Area of expertise

  • Aquaculture and Fisheries,
  • Competition and EU Law,
  • Technology and Intellectual Property

Helge Stemshaug has extensive competition law experience and has as a former Director of Legal Affairs at the Norwegian Competition Authority assisted in the clearance of many of Norway’s largest and most complex mergers. The most recent ones include Telia’s acquisition of Phonero (2017), as well as the merger of electronic payment solutions Vipps and mCASH, with DNB, Sparebank 1, the Frende banks and the Eika Alliance as owners (2017). He has also assisted in a number of infringement cases, including competition authority investigations, commitment cases and cases relating to the imposition of fines. These most recently include the ESA’s closing of an investigation of Color Line (2016). Helge has extensive experience with state aid law and regulatory issues.

Helge sits on the Norwegian Bar Association’s practice committee for European Law and Competition Law and the Center for Continuing Legal Education’s practice committee for Competition Law and State Aid Law. His strong academic background and close relations with various educational institutions make Helge a popular guest lecturer at the University of Oslo, the Norwegian School of Economics and BI Norwegian Business School.

Helge holds a number of external appointments and has a comprehensive network.

Clients explain that Helge Stemshaug's "outstanding qualities" are his "knowledge of the market" and his "understanding of the complexity" of cases. He advises on high-end merger clearance proceedings and also represents clients in competition litigation.

Chambers Europe

Work experience

  • 2001 - present - Partner, BAHR
  • 1999 - 2000 - Senior Associate, BAHR
  • 1997 - 1999 - Director of Legal Affairs, Norwegian Competition Authority
  • 1992 - 1997 - Head of Section/Lecturer, Centre for EU law, University of Oslo


  • 1992 - Cand.jur, University of Oslo
  • 1990 - Master of Laws, University of Southampton
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