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Energy: Oil & Gas — Norway


Advokatfirmaet BA-HR - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jan Jansen
- 15 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding practice, with expertise in corporate transactional and financing projects in the oil and gas sector, including tax aspects. Also advises operators and suppliers on both contentious and non-contentious issues.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's timeliness and market expertise: "They know the industry and deliver on time." Overall, clients say they "have a high level of competence in the oil and gas business, both in general and related to pipelines."

Clients say that the team has "an excellent understanding of the business environment, with a short response time," adding: "They have also proved that they are highly competent litigators."

Work highlights Continued to represent Infragas Norge, Solveig Gas Norway and Silex Gas Norway in a dispute with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in relation to the reduced tariffs of the Gassled infrastructure.

Assisted Kvaerner in relation to two tenders for the Johan Sverdrup project.

Significant clients BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Det norske, Statoil.

Notable practitioners

The "very knowledgeable" Morten Smørdal continues to serve as managing partner at the firm. He focuses his practice on advising clients in the oil service sector, with strong expertise in offshore construction matters. He recently led the work for Kvaerner in relation to two tenders for the Johan Sverdrup project.

Jan Jansen receives widespread market recognition for his experience in handling petroleum tax matters, regularly acting for clients on high-profile disputes. Clients appreciate his ability to "think through the different implications and scenarios as to how the counterparty will respond." Recent projects have involved unitisation matters and tariff issues.

According to clients, Thomas Svensen is "one of Norway's most experienced lawyers in this field." They add that "he has a commercial understanding and a practical approach." He is considered an outstanding practitioner in corporate, regulatory and contentious matters in the industry, leading sources to describe him as an "oil and gas expert."

The "knowledgeable and service-minded" Haakon Flaatten is renowned for his expertise in offshore and oil service matters. His recent work has included advising clients on semi-submersible drilling rigs.

Geir Gustavsson handles project finance and construction matters for oil service and offshore clients, including cross-border issues. Commentators consider him "a strong name" in the market.

Up-and-coming practitioner Sandra Simonsen exhibits a growing presence in the oil and gas sector, with particular experience in disputes. One client says that she is a "very good organiser and has a structured approach to litigation." As well as contentious matters, recent work has related to mergers and consolidation on the Norwegian continental shelf, as well as tendering for licences.

Department profile by Advokatfirmaet BA-HR

BA-HR has vast experience of working closely with a number of major players on the Norwegian continental shelf. We have a thorough understanding of the legal framework governing the industry and offer top class expertise in every area of the oil and gas sector, whether corporate/commercial, regulatory, dispute resolution or all ancillary areas, from employment to intellectual property.

As one of Norway’s leading corporate firms, we are a natural first choice for the largest M&A and financing transactions in the oil and offshore sector. This has been particularly notable in recent years as we represent some of the prime drivers of consolidation in the Norwegian continental shelf.

In the upstream oil and gas sector our team also enjoys a strong position with a premier client base and outstanding expertise in both general commercial matters and specific issues relating to concessions, licensing and production agreements, unitisation agreements and cooperation agreements, among other things.

In addition, BA-HR offers market-leading advice on Norway’s complex petroleum tax regime – a vital area for companies operating on the Norwegian continental shelf and one in which we have two of the acknowledged gurus. We also have considerable experience of the range of regulatory matters and a particular niche in oil and gas dispute resolution, whether litigation or arbitration. Whatever the area, though, BA-HR’s lawyers are appreciated for their pragmatic approach and high quality.

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Much of BA-HR’s work is international in nature. We regularly assist clients from across the world with work in Norway, as well as advising our Norwegian clients on their operations across the world. Here our status as one of the leading independent firms in Norway enables us to choose the best firms to work with in each jurisdiction, and over the years we have built an international network of first class contacts.

Whatever the matter, we seek to meet the strictest international standards for project execution and follow up, irrespective of time and place. Without losing sight of our clients’ objectives, it is also our job as Norwegian attorneys to understand and adapt to cultural differences, whether in procedure, forms of cooperation, or more general expectations about business conduct.


Advokatfirmaet Schjødt - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Amund Bjøranger Tørum
- 15 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional team that excels in all areas of the oil and gas sector. Handles complex transactions, dispute resolution, insolvency and regulatory matters. Assists clients with both the E&P and oil service sectors. Represents an impressive roster of clients, including leading oil and gas companies.

Strengths One client says the team is "excellent," partly due to its having "specialists in the right areas." This source goes on to praise the lawyers' "legally strong and pragmatic advice" and their "timely and efficient" approach.

Sources highlight the lawyers' commercial approach and attention to client service: "They are very service-minded – they keep their eyes on the detail and have a good commercial understanding."

Work highlights Represented Maersk in matters relating to the unitisation of the Johan Sverdrup field.

Assisted Esso with the sale of Norwegian service station operator Tiger to retail operator NorgeGruppen.

Significant clients Samsung Heavy Industries, ENGIE, Total, Centrica Energi, ExxonMobil.

Notable practitioners

The Stavanger-based Peter Hiorth has considerable experience in the oil and gas legal market, with renowned expertise in petroleum tax and M&A deals. Clients admire the fact that "he has been in the business for ages," describing him as a "very experienced and pragmatic" practitioner. His recent projects have involved licence transactions.

Amund Bjøranger Tørum is widely respected by the market for his handling of contentious matters in the oil and gas and offshore sectors, including EPC contracts and construction disputes. His recent work has involved arbitration proceedings and injunctions.

Trond Sollund deals with offshore and oil and gas disputes, with a particular focus on construction issues. His recent disputes and arbitrations have pertained to contract interpretation and final accounts. Clients say that "he is very good when it comes to litigation – efficient, gives good advice and excellent quality."

Knut Høivik is an up-and-coming lawyer working out of the Stavanger office. One client appreciates his abilities as "a discussion partner," adding: "He is very skilled in oil and gas and petroleum law. He is pragmatic and very good at understanding what I need and want from him." He possesses noteworthy knowledge of regulatory matters and has acted on unit operating agreements.

Department profile by Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Schjødt has been a leading provider of legal advice within the oil & gas sector from the very start of the Norwegian oil adventure in the 1970s. Since then, we have been involved in a number of the most prominent projects, transactions and disputes on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. As the only top tier firm with office in Stavanger, we remain uniquely positioned to service the major international and domestic E&P and oil services players.

The group, consisting of 20 highly specialized lawyers, advise a number of national and international oil companies, governmental bodies, contractors and oil service providers. The group consists of leading individuals within all the core disciplines; offshore fabrication contracts, drilling services, regulatory issues, petroleum tax, transactions and dispute resolution.

Our services include:

  • Transactions, including assignment of licenses
  • Dispute resolution and litigation, including international arbitration
  • Offshore fabrication contracts, including project advice and risk management
  • Subsea contracts, including charter parties for marine spread
  • Regulatory issues, including the standardized Norwegian Joint Operating Agreement
  • Drilling Contracts and Drilling Services
  • Sale and lease of Drilling Units and FPSO's
  • Gas sales, including LNG
  • Unit Agreements, including redetermination
  • Tie-in Agreements
  • Establishment of petroleum activities in Norway, including license applications
  • Petroleum tax
  • Decommissioning

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Arntzen de Besche Advokatfirma AS - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Karl Erik Navestad
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Accomplished group with significant experience handling a broad range of domestic and international oil and gas matters. Areas of expertise include pipeline contracts, licence agreements and tax-related issues. Advises a variety of market participants, including contractors, oil companies and foreign authorities.

Strengths One client describes the lawyers as "excellent," advising: "They very quickly get to grips with the commercial and technical aspects." This source continues: "They contribute a lot, both legally and also commercially, and it has been a great pleasure to work with them."

Interviewees also note the team's "broad expertise and experience."

Work highlights Assisted E-ON with the divestment of its Norwegian subsidiary and North Sea interests as part of the company's restructuring process.

Advised the Government of Tanzania on the development of new petroleum legislation.

Significant clients Lundin, Shell, Gassco, Core Energy, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Notable practitioners

One client describes Rune Omdahl as "an excellent lawyer," with another characterising him as "very strong, not only on the legal matters but also in his commercial understanding." He handles transactions and contract law, particularly in the upstream field, with recent work involving restructuring issues.

Since publication, Dag Erlend Henriksen has joined the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

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Kluge Advokatfirma AS - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Thomas Abrahamsen and Olav Hasaas
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected oil and gas practice praised for its handling of transactions and development projects. Also knowledgeable in regulatory matters and dispute resolution, including highly contentious cases.

Strengths According to one client, the team has "in-depth knowledge, extensive and relevant experience, and responds very fast."

Another client appreciates the department's flexible and pragmatic advice: "They know what we want as a client and they adapt to that, so we get good commercial, solution-oriented advice."

Work highlights Advised Wintershall in relation to the sale of a portfolio of E&P assets to Tellus Petroleum.

Acted for Dong Energy on the sale of its participating interest in the Gassled transportation system.

Significant clients ENI, Suncor Energy, Explora Petroleum, ENGIE, Faroe Petroleum.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise the Stavanger-based Audun Stornes's "strong dispute resolution intuition and strategy," adding that he is "very agreeable, accommodating, responsive and timely." He enters the second tier and is widely respected by market participants for his experience and knowledge of offshore and oil and gas matters, including construction projects.

Olav Hasaas holds noteworthy experience in offshore construction projects, with one client remarking: "He is one of the go-to people when you have development contract matters." He also handles joint operation agreements and licence contracts, as well as being active in the M&A sphere.

Since publication, Thomas Tveiterås Øvestad has left this practice.

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Kvale Advokatfirma DA - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Erik Brannsten, Jens Brede and Yngve Bustnesli
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly commended group known for handling contentious matters in the oil and gas sector. Also handles regulatory issues and transactional mandates offshore, as well as advising on construction projects.

Strengths According to one impressed client, the team is "very quick" and "responsive," and "translates the legal language into a language I can understand."

Another states: "They are clearly one of the most well-known law firms when it comes to oil and gas," adding: "They have a qualified team and always respond quite rapidly."

Work highlights Defended Statoil against a claim brought by Diamond Offshore for the alleged unjustified early termination of a drilling contract for the drilling rig Ocean Vanguard.

Acted for Ithaca Energy on the sale of its Norwegian subsidiary Ithaca Petroleum to Hungarian company MOL.

Significant clients Dong Energy, EagleBurgmann, Total, Atlantic Petroleum, Island Drilling.

Notable practitioners

Jens Brede is a market-leading oil and gas disputes practitioner, acquiring significant plaudits from a range of sources. He handles contentious issues surrounding EPC and drilling contracts, with one client advising: "He is a brilliant lawyer when it comes to litigation, especially litigation in development contracts and rig disputes. Besides being just a brilliant lawyer, he also understands the business and technicalities."

Erik Brannsten is noted for his negotiation and drafting skills in drilling and EPC contracts. Interviewees say: "He is good at interpreting and understanding development contracts. He is also very pragmatic, so he is someone the counterparties like to work with." His recent work has involved liability issues

According to sources, Yngve Bustnesli is "one of the best lawyers for regulatory work." He is praised for his expert knowledge of industry and licence frameworks, as well as his presence in the transactional sphere. He acted for Origo on the negotiation and drafting of an asset transaction with Statoil and ExxonMobil.

Department profile by Kvale Advokatfirma DA

The Norwegian petroleum sector is the largest contributor to the national budget, and since the 1980s Kvale has been one of the leading Norwegian law firms within this sector. We have acted as counsel in some of the biggest and most complex oil & gas disputes and transactions on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

Our team provides regulatory and contractual advice within the whole value chain, from establishing a company in Norway to exploration, development, production and up to cessation of the petroleum activities. The regulations and contracts are highly complex. During the years we have been able to build up an unique industry sector knowledge.

Our advice includes:

  • Prequalification as licensee on the NCS
  • Petroleum regulatory framework HSE regulations
  • Construction  agreements, seismology  agreements, rig hiring & rig sharing agreements, drilling contracts, infrastructure access agreements, tie-in agreements, unitisation agreements, , insurance agreements, , agreements on the sale and transport of oil and gas, agreements on the removal of disused offshore installations
  • Agreements on the transfer of participating interests in licenses and transfer of shares in companies holding petroleum licenses  including due diligence with preparation and negotiation of the applicable agreements and application to authorities
  • Dispute resolution in relation to the petroleum regulatory framework  and the various contracts used in the sector



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Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Bjørn-Erik Leerberg and Preben Willoch
- 8 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice offering experience in domestic and cross-border transactions, financing deals and licence acquisitions. Also handles offshore construction projects and rig matters. Holds notable expertise in international oil and gas projects, particularly in emerging markets.

Work highlights Assisted the National Petroleum Authority of Mozambique with various matters connected to the development, financing and operation of production facilities, onshore LNG plants and FLNG. Work included regulatory advice as well as assisting with the development of contracts.

Advised Lotos Exploration & Production in relation to its acquisition of a 15% participating interest in the offshore Sleipner field from ExxonMobil.

Significant clients Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, OMV, Wellesley Petroleum, Vetco Gray Scandinavia, Tullow Oil.

Notable practitioners

Sources advise that Bjørn-Erik Leerberg "has a very specialised practice" assisting public bodies with oil and gas developments and legislation, particularly in Africa. Interviewees advise he is "very respected in that market." Other clients have included the government of Montenegro and the Ugandan Petroleum Authority.

Department profile by Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Simonsen Vogt Wiig Oil & Gas team

Simonsen Vogt Wiig has one of Norway’s broadest and most internationally oriented oil and gas practice groups. The team has the largest asset transaction volume by number of transactions in Norway the last five
years. Having been involved in the Norwegian oil adventure from the start the firm can offer one of the industry’s most highly respected consulting environments through our offices in Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen
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Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s practice comprises all aspects of the oil and gas industry, and is global in reach. Our dedicated oil & gas team is one of the largest in Norway, comprised by professionals with strong and diverse competence.

Simonsen Vogt Wiig advises and assists international majors and independents active on the Norwegian continental shelf, as well as international and Norwegian oil service companies.

Globally, Simonsen Vogt Wiig advises numerous government bodies on resource management, legal framework development, public international law and negotiation of legal instruments, from bilateral treaties to production sharing contracts as well as service- and development contracts. Our international practice also comprises assistance to international oil and gas and oil service companies in relation to new ventures, transactions and international pipeline projects.


Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pål Lieungh and Rune Solberg
- 13 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive group assisting both E&P and oil service clients with transactions and refinancings. Also skilled in advising on development projects. Able to provide full-service advice – including tax, competition and IP law – as well as representing clients in contentious matters. Client's benefit from the firm's ability to provide representation in international matters.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's depth of resources and cross-border capabilities, describing it as a "genuinely full-service law firm," and stating that "the lawyers are very international in their approach" and have "a good sense of what is required on complicated international deals."

Another interviewee describes the oil and gas practitioners as "excellent – they are incredibly responsive and know the industry exceptionally well."

A further source admires the department's "specific knowledge and experience in deals that are difficult and unique."

Work highlights Advised Dong Energy on EPC, installation and transportation contracts relating to the Hejre field Development, involving parties from Korea, France, China and the Netherlands.

Represented Petoro in negotiations relating to agreements concerning the export of oil from the Johan Sverdrup field.

Significant clients Tellus Petroleum, Odfjell Drilling, DNB, Statoil, Borgstein.

Notable practitioners

Pål Lieungh leads the oil service department and holds an outstanding reputation in contract law for both drilling and construction matters. Sources highlight the fact that "he is really fantastic in negotiations; he really has a flair for communicating messages and convincing opposing parties." His recent work has involved EPC documentation.

Rune Solberg is steeped in experience of oil and gas, assisting clients with M&A transactions in the E&P arena. He has acted for ConocoPhillips on the sale of its stake in Gassled. One client says that "he knows the industry like the back of his hand," and particularly praises "his accessibility: he makes himself available whenever we need to speak to him."

According to interviewees, Jacob Bull is "very energetic, always on the ball, very quick and responsive." One points out that "his strength is his experience in the field." He handles offshore construction contracts, with recent work involving drilling equipment set agreements.

Department profile by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

The Norwegian oil adventure began with the discovery of Ekofisk in 1969. This was a discovery that would go on to create the foundation of the country’s most important industry today.

Since then, our lawyers have advised both oil companies and the government. We have assisted in all major structural changes and transactions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. We assisted the government in the restructuring of its holdings on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the privatisation and listing of Statoil, and the subsequent merger of Statoil and Hydro.

We work with oil companies, governments and investors alike in all areas related to upstream activities. With in-depth industry knowledge and experience we provide practical and commercially founded advice.

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Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Eirik Høiby
- 11 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique practice providing corporate, investment and financing advice to E&P companies and other participants in the oil and gas market. Also assists with offshore construction matters and disputes on both a domestic and an international level.

Strengths One client reports: "They are quick and hands-on, you get partner involvement immediately and the partner involvement continues throughout, which is why I prefer to use this team."

Interviewees also admire the department's speed and availability, with one stating: "They did a good job in a tight time-frame."

Significant clients BW Offshore, Norsk Industri Olje & Gass, Halliburton, Sevan Marine, Nexans.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Eirik Høiby is "very open, relaxed and extremely solution-oriented." He has a wide-ranging practice, advising clients on contractual matters as well as dispute resolution proceedings. His recent work has involved construction projects as well as M&A activity.

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Michelet & Co - Energy: Oil & Gas

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What the team is known for Robust team experienced in advising on a wide range of oil, gas and offshore mandates, including development projects, restructurings and asset transactions. Demonstrates strength in domestic and international matters.

Strengths Sources describe Michelet & Co as "an excellent oil and gas firm."

Interviewees consider the team to be a "group of highly capable lawyers" who are "strong in E&P matters."

Notable practitioners

Interviewees enthuse that Christian Fredrik Michelet is "rated number one in Norway." He receives market acclaim for his high level of experience and expertise in the oil and gas industry, recently acting on major disputes. Another source describes him as "highly capable and very reputable," adding: "He is in a league of his own."

According to commentators, Erlend Bakken is "both a comfortable and knowledgeable person to work with." He is highly revered by market commentators and has notable strength in transactions, particularly public M&A.

Department profile by Michelet & Co

Michelet & Co is a dedicated oil and gas law firm providing high end strategic, legal advice concerning regulatory matters, commercial and operational matters, litigation (including arbitration both as litigators and arbitrators) and private and public M&A and capital markets transactions within the oil, gas and oilfield services sectors.

 Michelet & Co has the largest oil & gas practice in terms of dedicated lawyers - as all lawyers are specialized within oil & gas and oilfield services (the "Key Sectors").

Our core and primary focus is to provide strategic and legal advice within

(1) corporate, M&A and capital markets

(2) litigation

(3) operational matters, all within the oil & gas, oilfield services and offshore/shipping sectors

Our immidiate success is the result of

(A) having lawyers who are truly recognised within the Key Sectors in Norway and internationally. Christian Fredrik Michelet is ranked as a "Star Individual" by Chambers

(B) providing an unrivalled mix within the Key Sectors of

(i) business knowledge and experience and (ii) high end legal expertise and experience,

(C) an unchallenged focus, both academically and operational, on our Key Sectors from all our lawyers,

(D) a truly seamless firm with both Norwegian and English law tier one capabilities, and

(E) being able to provide an international level offering with comparable small and highly efficient teams with senior attention from A-Z, resulting in tailor made and cost friendly solutions for our clients.

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Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Thomas Michelet
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong practice advising on a range of regulatory and corporate matters, including transactions, licence acquisitions and farm-in deals. Also offers a strong dispute resolution practice, representing clients in contentious cases in the oil and gas industry.

Strengths Clients report that the department is "very good" and describe the lawyers as "very skilful, effective and dedicated to doing their best for the client."

The team is also commended for its responsiveness and experience, with one client stating: "They are available, very precise and experienced" and "they very quickly understand what advice I need."

Work highlights Continued to act for Njord Gas Infrastructure on the Gassled dispute with the Norwegian government regarding the reduction of tariffs.

Represented Hungarian group MOL in relation to its acquisition of Ithaca Petroleum.

Significant clients Kleven Maritime, Kvaerner, Odfjell Drilling, JX Nippon Exploration and Production, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Notable practitioners

Nils Bugge deals with rig and offshore contracts, as well as a range of dispute resolution proceedings. Further to construction agreements, his recent work has also involved corporate restructuring matters. Sources describe him as an "excellent lawyer."

Thomas Michelet handles corporate M&A matters, with additional experience in contentious oil and gas cases. One client says: "He is very knowledgeable and good at assessing when there are limitations and the need to use other resources, so you get a full service." He acted for Global Geo Services on the drafting and negotiation of a seismic multi-client licence co-operation agreement with the NIOC.

The "very sharp" Øyvind Olimstad is adept at advising on contentious oil and gas matters. He also regularly advises on regulatory and contractual matters. One client praises him for his "excellent performance throughout," and for being "very good at explaining the big picture with simplicity."

Department profile by Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA

Our oil and gas lawyers have extensive experience and bring inside industry knowledge and long-term industry relationships to help achieve a successful outcome.

Selmer has advised clients in the largest transactions, negotiations and disputes on the Norwegian continental shelf in recent years. We are recognized for our superior counsel provided in projects such as the unitisation of the giant Johan Sverdrup field, the tariff dispute in the Gassled case, the handling of the failed Yme project, the transfer of licenses in fields such as Goliat and Yme and infrastructure such as Gassled.

We have extensive experience with international assignments in which one or more of the parties are located outside Norway. Through these assignments we have accumulated considerable international expertise which puts Selmer in a sole position to assist foreign clients in establishing operations and executing acquisitions on the Norwegian continental shelf.

We also have considerable experience in providing legal advice to the service industry in Norway related to transactions, EPC and fabrication agreements, shipbuilding agreements, rig agreements and other contractual assignments.

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Wiersholm - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stephan Jervell
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service group advising operators and oil service companies on transactions, licence acquisitions, tax-related issues and offshore construction matters. Also handles contentious cases, with particular experience in international arbitration proceedings.

Strengths One source appreciates the seamless service offered by the firm: "They are dedicated, well co-ordinated and appear to have a good knowledge-sharing strategy in the firm and across sectors."

Work highlights Acted for claimant PetroMarker on their dispute against ORG Geophysical concerning patent and trade secret issues.

Advised Swedish company Svenska Petroleum Exploration on the sale of its shares in its Norwegian subsidiary to Det norske.

Significant clients ConocoPhillips, Statoil, Total, BP, DNO.

Notable practitioners

Sondre Dyrland receives plaudits from a variety of market participants for his ability to handle large disputes, particularly in the gas sector. He assists both private and public clients and has acted on arbitration proceedings. Clients say that his "technical knowledge in the oil and gas industry is very strong," describing him as "flexible and client-oriented" with "excellent analytical skills."

Jon Rabben is "excellent," according to one client, who describes him as "very service-minded and providing good legal and commercial advice." He holds a good reputation in the energy sector, handling both commercial and regulatory matters. Recent work has involved acquisitions.

Department profile by Wiersholm

Our oil and gas team is leading on the practice area of petroleum law. Through close, continuous relations with several of the largest Norwegian and international operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, we have acquired extensive competence. We have in-depth knowledge of regulations and market standards, and of the industry and the legal and commercial challenges that the various operators face.

Our team continuously assists in all phases of our clients' petroleum activities, such as in contract negotiations, implementation of transactions and dispute resolution. As a total supplier to this industry, we adjust our team to meet the needs of each individual enterprise. Our advice is always commercially based, and we emphasise seeing our clients' enterprises in a greater perspective.


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Wiersholm is internationally oriented and has long-standing relationships with financial institutions and law firms in all jurisdictions of importance to our clients.


Wikborg Rein - Energy: Oil & Gas

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Aadne Haga
- 7 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid practice providing clients with a full range of legal assistance in the oil and gas market, including M&A-related issues, offshore and rig contracts, gas price reviews and financing matters. Also has a strong dispute resolution offering, including arbitration services.

Strengths Interviewees praise the extent of partner attention offered by the firm: "They ensure that there is always a good level of senior resource devoted to projects." Clients are also impressed by the fact that "they are very efficient and well organised, and have real subject matter expertise and experience."

Clients admire the full-service offering of the department, describing it as a "one-stop shop and very effective," adding: "They have wide-ranging capabilities and backgrounds within all areas – if you need to address specialist issues then they have the capabilities in-house."

Work highlights Acted for North Energy on its acquisition of Explora Petroleum.

Represented Naftogaz in arbitration proceedings.

Significant clients Transocean, Fortis Petroleum, CapeOmega, Roxar, Cairn Energy.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees advise that Aadne Haga is "experienced" in gas sales disputes and arbitration proceedings. He leads the team, and clients highlight his "keen eye for numbers and analysis."

Dag Mjaaland's "vast experience makes him a formidable lawyer," according to one client. He deals with disputes and arbitrations, and sources describe him as "extremely specialised in gas sales contracts." He has particular expertise in matters involving the Russian legal market.

Since publication, Jon Rabben has joined Wiersholm

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Eminent Practitioner

Morten P Smørdal

Advokatfirmaet BA-HR

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very knowledgeable" Morten Smørdal continues to serve as managing partner at the firm. He focuses his practice on advising clients in the oil service sector, with strong expertise in offshore construction matters. He recently led the work for Kvaerner in relation to two tenders for the Johan Sverdrup project.

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Star Individuals

Christian Fredrik Michelet

Michelet & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees enthuse that Christian Fredrik Michelet is "rated number one in Norway." He receives market acclaim for his high level of experience and expertise in the oil and gas industry, recently acting on major disputes. Another source describes him as "highly capable and very reputable," adding: "He is in a league of his own."

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Band 1

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jens Brede is a market-leading oil and gas disputes practitioner, acquiring significant plaudits from a range of sources. He handles contentious issues surrounding EPC and drilling contracts, with one client advising: "He is a brilliant lawyer when it comes to litigation, especially litigation in development contracts and rig disputes. Besides being just a brilliant lawyer, he also understands the business and technicalities."

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Band 1

Advokatfirmaet BA-HR

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jan Jansen receives widespread market recognition for his experience in handling petroleum tax matters, regularly acting for clients on high-profile disputes. Clients appreciate his ability to "think through the different implications and scenarios as to how the counterparty will respond." Recent projects have involved unitisation matters and tariff issues.

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Band 1

Advokatfirmaet BA-HR

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Thomas Svensen is "one of Norway's most experienced lawyers in this field." They add that "he has a commercial understanding and a practical approach." He is considered an outstanding practitioner in corporate, regulatory and contentious matters in the industry, leading sources to describe him as an "oil and gas expert."

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Band 2

Michelet & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to commentators, Erlend Bakken is "both a comfortable and knowledgeable person to work with." He is highly revered by market commentators and has notable strength in transactions, particularly public M&A.

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Band 2

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

From the Chambers Europe guide

The Stavanger-based Peter Hiorth has considerable experience in the oil and gas legal market, with renowned expertise in petroleum tax and M&A deals. Clients admire the fact that "he has been in the business for ages," describing him as a "very experienced and pragmatic" practitioner. His recent projects have involved licence transactions.

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Band 2

Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Eirik Høiby is "very open, relaxed and extremely solution-oriented." He has a wide-ranging practice, advising clients on contractual matters as well as dispute resolution proceedings. His recent work has involved construction projects as well as M&A activity.

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Band 2

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pål Lieungh leads the oil service department and holds an outstanding reputation in contract law for both drilling and construction matters. Sources highlight the fact that "he is really fantastic in negotiations; he really has a flair for communicating messages and convincing opposing parties." His recent work has involved EPC documentation.

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Band 2

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise the Stavanger-based Audun Stornes's "strong dispute resolution intuition and strategy," adding that he is "very agreeable, accommodating, responsive and timely." He enters the second tier and is widely respected by market participants for his experience and knowledge of offshore and oil and gas matters, including construction projects.

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Band 2

Amund Bjøranger Tørum

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Amund Bjøranger Tørum is widely respected by the market for his handling of contentious matters in the oil and gas and offshore sectors, including EPC contracts and construction disputes. His recent work has involved arbitration proceedings and injunctions.

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Band 3

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Erik Brannsten is noted for his negotiation and drafting skills in drilling and EPC contracts. Interviewees say: "He is good at interpreting and understanding development contracts. He is also very pragmatic, so he is someone the counterparties like to work with." His recent work has involved liability issues

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Band 3

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to sources, Yngve Bustnesli is "one of the best lawyers for regulatory work." He is praised for his expert knowledge of industry and licence frameworks, as well as his presence in the transactional sphere. He acted for Origo on the negotiation and drafting of an asset transaction with Statoil and ExxonMobil.

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Band 3

Wiersholm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sondre Dyrland receives plaudits from a variety of market participants for his ability to handle large disputes, particularly in the gas sector. He assists both private and public clients and has acted on arbitration proceedings. Clients say that his "technical knowledge in the oil and gas industry is very strong," describing him as "flexible and client-oriented" with "excellent analytical skills."

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Band 3

Bjørn-Erik Leerberg

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources advise that Bjørn-Erik Leerberg "has a very specialised practice" assisting public bodies with oil and gas developments and legislation, particularly in Africa. Interviewees advise he is "very respected in that market." Other clients have included the government of Montenegro and the Ugandan Petroleum Authority.

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Band 3

Arntzen de Besche Advokatfirma AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client describes Rune Omdahl as "an excellent lawyer," with another characterising him as "very strong, not only on the legal matters but also in his commercial understanding." He handles transactions and contract law, particularly in the upstream field, with recent work involving restructuring issues.

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Band 3

Wiersholm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jon Rabben is "excellent," according to one client, who describes him as "very service-minded and providing good legal and commercial advice." He holds a good reputation in the energy sector, handling both commercial and regulatory matters. Recent work has involved acquisitions.

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Band 3

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rune Solberg is steeped in experience of oil and gas, assisting clients with M&A transactions in the E&P arena. He has acted for ConocoPhillips on the sale of its stake in Gassled. One client says that "he knows the industry like the back of his hand," and particularly praises "his accessibility: he makes himself available whenever we need to speak to him."

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Band 3

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Trond Sollund deals with offshore and oil and gas disputes, with a particular focus on construction issues. His recent disputes and arbitrations have pertained to contract interpretation and final accounts. Clients say that "he is very good when it comes to litigation – efficient, gives good advice and excellent quality."

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Band 4

Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nils Bugge deals with rig and offshore contracts, as well as a range of dispute resolution proceedings. Further to construction agreements, his recent work has also involved corporate restructuring matters. Sources describe him as an "excellent lawyer."

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Band 4

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Jacob Bull is "very energetic, always on the ball, very quick and responsive." One points out that "his strength is his experience in the field." He handles offshore construction contracts, with recent work involving drilling equipment set agreements.

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Band 4

Advokatfirma DLA Piper

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arne Engesæth of Advokatfirma DLA Piper receives recognition for his expertise in handling matters relating to offshore construction contracts. He has considerable experience in development projects in the oil and gas industry.

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Band 4

Advokatfirmaet BA-HR

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "knowledgeable and service-minded" Haakon Flaatten is renowned for his expertise in offshore and oil service matters. His recent work has included advising clients on semi-submersible drilling rigs.

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Band 4

Advokatfirmaet BA-HR

From the Chambers Europe guide

Geir Gustavsson handles project finance and construction matters for oil service and offshore clients, including cross-border issues. Commentators consider him "a strong name" in the market.

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Band 4

Wikborg Rein

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees advise that Aadne Haga is "experienced" in gas sales disputes and arbitration proceedings. He leads the team, and clients highlight his "keen eye for numbers and analysis."

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Band 4

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olav Hasaas holds noteworthy experience in offshore construction projects, with one client remarking: "He is one of the go-to people when you have development contract matters." He also handles joint operation agreements and licence contracts, as well as being active in the M&A sphere.

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Band 4

Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Michelet handles corporate M&A matters, with additional experience in contentious oil and gas cases. One client says: "He is very knowledgeable and good at assessing when there are limitations and the need to use other resources, so you get a full service." He acted for Global Geo Services on the drafting and negotiation of a seismic multi-client licence co-operation agreement with the NIOC.

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Band 4

Wikborg Rein

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dag Mjaaland's "vast experience makes him a formidable lawyer," according to one client. He deals with disputes and arbitrations, and sources describe him as "extremely specialised in gas sales contracts." He has particular expertise in matters involving the Russian legal market.

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Up and Coming

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Knut Høivik is an up-and-coming lawyer working out of the Stavanger office. One client appreciates his abilities as "a discussion partner," adding: "He is very skilled in oil and gas and petroleum law. He is pragmatic and very good at understanding what I need and want from him." He possesses noteworthy knowledge of regulatory matters and has acted on unit operating agreements.

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Up and Coming

Advokatfirmaet BA-HR

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming practitioner Sandra Simonsen exhibits a growing presence in the oil and gas sector, with particular experience in disputes. One client says that she is a "very good organiser and has a structured approach to litigation." As well as contentious matters, recent work has related to mergers and consolidation on the Norwegian continental shelf, as well as tendering for licences.

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Up and Coming

Christopher L Sveen

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

The up and coming Christopher Sveen, who recently joined Advokatfirmaet Haavind, provides clients with regulatory and contractual assistance, including matters pertaining to disputes. He often acts for contractors, and clients say: "He gives practical and commercial advice, and he is very pleasant to work with."

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Associates to watch

Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very sharp" Øyvind Olimstad is adept at advising on contentious oil and gas matters. He also regularly advises on regulatory and contractual matters. One client praises him for his "excellent performance throughout," and for being "very good at explaining the big picture with simplicity."

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