Firm Profile > Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS > Oslo, Norway

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS
Ruseløkkveien 38, 0251 Oslo
PO Box 1484 Vika
NO-0116 Oslo
Norway

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' full-service banking and finance practice handles a broad range of matters, including syndicated corporate financings, acquisition, project and asset finance work, and real estate financings, and also contains a leading insolvency team. The regulatory group is recognised for its work on innovative structures and advises on direct lending issues for insurers and pension funds; it has also assisted with the set-up of new financial institutions. Practice head Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl focuses on asset-backed financings, and project and acquisition financings, while Hans Haugstad, who advises banks, financial institutions and investors, is noted for his expertise in cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl

Other key lawyers:

Hans Haugstad; Einar Grette; Halvor Mansåker

Testimonials

‘The team is very solution-oriented and a good discussion partner. Very knowledgeable and service-minded.’

‘Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl is trustworthy, calm in stressful situations and solutions-oriented.’

Key clients

DNB Bank ASA

Nordea Bank

Danske Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken

GIEK (Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency)

Pareto Securities

ABG Sundal Collier

Nordic Corporate Bank ASA

Oslo Børs VPS Holding ASA

Pareto Alternative Investments AS

Storebrand ASA

Sparebank1 Gruppen AS

Eksportkreditt Norge AS

Sparebank 1 SR-Bank

Capital markets Tier 1

Christian Grüner Sagstad heads up the group at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, which acts for clients including large corporates listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and leading investment banks, advising on debt, equity and regulatory capital markets issues. Core pillars of work comprise IPOs, private placements and subsequent offering issues, and the conversion of bond and lease debt to equity. Solveig Fagerheim Bugge and Anders Arnkværn are noted for their expertise in capital markets transactions, securities law and regulations. Einar Grette is a key name for bond and debt transactions and financings in the bank and bond markets.

Practice head(s):

Christian Grüner Sagstad

Other key lawyers:

Anders Arnkværn; Einar Grette; Solveig Fagerheim Bugge; Hans Cappelen Arnesen; Lars Eirik Gåseide Røsås; Lars Martin Sveen

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable. Always available. Able to provide clear advice on complex matters.’

‘Good knowledge, commercial approach.’

‘Probably the best quality team available in the country. Always our first choice for comprehensive services. Very broad competence, and the best case advice we find anywhere.’

‘Strong experience. Ability to manoeuvre in different situations and solve challenges. High-quality work. Efficient.’

‘Good partner involvement. Hans Cappelen Arnesen stands out with high capacity and strong experience.’

‘The Thommessen team tends to be more solution oriented than competing firms. Meaning, they rarely come with just a problem, they also have some potential solutions lined up. ’

‘Hans Cappelen Arnesen – very calm and in control, even in very difficult situations. Lars Eirik – very hands-on and reachable with a steady hand. Lars Martin Sveen – efficient in execution.’

‘Always available, extremely customer minded, valuable advice and concrete solutions.’

‘Generally very efficient and “no-nonsense” approach. Easy to work with and very clear and open communication, especially on the equity capital markets side and general advisory side.’

‘Anders Arnkværn has a particularly efficient and no-nonsense approach.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs International

ABG Sundal Collier

Pareto Securities

DNB Markets

Danske Bank

Nordea

Arctic Securities

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Sparebank 1 Markets

Morgan Stanley

UBS Investment Bank

Fearnley Securities

Seadrill Ltd

Salmones Camanchaca S.A.

DOF ASA

Webstep ASA

Elkem ASA

Odfjell Drilling Ltd.

B2Holding ASA

Oslo Børs VPS Holding ASA

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Shelf Drilling, Ltd.

BW Group Limited

BW Offshore Limited

BW LPG Limited

BW Energy Limited

Hafnia Limited

Nordic Trustee AS

Navamedic ASA

RAK Petroleum plc

Stolt-Nielsen Ltd.

Kahoot!

XXL

MPC Container Ships ASA

Magseis Fairfield ASA

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is highly regarded for its complex public and private M&A work, often in combination with equity issues and debt financing matters. The practice is also known for its expertise in the renewables, oil and gas, oil services, shipping, telecoms, financial services, aquaculture and biotech sectors. Department head Christian Grüner Sagstad focuses on equity capital markets transactions, acting for numerous private equity houses and financial sponsors, while Hans Cappelen Arnesen and Anders Arnkværn assist various corporate clients including private equity businesses and leading investment banks. Solveig Fagerheim Bugge is noted for her experience in corporate and securities law and regulatory mandates. Other key names include Baard Bale, Ervin Auren and managing associate Øyvind Mork Karlsen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Christian Grüner Sagstad

Other key lawyers:

Hans Cappelen Arnesen; Anders Arnkværn; Solveig Fagerheim Bugge; Øyvind Mork Karlsen; Baard Bale ; Ervin Auren; Lars Eirik Gåseide Røsås; Stig Berge

Testimonials

‘Very strong full-service practice. Excellent team at all levels.’

‘Very solid knowledge about the financial services industry, strong M&A and transaction focus.’

‘Skilled, collaborative, responsive and nimble in their approach. On the commercial side, they have a very good understanding of our business.’

‘The Thommessen team is very capable of advising on the latest SPA trends and deal risk mitigation measures, and is well placed to tap into innovations in new and comparable deal situations. Its high capacity lead individuals and deep back office provides for short turnaround times with quality input.’

‘Christian Sagstad had a remarkable command and capacity as lead in our most important M&A sell side transaction to date. He is commercially minded and can both devise and disentangle complex structures. In negotiations he comes well prepared, always aiming to improve and cement both small and large transaction positions.’

‘Hans Cappelen Arnesen – M&A – very skilful and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Altor Equity Partners

Triton Partners

HitecVision

Norvestor

Storebrand

Kongsberg Gruppen

EQT

DNB

Bain Capital

Goldman Sachs

Det Norske Veritas Holding / DNV GL AS

Nordic Capital

KLP

Odfjell Drilling Ltd.

INEOS

BW Group

Oslo Børs VPS Holding

Belships ASA

CapMan

CBRE Caledon

Pioneer Property Group ASA

Reiten & Co.

Akka Technologies SE

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS fields a large team of specialist practitioners covering the full range of work in dispute resolution. Areas of particular activity include commercial litigation (especially acting in post-M&A disputes and representing significant banking clients), oil and gas disputes and construction claims. Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik heads up the department, and is a specialist in handling contractual disputes involving construction, energy, oil services and IT projects. Other key names include commercial disputes expert Henning Harborg and IP and construction law specialist Eirik W Raanes. Energy sector litigator Audun Stornes joined the Stavanger office from Kluge Advokatfirma AS in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik

Other key lawyers:

Henning Harborg; Eirik W Raanes; Andreas Meidell; Trond Hatland; Svein Aage Valen; Stig Berge; Camilla Vislie; Henrik Hagberg; Audun Stornes

Testimonials

‘The team was excellent – very knowledgeable, good at keeping us updated on progress and very approachable.’

‘Henning Harborg: excellent advocate, very clear and articulate, and very easy to work with.’

‘Quick response on all matters, big or small, and always “to the point”.’

‘Trond Hatland is a unique barrister and a magician in the court room. Very prepared and good tactics. Svein Aage Valen has also been outstanding in handling criminal cases in fisheries.’

‘In-depth understanding of Norwegian oil and gas customs, practices, regulations and laws with practical business perspectives.’

‘Audun Stornes has all the legal knowledge and experience you’d expect from a leading partner in oil and gas with a solid understanding of corporate drivers and processes.’

Key clients

KPMG AS

Deloitte AS

Ernst & Young AS

PricewaterhouseCoopers AS

DNB ASA

ING Bank N.V

Telenor ASA

Storebrand ASA

Equinor ASA

BW Group Limited

BW LPG Limited

The Norwegian Ministry of Transport / The Norwegian Public Road Administration (NPRA)

Westcon Yards AS

Directors/shareholders of RenoNorden

Lofoten Polarlaks AS

Hav Line Gruppen AS

TGS Nopec Geophysical Company ASA

Mr. Petter Dragesund

Bankruptcy estate of Alpha Insurance A/S

TONO SA

Norxe AS

Intervet International BV

Zimmer Biomet Norway AS

Pareto Securities AS

Songa Corp.

Assuranceforeningen Gard (gjensidig)

Lyse Produksjon AS

Samsung Electronics Nordic AB

Gasum Oy

Fortum

Søylen Eiendom AS

Tryg Forsikring

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Norwegian Hull Club

Navigators Holdings (UK) Ltd

If

Kesko Corporation

Orkla ASA

Norgegruppen ASA

Kværner AS

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS particularly stands out for its renewables department, which has strength in the hydroelectric power, wind power, district heating, waste incineration and bioenergy sectors. The team is active in infrastructure and grid operations, including regulatory matters and issues concerning land owners and public authorities; Gunnar Martinsen is a key name for regulatory work. Core segments of the practice comprise environmental law, licensing issues, concessions and public permits, expropriation and valuation work, power plant taxation and energy-sector dispute resolution. Practice head Bendik Christoffersen focuses on concession law and corporate organisational issues, while Jens Naas-Bibow is noted for his environmental and economic regulation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Bendik Christoffersen

Other key lawyers:

Jens Naas-Bibow; Gunnar Martinsen

Testimonials

‘I believe their knowledge in renewable energy including everything related to regulation is very strong. Easy to approach for discussion on local particularities, good availability.’

‘The local understanding of the wind market, legal issues and regulation was very good. Bendik Christoffersen is clearly an expert in that area.’

‘Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the stakeholders positions, motivation and working methods in the renewable industry. Detailed knowledge on legislation and processes for permits, contract management, risk mitigation, financing, investment decisions, taxation. Experienced, friendly and professional. ’

‘Bendik Christoffersen is skilful and experienced. Excellent industry knowledge and negotiating skills. Solid reputation.’

‘Gunnar Marthinsen is a utility and renewable industry expert on regulation. Solid reputation.’

Key clients

Green Investment Group

Akershus Energi AS

Eidsiva Energi AS with subsidiaries

Lyse Energi AS with subsidiaries

Nordkraft AS with subsidiaries

NorthConnect KS

Energi Norge

Haugaland Kraft AS with subsidiaries

Engie International Holdings BV

Zephyr AS

Midtfjellet Vindkraft AS

Glitre Energi AS with subsidiaries

B Capital Partners AG

Lyse AS with subsidiaries

Avantor AS

Vardar AS

Småkraft AS

Østfold Energi AS

Employment Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS’ employment client roster encompasses domestic players and international heavyweights from various sectors, with a strong presence in the oil and gas industry, and experience assisting national public sector entities. The team, which is jointly led by Stein Kimsås-Otterbech and Trond Hatland, combines employment litigation experience and transactional knowledge, acting on investigations, whistleblowing cases, pension issues, reorganisations and executive lay-offs. ‘Excellent employment lawyerTron Dalheim is an experienced litigator, who specialises in the aviation sector; and associate Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen focuses on the employment aspects of wider transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stein Kimsås-Otterbech; Trond Hatland

Other key lawyers:

Tron Dalheim; Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen

Testimonials

‘The employment law team at Thommessen has excellent employment law skills and very good business understanding. Handles clients in a smooth way.’

‘Tron Dalheim is an excellent employment lawyer with very good negotiation skills. He has good business understanding and is very easy to cooperate with.’

‘I have worked with Tron Dalheim. I have valued his advice and help in several legally challenging cases and particularly like the clear advice and respect for people in these processes.’

‘We mainly work with Tron Dalheim. We have also experienced colleagues from different departments and were impressed by the technical knowledge and team spirit they brought to the table.’

‘Tron Dalheim is one of the few lawyers that can put complex legal matters in layman’s language. He is practical and understands the business purpose of a legal request and builds unique relationships with his clients.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA

Nordea Bank ASA

B2Holding ASA

Kahoot!

Maersk Drilling Norway AS

Shearwater GeoServices Norway AS

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

NorgesGruppen ASA

Bama Gruppen AS

Microsoft Norge AS

Yara International ASA

Roche Norge AS

University of Bergen

Vestland county authorities

FH Gruppen AS

Höegh Autoliners Management AS

CGG Services

CapMan Infra and CBRE Caledon

DOF Subsea

Etac AB/Etac AS

Frydenbø AS

Framo AS

Oceaneering AS

Læringsverkstedet

EU and competition Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' EU and competition practice is 'second-to-none' with core expertise in investigations, mergers and joint ventures, areas in which it attracts the most complex cases in the market. The team acts across various sectors, including the energy, shipping, retail and pharmaceuticals industries. 'Outstanding key individuals’ include practice co-heads Siri Teigum and Eivind J Vesterkjær, who handle merger clearance work and distribution and pricing issues respectively; and associate Heidi Jorkjend, who stands out for her expertise in complex cross-border investigations.

Practice head(s):

Siri Teigum; Eivind J Vesterkjær

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Jorkjend

Testimonials

‘Second-to-none on competition law with outstanding key individuals.’

‘I work regularly with Eivind J Vesterkjær on competition law issues. Eivind is a very pleasant person to co-operate with, he has outstanding legal insight in competition law, and he works very hard to understand the facts and the commercial aspect of the matter at hand, he delivers exactly what we as the client needs from him in terms of advice.’

Key clients

Telenor ASA

DnB

SpareBank 1

Kongsberg Gruppen

Veidekke ASA

Ringnes

Gyldendal ASA, including its subsidiary Ark AS

Lindum AS

BKK AS

BAMA

NorgesGruppen ASA

Circle K

Mestergruppen

El-Proffen AS

HitecVision

Fishing and aquaculture Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS's aquaculture and fisheries group advises a range of clients including producers, transportation companies, banks and financiers. The full-service practice handles matters encompassing patent issues, negotiations and contracts, reorganisations, joint ventures, M&A, financing work, and administrative and criminal law mandates. The team is also strong in day-to-day regulatory advice and regulatory challenges. Practice head Mons Alfred Paulsen focuses on M&A, corporate and tax issues in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Mons Alfred Paulsen

Other key lawyers:

Rune Ulriksen Steinsland; Lars Eirik Gåseide Røsås; Bjørn Sande Urtegaard

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, calm, solution-oriented and international team.’

‘Very skilled on the legal aspects of the industry. Very quick at responding and good answers. Come up with good solutions.’

‘I have worked with two teams with Thommessen in Bergen. I also paid them a visit not too long ago with two other colleagues, who were amazed by the energy of the people. The team is young and hungry, full of innovative and creative ideas. They are deal facilitators; they simply make things happen for the clients.’

‘Lars Eirik Gåseide Røsås was tremendously helpful in navigating us safely out of a very difficult and complex situation.’

‘Rune Ulriksen Steinsland and Bjørn Sande Urtegaard. They really make the difference in anything they touch. Complex deals are made easy by them. A real pleasure to work with. Importantly, they gather the finance knowledge with the industry knowledge. And that combination, with an outstanding delivery, is the best to have and the best offer to clients.’

Key clients

Sølvtrans

Pelagia

Biomar

MSD Animal Health

EWOS/Cargill

NCE Seafood/The Seafood Innovation Cluster

DNB Bank

Nordea Bank

Hav Line Gruppen

Austevoll Seafood/ Br. Birkeland

Måsøval Fiskeoppdrett

Bolaks

Isqueen

Firda Seafood Group

Lingalaks

Salmonor

Production Area 4

AquaShip

Langevåg Slakteri

Samlaks

Bluewild AS

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS has a prominent insolvency and restructuring practice led by Kristoffer Hegdahl. Specialising in financial restructurings, insolvencies and negotiations, the team is regularly involved in top-level domestic deals; it also has expertise in foreign procedures, including Chapter 11 proceedings and Schemes of Arrangement. Hegdahl focuses on financial transactions including financial restructurings, financially distressed scenarios and workouts. Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl is a key member of the restructuring team and covers bank and bond financings, assisting lenders, managers and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Kristoffer Hegdahl

Other key lawyers:

Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl

Testimonials

‘Kristoffer Hegdahl and Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl, who are partners in the team, are highly recommended. They are attentive and pragmatic in complex matters with multiple stakeholders with various interests.’

‘Kristoffer Hegdahl is exceptional in his field, and provides his services within the short deadlines given – with a smile.’

‘Very commercial and does also have in-depth knowledge of the legal aspects.’

Key clients

Nordic Trustee

DNB Bank ASA

Nordea Bank

Danske Bank

Swedbank

GIEK (The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency)

DVB Bank SE

ABN Amro

NIBC

The Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM)

Seadrill

Eksportkreditt (Export Credit Norway)

Eksportfinans ASA

Handelsbanken

DBS

Danish Ship Finance

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank

Sparebank 1 Søre Sunnmøre

Sparebanken Møre

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB)

MPC Containerships ASA

DOF ASA

Insurance Tier 1

The insurance practice at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS has a strong track record in marine insurance mandates; practice head Andreas Meidell successfully represented Gard and Swiss Marina in the Norwegian Supreme Court in a matter concerning a ship collision. The team also provides non-marine advice on issues including liability and recovery claims, regulatory matters and corporate transactions. Henrik Hagberg has notable experience in the oil services and shipping sectors, and Tore Mydske specialises in financial services regulation. Managing associate Henrik Fabian Torgrimsby has expertise in construction matters, and a growing practice in marine and non-marine claims. Stephen Knudtzon retired.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Meidell

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Hagberg; Tore Mydske; Trond Hatland; Henrik Fabian Torgrimsby

Testimonials

‘Very good, always well prepared with good margins prior to deadlines etc.’

‘Andreas Meidell is probably one of the best insurance lawyers in Norway.’

Key clients

Gard

Den norske Krigsforsikring for Skib

Norwegian Hull Club

Tryg Forsikring

Industriforsikring

UK Club

Zurich

AXA XL

Chubb

Navigators

Markel

Allianz

Cardif

RiskPoint

QBE

Intellectual property Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS covers all aspects of IP matters, including trade marks, patents, copyrights, unfair competition issues, domain names and trade secrets disputes, as well as providing non-contentious advice on strategic matters. The team is experienced in matters pertaining to international patents and trade secrets, particularly in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors, and has considerable experience in complex copyright disputes in the news, media and entertainment fields. Practice head Camilla Vislie is an experienced IP litigator, while Eirik W Raanes and Magnus Hauge Greaker  provide ‘invaluable knowledge and analysis’ and specialise in litigation, pre-litigation and non-contentious work as well as transactional matters and issues relating to trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Camilla Vislie

Other key lawyers:

Eirik W Raanes; Magnus Hauge Greaker; Charlotte Hognes

Testimonials

Camilla Vislie provides good, clear and practical advice in patent litigation.’

Thommessen’s team provides excellent support on complicated cases.’

Charlotte Hognes, associate, and Magnus Hauge Greaker, managing associate, have demonstrated a strategic mindset, excellent customer focus, and the desire and ability to drive results.’

Having worked with Eirik Raanes and Magnus Greaker for many years, their knowledge and clear analysis has been invaluable. Their no-nonsense approach is a very good basis upon which to build a case.’

Eirik Raanes and Magnus Greaker have a good and thorough understanding of cases and technology behind them. They have a real good sense of what the core issues are and do not shy away from a discussion if they believe it is beneficial for the case.’

Camilla Vislie is highly-qualified and well-experienced within her field. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

TEVA and Yeda

Lilleborg AS (an Orkla ASA company)

TONO SA

Zimmer Biomet Norway AS

Video Communications Services AS

Enhanced Drilling AS

BioMar AS

Dagens Næringsliv AS

Intervet International BV

Defa AS

Manimal Energy A

Welltec A/S

Rolex (Gros & Waltenspühl)

Samsung Electronics

Norgesgruppen ASA

IFPI Norway

TCO AS

GW Pharma AS

Arbaflame AS

Noroff AS

Kellogg AB

Maritime law Tier 1

Working closely with the firm's banking and finance, insolvency and M&A departments, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS provides advice on the full range of maritime and shipping issues. The practice stands out for its involvement in large transactions, listings and mergers in the Norwegian shipping market, and also has an active litigation team. Mads Haavardsholm is the key corporate shipping practitioner and advises clients on the sale and purchase of vessels, transactions, shipbuilding contracts, restructurings and negotiations. The team makes use of a solution for the automation of ship sales and purchases, whereby documents in relation to ship transactions are generated from a questionnaire. Stephen Knudtzon retired in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mads Haavardsholm

Testimonials

‘Always available. Excellent quality. Superfast delivery.’

‘Mads Haavardsholm is always available, solution-minded and never makes any mistakes.’

‘The team is well-informed about the clients’ trade and maritime law in particular. They come up with good solutions quickly.’

‘Always available. Reliable, practical and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Höegh Autoliners and Höegh LNG

Wilh Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

Gard AS

Offshore Heavy Transport AS

Forland Shipping AS

Island Offshore AS

Jo Tankers AS

Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers ASA

Norwegian Hull Club

BW Maritime/BW Offshore/BW LPG

Team Tankers International Ltd.

Fearnley Advisors AS

TRF Ship Management AS

Clean Marine AS

Belships ASA

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Gdansk Shiprepair Yard “Remontowa” SA

Tschudi Shipping Company

Hunter Group ASA

Odfjell SE

Wilson

Sølvtrans

G2 Ocean

AquaShip

J.D. Irving / Atlantic Harrier Partnership Ltd.

Western Bulk Chartering AS

Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

CMA CGM

Viking Ocean Cruises

Pareto Securities AS and Pareto Business Management AS

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

The offshore construction and shipbuilding team at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS has seen notable growth with several partner recruitments, including Audun Stornes, Thomas Abrahamsen and Jone Stakkestad, who joined from Kluge Advokatfirma AS to strengthen the group's oil and gas, regulatory and litigation expertise. Pål Lieungh is a recognised practitioner and leads the team, which includes shipping expert Mads Haavardsholm and Henrik Hagberg, who is involved in cross-border transactions and dispute resolution. The team is also active in restructurings in the Norwegian shipping and offshore supply market.

Practice head(s):

Pål Lieungh

Other key lawyers:

Mads Haavardsholm; Henrik Hagberg; Audun Stornes; Thomas Abrahamsen; Jone Stakkestad

Testimonials

‘Very solution oriented. Always available on short notice. Excellent advice on non-standard agreements.’

‘Mads Haavardsholm is an excellent lawyer, super intelligence and always seeks balanced and great solutions for our company. He is clear on when one should push back, and when one should seek external help from e.g. British lawyers. Just a brilliant lawyer all around!’

‘Very broad group of lawyers all with substantial experience and straight to the point approach.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA (previously Statoil ASA)

Myklebust Verft

DNO International ASA

Island Offshore/Borgstein

RAK Petroleum PLC

Enhanced Drilling AS

Dong E&P A/S

ConocoPhillips

Kongsberg Gruppen

NYMO AS

Viken Shipping

Gdansk Shiprepair Yard “Remontowa” S.A.

Vard Group AS

Fearnley Advisors AS/Transportation Recovery Fund

Apollo Asset Ltd/Hunter Group ASA

Arne Blystad/Offshore Heavy Transportation

Qatar Navigation – Milaha

Connect LNG AS

Island Drilling AS

OHT Alfalift AS

TECO 2030 AS

Wellesley Petroleum AS

Suncor Energy Norge AS

France Pelagique SAS

J.D. Irving, Limited / Atlantic Harrier Limited Partnership

Southern Wind Shipyards (PTY) Limited

Westcon Yards AS

Oil and gas Tier 1

'Always finding balanced solutions, whether for litigation or legal advice',  Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is a leader in oil and gas work, with particular expertise in financing matters, M&A, litigation and development projects. The firm recently opened an office in energy hub Stavanger, and recruited partners Audun Stornes, Thomas Abrahamsen and Jone Stakkestad in the process. Christian Hals jointly leads the team and has extensive experience in M&A and capital markets transactions. Fellow co-head Pål Lieungh is highly regarded for his international experience, advising Norwegian companies on global projects.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hals; Pål Lieungh

Other key lawyers:

Audun Stornes; Thomas Abrahamsen; Jone Stakkestad

Testimonials

Great people. Good chemistry. Strong experience from wide range of areas. Flexible, hard working, available. Strong oil & gas transaction experience. Excellent industry network.

Indepth knowledge of NCS assets, transactions and deal structuring.

Always finding balanced solutions, whether for litigation or legal advice.

Thommessen is one of the leading if not the leading law firm in Norway when it comes to oil & gas.

Understanding and accommodation of corporate processes and key considerations.

Breadth of expertise, combining deep E&P knowledge with corporate, M&A and HR capability.

Key clients

BP International

Equinor

Kongsberg Gruppen

INEOS E&P

Seadrill

DOF ASA

Island Offshore

Energean Oil & Gas

PGNiG Upstream Norway

Odfjell Drilling

Transocean

Shelf Drilling

Vår Energi

BW Offshore

RAK Petroleum

Wellesley Petroleum

TGS-Nopec

MOL Norge

ONE-Dyas

Myklebust Verft

TTC Norge

Veolia Environmental

DNV GL

PGNiG Supply & Trading

BW Energy

Longboat Energy

LOTOS Exploration And Production Norge

Wintershall DEA Norge

DNO ASA

Suncor Energy Norge AS

Real estate Tier 1

The 'highly skilled experts' in Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' real estate department are praised for 'giving swift and timely feedback' during transactional and project-oriented instructions across Norway. Practice head Christopher Borch and managing associate Mette Borgen Fyksen are 'easy-going' and 'very skilled' operators, particularly on commercial deals; they recently assisted Bane NOR Eiendom with the sale of a new 11-storey office building in Drammen to DNB Markets for NOK740m. 'To-the-point' property development and lease specialist Christian Müller is also a significant name in the practice, with wider support from finance partners Even Bratsberg and Einar Grette.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Borch

Other key lawyers:

Christian Müller; Mette Borgen Fyksen; Even Bratsberg; Einar Grette

Testimonials

They are very good at putting together their teams, and at giving the younger associates responsibilities and making them visible.

They are always at the top of professional achievement, and give to-the-point advice, with exactly the amount of information needed as a client to comprehend the matter in question. They just know exactly how to present their advice on the matters in question.

What makes Christopher Borch and Mette Borgen Fyksen different from others, and what I very much value, is the combination of them being very skilled in terms of their profession, and their easy-going and agreeable personalities. They never try to show off in any way, but have full control of every aspect of the matter in question both in terms of facts and law. That is quite unique. It’s always a very good atmosphere at our meetings and I very much enjoy working with them.

Broad access to highly skilled experts in various areas and is able to combine this into one common team. Easy access to relevant and committed resources 24/7, giving swift and timely feedback.

Partner Einar Grette is a specialist in debt financing who has impressed in his knowledge and understanding in this field.

Highly qualified and covering all needs in real estate and construction.

Christian Müller, in particular, is very much to-the-point.

The lawyers are quickly on target. Seamless use of other branches in the law firm.

Key clients

Arctic Securities

Clarksons Platou Real Estate

Nordic Real Estate Partners

Norwegian Property

Aspelin Ramm Eiendom

Oslo Areal

Starwood Capital Group

Watrium Eiendom

Promenaden Property

Scandinavian Property Group

Angelo Gordon

Meyer Bergman

Realkapital Investor

Oslo Airport City

Storebrand Eiendom

Søylen Eiendom

Industrifinans Capital

Kruse Smith Eiendom

Bulk Industrier

Mustad Eiendom

Geilo Holding

Blackstone

Glastad Farsund and Fortus

Vika Project Finance

Carucel Eiendom

Canica Eiendom

Eiendomshuset Malling & Co/Malling & Co Eiendomsfond

Tellus Eiendom

Tristan Capital Partners

Scandinavian Development Constructive Development

Orkla Eiendom

Neptune Properties

Norgesgruppen

Bane NOR Eiendom

Avantor

Brødrene Jensen

Mont Investor

NRE Norway

HCH Eiendom

Njord Securities

Tax Tier 1

With ‘a very customer-oriented approach’ and ‘high competence’, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS acts for a range of major multinationals, private equity funds, venture capital clients and seed capital companies including Equinor, Telenor and Storebrand. Clients praise the group’s expertise in the energy and renewables sector; the team also handles tax litigation, transfer pricing issues, international taxes, fund mandates and estate work. Marius Holm Rynning heads up the practice and also leads the asset management team. Other key individuals include litigators Finn Backer-Grøndahl and Ståle R Kristiansen, international tax expert Espen Ommedal in Bergen, and indirect tax group head Bjørn Christian Lilletvedt Tovsen. Hanne Skaarberg Holen departed to EY Norway in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Marius Holm Rynning

Other key lawyers:

Finn Backer-Grøndahl; Ståle R Kristiansen; Espen Ommedal; Bjørn Christian Lilletvedt Tovsen

Testimonials

‘High competence in relevant subjects. High integrity.’

‘Very high integrity and as a client I feel that the lawyers are taking care of my interests.’

‘Bjørn Christian Lilletvedt Tovsen is a well experienced Lawyer who is proactive and solution-oriented and is pleasant to work with.’

‘The Tax team is very customer-oriented and has a high level of customer care in their activities.’

‘Finn Backer-Grøndahl is very qualified, has an engagement and passion for tax law with trustworthy advice. He is also a very good trial lawyer.’

‘Bjørn Christian Lilletvedt Tovsen – calm and professional approach. Pleasant personality to work with.’

‘The strengths of the tax team is that they have knowledge on both tax law and the renewable energy business.’

‘They are very good lawyers with knowledge and skills within tax law. They are easy to talk with which we believe improve the advice and services.’

Key clients

Gasum

Equinor

Statkraft

Telenor ASA

TGS NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA

Alcoa

Storebrand

Skatteklagenemnda (the Tax Appeal Board)

Odfjell SE

Sølvtrans AS

Intership AS

Westfal Larsen AS/ Masterbulk Pte Ltd.

Knutsen NYK Offshore Partners LP

TMT Tier 1

With one of the strongest TMT practices in the market, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is recognised for handling high-profile IT sourcing projects, especially for major private sector companies - a key area of work for Espen Werring. Other notable areas of strength include GDPR and data protection mandates, fintech and insuretech issues, transactional work, major M&A deals and disputes. The department is also experienced in acting for major clients in the media and telecoms industries. Team head Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen combines his IT expertise with regular work in M&A transactions for TMT clients.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen

Other key lawyers:

Espen Werring; Camilla Vislie

Testimonials

‘Strategic partner, always delivers quality, on time, highly competent lawyers.’

‘Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS delivers high standard and timely TMT advice. The team’s strengths are inter alia working in small teams with cost-effective deliveries.’

‘Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen – commercially oriented in his advice and approach to the legal questions.’

‘I find Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen and his team to provide a truly outstanding service. Always very responsive and providing business-oriented advice with innovative solutions. They have a deep understanding of the tech industry and current developments in the sectors.’

‘I want to call out Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen specifically – though the entire team I work with is great. He is always responsive and a good discussion partner on a range of topics, and is good at organising his team to ensure the right competencies and timely responses. The advice is business-oriented and provided in a digestible and actionable manner to the business.’

‘Easy to work with. Knowledgeable. Solution oriented. Able to defend a position.’

‘Espen Werring is outstanding.’

‘Good people skills. Able to discuss business without escalating issues. Brings discussions forward.’

‘The team combines strong legal expertise with excellent technical and commercial understanding. This allows them to provide legal advice that is practical and business-oriented. The team members are curious, creative and eager to expand their capabilities beyond the classic lawyer role. They understand that legal advisers need to be cross-functional team players and are good at developing new professional networks in the industries they advise.’

‘Partner Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen: Personable, committed, creative and curious, not afraid to speak his mind and able to break complex problems into resolvable tasks. Excellent technical understanding (data, cyber).’

‘Exceptional competency in IT, technology and outsourcing deals and contracts.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation (including its Norwegian subsidiary, Microsoft Norge AS)

Samsung Electronics AB

Otovo AS

Autostore AS

Elvia AS

Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA

BW LPG

Kahoot! AS

Yara International

Lyse Energi AS including its subsidiaries Altibox and Smartly

NHST Media Group AS (Dagens Næringsliv)

Zalaris ASA

Storebrand

NomVec AS

Circle K Norge

Fortum

Osprey Solutions

Construction Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is recognised for its focus on development and construction projects in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. The renewables industry is a particular area of expertise, with recent projects involving hydropower plants, wind farms and interconnectors. The team is led by Jacob F Bull, who focuses on offshore and onshore construction matters, and includes litigator and senior associate Alexander Stulien, who also handles supply contracts including wind turbine and rolling stock contracts. Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik was promoted to partner in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jacob F Bull

Other key lawyers:

Bendik Christoffersen; Svein Aage Valen; Alexander Stulien; Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik

Testimonials

‘Swift response time. Legal knowledge and constructive advice with a solution-oriented mindset. Practical construction experience.’

‘Jacob Bull is very experienced, fast, creative and a very good man to have on your side of the table.’

‘Jacob Bull has an exceptional insight in, and is able to combine, the commercial and technical issues of complex construction contracts. He is highly skilled in identifying and focusing on the core issues that really matter.’

‘Senior associate Alexander Stulien grasps the practical and technical issues in construction work without difficulty, adding value to his legal advice.’

‘Deep knowledge and experience of the wind industry.’

Key clients

NorthConnect KS

Zephyr AS

Lyse Produksjon AS

Midtfjellet Vindpark AS.

Bremangerlandet Vindpark AS

Lutelandet Energipark AS

Odal Vindkraftverk AS/Akershus Energi Vind AS

Elektrizitätswerk Stadt Zürich (EWZ)

Eidsiva Energi AS

Elvia AS

Sira-Kvina Kraftselskap DA

Watrium Eiendom AS

Yara International ASA

Hordaland Fylkeskommune

SEB

Universitetet i Bergen

K21 Holding AS

Neptune Properties AS

Mustad Eiendom AS

Statens Vegvesen (Norwegian Public Road Authorities)

Agder OPS Vegselskap AS

Arbaflame AS

Austri Vind

Vardar

Engie/Tonstad Vindpark AS

Jølstra Kraft DA

Westcon Yards AS

Haram Kraft AS

Alf Brekken og Sønner AS

Green Investment Group

Thommessen is one of Norway’s leading commercial law firms, with offices in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and London. Since our foundation in 1856, we have been closely involved in most of the defining developments in Norwegian business. Our clients are Norwegian and international businesses, in both the private and public sector.

At Thommessen, we enable our clients to achieve their objectives by understanding their challenges and opportunities. Our advice is clear, well-founded and practically oriented, and is premised on in-depth understanding of the factors affecting the interests of our clients, whether commercial, technological, societal, political or global.

Earning trust
Our business is built on trust. We repay that trust by how we relate to each other, our clients, our business partners and other parties. In a rapidly changing world, we are focused on understanding our clients and tailoring our services to their needs. We earn trust.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Sverre Tyrhaug sty@thommessen.no +4723111330
Asset Management Marius Holm Rynning mhr@thommessen.no +4723111387
Banking and financing Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl eth@thommessen.no +4723111329
Compliance and investigations Hugo-A. B. Munthe-Kaas huk@thommessen.no +4723111127
Construction Jacob F Bull jbu@thommessen.no +4723111156
Data protection and cyber security Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen csc@thommessen.no +4723111141
Debt capital markets Einar Grette eig@thommessen.no +4723111220
Dispute resolution Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik khb@thommessen.no +4723111035
Employment Stein Kimsås-Otterbech sto@thommessen.no +4723111174
Equity capital markets Solveig F Bugge sbu@thommessen.no +4723111199
EU/EEA and competition Siri Teigum ste@thommessen.no +4723111121
Financial regulation Tore Mydske tmy@thommessen.no +4723111252
FinTech Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen csc@thommessen.no +4723111141
Fishery and aquaculture Mons Alfred Paulsen mpa@thommessen.no +4755306142
Insolvency and restructuring Kristoffer Hegdahl keg@thommessen.no +4723111308
Insurance Andreas Meidell ame@thommessen.no +4723111304
Intellectual property and marketing law Camilla Vislie cav@thommessen.no +4723111178
Life sciences and health care Magnus Hauge Greaker mag@thommessen.no +4723111147
M&A Christian Grüner Sagstad cgs@thommessen.no +4723111328
Oil and gas Christian Hals chh@thommessen.no +4723111096
Oil service Pål Lieungh pli@thommessen.no +4723111112
Private equity Christian Grüner Sagstad cgs@thommessen.no +4723111328
PropTech Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen csc@thommessen.no +4723111141
Public Procurement Eivind J Vesterkjær eve@thommessen.no +4723111123
Real estate Christian Müller cmu@thommessen.no +4723111101
Renewable energy and infrastructure Jens Naas-Bibow jbi@thommessen.no +4723111362
Retail Eivind J Vesterkjær eve@thommessen.no +4723111123
Shipping Mads Haavardsholm mha@thommessen.no +4723111242
Sustainability and climate risk Tore Mydske tmy@thommessen.no +4723111252
Tax and duties Finn Backer-Grøndahl fba@thommessen.no +4723111103
Technology and digitalisation Espen A Werring eaw@thommessen.no +4723111493
Venture capital Ylva B. Gjesdahl Petersen ybg@thommessen.no +4723111105
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Hans Cappelen Arnesen  photo Mr Hans Cappelen Arnesen Mr Hans Cappelen Arnesen (“Hasse”) works primarily with matters concerning M&A, offerings…
 Anders Arnkværn  photo Anders Arnkværn Partner. Mr Anders Arnkværn has long experience within the areas of M&A…
Mr Ervin Auren  photo Mr Ervin Auren Partner. Mr Ervin Auren works primarly with mergers, acquisitions and capital market…
 Finn Backer-Grøndahl  photo Finn Backer-Grøndahl Partner. Mr Finn Backer-Grøndahl works with both national and international tax law…
Mr Baard Bale  photo Mr Baard Bale Partner. Mr Baard Bale focuses on, and has significant experience with, equity…
Mr Stig Berge  photo Mr Stig Berge Partner. Mr Stig Berge is one of Norway’s leading lawyers within corporate…
Mr Christopher Borch  photo Mr Christopher Borch Partner. Mr Chris Borch mainly works with purchase and sale, development, leasing,…
Mr Even Bratsberg  photo Mr Even Bratsberg Partner. Mr Even Bratsberg has twenty years of experience as lawyer in…
Mrs Solveig Fagerheim Bugge  photo Mrs Solveig Fagerheim Bugge Partner. Mrs Solveig Fagerheim Bugge has extensive experience with M&A and capital…
Mr Jacob F Bull  photo Mr Jacob F Bull Mr Bull’s work mainly relates to offshore and onshore construction projects within…
Mr Bendik Christoffersen  photo Mr Bendik Christoffersen Mr Christoffersen works with matters concerning renewable energy and focuses on concession…
Mr Tron Dalheim  photo Mr Tron Dalheim Tron is a recognized employment law adviser to Norwegian and international companies.…
Mrs Ylva Gjesdahl Petersen  photo Mrs Ylva Gjesdahl Petersen Ylva works with equity capital market transactions and M&A across various industries,…
Mr Einar Grette  photo Mr Einar Grette Mr Einar Grette’s practice focuses on financing and restructuring in the bank-…
Mr Mads Haavardsholm  photo Mr Mads Haavardsholm Mr Haavardsholm works primarily with contract negotiations and transactions towards clients in…
Mr Henrik Hagberg  photo Mr Henrik Hagberg Partner. Mr Henrik Hagberg has broad experience from working with both contentious…
Mr Christian Hals  photo Mr Christian Hals Partner. Christian works primarily with M&A and securities law within the oil…
Mr Henning Harborg  photo Mr Henning Harborg Mr Harborg assists clients from a wide range of business areas with…
Mr Magnus Hauge Greaker  photo Mr Magnus Hauge Greaker Partner Magnus mainly works with patent, trademark and trade secrets litigation, for…
Mr Hans Haugstad  photo Mr Hans Haugstad Mr Hans Haugstad predominantly works with financing transactions and assists both banks/financial…
Mr Kristoffer Hegdahl  photo Mr Kristoffer Hegdahl Partner. Kristoffer has extensive experience from domestic and cross-border financing transactions, acting…
Mrs Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl  photo Mrs Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl Partner. Mrs Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl has extensive experience with financing. She assists…
 Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik  photo Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik Partner. Kristine mainly works with dispute resolution with a particular focus on…
Mrs Heidi Jorkjend  photo Mrs Heidi Jorkjend Partner Heidi works with competition law and marketing law. She has broad…
 Stein Kimsås-Otterbech  photo Stein Kimsås-Otterbech Mr Stein Kimsås-Otterbech has extensive experience with matters concerning employment law and…
 Ståle R Kristiansen  photo Ståle R Kristiansen Mr Kristiansen advises several major Norwegian and foreign companies in connection with…
 Pål Lieungh  photo Pål Lieungh Mr Lieungh has many years of experience as legal advisor within the…
 Bjørn Christian Lilletvedt Tovsen  photo Bjørn Christian Lilletvedt Tovsen 2018-current Partner, Oslo office, Thommessen; 2015-2017 Managing Associate, Oslo office, Thommessen; 2012-2014 Senior…
 Christian Müller  photo Christian Müller Mr Müller has been involved in a large number of the most…
 Halvor Mansåker  photo Halvor Mansåker Mr Mansåker works primarily with debt capital market transactions, assisting both managers…
Mr Gunnar Martinsen  photo Mr Gunnar Martinsen A significant part of Mr Martinsen’s work is related to the conditions…
Mr Andreas Meidell  photo Mr Andreas Meidell Mr Meidell works mainly on commercial insurance claims and coverage issues, such…
 Øyvind Mork Karlsen  photo Øyvind Mork Karlsen Partner Øyvind has long experience within Mergers & Acquisitions, and acts for…
Mr Tore Mydske  photo Mr Tore Mydske Mr Mydske advises financial companies with what is considered as regulated activity…
Mr Reidar Myhre  photo Mr Reidar Myhre Associate Partner. In recent years, Mr Myhre has been involved in several…
Mrs Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen  photo Mrs Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen Managing Associate Ingrid Cathrine advises both Norwegian and international clients within all…
 Lars Eirik Gåseide Røsås  photo Lars Eirik Gåseide Røsås Partner. Mr Lars Eirik Gåseide Røsås advises a number of listed companies…
Mr Eirik W Raanes  photo Mr Eirik W Raanes Mr Raanes works primarily with dispute resolution within contract law, construction law,…
Mr Marius Holm Rynning  photo Mr Marius Holm Rynning Partner. Mr Marius Holm Rynning primarily works with tax law and corporate…
 Eivind Sæveraas  photo Eivind Sæveraas Associate Partner. Mr Sæveraas is primarily recognised for his work on several…
 Christian Grüner Sagstad  photo Christian Grüner Sagstad Head of M&A and Corporate law department, Partner. Mr Christian Grüner Sagstad,…
Mr Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen  photo Mr Christopher Sparre-Enger Clausen Partner. Christopher heads Thommessen’s Technology and Data Protection practice group and specialises…
Mrs Siri Teigum  photo Mrs Siri Teigum Mrs Teigum acts as an advisor and litigator in procurement matters, and…
Mr Sverre Tyrhaug  photo Mr Sverre Tyrhaug Managing Partner. Mr Sverre Tyrhaug has advised on a number of share…
 Eivind J Vesterkjær  photo Eivind J Vesterkjær Mr Vesterkjær’s practice focuses on matters relating to competition law, public procurement…
 Olav Vikøren  photo Olav Vikøren Mr Vikøren has extensive experience assisting a wide range of players in…
Mrs Camilla Vislie photo Mrs Camilla Vislie Mrs Vislie heads Thommessen’s IP and Technology practice. She works mainly with…
Mr Espen Werring  photo Mr Espen Werring Espen is a trusted adviser to organizations developing and implementing their mission-critical…
Number of lawyers : 195
at this office : 160
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Contact : Sverre Tyrhaug, managing partner (sty@thommessen.no)
Other offices : Bergen
Other offices : Stavanger
Other offices : London

INTERNATIONAL APPROACH 

A large and ever-expanding share of our activities are international in nature. We represent non-Norwegian businesses in Norway, as well as Norwegian businesses internationally, and have acted in some of the largest cross-border matters into and out of Norway in recent years. We have an office in London and an extensive network of international partners. 

THE TEAM 

Our lawyers have extensive international experience. This stems not only from the many international and cross-border matters that we handle, including litigation before international, courts, but also from work, secondment and studying abroad. 

Our experience and recognition enables us to work well with different international players. We are familiar with cultural diversities and standards, hence we are able to find the best solutions for our clients, also abroad. Thus, we are well placed to seamlessly obtain legal advice from foreign counsel in multi-jurisdictional projects or incidents. 

LONDON OFFICE 

Thommessen’s London office is headed by Resident Partner Lars Eirik Gåseide Røsås, and has served as an important international market gateway for more than three decades. A large portion of our lawyers have been on secondments at our London office to gain international experience. 

Our London team have comprehensive experience in cross-border transactions, and Thommessen’s lawyers have argued numerous cases before international courts and tribunals. 

NETWORK 

We are the Norwegian member of Lex Mundi; the world’s leading network of independent law firms. Membership provides valuable cross-border knowledge sharing, as well as direct access to leading law firms worldwide – for both us and our clients. 

We also have an extensive non-exclusive personal network enabling us to use other partners depending on the case at hand and the requirements of our clients.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS 

Thommessen is perhaps best known for its handling of large and complex public and private M&A work and capital market transactions, involving multiple jurisdictions and often in combination with equity issues and debt financing of the transaction. 


Diversity Statement
Diversity and inclusion is a strategic priority for Thommessen. We are a company based on knowledge and expertise, where the most valuable asset is our employees. We acknowledge that there is room for improvement within diversity, and have therefore during the last seven years introduced a number of initiatives to increase diversity, some of which are described here.

We strive to be an attractive workplace and employer for everyone, regardless of gender, age, background, ethnicity, religion, physical capacity and sexuality. In our view, it is all about fostering an engaging teamwork culture where everyone feels included and valued.

At Thommessen, we have also recognized the importance of unconscious discrimination (bias). We have, among other things, structured the recruitment process and developed a recruitment tool together with an assessment and talent measurement company where we evaluate candidates against predefined characteristics identified through various personality and ability tests. Through this process, we reduce unconscious discrimination in the recruitment and selection process.

We have established a designated Women’s Committee, which supports the management in its efforts to improve our gender balance and increase retention of female lawyers. The Committee is also charged with facilitating female staff bonding by holding monthly lunches and other professional and social events.

In the current strategy period, we have chosen to continue to prioritize gender balance and multicultural diversity. Our strategy includes specific targets for increasing the proportion of women among our senior attorneys and partners in addition to employees with a minority background. In order to reach these targets, we have introduced a number of measures in relation to recruitment, management training, flexibility for staff with small children, etc.

At Thommessen, we believe that diversity and inclusion is best achieved through the day to day work, i.e. through the execution of the projects with our clients. We see that employees who experience that they gain knowledge, master their tasks and contribute in a meaningful way, tend to engage more, stay on longer and perform better, which again benefits the project. This is why we generally have a strong focus on building an open and including team culture.

Sponsorships and collaborations
At Thommessen, we seek, together with our clients, to shape the business sector of the future and to safeguard corporate values and the rule of law. Our social involvement is not only reflected in the work we do, but also through the NGOs we support. We support several ambitious CSR and pro bono initiatives. Knowledge is our key resource, and represents our main contribution to enabling NGOs to pursue their mission under optimum conditions.

I relations to our work with social diversity, we support several NGO’s and initiatives including:

  • The Norwegian Women’s Football Association
    From January 2020 Thommessen is official partner of the Norwegian Women’s Football Association. We want to take part in developing Norwegian women’s football, especially linked to increased professionalization and competence enhancement. At Thommessen we are committed to highlighting female talents – both in the legal profession and in football. The agreement allows the Norwegian Women’s Football Association to access a learning tool for football players based on VR technology, provided by Be Your Best.
  • #ShesGotThis / Equality Check
    #ShesGotThis is an organisation addressing gender stereotypes and unconscious bias. Thommessen is one of its founding partners, and we have assisted #ShesGotThis in a range of legal issues in its start-up phase. The organisation also serves as a key advisor in our efforts to increase our proportion of female managing associates and partners. The founders have also launched Equality Check, a community-based platform where employees can leave anonymous reviews about equal opportunity, company culture, work/life balance and the management’s commitment to diversity. Thommessen encourages all employees to leave their assessment of Thommessen.
  • Big Enough Global
    We are main partner with Big Enough Global (BEG). A youth organization that will work to create solutions within the UN’s sustainability goals, and which, among other things, works to promote the importance of multicultural diversity in the workplace, which is a strategic focus area for Thommessen.