Firm Profile > SANDS > Oslo, Norway

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Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 2

Continuing the notable growth the firm has seen over recent years, SANDS’ banking and finance group recruited cross-border financing specialist Jørn Snorre Øvstedal from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt in late 2018, and further expanded in 2019 following the recruitment of Ylva Cornelia Axelsen, who is experienced in the shipping, offshore, oil services and cruise sectors, from an in-house position at Nordea. Stein Hegdal remains active for bank clients. Marit Kirkhusmo and Oddbjorn Slinning are also key contacts for shipping finance work, with other key sectors for the team spanning the real estate, energy, natural resources and maritime industries. Former group head Hillevi Torngren Myhre joined Kvale Advokatfirma DA in 2020.


High partner focus with highly experienced people. Partner’s with in-house experience from leading banks which is a great asset.

Key clients

Wallenius Wilhelmsen


Sparebanken Møre

SpareBank 1 SMN

DHT Holdings

ING Capital LLC

Macquarie Bank

ABN Amro Capital USA LLC

BNP Paribas

Construction Tier 2

Bergen-based Alf Johan King heads up the department at SANDS, which is notably active in the infrastructure space and handles matters across the road, rail and air sectors. The practice handles the full spectrum of construction mandates including PPP work, contractual issues and disputes, and also recently expanded its offering in Stavanger, which focuses on the oil and gas industry. Geir Frøholm is a key contact for PPP issues, Morten Hugo Berger focuses on construction litigation, and Tor Anthon Christiansen handles a substantial amount of cross-border work.

Practice head(s):


Competent team with a number of specialists within construction law.

Very easy to work with. Thorough – put effort into getting an in-depth understanding of the cases that we discuss.

Key clients


Roxel Group with subsidiaries




Sandefjord lufthavn

Carl C. Fon

Krüger Kaldnes

LAB Entreprenør



Dispute resolution Tier 2

The ‘fantastic team’ at SANDS is increasingly involved in high-profile, cross-border disputes and recently defended CNH Industrial and Iveco against a damages claim in the Norwegian courts which was a follow-on action based on the European Commission cartel fine in 2016. The group is particularly active in the construction, insurance, aquaculture and energy and natural resources sectors; clients include Chubb, AF Gruppen and Havkraft. Morten Steenstrup leads the department, which also includes Bjørn Stordrange, construction specialist Morten Hugo Berger, Lars Tormodsgard, Hege Birkeland Ersdal, shipping litigator Oddbjørn Slinning and insurance expert Christian Kjellby Nesset.

Practice head(s):


Fantastic team, very strong, qualified people. Good mix.

SANDS works well internally to get the mix of experience and younger, eager attorneys to cooperate to get the best preparations possible. Much appreciated!

Morten Steenstrup is a very wise person, a uniquely experienced lawyer, and on top of that, very charming to be around!’

Key clients

CNH Industrial N.V.

Aleris Ungplan & Boi/Aleris Group



Johnson Controls

AF Gruppen ASA

Retriever Norge



Alexela Group



Rambøll Norge AS

Fishing and aquaculture Tier 2

With ‘a unique knowledge of fishing and aquaculture law’, SANDS’ cross-practice capability encompasses regulatory, transactional, advisory and contentious expertise, and the group advises on issues across the full supply chain in the catch and farming sectors. Clients include salmon producers, industry organisations and fish farming companies. Ole-Martin Lund Andreassen heads up the practice and regularly acts for vessel owners; he also has notable experience with coastal zone planning work, location clearing issues and aquaculture concessions. Halfdan Mellbye focuses on regulatory matters, Eirik Edvardsen handles transactions and Lars Alsaker is a public and administrative law expert.


SANDS has a unique knowledge of fishing and aquaculture law that is unique in Norway. SANDS also has a broad approach to sea legal issues, which means that they have a multi-spectrum approach to law.

SANDS’ lawyers, I would say, are some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable people I have met in the field of law. I would particularly like to emphasise their very welcoming personality and their willingness to search for and find good legal solutions.

Key clients

K Strømmen Holding AS

Insurance Tier 2

Acting for both policyholders and insurers, SANDS’ roster of domestic and international clients includes WR Berkley, Zurich Insurance, Tryg, Chubb and RiskPoint. Group head Christian Kjellby Nesset assists with product development issues, insurance claims and reinsurance mandates; he recently acted for Johnson Controls and Chubb in a professional indemnity matter and acts as adviser to Protector on its insurance activities in Norway.

Practice head(s):

Key clients


Zurich Insurance


Schenker and Schenker Ocean


Generali PanEurope Dac

Hansard Europe Dac

Johnson Controls captive


Norwegian Insurance Partner

Frende Forsikring


Tromstrygd Gjensidig Forsikringsselskap

W. R. Berkley Insurance (Europe)

Maritime law Tier 2

SANDS is ‘always willing to go the extra mile’ for its client roster of ship owners, tanker companies, shipbuilders, offshore services providers and oil and gas corporates. Practice head Marit Kirkhusmo is singled out for her financing expertise, Oddbjørn Slinning has recently been active in domestic and cross-border restructuring mandates, and Guy Leonard focuses on offshore and shipping projects. The practice also handles notable contentious issues, insurance mandates, tax work and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):


Knowledgeable, efficient, and very responsive lawyers, always willing to go the extra-mile to reach objectives.

Stands out for its professionalism, expert knowledge and dedication.

Very humble, down-to-earth and non-egocentric attitude. Appropriate non-confrontational approach to undertaking discussions during contract negotiations. Guy Leonard and Oddbjørn Slinning have my trust and I would take him into any meetings without hesitation. I cannot say the same of many lawyers...’

Key clients

Base Marine Norway

Bulk Loaders

DHT Holdings

P&O Maritime

Ocean Farming AS

AROS Marine

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

SANDS’ ‘highly competent and professional’ practice leverages its substantial growth in recent years to assist a broad range of clients with domestic and international work with particular expertise at a Nordic level. The team is also singled out for its sector expertise and handles matters across the healthcare, energy and natural resources, fishing, insurance and technology sectors. The group is also increasingly active in the private equity field, with expertise led by Espen Furuholt, who joined from Wikborg Rein in 2019. Terje Gulbrandsen  and healthcare specialist Erik Lind  are also key names to note. In 2020, former practice head Anne Kjølseth Ekerholt and Sverre Tysland joined Kvale Advokatfirma DA.


Highly competent and professional, with high speed and accuracy of deliveries.

The team has great insights when finding solutions.

Key clients

Ambea Norge


Transtema Group

Låshuset Sikkerhetssenter

Norgesbakeriene Holding

Bakst Holding

Apollonia Holding

KMC Family

Aleris – Sirela Sweden



Electricity and renewable energy Tier 3

SANDS’ cross-practice team advises on all elements of energy production including transactions, restructurings, regulatory work and advisory matters in the hydropower, wind and solar sectors. Alf Øystein Skudal handles hydropower and grid matters, Halvor Grov assists with renewable sector reorganisations and transactions, and Vidar Johnsen is a construction and contract law specialist. Former group head Sverre Tysland joined Kvale Advokatfirma DA in 2020.

Key clients

Midt Energi (prev. Gauldal Energi)

Røros Elektrisitetsverk



NTE Nett

Captiva Asset Management

Selbu Energiverk

Gudbrandsdal Energi Holding

Haugaland Kraft


Vento Ludens GmbH

HW Asset GmbH

Solvind Prosjekt

Sandøy Energi


Employment Tier 3

SANDS’ practice is ‘always quick and accurate’ and ‘shows professional interest and understanding of its clients’, which span the energy and natural resources, maritime, technology, healthcare and retail sectors; clients include AstraZeneca, Stokke and Aleris. Per Ragnar Bronken leads the department, which excels in corporate restructurings and redundancy processes, disputes and investigations. Henning Heitmann ‘finds creative solutions’ and Espen Johannessen is ‘one of the most professional individuals around’. Former practice head Torkel Tveit also contributes to the work.

Practice head(s):


Henning Heitmann is skilled, thorough and always responds quickly. Finds creative solutions and is excellent when negotiating with the counterparty. Friendly attitude and solution-oriented. He also works with our HR-department to increase internal legal competence, which has given great results for the past two years. Excellent discussion partner.

Espen Johannessen is one of the most professional individuals I have worked with.

Key clients

AstraZeneca Norway

Thomas Cook Airlines

Stryker Norway





EU and competition Tier 3

SANDS fields ‘a strong team with experience across several different disciplines’ including competition litigation, regulatory and compliance issues and merger filing work. Practice head Thomas Sando is a key contact for merger control work, while Aksel Joachim Hageler also handles compliance matters and damage claims. The team is also recognised for its sector expertise and regularly acts for clients in the public, construction, fishery and aquaculture, waste and recycling, health and transport industries; examples include CNH Industrial, Aleris Helse and Norsk Takst.

Practice head(s):


They proved a strong team across several different disciplines. If needed other departments step in quickly. They all operate very professionally and show great passion for their work and the clients.

They all ensure absolute professionalism in the work they provide. Always available, very pleasant to work with and extremely service oriented.

I have worked with Thomas Sando and he has a great way of being. He is a guy that you always can count on and has been of great help to get things done.’

Key clients

Aleris Helse

Høgskulen på Vestlandet (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

Aurland Ressursutvikling AS


CNH Industrial

Iveco/Iveco Magirus

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Helse Bergen HF

Ministry of Local Government & Regional Development

Norsk Takst

Karmøy Kommune

Helse Stavanger HF


Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The department at SANDS handles bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring issues in the financial services, energy and natural resources, shipping and real estate sectors. In a recent highlight, the group assisted Terra Securities with its bankruptcy proceedings; other clients include Storebrand Asset Management, Prima Invest and Extra Leker. Key contacts include Andreas Fuglesang and Stein Hegdal in Oslo, and Terje Bjørndahl in Trondheim. Jon Skjørshammer and Robert Jensen departed to Kvale Advokatfirma DA in 2020.


Senior personnel with different types of background. Good teamwork and dialogue. Open-minded discussions. Appropriate resources available.’

Good dialogue with clients and the attitude to “think” before “action”.

Key clients

Extra Leker



Prima Invest


Storebrand Asset Management

Intellectual property Tier 3

Katrine Malmer-Høvik heads up the department at SANDS, which handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP mandates with particular expertise in the aquaculture and fishing, energy, natural resources and retail sectors. The group is also active in trade mark matters and assists clients in the media and entertainment sector including artists and labels. Vidar Johnsen is the key contact for patent disputes and Ketil Sellæg Ramberg is active in the music sector.

Practice head(s):


The people I work with at SANDS are skilled and efficient, and able to provide results, often in out of court settlement. In cases with full litigation they are also very efficient.

Vidar Johnsen is a preferred attorney at law for IPR based agreements across jurisdictions.

Katrine Malmer-Høvik is well prepared and gives an impressive performance in litigation.

Key clients



Retriever Norge

Oslo Cancer Cluster

Norway Health Tech

Three members of Highasakite

No Isolation

Oil and gas Tier 3

SANDS has ‘a truly international offering’ and advises on a wide variety of Norwegian and cross-border transactions and disputes across the oil and gas, oil services, rig and supply vessel sectors for a client roster, which includes Oceanteam, Sevan Marine and Bunker Oil. Practice head Lars Berge Andersen, who has ‘a 24/7 approach to his work’, is a key contact for cross-border work and Oddbjørn Slinning focuses on shipping and offshore matters.

Practice head(s):


Good overall and detailed knowledge.

SANDS is renowned in the energy, shipping and offshore sector, with a truly international offering and huge experience in the transactional, advisory and disputes sides.

Lars Berge Andersen has an 24/7 approach to his work, giving us the urgent support needed in our business.

Lars Berge Andersen has huge experience in oil and gas and an in-depth knowledge of the industry worldwide, the Norwegian energy sector and the Far East, where he worked for some years. He has a significant client base and is very knowledgeable on current trends.

Key clients

Sevan Marine

Frydenbø Industri


PSW Technology

MHWirth (Aker Group)


Helix Oilfield Services


Wellis Mpcd


Bunker Oil

Offshore Simulation Centre


Borealis/Australis Maritime

Ocean Farming

Public procurement Tier 3

With notable strength in its Bergen office, SANDS’ practice is led by Bergen-based practitioner Åshild Fløisand, who is active in the healthcare, construction and infrastructure sectors and counts Helse Stavanger HF and Helse Bergan HF as key clients; he acted for the latter on its procurement of the construction works and services for a new children’s hospital in Bergen. In Tromsø, Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm is the key contact and primarily handles construction mandates.

Practice head(s):


We have worked with SANDS for many years and know their practice very well. It is our opinion that they have unique expertise in the procurement field. They always take a business approach to legal issues. Our experience is that the team is solution-oriented and to-the-point. In addition to knowing the law inside out, the team has solid knowledge of the industry’s dynamics and challenges and is therefore a valuable adviser.

They have unique know-how of public procurement. They are always there when you need assistance, and they are able to give good advice within a short period of time. They are also very skilful helping with complex procurement procedures, making us able to use the Procurement Act to its full extent.

The procurement team is led by partner Åshild Fløisand who is a very experienced lawyer with a key understanding of our commercial position in the market. She is extremely knowledgeable in public procurement law and practices and is not afraid of fighting tricky cases. She provides high-quality advice, and it is our impression that she is genuinely engaged in her clients and cases. She is known to provide clear answers and this is a quality that we strongly appreciate.

Åshild Fløisand is knowledgeable, committed, hits deadlines, gives good specific advice and is involved in the matter, regularly following up with clients.

Key clients

Helse Bergen HF

Høgskulen på Vestlandet (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

Helse Stavanger HF

Region Nordhordland Helsehus IKS

Helse Vest IKT AS

Karmøy Kommune

Fjell Vatn Avløp og Renovasjon AS

Ulvik Herad


Akasia AS


Ålesund kommune

Real estate Tier 3

SANDS’ expertise in real estate developments and transactional work was strengthened in 2019 following the recruitment of special counsel Roger Engebretsen from EY Norway and the addition of senior lawyer Sofia Bjørck from Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS, who has notable expertise in zoning matters. Team head Christian Hartmann handles high-value transactions and development issues, and Jens Aas is an expert in the tax and VAT elements of real estate transactions. Clients include real estate investors, corporate occupiers and real estate funds.

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Key clients

Anders Opsahl Holding AS

Oslo Finans AS

Taraldset Eiendom AS

Fearnley Project Finace AS

Fauna Eiendom AS

Loe Utvikling

Sofiemyr Utvikling

Pecunia AS

Angelo Gordon

Greverud Utvikling AS/Kruse Smith AS

Tax Tier 3

SANDS is praised by clients for its ‘high-level involvement’ in matters and the team is particularly active in international issues including transfer pricing work, and tax litigation. The group also leverages the firm’s wider sector expertise to act for clients in the technology, fishery and aquaculture industries; clients include Kongsberg Gruppen, Siemens and Pelagia. Team head Ulf Sørdal and Torgeir Fjeldskaar focus on tax disputes, John Olav Auran is a VAT expert, Ernst Ravnaas handles corporate tax and tax planning matters, and Stig Nordal handles transactional issues.

Practice head(s):


We have had very good high-level involvement in all our cases with SANDS, especially from Ulf Sørdal.

Key clients

Allianze funds



Inter Eiendom

JM Norge

Korn Ferry

MAN Bus & Truck Norge

SPEAR Africa funds

Aller Aqua

Dräger Safety

First Hotels

Foyer International

FTI Consulting Group

Generali PanEurope



Inmarsat Solutions


Kongsberg Gruppen


Ocean Pearl

Kverva (SalMar)




Raise Gruppen


Stokke Gruppen

ToCircle Industries

Ytterstad Fiskeriselskap


GEA Refrigerators

Kraftanlage Munchen

Scilla Treschow








Normet Oy

TMT Tier 4

SANDS handles the full range of TMT issues including transactions, investment issues, regulatory advice and litigation. The group is particularly noted for its technology research and development expertise and is a go-to name for domestic technology incubators; it also regularly acts for investors including private equity firms, funds and venture capital providers investing in the TMT sector. Transactional specialist Stig Nordal heads up the department, which also fields Gisle Edvard Årnes, who handles technology contracts, and media and entertainment sector expert Ketil Sellæg Ramberg.

Practice head(s):


They have gone above and beyond what can be expected from them on the job they have done for us. They took a much more strategic approach to the job than just writing new contracts.

Best IT lawyers in Norway. Know their way around the domain and have enough experience to be helpful quickly and with the best solutions.

Work primarily with Stig Nordal and Martin Brox. They are both experts in their field and very friendly at the same time. They know their clients and their needs very well, and have tailored their approach to helping these clients – which is different depending on the client’s urgency, company size, severity of issue and so on.

Key clients


EYR Medical



Aleris Medical Group

Basic Internet Foundation

Bergen Teknologioverføring/VIS

Element Logic

Eye Networks

Founders Fund


No Isolation


Oslo Cancer Cluster


The firm: We are a full service law firm with offices in Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, Ålesund, Tromsø and Tønsberg. We are a firm in strong growth – 55 new employees since September 2015, of which 18 new partners – all from leading law firms. We have 12 partners with the right to attend the Supreme Court. Many of our lawyers have heavy business experience and international expertise. Our internal organization ensures seamless work and competence flow across our offices. This allows our clients to gain the necessary expertise regardless of where in their country they are.

Department Name Email Telephone
Anti-corruption due diligence
Arve settlement/generation change
Banking and finance
Compliance, commercial advice and transaction support
Expropriation and discretion
Energy, shipping and offshore
EU, EEA and competition
Fisheries and aquaculture
Global construction desk
Intellectual property
Asset management and private equity
Capital markets
Conflict resolution and procedure
Commercial property
Public Private Partnership (OPS)
Public procurement
Restructuring and insolvency
Tax, fee and accounting
Transactions – M&A
Other offices : Aalesund
Other offices : Bergen
Other offices : Stavanger
Other offices : Tønsberg
Other offices : Tromsø
Other offices : Tronheim