Mr Jens Brede > Kvale Advokatfirma DA > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

Kvale Advokatfirma DA
0122 OSLO

Work Department

Petroleum and energy law, construction law, dispute resolution and litigation and acting arbitrator


Mr Jens Brede Heads Kvale’s Oil and Gas department. He has since 1988 worked with legal issues related to all segments of the oil- and gas industry, specializing in contractual law issues, especially within the areas of construction contracts, transportation contracts, gas sales contracts, license contracts and service contracts. He has also experience from insurance cases related to the oil- and gas business.


1992 – Partner, Kvale; 1988 – 1992 Partner, Kvale & Brede; 1986 – 1988 Associate, Wikborg, Rein & Co; 1984 – 1986 Assistant judge, Lofoten District Court; 1983 – 1984 Research assistant, Department of Criminal Law, University of Oslo


Norwegian and English


The Norwegian Bar Association.


1984 Cand. jur., University of Oslo

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Oil and gas

(Leading individuals)

Jens BredeKvale Advokatfirma DA

Well known for its strength in regulatory issues‘, Kvale Advokatfirma DA is also experienced in contentious proceedings, particularly in relation to petroleum activities on the Norwegian continental shelf. The practice is also instructed on transactional and contractual matters, notably recently advising a major oil company in connection with the sale of the entire ExxonMobil portfolio in Norway. Bolstered by the addition of FPSO project specialist Gry Bratvold from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS in mid-2019, the team has seen an increase in large development mandates. The department is jointly led by Yngve Bustnesli, who ‘with a background from the ministry, is particularly good on regulatory issues‘, and Jens Brede, who focuses on contractual issues.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding

(Hall of Fame)

Jens BredeKvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA is singled out for acting in large disputes, including cases relating to the offshore sector, with particular expertise in representing oil companies. The team is also recognised for its involvement in international offshore construction projects, assisting contractors, manufacturers and distributors with projects in the Americas and West Africa. Jens Brede, who focuses on oil and gas litigation, and Yngve Bustnesli, who advises on petroleum law and offshore contracts, jointly head up the practice.

Norway > Dispute resolution

Key sector strengths for the dispute team at Kvale Advokatfirma DA encompasses the financial services, consumer products, oil and gas, public and real estate industries; the team also handles patent and IP litigation for life sciences and onshore technology companies. Practice head Per Conradi Andersen focuses on renewable energy, construction and corporate matters, and has extensive arbitration experience. Jens Brede excels in the oil and gas sector, and Andreas Stang Lund and Christian Poulsson are also key names to note, along with Anne Marie Sejersted and Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer, who focus on IP litigation.