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Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS
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Construction Tier 1

With 'extensive and diversified experience', Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS provides 'constructive and to-the-point advice' and is 'action oriented, productive, technically brilliant and always aware of what its clients need'. Clients praise litigator Johnny Johansen as 'extremely service minded and a good communicator', Arve Martin Bjørnvik as 'a dedicated professional who can pinpoint the arguments needed to move a case forward quickly', and single out Olav Bergsaker for his 'deep knowledge of the industry'. Other key names include group head Henning NordtvedtMikal Brøndmo and Andreas Rostveit, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS in 2018. The team recently represented the Norwegian Public Roads Authority in a dispute relating to the final settlement of a road project, and acted for KHR Arkitekter in a dispute surrounding the construction of the Alexander Dale Oen Arena in Bergen. Kværner, Statkraft and Sporveiein are also clients.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The 'extremely focused and well-prepared' practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS 'regularly outperforms the firms it is up against' with 'a hands-on and creative approach, excellent understanding of the law and amazing market knowledge'. Clients single out the 'calm, trustworthy and highly skilledRasmus Asbjørnsen, who 'balances the ability to draw up the big picture with precision and an excellent court manner'; 'great litigatorJohnny Johansen, the 'analytical and strategically shrewd' Arve Martin Bjørnvik, managing partner and group head Henning Nordtvedt, and Mikal Brøndmo, who is 'quick, pleasant and productive'. Bjørnvik recently acted for Nortura in a compensation claim relating to the extension and renovation of a food processing factory and Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim represented the Norwegian Ministry of Transport in a damages claim relating to the acquisition of a new road toll collection IT system. Pål Martin Abell and Vebjørn Krag Iversen made partner in 2019, and Anne Hesjedal Sending joined from a position at the Attorney General's office.

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

With 'detailed knowledge and a highly commercial approach', Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS fields a team of 'professional and pragmatic' individuals including group head Aksel Tannum, who has 'a deep understanding of the sector and consistently seeks solutions throughout', Johan Fredrik Remmen, newly promoted partner Jøran Sandvik, infrastructure specialist Jarle W Holstrøm, litigator Håkon Bleken and renewables expert and senior lawyer Mari Reitzel Bjerke. In a recent highlight, Sandvik led advice to BlackRock on its acquisition of the Guleslettene wind farm; the team also assisted Statnett with the establishment of a new central power grid in Northern Norway, acted for Eolus Vind Norge on the development of a wind power project, and handled the establishment of an onshore wind power cluster project for Fosen Vind. Pål Martin Abell also made partner in 2019.

Employment Tier 1

As 'one of Norway's leading firms', Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS has 'a professional and effective approach' thanks to 'a solution-oriented team, which is smart, creative and experienced' and 'handpicked for each problem so problems can be easily solved'. Clients single out group head Lars Kokkvold, who is 'an outstanding lawyer, who is dedicated to finding the right solutions', 'perfect partner' Pål Kvernaas, Sten Foyn, who 'really takes his client's needs seriously', and Gaute Krokann, who is 'proactive in his approach and provides excellent strategic and tactical input'. Erik Davidsen and Kari Gimmingsrud are also names to note. The team handles the full spectrum of employment law advice and recently assisted Telenor with a reorganisation, transfer of undertakings and outsourcing issues. Other clients include Randstad, Equinor (formerly Statoil) and Tieto.

Real estate Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' 'solution-oriented and pragmatic' team 'combines a strong technical background with excellent commercial acumen' making it, arguably, 'the most efficient firm in Norway' for real estate work. The group's client roster includes Storebrand Eiendom, which it is advising on a large development and transformation project in Oslo; NRP Finans, which it assisted with its disposal of a portfolio of real estate companies; and new client Canica Eiendom, which it acted for on the purchase of an office building. 'Standout lawyer' and practice head Jarle W Holstrøm 'delivers strategic choices', transactional lead Christian Bjørn-Hansen is 'a strong negotiator with the ability to focus on the legal and commercial aspects of a deal', Erling Timm is 'extremely intelligent and calm', and newly promoted partner Herman Roksund 'exceeds expectations'.

TMT Tier 1

Held 'in high regard' by clients, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS fields 'dedicated partners with international experience and detailed knowledge' in the IT, technology, digitalisation and media space, alongside privacy and data protection expertise. Team leader Leif Eirik Thrane focuses on the technology sector and recently advised Sporveiein Oslo on a technology procurement relating to a new train signalling system. Clients also praise Andreas Bernt as 'excellent and prompt'; he is particularly active in media work. The group's client roster also includes Telenor and Santander Consumer Bank; Kari Gimmingsrud acted for the latter on its GDPR compliance efforts. Technology transaction specialist Arne Byberg joined from an in-house position, and Espen Werring joined Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS in 2018.

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 2

Associate partner Hans-Christian Donjem 'makes the difference in an issue' and heads the practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, which 'clearly understands the task at hand'. The department focuses its efforts on three key areas; asset-based financing, corporate financing and financial regulatory issues. The department is also active in the renewable and real estate sectors; the team recently advised BlackRock Renewable Energy on its investment into the project financing of a wind farm in Guleslettene. Other mandates include assisting Santander with the day-to-day operations of its Nordic business, handling Axactor's €350m corporate refinancing across five jurisdictions, and acting for Csam Health on its NOK100m refinancing with Cordet. Peter L Brechan is the key name for regulatory matters advising insurance companies, financial institutions and fund managers, and associate partner Halvor Klingenberg focuses on project financing, bond financing and asset-based financing work.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The 'extremely service-minded' practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is 'effective, expedient and energetic' and 'knows exactly what its clients need'. The group is recognised for its expertise in the technology, energy, oil, offshore, real estate and private equity sectors; it counts Telenor, Axactor and Equinor (formerly Statoil) as clients. It also recently assisted BlackRock with its acquisition of the Guleslettene wind farm and advised FSN Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Mørenot. Kjetil Hardeng and Bjørn Olav Torpp jointly lead the department, which also includes the 'dynamic and pragmaticPreben Brecke, who is 'a safe pair of hands on any issue'. Arne Byberg joined from an in-house position and Andreas Vik made partner in 2018.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' 'highly skilled' team 'provides the services you would expect from a high-quality group' and 'stands out for its ability to provide value-added IP advice'. Newly promoted partner Vebjørn Krag Iversen, who 'dares to take creative approaches on complex issues', leads the IP practice and is noted for his patent litigation knowledge; he recently defended Sandoz in a high-value patent infringement dispute relating to supplementary protection certificates covering a product for lowering cholesterol. Litigator Håkon Bleken and media sector expert Andreas Bernt are also key names to note; Bernt recently represented RiksTV in a Supreme Court copyright clearance dispute against Tono.

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' 'unique' practice 'consistently performs at its best and develops great trust between itself and its clients' with notable emphasis on contractors and oil services companies; Aibel, CGG and Kværner are among its clients. Litigator Mikal Brøndmo, who is 'a great professional with excellent experience in the field', and Christopher L. Sveen, who handles transactional work and has 'an extensive background in the field that places him well in the industry', jointly head the team. Brøndmo and associate partner Kristine Hyldmo represented Westcon Yards in a dispute relating to delays surrounding a ship conversion into a tender support vessel.

Tax Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' expertise encompasses corporate tax, VAT and tax litigation through the experience of group head Espen NordbøNils Flesland Bull and Arne Haavind respectively. Nordbø recently advised Axactor on the process of making a tax neutral change of corporate seat and tax residence, Bull represented Avinor in a case relating to whether a VAT registered enterprise can recover input VAT, and Haavind acted for the Norwegian Tax Authority in a matter connected to the valuation of IP rights.

Capital markets Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' 'young and very responsive team' is 'effective and visible in the market and stands out for offering more partner attention to its clients'. Group head Cornelius Sogn Ness has 'a pragmatic approach and is always a pleasure to work with'; he is experienced in public takeover issues. Recent highlights include advising Spectrum on a public takeover process to acquire MultiClient Geophysical and assisting Axactor with a NOK110m private share placement.

EU and competition Tier 3

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS combines strength across competition law, state aid and public procurement issues to assist clients including Avinor, Sporveien Oslo and AtB. Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim heads the firm's public procurement group and associate partner Simen Klevstrand leads the competition law team; other key individuals include Bjørg Ven, who focuses on public procurement issues, and senior lawyer Gaute Bergstrøm, who is experienced in state aid work. The department recently represented Posten Norge in a cross-border damages claim arising out of the European Commission's trucks cartel settlement decision, and defended Avinor in a dispute arising from a public tender for airport bus transfer work involving rights to exclusion and alleged abuse of dominance issues. Associate partner Anne Hesjedal Sending joined from a position at the Attorney General's office, and Silje Grimseth Ullebust joined Advokatfirmaet Hjort in 2018.

Oil and gas Tier 3

With 'broad and in-depth knowledge of contracts for the NCS', Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is 'able to see the different viewpoints in complicated issues'. In a recent highlight, team co-head Bård Sandstad advised Seacrest Capital Group and Bangchak on their investment in Okea and acquisition of producing interests in the Draugen and Gjøa fields; other work includes group co-head Mikal Brøndmo and associate partner Kristine Hyldmo representing Westcon Yards in a dispute relating to a tender support vessel and Sandstad assisting Fortis Petroleum with the restructuring of its NCS activities. Johnny Johansen and Christopher L. Sveen are also key names to note.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS leverages its 'sensible, no-nonsense, low-key approach' to 'consistently stay on target' and provide 'a highly professional and knowledgeable service'. Clients single out group head Ellen Schult Ulriksen as 'a fantastic partner who is amazing through the whole process'; she advised Santander Consumer Bank on its defaulting financial arrangements and handles customer and distributor non-payment issues for Ahlsell Norge.

The firm: Haavind is one of Norway’s leading law firms. The firm is located in central Oslo and provides legal services to businesses, covering 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 clients.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: the firm advises across asset financing, project financing, acquisition financing, bonds, derivatives, trading operations, financial restructuring, PPAs, compliance, licence applications, regulatory issues, product development, insurance, UCITS etc.

Capital markets: Haavind advises on a range of capital market transactions, including IPOs, rights issues, private placements bond issues as well as regulatory work. It is particularly known for its work on public takeovers and has advised on some of the largest public to private transactions completed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in recent years.

Commercial, corporate and M&A: the firm boasts an experienced team for public and private domestic and cross-border M&A, JVs and restructuring. Clients include blue-chip private equity, corporates and government agencies across various sectors.

Construction: Haavind offers assistance in all aspects of construction law, with special focus on drafting of contracts, negotiations, contract discussions and litigation for a wide range of clients.

Dispute resolution: Haavind is particularly recognised for its litigation work within the field of construction, offshore, IPR, media and technology, employment, real estate, renewable energy and public procurement, in addition to a substantial general litigation practice.

EU and competition: the team advises clients across the spectrum of competition matters including merger control, joint ventures, co-operation agreements, dominance issues and state aid. The firm represents clients in court and during investigations as well as in leniency processes.

Electricity and renewable energy: the firm covers inter alia wind and hydro projects, grid projects, engineering, project development, concessions, land acquisitions, PPAs, financing etc, in addition to transactions and energy litigation.

Employment: the team is one of the largest employment and pensions departments among Norwegian law firms. It assists in all aspects of employment and pension law, with special focus on restructuring, downsizing, transfers of undertaking, employee terms and benefits, and collective labour issues.

Insolvency and corporate recovery: Haavind advises 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 and TMT: the firm is particularly strong within technology M&A, major IT and business-processes outsourcing projects, media and IP litigation as well as food and life sciences compliance issues.

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: a true full-service department, focusing on transactions (financing, structuring and corporate issues), real estate development and public issues (planning, land acquisitions) and infrastructure (railroads, airports, harbours etc).

Tax: the team has in-depth experience in international tax issues, as well as considerable litigation experience, including before the Supreme Court.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Hans-Christian Donjem
Capital markets Cornelius Sogn Ness
Commercial, corporate and M&A Kjetil Hardeng
Construction Johnny Johansen
Dispute resolution Henning Nordtvedt
EU and competition Simen Klevstrand
Electricity and renewable energy Aksel S Tannum
Employment Pål Kvernaas
Insolvency and corporate recovery Ellen Schult Ulriksen
Intellectual property and TMT Leif Eirik Thrane
Offshore construction and shipbuilding Mikal Brøndmo
Oil and gas Bård Sandstad
Real estate Christian Bjørn-Hansen
Tax Espen Nordbø
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Rasmus Asbjørnsen  photo Mr Rasmus Asbjørnsen
Mr Kittil Eriksrud Bergan  photo Mr Kittil Eriksrud Bergan
Mr Olav Bergsaker  photo Mr Olav Bergsaker
Mr Arve Martin Bjørnvik  photo Mr Arve Martin Bjørnvik
Mr Christian Bjørn-Hansen  photo Mr Christian Bjørn-Hansen
Mr Håkon Bleken  photo Mr Håkon Bleken
Mr Peter L Brechan  photo Mr Peter L Brechan
Mr Preben Brecke  photo Mr Preben Brecke
Mr Bjørn Brevik  photo Mr Bjørn Brevik
Mr Mikal Brøndmo  photo Mr Mikal Brøndmo
Mr Nils Flesland Bull  photo Mr Nils Flesland Bull
Mr Erik Davidsen  photo Mr Erik Davidsen
Mr Hans-Christian Donjem  photo Mr Hans-Christian Donjem
Mrs Siren Ellensen  photo Mrs Siren Ellensen
Mr Sten Foyn  photo Mr Sten Foyn
Mr Arne Haavind  photo Mr Arne Haavind
Mr Kjetil Hardeng  photo Mr Kjetil Hardeng
Mr Jarle W Holstrøm  photo Mr Jarle W Holstrøm
Ms Kristine Hyldmo  photo Ms Kristine Hyldmo
Mr Johnny Johansen  photo Mr Johnny Johansen
Mr Halvor Klingenberg  photo Mr Halvor Klingenberg
Mr Lars Kokkvold  photo Mr Lars Kokkvold
Mr Børge Krogsrud  photo Mr Børge Krogsrud
Mr Gaute Krokann  photo Mr Gaute Krokann
Mr Pål Kvernaas  photo Mr Pål Kvernaas
Ms Inger-Johanne Lund  photo Ms Inger-Johanne Lund
Mr Espen Nordbø  photo Mr Espen Nordbø
Mr Henning Nordtvedt  photo Mr Henning Nordtvedt
Ms Mari Reitzel Bjerke  photo Ms Mari Reitzel Bjerke
Mr Johan Fredrik Remmen  photo Mr Johan Fredrik Remmen
Mr Bård Sandstad  photo Mr Bård Sandstad
Mr Jøran Sandvik  photo Mr Jøran Sandvik
Mr Geir Steinberg  photo Mr Geir Steinberg
Mr Christopher L. Sveen  photo Mr Christopher L. Sveen
Mr Aksel Tannum  photo Mr Aksel Tannum
Mr Leif Eirik Thrane  photo Mr Leif Eirik Thrane
Mr Erling Timm  photo Mr Erling Timm
Mr Kjell Torkildsen  photo Mr Kjell Torkildsen
Mr Bjørn Olav Torpp  photo Mr Bjørn Olav Torpp
Ms Bjørg Ven  photo Ms Bjørg Ven
Mr Espen Werring  photo Mr Espen Werring
Number of lawyers : 140
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Contacts : Kjetil Hardeng
Contacts : Johnny Johansen