Aabø-Evensen & Co Advokatfirma > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile

Aabø-Evensen & Co Advokatfirma
PO BOX 1789
0159 Oslo

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Aabø-Evensen & Co Advokatfirma‘s ‘always well-prepared‘ team attracts praise from clients as ‘experienced, very knowledgeable, and extremely responsive‘, and is well known for its established expertise in advising on complex cross-border M&A transactions. The ‘exceptionally talented, practical, and responsive lawyerOle Kristian Aabø-Evensen heads up the group; clients single him out as ‘a market leader for complex M&A deals in Norway‘. The ‘extremely skilledHenning Raa ‘knows all there is on M&A tax structuring‘, and Geir Johan Nilsen ‘gets the job done in any legal battle‘.

Practice head(s):

Ole Kristian Aabø-Evensen

Other key lawyers:


‘The team possesses extremely good market insight.’

‘An extremely strong team.’

‘The lawyers are all first-rate, extremely thorough and professional. They grasp issues quickly and with insight, and have enviable M&A experience. The firm is able to run an extremely tight ship.’

‘Henning Raa is very responsive and extremely thorough and detailed. He is always technically very well prepared.’

‘Geir Johan Nilsen is an extremely clever M&A litigator.’

‘Ole Kristian Aabø-Evensen is an extremely well prepared, creative and excellent negotiator, and a truly impressive M&A lawyer. He wrote the book on M&A.’

‘Geir Johan Nilsen is an impressive M&A litigator. A tough negotiator who is also very pragmatic and pleasant.’

‘In my opinion, Ole Kristian Aabø-Evensen is the best M&A lawyer in the Nordics – a true star.’

Key clients

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Francisco Partners

SAR Gruppen AS

Azrieli Group Ltd

Marlin Equity


Fred Olsen Limited

Fred Dessen Limited

Bonheur ASA



Solgrid AS

E Property Management

Polaris Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Vauban Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of Norwegian public transport company Boreal.
  • Assisted Azrieli Group with its $853m acquisition of IT service management company Green Mountain AS from the majority owner, Smedvig AS.
  • Advised Nordic private equity fund Polaris and its portfolio company Esoft AS on the acquisition of Inviso AS.

The firm: Aabø-Evensen was established in 2002. Despite its young age the firm has a proven track record of delivering the highest quality of legal services to major enterprises and institutions. The firm’s work, particularly its M&A focus, has received recognition by major players in the M&A field.

The firm is a leading M&A and capital markets niche law firm in the Nordic region, operating out of Oslo, Norway. Aabø-Evensen is not, nor does it strive to be, the largest law firm measured by the number of offices or lawyers. Instead, it endeavours to find the best solutions for its clients’ legal and commercial challenges, and securing their business transactions.

Areas of practice:
M&A and private equity: Aabø-Evensen’s M&A and private equity practitioners are recognised for their high level of expertise and experience. The firm advises bidders, targets and financial advisers on all aspects of public and private M&A deals. The firm’s work covers the entirety of M&A and corporate finance, including tender offers and take-private transactions, mergers, demergers, share exchange, asset acquisitions, share acquisitions, group restructuring, joint ventures, LBO, MBO, MBI, IBO, private equity acquisitions and exits therewith, due diligence, takeover defence, shareholder activism, M&A tax, securities and securities offerings including credit and equity derivatives, acquisition financing, antitrust, and TUPE issues. A large amount of our work relates to cross-border transactions, and the approach to international work is driven by the principle that complex transactions require first-class independent legal expertise, rooted in local practice, procedures and culture.

Capital markets: Aabø-Evensen’s ECM practice covers the full range of equity capital markets work, hereunder advice to private and public listed companies (Norwegian and non-Norwegian), Nordic and international investments banks (acting as managers), issuers, acquirers, sellers, merging parties and investors on IPOs, private placings, global offerings, block trades, dual listings, delistings, takeovers, demergers, rights issues and depositary receipts. The firm also advises on company law and securities law and has extensive pre-IPO restructuring experience.

Mergers and acquisitions Ole Kristian Aabø-Evensenoka@aaboevensen.com+47 909 95 470
Capital markets Ole Kristian Aabø-Evensenoka@aaboevensen.com+47 909 95 470
M&A Tax Henning Raahr@aaboevensen.com+47 917 86 479
M&A Dispute resolution and litigation Geir Johan Nilsengjn@aaboevensen.com+47 958 75 507
CEO Torstein Schroederts@aaboevensen.com+47 982 23 030
Ole Kristian Aabø-Evensen photo Ole Kristian Aabø-EvensenPartner
Scandinavian languages
Partner : Ole K Aabø-Evensen (oka@aaboevensen.com)
Partner : Geir Johan Nilsen (gjn@aaboevensen.com)
Partner : Henning Raa (hr@aaboevensen.com)
CEO : Torstein Schroeder (ts@aaboevensen.com)