Knut Martinsen


Knut Martinsen

Martinsen focuses particularly on technology companies and companies with technology as their primary value proposition. He works with companies in all phases of their lifecycle, including startups, companies needing financing – both equity and loan capital – companies undergoing financial restructuring and all forms of exit and sales processes.

His experience of the various phases a company undergoes has also given him an in-depth understanding of the different aspects that must be taken into account in each one. In addition to M&A processes, Martinsen has helped clients with all kinds of IT services, from basic service and support to the procurement of advanced IT systems.

Martinsen is keen to gain a fundamental understanding of each client’s business and establish good cooperative relations with them. That is why he always keeps an eye on the underlying drivers in every case and tries to highlight the value of good interactions between contract partners rather than focusing exclusively on negotiating tactics. Martinsen is highly service minded and puts the client’s need for fast follow-up high on his list of priorities. He adapts quickly to new situations and is always on hand to provide flexible and effective assistance.

Knut Martinsen shows a unique combination of legal, commercial and technical sense, and paired with an extremely hands on approach.

Client, Legal 500, 2021


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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.

8 January 2021

Strong results on MergerMarket's league tables 2020

MergerMarket has recently published its league table for 2020 ranking the most active M&A law firms in Norway. We are happy to see that our positive trend continues and that we are ranked on 6th place on total transaction value among the Norwegian law firms on Norwegian transactions, and on 8th place based on deal volume.

What we have done

Arntzen de Besche has assisted EG in its contemplated voluntary offer for Ørn Software

We are pleased to have acted as legal advisors to EG in entering into a transaction agreement with Ørn Software whereby EG Norge AS intends to launch a voluntary offer for all outstanding shares in Ørn Software Holding AS. Through a successful completion of the voluntary offer, EG Norge AS will acquire all outstanding shares of Ørn Software Holding AS at a price of NOK 6.25 per share.

Arntzen de Besche has assisted Nutreco in a strategic investment in Andfjord Salmon

Animal research and nutrition specialist Nutreco and the Norwegian seafood group Holmøy are taking part in a private placement in Andfjord Salmon. In addition, Andfjord Salmon has entered into an operational feed supply agreement with Nutreco’s aquaculture business line, Skretting. We are proud to assist Nutreco as legal advisors in this process.


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