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Firm Profile

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Tjuvholmen allé 16
  • Oslo
  • Oslo
  • Norway
  • N-0252

Firm profile submitted by Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS

Chairman: Richard Sjøqvist
Managing Partner: Morten P Smørdal
Number of partners: 36
Number of lawyers: 130
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Scandinavian languages

One of the best known and most international firms in Norway, BA-HR has been successfully advising leading Norwegian and global clients since 1966. Today its practice covers all the key commercial disciplines, with a particular focus on domestic and international transactions, commercial law advice and dispute resolution. Since its foundation, BA-HR has shunned mergers in favour of organic growth, and it remains a true partnership with a strong emphasis on teamwork.

Practice Areas: Asset Management & Private Equity, Company, Competition, Compliance & Risk Management, Construction, Contract, Corporate M&A, Debt Financing, Defence Industry, Digital Innovation, Dispute Resolution - Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation, Employment, Benefits & Pension, Energy, Oil & Gas, Environment, EU/EEA, Financial Regulation, Fintech, Fishery & Aquaculture, Infrastructure, Insurance & Claims, Intellectual Property, IT & Data Protection, Life Sciences, Media, Offshore Construction, Oil Services, Planning, Public Procurement, Public Sector, Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Real Estate & Construction, Renewable Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Retail, Securities, Shipping, Tax & Duties, TMT, Trade & Industry

In order to enhance their understanding of business sectors and commercial relationships, and assist in sharing expertise and information, BA-HR’s lawyers are arranged into industry groups, as well as practice groups. The groups contain expertise from across the firm, spanning the full spectrum of client needs from transactional assistance to tax, commercial advice to finance, IP to dispute resolution.

7 partners, 33 fee earners
The finance group helps banks, investment banks and insurance companies with regulatory issues and client engagements, such as corporate finance, multi-sourced and crossborder asset finance, acquisition finance, loans, project finance and restructuring.
Contact: Richard Sjøqvist
Email: [email protected]

Energy & Natural Resources:
6 partners, 23 fee earners
BA-HR’s legal team has vast experience of working closely with a number of major players in the energy sector. The client base comprises clients from both the oil and gas industry as well as the renewable energy sector. The firm has a thorough understanding of the legal framework governing the industry, and advise on day-to-day administration, as well as handling transactions and acting as counsel in disputes. BA-HR also offers an exceptionally strong and experienced tax team, which is fully integrated in the group and has represented oil companies in many of the most notable tax disputes in Norway.
Contact: Thomas K. Svensen
Email: [email protected]

Oil Services & Shipping:
6 partners, 25 fee earners
BA-HR works closely with large, well-established players, as well as smaller participants and newcomers to the shipping and oil services industries. The shipping and oil services team has a thorough understanding of maritime, contractual and corporate law, as well as the legal and regulatory framework governing the field. Closely integrated with the tax and finance teams, it can assist in all aspects of the client’s business, helping to develop and formulate strategy, conduct contract negotiations, close transactions, implement decisions and resolve disputes.
Contact: Geir Gustavsson
Email: [email protected]

Commerce & Technology:
12 partners, 29 fee earners
BA-HR’s services range from ongoing advice on contracts, intellectual property and employment issues, to acquisitions, mergers and restructuring. The firm assists management and boards in matters related to corporate governance, as well as representing them in negotiations and preparing contracts and corporate documentation. It also acts as counsel in litigation and arbitration proceedings. The lawyers are heavyweights in the areas of corporate law, contract law, employment law, intellectual property, marketing law, distribution and law of agency (including operations of chain stores), dispute resolution, competition and regulatory law, as well as licensing.
Contact: Are Stenvik
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Tarjei Thorkildsen
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction:
6 partners, 23 fee earners
The real estate and construction team at BA-HR assists with everything from structuring complex cross-border investments, to real estate sales and acquisitions. Over the past few years, it has taken part in many of the largest real estate transactions in Norway, as well as helping to shape the emerging Nordic PPP market. The construction practice covers structuring and negotiation as well as complex litigation matters.
Contact: Stig L Bech
Email: [email protected]

Asset Management & Private Equity:
4 partners, 17 fee earners
The lawyers in this team serve the asset management industry, working on projects ranging from fund structuring to investments and exits. They offer specialist skills and expertise to sponsors, managers, investors and funds at every stage of the process. A significant part of this work involves establishing operations and investment vehicles outside Norway.
Contact: Peter Hammerich
Email: [email protected]

Corporate M&A:
21 partners, 30 fee earners
BA-HR’s corporate team works in a wide range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on oil and gas, oil services, banking and finance, shipping, private equity, real estate, pharmaceuticals and consumer/retail. The team draws on expertise from across the firm to bring clients a comprehensive service with a commercial outlook. The corporate team has the capability, resources, experience and drive to deliver first class, effective and practically-oriented advice. Handling anything from bolt-on acquisitions up to the very largest cross-border, transformational corporate transactions, the firm put together appropriately sized teams with the right competence, who can contribute to all stages of the deal, from the initial project review, to strategy, structuring, negotiations and drafting, all the way through to the post-acquisition implementation phase. As shown by consistent top ratings over the years, BA-HR has developed considerable expertise in stock exchange, securities, company and commercial law.
The corporate team’s work includes advising clients on IPOs, mergers, demergers, corporate restructurings, share issues, takeovers and bids, as well as regulatory and compliance matters. A seamless approach to large, complex and often multijurisdictional corporate transactions is among the hallmarks of BA-HR’s practice.
Contact:Øystein Guvåg
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
12 partners, 38 fee earners
BA-HR’s dispute resolution team continuously handle a considerable number of complicated, high-value cases. The team solves all types of corporate disputes and set up teams for each individual case, often across the firm’s industry groups if necessary, to provide the most efficient assistance to its clients. Several of BA-HR’s partners have the best experience in litigation and arbitration in regard to corporate issues in Norway, and whom at the same time are experts within their fields.
Contact: Atle Skaldebø-Rød
Email: [email protected]