Christian Sønsteby

Senior Associate

Summary

Christian is a senior associate in the Ålesund office and a member of our corporate team with experience across a range of industrial sectors. He acts for shareholders and advises both senior management and boards of directors. Christian graduated from King’s College London in 2015 with a master’s degree in Law (earning an LL.M. with distinction) and joined Kvale as a senior associate in 2016 after four years with another commercial law firm in Norway.

Christian has advised on corporate acquisitions, disposals, corporate governance and restructurings. He also advises on a wide range of issues relating to commercial contracts. He is particularly experienced in negotiating and drafting cross-border manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements.

Representative experience:

  • In connection with the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in 2020, he has advised several large industrial ventures on all matters concerning the operational and financial consequences of the outbreak.
  • In 2019, he was part of the team that advised Credo Partners and First Process Holding on the acquisition of MMC First Process AS from Havyard Group ASA.
  • He drafted critical agreements and advised on corporate matters relating to a Norwegian company’s acquisition of a tourism business based abroad.
  • He advised on the highly publicised NOK 790 million deal to sell the family-owned aquaculture company K Strømmen Lakseoppdrett AS to a listed company.
  • He has advised both shareholders and management on a combined share sale transaction and the private placement of a rapidly-expanding consumer goods and services business in Scandinavia.
  • He has been providing continuous advice on corporate governance issues, stock exchange rules, and obligations, and a complete overhaul and revision of the internal corporate governance regime for the senior management and board of directors of a major Norwegian industrial venture on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
  • In 2017, he was part of a team working to restructure a distressed ship-owning company in the wake of the offshore industry crisis.

He is the primary advisor on domestic and international commercial supply agreements for several major industrial actors within various manufacturing industries.

Christian was admitted to the bar in 2018 and is a member of the Norwegian Bar Association.

He also spent several years working as an online editor and reporter at TV 2 Norway’s national news desk and has gained experience as a general assignment reporter in the national tabloid newspaper VG.

Practice

2020
Senior Associate, Kvale
2016 - 2020
Associate and Senior Associate, SANDS

Education

2015
Master of Laws (LL.M.) with distinction, King's College London
2015
Master's degree in Law, University of Bergen