

Offshore Merchant Partners


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


Maersk Supply Services

GC Rieber Shipping AS

G2 Ocean AS

Wergeland Group AS (including Solund Yard)

Norway > Oil and gas Tier 1

According to a client of Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, 'all the minutes with the team are valuable, and we always learn something with them'. Undertaking the full range of oil and gas work, the practice has recently seen an increase in construction and procurement work, and also continues to be a key adviser to private equity-backed players for acquisitions. As practice co-head, Bjørn-Erik Leerberg's ‘experience in presenting new solutions to new problems is incredible'. Co-head Gunnar Espeland is highly regarded for oil and gas procurement work, onshore and offshore construction issues and decommissioning projects.

Practice head(s):

Bjørn-Erik Leerberg; Gunnar Espeland


‘Bjorn Leeberg’s experience and capability of thinking and presenting new solutions to new problems is incredible and unique.

Ability to connect on an amicable level making it feel like a true team.

‘Personal touch, capable of the informal part which entails cooperation.’

Gunnar Espeland has pragmatic, solution oriented, broad experience in oil and gas. Also very friendly and down to earth which fosters great collaboration.

‘Impressive insight into petroleum regulation worldwide – good knowledge about the Norwegian petroleum regime.

Highly competent and easy to contact partners and employees.

Key clients

VNG Norge AS

Neptune Energy Norge AS

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

Vår Energi AS (previously Eni Norge AS)

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

Tullow Oil plc./Tullow Oil Norge AS

Faroe Petroleum Norge AS

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

Instituto Nacional de Petroleo, Mozambique

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

Lebanese Petroleum Administration

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

LUKOIL Overseas North Shelf AS

Norway > TMT Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig stands out for its work across a number of areas, including IT, media, telecoms, emerging technology and data protection mandates. Espen Tøndel is a leading lawyer in the IT and telecoms arenas, notably handling the negotiation of procurement projects and transactions in the technology space; his broad client portfolio includes a number of industry leaders and multinational corporations. Team head Tor Stokke is singled out for his high-profile work on public technology procurements. Junior partners with notable practices are IT procurement and contract law specialists Nicolai Halbo and Trine Vabog.

Practice head(s):

Tor Stokke

Other key lawyers:

Espen Tøndel; Nicolai Halbo; Trine Vabog


‘They have an unique approach in understanding how legal questions and legal matters are interlinked with the realities of running ERP projects. Thus they are able to really understand and connect with the project management and process/solution resources. They work very well with all levels in the organisation, from board room to subject matter experts both in business areas and technical areas.’

‘Trine Vaborg is an outstanding lawyer. She makes sure she understands the client needs properly and what results they want. She has an extreme ability to achieve the requested results based on superior legal knowledge and ability to connect with all involved parties.’

‘The way Trine Vabog combines her juridical expertise with a profound technological knowledge impressed me. I felt very comfortable during the process when she led the work in a way that was understandable and inclusive for everyone so everyone could relate to the content of the work.’

‘SVW has deep knowledge about business, commercial and tech. They are very supportive and dynamic. They follow the needs and agility of my business. Strong on disruptive technology, innovation and venture.’

‘Deep knowledge. Great on services. Very flexible and agile. Give good advice. Integrity.’

‘Comprehensive insight into SaaS related legal issues and contracts, including DPA matters. Always available and able to reply on short notice, to meet the requirements from our customers.’

‘Very good understanding of our business. Important contributor to our business development. Broad competence. For us they are a one-stop shop.’

‘Espen Tøndel has long experience within IT/telecom and deep understanding of the business.’

‘The team has exceptional competence in public procurement and the use of contract standards for agile development. In addition, the team is at the moment probably the practice with best competence on legal questions in the context of cloud computing, at least in Norway. They also have a very good understanding of technology for the health sector and the possibilities in use of health data. This also means that they stand out in the areas of information security and privacy.’

‘Trine Vabog has been operationally responsive for both developing a detailed, specific and efficient contract, and both initial and ongoing contract adjustments and negotiations. She is friendly, efficient and exceptionally hard working.

Key clients

Telia Norge AS/Telia Company AB

Statoil ASA

Kongsberg-gruppen ASA

Akers Solutions ASA

Reitan Convenience Norway AS

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Hewlett Packard


Tomra Systems ASA


BI Norwegian Business School

The Norwegian Athletes Association

Helseplattformen AS

Novelda AS

Zwipe AS

Kezzler AS


Elektroskandia AS

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

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig is a key choice for shipping and aviation finance work, acting for a broad roster of clients including banks, corporates and financial services entities, arrangers and trustees. The practice also handles project and acquisition financing and the full range of general lending and financing work, encompassing syndicated lending, leveraged lending, refinancing and restructuring mandates. The department also houses a financial services regulatory team, advising on corporate governance issues, compliance matters and alternative investment structures. Peter Aall Simonsen, Halvor Klingenberg and Eivind Eliassen jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Peter Aall Simonsen; Halvor Klingenberg; Eivind Eliassen

Other key lawyers:

Christine Rødsæther


‘SVW has a large banking and finance group and we use them regularly for various types of financings, including shipping finance. They are experienced and effective and they are particularly strong on understanding the commercial aspects of a financing.’

‘In addition to being effective, attentive and hardworking, Halvor Klingenberg is strong on both the legal and commercial aspects of a transaction. He definitely has the qualities we are looking for when engaging lawyers.’

‘Good knowledge of the business. Highly skilled lawyers at all levels.’

‘SVW has a longstanding practice in acting for banks in ship finance matters, and has deep-rooted relationships with a number of ship finance lenders. The practice is much more than a banking practice – the team has very considerable experience and expertise in lending in the context of the shipping and offshore industries. This commercial knowledge and understanding provides the team with a real edge, not always present in other firms/teams. This includes the fact that SVW has a strong (broader) shipping transactional and disputes practice.’

‘Peter Aall Simonsen is very knowledgeable (both as to legal and commercial matters in the shipping and offshore industries), has great relationships with his lender clients, and always provides well-grounded, focused and commercial advice.’

‘We mainly work with Christine Rødsæther and as such my comments are mainly applicable to her work. Christine is efficient, available, prompt and highly qualified. She has in-depth market knowledge and provides practical advice on basis hereof.’

‘We are especially pleased with Halvor Klingenberg. In addition to being effective, attentive and hardworking, he is strong on both the legal and commercial aspects of a transaction. Halvor definitely has the qualities we are looking for when engaging lawyers.’

Key clients


Nordea Bank Abp

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Swedbank AB

Litorina V Investment AB

ING Bank N.V.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

The Norwegian State Export Credit Agency

The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK)


Prime Capital AG

Norway > Capital markets Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s capital markets practice is divided between the firm's banking and finance, and corporate teams, with DCM and ECM work respectively led by Halvor Klingenberg and Christoffer Bjerknes. The group is notably active in high-profile listings and IPOs, debt issuances and securitisation transactions; it recently assisted Norwegian Air Shuttle with a private placement and convertible bond issuance totalling NOK2.5bn, led by Amund Fougner Bugge, who clients praise as ‘always calm and sharp’.

Practice head(s):

Christoffer Bjerknes; Halvor Klingenberg

Other key lawyers:

Amund Fougner Bugge; Morten Winther


‘In-depth knowledge of complex transactions, and the airline industry in particular. All-rounders well prepared to draw on the appropriate supporting resources within the firm.’

‘Strong client focus – always strives for the best outcome solution oriented – focus on what matters, always takes time to explain clients what is important.’

‘Amund Fougner Bugge – very experienced and commercially oriented. Extremely prompt delivery, draw on other resources quickly if that can make the response more expedient.’

‘The team is very dedicated and works hard, very customer-oriented and friendly. Quick to respond and to be creative in finding solutions, with high integrity. Knowledgeable, both with respect to legal matters and our company’s business and organisation.’

‘All team members are friendly and collaborative, giving the customers full attention, at any time. Are sincerely interested in the customer’s business. Dedicated towards their practice and their customers, and work hard, all hours, all time. Trustful, credible.’

‘Amund Bugge: strong leader, always calm and sharp throughout processes, also when the climate gets challenging. Retains strong client focus. Available all hours.’

Key clients

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited

Norwegian Finans Holding ASA

Your.MD AS

Zwipe AS

Miris Invest AS

Næringsbanken ASA

Aquaship AS

Njord Securities AS

HBK Holding AS

Ragde Eiendom AS


Skitt Fiske AS

Novelda AS

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Christoffer Bjerknes leads the commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, which has a strong focus on venture capital and private equity work, with particular strengths in the TMT, shipping, oil and gas, and financial services sectors. Key areas of work include equity investments, strategic platform investments, M&A and divestments. Mathias Teir is the primary contact for private equity mandates.

Practice head(s):

Christoffer Bjerknes

Other key lawyers:

Mathias Teir


‘Christoffer Bjerknes offers high engagement and strong commercial awareness in M&A situations.’

‘Mathias Teir stands out as very talented and experienced. Significant presence within private equity.’

‘Young talented team making a notable entry into private equity. Mathias Teir is a very talented lawyer, hardworking and very knowledgeable.’

‘Great interpersonal skills, sensible price point and well experienced in the small and midcap segment.’

Key clients

FSN Capital


Core Equity Holdings

MVI Advisors


Valedo Partners Fund

Prime Capital


Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH

Telia Company AB / Telia Norge AS

Credo Partners


Norwegian Air Shuttle

Bank Norwegian

Providence Capital

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s ‘fantastically efficient and knowledgeable team’ is recognised for its industry expertise with notable knowledge of the shipping, technology, aviation, construction, corporate, energy and banking sectors. The group fields 15 practitioners admitted to appear before the Supreme Court, including practice head Christian Reusch, contractual and damages specialist Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy, and Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas, who handles technology, contract and media disputes.

Practice head(s):

Christian Reusch

Other key lawyers:

Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy; Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas


‘A fantastically efficient and knowledgeable team with an impressive attention to detail. The highest level of understanding of both national and European law and the ability to assist across borders. Always available (including weekends) and very good in handling clients all of levels.’

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig possesses very high competence in law and process. Detailed about timeline, what is important and what is not. They are into details and manage to explain and advise the client on the correct solution to get the best result in the case.’

‘The lawyer who supports the case manages in each perceived case to understand my situation and explain documents and laws in an understandable way, which is comfortable when you naturally do not work with the type of words, expressions and practices in daily life.’

‘Strong team with high focus on pragmatic advice. Understands the commercial side of a dispute as well as excelling in the legal side.’

‘Quick understanding of the facts and laws applicable. Performs very well and for a price more reasonable than the largest law firms.’

‘Several talented lawyers with a great leader, Christian Reusch.’

Key clients

Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS


Rolls Royce Marine

ABN Amro Bank N.V.


Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Gjensidige Forsikring

Coop Norge SA


American President Lines Ltd

Norway > Electricity and renewable energy Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig ‘has a good overview of what is happening in the industry’ with notable expertise in the wind power sector; it recently advised Prime Capital on its acquisition of Tromsø Vind and Raudfjell Vind. The team also assists with grid projects, energy transmission issues, hydroelectric mandates, financing work, regulatory matters and energy M&A. Peter Aall Simonsen and Robin Aker Jakobsen jointly lead the group and are based in Oslo and Kristiansand respectively.

Practice head(s):

Peter Aall Simonsen; Robin Aker Jakobsen

Other key lawyers:

Sunniva Kinsella


‘The Simonsen team have strong knowledge of both the power sector and of financial transactions. There is always a friendly and constructive atmosphere in our working relationship. We have not had any problems or challenges in working with Simonsen. They have always been very reliable.’

‘Peter Aall Simonsen: Efficient, friendly and service minded. Strong knowledge of both the power sector and financial transactions. Good at finding feasible solutions.’

‘Sunniva Kinsella: Efficient, friendly and service minded. High quality on every document she has delivered.’

‘They have highly competent employees that know the electricity business well.’

‘Robin Aker Jakobsen is the person in SVW that helps us the most. He is, by my opinion, highly qualified in our field and an “easy going” person that is comfortable to work with.’

‘They have excellent understanding of the challenges customers may have and have a great ability to communicate their message.’

‘Peter Aall Simonsen is almost a guru in the Nordic energy market.’

‘Has a good overview of what is happening in the industry and can contribute in consulting based on good industry knowledge.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable about the renewable industry in general which is very helpful in practicing legal advice. In addition they have key staff, such as Peter Aall Simonsen, that is highly referred to as an renewable energy expert. The team is flexible and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Agder Energi AS/Agder Energi Nett AS

BKK Nett


Energi Norge AS

Finnmark Kraft AS

Gassnova SF

GIEK – the Norwegian State Export Credit Agency

Glitre Energi Nett

Gudbrandsdal Energi Nett AS

Hardanger Energi Nett AS

Haugaland Kraft Nett

Helgeland Kraft Nett

Istad Nett AS




Nord Salten Kraft Nett AS

Nordlandsnett AS

Nord-Salten kraftlag


Nydalen Energi AS

Odda Energi

Prime Capital AG


SFE Nett

SFE Produksjon AS

Skagerak Nett AS

Stryn Energi

Sunndal Energi

Sunnfjord Energi


TRMEW Obrót S.A.

Troms Kraft Nett


Vestas Wind Turbines A/S

Vesterålskraft Nett

Ymber Nett

Norway > Employment Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig's employment practice is headed up by Lill Egeland, who ‘provides no-nonsense advice of high quality’. The group acts for several municipalities and higher education institutions, and is experienced in whistleblowing cases, equity-based employee compensation, employee terminations, post-transaction transfers of undertakings, downsizings and winding down matters. Marianne Kartum leads the team in Trondheim and specialises in reductions of workforce and adjustment processes, while Trine Lise Fromreide is experienced in employment matters in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Lill Egeland

Other key lawyers:

Marianne Kartum; Trine Lise Fromreide; Ingrid Fladberg Brucker; Trond Erik Kvalsnes


‘SVW’s employment law team, and Lill Egeland, provides no-nonsense advice of high quality.’

‘Lill Egeland is one of kind; offers advice of high quality, to-the-point and fast.’

‘Our contact person has been Lill Egeland, and she has both assisted us directly and ensured that we have received assistance from other team members. I am impressed by the whole team. They are super available and responsive, highly knowledgeable and really tuned in to the issues that we are facing.’

‘We have worked most closely with partner and head of the team, Lill Egeland. What I really like about working with Lill is that she has a unique ability to understand our needs and translate that into relevant, concise and understandable advice. I can also recommend senior lawyer Ingrid Fladberg Brucker, who has guided us through some challenging topics.’

‘I have had the pleasure to work with Trond Erik Kvalsnes on several occasions. He is extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and explains complex legal matters in a pragmatic way. He gets to the point and seeks to find the best solution. In addition I find Trond Erik Kvalsnes very nice to work with – it’s a collaboration, not “just” a client/lawyer relationship, which I appreciate.’

‘The high competence and involvement from partner Lill Egeland really makes a difference. When combining law and strategic options, she is brilliant.’

‘Lill Egeland is always willing to step up if needed – a facilitator.’

Key clients




Mars Norge




Oslo Metropolitan University

The Municipality of Bærum




Norway > Insurance Tier 2

With notable expertise in marine insurance mandates, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig provides advice on contentious and non-contentious matters to a variety of insurance clients, and specialises in disputes relating to marine P&I, H&M, cargo, loss of hire and war insurance. The firm also has niche expertise in aviation, personal liability and life insurance claims. Frithjof Herlofsen, who is an experienced marine practitioner, and Lars Inge Ørstavik, who has broad experience in contract and enterprise law, jointly lead the practice. Recent highlights included defending Britannia and the owners of a ship in a collision dispute against the Norwegian Government.

Practice head(s):

Frithjof Herlofsen; Lars Inge Ørstavik

Other key lawyers:

Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen; Jan Vablum

Key clients


Skuld P & I


North of England P & I

Hydor AS

Norsk Hydro/Industriforsikring

Yara Insurance

Codan Insurance

Britannia P & I

KLP Skadeforsikring

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s IP practice has a notable presence in the media sector, acting for film and television clients, and regularly assists with copyright issues. The team is also experienced in patent litigation, acting for major pharmaceuticals companies, and handles trade mark matters and the IP aspects of transactions. Cecilia Orheim heads up the team, which includes Rune Ljostad, who is ‘exceptional in his knowledge’ of IP matters, particularly copyright and patent issues relating to bio-technology. Nicholas Foss Barbantonis and Hedda Baumann Heier specialise in the technology and media sectors respectively.

Practice head(s):

Cecilia Orheim

Other key lawyers:

Hedda Baumann Heier; Nicholas Foss Barbantonis; Rune Ljostad


My contact with SVW has been associate partner Cecilia Orheim. I am very pleased with her assistance in all kinds of cases related to IP and marketing etc. She responds quickly, is always available and provides very good and practical legal advice. She is very experienced in the field of IP and marketing, and as a former in-house lawyer she knows what kind of assistance an in-house lawyer needs.’

High professional level, good communication skills and fast delivery.’

‘Rune Ljostad is exceptional in his knowledge about IP legislation, both regarding Norwegian law but also many other countries’ legislations. He is always happy to help, an excellent lawyer and a joy to work with.

Key clients

Motion Pictures Association

Bank Norwegian AS

TV 2

Amedia AS

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA


Scandza AS

Coop Norge SA

Zwipe AS

Curida AS

Louis Poulsen A/S

CBS Discovery


Telia Norge AS

Katapult Accelerator AS / Katapult Ocean AS

Norway > Public procurement Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig's public procurement team is part of the firm's wider EU and competition team and stands out for its regular involvement in large procurement cases and general procurement processes. Anders Thue  and practice head Jan Magne Langseth recently appeared before the Supreme Court representing Fosen-Linjen AS in a significant transportation case. Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen focuses on procurement processes, negotiations and contractual issues.

Practice head(s):

Jan Magne Langseth

Other key lawyers:

Anders Thue; Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen

Key clients

World Courier

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA


Stiftelsen Diakonissehuset Lovisenberg

Fosen-Linjen AS

Central Norway Regional Health Authority

Sanofi Avensis Norge AS

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security



The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom)

The Norwegian Police

Go-Ahead Group


NordicInfu Care AB

Statnett SF

The Norwegian Directorate of eHealth (NDE)

BRG Entreprenør


Stiftelsen Norsk Luftambulanse

Baneservice AS

Troms og Finnmark fylkeskommune

Norway > Real estate Tier 2

Jørgen Lindboe leads Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig's 'highly efficient, competent and service-minded' real estate group, which is split between six Norway offices and has a strong track record in corporate real estate deals, planning issues and financial advisory mandates. Its client base includes financial managers, investors and domestic developers; Pål Brudvik recently advised longstanding client Njord Securities on various aspects of the NOK950m purchase and syndication of Rosenlund Kontorbygg and Rosenlund Kontorbygg II, which holds office property leased to public authorities. Transactional specialist Gøran Mjelde Aarvik is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jørgen Lindboe

Other key lawyers:

Pål Brudvik; Gøran Mjelde Aarvik


‘The individuals at SVW are highly efficient, competent and service-minded.’

Key clients

Njord Securities (formerly Castelar Corporate Finance)

Colliers International Corporate

Malling & Co, Project Finance

Rimfeldt Eiendom

Oslo Finans

SPG Private Equity

Fazenda Utvikling

DNB Næringseiendom

Bertel O. Steen Eiendom

Coop Norge Eiendom

Birger N. Haug Holding

DNB Bank


JM Norge

Hero Eiendom


Forus Næringspark

Rolf Olsen Eiendomsselskap


Buffin Real Estate Norway

Jakob Hatteland Bygg


BKK Nett

RV Holding

Norway > Construction Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig's construction practice is spread across its nationwide network of offices, giving it direct links to Norway's largest contractors and builders. The team has significant expertise in construction disputes relating to housing, public amenity and infrastructure projects, and is active in the real estate and oil and gas sectors. Kjell Sagen Berg is the key contact for construction, real estate and litigation work.

Practice head(s):

Kjell Sagen Berg


‘Kjell Sagen Berg is very professional and solution-oriented.’

‘The firm’s pragmatic approach to the matter, as well as the unique ability to quickly illuminate the actual conditions is outstanding.’

‘Kjell Sagen Berg’s professionalism and knowledge of construction law makes him a safe choice in any case.’

‘Kjell Sagen Berg is simply a unique person with a great working capacity.’

‘They are efficient, available and reliable.’

‘They are hands on and dedicated to the problems they are set to solve.’

Extremely competent. Swift response. Providing strategies and advice that helps our firm solve problems in the best possible way.’

‘Kjell Sagen Berg is a superb lawyer, always able to combine his well-known legal skills with a rare understanding for highly technical issues in construction. An expert in communicating with both workers and executives.’

Key clients

Skanska Norge AS

Heimdal Gruppen AS

EC Dahls Eiendom AS/Britannia Eiendom AS

Betonmast Trøndelag AS

Municipality of Bergen

Overvik Utvikling AS

Troms County

Ruta Entreprenør AS

Norgeshus AS

Consto Eide AS

Norway > Tax Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig fields an experienced team of tax law practitioners across six regional Norwegian offices. The department regularly advises on a wide range of work, including the structuring of transactions, valuation assignments and generational succession issues. M&A and tax specialist Fredrik Haberer Anfinsen joined the practice as its new head in mid-2020 from an in-house role. Other key names include Vidar Kleppe in Bergen and Eldar Nesset, who focuses on transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Fredrik Haberer Anfinsen

Other key lawyers:

Vidar Kleppe; Eldar Nesset


The tax practice is very skilled on domestic and internal tax law.’

They are skilled and proactive with regard finding solutions.’

Highly experienced team of partners and senior partners, having incredible credentials of advising clients across industries.’

‘Fredrik Haberer Anfinsen is absolutely thorough in his knowledge of subject matter and has a pragmatic approach to clients problems.’

‘The firm is composed of extremely sharp detail-oriented professionals, capable of providing cutting-edge precise legal advice.’

‘Fredrik Anfinsen’s broad knowledge of both legal and corporate matters puts him in the perfect spot for innovative, useful and reliable solutions to legal tax and corporate matters. He and his team gave important contributions to solve extremely complex and challenging tasks in a responsive, efficient and professional manner.’

‘Fredrik Haberer Anfinsen stands out and is a highly professional lawyer. He has very strong industry knowledge and combines tax expertise with finance experience, bringing a unique ability to see the full picture and give practical advice. Fredrik also has an ability to quickly grasp the commercial aspects of any matter and advise on a strategic level.

Strong on M&A, international tax and valuation.’

Key clients

Telia Company (formerly TeliaSonera)

Norwegian Airshuttle

Njord Securities

Forus Næringspark

Bjørvika Infrastruktur

Magnus Carlsen

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Fazenda Utvikling

Colliers International Corporate

Barry’s Bootcamp


Katapult Ocean

North Connect


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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative (Managing Partner) Mona Søyland +47 922 93 651
Banking and Finance Halvor Klingenberg +47 922 42 116
Corporate and M&A Christoffer Bjerknes +47 924 04 720
Capital Markets Amund Fougner Bugge +47 911 45 982
Dispute Resolution Christian Reusch +47 975 02 247
EU and Competition Jan Magne Langseth +47 966 44 440
Electricity and Renewable Energy Peter Aall Simonsen +47 920 23 789
Employment Lill Egeland +47 934 90 834
Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Bjørn Åge Hamre +47 402 49 104
Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Peter Aall Simonsen +47 920 23 789
Intellectual Property Cecilia Orheim +47 920 31 229
TMT Tor Stokke +47 932 11 581
Maritime Law Christine Rødsæther +47 950 74 898
Shipping Erlend Lous +47 992 16 772
Oil and Gas Bjørn-Erik Leerberg +47 934 90 683
Real Estate Jørgen Lindboe +47 918 03 814
Construction Kjell Sagen Berg +47 995 22 110
Tax Vidar Kleppe +47 940 12 512
Photo Name Position Profile
 Henning Øvrebø  photo Henning Øvrebø Partner
 Christoffer Bjerknes photo Christoffer Bjerknes Partner and Head of Corporate and M&A
 Pål Brudvik  photo Pål Brudvik Partner and Head of Transactions
 Lill Egeland photo Lill Egeland Partner and Head of Employment
 Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen  photo Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen Partner
 Amund Fougner Bugge photo Amund Fougner Bugge Partner and Head of Capital Markets
 Ingar Fuglevåg  photo Ingar Fuglevåg Partner and Head of Aviation
 Frithjof Herlofsen photo Frithjof Herlofsen Partner
 Halvor Klingenberg photo Halvor Klingenberg Partner and Head of Banking and Finance
 Jan Magne Langseth photo Jan Magne Langseth Partner 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 Ljostad Partner
 Erlend Lous photo Erlend Lous Partner
 Cecilia Orheim photo Cecilia Orheim Partner and Head of Intellectual Property
 Christine Rødsæther  photo Christine Rødsæther Partner
Mr Christian Reusch photo Mr Christian Reusch Partner and Dispute Resolution
 Mona Søyland  photo Mona Søyland Managing Partner
 Peter Aall Simonsen photo Peter Aall Simonsen Partner and Head of Renewable Energy
 Tor Stokke photo Tor Stokke Partner and Head of Technology and Media
 Espen Tøndel  photo Espen Tøndel Partner
 Mathias Teir photo Mathias Teir Partner, Head of Private Equity and Board Member
 Anders Thue photo Anders Thue Partner
 Morten Wilhelm Winther photo Morten Wilhelm Winther Partner and Head of Financial Regulatory
Number of lawyers : 180
Scandinavian languages
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)