Sverre B. Bjelland

Sverre B. Bjelland

Partner, Stavanger Download CV Download vCard

Co-head of Energy, Shipping and Offshore group

Sverre is specialised in energy law, petroleum law and has extensive experience in general contract law and administrative law. He advises energy, oil and gas companies with both petroleum exploration, development and production projects, offshore and onshore wind projects and carbon capture and storage projects. Sverre has broad experience from advising E&P and energy companies in commercial contracts, regulatory issues, disputes and advising on transactions involving purchase of E&P and energy companies, assignment of oil and gas field interests and operatorships and wind projects.

Sverre has been Vice President in Statoil's (now Equinor) legal department. He has had management responsibility for legal advice to Statoil's E&P operations on the Norwegian continental shelf and its business area marketing, processing and renewable energy, hereunder offshore wind projects. He has worked 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 E&P and energy industry.

Practice areas

he is experienced and a very good strategic adviser Chambers and Partners

About Sverre


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


  • 2022

    Ranked in Chambers and Parters in the category Oil and Gas: “Sverre Bjelland advises E&P and infrastructure companies on transactions, disputes and regulatory topics. Clients describe him as an "outstanding petroleum law expert with a pragmatic business focus."

  • 2021

    Ranked in Chambers and Partners in the category Oil and Gas: “"very good knowledge of the E&P business" and adds: "He advises us very practically, and everything is easy to apply."”

  • 2021

    Recommended in the category “Leading Individuals” - Legal 500

  • 2020

    Recommended - Legal 500

  • 2020

    Sverre is ranked in Chambers and Partners in the category Oil and Gas: "Sverre Bjelland advances in the rankings due to strong market endorsements, with several sources noting his industry expertise. One interviewee says that "he is experienced and a very good strategic adviser." He acts on a broad range of transactional and regulatory mandates, as well as assisting with contentious issues.

  • 2018

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


  • 2000

    Cand. jur., University of Bergen


  • 2009

    Comment edition of the Petroleum Act , Universitetsforlaget