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Ro Sommernes Advokatfirma DA

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Chairman: Nils Holger Koefoed
Board of Directors: Nils Holger Koefoed, Henrik Hareide Nilsen, Linn E. Drejer-Dølvik, Katinka Wikborg, Sissel Beck
Managing Partner: Henrik A. Christensen
Number of partners: 14
Number of lawyers: 34 (including partners)
Languages: Norwegian, English, Danish, Swedish, French, German

Firm Overview:
Ro Sommernes is a highly specialised ‘boutique’ firm located in Oslo Central Business District, Norway. The firm was established in January 1993 by Knut Ro and Staale Sommernes. Ro Sommernes has experienced a steady growth since its establishment and has today a total of 34 lawyers, including 14 partners. Founded on the business idea of providing first-class legal services through a specialised niche firm, Ro Sommernes considers in-depth industry knowledge, partner accessibility and a high level of client attention as key success factors. The firm is solution oriented and innovative, focusing on efficient delivery of legal services backed by commercial understanding and extensive domestic and international experience.

Main Areas of Practice:
-Insolvency & Corporate Recovery
-Corporate, M&A & Transactions (including Real Estate)
-Real Estate & Construction
-Litigation & Arbitration
-Shipping & Offshore

Ro Sommernes offers comprehensive services in the field of business law and has five market groups related to its expertise:
■Insolvency & Restructuring
■Corporate, M&A & Transactions (including Real Estate Transactions)
■Real Estate & Construction
■Shipping, Offshore & Finance
■Litigation & Arbitration

The firm also provides services within IP and media, family law, inheritance law and employment law.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
Ro Sommernes is recognised as one of the leading and most experienced law firms in Norway within the field of insolvency, restructuring and debt negotiations. With its expertise and broad experience, the insolvency and restructuring department handles many of the largest bankruptcies in Norway. Several of the firm’s lawyers are regularly appointed as bankruptcy administrators, debt settlement managers and investigators by the courts. Ro Sommernes advises both debtors, creditors and mortgagees in corporate recovery cases. The firm’s lawyers are also frequently engaged by trustees as consultants.
Contact: Håvard Wiker
Email: [email protected]

Corporate M&A & Transactions (including Real Estate Transactions):
M&A and Transactions represents a major part of Ro Sommernes’ activity. The firm’s transaction team is well-known for its expertise and extensive experience, advising both sellers and buyers, management and stakeholders in relation to cross-border and domestic transactions. Ro Sommernes provides legal services in relation to all aspect of corporate law to private and public companies. The firm is involved in negotiations, structuring, strategic planning and discussions, the signing process and the completion of transactions. The firm’s lawyers have comprehensive experience dealing with all types of corporate documents and agreements.
Contact: Henrik Hareide Nilsen
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction:
Ro Sommernes’ real estate and construction department is well recognised and has long experience advising both buyers and sellers of commercial real estate, in bespoke and complex transactions, covering all stages of buying, selling, leasing and development of real estate. The firm has unique expertise related to hotel real estate, assisting one of the leading players in the hotel business for decades. The firm’s lawyers provide legal services during every step of the purchase and sale process, also advising on financing, management and development of real estate.
Contact: Håkon Ustaheim
Email: [email protected]

Shipping, Offshore and Finance (Corporate/ Commercial):
The shipping and offshore department was established in January 2018 when Erling Lind and Lynne Skajaa joined the firm, bringing specialist expertise of shipping and offshore law to the firm. The department, now consisting of 7 lawyers, provides legal services to Norwegian and international clients with the benefit of experience spanning many market cycles. The team provides legal and commercial advice on strategic corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, equity finance, securities listings and intergroup finance. These lawyers also apply market knowledge and practical experience when advising on, drafting and negotiating the commercial contracts which address their client’s operational, strategic and financial requirements. In tune with the ethos of Ro Sommernes, the team’s approach is to establish a close working relationship with clients, understand their business and provide bespoke services and advice. The firm has an established international network of advisors who provide local law advice and assistance when required by its clients.
Contact: Erling Lind
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
Ro Sommernes has extensive experience with litigation and arbitration, arguing cases before the courts and arbitration panels. The firm’s litigation practice is first and foremost related to corporate, real estate and construction disputes. Several of the firm’s lawyers have been admitted to the Supreme Court of Norway and/or regularly operate as judges in arbitration panels.
Contact: Mathias Tveten
Email: [email protected]