Firm Profile > Kluge Advokatfirma AS > Oslo, Norway

Kluge Advokatfirma AS
BRYGGEGATA 6
PO BOX 1548 VIKA
0117 OSLO
Norway

Construction Tier 1

At Kluge Advokatfirma AS, Espen Nyland leads the Oslo team while Samuel Skrunes heads up the Bergen-based practice and Grethe Gullhaug is leader of the Stavanger group. The department ‘consistently provides market leading advice and problem-solving skills’ and is ‘a definitive top pick for legal advice’; it is particularly singled out for its construction litigation experience and recently acted for Bane Nor in a disruption claim against Skanska relating to the rail line between Larvik and Porsgrunn. Other key practitioners include litigator Lars Ivar Nyland, Arild Skage, who focuses on infrastructure projects, and newly promoted associate partner Nicolai René Nielsen.

Practice head(s):

Espen Nyland; Samuel Skrunes; Grethe Gulhaug

Testimonials

Kluge’s construction team has consistently provided market leading advice and problem solving expertise, and is regarded by us as a definitive “top pick” for legal advice or assistance.

They have a particularly good ability to get into the case’s complexities and analyse the case’s development in light of underlying motives.

Kluge is our preferred legal firm regarding construction law. Kluge has excellent expertise in construction law as well as litigation. Compared to others I would highlight that they know the most common Norwegian construction contracts extremely well. They also give added value to our company by advising and educating our in-house personnel. In my opinion they are, if not the best, among the two or three best firms for construction in Norway.

Lars Ivar Nyland contributes consistently with great involvement, always providing both legal and strategic advice that is market leading. Additionally, his impressive ability to extract, sort and present the facts and details of large and complex cases very effectively makes him one of the top litigators within the industry.’

The newly-made partner Nicolai René Nielsen has a very sharp analytical approach, providing great value in large and complex negotiations or disputes.’

Arild Skage has excellent personal capabilities and skills. His work capacity, skill and availability is highly appreciated in our company. Furthermore, he has built up broad experience through the years of working in construction law. I would give Skage my best recommendations.’

Key clients

Bane NOR SF (Norwegian National Rail Administration)

Implenia Norge AS

Statnett SF

AF Gruppen Norge AS

Sykehusbygg

Risa AS

Kruse Smith AS

Statsbygg

Mesta

ÅF Group

PNC Norge AS

Backe Group

Askim Entreprenør

WK Entreprenør

Bertelsen & Garpestad AS

Public procurement Tier 1

As a key name in the market for public entities, Kluge Advokatfirma AS has notable expertise in carrying out procurement procedures and handles matters relating to the construction, energy, technology and utilities sectors. The group recently advised Kolumbus on the procurement elements of the new-build project for a bus terminal for 65 passenger transport buses, and also counts Sykehusbygg, Stavangerregionen Havnedrift and Bane Nor as clients. Gro Amdal leads the practice from the firm’s Stavanger office; managing partner Bjørnar Alterskjær has notable experience in the EFTA Court and European Court of Justice; Arne Torsten Andersen focuses on litigation; and Robert Lund handles state aid work. Torstein Arendt is also a key contact for IT procurement mandates, and associate partner Stian Oddbjørnsen is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Gro Amdal

Testimonials

They have a unique composition of competent personnel suitable for solving public sector assignments.

Their deep knowledge of procurement law, coupled with long-term and diverse experience with eHealth from the perspective of the public sector, made Kluge exceptionally well suited for our purpose.

Very good understanding of the legal problems in this highly complex case. Compared to the others, they showed a good understanding of the contracting authority’s needs and challenges.

Kluge provides one of a kind services in public procurement related to digitalization and technology. In addition to legal theory, they are knowledgeable in IT. They are eager to assist on small and large matters, even on short notice.

The firm has a policy to never push a case. They advise us in a reasonable way, instead of trying to rush up the situation.’

Arne Torsten Andersen combines an extensive knowledge of procurement law with a keen eye for identifying solutions.

Robert Lund showed a good understanding and a creative approach to the legal problem in question.

Key clients

Tromsø Havn KF

Sykehusbygg HF

Kolumbus AS

Stavangerregionen Havnedrift AS

Norsk Tipping AS

UNINETT

Bane Nor

Kystverket

Norges Bank

Statsbygg

Samferdselsdepartementet

Nærings- og fiskeridepartementet

Sogn og Fjordane fylkeskommune

Ruter As

Brakar AS

AtB AS

Agder kollektivtrafikk AS

Jernbanedirektoratet

Norwegian Company Register (Brønnøysundregistrene)

Norsk Helsenett

Direktoratet for forvaltning og IKT (DIFI)

University of Oslo

Norwegian Directorate of eHealth

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Kluge Advokatfirma AS’ ‘high-quality advice and attention to detail’ ensures the team is ‘very well prepared and skilful with very high technical knowledge and solid dispute resolution experience’. The practice stands out for its knowledge of construction, administrative, public procurement and oil taxation law and recently represented NeoDrill in a patent dispute against Equinor relating to Equinor’s Cap-X technology. Team head Christian Galtung specialises in company and public administrative disputes, Steffen Asmundsson ‘quickly understands the problem and has a way of making complex legal questions understandable’, Lars Ivar Nyland is a construction expert and Amund Noss handles tax and contract litigation.

Practice head(s):

Christian Galtung

Testimonials

They are very well prepared and skilful. The competence, especially when it comes to dispute resolution, is very high. For IPR-cases and technical disputes, they will put together a team with very high technical knowledge and long and solid dispute resolution experience.

Steffen Asmundsson is skilled and has the best expertise to offer on the matter that we have hired him for. He quickly understands the problem and has a way of making complex legal questions understandable. His appearance in court is calm and comfortable.

Key clients

Bane Nor SF

AF Entreprenør ASA

Norsk Hydro ASA

Arctic Securities AS

Det Norske Veritas

Skatt Øst (IRS)

ORG Geophysical AS

Statnett SF

Neodrill AS

Norges Gruppen ASA / ASKO Norge AS

Employment Tier 2

Kluge Advokatfirma AS is highly regarded for its expertise in the oil and gas sector through its Stavanger office, and also excels in the public sector; key clients include BP, Wintershall and Neptune Energy. With key practitioners across its national network, Marco Lilli leads the Oslo-based team, Johan Krabbe-Knudsen heads up the Stavanger practice, and Nina Gundersen Sandnes lead the department in Bergen. Anders Stenbrenden is also a key name to note in Oslo and focuses on employment litigation. The practice has also grown its compliance expertise and has been involved in multiple whistleblowing cases.

Practice head(s):

Marco Lilli; Johan Krabbe-Knudsen; Nina Sandnes

Testimonials

Kluge provides high quality and cost efficient advice.

Kluge and Johan Krabbe-Knudsen stood out as a true expert in labour law. We have been through three court cases and won all. All cases were complex, huge cases but Krabbe-Knudsen was calm and drove the process for a whole year.

Marco Lilli combines well reasoned and prescient advice with a pleasant and easy-going personality.

Johan Krabbe-Knudsen – professionally: highly competent, willing to share knowledge and perspectives. Personality: He had authority within his profession and at the same had a humble approach to all our questions and the continuous new issues that were raised. Skills: He demonstrated ability to listen, thus understood the addressed problems and challenges which led to speedy and appropriate solutions. He demonstrated humour and a good laugh which can ease tension in a room.

Key clients

Neptune Energy

Wintershall

DEA Norge AS

CHC Group, CHC Helikopter Service AS

Heli-One (Norway) AS

MRC Global Norway

Tampnet AS

DNV GL

Kværner

AIG

NOKAS

BP UK

NIKE Europe

ITW Inc

Fana Sparebank

Flåm

Bergen Group

Innovation Norway

Norwegian Confederation of Enterprise (NHO)

Police Directorate

Travel Retail Norway AS

4Subsea AS

NTB AS (The Norwegian News Agency)

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)

Oil and gas Tier 2

Kluge Advokatfirma AS’ ‘well-balanced’ E&P practice has been notably active in the transactional space and recently acted for Neptune Energy on its purchase of shares in VNG Norge. Other clients include Ineos E&P, Total E&P and DNO Norge. The group is also recognised for its petroleum tax expertise, which is led by Amund Noss, and has also handles development projects, litigation and regulatory work. The department recently saw Samuel Skrunes, Kyrre Tangen Andersen and Joar Kalsaas promoted to the partnership. Thomas Abrahamsen  and Audun Stornes are now at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

Testimonials

The Kluge team is well balanced with expertise in all areas of oil and gas. Several of the lawyers have worked in-house themselves which is always a benefit to clients as they understand the relevant drivers from an in-house perspective.

Solid team, attentive to clients’ needs.

Key clients

WintershallDEA Norge AS

Wellesley Petroleum AS

INEOS E&P AS (previously DONG E&P Norge AS)

DEA Norge AS

Repsol Norge AS

Suncor Energy Norge AS

DNO Norge AS (has taken over Faroe Petroleum Norge AS)

Edison Norge AS

ConocoPhillips Norge AS

Total E&P Norge AS

Pandion Energy AS

Neptune Energy Norge AS

Idemitsu Petroleum AS

LOTOS E/P Norge

OMV Norge AS

Capital markets Tier 3

Kluge Advokatfirma AS is singled out for its regulatory expertise and also has a notable client roster, which includes key public sector clients. The practice is also highly regarded for its securities law knowledge and utilises the firm’s wider energy sector experience. Atle Degré heads up the department and is a securities law expert. Per Kristian Ramsland joined Arntzen de Besche in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Atle Degré

Key clients

Avinor AS, and subsidiary Sjømatterminalen AS

Crux Communications AS

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Fisheries

Societe Generale

Huddlestock Capital AS

Innovation Norway

DNV GL Group AS

LG Capital Partner AG

Kameo AS

Heimdal Forvaltning AS

Kraft Finans AS

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The practice at Kluge Advokatfirma AS has seen notable change in 2019 with Frode Olsen taking over as practice head following Per Kristian Ramsland’s move to Arntzen de Besche and Thomas Abrahamsen's departure to Advokatfirmaet Thommessen ASAndreas Wulff was also recruited from BAHR and Dag Thomas Hansson joined from DLA Piper. The group, which fields a notably strong Stavanger offering, excels in the firm’s core areas of energy, oil services, construction, real estate and the public sector, and is expanding its presence in the technology and private equity fields. Snorre Haukali leads the Stavanger practice, while Stig Even Jakobsen is based in Oslo.

Practice head(s):

Frode Olsen

Testimonials

Good knowledge of our specific requirements and a very pragmatic yet firm approach in discussions and negotiations with us and the other party.

Frode Olsen is very responsive, fast to answer and has a quick and excellent understanding of our specific requirements.

Key clients

Wintershall Norge AS

Repsol Norge AS

Edison Norge AS

Øglænd Systemer AS

KLP pension fund

Investinor AS

Oceaneering AS

Segulah private equity fund

Hjellnes Holding AS

Altor private equity fund

Brødrene Kverneland AS

Norsk Hydro ASA

Wärtsilä Corporation

ØsterHus AS

Fidelio Capital AB

EU and competition Tier 3

While traditionally strong in public procurement and state aid mandates, Kluge Advokatfirma AS is also active in merger control work, abuse of dominance issues, cartel investigations, competition litigation and other matters relating to anti-competitive behaviour. Arne Torsten Andersen leads the practice and is notably experienced in EU law, while managing partner Bjørnar Alterskjær advises on EEA law. Clients include Neptune Energy Group, Ruter and Norsk Tipping. Associate partner Henrik Nordling joined from BAHR in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Arne Torsten Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Highly competent lawyers within this area, both theoretical and practical knowledge.

Very good understanding of the legal problems within the field of state aid.

Bjørnar Alterskjær is highly competent within this field.’

Key clients

Øglænd System Group/Oglaend System Group

Neptune Energy Group

Aleris AUB – now Stendi AS (part of Ambea Group)

Norsk Tipping AS

UNINETT

Bane Nor

Kystverket

Samferdselsdepartementet

Nærings- og fiskeridepartementet

Sogn og Fjordane fylkeskommune

Ruter As

Brakar AS

AtB AS

Jernbanedirektoratet

Norwegian Company Register (Brønnøysundregistrene)

DFØ

Norsk Helsenett

Direktoratet for forvaltning og IKT (DIFI)

University of Oslo

Norwegian Directorate of eHealth

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Kluge Advokatfirma AS is increasingly involved in large restructuring mandates and the related contentious issues with expertise across the banking, oil and gas, energy, real estate and construction sectors. While active for companies experiencing financial distress, the team is also recommended for bondholder and creditor clients; it recently acted for Nordic Trustee as bond trustee for a bond loan to Solstad Offshore, which is in distress. Hans Ingvald Stensholdt leads the Oslo-based practice and Per Kristian Ramsland heads up the Stavanger team.

Practice head(s):

Hans Ingvald Stensholdt; Per Kristian Ramsland

Testimonials

Very effective at dealing with fast-changing situations. Very international in outlook.’

High-quality work from start to end. Not afraid to speak their mind and makes sure the client can do correct risk assessments.

Hans Ingvald Stensholdt displays excellent client handling skills.

Hans Ingvald Stensholt is very professional and easy to cooperate with.’

Intellectual property Tier 3

IP remains a key growth area for Kluge Advokatfirma AS, which is notably active in patent matters in the energy and petroleum sectors; the group recently represented NeoDrill in a patent infringement and unfair business claim against Equinor. Group head and litigator Thomas Rieber-Mohn is particularly noted for his copyright expertise in the technology and media sectors; Kyrre Tangen Andersen is ‘young, ambitious and highly intelligent’, Steffen Asmundsson focuses on contentious work, and Stian Oddbjørnsen handles software-related copyright issues.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Rieber-Mohn

Testimonials

IP team based in three Norwegian cities. Young up-and-coming group of attorneys, led by partner Kyrre Tangen Andersen.

Kyrre Tangen Andersen is a newly appointed partner who is young, ambitious, highly intelligent and outstanding in litigation procedures. Our no. 1 pick of all IP attorneys in Norway.

Key clients

The University of Oslo

The University of Tromsø

Innovation Norway

Schlumberger Norge AS

Beerenberg AS

Norsk Tipping AS

Norwegian National Rail Administration

The Brønnøysund Register Centre

Gramo

Fjordkraft AS

Government Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (DIFI)

Real estate Tier 3

Kluge Advokatfirma AS advises on all phases of real estate developments including planning law, lease issues, property sales and purchases, procurement work, financings and construction matters; the group also handles real estate management mandates. Naja Dannow leads the team from Oslo, while Petter Schmidt and Inger Hygen lead the groups in Stavanger and Bergen respectively. The team also fields development specialist Knut Prestvik and associate partners Aslak Støen and Einar Johan Espeland.

Practice head(s):

Naja Dannow; Petter Schmidt; Inger Hygen

Key clients

Bane NOR Eiendom AS

Norsk Hydro (ASA and subsidiaries)

Smedvig Eiendom AS

Hafrsby AS

Eidos Eiendomsutvikling AS

Drammen Helsepark AS

Cityplan AS

Cushman & Wakefield

Neptune Properties AS

JM Norge AS

Møller Eiendom Holding AS

Sønderberg Eiendom AS

Østfold fylkeskommune (county authority)

Opplysningsvesenets Fond (The Norwegian Church Endowment) / Clemens Kraft AS

Municipality of Skedsmo

Municipality of Ski

Municipality of Oslo

Avantor AS

Brønnøysundregistrene

AE Gruppen AS / Askim Entreprenør AS /AFB Eiendom

Tax Tier 3

Kluge Advokatfirma AS is singled out for its tax litigation expertise with substantial experience in the petroleum sector and acting for public sector entities; clients include Total E&P Norge, Strandveien 1 and Skatt Øst. Frode Olsen and Amund Noss jointly lead the practice and specialise in tax advisory work and tax litigation respectively. Other key individuals include Geir Even Asplin and petroleum tax expert Anders Heieren, who joined from Arntzen de Besche in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Frode Olsen; Amund Noss

Key clients

State of Norway / Skatt øst (Tax East)

State of Norway / Sentralskattekontoret for storbedrifter (Central Office for Major Companies)

State of Norway / Sentralskattekontoret for utenlandssaker (Central Office for Foreign Tax Affairs)

Strandveien 1 AS / Strandveien 1 Utvikling AS

Total E & P Norge AS

Contact: Managing partner – Bjørnar Alterskjær (bjornar.alterskjar@kluge.no)

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Snorre Haukali
Capital markets Atle Degré
Construction Espen Nyland
Construction Grethe Gullhaug
Corporate/M&A Per Kristian Ramsland
Dispute resolution/litigation Christian Galtung
Dispute resolution/litigation Steffen Asmundsson
Employment Johan Krabbe-Knudsen
Employment Nina Gundersen Sandnes
Employment Marco Lilli
Oil and gas Audun Stornes
Oil and gas Olav Hasaas
Oil and gas Thomas Abrahamsen
EU and competition and managing partner Bjørnar Alterskjær
EU and competition Gro Amdal
Insolvency and corporate recovery Per Kristian Ramsland
Insolvency and corporate recovery Hans Ingvald Stensholdt
Intellectual property Thomas Rieber-Mohn
Real estate Naja Dannow
Offshore construction and shipbuilding Thomas Abrahamsen
Shipping Snorre Haukali
Tax Frode Olsen
Tax Amund Noss
TMT Torstein Arendt
Construction Samuel Skrunes
Number of lawyers : 130
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