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Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

FILIPSTAD BRYGGE 1, PO BOX 2043 VIKA, 0125 OSLO, NORWAY
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Norway

Banking and finance (including shipping finance)
Banking and finance (including shipping finance) - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

With 'a meticulous yet pragmatic and¬†business-minded approach' and 'a can-do attitude which fuels and transforms tricky situations into problem-solving sessions',¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†'manages to serve its clients, not only to the highest of standards, but also with the highest results possible' and 'always exceeds expectations in the delivery-to-cost ratio'.¬†Peter Aall Simonsen¬†heads up the Oslo-based group and¬†Eivind Eliassen¬†leads the practice in Bergen; Simonsen focuses on vessel, rig, acquisition and real estate financings and Eliassen also has experience in insolvency matters. Simonsen's recent mandates include acting for Prime Capital on the financing of the Raudfjell and Kvitfjell wind farms and assisting Helly Hansen with the establishment of its corporate financing structure with DNB Bank. Other noteworthy names include¬†Ingar Fuglev√•g, who assisted Norwegian Air Shuttle with several aircraft financings; shipping specialists¬†Christine R√łds√¶ther¬†and Erlend Lous, and regulatory expert¬†Morten Wilhelm Winther.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Clients praise Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig's 'clear and efficient communication' and recognise the team as 'effortless to work with and comprehensive in its advice and support'. The group handles the full range of ECM and DCM transactions; recent highlights include assisting Norwegian Air Shuttle with its NOK1.5bn capital raising and handling a rights issue for Jinhui Shipping and Transportation. Amund Fougner Bugge and Morten Wilhelm Winter jointly lead the group and head the firm's corporate and banking teams respectively.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Christoffer Bjerknes¬†heads the practice at¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, which excels in the TMT, maritime and offshore sectors. Clients include Telia Company, which it acted for on its acquisition of Get and TDC Norway; Franz Haniel & Cie, which it assisted with its purchase of Optimar from Credo Partners; and Hilti, which it advised on its acquisition of √ėgl√¶nd Group Holding and its subsidiaries. Other examples include Statkraft, Tesla Motors and Bank Norwegian.¬†Henning √ėvreb√ł¬†is the key name for restructurings and reorganisations, and¬†Mathias Teir¬†joined from¬†Advokatfirmaet Schj√łdt AS¬†in 2018.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Kjell Sagen Berg heads up the practice at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig and is praised by clients as 'a great lawyer who is highly professional'; other key practitioners include oil and gas sector specialist Trym Landa, Jon Oppedal Vale and Arne Oftedal. The group recently acted for Kruse Smith in an arbitration relating to the the renovation and expansion of an Oslo apartment complex; other clients include Skanska Norge, Heimdal Gruppen and the Municipality of Bergen.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Christian Reusch¬†heads the department at¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†following his recruitment from the Attorney General's office. The practice excels in the shipping, aviation, technology, real estate, construction and competition sectors; clients include Symphony Ventures and Kruse Smith Entrepren√łr. Reusch and¬†Peter Simonsen¬†are¬†acting for the latter in an arbitration relating to the renovation and expansion of an apartment complex.¬†Christian Bj√łrtuft Ellingsen¬†is a key name for shipping and public procurement disputes, and¬†Egil Horstad¬†and¬†Kristoffer Larsen Rognvik¬†are also recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Clients praise¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig's 'solution-oriented and to-the-point' team, which 'combines strong professionalism with friendliness and an ability to find good solutions'. Department head and expert in abuse of dominance work and cartel investigations¬†Jan Magne Langseth¬†is 'creative and looks at things from different angles to find the best possible solution', public procurement specialist¬†Anders Thue¬†is 'a valuable sparring partner with an excellent business mindset',¬†Karin Fl√łistad¬†has 'great knowledge' and¬†Mona S√łyland¬†is 'one of the most experienced Norwegian lawyers in competition law'.¬†Christian Bj√łrtuft Ellingsen¬†is a key name for public procurement issues in the shipping and offshore sectors, and¬†Tor Stokke¬†regularly handles technology procurements. The group recently represented Fosenlinjen in a dispute against AtB seeking damages for lost profits following AtB's procurement of ferry services, handled the competition aspects of Telia's acquisition of TDC and Gets' activities in Norway, and advised St1 Group on its acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail Marine.

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Electricity and renewable energy
Electricity and renewable energy - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†has 'excellent knowledge across different areas of energy law' including hydro power, renewables financing work and regulatory issues with notable expertise in wind power work. Team head¬†Peter Aall Simonsen¬†and¬†P√•l Brudvik¬†recently assisted Prime Capital with its purchase of Troms√ł Vind and Raudfjell Vind, Simonsen advised Rabobank, DekaBank and EKF on the debt financing of the Tellenes wind power project on the south-west coast of Norway, and Brudvik acted for Finnmark Kraft on the development of the Hamnefjell wind farm.¬†Robin Aker Jakobsen¬†handles grid and regulatory matters and¬†Tor Stokke¬†focuses on regulatory and commercial work.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig's team has 'diverse knowledge across employment law and closely related matters and works seamlessly' to 'identify the relevant questions for specific needs and communicate them in a clear and understandable way'. Team head Lill Egeland is 'a true specialist and a valuable sparring partner in difficult cases'; she recently advised Aebi Schmidt on the employment aspects of the closure of its Norwegian production and assisted Norwegian Air Shuttle with its election of employee board members. Litigator Per Arne Damm defended Fredrikstad Kommune in a whistleblowing case involving allegations of retaliation and senior attorney Trond Erik Kvalsnes advised Orona on a strike action.

Next generation lawyers

Lill Egeland - Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

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Fishing and aquaculture
Fishing and aquaculture - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

With 'established experience in the aquaculture sector',¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†advises on transactions, disputes, regulatory issues and employment work in the fishing and aquaculture space. The firm leverages its national footprint through the expertise of practice co-heads¬†Arthur Duus¬†and¬†Kenneth Mikkelsen¬†based in Bergen and Troms√ł respectively; other key names include¬†Ole Rieck¬†in Bergen and¬†√ėrjan Nilsen¬†in Troms√ł. Recent highlights include advising Norges Sildesalgslag on issues surrounding its decision to temporarily stop fisheries for a particular species, and assisting Alsaker Fjordbruk with issues relating to the introduction of a new regulatory regime regulating growth in the aquaculture industry.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

With 'a combination of academic nous and street smarts',¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†excels in the shipping, oil and offshore industries handling restructurings and bankruptcies for a client roster, which includes BNP Paribas, Danske Bank and Nordea Bank. The team also assisted DVB Bank and Sparebanken (each as head of two bank syndicates) with the restructuring of Island Offshore, and advised ABN Amro Bank and DVB Bank on the restructuring of Viking Supply Ships.¬†Peter Aall Simonsen¬†leads the Oslo group; 'strong communicator and solution-focused'¬†Bj√łrn √Öge Hamre¬†heads the Bergen team, which also includes litigator¬†Egil Horstad; and the Trondheim practice is led by¬†Nils H√•kon Risberg.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†excels in marine insurance with expertise in protection and indemnity insurance, cargo claims and loss of hire issues.¬†Frithjof Herlofsen¬†leads the department; his recent work includes acting for Gjensidige in a case relating to the application of limitations in clauses and representing Hamburg Cruises in a claim against Gard relating to the calculation of compensation under loss of hire cover. The firm also has an aviation insurance practice led by¬†Ingar Fuglev√•g¬†and personal injury team headed by¬†√ėyvind Vidhammer.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

With 'a very commercial and refreshingly pragmatic approach', Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig stands out for its online content protection work. Clients praise Rune Ljostad as 'one of the most diligent, experienced and hardworking lawyers in the market' who has 'the ability to weed out the important issues in a case making him a formidable partner'; he recently represented Caprino Filmcenter in a copyright claim relating to Il Tempo Extra Gigante, a theme park attraction based on the animated film Flåklypa Grand Prix. Associate partner Cecilia Orheim is also noteworthy.

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Maritime law
Maritime law - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†fields 'a diverse team with a variety of backgrounds' led by¬†Erlend Lous¬†in Oslo,¬†Jan Vablum¬†in Bergen,¬†Kenneth Mikkelsen¬†in Troms√ł and¬†Gunnar Espeland¬†in Stavanger.¬†Frithjof Herlofsen¬†and¬†Christine R√łds√¶ther¬†are also highly regarded and clients praise associate partner¬†Yannis Litinas, who is 'able to provide vital advice to¬†tackle¬†legal challenges'. Clients include Songa Bulk, which the group advised on the acquisition of its entire fleet; Fearnley Project Finance, which it assisted with three asset plays; and Meidell Ship Holdings, which it acted for on its purchase of five barges and one tug boat.

Leading individuals

Christine R√łds√¶ther - Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Frithjof Herlofsen - Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

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Offshore construction and shipbuilding
Offshore construction and shipbuilding - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig's client base encompasses shipowners, ship financiers, yards, investors and oil companies, including Seatankers Management Company, Offshore Merchant Partners and DVB Bank. In a recent highlight,¬†Christian Bj√łrtuft Ellingsen¬†advised Yara Norge on the development of an autonomous cargo solution system including the world's first autonomous vessel. Other work includes¬†Gunnar Espeland¬†assisting Aker BP with its involvement in the Snadd subsea field development.¬†Erlend Lous¬†leads the group, which also includes¬†Jan Vablum¬†and¬†Christine R√łds√¶ther; R√łd√¶ther's¬†'experience, practical approach and timely responses are highly valuable'.

Leading individuals

Erlend Lous - Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Key areas of expertise for¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†include transactions, capital markets work, petroleum law issues, procurement projects, disputes, decommissioning issues and oil services mandates. The group is providing regulatory and petroleum law advice to Gassco relating to its NCS gas pipeline, is assisting the Ugandan government with its development of an upstream and midstream petroleum legal framework, and is acting for Aramco Overseas on its purchase of shares in several Norwegian oil technology companies.¬†Bj√łrn-Erik Leerberg¬†heads the team in Oslo and¬†Gunnar Espeland¬†leads the Stavanger group;¬†Frode Berntsen¬†and¬†Frode Vareberg¬†are the key names for upstream petroleum matters and¬†Trym Landa¬†is experienced in oil and gas field developments.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

J√łrgen Lindboe, who is 'super dedicated and a great man to have on your side in negotiations',¬†heads the group at¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, which handles real estate transactions and development projects and is¬†'very professional and knowledgeable about the real estate market and its legal framework'. Clients also single out¬†P√•l Brudvik, who is 'professional, proactive and liked by everyone'; he advised Castelar Corporate Finance on the purchase and syndication of various properties.

Next generation lawyers

J√łrgen Lindboe - Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

As 'the best telecoms firm in Norway',¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†fields the 'always service-minded'¬†Espen T√łndel, who has 'a unique telecoms background'; he recently acted for Telia Norge in frequency auctions in the 700MHz and microwave bands and assisted the same client with a national roaming agreement with Ice Communications Norway. Other work for the practice includes advising the Central Norway Health Region on a new common Electronic Health Record system, and representing TV2 in a dispute relating to broadcasting rights.¬†Tor Stokke¬†leads the practice and is a key name for transactional work,¬†Karin Fl√łistad¬†focuses on the competition aspects of TMT work and newly promoted equity partner¬†Nicolai Halbo¬†handles IT contracts.

Leading individuals

Espen T√łndel - Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Key names at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig include department head Christian Svensen, Alf Nielsen, Vidar Kleppe, Eldar Nesset and Tor Olaf Espeland. The group primarily handles transactional work; it recently advised Castelar Corporate Finance on the tax aspects of its acquisition of several real estate companies and assisted Aerospace Industrial Maintenance with its sale of a development project. Telia, Norwegian Air Shuttle and chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen are also clients.

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