Mr Yngve Bustnesli > Kvale Advokatfirma DA > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

Kvale Advokatfirma DA
0122 OSLO

Work Department

Oil, gas and energy and building and construction.


Mr Yngve Bustnesli has in-depth knowledge of the oil & gas industry, and is recognized as one of the leading Norwegian practitioners within petroleum law and offshore contracts. He has extensive experience with the various offshore contracts including seismic agreements, drilling contracts, rig hire and rig sharing agreements, tie-in agreements, licence transactions and due diligences, unitisations and redeterminations, third party access to infrastructures, gas sales contracts, decommissioning projects and the applicable petroleum legislation.


2009 – Partner, Kvale; 2006 – 2009 Non-equity partner, Advokatfirma Selmer; 2004 – 2006 Senior associate, Advokatfirma Arntzen de Besche; 2001 – 2004 Associate, Advokatfirma Wikborg, Rein & Co; 2001 Trainee, CMS Cameron McKenna, London; 1999 Trainee, EU-Commission, Directorate- General for Energy; 1995 – 2001 Senior executive officer and advisor, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy1995Associate, Office of the City Advocate in Oslo


Norwegian and English


Norwegian Bar Association.


2001 Degree in English Law, College of Law, London; 1994 Cand.jur., University of Oslo

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Oil and gas

(Leading individuals)

Yngve Bustnesli  – Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale 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.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding

Jointly led by oil and gas expert Jens Brede and Yngve Bustnesli, who regularly advises on offshore contracts, the practice at Kvale Advokatfirma DA has established expertise in acting for oil and gas companies in international offshore construction projects, as well as large-scale disputes. The group reports an increase in instructions from offshore wind companies. Other key practitioners include Gry Bratvold, who has a track record in advising on international offshore projects; Lilly Kathrin Relling, who handles contracts for shipping clients; and senior associate Marte Roen, who is noted for her expertise in dispute resolution.

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