Trademark – protect your unique advantages

Our team of experienced trademark experts stand ready to help you protect your trademark.  We invest in getting to know you and your company’s specific needs to put together a strategy which is tailor-made and perfectly suited for you. This way we make sure that we can best assist you with all aspects of the process – from application to protecting and enforcing your trademark rights.

Kvale can assist you with:

Your unique trademark could potentially be one of your company’s most valuable assets. It can help build trust and loyalty with your customers. Often it can be the decisive factor for why customers prefer your products or services over your competitors’. That is why it is so important to take ownership and to secure your trademark rights.

It takes time, effort and knowledge to build a strong trademark. Kvale’s trademark experts have long experience and can help you navigate. We have experience across many sectors and markets, making it possible for us to provide a tailor-made solution perfectly suited you and your company. Kvale is known for offering services of the highest quality whilst at the same providing the most cost-efficient advise. We will keep you updated throughout the process to make sure there will be no surprises when you are presented with the bill.

Contact us today for an informal talk to or send us an e-mail at and we will contact you immediately.

Capital Markets

Kvale’s capital markets team regularly assist with listings, share issues, bond issues as well as restructuring of listed companies.

We assist several listed companies with regard to handling of insider information, disclosure and notification obligations, corporate governance and other obligations applicable for listed companies. We also assist investment firms with regard to regulatory issues.

Our clients includes investors, issuers and investment firms, including listed companies in banking and finance, technology and traditional industry.

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Maritime Law

Norway has long tradition as a maritime nation, and maritime law encompass all legal sides of the shipping industry.

Our lawyers assists with all maritime law aspects, from private lawissues such as charterparties and other marine contract law, casualties, marine insurance, to public law issues such as pollution liability, sanctions law and other governmental aspects relevant for the shipping industry.

We plead maritime law cases before the ordinary courts and in arbitration proceedings, as well as assisting our clients with litigation outside Norway utilising our wide international network.

Maritime emergency: + 47 22 47 97 80

Food law

The Food & Drink Industry is one of Norway’s largest industries, and it is subject to strict regulations in order to contribute to food safety and food security as well as a high consumer protection. The food law is in all material aspects EU/EEA related – and is constantly changing. Kvale follows the legislative development close and the firm has a substantial knowledge within food i law. The firm assists large Norwegian and Foreign Companies in all questions related to the food law. Kvale has as the only Norwegian law firm joined Food Lawyers Network, and contributes as a regular correspondent in the periodical European Food & Feed Law Review.

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Public procurement

Public-sector purchases of goods and services amount to approximately NOK 480 billion a year. The majority of purchases must comply with a fixed procedural framework based on both EU law and Norwegian procurement legislation. Kvale’s focus on the public procurement field in recent years has given it considerable expertise in this area.

Kvale advises both purchasers and suppliers, and is thus highly familiar with the perspectives and interests of both sides. Although the firm serves a wide range of clients, the majority of its assignments relate to the healthcare and pharmaceuticals, energy, ICT, transport, real estate and construction industries.

Kvale advises on all aspects of the procurement process.

We assist purchasers with, for example:

We assist suppliers with such matters as:

Public law

Public law is a wide and complex special field. Good guidance depends upon a thorough knowledge of public work and the particular rules of law, which Kvale has.

Our lawyers give assistance to local governments, wholly-owned or partly owned public enterprises and private parties on the entire width of administrative law and of the remaining issues within public law.  This includes planning and building law, expropriation, infrastructure, public liability, administrative law in general, law of local government and health, school and social-/welfare law.  Kvale has entered into general agreements with several municipals.

Kvale has substantial experience in the decision-making processes in the public administration and with preliminary works for political decisions.

We give assistance in negotiations and are also counsel for municipals and private parties in legal disputes for all instances.

Our advice includes:

Oil and gas

The Norwegian petroleum sector is the largest contributor to the national budget, and since the 1980s Kvale has been one of the leading Norwegian law firms within this sector. We have been involved in most of the field developments on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), dating back to the opening of the Statfjord and Gullfaks fields up to the present day. We have acted as counsel in some of the biggest and most complex oil and gas disputes and transactions on the NCS.

The regulations and contracts are highly complex.  During the years we have been able to build up an unique industry sector knowledge, which has been a key factor for establishing our position as a leading and top ranked oil and gas law firm. We provide regulatory and contractual advice within the whole value chain, from establishing a company in Norway to exploration, development, production and up to cessation of the petroleum activities. Kvale’s oil and gas practice is recognised as top-tier by the Legal 500 guide. Their report states:

As ‘one of the leading firms in Norway on petroleum law’, Kvale Advokatfirma DA ‘stands out for its regulatory and litigation experience’; practice co-head Jens Brede is ‘the go-to guy for oil litigation’. Contract specialist Yngve Bustnesli and offshore construction expert Erik Brannsten also jointly lead the department.” (2019).

Our advice includes:

Kvale also advises the participants in the petroleum sector within other areas of law, including tax law, employment and pension law and competition law.



Data protection and privacy

In today’s digital society all businesses treats personal data. New methods for storing, sharing and analysing information has increased the commercial value of customer data. At the same time public regulation imposes stricter requirements on how private businesses and public authorities ensure the privacy of the individual. The risk of infringement will increase even more when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force in 2018 introducing new requirements on accountability, privacy by design and data portability on replaces the current Data Protection Regulation in 2018.

Strong privacy is a competitive advantage. Our experienced team renders both legal and strategical assistance in order to ensure that your business handles the personal data in compliance with the existing  data protection legislation.

Our lawyers can among other things assist you with:

Litigation and dispute resolution

Kvale’s lawyers have extensive experience of handling large and complex civil actions through the ordinary courts and arbitration tribunals. We frequently represent many of Norway’s biggest companies, including those in the oil and gas, energy and telecoms industries. We possess strong commercial understanding in addition to the professional weight required in order to assist you in the best possible way.

Kvale is recognised as a top-tier firm within litigation, and the company’s skilled lawyers are regularly appointed as arbitration judges in legal conflicts between businesses. Our team includes more than 25 lawyers who conduct cases regularly, and the firm has 10 lawyers who are admitted to appear before the Norwegian Supreme Court.


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Restructuring, insolvency and investigations

Kvale has one of the largest and most recognized restructuring and insolvency departments in Norway, and is top rated in national and international rankings.  We regularly advise financial institutions in problem cases, including in inter creditor negotiations and in assessing the bank’s position and risk when their customer encounters economic problems. Kvale draft refinancing loan documentation, security and guarantee documentation and inter creditor agreements, and we also assist with collection of claims and enforcement of security interests.

Kvale’s lawyers are often appointed as administrators of bankruptcy proceedings or debt settlement proceedings in complicated national and international insolvency cases, and are continuingly handling a substantial numbers of companies in liquidation of which several are the largest in Norway. Kvale’s lawyers are also appointed as administrators of public administration of an estate.

Within restructuring and refinancing we assist the board of directors and the administration with finding different measures and instruments that could contribute to rescuing the enterprise, including refinancing options, restructuring options and either out of court or judicial creditor negotiations. We also give tactical advise in relation to generation changes, both in Norwegian and international company groups.

Kvale leads private and public investigations, and can offer a confidential and anonymous whistleblower reporting service. Read more about our whistleblower reporting service here.

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