This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2012
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Firm of the Year – Norway
The law firm that became Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS was established in 1856 and is now one of Norway’s leading law firms. With 185 lawyers and offices in Oslo, Bergen and London, it consistently demonstrated excellence in a number of practice areas. Lawyers from the firm’s Oslo and Bergen offices appear 36 times in 17 chapters.
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|TOTAL LAWYERS LISTED IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 36|
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The firm’s internet and e-commerce practice receives great praise, with a wealth of expertise at clients’ disposal. We recognise five lawyers in this field. Haakon Opperud’s expertise includes IT and communications contracts and Ingvild Næss is highly regarded for data protection matters. Arne Ringnes also receives recognition, adding listings in the life sciences and patents sections to his strong performance here.
The firm often acts on some of the largest financial transactions in the Norwegian market and sees four lawyers listed for their capital markets expertise. Hans Cappelen Arnesen and Anders Arnkværn are both highly regarded names, as is Sverre Tyrhaug. Kim Dobrowen is lauded as an expert in the field and also features in the M&A chapter.
Advokatfirmaet Thommessen is also well known for its competition practice, which sees four lawyers featured in the corresponding chapter. A number of the firm’s lawyers have professional experience from the Norwegian Competition Authority, the European Commission, the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the EFTA Court. Eivind Sæveraas is recognised name for matters relating to merger control and Kristin Hjelmaas Valla is particularly well regarded for her work in the energy and pharmaceuticals sectors. Eivind Vesterkjær’s practice includes advising on supply and distribution agreements. Completing the listing is the “excellent” Siri Teigum, singled out for her “first-rate” competition practice and complements this with additional listings in the public procurement and regulatory communications chapters.
Four lawyers from the firm’s Oslo office appear in the corporate tax chapter. Both Henning Naas and Ståle Kristiansen are “world class” for international taxation matters. The firm’s real estate practice is also very strong, with four names featuring prominently in that section: the “brilliant” Christopher Borch and the “top-tier” Christian Müller are both noted for their work regarding commercial property. With regard to finance matters, Hans Haugstad is a leading name and features in the banking and project finance sections.
The firm’s strength across the board is demonstrated by its additional nominees in the litigation, environment, insolvency, insurance and oil and gas chapters.
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