Legal 500 2019 – Our results

Legal 500 is considered by many as the leading global rating agency for legal services and also for having the most precise survey methodology. The results in Legal 500 are made through interviews and surveys among clients, attorneys and other lawyers. This is supplemented together with a review of the business and development of the individual law firm over the past year.

Despite strong results in the past, Kvale achieved significant progress in the ranking for 2019. We are mentioned within 12 sectors and our lawyers collect a total of 43 individual rankings.

Three partners are recognized as leaders in their fields – “Leading Lawyers” and one as “Next Generation Lawyer”:

Jens Brede: Offshore construction & shipbuilding
Jens Brede: Oil & gas
Anne Marie Sejersted: Intellectual property
Tom Hugo Ottesen: Insolvency & corporate recovery
Stine Snertingdalen: Insolvency & corporate recovery

Kvale as a firm is recommended within the following disciplines:

Chambers Global Practice Guide – Copyright 2019

Kvale has provided the Norwegian chapter in Chambers & Partners’ Global Practice Guide 2019 on Copyright. Our comprehensive chapter presents an expert commentary on key legal issues in regards to copyright law in Norway.

Our chapter covers the general structure of copyright regulations, in Norway, as well as detailed analysis of how specific matters, such as licensing, collection societies, dispute resolution etc. are handled under Norwegian law.

You may read the full version of the publication here.

Chambers and Partners publishes new editions of “Expert Guides” every year within various areas of law and jurisdictions, where a selection of legal experts elaborates on important legal issues in relation to the current market situation in the countries/markets. 

Gas Regulation 2019

Kvale’s Oil and Gas team has contributed to the 2019 edition of Chambers and Partners’ Global Practice Guide, by providing the Norwegian chapter on Gas Regulations.

This cross-section study provides a collection of corresponding articles from 24 countries worldwide. This edition covers the following areas:

You can read the complete article here.

Read more about Global Practice Guides at

New report on the enforcement of competition rules in the pharmaceutical sector

Newsletter Life Sciences and Healthcare 1/2019

The European Commission has published a report showing that active competition law enforcement, at EU and national level, in the pharmaceutical sector contributes to delivering more affordable medicines and more choice to patients and healthcare systems. Active enforcement was also found to promote further innovation on the area.

The report provides an overview of the enforcement of antitrust and merger rules in the pharmaceutical sector the last 10 years, and it describes market practises and findings that the authorities have found harmful to competition.

The Commission and national competition authorities in the EU have investigated over 100 cases and adopted 29 decisions against unlawful practices in the supply of medicines since 2009.

The competition authorities have sanctioned several anti-competitive practices leading to higher prices of medicines. These practices encompass actions such as:

Several decisions imposed fines of more than 1 billion euros. Some decisions also impose remedies regarding the companies’  behaviour.

Competition enforcement also is found to contribute to maintaining a level of innovation in the sector by intervening against practices that could have distorted incentives to innovate, in particular to attempts to delay the entry of generic medicines into the market.

The merger control also contributed to innovation by preventing transactions that could have compromised research and development efforts to launch new medicines or to extend the therapeutic use of existing medicines.

The Commission concludes that investigations demonstrates that the pharmaceutical sector requires close scrutiny by competition authorities, and imply competition authorities need to continue scrutinising  the sector.

Read the full report here.

Chambers and Partners Europe 2019

Kvale continues impressive results in leading law firm rankings.

Chambers published the Chambers European 2019 rankings today. Kvale is recommended in 11 practice areas, and our lawyers have achieved 18 individual rankings in this year’s edition.

Kvale is recommended within:

Individual rankings:

Read the full Chambers Europe 2019 here.

Getting the Deal Through – Restructuring and Insolvency 2019

Partner Stine D. Snertingdalen and Senior Lawyer Ingrid E. S. Tronshaug has written an article on Norwegian legislation in the field of restructuring and insovency in the international publication “Getting the Deal Through”, which provides a collection of corresponding articles from 29 countries worldwide.

Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring & Insolvency 2019, (published in November 2018) For further information please visit

Getting the Deal Through – Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

Kvale søker advokatfullmektig/advokat innen fagområdet corporate M&A

Kvale søker dyktig advokat til vår avdeling innen corporate M&A. Er du advokatfullmektig eller advokat med 2-5 års erfaring er det kanskje nettopp deg vi er på jakt etter?

Våre corporate M&A advokater bistår fra de innledende strategiske forhandlinger til gjennomføringen av transaksjoner. Kvale har solid bransjekunnskap og vi er jevnlig  involvert i store transaksjoner innen blant annet fornybar energi, olje & gass og telekom. Vi bistår også jevnlig utenlandske klienter i deres oppkjøp i Norge.

Vi er nå på jakt etter en motivert advokatfullmektig/advokat, som ønsker å jobbe i et travelt og dynamisk miljø. Du vil hovedsakelig jobbe med strategiske vurderinger for våre kunder, kartlegging og planlegging av prosesser, juridiske problemstillinger knyttet til kontraktsforhandlinger, bistand i forhandlinger, gjennomføring av transaksjoner, samt prosedere saker for domstolene.

Vi ser etter deg som:

Vi kan tilby:

Hvordan søke: Send en e-post til HR/Administrasjonssjef Elin Veiteberg  – e-post: med vedlagt søknad, CV og oppdatert karakterutskrift/vitnemål.

Dersom du har spørsmål til stillingen er du velkommen til å ta kontakt med:

Partner Kristin Ourom, mobil 915 50 799, e-post:

Record number of production licenses awarded on the Norwegian continental shelf in APA 2017

Newsletter 1/2018

Oil and gas

An important announcement was made by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy the 16th January which appears to have been somewhat overshadowed by other news including the announcement of the new Norwegian Government.

In the Award in Pre-Defined Areas 2017 (APA 2017), a record number of production licenses were awarded for exploration and further development of the Norwegian continental shelf (“NCS”). The yearly APA licensing rounds cover the most explored areas on the NCS. As many as 75 new licenses were awarded, the highest number ever awarded in one licensing round in Norway. The 75 licenses were located in the North Sea (45), the Norwegian Sea (22), and the Barents Sea (8) respectively. 34 different oil companies were awarded ownership interests, of which 19 companies were awarded (one or more) operatorships. All the new licenses were awarded with work-programme obligations which help to ensure continued activity on the NCS.

The companies awarded licenses ranged from international majors, private equity owned players to small domestic exploration companies, which underscore that the NCS is still one of the most attractive oil and gas provinces in the world.

 © 2018 KVALE Advokatfirma DA



Telias oppkjøp av Phonero godkjent av Konkurransetilsynet

Kvale har bistått klienten Telia med oppkjøpet av Phonero som i dag ble klarert av Konkurransetilsynet.

Advokat og partner Thomas Farhang har hatt ansvar for M&A-prosessen, mens advokat og partner Kristin Hjelmaas Valla har hatt ansvar for de konkurranserettslige deler av saken.

Kvale receives Best Attorney Achievement Award 2016

The Norwegian Financial Newspaper “Finansavisen” has awarded Kale’s Employment Law Department with the award for Best Attorney Achievement 2016. The winner is selected based on votes from Norwegian law firms.

The award was given for the work Kvale performed in connection with winning the Holship-case before the Norwegian Supreme Court (plenary judgment) on December 16th 2016. The opposing parties were The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, the Norwegian Transport Workers Federation and the State of Norway, represented by the Attorney General – Civil Affairs. By winning this case, Kvale succeeded in prohibiting the hundred year old monopoly on loading and unloading ships in Norwegian ports, which has been based on a long lasting collective agreement between The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions and the Confederation of Norwegian Business.

Nicolay Skarning, head of Kvale’s Employment Law Department and Norwegian Representative of The Employment Law Alliance says:

We are very happy to receive this award, but most importantly, winning this case will help the development and growth in Norwegian business within the transport sector. The stevedoring monopoly was a hinder for efficient business. Following the Supreme Court judgement this will no longer be a problem. The judgement is based on EU Law and by consequence the decision may have impact in a lot of other European jurisdictions as well where one still finds stevedoring monopolies” 

Media coverage: News in English

The Supreme Court Judgement, English translation

The EFTA Court Judgement (EU Law), English version