Sverre B. Bjelland

Sverre B. Bjelland

Partner, Stavanger Download CV Download vCard

Sverre is head of our Oil, Energy & Shipping department and is head of our expert group EOSI - Energy, Offshore, Shipping & Infrastructure. He is specialised in petroleum law and has extensive experience in general contract law, administrative law and working with offshore and onshore wind projects. Sverre has broad experience from advising E&P companies in commercial contracts, regulatory issues, disputes and advising on transactions involving purchase of oil companies, assignment of field interests and operatorships.

Sverre has been Vice President in Statoil's legal department. He has had management responsibility for legal advice to Statoil's upstream operations on the Norwegian continental shelf and its business area marketing , processing and renewable energy. He has worked in Kluge law firm and as Assistant Director General in the Petroleum Law and Legal Affairs Section in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Sverre has experience as an examiner in petroleum law and in general contract law at the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen respectively. Sverre has a broad legal expertise and experience within the oil and gas industry.

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About Sverre


  • Legal advisor Petroleum Law, inter alia, Joint Operating Agreements, third party use, unit agreements, compliance and HSE.
  • Legal advisor Opinions, negotiations and dispute resolution.
  • Partner in charge Purchase and sale of oil, gas and other petroleum products, and E&P transactions.
  • Partner in charge Renewable Energy projects, in particular wind projects.


  • 2018

    Legal 500 recommends Sverre in the field of oil and gas: "Sverre Bjelland and Peter Hiorth, both based in Stavanger, are recommended".

  • 2018

    Sverre is ranked in Chambers and Partners in the category Oil and Gas: "Sverre Bjelland is recognised by numerous sources in the market for his "good background" from his previous role at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Interviewees describe him as "very knowledgeable" and pick him out as "a leading expert when it comes to oil companies." He works primarily on commercial contracts, transactions and the regulatory aspects of petroleum law."


  • 2000

    Cand. jur., University of Bergen


  • 2009

    Comment edition of the Petroleum Act , Universitetsforlaget