Frode A. Berntsen has extensive experience in petroleum law, compliance and sanctions.

Frode’s main subject matter is petroleum law, regulatory and compliance advisory and international law. In addition he covers M&A, in particular for sectors subject to extensive regulation.

His international work relates to advice to governments on regulation of the upstream and midstream petroleum sector, including policy advice. The advisory includes HSE and environmental issues, as well as international law. He has worked for numerous governments in Africa, Asia, Middle-East, Europe and Latin-America. Much of the work has been carried out following competitive selection by Norwegian petroleum authorities under the Oil for Development programme.

In addition, he provides advice to Norwegian regulatory authorities and licensees on petroleum law matters and HSE in relation to activities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. He also provides legal advisory to Gassnova on legal issues pertaining to Carbon, Capture, Storage and Transport.

Frode has thorough knowledge on sanction matters under EU and Norwegian legislation.



2014 - (today) Partner, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS
2007 - 2014 Senior Lawyer, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS
2004 - 2007 Chief Legal Advisor (Colonel), Joint Warfare Centre, NATO
2003 - 2004 Senior Lawyer, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS
2002 - 2003 Senior Manager/Attorney, Advokatfirmaet PricewaterhouseCoopers
2000 - 2002 Manager/Attorney, Advokatfirmaet PricewaterhouseCoopers DA
1999 - 2000 Legal Advisor (Major), Norwegian Contingent Commander, Stabilisation Force, Bosnia-Herzegovina
1997 - 2001 Senior Associate, Advokatfirmaet PricewaterhouseCoopers DA
1995 - 1997 Associate, Advokatfirmaet Brækhus Dege ANS


1995 Cand. Jur., University of Oslo, International Law
1993 EU Law, International Law, Development Law, Maritime and Air transport Law, University of Aix-Marseille III, Faculté de Droit de Science Politique


2011 - 2014 Vice-President, Canadian Norwegian Business Association
2011 - 2012 Legal representative for a major listed Norwegian company in Chad
2008 - 2016 Lecturer for Petrad
2007 Invited guest speaker at the annual NATO legal conference
2006 Lecturer at the Russian General Staff Academy on international law, Moscow
2005 - 2006 Assignments to Afghanistan inter alia in relation to justice reform
2001 - 2003 Project Manager for Ministry of Health on implementation of the Norwegian Health Reform
1997 - 1998 Principal lecturer on law subjects at Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Course section, Oslo