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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, 2020 and 2021 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. IFLR1000 2020
    Market Leader, M&A

  2. IFLR1000
    Market Leader, Capital markets: Equity

  3. Chambers & Partners Global
    Band 1, Capital Markets: Equity

    Hans Cappelen Arnesen "is the most experienced public M&A lawyer in Norway," highlighting his "to-the-point and good advice."

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

    Hans Cappelen Arnesen "is the most experienced public M&A lawyer in Norway," highlighting his "to-the-point and good advice."

  5. The Legal 500
    Leading Individual, Commercial, corporate and M&A

    "Very skilful and easy to work with."

  6. The Legal 500
    Recommended Lawyer, Capital Markets

    "Good partner involvement. Hans Cappelen Arnesen stands out with high capacity and strong experience." "Hans Cappelen Arnesen – very calm and in control, even in very difficult situations."

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

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

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

  10. Best Lawyers
    Recognized Lawer, Capital Markets Law


  11. Recognized Lawer, Corporate Law

  12. Best Lawyers
    Recognized Lawer, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

  1. M&A experience

    Hasse's M&A experience comprises more than 125 transactions included in Mergermarket's database, including private M&As such as EQT's sale of Broadnet and acquisition and sale 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, Kongsberg Gruppen's acquisitions of Rolls Royce Commercial Marine and Aerospace Industrial Maintenance Norway, CapMan and Caledon's acquisition of Norled, Kahoot!'s acquisitions of Poio and Dragonbox, the sale of Netfonds to Nordnet and EQT's acquisition of Recover Nordic.

    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, BW LPG's take-over of Aurora LPG and the proposed take-over of Dorian LPG, and BW Group's acquisition of 83% of Euronext Growth listed Epic Gas.

    In 2020, he inter alia acted in the sale by eBay of their Classifieds Business to Adevinta, Kahoot!'s acquisition of Actiomo and Drops, and Epic Gas' announced acquisition of Lauritzen Kosan.
  2. ECM experience

    Hasse's ECM experience includes more than 50 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, Elkem, Norske Skog, Hafnia and Kahoot! (Euronext Growth).

    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, Sparebanken Telemark and Klaveness Combination Carriers.

    In 2020, he acted for BW Energy and Hafnia in connection with their listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Kalera, Teco 2030 and Instabank in connection with their listings on Euronext Growth, for the managers in connection with the listings of Pexip and LINK Mobility on the Oslo Stock Exchange and for the managers in connection with the Euronext Growth listings of Mercell, Instabank, House of Control, Play Magnus, HydrogenPro and Meltwater.

    He has also advised issuers and underwriters in a large number of rights issues and private placements in both listed and unlisted companies. In 2020, this included inter alia share issues in Kahoot!, XXL, PGS, Magseis Fairfield, Scatec and Nordic Semiconductor.
  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