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Wikborg Rein
Dronning Mauds gate 11
P.O.Box 1513 Vika
NO-0117 Oslo

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

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 Bøe manages the regulatory department, Lars-Erik Østerbø heads up the team in Bergen, and Stian Tande Mortensen leads the bond practice; Østerbø 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.

Capital markets Tier 1

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

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 FuruholtKetil E Bøe assisted Storebrand Livsforsikring on its acquisition of the portfolio of Silver Pensjonsforsikring and Per Anders Sæhle acted for Transocean on its takeover of Songa Offshore.

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Dispute resolution Tier 1

Ola Haugen heads the practice at Wikborg Rein and has 'a prodigious command of the law'; clients also praise 'excellent lawyerKaare 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.

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Fishing and aquaculture Tier 1

Wikborg Rein 'has all the expertise clients need when it comes to aquaculture' under the leadership of the 'highly skilledGrunde 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 Bøe 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 Remøy 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.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

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.

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Insurance Tier 1

'Pre-eminent firmWikborg 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.

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Intellectual property Tier 1

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.

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Maritime law Tier 1

Wikborg Rein's full-service practice includes group leader Gaute Gjelsten and deputy head Øyvind 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 Bjørnstad 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.

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Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

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 Øyvind Axe, who has 'substantial experience in the field', jointly lead the group, which also includes Finn Bjørnstad and Trond Eilertsen on the transactional side and litigators Øystein 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 Brødrene Aa in a dispute regarding a yacht structure. Morten Valen Eide made partner in 2019.

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Real estate Tier 1

Wikborg Rein 'always puts the client's interests first' and excels in transactions, lease agreement negotiations and development projects; it recently assisted Ruseløkkveien 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 Høstmælingen heads the Oslo group, while Gøran Mjelde Aarvik leads the Bergen team; Lars Ulleberg Jensen is also a key name to note for transactional and development work.

Construction Tier 2

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 Holstrøm is now at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS.

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 2

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.

Employment Tier 2

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 Sørlandet Sykehus in an age discrimination case and Lium acted for Nettbuss in unfair dismissal proceedings brought by a former bus driver.

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EU and competition Tier 2

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 StageHanne 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 Sørensen is now a judge.

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Oil and gas Tier 2

At Wikborg ReinTrond 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.

Tax Tier 2

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 'effectiveAre Zachariassen and Kaare Andreas Shetelig are also active in the space.

TMT Tier 2

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.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Labour Jan L Backer
Labour Simen Smeby Lium
Banking and finance Johan Rasmussen
Banking and finance Bernhard Haukali
Banking and finance Alexander W Owesen
IP and technology Rolf Riisnæs
IP and technology Lars Erik Steinkjer
Capital markets Dag Erik Rasmussen
Capital markets Christoffer Bergene
Competition and procurement Mads Magnussen
Contract law and construction
Contract law and construction Ola Ø Nisja
Mergers and acquisitions Sigurd Opedal
Commercial property Ingrid Kristine Høstmaelingen
Commercial property Leif Petter Madsen
Litigation and arbitration Kaare Andreas Shetelig
Litigation and arbitration Ola Haugen
Litigation and arbitration Ola Ø Nisja
Petroleum and energy Aadne Martin Haga
Petroleum and energy
Shipping offshore Gaute Gjelsten
Shipping offshore Trond Eilertsen
Company Arne Didrik Kjørnæs
Tax Anders Myklebust
Tax Are Zachariassen
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ola Ø. Nisja  photo Mr Ola Ø. Nisja
Mr Ketil E Bøe  photo Mr Ketil E Bøe
Mr Jan L Backer  photo Mr Jan L Backer
Mr Finn Bjørnstad  photo Mr Finn Bjørnstad
Ms Line Coll  photo Ms Line Coll
Mr Torleif P Dahl  photo Mr Torleif P Dahl
Mr Trond Eilertsen  photo Mr Trond Eilertsen
Mr Anders Færden  photo Mr Anders Færden
Mr Marius Gisvold  photo Mr Marius Gisvold
Mr Gaute Gjelsten  photo Mr Gaute Gjelsten
Ms Ingrid K. Høstmælingen  photo Ms Ingrid K. Høstmælingen
Mr Aadne Haga  photo Mr Aadne Haga
Mr Ola Haugen  photo Mr Ola Haugen
Mr Bernhard Haukali  photo Mr Bernhard Haukali
Mr Arne Didrik Kjørnæs  photo Mr Arne Didrik Kjørnæs
Mr Simen Lium  photo Mr Simen Lium
Mr Tormod Ludvik Nilsen  photo Mr Tormod Ludvik Nilsen
Mr Leif Petter Madsen  photo Mr Leif Petter Madsen
Mr Mads Magnussen  photo Mr Mads Magnussen
Mr Morten Lund Mathisen  photo Mr Morten Lund Mathisen
Mr Gunnar Meyer  photo Mr Gunnar Meyer
Mr Dag Mjaaland  photo Mr Dag Mjaaland
Ms Susanne Munch Thore  photo Ms Susanne Munch Thore
Mr Anders Myklebust  photo Mr Anders Myklebust
Mr Sigurd Opedal  photo Mr Sigurd Opedal
Mr Alexander W Owesen  photo Mr Alexander W Owesen
Mr Dag Erik Rasmussen  photo Mr Dag Erik Rasmussen
Mr Johan Rasmussen  photo Mr Johan Rasmussen
Mr Rolf Riisnæs  photo Mr Rolf Riisnæs
Mr Per Anders Sæhle  photo Mr Per Anders Sæhle
Mr Kaare Andreas Shetelig  photo Mr Kaare Andreas Shetelig
Mr Herman Steen  photo Mr Herman Steen
Mr Geir Sviggum  photo Mr Geir Sviggum
Mr Stian Tande Mortensen  photo Mr Stian Tande Mortensen
Mr Kaare Christian Tapper  photo Mr Kaare Christian Tapper
Mr Lars Ulleberg Jensen  photo Mr Lars Ulleberg Jensen
Mr Ole Henrik Wille  photo Mr Ole Henrik Wille
Mr Are Zachariassen  photo Mr Are Zachariassen
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Wikborg Rein commitment to diversity

The firm is committed to preventing discrimination and promoting equality and diversity.

All job applicants, members of the firm (including partners, employees and temporary workers) will be treated equally regardless of their disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, race, racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age, civil partnership status, pregnancy, maternity, paternity, part-time and/or fixed-term status.

The principle of equal treatment will also apply to the firm’s professional dealings with third parties including contractors, agency staff, consultants, suppliers, clients, barristers and other solicitors. 

The policy applies to arrangements for recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including promotion, training and any other employment related activities. We work to ensure that we are compliant with all current and future anti-discrimination legislation and associated codes of practice.