Firms To Watch: Maritime law

Gjelsten Herlofsen Advokatfirma AS continues to handle a high level of marine insurance cases, including claims related to damaged cargo and vessel arrest proceedings, under the leadership of seasoned experts Frithjof Herlofsen and Gaute Gjelsten.

Maritime law in Norway


BAHR’s leading and full-service maritime practice runs the gamut of ship finance issues, dry shipping matters, marine insurance work, and contentious mandates. Acting for leading domestic and international shipping companies as well as broker firms and insurers, the team has notable strength in cross-border matters. Henrik Aadnesen and Rebecca Lund Nakkim now co-lead the group after joining from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt in June 2023. Aadnesen takes point on shipping finance matters and transactional mandates, while Nakkim handles shipbuilding work, the sale and purchase of rigs and vessels, and charter contracts. Geir Gustavsson and Anne Dahl Frisak remain with the practice; the ‘high-calibre‘ Gustavsson has a broad practice spanning shipbuilding, project finance, and contentious mandates, while Frisak is the key contact for sale and leaseback projects and shipbuilding contracts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Henrik Aadnesen; Rebecca Lund Nakkim

Autres avocats clés:

Anne Dahl Frisak; Geir Gustavsson; Marte Leveraas

Les références

‘Clear communications, swift responses and clear advice.’

‘Anne Dahl Frisak is knowledgeable and provides targeted and appropriate advice.’

‘Excellent competence and knowledge of maritime law combined with a good understanding of commercial issues.’

Principaux clients

Eastern Pacific



Østensjø Group

Color Line





The Aker Group

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Norwegian Hull Club

Star Bulk

Cool Company

Edda Wind

Golden Energy Offshore

NRP/Premium Maritime Funds

Hurtigruten Group ASA


Wilh. Wilhelmsen

Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Grieg Group

Ocean Yield


Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Ocean Yield and Ocean Yield Malta on a variety of large and complex transactions, including the $576m sale and leaseback of up to ten Newcastlemax dry bulk newbuildings; the $240m purchase of three 5,500 TEU newbuilding container vessels currently under construction; and the $245m acquisition of two newbuilding ethylene gas carriers (LEG).
  • Acting as lead legal adviser to seismic giant PGS on a private placement of new shares, raising approximately $150m, along with the issuance of a new $450m senior secured bond with a four-year tenor.
  • Represented Norwegian Hull Club’s P&I department in a dispute with West of England P&I Club related to substantial damage to a valuable cargo of drilling rigs carried on the bulk vessel MV Ocean Prefect from China to Venezuela.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig leverages the firm’s domestic network of offices to advise on the full range of shipping and maritime issues, fielding a ‘very experienced‘ team with a solid presence along the Norwegian coast. The full-service offering spans corporate and commercial mandates, ship finance work, offshore matters, as well as casualty work and litigation. Erlend Lous attracts praise for his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of maritime law’ and takes point on complex financing issues in the shipping and offshore sectors, while Yannis Litinas specialises in cross-border transactions. The ‘extremely talentedChristine Rødsæther handles the full range of transactional shipping mandates, including bareboat charters, shipbuilding contracts, sale and leasebacks, and ship financings. ‘Fantastic tacticianHågen Hansen rounds out the team and is a key name for shipboard investigations, casualty work, and contentious matters; expert litigator Lars Inge Ørstavik is another individual to note here.

Responsables de la pratique:

Yannis Litinas; Jan Vablum; Gunnar Espeland

Autres avocats clés:

Erlend Lous; Christine Rødsæther; Lars Inge Ørstavik; Hågen Hansen

Les références

‘We have worked with Erlend Lous on two transactions and his performance was outstanding: very professional, valuable advice, very efficient, patient, strong in negotiations to protect our best interest but still commercial and diplomatic. One of the best lawyers I have personally worked with over more than 10 years.’

‘Deep understanding of the market and exceptionally hands-on partners.’

‘Yannis Litinas represents one of the sharpest minds in the maritime finance space in Europe. He is exceptionally hands-on and his capacity to find commercially viable solutions to complex challenges is second to none.’

Principaux clients

Blystad/Songa Group

Clarksons (Oslo)

DNB Bank

Energifonden Maritime AS


Fearnley Securities AS

Grieg Shipping II AS

Grieg Edge AS

Grieg Shipbrokers

Green H AS

Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd.

Lunasol Polaris

Fosen Yard AS

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Grieg Star

Maritime Asset Partners Limited

Ness Risan & Partners

Sterling Shipping Ltd

RF Ocean SA with subsidiaries

Uthalden Maritime

Zonda Drilling AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the owners and the insurers of the crude oil tanker Sola TS in litigation against the Norwegian Government following the collision with and subsequent sinking of the Norwegian Navy’s frigate KNM Helge Ingstad.
  • Advised Sterling Shipping Ltd. of Malta with subsidiaries on the (i) acquisition of its 4th bulk vessel, (ii) reflagging of vessels and restructuring of the group, and (iii) refinancing of the fleet of vessels.
  • Advised UMAS 1 AS on the purchase and employment/operation agreements of the drilling rig SSV Catarina.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Drawing on the firm’s notable strength in banking and finance, the ‘extremely hardworking and responsive‘ maritime practice at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS stands out for its expertise across the full range of transactional shipping and maritime work. Acting for owners, banks and syndicates, the team is especially active on Norwegian shipping transactions as well as refinancings and restructurings in the offshore supply sector. ‘Excellent partnersMads Haavardsholm and Henrik Hagberg jointly lead the team; Haavardsholm has a broad corporate shipping practice spanning vessel sales and purchases, shipbuilding contracts and charterparty negotiations, while Hagberg is the key name for cross-border transactions and dispute resolution in the space. Casualty work and marine insurance issues are handled by Andreas Meidell, and Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl is recommended for her ‘one-of-a-kind’ ship finance expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mads Haavardsholm; Henrik Hagberg

Autres avocats clés:

Ellen Teresa Heyerdahl; Andreas Meidell

Les références

‘Thommessen stands out from the crowd.’

‘Strong understanding of complex shipping transactions and ability to find solutions to challenges.’

‘Extremely hardworking and responsive. Well connected in the global maritime financing space.’

Principaux clients

Höegh Autoliners and Höegh LNG

Wilh Wilhelmsen Holding ASA/Wallenius Wilhelmsen ASA

Gard AS

Seaway 7 ASA

Pareto Securities AS

Island Offshore AS

Jo Tankers AS

Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers ASA

Norwegian Hull Club

BW Maritime/BW Offshore/BW LPG

DeepOcean AS

Fearnley Advisors AS

TRF Ship Management AS

Amon Maritime AS

Belships ASA

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Gdansk Shiprepair Yard “Remontowa” SA

Tschudi Shipping Company

Hunter Group ASA

Odfjell SE



G2 Ocean




Viken Shipping

Arne Blystad AS

Western Bulk Charterering AS

Ocean Infinity

MPC Containerships ASA

Seadrill Offshore AS

Havfram Wind AS

Azane Fuel Solutions AS

Norwegian Hull Club – Gjensidig Assuranseforening

Gard AS

Solvang ASA

Arctic Securities AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Seadrill in a dispute concerning the redelivery of the rig “West Hercules” to SFL.
  • Assisted Norwegian insurers DNK and NHC in connection with cover considerations concerning vessels stuck in Ukraine after the outbreak of the war, including the sale of certain vessels being detained.
  • Assisted Havfram Wind with the entry into of a shipbuilding contract with Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd for a second jack-up wind turbine installation vessel.


Karl Even Rygh and Kristine Hasle jointly lead Wiersholm’s ‘excellent’ maritime team, which is routinely instructed by domestic and international ship and rig owners, service companies, and financial advisers on the full range of contentious and non-contentious mandates. On the transactional side, Rygh handles newbuilding and conversion projects and sale and leaseback work, while Hasle takes point on shipping and offshore-related restructuring work. Marine insurance is a notable area of expertise for the group, with ‘strategically sound’ litigator Christian Hauge acts for shipowners, insurers, and classification societies in major litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Karl Even Rygh; Kristine Hasle

Autres avocats clés:

Christian Hauge

Les références

‘Excellent team both professionally and socially. Strong strategic approach and good negotiators. Good reputation.’

‘Christian Hauge is very strong professionally and an excellent negotiator and very strong in the field of maritime law. Strategically sound and at the same time solution-oriented. Honest and direct feedback at all times in all cases. Good reputation and pleasant manner.’

Principaux clients

Hurtigruten AS

Siem Industries


Golden Ocean Group Limited

Frontline Limited

Archer Limited

Avance Gas Holding Ltd.

Viking Supply Ships


MPC Container Ships ASA

NYK Lines

Western Bulk Chartering AS

Sinoceanic Shipping AS

OSM Maritime Group

Flex LNG Ltd

Granne Forsikring


Nordlys Forsikring

Wilh. Wilhelmsen

Lindblad Expeditions

Maersk Supply Service


ADS Maritime Holding Plc

J. Lauritzen Singapore Pte. Ltd

Pareto Securities AS

Equinor ASA

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)

SFL Corporation Ltd

AquaShip AS

Liberty Mutual Insurance SE

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Tidewater Inc.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Tidewater on the acquisition of 37 PSVs from Solstad, together with the innovation of time charter parties and transfer of employees, for a price of $577m.
  • Advised OSM on the acquisition of/merger with Thome.
  • Assisted SFL Corporation Ltd in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings relating to Seadrill Limited, hereunder taking redelivery of three drilling rigs which had been on lease to Seadrill.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein’s offering runs the gamut of maritime, shipping and offshore work, handling the full spectrum of dry and wet shipping mandates, disputes, and cross-border transactions. Øyvind Axe oversees the global team from the firm’s Bergen office, while Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen, praised for his ‘exceptional industry knowledge‘, co-heads the group from Oslo. Also based in Oslo is Herman Steen, who heads up the shipping and offshore disputes subgroup and is described by clients as ‘unquestionably the leading light for casualty work‘. Oddbjørn Slinning handles marine insurance litigation and casualty mandates, while Morten Lund Mathisen attracts praise for his expertise in wreck removal contracts. At associate level, the ‘up-and-comingMari Berg Rindahl is also recommended for cross-border transactional work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Øyvind Axe; Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen; Herman Steen

Autres avocats clés:

Oddbjørn Slinning; Mari Berg Rindahl; Morten Lund Mathisen

Les références

‘Broad knowledge of shipping, offshore and sector-related financing. High quality across the board.’

‘Wikborg Rein is a longstanding market leader within maritime law in Norway. They have a unique understanding of all legal aspects related to the shipping and offshore industry, and combine thorough legal knowledge with outstanding industry knowledge.’

‘Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen combines first-class knowledge of corporate, finance and contract law with exceptional industry knowledge to provide practical and solid advice. He is keenly involved in all aspects of our business, and we engage him as our trusted adviser on all important business decisions.’

Principaux clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard

Gard Marine & Energy Ltd

DNB Bank

Floatel International

Fred. Olsen Windcarriers

Gram Car Carriers

Norwegian Hull Club

Odfjell Drilling

The Swedish Club

Solstad Offshore

Transocean Services AS


Yara International ASA




Codan Insurance

Hydor AS


Norwegian Royal Navy

London P&I Club

BW Offshore


Fjord1 AS

COSL Drilling

Macro Offshore

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as global lead counsel to the Solstad Offshore ASA group in connection with the sale of the group’s PSV fleet, comprising 37 vessels in operation along with related charterparties and onshore and offshore employees, to Tidewater Inc.
  • Successfully defended Gard Marine & Energy Limited and co-insurers as the H&M insurers against a claim for total loss compensation of $20m in a Constructive Total Loss decision.
  • Acted for Base Marine Norway AS, a joint venture between P&O Maritime FZE in Dubai and some Norwegian investors, in an arbitration with Kuehne + Nagel AS under a seven-year time charterparty.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA advises domestic and international clients in the offshore, oil and marine insurance industries on the full spectrum of shipping issues, spanning charterparties, casualties, marine insurance, and contentious work. The ‘excellentKristian Lindhartsen leads the team and has a focus on marine insurance work, including coverage disputes, direct-action matters, and various marine casualties. Jostein Moen is the name to note for transactions and restructurings in the shipping sector, while ‘master tacticianLilly Kathrin Relling handles charterparties, building contracts, and contentious work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kristian Lindhartsen

Autres avocats clés:

Lilly Kathrin Relling; Jostein Moen

Les références

‘Kvale has a very collaborative environment and the lawyers think outside the box with regularity. They have provided valued guidance over the years and become a go-to source for assistance in Norway.’

‘Kristian Lindhartsen is excellent.’

‘Kristian Lindhartsen and Lily Relling are the standout partners on the team. They work very well together and bring high value to the work before them. Kristian leaves no stone unturned in considering legal strategy. Lily is a master tactician in executing a plan with precision.’

Principaux clients


Fearnlys Offshore

Bourbon Offshore Norway

Viking Engineering



First Marine

Brit Syndicate 2987

Nørresundby Rederi & Shipping af 2017

Vilma Oil


Clarksons Platou

Kongsberg Maritime

Statnett SF

Solution Seeker

WR Berkley Insurance (Europe)

Lancashire Insurance

Eagle Burgmann Norway

AOS Lifter

Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione

BW Offshore


Marit Kirkhusmo heads up the dedicated shipping and offshore offering at SANDS, which spans all aspects of shipping-related work, including construction, shipbuilding and charter work, and contentious mandates. Kirkhusmo specialises in financing work in the shipping and offshore sectors and handles sale and leaseback issues, vessel constructions, and dispute resolution mandates for shipowners, brokers, insurance companies, and agents. Guy Leonard, dual-qualified in Norway and England and Wales, has extensive experience advising on project development and vessel chartering issues, with a notable emphasis on LNG floating storage and regasification projects. At associate level, Hallvard Janbu Høyem assists shipowners and shipyards with marine insurance and contractual matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marit Kirkhusmo

Autres avocats clés:

Guy Leonard; Hallvard Janbu Høyem

Les références

‘What sets this practice apart is their unwavering dedication to client success. They take the time to deeply understand your unique needs and objectives, tailoring their legal strategies accordingly. Their team’s expertise spans a wide range of practice areas, ensuring comprehensive support.’

‘SANDS truly shines in their personalised approach and ability to stay ahead of the curve. A resounding 10/10 recommendation!’

‘Guy Leonard is truly exceptional. His leadership and expertise set him apart in the legal field. Guy’s ability to grasp complex legal issues and translate them into practical strategies is remarkable.’

Principaux clients

Höegh LNG

Gjensidige Insurance

Vard Group

AKVA Group

Eitzen Group, including Camillo Eitzen & Co AS and Eitzen Avanti AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Eitzen Avanti AS with the acquisition of B-Gas A/S, B-Gas NSG, B-Gas Pelagic and their subsidiaries (collectively, B-Gas) from Bergshav and its partners.
  • Advising Höegh LNG on the charter and delivery of two floating LNG storage and regasification units (FSRUs) for the fast-track LNG import projects at the Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel Ports in Germany.
  • Advising Vard Group on the restructuring of DOF Group, which is a leading Norway-based ship-owning group in the offshore services industries.


The shipping and offshore team at Selmer stands out for its strong track record in advising on shipbuilding and vessel finance work. Seated within the firm’s broader energy department, the group has notable expertise in charterparties, management agreements, and drilling contracts, particularly for clients in the oil services industry. Preben Berge Helverschou and Nicolai Myren oversee the team from Oslo and Stavanger, respectively; the ‘superb’ Helverschou joined the team from Kvale Advokatfirma DA in July 2023 and has expertise in wet shipping issues, contracts, and transactional work, while Myren takes point on contract negotiations, disputes, and project follow-up mandates. Also in the core team is Christian Steen Eriksen, who is recommended for contentious mandates in the shipping industry.

Responsables de la pratique:

Preben Berge Helverschou; Nicolai Myren

Autres avocats clés:

Christian Steen Eriksen

Les références

‘This team distinguishes itself through deep expertise, professionalism, and a client-centric approach.’

‘They combine legal acumen with a commitment to client success. Potential clients can trust in their expertise and dedication.’

‘The stand-out quality of individuals at Selmer, particularly Preben Helverschou, is their exceptional expertise in maritime law. Preben’s precision and client-focused approach are unmatched, consistently delivering outstanding results.’

Principaux clients

Eidesvik Offshore



Reach Subsea

Ocean Installer

Westcon Yards



Altera Infrastructure (formerly Teekay Offshore)

DSV Air & Sea Norway

Awilco Drilling


COSL Drilling

Yinson Production

Tersan Shipyard

Green Yard Kleven shipyard (formerly Kleven Verft)

Swire Energy Services

Technip Energies Group (various subsidiaries)

Magseis Fairfield

SpareBank 1 SMN

Skuld P&I Club

Rem Offshore

Olympic Subsea

The Norwegian Hull Club

Ræder Bing

Jon Andersen leads the maritime offering at Ræder Bing, which has notable expertise in cargo-related matters, handling liability claims, and marine insurance matters, as well as claims and disputes following collisions and groundings. Charterparty issues and commercial agreements also feature in the group’s workload. Andersen works alongside Kristian Østberg, who handles arrests, insurance matters, and charterparties.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jon Andersen

Autres avocats clés:

Kristian Østberg

Les références

‘Jon Andersen is a very experienced transport lawyer. Highly recommended.’

‘Solid knowledge in logistics and broad experience background.’

‘Jon Andersen – solid knowledge base and understanding of client business. Efficient response to requests.’

Principaux clients

Tryg Forsikring NUF

W.R. Berkley Insurance Nordic NUF

If Skadeforsikring NUF

MOWI Markets Norway AS

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

AXA XL, Norway Branch

Zurich Insurance plc

Norwegian Coastal Directorate

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the City Court of Oslo on the Limitation fund following the grounding of the vessel ‘Server’ in 2007 near Hellesøy in Fedje in Norway.
  • Advising the Norwegian Coastal Administration on various maritime law issues including preparedness against acute pollution.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt’s full-service maritime practice sits within the firm’s broader shipping and oil services team, handling acquisitions, divestments, and restructurings for a diverse group of clients. Shipbuilding, ship conversion, and repair contracts are other key areas of expertise for the group. Erlend Bakken now leads the team, which also includes Norman Hansen Meyer, who assists ship owners, charterers, and managers with charterparties, management contracts, and marine insurance matters. Trond Sollund takes point on litigation and arbitration proceedings in the oil and gas sector, while the ‘wise and experiencedStian Tennfjord has a focus on shipyard-side mandates. The ‘astute, assiduous and accessibleCamilla Bråfelt handles contractual work, including charterparties. Henrik Aadnesen and Rebecca Lund Nakkim left the team in 2023 and are now at BAHR.

Responsables de la pratique:

Erlend Bakken

Autres avocats clés:

Camilla Bråfelt; Stian Tennfjord; Øyvind Brandal; Norman Hansen Meyer; Trond Sollund

Les références

‘An outstanding team, superb client care paired with detailed, thoroughly thought out advice and approach. A very real alternative to the market offerings.’

‘The relationship and knowledge and expertise has been exceptionally good.’

‘Erlend Bakken and Camilla Bråfelt both go the extra mile to ensure our matters are solved and the advice given is appropriate and sufficient. They have been fantastic.’

Principaux clients

Frontline Plc

Höegh LNG AS

Vard Group AS

SFL Ltd.

Prosafe SE

Intership AS

Northern Ocean Ltd.

Ava Ocean AS

Sanco Holding AS

Stove Bulk AS

Eastern Bulk Carriers AS

Reach Subsea AS