Kvale Advokatfirma DA > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile
Kvale Advokatfirma DA Offices
HAAKON VIIS GATE 10
PO BOX 1752, VIKA
Kvale Advokatfirma DA > The Legal 500 RankingsKvale Advokatfirma DA has an excellent reputation for handling a broad range of insolvency work, including refinancings, reorganisations and bankruptcy cases. The practice advises a solid client roster of financial institutions on complex debt restructurings; Stine Snertingdalen, who is ‘highly skilled and service-minded‘, is a key figure in the team for insolvency-related banking and finance work. The ‘practical‘ Tom Hugo Ottesen is well known for acting for companies and banks in restructuring and refinancing matters, while practice head Thomas Piro counts cross-border bankruptcy work as a key area of instruction. Jon Skjørshammer and Robert Jensen are also key members in the team.
‘Kvale’s team is very service oriented. They have a high level of expertise. The team members work well together, and their strength is their solution- oriented focus.’
‘Stine Snertingdalen is highly skilled, service-minded and she has strong analytical skills.’
‘Tom Hugo Ottesen is an experienced and practical lawyer. He always manages to find practical solutions in complex matters.’
‘Robert Jensen always takes a thoughtful and strategic approach and doesn’t set a foot wrong in his legal reasoning.’
‘Jon Skjørshammer’s massive experience and street smarts are a big advantage when dealing with challenging adversaries and debtors.’
The bankruptcy estates of Norske Skogindustrier ASA and other companies in the Norske Skog company group
The bankruptcy estates of the Vita company group
GIEK (The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency)
The bankruptcy estate of REC Wafer Norway AS
Sparebank 1 SR-Bank
The bankruptcy estate of Tribe Invest AS
The bankruptcy estate of IMSK SE
The bankruptcy estate of Top-Toy Norge AS
POP Norge AS
Dilla Holding AS
X Maskinutleie AS
Axxis Geo Solutions AS
The bankruptcy estate of Aker Brygge Trading AS
The bankruptcy estate of Bacchus Spiseri AS
The bankruptcy estate of ØPD AS
The bankruptcy estate of Norhard AS
The bankruptcy estates of NP Group
- Acting on the bankruptcy estates of five companies in the Norske Skog group – Norske Skogindustrier; Norske Skog Holding; Norske Skog Eiendom; Norske Treindustrier; and Lysaker Invest.
- Handling the bankruptcy estate of IMSK SE, a Norway-based gas carrier shipping company.
- Handling the bankruptcy estates of five companies in the former VITA company group, a Norway-based cosmetics chain.
Norway > Oil and gas Tier 1Kvale Advokatfirma DA‘s group has ‘solid knowledge of oil and gas, including detailed knowledge of regulations.’ Key areas of instruction for the department include high-value transactional mandates, contractual issues and a broad range of litigation proceedings. Jens Brede ‘has very deep knowledge about many aspects of the oil and gas business’; he shares leadership of the practice with Yngve Bustnesli, who stands out for his ‘in-depth understanding of the oil and gas industry and its regulatory regime’. Gry Bratvold is a name to note for cross-border work.
Jens Brede; Yngve Bustnesli
Other key lawyers:
‘Jens Brede has the ability to analyse a case picking out the important aspects and then implement accordingly. High credibility before tribunals.’
‘Yngve Bustnesli – highly trusted adviser. High professional standards, a distinct ability at working effectively though complex situations and putting advice in the right context and framework for the situation. Moreover, his direct and open communication style combined with a calm and analytical approach makes him a highly appreciated support in resolving complex matters.’
‘Yngve Bustnesli has particularly impressed me. Always available, always dedicated, very loyal.’
‘Solid knowledge of oil and gas, including detailed knowledge of regulations.’
M Vest Energy
- Advised Danish drilling rig operator Maersk Drilling on the $373m sale of the rig Maersk Inspirer to investment company Havila Sirius.
- Assisted BW Offshore with drafting and negotiating contracts concerning a bid for a Pre-FEED contract for a major field development.
Anne Kjølseth Ekerholt
‘The team at Kvale presents high end capabilities across the board; competence, capacity, service, speed, tenacity and strategy.’
‘Kvale is very focused on quality service. Øystein Løken and Thomas Farhang are stand outs. Very good with drafting, negotiations and getting things done, without cutting important corners.’
‘Hands on. Excellent response times. Very commercial, good practical advice is given.’
‘Thomas Farhang stands out.’
Elkjøp Nordic (Dixons Carphone)
NES Global Talent
Philips Lighting Holding
Norsk Telegrambyrå (NTB)
Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 2Kvale Advokatfirma DA‘s dispute resolution expertise spans telecoms disputes, patent and IP litigation, employment issues and shipping claims. Department head Per Conradi Andersen is very experienced in arbitration work, and has an established track record in advising on contentious construction, renewable energy, corporate and technology mandates. Andreas Stang Lund focuses on public law, oil and gas, financial services, real estate and consumer products litigation, and Kristian Lindhartsen is a key contact for marine insurance litigation. Senior associate Alexander Daae is also a key name to note. Anne Marie Sejersted moved to Wiersholm in mid-2021.
Per Conradi Andersen
‘Andreas Stang Lund is very good at explaining complex legal problems in a simple manner, making it easy for us to make the right decisions. Furthermore, he has deep knowledge about both our sector and company, giving us confidence that his aid is both efficient and of the highest quality.’
‘The team provides a very friendly, personal service; they are professional and at the top of their game.’
‘Kristian Lindhartsen is always available and an exceptional strategic thinker.’
‘Per Conradi Andersen is experienced. In court, he ruled the ground.’
‘Per Conradi Andersen and Andreas Stang Lund stand out.’
‘Professional in all respects, credible, well prepared.’
INEOS E&P Norge
MAN Truck & Bus
West Oil Tools
The Norwegian Authors’ Union
- Defended the former CEO of Lime Petroleum against a $45m damages claim.
- Represented Mylan and Synthon in a patent dispute.
‘Excellent and highly responsive team combining unique market insight with firm legal judgement.’
‘Kristin Ourom stands out as responsive with incredible capacity. Superb service and insight combined with an unique and pragmatic approach, and clear advice for efficient solutions to complex challenges.’
‘We have a very good cooperation with Kvale and their team.’
Captiva Capital Management
Volue / Markedskraft
NorgesEnergi / Kredinor Finans
Cloudberry Asset Management
Norway > EU and competition Tier 2At Kvale Advokatfirma DA, ‘professional and service-minded‘ practice head Kristin Hjelmaas Valla is leading the advice to Norwegian publishing company Vigmostad & Bjørke in an ongoing investigation by the Norwegian Competition Authority, regarding allegations of infringement. Valla has extensive experience in assisting telecoms, life sciences, media, energy and food sector entities with cartel issues, merger clearances and distribution mandates. Robert Lund is ‘an excellent litigator‘, and has an excellent reputation for his expertise in state aid and procurement law. Intellectual property expert Marie Vaale-Hallberg has ‘solid knowledge and experience, and is very efficient‘.
Kristin Hjelmaas Valla
‘Kvale are experts on competition law, and widely recognised as experts in the field. They understand our business and our business environment, and have delivered clear advice accordingly.’
‘Kristin H. Valla and Marie Vaale-Hallberg have solid knowledge and experience, and are very efficient. They also give clear advice in given circumstances. They rapidly get familiar with our commercial interests and needs, and give advice accordingly.’
‘Kvale has a high level of professional quality and service.’
‘The team was always service minded and available. We felt we were in very safe hands.’
‘Robert Lund has detailed knowledge about the subject. He is an excellent litigator. He is tough, but responsive.’
‘Kristin Hjelmaas Valla has an amazing ability to quickly grasp complicated facts and provide pragmatic and business oriented legal advice.’
‘Kristin H. Valla – experienced partner in competition law. Professional and service minded.’
Telia Norge (inc. TDC/Get)
Vigmostad & Bjørke
Coca Cola European Partners Norge
- Representing four entities in litigation arising from the ongoing Boligbygg case, involving property purchases and state aid issues.
Other key lawyers:
Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer; Lars Trygve Jenssen
‘I recommend Kvale as I have always received hands-on advice together with creative and efficient solutions for the obstacles at hand.’
‘Marie Vaale-Hallberg is very responsive, giving the client the tools to know where in the process we are and what the next steps will be.’
‘Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer is a brilliant IP lawyer. She provides outstanding legal advice to her clients.’
‘One of the best IP teams in Norway. High quality.’
‘Maria Vaale Hallberg – outstanding in trade mark and marketing law, as well as regulatory (food law). Commercial and service minded.’
‘Ingvild Hanssen Bauer – outstanding IP litigator.’
Ranheim Paper & Board
- Acted for Siemens Energy in a patent litigation case against Subsea Solutions, involving alleged infringement of a patent related to a subsea upgrading unit.
- Acting for Unilever in an ongoing, complex trade mark dispute against Orkla/Lilleborg.
- Assisting TINE with all legal issues concerning the client’s IP portfolio in Norway, including marketing law.
Norway > Maritime law Tier 2Kvale Advokatfirma DA‘s practice is split between handling public law matters, including governmental aspects pertaining to the shipping industry, as well as sanctions, and also private law work, including marine contracts, charterparties and insurance matters. Practice head Kristian Lindhartsen has expertise in marine insurance matters, and advises charterers and shipowners on collisions and charterparties. Corporate lawyer Jostein Moen regularly advises on shipping-related transactions and restructurings, while Lilly Kathrin Relling is praised for her disputes expertise.
Jens Brede; Yngve Bustnesli
‘Great team. Customer focused and friendly.’
WR Berkley Insurance (Europe)
Eagle Burgmann Norway
- Advising energy company Iberdrola on contractual negotiations regarding the construction of the Flagship Project, a 10MW floating wind turbine and a semi-submersible floating concrete structure in Norway.
- Assisted BW Offshore with negotiations for a new contract for the lease and operation of the floating, production, storage and offloading vessel BW Pioneer, which operates in the Gulf of Mexico.
Norway > TMT Tier 2
‘One of the leading firms within distressed banking/special cases, with Stine Snertingdalen considered to be one of the leading individuals within Norwegian insolvency law. She has deep and extensive knowledge in bankruptcy recovery.’
Sparebank 1 SR-bank
SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Indre Sogn Sparebank
- Acting as longstanding counsel to Collector Bank on all legal matters pertaining to its Norwegian business.
- Advised offshore services provider Bourbon Offshore Norway AS on the successful restructuring of the international Bourbon group, resulting in a debt reduction of over €1.5bn.
Norway > Employment Tier 3Led by Nicolay Skarning, the team at Kvale Advokatfirma DA continues to handle large restructurings, downsizings and collective and individual employment issues for clients in the media, retail, oil and gas and shipping sectors. Skarning has extensive experience in advising on collective agreements, and Jan-Erik Sverre focuses on transfers of undertakings, pension law issues, dismissal cases and whistleblowing claims. Monica Gjerde Sperre specialises in assisting shipping companies with a broad range of employment law issues. Senior associate Pernille Brusdal is also a name to note.
IKEA Norway/IKEA International
The National Teachers Union
KGK Retain Industries
Kvale Advokatfirma DA > Firm Profile
The firm: Kvale is a commercial law firm that has been advising the Norwegian and international business community since its establishment in 1985. After consistent organic growth over almost four decades, the firm today counts over 100 lawyers.
The firm’s lawyers offer experience and specialist competence across all key areas of commercial law. It assists national and international clients in both the public and private sectors, whether they are major enterprises, medium/small businesses or enterprising private individuals.
Kvale is best known for representing and advising many of Norway’s largest enterprises with their most important legal matters and cases. Kvale consistently provides impactful representation and presentations of cases that involve highly complex facts, demanding matters of law, substantial values at risk and the need for in-depth knowledge of the sector.
Areas of practice
Intellectual property: Kvale has extensive experience advising Norwegian and international clients in relation to protection of intellectual property rights, including patents, trade marks, design rights, company names and copyright.
Corporate law: Kvale assists in all aspects of corporate matters. The firm advises on corporate form and structure, organisation of businesses and frequently acts as counsel to management and directors.
Oil, gas and renewable energy: Kvale provides regulatory and contractual advice related to the exploration, development, production and cessation of petroleum activities, and also assists in matters related to hydro power, wind power and other renewable energy sources.
Building and construction: Kvales experienced lawyers assist oil and gas companies of different sizes and nationalities on a day to day basis, as well as assisting with counselling, representation, negotiation and litigation.
IT and telecoms: Kvale supplies a high volume of top tier advice to key telecom and other sector companies with regulatory issues, sector-specific market regulation, data protection, contracts, transactions and interaction with the authorities. Within the IT sector, Kvale provides high end advice with IT agreements, including those relating to the development and purchase of software and software based systems, outsourcing- and operating agreements and consultancy agreements.
Competition and EU: Kvale’s EU/competition law group has expertise in national and EC competition law and related disciplines as well as public procurement law. The group’s work includes merger notifications to the European Commission and the Norwegian Competition Authority, appeals, cartel investigations, compliance programmes, public procurement and general advice on all aspects of national and EC competition law. Kvale is regularly involved in major high profile competition law cases.
Media and marketing: Kvale provides advice in relation to unfair competition from current and former employees, contracting parties and competitors, whether in relation to breach of confidentiality, improper solicitation of employees, suppliers or customers, misuse of intellectual property/know how and copying/counterfeiting.
Litigation and dispute resolution: Kvale’s lawyers have extensive experience in litigating very major and complex civil actions through the ordinary courts, as well as before national and international courts of arbitration. The firm handles cases of all sizes, but its strength lies in its vast experience in handling very major and complex cases, whether relating to the oil and gas industry, patents, telecom, corporate matters, tax or other fields.
Employment and pensions: Kvale’s comprehensive and high profile practice covers all questions related to employment laws and regulations. The firm’s lawyers have extensive experience in court proceedings within this field. The firm’s advice and assistance includes matters such as restructuring, workforce reductions, company acquisition or handling of individual conflicts.
Tax and accounting: Kvale is well respected for its boutique tax dispute and litigation practice. The firm’s tax practice is comprehensive and can offer high quality advice covering most business sectors.
Banking and finance: Kvale supplies services that cover all aspects of financial transactions, from the initial structuring, to drafting of finance documents and finally closing of financial transactions. The firm is particularly recognised for restructuring debt, enforcement of securities, ship finance and specialist competence within the savings bank field. Building on the firm’s leading position within technology, the firm has also developed strong fintech competence. Kvale clients are major integrated banks, savings banks, bond trustees and export credit institutions as well as major and SMB borrowers.
Restructuring, insolvency proceedings and credit security: Kvale is one of the most sought after Norwegian law firms in the fields of corporate reorganisation, debt restructuring proceedings and insolvency proceedings. The firm represents banks, financial institutions and other creditors in issues related to insolvency and credit security. Kvale’s team of experienced bankruptcy trustees are frequently appointed by the Probate Courts in major bankruptcies.
Corporate/M&A: Kvale has a strong focus on its corporate and M&A practice. The experienced team of lawyers advise national and international companies within all areas of corporate law and M&A. Kvale has experience from some of the largest multinational M&A cases in Norway.
Food law: Kvale provides comprehensive advice within food and feed law. The firm assists large Norwegian and Foreign Companies in all questions related to the food law.
Public law: Kvale assists local governments, public enterprises and private parties on the entire width of administrative law and of the remaining issues within public law.
Shipping: Kvale provides regulatory and contractual advice related to financing, construction, operation and management of vessels and offshore units.
|Employment and pensions||Nicolay Skarning|
|Employment and pensions||Jan-Erik Sverre|
|Banking and finance||Hillevi Torngren Myhre|
|Banking and finance||Stine D. Snertingdalen|
|Corporate M&A||Marius L Andresen|
|Corporate M&A||Anne Kjølseth Ekerholt|
|Building and construction||Espen Hamar|
|Building and construction||Fredrik Frøshaug|
|Competition and the EU/EEA||Kristin Hjelmaas Valla|
|Competition and the EU/EEA||Robert Lund|
|Intellectual property||Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer|
|Intellectual property||Marie Vaale-Hallberg|
|IT and telecoms||Per-Kaare Svendsen|
|IT and telecoms||Lars Trygve Jenssen|
|Media and marketing||Lars Trygve Jenssen|
|Media and marketing||Marie Vaale-Hallberg|
|Food law||Marie Vaale-Hallberg|
|Public law||Christian Stang Våland|
|Oil, gas and renewable energy||Jens Brede|
|Oil, gas and renewable energy||Yngve Bustnesli|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Andreas Stang Lund|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Per Conradi Andersen|
|Restructuring, insolvency and investigations||Tom Hugo Ottesen|
|Restructuring, insolvency and investigations||Stine D Snertingdalen|
|Corporate||Thomas S Farhang|
|Per Conradi Andersen||Mr Per Conradi Andersen has worked as a lawyer since 1995. He…||View Profile|
|Marius L Andresen||Mr Marius L. Andrese has more than 20 years of experience within…||View Profile|
|Jens Brede||Mr Jens Brede Heads Kvale’s Oil and Gas department. He has since…||View Profile|
|Yngve Bustnesli||Mr Yngve Bustnesli has in-depth knowledge of the oil & gas industry,…||View Profile|
|Thomas S Farhang||Mr Thomas S. Farhang advices on Corporate Law, with extensive experience in…||View Profile|
|Lasse Hagen||Lasse Hagen has 30 years of experience within the shipping and offshore…||View Profile|
|Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer||Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer is specialized within intellectual property rights, with a particular focus…||View Profile|
|Lars Trygve Jenssen||Mr Lars Trygve Jenssen assists in general business law, with main focus…||View Profile|
|Øystein Løken||Mr Øystein Løken is the Manging partner of Kvale. He has more…||View Profile|
|Kristian Lindhartsen||Mr Kristian Lindhartsen has a wide background in maritime law; with emphasis…||View Profile|
|Jostein Moen||Jostein Moen heads Kvale’s Corporate M&A department. He works mainly with transactions,…||View Profile|
|Trygve Norum||Mr Trygve Norum has more than 20 years of experience in M&A.…||View Profile|
|Steinar Nundal||Mr Steinar Nundal works mainly with regular counselling and transaction counselling to…||View Profile|
|Tom Hugo Ottesen||Tom Hugo Ottesen Heads Kvale’s restructuring, insolvency and investigation team. He has…||View Profile|
|Kristin Ourom||Kristin Ourom advices in general business law, with emphasis on energy, corporate,…||View Profile|
|Thomas Piro||Mr Thomas Piro has long experience as a lawyer in the field…||View Profile|
|Christian Poulsson||Mr Christian Poulsson har 20 years of experience within renewable energy (hydro,…||View Profile|
|Susanne Schneider||Ms Susanne Schneider has more than 20 years of experience with corporate…||View Profile|
|Arne Seemann Berg||Mr Arne Seemann Berg has substantial experience as a lawyer and renders…||View Profile|
|Nicolay Skarning||Nicolay is specialized in employment law and Heads Kvale’s Empolyment law and…||View Profile|
|Stine D Snertingdalen||Ms Stine D. Snertingdalen is specialized in restructuring and insolvency issues. She…||View Profile|
|Gunnar Stake-Larsen||Gunnar Stake-Larsen has long and extensive experience in guiding companies within trade,…||View Profile|
|Andreas Stang Lund||Andreas Stang Lund is specialized in civil litigation and dispute resolution, with…||View Profile|
|Christian Stang Våland||Mr Christian Stang Våland is a highly experienced litigator. He also provides…||View Profile|
|Per-Kaare Svendsen||Mr Per-Kaare Svenden is an internationally recognized TMT-expert and skilled negotiator. He…||View Profile|
|Jan-Erik Sverre||Mr Jan-Erik Sverre works primarily within employment law, procedure and legal matters…||View Profile|
|Marie Vaale-Hallberg||Marie Vaale-Hallberg is specialized in intellectual property law, in addition to having…||View Profile|
|Kristin Hjelmaas Valla||Ms Kristin Hjelmaas Valle works primarily within competiton law. She has extensive…||View Profile|
|Christian Wahl||Christian Wahl has substantial experience in national and international taxation and corporate…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 100
LanguagesEnglish French German the Scandinavian languages
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution
- Electricity and renewable energy
- EU and competition
- Intellectual property
- Maritime law
- Offshore construction and shipbuilding