CMS Kluge > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile

CMS Kluge
0117 OSLO

Norway > Construction Tier 1

CMS Kluge ‘has a strong team with highly skilled and competent lawyers within construction law‘, and the group attracts praise from clients for its ‘deep understanding of the technical issues that are often the background for legal disputes between client and contractor‘. Practice co-head Espen Nyland, based in Oslo, provides ‘well-qualified advice‘ to property owners and developers on large construction disputes. Bergen-based co-head Samuel Skrunes is ‘an outstanding adviser‘ on offshore and onshore infrastructure projects, as well as contractual issues, while co-head Grethe Gulhaug in Stavanger is well known for her litigation expertise. Other noted practitioners are Nicolai Nielsen; Arild Skage, who ‘is perfect for solving contract disputes amicably‘; and the ‘very hard-workingLars Ivar Nyland.


‘Espen Nyland gives us well-qualified advice. The professionalism and efforts of his team are impressive.’

‘The individuals we work with in CMS Kluge have a unique understanding of the construction contract standards and the construction industry in Norway. They are also very responsive and we use them for legal and strategic advice. They are also very thorough and well prepared in court cases.’

‘Lars Ivar Nyland – outstanding lawyer with exceptional knowledge of construction law and the industry.’

‘Grethe Gullhaug and Lars Ivar Nyland are very hard working, meet deadlines and also challenge clients for a broader understanding and better advice. Excellent in court.’

‘The team are attentive and have a thorough approach to the case and collaborate very well both as a team and towards the client.’

‘Espen Nyland has outstanding knowledge with the relevant aspects of the construction sector. Nyland’s proven experience regarding contractual matters in the construction sector we regard as an exceptional key capability.’

‘Espen Nyland is an excellent lawyer, strategic and street-smart. He quickly sees the core of the issues, both the legal and practical aspects, and is capable of offering quick advice to solve them.’

Grethe Gullhaug is hardworking and is very determined.’

Key clients

Moelven Byggmodul AS

JM Hansen AS

Boreus Eiendom AS

Consto AS

Aker Property Group

Stangeland Maskin AS / Implenia Norge AS

Risa AS

Implenia Norge AS


Oslo kommune vann and avløpsetaten

Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS

Bertelsen & Garpestad AS

Statnett SF

Andenæs Eiendom

Work highlights

  • Represented Bane NOR SF in a dispute with Acciona Construction S.A. and Ghella S.P.A. arising from the Follo Line construction project.
  • Providing strategic and legal support to Oslo Municipality on a €2.5bn construction project of the new water supply system for Oslo.
  • Represented contractor JM Hansen AS in a dispute with Bjørn Bygg AS concerning disruption claims.

Norway > Public procurement Tier 1

CMS Kluge has ‘the largest and most outstanding public procurement law practice in Norway‘, housing a team of ‘specialised and highly qualified procurement lawyers who are able to provide high value advice on all stages of the procurement process‘. The group is well known for advising public entities on the whole life cycle of procurement processes, and reports an uptick in transport and mobility sector mandates. Stian Oddbjørnsen is ‘very knowledgeable, service-minded and efficient‘ and heads up the practice. Bjørnar Alterskjær assists major national businesses and government entities with public procurement and state aid matters, and Fredrik Aadahl focuses on dispute resolution. In 2021, associate partner Alf Amund Gulsvik joined from Wikborg Rein and Arne Torsten Andersen moved to BAHR, and in 2022, Gro Amdal departed to Arntzen de Besche.

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‘They have good expertise in procurement.’

‘Kluge’s team is customer-oriented and competent, delivering high-quality advice.’

‘Stian Oddbjørnsen has high customer focus, very good communication skills, is always available and very efficient in his work.’

‘Fredrik Aadahl is a highly competent lawyer within public procurement, and is exceptional in legal proceedings. He is efficient and delivers high quality.’

‘Alf Amund Gulsvik combines outstanding knowledge of the procurement regulations with quick thinking and a solution orientated approach to provide high value advice on all stages of the procurement process.’

‘The lawyers have unique expertise in public procurement law which few other companies can match. The team is very large and extremely competent. Besides the heavy professional expertise and commercial understanding, they have an extraordinary competence in assisting the public sector. They are also very good in administrative appeals and dispute resolution in public procurement matters.’

‘Stian Oddbjørnsen is very easy to relate to, very accommodating and provides clear advice. Alf Amund Gulsvik is very competent in public procurement and is very pleasant and thorough.’

‘Great knowledge about many sides of the case, strategic but honest approach. Straight to the point, excellent communication and make themselves available when you need them. Highly efficient and thorough when needs be.’

Key clients

Agder Kollektivtrafikk AS


Jernbanedirektoratet (The Norwegian Railway Directorate)


Norges Vassdrags – og energidirektorat (The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate)

Samferdselsdepartementet (the Norwegian Ministry of Transport)


Nærings- og fiskeridepartement (the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries)

Norsk Tipping AS

Ruter AS


University of Oslo

Municipality of Oslo

Brakar AS

Norwegian Costal Administration

The Norwegian Directorate of Health

Hadsel Municipality

Moss Municipality

Asker Municipality

Tromsø Municipality

Viken Municipality

Steen & Lund AS

Betonmast AS

WK Entreprenør AS

Risa AS

Advansia AS

The Directorate of eHealth

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Port of Stavanger with a range of procurement issues, including all matters relating to a competition for a 10-year concessions contract for the establishment and operation of a depot for hazardous waste.
  • Assisted Agder Kollektivtrafikk AS with all procurement matters relating to a competition for a 10-year contract for bus transport services, with an aggregate value of over €100m.

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 2

CMS Kluge‘s department is led by ‘outstanding litigatorSteffen Asmundsson, who focuses on public law and contract law disputes. Construction and infrastructure litigation forms a key pillar of the practice, and the team fields expertise in contentious IP mandates, commercial and administrative claims, and financial services litigation. Christian Galtung ‘is extremely professional, and stays calm and gets thoroughly acquainted with all issues‘. Amund Noss is a key contact for tax litigation, while Asle Bjelland is highly regarded for his expertise in litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings.

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‘The CMS Kluge litigation team strikes me as being theoretically highly skilled but also communicates with the client and the courts of justice in a very ‘down to the earth’ way.’

‘Christian Galtung regularly gives sound, strategic, value-adding advice in all phases of the legal disputes, including in negotiation phases. In the actual legal proceedings he always gets the core of the matter across to the judges in a clear, simple and sympathetic way.’

‘The firm has skilled lawyers with extensive experience that are able to see both the business case and the human aspect within at the same time.’

‘Asle Bjelland and Amund Noss provide excellent advice on litigation matters. They have sound judgement of litigation risks and they are very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Bane Nor SF

AF Gruppen Norge ASA

Norsk Hydro ASA

Arctic Securities AS

Det Norske Veritas

Skatt Øst (IRS)

Statnett SF

Neodrill AS

Norges Gruppen ASA / ASKO Norge AS

Fortis Petroleum Norway AS

The Norwegian Consumer Council

Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS (KSE)

Hafslund E-CO Vannkraft Innlandet AS

Coop Klepp AS

Dolphin Jærhagen AS

Kongsberg Maritime AS

Investec Bank plc

Elvia AS

Brunstad Christian Church

Trackday AS

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fortis Petroleum Norway in litigation concerning the Norwegian tax regime for petroleum exploration.
  • Representing Hafslund E-CO Vannkraft Innlandet AS in a dispute arising from the termination of a contract for the design and delivery of GRP-pipes to the Brødbølfoss hydropower plant.

Norway > Employment Tier 2

CMS Kluge has ‘deep knowledge of employment matters‘ and the department is well known for handling instructions from public sector clients, and regularly assists private companies with the whole spectrum of employment work. Practice head Marco Lilli specialises in employment litigation, workforce reductions and transfers of employees. Johan Krabbe-Knudsen advises oil and gas clients on internal investigations, restructurings and cross-border transfers of undertakings, and Anders Stenbrenden focuses on employment litigation. Nina Gundersen Sandnes is a key name for pensions law matters, Nils Kristian Lie is experienced in working time arrangements and collective agreements, and Ole André Oftebro has expertise in whistleblowing cases.

Practice head(s):


‘The combination of superior knowledge of the law and and the use of strategic and polite procedure. The tactical skills.’

‘Deep knowledge of employment law matters with the ability to give good guidance in complex matters.’

‘Marco Lilli has a deep knowledge of employment law, and he is impressive in providing initial “to the point” legal guidance on the basis of limited factual information.’

‘Johan Krabbe-Knudsen’s direct support on labour and employment has always be quick, practical and accurate.’

‘Very professionally skilled and attentive.’

‘The CMS Kluge team members with whom I worked directly are very professional, thinking out of the box, coming up with solutions, explaining the legal backgrounds in details as for a non-legal professional, highlighting the risks.’

‘Very flexible, very supportive, available on short notice, providing feedback in due time, very professional in the feedback provided, deep knowledge in our area.’

‘Ole André Oftebro is very up to date in the employment-field; he is quick to respond; and his advice and presentations are easy to understand. He also seems eager to deliver value for money.’

Key clients

Electrolux Home Products Norway AS

Eplehuset AS

Hesselberg Group

Innovation Norway

The Norwegian Rail Directorate

Keolis Norge AS

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation

The Norwegian Police Directorate

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Norwegian Rail Directorate with the employment aspects of the outsourcing of Norwegian rail transport, involving transfers of employees.
  • Assisted Electrolux with a reorganisation process, involving a workforce reduction.
  • Defending the Hesselberg Group in disputes brought by employees, including litigation arising from a downsizing.

Norway > EU and competition Tier 2

Led by Henrik Nordling, the department at CMS Kluge is ‘particularly good at state aid and public procurement‘ work, however the team fields expertise across the whole spectrum of EU and competition work. Managing partner Bjørnar Alterskjær has ‘excellent expertise‘ in representing government entities and large corporations in public procurement matters, and is sought after for his solid track record in handling complex state aid mandates. Clemens Kerle ‘provides excellent advice in state aid matters‘, while senior lawyer Frederik Nordby regularly acts for clients from the transport, infrastructure and information technology industries in state aid mandates. Arne Torsten Andersen moved to BAHR in July 2021.

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‘The team is customer-oriented and competent, delivering high quality advice with good access to/ability to allocate relevant resources on short deadlines.’

‘The individuals are engaged, competent, flexible and customer oriented.’

‘The firm is a recommended go-to on state aid matters. Their ability to think outside the box in complex state aid policy matters is highly valued. Recommended!’

‘The lawyers have heavy professional expertise and commercial understanding, and provide extensive assistance to both private and public sectors.’

‘Bjørnar Alterskjær is the best individual in Norway when it comes to state aid.’

‘The members of the team were all very helpful and motivated. They showed great interest in understanding our particular case and how they could assist us with it.’

‘The team have been very welcoming and pleasant to work with. They have been flexible and provided very good service. They are professional at the top level, knowledgeable and have shown excellent technical expertise. The team has a very good ability to analyse issues of both a strategic and tactical nature.’

‘Bjørnar Alterskjaer is both tactically and strategically wise. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with him.’

Key clients

Agder Kollektivtrafikk AS


Jernbanedirektoratet (The Norwegian Railway Directorate)

Låssenteret AS



Ministry of Transport

Nærings- og fiskeridepartement (Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries)

Norsk Tipping AS

Norwegian Brewers and Beverages Association

Ruter AS



Siva SF



University of Oslo

Work highlights

  • Assisting Lotteries Entertainment Innovation Alliance AS (LEIA), a joint venture between the national lotteries of Norway, Finland, Denmark and France, with all competition and public procurement matters.
  • Advising the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on the compliance with state aid rules and approval by the EFTA Surveillance Authority for national state aid schemes to counteract the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Represented Bane NOR in an alleged abuse of dominance claim.

Norway > Oil and gas Tier 2

CMS Kluge‘s ‘extremely flexible‘ and ‘highly responsive‘ team stands out for its ‘excellent knowledge of the E&P industry and associated legislation‘. The department continues to be kept busy advising oil and gas companies on green shift matters, alongside a steady workflow of contentious issues, transactions and contractual mandates. The practice is jointly led by E&P transactional expert Olav Hasaas in Oslo and Stavanger-based Siv Madland, who is active in M&A matters. Also in Stavanger, Camilla Grytten is noted for her expertise in regulatory work, and Oslo-based Asle Bjelland is a key name for dispute resolution.

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‘CMS Kluge provides hands-on advice and is very knowledgeable, not only from a legal and contractual perspective but also regarding technical and commercial aspects. Since several of the lawyers have key in-house experience, they are good at adapting and finding good solutions. They are quick in their response time and get the work done, leaving the customer feeling in control and reassured.’

‘The individual lawyers have a good understanding of complex matters, also bringing to the table other aspects than pure legal issues. They are good to discuss with and also have the ability to turn around quickly if needed.’

‘They deliver high quality.’

‘Flexible and highly competent team.’

‘Very short response times, and highly competent.’

‘Very responsive and knowledgeable, which allows you to make quick and informed decisions.’

‘Camilla Grytten has impressed with her knowledge, responsiveness, broader understanding of E&P commercial issues, team work and influencing skills.’

Key clients

Wintershall Dea Norge AS


LOTOS Exploration & Production AS

OMV Norge AS

Total E&P Norge AS

Pandion Energy AS

Wellesley Petroleum AS

Gassnova SF

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Fieldmade DI AS / Fieldmade AS

AF Aeronmollier AS

GMC Maritime AS

Jansen og Willumsen Services AS

Scandinavian Fittings and Flanges AS

Servtech AS

Aarbakke AS

Head Energy AS

Innovar Solutions AS

Kaefer Energy AS

Neodrill AS

Cegal AS

Odfjell Drilling AS

Work highlights

  • Advising Gassnova SF on the Longship carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.
  • Acting as longstanding counsel to oil and gas producer Wintershall Dea on a range of matters, including the client’s portfolio of production licences.
  • Advised Norwegian start-up company Fieldmade DI on negotiating a funding agreement with Equinor, as well as a connected collaboration agreement with Equinor and Siemens Energy, in order to develop a digital inventory system to enable 3D printing of spare parts for the oil industry on site.

Norway > Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 3

At CMS Kluge, recent case highlights for the banking and finance team included advising Norwegian seafood company Mowi on the refinancing of its existing bank facility, via a €1.8bn five-year secured revolving credit facility, by a consortium of eight banks. The practice has established strength in acting for borrowers and lenders in the financial, real estate, fishing and construction sectors on project financings, refinancings and restructurings. Dag Thomas Hansson and Snorre Haukali jointly head up the department, in which senior associate Ida Johanne Bohmann is a name to note.

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‘Availability, engagement and competency.’

‘Commercial and to the point.’

‘Very good experience.’

‘Snorre Haukali has an unrivalled knowledge of our business and the details of historical transactions, which are invaluable when undertaking a new transaction or drafting amendments etc. for an existing deal.’

‘Ida Johanne Bohmann is extremely thorough, methodical and reliable in her work, documenting large international transactions and seems to have a very well-organised approach to the task in hand.’

‘Dag Thomas Hansson is very easy to work with, reliable and knowledgeable with a good pragmatic approach to resolving issues with documentation and mediating between parties.’

Norway > Capital markets Tier 3

The capital markets department at CMS Kluge works in tandem with the firm’s corporate and banking and finance practices to advise on IPOs, listings, private placements, securities, high-yield bond issuances, and share disposals and acquisitions. The practice is jointly led by Johan Svedberg, who is the key contact for equity work, and Dag Thomas Hansson, who handles debt financing mandates. Atle Degré has left the firm and is now a judge.


‘CMS Kluge has an efficient team providing good quality work and support to our business. They understand well the processes for capital raisings and the listing process.’

Key clients

CO2 Capsol AS

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Xplora Technologies AS

Work highlights

  • Advised the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on the dissolution of the joint ownership with Aker ASA in Aker Kværner Holding AS, involving the transfer of shares worth NOK2bn in related listed companies to the government.
  • Advised Xplora Technologies AS on a NOK100m combined capital raising and listing of its shares on Euronext Growth.
  • Advised CO2 Capsol on a NOK75m private placement.

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

CMS Kluge‘s ‘very service-minded and knowledgeable‘ team regularly acts for domestic and international companies, private equity funds, high-net-worth individuals and governmental bodies on a range of transactional matters, and has been kept particularly busy assisting clients from the technology sector. Practice head Frode Olsen is a key name for IT mandates, and Johan Svedberg advises on mergers and demergers, as well as equity capital markets matters.

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Other key lawyers:


‘The CMS Kluge team provides very professional and pragmatic service tailored to its clients’ needs.’

‘Frode Olsen is very much on top of things, and coordinates the rest of the team in an efficient and centralised manner when a multi-disciplinary team is required.’

‘Decent, hard working and competent people throughout the organisation. Frode Olsen leads the team in a professional manner.’

‘Frode Olsen is very service-minded and knowledgeable about our specific circumstances and requirements. Able to adapt to various sell-side situations.’

Key clients

AFRY Group Norway AS

Charles Taylor plc

CO2 Capsol AS

Corporater AS


Konstel Group

Aimbot Group

Fjellinjen AS

Minimal Holding AS, Gunnes Holding AS, Pasvik Holding AS

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Nordic Waterproofing AS

Qualiware Holding Aps, Qualisoft Holding AS, Espen R Grouff AS

Rejlers Norge AS

RG Rustand Gruppen AS, Unione AS, HRP MgmtCo

VE Partners

Xplora Technologies AS

Work highlights

  • Advised AFRY Group Norway AS on its acquisition of ITE Østerhus AS.
  • Assisted BakkeWest AS with the acquisition of a 50% stake in Aa HoldCo AS, a single purpose company holding all issued shares in Aarbakke AS.
  • Advised the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on the dissolution of the joint ownership with Aker ASA in Aker Kværner Holding AS, and the corresponding transfer of shares to the government.

Norway > Electricity and renewable energy Tier 3

Stig Even Jakobsen heads up the practice at CMS Kluge, which is noted for advising on high-profile electricity and renewable energy projects. Kjetil Stensvik is ‘precise and practical‘, and is leading the advice to Statnett on all aspects of the ongoing North Sea Link project. Energy sector litigation and regulatory issues are other key areas of instruction for the ‘dedicated and capable‘ team. Senior associate Kenneth Høgevold ‘has a quick grasp of complex issues‘.

Practice head(s):


‘Very competent, highly skilled. Delivers first-class advice.’

‘Individuals are very responsive and proactive in their advice. They understand our problems very easily and suggest good solutions to them.’

‘Very flexible and thorough in their work.’

‘CMS Kluge has offered a team of qualified lawyers with different expertise which we were able to draw upon. Instead of delivering lengthy, cumbersome memos, they deliver short and precise advice, specifically related to the issue presented.’

‘I have worked with Kenneth Høgevold. He has shown a quick grasp of complex issues, how they might be linked to other possible issues and is able to see the whole picture. He works independently and is able to propose solutions with good reasoning for meetings with the counter party. I especially appreciate his willingness to be available for a phone call at any time and to get the work done, no matter how late at night or how difficult the counter party is.’

‘Fast responses, understand very quickly the matter/case. Able to handle very complex information, also regarding international law. Able to understand the whole picture and be practical, not just see it from a ‘juridical and theoretical point of view’. Street smartness!’

Key clients

Hydro Energi AS

Hafslund E-CO AS


Kvinnherad Energi AS

Elvia AS

Statnett SF

Norsk Fjernvarme

Fortum Oslo Varme AS

Fortum OYj

Nysnø Klimainvesteringer AS

Norsk Hydro ASA

Fjordkraft AS

Tensio AS – Tensio TS/TN

Salhuselva Kraft AS

Green Mountain AS

Brakar AS

Ruter AS

Gassnova SF

CO2 Capsol AS

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Powerzeek AS

Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

At CMS Kluge, the restructuring and insolvency team is advising Norwegian government agency Statsbygg in connection with the financial distress and insolvency proceedings of Rapp Bomek, following the latter’s declaration of bankruptcy; department head Hans Ingvald Stensholdt leads on this matter. Dag Thomas Hansson acts for Norwegian and international banks, as well as borrower clients, on a range of insolvency and restructuring matters.

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Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent knowledge of local law and case law.’

‘Hans Ingvald Stensholdt is an excellent lawyer, constantly striving to help customers understand the essence of the problem and find the most appropriate solution.’

Key clients

Nordic Trustee

Bane NOR

Bennett Management Corp


Herøya Industripark AS

Energima AS

GMC Maritime AS

Vestland Fylkeskommune

Bolig Partner AS

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 3

At CMS Kluge, the ‘young, dynamic, hardworking and highly intelligent‘ team is acting for Neodrill in a patent litigation case against oil service company Aker Solutions; the matter is being led by Kyrre Tangen Andersen, who is ‘very intelligent, good with clients and exceptional in litigation‘. Department head Thomas Rieber-Mohn specialises in copyright law, and also advises offshore, media and entertainment, and software clients on IP litigation and patents, designs and trade mark matters. The group was bolstered by the arrival of experienced IP practitioner Marte Thorsby from IFPI Norway in January 2021, and senior associate Henrik Høines is singled out as ‘very talented and hardworking‘.

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‘They are capable of fully understanding complicated technical solutions and simplifying the presentation for a court to understand. They live and breathe the case instead of jumping from case to case with little knowledge.’

‘Kyrre Tangen Andersen – top notch – excellent understanding of highly technical issues and a unique ability to simplify into legal terms.’

‘Young, dynamic, hardworking and highly intelligent team.’

‘Kyrre Tangen Andersen- Partner and undisputed head of IP at Kluge. Very intelligent, good with clients and exceptional in litigation. Henrik Høines – Very talented and hardworking. Up-and-coming IP star.’

Key clients

Andersen Mek. Verksted AS

Neodrill AS

Garvik Prosjekt AS


Handelshøyskolen BI

IFPI Norway

Mitt Verksted AS

Bondura AS

Norsk Tipping AS


Nysnø AS

Petroleum Technology Company AS

Storbybolig AS

Vikingslotto Alliance

Norway > Real estate Tier 3

CMS Kluge ‘has a versatile and complementary team for real estate challenges‘. The practice fields expertise across the whole range of real estate matters, and has strength in acting for large private and public sector developers, contractors and advisers in prominent transactions and development projects. Leasing contracts, planning and zoning matters and litigation are key areas of instruction for the group. Naja Dannow is ‘an expert performer‘, and co-heads the practice alongside Petter Schmidt and Inger Hygen. Other key names include associate partners Anders Elling Petersen Johansen and Einar Johan Espeland, and associate Mariken Guldbakke.


‘Easy to communicate with.’

‘The team consists of a good mix of strong industry specialists with very solid commercial , market and financial understanding and knowledge.’

‘Petter Schmidt is always available for discussion and sparring around most topics and cases.’

‘CMS Kluge has a versatile and complementary team for real estate challenges and legal support. Strategic support as well as professional insight in our challenges has great value for our company.’

‘Naja Dannow has a very good understanding of lease contracts, and is an excellent broker, in that she invites solutions to problems.’

‘Analytical, with the ability to listen and give fast and professional advice.’

Key clients

Herfo Finas AS/ Jofo AS

Høgevoll AS and Gullestad Holding AS

GMC Eiendom AS

A/S Norske Shell

Kraft Finans AS

Sandnes Ulf Arena AS

Coop Klepp AS and Dolphin Jærhagen AS

Norne Securities AS, Project Finance

AF Gruppen Norge AS

Bono Bolig AS

Work highlights

  • Advised GMC Eiendom AS on the development of Byfjordparken, transforming the area by building high-end offices, residential and educational spaces.
  • Advised Jofo AS (a fully owned subsidiary of Herfo Finans AS) on its acquisition of the shares in Dalen Næringspark I og II AS from Ragde Eiendom AS.
  • Advised Høgevoll AS and Gullestad Holding AS on the sale of all shares in Hoveveien Holding AS to a syndicate organised by DNB Markets AS.

Norway > Tax Tier 3

CMS Kluge has a ‘very experienced team which covers the full range of tax matters, in particular international cross-border tax issues, transfer pricing and tax litigation‘. The group is regularly instructed by petroleum companies in a range of tax matters, with a notable focus on litigation, an area in which practice head Amund Noss has established expertise. Anders Heieren advises multinational clients on Norwegian and international tax law, and Oddleif Torvik stands out for his experience in transfer pricing work. VAT specialist Axel Naustdal Cooper is also noted.

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‘Oddleif Torvik is one of Norway’s absolute best transfer pricing practitioners, especially when it comes to IP related matters and oil & gas. He is extremely knowledgeable, knows international tax and transfer pricing inside out, and provides his advice in a commercial context. In addition he is always available and is a great discussion partner.’

‘Amund Noss: highly qualified, very experienced, always top service.’

‘Very experienced team which covers the full range of tax matters, in particular international cross border tax issues, transfer pricing and tax litigation.’

Key clients


Drammen Helsepark AS

Eidos Eiendomsutvikling AS / Gilhusbukta Sjøgrunn AS

Fortis Petroleum Norway AS

Inmonitor AS (founder of Sportradar AG)


Total E&P Norge AS

The Norwegian Tax Administration

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fortis Petroleum Norway in a case concerning the Norwegian tax regime for petroleum exploration and issues of reimbursement for exploration costs on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
  • Acting for Total E&P Norge in a transfer pricing dispute brought by the London-based affiliate company, Total Gas&Power Trading.
  • Represented the Norwegian Tax Administration in a tax deduction dispute against Dyranut.

Norway > TMT Tier 3

CMS Kluge assists a roster of private sector clients and governmental entities with technology projects, and advises on data privacy issues, telecoms matters, and public procurement work, among other areas. The department is jointly led by Stian Oddbjørnsen, who specialises in TMT disputes, procurement matters and technology contractual issues, and Marte Thorsby, who is very experienced in advising clients in the media industry. Torstein Arendt is a key contact for assisting major organisations with prominent IT contracts. Associate partner Ove André Vanebo adds expertise in data privacy law.


‘CMS Kluge has a very good TMT practice.’

‘The team is very customer-oriented.’

‘Torstein Arendt has shown excellent skills in public contract standards and laws regulating public procurements. He has also been very flexible and responsive.’

‘Stian Hultin Oddbjørnsen stands out as an individual with a positive and customer-oriented attitude.’

Key clients

The Brønnøysund Register Centre


IFPI Norway

Norwegian Digitalisation Agency (Digdir)

Norwegian Directorate of eHealth (NDE)

Norwegian Government Agency for Public and Financial Management (DFØ)

Norwegian Refugee Council


Pension Insurance for Seamen (PTS)

Ruter AS

Lotteries Entertainment Innovation Alliance AS (LEIA)

Work highlights

  • Assisting the BOTT project with the procurement of a national digital platform for a case and archive system common to all schools and universities in Norway.
  • Acted for DFØ on its procurement of a framework agreement for cloud services.

CMS Kluge is a full-service provider of legal services, established in 1923. We have offices in the three major Norwegian business centres of Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen, and have more than 200 employees,  including 53 partners.

CMS Kluge has a strong position within the energy, construction, infrastructure and public sectors. By joining CMS in 2021, Kluge has further strengthened our international capabilities.

Areas of expertise is corporate and M&A, energy and climate, IPR/technology and media, real estate and construction, infrastructure and projects, banking and finance, dispute resolution, employment, competition and EU, public procurement and tax.

Contact: Managing partner – Bjørnar Alterskjær (

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Managing partner Bjørnar Alterskjær
Banking & Finance Dag Thomas Hansson
Competition & EU Henrik Nordling
Corporate/M&A Johan Svedberg
Dispute resolution Steffen Asmundsson
Employment Johan Krabbe-Knudsen
Public Procurement Alf Amund Gulsvik
Real Estate Naja Dannow
Tax Anders Heieren
Commercial Kjetil Stensvik
Intellectual property Kyrre Tangen Andersen
Energy Olav Hasaas
Consumer products Ole André Oftebro
Funds Johan Svedberg
Hotels & leisure Naja Dannow
Insurance Hanne Olsen Kjellevold
Life Sciences & Healthcare Camilla Grytten
Private Equity Johan Svedberg
TMC Stian Hultin Oddbjørnsen
ESG Johan Svedberg
Fredrik Aadahl photo Fredrik AadahlExpertise in dispute resolution and counselling within public procurement and contract law
Bjørnar Alterskjær  photo Bjørnar Alterskjær Expertise in public procurement and state aid matters. EU law, EEA law,…
Torstein Arendt photo Torstein ArendtPartner; specialist in procurement of complex technology projects where both IT contracts…
Steffen Asmundsson photo Steffen AsmundssonPartner, Attorney-at-law, admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court. Working with…
Asle Bjelland photo Asle BjellandDispute Resolution/litigation expert, specializing in energy, industry and infrastructure. More than 20…
Ida Johanne Bohmann photoMrs Ida Johanne BohmannPart of CMS Kluge’s department for Corporate/M&A,  works primarily with both domestic…
Naja Dannow photo Naja DannowReal Estate Transactions, Corporate (Mergers and Aquisitions, Company Law, Corporate Governance).
Reid Fiskaa photo Reid FiskaaCorporate / M&A specialist
Christian Galtung photo Christian GaltungSpecialises in dispute resolution, administrative law and constuction law. Work also includes…
Camilla Grytten photo Camilla GryttenBroad energy background. Petroleum law and contracts and advices on a wide…
Grethe Gulhaug photo Grethe GulhaugConstruction law specialist, as well as contract law and dispute resolution.
Alf Amund Gulsvik photoMr Alf Amund GulsvikOne of Norway’s leading procurement lawyers. Spesialices in procurement law, contract law,…
Nina Gundersen Sandnes photo Nina Gundersen SandnesEmployment Law Specialist. Works primarily as a consultant and on litigation assignments,…
Dag Thomas Hansson photo Dag Thomas HanssonExperienced financing lawyer assisting our clients in the negotiations and documentation of…
Olav Hasaas photo Olav HasaasCorporate, Energy (Oil and Gas, Wind Power, Offshore supplier industry, Renewable energy)
Snorre Haukali photo Snorre HaukaliSnorre Haukali specialises in corporate law, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, financing…
Anders Heieren photo Anders HeierenNorwegian and internationl tax law, including the special tax regimes for petrleum…
Øystein Henriksen photo Øystein HenriksenSpecialist on negotiation processes and contract structures within commercial property leases, transfers…
Inger Hygen photo Inger HygenCorporate (Mergers and Aquisitions, Company Law), Real Estate (Sale and purchase, leasehold…
Belinda T Ingebrigtsen photo Belinda T IngebrigtsenReal Estate (Sale and purchase, leasehold and development, Dispute resolution, Real Estate…
Jan Magne Isaksen photo Jan Magne IsaksenCommercial dispute resolution within a range of legal areas, and has argued…
Stig Even Jakobsen photo Stig Even JakobsenCorporate (Mergers and Aquisitions, Company Law, Banking and Finance)
Christian Wille Kaisen photo Christian Wille KaisenFor more than 25 years, Wille Kaisen has assisted Norwegian and foreign…
Joar Kalsaas photo Joar KalsaasArea of Expertise: Contract law, Energy law (oil and gas, offshore supplier…
Clemens Kerle photo Clemens KerleSpecialices in all EEA/EU law matters, particularly related to state aid, competition,…
Johan Krabbe-Knudsen photo Johan Krabbe-KnudsenEmployment Law Spesialist. Covers all areas within labour law and assists a…
Steffen Kvisler photo Steffen KvislerSubstantial experience with dispute resolution and litigation, specialises in construction law, general…
Nils Kristian Lie photo Nils Kristian LieSpecilizes in employment law, complience and legal aspects connected to pension. Expertise…
Marco Lilli photo Marco LilliEmployment Law Specialist. Advices employers and employers’ organisations on a wide range…
Siv Madland photo Siv MadlandCore competence from the energy/ oil & gas industry with extensive experience…
Nicolai René Nielsen photo Nicolai René NielsenSpecialist within Construction law and public procurement. Extensive knowledge of contracts used…
Henrik Nordling photoMr Henrik NordlingExpertise in Competition Law, EEA Law and anti-corruption.
Amund Noss photo Amund NossLitigation and dispute resolution, including cases related to tax law, company law,…
Espen Nyland photo Espen NylandGeneral business law/dispute resolution, in particular within Real estate, Construction and Building…
Lars Ivar Nyland photo Lars Ivar NylandSpecializes in construction law, public procurement law and dispute resolution/litigation.  
Stian Oddbjørnsen photo Stian OddbjørnsenSpecialises within ICT/tech law (with focus on IT contracts), privacy law, general…
Ole André Oftebro photoMr Ole André OftebroExtensive experience within all types of labor law issues, as well as…
Frode Olsen photo Frode OlsenSpecialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate law as well as domestic and…
Tarjei Pedersen photo Tarjei PedersenReal Estate (Sale and purchase, leasehold and development, Planning and building, Dispute…
Knut Prestvik photo Knut PrestvikProperty (buying, selling, leasing and development), construction law, corporate finance (mergers and…
Thomas Rieber-Mohn photo Thomas Rieber-MohnIntellectual property law, corporate law, litigation. Advises companies and authorities on all…
Ronny Rosenvold photo Ronny RosenvoldSpecialices in EU/EEA law, works primarily with public procurement and state aid.…
Knut Anders Sannes photo Knut Anders SannesSpecialises in Norwegian and international contracts law, in particular within finance, corporate, construction…
Petter Schmidt photo Petter SchmidtReal Estate (Sale and purchase, leasehold and development, financial settlement), corporate (Mergers…
Trond Selvikvåg photo Trond SelvikvågReal Estate (Sale and purchase, leasehold and development, Planning and building, Financial…
Arild Skage photo Arild SkageConstruction/ real estate, dispute resolution.
Samuel Skrunes photo Samuel SkrunesLeads the construction law group in Bergen. Extensive experience with advisory service…
Anders Stenbrenden photo Anders StenbrendenSpecialist within employment law, data protection law and pension law. Extensive experience…
Hans Ingvald Stensholdt photo Hans Ingvald StensholdtCompany law, restructuring and insolvency. In addition considerable experience with litigation assignments…
Kjetil Stensvik photo Kjetil StensvikBroad experience from the energy business through his nine years with Statoil/Equinor.…
Johan Svedberg photo Johan SvedbergSpecialises in M&A, company law, capital market law, financing, restructuring, reorganization, general contract…
Reidar Sverdrup photo Reidar SverdrupReal Estate (sale and purchase, leasehold and development, Planning and building, Dispute…
Kyrre Tangen Andersen photo Kyrre Tangen AndersenSpecialises within ICT/IP law, Energy law, as well as Ligitation. Broad practice…
Marte Thorsby photo Marte ThorsbyIntellectual property expert with long experience as a key representative for the…
Olav Todnem photo Olav TodnemConstruction, Dispute resolution and litigation, Public procurement
Torkjel Valland photo Torkjel VallandExtensive experience within real estate, property development and transactions/M&A. Spesializes in lease…
Ove Vanebo photo Ove VaneboWorks primarily with labour law, including civil servant law and welfare law,…
Per Sigvald Wang photoMr Per Sigvald WangAssists clients in major, complex construction, infrastructure, energy and industry disputes. Substantial…
Number of lawyers : 160
Other offices : Bergen
Other offices : Hamar
Other offices : Stavanger