Nils H. Thommessen is Wiersholm's Managing Partner.

Mr. Thommessen has extensive experience with assisting financial advisors, private equity funds and other financial and industrial investors with acquisitions, mergers and other corporate matters.

Mr. Thommessen assists in all relevant aspects of transactions, both nationally and internationally. He is widely used as a legal and strategic advisor in the follow-up of clients’ investments.

Mr. Thommessen is ranked as one of Norway's most prominent experts on mergers and acquisitions in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and IFLR1000. In December 2016, he was referred to as one of Norway's leading negotiators by the financial daily Finansavisen.

- Interviewees consider managing partner Nils Thommessen "extremely capable" and "a strong household name in private equity." He acts for both industrial and financial investors on corporate and transactional matters on both a domestic and an international level.

Chambers Europe 2017

- An exceptionally skilled negotiator. Solution oriented and commercial. One of the best Norwegian negotiators.

Finansavisen 2016

Projects

  • Mr. Thommessen was head of the team that assisted Altor and Elixia in the merger of Elixia and SATS and the establishment of the greatest chain of fitness centres in the Nordic countries.
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  • Mr. Thommessen was head of the team that assisted Altor in the sale of Helly Hansen Group AS to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.
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  • Mr. Thommessen was head of the team that assisted Altor in the purchase of Veolia Miljø and Veidekke Gjenvinning, which were merged into Norsk Gjenvinning. Norsk Gjenvinning is Norway's greatest and most comprehensive supplier of waste management and recycling services for businesses, the public sector and private households.
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  • Mr. Thommessen was head of the team that assisted Altor in the sale of Helly Hansen Pro AS (now Hansen Protection AS) to Montagu.

Professional Experience

  • Managing Partner, Wiersholm, 2012
  • Partner, Wiersholm, 1997
  • Lawyer, Wiersholm, 1992
  • Lawyer, Ince & Co, London, 1991-1992

Education

  • Cand. jur., University of Oslo, 1990

Board Memberships

  • Advisory Board, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School, Member
  • Advisory Board, Best Lawyers International, Member
  • Right To Play, Board Member