Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile

Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA
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Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA is praised by clients as ‘probably the best boutique firm within insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring in Norway‘. The group, which is particularly active in high-profile, multi-jurisdictional bankruptcy cases, is led by Håvard Wiker, who is well regarded for his expertise in restructurings, bankruptcy work and debt negotiations, and includes Knut Ro, who has established expertise in insolvency law, and the ‘straightforward and easy to work withNils Holger Koefoed. Ole Johan Stensli, who handles financing transactions, and Erik Sandtrø are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Håvard Wiker


‘It is probably the best boutique firm within insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring in Norway. They are very pleasant to collaborate with and combine legal knowledge with an impressive solution-oriented approach.’

‘Håvard Wiker is calm, but possesses a natural authority. He is extremely knowledgeable and his solution oriented approach is impressive.’

Nils Holger Koefoed gets things done and always has an alternative plan or solution when you need one.’

‘They focus on solving the issues at hand and are easy to work with. They are creative in finding good solutions and are available whenever I need them.’

‘Nils Holger Koefoed in my view is second to none in Norway within this legal area. He is straightforward and easy to work with, while also being able to solve complicated and difficult issues. He is also very good at managing and leading his team.’

‘They are very professional in their approach when dealing with both bankruptcies and restructurings and are open for commercial solutions.’

‘The team has a practical and solution-oriented approach.’

‘Nils Holger Koefoed is solution-oriented, commercial and a polite person who is easy to work with.’

Key clients

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Norwegian Pilot Services Norway AS/ Norwegian Cabin Services Norway AS

Norwegian Air Resources Shared Service Center AS

Gresvig Retail Group AS

Polarn O. Pyret Norge AS

Rapp Bomek AS

K A Aurstad AS

Jacobsen Elektro AS

Havyard Ship Technology AS

Viking Heat Engines

Norway > Real estate Tier 4

Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA has a ‘very good real estate practice, with expertise in the hospitality sector‘, and is very experienced in advising construction companies and investment businesses on transactions. Nils Petter Hansson, whose practice focuses on corporate and contract law, is head of real estate, and jointly leads the department with head of transactions Henrik Hareide Nilsen, ‘an excellent M&A real estate lawyer, who has good technical skills and a great eye for detail‘. Henrik A Christensen is ‘a well connected senior lawyer with great business acumen‘, and the ‘very technically skilledErik Sandtrø regularly handles transactional work for clients in the hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

Nils Petter Hansson; Henrik Hareide Nilsen


‘The firm is always straight to the point in its advice and gets the job done.’

‘Erik Sandtrø is an expert on hospitality related real estate matters, including lease contracts and management agreements. Very intelligent and always available for solid advice.’

‘Very responsive and always give good advice.’

‘Professionalism, correct approach and quality.’

Key clients

Strawberry Properties AB

Lineage Logistics LLC

Sandvoldgruppen AS

GLS Real Estate AS

Munkenes Næringseiendom AS

T H Holm Eiendom AS

Daimyo AS

Nordic Choice Hospitality Group AS, Choice Hotels & Resorts AS – all companies under the “Strawberry Group AS” group

Heilo Eiendom AS

Fram Eiendom

B.A. 5 Invest AS

Ferd Eiendom AS

Holtefjell Eiendom AS

Realkapital Finans 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 39 lawyers, including 14 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 the following market groups related to its expertise:

  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Capital markets
  • M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions)
  • Real estate and construction law
  • Shipping, offshore and energy
  • Finance
  • Litigation and arbitration
    The firm also provides services within labour law, tax, family- and inheritance law, estate planning, IP and media.

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 / Erik Sandtrø / Nils Holger Koefoed   E-mail: / /

Capital markets, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions): Capital markets, 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 / Christian Emil Petersen   E-mail: /

Real estate and construction law: 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: Nils Petter Hansson   E-mail:

Shipping, offshore and energy (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 eight 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 / Katinka Wikborg  E-mail: /

Finance: The finance department handles debt finance matters, and draws on Ro Sommernes’ vast experience within the fields of restructuring and insolvency and asset finance, especially within the shipping, offshore, property and leisure sectors. The team provides legal and commercial advice to borrowers and lenders on bilateral and syndicated loan facility deals, lease financings and bond issues, both in new “fresh” deals and in distressed financing matters. The department is often involved in cross-border matters, and draws on the firm’s international network of trusted local law advisors. Contact: Ole Johan Stensli / Katinka Wikborg Email: /

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: 14
Number of lawyers: 39 (including partners)
Languages: Norwegian, English, Danish, Swedish, French, German

Insolvency and restructuring Erik Sandtrø
Insolvency and restructuring Håvard
Insolvency and restructuring Knut
Insolvency and restructuring Nils Holger
Capital markets, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions) Erik Sandtrø
Capital markets, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions) Henrik A.
Capital markets, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions) Henrik Hareide
Capital markets, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions) Nils Petter
Capital markets, M&A and transactions (including real estate transactions) Christian Emil
Real estate and construction Nils Petter
Shipping, offshore and energy Erling
Shipping, offshore and energy Katinka
Finance Ole Johan
Litigation and arbitration Håkon
Litigation and arbitration Mathias
Inheritance and family law Knut
Inheritance and family law Linn Drejer-Dø
Labour law Øyvind Clausen
IP and media Mathias
Tax Bernhard
Lawyers : 39
Partners : 14