Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile
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Norway > Construction Tier 1Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA‘s ‘extremely client-focused‘ construction department is headed up by Helge Neraal, ‘an expert in interpreting the numerous construction contracts used in Norway; his advice is invaluable when negotiating complex international construction project agreements‘, according to clients. Arne Engesæth, a highly regarded mediator in the construction space, ‘combines a strong legal knowledge and skill with commercial experience and insight and very good communicative abilities‘. Litigator Hans Christian Brodtkorb stands out for his expertise in representing large construction companies in high-profile disputes. Are Hunskaar and Fredrik Verling are also key names to note.
‘Hans Christian Brodtkorb is a highly skilled and experienced adviser, who has in depth knowledge in both the commercial and the legal aspects of the industry. Always clear and gives practical guidance.’
‘Helge Neraal’s knowledge, legal acumen, and superior client service make him a stand-out in his field.’
‘They really go in to understand the realities and details of the case, and challenge the customer to see it from all sides of the table.’
‘Hans Christian Brodtkorb and Fredrik Verling are exceptional, competent and clever lawyers, giving 200% for me as their client.’
‘The DLA individuals are very efficient.’
‘Helge Neraal is an expert in interpreting the numerous construction contracts used in Norway, and advising on dispute resolution or prosecution. In addition, his advice is invaluable when negotiating complex international construction project agreements. He quickly absorbs the most complicated of factual situations and not only provides legal advice, he is very practical about potential business impacts of the different options.’
‘Partner, Mr Are Hunskaar, has built a solid team with a common understanding of the principles on which they base their solutions to conflict cases.’
‘Arne Engesæth – Honest, to the point, good at seeing risk.’
Sichuan Road and Bridge Group
Emerging Acquisitions / Bulk Handling Systems
- Acting as strategic and legal counsel to Marti Solbakk on a NOK460m claim against the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
- Represented HENT in two complex final settlement disputes arising from the building and renovation of Britannia Hotel in Trondheim.
Norway > Insurance Tier 1Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA is well known for its expertise in professional liability and reinsurance matters, and also provides advice to global insurers on financial services, product liability, marine and professional indemnity claims. Practice head Alexander Plows, who is dual-qualified in Norway and the UK, ‘stands out as a true expert in insurance‘. Regulatory expert Camilla Wollan handles cross-border financial services mandates, and Hugo Munthe-Kaas, who leads the firm’s compliance group, is the key name for shipping and offshore work. Associate Lars Albert Jøstensen handles dispute resolution.
‘DLA Piper is commercial and understands the clients’ business. It provides excellent and clear advice.’
‘Alexander Plows stands out as a true expert on insurance. He is business-minded and extremely responsive. He is our go to partner on insurance.’
‘Being dual qualified and with excellent language skills, Alex is uniquely placed to act for London-based clients on Nordic matters. He and his team are adept at both the technical and commercial considerations and the quality of service and advice is impressive. He is my go-to lawyer in the region for insurance disputes.’
Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe
QBE European Operations
- Advising Brightstar on the insurance aspects of the provision of its device protection program to Telenor Norge and ICE Norge.
- Assisting Zurich Insurance with all liability claims under the mandatory insurance policy for trustees in bankrupt estates and the estates of deceased individuals.
Norway > Real estate Tier 2Highly regarded for its ‘excellent real estate expertise‘, Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA‘s department has an excellent track record in advising private equity entities, corporations and developers on high-value transactions and development projects, frequently with cross-border elements. Thomas Rindahl Håkonsen leads the ‘service-minded‘ team, which includes the ‘practical‘ Line Ravlo-Losvik, who is highly regarded for her expertise in commercial real estate transactions; Anders Bergene, who is very experienced in handling investments and lease matters; and Magnus Lutnæs, who focuses on sale and lease back mandates and cross-border transactional work.
Thomas Rindahl Håkonsen
‘The team has great people skills and an adaptable style.’
‘The lawyers have experience and expertise at the very highest level, and quickly give safe recommendations on how challenges can be solved.’
‘Line Ravlo-Losvik has, with her team, a very competent force that can strengthen the real estate market with top expertise.’
‘Excellent real estate expertise and a trusted adviser.’
‘Service minded and great follow up through transactions, excellent real estate expertise and great negotiators.’
‘They have a pro active, solution oriented attitude.’
‘Line Ravlo-Losvik is practical, creative and very expedient.’
‘Great team, fully committed to deliver high-quality legal advice in a timely fashion to its clients.’
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
DEAS Eiendomsfond Norge I (formerly Aberdeen Eiendomsfond Norge I)
Madison International Realty
Attivo Eiendomsutvikling I, II and III
Round Hill Capital
90 North Real Estate Partners
Tesla Motors Norway
IKEA / Ingka Centres
St. Olavsgt. 27
Stiftelsen Norges Varemesse/Oslo Spectrum Arena
LCN Capital Partners
Møller Mobility Group
- Advising Oslo Spektrum Arena on all aspects of a development and construction project.
- Advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on its NOK700m acquisition of a warehouse for Bohus.
Børge A. Grøttjord
‘Competent and broadly skilled team with a commercial mindset and an edge towards fintech and innovation.’
‘Customer friendly and collaborative.’
‘Camilla Wollan has great knowledge and insight into the regulatory framework and a practical understanding of the financial sector. She is highly capable and experienced. She provides swift and accurate advice and is highly recommendable.‘
KLP Kommunal Landspensjonkasse Gjensidig Forsikringsselskap
Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale
- Advised a syndicate of banks on the Norwegian aspects of the global restructuring of a senior multicurrency term and revolving facilities agreement.
- Advising fintech start-up Lendonomy on the development of a digital platform focusing on crowdlending.
‘Commercially oriented. Clear and to the point discussions. Knowledgeable and experienced.’
‘Because of the presence across the Nordics, DLA is able to support our operation and M&A activity with well integrated practices across the group. This is very helpful for us.’
‘Unique combination of experience, knowledge and project management.’
‘Sveinung Mjaugedal has good insight in our business, he knows our policies well. Forthcoming, friendly and pragmatic, but firm when needed.’
‘Magnus Brox has provided us with consistently excellent service on company law and fundraising matters.’
‘Christian Fenner is truly committed to his clients and walks the last mile.’
‘Kaare Oftedal – always available with a great competence.’
Cloudberry Clean Energy
Equip Capital Fund I
Herkules Private Equity
Cennox Holdings Limited
Pharmaq (part of Zoetis)
XXL Sport og Villmark
Storskogen 3 Invest
- Advised Herkules Private Equity Fund IV on all aspects of its sale of Eterni to Moment Group APS.
- Advised Azrieli Group on its NOK7.6bn acquisition of the Green Mountain data centres from the Smedvig family.
- Advised Mobell and other shareholders of Com4 on all aspects of the sale of Com4 to Wireless Logic.
Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 3Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA‘s ‘solid‘ team has ‘very good legal knowledge‘ and ‘a very innovative approach to litigation cases‘. Cross-border disputes form a core pillar of the practice, and the department has been particularly busy handling large-scale disputes for clients in the construction and insurance sectors. Practice head Helge Neraal is ‘highly knowledgeable‘ on construction litigation, an area in which Are Hunskaar also has expertise. Lars Albert Jøstensen handles insurance and reinsurance disputes, and Alexander Plows assists financial institutions, insurers and reinsurers with multi-jurisdictional contentious mandates. Hans Christian Brodtkorb ‘is an exceptional lawyer and an outstanding litigator‘. Berit Reiss-Andersen left the firm in August 2021.
‘Hans Christian Brodtkorb is highly skilled and commercial. Fantastic negotiator.’
‘Excellent team work, very good legal knowledge, outstanding litigation strategy.’
‘Hans Christian Brodtkorb is an exceptional lawyer and an outstanding litigator, always available to the client and ready to advise on innovative and different approaches to litigation cases.’
‘They have excellent capacity to handle large and complex cases in court.’
‘DLA’s team is very responsive and quick with its turnaround time.’
‘Helge Neraal is an excellent adviser and attorney.’
Lloyd’s of London
Liberty Specialty Markets
Sichuan Road Bridge Group
Møller Mobility Group
Alfa Blue Ocean
- Advising Marti Solbakk on its claims for NOK257m from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for a construction project near Stavanger.
- Successfully defended a shipping businessman against a $2.1m personal liability claim brought by Vroon Containers as part of a director’s liability dispute.
Norway > Employment Tier 3At Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA, the team provides ongoing employment advice to car company Møller Mobility Group, and recently assisted the client with a reorganisation and downsizing process, which affected over 100 employees in Norway. The group reported an increase in restructuring and reorganisation mandates, and continues to assist with the employment aspects of transactions. Department head Per Benonisen stands out as ‘a true expert‘ in the area, with expertise spanning whistleblowing issues, contractual matters and transfers of undertakings. Kaja Kaarby is very experienced in advising on individual and collective employment issues. Associate Anniken Sjøvold handles employment agreements. Berit Reiss-Andersen left the firm in August 2021.
‘Always customer focused. Great knowledge and a trusted partner.’
‘Per Benonisen is a very experienced lawyer, whom we have used for several years. He always gives advice which is commercial and correct. Great person and understands our business well.’
‘Per Benonisen is a true expert, and he does not only handle the law issues, he handles the people concerned by it. Both sides of the table acknowledge his wisdom and ability to solve issues. He is extremely service-minded, and always available no matter how busy he is.’
‘Everyone I have been in contact with at DLA Piper have been exceptionally professional. They provide sound and good advice, and are always available at short notice.’
‘The team is very professional and always reachable.’
‘DLA has highly professional and skilled lawyers that work with integrity.’
Møller Mobility Group
Discovery Networks Norway
Sony Music Entertainment Norway
Norway > EU and competition Tier 3Operating primarily out of the firm’s regulatory practice, Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA‘s ‘always dedicated‘ competition group provides advice to Sweco Norge on a range of competition issues; the firm’s country managing partner Kjetil Haare Johansen leads on this work. The team also draws on the firm’s global and Nordic network to regularly assist clients in the construction, retail, food, energy, healthcare and automotive industries. Practice head Line Voldstad has expertise in public procurement and EU and EEA regulatory law.
Other key lawyers:
‘Clear thinking, well assessed solutions. Dedication and always available for their client.’
‘Good understanding of how the Competition Authority works and approaches matters.’
‘Kjetil Haare Johansen has expert insight into competition matters.’
‘Agile, responsive and able to co-operate internally, securing the right person for each task.’
‘Good business acumen and ability to grasp the big picture, as well as keeping track of details.’
Terminal One Group
Sichuan Road & Bridge (Group) Corporation
Deep Ocean ASA
Aegis/C.J. Coleman, Lloyd’s Syndicate
Oslo County Court
The Norwegian Cosmetics Association
BNS Holding/BNS Container
Harald A. Møller
Øvre Romerike Country Court
- Advising Terminal One Group LLP on a large-scale restructuring, comprising UK, Irish and Norwegian entities.
- Administrating the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings of the Maribel Hotel Group.
- Acted as counsel to the board of directors of three UK-based subsidiary companies of subsea services provider Deep Ocean in connection with a restructuring plan.
Other key lawyers:
Møller Mobility Group
Qapital (The Factory-Fintech and Insuretech)
- Assisting VOI Technologies with all intellectual property matters relating to the provision of mobility services in Norway.
- Advising a prominent Norwegian public company on the renewal and licencing of its trade mark portfolio across multiple jurisdictions.
- Assisting Swedish fintech company Qapital/Factory in relation to the Factory accelerator programme for fintech, insurtech and prop-tech start-ups.
Norway > Tax Tier 4Led by Jonas Aartun, Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA‘s tax department leverages the expertise of its Nordic office network to assist a client roster of real estate, insurance, renewable energy and technology companies with the tax aspects of high-value investments, transactions and capital markets matters, as well as VAT work. Preben Aas is a key name for tax audits, and associate Astrid Jogerud is also noted.
Quasar Data Center
Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans
Cloudberry Clean Energy
OSO Hotwater Group
- Advising OmniVision on the full range of tax matters on an ongoing basis in Norway, including transfer pricing issues.
- Advising AIG Norway, Brockwell Capital and Euclid Insurance Services on assessing tax risk in relation to multiple transactions where W&I insurance is offered.
- Advising IK Gruppen on VAT and tax matters relating to the acquisition of two real estate companies, and the divestment of another real estate company.
Norway > TMT Tier 4Petter Bjerke leads the ‘dedicated‘ team at Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA, which is well known for advising a roster of telecoms, advertising and media sector clients on GDPR, data protection and cybersecurity matters. Cross-border mandates are prominent in the group’s workload.
‘The team has a practical approach to legal problems, presents solutions in an understandable way, follows instructions on format and depth and delivers in an agreed time. A benefit is also that they have teams in other countries that they co-operate with/deliver jointly with, which is a benefit for a client with affiliates in other countries.’
Møller Mobility Group
- Acted as Norwegian TMT counsel to Polhem Infra on its acquisition of telecoms company Telia Carrier.
- Advising alarm company Homely on regulatory, technology and data privacy issues in connection with establishing its business in Norway.
Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA > Firm Profile
Global co-chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
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