Group general counsel Hans Henrik Klouman leads the legal and compliance department (LEG) at Statoil, a frontrunner in exploration and oil and gas production, and the leading operator on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The company is headquartered in Stavanger and the majority of its gas treatment, crude oil reception, refinement and methanol production are situated within onshore facilities in Norway. Statoil is home to one of the largest in-house legal departments in the Nordic region, comprising of approximately 120 employees, 80% of which are lawyers. LEG has a full agenda advising business lines on critical investment decisions, negotiating agreements, managing disputes, and safeguarding the company through best practice corporate governance systems and compliance programs. The LEG lawyers are experts in a number of core competence areas for the company, like petroleum law, anti-corruption compliance, transactions, tax and many others. The aim organisationally is to constantly improve, enabling deployment of leading experts to where they are needed most, regardless of organisational reporting lines. The legal team has been praised for its ability to organise efficiently and flexibly, while still delivering high quality advice to the company.