Firm Profile > Wiersholm > Oslo, Norway

Wiersholm
DOKKVEIEN 1
PO BOX 1400 VIKA
0115 OSLO
Norway

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

The ‘knowledgeable, hands-on and service-minded’ team at Wiersholm is jointly led by project finance and insolvency specialist Kaare Sverdrup, ship finance expert Kristine Hasle and Atle Gabrielsen, who focuses on debt financing work. The group acts for a variety of domestic and international borrower and lender clients including Nordea Bank, Handelsbanken and Swedbank. Managing associate Petter Thomren Moltu is also a key name to note for project and acquisition financing work and issues in the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Kaare Sverdrup; Kristine Hasle; Atle Gabrielsen

Other key lawyers:

Petter Thomren Moltu

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. Delivers on time and always open to discussions.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, hands-on and service-minded.’

Key clients

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Handelsbanken

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA

DNB Bank ASA

Nordea Bank Abp

Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Danske Bank A/S

Swedbank AB

Capital markets Tier 1

Wiersholm covers the full range of capital markets work, including derivatives, structured products and regulatory issues in addition to equity and debt offerings, advising investment banks and issuers in the Norwegian market and handling a significant share of Norwegian bond offerings. Sverre Sandvik has experience with IPOs, rights offerings, private placements and convertible bond issues, areas where Tone Østensen is also recommended; Sandvik jointly leads the practice with ECM-focused Simen Mejlænder. Managing associate Anne Lise E. Gryte works with Norwegian and international issuers, shareholders and managers on IPOs, share offerings and other equity transactions, and has considerable securities law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Sverre Sandvik; Simen Mejlænder 

Other key lawyers:

Tone Østensen; Anne Lise E. Gryte

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and pragmatic team.’

‘Sverre Sandvik is extremely knowledgeable about capital markets issues, and combines this with a pragmatic and commercial mindset. He is also well respected among Norwegian and international counterparts, which is a big advantage.’

‘Anne Lise Gryte is a rising star on the capital markets scene. Very knowledgeable and provides fantastic client service.’

‘Partner Simen Mejlænder is highly competent providing practical and good advice in an efficient manner,’

Key clients

ABG Sundal Collier

DNB Markets

Carnegie

Nordea Markets

Arctic Securities

Danske Bank

Mowi ASA

Nordic Nanovector ASA

Sparebank 1 Markets AS

Fearnley Securities

Kongsberg Automotive ASA

Komplett Bank ASA

MPC Container Ships

Pareto Securities

Norske Skogindustrier ASA

Schibsted ASA

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Harald Hellebust leads the M&A practice at Wiersholm, which focuses on large and complex transactions within the Scandinavian market, also handling leading private equity work. The team has notable sector strengths in the consumer goods, media and technology industries. Gunhild Dugstad is noted for her corporate practice, advising on M&A, private equity, stock exchange and securities law; Jarle Kvam is a key contact for cross-border mandates, Kai Thøgersen focuses on the technology and telecoms sectors, and Sverre Sandvik is praised as 'extremely knowledgeable'.

Practice head(s):

Harald Hellebust

Other key lawyers:

Gunhild Dugstad; Jarle Kvam; Sverre Sandvik; Kai Thøgersen; Ståle Gjengset; Kristian Lind

Testimonials

‘Strong team, always deliver on time and with quality.’

‘Very good when it comes to finding a solution. Deliver on time and with a very high-quality product.’

‘Worked with Ståle Gjengset on an M&A project, excellent assistance, solution oriented and pleasant to work with.’

‘Sverre Sandvik – in addition to his extensive capital markets expertise, he is extremely knowledgeable about corporate law matters.’

‘Kristian Lind is a strong M&A practitioner and is always a pleasure to work with. A rising star on the M&A scene.’

Key clients

KKR

EQT Equity Partners

IK Investment Partners

Ferd AS

Longship

Summa Equity

Kverva/Kverva Management

Orkla ASA

Schibsted

HG Pooled Management Limited

Nordic Capital

Sector Alarm

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Wiersholm has extensive litigation experience across a broad range of sectors, and a strong track record in international arbitration proceedings, with particular strength in competition and public procurement disputes. Ronny Lund stands out for his experience in construction and onshore and offshore disputes; he jointly heads up the team with shipping and oil industry specialist Christian Hauge and financial and corporate litigator Olav Perland. Magnus Hellesylt is singled out for his IP and TMT expertise, Morten Goller handles competition and procurement mandates, and Stephan Jervell has notable experience as an arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Ronny Lund; Christian Hauge; Olav Perland

Other key lawyers:

Magnus Hellesylt; Morten Goller; Stephan Jervell

Testimonials

‘Simply a superb law firm. Full understanding of client. Thorough and disciplined. Excellent legal skills. Extremely knowledgeable. A real help for decision-making. Simply top notch. Can-do attitude and moves mountains for their clients.’

‘Stellar partners and associates, and first-class legal professionals.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA

Deutsche Bank AG

DNV-GL

International Business Machines AS (IBM)

Sparebank 1

AIG Europe Limited

AF Gruppen ASA

Skanska Norge AS

BDO AS

Danske Bank AS

Coop Norge SA

Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS (NTE)

Tesla

Yara International ASA

Betel O. Steen AS

ABB AS

BMO Entreprenør AS and BMO Tunnelsikring AS

Kistefos AS

Multiconsult ASA

Veidekke ASA

Rimfrost AS and Rimfrost Technologies AS

Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

At Wiersholm, Inge Ekker Bartnes and Jon Rabben jointly lead the electricity practice, which acts for a high-profile roster of private and public companies including Statkraft, Statnett and TrønderEnergi. The group notably excels in energy transactions and regulatory mandates and also handles power purchase agreements, project financing issues, development work and energy disputes. Ronny Lund and Helge Morten Svarva have key expertise in energy sector litigation with notable knowledge of contractual issues, Stephan Jervell regularly handles international arbitration proceedings and Georg Abusdal Engebretsen focuses on environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Inge Ekker Bartnes; Jon Rabben  

Other key lawyers:

Ronny Lund; Helge Morten Svarva; Stephan Jervell; Georg Abusdal Engebretsen

Key clients

Akershus Energi AS / Akershus Energi Varme AS

Dalane Energi / Dalane Kraft AS

Impax Asset Management (AIFM) Ltd.

Istad AS

Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS / NTE Energi AS

Ringerikskraft AS

Skagerak Energi AS / Skagerak Kraft AS

SL Capital Partners LLP/ Standard Life Investments

Sogn og Fjordane Energi AS / SFE Produksjon AS

Statkraft AS

Statnett SF

Suomen Voima Oy (SV Vattenkraft AB)

TrønderEnergi AS

Varanger Kraft AS

Whitehelm Capital Ltd

Employment Tier 1

Led by ‘excellent litigatorJan Fougner, ‘statesman within employment lawEli Aasheim and Christel Søreide, the employment law practice at Wiersholm is praised by clients as ‘currently the best employment law team in Norway’. The group handles executive dismissals and whistleblowing cases as well as restructurings, mass lay-offs and matters relating to collective bargaining agreements and pensions issues. The practice is also experienced in litigation and regularly acts for domestic and international clients from the technology, financial services, healthcare and media sectors. Georg Abusdal Engebretsen is an experienced litigator, specialising in investigations and compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Jan Fougner; Eli Aasheim; Christel Søreide

Other key lawyers:

Georg Abusdal Engebretsen; Ingeborg Kristine Lind

Testimonials

‘Currently the best employment law team in Norway.’

‘Jan Fougner has broad experience, superb knowledge and provides good advice. An excellent litigator. Eli Aasheim is well recognised and provides excellent advice.’

‘Extremely competent in the employment law area. Available at any time. Dedicated, committed and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Exceptionally professional and at the same time nice people and pleasant to work with.’

‘Their team is very competent and efficient, and big enough to take on all cases and treat them within reasonable time.’

‘Both Jan Fougner and Eli Aasheim are statesmen within employment law in Norway.’

‘Wiersholm is probably the key player when it comes to labour law. Top notch knowledge and a very dedicated team. They are able to provide us with a set up that is very trustworthy, and we have never been anything other than satisfied with their services.’

‘Ingeborg Kristine Lind is extremely hard working and knowledgeable. She has the ability to “break down” the meaning of the law to someone who is not an expert in meaningful ways. I could call her at any time of the day and she would respond quickly. She has the ability to weigh the pros and cons from a risk perspective to us, the customer. She is a good listener and understands our business issues quickly. Lastly, she has a very positive outlook and pleasant demeanour.’

‘Jan Fougner is very knowledgeable, trustworthy and excellent with people – a strong authority and an excellent collaborator. Has a winning mentality.’

‘Always on top of their game, consistently providing excellent advice. A very efficient practice.’

‘A strong team of employment lawyers.’

‘Both Jan Fougner and Eli Aasheim are excellent.’

‘Wiersholm are extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and collaborative. They grasp the make-up of our company and what drives our business, which enables them to give advice that is exactly to the point. ’

‘They have a unique capability to combine their knowledge about laws with strategy in order to make their clients succeed.’

‘Ingeborg Kristine Lind is client oriented with solid knowledge about her field.’

Key clients

Schibsted ASA

ABB AS

IBM

Aller Media AS

DNB

Visma

BDO

Felleskjøpet Agri SA

SATS AS

Fellesordningen for avtalefestet pensjon

Conoco Phillips AS

EU and competition Tier 1

At Wiersholm, Håkon Cosma Størdal heads up the competition practice, which has knowledge of Norwegian, EU and international competition law and experience in significant merger cases, investigations and follow-on actions for damages from breaches of competition regulations. The department also includes a sub-group, focusing on state aid and EU and EEA law, which is led by public procurement expert Stephan Jervell, litigator Morten Goller and energy sector specialist Thomas Naalsund. Associate Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal stands out for her experience in cases relating to restrictive practices, abuse of dominance claims and damages actions.

Practice head(s):

Håkon Cosma Størdal

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Jervell, Morten Goller; Thomas Naalsund; Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal

Testimonials

‘Thomas Naalsund provides much of the legal advice in the field of state aid and competition. He is very good at identifying great resources within the firm, bringing them onboard and letting them handle much of the day-to-day work if the client is happy about it. He is still available for advice etc, but very good at delegating in a way that is efficient for the client.’

‘Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal has proved impressive in the field of state aid. What I appreciate most about Elisabeth is her ability to identify what is important from a state aid perspective and provide concrete advice that is very valuable. She is also very efficient, and always reverts quickly, also within tight deadlines. In addition she is a nice person, who always appears energetic and cheerful.’

‘Thomas Naalsund and Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal are both very professional and knowledgeable on state aid law.’

‘The team from Wiersholm has very good understanding of the energy sector, both the actors and day-to-day regulation and the changes that are happening both commercially and in the national and EU regulation. Because of their understanding and experience, they can give good advice in complex cases quickly – and with high quality.’

‘Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal has impressed us. She has very good understanding of the energy sector and is an expert on EU/EEA law.’

Key clients

Altor Funds

DNB

Bertel. O. Steen

Coop Norge SA

Felleskjøpet SA

Hurtigruten ASA/ Hurtigruten AS

IK Investment Partners

JCDDecaux

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Schibsted ASA

Telenor Norge AS

Veidekke ASA/Seby AS

Bravida

Mowi ASA

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA

Kistefos AS

Visma AS

Hafslund ASA

Statnett SF

Sector Alarm Holding AS

EQT

The Norwegian Heart and Lung Patient Organisation (LHL)

Statkraft

Santander Consumer Bank

SB1 Markets

Vipps

Netfonds Holding

Summa Equity

Veidekke Entreprenør AS

Skanska Norge AS

Entur AS

Boreal Norge AS

Den Norske Opera og Ballett

Torghatten ASA

ABB AS

Discovery Communications Europe Limited

Bastø Fosen AS

Viking Redningstjeneste Topco AS

Arcus ASA

Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS

Norwegian Banks’ Guarantee Fund

Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA)

Ticket

Algeco Holdings B.V

Insurance Tier 1

With one of the largest insurance-focused teams, Wiersholm's practice covers marine, D&O,  professional indemnity and regulatory work for a mixture of policyholder and insurer clients. The group also represents clients in high-profile cases, and recently defended DHL following the disappearance of artwork by Edvard Munch. Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen leads the team and specialises in regulatory insurance law, while Erik Blaker heads up the marine practice. Regulatory expert Kjersti Trøbråten and litigator Olav Perland are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen; Erik Blaker

Other key lawyers:

Olav Perland; Kjersti Trøbråten

Testimonials

‘Wiersholm’s team continues to have a strong regulatory and practical understanding of the insurance sector that is essential for ensuring swift and relevant advice. They are recommended both for sparring 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 as well as from an insurance contractual perspective. He has good insight into the industry and a clear understanding of how it operates as well as good knowledge of ongoing regulatory developments. He is highly recommendable.’

Key clients

AIG Europe S.A

AIG Europe UK Limited

BDO AS

DHL Global Forwarding (Norway) AS

C.J. Coleman

If Skadeforsikring NUF

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

The intellectual property practice at Wiersholm provides advisory and litigation advice across the full range of IP matters, including patents, trade marks and copyrights. The team, which is headed up by the ‘highly skilled’ and ‘very valuableHans Erik Johnsen and Rune Opdahl, acts for clients from various industries with particular experience in the media and IT sectors, acting at the interface of content creation and the exploitation of content, as well as the fishery, retail and oil and gas sectors. Magnus Hellesylt and Kai Thøgersen are experienced in acting in litigation and handling negotiations for large multinational corporations from the IT, TMT and retail sectors. Anne Marie Sejersted joined the firm from Kvale Advokatfirma DA in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Hans Erik Johnsen; Rune Opdahl

Other key lawyers:

Magnus Hellesylt; Kai Thøgersen; Anne Marie Sejersted

Testimonials

Hans Erik Johnsen is really nice to work with; he is so friendly and also highly-skilled. He knows business and the market really well.’

Very in-depth knowledge regarding TV, media and content.’

Hans Erik Johnsen has over 20 years of experience in TV/media. It makes him very valuable in the market shift that is going on.’

‘‘Anne Marie Sejersted is a very experienced litigator in Norway, with vast experience from many cases. Very knowledgeable in legal and patent matters, with a strategic focus and is always thorough in her work. An excellent litigator in court hearings. Easy to work together with in litigation teams too.

Key clients

Visma AS

Monster AS

Schibsted ASA

Altibox AS

Telenor Norge AS and Telenor ASA

Mills AS

Gyldendal ASA

Rimfrost AS and Rimfrost Technologies AS

Nordic Nanovector ASA

Ino Drift AS

Aller Media Group

Orkla ASA

Novamedia Norsk Postkodelotteri AS

Helly Hansen AS

Discovery Networks Norway AS

Maritime law Tier 1

Wiersholm's shipping and offshore department is well regarded for its transactional and ship finance work, which is carried out by practice heads Karl Even Rygh and Kristine Hasle , respectively. The team also handles new-build and conversion projects, restructurings, sales and purchases and marine insurance work. Christian Hauge is an expert litigator, arbitrator and mediator, particularly for clients in the shipping and oil industries. Erik Blaker is highly regarded for his longstanding knowledge of arrest, salvage and collision claims.

Practice head(s):

Karl Even Rygh; Kristine Hasle

Other key lawyers:

Christian Hauge; Erik Blaker

Key clients

Hurtigruten AS

Siem Industries

SFL Corporation (previously Ship Finance International)

DNV GL

Golden Ocean Group Limited

Oil and gas Tier 1

With 'very strong knowledge of the E&P world' and providing a 'one-stop-shop service', Wiersholm has a longstanding relationship with Equinor, which instructs the firm on a wide variety of matters. The team has expertise across transactional, contentious and regulatory work, with the department regularly retained by E&P companies on the Norwegian continental shelf. Sondre Dyrland, who 'possesses strong business acumen, broad and in-depth knowledge of the E&P business and provides valuable and excellent advice' leads the practice. Jon Rabben is another key contact and is highly regarded for his work on a range of acquisitions, financings and negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Sondre Dyrland

Other key lawyers:

Jon Rabben

Testimonials

Very strong knowledge of the E&P world and provides a one-stop-shop service.’

Sondre Dyrland possesses strong business acumen, broad and in-depth knowledge of the E&P business and provides valuable and excellent advice.

‘Very good overall insight in the industry and strong legal expertise. Able to respond quickly with high quality.’

Sondre Dyrland quickly understands the relevant issues – understands complex technical context for the legal issues – high integrity – able to respond quickly when needed – high quality of legal work.

The team is unique as it combines deep insight into government processes with the upstream and midstream oil & gas sectors. There is no other team that has more experience with carbon capture and storage.

Key clients

Equinor ASA

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS

Total E&P Norge AS/Total S.A.

Lundin Norway AS

Spirit Energy Norge AS

Chrysaor Norge AS

Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

DNV-GL Group AS

CapeOmega AS

Public procurement Tier 1

Wiersholm has 'by far the best public procurement practice in Norway’ according to clients. The team stands out for regularly handling complex procurement matters for contracting authorities and suppliers, particularly in interim injunctions; it recently acted in a damages dispute between AtB AS and Fosen-Linjen AS before the Supreme Court of Norway. Practice head Morten Goller is an experienced litigator, acting in matters relating to public procurement projects, contracts and construction issues. Senior associate Oda Hellenes Ekre focuses on actions against contracting authorities relating to competitive award procedures.

Practice head(s):

Morten Goller

Other key lawyers:

Oda Hellenes Ekre; Thomas G. Naalsund

Testimonials

‘Excellent communication. Quick responses to e-mails and phone calls. When questions are outside the partners’ area of expertise, a new expert is appointed without any delay.’

‘Team members are very engaged and thorough in all their answers. They explain their view in an understandable language.’

‘Wiersholm has by far the best public procurement-practice in Norway.’

‘Oda Hellenes Ekre is a walking encyclopaedia on public procurement law. She is super service-minded, and provides outstanding advice with deep industry knowledge. Thomas G. Naalsund is a fantastic lawyer, a very experienced litigator and a highly sought after strategic adviser. They are both very pleasant people to work with.’

Key clients

Hurtigruten AS, Hurtigruten Group AS, Hurtigruten Cruise AS

The Ministry of Industry and Petroleum (MPE)

BMO Entreprenør AS

Veidekke Entreprenør AS

Veidekke Industri AS

Skanska Norge AS

Boreal Norge AS

Torghatten ASA

Statnett SF

ResMed Norway AS

Egencia Norway AS

The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS)

Real estate Tier 1

The real estate team at Wiersholm advises a variety of international and domestic companies on commercial, corporate and residential development projects; the practice is also noted for its tax and VAT expertise. Tom Rune Lian focuses on commercial property transactions, structuring work, financings, operational issues and developments. He jointly heads up the practice with expert litigator Ståle Meleng. Managing associate Kim Hellstrøm Christensen is recommended for his experience in leases, particularly lease negotiations, and the purchase and sale of properties.

Practice head(s):

Tom Rune Lian; Ståle Meleng

Other key lawyers:

Kim Hellstrøm Christensen

Testimonials

‘Kim Hellstrøm Christensen’s ability to negotiate on behalf of tenants is absolutely the best I’ve experienced after many years in the Norwegian commercial real estate industry. He challenges the landlords so called market standards, but is never fighting for unreasonable terms. Therefore, he always has good arguments which are difficult for the landlord to not accept or at least discuss on a professional basis. This makes Kim my preferred legal counsel in Norway.’

‘In our opinion Wiersholm has a very competent team within several segments. Wiersholm also has a modern legal office, and has shown great interest in modern technology and is keeping track of new services and solutions that could be of interest for the client. Our opinion is that Wiersholm are more “up-to-date” with new technology and standards than many other traditional legal firms in Norway.’

‘Our connections in Wiersholm stand out as being exceptionally service minded. The team puts forward great efforts no matter the time of day. Our experience with Wiersholm in transaction-related matters shows that the team provides strong legal advice and protects the clients interests while maintaining a positive negotiations climate with the counterpart.’

‘Strong transaction experience, creative deal structuring, strong negotiation skills.’

‘Efficient, well educated, excellent competence on the area, well prepared for meetings.

‘Tom Rune Lian is always well prepared, commercial and contributes to a good climate in negotiations.’

‘Pragmatic and solutions-oriented. Well respected amongst other lawyers.’

‘Both partner-led and support team is quite senior, which makes for good progress and strong communication between the two.’

‘Very flexible and target oriented. Made our transaction process fast and painless.’

‘Good knowledge of the industry. leading edge on new technology and industry movers.’

Key clients

Pareto Securities

UNION Gruppen

Coop Norge

Axer Eiendom

AB Invest

Innovasjonsparken / Smedvig Eiendom

Mikkelsen Eiendom

Ferd Eiendom

Arcus Gruppen

Oslo Pensjonsforsikring

Vika Project Finance

Steen & Strøm

Agri Eiendom

Fredriksborg Eiendom

Herøya Industripark

Jotne Eiendom AS

Bonum Utvikling AS

Condovita AS

Tax Tier 1

Wiersholm’s ‘experienced, effective and solution-oriented’ tax practice is ‘one of the top teams in Norway’ thanks to its expertise in tax planning, transfer pricing and tax litigation issues. Under the ‘excellent leadership’ of Bettina Banoun, who handles corporate taxes, international tax and tax litigation, the group acts for a broad range of domestic and international clients including Equinor, Ikea and Orkla. Clients also praise the ‘very knowledgeable and commercialMorten Goller, tax litigator Andreas Bullen and Nicolay Vold, who is a key contact for tax issues arising from corporate transactions, particularly cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Bettina Banoun

Other key lawyers:

Morten Goller; Andreas Bullen; Nicolay Vold

Testimonials

‘Wiersholm is one of the top firms in Norway. Wiersholm is chosen this time for their competence on property tax. The team is great – I like a team that helps out to set the strategy in a legal issue and set the direction and gives the client tasks in order to achieve what the client wants to achieve.’

‘Good professional competence, quick answers to inquiries, good lawyers who take clients seriously.’

‘Professionally skilled, committed, as a client you are taken seriously, encouraging, always in a good mood, you always feel prioritised. The partner I have used is Bettina Banoun.’

‘Strong tax practice.’

‘Morten Goller – very knowledgeable, commercial and pleasant to work with. Andreas Bullen – very strong technical competence and pleasant to work with’

‘Experienced, effective, solution oriented, great time management.’

‘Bettina Banoun, she brought in many years of her experience within Corporate Income Tax Law, hereunder, anti-avoidance doctrine developed in Norway via case law. Excellent leadership and guidance throughout the engagement, always present personally, delegation to associates only to the extent necessary, proactive, responsive, knowledgeable, not a minute felt like a waste of time.’

Key clients

Equinor group

Fred. Olsen/Bonheur

IKEA

Kistefos AS

Ocean Rig UDW, Inc.

Orkla

Ferncliff Group

Salmar

SATS Group AS

Petter Olsen

Yara International ASA

TMT Tier 1

Wiersholm acts for an impressive and growing client base including leading Norwegian and international TMT companies. The group is singled out for its expertise in M&A deals in the TMT sector, major IT and technology projects, GDPR issues and TV distribution work; IT developments including digitalisation projects, big data work and AI matters are also areas of strength. The team is jointly led by the highly experienced Hans Erik Johnsen, leading data protection specialist Rune Opdahl and corporate expert Kai Thøgersen. Senior associate Theresa Schumacher Walberg is a name to note for her expertise in technology contracts.

Practice head(s):

Hans Erik Johnsen; Rune Opdahl; Kai Thøgersen

Other key lawyers:

Magnus Hellesylt; Theresa Schumacher Walberg

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled – very professional and very nice to work with.’

‘What makes this practice unique is their practical approach. They find solutions you can actually use and benefit from, not solutions you have to “translate” to your colleagues in order to apply it internally. They are also top performers in terms of availability, professionalism, and legal expertise.’

‘Rune Opdahl is intuitive, always available, has an excellent legal mind and is solution-oriented and pragmatic. He’s also tech savvy and is great at managing complicated contracts and issues.’

‘They have a very good TV/Media and content practice.’

‘Hans Erik Johnsen is exceptional with his experience.’

Key clients

Schibsted Schibsted Media Group

Discovery Networks Norway

Aller Media

Telenor

IBM

Santander

DNB

Hurtigruten

Altibox

Helly Hansen

SATS

NAV

Monster / A Nice Company

Visma

Orkla

1881 Group (Digitale Medier 1881 / Opplysningen 1881)

Gyldendal

Telia

Construction Tier 2

Wiersholm has a broad construction department, which provides advice on the full range of issues relating to tender processes, contract negotiations and project executions. Co-head Hans Augun Parmann was recently involved in several projects acting for the Norwegian government, including a matter relating to carbon capture and storage. Fellow co-heads Ronny Lund and Sondre Dyrland focus on public procurement and real estate law; and contractual and administrative matters related to oil exploration and production respectively. Helge Morten Svarva regularly acts as an arbitrator in national and international disputes, and is also a certified mediator.

Practice head(s):

Hans Augun Parmann; Ronny Lund; Sondre Dyrland

Other key lawyers:

Helge Morten Svarva

Testimonials

‘Ability to understand government processes and tailor contractual frameworks for complex commercial issues. The team provide clear advice and are not afraid of speaking their minds.’

‘Sondre Dyrland and Hans Augun Parmann have deep knowledge of government processes and the ability to simplify complex issues.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA

ABB AS

AF Gruppen AS

Veidekke ASA

Nord Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS

Skanska Norge AS

Multiconsult ASA

Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)

WeWork International Ltd.

Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS

Johs. Granås AS

BMO Entreprenør AS

Fishing and aquaculture Tier 2

Wiersholm's cross-departmental team is recommended for its M&A, contracting and financing work in the aquaculture and fisheries sector. The practice also has experience in advising on a wide range of operational issues, aquaculture licenses, competition work, tax issues, public regulations and framework conditions; it also regularly acts in disputes. Practice head Tone Østensen focuses on capital markets transactions, including stock exchange listings, public and private placements, and public to private transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tone Østensen

Other key lawyers:

Gunhild Dugstad; Jarle Kvam

Key clients

Mowi ASA

Norway Royal Salmon ASA

Kverva AS

Scale Aquaculture AS

Insula AS

Salmar ASA

Milarex AS

Dess Aquaculture Shipping AS

Benchmark Holdings plc

Summa Equity AB

Samherji hf

Kistefos AS

Lumarine AS

Rimfrost AS

Alltech Norway AS

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The department at Wiersholm has been notably active in restructurings and workouts, with a significant emphasis on financial restructuring mandates in the shipping and offshore industries. The team assists all types of clients, encompassing debtors, banks and bondholders as well as buyers, lenders and distressed companies. The practice also has an international reach thanks to practice head Ståle Gjengset's experience in cross-border matters, acting for industrial companies, financial institutions and investment banks.

Practice head(s):

Ståle Gjengset

Other key lawyers:

Kaare P Sverdrup; Kristine Hasle; Atle Gabrielsen

Key clients

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

Polarcus Limited

Norske Skog AS/Norske Skogindustrier ASA

DNB Bank ASA

Sparebank 1 SR-Bank ASA

Altor Equity Partners

Olympic Subsea ASA

Nordic Trustee ASA

Viking Supply Ships A/S

Archer Limited

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 2

Wiersholm regularly advises foreign and Norwegian operators and oil services contractors on offshore construction matters. The team is increasingly involved in development and project execution mandates, including tenders, contractual issues and negotiations in the shipbuilding sector. Newbuilding projects are primarily handled by practice co-head Karl Even Rygh, while fellow co-head Helge Morten Svarva is a key name for contentious work. Sondre Dyrland is also singled out; according to clients 'there are no other lawyers who have a deeper understanding of carbon capture and storage'.

Practice head(s):

Helge Morten Svarva; Karl Even Rygh

Other key lawyers:

Sondre Dyrland

Testimonials

‘The team at Wiersholm provide clear legal advice, but they also have the ability to provide highly valuable commercial and strategic advice. The team makes ambitious promises – and keeps them.’

‘Sondre Dyrland has extensive experience in all aspects of upstream and midstream oil and gas. There are no other lawyers who have a deeper understanding of carbon capture and storage.’

Key clients

Hurtigruten AS

Equinor ASA

Avance Gas Holding Ltd.

Golden Ocean Group Limited

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
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 Sondre Dyrland
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 Tone Østensen photo Ms Tone Østensen Partner Tone Østensen has extensive experience as an advisor in capital market…
Ms Eli Aasheim  photo Ms Eli Aasheim Partner Eli Aasheim works mainly with employment law. Her practice covers all…
Ms Bettina Banoun  photo Ms Bettina Banoun Partner Bettina Banoun has extensive experience in work related to tax law,…
Mr Stig L. Bech  photo Mr Stig L. Bech
Mr Erik Blaker  photo Mr Erik Blaker Partner Erik Blaker is a specialist in maritime law, transport law, insurance…
Mr Andreas Bullen  photo Mr Andreas Bullen Partner Andreas Bullen’s practice includes transfer pricing, international tax law, Norwegian company…
Mr Håkon Cosma Størdal photo Mr Håkon Cosma Størdal Partner Håkon Cosma Størdal advises on EU/EEA law and is a specialist…
Ms Gunhild Dugstad  photo Ms Gunhild Dugstad Partner Gunhild Dugstad’s practice includes mergers and acquisitions, company law and the…
Mr Sondre Dyrland  photo Mr Sondre Dyrland Dyrland has many years of experience with the oil and gas industry…
Mr Inge Ekker Bartnes  photo Mr Inge Ekker Bartnes Partner Inge Ekker Bartnes works mainly with mergers and acquisitions, energy law,…
Ms Anne Lise Ellingsen Gryte  photo Ms Anne Lise Ellingsen Gryte Anne Lise Ellingsen Gryte practices corporate and securities law with an emphasis…
Mr Georg Abusdal Engebretsen  photo Mr Georg Abusdal Engebretsen Partner Georg Abusdal Engebretsen specialises in assisting Norwegian and international enterprises and…
Mr Jan Fougner  photo Mr Jan Fougner Partner Jan Fougner is a specialist on litigation and employment law and…
Mr Atle Gabrielsen photo Mr Atle Gabrielsen Partner Atle Gabrielsen works primarily with banking and finance issues. He regularly…
Mr Ståle Gjengset photo Mr Ståle Gjengset Partner Ståle Gjengset works mainly with providing legal and strategic advice and…
Mr Morten Goller  photo Mr Morten Goller Partner Morten Goller works with dispute resolution, including litigation and negotiations, in…
Ms Kristine Hasle  photo Ms Kristine Hasle Kristine Hasle is a banking and finance lawyer with particular focus on…
Mr Christian Hauge  photo Mr Christian Hauge Partner Christian Hauge works on the areas of shipping and offshore, with…
Mr Harald Hellebust  photo Mr Harald Hellebust Partner Harald Hellebust works mainly with transactions, including purchase and sale of…
Mr Magnus Hellesylt  photo Mr Magnus Hellesylt Partner Magnus Hellesylt has special expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, often…
Mr Stephan L Jervell  photo Mr Stephan L Jervell Partner Stephan L. Jervell works with litigation, dispute resolution and negotiations, and…
Mr Hans Erik Johnsen  photo Mr Hans Erik Johnsen Partner Hans Erik Johnsen’s practice includes intellectual property law, broadcasting/media law, technology…
Mr Jarle Kvam  photo Mr Jarle Kvam Partner Jarle Kvam works mainly with company law and stock exchange law,…
Mr Tom Rune Lian  photo Mr Tom Rune Lian Partner Tom Rune Lian works mainly with real estate, with emphasis on…
Mr Kristian Martin Lind  photo Mr Kristian Martin Lind Kristian M. Lind advises clients operating or having interests in the technology,…
Mr Ronny Lund  photo Mr Ronny Lund Partner Ronny Lund works with contract law in general and construction law…
Mr Simen Mejlænder photo Mr Simen Mejlænder Partner Simen Mejlænder’s practice focuses on capital market transactions, general company law…
Mr Ståle O. Meleng  photo Mr Ståle O. Meleng Ståle O. Meleng works primarily with commercial properties, with emphasis on transactions,…
Mr Andreas Mellbye  photo Mr Andreas Mellbye Partner Andreas Mellbye works mainly with transactions in M&A, Private Equity and…
Mr Thomas G Naalsund  photo Mr Thomas G Naalsund Partner Thomas G Naalsund specialises in dispute resolution and litigation, national and…
Mr Rune Opdahl  photo Mr Rune Opdahl Partner Rune Opdahl works mainly with enterprises in the media, technology, e-commerce…
Mr Hans Augun Parmann  photo Mr Hans Augun Parmann Partner Hans Augun Parmann specialises in litigation, dispute resolution and contract law,…
Mr Olav Fr Perland  photo Mr Olav Fr Perland Partner Olav Fr. Perland works mainly with dispute resolution and providing advisory…
Ms Ingjerd Røynås  photo Ms Ingjerd Røynås Partner Ingjerd Røynås works mainly with mergers and acquisitions and in questions…
Mr Jon Rabben  photo Mr Jon Rabben Jon Rabben assists Norwegian and international clients within the energy sector, and…
Mr Karl Even Rygh photo Mr Karl Even Rygh Partner Karl Even Rygh works with shipping and offshore transactions, in particular…
Ms Christel Søreide photo Ms Christel Søreide Partner Christel Søreide has extensive experience within employment law and dispute resolution,…
Mr Sverre Sandvik  photo Mr Sverre Sandvik Partner Sverre Sandvik has extensive experience in advising on stock exchange listings,…
Ms Anne Marie Sejersted photo Ms Anne Marie Sejersted Anne Marie works primarily with intellectual property rights (IPR) and dispute resolution…
Mr Helge Morten Svarva  photo Mr Helge Morten Svarva Partner Helge M. Svarva has extensive litigation experience from both his time…
Mr Kaare P Sverdrup  photo Mr Kaare P Sverdrup Partner Kaare P. Sverdrup works mainly with banking and finance, mortgage and…
Mr Kai Thøgersen photo Mr Kai Thøgersen Partner Kai Thøgersen has extensive national and international experience with providing corporate…
Ms Kjersti T Trøbråten  photo Ms Kjersti T Trøbråten Partner Kjersti T. Trøbråten is a specialist on securities law and framework…
Mr Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen  photo Mr Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen Partner Hans Kenneth Viga-Gerhardsen works mainly with professional liability, directors’ liability, insurance…
Mr Nicolay Vold  photo Mr Nicolay Vold Partner Nicolay Vold works mainly with tax law and company law and…
Number of lawyers : 180
English
French
German
and the Scandinavian languages
IBA (International Bar Association)
Norwegian Bar Association
Chair : Kjersti Trøbråten
Managing partner : Morten Goller

At Wiersholm, we continually strive to create a diverse workplace that reflects the diversity of the world we serve.

As our clients develop and face new challenges, we believe that the breadth of knowledge, diverse backgrounds and unique experience each employee brings to the firm allows us to deliver better service to our clients and creates a stronger organisational culture. Consequently, we work hard to recruit, advance, retain and promote people from minority backgrounds.

We encourage our colleagues to bring their diverse selves to the workplace and acknowledge the importance of creating an inclusive workplace environment. During Pride month, we celebrate the LGBTQIA community by showing our support through visibility at work. Our employee experience survey shows that our employees feel they can be themselves at work, which is vital in order to foster a diverse workplace culture. Our employees also consider workplace diversity to be an asset.

Additionally, to ensure gender equality at all levels we continually work to achieve our goal of a gender-balanced partnership, which takes time. During the last three years, women have constituted 50 per cent of our partner promotions to achieve our goal of 1/3 female partners by 2028. To retain a gender-balanced talent pool in the decision making process, we systematically work with talent development and follow-up before, during and after parental leave to ensure inclusion. In this manner, we create a workplace culture that encourages fathers as well as mothers to take parental leave, a number which has increased significantly in recent years.


A client-centred international focus 

Our international approach is set up to best serve our clients’ needs, with a strong relationship-focused network, and lawyers with significant international experience. We assist Norwegian-headquartered companies with establishing a presence overseas and we assist foreign companies operating in or seeking to establish a presence in Norway. We often use our extensive international network of law firms and partners, which covers more than 100 jurisdictions and is the result of systematic work and long-term relationships. The network consists exclusively of top tier firms, and is managed closely by our international committee. 

Our experience 

From our base in Oslo, we assist our clients wherever they are or want to go in the world. We advise Norwegian companies on a wide range of international matters, cooperating seamlessly across borders and ensuring our clients receive a clear and consistent interface. We ensure they are up to date with international best practice and trends of importance to Norwegian-headquartered businesses. We also regularly assist foreign companies in Norway, and have in-depth experience with matters before the EFTA Court and the European Court of Human Rights. 

Our people 

Many of our lawyers were educated in or have work experience from significant jurisdictions outside Norway, with a significant number also having current overseas practicing qualifications (such as for England, the US, Germany, Sweden and Denmark)Their international competence gives us a natural ability to build cross-border bridges and makes us a preferred legal advisor in cross-border transactions or matters. Many of our lawyers have also been on secondments to international law firms and we regularly host international secondments in return.