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Tormod Ludvik Nilsen

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Petroleum and Energy


Tormod L. Nilsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein's Oslo office and is part of the firm's Petroleum and Energy practice. He headed the firm's Shanghai office from 2013 to 2016. Nilsen's main focus is Norwegian and foreign companies operating in the energy sector. He advises on both transactions and dispute resolution.

Nilsen is currently one of Norway's leading experts for companies with business operations and exposure to China. He has been main legal advisor on a number of projects for Norwegian companies in China within different industries (in particular energy, shipping and supply). He also has extensive experience with Chinese dispute resolution and international enforcement.

Nilsen has particular expertise with acquisition and sale of businesses and companies (M&A) - often with international parties involved. He has recently been lead legal adviser on several Chinese acquisitions of both public and private companies in Norway. He has an extensive network in China and was until recently Chairman of the Norwegian Business Association in Shanghai (elected by and among the largest Norwegian companies in China).

Nilsen regularly speaks at conferences and universities in Norway and abroad and is also on the panel of advisors and examiners at the Law Faculty of University of Bergen.


2017- Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2016 Partner, Wikborg Rein, Shanghai, 2013-2016 Chief Representative, Wikborg Rein, Shanghai (Partner from 1.1.2015), 2012-2013 Senior Associate / Senior Lawyer, Wikborg Rein, Shanghai, 2009-2011 Associate / Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2008-2009 Senior Advisor, The Executive Secretariat, The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defense, 2005-2008 Legal Advisor, The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defense 


2011 Practising Certificate, 2004 Cand. jur, University of Bergen


Electricity and renewable energy

Within: Electricity and renewable energy

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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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

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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