Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA
BRYGGEGATA 6
PO BOX 1364, VIKA
0114 OSLO
Norway

Norway > Construction Tier 1

Advokatfirma 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.

Practice head(s):

Helge Neraal

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Marti Group

IKEA

Sichuan Road and Bridge Group

Betonmast

AIG

Sweco

HENT

COWI

OPAK

Tryg

Cloudberry Development

Emerging Acquisitions / Bulk Handling Systems

OX2

Work highlights

  • 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 1

Advokatfirma 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.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Plows

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Munich Re

Navigators

AIG Europe

Aspen Insurance

Tryg Forsikring

RiskPoint

W.R. Berkley

Zurich

Chubb

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

QBE European Operations

AXA XL

RSA France

Work highlights

  • 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 2

Highly 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 ‘practicalLine 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.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Rindahl Håkonsen

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Azrieli Group

Kaldnes Vest

DEAS Eiendomsfond Norge I (formerly Aberdeen Eiendomsfond Norge I)

Skanska Norge

Eiendomsspar

Victoria Eiendom

Madison International Realty

Betonmast Eiendom

Pecunia

Attivo Eiendomsutvikling I, II and III

WeWork Norway

Stor-Oslo Eiendom

Round Hill Capital

90 North Real Estate Partners

Tesla Motors Norway

IKEA / Ingka Centres

MAS AS

St. Olavsgt. 27

Torp Eiendom

Eidos Eiendomsutvikling

Stiftelsen Norges Varemesse/Oslo Spectrum Arena

Heimstaden

Norges Juristforbund

Corum XL

CondoVita

LCN Capital Partners

Seltor Bolig

Møller Eiendom

Møller Mobility Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

Norway > Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 3

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA counts banking transactional work as a core strength, with expertise spanning project and export finance matters, real estate finance, syndicated and bilateral bank lending work and asset-based lending issues. Practice head Børge A Grøttjord is well known for handling property acquisition and public infrastructure finance work, often with cross-border elements. Erik Ramm is a highly regarded practitioner in the space, and Camilla Wollan ‘has great knowledge and insight into the regulatory framework and a practical understanding of the financial sector‘.

Practice head(s):

Børge A. Grøttjord

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.

Key clients

KLP Kommunal Landspensjonkasse Gjensidig Forsikringsselskap

Danske Bank

BNP Paribas

UniCredit

Credit Suisse

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

Telenor

SEB

Bank Norwegian

Handelsbanken

Salmar

AF Gruppen

Nordea

Work highlights

  • 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.

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate and M&A team at Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA particularly stands out for its track record in cross-border mandates, drawing on its established footprint in the Nordic region. Technology and renewable energy transactions have been especially prominent in the group’s recent workload; Kaare Oftedal, who leads the firm’s renewable energy practice, is a name to note. The ‘thoroughSveinung Mjaugedal focuses on assisting major industrial companies and private equity leaders and Fredrik Lykke specialises in corporate finance work. Practice head Christian Fenner is ‘truly committed to his clients and walks the extra mile‘, while Magnus Brox has significant experience assisting financial clients.

Practice head(s):

Christian Fenner

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Telenor

Cube Infrastructure

OpenGate Capital

Cloudberry Clean Energy

Azrieli Group

Equip Capital Fund I

Katalysator

Herkules Private Equity

Cennox Holdings Limited

Betonmast

Falck Renewables

Pharmaq (part of Zoetis)

OneCo

XXL Sport og Villmark

Storskogen 3 Invest

Work highlights

  • 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 3

Advokatfirma 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.

Practice head(s):

Helge Neraal

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Allianz Re

Investec Bank

Credit Suisse

Marti Group

AIG

Beazley Group

Navigators/the Hartford

RiskPoint

Lloyd’s of London

COWI

Zurich Insurance

Liberty Specialty Markets

Aspen Insurance

Sichuan Road Bridge Group

Munich Re

Credit Agricole

Sweco

Betonmast

Hæhre

HSBC Bank

Gjensidige

HENT

Møller Mobility Group

Tryg

If

OPAK

Alfa Blue Ocean

Work highlights

  • 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 3

At 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.

Practice head(s):

Per Benonisen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Møller Mobility Group

Geelmuyden Kiese

Discovery Networks Norway

Compass Group

Dentsu Norge

Spotify

Sony Music Entertainment Norway

Skretting

AIG

HeidelbergCement

Betonmast

Making waves

Norway > EU and competition Tier 3

Operating 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.

Practice head(s):

Line Voldstad

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Sweco Norge

OneCo

Mesta

Merck KGaA

Gassnova

Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA‘s ‘highly skilled and very pleasant to work with’ team is recognised for its strength in handling large-scale restructuring mandates, and draws upon the firm’s global network to assist with multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Practice head Frode Finnøy is well known for his established track record in acting as a court-appointed administrator. Egil Hatling acts on domestic and cross-border restructuring work, and fields expertise in debt negotiations, schemes of arrangement and bankruptcy proceedings. Johan Ratvik is a key name for litigation.

Practice head(s):

Frode Finnøy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Telenor

Lufthansa

Terminal One Group

Menzies Aviation

H&M

Sichuan Road & Bridge (Group) Corporation

Deep Ocean ASA

Betonmast Hæhre

Marti

IK Gruppen

Maribel

Western Union

Subsea 7

Danske Bank

Danish Air

Zurich Insurance

Aegis/C.J. Coleman, Lloyd’s Syndicate

Centennial

Polygon

Cyrus Capital

Oslo County Court

Gasmann Holding

Zentio

OC Industrier

The Norwegian Cosmetics Association

Morris

Altitude Asker

BNS Holding/BNS Container

Citycon

Harald A. Møller

Øvre Romerike Country Court

Sparebanken Øst

Brakar

Work highlights

  • 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.

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 4

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA advises clients from the aquaculture and fisheries, technology, and manufacturing sectors, and the media, entertainment and life sciences industries, on licensing and distribution matters, marketing law, trade mark work and consumer protection issues. Practice head Petter Bjerke handles commercial agreements for fintech, healthtech and proptech sector clients, and Kjetil Haare Johansen is a key contact for assisting manufacturing and retail entities with large intellectual property portfolios and unfair competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Petter Bjerke

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sanofi

Møller Mobility Group

Voi Technology

Captico2

Qapital (The Factory-Fintech and Insuretech)

Reitan Convenience

Aqualung AS

Elektroimportøren

Work highlights

  • 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 4

Led 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.

Practice head(s):

Jonas Aartun

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Skanska Group

IK Gruppen

Quasar Data Center

Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans

Falck Renewables

Cloudberry Clean Energy

Marti AG

OSO Hotwater Group

Gasmann Eiendom

AIG

Euclid

Compass Group

Betonmast Eiendom

Work highlights

  • 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 4

Petter 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.

Practice head(s):

Petter Bjerke

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Admincontrol

Polhem

MSD Norway

Vodafone

Voi Technologies

Verifone

Møller Mobility Group

Bank Norwegian

Homely

Unicef

Mondelez

Aggrator

Work highlights

  • 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.

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Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
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