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Christian Hals

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Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Work Department

M&A and Corporate law; Capital Markets; Oil and Gas


Partner. Christian works primarily with M&A and securities law within the oil and gas segment. He has broad experience with M&A and equity capital market transactions, and has inter alia assisted several issuers in connection with listings on the Oslo Stock Exchange.


2018-current Partner, Oslo office, Thommessen; 2015-2017 Managing associate, Oslo office, Thommessen; 2013–2015 Senior associate, Oslo office, Thommessen; 2013 Admitted to the bar; 2009–2012 Associate, Oslo office, Thommessen.




Norwegian Bar Association


2009–2009 LLM, Bond University, Australia; 2005–2009 Master of Laws, University of Oslo


Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†provides 'excellent support' to its clients and has 'a solid mix of commercial understanding and legal knowledge combined with an efficient and proactive approach' thanks to 'a solution-oriented and client-centric team' jointly led by¬†Ervin Auren¬†and¬†Solveig Fagerheim Bugge. Clients also praise the highly regarded¬†Anders Arnkv√¶rn, who 'stands out for his outstanding knowledge and understanding of his clients'; newly promoted partner¬†Christian Hals¬†and ECM lawyer¬†Hans Cappelen Arnesen. Arnesen recently advised Elkem on its IPO on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Arnkv√¶rn and Bugge assisted Shelf Drilling with its IPO, and¬†Einar Grette¬†acted for DNB Bank, DNB Markets and Nordic Trustee on Chembulk Holdings' ‚ā¨250m bond issuance.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

As a key name in the market for cross-border transactions,¬†Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†acts for a high-profile client roster including DNB, Altor Equity Partners and Storebrand. In a recent highlight, the well-regarded¬†Anders Arnkv√¶rn¬†advised SafeRoad Holding and Nordic Capital on FSN Capital's NOK2bn acquisition of SafeRoad; other mandates include¬†Hans Cappelen Arnesen¬†assisting Hellman & Friedman with its recommended cash offer for payment service provider Nets, Christian Gr√ľner Sagstad¬†(the head of department) handling Triton Partners' acquisition of a majority stake in Glamox, and¬†Ervin Auren¬†advising Alimentation Couche-Tard on the divestment of its marine fuel business through the sale of Statoil Fuel and Retail Marine to St1 Norge.¬†Baard Bale,¬†Stig Berge¬†and¬†Solveig Fagerheim Bugge¬†are also key names to note.¬†Christian Hals¬†and¬†Rune Ulriksen Steinsland¬†made partner in 2018.

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Oil and gas

Within: Next generation lawyers

Christian Hals - Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Within: Oil and gas

At¬†Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, newly promoted partner¬†Christian Hals¬†leads the oil and gas team and¬†P√•l Lieungh¬†heads the oil services group; Hals recently advised Ineos on its acquisition of Dong E&P and Lieungh assisted Island Offshore Shipbuilding with the restructuring of its debt relating to a 30-vessel operation. Other mandates include acting for PGNiG on its acquisition of licence interests in the Fogelberg field and handing Seadrill's restructuring. BP International, Equinor, Kongsberg Gruppen, Faroe Petroleum and Transocean are also clients.¬†Jacob F Bull¬†focuses on construction projects,¬†Mads Haavardsholm¬†advises clients in the oil services sector and¬†St√•le R Kristiansen¬†handles tax work.¬†Rune Ulriksen Steinsland¬†made partner in 2018 and managing associate¬†Kristine Hyldmo Bj√łrnvik¬†joined from¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†in 2019. Rune Solberg retired and Asle Bjelland is now a judge.

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Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

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