Firm Profile > Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA > Oslo, Norway

Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA
0125 OSLO

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA is praised by clients for ‘having what few other firms have – a pragmatic view’ and has ‘an excellent combination of experience, legal skills, network and business understanding’. The group is notably active in the shipping and offshore sectors and advises a client roster which includes EMAS-AMC, Dolphin Group and Thule Drilling. Håvard Wiker leads the team and is experienced in restructuring issues, debt negotiations and bankruptcies. Other noteworthy individuals include the highly regarded Knut Ro, managing partner Erik Sandtrø and Nils Holger Koefoed, who ‘sees the opportunities when the client is losing sight’. Thomas Monsen and Linn Drejer-Dølvik were promoted to the partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Håvard Wiker


This team has what few other firms have ; a pragmatic view. No one over sells their experience! They respect the fact that you need help, without getting cocky about how they would have done things.

One of a couple of law firms in Norway with large insolvency teams. Particularly specialised within bankruptcy and judicial debt restructuring. Several of the strongest insolvency lawyers in Norway, including Knut Ro, Håvard Wiker, Nils Holger Koefoed and Erik Sandtrø¸. Skilled within the law yet pragmatic and business oriented.

The combination of experience, legal skills, network and business understanding.

Not only do they have in-depth insight in all legal aspects, they are also pragmatic and solution-oriented.

Mr. Holger Koefoed is an exceptionally well-connected, well-seasoned and socially smart partner.

Håvard Wiker is very skilled and experienced within bankruptcy work. Nils Holger Koefoed is very practical, commercial and solution-oriented.

They are easy going and have a huge network. Håvard Wiker also has outstanding legal skills and a well-developed gut feeling.

Key clients


Dolphin Drilling ASA

K A Aurstad AS

PM Retail AS

Enklere Liv AS

Halvorsen Group AS

Dolphin Group ASA

Brødboksen TWD AS

Thule Drilling AS

Boa Offshore AS

Jotunfjell Partners AS

Bjarøy AS

Real estate Tier 4

At Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA, Nils Petter Hansson leads the real estate group while Henrik Hareide Nilsen heads up the transactions practice. The group handles a variety of mandates including lease work, development projects, real estate litigation and transactional matters. Noteworthy clients include AF Gruppen, Heilo and Nordic Choice Hospitality Group. Henrik A Christensen is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nils Petter Hansson; Henrik Hareide Nilsen


Very skilled real estate team with a pragmatic approach. Second to none in the hospitality segment and demonstrates vast experience in hotel real estate matters.

A mid-size firm with the capabilities to punch above its weight!

Nils Petter Hansson is a star. He has a calm and professional appearance. He has really good industry knowledge and is one of the few real estate lawyers who really understands numbers. Nils Petter is very on the point and effective in his working process and communication.’

Henrik A. Christensen is a great deal maker who is very connected in the market!

Henrik A. Christensen has an impressive commercial understanding of the hotel industry, and a very pragmatic way of handling hotel transactions.’

Key clients

Strawberry Properties AB

Gipling Holding AS

AF Gruppen

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 Realinvest AS

Framba Holding AS

Pilestredet 35 AS

B.A. 5 Invest AS and Daimyo Eiendom AS

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: 34 (including partners)
Languages: Norwegian, English, Danish, Swedish, French, German

Firm overview: 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 34 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 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 represents 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:

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 Eystein Eriksrud
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 Mathias Tveten
IP and media Mathias Tveten
Lawyers : 34
Partners : 14