Karl Erik Navestad


Karl Erik Navestad

Navestad assists clients primarily in the energy and maritime sectors. He has more than 20 years of experience as an adviser for companies in the oil and gas industry, both as in-house lawyer and external attorney. He assists oil companies and suppliers in connection with the negotiation and conclusion of commercial agreements, such as rig agreements, agreements for the sale and transport of oil and gas and JOA and unitisation agreements, and he advises on regulatory matters and assists clients in asset and corporate transactions.

Navestad is also active within dispute resolution, mainly in cases relating to oil and gas, offshore construction and shipbuilding. He represents companies in Norwegian and international arbitration cases, and in litigation before Norwegian courts.

Navestad advises a number of Norwegian and international clients, including oil companies, offshore shipowners, shipyards and building contractors, as well as aquaculture companies. He is known for his in-depth industrial understanding, good communication skills and ability to provide clear and practical advice on complex legal issues. With specialised expertise in the fields of petroleum law, contract law and offshore construction contracts, Navestad is a sought-after adviser on industrial projects which are carried out within a regulatory framework.

During his time at Arntzen de Besche, Navestad has also worked as in-house counsel in TOTAL E&P Norge, Aker Exploration and Lundin Norway.

Very experienced oil and gas lawyer with in-depth industry knowledge. He is very quick at catching what is important to his clients, and always delivers on his promises. Very pleasant to work with.

Client, Legal 500, 2023


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14 February 2022

Offshore wind on the NCS: Government press conference and public consultation

On Wednesday 9 February, four Norwegian ministers presented the government’s plans for the next steps in the development of offshore wind on the NCS. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labour) lead the presentation, held in Oslo Harbour. A public consultation letter was published later the same day.

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Arntzen de Besche assists Nordlaks with the hydra innovation project

We are proud to assist Nordlaks with another exciting and complex innovation project. Hydra is a semi-closed production tank for aquaculture. The technology was invented and designed in Norway, and will be built in Turkey by the Gemak shipyard group from the summer until delivery in the first quarter of 2024.


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