Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Oslo, Norway

DLA Piper
0114 OSLO

Construction Tier 1

DLA Piper has ‘outstanding flexibility and availability’ across construction projects and disputes at a national and international level under the leadership of Are Hunskaar. Other noteworthy individuals include Arne Engesæth, who focuses on offshore mandates; and litigator Hans Christian Brodtkorb. In a recent highlight, the group acted for Hent in a dispute against Sporveien relating to the final settlement for Hent’s construction of a new subway station in Oslo; other key clients include Veidekke, AIG and Cowi. Kjell-André Honerud departed to consultancy Marstrand and Bjørn Erik Mørkved joined Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS in late 2019.

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We wish to highlight the outstanding flexibility and availability that they provide whenever deemed necessary. In addition, access to a strong network has also been of importance for our company.’

They maintain good quality and a high service level.

Hans Christian Brodtkorb has provided great support in a variety of important matters. Our firm has, with the assistance of Hans Christian, also gained access to other firms within the network in order to achieve great results.’

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Sichuan Road Bridge Group


Marti Group AG






Insurance Tier 1

DLA Piper stands out in the market for its reinsurance and professional liability experience and counts a range of insurers and reinsurers as clients; Munich Re, AIG and Tryg are notable examples. Practice head Alexander Plows is dual-qualified in the UK and Norway and handles financial services, D&O, professional indemnity and warranty and indemnity insurance claims. The group also fields associate partner Camilla Wollan, who focuses on regulatory mandates, particularly cross-border financial services work; and litigators Are Hunskaar and associate partner Beate Vesterås . Lead lawyer Linn Kvade Rannekleiv is a specialist in auditors’ liability claims. Hugo-A. B Munthe-Kaas joined from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS in 2020.

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It was amazing to see the DLA Piper team in action across their London and Oslo offices. In Oslo, Alexander Plows and Linn Kvade Rannekleiv exhibited outstanding teamwork demonstrating DLA Piper’s ability to provide a superior legal service across countries/offices as well as across various specialist legal fields.’

The team is quick and accommodating, and handles big and complicated cases with ease.

It has been a terrific experience working with DLA Piper. In particular, Alex Plows has proven himself to be a brilliant reinsurance lawyer with whom you can break new legal ground.’

They have the necessary specialisation, while at the same time having generally good knowledge in several fields.

Key clients

Munich Re


AIG Europe


Tryg Forsikring


W.R. Berkley


Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Ltd

QBE European Operations

Real estate Tier 2

DLA Piper’s practice, which ‘goes the extra mile’, saw substantial expansion in 2019 following the recruitment of Line Ravlo-Losvik and Andreas Mello-Kildal from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS and Wikborg Rein respectively. Other key individuals include group leader Thomas Rindahl Håkonsen, who focuses on transactional and development work; Bjørn Slaatta, Anders Bergene and Magnus Lutnæs. Tone Gjertsen also leads the firm’s planning group. The team excels in real estate developments and transactions with notable expertise in cross-border mandates.

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Always positive and there for us. Good quality in every delivery.

They have good in-house resources and can handle most questions on the fly. They are swift and accurate in the work they deliver. We have always been very happy with the service they provide.’

Always fully focused and have our back, thinking of what we don’t think of. Commercial and result oriented in negotiations and understand the customer.’

Line Ravlo-Losvik is a very experienced property lawyer. Understands all the topics involved in a transaction. Good on solutions and always follows up.’

Thomas Rindahl Håkonsen, has a superb knowledge of the local market, he is good in negotiations and his calm and collected approach fits us superbly.

Key clients

Aberdeen Eiendomsfond Norge I AS

Skanska Norge

Eiendomsspar AS

Madison International Realty, LLC.

Betonmast Eiendom


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

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 3

DLA Piper excels in handling large project and construction finance mandates in Norway, while also leveraging the firm’s wider global network to act for international banking clients including Danske Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Credit Suisse and SEB. Other key areas of expertise for the practice include bilateral and syndicated bank lending transactions, asset finance work, acquisition financings, debt capital markets issues and bond matters. The team is also noted for its financial regulatory expertise. Key practitioners in the team include the well-regarded Erik Ramm and regulatory and compliance specialist Camilla Wollan. Fredrik Lindblom moved to the firm’s London office, new practice head Børge A Grøttjord joined from Advokatfirmaet Grette AS and Dag Thomas Hansson moved to Kluge Advokatfirma AS.

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The group has strong compliance skills and industry knowledge.

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Danske Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland/NatWest

DNB Bank

Credit Suisse


Nordea Bank


Bank Norwegian



Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper continues to leverage its pan-Nordic and global presence to be a key name in the market for cross-border mandates. The practice is also expanding its private equity presence and expertise in the energy and natural resources sectors, with clients including Herkules Private Equity and Abry Partners. Sveinung Mjaugedal heads up the team and specialises in the construction, healthcare and technology sectors; Fredrik Lykke handles M&A and corporate finance issues, private equity expert Christian Fenner is ‘extraordinarily well prepared’ and managing partner Kaare Oftedal is ‘smart, business savvy and practical’. Clients also praise Magnus Brox as ‘incredibly responsive and efficient’.

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They are super dedicated and you feel that they want you to be successful. They respect timetables and do what is necessary to achieve the predicted results.

Experienced team that readily handles new, complex matters with efficiency. They bring the right resources to bear on an issue and help to identify practical solutions.

The group is knowledgeable, well coordinated and easy to cooperate with.

Christian Fenner is by far the best lawyer we work with. Extraordinarily well prepared and hands-on. Excellent communication and project management skills. You feel you are a very important customer.

Kaare Oftedal as lead, and his partner Magnus Brox, were excellent in handling the process. I want to highlight the professional attitude and the willingness to drive and bring us as selling partners in and help us understand the full case. Its hard for use as management to understand the different “steps” taken by the buyer. DLA made us feel comfortable throughout the process.

Christian Fenner is a down to earth person. Makes sure that his team tailor-made the report to match our needs and had good attention to detail.

Kaare Oftedal is smart, business-savvy, and practical; always able to identify the right resource at the firm to resolve a particular issue or handle a particular matter.

Magnus Brox is thoughtful and creative in addressing problems or issues of first impression; incredibly responsive and efficient.

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STG Partners



Abry Partners

OpenGate Capital



Herkules Private Equity

Eterni Gruppen



Qumei Home Furnishing Group

Huatai Zijin Investment

Sodexo Belgium


Cabinet Group


BNS Holding AS


Sony Music Entertainment Norway


Dispute resolution Tier 3

Corporate and white-collar crime expert Berit Reiss-Andersen heads up the practice at DLA Piper, which recently separated out its dispute resolution group into a standalone department. The team leverages the firm’s global network to handle cross-border mandates and also excels in construction, insurance, professional negligence, technology, IP and energy disputes. Alexander Plows is a key contact for insurance work, Arne Engesæth focuses on alternative dispute resolution, Johan Ratvik handles insolvencies, and Are Hunskaar is a construction expert.

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Impressively thorough, excellent litigation skills both legal and practically, reassuring towards clients in the entire process.

Johan Ratvik has managed a very difficult counterpart with ease and conviction. He is a genuinely nice and down to earth guy, and at the same time he does brilliant work in court.

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Munich Re

Investec Bank

Credit Suisse





Zurich Insurance


Aspen Insurance



QBE European Operations




Electricity and renewable energy Tier 3

DLA Piper has key expertise in onshore wind projects and utilises the firm’s wider network to assist with Nordic and global matters. The team is also praised for its construction experience, renewable energy project and transmission systems knowledge, and project financing expertise; clients include DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale and Deutsche Bank. Fredrik Lindblom, who is primarily based in London, leads the team, which also fields managing partner Kaare Oftedal and banking partner Erik Ramm. Dag Thomas Hansson joined Kluge Advokatfirma AS in late 2019.

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DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale


Deutsche Bank

Employment Tier 3

DLA Piper’s team of ‘smart people who are academically strong’ is led by Per Benonisen, who ‘stands out for his extremely good skills in labour law, a well-prepared approach and an ability to look into all the details’. With a global network to draw on, the group is highly regarded for its cross-border work; it also handles collective labour law issues, employment litigation and transactional matters. The practice’s client roster includes Discovery Networks Norway, Compass Group and Sony Music Entertainment Norway. White-collar crime expert Berit Reiss-Andersen and lead lawyer Kaja Kaarby also contribute to the department.

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I have worked with DLA for more than 15 years, and I love working with them. The service is excellent, they know our business, the quality of the delivery is excellent and the support we get is of a high standard. Smart people who are academically strong.

Per Benonisen stands out with extremely good skill in labour law. He is well prepared and looks into all details that could create difficulties in the HR area. He is also willing to share his knowledge, so I’m well prepared in difficult situations. Per is the first person I call if I don’t know the answer.

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Discovery Networks Norway

Compass Group

Dentsu Aegis Network Norge


Sony Music Entertainment Norway

EU and competition Tier 3

At DLA Piper, the group utilises the firm’s wider Nordic and global network to assist with a wide range of competition mandates at a domestic and Nordic level. Key sector specialisms for the practice include the food and branded goods, seafood, retail, construction and pharmaceuticals industries; example clients include Sweco Norge, Merck and OneCo. Kjetil Haare Johansen leads the team, which sits in the firm’s litigation and regulatory group; procurement specialist Kjell-André Honerud also contributes to the department.

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Sweco Norge



Ministry of Justice & Public Security


Merck KGaA


Bevar Hoveoddden

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

DLA Piper is a key name in the market for cross-border mandates thanks to the firm’s global network of offices and is notably active in the Nordic region; clients include H&M, Subsea 7 and Marsoft International. The team regularly handles insolvency and restructuring proceedings and also assists with bankruptcy work. Egil Hatling leads the practice, which also fields Frode Finnøy, litigator and regulatory expert Johan Ratvik, who handles insolvencies; and restructuring specialist Erik Ramm.

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The team is highly dedicated with 24/7 customer service.’

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Indigo Finans


The Future Group

Gerevan Trading

Eltek Holding

Subsea 7


Marsoft International

Nordisk Håndverk


Zurich Insurance

The former board of Krusesgate 3

Western Union






Intellectual property Tier 4

DLA Piper handles IP matters at domestic, Nordic and global level and has notable expertise in trade mark portfolio issues, domain name work and unfair competition and market abuse mandates. Group head Petter Bjerke regularly advises on distribution issues related to digital and paper platforms, and also assists clients in the electronic communications and life sciences sectors. Competition expert Kjetil Haare Johansen is also a key name to note.

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Commercial and proactive approach to brand enforcement issues.

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Perx Folkefinansiering



H2H Lending

Sjømatrådet / The Norwegian Seafood Council

Mondelez International

XXL Sport & Villmark

Qapital (The Factory -Fintech and Insuretech)

Tax Tier 4

With substantial transactional experience, DLA Piper handles domestic and cross-border matters for clients in the financial services, energy and natural resources, real estate and construction sectors. Practice head Preben Aas and Jonas Aartun are regularly called on to handle the tax elements of mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, financial structures, real estate work and management incentive schemes. Clients include QBE, IK Gruppen, Centennial and Mitie.

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Diverse competence, covering a broad field of legal expertise suitable in particular for businesses.

Jonas Aartun has unique insight into tax related matters, providing practical and specific advice.

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OSO Hotwater Group

Oslo Wine Agency



IK Gruppen



Stor-Oslo Eiendom

Fredensborg Eiendom

Mabanaft Ltd

TMT Tier 4

DLA Piper assists clients at a domestic and international level and utilises the global network to handle cross-border GDPR, data protection and cyber-crime mandates. Petter Bjerke leads the group and has notable expertise in media, broadcasting and advertising matters across print and digital platforms, and also advises regulatory bodies and technology clients on commercial agreements.

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Perx Folkefinansiering

European Gaming & Betting Association



XXL Sport & Villmark


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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Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Arne Engesæth  photo Mr Arne Engesæth
Mr Alexander Plows  photo Mr Alexander Plows
Mr Erik Ramm  photo Mr Erik Ramm
Ms Linn Kvade Rannekleiv  photo Ms Linn Kvade Rannekleiv
 Line Ravlo-Losvik photo Line Ravlo-Losvik


At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

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