Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Oslo, Norway

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

Construction Tier 1

DLA Piper is 'beyond doubt one of the top firms in Norway within construction law', according to clients. The team demonstrates strength in construction projects at a global level, an area in which Are Hunskaar stands out, and is also noted for its expertise in disputes, with a particular focus on liability cases. Hans Christian Brodtkorb is 'outstanding in court', and Arne Engesæth is a highly regarded mediator. Practice head Helge Neraal and Fredrik Verling, who were promoted to partner in mid-2020,  are experts in the infrastructure, offshore and energy sectors; and contract drafting, negotiations and disputes, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Helge Neraal

Other key lawyers:

Hans Christian Brodtkorb; Arne Engesæth; Fredrik Verling; Are Hunskaar

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper Norway has a very strong team and is beyond doubt one of the top firms in Norway within construction law. They are highly competent and professional with great knowledge about the business and how things work. They stand out providing excellent legal advice together with a focus on the commercial aspect. We appreciate the technical knowledge and also knowledge of the industry.’

‘Hans Christian Brodtkorb has a very high level of knowledge and competence within construction law. He understands clients needs and is great in negotiations, as he possesses great social skills together with professionalism. He understands the business very well and is an experienced lawyer who can give advice in any situation needed. Hans Christian Brodtkorb is outstanding in court.’

‘Know the industry well, have a good overview of previous cases and outcomes and very skilled employees. The people who work there are good with the customers and respond quickly to all their inquiries.

‘Hans Christian Brodtkorb is detailed and good at seeing cases from several sides. He is quick to give feedback and follow up on matters. He has extensive experience in the construction industry and treats clients with respect and professionalism.’

‘Exquisite combination of top legal expertise and professional insight with a customer perspective that is realistic in relation to the case you are facing.’

‘Are Hunskaar has an exquisite ability to approach matters in a strategic way that is supported and reinforced by a necessary level of detail.’

‘The team has great availability, does high quality work and is very efficient and thorough.’

‘The DLA team is very competent, high energy, very short response-times, focused, fighting spirit in court, creative in finding good solutions.’

‘Excellent understanding of design and engineering contracts and business understanding.’

Key clients

Marti Group AG

IKEA

Sichuan Road and Bridge Group

Betonmast

AIG

Sweco

HENT

COWI

OPAK

Tryg

Insurance Tier 1

While the majority of its work maintains a focus on reinsurance and professional liability issues, DLA Piper has also expanded its maritime expertise following the arrival of Hugo A. B. Munthe-Kaas, who has extensive experience in shipping and offshore work and now leads the practice. Notable clients include Munich Re, AXA XL and Tryg. Dual-qualified in the UK and Norway, Alexander Plows has experience in financial services, D&O, professional indemnity, and warranty and indemnity claims. Other key names include Camilla Wollan, who focuses on regulatory matters, and Beate Vesterås, who handles contract disputes and public law issues.

Practice head(s):

Hugo A. B. Munthe-Kaas

Other key lawyers:

Camilla Wollan; Beate Vesterås; Alexander Plows

Key clients

Munich Re

Navigators

AIG Europe

Aspen Insurance

Tryg Forsikring

RiskPoint

W.R. Berkley

Chubb

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

QBE European Operations

AXA XL

RSA France

Real estate Tier 2

Clients appreciate the 'excellent follow-up and understanding of the market' at DLA Piper, which fields a 'proactive team', which is known for handling cross-border instructions on both the development and transactional side. Headed up by Thomas Rindahl Håkonsen, who has extensive experience in retail and large-scale commercial agreements, the practice also benefits from Line Ravlo-Losvik's notable reputation for multibillion-NOK deals. Core mandates for the wider team, which features Anders Bergene and Magnus Lutnæs, include acquisitions, sales and leasebacks and residential conversions, as well as advising on fund and corporate structures for various real estate clients.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Rindahl Håkonsen

Other key lawyers:

Line Ravlo-Losvik; Anders Bergene; Magnus Lutnæs

Testimonials

Top legal expertise in legal areas where it is important to see the case from all sides of the table.’

Excellent follow-up and understanding of the real estate market and what is important for the client.’

DLA Piper has a strong brand name with its global presence and larger pool of available resources strengthening delivery capability.’

Proactive team that assumes full responsibility and ownership of the legal processes to ensure that workstreams are being delivered in time and with high quality.’

Key clients

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

St. Olavsgt. 27

Torp Eiendom

Eidos Eiendomsutvikling

Stiftelsen Norges Varemesse/Oslo Spectrum Arena

Heimstaden

Norges Juristforbund

Corum XL

CondoVita

LCN Capital Partners

Seltor Bolig

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 3

DLA Piper acts on a broad variety of financing matters, encompassing bilateral and syndicated bank lending work, asset financings, export finance issues and financial services regulatory mandates. With access to the firm's extensive global network, the team is well-positioned to handle work for international banking clients. Practice head Børge A. Grøttjord has considerable experience in public infrastructure and property acquisition finance matters, and Erik Ramm handles transactions, loan work and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Børge A. Grøttjord

Other key lawyers:

Erik Ramm; Fredrik Lindblom; Camilla Wollan

Testimonials

‘They are dedicated and do not answer until they have cross-checked. They manage to include us in all processes and act in a way that makes us 100% comfortable.’

‘A proactive approach with respect to the counterparty, a strong capacity to early detect legal hidden risks attached to the transactions, combined with brilliant problem-solving skills.’

‘Mr. Børge Grøttjord assisted us in a very wide, competent, sharp way, explaining peculiarities of local law, adapting it to international market practice, and remaining always available for any request of clarification.’

Key clients

KLP

Danske Bank

BNP Paribas

UniCredit

Credit Suisse

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

Telenor

SEB

Bank Norwegian

Handelsbanken

Salmar

AF Gruppen

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper is an excellent choice for cross-border transactions, with its pan-Nordic and global network positioning it well in the market. The practice has significant expertise within numerous sectors including energy and renewables, natural resources, IT and private equity. Sveinung Mjaugedal, who primarily acts for private equity leaders and major industrial companies in construction, healthcare and technology. Other key names include Fredrik Lykke , who is active in the insurance sector, private equity specialist and practice head Christian Fenner and Kaare Oftedal who is 'a very experienced transactional lawyer'.

Practice head(s):

Christian Fenner

Other key lawyers:

Fredrik Lykke; Kaare Oftedal; Sveinung Mjaugedal

Testimonials

‘Highly competent team; strong business focus; add value to M&A processes.’

‘I always feel prioritised, and get a quick and thorough answer to any questions. This is extremely valuable, always knowing that you can reach out at any time and get a speedy reply. ’

‘Kaare Oftedal at DLA Piper is a very experienced transaction lawyer. He has a great ability to work out/evaluate complex agreements mechanisms and have a sharp understanding of the agreement. He is determined and loyal on behalf of his clients in a positive way and has the ability to navigate expectations and gain understanding from the opposite side to bridge the agreements. His has great personal skills to create a good atmosphere in negotiations, in addition to be solution/creative oriented. Kaare is in our opinion one of the most qualified transaction lawyers in the Norwegian market.’

‘Professional, highly engaged and always keen to offer support.’

‘Professionalism and dedication to always be of help, not just with the legal framework, but also to always ensure there is a smart recommendation to the issue and common practices in the market place.’

‘A strategic trusted advisor in discussing the development of our business, demonstrating commercial understanding of our business – not only the law. A thought leader.’

‘Strong and competent team – very fast to react if needed and strategically strong.’

Key clients

Telenor

Cube Infrastructure

OpenGate Capital

WeWork

Jaja Finance Holding

Baker Hughes

Alder Fund II

Cloudberry Clean Energy

Huatai Zijin Investment

Everbridge

Sony Music Entertainment Norway

Urbaser

Dustin

Betonmast

Herkules Private Equity

Agrinos

OneCo

BNS Holding

Katalysator

Equip Capital Fund I

JOR Greentech

XXL Sport og Villmark

Dispute resolution Tier 3

According to clients, DLA Piper has ‘the ability to see the overall picture of complex issues, while at the same time looking down to the individual sub-issue’. As the only international firm with a base in Norway, the group is a key name in the market for cross-border disputes and acts for a variety of global clients including Munich Re, Credit Suisse and Ikea. Helge Neraal heads up the practice, which includes Berit Reiss-Andersen, who is recognised for her expertise in criminal proceedings. Alexander Plows is the primary contact for insurance disputes, Johan Ratvik focuses on contentious insolvencies, and Are Hunskaar handles construction claims, while Arne Engesæth is a highly regarded mediator and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Helge Neraal

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Plows; Johan Ratvik; Are Hunskaar; Arne Engesæth; Lars Jøstensen; Berit Reiss-Andersen

Testimonials

‘High work ethic, extreme capability in sorting large amounts of information and documents. Impressive rhetoric skills.’

‘Intelligent, charming, rhetorically outstanding.’

‘Good Norwegian commercial litigation team with knowledge of English common law (useful for UK clients).’

‘Alex Plows has good knowledge of corporate liability insurance.’

‘Lars Jøstensen was impressive in court, one to watch for the future.’

‘Johan Ratvik is very competent and with a high work ethic. Very accessible and diligent.’

‘They have the ability to see the overall picture of complex issues, while at the same time looking down to the individual sub-issue. They are good at looking at the weaknesses you have in the case, so you are better prepared for what you may encounter.’

‘The ability to tell you about the case from a neutral point of view, so you get a better basis for assessing risk and can act accordingly.’

Key clients

Munich Re

Investec Bank

Credit Suisse

HSBC Bank

AIG

Lloyds Insurance Company S.A (Lloyds Brussels) / Lloyd’s of London

Navigators/the Hartford

RiskPoint

COWI

Zurich Insurance

Tryg

Aspen Insurance

IKEA

QBE European Operations

Aegis

Sweco

Employment Tier 3

Per Benonisen heads up the employment practice at DLA Piper, which has a strong track record in advising on the employment aspects of transactions, reorganisations and restructurings. The team provides advice on employee benefits, working hours and employee claims, collective temporary lay-offs and stock option schemes. Berit Reiss-Andersen has experience in investigations and whistleblowing matters as well as pensions litigation, and Kaja Kaarby's areas of expertise include individual and collective employment issues as well as reorganisations and redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Per Benonisen

Other key lawyers:

Berit Reiss-Andersen; Kaja Kaarby

Key clients

Møller Mobility Group

Uber Norway

Discovery Networks Norway

Compass Group

Dentsu Aegis Network Norge

Spotify

Sony Music Entertainment Norway

Oneco

AIG

Heidelberg

Betonmast

EU and competition Tier 3

DLA Piper specialises in EU and competition matters in the food, retail, construction and pharmaceuticals industries. The team, which is part of the firm's regulatory group and leverages the firm's wider Nordic and global network, includes Kjetil Haare Johansen, who has a focus on international trade and distribution mandates, intellectual property issues and M&A; and practice head Line Voldstad.

Practice head(s):

Line Voldstad

Other key lawyers:

Kjetil Haare Johansen

Testimonials

‘Strong competition law expertise.’

‘In particular Kjetil Johansen is indeed very competent and responsive, keeps promised time lines, provides advice that is valuable and easily understandable. Good business acumen.’

‘Kjetil Johansen and his team are proactive, solution oriented, highly competent within their field, quick in communication and response, and have an informal and agreeable attitude. In short, very recommendable.’

‘Kjetil Johansen has in-depth knowledge of competition law and practice.’

‘Excellent knowledge and experience about relevant legal issues.’

‘Professional and excellent knowledge and experience.’

‘The dedication, expertise and the absolutely extraordinary service stands the team at DLA Piper out among other law firms dealing with EU and competition in Norway.’

‘Line Voldstad: her dedication and service towards her customers is equal to none! She is extremely knowledgeable, knows her field to the absolute maximum and has a great team surrounding her which one has nothing but good things to say about.’

Key clients

Sweco Norge

OneCo

Mesta

Merck KGaA

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

DLA Piper regularly acts on regional restructuring and insolvency matters and also leverages its global capabilities to handle cross-border mandates, with notable expertise in bankruptcy proceedings in the hotel industry. Egil Hatling focuses on securities work, business analysis issues, schemes of arrangement and debt negotiations, while also working as a court-appointed administrator. Frode Finnøy  leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Frode Finnøy

Other key lawyers:

Egil Hatling

Testimonials

‘A solid team with valuable experience within the area.’

‘Egil Hatling is very accessible and has a very good instinct for practical solutions.’

‘Egil Hatling is refreshingly clear in his priorities, and did not hesitate to make necessary, albeit unpopular decisions in order to bring matters forward. He is a tough negotiator.’

‘Well diversified team, with complementary skills. A “never give up” attitude.’

Key clients

Telenor

Indigo Finans AS

IK Gruppen

The Future Group AS

Gerevan Trading

Eltek Holding AS

Subsea 7

Centennial

Polygon AS

Zurich Insurance

Western Union

Gasmann Holding

Zentio

Aegis/C.J. Coleman, Lloyd’s Syndicate.

Betonmast Hæhre

Hubrick Ltd

OC Industrier AS

Sichuan Road & Bridge (Group) Corporation Ltd.

Vincent Group Ltd.

The Norwegian Cosmetics Association

Cyrus Capital LP

S Wood AS

Lunder & Aas AS

Intellectual property Tier 4

DLA Piper acts for many large international corporations on trade mark work including filing and prosecuting trade mark applications, as well as licensing and distribution matters. The team, which is led by Petter Bjerke, is also experienced in theIP aspects of transactions and contracts and provides advice on marketing law. Kjetil Haare Johansen handles research and development agreements as well as unfair competition and market abuse matters.

Practice head(s):

Petter Bjerke

Other key lawyers:

Kjetil Haare Johansen

Testimonials

DLA Piper are an effective partner in enforcement strategy. They are available and reactive to enquiries. They are commercial in their approach and illustrate good knowledge of a client’s company and industry.’

The team are always attentive and available to support on enforcement work in Norway relating to large brand portfolios.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Møller Mobility Group

Voi Technology AB

The Norwegian Seafood Council (Sjømatrådet)

Mondelez International

XXL Sport & Villmark

Qapital

Tax Tier 4

Drawing on an extensive network of offices in the Nordic region, DLA Piper is praised for its expertise in the tax elements of corporate and capital markets transactions. The team is particularly strong advising financial services, real estate and construction clients. Preben Aas is notably active in the tax aspects of transactions, mergers and demergers; and Jonas Aartun leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Jonas Aartun

Other key lawyers:

Preben Aas

Testimonials

A strong determination to seek the basis for a tax claim, producing relevant advice and thus undermining poorly substantiated dispositions. In short: the ability to dig deeper.’

‘Valued quality; dedication above the usual norm; unsolicited and proactive updates and evaluation of developments and spot on evaluations of current standing in developments. Jonas Aartun in charge of entire process.’

Key clients

OSO Hotwater Group

Møller Mobility Group (Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans)

AIG

IK Gruppen

Gasmann Eiendom

Mitie

Stor-Oslo Eiendom

Fredensborg Eiendom

Société Générale

TMT Tier 4

DLA Piper's Oslo-based TMT team leverages the firm's global network to attract complex, cross-border mandates, acting for major multinational clients. A particular strength of the team is in data protection, GDPR and cybersecurity mandates. Petter Bjerke heads up the team, and has specialist experience advising clients in the media, telecoms, and advertising sectors.

Practice head(s):

Petter Bjerke

Testimonials

‘As an in-house lawyer I need an external partner within privacy issues who is available to provide advice not only in bigger transactions/engagements but who also is always available to discuss and advise on ad hoc questions and be a discussion partner. DLA provides that. Also the firm has a wide range of services and can draw in other expertise if needed.’

‘Petter Bjerke is a knowledgeable lawyer who provides practical advice in a timely manner.’

‘DLA Piper has been assisting us on various projects and legal topics, specifically on GDPR-related topics. They have a broad range of expertise and have been very useful both as a discussion partner on various difficult topics and as a legal resource on contract issues.’

‘Petter Bjerke at the Norwegian DLA Piper office has shown great support and provided professional assistance in both IPR and GDPR-related requests whenever we needed this within short timeframes. His capacity to take on projects at short notice and quick turnarounds has been very valuable to enable our business to stand out as a professional provider within a competitive market.’

Key clients

Admincontrol

Digitale Gardermoen IS

MSD Norway

Vodafone

Circ

Verifone

Møller Mobility Group

Bank Norwegian

Homely

Unicef

Mondelez

Aggrator

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.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

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 Arne Engesæth  photo Arne Engesæth
Mr Alexander Plows  photo Mr Alexander Plows
Mr Erik Ramm  photo Mr Erik Ramm
 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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