André Michaelsen


André Michaelsen

Michaelsen heads the Transactions & Technology department at Arntzen de Besche, as well as our office in Trondheim. He has more than 20 years’ experience as an advisor and has worked on a wide range of transactions, including equity transactions, share issues, venture capital transactions and IPOs, as well as providing day-to-day advice to listed companies. He assists investment firms on questions relating to framework conditions and conduct issues, and has extensive experience of dispute resolution and court advocacy, with the emphasis on company law disputes.

Michaelsen has experience from the Investment Firms Section and the Market Conduct Section at the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway. Together with his role as representative to the EU’s Market Abuse Expert Group in connection with the implementation of the Market Abuse Directive, this gives him a unique understanding of the regulatory environment.

Michaelsen has been involved in some of the biggest transactions in Central Norway and has worked closely with clients and financial advisors in a wide variety of business sectors. He has been project manager and strategic advisor on a number of transactions and major industrial projects, and his excellent negotiating skills are greatly appreciated by his clients.

Restructuring and insolvency processes are another of Michaelsen's score areas of expertise. Here he leverages his strong analytical skills and commercial understanding to come up with sustainable solutions for those involved. He is also a court-appointed receiver for Trøndelag District Court.

Michaelsen is an experienced public speaker and has lectured on stock market and securities law at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) since 2006.


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28 October 2021

Solid recruitment and strong growth for capital markets at Arntzen de Besche

In the first half of 2021, the M&A and Capital Markets team enjoyed an increase in turnover of 40 percent, compared to the first half of the previous year. Solid recruitment of competent lawyers over the last three years has broadened the general expertise and industry knowledge required in a market with increasingly complex assignments. In addition to favourable financial results, the team has also caught the attention of international ranking agency IFLR1000, which recently ranked Arntzen de Besche in Tier 2, the second highest level, in the Capital Markets Debt and Capital Markets Equity categories.

What we have done

Arntzen de Besche assists KMC Properties AS in transaction

Storm Real Estate ASA (OSE: STORM) announced on 17 November that the company has entered into an agreement for the purchase 100 % of the shares in KMC Properties AS (“KMC”) for approximately NOK 1 billion (NOK 1,076 million). KMC is a privately owned real estate company, owned 53 % by EBE Eiendom AS, a company controlled by the Bekken and Thoresen families, and 47 % by the Witzøe family's investment company, Kverva Industrier AS.


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