SANDS > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile
CORT ADELERS GATE 33
PO BOX 1829 VIKA
SANDS > The Legal 500 RankingsSANDS fields expertise in real estate and maritime sector financing work, with syndicated lending issues, high-value bond transactions and investment mandates prominent in the team’s workload. The department is also well known for its niche focus on assisting with investments and projects into Africa. Christian Berg Meland heads up the team, and advises investment banks and financial institutions; senior associate Ole Christian Sandnes Jenssen is another name to note. Ylva Cornelia Axelsen departed to an in-house position in May 2021.
Christian Berg Meland
Other key lawyers:
‘Very pragmatic and solution oriented, can see a transaction holistically.’
‘Very close to their clients and knowledgeable. Always available.’
SpareBank 1 SMN
ABN Amro Capital USA
Arctic Securities AS
- Assisted Arctic Securities, Pareto Securities and Swedbank Norge as managers with Lakers Group’s NOK2bn senior secured sustainability-linked bond issuance.
- Assisted Arctic Securities as manager for Frigaard Property Group AS’ NOK500mn senior secured bond issuance.
- Represented Sparebank 1 SMN as facility agent, security agent and lender in a NOK140m senior secured syndicated financing for an infrastructure project in Norway.
Norway > Construction Tier 2Alf Johan Knag heads up SANDS‘ ‘goal-oriented and pragmatic‘ team, which is praised for its ‘great knowledge of construction contracts in the Norwegian market‘. The group has solid expertise in handling large-scale air, road and rail infrastructure projects, and is also singled out for its strength in advising on public-private partnerships. Tor Anthon Christiansen ‘stands out with his great knowledge and communication skills‘, and is a key contact for cross-border work. Senior associate Anne-Lovise Christensen Nybakk assists builders and contractors with dispute resolution. In December 2021, Geir Frøholm left the firm to take up an in-house role.
Alf Johan Knag
‘The team demonstrates good understanding of construction contracts, and laws relating to construction contracts including those executed as part of a PPP project.’
‘Tor Anthon Christiansen’s in-depth knowledge of Norwegian construction law combined with the thoroughness of his approach is very much appreciated.’
‘Alf-Johan Knag understands the commercial needs and requirements of the business. His detailed approach is a necessity in complex disputes.’
‘Alf-Johan Knag is an excellent business partner. Anne-Lovise Christensen Nybakk is an associate to watch.’
Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 2The dispute resolution team at SANDS has a wide range of expertise, with particular strengths in the insurance, real estate, aquaculture, media, construction, natural resources and finance sectors. Senior partner Morten Steenstrup, who is well known for his ‘comprehensive experience‘ in appearing before the Supreme Court, leads the practice. Other key names include the firm’s managing partner Oddbjørn Slinning, who focuses on maritime litigation; Bjørn Stordrange, who advises on white-collar crime cases, an area in which Hege Birkeland Ersdal also has expertise; construction and contractual expert Morten Hugo Berger; and senior associate Anders Lund, who is ‘a very talented lawyer and legal adviser‘.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Sands team is constituted of very knowledgeable, professional and pleasant lawyers and legal advisers. Our experience with the Sands team is that they are very good in the court room and find the best way in dispute resolutions for us.’
‘Morten Steenstrup has a very high capacity and work ethic, which helps us handle disputes in the most efficient way every time. Mr. Steenstrup is always energetic and pleasant, and he works well under pressure.’
‘Anders Lund is a very talented lawyer and legal adviser. Very well prepared every time. Very skilled in the court room and he works extremely well with us and Mr. Steenstrup.’
‘Bjørn Stordrange is a particularly skilled lawyer with strong legal knowledge, experience and business understanding. He is also good at negotiations. At the same time, he is down to earth and understands people.’
‘The SANDS team is very strong in all respects. Key capabilities are academic record, industry insights and political knowledge/insight.’
‘Hege Ersdal and Bjørn Stordrange are both very experienced in conflict solving and legal dispute handling.’
American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association
LB Samarbeidet AS
National Association of Private Kindergartens
Norsk Stein AS
OOIOT AS/Cypod Solutions AS/George Ezzat
Norway > Maritime law Tier 2At SANDS, the ‘experienced‘ team reports an uptick in restructuring mandates, and continues to handle matters pertaining to offshore construction issues, LNG carriers, and support and cargo vessels. Practice co-head Marit Kirkhusmo‘s advice regularly relates to disputes, financings and M&A matters, while co-head Oddbjørn Slinning has extensive experience in offshore installation work, ship sales and purchases, and project finance for rigs, ships and other assets. Guy Leonard counts LNG and regasification projects as a key area of expertise. Associate Ingvild Nordtveit is another key name.
Marit Kirkhusmo; Oddbjørn Slinning
‘Oddbjørn Slinning is service-minded, available, mild-mannered but tough when needed.’
‘Responsive and efficient service.’
‘They think outside the box in order to solve challenges.’
Base Marine Norway
Green Yard Group / Green Yard Kleven
Alf Øystein Skudal
Other key lawyers:
‘They quickly understand what you need assistance with and get the job done efficiently.’
‘The individuals we have worked with at SANDS have been very flexible in terms of turning work around quickly in accordance with our needs, and have had excellent subject matter knowledge.’
‘Alf Øystein Skudal has strong capabilities in the fields of M&A transactions, great in managing and coordinating projects, responds timely with quality. Exceptional market knowledge.’
Aventus Green Technology
Norway > Employment Tier 3The ‘solution-oriented‘ team at SANDS counts employment disputes and investigations as core areas of strength, and has been kept busy acting for clients in the energy, retail, construction and healthcare sectors. Per Ragnar Bronken, who heads up the practice, regularly advises clients on large restructurings, downsizings and senior management dismissals. Other key individuals include Espen Johannessen and Henning Heitmann, who garners praise for his ‘deep knowledge of employment law‘.
Per Ragnar Bronken
‘They are always available and collaborate extremely well across the whole team, involving other relevant competence when relevant for the case, and they are well-coordinated across their different offices throughout the whole country of Norway.’
‘Henning M. Heitmann is outstanding with regard to efficiency and strategic skills. in addition to his deep knowledge of employment law and related subjects. We always receive advice in due time and with relevant explanations if needed.’
‘Henning M. Heitmann is always solution-oriented and helps us reach our commercial goals as efficiently as possible without ending up in long discussions or proceedings.’
Norway > EU and competition Tier 3The team at SANDS is notable for providing ‘specialised Norwegian competition law advice‘ to a client roster of public and private companies drawn from, among others, the transport, automotive, fisheries and aquaculture, construction and healthcare industries. Department head Thomas Sando has ‘great knowledge of competition law‘ and specialises in high-profile merger control matters. Aksel Joachim Hageler is regularly instructed in infringement cases and is an expert on state aid, EU and EEA law. Special counsel Lennart Garnes is also a key name to note.
‘Thomas Sando is the lawyer we work with in SANDS. Thomas handles all aspects of competition law matters for us, as well as matters concerning contract law and public procurement. Thomas is extremely service-minded and he always responds quickly. In addition to his outstanding legal and commercial skills we should also highlight his work capacity, and his ability to make us feel like the most preferred customer.’
‘Thomas Sando – very efficient, structured and friendly.’
‘Thomas Sando is a particularly competent and innovative lawyer.’
‘SANDS: professional company, with good insight and understanding, that ensures the most optimal solutions. High quality at all levels. Efficient processes and many resources in the company.’
‘Thomas Sando is an expert and provides pragmatic advice in relation to complex competition law matters.’
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Ministry of Local Government & Regional Development
Norlandia Health & Care Group
Other key lawyers:
Gyldendal Norsk Forlag
The Life Science Cluster
Motion Pictures Licensing Company Norge
Norway > Oil and gas Tier 3SANDS‘ practice garners praise for its ‘in-depth knowledge of the Norwegian and Scandinavian upstream and downstream energy market‘, and has an excellent reputation for its strength in handling cross-border mandates. Practice head Lars Berge Andersen is an ‘expert in the oil and gas services segment‘, and managing partner Oddbjørn Slinning regularly handles restructuring, offshore and maritime work. Guy Leonard is a key contact for LNG projects.
Lars Berge Andersen
‘Lars Berge Andersen – highly competent, pragmatic, problem solver, and very personable. A pleasure to work with.’
‘Superb client service.’
‘Lars Berge Andersen is an outstanding lawyer, who provides fantastic client service. He has a huge breadth of experience in the global energy market, including first-hand knowledge of the Norwegian, US and Far Eastern markets, and he knows everything and everyone. So the teams he builds for a case include leading experts to advise on any aspect of a case. Technical expertise is allied with penetrating strategic thinking, which looks far beyond a case to the future business and market position of the client.’
‘Heavy oil and gas experience.’
‘A very competent and solution oriented team.’
Helix Oilfield Services
Offshore Simulation Centre
Empower Oilfield Solutions (India)
Atlantica Tender Drilling
Managed Pressure Operations (Aker Group)
Global Green Capital AS
Altezza LLP (Kazakhstan)
Norway > Public procurement Tier 3The ‘very skilled‘ team at SANDS has a solid track record in advising on procurement processes pertaining to healthcare, construction, software and infrastructure projects. Åshild Fløisand ‘is extremely knowledgeable in public procurement law and practices‘, and heads up the practice from the Bergen office. Tromsø-based Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm and senior associate Eirik Rise, also based in Bergen, are key names to note.
‘Åshild Fløisand is very skilled with a high level of expertise in the field. She gives good advice based on the right risk. She is one of the most skilled in the field in Norway.’
‘Good professional knowledge. Great work capacity.’
‘Åshild is very competent when it comes to procurement processes and documents, also negotiating with contractors.’
‘The lawyers in SANDS have broad experience and a good understanding of our needs. They provide quick and to-the-point advice of excellent quality.’
‘SANDS’ team of public procurement experts excel in especially two areas that are important to us: great legal skills and high efficiency. The team offers exceptional availability and access to partner resources, compared to other firms that we have used in the past. The team is always highly prepared in all matters, and they always give informed options and potential courses of action, both in terms of legal and commercial strategy.’
‘SANDS has outstanding commercial intuition and knowledge, and is always able to provide useful insights, good advice and develop the best strategies for us. Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm is a leading expert in Norway in the field of public procurement law. Her background as a district court judge, and her position on the Norwegian Public Procurement Complaints Board, gives her an unique experience in contentious processes, which gives us extra certainty that we are in capable hands.’
‘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 for our company’
‘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. She is known to provide clear answers and this is a quality that we strongly appreciate. In recent years we have also worked with associate Eirik Rise who is up and coming. He seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge. He is technically strong but also pragmatic and creative if needed. He combines professionalism with friendliness, and it is a delight to work with him.’
Helse Vest IKT
Høgskulen på Vestlandet (Western Norway University of Applied Services)
Volue Market Services
Norway > Real estate Tier 3Led by Christian Hartmann, the real estate team at SANDS advises real estate funds, investors and private companies on a range of real estate transactions and development mandates. Sofia Bjørck focuses on property development work and planning and building law, and Jens Aas is very experienced in handling tax and VAT matters and lease agreements. Clients praise Roger Engebretsen‘s ‘outstanding knowledge‘ of corporate restructurings and tax issues.
‘Very knowledgeable, efficient, quick response, hard working.’
‘Christian Hartmann is highly competent.’
‘Christian Hartmann is efficient and delivers fast and well. He has a good ability to assess and analyse our needs as a client.’
‘Christian Hartman is highly competent and a warm and inclusive figure.’
‘We really appreciate working with Roger Engebretsen, who has outstanding knowledge despite his young age. His advice around tax, company structure and business details makes him a really appreciated “wing man”.’
Fearnley Project Finance
Greverud Utvikling/Kruse Smith
Det Norske Diakonhjem
Breivika Utvikling Bodø
E & G Bygg/Eiendomsgruppen
Norway > Tax Tier 3At SANDS, the ‘very skilled‘ team is well known for handling high-end cross-border tax instructions, with a core focus on litigation and transfer pricing mandates. Department head Ulf Sørdal is notably active in advising aquaculture and fishing clients on a range of tax matters. John Olav Auran‘s practice focuses on VAT work, and the ‘absolutely superb‘ Torgeir Fjeldskaar specialises in tax litigation and international tax matters, as well as corporate tax issues.
‘Efficient people. High quality on the work they deliver.’
‘Our experience is that these individuals are able to turn around on a short notice to assist us in relation to our needs.’
‘Torgeir Fjeldskaar is very commercial and technically excellent, with an ability to communicate complex issues very clearly.’
MAN Bus & Truck Norge
SPEAR Africa Funds
‘Dedicated, skilled, on time, trustworthy.’
‘Strong interpersonal skills and a consistent ability to quickly grasp the essence of the legal issue at hand.’
‘Erik Lind has great people skills, ensuring constructive communication and processes with both clients and counterparties.’
‘Highly competent and skilled professionals with high degree of customer orientation, providing good solutions.’
‘Partner Espen Furuholt – extremely responsive, strong analytical and advocacy skills.’
The Norwegian State
Scope Capital Advisory AB
Wright Group Holding
Aleris – Sirela Sweden
Volvat Medisinske Senter
Next Generation Lotteries and its shareholders
Korell Invest (Oasen Ressurssenter)
- Advised the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on the sale of a NOK2.35bn stake in Entra ASA.
- Advised the shareholders of Artec Aqua on its NOK690m sale to Endúr ASA.
- Advised Scanhold Norge on its sale of Holdbart to Summa Equity and a subsequent reinvestment in the buyer.
Norway > TMT Tier 4
SANDS > Firm Profile
SANDS is a major and leading law firm, serving global clients from offices in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, 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.
|Maritime Law||Oddbjørn Slinning | Managing Partneremail@example.com||+47 481 21 650|
|Banking and Finance||Christian Berg Melandfirstname.lastname@example.org||+47 922 05 049|
|Construction||Alf Johan Knagemail@example.com||+47 419 16 709|
|Fishing and aquaculture||Halfdan Mellbyefirstname.lastname@example.org||+47 419 16 731|
|Insurance||Christian Kjellby Nessetemail@example.com||+47 419 16 656|
|Employment||Per Ragnar Bronkenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+47 480 16 528|
|Electricity and renewable energy||Alf Øystein Skudalemail@example.com||+ 47 450 23 927|
|EU and competition||Thomas Sandofirstname.lastname@example.org||+ 47 951 26 344|
|Intellectual property||Katrine Malmer-Høvikemail@example.com||+47 480 16 587|
|Oil and gas||Lars berge Andersenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+47 908 79 896|
|Public procurement||Åshild Fløisandemail@example.com||+47 419 16 745|
|Real estate||Christian Hartmannfirstname.lastname@example.org||+47 938 81 855|
|Tax||Ulf Sørdalemail@example.com||+47 419 16 717|
|Commercial, corporate and M&A||Espen Furuholtfirstname.lastname@example.org||+47 986 00 011|
|TMT||Stig Nordalemail@example.com||+47 480 16 562|