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Arntzen de Besche AS


Arntzen de Besche AS - Oslo
  • P.O. Box 2734 Solli
  • Oslo
  • Oslo
  • Norway
  • NO-0204
  • Chairman: Christian Fr Michelet
  • Managing Partner: Thomas Nordby
  • Number of partners: 59
  • Number of lawyers: 135
  • Languages: English, French, German and the Scandinavian languages

Firm Overview:
Arntzen de Besche delivers solution-oriented legal services to Norwegian and international businesses, organisations and public authorities. Arntzen de Besche has years of experience in international transactions on behalf of Norwegian companies abroad and foreign companies in Norway. Through the firm’s collaboration with some of the world’s leading law firms, Arntzen de Besche offers clients a well-organised global network of legal experts.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:

6 partners and a total of 13 fee-earners
Arntzen de Besche has for a long time served as adviser to both Norwegian and foreign clients, and has been engaged in preparing official reports and in legislative work.
Key Clients: DNB Bank ASA, ABN Amro Bank N.V., Glitnir Banki hf., SAS Scandinavian Airlines System, GE Capital Solutions AB/AS, several major London law firms 
Contact: Paul Sveinsson Tel: +47 23 89 45 84  Email: psv@adeb.no

Commercial Property & Construction:
13 partners and a total of 33 fee earners 
Arntzen de Besche has an extensive practice within commercial property and is involved in most of the largest transactions in this area. 
Key Clients: Fearnley Finans Eiendom AS, Ness, Risan and Partners AS, Veidekke ASA, Avantor AS, Helsebygg Midt-Norge, Aberdeen Asset Management Norway AS, Skanska Norge AS, RS Platou Real Estate AS, AF Gruppen ASA, PEAB AS 
Hans Henrik Kværne Tel: +47 23 89 45 48 Email: hhk@adeb.no

Corporate & M&A:
15 partners and a total of 34 fee earners 
Arntzen de Besche offers advice on all aspects of corporate law. Within the area of M&A and securities law, the firm’s transactions range from small private acquisitions to large domestic and cross-border takeovers, often as advisers to domestic and international investment banks and investors.
Key Clients: Teekay Corporation, Warburg Pincus, G4S, Veolia Transport SA, PWC Deals, RWE AG, Tullow Oil 
Contact: Per A Dagslet Tel: +47 23 89 45 82 Email: pad@adeb.no

8 partners and a total of 18 fee earners 
Arntzen de Besche is a leading employment law firm with experienced and dedicated employment law experts within all fields of employment law, including employment litigation, pensions, privacy protection, collective employment law, maritime and public sector employment law.
Key Clients: SAS Group, Statoil ASA, Petroleum Geo-Services ASA, Petoro, Vard Group AS
Contact: Tron Dalheim Tel: +47 23 89 46 50 Email: tda@adeb.no

EU/EEA Law & Competition:
5 partners and a total of 14 fee earners 
Arntzen de Besche has extensive experience within merger control, cartels, abuse of dominant position, state aid, public procurement and the four freedoms. Experience from the Norwegian Competition Authority, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and other authorities. 
Key Clients: Petroleum Geo-Services, Praxair Inc., Canon Europe N.V., Schneider Electric, Toyota Material Handling 
Contact: Stein Ove Solberg Tel: +47 23 89 45 89 Email: sos@adeb.no

Financial Services: 4 partners and a total of 6 fee earners  Arntzen de Besche has extensive experience within assistance to the financial services industry with all sorts of financial regulatory matters. Solid experience from the Oslo Stock Exchange, the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway and the Ministry of Finance. 
Key Clients: Gjensidigestiftelsen, NRP Finans AS 
Contact: Trond Vernegg Tel: + 47 98 29 45 98 Email: vernegg@adeb.no

Litigation & Arbitration:
16 partners and a total of 25 fee earners 
Arntzen de Besche has special expertise and extensive experience in dispute resolution and counselling professional liability. Long experience from law firms, the Office of the Attorney General, the EFTA Court and the ECJ and as judges of the ordinary courts. Several of the firm’s lawyers act as arbitrators on a regular basis.
Key Clients: Ernst & Young, KPMG AS, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Gjensidige Forsikring, Schlumberger Norge AS
Contact: Kåre I Moljord Tel: +47 23 89 45 68  Email: kimm@adeb.no

Oil, Gas & Energy:
8 partners and a total of 25 fee earners 
Arntzen de Besche’s attorneys have been preferred Counsel for oil companies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf for 40 years, and are today advising international majors and other industrial players, governments and national oil companies on all aspects of the oil and energy sector.
Key Clients: Petroleum Geo-Services ASA, Lundin Norway AS, RWE Dea Norge AS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/NORAD, Core Energy AS, Petoro AS, Gassco AS, Petroleum Safety Authority, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Petroleum Directorate 
Contact: Dag Erlend Henriksen Tel: +47 23 89 45 33 Email: deh@adeb.no

Renewable Energy & Climate:
5 partners and a total of 12 fee earners 
Arntzen de Besche advices some of the largest Scandinavian power producers regarding their Norwegian operations concerning gas to power, renewables and Kyoto mechanisms. The firm’s experience also includes climate change and pioneering legal work related to carbon capture and storage.
Key Clients: TrønderEnergi AS, Enova SF, Gassnova SF, CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad DA, Norwegian Bio Energy Association 
Contact: Dag Erlend Henriksen Tel: +47 23 89 45 33  Email: deh@adeb.no

Technology & Innovation:
3 partners and a total of 10 fee earners 
Arntzen de Besche provides legal counselling to both national and international clients within the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Wide-ranging experience assisting in establishing protection strategies in order to maximise the commercial and strategic value of the client’s intellectual property. 
Key Clients: SINTEF, Gassnova SF, Petroleum Geo- Services ASA, Sensor Developments AS, Multi Phase Meters AS, FMC Kongsberg Holding AS 
Contact: Espen Sandvik Tel: +47 23 89 45 51  Email: esa@adeb.no

5 partners and a total of 13 fee earners 
Arntzen de Besche has a strong tax practice and several of the tax lawyers are considered to be among the leading tax practitioners in Norway covering all aspects of domestic and international tax and VAT, planning and dispute resolution. 
Key Clients: Transocean, Olav Thon Gruppen AS, Petroleum Geo-Services ASA, GDF Suez E&P Norge AS, Lundin Norway AS, Gate Gourmet GmbH, Teekay Petrojarl AS, Core Energy AS 
Contact: Anders Heieren Tel: +47 23 89 45 22  Email: ahe@adeb.no


  • P.O. Box 2734 Solli,
  • Oslo,
  • Norway
  • NO-0204
  • Tel +47 23 89 40 00
  • Fax +47 23 89 40 01
  • Email : oslo@adeb.no
  • Website : www.adeb.no
  • PO Box 660,
  • Stavanger,
  • Rogaland
  • Norway
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  • Trondheim,
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  • Norway
  • NO-7481
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Banking & Finance - Norway

Practice head Pål Sveinsson comes recommended for aviation financing as well as financing litigation. He represented the estate of the former Icelandic bank Glitnir in a NOK240 million lawsuit against its former subsidiary BN Bank.

Atle Gabrielsen is praised for his understanding of the oil and gas sector. "He can really do the structured work in oil and gas," enthuses one interviewee. He advised Maas Capital Investments on a USD50 million mezzanine facility to Marine Accurate Well for the completion of a semi-submersible drilling rig.

Trond Kildal "is a practical guy; I like him a lot," said a market observer. He brings in-house banking experience to the table and advises on acquisition finance and bond issues. He recently moved from Advokatfirmaet Haavind, where he headed up the practice.

Corporate/M&A - Norway

Practice head Per Dagslet continues to receive praise for his business-driven advice. He advised ICE on the Norwegian aspects of its acquisition of NYSE Euronext.

Geir Evenshaug "is particularly good at catching the important issues quickly, and before a problem arises," reports one satisfied client. He has a broad practice which includes both M&A and capital markets advice to oil and gas clients.

Trond Vernegg is a respected corporate lawyer with a wealth of experience. He advised Dolphin Invest on its acquisition of Expert.

Dispute Resolution - Norway

Terje Granvang has extensive experience in professional liability litigation and "is the sort of lawyer you want standing up in court representing your case," according to one client.

Experienced litigator Fred Gade wins plaudits for his fighting qualities. He represented three investors in a NOK35 million dispute with Pareto Securities concerning negligent advice. 

Energy & Natural Resources - Norway

Christian Fredrik Michelet continues to be revered in the oil and gas sector. Clients highlight his understanding of operational challenges, technical developments and commercial drivers. "He also has a very keen eye for petroleum policy," comments one enthusiastic source.

Erlend Bakken attracts excellent feedback from clients who appreciate his experience of E&P and negotiation skills. "He stood firm when we needed to but was also able to compromise when necessary," reports one source.

Practice head Dag Erlend Henriksen "is very good at seeing the big picture and advising on which direction to take," say clients. They also emphasise the breadth of his oil and gas experience gained in both government and industry.

Clients enjoy working with Rune Omdahl and say that "he is exceptionally skilled on the commercial side." His practice includes field development, licensing issues and the sale of petroleum products.