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Norway > Construction Tier 1Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ construction practice has ‘unique specialist expertise in the contracting area and a large capacity with many skilled lawyers’, making its offering one of the strongest in Norway. Fielding a notable number of expert litigators, the team has also been involved in many of the largest infrastructure projects in Norway, acting for key developers and market players. Henning Nordtvedt heads up the practice and maintains an excellent track record in handling projects for the Norwegian government. The ‘exceptionally good’ Johnny Johansen is a go-to person for builders and contractors engaging with large and complex building and infrastructure projects, while Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik maintains an impressive onshore and offshore construction and fabrication practice. Other noteworthy names in the team include Mikal Brøndmo and Andreas Rostveit.
Other key lawyers:
Johnny Johansen; Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik; Mikal Brøndmo; Andreas Rostveit; Emil Litschutin Risbø; Mathias Smith Meyer
‘My experience with this firm is through one representative which was outstanding because of his quick response and good advice and to follow up the cases.’
‘Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS in addition to high legal expertise provide good commercial understanding and are keen to create solutions that provide value for the customer.’
‘I have mainly worked with Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik, Partner and Emil Litschutin Risbøl, Senior Lawyer. In addition to their high legal and commercial expertise, I have to mention their constant close cooperation with my company and our projects over many years to finding solutions that save time and money.’
‘Highly theoretical and practical competence. Able to establish a productive co-operation with the clients, and also challenge the clients to get the best of the cases.’
‘They have a large and very well-regarded construction law team, probably the best in Norway.’
‘Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik is a very knowledgeable and forward-leaning lawyer who shows confidence in all situations.’
‘Our experiences with Haavind and Johnny Johansen in particular, is excellent. He is a calm and thorough person with an impressive knowledge and competence. He takes us through complicated issues in a reassuring way and follows up on our needs in a very satisfying way, and as soon as possible. Compared with lawyers from other firms we have used, he is absolutely the best, and he has won several cases for us in court. We give him the highest rank there is.’
‘Haavind is unique in the way that you always feel especially important when you contact them. They are always available. It is never a question of them not having time to help you.’
The Norwegian Public Road Administration
Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property
Viken County Authority
- Successfully assisted GK Norge with its final settlement dispute with HENT following the construction of the Munch Museum in Oslo.
- Successfully assisted with several large infrastructure projects on behalf of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, including, i.a., E-39 outside Bergen, Ryfast-project in Stavanger.
Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 1Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ ‘dedicated‘ team is ‘excellent in dispute resolution‘ and provides ‘a solution-oriented approach at all stages, combined with a refined commercial understanding of complex cases‘. Practice head Henning Nordtvedt is recognised for his expertise in advising on disputes pertaining to infrastructure and construction matters, and Johnny Johansen has ‘an easy-going style combined with very good qualifications and understanding of litigation‘. Mikal Brøndmo counts international disputes and arbitration work as key areas of strength, while Goud Fjellheim ‘stands out for excellency in dispute resolution and he will always bring extra skills to a tax dispute‘, and Rasmus Asbjørnsen is ‘a highly qualified litigator‘. Other key practitioners include Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik and Pål Martin Abell.
Other key lawyers:
‘Haavind has an excellent group of lawyers in the Dispute Resolution practice. This team is fully focused to provide the best possible legal advice on an immediate basis. All in all, Haavind is the firm to trust.’
‘Johnny Johansen is full of energy.’
‘Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik is an extremely experienced dispute resolution attorney, solid and decisive, with good strategic skills in the litigation arena.’
‘It is always an extremely “well-tuned” team, where all players pull in the same direction.’
‘They make the client feel well taken care of. They try different angles to solve issues and cases.’
‘Rasmus Asbjørnsen is always hands-on and available, being an easy-to-work-with guy. He is highly competent and experienced, always giving you clear advice when required. He has a strong strategic mind and is enthusiastic.’
‘Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim is always well prepared, and can handle any challenges a case will raise. He presents every case in an easy, understandable way, clear and logical. He has a realistic opinion about all cases, and gives clear advice.’
‘Pål Martin Abell is quick to familiarise himself with difficult issues and large amounts of documentation in a short time. He is also a person who is extremely good at asking the right questions in trial. This is the lawyer you want to have on your side in a court case.’
Norwegian Public Roads Authorities
Sparebank 1 Finans Nord-Norge AS
GK Norge AS
Fosen Vind DA
- Represented e-commerce company Netthandelsgruppen’s shareholders in a dispute with potential investors, concerning investment in the company.
Norway > Employment Tier 1Led by employment expert Gaute Krokann, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ ‘very talented‘ team has expertise across the spectrum of employment matters. Krokann handles transfers of undertakings, contentious employment issues, reorganisations and restructurings for a solid client base of state-owned companies and public sector entities, while Lars Kokkvold is ‘a highly skilled lawyer‘ with established expertise in advising on pensions law, whistleblowing cases and cross-border mandates. Pål Kvernaas stands out for his ‘in-depth knowledge and experience‘, and the ‘dedicated and passionate‘ Sten Foyn is praised for his litigation expertise. The ‘thorough and extremely competent‘ Kari Gimmingsrud advises on downsizings, outsourcings and privacy issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Dedicated and interested partners with true expertise and a unique sensitivity for the client’s needs. Solution-oriented in their advice.’
‘Sten Foyn: Excellent counsel.’
‘The team is always available when needed. They grasp the problems/challenges quickly and are able to come up with concrete solutions and advice. The team which I have worked deliver high quality, and work in a proactive way for the best of the customer. They also use the strength of the whole firm when needed.’
‘Pål Kvernaas has both the in-depth knowledge and experience that we need. He responds quickly when needed, and he has a tremendous ability to translate the law and paragraphs into usable and practical advice.’
‘Gaute Krokann has a solution-oriented mindset. As his methodology is structured and based on empathy and excellent legal expertise, we have always succeeded in reaching sustainable and good solutions with his guidance.’
‘Kari Gimmingsrud’s service level is exceptional.’
‘Haavind has a highly competent team within employment law. They are good at listening, identifying the problem and finding good solutions. They are also very good to work with.’
‘Lars Kokkvold is certainly one of the best in his field.’
The Norwegian Armed Forces
The Norwegian Police/ the National Police Directorate
NRC Group ASA
Norwegian Air Shuttle
ISS Facility Service
NHST Media Group
The Norwegian Consumer Council
Utdanningsdirektoratet / The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training
- Advising the Norwegian Armed Forces, the Norwegian Cyber Defence Force and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency on the employment aspects of the outsourcing of part of an internal IT operation.
- Assisting Hurtigruten with a large-scale restructuring process.
Norway > EnergyAdvokatfirmaet Haavind AS is praised as ‘unmatched in the market’ for its renewable energy expertise and the team has advised on some of the largest hydropower, wind power and electricity grid projects in the Nordic region. Acting for domestic and international power producers and grid companies, the group excels in transactions and energy sector litigation. Aksel Tannum heads up the renewable energy practice and regularly handles power generation mandates, while Jøran Sandvik is recommended for regulatory issues, and Pål Martin Abell and Mari Reitzel Bjerke focus on litigation, along with senior lawyer Ivana Filipovic. On the oil and gas front, the group acts for a range of major contractors in the sector. It is jointly led by oil and offshore M&A expert Bård Sandstad and construction specialist Christopher Sveen, while Mikal Brøndmo is the key contact for oil and gas disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘A key understanding of the market, players and regulatory affairs unmatched in the Norwegian Market.’
‘Aksel Tannum is extremely diligent, trustworthy and always at hand.’
‘The team has a deep sector competence and overview, which is a strength as the team is able to handle a diversity of cases. The team is particularly available to us as a client.’
‘Cooperation with both Aksel Tannum and Mari Reitzel Bjerke has been successful. They are both available to us as a client, have deep knowledge and give valuable advice, which has created successful results.’
‘Haavind clearly provides the highest quality legal counsel in my experience. Haavind have a dedicated team to support the company I work for. This means that Haavind has a good understanding of us as a customer through a long-term relationship. Depending on the deal, they will put their subject matter expert on the case, while involving an associate to support on the back-office tasks. The collaboration is transparent and of the highest professional level. I enjoy the fact that the team is very diverse and that the people are also fun characters to deal with.’
‘I recently had the pleasure to work with Bård Sandstad. Part of the process was during the summer vacation period, but Bård would be available whenever required. The main characteristics and strengths of Bård are:- He understands how we work and think. Bård has the experience in drafting Term Sheets and long forms with a short turnaround time. He is always available on short notice. Bård has a clear, tough and efficient strategy in negotiations. He listens well to the customers and executes as per customer request. In negotiations with the counter party, he tends to “win all fights”, he is more eloquent and knowledgeable than the counterparty.’
‘Axel Tannum and Pål Martin Abell have performed outstandingly well.’
‘Their strength and knowledge both on Norwegian and international laws and insight in business are important for us. Haavind have long-term experience and knowledge on the oil and gas industry and depth of knowledge in the challenges for the oil and gas technology and service suppliers. Such competencies are excellent in the team and important for us and our members.’
Axpo Nordic AS and Axpo Trading AG
Agder Energi AS
Alcoa Norway ANS
Helgeland Kraft AS
Skagerak Kraft AS
Salten Kraftsamband AS
Sunnfjord Energi AS
SFE Produksjon AS
Elkem AS (a BlueStar company)
NTE Energi AS
ABL Group AS (former Aqualis Braemar LOC AS)
Barents Naturgass AS (BNG)
Broadview Industries B.V
Azinor Ltd (Seacrest Capital Group)
Fortis Petroleum Corporation AS
Equinor Venture AS
- Represented Fosen Vind and Statkraft in a major human rights dispute regarding the establishment of the largest onshore wind power project in Europe and litigated the case in the Supreme Court grand chamber.
- Advising Eolus/Øyfjellet Wind AS on the development of the wind power project “Øyfjellet” which will be Norway’s largest stand-alone wind power plant with an installed capacity of 400MW.
- Assisted Technip Energies in relation to its investment in Hy2gen AG, a German green hydrogen investment platform.
Norway > Fishing and aquaculture Tier 1The fishing and aquaculture practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is noted by clients for its ‘unique knowledge’ of the industry. Acting for a high-profile client list, the team advises on a wide spectrum of matters related to the aquaculture and fishing industries, utilising specialist expertise in conjunction with colleagues from the dispute resolution, intellectual property, tax, and competition groups. The practice is co-led by Bjørn Sørgård, who is a regulatory expert and is sought out for his experience countering public authorities, and Ida Espolin Johnson, who is a key name for contentious mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Christopher Grøvdal Rønbeck; Oda Elvemo Myhrer; Håkon Austdal; Tone Grivi
‘Unique knowledge to the seafood industry. Legal, practical and personal knowledge, as well as a contact network in the industry.’
‘Competence, appearance and availability.’
‘Work experience from governmental institutions.’
Nordlaks Oppdrett AS
Nova Sea AS
Wilsgård Fiskeoppdrett AS
Jarle Bergs Sønner AS
Salten Aqua Group
Gildeskål Forskningsstasjon AS
Benchmark Genetics Norway AS
Gigante Salmon AS
Flokenes Fiskefarm AS
- Represented Sjømat Norge in litigation against Norges Sildesalgslag before the Gulating appeal court in a matter concerning sales organisations practice for disclosing detailed price information.
- Represented STIM in high-stakes patent litigation involving fish feed before Borgarting Appeal Court.
- Represented a group of shareholders in a large fishing company in a contentious dispute involving principal questions of ownership and control of fishing vessels.
Norway > Intellectual property Tier 1Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ practice is well known for handling large, cross-border IP litigation for clients in the aquaculture, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and media sectors. Marketing law, patents, copyright work, trade secret matters and unfair competition issues are also key pillars of strength for the team, which is led by IP specialist Vebjørn Krag Iversen. Other key practitioners are Andreas Bernt, who has expertise in advising on IP issues relating to telecoms, digitalisation and media matters; Håkon Bleken, who has extensive experience in patent litigation; ‘diligent‘ senior associate Håkon Austdal; and associate Emilie Holtermann, who advises on the IP aspects of contractual matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Great knowledge of the film and TV industry on a national level and great knowledge of intellectual properties and contracts.’
‘Great at assisting with strategic analysis and problem solving during intensive film productions.’
‘I would like to recommend Håkon Austdal, he has the useful combination of both being a lawyer and also having a bachelors degree in pharmacy. This makes him an excellent choice for IP and regulatory matters relating to the pharmaceutical sector. Håkon is diligent and loyal, and one that I think highly of.’
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- Acting for STIM AS in long-running patent disputes against multinational feed companies.
- Successfully defended restaurant company Madriku against real estate and hotel owner Olav Thon before the Supreme Court in a trade mark and unfair competition dispute.
- Successfully represented pharmaceuticals company Orifarm in cross-border patent litigation against Neurim.
Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ offshore and shipbuilding group is praised for its ‘highly competent’ and ‘specialised’ team. Acting for large high-profile and smaller scale contractors, the group is a key adviser for a large proportion of companies operating on the Norwegian continental shelf. Core areas of expertise include handling shipbuilding mandates, utility and energy development projects, including new offshore wind projects, and fishery and aquaculture developments; the team is also involved in disputes within the offshore and shipbuilding industry. ‘Trusted adviser’ Christopher Sveen spearheads the practice and is noted for his deep expertise, particularly in oil and gas projects. Mikal Brøndmo and senior lawyer Silje Helene Bakkevig Dagsland excel in contentious work, and senior lawyer Sarah-Ann Kvam focuses on shipbuilding contracts and offshore construction projects domestically and internationally, particularly in Asia. Martine Linge Johnsen is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘The effort of the team is incredible and they are service minded and efficient in their deliveries. They have very good competence and experience within Offshore Construction and Shipbuilding since several of them previously have worked for companies in the business. The collaboration has been very good on the cases that I have been working with them on now over the last few years. Their contributions and legal advice have been of great importance in helping our company to solve the complicated cases that we have been involved in.’
‘Christopher Sveen is a person of great knowledge within the field of offshore wind – his enthusiasm and understandable approach (for non-lawyers) is special. His young lawyers Saran Ann Kvam and Silje Dagsland have good approaches and understand our questions and have good and precise comments and advice which is much appreciated.’
‘Haavind’s team is specialized in providing legal services to our business sector, mainly related to engineering and construction activities for the offshore industry within wind and oil & gas. Key members of their team have very good understanding of commercial and management matters relevant to our business in addition to the pure legal services offered by the firm. This makes the team a well sought after partner for support to our business.’
‘Christopher Sveen has significant experience within our core business activities, in particular offshore oil & gas and offshore wind EPC Contracts. He is a trusted adviser which contributes to commercial and management decisions in addition to the excellent legal advice on contractual matters.’
‘Mikal Brøndmo is an excellent adviser on our EPC contracts for the offshore industry. Through his significant expertise with litigation, he provides advice in all stages of the construction process in order to avoid costly and time consuming disputes at a later stage.’
‘Partner Christopher Sveen has been leading the team and has really delivered 24/7 when required. His previous experience from working in the business have really helped in making sure he has a good understanding of the technical challenges. I also have to mention the great contributions and collaborations from the associates Sarah-Ann Kvam , Martine Linge and Silje Dagsland.’
‘Deep understanding of Norwegian offshore industry, practice, clients, trends. The company is very good at replying within short deadlines. The company answers the questions and requests that you have in a very professional way and seem to have a good cooperation within own lines/teams.’
Heerema Fabrication Group B.V.
Heerema Marine Contractors
Norsk Industri (The Federation of Norwegian Industries)
The Norwegian Ministry of Defence
Jarle Bergs Sønner AS
- Assisting Jarle Bergs Sønner AS with regard to a contract for the newbuild of a fishing vessel, including in respect to the building contracts, follow up on the project and matters relating to finance.
- Advising a global EPC contractor in relation to its execution of and rights under EPC contracts for major structures for an offshore wind farm and the modification of a large drilling and production unit.
- Advising the Federation of Norwegian Industries (Norsk Industri) on major initiatives taken by the federation to assist the oil and gas and shipbuilding industry in turning their businesses towards other green industries and entering the offshore wind market.
Norway > Public procurement Tier 1Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ ‘strong and broad‘ team has ‘unique knowledge of the public procurement regulatory framework‘, ‘a practical approach to solving issues‘, ‘excellent business understanding‘ and provides ‘fantastic advice‘. The practice is noted for working in conjunction with the firm’s competition, state aid and construction groups in order to assist contracting authorities and suppliers with high-profile procurements projects. Goud Fjellheim, who heads up the team, is ‘a top-tier procurement lawyer with unique competence within the field of public procurements’; he is praised for his ‘commercial mindset and practical approach’ and ability to ‘provide clear and practical advice in complex matters.’ Anne Hesjedal Sending is a key name for disputes, while ‘hard-working‘ senior lawyer Christina Paludan Melson ‘has exceptional broad and deep knowledge of the public procurement legal framework and gives target-oriented and swift practical advice‘.
Other key lawyers:
‘Haavind’s procurement team is highly professional, and delivers great practical advice.’
‘Christina Paludan Melson is outstanding; she gives excellent advice, has a great business understanding and helps to bring cases to a great result. She has huge capacity and is always available for her clients.’
‘Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim is an exceptional lawyer in every respect. His most impressive attribute is his strategic advice and his ability to resolve the matter at hand with a practical approach.’
‘Anne Hesjedal Sending and Christina Paludan Melsom stand out as highly qualified and valued lawyers.’
‘Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim is very intelligent and has a great legal mind. He has an outstanding ability to quickly address the legal issues at hand on complex matters. A key advantage is also his strong commercial and practical focus. Very approachable and pleasant to work with.’
‘Christina Paludan Melson has excellent knowledge of public procurement law. Very approachable and pleasant to work with. Always available and has a strong customer focus.’
‘The team consists of highly competent lawyers, with a unique knowledge of the public procurement regulatory framework. They have a practical approach to solving issues.’
‘Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim understands what is important for his clients, provides short and clear advice when necessary, and is also good at understanding the level of advice the in-house legal department needs in its work for internal clients.’
Nye Veier AS
Helse Sør-Øst RHF
Statens Vegvesen (Vegdirektoratet)
Norwegian National Security Authority
Helsetjenestens Driftsorganisasjon for Nødnett HF
Klagenemnda for Offentlige anskaffelser (KOFA)
Posten Norge AS
The Norwegian Armed Forces
Vestfold and Telemark fylkeskommune
The National Programme for Supplier Development
The Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management (DFØ)
Helse Nord RHF
- Providing ongoing advice to Sporveien AS on multiple large procurements.
- Assisted Sykehuspartner HF with the procurement of a new ICT infrastructure for the entire South-Eastern Health Region.
- Represented Statnett SF in litigation regarding the procurement of a contract for cable tunnel construction in the ongoing ‘Sogn-Ulven’ project.
Norway > Real estate Tier 1Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ ‘highly recommended’ real estate department handles the full scope of real estate transactions, including M&A, project developments, leasing issues, and financings and investment mandates. Its competency extends to compulsory acquisitions, zoning and infrastructure work and clients praise its ‘exceptional legal and commercial competence’, which is applies to residential and commercial development projects. Group co-head Terese Negaard Sørli has a considerable breadth of expertise, with a particular focus on real estate developments, while fellow co-head Herman Roksund is experienced in real estate transactions. Erling Timm advises on the development, lease and financing of residential property, while Magnus Meisingset-Haug has significant experience with large transactions, as well as the structuring and syndication of real estate investment projects.
Terese Negaard Sørli; Herman Roksund
Other key lawyers:
‘Haavind has a large, committed and competent real estate team that can address difficult and complicated challenges related to the real estate sector.’
‘We strongly believe that Haavind has one of the best legal practices within the commercial real estate sector in Norway – due to their exceptional legal and commercial competence. We also appreciate their efficiency.’
‘Herman Roksund and Erling Timm. Both are excellent legal advisers within real estate transactions. They have high professional standards and work in a very efficient and solution-oriented way and are able to see the big picture in complex SPA negotiations.’
‘They seem to always be well prepared for every meeting/session. They always bring new ideas to the table, from either their own experience or new knowledge.’
‘Herman Roksund is very commercial and able to find good solutions for seller and buyer’.
‘Haavind’s real estate team is excellent, combining strong industry knowledge, legal expertise and frictionless cooperation with financial advisers. The team has a good mix of competences and comes highly recommended.’
‘The real estate team at Haavind combine professionalism, expertise and a fun, informal way of work.’
‘Herman Roksund and his team from Haavind work very professionally. They respond quickly to inquiries, react very calmly and precisely to complicated situations, e.g. with sellers. We really liked this type of work, and it is conducive to the completion of large transactions.’
Fastighets AB Balder
Storebrand Eiendomsfond Norge KS
Ragde Eiendom AS
Pareto Securities AS
Fearnley Securities AS
Anthon Eiendom AS
PEAB Eiendomsutvikling AS
Norwegian Public Roads Administration
Vika Project Finance AS
Carnegie AS (Project Finance)
Vatne Property AS
Fredensborg Bolig AS
Hurtigruten Svalbard AS
Cleaves Securities AS
Swiss Life Asset Managers
Øie Eiendomsutvikling AS
Varde Eiendom AS
Oxer Gruppen AS
Neptune Properties AS
Eramet Norway AS
H-2 Eiendom AS
Vestre Viken HF
Skanska Norge AS
Stor-Oslo Eiendom AS
Solon Eiendom AS
Veslefrikk Eiendom AS
- Assisted Fastighets AB Balder with one of the major real estate transactions in the Nordics, which involved submitting a mandatory offer to acquire the remaining 66.67% of the shares in Entra ASA not held by Fastighets AB Balder already.
- Assisting the Norwegian Ministry of Transport with acquiring land for the new four-lane highway between Bergen and Sotra.
Norway > TMT Tier 1The team of ‘very skilled professionals‘ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS ‘has deep insight into the legal landscape, and at the same time, is able to translate the legal issues into practical solutions‘. Led by Leif Eirik Thrane, who has established strength in handling cloud services and outsourcing work, the group is highly regarded for its solid track record in acting for blue-chip clients in high-profile IT disputes, cybersecurity matters and prominent technology M&A deals. Arne Byberg ‘always give thoroughly prepared advice; he is very competent, solution oriented and his expertise is very much appreciated‘. Andreas Bernt has ‘excellent insight into the media industry‘, and Kari Gimmingsrud ‘has great insight into IP issues‘. Senior associate Isak Mendoza specialises in data protection matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kari Gimmingsrud: excellent, dedicated, outstanding quality and expertise. Always available.’
‘Arne Byberg and the team in general has the ability to think outside the box.’
‘Kari Gimmingsrud manages to communicate complex challenges with ease for non-lawyers.’
‘The team has an excellent ability to combine, resolve and present complex legal issues.’
‘Kari Gimmingsrud stands out as very skilled. Her work is impeccable.’
‘Haavind has a strong data privacy team that provides a perfect combination of solid academic and professional skills, with high commercial understanding and tech knowledge.’
‘Kari Gimmingsrud – proactive, very competent, and solution oriented.’
‘Isak Mendoza – a very competent data privacy lawyer.’
Ministry of Defence
Norwegian Defence Research Institute
The Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management
National Security Authority
Norwegian Road Authority
- Advising Norwegian Defence on the NOK16bn MAST (military application of cloud technology) program.
- Represented the Norwegian Road Authority (SVV) before the Court of Appeal in a large, long-running IT dispute with IBM.
Norway > Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 2Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ banking and finance team ‘stands out for its ability to deliver commercial solutions to complex issues, and its availability and turnaround time is impressive‘. Led by the ‘excellent‘ Hans-Christian Donjem, the group has a notable reputation for its strength in advising borrowers on a broad range of financing matters; key areas include bond and real estate acquisition financings. Donjem has an excellent track record in assisting private equity houses and financial institutions with corporate finance, project finance and restructuring mandates. At senior lawyer level, Kasper Formo Asplin is ‘a pragmatic and valuable adviser‘ with established expertise in financial regulatory matters, and Christoffer Baisgård acts as counsel to Norwegian and international lenders and borrowers. Associate Helen Xu is also a key name to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong know-how with excellent availability.’
‘Available and quick.’
‘Positive spirit. Available.’
‘Kasper Formo Asplin is highly qualified and up to speed on the ever changing rules and regulations. He always makes himself available, is very service minded, and expresses a keen interest in advising/solving issues that need to be dealt with.’
‘Competent, informal and rapid response.’
‘Kasper Formo Asplin is very knowledgeable and talented, as well as client-friendly and hard-working.’
‘A very competent team, hands-on and pragmatic in its approach.’
BlackRock Investment Management
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
ING Bank N.V.
Ferd Private Equity
Aider Konsern AS
Santander Consumer Bank AS
Jyske Bank A/S
CSAM Health Group AS
- Advised Norwegian accounting company Aider Konsern AS on its NOK500m secured bond issuance, in connection with its acquisition of the Norwegian branch of PwC Accounting.
- Assisted Axactor ASA with two €300m unsecured bond loans.
Norway > Capital markets Tier 2At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, the team has been kept busy handling high-value IPOs, private placements, and large-scale public takeovers for renewable energy, technology, aquaculture and real estate companies. Cornelius Sogn Ness heads up the group, and is sought after for his expertise in securities law, bond work and transactional matters. Hans-Christian Donjem is singled out for financing matters, and corporate expert Bjørn Olav Torpp handles private equity issues. Senior lawyer Ragnar Gundersen Koffeld assists Norwegian and international financial clients with ECM and DCM mandates.
Other key lawyers:
‘Knowledge and experience of stock exchange laws and matters.’
Norsk Hydro ASA
Fastighets AB Balder
ABL Group ASA
Fearnley Securities AS
Nordea Bank Norge
Pareto Securities AS
- Advised Fastighets AB Balder on its NOK37bn mandatory takeover bid in order to acquire a 100% stake in Entra ASA.
- Advised Nordic investment bank Carnegie AS on a NOK150m private placement in Pickatale AS.
Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2Ellen Schult Ulriksen and M&A expert Bjørn Olav Torpp share leadership of the practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, which garners praise for its ‘deep industry and commercial understanding, and provides practical advice‘ on complex, high-profile transactions, large M&A deals, private equity work and joint ventures. The client roster includes aquaculture, technology, real estate, manufacturing, oil and gas and energy companies. Kjetil Hardeng is highly regarded as ‘a very experienced and skilled M&A lawyer‘, while managing partner Preben Brecke specialises in private equity work, and Bård Sandstad focuses on oil and gas and offshore matters. At senior lawyer level, Ragnar Gundersen Koffeld is a noteworthy name.
Other key lawyers:
‘Hands on team, accessible.’
‘Strong know-how with excellent availability.’
‘Bjørn Olav Torpp – very efficient in managing his team. Always ahead of potential problems.’
‘The team has profound knowledge, is proactive and delivers results 24/7. The team is outstanding.’
‘Profound knowledge, listens and understands the clients’ issues, quick turnaround time with precise and high quality solutions.’
‘Haavind has extensive cross-border experience on large and complex M&A projects.’
‘Very good goal orientation. Superb understanding of the business so that the legal work was very targeted.’
Green Investment Group (GIG/Corio)
- Assisting Vardar, one of the owners of regional power company Glitre AS, with the planned merger between Glitre AS and Agder Energi AS.
- Acted for private equity fund FSN Capital in connection with the acquisition of sports equipment company Active Brands AS.
- Advised European specialist growth equity investor Verdane on the sale of e-commerce delivery platform Porterbuddy to European consumer-based parcel delivery service provider Instabox.
Norway > EU and competition Tier 2Led by the ‘very knowledgeable‘ and ‘very pragmatic‘ Simen Klevstrand, the department at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS houses ‘a seamless and tight team of highly skilled competition law experts‘. Key areas of strength for the group include merger control mandates, state aid work, competition damages claims and cartel investigations. Senior lawyer Gaute Bergstrøm has ‘a bright mind‘ and notable strength in advising on state aid issues, and senior associate Marianne Henne Møller provides ‘precise advice‘ on merger control matters and abuse of dominance claims.
Other key lawyers:
‘Haavind’s competition practice group delivers excellent work and is highly recommendable.’
‘Simen Klevstrand is pragmatic and fast in delivering and replying. I can fully recommend him for all competition law related matters in Norway.’
‘Very professional attitude. Always deliver on time.’
‘Strong knowledge of competition law, a leader in their field.’
‘Simen Klevstrand – always helpful and pleasant to work with.’
‘Simen Klevstrand – always available and hands-on.’
‘Simen Klevestrand and his team are highly qualified within competition law.’
‘Gaute Bergstrøm – Bright mind who, despite a low key appearance, should not be underestimated. Not afraid of doing the dirty work if required. Convincing both as adviser and as a litigator. Marianne Henne Møller – Cool and friendly even in stressed situations. Not afraid of giving precise advice.’
Posten Norge AS
Norsk Hydro ASA
Helse Sør-Øst HF
FSN Capital Partners AS
- Providing ongoing assistance to Posten Norge against European truck manufacturers in the long-running first cartel damages claim being heard before Norwegian courts.
- Acted as lead counsel to private equity fund FSN Capital VI on its acquisition of Active Brands AS, involving merger filings in Norway and Austria.
Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, the ‘excellent‘ team stands out for its ‘high level of expertise‘ in handling large-scale bankruptcy mandates, and has been kept particularly busy assisting clients from the transport, retail, and construction sectors with high-value restructuring work. Practice head Ellen Schult Ulriksen is ‘very knowledgeable and has a practical approach which is very valuable‘. Banking and finance expert Hans-Christian Donjem assists private equity houses and financial institutions with restructurings, and senior lawyer Karianne Evje Skiaker is ‘very good at identifying the relevant problems to be addressed, and finding good practical solutions‘. Senior lawyer Christoffer Baisgård is ‘very responsive‘ and regularly advises on bankruptcy proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
‘An excellent team led by the very skilled and solution oriented Ellen Ulriksen.’
‘Ellen Ulriksen is fast to respond, finds clever solutions, and she is very skilled within insolvency law.’
‘Very experienced and competent team.’
‘Ellen Ulriksen is absolutely one of the leading Norwegian lawyers within this sector.’
‘Good industry knowledge.’
‘Excellent skills in every area.’
‘The team in Haavind is skilled, efficient and quick to respond.’
‘Ellen Ulriksen and Karianne Skiaker are skilled, friendly and efficient. They are both highly professional and “hands on” in the cases they are in charge of.’
Vatvedt Technology AS
J. Choo Norway AS
Surve Mobility Services No AS
Kleven Prosjekt 401 AS
The Magic 5 AS /The Juicery/The High 5
Live Strong AS
Smestad Arkitektkontor/Solsiden Entreprenør/Satell Eiendomsutvikling
Jacob Service AS
- Handling the bankruptcy proceedings of the Norwegian subsidiary of Surve Mobility Services.
- Acting as trustee of global agricultural company Agrinos AS, involving the successful sale of all assets to a wholly owned subsidiary of agrochemical company American Vanguard Corporation.
Norway > Tax Tier 2The team of ‘highly skilled professionals‘ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS ‘works proactively regarding tax issues‘ and provides ‘good advice‘ across a wide range of VAT and corporate tax matters. Espen Nordbø leads the department, and is sought after by real estate and renewable energy clients for his expertise in cross-border tax work. Nils Flesland Bull attracts praise for his ‘strong competence within VAT in combination with in-depth industry and commercial understanding‘, and counts litigation as a core area of strength. Senior lawyer Celine Charlotte Holm-Salvesen advises on corporate tax issues arising from transactions and reorganisations.
Other key lawyers:
‘My contacts are concrete in their advice and have a good ability to quickly understand the problem.’
‘Personal touch, quick responses, good advice.’
‘Excellent tax practice.’
‘Highly skilled professionals.’
‘Nils Flesland Bull – the guy you want to have on your team in any VAT dispute.’
‘I have worked closely with partner Nils Flesland Bull and through his presence and in-depth knowledge he stands out as a preferred choice within tax related cases.’
Santander Consumer Bank AS
Telenor Group ASA
The Norwegian Tax Authority
The Norwegian Seafood Federation
Indra Sistemas SA
Sporveien AS – The Oslo Metro and Tramway
Acciona Ghella Joint Venture
Oceanwide Expeditions BV
Eolus Vind AB
Norsk Hydro ASA/Hydro Aluminium AS
Agder Energi AS
Voith Hydro AG
- Represented Elkem ASA in litigation arising from the applicability and imposition of the tax exemption for metallurgical processes.
- Assisted Euclid Transactional UK with the tax aspects of multiple insurance transactions.
- Assisted Eolus Vind with issues concerning qualifying for tax incentives.
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS > Firm Profile
The firm: Haavind is one of Norway’s leading law firms, delivering strategic and legal advice and services in all aspects of commercial law. Haavind is a full-service law firm with several of the largest companies in Norway, as well as public sector, as customers.
Haavind is a natural choice for organisations undergoing change and digital transformation. We work systematically to stay ahead of the game, by understanding trends and new technology and translate this into risks, challenges and opportunities for our customers. Our lawyers find great motivation in finding good solutions and working hard to ensure relevance, quality and efficiency in their deliveries.
We have experience in advising and working with organisations actively contributing to sustainable development. Haavind is legal partner to several large, international companies with a strong focus on ESG and the UN’s sustainability goals.
In our CSR-policy, care for both local stakeholders and some of society’s weaker groups is important to us, and we actively engage with, and support two initiatives from Kirkens Bymisjon; Gatejuristen and Barnas Jurist.
We value working with companies addressing the challenges of a more sustainable future, and add value by aligning our legal and industrial competence with dynamic project management and increased use of technology, to contribute to meeting our customers’ sustainability goals.
Areas of practice
Banking and finance: An expert group with extensive experience from working on both the lending and the borrowing side of acquisition- and group financing. The team assists lenders, borrowers, issuers, insurance providers, managers and other parties with the legal framework of all types of financial transactions including syndicated financing of real estate, ships, rigs and airplanes, comprehensive and tailor-made acquisition and project financing, bond loans, corporate financing, leasing, financial restructuring, derivatives and long term power purchase agreements.
We regularly represent companies in their day-to-day financing and re- financing, financial institutions and private equity firms on their acquisition financing. In addition to supporting Haavind’s many clients with their diverse financing needs, the group is focusing on building long term relationships with corporate clients and financial institutions with emphasis on partner attention, efficiency and thoroughness.
Capital markets: The team of legal experts covers all areas of capital market transactions and has advised on many of the most comprehensive transactions on the Norwegian stock exchange to date.
We act as legal advisors to a number of listed companies and investors on the handling of inside information and disclosure and notification requirements, and assist securities firms, mutual funds and private equity funds on regulatory matters.
Commercial, corporate and M&A: Haavind has a strong and experienced corporate M&A team who work full time with transactions, both public and private. In addition, we have several partners that focus on sector specific transactions and corporate mandates.
Energy M&A forms an essential part of Haavind’s full service offering towards the energy/electricity sector, with a broad offering of M&A work in solar, wind and hydro.
Technology M&A is based on our strong position within the IT and software sector and the skills needed to advise on M&A and business transformation in the new digital economy. Haavind has participated in many of the M&A processes within the Tech sector in the last few years, and has established itself as leading within software and technology deals.
Oil and offshore M&A is a key area for Haavind, and we have become a significant player within Oil and offshore M&A work, clearly putting Haavind in the frontline of advisors on Corporate M&A mandates within the Oil and offshore industry.
Construction: Being among the most respected lawyers in their field, our team has given legal advice and assisted on a number of the largest infrastructure projects in Norway. The cross-functional team of skilled and experienced lawyers offer a combination of excellent legal knowledge and deep sector- specific insight to find the best solutions for our customers and their businesses.
We assist our customers with: drafting and quality assurance of contracts, negotiations, organization of collaborations/joint ventures, advice during the entire project execution phase, settlement negotiations, dispute resolution (mitigation, arbitration and litigation). Haavind’s strong professional expertise is further illustrated by our involvement in the development of industry standards.
Dispute resolution: One of Norway’s strongest teams in litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, with one of the highest numbers of lawyers licensed to litigate before the Supreme Court. A significant part of our business is dispute resolution, both for national courts and international arbitrations. In recent years, we have litigated more than 10 % of all civil cases for the Norwegian Supreme Court.
In hearings, we combine our expertise within dispute resolution with our specialized legal expertise and industry sector knowledge to achieve the best possible results. With background as judges, both in the District Courts and Courts of Appeal, as well as in arbitration, the diversity and cooperation between the lawyers brings a multi-skilled approach that enables us to solve complex disputes in the best way possible.
EU and competition: Our EU and competition law team assists Norwegian and international businesses within all areas of competition law, including state aid rules. We work closely with leading players across a range of industries to find solutions that enable them reach their business objectives within the limitations posed by competition rules.
We have one of the country’s largest and leading public procurement teams. Our team has extensive experience in assisting in all stages of procurement processes, meeting all needs for procurement regulation advisory. Our lawyers assist with preparation of tenders, assessment of the competition, including the requirements, evaluation of the tenders and award, as well as assistance in complaint handling for the customer, the Public Procurement Complaints Board and the courts.
Electricity and renewable energy: Haavind is a full-service law firm for the renewable energy sector, with a very strong team within regulatory matters and litigation, as well as providing legal services in some of the largest transactions within the Norwegian energy sector.
We combine our extensive energy competence with the work of our leading legal teams, to act as legal providers and advisors to complex and extensive power projects. Our extensive experience with the renewable sector, includes a substantial network among the important stakeholders, including the energy authorities, as many have practical experience from working for public entities, such as the Attorney General and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Employment: Employment and pension law is historically and strategically, a key area to Haavind’s legal services. In both number and areas of expertise, we are considered one of the largest and highly regarded legal professional environments in Norway.
We have a long tradition with management and HR support for large and complex organizations, both domestic and internationally. Our lawyers add value to clients’ reorganisations, transfers of undertaking, outsourcings, dispute resolutions (both litigation and arbitration), compensation and benefits-programs, performance management, whistle blowing and investigations, collective bargaining issues and corporate governance matters in the borderline between employment law and corporate law.
Our specific understanding of both the organization and business model of large companies have made it possible to provide valuable tailor-made input and cost efficient services.
Insolvency and corporate recovery: Our restructuring and insolvency group has considerable experience and expertise from both sides of the table, be it as a representative of public, financial, industrial mortgage secured or unsecured creditors in both restructuring and major bankruptcies, as a debtor (the company board) or as a trustee with extensive cooperation with mortgagees.
Our experienced lawyers advise on all aspects of insolvency, including debt negotiations and restructuring, creditor representation and board liability issues and litigation. The firm also acts on appointments from Oslo bankruptcy and probate court.
Intellectual property: Haavind’s strong tech-practice is one of the largest in Norway and stands out from the rest by its prevailing status in the largest projects in the high-end IP and technology segment. Our lawyers serve as strategic advisors to several large companies where central parts of their business is governed by IP.
Our lawyers have a strong reputation for their expertise in handling major IP litigations. We regularly combine specialists from our IP group and litigation group in tailor- made litigation teams. Several of our litigators have substantial experience and knowledge within particular areas of IP, and cooperate closely with our IP specialists.
Offshore construction and shipbuilding: the team consists of lawyers with extensive experience in drafting contracts, negotiations, joint ventures, and legal aspects related to project execution, as well as arbitration and litigation of complex disputes, all with an understanding of how to operate in the international arena.
With Haavind’s long tradition of contributing to the standardisation of industry terms and conditions it has the very best basis for advising the industry on matters related to contracting and project execution on NCS.
Oil and gas: the team covers all areas of required legal services for the oil and gas industry. The team has particular experience with various offshore and onshore development projects, dispute resolution, HR-related matters and transactions within the oil and gas industry.
Real estate: With the largest legal real estate team in Norway, we cover all areas of the law and give quality advice on the entire process of property development and transactions. Our lawyers have extensive experience with complex property development projects, working as a team to minimize risk and create predictable frameworks for businesses.
Our team is recognized for leading market and legal knowledge, combining commercial insight with legal expertise. Having assisted Norwegian and overseas market players in several of Norway’s largest transactions, our skilled lawyers have valuable experience and market understanding. We are considered a key player by international investors and work in cross-functional teams to give business and legal advice of high value.
Tax: Haavind is the firm that, over time, has litigated the most number of tax cases for Norwegian courts. Our tax team is renowned for its deep involvement in high-value transactions where tax is a critical factor, its strong position in tax litigation and particular standing as VAT specialists.
The experienced team of lawyers have a proven track record across most industries, as well as areas of taxes and duties. We work seamlessly with most of our legal experts in corporate M&A, real estate, renewable energy and employment and pensions.
TMT: Haavind has one of the largest and most reputable TMT teams in Norway, delivering on the full range of legal services on digital transformation. We assist customers in the procurement of necessary IT capabilities by the purchase of software licenses, cloud services, software development, development of applications, operating and management services.
Customers include Norwegian “blue chip” companies and the largest IT vendors. Our lawyers give legal and strategic advice to industries undergoing change, whether it applies to new solutions or services or change as a result of the digital processes many sectors are experiencing.
Our experts have considerable experience with relevant regulatory issues, and the challenges related to using new types of services on dated legislation. Our leading lawyers have all worked in large technology businesses, and in such roles worked closely on technical, operational and commercial decision makers in these businesses. This gives our team a unique combination of legal expertise, insight and understanding of the business drivers. This expertise is valued by our customers, and many of our lawyers are strategic and management advisors as well as legal advisors.
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|Banking and finance||Hans-Christian Donjememail@example.com|
|Capital markets||Cornelius Sogn Nessfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Commercial, corporate and M&A||Kjetil Hardengemail@example.com|
|Dispute resolution||Henning Nordtvedtfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|EU and competition||Simen Klevstrandemail@example.com|
|Electricity and renewable energy||Aksel S Tannumfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Insolvency and corporate recovery||Ellen Schult Ulriksenemail@example.com|
|Intellectual property||Vebjørn Iversenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Offshore construction and shipbuilding||Mikal Brøndmoemail@example.com|
|Oil and gas||Bård Sandstadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Public Procurement||Goud Helge Homme Fjellheimemail@example.com|
|Real estate||Herman Roksundfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|TMT||Leif Eirik Thraneemail@example.com|
|Mr Rasmus Asbjørnsen||With more than 25 years of experience, Partner Rasmus is one of…||View Profile|
|Mr Andreas Bernt||Partner Andreas Bernt advises companies within the media and technology sectors, and…||View Profile|
|Mr Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik||Partner Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik is a respected leader in his fields…||View Profile|
|Mr Håkon Bleken||Partner Håkon Bleken has extensive experience representing clients in litigation and arbitration…||View Profile|
|Mr Preben Brecke||Partner Preben Brecke is the Managing Partner of Haavind and the head…||View Profile|
|Mr Mikal Brøndmo||Mikal Brøndmo specialises in arbitration and litigation, with a special focus on…||View Profile|
|Mr Nils Flesland Bull||Partner Nils Flesland Bull heads the indirect tax group of Haavind’s tax…||View Profile|
|Mr Arne Byberg||Partner Arne Byberg specialises in technology, media and IPR and is one…||View Profile|
|Mr Hans-Christian Donjem||Partner Hans-Christian Donjem is head of Haavind’s banking & finance practice team.…||View Profile|
|Mr Goud Fjellheim||Partner Goud Fjellheim specialises in litigation, public procurement and contractual law and…||View Profile|
|Mr Sten Foyn||Partner Sten Foyn is head of the employment law expert group of…||View Profile|
|Mr Kjetil Hardeng||Partner Kjetil Hardeng is head of Haavind’s M&A practice team and his…||View Profile|
|Mr Vebjørn Krag Iversen||Partner Vebjørn Krag Iversens head of Haavind’s IP practice team and specialises…||View Profile|
|Mr Johnny Johansen||Partner and chair of the board Johnny Johansen is among Norway’s most…||View Profile|
|Ms Ida Espolin Johnson||Partner Ida Espolin Johnson is co-head of Haavind’s fisheries and aquaculture practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Simen Klevstrand||Partner Simen Klevstrand heads Haavind’s EU/EEA & competition law practice team. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Lars Kokkvold||Partner Lars Kokkvold is among the most well-known and respected employment and…||View Profile|
|Mr Gaute Krokann||Partner Gaute Krokann is head of Haavind’s labour, employment and corporate governance…||View Profile|
|Mr Pål Kvernaas||Partner Pål Kvernaas is among the most renowned employment and pension law…||View Profile|
|Mr Cornelius Sogn Ness||Partner Cornelius Sogn Ness is the head of Haavind’s capital markets team.…||View Profile|
|Mr Espen Nordbø||Partner Espen Nordbø is head of Haavind’s tax team and a well-respected…||View Profile|
|Mr Henning Nordtvedt||Henning Nordtvedt is the head of Haavind’s Construction department and the Haavind…||View Profile|
|Ms Mari Reitzel Bjerke||Mari specialises in renewable energy, contract law/construction law and litigation, and has…||View Profile|
|Mr Johan Fredrik Remmen||Partner Johan Fredrik Remmen is among the most respected senior figures in…||View Profile|
|Mr Herman Roksund||Partner Herman Roksund is one of our leading partners within real estate…||View Profile|
|Mr Andreas Rostveit||Partner Andreas Rostveit is among Norway’s most experienced construction and infrastructure lawyers,…||View Profile|
|Mr Bård Sandstad||Bård Sandstad is a Corporate M&A partner, focusing on transactions within the…||View Profile|
|Mr Jøran Sandvik||Partner Jøran Sandvik is one of Norway’s foremost experts in renewable energy…||View Profile|
|Mr Bjørn Sørgård||Partner Bjørn Sørgård is co-head of Haavind’s fisheries and aquaculture practice team…||View Profile|
|Mr Christopher Sveen||Partner Christopher L Sveen is a trusted advisor to the oil- and…||View Profile|
|Mr Aksel Tannum||Partner Aksel Tannum is the head of Haavind’s renewable energy team and…||View Profile|
|Mr Leif Eirik Thrane||Partner Leif Eirik Thrane is head of Haavind’s TMT practice team and…||View Profile|
|Mr Erling Timm||With more than 20 years of experience, Partner Erling Timm is a…||View Profile|
|Mr Bjørn Olav Torpp||Bjørn Olav Torpp serves as head of Haavind’s corporate practice. He specializes…||View Profile|
|Ms Ellen Schult Ulriksen||Partner Ellen Schult Ulriksen heads Haavind’s restructuring and insolvency practice team. Ulriksen…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 150
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian the Scandinavian languages
- Dispute resolution
- Fishing and aquaculture
- Intellectual property
- Offshore construction and shipbuilding
- Public procurement
- Real estate