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Wikborg Rein

30 CANNON STREET, EC4M 6XH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7367 0300
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Fax 020 7367 0301
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www.wr.no
Bergen, London, Oslo, Shanghai, Singapore

London: Dispute resolution

Commodities disputes
Commodities disputes - ranked: tier 3

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein is best known for its work in the offshore and maritime sector, which stems from its expertise in commodities, energy, cargo claims and chartering. The firm joins the ranking this year, having made significant hires at partner and associate level to strengthen and complement its specialist expertise, notably in the LNG sector. Among these are partner Jonathan Goldfarb, formerly of Ince, associates Nikhil Datta from Reed Smith LLP and Sebastian Lea from Clifford Chance LLP. Senior lawyer Eleanor Midwinter plays a key role in contentious matters involving oil, biofuels, coal and metals. Among these are various quality, quantity, force majeure and other contractual disputes in international arbitration, including a hedging dispute between a French shipping company and a US trader, and international arbitration matters including long-term pricing disputes concerning gas sales and purchases.

Practice head(s):Chris Grieveson

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Goldfarb; Eleanor Midwinter

Key Clients

BW LNG

Gard AS

Gaslog

Golar LNG

Höegh LNG Ltd

Noble Corp

North of England P&I

Oando plc

Pareto

Transocean

Work highlights

  • High-value cross-border enforcement of London Maritime Arbitrators Association arbitration involving multiple freezing injunctions over shares of a commodities trading company.
  • Advising trading company on quality and quantity disputes under a long-term pipeline oil supply agreement.
  • Advising trading company on force majeure issues under a pipeline supply agreement.
  • Large-scale disputes concerning delays to oil production project.

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London: Foreign firms

European firms in London: Scandinavia
European firms in London: Scandinavia - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Norwegian law firm Wikborg Rein's London office specialises in shipping, energy, construction and dispute resolution, including international arbitration. Other areas of strength include financing, corporate law and cross-border transactions. Jonathan Page is part of the firm's offshore shipping group. Key London names are shipping, energy and marine insurance expert Nick Shepherd and Mike Stewart, who is part of the firm's construction practice.

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Page; Nick Shepherd; Mike Stewart

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Wikborg Rein

The London office of Wikborg Rein, Norway's only international firm, focuses on energy, offshore and shipping. The oil and gas team is particularly strong in the LNG and FLNG space where it covers projects, finance, shipping and trade. The group led by Chris Grieveson recently welcomed Jonathan Goldfarb, Renaud Barbier-Emery and senior lawyer Ina Lutchmiah from Ince, and dispute resolution expert Shawn Kirby was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Chris Grieveson

Other key lawyers:Renaud Barbier-Emery; Jonathan Goldfarb; Shawn Kirby; Ina Lutchmiah

Testimonials

'Wikborg Rein has brilliant industry insight and very specialised experience.'

'Renaud and his team have a deeply ingrained client service philosophy on a broad spectrum of projects from litigation to contractual negotiation.'

'At Wikborg Rein, outstanding industry knowledge translates into instantaneous response times and commercially oriented advice delivered by a very strong bench of knowledgeable partners.'

'Wikborg Rein has a strong track record and experience both in corporate legal matters and in the more specialised drilling and offshore services sectors.'

'Professionalism and depth of experience is what makes this team unique.'

'Renaud Barbier-Emery performs exceptionally well. He exhibits both brilliant written and verbal communication and is also fast and diligent. He is a great problem solver when unforeseeable hurdles arise, and is flexible in terms of work processes.'

'The lawyers at Wikborg Rein are reliable, competent and friendly. Standout personnel are Renaud Barbier-Emery and Ina Lutchmiah. Both are responsive and provide timely advice.'

'What makes Renaud Barbier-Emery and Ina Lutchmiah stand out is their goal-oriented approach. They have the experience and intrinsic knowledge of the industry to understand rapidly what the goal of the transaction is and transcribe it into the proper legal frame.'

Key Clients

Transocean

Noble Corp.

Bonheur ASA / Fred.Olsen

Dolphin Drilling

Maersk Drilling

GSP Holding SA

Exmar NV

GasLog

BW LNG

Golar LNG

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção

Höegh LNG Ltd

George Economou group companies (Ocean Rig)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ocean Rig UDW Inc and DryShips Inc in successfully defending claims from a former agent, Hamylton Padilha of HPOR, in connection with long-term drilling contracts for two deepwater drilling rigs with Petrobras.
  • Acting for Naftogaz of Ukraine against Gazprom in the English enforcement proceedings of one of the largest arbitration awards ever handed down ($2.6bn) and the highest value freezing injunction in the UK court.
  • Advised Exmar on its agreements with YPF for the long-term employment of the Caribbean FLNG unit (renamed Tango FLNG) at Bahia Blanca in Argentina.
  • Advising BW on one of the leading gas-to-power projects at Port Acu in São João da Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rising stars

Ina Lutchmiah - Wikborg Rein

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London: Real estate

Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Wikborg Rein

Norwegian law firm Wikborg Rein's English law practice specialises in handling contentious matters in the shipping, offshore and energy sectors, including conventional and liquefied natural gas. The team is led out of the firm's London office by Mike Stewart, who focuses on disputes arising out of energy and infrastructure projects primarily in the developing markets, particularly the Middle East. Shawn Kirby, who focuses on construction and operation of ships, rigs and offshore units, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Mike Stewart

Other key lawyers:Shawn Kirby

Work highlights

  • Acting for OCR in a drilling contract dispute concerning agent implicated in the 'Operation Carwash' bribery scandal.

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London: Transport

Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 3

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein's 'small, but nimble and experienced team is characterised by a complete commitment to client's interests'. The London team, which is focused on shipping, construction and offshore work and handles a raft of contentious and non-contentious matters, has been seen to bring in 'shrewd hires from a number of leading firms'; 'exceptional' shipping and insurance specialist Matt Illingworth joined from HFW in 2019. Home to a specialist LNG team, it handles a range of projects and is noted for its FLNG expertise. The disputes team handles enforcement and asset recovery work. Headquartered in Norway, the firm is also praised for its international reach; its 'overseas offices provide valuable international support where needed'. It acts for a range of shipbuilders, shipowners and insurers and has a strong Greek ship owner following. The team has a 'breadth and depth of expertise across wet and dry shipping to handle major casualties, high-profile maritime disputes and shipping transactions'; Rob Jardine-Brown is active across shipbuilding, offshore and construction matters; and Eleanor Midwinter has extensive litigation and international enforcement experience. Department head Chris Grieveson is a 'real fighter, who is determined to do the best for his clients'; he is leading advice for a Norwegian ship owner on an insurance dispute concerning claims for pollution prevention costs.

Practice head(s):Chris Grieveson

Other key lawyers:Nick Shepherd; Rob Jardine Brown; Jonathan Goldfarb; Renaud Barbier-Emery; Matt Illingworth; Shawn Kirby; Jonathan Page; Lesley Tan; Ina Lutchmiah; Eleanor Midwinter; Baptiste Weijburg

Testimonials

Rob Jardine-Brown is an excellent lawyer; he combines detailed technical and legal knowledge with sound commercial instincts and great charm.

Nick Shepherd is very experienced, which makes him practical and efficient in anything he is instructed to handle.

Chris Grieveson is very experienced and provides good service, advice, guidance and handling as may be required.

'The team is responsive, flexible and has a hands-on approach to cases.'

Baptiste Weijburg regularly provides crisp and precise advice and is able to identify the issues quickly.

'The team has capacity to deal with all sorts of shipping disputes.'

Eleanor Midwinter has no problem getting on top of the technical details and is exceptional in her ability to work with clients to present the information needed for any case.

Rob Jardine-Brown  is really bright, passionate about his cases and great to deal with.

Rob Jardine-Brown is charming and very easy to work with, while being astute and eminently practical.

Eleanor Midwinter  is very bright and really likes to get into the nitty-gritty of cases, but without ever losing sight of the bigger picture.

Renaud Barbier-Emery is professional, knowledgeable and a fast thinker.

Rob Jardine-Brown is extremely knowledgeable in shipping matters.

Eleanor Midwinter  is a professional and knowledgeable lawyer who is responsive and cares about the client's full understanding of the case,

Matt Illingworth is excellent across the board on a wide range of wet and dry shipping matters.

Jonathan Goldfarb provides fast, responsive and sound advice.

It is very much a 'partner-led' team, with the key partners heavily involving in running cases.

The team is diversified in competence so that its can cover all aspects of the industry.

Key Clients

Ace Quantum Tankers

APL

Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd.

Bonheur ASA / Fred Olsen

Britannia Steamship P&I

BW LNG

China Navigation

Clarksons Platou

Dolphin Drilling

Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd

Exmar NV

Fincantieri

Floatel International Ltd.

Gard AS

Gaslog

George Economou group companies (TMS Group, Dryships, Cardiff Marine)

Golar LNG

Höegh LNG Ltd

ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

IMC Group

Marine Trust Ltd / Centrofin

Marmaris Navigation

Mearsk Drilling

Navigation Maritime Bulgare

Navios Maritime Holdings and its group companies

Noble Corp

North of England P&I

Oando plc

Pareto

Seajacks International Ltd

The London Club

The Standard Club

The UK Club

Transocean

Vard Group AS

West of England P&I

XT Corp

Work highlights

  • The team represented Ocean Rig UDW Inc and DryShips Inc (OCR) on a long-term drilling contract dispute.
  • Represented Nikolay Baranov and Silverburn Shipping on international civil fraud proceedings, involving multi-million dollar freezing injunctions, and the successful appeal of an arbitration award.
  • Acted for Delta Tankers Ltd and West of England P&I on a $63m collision case, as a result of the collision of a tanker with a wharf at the port of Primorsk, Russia.
  • Advising BW Gas on one of the leading Gas to Power projects at Port Acu in São João da Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Acquisition of a 51% ownership interest in the owners and bareboat charterers of the Seafox 5, a multi-purpose, harsh-environment, 4-legged self-propelled dynamically positioned jack-up construction vessel capable of operating across the offshore wind and oil and gas decommissioning markets.
Leading individuals

Chris Grieveson - Wikborg Rein

Rob Jardine-Brown - Wikborg Rein

Rising stars

Eleanor Midwinter - Wikborg Rein

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