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Energy: Oil & Gas — Norway


Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Receives additional praise for its experience in offshore construction issues related to oil and gas projects and acts for an impressive range of Norwegian Continental Shelf companies.

Strengths One client praises the firm's creativity and its understanding of the market: “We find them very agile and knowledgeable about what is going on in the oil service industry in Norway.” The same client adds: “They are willing to explore and discuss different options with a commercial mindset.”

Another client enthuses: "I can always get hold of them and their service level is impeccable."

Work highlights Assisted Aker BP in relation to a number of recent acquisitions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf including the acquisition of BP Norge and the financing of the acquisition through the issuance of NOK10 billion in new shares.

Advised Rosneft and its subsidiary RN Nordic Oil on licensing, contracts, regulations and tax matters related to the company establishing and developing its presence in the Norwegian oil industry.

Significant Clients Statoil, TOTAL, Shell, ExxonMobil, ENGIE.

Notable practitioners

Morten Smørdal retains his role as managing partner at the firm and continues to offer an experienced hand in contractual issues and offshore construction matters. He also advises on a range of commercial issues facing core clients in the oil sector.

The "extremely experienced" and "well respected" Jan Jansen is described by one source as a "tax specialist" with "good business knowledge." He acts as head of the oil and gas department at the firm and is well known for his work on high-profile contentious matters, particularly those relating to the Norwegian Continential Shelf petroleum tax regime.

Thomas Svensen receives admiration throughout the market for the breadth of his oil and gas expertise, with one source noting: “I am amazed by his ability to cover both disputes and M&A.” His impressive handling of transactional, regulatory and contractual matters leads clients to praise his “professional insight and deep understanding” of the issues.

Sandra Simonsen rises in the rankings this year after receiving widespread recognition for her role in high-profile transactions and arbitration, including handling the contentious and regulatory elements of the high-profile Gassled tariffs arbitration case. She is described by sources as "experienced," "clever" and "a very, very good lawyer."

Entering the rankings this year, Jon Christian Thaulow is gaining significant praise for his work on transactional aspects of oil and gas work. Clients describe him as a “brilliant lawyer" and an "all rounder” who is “clued up on variety of legal matters,” as well as praising his "practical but friendly" approach.

About the Team (content provided by Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS)

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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Advokatfirmaet Schjødt - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Amund Bjøranger Tørum and Knut Høivik
- 5 partner
- 15 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 and is repeatedly praised for its impressive recent activity in M&A and restructuring projects in the oil service sector. Its impressive roster of clients includes leading E&P companies.

Strengths The department is praised for its "excellent team of highly qualified lawyers" who display "very good knowledge of the oil and gas business."

One client values the team's long-standing experience in the field, highlighting that the lawyers "know the industries" and "speak the same language" as clients.

Work highlights Assisted ExxonMobil Norway with all legal aspects of the sale of its petroleum stations and retail business to DDC, which included a range of negotiations, tax and regulatory issues.

Advised the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association on the revision of its various agreements and provisions relating to the handling of disputes, industry forum issues and other matters.

Significant Clients Maersk Oil, ENGIE E&P, Petoro, PGNiG Upstream International.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Peter Hiorth advises on regulatory and transactional matters in the energy field but is particularly highly rated for his knowledge of tax issues, with one source recognising him as "one of the best in Norway on petroleum tax." He is described by clients as a "very experienced lawyer with excellent technical knowledge" and praised for his "high standard of client service."

Amund Bjøranger Tørum has considerable experience in handling arbitration cases related to petroleum law, offshore development projects and shipbuilding. His recent work has also involved onshore construction and public infrastructure projects. One impressed client notes: "He's a very strategic person, so he organised the case perfectly."

Trond Sollund focuses his practice on contentious issues in the oil and gas sector and regularly acts for oil companies in offshore construction disputes. One client is especially impressed by his approach to litigation, reporting that "he found the weakness of the other party's claim and attacked it in a very strategic manner."

Knut Høivik rises in the rankings this year due to enthusiastic client feedback and the strength of his growing practice. Various sources have been impressed by his contribution to arbitration cases and note that his academic approach lends itself to advising on regulatory aspects of the oil and gas sector. He is described by one source as an "excellent lawyer" who is "very pleasant to work with." Another interviewee enthuses: "We required intense work and he has delivered in a very short timescale."

Entering the rankings for the first time, Sverre Bjelland is recognised by numerous sources in the market for his "good background" from his previous role at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Interviewees describe him as "very knowledgeable" and pick him out as "a leading expert when it comes to oil companies." He works primarily on commercial contracts, transactions and the regulatory aspects of petroleum law.

About the Team (content provided 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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Kluge Advokatfirma AS - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Audun Stornes and Thomas Abrahamsen
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected oil and gas practice which handles a broad range of matters including transactions and development projects. Also knowledgeable in regulatory matters and dispute resolution, including highly contentious cases. The firm's regional strength is a key attraction for some clients, who praise the input of its different offices and note firm's strong presence in the oil hub of Stavanger.

Strengths According to one client, the firm provides a "seamless and result-oriented service," adding: "They are always available and always efficient, even within a tight timeframe." Another interviewee agrees: "They are very quick and proactive in their approach; they can always see the next step."

Interviewees also praise the department's ability to adapt its advice to the client: "Kluge has done an excellent job handling the matter - they are flexible and adopt a tailored solution to our legal problems."

Work highlights Acted for Dong E&P Norge on the sale of its participating interests in several oilfields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to Faroe Petroleum Norge.

Assisted Wellesley Petroleum with its negotiations and the transaction documents relating to the acquisition of four production licences from Point Resources.

Significant Clients Wintershall, DEA Norge, Repsol, Edison Norge, Faroe Petroleum.

Notable practitioners

Audun Stornes is lauded by sources for his "service-minded" and "practical approach." His practice ranges from upstream oil and gas law to litigation and offshore construction, and he remains active in transactional work relating to the E&P sector. One interviewee considers that "his breadth of knowledge is really the most impressive strength," while other sources in the market also highlight his "knowledge of the industry" and his "very broad practice."

Olav Hasaas is noted by the market for his expertise in transactions in the oil and gas sector, and he also specialises in offshore construction matters. One client advises: "He's a great lawyer to have in discussions; he has great knowledge of the business side of things,” and praises Hasaas's ability to prioritise the key issues: "He knows where to pick up the pressure; he doesn't waste time turning every stone over.” His recent work includes assisting 4Subsea with various issues relating to its oil service supplier contracts.

Thomas Abrahamsen is widely respected by the market for his experience advising E&P and oil service companies. He is well regarded for his focus on M&A and corporate work, including licence transactions. A client enthuses: “He's really a fantastic asset and adviser in transactions,” and praises his “outstanding professionalism in negotiations.” The same client adds: "He works systematically to reach solutions, without compromising important issues. He sees the whole picture without losing his eye for detail.”

About the Team (content provided by Kluge Advokatfirma AS)

Kluge provides full service advice to our E&P clients, including day-to-day assistance related to i.a. commercial and procurement contracts and JV/license issues. As opposed to most of our competitors, we don’t focus exclusively on transactions and litigation. The result of this strategic decision is that our lawyers become general industry experts, and can provide more to the point advice to E&P companies in general. In particular in connection with transaction and litigation matter this industry knowledge, gained through day to day advise, has proven to be highly valuable to our clients. Hence, we combine deep industry knowledge with specialist qualifications within M&A, litigation and tax.


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Kvale Advokatfirma DA - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Highly commended group known for handling contentious matters in the oil and gas sector. Handles regulatory issues and transactional mandates offshore, as well as advising on construction projects. Highly active in acquisitions of assets on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, recently acting for new client win Pandion Energy in this area.

Strengths One client describes the department as "a team of experts" who "cover every aspect of the oil business." Another source agrees, praising their "thorough and timely handling of the assignment, based on solid knowledge of the legal area."

Another interviewee enthuses: "Kvale provides assistance of the highest standard. Their availability and ability to provide swift advice is highly appreciated."

Work highlights Represented Statoil in a dispute related to its termination of the drilling contract for the COSL Innovator Rig.

Assisted DONG Energy with a significant restructuring of its activities on the NCS as well as advising on its broader oil and gas portfolio.

Significant Clients Total E&P, Halvorsen Offshore, Island Drilling Company, MVest Energy, Wintershall Norge.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Jens Brede receives plaudits for his work on contentious matters from sources throughout the market, who affirm his reputation as "an incredibly good litigator." Clients also highlight that he is "very good at organising and driving a case forward in a well-planned manner." He covers all aspects of the oil and gas industry but has been particularly active handling disputes related to drilling and rig contracts.

Erik Brannsten aids clients in a range of areas such as drafting contract documents and contentious issues, and he is particularly known to be a strong adviser in relation to subsea and offshore construction projects. Interviewees describe him as "analytical and skilled; he makes it easy to build good and trustworthy client relations."

Yngve Bustnesli is highlighted as being "very knowledgeable about the Norwegian E&P industry and the regulatory framework" and is praised for his "high understanding of the oil and gas business." He also frequently advises on offshore contracts, transactional matters and M&A work within the sector. One source praises his "commercial and in-depth knowledge of relevant laws," while another describes him as "extremely hard-working," noting his "impressive capacity."

About the Team (content provided 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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Michelet & Co - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 6 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique firm consisting of a specialist department with a niche focus on the oil and gas sector. 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, serving clients on cross-border matters through offices in Oslo and London.

Strengths Clients value the team's experience and connections with the oil and gas sector, with one highlighting the firm's "good understanding of our commercial requirements," which "was reflected in the responsive, pragmatic and efficient approach." The same client adds: "Their strength lies in their focus on commercially relevant legal solutions which are informed by deep industry knowledge and contacts."

Another client also praises the team's efficiency, describing the department as "always available and prompt in getting back to us - we value their advice greatly."

Work highlights Represented the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in proceedings brought by partners in the Gassled pipeline network challenging the ministry's stipulation of tariffs for gas transportation facilities.

Assisted with all corporate and regulatory aspects of the merger between Point Resources, Core Energy and Spike Exploration including the refinancing of bank debts linked to the merger of the companies.

Significant Clients Faroe Petroelum, Norske Shell, Petroleum Geo-Services, OMV Aktiengesellschaft.

Notable practitioners

Star individual Christian Fredrik Michelet is a market-leading oil and gas lawyer whom interviewees describe as "the best petroleum lawyer in Norway" and who has been "the number one in Norway for more or less 30 years." His broad practice encompasses the full scope of the industry and including contract and regulatory matters, transactions and M&A, construction projects, disputes and operational matters. One client enthuses: "He did a terrific job – well organised and very well presented," and adds that "he is very well connected in Norway, which helps with his effectiveness in trial."

Erlend Bakken is "very smart and thorough," according to one client, who adds that Bakken "takes the time to know the facts inside and out" in litigation matters. He is highly esteemed for his knowledge of the financing aspects of the oil and gas sector and also offers advice on restructurings, corporate matters and M&A transactions, recently representing Point Resources in its large-scale merger. Sources advise that he is "a sophisticated lawyer and extremely knowledgeable in this sector, especially on E&P work."

Preben Willoch enters the rankings this year after receiving widespread praise from both clients and peers, who acknowledge his growing influence in the industry and active profile on corporate, commercial and transactional matters involving the Norwegian Continental Shelf. One client mentions his “broad network and good industry knowledge,” while another adds: “He provides something sensible and practical that people understand.”

About the Team (content provided 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 Simonsen Vogt Wiig - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Bjørn-Erik Leerberg and Gunnar Espeland
- 8 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice, well known for its expertise in international oil and gas projects, particularly in emerging markets. Also offers experience in domestic and cross-border transactions, financing deals and licence acquisitions, and handles offshore construction projects and rig matters. New client wins include VNG Norge and Aker BP.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's "broad experience base," "flexibility" and "value for money," with one client adding: "They give sound advice."

Another interviewee describes the practitioners as "very responsive," before explaining that "they cover a lot of ground" and "seem to know the market very well."

Work highlights Assisted Gassco with regulatory and petroleum law issues related to its NCS gas pipeline system operator role.

Continues to advise Wellesley Petroleum on a range of legal issues such as financing and exploration contracts, as well as recently assisting the company with a group restructuring.

Significant Clients OMV Norge, Repsol Norge, Tullow Oil, Aramco Overseas Company.

Notable practitioners

Bjørn-Erik Leerberg has built a strong reputation for oil and gas issues involving the public sector due to his "very good insight into this industry," one source confirms. He frequently advises foreign governments and organisations on developing regulations for the exploration and production of oil in developing markets and is noted for his "very long track record of international work." His recent work includes assisting the National Petroleum Authority of Mozambique with an oil and gas development project in the Rovuma Basin.

About the Team (content provided 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 and Kristiansand.
        


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Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Pål Lieungh and Christian Hals
- 8 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive group assisting both E&P and oil service clients with transactions, refinancings and contentious matters as well as development projects and offshore matters. Particularly renowned for its strength in M&A projects involving oil and gas issues, including international mandates. Recent additions to the firm's client list include E&P company Dyas.

Strengths According to one client, the team is "helpful, open and honest." Another source praises the lawyers' "good working dynamic."

One interviewee describes the firm as "very thorough and a pleasure to work with," while another notes its "strength in oil services and offshore construction."

Work highlights Advised BP UK on the creation of Aker BP through the NOK10.8 billion merger of BP Norway and Det norske oljeselskap, assisting with the negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement and regulatory issues.

Advised Island Drilling Company on securing its drilling contract on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Significant Clients Statoil, DNO International, Dong E&P, Odfjell Offshore, Sequa Petroleum.

Notable practitioners

Pål Lieungh maintains a strong focus on the offshore construction and oil service sectors. One source enthuses that Lieungh makes things "very easy and pragmatic" and goes on to describe him as "great at negotiating and getting constructive solutions to issues." He has recently worked on a series of restructurings involving offshore vessel owners including acting for both Norwegian companies and international clients on cross-border projects.

Partner Jacob Bull is renowned for his particular expertise in construction and development in the oil service and gas industry. One interviewee highlights his previous work as a lawyer within Nordic energy companies and describes him as "very skilled, owing to his in-house experience." Another source praises his "very good offshore construction practice."

About the Team (content provided 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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Arntzen de Besche Advokatfirma AS - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Handles a broad range of domestic and international oil and gas matters, serving clients through offices in Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim. Areas of expertise include regulatory matters, as well as advice on pipeline contracts, licence agreements and tax-related issues. Advises a variety of market participants, including contractors, oil companies and foreign authorities.

Strengths Interviewees admire the firm's "broad expertise within oil and gas" and "good regulatory understanding." One client says the team is "great at finding solutions."

Work highlights Assisted the Mozambique National Petroleum Institute with a review of its existing legislation, the negotiation of concession agreements and the development of regulations for its upstream petroleum sector.

Advised Lundin Norway on its exploration activities, field developments and production activities.

Significant Clients Shell International, Teekay Corporation, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge, Gassco, DEA Norge.

Notable practitioners

Rune Omdahl offers clients significant experience of the contractual and operational side of the upstream oil and gas sector. He also regularly acts on matters involving field development, corporate finance and petroleum service agreements. One client notes: "I was impressed by his wealth of experience."

Karl Erik Navestad advises offshore contractors and oil service companies on regulatory matters, arbitration and development projects. One interviewee praises his "good industry knowledge" and goes on to add: "He is very good at understanding what the core of the issue is because he has a lot of technical insight and financial understanding."

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Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Eirik Høiby
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

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

Strengths Various sources describe the practitioners as "extremely specialised" and "very flexible," as well as praising the firm's project management and handling of legal issues relating to subcontractors.

Work highlights Advised subsea player Ocean Installer on all aspects of its business including mandates related to international EPCI projects.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Eirik Høiby has a broad oil and gas practice, handling both contentious matters, recently acting on both domestic and international arbitration cases, and non-contentious matters, including contract negotiations and several transactions. He also offers expertise in the offshore construction sector.

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Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Thomas Michelet
- 3 partners
- 6 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 supply agreements. Also offers a strong dispute resolution practice, representing clients in both litigation and arbitration relating to oil and gas. Additional expertise offered in contractual matters related to vessels, rigs and offshore construction agreements.

Strengths One client is impressed by the team's lateral thinking and describes it as "commercially astute" and "very diligent."

Another impressed interviewee feels the firm offers an excellent service, particularly praising its "practical and strategic approach" and "good knowledge of the industry," and adding: "We have good faith in their understanding and utilisation of the law."

Work highlights Assisted Kleven with the drafting and negotiation of a shipbuilding contract and option agreement in connection with the construction of two polar-class expedition vessels.

Acted for Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Company on its USD300 million acquisition of Total Norge's interests in the Great Sleipner area.

Significant Clients ConocoPhillips Norge, Aibel, Kværner, RN Nordic Oil.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Michelet heads the department and is described by sources as "proactive and very analytical." His broad practice includes oil and gas regulatory work, corporate transactions, joint ventures and dispute resolution. One impressed client affirms: "He possesses strong industry knowledge that enables him to stand out with good solutions every time." He recently worked on several oilfield acquisitions and a landmark litigation case.

Newcomer to the rankings Liv Monica Stubholt is picked out as a "clever lawyer" with a "broad practice" by sources. Many interviewees are impressed by her strength in international work and knowledge of the political aspects of the oil and gas industry, given she has previously worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. One client describes her as "very visible, intelligent and I learned to trust her very quickly," and appreciates that "she follows up straight after discussion and has an excellent overview."

Øyvind Olimstad regularly assists clients with regulatory matters, drafting and negotiating contracts and transactions in the oil and gas space. His clients include oil and gas service and E&P companies. Sources also affirm that he has a "very thorough understanding of the regulations" and describe him as a "great assistance" during the drafting and preparations in matters.

About the Team (content provided by Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS)

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 Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Sondre Dyrland
- 8 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service group advising operators and oil service companies on the full range of transactions, regulatory and tax-related issues, and offshore construction matters. Receives praise for its handling of contentious cases, with particular experience in international arbitration proceedings. Recently hired Jon Rabben as a new partner in the energy group, adding further experience in regulatory, operational and transactional oil and gas matters.

Strengths One client notes the good balance struck by the team when delivering advice: "Wiersholm are very efficient without compromising on thoroughness," and goes on to add: "They keep their calm under stressful conditions, contribute to solving problems quickly and are also pleasant company."

Other interviewees describe the team as "easy to co-operate with" and "dedicated to the task," and praise its "very good technical skills and very high service level."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Statoil as an interested party in the high-profile dispute between the Norwegian government and various environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace, about the awarding of production licences in the Barents Sea to Statoil and other oil exploration companies.

Advised the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on all legal aspects of a landmark CO2 capturing and storage project.

Significant Clients Total, DEA Norge, BayernGas, DNO, Songa Offshore.

Notable practitioners

Sondre Dyrland is lauded by clients and market players alike, with one source enthusing about his "high level of commercial awareness and strategic perspective." He is mentioned in the market for his strong and skilled handling of regulatory matters in the oil business, and he also focuses on contractual issues, litigation and arbitration. Clients appreciate his "top legal skills," his "high integrity" and his "vast experience."

Jon Rabben commands respect throughout the market for his work on regulatory and transactional matters. He acts on both sides of the energy sector, advising on renewables and oil and gas projects, but is particularly praised for his negotiating skills in relation to the latter, with one source impressed by his approach to difficult and complex negotiations. Other clients note that "his business acumen is extremely good" and "he evaluates the commercial side effectively."

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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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Wikborg Rein - Energy: Oil & Gas Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Aadne Haga
- 6 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, rig contracts, gas price reviews and financing matters. Particularly highlighted for its strength in offshore matters, with a cross-departmental team of experts involved in shipping and offshore construction, supplementing the oil and gas department. Also has a strong dispute resolution offering, particularly drawing respect for its abilities on international arbitration involving the gas markets.

Strengths One source advises: "I would undoubtedly put them forward as good lawyers with strong knowledge of the Norwegian market." The same interviewee appreciates the firm's grasp of contentious matters, praising the team's "polished understanding of the issues."

Another sees the lawyers as "very agile, very thorough and dependable. The individuals we work with provide good advice for our business and are extremely service-minded."

Work highlights Represented Panoro Energy in a dispute regarding success fees allegedly owed in relation to the sale of its Brazilian assets.

Assisted BNP Paribas with the refinancing of Faroe Patroleum's reserve base facility and revolving exploration finance facility.

Significant Clients Cairn Energy, Fortis Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum Geo Services, Transocean, TGS Nopec.

Notable practitioners

Aadne Haga is particularly known for his work on contentious matters and he regularly handles arbitration matters related to gas prices. One client advises: "His real strength is his ability to get to grips with technical details of the case. He's able to really cross-examine and put the counterparty on the spot in a skilled way."

Dag Mjaaland is noted by sources for his "impressive knowledge" and success in gas price disputes, and he recently handled a series of international arbitrations related to prices and payments under gas sales and transit agreements, including several disputes relating to Russia's gas supplies to Europe. One client affirms: "He is very good at having an overview of a case and thinking strategically," and praises Mjaaland's good ability to "macro-manage a case." He is a fluent Russian speaker and is regarded as an experienced authority on matters involving Russian gas markets.

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Senior Statesperson

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior partner Peter Hiorth advises on regulatory and transactional matters in the energy field but is particularly highly rated for his knowledge of tax issues, with one source recognising him as "one of the best in Norway on petroleum tax." He is described by clients as a "very experienced lawyer with excellent technical knowledge" and praised for his "high standard of client service."

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Eminent Practitioner

Morten P Smørdal

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Morten Smørdal retains his role as managing partner at the firm and continues to offer an experienced hand in contractual issues and offshore construction matters. He also advises on a range of commercial issues facing core clients in the oil sector.

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Star Individuals

Christian Fredrik Michelet

Michelet & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Star individual Christian Fredrik Michelet is a market-leading oil and gas lawyer whom interviewees describe as "the best petroleum lawyer in Norway" and who has been "the number one in Norway for more or less 30 years." His broad practice encompasses the full scope of the industry and including contract and regulatory matters, transactions and M&A, construction projects, disputes and operational matters. One client enthuses: "He did a terrific job – well organised and very well presented," and adds that "he is very well connected in Norway, which helps with his effectiveness in trial."

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Band 1

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Jens Brede receives plaudits for his work on contentious matters from sources throughout the market, who affirm his reputation as "an incredibly good litigator." Clients also highlight that he is "very good at organising and driving a case forward in a well-planned manner." He covers all aspects of the oil and gas industry but has been particularly active handling disputes related to drilling and rig contracts.

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Band 1

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "extremely experienced" and "well respected" Jan Jansen is described by one source as a "tax specialist" with "good business knowledge." He acts as head of the oil and gas department at the firm and is well known for his work on high-profile contentious matters, particularly those relating to the Norwegian Continential Shelf petroleum tax regime.

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Band 1

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Svensen receives admiration throughout the market for the breadth of his oil and gas expertise, with one source noting: “I am amazed by his ability to cover both disputes and M&A.” His impressive handling of transactional, regulatory and contractual matters leads clients to praise his “professional insight and deep understanding” of the issues.

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Band 2

Michelet & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Erlend Bakken is "very smart and thorough," according to one client, who adds that Bakken "takes the time to know the facts inside and out" in litigation matters. He is highly esteemed for his knowledge of the financing aspects of the oil and gas sector and also offers advice on restructurings, corporate matters and M&A transactions, recently representing Point Resources in its large-scale merger. Sources advise that he is "a sophisticated lawyer and extremely knowledgeable in this sector, especially on E&P work."

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Band 2

Wiersholm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sondre Dyrland is lauded by clients and market players alike, with one source enthusing about his "high level of commercial awareness and strategic perspective." He is mentioned in the market for his strong and skilled handling of regulatory matters in the oil business, and he also focuses on contractual issues, litigation and arbitration. Clients appreciate his "top legal skills," his "high integrity" and his "vast experience."

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Band 2

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pål Lieungh maintains a strong focus on the offshore construction and oil service sectors. One source enthuses that Lieungh makes things "very easy and pragmatic" and goes on to describe him as "great at negotiating and getting constructive solutions to issues." He has recently worked on a series of restructurings involving offshore vessel owners including acting for both Norwegian companies and international clients on cross-border projects.

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Band 2

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Audun Stornes is lauded by sources for his "service-minded" and "practical approach." His practice ranges from upstream oil and gas law to litigation and offshore construction, and he remains active in transactional work relating to the E&P sector. One interviewee considers that "his breadth of knowledge is really the most impressive strength," while other sources in the market also highlight his "knowledge of the industry" and his "very broad practice."

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Band 2

Amund Bjøranger Tørum

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Amund Bjøranger Tørum has considerable experience in handling arbitration cases related to petroleum law, offshore development projects and shipbuilding. His recent work has also involved onshore construction and public infrastructure projects. One impressed client notes: "He's a very strategic person, so he organised the case perfectly."

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Band 3

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Erik Brannsten aids clients in a range of areas such as drafting contract documents and contentious issues, and he is particularly known to be a strong adviser in relation to subsea and offshore construction projects. Interviewees describe him as "analytical and skilled; he makes it easy to build good and trustworthy client relations."

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Band 3

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yngve Bustnesli is highlighted as being "very knowledgeable about the Norwegian E&P industry and the regulatory framework" and is praised for his "high understanding of the oil and gas business." He also frequently advises on offshore contracts, transactional matters and M&A work within the sector. One source praises his "commercial and in-depth knowledge of relevant laws," while another describes him as "extremely hard-working," noting his "impressive capacity."

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Band 3

Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Eirik Høiby has a broad oil and gas practice, handling both contentious matters, recently acting on both domestic and international arbitration cases, and non-contentious matters, including contract negotiations and several transactions. He also offers expertise in the offshore construction sector.

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Band 3

Bjørn-Erik Leerberg

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bjørn-Erik Leerberg has built a strong reputation for oil and gas issues involving the public sector due to his "very good insight into this industry," one source confirms. He frequently advises foreign governments and organisations on developing regulations for the exploration and production of oil in developing markets and is noted for his "very long track record of international work." His recent work includes assisting the National Petroleum Authority of Mozambique with an oil and gas development project in the Rovuma Basin.

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Band 3

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Michelet heads the department and is described by sources as "proactive and very analytical." His broad practice includes oil and gas regulatory work, corporate transactions, joint ventures and dispute resolution. One impressed client affirms: "He possesses strong industry knowledge that enables him to stand out with good solutions every time." He recently worked on several oilfield acquisitions and a landmark litigation case.

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Band 3

Arntzen de Besche Advokatfirma AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rune Omdahl offers clients significant experience of the contractual and operational side of the upstream oil and gas sector. He also regularly acts on matters involving field development, corporate finance and petroleum service agreements. One client notes: "I was impressed by his wealth of experience."

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Band 3

Wiersholm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jon Rabben commands respect throughout the market for his work on regulatory and transactional matters. He acts on both sides of the energy sector, advising on renewables and oil and gas projects, but is particularly praised for his negotiating skills in relation to the latter, with one source impressed by his approach to difficult and complex negotiations. Other clients note that "his business acumen is extremely good" and "he evaluates the commercial side effectively."

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Band 3

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Trond Sollund focuses his practice on contentious issues in the oil and gas sector and regularly acts for oil companies in offshore construction disputes. One client is especially impressed by his approach to litigation, reporting that "he found the weakness of the other party's claim and attacked it in a very strategic manner."

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Band 4

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Partner Jacob Bull is renowned for his particular expertise in construction and development in the oil service and gas industry. One interviewee highlights his previous work as a lawyer within Nordic energy companies and describes him as "very skilled, owing to his in-house experience." Another source praises his "very good offshore construction practice."

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Band 4

Wikborg Rein

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aadne Haga is particularly known for his work on contentious matters and he regularly handles arbitration matters related to gas prices. One client advises: "His real strength is his ability to get to grips with technical details of the case. He's able to really cross-examine and put the counterparty on the spot in a skilled way."

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Band 4

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olav Hasaas is noted by the market for his expertise in transactions in the oil and gas sector, and he also specialises in offshore construction matters. One client advises: "He's a great lawyer to have in discussions; he has great knowledge of the business side of things,” and praises Hasaas's ability to prioritise the key issues: "He knows where to pick up the pressure; he doesn't waste time turning every stone over.” His recent work includes assisting 4Subsea with various issues relating to its oil service supplier contracts.

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Band 4

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Knut Høivik rises in the rankings this year due to enthusiastic client feedback and the strength of his growing practice. Various sources have been impressed by his contribution to arbitration cases and note that his academic approach lends itself to advising on regulatory aspects of the oil and gas sector. He is described by one source as an "excellent lawyer" who is "very pleasant to work with." Another interviewee enthuses: "We required intense work and he has delivered in a very short timescale."

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Band 4

Wikborg Rein

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dag Mjaaland is noted by sources for his "impressive knowledge" and success in gas price disputes, and he recently handled a series of international arbitrations related to prices and payments under gas sales and transit agreements, including several disputes relating to Russia's gas supplies to Europe. One client affirms: "He is very good at having an overview of a case and thinking strategically," and praises Mjaaland's good ability to "macro-manage a case." He is a fluent Russian speaker and is regarded as an experienced authority on matters involving Russian gas markets.

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Band 4

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sandra Simonsen rises in the rankings this year after receiving widespread recognition for her role in high-profile transactions and arbitration, including handling the contentious and regulatory elements of the high-profile Gassled tariffs arbitration case. She is described by sources as "experienced," "clever" and "a very, very good lawyer."

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Band 4

Liv Monica Stubholt

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Newcomer to the rankings Liv Monica Stubholt is picked out as a "clever lawyer" with a "broad practice" by sources. Many interviewees are impressed by her strength in international work and knowledge of the political aspects of the oil and gas industry, given she has previously worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. One client describes her as "very visible, intelligent and I learned to trust her very quickly," and appreciates that "she follows up straight after discussion and has an excellent overview."

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Band 4

Jon Christian Thaulow

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Entering the rankings this year, Jon Christian Thaulow is gaining significant praise for his work on transactional aspects of oil and gas work. Clients describe him as a “brilliant lawyer" and an "all rounder” who is “clued up on variety of legal matters,” as well as praising his "practical but friendly" approach.

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Band 4

Michelet & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Preben Willoch enters the rankings this year after receiving widespread praise from both clients and peers, who acknowledge his growing influence in the industry and active profile on corporate, commercial and transactional matters involving the Norwegian Continental Shelf. One client mentions his “broad network and good industry knowledge,” while another adds: “He provides something sensible and practical that people understand.”

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Up and Coming

Thomas Abrahamsen

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Abrahamsen is widely respected by the market for his experience advising E&P and oil service companies. He is well regarded for his focus on M&A and corporate work, including licence transactions. A client enthuses: “He's really a fantastic asset and adviser in transactions,” and praises his “outstanding professionalism in negotiations.” The same client adds: "He works systematically to reach solutions, without compromising important issues. He sees the whole picture without losing his eye for detail.”

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Up and Coming

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Entering the rankings for the first time, Sverre Bjelland is recognised by numerous sources in the market for his "good background" from his previous role at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Interviewees describe him as "very knowledgeable" and pick him out as "a leading expert when it comes to oil companies." He works primarily on commercial contracts, transactions and the regulatory aspects of petroleum law.

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Up and Coming

Karl Erik Navestad

Arntzen de Besche Advokatfirma AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Karl Erik Navestad advises offshore contractors and oil service companies on regulatory matters, arbitration and development projects. One interviewee praises his "good industry knowledge" and goes on to add: "He is very good at understanding what the core of the issue is because he has a lot of technical insight and financial understanding."

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Up and Coming

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Øyvind Olimstad regularly assists clients with regulatory matters, drafting and negotiating contracts and transactions in the oil and gas space. His clients include oil and gas service and E&P companies. Sources also affirm that he has a "very thorough understanding of the regulations" and describe him as a "great assistance" during the drafting and preparations in matters.

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Up and Coming

Christopher L Sveen

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "excellent" Christopher Sveen of Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS receives praise from clients for his handling of strategic issues and contractual negotiations, recently advising Norsk Industri in connection with its new standard contracts for deliveries to the Norwegian Continental Shelf. His other areas of focus include transactions, disputes and issues related to the offshore sector.

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