Erik Brannsten has substantial experience from national and international offshore construction projects, onshore contracting, FPSO projects, and drilling contracts, including drafting of contracts, tender competitions (including public procurement), the day to day execution of projects and dispute settlement through negotiations, expert procedures and litigations, and arbitration.

He has considerable experience with oil and gas joint ventures and various cooperation agreements both on the Norwegian and the International Continental Shelf.


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Chambers and Partners Europe


  • Editor for Industrial Constructions and Law Development”, Memorial volume to Norsk Hydros Legal Office, Fagbokforlaget 2005

  • Article: “Who has the risk when the subcontractor fails, Industrial Construction and Law Development, Fagbokforlaget 2005

  • Co-author “Acquisitions and Liability”, IUSEF No. 27

  • Special subject thesis Purchase for Petroleum Operations in Marlus No. 226, February 1997


2013 -
Partner, Kvale
2008 - 2013
Partner, Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA
2006 - 2008
Senior Lawyer, Thommessen, Krefting, Greve, Lund
1999 - 2006
Lawyer, Norsk Hydro ASA
1997 - 1999
Associate, Kluge Advokatfirma ANS
1994 - 1996
Assistant lecturer, Scandinavian Institute for Maritime Law (Nordisk Institutt for Sjørett), Department for Petroleum Law


Cand.jur., University of Oslo