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Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS
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Construction Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' construction team is predominantly focused on construction litigation; with the majority of partners admitted to appear before the Supreme Court, the team represents clients in disputes arising from a wide range of projects, with notable expertise in the infrastructure, real estate, energy and aquaculture sectors. Henning Nordtvedt heads up the team and is an expert in the healthcare industry. Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik specialises in contract and construction law, and litigation and arbitration proceedings, and Johnny Johansen is involved in major railway construction and water power plant projects.

Practice head(s):

Henning Nordtvedt

Other key lawyers:

Johnny Johansen; Johan Remmen; Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik


‘They have extensive experience in handling complex and high-value disputes, which is easily seen in their preparations, pleadings and especially in the hearing. They are well-prepared and far better prepared than their competitors at presenting the case in the hearing. They not only understand the law, but they are also willing to learn the facts in depth in order to present this in Court in a convincing way.’

‘The team is very professionally skilled, quick with feedback and always gives good and realistic suggestions for solutions.’

‘Very dedicated, systematic approach and strong knowledge of the law and business.’

‘Johnny Johansen is a very experienced lawyer with expert courtroom skills.’

‘Johan Remmen always delivers in court and uses his extensive experience in the strategic discussions when preparing the case.’

Key clients

The Norwegian Public Road Administration

Kværner AS

Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property

Nye Veier AS

Sporveien AS


Otra Kraft DA

Agder Energi AS

Caverion AS

Polarsirkelen Lufthavnutvikling AS

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' dispute resolution team has a wide range of sector expertise, with particular strengths in the construction, real estate, fisheries, energy and electricity, public procurement, oil and gas and finance industries. The group handles a broad variety of commercial disputes, including cross-border litigation and international arbitration. Johnny Johansen is highly regarded for disputes relating to large and complex infrastructure projects; he also regularly acts as an arbitrator in international and domestic proceedings. Practice head Henning Nordtvedt has extensive experience in road, bridge and construction contract disputes. Rasmus Asbjørnsen, Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim and Mikal Brøndmo are also singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

Henning Nordtvedt

Other key lawyers:

Johnny Johansen; Rasmus Asbjørnsen; Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim; Mikal Brøndmo


‘Haavind is a top professional law firm, which has great knowledge and understanding of legal affairs. The team have great skills in regards to understanding their client and the dispute in hand.’

‘Johnny Johansen is a top lawyer. He has good strategic skills in trial/trial preparations. He is number one if you need a good lawyer within the building industry.’

‘Well-balanced mixture of careful and exhaustive counselling and straightforward and tough litigation skills.’

‘Extremely good in trial situations.’

‘They have extensive experience in handling complex and high-value disputes, which is easily seen in their preparation, their pleadings and especially at the hearing. They are well prepared and far better than their competitors at presenting the case in the hearing. They not only understand the law, but they are also willing to learn the facts in depth in order to present them to the court in a convincing way.’

‘Very strong drive to win the cases. Goes the extra mile for the client.’

‘Haavind formed a very strong team covering all aspects of the dispute perfectly. Each member of the team performed very well and their collaboration was dedicated and at high standard.’

‘Professionally skilled team with complementary expertise. The team gives quick responses to issues and follows up the cases continuously. We are very satisfied.’

‘We had the pleasure to be represented by Haavind and Rasmus Asbjørnsen, where they did an impressive job, standing up against the competition.’

Key clients

Telenor ASA

Norwegian Tax Authorities

Norway Post

Norwegian Public Roads Authorities

Sparebank 1 Finans Nord-Norge AS

Storebrand ASA

Axactor SE

Vatne Capital AS

PricewaterhouseCoopers Norway

Nortura SA

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

With ‘leading competence in Norwegian energy law’, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS ‘takes a constructive and trust-building role in negotiations’ and has the ‘ability to find solutions to complex problems’. The group is regularly involved in wind power and hydropower production and electricity grid projects, acting for a diverse client roster of power and grid companies including Statkraft, Statnett and Norsk Hydro. The team also recently advised Eolus Group on the Øyfjellet wind power project, which, when constructed, will be the largest standalone wind power plant in Norway. Aksel Tannum heads up the practice, Jøran Sandvik focuses on transactional work and Pål Martin Abell and Johan Fredrik Remmen have notable contentious experience. Newly promoted partner Mari Reitzel Bjerke is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Aksel Tannum

Other key lawyers:

Jøran Sandvik; Johan Fredrik Remmen; Kjetil Hardeng; Pål Martin Abell; Mari Reitzel Bjerke


‘Excellent knowledge of current law. Ability to find solutions to complex problems. Very good understanding of us and our business. The lawyers at Haavind are very nice people with nice behaviour.’

‘Complete set of skills and experience to cover any energy/power related topic for an energy business professional. Especially strong on energy law and regulation and detailed knowledge of the underlying physical power system.’

‘The Haavind team is very knowledgeable in the area of hydro power production. They are also extremely hard working, service minded and take a constructive and trust building role in negotiations. We have also found them to be well organised and able to provide well balanced legal advice under considerable time pressure.’

‘Haavind has given full attention to our needs and been available around the clock. We have appreciated the extremely hard working and diligent attitude.’

‘The team specialises in the hydropower industry’s work areas. The team has very good insight into public administration in hydropower matters.’

‘I would especially like to point out that the lawyers in Haavind respond quickly when asked by us and solve assignments quickly.’

‘Strong competence and much experience as regards expropriation of indigenous peoples’ rights to land, validity of license and expropriation permit (including international law), compensation and procedural matters.’

Key clients



BlackRock Inc.

Axpo Nordic AS and Axpo Trading AG

Vattenfall AB

Stadtwerke München

Agder Energi AS

Lundin Energy

Salten Kraftsamband AS

Eolus Vind AB / Eolus Vind Norge AS

Fontavis AG

Voith Hydro AS

Employment Tier 1

The ‘excellent labour law experts’ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS provide advice on all aspects of employment and labour law to clients from a wide range of sectors. In mid-2020, Gaute Krokann took over as practice head from ‘very skilled lawyerLars Kokkvold, who acts for SMEs and large corporations on the employment aspects of restructurings and downsizings, outsourcings and pension matters. Kari Gimmingsrud advises on regulatory issues arising from compliance matters and investigations, and Geir Steinberg specialises in matters at the intersection of labour and company law, while Pål Kvernaas and Sten Foyn focus on transfers of undertakings and employee terminations.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Krokann

Other key lawyers:

Lars Kokkvold; Kari Gimmingsrud; Geir Steinberg; Pål Kvernaas; Sten Foyn


‘Excellent labour law experts – the ‘little extra’ you need and no other can provide. To-the-point advice. True trusted advisers.’

‘Sten Foyn is an excellent legal expert and adviser to trust.’

‘Kari Gimmingsrud is a key name. Always available and always making sure any work done is fully reviewed and quality checked.’

‘It is a company we have worked with for many years, which means that they know us well and thereby our policies and culture. This means that they find solutions that are in line with these.’

‘Gaute Krokann is accessible and solution-oriented. He gives us good advice and recommendations that are important to us in our work. We are very satisfied with our co-operation.’

‘The Haavind team are unique in the way they establish a profound trust across the chain of deliveries. From the knowledge and experience they hold, to how they communicate and create understanding for cases and topics. They are efficient in how they work and they support customers in overcoming challenges with respect and without ever compromising on integrity. They build trust by understanding customers’ needs and meeting the need for legal support. The Haavind team have a unique combination of excellent legal expertise with a strong human factor that makes the customer feel seen, heard and understood. A great basis for growing business relationships of trust. The key characteristics of legal expertise and people focus are found in all the people you meet at Haavind.’

‘Lars Kokkvold and Sten Foyn have a profound knowledge within their legal area that really stands out in the industry. They both have unique qualities in how they understand our business, how quickly they navigate in the business landscape of challenges and high complexity combined with high pressure on time to find solutions. Their attitude to ethics and people and how this also comes across through Court cases makes me very proud of working together with them. I want to mention especially the way they navigated us through a case in the Supreme Court, which was outstanding.’

‘Haavind always delivers as expected, and what is unique about them is that they understand us as a customer, they understand our challenges, and they always deliver with expertise in various fields. If something is urgent, they always put the best expertise on the tasks. They differ significantly from other legal companies in delivery of excellent advice and expertise – they put the most experienced on the most difficult tasks and they always go the extra mile to make sure we are satisfied.’

‘There are many highly recommendable partners and associates in the law firm. For me though there is one lawyer that singles himself out and that is Lars Kokkvold.’

‘Rather than telling me what to do or not to do, Haavind is genuinely concerned with understanding my goals. Their focus on what I want to achieve, and why, ensures that their assistance and advice are relevant and effective. I know that the team will make sure that I get the best help available. I have used other firms, but have never been met with the high quality Haavind provides on all aspects of any case.’

Key clients

Norsk Hydro




Telenor Group

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Posten Norge

ISS Facility Service


Helse Sør-Øst

Intellectual property Tier 1

The intellectual property practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS advises on contentious and non-contentious copyright, patent and trade mark matters as well as unfair competition issues, trade secrets mandates and contracts for research and development work. The team, headed up by Leif Eirik Thrane and Vebjørn Krag Iversen, fields ‘heavy-hitters in patent litigation’ and regularly acts for clients in the media, life sciences and technology sectors in cross-border litigation. Andreas Bernt specialises in matters encompassing digitalisation and copyright issues, while Håkon Bleken, who is praised as ‘pre-eminent in his field’, is experienced in patent litigation in the pharmaceuticals sector, and Håkon Austdal focuses on regulatory mandates.

Practice head(s):

Vebjørn Krag Iversen; Leif Eirik Thrane

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Bernt; Håkon Bleken; Håkon Austdal; Arne Byberg; Andreas Gard Meyer


Haavind have a great team in the field of IP litigation. They are heavy-hitters in patent litigation.’

Håkon Bleken is pre-eminent in his field. He is a forceful advocate that seems to have a telepathic understanding of the court. His advice is practical and realistic. An excellent choice.’

‘Well-balanced mixture of careful and exhaustive counselling and straightforward and tough litigation skills. Extremely good in trial situations.’

Ability to turn around fast and provide precise advice in a complex environment.’

In addition to always being on top of the law aspects of the matters at hand, they have a particularly friendly approach making them a real pleasure to work with.’

The team is composed of employees with different strengths and knowledge that overall means their delivery is of a very high quality.’

Employees have a very high level of competence within their fields. One experiences that they are always available and flexible.

Very professional people. Extremely knowledgeable and very approachable.’

Arne Byberg is very eloquent, knowledgeable and an excellent writer. Andreas Bernt is smart, creative and innovative. Andreas Gard Meyer is consistent, supportive and stable.’

Key clients





Addcon Group

Æra Strategic Innovation AS



Broadnet / Global Connect

Zwart Arbeid

Helse Sør-Øst

Public procurement Tier 1

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS fields a public procurement practice, which is highly regarded for public procurement matters and works closely with the competition, state aid, TMT and construction departments to provide integrated, multidisciplinary advice. The team is led by Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim, who is praised by clients as 'probably one of the best experts in Norwegian public procurement regulation' and is recognised for assisting with large procurements projects, especially in the IT, airport and healthcare sectors. Anne Hesjedal Sending is noted for her dispute resolution expertise.

Practice head(s):

Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim

Other key lawyers:

Anne Hesjedal Sending; Christina Paludan Melson


‘Haavind’s team has a unique commercial knowledge of the construction industry and knowledge of the industry’s complex contracts. The knowledge of the industry, as well as their professional weight in public procurement, makes Haavind a natural partner in large complex contracts that are procured in accordance with the Public Procurement Regulations.’

‘Anne Hesjedal Sending’s availability and engagement are impeccable.’

‘Fast response time, very good capability and service minded. High competence professionally speaking. Strong on procedure and dispute resolution. The firm collaborates across disciplines and is thus able to solve large complex cases.’

‘Christina Paludan Melson: She is very quick to deliver and familiarise herself with the company’s special Challenges. Responds quickly and with high professional competence.’

‘Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim is a first-rate lawyer in every respect – extremely knowledgeable, both in terms of procurement law and the regulations, but also in litigation and strategy. He has a proven track record of successful cases, personal knowledge of many of the players in the field and his approach to his client is admirable. Respectful, decent, ethically sound, straight forward, pedagogical and with an A+ reputation. This wealth of experience and his personal qualities make him a very valued adviser and litigator. Christina Paludan Melson does an excellent job working together with Mr. Fjelllheim in profiled cases.’

‘Excellent team, broad experience. Very service minded, always delivers high quality services, even within short time limits.’

‘Anne Hesjedal Sending and Goud Homme Fjellheim are highly recommended. Both have much broader experience from court cases (including the Supreme Court) than the majority of competitors.’

‘The team has unique in-depth knowledge of the public sector and public procurement law. Their lawyers also have extensive litigation experience.’

‘Goud Fjellheim has impressive analytical skills, combined with extensive litigation experience in public procurement law. Anne Hesjedal Sending has in depth knowledge of the field, and is a very effective and skilled lawyer.’

‘The deliveries arrive at the agreed time and at the agreed price.’

‘Employees have a very high level of competence within their fields.’

‘Goud Helge Homme Helgheim is competent, has strong analytic skill and contributes to pragmatic solutions.’

‘The team understands the businesses of the clients they are advising. As a consequence they are able to be solution oriented and pragmatic, ie. they strive to find practical legal solutions within the relevant business context.’

‘The individuals in the team are generally easy to work with, positive and constructive. Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim is probably one of the best experts in Norway on the Norwegian Public Procurement regulation.’

Key clients

Sporveien AS


Nye Veier AS


Helse Sør-Øst

Statens Vegvesen (Vegdirektoratet)

Polarsirkelen Lufthavnutvikling AS

Sykehuspartner HF

Sykehusapotekene HF

Helsetjenestens Driftsorganisasjon for Nødnett HF


Sirkula IKS

Eversheds Sutherland Advokatbyrå AB

Voi Technology AB

Klagenemnda for Offentlige anskaffelser (KOFA)

Rogaland fylkeskommune

Trøndelag fylkeskommune

Nasjonalt program for leverandørutvikling v/NHO

Akershus Universitetssykehus HF

Real estate Tier 1

Jarle W Holstrøm leads the real estate department at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, which stands out in the market for its expertise in structuring real estate portfolios. In addition to its track record in handling large real estate transactions, the practice regularly advises on compulsory acquisitions, zoning issues and infrastructure work, particularly regarding the sale and purchase of large industrial parks. The group has a strong focus on cross-border transactions and assisting foreign investors in Norway. Christian Bjørn-Hansen is noted for his expertise in complex real estate transactions and restructurings, while associate Magnus Meisingset-Haug is experienced in commercial and residential property developments.

Practice head(s):

Jarle W Holstrøm

Other key lawyers:

Christian Bjørn-Hansen; Magnus Meisingset-Haug


‘Haavind has a top star team in real estate. Outstanding ability to evaluate and grasp the elements of a transaction and to build a legal framework. Efficient, fast, and to the point agreements.’

‘The team is unique with overall competence, they are efficient and they understand our needs. We have tested other firms, but Haavind is unique for our business.’

‘Christian Bjørn-Hansen is unique with his commercial approach in complex transactions and he is a very good negotiator. He also delivers high levels of client service in short response times.’ 

‘The Haavind team stands out with their commercial approach and understanding in transactions.’

‘This practice is unique in the sense that you get access to partner resources throughout the transaction process.’

‘Magnus Meisingset-Haug is hands-on and strong on details.’

‘Haavind’s real estate team balances expert legal insight and competence with commercial understanding and a practical approach to solving problems. Great benefit for us as a client.’

‘Highly commercial approach, coupled with deep legal knowledge and understanding of real estate. Highly responsive to client’s needs. Thorough understanding of key value drivers from client’s perspective, and excellent ability to drive transactions toward a successful outcome. Strong negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Storebrand Eiendomsfond Norge KS

HIG Capital Realty Partners

Ragde Eiendom AS

Pareto Securities AS

Fearnley Securities AS

Entra ASA

Bulk Industrial Real Estate AS

Anthon B Nilsen Eiendom AS

PEAB Eiendomsutvikling AS

Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Telenor ASA

Vika Project Finance AS

Carnegie Project Finance AS

Vatne Property AS

Realkapital Investor AS

Selvaag Eiendom AS

Canica Eiendom AS

Skanska Norge AS

Stor-Oslo Eiendom AS

Solon Eiendom ASA

TMT Tier 1

Regularly involved in market-leading work in the TMT space, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS fields specialist practitioners with expertise across technology M&A, large-scale IT projects, digital media and telecoms issues, privacy and data protection work, new digital ventures and litigation. Department head Leif Eirik Thrane specialises in complex IT projects and M&A. Other key team members include Kari Gimmingsrud, who is an expert in data privacy, data protection and information security matters; and Andreas Bernt, whose practice focuses on IP and commercial issues related to media, telecoms and digitalisation projects. Technology specialist Arne Byberg and associate Isak Mendoza are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Leif Eirik Thrane

Other key lawyers:

Kari Gimmingsrud; Andreas Bernt; Arne Byberg; Isak Mendoza; Magnus Melsom


‘We have had the pleasure of working with partner Arne Byberg from Haavind. He has provided great advice and guidance on IT-contracts and various general contractual matters. He stands out as a highly intelligent, competent, strategic lawyer who is also very pleasant to work with. Most certainly the best Norwegian IT lawyer we have met or engaged so far.’

‘The features that come to our mind in relation to Haavind are their extraordinary industry knowledge, their responsiveness and their problem-solving approach. Also that they are very useful and really skilful in negotiations.’

‘The partner we are working with mostly is Mr. Leif Thrane who is an excellent lawyer with deep industry knowledge. He is attentive, a problem solver and great fun to work with. All in all a true professional! The associate we are working with mostly is Magnus Melsom who is really a star in waiting. Great knowledge of the industry and his responsiveness is fantastic.

‘The value and work from Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS has been outstanding in all matters. They have in-depth knowledge, understanding and experience in the industry and technology – and apply this is in an extraordinarily diligent manner. Their spirit and drive are highly positive, solution oriented and energetic – and they act with the highest degree of loyalty and trust. The team structure and leading partners (eg. Leif Thrane and Arne Byberg) are of true international calibre – carrying the new and in-depth understanding of the future technology, way of working and business logics – and transform this into true value-added services.’

‘I am extremely satisfied with the services and collaboration we get from our partner, Arne Byberg. Compared to all other law firms in my experience, Arne really stands out due to: his true international experience, in-depth domain knowledge and personal experience from the industry incl. technology through actively working in the industry, true market orientation, strategic thinking and proactivity in utilising his experience to give strategic advice.’

‘The team is composed of employees with different strengths and knowledge that overall means that the deliveries have a very high quality. The deliveries arrive at the agreed time and at the agreed price.

‘Employees have a very high level of competence within their fields. They are always available and flexible.

‘I especially appreciate their business and IT industry acumen having an in-depth understanding of the industry and trends.’

‘Leif Thrane combines strong business understanding with great legal skills, straightforward attitude and extensive in-house experience. He is always quickly on top of any new assignments. ’

Key clients




Statens Vegvesen (Norwegian Public Road Administration)

Helse Sør-Øst


Sporveien (Transport for Oslo)


Motion Blur


GlobalConnect Group

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 2

The banking and finance practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS primarily focuses on three key areas: asset-backed financings focused on vessels, rigs and aircraft; corporate financing work; and financial regulatory matters. The department also contains an insolvency and restructuring team and handles acquisition financings, general corporate financing mandates, bond financing issues, and leasings. Hans-Christian Donjem is key to the group's growing renewable energy project financing work, and jointly leads the team with Bjørn Olav Torpp, who has extensive experience advising private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Christian Donjem; Bjørn Olav Torpp

Other key lawyers:

Peter Brechan; Ellen Schult Ulriksen


‘Peter Brechan is very responsive, commercial and knowledgeable in the areas of asset management, fund distribution and financial services in particular.’

Key clients

Santander Consumer Bank AS

Capillar Equity

Bank2 ASA

FSN Capital

Sparebank1 SMN

Jyske Bank A/S

Danske Bank A/S

Axactor SE

ABN Amro Bank N.V.

BlackRock Investment Management

Capital markets Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS handles the full spectrum of capital markets work and has recently been involved in several large public takeovers and listings; the group advised Tieto on its public cross-border merger with Evry and the subsequent listing of the new company on Oslo Børs. The team is also singled out for its expertise in private placements, bond issuances and IPOs. Cornelius Sogn Ness leads the group, which also includes Andreas Vik, who acts for private equity houses; corporate expert Bård Sandstad, and DCM specialist Hans-Christian Donjem.

Practice head(s):

Cornelius Sogn Ness

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Vik; Bård Sandstad; Kjetil Hardeng; Hans-Christian Donjem

Key clients

Telenor ASA

Axactor SE

Equinor ASA

Aqualis ASA

Norsk Hydro ASA

Aker Solutions ASA

Arctic Securities ASA

Sparebank 1 Markets

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is highly regarded for its specialisms in the technology, energy and oil and offshore services sectors, pairing traditional M&A expertise with industry knowledge. The practice regularly advises private equity players and handles technology and software deals. Department head Bjørn Olav Torpp is experienced in domestic and international M&A, with a focus on private transactions. Other key names include Kjetil Hardeng, who regularly advises on cross-border mandates, and Bård Sandstad, who leads the oil and offshore M&A work.

Practice head(s):

Bjørn Olav Torpp

Other key lawyers:

Kjetil Hardeng; Bård Sandstad; Preben Brecke; Aksel Tannum


‘A unique ability to see all aspects of a transaction. Efficient delivery, high quality.’

‘Strong and capable team with strong focus on total business impact.’

‘Provides a well balanced and knowledgeable team with necessary expert knowledge.’

‘Bjørn Olav Torpp is a good and commercial lawyer providing firm advice in intense negotiations. Aksel Tannum has deep knowledge within the renewable field and provided well guided advice also under great pressure.’

‘Preben Brecke; Outstanding commercial understanding and ability to grasp complex structures, and to build well structured agreements which tie all element together, and all done in a fast, efficient and to the point way! TOP star performance.’

Key clients


Axactor AB

Broodstock Capital Partners

Equinor Venture


Ferd Capital


Indutrade AB

Seacrest Capital Group

National Oilwell Varco

FSN Capital

Constellation Software Group / Vela Software



Fontavis AG

Arctic Securities

EU and competition Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS stands out for its competition and merger control practice, which also covers investigations, advisory work, follow-on damages actions and state aid mandates. Department head Simen Klevstrand, who was promoted to partner in early 2020, is particularly recognised for his expertise in the technology and digital services sectors; he also regularly acts in cartel damages claims and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Simen Klevstrand


‘Haavind responds quickly, with a very good understanding of clients’ businesses. Their advice is helpful and to the point.’

‘Haavind lawyers are efficient and to the point. They show interest in understanding our business and in providing useful advice.’

‘Simen Klevstrand is extremely competent and understands his client.’

‘High degree of integration with client – more so than other similarly situated firms we have had experience with in the Norwegian market.’

‘Practical and fast, easy to work with.’

‘Simen Klevstrand is an expert in competition law, working at the level of international law firms with deep local expertise.’

‘Highly skilled lawyers who deliver truly value-added, high-quality work. Stands out compared to other top Norwegian law firms. The team is always structured, well prepared and proactive. Good value for money.’

‘Team provides practical and commercial advices supporting the client’s strategic objectives at local level.’

‘Simen Klevstrand has great availability, a good understanding of businesses in combination with competition law professionalism.’

Key clients

Posten Norge AS




Ferd AS

Fishing and aquaculture Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS stands out for its strong regulatory team, which leverages the experience of practice heads Bjørn Sørgård and Ida Espolin Johnson in representing corporate clients in cases against public authorities. In addition to regulatory work and transactions, the practice advises clients on a broad range of issues, including competition law, IP mandates, international trade issues, tax work and various corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Bjørn Sørgård; Ida Espolin Johnson


‘High qualification and insight in our production and in official regulation.’

‘Proactive communication. Finding solutions together with us. Short response times.’

‘We have experience with partner Bjørn Sørgård. Excellent insight into the salmon farming industry and the regulatory framework, as well as Fishery & Aquaculture politics.’

Key clients

Sjømat Norge

Nordlaks Oppdrett AS

Nova Sea AS

Wilsgård Fiskeoppdrett AS

Sporbarhet AS

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS fields 'one of the best insolvency teams in Norway', which is led by stand-out practitioner Ellen Schult Ulriksen and frequently handles debtor and creditor work for private and public sector clients. Recognised for its strong liquidation mandates, the department also acts as court-appointed trustee in complex bankruptcies, with particular expertise in the retail sector. The team also counts banks, bondholders, creditors and corporations on its client roster, and is active in corporate and financial restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Ellen Schult Ulriksen


‘Haavind has a very experienced insolvency team. They are very efficient and capable. In our opinion, the team is one of the best in Norway.’

‘Ellen Schult Ulriksen is one of the absolute best Norwegian lawyers within this category.’

‘Partner and team head Ellen Schult Ulriksen is very skilled, regularly appointed as trustee in large bankruptcies, experienced in international cases, very pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Competent and practical team with client-focus and ability and experience to handle larger bankruptcies and medium-sized restructurings.’

Key clients

Santander Consumer Bank AS

Agrinos AS

Kleven Prosjekt 401 AS

Wagno AS

Masai AS

Notabene AS

Gloria Forlag AS

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 2

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' oil and offshore team is a key name in the market for offshore construction contractors and is increasing its market standing in the shipbuilding industry. The practice is led by Christopher L. Sveen, who is 'very knowledgeable' in oil and gas mandates, and regularly acts for the Federation of Norwegian Industries on the development of standard contracts in the industry. Associate Sarah-Ann Kvam, who specialises in offshore construction and shipbuilding contracts, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Christopher L. Sveen

Other key lawyers:

Sarah-Ann Kvam


‘Extensive industry and commercial knowledge, including practical business experience within the oil and gas industry. They are used to working closely with the clients’ legal department and projects to understand and meet their needs. Legal advice received is always timely and of the highest quality.’

‘Christopher L Sveen plays a key role in coordinating all work, and ensures continuity and safeguarding of all advice received. Sarah-Ann Kvam: excellent oil and gas contract law specialist with hands-on tendering and negotiation experience.’

‘Very knowledgeable within oil and gas contract practices, challenges and history. Christopher Sveen is probably the most known lawyer among supplier companies.’

‘Highly knowledgeable team capable of tackling large and complex litigations. Consists of previous industry professionals extremely well-connected with the different legal environments, being regulatory, university or industrial bodies.’

Key clients

Aker Solutions

Barents Naturgass AS

Broadview Energy Solutions B.V.

Helgeland V&M

Heerema Fabrication Group B.V.

Norsk Industri (The Federation of Norwegian Industries), Oil & Gas


Nova Sea

Tax Tier 2

Espen Nordbø heads up the tax practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, which advises on a wide range of corporate tax and VAT issues encompassing transactional support, reorganisations, merger and demerger transactions and real estate issues. The department also houses a notably strong tax litigation practice; Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim is the key contact. Other key areas of work include pensions and social security issues and individual tax matters, and Nils Flesland Bull leads the indirect tax group.

Practice head(s):

Espen Nordbø

Other key lawyers:

Nils Flesland Bull; Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim


‘Excellent knowledge of current law. Ability to find concrete solutions to complex problems.’

‘The company gives thorough evaluation of the matter. Leaves no stone unturned which results in predictability and transparency. Discuss law in a language easy to understand by common, non-law practitioners.’

‘Espen Nordbø – Exceptional in seeing the “big picture” and understanding the business model. A very good discussion partner for alternative business models and organisational solutions, in front at seeing solutions.’

‘Responsive, inclusive and good at listening to their customers.’

‘Nils Bull – Availability, Short response times with regards to delivery of advice, reports, documentation and high-quality advice/services.’

‘Very good at understanding the client’s business model and needs, and in proposing structural changes to better be able to optimise the organisation.’

Key clients


Telenor Group


The Norwegian Tax Authority





Sporveien– The Oslo Metro and Tramway

Acciona Ghella Joint Venture

Pareto Securities – real estate

NCC Property Development


Eolus Vind

Norsk Hydro

Lundin Energy

Sparebank 1 Forsikring

Union Gruppen/Union Eiendomskapital

Santander Consumer Bank

H.I.G Capital and Realkapital Investor



Fearnley Project Finance

GK Gruppen

Helse Sør-Øst (South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority)




Ragde Eiendom


Oil and gas Tier 3

With 'extensive industry and commercial knowledge', Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS acts for major contractors in the industry, advising on transactions, contract law and project execution issues. Workforce reductions is another niche area of specialism, and the department is also regularly instructed in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Christopher L. Sveen heads up the construction and offshore side of the practice, while Bård Sandstad leads the transactional group. Mikal Brøndmo is a name to note for disputes and Johnny Johansen is the key contact for contract matters.

Practice head(s):

Bård Sandstad; Christopher L. Sveen

Other key lawyers:

Johnny Johansen; Mikal Brøndmo


Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS has extensive industry and commercial knowledge, including practical business experience within the oil and gas industry.

Christopher Sveen plays a key role in coordinating all work performed for us, and has ensured continuity and safeguarding of all advice received.

Very strong E&P team.’

‘Covers all the relevant aspects within oil and gas industry, skilled team.

Christopher Sveen – very skilled and experienced with an operator and supplier view, giving advice to limit risk and what to be aware of.

Key clients

Norsk Industri (The Federation of Norwegian Industries)

Bangchack Corporation PCL

Seacrest Capital Group

Fortis Petroleum Corporation

Aker Solutions AS


Heerema Fabrication Group

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aquaculture and Fisheries Bjørn Sørgård
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 Vebjørn Iversen
Offshore construction and shipbuilding Mikal Brøndmo
Oil and gas Bård Sandstad
Public Procurement Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim
Real estate Christian Bjørn-Hansen
Tax Espen Nordbø
TMT Leif Eirik Thrane
Photo Name Position Profile
 Arve Martin Bjørnvik  photo Arve Martin Bjørnvik Bjørnvik specializes in Litigation and Construction Contracts and Contract Law. He has…
Ms Mari Reitzel Bjerke  photo Ms Mari Reitzel Bjerke Mari specialises in renewable energy, contract law/construction law and litigation, and has…
 Bård Sandstad  photo Bård Sandstad Bård Sandstad is a Corporate M&A partner, focusing on transactions within the…
 Jøran Sandvik  photo Jøran Sandvik Jøran specialises in renewable energy. He has extensive experience with issues related…
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