Atle works primarily with issues regarding banking and finance. He assists a range of Norwegian and international banks and financial institutions in various forms of financing, including project financing, refinancing and acquisition financing, as well as restructurings, involving a wide range of industry sectors such as shipping/offshore, E&P and energy.

According to Atle's clients his work is regarded as "very swift and proactive rather than reactive in the structuring phase". Additionally, one client stressed Atle's abilities to "cover whichever countries and legislations we need to take into account, with very in-depth knowledge and experience of ship financing."

Chambers Europe, 2019


  • Atle has been involved in several significant E&P financings, such as the three first Norwegian law governed reserve based lending facilities, including acting as lender's counsel in the USD 4bn facility to Aker BP ASA.
  • Atle is head of the team assisting the bank group in the restructuring of a Norwegian supply vessel shipowner.
  • Atle was head of the team assisting a club of banks in the financing of EQT's acquisition of AutoStore.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Wiersholm, 2019
  • Partner, Arntzen de Besche, 2011-2019
  • Lawyer, Wiersholm, 2009-2011
  • Legal officer, FLEX LNG Management Ltd (London), 2007-2008
  • Associate/lawyer, Wiersholm, 2004-2007
  • Associate, Glosimot & Co Advokatfirma, 2002-2004


  • Graduate in Law (Cand.jur.), University of Bergen, 2001
  • Post graduate studies as part of the Norwegian law degree. Subjects: Dispute Systems Design, Chinese Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bond University, Australia, 2000