Powerful progress at Legal 500 2021

The renowned legal rating agency Legal 500 has published the results from its 2021 edition. We consolidate our position as one of Norway’s leading law firms and are rated in 19 of 19 practice areas. We obtain Tier 1 and Tier 2 ratings within 13 practice areas. 44 of our lawyers have been recognized within their respective areas of expertise.

Legal 500 has, based on interviews with the law firms’ client and their own research, rated the best law firms and lawyers within nineteen practice areas in Norway.

We are rated in Tier 1 or 2 within the following practice areas.

  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Construction
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment law
  • EU and Competition
  • Insurance
  • M&A
  • Offshore Construction and Shipbuilding
  • Oil and Gas
  • Public Procurement
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

Additionally, we obtain strong results within Electricity and Renewable Energy, Fishery and Aquaculture, Corporate recovery and Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Maritime Law and TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications).


Legal 500 research nineteen practice areas in Norway and has listed the lawyers they recognize to be the best within each practice area. The fortyfour lawyers in Arntzen de Besche recognized in the 2021 edition are:

Hans Henrik Kværne, Anders Dyrseth, Anders Rødland, Andreas Nordby, Christian Backe, Christopher Hestnes, Eilif S. Koch, Erlend Solberg, Espen I. Bakken, Eyvind Sandvik, Frode Martin Toftevåg, Henrik Braavold Johansen, Håvard Sandnes, Ingeborg Moen Borgerud, Joar Grimsbu, Jon Gresseth, Jon Martin Atkinson, Karl Erik Navestad, Karl Rosén, Knud Jacob Knudsen, Knut Martinsen, Knut-Marius Sture, Lars Horgen Hinze, Linn Kvade Rannekleiv, Marianne Lind Sahl, Mira Tengesdal Torstenbø, Odd-Harald Wasenden, Ole Skeidsvoll Moe, Per A. Dagslet, Per Kristian Ramsland, Pål Sveinsson, Rune Omdal, Rune Tjomsås Andersen, Siril Visnes, Stein Knut Tonning, Stein Ove Solberg, Stian Heimdal, Svein Terje Tveit, Sven Iver Steen, Terje Granvang, Thomas Øslebø, Tommy Dahlen, Trond Kildal and Vidar Løhre.


We are very pleased to see that six of our lawyers are rated in the category Next Generation Partner. Lawyers ranked in this category has up to five years experience as partner and have received significant recognition from clients and peers in the market. The partners in Arntzen de Besche that are rated in this category are:

  • Christian Backe (employment)
  • Espen I. Bakken (public procurement)
  • Linn Kvade Rannekleiv (insurance)
  • Stian Heimdal (construction)
  • Svein Terje Tveit (EU and competition)
  • Vidar Løhre (banking and finance)


The results of the survey are partially based on interviews with our clients. We are grateful for the feedback our clients have provided to Legal 500. Some of the feedback from this year’s edition are:

  • Extremely knowledgeable, efficient, clear in their advice and trustworthy. Always there when you need them (Employment)
  • They are a leading provider of legal advice and assistance in this area. They are a very well-known company in Norway (EU and Competition)
  • Competent, always available, creative in negotiations (Capital Markets)
  • Always responsive and helpful. Combined competence is unique. Each individual is quick to refer to an expert on the area if needed (M&A)
  • What makes this team unique is the combination of efficiency, availability, and their ability to get a complete understanding of the case (Construction)
  • Very good team with high-level performers and solid commercial experience (Dispute Resolution) Flexible, hard-working and delivers on time (often with short delivery time frames) (Insurance)
  • Cooperative, clever, quick at learning and understanding, effective and available (Offshore construction and shipbuilding)
  • Responsive and practical. Arntzen de Besche has capabilities in the various legal areas to meet my company’s legal needs. The team is timely in responding and practical in their advice (Oil and Gas)
  • Always available, competent and knowledgeable, they deliver practical legal advice on time (Public Procurement)
  • The team is very competent and is always providing excellent advice in all matters of importance to a real estate company (Real Estate)
  • Unique competence in combining legal and business expertise adding exceptional value for the customers (Electricity and Renewable Energy)
  • Insolvency and corporate practice on a very high level, with outstanding quality and delivery always on time (Insolvency and Corporate recovery)
  • High professional quality on IP, and excellent customer responsiveness (Intellectual Property)
  • Efficient, available, cooperative, constructive and highly skilled team members with great knowledge about the area (Maritime law)
  • Young and light footed team. Very easy to work with (TMT)


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