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Hans Cappelen Arnesen Partner Oslo

Hasse joined the firm in 1990 and has been a transaction partner since 1996. His practice includes a wide range of M&A and equity capital markets work, acting for corporate clients, PE firms and leading investment banks.

He is consistently ranked in tier 1 in Norway within both Corporate/Capital Markets and M&A. He was ranked as no. 1 for IPOs and other ECM transactions by Finansavisen in their 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 surveys of Norwegian commercial lawyers, and he was ranked among the top 7 M&A lawyers in all of the same surveys.

Hasse has been the Chairman of Thommessen since 2014.
  1. The Legal 500
    Leading Individual, Commercial, corporate and M&A

  2. The Legal 500
    Recommended Lawyer, Capital Markets

    "Hans Cappelen Arnesen is perhaps the most trusted legal strategic adviser that we know"

  3. Chambers & Partners Global
    Band 1, Capital Markets

    Hans Cappelen Arnesen is recognised as an experienced lawyer with a leading ECM practice. He is highly knowledgeable in IPO mandates, including dual IPOs. His other areas of expertise entail rights issues and private placements, including accelerated bookbuilding processes.

  4. Chambers & Partners Global
    Band 1, Corporate/M&A

    The "extremely dedicated" Hans Cappelen Arnesen is a highly revered transaction lawyer.

  5. The Norwegian Financial Daily's annual Lawyer survey
    1st place, Issues and IPOs

  6. The Norwegian Financial Daily's annual Lawyer survey
    Top 10, M&A

  7. IFLR1000 2020
    Market Leader, M&A

  8. IFLR1000
    Market Leader, Capital markets : Equity

    "Has good accessibility, knowledge of the law and our business."

  9. Who's Who Legal
    Recommended, Capital Markets: Debt and Equity

  10. Best Lawyers
    Lawyer Of The Year, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

  11. Best Lawyers
    Recognized Lawer, Capital Markets Law


  12. Recognized Lawer, Corporate Law

  13. Best Lawyers
    Recognized Lawer, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

  1. M&A experience

    Hasse's M&A experience comprises more than 115 transactions included in Mergermarket's database, including private M&As such as EQT's sale of Broadnet and acquisition of Autostore, Goldman Sachs' acquisition of 50% of Navico, Goldman Sachs and Quadrangle's acquisition and sale of Get, Altor and Bain Capital's acquisition of EWOS, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services acquisition and sale of Callenberg, BW Tankers' merger with Hafnia Tankers, and Kongsberg Gruppen's acquisitions of Rolls Royce Commercial Marine and Aerospace Industrial Maintenance Norway.

    His practice also includes public M&As such as Wilh Wilhelmsen's take-over of Unitor, the merger between Union Bank of Norway and DNB, BW Offshore's take-overs of APL and Prosafe Production, Klaveness and JP Morgan's take-over of Norwegian Car Carriers, and BW LPG's take-over of Aurora LPG and the proposed take-over of Dorian LPG.

    In 2019, he inter alia acted in the sale of Netfonds, the sale of Nevion to Sony, CapMan and Caledon's acquisition of Norled, Kahoot's acquisitions of Poio and WeWantToKnow (Dragonbox), EQT's sale of Autostore, acquisition of Recover Nordic and sale of Itslearning, and in BW Group's acquisition of 83% of Merkur Market listed Epic Gas.
  2. ECM experience

    Hasse's ECM experience includes more than 40 IPOs including acting for the issuer in the demutualization and IPO of Gjensidige NOR, the IPOs of Infostream, Mamut, Consorte, Norman, Catch, Firm, Codfarmers, Avocet Mining, Badger Explorer, BW Offshore, Höegh LNG, Link Mobility, BW LPG, Scanship, Next Biometrics, XXL, RenoNorden, Nordic Nanovector, Skandiabanken, B2Holding, Targovax, Salmones Camanchaca and Elkem.

    He acted for the managers/underwriters in the Hydro/Yara demerger and IPO, the PGS/Petrojarl demerger and IPO, and in the IPOs of Aker Seafoods, Norway Royal Salmon, Trolltech, Hafslund Infratek, Gjensidige Forsikring, Napatech, Vardia Insurance Group, Pareto Bank, EVRY, Infront, Komplett Bank and Sparebanken Telemark.

    In 2019, he acted for Norske Skog in its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Hafnia in its listing on Oslo Axess, Kahoot! in its listing on Merkur Market, and the managers in the listing of Klaveness Combination Carriers on Oslo Axess.

    He has also advised issuers and underwriters in a large number of rights issues and private placements in both listed and unlisted companies.
  1. Partner, Oslo, Thommessen

  2. Lawyer, London, Thommessen

  3. Associate, Oslo, Thommessen

  1. Exam in Essential Project Management (5 ECTS)
    Skema Business School

  2. Candidate in Jurisprudence
    University of Oslo

  3. Postgraduate Diploma
    Oslo School of Economy