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"Schjødt is an excellent law firm," says one satisfied client. "I love the way it is being managed." Definitely considered to be an up-and-coming firm in the market, the team are perhaps still a few years away from truly challenging the established top Norwegian firms. "The firm has really done good work in moving from a secondary position to being on the way up to being a first tier firm," says a senior private equity client. "If you go back five years they were nowhere near that and the quality of the partners was not good enough. They have been involved in really cleaning up the firm and improving the scholarly nature of their work. Their volume and size has grown as well and especially the Stavanger office, which is very strong in the oil and gas industry. That's been impressive, the development of Schjødt over the last half dozen years."
The firm comfortably retains its tier 2 banking and finance ranking thanks to positive feedback from clients and peers alike. In January 2013 it welcomed a new member, senior lawyer Johan Henrik Nossum, who joined from Selmer where he was a non-equity partner.
One client is very pleased with the work of the capital markets team. "Schjødt is, in a positive way, more aggressive than the other leading Norwegian firms," they say. The team led by Viggo Bang-Hansen was involved in some impressive deals this year including the IPO of UBS and ABG Sundal Collier. One client says of Bang-Hansen and his team: "They're fairly pragmatic and very problem-solving-oriented. They're very efficient to work with and it's good to find a good solution for both mangers and clients. Since Viggo is leading that team, it's mostly related to him."
The team at Schjødt is certainly one of the most active in the M&A market and if the rankings were based purely on the amount of deals done it would undoubtedly be in the top tier. One international partner says of its work: "I think they're the best firm in Norway." Based on such positive feedback and the evidence from transactions the team joins tier 1 this year.
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