Maintains strong track record on Legal 500

Reputable rating agency Legal 500 has published its results for the 2023 edition. We consolidate our position as one of Norway's leading law firms and are ranked in 18 out of 20 areas of expertise.

We achieve first and second placements in 11 areas of expertise. 50 of our lawyers are recognised within their core areas. Based on interviews with clients of law firms and its own surveys, Legal 500 has created results lists that rank the leading law firms and individual lawyers in Norway.

We are ranked in Tier 1 or 2 (the top two levels) within the following 11 competence areas.

  • Emplyment (tier 1)
  • Banking and finance (tier 1)
  • EU and competition law (tier 1)
  • Insurance (tier 1)
  • Construction
  • Real estate
  • Public Procurement
  • Offshore construction and shipbuilding
  • Oil and gas
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Dispute resolution

Furthermore, we achieve good results within Renewable Energy, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Intellectual Property Law, Capital Markets, Insolvency and Restructuring, Tax and TMT (Technology, Media and Telecom).

A broad team of specialists

Legal 500 lists the lawyers who are considered to be the foremost in each area. The 50 lawyers in Arntzen de Besche who are ranked in this year's edition are;

Agathe Løwenborg, Aleksander Dypvik Myklebust, Alexander Plows, Anders Dyrseth, Anders Rødland, Andreas Nordby, Atle Stensrud, Christopher Hestnes, Eilif Koch, Eivind Landmark Tandrevold, Eyvind Sandvik, Frida May Behrens, Frode Martin Toftevåg, Gro Amdal, Hanna Lundeberg Raanes, Hans Henrik Kværne, Henrik Braavold Johansen, Håvard Sandnes, Joar Grimsbu, Jon Gresseth, Karl Erik Navestad, Karl Rosén, Knut Martinsen, Knut-Marius Sture, Lars Horgen Hinze, Mira Tengesdal Torstenbø, Odd-Harald B. Wasenden, Ole Skeidsvoll Moe, Paul Gunnar Hagelund, Per A Dagslet, Per Kristian Ramsland, Rune Omdahl, Rune Tjomsås Andersen, Simon Karim Jynge, Siril Visnes, Steffen Rogstad, Stein Knut Tonning, Stein Ove Solberg, Stian Heimdal, Svein Terje Tveit, Sven Iver Steen, Terje Granvang, Thomas Øslebø, Tobias Behncke, Tommy Dahlen, Tor Kristian Lånke, Trond Kildal, Vidar Løhre, Vidar Riksfjord, Wenche Maartmann-Moe

Individual rankings

Legal 500 has ranked lawyers individually within a number of different categories. We are proud of our strong individual rankings.

Hall of Fame:

  • Stein Ove Solberg (EU and competition law)
  • Hans Henrik Kværne (Real estate)

Leading Individual:

  • Alexander Plows (Insurance)
  • Gro Amdal (Public procurement)
  • Håvard Sandnes (Employment)

Next Generation Partners:

  • Eivind Landmark Tandrevold (Dispute Resolution)
  • Siril Visnes (Banking and finance)
  • Stian Heimdal (Construction)
  • Svein Terje Tveit (EU and competition)
  • Vidar Løhre (Banking and finance)
  • Vidar Riksfjord (Dispute resolution)

Rising Star:

  • Frida May Behrens (EU and competition)
  • Tobias Behncke (Dispute resolution)

What do our clients say?

The results of the survey are partly based on interviews with our clients. We thank you for the kind feedback our clients have conveyed to Legal 500. Some of the quotes from this year's survey:

  • Employment: “Business savvy, high quality legal advice. Good discussion partner. Great people.”
  • Banking and finance: “Commercially astute and great attention to detail. High level of service mindedness.”
  • Corporate and M&A: “The team has provided high quality services for several M&A projects, and worked seamlessly with our team of employees to deliver a very good outcome.”
  • Real estate: “Superior knowledge of the Norwegian real estate market, unique negotiation skills, “street smart”, superior knowledge of the client’s needs, friendly.”
  • Energy (Renewable, oil and gas): “Very capable and available team, forward-leaning and eager to add value to our processes.”
  • Construction: “Arntzen de Besche has a wide range of first class lawyers in their construction team.”
  • EU and competition: “Highly skilled and excellent legal knowledge in EU and competition matters, combined with strong and in-depth knowledge of the industry, including regulatory issues. Good combination of experienced partners and up and coming associates. Very dedicated and friendly team.”
  • Fisheries and aquaculture: “They have very strong team within fishing and aquaculture, both in terms of regulatory matters and construction projects.”
  • Insurance: “The team is highly competent and delivers with swiftness and quality. Always looking for the best solutions – listening, but at the same time not afraid to recommend different solutions than asked for.“
  • Intellectual property: “Team has great knowledge and expertise. Love the young and smart minds! They have a business mind and are interested in the other aspects of our business than just the case discussed.”
  • Insolvency and restructuring: “Really strong partners who understand our problems.”
  • Public procurement: “Very competent team. Excellent at understanding our needs, and adapting their methods and advice accordingly. Good at problem-solving and always good at helping us assess the legal risks.”
  • Offshore construction and shipbuilding: “Dedicated, well-prepared and interested in finding the best solution for the client. Easy to communicate and discuss with.”
  • TMT (technology, media og telecom): “Their know how about technology with a dedicated team in Trondheim has been utterly important for us in our matter. Dealing with the newest technology, licenses models etc.. on a daily basis has increased our value proposition and setting the right value on our product.”
  • Dispute resolution: “Arntzen de Besche has a solid position in dispute law. They are highly service-minded and have unique overall insight and knowledge with a very professional and result-oriented approach.”


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