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Norway > Fishing and aquaculture Tier 1

With several offices along the Norwegian coast, SANDS’ full-service and specialised fishing and aquaculture team maintains a market-leading offering, advising leading industry players on the full range of regulatory, transactional and contentious work in the sector. Regulatory advice is a particular strength of the team, and practice head Halfdan Mellbye has a solid track record advising on regulatory frameworks relating to fisheries and fish farming, including environmental issues and sales regulations, from the Bergen office. Ole-Martin Lund Andreassen in Tromsø handles coastal zone planning and aquaculture concessions work for cod farming clients. Transactional mandates are handled by Eirik Edvardsen, while Frode Henning Antonsen is hailed by clients as ‘supremely the best’ in industry-related construction matters; both are based in Trondheim.

Practice head(s):

Halfdan Mellbye

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is made up of people with different skills who complement each other very well. They are forward-thinking and aggressive and are able to combine their legal skills with a great understanding of the purpose and processes in the aquaculture industry.’

‘Frode Henning Antonsen is a highly skilled lawyer. His strength is his expertise in the field combined with extensive experience with construction projects. He is very service-minded and stands up when we need his support. He is supremely the best in the market from our point of view.’

‘Halfdan Melbye stands out.’

‘Sands has many employees with heavy experience on legal issues concerning fishery legislations.’

‘I recommend Ole-Martin Lund Andreassen and Bjørn-Ivar Bendiksen.’

‘To the point understanding of our needs and very clear on this in their advice to us.’

‘The experience and insight Halfdan Melbye has from the sector is outstanding and has been most valuable for our company. Also has his ability to read and understand our needs.’

Key clients


Osland Havbruk


Grøntvedt Pelagic

Langøylaks – Troland Fiskeoppdrett – Austevoll Melaks

Skjerneset Fisk – Mork Rensefisk



Akvaplan Niva

Driva Aquaculture

Lofoten Sjøprodukter

Kime Aqua

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal consultant for Sjømatbedriftenes’ activities regarding the Norwegian government’s introduction of ground rent tax on the aquaculture industry, to reduce the negative impact of this new tax regime.
  • Advised Oddvar Nes AS, one of the largest companies within white fish in Northern Norway, on its purchase of 100% of the shares in Vesterhav AS.
  • Assisted Lofoten Sjøprodukter with re-establishing a permit from the authorities to use a fish-farming location.

Norway > Construction Tier 2

SANDS’ construction offering spans all stages of the project lifecycle, handling contractual, contentious, and corporate issues for both private and public sector clients in the industry. Alf Johan Knag, in Bergen, oversees the team and handles risk analysis, project planning, and contractual mandates. Litigator Vidar Johnsen focuses on EPC contracts and PPP structures, as well as final settlement disputes and claims handling for clients in the industry. In Trondheim, Frode Henning Antonsen specialises in contract law and assists contractors, builders and suppliers. Eirik Birkelund and Corinne Silden Stephensen attract praise for their dispute resolution expertise.

Practice head(s):

Alf Johan Knag


‘Very competent and very good knowledge about our firm and the sector where we operate.’

‘Creative and accurate in the work of getting the facts out and come up with good suggestions for solutions for process and progress.’

‘Vidar Johnsen – very good in litigation and licensing.’

‘Corinne Silden Stephensen: She has a humble approach and seeks to find sound arguments that speak for us.’

‘SANDS has a strong team within construction law. I value the fact that they have professionals with in-depth knowledge in all of their regional offices. This gives us excellent advice locally and it makes the daily interactions where they can show up and meet our project managers where they are so much easier to handle.’

‘Eirik Birkelund (partner) has excellent knowledge of construction law and litigation. When it comes to groundsworks he is in a league of his own.’

‘The team is made up of people with different skills who complement each other very well. They are forward-thinking and aggressive and are able to combine their legal skills with a great understanding of the purpose and function of construction projects.’

‘Committed and knowledgeable personnel, who are also pleasant, accommodating and solution-oriented who deliver at the agreed time.’

Key clients

AF Gruppen ASA

Gunvald Johansen AS

Krüger Kaldnes AS

YIT Infra Norge AS

Elecnor S.A.

Nordland Forbinde

Consto AS

Peab Anlegg AS


Work highlights

  • Advised AF Gruppen on a €200m project by Oslo municipality.
  • Advising the international JV SA. PI. NOR SALINI IMPREGILO – PIZZAROTTI ANS on the full execution of the contract with Bane Nor for the Nykirke-Barkåker parcel.
  • Advising Baneservice on a €100m railway project NBF14 Nygårdstangen – Bergen – Fløen for the National Railway Agency (Bane Nor).

Norway > Maritime law Tier 2

Marit Kirkhusmo heads up the dedicated shipping and offshore offering at SANDS, which spans all aspects of shipping-related work, including construction, shipbuilding and charter work, and contentious mandates. Kirkhusmo specialises in financing work in the shipping and offshore sectors and handles sale and leaseback issues, vessel constructions, and dispute resolution mandates for shipowners, brokers, insurance companies, and agents. Guy Leonard, dual-qualified in Norway and England and Wales, has extensive experience advising on project development and vessel chartering issues, with a notable emphasis on LNG floating storage and regasification projects. At associate level, Hallvard Janbu Høyem assists shipowners and shipyards with marine insurance and contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Marit Kirkhusmo

Other key lawyers:


‘What sets this practice apart is their unwavering dedication to client success. They take the time to deeply understand your unique needs and objectives, tailoring their legal strategies accordingly. Their team’s expertise spans a wide range of practice areas, ensuring comprehensive support.’

‘SANDS truly shines in their personalised approach and ability to stay ahead of the curve. A resounding 10/10 recommendation!’

‘Guy Leonard is truly exceptional. His leadership and expertise set him apart in the legal field. Guy’s ability to grasp complex legal issues and translate them into practical strategies is remarkable.’

‘Hallvard Høyem, as an associate working alongside Guy Leonard, embodies the same dedication to excellence. His attention to detail and unwavering commitment to our case’s success have been truly impressive. His commitment to delivering results and going the extra mile sets him apart as an outstanding associate.’

Key clients

Höegh LNG

Gjensidige Insurance

Vard Group

AKVA Group

Eitzen Group, including Camillo Eitzen & Co AS and Eitzen Avanti AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Eitzen Avanti AS with the acquisition of B-Gas A/S, B-Gas NSG, B-Gas Pelagic and their subsidiaries (collectively, B-Gas) from Bergshav and its partners.
  • Advising Höegh LNG on the charter and delivery of two floating LNG storage and regasification units (FSRUs) for the fast-track LNG import projects at the Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel Ports in Germany.
  • Advising Vard Group on the restructuring of DOF Group, which is a leading Norway-based ship-owning group in the offshore services industries.

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Collaborating closely with the firm’s construction team, the disputes team at SANDS has a solid track record in acting for clients in the energy, insurance, infrastructure and real estate industries. Under the leadership of Hege Birkeland Ersdal, the group has seen an increase in cross-border disputes, particularly in the insurance, oil and gas, and offshore sectors. Christian Kjellby Nesset takes point on insurance litigation, while Hilde Lund handles civil cases involving public sector entities.

Practice head(s):

Hege Birkeland Ersdal

Other key lawyers:


‘The team was strong, especially lead lawyer Hege Ersdal. They were innovative in their approach and honest with how to make the best possible strategy.’

‘Hege Ersdal stood out as the star in our team.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable, skilled in court.’

‘SANDS’ team in the discipline of dispute resolution is very good quality in all respects.’

‘Hege B. Ersdal has a very strong academic record and industry/business knowledge which is invaluable for high-quality legal services.’

‘The group delivers a unique understanding of the client’s needs. Looking at the case from a perspective of sharing the ownership of the problems that need to be overcome. They are very pleasant to work with.’

‘ Christian Kjellby Nesset is a high-standard, business-oriented lawyer who deeply understands the client’s needs. He is always available and finds the best solutions to complex legal issues. He is a great litigator and is very pleasant to work with!’

Key clients

AF Gruppen



American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association

Chubb Insurance

CNH Industrial N.V. and Iveco


Havkraft AS

If Insurance

IKT Norge

Johnson Controls

LB Samarbeidet AS

National Association of Private Kindergartens

Norsk Stein AS

Lloyds Syndicates

Protector Insurance

RiskPoint AS

Retriever Norge AS




DB Schenker

Zurich Insurance


Work highlights

  • Litigated on Perpetuum’s behalf before the Supreme Court in a high-profile public procedure case.
  • Acted successfully in a principal case regarding the financing of private kindergartens in Norway that are entitled to the same subsidy as publicly owned kindergartens.
  • Defending CNH and Iveco in a damages claim in excess of NOK1bn before the Norwegian courts, which is a follow-on action based on the European Commission’s 2016 €3bn cartel fine.

Norway > Employment Tier 3

SANDS has a ‘very competent‘ employment practice with particular expertise in corporate change projects, such as restructurings and redundancies, as well as disputes and investigations. The practice is co-headed by Maria Elena Kvalen, who is a maritime sector expert who advises on a broad range of employment related issues; and employment specialist Henning Heitmann, who has ‘profound knowledge and expertise‘ in his field. The group also includes Eirik Edvardsen, who is experienced in employment disputes, restructurings and downsizing processes; and labour law expert Espen Johannessen. Malin Stenseth is also a recommended practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Maria Elena Kvalen; Henning Heitmann


‘SANDS shows a genuine interest in the person and the case. They are professional and give thought-through advice with the client in focus. The company is quick to respond to any questions and always has time for you as the client.’

‘Direct, solid and time effective counseling.’

‘Great specialist knowledge, quickly gets to grips with the challenges of the customers even if the cases are complex. Has a great range in the expertise they offer.’

‘Very competent in their work.’

‘Extremely experienced, calm and accurate.’

‘Henning Heitmann has consistently demonstrated an exceptional ability to instill confidence in our leaders during critical and challenging situations. His profound knowledge and expertise have not only been pivotal in our labour law challenges, but have also brought an irreplaceable amount of competence to our organisation.’

‘Maria Elena Kvalen is a highly professional lawyer who always gets back to us even though we are late and the request has a short deadline. She is always timely and reliant.’

‘Malin Stenseth is highly professional, is service minded and very responsive. She replies instantly on requests and always delivers in time and with quality.’

Key clients


AF Gruppen


Solstad Offshore

Asplan Viak

Sport Outlet


Work highlights

  • Successfully representing Stendi in an extensive employment law dispute.

Norway > Energy

The energy team at SANDS has a multidisciplinary offering that spans M&A, project financing and development, dispute resolution, and regulatory expertise. Lars Berge Andersen has a ‘large pool of practical experience and understanding of industry processes‘ and heads up the firm’s oil and gas team; Andersen focuses on upstream oil and gas mandates, including international offshore projects, contentious mandates, and transactional work for asset owners and suppliers. Alf Øystein Skudal leads the renewables team and is a key contact for hydropower and grid sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Alf Øystein Skudal; Lars Berge Andersen


‘Sands is great within this area.’

‘Lars Berge Andersen stands out.’

‘Professional and always responds on time.’

‘I work with Lars Berge Andersen, who is my contact in Sands. He is very professional in practice and has structural thinking. He always gives me valuable advice when I raise questions and concerns.’

‘Skilled and know segment well.’

‘High availability and efficient solutions.’

‘Working with Sands related to several projects and frame agreements has proved to be a positive experience. The coverage of all questions has been very helpful in steering our discussions with suppliers and customers around potential pitfalls and has as such been beneficial to our company.’

‘Lars Berge Andersen has been one of the most receptive and responsive people in the legal trade that I have been working with in the last 20 years. His guidance, based on ample experience, has been extremely beneficial. It is evident that Lars draws from a large pool of practical experience and understanding of industry processes.’

Key clients

Login Vinterbro AS

Captiva Capital

Kraftanmelding AS

Gudbrandsdal Energi

Dønnesfjord Vindpark AS

Kraftia Energi AS

Vesterålskraft AS

Aventus Green Technology AS

Sira Kvina Kraftselskap

Ren Røros AS

Småkraft AS

Buskerud Salg

Energihuset Marked AS

GNP Energy AS

Marwil Energy

DeepOcean AS

OSM Thome

Dakarnave Shipyard


Biomarine S.r.l

Hammerfest Industriservice

Scana ASA

DeepOcean Group

Archer ASA

Høegh LNG

Atlantica Tender Drilling

Borealis/Australis Maritime

Empower Oilfield Services

Global Green Capital


Frydenbø Group


Umoe Group

Managed Pressure Operations

MHWirth (now part of HMH, a JV with Baker Hughes)

Nekkar ASA

PG Flow Solutions

Data Gumbo

Work highlights

  • Advised Akastor ASA (listed subsidiary of Aker ASA) on the sale of global oil service provider AGR Group to ABL.
  • Advised listed Scana ASA, and its subsidiaries on a wide range of national and international project assignments.
  • Advised Höegh LNG, the leading global provider of Floating LNG solutions on the tendering, contact negotiation and structuring and post-execution work of a long range of international projects related to the provision of floating LNG storage and regasification units.

Norway > EU and competition Tier 3

SANDS ‘excellent team within EU and competition practice’ advises clients active in a wide range of industries, including the fisheries and aquaculture, waste and recycling, healthcare, and transport sectors. The team has a particular focus on providing competition compliance advice, assisting with merger control processes, and supporting in private damages litigation. The team is headed up by Aksel Joachim Hageler, who possesses expertise in infringement and access to the market cases as well as risk analysis related to merger proceedings. With ‘deep knowledge of competition law’, Thomas Sando routinely handles competition-related matters for large and medium-sized domestic and foreign companies. Special counsel Lennart Garnes has ‘broad knowledge’ of EU and EEA free movement rules, and public procurement, competition and state aid law.

Practice head(s):

Aksel Joachim Hageler

Other key lawyers:


‘Always available and have a practical approach to the application of law.’

‘SANDS has excellent knowledge of competition law as well as public procurement law.’

‘We work most with Thomas Sando, who is outstanding. Thomas is extremely service-minded, and he always responds at short notice. Probably because of his deep knowledge of competition law and his calmness and professionality, we always feel that we have an advantage in discussions with counterparts – and that we have chosen the best lawyer.’

‘The team has proven very valuable as they possess detailed competence of all aspects of legal issues regarding international business trade. Our company is engaged in complex system deliveries across the globe and face numerous legal challenges concerning contracts and potential issues. They have always been able to provide the correct competence and experience to provide good legal advice within all such areas.’

‘Lennart Garnes, Special Counsel: He has an excellent analytic approach and I have been impressed by his ability to identify important challenges overlooked by others. I trust his advice and feel at rest when he presents the practical consequences of a given legal framework.’

‘SANDS offers an excellent team within EU and competition practice. A particular strength of the team is its dedication to the case and thoroughness. The team communicates well in cases with complex stakeholder structures’.

‘All individuals I worked with exhibit a high standard of expertise and utmost professionalism. I have particularly valued their caution towards legal risks and ability to incorporate independent economic analysis into their proceedings. I worked with Partner Aksel Joachim Hageler and Special Counsel Lennart Garnes.’

‘Sands has a strong position in the Norwegian Market. The main reason for this is their reputation for housing the best legal competence in Norway, attracting the smartest and the most hardworking lawyers in the market. Our main contact has been Thomas Sando, the managing partner in Sands. He has supported us on several big public tenders with a great success.’

Key clients

Iveco Group (CNH Industrial; Iveco; Iveco Magirus; and Stellantis N.V.)

Stendi & Norlandia Health & Care Group

Bewi Norway AS

Volvat Medical Center (Ramsay Health Care Limited)

Research Council of Norway


Norsk Takst

Salvesen & Thams

Work highlights

  • Defending CNH Industrial against a NOK410m claim, a result of the European Commission’s record-breaking €3bn cartel fine in 2016.
  • Advising Stendi & Norlandia on a legal battle against Oslo Municipality’s exclusive allocation of public nursing home service contracts to non-profits.
  • Provided legal guidance to NOFIMA which has helped ensure compliance with State aid and competition laws, particularly concerning projects that blend research and development with commercial sales, and involve collaborations with other entities.

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 3

Handling a high volume of contentious matters, SANDS advises international and domestic clients on trade mark and trade secrets disputes as well as non-contentious trade mark protection work. The ‘highly skilledKatrine Malmer-Høvik leads the team and has a broad practice that spans the full range of IP work. The group also includes John Steffen Gulbrandsen, who takes point on IP work in the publishing and media industry, as well as senior associate Henriette Wiker, who ably assists on contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Katrine Malmer-Høvik


‘Sands has a high understanding of our industry (technology) and the phase our company is in (start-up/scale-up). They are available when we need them, and good at building teams with the right competence and experience.’

‘Katrine Malmer-Høvik is highly skilled and available for us whenever we need legal advice. Together with her team, she advises and explains difficult topics in a way that is easy for us to understand.’

‘The holistic views of the partners are exceptional.’

‘Katrine Malmer-Høvik is an excellent lawyer. She’s proactive and responsive, providing timely and practical advice.’

‘Very broad competence, across the IP spectrum.’

‘Katrine Malmer-Høvik is highly skilled across the spectrum of IP disciplines, she is very observant to the client’s strategic needs and provides perfectly tailored legal advice.’

Key clients

Pest Control Office Ltd

Berlevåg Municipality


Hurtigruten AS

Gyldendal Norsk Forlag AS

Billedkunst Opphavsrett i Norge SA (BONO)

Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC)

Norsk Musikkforleggerforening

Innovation Norway

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pest Control Ltd. and the artist Banksy in a trade mark case before the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO).

Norway > Public procurement Tier 3

SANDS‘ highly skilled team’ provides advice to private suppliers on the full range of public procurement matters, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector. The team is led by Åshild Fløisand, who has ‘great understanding of both public procurement and the waste industry’, and Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm, who has extensive experience in procedural and dispute resolution matters. At associate level, Eirik Vikan Rise has litigated several procurement cases before the courts, while Lars Sørensen regularly advises on public procurement mandates for both suppliers and contracting authorities.

Practice head(s):

Åshild Fløisand; Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm

Other key lawyers:


‘SANDS’ procurement team displays an unmatched commercial understanding of our business, and the challenges that we face when tendering for public contracts or the complaint about public procurements taking into account our role as a central adviser in our sector.’

‘Above all, this team embodies a wealth of expertise and experience. Their diverse perspectives enhance our problem-solving capabilities and guarantee that we tackle our legal matters and challenges with a unique and innovative outlook.’

‘A highly skilled team, always quick responses, great standard of work, expert knowledge in our line of business.’

‘Åshild Fløisand (Partner): Highly skillful, respected in her field, quick, great understanding of both public procurement and the waste industry which is useful for us.’

‘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.’

‘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 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.’

‘Our firm has been assisted by other large Norwegian law firms in the past, but in SANDS we have truly found THE trusted adviser for our business, especially within public procurement.’

Key clients

Helse Stavanger HF

Innovasjon Norge

HS Bygg AS

PEAB Group

Haugesund kommune

Midtkraft Nett AS

Perpetuum Group

Bedriftssystemer AS

Helse Bergen HF

Rambøll Norway

Tromsø Taxi AS

Stein Sørensen Persontransport Din Taxi AS

Foxway Group

Bardu kommune

Work highlights

  • Represented Perpetuum Miljø AS in the Supreme Court in a high-profile procurement dispute.
  • Advised Innovasjon Norge and its Nordic partners on the joint procurement of a turnkey contract to be delivered to the World EXPO in Osaka, Japan, in 2025.
  • Acted for Bedriftssystemer AS in complex litigation concerning a procurement carried out by a group of several municipalities.

Norway > Real estate Tier 3

SANDS’ commercial property team handles a mix of development and transactional mandates, acting for developers, investors and real estate companies across the firm’s broad domestic network of offices. The ‘extremely sharpChristian Hartmann oversees the team and has extensive experience in advising companies and syndicates on a wide range of real estate projects, including transactions and developments. Roger Engebretsen takes point on real estate-related tax issues, while Morten Brandhaug handles disputes, contracts and transactions within the commercial property industry. Børge Nygårdshaug joined the team in August 2023, strengthening its transactional offering.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hartmann


‘We get good help from SANDS in our business.’

‘Christian Hartmann gives me and us in our business good advice at the right time.’

‘I perceive the staff gallery in the company to be of a very high standard. Of course, the level of competence is sky-high, the level of service is formidable. But the unique thing is that they range from professionals, deal makers to politicians with good contacts in the government.’

‘Christian Hartmann at the property department is a very good match with the client. He is a socially very cheerful person. Together we complement each other well. The lawyer has an extremely sharp brain, is concerned with participants and, not least, follows up on the details until they are closed. The level of knowledge is extremely high. I have felt extremely well looked after by a lawyer who from the outset has handled enormous work pressure.’

‘We have had a close relationship with our main lawyer Roger Engebretsen for more than 20 years, and he, together with SANDS’s other professional team, solves all our legal needs.’

‘Morten Brandhaug is our preferred legal adviser concerning real estate transactions and other related issues. He is always available, happy and commercial-oriented on behalf of his clients. Last, but not least, social intelligence when it comes to meeting the counterparts in a very nice manner.’

‘Sands has a good team that delivers according to expectations. We clarify the scope in advance so that we can adapt the job to be done.’

‘We have had the same primary attorney for many years who has gotten to know us and our business. By knowing us well, he adapts his advice and is a strategic partner.’

Key clients

Det Norske Diakonhjem

NorgesGruppen ASA

Oslo Finans AS

Havila Holding AS

Nordic Investment AS

Anders Opsahl Holding AS

Molobyen Utvikling AS

Capio Norge Holding / Volvat Medisinske Senter AS

Greveskogen Eiendom AS/North Bridge AS

Siva Eiendom Holding AS

Taraldset Holding AS

E & G Bygg AS/Eiendomsgruppen AS

Breivika Utvikling Bodø AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Capio Norge Holding AS/Volvat Medisinske Senter AS on its circa NOK800m development property deal at Borgenveien 2 in central Oslo.
  • Advised Anders Opsahl Holding AS on its sale of two real estate companies in Lillestrøm to the University of Oslo.
  • Advised NorgesGruppen ASA on the acquisition of several properties in the district of Nardo in Trondheim, for development into combined commercial and residential property.

Norway > Tax Tier 3

SANDS advises on a broad range of tax issues, leveraging its cross-border capabilities on VAT and transfer pricing issues; it also has particular expertise in litigation and the fishing and aquaculture sectors. Leading the tax practice, Ulf Sørdal focuses on corporate transactions and ‘provides quality advice and other services related to transfer pricing‘. The group also includes Torgeir Fjeldskaar, who specialises in tax issues and litigation across a wide range of industries, and John Olav Auran, who is an expert in VAT and import and export duties.

Practice head(s):

Ulf Sørdal

Other key lawyers:


‘SANDS has a good team that delivers according to expectations. We clarify the scope in advance so that we can adapt the job to be done.’

‘They are very good at following up with the customers. They are good at using the house’s resources in their affairs.’

‘SANDS’ employees are very up-to-date on legislative changes and the latest court rulings.’

‘Ulf Sørdal provides quality advice and other services related to transfer pricing. Services are provided using a pragmatic approach well suited to our business’ needs. If issues arise in other jurisdictions, we are able to utilise professionals in his international network in a seamless way.’

‘We have used Torgeir Fjeldskaar over several years and we are very impressed by his ability to understand the case, find solutions, give us good advice and follow up on our cases.’

‘We have had the same primary attorney for many years who has gotten to know us and our business. By knowing us well, he adapts his advice and is a strategic partner.’

Key clients

Wilnor Governmental Services AS

Ytterstad Fiskeriselskap AS

Jets Vacuum AS

Stokke AS

Weyland AS

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

SANDS leverages its broad and ‘highly competent‘ corporate and M&A practice to provide sector-specific advice to clients in the healthcare and health tech industries. Practice head Terje Gulbrandsen is an M&A specialist who particularly focuses on company and contract law, while Erik Lind, who leads the transactions department, has a ‘solid M&A track record and excellent people skills‘. M&A, corporate and equity transactions expert Espen Furuholt and Martin Feevag Larsen, who specialises in transaction advisory services, are also recommended, along with Jill Berglund.

Practice head(s):

Terje Gulbrandsen


‘Exceptionally good client engagement. Pragmatic, well-considered and solution-oriented advice.’

‘Brilliant communicators and a pleasure to work with. Excellent, outcome orientated judgement/advice during negotiations.’

‘Strong team with wide range of competencies.’

‘SANDS has a good team that delivers according to expectations.’

‘The team is highly competent and are a good partner for our business.’

‘Erik Lind – combination of solid M&A track record and excellent people skills, ensures successful M&A processes, also when obstacles occur.’

‘Terje Gulbrandsen is the lawyer that understands our company and business strategy best, and he therefore gives great advice.’

Key clients

Solcellespesialisten AS

Eitzen Avanti

RGA Energy Holdings AS

Invent Sport

C-feed AS


Volvat Medisinske Senter AS

Einar Braathen Oslo AS, A. Østvaag AS and Borten Gruppen AS

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal adviser to RGA Energy Holdings AS, an indirect 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Norwegian listed entity Akastor ASA, on the sale of 100% of the shares in AGR AS to listed company ABL ASA.
  • Acted as legal adviser to Solcellespesialisten and its shareholders in connection with a sale of shares and private placement in the company, with Nordic PE Fund FSN Capital as buyer.
  • Acted as legal adviser to Eitzen Avanti AS on its acquisition of the Danish shipping company B-Gas from Bergshav and its partners.

SANDS is a major and leading law firm, serving global clients from offices in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Ålesund, Tromsø and Tønsberg. The firm has achieved impressive growth since 2015, especially in our transactions, capital markets and finance practices, including insurance. International business in Norway is dominated by key sectors and SANDS have highly specialised and seamless national practices in energy, shipping, onshore and offshore technology, real estate and infrastructure. We have a 30 year reputation as leading litigators and a large number of our lawyers are admitted to the Supreme Court.

We are a truly international firm, working with projects in Europe, Asia, the US, South America and Africa. Many of our lawyers have legal training and experience abroad and a significant number have broader commercial and technical skills through additional graduate degrees in business, economics and other non-legal fields. Quality, service, enthusiasm and commitment define our client relationships. We are innovative and result driven, continuously seeking best practice solutions and the most effective legal and commercial strategies for our clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Maritime Law Marit E Kirkhusmo +47 995 23 534
Banking and Finance Pia Sporstøl +47 966 26 345
Construction Alf Johan Knag +47 419 16 709
Fishing and aquaculture Halfdan Mellbye +47 419 16 731
Insurance Christian Kjellby Nesset +47 419 16 656
Employment Maria Elena Kvalen +47 480 16 630
Electricity and renewable energy Alf Øystein Skudal + 47 450 23 927
EU and competition (Managing partner) Thomas Sando + 47 951 26 344
Intellectual property Katrine Malmer-Høvik +47 480 16 587
Oil and gas Lars berge Andersen +47 908 79 896
Public procurement Åshild Fløisand +47 419 16 745
Real estate Christian Hartmann +47 938 81 855
Tax Ulf Sørdal +47 419 16 717
Commercial, corporate and M&A Espen Furuholt +47 986 00 011
Photo Name Position Profile
Lars Berge Andersen  photo Lars Berge Andersen Partner
Hege Birkeland Ersdal photo Hege Birkeland Ersdal Partner
Petter Bjerke photo Petter Bjerke Partner
Roger  Engebretsen photo Roger Engebretsen Partner
Espen Furuholt photo Espen Furuholt Partner
Lennart Garnes photo Lennart Garnes Special Counsel
Terje Gulbrandsen photo Terje Gulbrandsen Terje Gulbrandsen heads our M&A department and is an M&A specialist, with…
John Steffen Gulbrandsen photo John Steffen Gulbrandsen Partner | Lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court
Christian Hartmann photo Christian Hartmann Partner
Hallvard Janbu Høyem photo Hallvard Janbu Høyem Senior Lawyer
Vidar Johnsen photo Vidar Johnsen Partner
Kirkhusmo Kirkhusmo photo Kirkhusmo Kirkhusmo Partner and chairman of the board
Christian  Kjellby Nesset photo Christian Kjellby Nesset Partner
Guy Leonard photo Guy Leonard Partner
Erik Lind photo Erik Lind Partner
Hilde  Lund photo Hilde Lund Partner
Henning M. Heitmann photo Henning M. Heitmann Partner
Katrine  Malmer-Høvik photo Katrine Malmer-Høvik Partner and Head of the Intellectual Property and Data Protection group.
Børge  Nygårdshaug photo Børge Nygårdshaug Partner
Thomas Sando photo Thomas Sando Managing Partner
Corinne Silden Stephensen photo Corinne Silden Stephensen Partner
Alf Øystein  Skudal photo Alf Øystein Skudal Partner
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