Firm Profile > Wiersholm > Oslo, Norway

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Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

Wiersholm’s roster of Norwegian and international banking institution clients leverage the firm’s expertise across the full spectrum of finance work, which is notably strong in project financing work, shipping finance mandates and issues in the energy, offshore and real estate sectors. Practice co-heads Kaare P Sverdrup and Kristine Hasle Øverby specialise in project and acquisition financing work, and ship finance matters, respectively. The group’s debt financing experience was also expanded following the recruitment of Atle Gabrielsen from Arntzen de Besche in early 2019, and managing associate Petter Thomren Moltu focuses on project financing, acquisition financing and exploration and production financing work.

Key clients

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Handelsbanken, Norwegian Branch of Svenska Handelsbanken AB

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA


Nordea Bank Abp


Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA


Capital markets Tier 1

Wiersholm is a key contact for investment banks and issuers at a national and international level and regularly handles IPOs, debt and equity offerings; the group is also experienced in derivatives, structured products and regulatory mandates. The team has recently been active in the IPO space; it was involved in the IPO of Ultimovacs and was issuer counsel for the listing of Adevinta on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Sverre Sandvik and Tone Østensen jointly lead the department, which also includes Simen Mejlænder, who ‘provides good and practical advice’, and managing associate Anne Lise E. Gryte.


Strong team with updated and extensive experience. More teamwork than individuals.’

Strong experience and good advice, with a solution-oriented and flexible approach.’

On par with other tier one law firms in Norway.’

We have worked with partner Simen Mejlænder. Very available and responsive. Provides good and practical advice. Shows good understanding of our industry and deep knowledge in the fields of law.

Key clients

ABG Sundal Collier

DNB Markets


Nordea Markets

Arcitc Securities

Danske Bank

Norske Skog ASA

Mowi ASA

Nordic Nanovector ASA

Sparebank 1 Markets AS

Fearnley Securities


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘highly accessible and commercial’ department at Wiersholm handles some of the markets top M&A and private equity work and regularly advises on international deals at a Nordic and global level. The team is led by Harald Hellebust, and also counts transactional specialist Jarle Kvam, cross-border focused Ståle Gjengset and Kai Thøgersen, who focuses on the technology and telecoms sectors, as key practitioners. Clients also praise Andreas Mellbye, Sverre Sandvik and Gunhild Dugstad. Erik Thyness is now a Supreme Court judge.


The team is highly accessible and commercial in the way it thinks.

They are highly available at any time and, in addition to being the very best in their field legally, they have good knowledge of our business.

Key clients

Altor Equity Partners

Longship AS

EQT Equity Partners

Herkules Capital AS (Herkules Private Equity Fund)

IK Investment Partners

Summa Equity

Kverva/Kverva Management

Orkla ASA


Via Equity

Nordic Capital

Equinor ASA

Construction Tier 1

Focusing on construction projects, Wiersholm’s ‘service-minded’ department also leverages the firm’s strength in litigation and procurement mandates to handle matters which connect these areas of expertise; the team recently represented Skanska Norge in a damages claim for loss of profit against Bane Nor following breaches of the procurement rules relating to a major railway contract. Ronny Lund leads the practice, which also fields group co-head Sondre Dyrland, who advises on petroleum exploration and production mandates; Helge Morten Svarva, who focuses on the energy and real estate sectors; and procurement expert Morten Goller. Hans Augun Parmann is also recommended for contentious work.


This practice offers a variety of competencies in all fields we need to get support to our company. They are service minded and offer transparency in how they execute their work.

The associates stand out in their field, always giving honest advice, working efficiently and also keeping us updated on their progress.

Key clients

Equinor ASA


AF Gruppen AS

Veidekke ASA

Skanska Norge AS

Multiconsult ASA

Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)

Thales Norway AS

Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS

Johs. Granås AS

BMO Entreprenør AS

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Wiersholm ‘offers exceptional expertise and insight into litigation and dispute resolution’ and ‘combines excellent legal knowledge and an ability to understand the facts with an ability to communicate complicated issues in an understandable way’. The practice has notably broad expertise in contentious work and also has substantial international experience in litigation and arbitration. Team leader Ronny Lund is singled out for his construction expertise, while co-heads Christian Hauge and Olav Fr Perland focus on shipping and financial litigation respectively. Managing partner Morten Goller, competition and public law expert Stephan L Jervell, and IP and TMT specialist Magnus Hellesylt are also key names to note.


One of the best law firms you can engage. Wiersholm offers exceptional expertise and insight into litigation and dispute resolution. Advice given is always sharp, to the point, relevant and contains strategic angles. Clearly Tier 1 firm to work with.’

Good team spirit and well coordinated.

The team has the ability to combine excellent legal knowledge and “understanding the facts” while still managing to communicate complicated issues in an understandable way with their clients.

Partners are hardworking, dedicated, reliable and the utmost professionals. Communication is clear and concise.

Olav Perland is at the top of his game. Magnus Snellingen is a star in the making.

Key clients

Equinor ASA

Deutsche Bank AG


International Business Machines AS (IBM)

Sparebank 1

AIG Europe Limited

AF Gruppen ASA

Skanska Norge AS


Danske Bank AS

Coop Norge SA

Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS (NTE)

Veidekke ASA


Yara International ASA

Bertel O. Steen AS


BMO Entreprenør AS and BMO Tunnelsikring AS

Kistefos AS and owner Christen Sveaas

Multiconsult ASA

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

Wiersholm advises renewable energy operators on the full range of issues encompassing regulatory matters, transactional work, power purchase agreements, financing mandates, project developments and litigation. The practice’s client roster include domestic and international clients with notable examples including Statnett, Statkraft and TrønderEnergi. Inge Ekker Bartnes and Jon Rabben jointly lead the group and are recommended for regulatory, contractual and corporate work; Kristine Hasle Øverby also handles transactional work and renewable project finance issues. Odd-Harald Berg Wasenden joined Arntzen de Besche in 2020.


Inge Bartnes has great market knowledge and experience combined with a very commercial approach to transactions.

A wide competence within the energy sector.’

Inge Ekker Bartnes is a highly qualified lawyer in the energy field and has exceptional availability and client engagement.

Key clients

Statnett SF

Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS

Statkraft SF

The Hafslund Group

TrønderEnergi AS

Istad AS

SL Capital Partners LLP/ Standard Life Investments

Infranode AB

Ringeriks-Kraft AS

Impax Asset Management (AIFM) Ltd.

Dalane Energi / Dalane Kraft AS

Employment Tier 1

Regularly handling complex employment matters, Wiersholm fields ‘a powerhouse employment team’, which ‘consistently provides high-quality advice and first-class service’. The practice is particularly praised for its contentious work and recently represented Lorentzen & Stemoco in a lawsuit relating to a substantial claim for bonus payment by a former employee. Key individuals in the group include litigator Jan Fougner, Eli Aasheim, who is ‘an outstanding partner’; Christel Søreide, who is ‘bright, clever and client focused’, and newly promoted partner and compliance specialist Georg Abusdal Engebretsen.


Wiersholm always have a short response time. Their feedback and advice is to the point and I trust them. They have the ability to explain and give advice in an understandable way. I have used Wiersholm in several different cases and I always feel that they have enough knowledge or will ask someone else in the office with enough knowledge.’

The powerhouse employment team at Wiersholm consistently provides high-quality advice and first-class service. Even with an hourly rate at the upper end, we find this team delivering the best value legal advice we find in Norway. The team, and especially partner Christel Søreide, has provided our business with input and guidance beyond our expectations.

The employment law team in Wiersholm are exceptional both when it comes to quality of the legal advice they provide, and with regards to efficiency and its pragmatic approach.

The team is just fantastic and the collaboration between in-house peers functions seamlessly.’

Bright, clever and client-focused Christel Søreide is our go-to partner. Highly inventive and responsive and always on top of her game. She is thorough and very pleasant to work with. Always delivers on time, with a unique understanding of our business and our needs. Great ability to delegate the legal work within the team so that our needs are met efficiently and cost-effectively – but always to the highest standard. We would not exchange her for anyone.

Eli Aasheim is just outstanding. Both her and her diligent and skilful team can be trusted any time with all kinds of matters.

Key clients

Aller Media AS



Schibsted ASA


Fellesordningen for avtalefestet pensjon

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.




EU and competition Tier 1

Håkon Cosma Størdal leads the competition and antitrust practice at Wiersholm, which focuses on four distinct areas of competition law – M&A, antitrust matters, state aid work and EU and EEA law. The firm’s antitrust team is regularly involved in antitrust investigations, cartel work and abuse of dominance matters, while the state aid group specialises in the energy, transport, technology and media sectors. Other key individuals in the department include Stephan L Jervell, who handles competition law work, state aid issues and litigation; procurement and state aid expert Morten Goller and Thomas Naalsund, who is a key contact for energy sector mandates.

Key clients

Altor Funds

BankID Norge AS


Coop Norge SA

Felleskjøpet SA

Hurtigruten ASA/ Hurtigruten AS

IK Investment Partners


Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Schibsted ASA

Telenor Norge AS

Veidekke ASA/Seby AS


Marine Harvest ASA/Mowi ASA

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA

Kistefos AS

Visma AS

Hafslund ASA

Statnett SF

Sector Alarm Holding AS


The Norwegian Heart and Lung Patient Organisation (LHL)


Santander Consumer Bank

SB1 Markets


Netfonds Holding

Summa Equity

Insurance Tier 1

At Wiersholm, the team acts for policyholders and insurers on a range of marine, D&O, professional indemnity and regulatory mandates and is regularly instructed on pure insurance disputes. Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen heads up the practice, and Erik Blaker leads the marine insurance group; Blaker’s expertise encompasses wet shipping work, arrest issues, salvage claims and collision matters. Other key practitioners include Kjersti Trøbråten, who is a regulatory expert, and litigator Olav Perland.


Wiersholm’s team has a strong regulatory and practical understanding of the insurance sector that is essential for ensuring swift and relevant advice. They are recommendable for both sparring and on day-to-day matters as well as for handling complex issues.

Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen is highly competent and quick to see the relevant questions at hand from both an insurance regulatory and insurance contractual perspective. He has good insight into the industry and a clear understanding of how it operates.

Key clients

AIG Europe S.A

AIG Europe UK Limited


C.J. Coleman

Danske Bank

Codan Forsikring NUF

Allianz Corporate & Specialty

AXA XL Insurance SE

QBE Europe SA/NV

W. R. Berkley Insurance Nordic NUF

Intellectual property Tier 1

At Wiersholm, the practice focuses on IP rich industries with substantial expertise in the media, retail and technology sectors; the group's client roster includes Monster, Visma and Orkla. The team is also a key name for IP matters relating to the digital arena and sports rights, and also handles copyright, patent, trade secret and trade mark litigation. Hans Erik Johnsen is singled out for his broadcasting, media and sport expertise; and Rune Opdahl focuses on the media, technology, pharmaceuticals and offshore industries. The practice also fields Magnus Hellesylt, who handles IP litigation, and Kai Thøgersen, who focuses on corporate work.


The team had an efficient approach. They distributed the different areas of the case to the individuals with special expertise in the actual question. They gave specific and clear advice during the process.

The individuals we worked with had the ability to understand the scope of the issue very quickly. They were interested and showed a lot of engagement in the cases.

Key clients

Visma AS

Monster AS

Schibsted ASA

Altibox AS

Mills AS

Gyldendal ASA

Nordic Nanovector ASA

Gresvig AS

Aller Media Group

Orkla ASA

Novamedia Norsk Postkodelotteri AS

Helly Hansen AS

Maritime law Tier 1

Wiersholm’s shipping expertise spans transactional, finance and litigation work including vessel sales and purchases, new-build projects, marine insurance law, ship finance issues and offshore shipping restructuring and insolvency work. Practice co-heads Karl Even Rygh and Kristine Hasle Øverby specialise in transactional work and ship finance matters respectively; Rygh is also experienced in new-build and conversion projects and sale leaseback issues, and Øverby also acts on offshore-related restructurings. Christian Hauge is the key name for litigation, Erik Blaker leads the marine insurance, arrest, salvage and collision expertise; and Atle Gabrielsen, who joined from Arntzen de Besche in 2019, handles financing mandates.

Key clients

Hurtigruten AS

Siem Industries

Ship Finance International Limited


Golden Ocean Group Limited

Frontline Limited

Archer Limited

Avance Gas Holding Ltd.

Ocean Rig UDW Ltd

Viking Supply Ships


MPC Container Ships ASA

NYK Lines

Western Bulk Chartering AS

Polarcus Limited

Sinoceanic Shipping AS

Arendals Dampskibsselskab AS (ADS)

Maersk Supply Service

ADS Crude Carriers PLC

OSM Maritime Group

Flex LNG Ltd

DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS)

Østensjø Rederi



Oil and gas Tier 1

Sondre Dyrland heads up the practice at Wiersholm, which acts for a high-profile client roster including Equinor, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia, VNG and Eni. The group also recently advised Eni on the merger of Eni Norge and Point Resources to create upstream exploration and production company Vår Energi. The practice is also experienced in transactional work, litigation, regulatory mandates and operational issues and is regularly involved in complex matters on the Norwegian continental shelf. Jon Rabben counts Norwegian and international energy sector companies as clients, Thomas Naalsund and newly promoted partner Hans Augun Parmann focus on contentious work, and Kristian M. Lind handles transactional work.


Good knowledge and understanding of the oil and gas industry and strong strategic capabilities. Very likeable individuals.’

Thomas Naalsund is a pleasure to work with. Strong strategic capabilities and an excellent litigator with a very pleasant appearance in negotiations and in court.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA

Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)

ConocoPhilips Skandinavia AS

Eni S.p.A


Spirit Energy Ltd.


CapeOmega AS


Bangchak Corporation PCL

North Sea Infrastructure AS/PKA AIP A/S

CHC Helikopter Service AS

ABB Group Ltd

Public procurement Tier 1

Wiersholm fields a 'strong team' of highly regarded practitioners including managing partner and ‘undisputed leader in the procurement spaceMorten GollerStephan Jervell, energy sector specialist Thomas Naalsund and senior associate Oda Hellenes Ekre, who focuses on actions against public authorities and ‘stands out for her practical advice’. The group primarily acts for suppliers with clients including BMO Elektro, Hurtigruten, Veidekke and Skanska Norge. On the procuring authority side, the team recently assisted the Ministry of Industry and Petroleum with its first full-scale carbon capture storage project in Norway.


Morten Goller is an undisputed leader in the procurement space.

Stephan Jervell and Oda Hellenes Ekre show good team spirit, and are well co-ordinated.

Wiersholm has a strong team, and always responds quickly and to the point to our inquiries.

Good knowledge of the business and procurement law in general. Practical approach. Good in court.

Oda Ekre stands out, together with Morten Goller. Ekre works efficiently, gives practical advice and is an excellent discussion partner in difficult matters, who understands the client’s needs.

Key clients

Hurtigruten ASA/ Hurtigruten AS

The Ministry of Industry and Petroleum (MPE)

BMO Electro AS / BMO Entreprenør AS

Veidekke Entreprenør AS

Skanska Norge AS

Entur AS

Boreal Norge AS

Den Norske Opera og Ballett

Torghatten ASA

Statnett SF


Real estate Tier 1

Tom Rune Lian and Ståle Meleng jointly lead the department at Wiersholm, which advises on commercial, corporate and residential real estate projects for a client roster of domestic and international companies; key examples include Pareto Securities, Union Gruppen, Vika Project Finance and Ferd. The group is also noted for its tax and VAT knowledge and Nicolay Vold is singled out for his real estate tax expertise. Other key names include Ronny Lund, who assists with onshore and offshore projects and acts in contentious mandates; and managing associate Kim Hellstrøm Christensen, who specialises in real estate transactions and M&A.


The team is streetwise and efficient.

Wiersholm is always available, positive and has our back all the time.’

Tom Rune Lian is commercial with in-depth knowledge of the real estate sector.

Tom Rune Lian is solution-oriented, smooth and bright.’

Key clients

Pareto Securities

UNION Gruppen

Coop Norge

Axer Eiendom

Ferd Eiendom

Arcus Gruppen

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring

Vika Project Finance

Steen & Strøm

Aberdeen Asset Management

Tax Tier 1

Wiersholm’s team of ‘highly skilled lawyers’ are ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘inspire confidence in clients that the work will be to the highest standard’. Group leader Bettina Banoun is ‘an incredibly efficient and skilled lawyer’ and handles corporate and international tax law, Andreas Bullen is ‘a pleasure to work with', Nicolay Vold handles transaction-related tax matters and Morten Goller assists with corporate, international and EU tax law and tax litigation. Other key areas of expertise for the practice include tax planning, restructuring and transfer pricing work, administrative tax disputes and indirect tax mandates.


Extremely knowledgeable In legal tax matters and inspires confidence that the work they are doing for you will be to the highest standard.

Very skilled lawyers in litigation, Norwegian and international tax and transfer pricing. Very high service level – responsive and efficient.

Bettina is an incredibly efficient and skilled lawyer. She always responds quickly and is always nice and in a good mood.

Their knowledge of the tax laws in Norway and when requesting information are extremely specific therefore eliminating time-wasting. All the partners I have worked with have been of the same calibre of professional in their specific field of expertise.

Andreas Bullen is very knowledgable and pleasant to work with. Morten Goller has a strategic mindset and is very commercial.

Key clients

Equinor group

Fred. Olsen/Bonheur


Kistefos AS

Ocean Rig UDW, Inc.


Saga Tankers ASA/Ferncliff Group




Yara International ASA

TMT Tier 1

Wiersholm is a key name in the market for technology transactions with notable experience in innovative areas encompassing digitalisation projects, big data work, artificial intelligence matters and internet of things issues. The group has also handled numerous GDPR projects and cybersecurity responses, and assists multiple media houses with ePrivacy and adtech mandates. Hans Erik Johnsen counts service providers, developers, licensees, media companies and distributors as clients; Rune Opdahl specialises in privacy, media, digitalisation and e-commerce work; Kai Thøgersen handles transactional work and Magnus Hellesylt focuses on TMT litigation. Senior associate Theresa Schumacher Walberg is also recommended for IT contract work.


Knowledgeable about the field we work in and contracts used. Know the law and give business-related thoughts on how to use the law.

Rune Opdahl is an excellent professional with in-depth knowledge of data protection, cookies and technology. One other positive aspect of the team is that they are very good at lifting the younger individuals up, enabling them to become really good lawyers and also saving costs for the client. All in all, this is the best data protection team in Norway due to the high quality of the deliverables, the practical knowledge and the understanding of the business environments.

Curious, creative and knowledgeable.

Rune Opdahl is tech-savvy, knowledgeable, professional, pleasant to work with and generally the full package.

Key clients


Discovery Networks Norway

Aller Media







Helly Hansen


Monster/A Nice Company


Orkla 1881 Group (Digitale Medier 1881/Opplysningen 1881)


Fishing and aquaculture Tier 2

Finance expert Tone Østensen heads up the practice at Wiersholm following the departure of Nicolas Brun-Lie to Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA in early 2019; Østensen is particularly active in capital markets-related issues and recently advised Mowi on its acquisition of K Strømmen Lakseoppdrett. Other key practitioners include Gunhild Dugstad, who focuses on transactional work, and private equity and M&A specialist Jarle Kvam. Managing associate Svein-Helge Hanken is active in the aquaculture sector.

Key clients

Mowi ASA

Salmar ASA

Kverva AS

Insula AS

Norway Royal Salmon ASA

Milarex AS

Summa Equity AB

Samherji hf

Kistefos AS

Lumarine AS

Icefresh AS

Norwegian Fish Company AS

Rimfrost AS

Alltech Norway AS

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Wiersholm is noted for its restructuring strength and handles financial restructurings, distressed asset issues and cross-border work. The practice is also active in the shipping and offshore sectors and counts Olympic Subsea, Polarcus and The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries as clients; it also recently assisted DNB Bank and Nordea Bank with the merger of AGR and First Geo and the related financial restructuring. Ståle Gjengset heads up the team, which also counts Kaare P Sverdrup, Kristine Hasle Øverby and Atle Gabrielsen, who joined from Arntzen de Besche in 2019, as key practitioners.

Key clients

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries/The Kingdom of Norway

Polarcus Limited

Norske Skog AS/Norske Skogindustrier ASA


Sparebank 1 SR-Bank ASA

Altor Equity Partners

Olympic Subsea ASA

Nordic Trustee ASA

Viking Supply Ships A/S

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 2

Wiersholm’s offshore construction group is led by litigator Helge Morten Svarva while the shipbuilding team is headed up by Karl Even Rygh, who specialises in new-build projects. The practice is particularly active in litigation and arbitration and is increasingly handling field development and project mandates; it acts for foreign and Norwegian operators and oil services contractors on issues on the Norwegian continental shelf. Litigator Christian Hauge, construction team head Ronny Lund, and Sondre Dyrland are key names to note. The department also recently recruited Atle Gabrielsen from Arntzen de Besche; he is experienced in financing work.


Qualified lawyers with experience in the oil and gas sector.

Key clients

Hurtigruten AS

Equinor ASA

Avance Gas Holding Ltd.

Golden Ocean Group Limited

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS


The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (“MPE”)

Ship Finance International Limited

Frontline Limited

Archer Limited

ABB Group Ltd

Flex LNG Ltd

DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS

Østensjø Rederi

Sinoceanic Shipping AS

Siem Industries

BMO Entreprenør AS

Viking Supply Ships

Moss Havn KF (the port authority of Moss)

Wiersholm is an internationally oriented firm of lawyers, dedicated to covering the needs of the business community for strategic advice on business law, operational legal assistance and legal proceedings. The firm’s services are based on top legal competence combined with efficiency and understanding of how business works. 180 lawyers and 50 other employees work in a focused and determined way to perform beyond the client’s expectations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Kristine Hasle Øverby
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Harald Hellebust
Dispute resolution Ronny Lund
EU and competition Håkon Cosma Størdal
Electricity and renewable energy Inge E Bartnes
Employment Eli Aasheim
Insolvency and corporate responsibilities Ståle Gjengset
Intellectual property Rune Opdahl
Maritime law and offshore constructions Karl Even Rygh
Oil and gas Stephan L Jervell
Real estate and construction Tom Rune Lian
Securities and stock exchange Tone Østensen
TMT Hans Erik Johnsen
Tax Bettina Banoun
Fishing and aquaculture Tone Østensen
Insurance Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Eli Aasheim  photo Ms Eli Aasheim
Ms Bettina Banoun  photo Ms Bettina Banoun
Mr Erik Blaker  photo Mr Erik Blaker
Mr Andreas Bullen  photo Mr Andreas Bullen
Mr Håkon Cosma Størdal  photo Mr Håkon Cosma Størdal
Ms Gunhild Dugstad  photo Ms Gunhild Dugstad
Mr Sondre Dyrland  photo Mr Sondre Dyrland
Mr Inge Ekker Bartnes  photo Mr Inge Ekker Bartnes
 Georg Abusdal Engebretsen  photo Georg Abusdal Engebretsen
Mr Jan Fougner  photo Mr Jan Fougner
 Atle Gabrielsen photo Atle Gabrielsen
Mr Ståle Gjengset  photo Mr Ståle Gjengset
Mr Morten Goller  photo Mr Morten Goller
Mr Christian Hauge  photo Mr Christian Hauge
Mr Harald Hellebust  photo Mr Harald Hellebust
Mr Magnus Hellesylt  photo Mr Magnus Hellesylt
Mr Stephan L Jervell  photo Mr Stephan L Jervell
Mr Hans Erik Johnsen  photo Mr Hans Erik Johnsen
Mr Jarle Kvam  photo Mr Jarle Kvam
Mr Tom Rune Lian  photo Mr Tom Rune Lian
Mr Ronny Lund  photo Mr Ronny Lund
Mr Simen Mejlænder  photo Mr Simen Mejlænder
Mr Andreas Mellbye  photo Mr Andreas Mellbye
Mr Thomas G Naalsund  photo Mr Thomas G Naalsund
Mr Rune Opdahl  photo Mr Rune Opdahl
 Hans Augun Parmann  photo Hans Augun Parmann
Mr Olav Fr Perland  photo Mr Olav Fr Perland
 Ingjerd Røynås  photo Ingjerd Røynås
 Karl Even Rygh photo Karl Even Rygh
Ms Christel Søreide  photo Ms Christel Søreide
Mr Sverre Sandvik  photo Mr Sverre Sandvik
Mr Helge Morten Svarva  photo Mr Helge Morten Svarva
Mr Kaare P Sverdrup  photo Mr Kaare P Sverdrup
Mr Kai Thøgersen  photo Mr Kai Thøgersen
Ms Kjersti T Trøbråten  photo Ms Kjersti T Trøbråten
Mr Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen  photo Mr Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen
Mr Nicolay Vold  photo Mr Nicolay Vold
Mr Harald Willumsen  photo Mr Harald Willumsen
Ms Tone Østensen  photo Ms Tone Østensen
Number of lawyers : 180
and the Scandinavian languages
IBA (International Bar Association)
Norwegian Bar Association
Chair : Kjersti Trøbråten
Managing partner : Morten Goller

Wiersholm | Recruitment, diversity and inclusion

We consider the diversity of our employees to be one of our firm’s most important assets. The unique experiences each person brings to the firm, allow us to better serve our clients. Also, seeing our differences as strengths gives us a better understanding of one another as human beings.

This contributes to our working environment. We have fun together and appreciate spending time with each other in social settings. In October, we even won the “most prestigious trophies of the business”, when both our male and female football-team kicked all contestants off the field in the annual Lawyer’s Cup.

Brief Facts

  • 59% of our employees are female and 52% of our associates are female.
  • Six of our seven female partners were recruited from within the company. Our lawyers come from 10 different countries, speaking 14 different languages. We have lawyers licensed to practice in the UK, Denmark and Sweden.


  • Mino.jur: Wiersholm has a strong collaboration with Mino.jur, a student-run organisation for minorities at the faculty of law. The aim of the organisation is to create networks and contacts among minorities, and contribute to their professional development. We hope the initiative will attract to our company more legal talent that have a minority background.
  • Female forum: In March, we invited a select group of Norwegian business women to the first annual female forum. Our aim is to create an informal network where we can discuss current events and developments, and also to be inspired by some amazing women. Keynote speaker in 2017 was Jeanette Dyhre Kvisvik – one of Norway’s most exciting entrepreneurs. Together with Alexa Chung, she founded the e-commerce company Villoid.
  • Other initiatives: We also participated in the #itshertreat campaign in August, organised by the non-profit organization #shesgotit, addressing unconscious bias and gender stereotypes. We always support and encourage those who make an effort to build a better future.

Wiersholm | Pro Bono and CSR

We acknowledge our duty to the society we are a part of – as individuals – and all of us together as Wiersholm.

It is the duty of lawyers “to promote justice and to prevent injustice”; this very pledge is an expression of the presence of an inherent social responsibility.

As a business, we base ourselves on paying clients. However, not everyone is able to buy first-rate legal advice. This is why we would like to give something back to organisations in need of our assistance, of which our cooperation with the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) is a good example. Since 2012, Wiersholm has assisted NOAS in the judicial review of asylum cases and in so doing worked to ensure the legal protection of asylum seekers.

Key figures

  • 13 218 hours spent on pro bono work
  • 101 lawyers, accounting for
  • 55% of the legal staff, have worked on pro bono cases (in the last three years)