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KRONPRINSESSE MÄRTHAS PLASS 1, PO BOX 1513 VIKA, 0117 OSLO, 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 leverages its strong shipping and offshore practice to advise on financing transactions; the group acted for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken on the financing of the merger between Det Norske Oljeselskap and BP Norge, and assisted a group of commercial lenders with the financing of two expedition cruise vessels. ‘Dedicated lawyerJohan Rasmussen and Christoffer Bergene lead the banking and finance team and regulatory teams respectively; Alexander Owesen, Henrik Hafstad and Bernhard Haukali are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Bernhard Haukali - Wikborg Rein

Johan Rasmussen - Wikborg Rein

Next generation lawyers

Henrik Hafstad - Wikborg Rein

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Dag Erik Rasmussen heads the ‘leading’ department at Wikborg Rein, which is ‘great for debt work’, particularly in the offshore, energy and shipping sectors; clients include Songa Bulk, Solstad Farstad and Questerre Energy. Rasmussen recently advised Rem Offshore on its restructuring, including a NOK170m equity placement.

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

Sigurd Opedal, who is ‘an outstanding professional and highly service-minded M&A expert’, leads Wikborg Rein’s team, which excels in M&A, particularly matters with a cross-border element. In a recent highlight, Opedal handled Norsk Hydro’s NOK27bn acquisition of a 50% stake in Sapa; he also advised Altor Equity Partners on Altor Fund IV’s investment into Nordic Trustee and assisted with Summa Equity Fund I’s acquisition of EcoOnline. Ketil Bøe leads the corporate finance group, Jan Erik Clausen leads the firm’s Bergen-based practice, and clients praise senior lawyer Espen Furuholt. Marianne Sahl Sveen joined Arntzen de Besche.

Next generation lawyers

Espen Furuholt - Wikborg Rein

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Ola Nisja leads Wikborg Rein’s ‘hands-on and knowledgeable’ group and specialises in project litigation; he acted for Peab Bolig Prosjekt in a dispute surrounding defects in a residential project. Clients also praise senior lawyers Marius Egeberg and Johannes Meyer-Myklestad. Erlend Holstrøm joined Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Recent work for the ‘outstanding’ department at Wikborg Rein includes representing the Norwegian Oil Taxation Office in a dispute relating to transfer pricing issues, and acting for Avena Shipping Company, Dalnave Navigation and Assuranceforeningen Gard in proceedings relating to a vessel grounding. Kaare Andreas Shetelig leads the group; Ola Haugen, Ola Nisja (who is ‘not only an excellent lawyer but consistently provides top strategic advice’) and Bergen-based employment expert Dag Steinfeld also receive praise.

Next generation lawyers

Ola Nisja - Wikborg Rein

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Wikborg Rein

Key practitioners in Wikborg Rein’s ‘exceptional’ team includes procurement and state aid team head Line Camilla Werner, senior lawyer Eivind Stage, procurement specialist Rolf Riisnæs and special counsel Alf Amund Gulsvik. Jonn Ola Sørensen is now a judge.

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

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein’s department is now led by Tormod Ludvik Nilsen following Jon Rabben’s move to Wiersholm; Nilsen handles international contract negotiations and asset sales, and regularly acts for energy developers in Asia. Hafslund, NTE Energi and Sarepta Energi are clients.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team provides ‘clear and pragmatic advice’ and is ‘a genuine pleasure to work with’. Practice head Jan Backer acts for public sector clients; he recently advised Akershus University Hospital on an internal investigation. Norgesgruppen, Gard and Siemens are also clients. Dag Steinfeld and Fredrik Gisholt focus on litigation, and Simen Smeby Lium is ‘highly professional, with a calm and assured manner’.

Next generation lawyers

Simen Smeby Lium - Wikborg Rein

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

Wikborg Rein

Led by restructuring specialist Kaare Christian Tapper, Wikborg Rein’s department advised on Farstad Shipping’s restructuring and acted for the lenders on the restructuring of Olympic Ship. DNB Bank, Nordea Bank, SpareBank1 and Solstad Offshore are also clients. Leif Petter Madsen is recommended for bankruptcies, and Marius Gisvold focuses on restructurings.

Leading individuals

Leif Petter Madsen - Wikborg Rein

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

At ‘first-class firmWikborg Rein, practice head Anders Færden is advising Norwegian Broker on liability issues following the bankruptcy of Gable, and is assisting a hull insurer with issues surrounding the confiscation of a tank vessel. XL Catlin, Norwegian Hull Club and QBE are also clients. Christoffer Bergene is recommended for regulatory matters and Gaute Gjelsten (who is ‘excellent at settlement negotiations’) handles marine insurance disputes.

Leading individuals

Anders Færden - Wikborg Rein

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Recent highlights for Wikborg Rein’s ‘dedicated team of knowledgeable, professional and confident individuals’ include representing Teva Europe in a patent dispute relating to Boehringer Ingelheim’s drug Spiriva, and acting for Neptune Pharma in a trade mark dispute against Benchmark Animal Health. Pål Wien Espen leads the department, which also counts Rolf Riisnæs, whose ‘strategic overview and attention to detail is exceptional’, and litigator Gunnar Meyer as key names. Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer joined Kvale Advokatfirma DA.

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Maritime law
Maritime law - ranked: tier 1

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein is ‘a top firm in the market’ and has ‘a proactive and structured approach’. The group is jointly led by Gaute Gjelsten and Øyvind Axe, who specialise in litigation and transactional issues respectively. Highlights included advising Solstad Offshore on its merger with Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply, and representing Dolphin Drilling in an arbitration relating to the breach of a rig contract. Morten Lund Mathisen leads the department’s emergency response team.

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 Reinmanages to quickly turn around top-quality advice that is always commercial and provides the exact answers needed’. Øystein Meland is ‘a clear leader for shipbuilding work’ and the group is recommended for its contentious expertise. Gaute Gjelsten and Øyvind Axe jointly lead the department.

Leading individuals

Øystein Meland - Wikborg Rein

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein’s ‘excellent’ department includes ‘talented professionalDag Mjaaland as head of the gas team, and the ‘very impressiveAadne Haga as leader of the energy group, with other notable names including managing partner Finn Bjørnstad and litigator Ola Nisja. Clients include Cairn Energy and Naftogaz of Ukraine; Mjaaland is representing the latter in the Gazprom disputes. Jon Rabben joined Wiersholm and Oddbjørn Slinning joined SANDS.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein’s ‘undeniable transactional track record’ includes advising Storebrand Eiendom Utvikling on the sale of a stake in a property-owning company. Ingrid Høstmælingen and Gøran Mjelde Aarvik jointly lead the practice; Høstmælingen is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ and Aarvik is ‘commercially brilliant’. Lars Ulleberg Jensen joined from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

Next generation lawyers

Ingrid Høstmælingen - Wikborg Rein

Lars Ulleberg Jensen - Wikborg Rein

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein’s department head Pål Wien Espen focuses on the telecoms and technology sectors, Rolf Riisnæs is ‘an authority in the region for ICT contracts’ and Torleif Dahl handles telecoms work. Highlights included advising Schibsted on contractual issues; assisting Sykehuspartner with the outsourcing of telecoms, networks and data centres; and reviewing privacy practices for Opera Software in preparation for the implementation of the GDPR.

Leading individuals

Rolf Riisnæs - Wikborg Rein

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein is recommended for handling offshore, shipping, energy and real estate tax mandates; highlights included representing the Norwegian Oil Taxation Office in a dispute against Statoil relating to transfer pricing issues, and advising Storebrand Eiendom on the tax issues surrounding a commercial property development. Anders Myklebust leads the group, Are Zachariassen focuses on tax structuring and Kaare Andreas Shetelig handles litigation.

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