Firm Profile > Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA > Oslo, Norway

Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA
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Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The highly regarded Håvard Wiker heads up Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA's insolvency and restructuring practice, which also includes stand-out practitioner Knut Ro. Regularly acting as liquidator, the team, which is particularly active in the oil and gas sector, primarily advises debtors, creditors and mortgagees on corporate recovery issues. Wiker focuses on debt negotiations and bankruptcy cases, while Ro's work benefits from his role as chair of the board for The Bankruptcy Council. In 2020, the team expanded with a series of additions at associate level, and was strengthened by several promotions, including Ole Johan Stensli's promotion to partner.

Practice head(s):

Håvard Wiker

Other key lawyers:

Nils Holger Koefoed; Knut Ro; Ole Johan Stensli


‘Håvard Wiker is solution-oriented and focused on finding practical solutions.’

‘Nils Holger Koefoed is street-smart, commercial, easy to work with and good at dealing with people.’

‘The team, led by Håvard Wiker, is hands-on and has a practical approach when solving issues.’

Key clients


Dolphin Drilling ASA

Gresvig Retail Group AS

Vita Detalj AS

Polarn O. Pyret Norge AS

Boa Offshore AS/Boa OCV AS

Rapp Bomek AS

K A Aurstad AS

Strawberry Equities AS

Jacobsen Elektro AS

Havyard Ship Technology AS

Real estate Tier 4

The 'very experienced' and 'solution-oriented' Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA fields a broad practice in real estate law, which handles leases, development projects, litigation and transactions for a client base ranging from investment businesses to construction companies. Key clients include Fram Eiendom, Sandvoldgruppen, Daimyo Eiendom and Strawberry Group. The department is jointly led by head of real estate Nils Petter Hansson and head of transactions Henrik Hareide Nilsen. Henrik A Christensen is also a notable practitioner, whose practice spans corporate and real estate law.

Practice head(s):

Nils Petter Hansson; Henrik Hareide Nilsen

Other key lawyers:

Henrik A Christensen; Nils Holger Koefoed


‘Very experienced real estate practice. Preeminent legal adviser to the hotel industry. Have come across the firm in many cross-border deals and they are always solution-orientated and easy to work with. Very good real estate practice.’

‘This boutique-style firm has a great team that delivers most of the work done by the largest firms. But rather than having most of the work done by juniors I feel that there are more experienced lawyers per client than in the larger firms. Ro Sommernes have some of the leading lawyers within restructuring and bankruptcy as well as real estate in the country handling some of the largest and most demanding clients.’

‘Nils Petter Hansson and Nils Holger Koefoed are both very accomplished, smart and deal-oriented lawyers with practical and pragmatic solutions to complicated problems. They both have a level of service and knowledge which is exceptional. They are both very pleasant to work with. We trust them 100%.’

‘Henrik A. Christensen: very commercial senior lawyer with a great network.’

Key clients

Strawberry Properties AB

Sandvoldgruppen AS

GLS Real Estate AS

Munkenes Næringseiendom AS

AF Gruppen

Daimyo AS

Nordic Choice Hospitality Group AS, Choice Hotels & Resorts AS and Petter A. Stordalen – all companies under the “Strawberry Group AS”-group

Heilo Eiendom AS

Fram Eiendom

B.A. 5 Invest AS

The firm: Ro Sommernes is a highly specialised “boutique” firm located in Oslo Central Business District, Norway. The firm was established in January 1993 by Knut Ro and Staale Sommernes.

Ro Sommernes has experienced a steady growth since its establishment and has today a total of 36 lawyers, including 13 partners.

Founded on the business idea of providing first-class legal services through a specialized niche firm, Ro Sommernes considers in-depth industry knowledge, partner accessibility and a high level of client attention as key success factors. The firm is solution oriented and innovative, focusing on efficient delivery of legal services backed by commercial understanding and extensive domestic and international experience.

Main areas of practice: Ro Sommernes offers comprehensive services in the field of business law, operating with five market groups related to its expertise:

  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Corporate, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions)
  • Real estate and construction
  • Shipping, offshore and finance
  • Litigation and arbitration
    The firm also provides services within IP and media, family law, inheritance law and employment law.

Insolvency and restructuring: Ro Sommernes is recognized as one of the leading and most experienced law firms in Norway within the field of insolvency, restructuring and debt negotiations. With its expertise and broad experience, the insolvency and restructuring department handles many of the largest bankruptcies in Norway. Several of the firm’s lawyers are regularly appointed as bankruptcy administrators, debt settlement managers and investigators by the courts. Ro Sommernes advises both debtors, creditors and mortgagees in corporate recovery cases. The firm’s lawyers are also frequently engaged by trustees as consultants.
Contact person: Håvard Wiker   E-mail:

Corporate, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions): M&A and Transactions represent a major part of Ro Sommernes’ activity. The firm’s transaction team is well-known for its expertise and extensive experience, advising both sellers and buyers, management and stakeholders in relation to cross-border and domestic transactions. Ro Sommernes provides legal services in relation to all aspect of corporate law to private and public companies. The firm is involved in negotiations, structuring, strategic planning and discussions, the signing process and the completion of transactions. The firm’s lawyers have comprehensive experience dealing with all types of corporate documents and agreements.
Contact person: Henrik Hareide Nilsen   E-mail:

Real estate and construction: Ro Sommernes’ real estate and construction department is well recognized and has long experience advising both buyers and sellers of commercial real estate, in bespoke and complex transactions, covering all stages of buying, selling, leasing and development of real estate. The firm has unique expertise related to hotel real estate, assisting one of the leading players in the hotel business for decades. The firm’s lawyers provide legal services during every step of the purchase and sale process, also advising on financing, management and development of real estate.
Contact person: Håkon Ustaheim   E-mail:

Shipping, offshore and finance (corporate/commercial): The shipping and offshore department was established in January 2018 when Erling Lind and Lynne Skajaa joined the firm, bringing specialist expertise of shipping and offshore law to the firm. The department, now consisting of seven lawyers, provides legal services to Norwegian and international clients with the benefit of experience spanning many market cycles. The team provides legal and commercial advice on strategic corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, equity finance, securities listings and intergroup finance. These lawyers also apply market knowledge and practical experience when advising on, drafting and negotiating the commercial contracts which address their client’s operational, strategic and financial requirements. In tune with the ethos of Ro Sommernes, the team’s approach is to establish a close working relationship with clients, understand their business and provide bespoke services and advice. The firm has an established international network of advisors who provide local law advice and assistance when required by its clients. Contact person: Erling Lind   E-mail:

Litigation and arbitration: Ro Sommernes has extensive experience with litigation and arbitration, arguing cases before the courts and arbitration panels. The firm’s litigation practice is first and foremost related to corporate, real estate and construction disputes. Several of the firm’s lawyers have been admitted to the Supreme Court of Norway and/or regularly operate as judges  in arbitration panels. Contact person: Mathias Tveten   E-mail:

Chairman: Nils Holger Koefoed
Board of directors: Nils Holger Koefoed, Henrik Hareide Nilsen, Linn E. Drejer-Dølvik, Katinka Wikborg, Sissel Beck
Managing partner: Henrik A. Christensen
Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 36 (including partners)
Languages: Norwegian, English, Danish, Swedish, French, German

Department Name Email Telephone
Insolvency and restructuring Erik Sandtrø
Insolvency and restructuring Håvard Wiker
Insolvency and restructuring Knut Ro
Insolvency and restructuring Nils Holger Koefoed
Corporate, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions) Erik Sandtrø
Corporate, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions) Henrik A. Christensen
Corporate, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions) Henrik Hareide Nilsen
Corporate, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions) Nils Petter Hansson
Real estate and construction Håkon Ustaheim
Shipping, offshore and finance Erling Lind
Shipping, offshore and finance Katinka Wikborg
Finance Ole Johan Stensli
Litigation and arbitration Håkon Ustaheim
Litigation and arbitration Mathias Tveten
Inheritance and family law Knut Ro
Inheritance and family law Linn Drejer-Dølvik
Labour law Øyvind Clausen Bade
IP and media Mathias Tveten
Lawyers : 36
Partners : 13