Firm Profile > Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS > Oslo, Norway
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS Offices
BYGDØY ALLÉ 2
PO BOX 359 SENTRUM
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS > The Legal 500 Rankings
Construction Tier 1
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS ‘knows the construction industry very well’ thanks to ‘a very strong team, which is quick to respond and always offers good solutions’. The practice is notably strong across contentious and non-contentious mandates and regularly handles the market’s top infrastructure projects and construction disputes. In a recent highlight, the team advised the Norwegian Public Road Administration and Bane Nor on the construction of a joint project for a new European route E6 and Dovre railway line in Hedmark County. Henning Nordtvedt heads up the practice, which also fields litigator and infrastructure specialist Johnny Johansen, Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik, who is ‘extremely committed and dedicated’; and Mikal Brøndmo, who primarily focuses on the energy sector. Andreas Rostveit and Olav Bergsaker are also key names to note.
‘Haavind has a very strong team in construction. They have first-hand knowledge of issues which are of importance to builders as well as entrepreneurs.‘
‘Haavind knows the construction industry very well, they have a very strong team and are quick to respond, which, compared to some of their competitors, is a huge advantage. Haavind have always offered good solutions.’
‘The team stands out for its engagement, knowledge and skin-in-the-game approach, providing clear opinions and recommendations.‘
‘Mikal Brøndmo has an excellent ability to identify critical details from a large amount of data. Always available, and a great discussion partner. Provides an excellent overview on a large amount of case-relevant data.‘
‘Both Johnny Johansen and Pål Martin Abell have a very high level of knowledge in construction law. They are both very confident. They understand the client and are also skilled in analysing the bigger picture in contractual relationships. These are important characteristics when trying to help the client solve complex and difficult matters.‘
‘They are fast to respond, both via email and phone. I have been in contact with Mikal Brøndmo for more than 10 years, and am extremely happy with his support along the way.‘
‘Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik and Johnny Johansen pay attention to the details, and are versatile, flexible and excellent communicators. They demonstrate team-building behaviour and are extremely committed and dedicated.’
The Norwegian Public Road Administration
Nye Veier AS
Otra Kraft DA
Agder Energi AS
Polarsirkelen Lufthavnutvikling AS
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ ‘well-coordinated’ team is ‘dogged in its defence of client interests and refuses to be deflected from the main issues at stake’. Henning Nordtvedt leads the practice, which handles the full spectrum of commercial disputes including cross-border litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods. The group also has notable expertise in the real estate, construction, energy, electricity, oil and gas, and TMT sectors; clients include Telenor, Kværner and Nortura. Johnny Johansen is a key contact for infrastructure disputes, Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim handles public procurement work, Mikal Brøndmo is a contract claim expert, and Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik is ‘passionate, enthusiastic and committed’. Rasmus Asbjørnsen is also a noteworthy individual.
Other key lawyers:
‘The lawyers from Haavind always deliver high-quality advice. The combination of outstanding competence and long-standing experience contribute to solving issues in an excellent way. Their thorough work gives us a great deal of security.‘
‘Excellent team – they won a very tricky preliminary injunction case for us. They were dogged in their defence of our interests and refused to be deflected from the main issues.‘
‘Well-coordinated team with combined skills that were important for our specific case.‘
‘Eager to learn, very professional approach, very well-prepared, excellent construction sector knowledge.’
‘Mikal Brøndmo has an excellent ability to quickly learn new topics relevant for the case, and an excellent ability to identify critical details from a large set of data. Excellent communication skills, and always available.‘
‘We got a skilled lawyer who quickly got involved in the case – Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim. He assisted very well in the preparatory phase for the hearing, and he was skilled and confident at the hearing.‘
‘Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik is passionate, enthusiastic, committed and intelligent with deep knowledge of the construction sector and Norwegian law.‘
‘Johnny Johansen is smart, listens well, moderate and very technically prepared.‘
‘Pål Kvernaas is a gentleman with deep knowledge of labour law. He also has a very commercial approach.‘
Heraeus Medical Gmbh
Norwegian Public Road Authority (NPRA)
Sparebank 1 Finans
The Norwegian Tax Authorities
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ ‘well-knit team of true professionals’ acts for a range of Nordic power and grid companies across wind power production, hydropower production and electricity grid projects. The group ‘combines outstanding competence with longstanding experience’ to handle some of the regions high-profile mandates; it recently advised BlackRock on its acquisition of the Guleslettene wind farm. Aksel Tannum leads the department, which also fields energy specialist Johan Fredrik Remmen, renewables expert Jøran Sandvik, litigator Håkon Bleken and Jarle W Holstrøm, who handles infrastructure mandates and development projects. Clients also praise newly promoted partner Pål Martin Abell, who is ’a rising star of the firm’ and senior lawyer Mari Reitzel Bjerke.
‘The lawyers from Haavind always deliver high-quality advice. Combination of outstanding competence and longstanding experience, which contribute to solving issues in an excellent way. Their thorough work give us as a customer a great deal of security.‘
‘A well-knit team of true professionals, that always stay two steps ahead of the competition. Industry leading in strategic thinking, and challenges the status quo. I have never had a meeting where they don’t come truly prepared.‘
‘The team understands the Norwegian energy business well. Haavind has an excellent resource base of experienced lawyers.‘
‘Pål Martin Abell performs excellently in all circumstances. He is always well prepared and his advice is clear and thoroughly. The experienced partner Johan Fredrik Remmen has unique competence, which is difficult to find somewhere else. Together with Jarle W. Holstrøm, who always perform well, this is a high-quality team.‘
‘Pål Martin Abell is a rising star in the firm, who takes on every challenge with a great mood and professional weight.‘
Axpo Nordic AS and Axpo Trading AG
Agder Energi AS
Salten Kraftsamband AS
Voith Hydro AS
Helgeland Kraft AS
Skagerak Kraft AS
Alcoa Norway ANS
Otra Kraft DA
Sunnfjord Energi AS
Vestavind Kraft AS
Eidsiva Energi AS
Eolus Vind AB / Eolus Vind Norge AS
Employment Tier 1
The ‘highly professional, efficient, thorough and pleasant’ group at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS ‘strives to find good solutions which allow for further cooperation rather than conflict’ and ‘provides expert, top-quality service quickly and accurately’. The team covers all elements of employment law including litigation, pension work, data protection matters and collective employment law issues; the group's recent work includes representing Hurtigruten in the Supreme Court in a principal case regarding the threshold for dismissal, and advising Tieto on the employment elements of its merger with Evry. Practice leader Lars Kokkvold is ‘solution oriented, extremely quick to respond and communicates clearly’, Pål Kvernaas is ‘valued for his business understanding and strategic advice’, Sten Foyn is recommended for contentious work, and Gaute Krokann regularly handles restructuring processes. Clients also praise data protection expert Kari Gimmingsrud and Geir Steinberg, who advises CEOs and management boards.
‘Excellent legal skills and knowledge with a unique, pragmatic and solution-oriented approach. Always available and trustworthy regarding cost sufficient and transparent billing.‘
‘The legal team is highly professional, efficient, thorough and pleasant. They strive to find the good solutions which allow for further cooperation rather than conflict. They respond quickly and always provide adequate expertise.‘
‘We are pleased with every member of their team due to on-point advice, great response times, their knowledge, experience and professional approach. The collaboration has been great, also due to the personalities in the team and how they understand our company culture. Overall Haavind has a very professional and strong employment law team.‘
‘Haavind provides professional, expert service of top quality, quickly and accurately. I feel secure when working with Haavind that they have the competence to provide me and my company with expert advice on all legal issues related to employment and feel secure that they have our best interests at heart when offering us that advice.‘
‘Gaute Krokann provides high-quality service, he is efficient, thorough, understands our needs and knows when to challenge our judgement. He is a brilliant lawyer and combines that brilliance with sound wisdom and a pleasant approach.‘
‘Sten Foyn is a very accomplished and experienced lawyer, with great expertise in all employment law issues. He handles each case with high professionalism, and gives strong and reliable advice.‘
‘Kari Gimmingsrund is a very accomplished and experienced lawyer, professional and efficient. Gimmingsrud has great knowledge of GDPR and employment law, giving her unique knowledge in cases where both of these aspects needs consideration. We are impressed with her to-the-point advice, high capacity and swift feedback when needed.‘
‘I work with partner Pål Kvernaas and value his business understanding, strategic advice and industry knowledge.‘
‘For me, there is one lawyer that singles himself out and that is Lars Kokkvold. It is Kokkvold’s overall customer service and client focus that stands him apart from others I am in contact with. He is not only an expert legal adviser and business adviser, but he is also solution-oriented, extremely quick to respond, thorough and correct. He communicates clearly and openly and has proven to be highly knowledgeable in all matters related to labour law and commercial issues. It is also his outstanding dedication to finding the right solutions for my particular issues as early as possible that singles him out for me.‘
Norwegian Air Shuttle
ISS Facility Service
Public procurement Tier 1
The ‘diverse and unique’ practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS ‘shows full dedication to the client and understands the client’s business needs very well’. The group is active for both the procuring authorities and suppliers with notable clients including Statens Vegvesen, Nye Veier and Telenor. Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim, who has ‘a solution-oriented approach’, heads up the practice which is experienced across non-contentious and contentious work; in a recent highlight, the team represented AtB in a dispute against Fosen-Linjen relating to supplier damages for loss of profit in the procurement of ferry services. Other key individuals include Bjørg Ven, who has served as head of the Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement, and Anne Hesjedal Sending, who joined from a position in the Office of the Attorney General in 2019.
Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim
‘This practice is both diverse and unique. To be able to do a good job within public procurement, you should not only know the law, but also other practices, for example IT, contract law, the specific branch and so on. Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is very competent, and compared to other companies, they provide good customer service and quality. I would highly recommend Haavind to other colleagues and companies.‘
‘Haavind’s team shows full dedication to the client, working on a cooperative basis and understanding the client’s business needs very well.’
‘Goud Homme Fjellheim has a very good legal mind, and is very much to the point. He has an impressive knowledge and overview of the procurement rules and a solution-orientated approach, which leads to effective and good results for the clients. He understands difficult technical issues quickly and is very good at identifying legal challenges. He is also a well-recognised litigator and provides useful insight to resolve the cases outside the court room.‘
‘Anne Hesjedal Sending has excellent knowledge of the procurement rules and a high level of precision in the advice to the client. She has a particularly good ability to provide precise and good legal advice in writing and in meetings, and always delivers extraordinary quality.‘
Equinor (formerly Statoil)
Nye Veier AS
Posten Norge AS
GK Norge AS
Statens Vegvesen (Vegdirektoratet)
Helsetjenestens Driftsorganisasjon for Nødnett HF
ISS Facility Services AS
Eversheds Sutherland Advokatbyrå AB
Voi Technology AB
Real estate Tier 1
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ team of ‘commercially outstanding, pragmatic problem solvers’ handles the full spectrum of real estate mandates encompassing transactional work, developments, substantial projects and VAT-related issues. The group has notable strength in cross-border transactions, particularly within the Nordics, and regularly assists foreign investors investing into Norway. Department head Jarle W Holstrøm focuses on development, planning and zoning work; Christian Bjørn-Hansen assists with high-value transactions and lease agreements, Erling Timm is a key contact for residential property developments, and Herman Roksund handles real estate transactions. Clients also praise associate partner Magnus Meisingset-Haug as ‘an exceptionally service-minded lawyer’.
Jarle W Holstrøm
‘Commercially outstanding, pragmatic problem solvers and high legal competence.’
‘Strong mix of individuals with complementing skills. Works very efficiently with complex matters, and very good at highlighting commercial risks within legal matters. Strong understanding of real estate, and of the requirements private equity investors operate under.’
‘Haavind always deliver on quality. They are very competent, business-oriented and have short response times on any request.’
‘A well-knit team of true professionals, that always stay two steps ahead of the competition. Industry leading in strategic thinking and challenges the status quo. I have never had a meeting where they don’t come truly prepared.’
‘The team is service minded, responds quickly, expertly skilled and thorough, but they also have the ability to separate the important from less important issues.’
‘Erling Timm is business-oriented, trustworthy and a dealmaker.’
‘Magnus Meisingset-Haug is an exceptionally service minded lawyer with excellent commercial knowledge.’
‘Christian Bjørn-Hansen has a very strong commercial understanding and is an excellent partner in complex transactions. Has the ability to meaningfully drive negotiations forward, while keeping his clients’ needs a priority. A very valuable resource and our preferred lawyer on all legal matters in the Norwegian market.’
‘Herman Roksund is very detail focused and efficient, without losing track of the commercial aspects of a transaction.’
‘Christian Bjørn-Hansen stands out. He differs as he has a commercial and business-oriented approach as well as high knowledge on legal matters. He delivers a high level of client service and short response times.’
‘Christian Bjørn-Hansen is a solid negotiator, with a street-smart and serious approach to transactions. The same goes for Erling Timm who also is very knowledgeable with regards to real estate development and rental contracts in particular.’
‘Pål Martin Abell is a rising star in the firm, who takes on every challenge with a great mood and professional weight.’
Storebrand Eiendomsfond Norge KS
HIG Capital Realty Partners
Ragde Eiendom AS
Pareto Securities AS
NRP Finans AS
Entra Eiendom ASA
Bulk Infrastructure AS
Anthon B Nilsen Eiendom AS
PEAB Eiendomsutvikling AS
Norwegian Public Roads Administration
HAV Eiendom AS
Selvaag Eiendom AS
Canica Eiendom AS
Skanska Norge AS
Stor-Oslo Eiendom AS
Solon Eiendom ASA
TMT Tier 1
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS stands out for its technology expertise and is regularly involved in the market’s high-profile matters; the team recently advised Tieto on its merger with Evry to create the largest IT company in the Nordics, and represented Statens Vegvesen against IBM in a dispute relating to the termination of a contract for the development of customised road toll software. The group handles the full spectrum of technology issues including IT projects, technology M&A, digital media and telecoms issues, data protection and privacy work and mandates relating to new digital ventures. Leif Eirik Thrane leads the department and regularly handles outsourcings and M&A work, data protection leader Kari Gimmingsrud is ‘cool, calm and collected’ and ‘great to have on your side in a crisis situation’; Arne Byberg is singled out for his transactional expertise, and Andreas Bernt regularly acts for media sector clients.
Leif Eirik Thrane
‘Haavind’s TMT team is not the biggest TMT team in Norway but they are able to provide great support due to their strong industry knowledge and passion to serve customers whenever needed.‘
‘The firm consists of many strong teams with a high legal quality within different fields of law. They always have an updated knowledge of the law, and are always able to give clear legal advice within the time limits set. They are decent and polite, and have a very service-minded attitude that always makes it easy to call them for legal discussions and more heavy legal assessments and assistance.‘
‘The main features of the Haavind TMT team members is that they combine excellent legal skills with a thorough understanding of the IT/tech industry. Accordingly, it makes them superb legal advisors in complex IT projects and M&A activities in the tech industry.‘
‘Leif Thrane is the real professional combining strong IT and M&A backgrounds, therefore providing practical and straightforward solutions.‘
‘Kari Gimmingsrud has an excellent knowledge within the area of privacy law, and is always capable of delivering on-time feedback and other kinds of assistance that helps us the way we need in our day-to-day business. A great advantage with her, besides her high level of expertise within the field and her politeness, is that she knows our business so well that her answers and legal assistance are not only high quality, but also have the necessary practical touch.’
‘The group stands out for its very deep knowledge of the IT Industry as well as IT itself. It also has enormous commitment to deliver exceptional quality work in a timely manner.‘
‘The person that really stands out is Leif Thrane who is one of the great IT lawyers that we have worked with in recent times. Brilliant attention and commitment, deep knowledge of the industry and very practical and solution-oriented. Second to none.‘
‘Kari Gimmingsrud is “cool, calm and collected”; she’s very steadfast and professional, and she is great to have on your side in a crisis situation.‘
‘Isak Mendoza is a star and I would hire him any day of the week. He is very knowledgeable and service-minded, and he understands the projects he is involved in and works to find compliant solutions that work for the project but at the same time ensuring sound data protection principles.‘
Helse Sør-Øst (Regional Health Entity for South East of Norway)
Sporveien Oslo (Transport for Oslo)
Statens Vegvesen (Norwegian Public Road Administration (NPRA))
Oslo University Hospital
Santander Consumer Bank
Broadnet / Global Connect
The practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is ‘practical, with a no-nonsense approach’ and focuses its efforts on three core areas of expertise spanning asset-based financings, corporate finance work and financial regulatory matters. The group also enhances the firm’s key strengths assisting with M&A, energy and real estate transactions. Practice head Hans-Christian Donjem has a particular focus on acquisition financing, corporate financing and bond financing work and regularly acts for private equity firms, financial institutions and public and private corporations. Other key individuals include Peter L Brechan, who has extensive experience in regulatory matters and product development issues; and restructuring specialist Ellen Schult Ulriksen. Halvor Klingenberg joined Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig in late 2018.
‘Very easy to work with, practical no-nonsense approach, and gives clear advice.‘
‘Hans-Christian Donjem really stands out in the market.‘
Santander Consumer Bank AS
Jyske Bank A/S
Danske Bank A/S
ABN Amro Bank N.V.
BlackRock Investment Management
Capital markets Tier 2
Under the leadership of Cornelius Sogn Ness, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS handles the full range of capital markets transactions spanning IPOs, private placements, bond issuances and public takeovers. The group is particularly noted for its public M&A work and recently advised Tieto on its takeover of Evry through a public cross-border merger. The group also counts Telenor, Pareto Securities, Axactor and Okea as clients. Other noteworthy individuals include corporate and private equity expert Andreas Vik, transactional specialist Bård Sandstad, and Hans-Christian Donjem, who is the key contact for DCM work.
Cornelius Sogn Ness
Seacrest Capital Group
Norsk Hydro ASA
At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, the practice has built on its traditional sector specialisms in the technology, energy, oil, offshore and real estate sectors with the recruitment of fishing and aquaculture specialists Ida Espolin Johnson and Bjørn Sørgård from Arntzen de Besche. The team is also highly regarded for its cross-border expertise and private equity work; BlackRock, FSN and Broodstock Capital Partners are clients. Group head Bjørn Olav Torpp is a key contact for M&A mandates, Kjetil Hardeng regularly handles cross-border transactions, and Preben Brecke leads the private equity team. Other key names include oil and offshore specialist Bård Sandstad, technology expert Andreas Vik and Bjørn Brevik.
Bjørn Olav Torpp
‘The Haavind team is a very hands-on team with quick and skilled response to our needs. They also add their strategic know how and analysis capacity to our M&A processes.‘
‘Despite being a large law firm with all its advantages when it comes to strength and competence, Haavind still manages to keep a sense of boutique feeling and client attention. Haavind is always service minded, with prompt and professional delivery, at the same time focusing on balanced successful outcome for both parties, rather than just to win every small battle.’
‘The people we work with are very customer-oriented, quick to respond when we need it and skilled in the different topics in which we need professional support.’
Broodstock Capital Partners
Ahlsell Norway AS
Seacrest Capital Group
National Oilwell Varco
Constellation Software Group / Vela Software
EU and competition Tier 2
The ‘strategically excellent’ Simen Klevstrand heads up the practice at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS and has notable expertise in the technology, telecoms, media, pharmaceuticals, retail and energy sectors. The group is active in cartel damages claims, merger control issues, follow-on damages cases and state aid mandates; it recently represented Posten Norge in a cross-border damages case arising out of the European Commission’s trucks cartel settlement decision. Other key clients include Avinor, Atea and Tieto. Senior lawyer Gaute Bergstrøm is also a key name for merger work and abuse of dominance issues.
‘Small, energetic and dynamic team fighting their way into the top tiers. Checks all the relevant boxes when it comes to legal skills. Any lack of experience and specific industry knowledge is easily compensated through strategically excellent advice, a positive approach and sound billing. It is a real pleasure working with this team.‘
‘Haavind’s competition team has a balanced combination of different skills and understanding of the priorities of local authorities.’
‘Simen Klevstrand is strategically excellent and often outsmarts top tier partners.’
‘Gaute Bergstrøm is always well prepared and to the point. The guy you want on your side in complex matters.‘
‘Simen Klevstrand is a rising star and able to understand and support in complex transactions.’
Posten Norge AS
Caverion Norge AS
Fishing and aquaculture Tier 2
Following the recruitment of fishing and aquaculture experts Ida Espolin Johnson and Bjørn Sørgård from Arntzen de Besche in mid 2019, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ newly strengthened team has a noteworthy reputation for regulatory mandates and also handles contractual work, competition law and trade matters. The practice also draws on the firm’s full service offering, particularly the tax, M&A and litigation departments. Key clients include Sjømat Norge, Norway Royal Salmon, Nova Sea, Stim and Nordlaks Oppdrett. Tone Grivi is also recommended for corporate and M&A work.
Bjørn Sørgård; Ida Espolin Johnson
‘Excellent and unique knowledge of Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture laws and regulations. Team is easily available 24/365.‘
‘They have extensive experience from positions in Norwegian Government institutions and have been involved in law making and the development of governmental regulations. Many years experience in legal processes on behalf of private companies and branch organisations, with very good results in several cases.’
Norway Royal Salmon
Nordlaks Oppdrett AS
Nova Sea AS
Wilsgård Fiskeoppdrett AS
Stim AS (formerly Europharma AS, Fishguard AS and ACD Pharma AS)
Maritime Competence AS
Salten Aqua Group
Vega Sjøfarm AS
Flokenes Fiskefarm AS
Gildeskål Forskningsstasjon AS
The ‘experienced team’ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is ‘always searching for the best solutions’ and ‘has the right mind-set in terms of getting on top of arising issues quickly’. Ellen Schult Ulriksen is ‘experienced, skilled, commercial and solution-oriented’ and leads the department, which handles corporate and financial restructurings, bankruptcies, insolvencies and liability issues; the practice also has notable experience as trustee. Clients include Santander Consumer Bank, Sparebank 1 SMN, EMAS-AMC and the Norwegian Public Road Authority. Hans-Christian Donjem is also a key name to note for restructuring work.
Ellen Schult Ulriksen
‘Team can be described as skilful and always professional in their handling of issues. No beating around the bush, but heads right to the centre of the question.‘
‘An experienced team led by the very skilled Ellen Schult Ulriksen. Commercial and always searching for good solutions.‘
‘The Haavind practice consists of a small, but dedicated team of service-minded and highly qualified lawyers. They always respond swiftly in insolvency-situations, and have the right mindset in terms of “getting on top” of arising issues quickly.‘
‘Team head is Ellen Ulriksen, a direct and fearless counsel who is always looking for the best solution and is not afraid to think outside the box.’
‘Ellen Ulriksen is experienced and skilled, commercial and solution-oriented.‘
‘The team is led by Ellen Ulriksen, who I would describe as up and coming in terms of partners. Ellen is always easy to discuss complex insolvency issues with, and I appreciate her ability to break down the situation at hand quickly.‘
Santander Consumer Bank AS
Ahlsell Norge AS
Sparebank 1 SMN
Norwegian Public Road Authority (NPRA) – (Statens vegvesen)
Randstad Norway AS
Tronrud Eiendom AS
Aspelin Ramm Eiendom AS
EMAS AMC AS, its bankruptcy estate
Intellectual property Tier 2
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ technology, media and IP practice is led by Leif Eirik Thrane and Vebjørn Krag Iversen heads up the IPR group. The team is a key name in the market for contentious IP work regularly handling high-value patent, trade mark, trade secret and copyright litigation in the media, pharmaceuticals and offshore technology sectors. In a recent highlight, Andreas Bernt represented RiksTV in the Supreme Court in a claim relating to the copyright of music included in digital TV broadcasts. The department also assists with the IP elements of technology transactions. Håkon Bleken is recommended for contentious work, and senior associate Håkon Austdal specialises in pharmaceutical patents.
Leif Eirik Thrane; Vebjørn Krag Iversen
‘Friendly, easy-going, knowledgeable team. Always delivers really high-quality work on time.‘
‘Haavind has an excellent team including some younger members who have attained some excellent experience in pharma patent litigation.‘
‘Impressive ability to process and understand new technical fields, highly focused on the tasks that need to be done, understands the needs of the client, and passionate about providing the best legal advice to their clients.‘
‘Haavind understand the legal side perfectly, but can also bring great business value to our content negotiation deals.‘
‘Vebjørn K. Iversen is experienced, commercially sound and manages to always grasp the issue at hand really quickly.‘
‘Vebjørn Krag Iversen is among the top IPR lawyers in Norway. Highly specialised and capable. Provides sound advice and sees angles not contemplated before.‘
‘Andreas Bernt knows our business very well, both internally in our company as well as industry trends and perspectives. He is a great lawyer with an impressive knowledge of the intellectual property field, but also understands his clients’ business very well.‘
‘Håkon Bleken is very experienced in court. What is also impressive is his ability to dig into the arguments presented with a constructive critical gaze, resulting in an efficient selection of the strong and successful arguments to be presented before the court.‘
‘Vebjørn Krag Iversen is becoming star. Although still young, he has been involved in an impressive amount of cases within a large spectrum of IP litigation matters. He is hardworking and efficient.‘
Æra Strategic Innovation AS
Broadnet / Global Connect
At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, the team, which has ‘extensive industry and commercial knowledge’, is jointly led by Mikal Brøndmo and Christopher L. Sveen; Brøndmo focuses on oil and gas litigation and Sveen primarily handles domestic and international transactions. The group is singled out for its offshore construction expertise and counts Aibel, Heerema and Kværner as top offshore construction contractor clients; other examples include National Oilwell Varco Group, Aker Solutions and Forsvaret. The team is also increasingly involved in shipbuilding mandates and also assists with field developments and litigation. Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik departed to Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS in early 2019.
Mikal Brøndmo; Christopher L Sveen
‘The team has had a strong focus on the issues at hand and has great work ethics. It was a pleasure to meet and work with the team as they were always well prepared and organised.‘
‘Christopher L Sveen has supreme industry insight and knowledge of his clients. Christopher plays a key role in coordinating all work and ensured the continuity and safeguarding of all advice received.‘
‘Christopher Sveen has unique knowledge of the Norwegian standards, the industry and the players within the industry.‘
Barents Naturgass AS
Broadview Energy Solutions B.V.
Certex Norge AS
Draka Norsk Kabel AS
Forsvaret (the Norwegian Navy)
Fortis Petroleum AS
Heerema Fabrication Group B.V.
Heerema Marine Contractors B.V.
National Oilwell Varco Group
Nexans Norway AS
Norsk Industri (The Federation of Norwegian Industries), Oil & Gas
Svalbard local government
Vinje Industri AS
Würth Industri Norge AS
EMAS AMC AS’ bankruptcy estate
Tax Tier 2
At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, Espen Nordbø heads up the tax practice, which handles a broad range of issues relating to corporate tax and VAT work including transactions, reorganisations, real estate work and tax litigation; Nordbø focuses on cross-border mandates and real estate issues, Nils Flesland Bull leads the indirect tax group and Arne Haavind is the main contact for contentious matters. Other notable areas of expertise include pensions and social security work for seconded personnel and inbound and outbound executives, and individual tax matters for private clients.
‘Nils F. Bull is a highly qualified tax/VAT lawyer, with great availability and short response times. His strengths include a rather pragmatic approach to tax/VAT, and an ability to understand and adapt his advice to the commercial context in question.‘
‘Espen Nordbø has very good skills in tax. He is also good at following up.’
The Norwegian Tax Authority
Acciona Ghella Joint Venture
NCC Property Development AS
Sparebank 1 Forsikring
Union Gruppen AS/Union Eiendomskapital AS
Santander Consumer Bank AS
H.I.G Capital and Realkapital Investor AS
Storebrand Eiendomsfond Norge KS
Fearnley Project Finance
Oil and gas Tier 3
At Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, Christopher L. Sveen leads the oil and offshore department, while Mikal Brøndmo leads the sector group and Bård Sandstad is a key contact for corporate and M&A work. The practice is noted for its work advising major contractors and also has substantial expertise in oil and gas litigation, corporate matters, contract law, project executions and workforce reductions and company reorganisations. Johnny Johansen is also a key contact for contract and construction law and contentious matters.
Christopher L Sveen; Mikal Brøndmo
‘They have a very strong industry understanding. Their litigation team is very strong. They are building up to become one of the best law firms in Norway.‘
‘High level of service and offers “one-stop shopping” in terms of disciplines and capabilities.‘
‘Very experienced in the contracts covering the NCS oil and gas industry, able to give good advice and solve conflicts. Especially, their attitude and behaviour contributes to a good atmosphere.‘
‘Bård Sandstad has a high level of business acumen, deep commercial and legal insight, keeps focus on the right matters and get things done in a timely manner.‘
‘Worked for a number of years with Christopher Sveen, and can highly recommend him due to his knowledge, personal qualities and ability to make progress in negotiations in an excellent manner.‘
National Oilwell Varco (NOV)
Norsk Industri (The Federation of Norwegian Industries), Oil & Gas
Bangchack Corporation PCL
Seacrest Capital Group
Heerema Fabrication Group B.V.
Heerema Marine Contractors B.V.
North Energy ASA
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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 & Offshore M&A is a key area for Haavind, and we have become a significant player within Oil & Offshore M&A work, clearly putting Haavind in the frontline of advisors on Corporate M&A mandates within the Oil & 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 & 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.
|Aquaculture and Fisheries||Bjørn Sørgårdfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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||Christian Bjørn-Hansenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|TMT||Leif Eirik Thraneemail@example.com|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 150
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian the Scandinavian languages
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution
- Electricity and renewable energy
- Public procurement
- Real estate