Mr Christopher Sveen > Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS
Haakon VIIs gate 10
PB 359 Sentrum

Work Department

Oil and offshore
Construction and offshore
Corporate M&A


Partner Christopher L Sveen is a trusted advisor to the oil- and offshore and related industries and is a frequently used advisor and negotiator in both domestic and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes.

He has extensive domestic and international experience from the establishment, execution and completion of oil and gas projects, large industry facility projects and various other complex supply- and construction matters. Sveen also has extensive experience in acquisitions, divestments and restructuring of corporations.

He has acted as a strategic and commercial advisor to the executive management and board of directors of numerous businesses within the oil and gas and infrastructure industry and serves as a strategic advisor to the Norwegian oil-services contractor’s assembled under The Federation of Norwegian Industries. Sveen headed the negotiations for the contractors for the new Norwegian standard offshore contracts – NTK15/NF15 – and has been central as a co-drafter and moderator in the establishment of the new Norwegian Conditions for Purchase (NIB 16). Sveen is also Norway’s representative in the legal working groups developing and managing the Orgalim industry contracts and publications (such as S 2012 and SI14) and the associated Nordic terms and conditions (such as NL17 and NLM 19).

He is currently involved, inter alia, in various initiatives involved in electrifying the Norwegian Continental Shelf and preparing the Norwegian oil and offshore industry for the transition to renewables and CO2-neutral solutions.


2017 –

Advokatfirmaet Haavind

2014 – 2016

Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma

2009 – 2014

Aker Solutions, Senior Vice President and General Counsel

2002 – 2009

Advokatfirmaet BA-HR

1999 – 2002

Kvaerner ASA

Master of Laws (LL.M.), UiO

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding

(Leading individuals)

Christopher L. SveenAdvokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ offshore and shipbuilding group is praised for its ‘highly competent’ and ‘specialised’ team. Acting for large high-profile and smaller scale contractors, the group is a key adviser for a large proportion of companies operating on the Norwegian continental shelf. Core areas of expertise include handling shipbuilding mandates, utility and energy development projects, including new offshore wind projects, and fishery and aquaculture developments; the team is also involved in disputes within the offshore and shipbuilding industry. ‘Trusted adviser’ Christopher Sveen spearheads the practice and is noted for his deep expertise, particularly in oil and gas projects. Mikal Brøndmo and senior lawyer Silje Helene Bakkevig Dagsland excel in contentious work, and senior lawyer Sarah-Ann Kvam focuses on shipbuilding contracts and offshore construction projects domestically and internationally, particularly in Asia. Martine Linge Johnsen is also recommended.

Norway > Energy

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is praised as ‘unmatched in the market’ for its renewable energy expertise and the team has advised on some of the largest hydropower, wind power and electricity grid projects in the Nordic region. Acting for domestic and international power producers and grid companies, the group excels in transactions and energy sector litigation. Aksel Tannum heads up the renewable energy practice and regularly handles power generation mandates, while Jøran Sandvik is recommended for regulatory issues, and Pål Martin Abell and Mari Reitzel Bjerke focus on litigation, along with senior lawyer Ivana Filipovic. On the oil and gas front, the group acts for a range of major contractors in the sector. It is jointly led by oil and offshore M&A expert Bård Sandstad and construction specialist Christopher Sveen, while Mikal Brøndmo is the key contact for oil and gas disputes.