Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Oslo, Norway

DLA Piper
0114 OSLO

Construction Tier 1

With notable expertise across construction projects and litigation, DLA Piper acts for a national and international client base, which includes Veidekke, China Communication Construction Company and Mesta. The group also assisted the Sichuan Road and Bridge Group with issues relating to its tender to build a bridge over Beitstadsundet, represented Cowi and AIG Europe in a dispute relating to the construction of a slaughterhouse, and advised the Municipality of Lørenskog on the construction of new roads and bridges. Are Hunskaar leads the department, which also includes the highly regarded Arne EngesæthHans Christian Brodtkorb and development project expert Kjell-André Honerud.

Insurance Tier 1

Alexander Plows leads the department at DLA Piper following Runar Hansen's departure to Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS in 2018. The group is a key name in the market for reinsurance and professional liability work; recent highlights include defending Multiconsult in a professional liability claim. The team also assisted Palaistra with its acquisition of an interest in Silver Pensjonsforsikring and advised Brightstar International on its provision of a mobile insurance programme to Telenor. Associate partner Camilla Julie Wollan is the key name for regulatory issues, associate partner Beate Vesterås (who joined from an in-house position) focuses on professional liability work and lead lawyer Linn Kvade Rannekleiv joined from Wiersholm in 2018.

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 2

DLA Piper's 'full-service banking and finance department has good commercial knowledge, is highly capable of handling large transactions' and benefits from 'a well-functioning network in international deals'. The 'skilled, service-minded, friendly and quick team provides good constructive advice' under the leadership of Fredrik Lindblom, who is a key project financing name; he recently advised DekaBank on the project financing of an onshore wind farm project. Other highlights for the group include associate partner Camilla Wollan advising Bank Norwegian on regulatory and compliance issues. The highly regarded Erik Ramm is also a key name to note. Dag Thomas Hansson joined Kluge Advokatfirma AS in 2019.

Real estate Tier 2

DLA Piper 'manages to create solutions to very complex and interconnected transactions' and 'uses its knowledge of its clients and their businesses to make it easier to get straight to the point'. The group focuses on transactional work at a national and international level for a client base that includes Pareto Securities, Round Hill Capital and Ikea. Magnus Lutnæs leads the practice, which also includes the 'patient and persistentBjørn SlaattaAnders BergeneThomas Rindahl Håkonsen and planning specialist Tone Gjertsen, who is 'in short, a dream lawyer'. Slaatta recently advised Skanska Norge on its sale of Lakkegata 3-9, a combined apartment, hotel and office building in Oslo. Line Ravlo-Losvik was a new arrival from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper's practice has 'a hands-on and pragmatic approach' and includes managing partner Kaare Oftedal, who is 'effective, exceptionally service minded and confident enough to ask the extra questions other legal counsels might not dare', practice head Sveinung MjaugedalFredrik Lykke and private equity expert Christian Fenner. The group assisted QuMei Home Furnishing Group and Huatai Zijin Investment with its public tender offer for Ekornes, and acted for Urbaser on its acquisition of RenoNorden. Stan Stewart joined from Baker McKenzie LLP.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

DLA Piper 'succeeds in balancing its legal advice with the commercial interest of its clients in a unique manner' and leverages its global network to excel in cross-border litigation. The team also has notable experience in the insurance and construction sectors; the 'excellentAre Hunskaar acted for Cowi and AIG Europe in a dispute relating to the construction of a slaughterhouse and Alexander Plows represented Veidekke Entreprenad in an insurance dispute relating to the liability of its subcontractor for the construction of a defective motorway tunnel. Johan Ratvik leads the group and Arne Engesæth is another key name to note.

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 3

Led by Fredrik LindblomDLA Piper's practice is a key name for project finance work, with notable expertise in the onshore wind sector. In a recent highlight, Lindblom advised DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale on the project financing of an onshore wind farm project in Northern Norway. Other key individuals include transactional specialist Kaare Oftedal and finance expert Erik Ramm. Dag Thomas Hansson joined Kluge Advokatfirma AS in 2019.

Employment Tier 3

DLA Piper 'goes above and beyond for its clients' and has 'a professionalism, attitude and thoroughness that makes it very trustworthy'. Practice head Per Benonisen 'brings a wealth of experience to every matter he works on'; he recently advised Spotify on its employment contracts and assisted Discovery Networks Norway with its reorganisation. Other key names include associate partner Gunn Kristin Olimstad and lead lawyer Kaja Kaarby, who has 'a 360 degree approach to matters and provides outstanding advice'.

EU and competition Tier 3

Kjetil Haare Johansen heads the competition group at DLA Piper and Robert Myhre leads the public procurement practice; Johansen advised the Norwegian Seafood Council on various state aid issues and an EU and EEA complaint before the ESA, and Myhre assisted the municipality of Flora with issues surrounding the tenders for a construction contract for residential homes for the elderly. Kjell-André Honerud is also recommended for public procurement mandates with particular expertise in PPP projects; he regularly acts for Norwegian municipalities. Other clients include Linas Matkasse, Pharmaq and Nordic Shelter.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

DLA Piper's clients feel 'valued and important' thanks to 'a sympathetic, knowledgeable and competent' department led by Egil Hatling, who 'takes good care of his clients from beginning to end'. Frode FinnøyJohan Ratvik and Erik Ramm are also key practitioners; Finnøy regularly acts as estate trustee and handles debt negotiations, Ratvik focuses on insolvency work, and Ramm handles restructurings. Clients include Centennial, Norwegian Insurance Brokers and Hennes & Mauritz.

Intellectual property Tier 4

DLA Piper leverages its global network to handle cross-border IP matters; recent examples include advising Nordic Semiconductor on protecting its global IP rights and handling the Norwegian Seafood Council's global licensing agreements. Petter Bjerke leads the group and is the main contact for distribution-related work and issues in the life sciences sector, Jan Sandtrø focuses on the technology sectors, and Kjetil Haare Johansen assists with issues combining IP and competition law. Fredny Bade joined LIGL Advokater AS in 2018.

Tax Tier 4

With a focus on M&A-related work, DLA Piper leverages its global network to handle cross-border mandates; it recently advised Oso Hotwater Group on the Norwegian interest deduction limitation rules and assisted Skanska Group with various tax and VAT issues relating to real estate sales and purchases. Preben Aas leads the practice and associate partner Jonas Aartun focuses on corporate tax work, tax audits and disputes.

TMT Tier 4

Petter Bjerke heads the department at DLA Piper, which leverages its global network to assist international clients with GDPR compliance issues and cross-border transactions. The group also fields technology specialist Jan Sandtrø; his recent highlights include advising Nordic Semiconductor on its GDPR compliance, and acting for Epic Systems on its procurement of a new electric health record system. Fredny Bade joined LIGL Advokater AS in 2018.

The firm

DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

DLA Piper in Norway is in a unique position to assist clients across borders in a way no other Norwegian law firm can.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance: the firm has a real understanding of the Norwegian financial environment and practices and is skilled in the areas of local, regional and international finance, as well as in the implementation of projects in various sectors.

Corporate/M&A and private equity: the firm is highly trained in all aspects of M&A work, takeover bids and joint ventures and represents institutional investors, banks or management teams in private equity transactions.

EU and competition: the firm offers support over the increasing number of alleged cartels and the complex framework of rules affecting companies wanting to develop their markets.

IP and technology: the experienced IPT team advises Norwegian and international clients on IT, outsourcing, intellectual property, e-commerce and life sciences.

Litigation and arbitration: the firm advises on all dispute resolution processes, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. The firm also acts before the Norwegian Supreme Court. The Norwegian arbitration team is part of the international cross-border arbitration team and assists clients in a vast number of jurisdictions.

Real estate and construction: the firm’s real estate and construction group is one of the largest and most experienced in Norway, specialising in the acquisition and sale of property, land use and development projects, project financing, constructing leases, construction law, environmental issues public procurement and public private partnerships (PPP). It acts for Norwegian and international investors, funds, property owners and developers, contractors, entrepreneurs, financial institutions and Norwegian public authorities.

Restructuring: the Norway team is one of the top teams in insolvency, investigations and recovery procedures, acting in several high-profile insolvencies.

Tax: the practice focuses on the structuring, financing and implementation of both domestic and cross-border transactions, real estate tax, incentives, indirect taxes and tax litigation.

Public procurement: DLA Piper’s team of procurement lawyers can guide clients through the maze of regulations, and they are up-to-date at all times regarding the latest developments and practice, both in the domestic market and internationally.

Insurance and liability: the firm assists its national and international clients in all areas of insurance law, from claims and coverage disputes to regulatory matters and the insurance, corporate and taxation implications of commercial transactions. The team also advises on reinsurance matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

Employment: the firm’s employment practice partners with clients to deliver advice, counsel and assistance to help them meet their workforce objectives.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Fredrik Lykke
Corporate Sveinung Mjaugedal
Corporate Kaare Oftedal
Corporate Magnus Brox
Corporate Christian P N Fenner
Corporate Stanley Stewart
Public procurement Kjetil Haare Johansen
Public procurement Robert Myhre
Public procurement Kjell-André Honerud
Competition and EU Kjetil Haare Johansen
Litigation and arbitration Runar Hansen
Litigation and arbitration Berit Reiss-Andersen
Litigation and arbitration Petar Sekulic
Litigation and arbitration Beate Vesterås
Litigation and arbitration Arne Engesæth
Litigation and arbitration Are Hunskaar
Employment Per Benonisen
Employment Gunn Kristin Olimstad
Insurance and liability Runar Hansen
Insurance and liability Alexander Plows
Insurance and liability Beate Vesterås
Restructuring and insolvency Egil Hatling
Restructuring and insolvency Johan Ratvik
Restructuring and insolvency Frode Finnøy
Intellectual property Fredny Bade
Intellectual property Petter Bjerke
Intellectual property Jan Sandtrø
Real estate Magnus Lutnæs
Real estate Bjørn Slaatta
Real estate Harald Strømstad
Real estate Anders Bergene
Real estate Tone Gjertsen
Real estate Thomas Håkonsen
Tax Preben Aas
Tax Jonas Aartun
Construction Are Hunskaar
Construction Hans Christian Brodtkorb
Construction Kjell-André Honerud
Construction Arne Engesæth
Construction Bjørn Erik Mørkved
Finance and projects Fredrik Lindblom
Finance and projects Erik Ramm
Finance and projects Dag Thomas Hansson
Finance and projects Camilla Wollan
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Per Benonisen  photo Mr Per Benonisen
Mr Petter Bjerke  photo Mr Petter Bjerke
Mr Hans Christian Brodtkorb  photo Mr Hans Christian Brodtkorb
Mr Arne Engesæth  photo Mr Arne Engesæth
Mr Christian Fenner  photo Mr Christian Fenner
Mr Frode Finnøy  photo Mr Frode Finnøy
Mr Thomas Rindahl Håkonsen  photo Mr Thomas Rindahl Håkonsen
Mr Dag Thomas Hansson  photo Mr Dag Thomas Hansson
Mr Egil Hatling  photo Mr Egil Hatling
Mr Kjell-André Honerud  photo Mr Kjell-André Honerud
Mr Are Hunskaar  photo Mr Are Hunskaar
Mr Kjetil Haare Johansen  photo Mr Kjetil Haare Johansen
Ms Kaja Kaarby  photo Ms Kaja Kaarby
Mr Fredrik Lindblom  photo Mr Fredrik Lindblom
Mr Magnus Lutnæs  photo Mr Magnus Lutnæs
Mr Fredrik Lykke  photo Mr Fredrik Lykke
Mr Sveinung Mjaugedal  photo Mr Sveinung Mjaugedal
Mr Kaare Oftedal  photo Mr Kaare Oftedal
Mr Alexander Plows  photo Mr Alexander Plows
Mr Erik Ramm  photo Mr Erik Ramm
Ms Linn Kvade Rannekleiv  photo Ms Linn Kvade Rannekleiv
Mr Johan Ratvik  photo Mr Johan Ratvik
Mr Jan Sandtrø  photo Mr Jan Sandtrø
Mr Bjørn Slaatta  photo Mr Bjørn Slaatta
Mr Stan Stewart  photo Mr Stan Stewart
Ms Camilla Wollan  photo Ms Camilla Wollan
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at this office : 85
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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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