Inge Ekker Bartnes works with mergers and acquisitions, energy law, tax law and company law. Mr. Bartnes' advisory services focus on the energy sector (hydroelectric power, wind power and small-scale power) and renewable energy in particular. Mr. Bartnes also assists in purchase and sale of energy companies, in negotiation and preparation of contracts, and in regulatory matters and restructuring processes.

Mr. Bartnes has in-depth knowledge of and experience with the energy sector and has played an important role in most of the major energy transactions in Norway in recent years.

Mr. Bartnes is ranked as one of Norway's most prominent experts on energy law and renewable energy law by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and in the Norwegian Financial Daily’s annual lawyers survey.

Inge Ekker Bartnes has long-standing and highly sought-after experience of M&A in the renewable energy sector. Clients say: "He is hard-working and provides an excellent service with immediate responses and quick delivery."

Chambers Europe, 2018


  • Mr. Bartnes led the Wiersholm team that assisted Varanger Kraft AS in the establishment, construction and launch of Raggovidda wind power facility in Finnmark. The wind power facility is among the most recent wind power facilities completed in Norway.
  • Mr. Bartnes led the Wiersholm team that assisted SFE Produksjon AS/Svelgen Kraft AS in the sale/purchase of the power stations Leirdøla Kraftverk and Svelgen I and II. The transactions are the largest in hydroelectric power in Norway in recent years.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Wiersholm, 2005
  • Lawyer, Wiersholm, 1998
  • Senior Associate/Associate, another law firm, 1996-1998
  • Deputy Judge, Salten district court, 1995-1996
  • Senior Associate/Associate, another law firm, 1993-1995


  • Cand. jur., University of Oslo, 1993