Managing Partner: Erling Ueland
Number of partners worldwide: 58 Number of lawyers worldwide: 160
Languages: Scandinavian languages, English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch, Chinese
Schjødt is one of Norway’s largest law firms and has long international experience in serving both foreign and national clients in international transactions, negotiations and dispute resolutions. All lawyers master English as a working language. The firm has, for several years been at the top of the transaction league tables. Over the last 10 years it has advised on more than 500 M&A transactions with total deal value above EUR 45 bn. (Source: Mergermarket).
Main Areas of Practice:
M&A & Capital Markets:
The firm advises a large number of international clients on an ongoing basis. It conducts a considerable amount of transactional work, frequently acting for UK and US investment banks, and private equity/venture capital funds.
Banking & Finance:
The firm acts on behalf of domestic and international banks, for both regulatory work and traditional banking and finance. The firm undertakes a substantial amount of both debt and equity capital markets work.
Arbitration & Litigation:
The practice has a superb track record before arbitration tribunals and the ordinary courts, including the Supreme Court of Norway. The practice is well known for its success in matters involving the Norwegian regulators and authorities.
The firm has Norway’s largest real estate practice, with the emphasis on transactions, major development projects and financing. Many of its clients are foreign investors and property companies.
The tax group primarily specialises in complex group structuring, business and corporation tax matters, including accounting law and company law.
The firm holds a strong position in the whole field of intellectual property rights, particularly trademarks, patents and know-how. The services comprise general advice, drafting of licensing and other IP-related contracts, due diligence and dispute resolution.
The firm’s work covers the regulatory as well as the contractual and commercial aspects of this market for major national and international telecom and media companies. It is also experienced in technology licensing and protection as well as regulatory matters.
EU & Competition:
The firm advises on all aspects of domestic and EEA/EU competition law matters. Schjødt’s competition lawyers have broad experience from a wide range of industries, giving specialist advice with focus of the clients needs.
The firm has considerable experience in construction law, both on- and offshore. The firm represents many of the largest Norwegian and foreign contractors and developers.
Oil & Gas, Offshore & Shipping:
Schjødt has a leading position on oil and gas, offshore and shipping in Norway, with leading individuals on the core disciplines transactions, finance, regulatory, tax, offshore projects, ship building, drilling contracts and disputes. Schjødt is the only leading Norwegian law firm with an office in the oil hub Stavanger, and the firm also has offices in the shipping hubs Bergen and Ålesund.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
The firm focuses on the restructuring of companies, transactions before and after bankruptcy, refinancing, debt settlement negotiations, creditor recovery, advisory services relating to directors’ liability and risk management related to situations where a party is in financial distress.
The firm provides excellent employment law assistance in a wide range of strategic, transactional and operational advisory services and negotiations, and also has specialists with broad experience in employment dispute resolution. The firm advises clients in general day-to-day employment law issues, as well as comprehensive reorganisations. The firm also handles issues such as transfer of employees, pension, bonus and incentive schemes, discrimination cases, collective agreements and employment agreements.
The team assists both principals and suppliers and place emphasis on providing both operational and strategic advice. Enforcement, be it for the Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement (KOFA) or by Norwegian courts, constitutes a significant part of its advice. In these cases the firm’s procurement experts work closely with its outstanding dispute department, considered to be Norway’s leading in dispute resolution.