Norway 2017 – GC Powerlist

Norway 2017

Aaserud Morten

Chief legal officer | Wilh. Wilhelmsen Group

Transport and infrastructure

Since 2013 Aaserud Morten has served as chief legal officer at global maritime industry group Wilh. Wilhelmsen, the world’s largest maritime network with operations in over 70 countries. Morten has...

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Aksel Luhr

General counsel | Eni Norge


Part of the Italian Eni Group, Eni Norge produces energy from every region in the Norwegian continental shelf and operates the Marulk and Goliat production fields. Well respected in both...

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Anne-Lene Midseim

Executive vice president for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and general counsel | Norsk Hydro

Materials and mining

Working in the legal team for one of Norway’s biggest companies, Norsk Hydro, since 1998, Anne-Lene Midseim is a highly respected figure in Norway’s in-house legal community. The global aluminium...

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Arild Kvanvik Jørgensen

Legal director | Total E&P Norge


Total E&P Norge was created in 1999 from a merger of Total, Fina and Elf. Today it contributes approximately 12% of Total Group’s entire oil and gas production. Heading a...

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Arild Støren Frick

General counsel | Aker ASA

Industrial and real estate

As the longest serving general counsel at one of Norway’s largest companies in the private sector, Arild Støren Frick, in cooperation with the CEO, the board and the audit committee...

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Editor Message

Norway enjoys a stable and strong economic climate and is ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest nations per capita. Known for its educated and technologically advanced society, Norway has gained a reputation for its high living standards, open markets, low levels of corruption and vast natural  resources. These qualities have contributed to making it a desirable country for businesses and the sixth easiest country to do business in according to the World Bank Report 2017.

The country’s economy is dominated by the offshore oil and gas sector, a robust industry with extensive operations that account for approximately 25% of Norway’s value creation. In response to the recent fall in global oil prices, new fiscal and monetary policies have been implemented to maintain the economy’s steady growth. However, Norway is not simply an oil economy, and has leading companies in a range of sectors, including food processing, shipbuilding, telecommunications and hydropower equipment. The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Norway features in-house legal counsel from companies across all these sectors and more, with internationally renowned legal talent from some of the most important domestic and international businesses
and organisations recognised.

In particular, the GC Powerlist: Norway includes those in-house lawyers that have been able to successfully combine their technical legal ability with excellent business acumen to make a truly indispensable
contribution to their company’s success. Over several months our experienced researchers consulted both law firm partners and in-house counsel in order to garner nominations for those believed to provide the most outstanding support and innovative methods of working in the market. We then chose those nominees who were most worthy of inclusion through background research and telephone interviews.

I would like to express my personal thanks to our sponsors for supporting this publication, Arntzen de Besche. A special mention must also be made for in-house lawyers that took time to speak to us throughout the process, and for the research team that worked on this GC Powerlist publication.

David Burgess
Publishing Director

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We are honoured and pleased to congratulate the general counsels being admitted and nominated to The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist: Norway 2017. The role of general counsels has changed during the years, with an increasing focus on the importance of being present when the company evaluates strategic and operational possibilities, challenges and threats.

The management in large and medium sized companies is more dependent than ever before on having general counsels and legal departments that have a strong combination of academic skills and business acumen. General counsels and legal departments that possess such skills will contribute with value-added advice and recommendations to management and the board of directors in improving the competitive sphere for the company, inhibit and solve problems that occur and spot the possibilities a constantly developing world brings.

Arntzen de Besche works closely with general counsels and legal departments in large and medium-sized Norwegian and international companies within a high number of sectors and countries. The combination of the perspectives, challenges and possibilities they experience, motivates and thrives us in constantly focusing on new thinking, improvement of the services we provide and how we can even more fulfil the demands of the general counsels and legal departments. We know the challenges general counsel and legal departments face within different sectors.

Legal areas such as compliance, data security, privacy, digitalisation and corporate governance are given an increasingly higher focus and attention in the board room and management meetings. General counsels and law fi rms must be innovative to maintain strong competitive advantages. Again, we congratulate all of the general counsels who have been admitted into the GC Powerlist. Your work, knowledge and dedication provide true value to shareholders, employees and stakeholders.