Firm Profile > Kvale Advokatfirma DA > Oslo, Norway
Kvale Advokatfirma DA Offices
HAAKON VIIS GATE 10
PO BOX 1752, VIKA
Kvale Advokatfirma DA > The Legal 500 Rankings
Kvale Advokatfirma DA’s ‘strong, hardworking team’ is a key name in the market for Nordic financial institutions and regularly handles bankruptcies, insolvencies, restructuring mandates and contentious work. The practice counts Danske Bank, Sparebank and DNB Bank as clients, and recently handled the bankruptcy estate of five companies in the Norske Skog group of companies; the group has also recently been involved in the bankruptcy proceedings of Top-Toy Norge, which owned and operated the Norwegian Toys 'R' Us stores. Department head Thomas Piro focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency work, Tom Hugo Ottesen and Stine Snertingdalen are noted for their insolvency expertise, and Espen Hamar handles restructuring issues. in 2020, the practice gained Jon Skjørshammer and Robert Jensen from SANDS.
‘A strong hardworking team built around senior individuals who allow space for young professionals.‘
‘Espen Hamar is excellent in court.‘
‘The best firm in Norway to handle big bankruptcies as they have a number of skilled people in different legal areas.’
‘Tom Hugo Ottesen focuses on getting fast and good solutions without complicating things unnecessarily, while Stine Snertingdalen is very effective at executing different solutions.‘
The bankruptcy estates of Norske Skogindustrier and other companies in the Norske Skog company group
The bankruptcy estates of the RenoNorden companies
The bankruptcy estate of Marsoft International
The bankruptcy estates of S‑Bygg, S-Bygg Eiendom, S‑Bygg Holding and Metallpro
The bankruptcy estates of Bandak Group, Bandak Holding and Bandak Risør
GIEK (The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency)
The bankruptcy estate of Oslo Vei
The bankruptcy estate of REC Wafer Norway
Sparebank 1 SR-Bank
The bankruptcy estate of Atlantic Offshore
The bankruptcy estate of Tribe Invest
The bankruptcy estate of IMSK SE
The bankruptcy estate of Top-Toy Norge
The bankruptcy estates of Holmsbu Spa & Resort, Nye Holmsbu and Nye Holmsbu Invest
The bankruptcy estates of the Norpost companies
Bourbon Management / Bourbon Offshore Norway
Oil and gas Tier 1
At Kvale Advokatfirma DA, Jens Brede and Yngve Bustnesli jointly lead the group and specialise in oil and gas litigation and petroleum law respectively; Bustnesli is also experienced in contractual issues and transactional work. The team also includes oil services specialist Gry Bratvold, who recently joined from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS; Andreas Stang Lund, who focuses on contentious work; and corporate team head Jostein Moen. The practice’s client roster includes Marsk Drilling and Equinor; Brede is currently defending the latter in a dispute against COSL Innovator relating to the termination of a drilling contract following damage to a rig on the Norwegian continental shelf caused by a wave. Erik Brannsten moved in-house at Bane Nor.
Jens Brede; Yngve Bustnesli
Other key lawyers:
‘In-depth understanding of oil and gas business in Norway. Very strong on regulatory advice.‘
‘Kvale has solid knowledge of the oil and gas industry. Their people are highly experienced. As a company, they are always able to turn around quickly and provide needed assistance within deadlines given. They are flexible in their approach and give solid advice to us as customers. I have had a relationship with Kvale for 15 years and have no intention of changing.‘
‘Yngve Bustnesli is a top adviser. To the point, high standards, trusted adviser.‘
‘People like Yngve Bustnesli provide deep insight into regulations and best practices. He has worked in the Ministry of Oil and Energy and has a very significant contact network. The dedication of him and the team are highly appreciated. Most of all, the ability to trust each other is key. They always provide honest and good advice at an affordable price.‘
Maersk Drilling A/S
Neptune E&P Norge
Equinor (previously Statoil)
INEOS E&P Norge (previously DONG E&P Norge)
Island Drilling Company
M Vest Energy
Total E&P Norge
Ørsted AS (previously DONG Energy)
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Per Conradi Andersen heads up the department at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which is singled out for its expertise in the offshore and energy sectors with a client roster including Holship Norge, Dong E&P Norge and Statoil. The practice also recently acted for Standard P&I in a dispute with Grad and Stolt Nielsen relating to a fatal ship collision. Andersen is also active in IP, construction and corporate disputes; Jens Brede focuses on the oil and gas sector, Andreas Stang Lund has notable strength in the financial services, consumer products and real estate sectors; and Kristian Lindhartsen handles marine insurance disputes. Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer is also recommended for IP litigation.
Per Conradi Andersen
‘Kvale has an excellent litigation department.‘
‘Per Conradi Andersen and Jens Christian Gjesti are very skilled and also have in-depth knowledge of the telecom industry.‘
DONG E&P Norge
MAN Truck & Bus
West Oil Tools
Kvale Advokatfirma DA advises on the full spectrum of transactional, regulatory and contentious mandates for clients at a regional, domestic and international level; notable examples include Hafslund, TrønderEnergi, aventron and Tafjord Kraft. Group leader Christian Poulsson has substantial expertise in regulatory matters, commodities and derivatives trading and real estate issues; the practice also counts Per Conradi Andersen, who handles transactions, restructurings and disputes, as a key practitioner. The practice also gained Sverre Tysland from SANDS in 2020.
‘Fast responses, outstanding quality on the work done.‘
‘The team combines excellent legal skills with thorough knowledge of the energy markets. They have a pragmatic approach and will not consume more time than strictly needed to do the job.‘
‘Christian Poulsson is a great guy; top litigator with great expertise in energy, most notably renewables.‘
Captiva Capital Management
Swiss Life Asset Management
Augusta & Co
Rauma Energi Nett
Øvre Eiker Energi
EU and competition Tier 2
Kvale Advokatfirma DA is a key name in the market for clients in the telecoms, media and technology sectors and recently acted for e-book distributor VB Bok in a complaint against Cappelen Damm before the Norwegian Competition Authority; the group also acts for energy and natural resources, and life sciences companies including Pfizer and Bunker Oil. The ‘highly professional and intelligent’ Kristin Hjelmaas Valla leads the practice and handles merger clearance work, cartel issues, dominance matters and compliance mandates; while Henrik Svane is singled out for his litigation experience and expertise in the life sciences, food and beverage sectors.
Kristin Hjelmass Valla
‘Kristin Hjelmaas Valla is highly professional and experienced.‘
‘Kristin Valla is highly professional and intelligent. She is service minded and it is a pleasure to work with her. Kristin has worked with competition law for more than 20 years and she absolutely appears as a senior in this legal area.’
‘Kristin Hjelmaas Valla demonstrates solid knowledge and has an eye for crucial details. We are impressed with her ability to quickly grasp complex matters and to communicate complex legal matters in an easy-to-understand manner.‘
‘Kristin Hjelmaas Valla holds high integrity, she is extremely skilled in competition law, delivers on time and with high professional standards.‘
Vigmostad & Bjørke
Coca Cola European Partners Norge
Møller Mobility Group
Intellectual property Tier 2
Kvale Advokatfirma DA is a key name in the market for matters in the life sciences, technology, consumer goods and retail sectors; it counts Tine, Sandoz and Siemens as clients. The group advises on all IP issues with notable expertise in trade marks, patents and IP disputes. Anne Marie Sejersted heads up the department and is praised as ‘one of the most experienced IP litigators in Norway’, Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer is noted for her pharmaceutical patent litigation expertise, Marie Vaale-Hallberg handles retail and food-related matters, and Lars Trygve Jenssen has experience in copyright, trade mark, unfair competition and licensing mandates.
Anne Marie Sejersted
‘Pragmatic yet thorough, highly skilled in IP and litigation.‘
‘The IP team from Kvale is very knowledgeable and responsive. They also have sector-specific knowledge, in particular in relation to the food and life sciences industries.‘
‘The team is truly dedicated, engaged and provides custom-made advice reflecting a high degree of understanding of the business’ needs. A great combination of commercial understanding and professional legal expertise.‘
‘Impressive collection of partners with excellent competence within IP litigation and IP matters. Their IP team has an exceptional balance between IP litigation and previous in-house industry experience, making them an exceptional strong team for Norwegian industry, as well as clients from abroad.‘
‘Marie Vaale-Hallberg is highly skilled in IP and litigation, and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Alexander Daae is a rising star.‘
‘Anne Marie Sejersted is a highly professional and senior IP expert, with great experience also with patent litigation. She is a highly service-minded professional with a high degree of intelligence. She stands out as “rock solid”, both as a legal and strategic adviser.‘
‘Marie Vaale-Hallberg is highly commercial with a great understanding of the food industry. She is also very competent and has great experience with IP strategy work.‘
‘Kaia Bugge Fougner stands out as a highly professional and hands-on lawyer with great experience within IP portfolio work. She answers promptly, is always available, service minded, and detailed yet able to draw the big lines.‘
‘Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer is one of the most experienced IP litigators. One of a few lawyers who manage to understand very complex technical issues at a level of detail that is exceptional. This ability renders her almost unbeaten in cross examination of expert witnesses.‘
‘Anne Marie Seiersted is also one of the most experienced IP litigators in Norway, and her strength is her ability to identify the strong arguments and present these in a very convincing way in court.‘
Jaguar Land Rover
The National Museum
Maritime law Tier 2
Marine insurance expert Kristian Lindhartsen leads the shipping practice at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which advises on a broad range of issues including charter parties and marine contract law, pollution law, marine litigation, restructuring matters and transactional work. Lasse Hagen is the key contact for contentious mandates, Jostein Moen focuses on shipping transactions and restructurings, and senior lawyer Lilly Kathrin Relling handles commercial matters. Gry Bratvold joined the group in mid-2019 from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, and Snorre Nordhus moved in-house at Aker Energy.
‘Experienced team with strong shipping capabilities.‘
‘Great combination of commercial understanding and strong legal skills with the ability to focus on the end result for its clients rather than pursuing the legal angle only. Kristian Lindhartsen is a good example of the new generation of shipping lawyers in Norway that runs large complex matters while retaining the focus and swift response on other matters to other clients.‘
‘Lasse Hagen, Kristian Lindhartsen and Jostein Moen are professional, service minded and each very good and solution-oriented maritime lawyers.‘
Norwegian Coastal Authorities
Bourbon Offshore Norway
Brit Syndicate 2987
Nørresundby Rederi & Shipping af 2017
Jens Brede and Yngve Bustnesli co-head the department at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which has notable strength in the oil and gas sector and counts oil companies, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers and distributors as clients. The group handles the full range of offshore projects and disputes; Brede and Andreas Stang Lund are key names for litigation, Bustnesli is experienced in petroleum law and offshore contracts, and Gry Bratvold, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS in mid-2019, acts for clients in the oil services sector.
Jens Brede; Yngve Bustnesli
Maersk Drilling A/S
WR Berkley Insurance (Europe)
Norwegian Coastal Administration
Eagle Burgmann Norway
TMT Tier 2
Per-Kaare Svendsen leads the group at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which is a key contact for telecoms clients including Telia, TDC/Get and Broadnet. Other areas of expertise for the team include data protection and GDPR mandates, digitalisation projects, big data issues and e-commerce work. Svendsen focuses on telecoms work, Lars Trygve Jenssen handles technology mandates including contracts, e-commerce issues, marketing work and data protection matters; Thomas Farhang specialises in transactional work, and Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer and Jens Christian Gjesti are active in the privacy space.
‘Hillevi Myhre is always on point with great commercial understanding and ability to drive processes forward.‘
SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Sparebank 1 SR-Bank
Norske Skog bankruptcy estate
Indre Sogn Sparebank
Jostein Moen heads up the department at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which handles domestic and cross-border mandates for a roster of clients spanning the technology, financial, industrial, energy and pharmaceuticals sectors; notable examples include Danske Bank, Compsoft, Telia and Pandion Energy. Moen also has substantial expertise in the shipping sector, Marius L Andresen focuses on cross-border work and Thomas S Farhang is a key name for technology clients. Other key names include maritime, technology and fintech specialist Susanne Schneider, oil and gas expert Yngve Bustnesli and Trygve Norum, who regularly acts for Norwegian and international investors. Carl Christian Marthinussen made partner in 2019, and the group recruited Anne Kjølseth Ekerholt, Henrik Grung, Kristin Nyhus Halvorsen and Sverre Tysland from SANDS in 2020.
‘I consider Kvale one of the most professional and streamlined teams in Norway. A big experienced team is available on short notice, which is crucial.‘
‘Extreme speed and execution when necessary in complex cases.‘
‘A large professional team, well-coordinated, makes the difference. All in defined roles.‘
‘Thomas Farhang is an extremely valuable lawyer. Service minded, always available, and with necessary toughness when needed.‘
Elkjøp Nordic (Dixons Carphone)
NES Global Talent
Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG
Philips Lighting Holding B.V
Koninklijke Philips N.V.
Nordic Mining ASA
Employment Tier 3
At Kvale Advokatfirma DA, practice head Nicolay Skarning is experienced in data privacy issues, competition work and employment-related arbitration, while Jan-Erik Sverre handles employment litigation, which is a key area of strength for the wider team. In a recent highlight, the group represented Bravida in litigation relating to the seniority principle as it relates to downsizings; other key clients include Coca-Cola, Dong Energy and Ikea. Monica Gjerde Sperre joined from SANDS in 2020.
‘Flexible and high-quality advice, high engagement levels, accessible advice at every step of any case. Truly acts like a good adviser, and includes the client in the “team”. Good information on the status and progress during the processes.‘
‘Nicolay Skarning’s strategic advice and legal knowledge is extremely valuable, and makes for good solutions and good processes, especially with early involvement. Flexible approach to what the client can contribute and available at any time. One also feels included in a “community” as part of the client-lawyer relationship.’
The Norwegian Opera & Ballet
The Norwegian Housing Federation
The Norwegian Federation of Engineers
Kvale Advokatfirma DA > Firm Profile
The firm: Kvale is a business law firm that since 1985 has advised the local and international business community. Stable organic growth over a quarter of a century has led the firm past a number of important milestones. Not least growing from one to 50 employees and past that, towards 100 and beyond.
The firm’s growth has been fuelled by its dedication to legal competence and excellence and its unrelenting focus on clients’ objectives and interests. Its experience and competence covers all legal disciplines, and it is one of the leading firms within a number of these.
Kvale is especially recognised for its work on high-impact cases for a number of Norway’s most significant companies. Litigation has been a key component of the firm’s practice since it was founded. The firm has handled a number of the largest litigation matters in Norway.
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: the firm’s experienced lawyers give professional guidance to 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 provides comprehensive advice within the field of information technology and telecommunications.
Competition and EU: Kvale has experienced lawyers who specialise in EU and EEA law, and who also work with specialists in other areas, to provide clients with the best comprehensive advice possible.
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.
Employment and pensions: Kvale’s comprehensive practice covers all questions related to employment laws and regulations. Its lawyers have extensive experience in court proceedings within this field.
Tax and accounting: Kvale offers a full range of services within tax and accounting.
Banking and finance: Kvale provides legal assistance in relation to all types of financial transactions. The firm assists leading banks, savings banks, and other financial institutions.
Restructuring, insolvency proceedings and credit security: Kvale represents banks, financial institutions and individual creditors in matters related to insolvency and credit security.
Corporate/M&A: Kvale offers advice within domestic and cross-border acquisitions, mergers, de-mergers, capital transactions and reorganisations.
Food law: Kvale provides comprehensive advice within food and feed 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||Christian Stang Våland|
|Banking and finance||Stine D Snertingdalen|
|Corporate M&A||Marius L Andresen|
|Corporate M&A||Thomas S Farhang|
|Building and construction||Erik Brannsten|
|Building and construction||Jens Brede|
|Competition and the EU/EEA||Kristin Hjelmaas Valla|
|Competition and the EU/EEA||Henrik Svane|
|Intellectual property||Anne Marie Sejersted|
|Intellectual property||Ingrid Hanssen-Bauer|
|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|