Provided by BAHR
BAHR’s corporate team enjoys a leading position based on its considerable expertise in stock exchange, securities, company and commercial law. The group advises clients from across the world on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, sales and demergers, corporate restructurings, share issues, takeovers and bids, as well as regulatory and compliance matters.
With over 50 lawyers we are a powerhouse for corporate M&A – a fact recognised by Mergermarket, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg, which regularly place us at or near the top in Norway for both volume and value of deals. Our market share of the largest M&A – regularly totalling around 50% of the top 20 deals – is particularly notable.
Our corporate lawyers are valued by clients for their practically-oriented approach and in-depth understanding of their strategic and commercial goals. A seamless approach to large, complex and often multijurisdictional corporate transactions is also among the hallmarks of BAHR’s practice, and many leading Norwegian and global clients turn to us for their most complex and international work, knowing that our team has the broad international experience, knowledge and business acumen they require.
Active across most industries, the group is particularly notable for its strength in the oil and energy sector and enjoys a strong name for deals in the infrastructure sector and in large real estate portfolio transactions. We also continue to advise many of the region’s most active private equity houses.
BAHR boasts an outstanding team offering expertise on all corporate and M&A matters, including both public and private transactions. The law firm possesses market-leading prowess in M&A and joint ventures involving the energy industry. It is highly experienced acting for financial institutions and private equity funds. BAHR also demonstrates particular strength in ECM mandates such as IPOs and private placements.
Robin Bakken is a leading ECM lawyer with experience in mandates involving private placements. One source notes that he has "deep expertise in Norwegian capital markets," adding that he "combines clear advice with an ability to identify and focus on the key points of importance for the client."
Svein Gerhard Simonnæs advises industrial companies as well as private equity funds and banks on M&A transactions. Clients say that he is "very commercial and provides excellent advice in complex transactions and situations."
Lars Knem Christie focuses on ECM transactions, often assisting with share listings and private placements. One client describes him as "our immediate 'go-to' for any highly problematic capital markets matters, given the expert and pragmatic nature of his advice."
Lars Kristian Sande is a well-regarded M&A practitioner with experience advising clients from a range of sectors, including private equity investors.