Vidar Kleppe is a partner in SVW and heads our Tax Department at our office in Bergen.

He has worked as a lawyer for 29 years, and possesses considerable corporate and tax law expertise, including approximately 18 years of experience from the audit industry. He works specifically with the reorganization of businesses both nationally and internationally, and hence corporate, tax and accounting issues in this regard.

Vidar has thorough knowledge of all existing company forms, as well as extensive experience from reorganisation within the public sector. Vidar is widely used as the primary advisory partner for several auditing firms and accounting firms in corporate, tax and vat-related issues. This also includes questions within special tax and special tax regimes.

Vidar is advisor to business leaders on business law topics, especially with an emphasis on corporate law, including M&;A, tax, vat, as well as assistance regarding compliance on behalf of CEO/CFO and auditors in such transactions.

Vidar has broad experience from managing and participating in due diligence processes on both the sales and purchasers side. Vidar has also led and handled disputes of financial content such as tax, vat, liability matters, accounting, valuation issues, including being a prosecutor in such matters.


Work experience

2015 - (today) Partner, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig
2006 - 2015 Partner, Advokatfirmaet PricewaterhouseCoopers
2004 - 2006 Partner, Advokatfirmaet DLA Piper
1996 - 2004 Ernst & Young (partner fra 2002)
1993 - 1996 Advokatfirmaet Thommessen
1991 - 1993 Andersen Legal
1990 - 1991 Forsvarets Bygningstjeneste, Eiendomskontoret


1990 Master of Law, University of Bergen


Beskatning av finansielle instrumenter (Taxation of financial instruments) Co-author, Praktisk Økonomi og Ledelse, 1991
Adjustment of conversion ratio Revisjon & Regnskap, no 6,, 2004
Shareholders agreements – rights and obligation Revisjon & Regnskap, no 8, 2005
Protection of minority interest – regulation of case history Revisjon & Regnskap, no 1, 2013
Acquisition of stocks in companies (scope of the exemption regulations in the Companies Act § 8-10 regarding prohibition against supporting the financing acquisition of shares – particularly in relation to Real Estate companies) Revisjon & Regnskap, no 2, 2015

Vidar Kleppe is a very experienced lawyer. He is very service minded, good at explaining legal issues in a simple way, always follows up in a matter of days and his services are great value for money. Mr Kleppe is my first choice even for clients who are not based in Bergen.

- Legal 500