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Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche’s tax practice assists Norwegian and multinational companies in connection with the tax aspects of M&A deals and restructurings. Two of the firm’s prominent tax lawyers, Ulf Werner Andersen and Kåre Moljord are admitted to the Supreme Court of Norway. 

During the research period the firm acted as sole counsel to Transocean on a case in the Norwegian Supreme Court realted to whether a non-resident shareholder can be liable for penalty tax on dividends received from a Norwegian company.

Partner Cecilie Dyrnes left the firm during the research period to join EY.

BAHR

BA-HR is a Norwegian firm that provides legal support for companies in a range of industries. The tax team is led by partner Joachim Bjerke who specialises in international tax work, transfer pricing and structuring M&A transactions. 

During the research period the firm advised Shell in a dispute with the Norwegian tax authorities regarding the application of special duty rules related to the import of a synthetic diesel fuel. The team is also assisting various large-scale industrial groups with VAT audits.

Brækhus

The tax practice at Brækhus offers clients a wide range of services including specialist VAT advice and transactional tax advice. 

Partner John Spissøy is a key contact at the firm and advises on M&A, accounting law and related areas.

Deloitte

The Deloitte tax team has a broad practice and can boast of providing services to 14 of the 25 companies on the OBX of the Oslo Stock Exchange. 

Rolf Saastad heads the tax and legal at the firm and specialises in Norwegian and international tax advice practice. Audun Frøland is another notable practitioner from the firm and specialises in tax advice related to transactions, including M&A and reorganisations.

During the research period the firm advised an individual client on the tax aspects of a transfer of shares. The firm has also supported various companies on due diligence exercises.

During the research period partner Marius Basteviken joined the firm.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s tax team specialises in corporate tax, real estate, public sector work, investments, auditing and dispute resolution. Preben Aas is head of tax at the firm and has a wealth of experience in tax and company law. 

During the research period Siv Øveraasen has advised Teleworld in a court appeal against the Norwegian tax authority. The firm also acts as OSO Hotwater Group’s general tax adviser.

Staffing changes include the departure of associate partner Siv Merethe Øveraasen who joined BDO.

Dr K Olsen Global Tax

Dr K Olsen Global Tax is a tax boutique specialising in global tax matters. The firm works in a diverse range of sectors including manufacturing, engineering and telecommunications.  

Knut Olsen is the sole practitioner at the firm. He has expertise in corporate tax, transfer pricing and risk analysis. Over the last 12 months he has been working for a client on a double tax issue between Latvia and Norway.

EY

The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.

Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.

Haavind

Haavind provides advices on tax transaction matters, planning and execution of reorganisations, merger and demerger transactions where tax and VAT are critical factors and complex individual tax matters. 

Partner Nils Flesland Bull is a key practitioner at the firm. He specialises in customs, excise duties and VAT. 

During the research period the firm has advised Avior in a case before the Norwegian Supreme Court. The team has also been active in indirect tax matters. 

Client feedback

“Very good knowledge in Norwegian VAT regulations.”

KPMG

KPMG is respected for its work in M&A, tax planning, transfer pricing, business restructurings, VAT and indirect taxation, administrative appeal processes, MAP and litigation. The firm has strengthened its practice with three new partners the last 24 months and senior personnel recruited from the industry.

During the research period the firm concluded a tax controversy case before the Court of Appeal. The team also assisted a private equity firm focused in Nordic Region on the tax aspects of the sale of a TMT company to a UK based private equity firm in a transaction valued at close to $210 million. 

Client feedback

“KPMG provides excellent service with great flexibility. They are truly subject matter experts in their field and are acclaimed by their peers. I feel confident that our business is in the best of hands when working with KPMG tax.”

Selmer

Selmer’s tax team provide services to Norwegian and foreign clients, covering a range of advice including tax planning, due diligence, assistance with tax audits and tax cases before the Norwegian tax authorities and litigation. Daniel Høgtun is a key contact at the firm. 

The firm has had a strong focus on tax litigation during the research period and has been working on a number of notable cases. The team acted on two tax cases in the District Court in 2017 and have also advised a major Norwegian hydropower operator in a case before the Court of Appeal.

Thommessen

Thommessen offers clients tax support with M&A deals, restructuring, tax audits, mutual agreement procedures and advance pricing agreements. Hanne Skaarberg Holen and Ståle Kristiansen are key contacts at the firm.

The team has been supporting Transocean Offshore and Transocean Offshore International Ventures on a tax litigation case during the research period. The team also advised SPG Ole Deviks on a case before the Supreme Court. 

During the research period the firm hired partner Espen Ommedal from EY.