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Haavind was established in 1893, and the
current firm is the result of a merger in 2000
between four law firms.
It is a full-service law firm for the business
community and public sector, and is widely
recognised as one of the leading full-service
law firms in Norway. Haavind and its partners
are rated by all leading rating agencies such
Legal 500
IFLR 1000
Which Lawyer
within all areas of practice.
The firm prides itself on having dedicated
and experienced lawyers with multi-disciplinary
backgrounds and skills, and with industry focus
as a result of having worked in industry either
before joining the firm or on secondment.
Haavind is not linked to any exclusive
alliances, but has very good contacts with
leading law firms in all major jurisdictions,
and regularly places lawyers on secondment
with relationship firms.
Haavind is the exclusive Norwegian
representative in Conference Blue, a network
of European law firms assisting the
pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical
“Solutions” best describes Haavind’s
business model. Only by utilising the firm’s total
competence, with respect to both legal skills
and industry knowledge, can the best solution
for each specific customer be identified.
This is done by:
Guaranteed partner contact – all customers
are allocated a partner as their primary
point of contact, and are thereby ensured
access to competence on the highest level.
Diversity and community – with more than
120 lawyers, Haavind covers all areas of
business and public law. This community
represents a great and diverse environment,
in both the legal and human respects.
The right competence at the right time –
Haavind is organised in market and
industry-oriented business areas.
Depending on the subject or the need,
the primary partner contact will establish a
tailored team of lawyers from the relevant
legal areas. A firm policy of splitting the
profits equally between the partners
ensures that the customer’s need is kept
in focus.
Involvement – Haavind sees teamwork and
the sharing of competence as necessary for
success. The team philosophy also ensures
that the customer feels an active co-player
in any work assignment.
Haavind is organised according to the following
business areas:
Banking and finance
Human resources
Industry, media and technology
Real estate
Restructuring and bankruptcy
Recent landmark cases and projects include
the following:
assisting DNB and Nordea in financing a
major publishing house’s acquisition of the
Norwegian newspapers of London Stock
Exchange-listed Mecom;
assisting Nordea in financing acquisitions
by EQT, Scandinavia’s largest private equity
representing Siemens in disputes
concerning the construction and
engineering of the Goliat development
project’s onshore electrification system;
representing Heerema in engineering,
projects and construction projects and
representing the Norwegian Public Road
Administration in construction disputes
regarding several of Norway’s largest
infrastructure projects;
representing the Norwegian Ministry of
Defence in major acquisitions of defence
technology, armed vehicles and ships;
assisting Alimentation Couch Tard Inc in a
$2.4 billion acquisition of all shares in listed
Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA, Scandinavia’s
largest chain of petrol stations;
assisting Helse SørØst (hospitals) in the
largest restructuring and staffing
adjustment to date in Norway;
assisting one of the largest media groups
in the Nordic countries in several
restructuring and downsizing measures;
restructuring and staffing adjustment for
two leading listed insurance, capital
management and banking groups;
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS
Client Choice – International 2013