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Wikborg Rein

OLAV KYRRESGT. 11, PO BOX 1233 SENTRUM, 5811 BERGEN, NORWAY
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Norway

Banking and finance (including shipping finance)
Banking and finance (including shipping finance) - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein's 'unique experience, problem-solving skills and solution-oriented approach' ensures 'an excellent service across the board' with substantial strength in financial regulatory work, ship, offshore, asset and acquisition financing matters, and high-yield bond mandates.¬†Johan Rasmussen¬†leads the finance department,¬†Ketil E B√łe¬†manages the regulatory department,¬†Lars-Erik √ėsterb√ł¬†heads up the team in Bergen, and¬†Stian Tande Mortensen¬†leads the bond practice; √ėsterb√ł and Mortensen were recently promoted to the partnership. Clients also single out shipping and offshore specialist¬†Bernhard Haukali¬†and the acquisition finance-focused¬†Alexander W Owesen. Recent highlights include advising Storebrand on the winding up and acquisition of the portfolio of Silver Pensjonsforsikring, assisting payment system companies Vipps, BankAxept and BankID Norge with their combination, and acting for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken on a secured tax-based exploration finance facility to a Norwegian exploration and production (E&P) company operating on the Norwegian continental shelf. BNP Paribas, Danske Bank and Nordea Bank are also clients.

Leading individuals

Bernhard Haukali - Wikborg Rein

Johan Rasmussen - Wikborg Rein

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein is recognised in the market for its public takeover strength with substantial expertise in the offshore and energy markets. In a recent highlight, Per Anders Sæhle acted for Transocean on its successful takeover of listed company Songa Offshore; other work for the department includes Sæhle assisting Weifa with a bid by Karo Pharma for its outstanding shares via a voluntary cash offer, department head Dag Erik Rasmussen advising Clarksons Platou Securities as manager of the listing of Star Bulk Carriers on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and Rasmussen and Sigurd Opedal handling Norsk Hydro's NOK27bn acquisition of Orkla's 50% interest in Sapa. Christoffer Bergene is deputy head of the group and newly promoted partner Stian Tande Mortensen leads the DCM practice.

Leading individuals

Dag Erik Rasmussen - Wikborg Rein

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein¬†provides 'a level of expertise unmatched by most other firms in Norway'; clients claim that 'no challenge is too great or too small for them to provide business-minded and high-quality legal support' thanks to 'an excellent understanding of its clients and an ability to draw on experts from other divisions when needed'.¬†Sigurd Opedal¬†leads the team and recently advised Altor Equity Partners and Altor Fund III on its sale of Norsk Gjenvinning to Summa Equity. Other key practitioners include¬†Kaare Christian Tapper, who leads the corporate, finance and tax department;¬†Jan Erik Clausen, who heads up the Bergen team; and senior lawyer¬†Espen Furuholt.¬†Ketil E B√łe¬†assisted Storebrand Livsforsikring on its acquisition of the portfolio of Silver Pensjonsforsikring and¬†Per Anders S√¶hle¬†acted for Transocean on its takeover of Songa Offshore.

Leading individuals

Sigurd Opedal - Wikborg Rein

Next Generation Partners

Espen Furuholt - Wikborg Rein

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein¬†specialises in construction disputes thanks to the leadership of litigator and co-head¬†Ola Nisja; he recently acted for Peab Bolig Prosjekt in a dispute arising from defects in a residential project in Drammen. Other work includes representing AF Gruppen in a final account claim relating to a gas sector infrastructure project, advising Storebrand on the development and construction of an office building and shopping centre in Oslo, and acting for Fridmark in a damages claim relating to two residential developments in Oslo. Team co-head and newly promoted partner¬†Marius Egeberg¬†specialises in contract law and¬†Ola Haugen¬†also handles construction disputes.¬†Erlend Holstr√łm¬†is now at¬†Advokatfirmaet Schj√łdt AS.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Ola Haugen heads the practice at Wikborg Rein and has 'a prodigious command of the law'; clients also praise 'excellent lawyer' Kaare Andreas Shetelig (who 'does an excellent job'), and Ola Nisja who is 'outstanding both in and out of court and provides superb strategic advice'. Haugen recently acted for the Norwegian Armed Forces in two cases against Avinor relating to the transfer of Bergen and Trondheim airports to Avinor, and Dag Mjaaland represented Naftogaz in two international arbitrations relating to its gas sales contract with Gazprom and a transit contract. Norsk Gjenvinning, Troms Kraft and DNB are also clients. Mads Magnussen joined the group from his position as a District Court judge.

Leading individuals

Ola Haugen - Wikborg Rein

Ola Nisja - Wikborg Rein

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein¬†substantially benefitted from the recruitment of¬†Mads Magnussen¬†in 2018 from his position as a District Court judge; he now leads the firm's practice and is described by clients as 'a brilliant, knowledgeable and service-minded lawyer'. The department also includes several highly regarded specialist counsels including deputy head¬†Eivind Stage,¬†Hanne Camilla Zimmer, who joined the group in 2017 from¬†Advokatfirmaet Hjort¬†and focuses on state aid and general EU law issues, and public procurement specialist¬†Alf Amund Gulsvik, who is 'highly knowledgeable¬†and provides great general counselling'. Recent highlights include acting for NorgesGruppen in an investigation by the Norwegian Competition Authority following a dawn raid relating to alleged anti-competitive behaviour, advising Transocean on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Songa Offshore, and assisting FSN Capital Partners with its acquisition of Saferoad Holding. Former practice head Jonn Ola S√łrensen is now a judge.

Leading individuals

Mads Magnussen - Wikborg Rein

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Electricity and renewable energy
Electricity and renewable energy - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein regularly acts for Norwegian power producers on the full range of contentious and transactional work with substantial presence in the wind power sector. Department head Tormod Ludvik Nilsen is a key name for clean technology transactions in the battery, hydrogen and solar sectors, and his recent work includes advising Luxcara on the development of a wind power portfolio and assisting Kongsberg Automotive with the sale of its ePower unit, which supplies the electric car industry. Jan Erik Clausen in Bergen is another key name for transactional work.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein's 'highly professional, efficient, supportive, knowledgeable and trustworthy' practice provides 'solid and competent¬†advice' across employment law.¬†Jan L Backer¬†leads the group and is a key name for executive terminations; other noteworthy names include deputy head¬†Simen Lium, who has 'a solution-oriented approach and is always extremely well prepared', and Bergen-based¬†Fredrik Gisholt, who handles employment disputes. Backer recently represented S√łrlandet Sykehus in an age discrimination case and Lium acted for Nettbuss in unfair dismissal proceedings brought by a former bus driver.

Next Generation Partners

Simen Lium - Wikborg Rein

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Fishing and aquaculture
Fishing and aquaculture - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein¬†'has all the expertise clients need when it comes to aquaculture' under the leadership of the 'highly skilled'¬†Grunde Bruland, who is 'the most experienced lawyer in the Norwegian aquaculture sector'. The department handles the full spectrum of aquaculture and fishery issues with particular experience in regulatory work, license applications and development issues.¬†Per Magne Strandborg¬†is the key name in the group for fisheries law,¬†Ketil E B√łe¬†focuses on corporate mandates and M&A expert¬†Jan Erik Clausen¬†handles matters in the seafood industry. Senior lawyers¬†Richard Bjerk¬†and¬†Tor Henning Rustan Knudsen, and senior associate¬†Erik Staurset Andresen¬†are also names to note. The practice recently represented Rem√ły Havfiske in a case relating to the detainment of a shrimp trawler in the Barents Sea for catching shrimp without a license and advised Grieg Seafood on its establishment of Tytlandsvik Akva, a joint venture with Bremnes Seashore and Vest Havbruk.

Leading individuals

Grunde Bruland - Wikborg Rein

Next Generation Partners

Erik Staurset Andresen - Wikborg Rein

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

The 'well-known and experienced' team at Wikborg Rein is 'highly respected in the market', with clients praising group co-heads Leif Petter Madsen and Kaare Christian Tapper as 'best-in-class in the market' and 'able to provide truly unique and valuable advice'. Madsen recently assisted Blue Water Energy with the insolvent estates of Halvoersen Group and Halvorsen Offshore, and Tapper advised a financial creditor on the bankruptcy of RenoNorden. Marius Gisvold focuses on restructurings, and acted for several senior lenders on the restructuring of the Island Offshore Group.

Leading individuals

Leif Petter Madsen - Wikborg Rein

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

'Pre-eminent firm' Wikborg Rein delivers 'quick, sharp and clear advice' across marine and non-marine insurance led by the highly regarded Anders Færden. Færden's recent work includes assisting Asko Norge and NorgesGruppen as policyholders with their insurance cover following an industrial fire, and acting for XL Insurance as excess liability insurer in a claim relating to the leasing of offshore helicopters. XL Caitlin, Norwegian Hull Club and QBE are also clients. Gaute Gjelsten is a key contact for marine insurance work and specialist counsel Christoffer Bergene focuses on regulatory issues.

Leading individuals

Anders Færden - Wikborg Rein

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein's 'impressive, proactive and thoughtful patent litigation team' recently represented Siemens in a patent infringement and misuse of confidential information dispute against Subsea Solutions relating to a subsea hydraulic power unit, and defended Teva Europe in a claim against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma relating to its patent for inhalation capsules. The group also handles issues pertaining to trade marks, trade secrets and unfair competition issues. Line Coll, who joined from an in-house position at Statoil, leads the department; other key practitioners include Gunnar Meyer, who is 'an absolute pleasure to work with', specialist counsel Lars Erik Steinkjer and specialist counsel Hanna Beyer Olaussen, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS in 2018 and acted for Arctic Beverage Group in a trade mark dispute.

Leading individuals

Gunnar Meyer - Wikborg Rein

Next Generation Partners

Hanna Beyer Olaussen - Wikborg Rein

Lars Erik Steinkjer - Wikborg Rein

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Maritime law
Maritime law - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein's full-service practice includes group leader¬†Gaute Gjelsten¬†and deputy head¬†√ėyvind Axe¬†in Oslo and Bergen respectively; Gjelsten is a key name for contentious work and Axe focuses on shipping transactions. Other noteworthy practitioners include¬†Morten Lund Mathisen, who leads the maritime and offshore emergency response team, managing partner¬†Finn Bj√łrnstad¬†and¬†Trond Eilertsen. Mathisen recently represented Assuranceforeningen Gard in litigation arising from a collision in the Singapore Strait and Axe assisted Solstad Farstad with its merger with Deep Sea Supply.¬†Herman Steen¬†made partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

Morten Lund Mathisen - Wikborg Rein

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Offshore construction and shipbuilding
Offshore construction and shipbuilding - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein's shipping and offshore practice is 'highly skilled, business oriented and very pleasant to work with' and is 'always to the point' and 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' needs'.¬†Gaute Gjelsten¬†and¬†√ėyvind Axe, who has 'substantial experience in the field',¬†jointly lead the group, which also includes¬†Finn Bj√łrnstad¬†and¬†Trond Eilertsen¬†on the transactional side and litigators¬†√ėystein Meland¬†and¬†Ola Nisja. Recent mandates include assisting Awilco Drilling with a construction contract for a semi-submersible drilling rig, acting for Cosl Offshore Management in a dispute resulting from an alleged design error on drilling rigs, and representing Br√łdrene Aa in a dispute regarding a yacht structure.¬†Morten Valen Eide¬†made partner in 2019.

Leading individuals

√ėystein Meland - Wikborg Rein

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

At Wikborg Rein, Trond Eilertsen leads the energy, shipping and offshore department, Aadne Haga heads up the petroleum and energy practice, and Tormod Ludvik Nilsen leads the energy and renewables team; other key individuals include Dag Mjaaland and litigator Ola Nisja. Recent highlights include representing Naftogaz in two international arbitrations relating to contractual issues and assisting Transocean with its takeover of Songa Offshore. Panoro Energy, Cosl Drilling Europe, CapeOmega and Petroleum Geo-Services are also clients.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein¬†'always puts the client's interests first' and excels in transactions, lease agreement negotiations and development projects; it recently assisted Rusel√łkkveien 26 with the negotiations of a lease agreement with a law firm, advised Fram Eiendom on the negotiation of a lease contract for the refurbished premises in Henrik Ibsens Gate, which will be Boston Consulting Group's Oslo headquarters, and acted for a syndicate established by Clarksons Platou Real Estate on its acquisition of the Trondheim Innovation Center¬†from Starwood.¬†Ingrid H√łstm√¶lingen¬†heads the Oslo group, while¬†G√łran Mjelde Aarvik¬†leads the Bergen team;¬†Lars Ulleberg Jensen¬†is also a key name to note for transactional and development work.

Next Generation Partners

Lars Ulleberg Jensen - Wikborg Rein

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein's 'combination of experience and deep knowledge across legal, commercial and technical issues' is evident in the work of Rolf Riisnæs, who is a key name for IT contracts and IT procurements; he recently advised Orkla on its procurement of an ERP system and assisted Sykehuspartner HF with outsourcing telecoms networks and data centres. Line Coll leads the practice and joined the team in 2018 from an in-house position at Equinor (formerly Statoil) with specialist counsel Gry Hvidsten; the pair advised NorgesGruppen on data protection and privacy issues. Hanna Beyer Olaussen also joined from Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS in 2018.

Leading individuals

Rolf Riisnæs - Wikborg Rein

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein's 'excellent industry knowledge' covers transactional and M&A support, real estate-related work and VAT issues, with notable experience in the offshore, shipping and petroleum sectors; clients include Gard, Aberdeen and Sevan Marine. Anders Myklebust leads the department; he recently assisted NSB with the tax aspects of the restructuring of the Norwegian rail sector, and worked with litigator Ola Haugen acting for EDF Trading in a tax dispute relating to its exit from Norway. The 'effective' Are Zachariassen and Kaare Andreas Shetelig are also active in the space.

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