Wikborg Rein > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile

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

Norway > Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

Wikborg Rein‘s ‘highly competent and efficient‘ banking and finance offering stands out for its strength in transactional work, particularly in the heavy industry, shipping and energy sectors. A recent area of focus for the firm is ESG financing, with the group seeing an uptick in activity relating to green and sustainability-linked loans. The team is now jointly led by Johan Rasmussen and Andreas Kjensli Lund. Rasmussen has a broad practice with notable expertise in shipping and offshore-related finance; Lars-Erik Østerbø is another key name here. Lund was promoted to partner in 2023 and is recommended for corporate financing and real estate financing work. Also in the core team are debt financing expert Stian Tande Mortensen and Alexander Owesen, who specialises in assisting investment banks, financial institutions, and private equity houses with financing transactions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Johan Rasmussen; Andreas Kjensli Lund

Other key lawyers:

Stian Tande Mortensen; Alexander Owesen; Lars-Erik Østerbø; Stine H. Barstad; Madeleine Finstad


‘WR provides a highly competent and efficient banking and finance team with in-depth knowledge in all fields relevant for us as a client.’

‘Johan Rasmussen, Alexander Owesen and Andreas Kjensli Lund gathered in one firm makes this the most able provider of law services to financing transactions in Norway. Stian Mortensen is one of the top debt capital markets lawyers, and this team is highly qualified to deliver high quality work on short notice.’

‘You get a lot of partner attention.’

‘Stine H. Barstad is very talented. Johan Rasmussen is always available and is very hands on on the matters of which he is partner in charge.’

‘Johan Rasmussen is always a pleasure to work with. He is a very experienced lawyer who is “hands-on” in the cases he takes on. His experience within drafting of agreements and knowledge of the banking market is outstanding. He knows what we as a client need and makes sure that the transaction works as smoothly as possible.’

‘Lars-Erik Østerbø is a good communicator with excellent skills in shipping and fisheries.’

‘Andreas Kjensli Lund remains in good control even in complex syndicated deals and handles the documentation and any legal issues with a steady hand.’

‘Madeleine Finstad gives a solid impression in her field and is handling and organising the documentation process in large financings in a very competent manner.’

Key clients


Nordea Bank Abp

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Danske Bank A/S

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Eksportfinansiering Norge

BNP Paribas

ING Bank N.V

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse AG


Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA

Work highlights

  • Advised NG Group in connection with a NOK3.7bn sustainability-linked facilities agreement to refinance the group’s existing debt.
  • Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank as agent on the financing of Edda Wind ASA, a Norwegian offshore wind farm service vessel provider.
  • Advised the agent and the lenders on the provision of a senior secured green construction, term and revolving facilities agreement to the Norwegian land-based salmon farming company Salmon Evolution Norway AS.

Norway > Capital markets Tier 1

Described as ‘a natural choice for most transactions’, Wikborg Rein continues to advise on a large number of IPOs and private placements, and has notable strength in the offshore, shipping and energy industries. The ‘highly pragmatic’ Dag Erik Rasmussen leads the equity capital markets sub-group and advises corporates, investment banks and investors on securities law. Stian Tande Mortensen leads on the debt capital markets side and specialises in high-yield bonds and direct lending transactions. Andreas Kjensli Lund is praised by clients for his strength in cross-border mandates and was promoted to partner in 2023. At associate level, Karoline Stock Evje ably assists on equity capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Dag Erik Rasmussen; Stian Tande Mortensen

Other key lawyers:


‘Wikborg Rein has a very strong financing team that covers all aspects of our business needs, from regulatory issues to transaction work.’

‘Dag Erik Rasmussen has extensive experience and is highly pragmatic and hands on.’

‘Stian Mortensen. Market leader and very much used in the Norwegian debt capital market. The ability to combine the bond work with bank lending makes WR a natural choice for most transactions.’

‘Per Anders is a star, to the point and with a good commercial mindset.’

‘Strong track record and very experienced team. Commercial and also very pleasant to work with. Skilled team with very good insight into the capital markets that benefits its clients.’

‘Highly dedicated and qualified from partners to junior resources. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘Stian Tande Mortensen is the star of Wikborg Rein’s HY bond practice and the Norwegian bond market in general. He is commercial and up to speed, as well being very knowledgeable on the market and inner workings of the industry and its participants.’

‘Andreas K. Lund is very good at heavy-duty drafting and cross-border transactions.’

Key clients

General Atlantic

Gram Car Carriers

The Kingfish Company N.V.

Deep Value Driller AS

Quantafuel ASA

Norse Atlantic ASA

DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA

Endúr ASA

Sparebank 1 Markets

Pareto Securities

Agilyx ASA

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

SoftwareONE Holding AG





Pareto Securities AS

ABG Sundal Collier ASA

Danske Bank Markets

Nordea Markets

Arctic Securities AS

Nordic Trustee AS

Carnegie AS

Clarksons Platou Securities


Work highlights

  • Advised Seacrest Petroleo Bermuda Limited in connection with its listing on Oslo Børs.
  • Advised General Atlantic on its acquisition of 15% stake in Kahoot! ASA, and subsequently advised General Atlantic in connection with the recommended NOK17.2bn cash offer to acquire all outstanding shares in Kahoot! ASA by a consortium of investors, including General Atlantic.
  • Advised Pareto Securities AB, acting as the lead manager, and Nordic Trustee, acting as bond trustee, facility agent and security agent, on a complex multi-tranche financing for Ziton A/S.

Norway > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Wikborg Rein has a full-service practice with ‘unique industry skills‘, which assists with M&A transactions in a variety of sectors, including the oil and gas, renewables, shipping, offshore and technology industries. The practice is jointly led by Ole Henrik Wille, who is ‘an exceptional lawyer‘ and highly active in M&A and equity capital markets transactions; Sigurd Opedal, who regularly assists private equity and industrial clients; and ‘highly valued adviserArild Frick. The group also includes Ketil E. Bøe, who advises investors, securities clients, banks and companies on a wide range of issues relating to M&A, and Kaare Christian Tapper, who is highly experienced in a variety of M&A and other equity transactions. Therese Trulsen, who advises industrial and technology clients on greenfield projects and cross-border transactions, is also a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Ole Henrik Wille; Sigurd Opedal; Arild Frick


‘Excellent client service and very pragmatic advice. Number one Norwegian law firm in my mind.’

‘Pragmatic advice that is delivered clearly and quickly.’

‘Wikborg Rein’s team composition differs from others by having more focused partner engagement, rather than broad and shallow, while also giving their high-quality associates room to engage directly with clients.’

‘Service oriented juniors.’

‘Ole Henrik Wille is an exceptional lawyer with unparalleled negotiation skills and the ability to get deals signed.’

‘Ole Henrik Wille has the ability to communicate complex legal frameworks to clients in an understandable manner. Through his solid knowledge of the law and impressive transaction track record, he give clients the comfort needed in high stress situations when negotiations are tough. Expectation management with respect to final outcome is spot-on and stellar.’

‘Arild Frick is probably the best M&A individual we have ever worked with in Norway.’

‘Arild Frick is a highly valued adviser. He combines his strong understanding for corporate law with strong commercial acumen. That makes him able to favourably and quickly move processes forward finding pragmatic while acceptable solutions.’

Key clients


Summa Equity

Nordic Capital

FSN Capital

Permira Advisers LLP


Antin Infrastructure Partners

General Atlantic

Apax Partners

EV Private Equity



Viking Venture

North SEA Midstream Partners


DWS Group

InfraRed Capital Partners


Prosus NV / Naspers


Partners Group


Norsk Hydro ASA

Elkem ASA

Yara International




Thome Group




AKVA Group

Endur ASA

Quantafuel ASA


Aeternum Management

Maritime Partners LLP

Columbia Threadneedle Investments



Lerøy Seafood Group


General Electric Company

Söderberg & Partners


Norway Royal Salmon ASA

Danica Livsforsikringsaktieselskab, Danske Bank A/S

Tide AS


Havyard Group

Scottish Sea Farms Ltd.


Ankala Partners

Hanover Investors Management LLP

Five V Capital Pty Ltd.

Fountain Venture AS


Fraunar Capital Management AS

JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Telenor group on the NOK10.8bn sale of a minority stake (30%) of its passive fibre infrastructure to a consortium consisting of KKR and Oslo Pensjonsforsikring.
  • Advised Thome Group, and its owner Skagerak, on its merger with OSM Maritime Group (partially owned by US PE Oaktree).
  • Advised Fountain Venture AS, the founder and largest shareholder (28.54 %) of the Oslo Børs-listed company Meltwater N.V., and Verdane in connection with the contemplated offer to acquire all outstanding shares in Meltwater by MW Investment B.V.

Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 1

With demonstrable strength in complex cross-border mandates, Wikborg Rein leverages its global network of offices to provide a market-leading international disputes and arbitration offering; a recent highlight involved representing Naftogaz of Ukraine against Gazprom in a high-value commercial IOC arbitration. Ola Nisja and Marie Nesvik jointly head up the team and are both seasoned arbitrators with a focus on cross-border mandates. The ‘extremely smart and quickAadne Haga takes point on disputes in the gas industry, while Kaare Andreas Shetelig has a broad practice covering post-M&A, public sector and transfer pricing disputes. ‘Strong negotiatorJørgen Vangsnes is recommended for cases in the technology sector, while Ola Haugen has a particular emphasis on contractual, construction and project-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ola Nisja; Marie Nesvik


‘Balanced mindset with hands on advice. Solution driven with realistic expectations of outcome. Deliver quality on time.’

‘Wikborg Rein is our first choice in the Norwegian market, with a top-notch arbitration practice.’

‘Aadne Haga is our go-to litigator in the region. He is extremely smart and quick, always has detailed knowledge of the file and great strategic capabilities.’

‘Aadne Haga is our partner. He is a man of sophisticated mind who manages to wrap up unpleasant issues in a way to mitigate them. He is proficient in pedagogical legal drafting which leaves no space for the opponents in arbitration.’

‘Kaare Andreas Shetelig possesses a deep plowing eye for details, as well as the skills for sorting them out, and focus on the vital ones.’

‘Very efficient and client-service oriented team. Advice is very much on point.’

‘Jørgen Vangsnes is a strong negotiator and understands the client’s needs very well.’

‘Unrivalled client attention and consistent and timely delivery of high-quality advice combined with an ability to perform in a political environment.’

Key clients

Naftogaz of Ukraine


The Norwegian Bar Association

Solvil Eiendom AS

Marsh AS

Zürich Insurance Group PLC Norway Branch

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel for Naftogaz in an ICC arbitration against Gazprom concerning payment for rendered services of organising natural gas transportation through the territory of Ukraine.
  • Acting as counsel for telecoms provider Telenor ASA in a major tax case against the Norwegian government with an amount in dispute of NOK9.2bn.
  • Acting as counsel for Marsh in a complex dispute against Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) related to insurance brokerage services.

Norway > Energy

Wikborg Rein leverages its international network of offices to advise international and domestic rig companies, onshore wind producers, and owners, developers, and operators of energy plants on the full range of contentious and non-contentious work. Oil and gas disputes, both domestic and international, feature prominently in the ‘truly outstanding’ group’s caseload; Aadne Haga is a key contact here. Haga works alongside Cathrine B. Hetland, who attracts praise for her ‘absolutely unparalleled’ expertise in regulatory matters and leads the oil and gas group. On the renewables side, key individuals include ‘very intelligent and knowledgeable‘ global practice head Tormod Ludvik Nilsen, Caroline Skaar Landsværk, and Christian James-Olsen. Landsværk heads up the energy, renewables and infrastructure team in Oslo and has notable expertise in regulatory, development, and contract work, while James-Olsen leads the Bergen team and works primarily with project development and contractual issues in the offshore industry.

Practice head(s):

Cathrine B. Hetland; Tormod Ludvik Nilsen; Caroline Skaar Landsværk; Christian-James Olsen

Other key lawyers:


‘Unique experience within the sector.’

‘Wikborg Rein’s oil and gas team is one of the few teams in the Norwegian market that understands both domestic oil and gas issues and also has the capability to advise on complex oil and gas matters internationally.’

‘I would describe Cathrine Hetland as one of the best oil and gas lawyers in Norway. She has absolutely unparalleled knowledge of the Norwegian regulatory framework for oil and gas issues and is able to provide crystal clear advice on very complex questions. She combines this skill with several years of experience in high-stakes, international energy dispute resolution.’

‘The Wikborg Rein team has a unique ability to quickly understand the core issues and provide high-quality support. The distribution of tasks internally in the team is seamless, and communication with us is excellent. They very much improve our decision-making and interaction with partners.’

‘Caroline Skaar Landsværk is our main contact and partner. She is the main reason that the WR team delivers excellent results and support. She is very skilled at understanding the core issues and scaling/planning the WR effort accordingly.’

‘Wikborg Rein is our first choice in the Scandinavian market when it comes to oil and gas disputes. They are truly outstanding in all relevant aspects.’

‘Aadne Haga is our go-to lawyer at the firm.’

‘Tormod Ludvik Nilsen is a very intelligent and knowledgeable lawyer. He is very responsive and I really enjoy working with him and his team.’

Key clients

OW Offshore S.L.

Eviny Fornybar AS

Fornybar Norge

Plenitude (Eni Spa.)

Bekk og Strøm AS

Eidsiva Energi AS

Hafslund AS

Odfjell Oceanwind AS

Norsk Hydro ASA, incl. Hydro REIN AS



Asko Fornybar AS



Troms Kraft AS

Hydro Havrand ASA

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine


Stadtwerke München GmbH

Bayerngas GmbH

Jacktel AS

Transocean Offshore NUF

Odfjell Drilling AS

COSL Drilling Europe AS and COSL Offshore Management AS

Northern Lights JV DA

Work highlights

  • Advising Ocean Winds on all aspects regarding its cooperation and establishment of a joint venture together with Statkraft and Mainstream Renewables for offshore wind projects in Norway.
  • Advising Eidsiva Energi on a cooperation to develop, build and operate a portfolio of solar power plants in Norway.
  • Engaged to represent the rights and interests of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine in all relations with Italia Ukraina Gas S.r.l (IUGAS) or its successors, including, but not limited to, the new arbitration proceedings related to IUGAS’s claim against Naftogaz and the enforcement of a previous arbitration award in favour of IUGAS.

Norway > EU and competition Tier 1

The ‘extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic’ team at Wikborg Rein acts for large private companies and public bodies in Norway, including major energy, telecoms, aquaculture, and transport players. Handling a high volume of infringement cases before Norwegian competition authorities, the team is also routinely instructed to act on antitrust investigations, follow-on claims and cartel mandates. Mads Magnussen heads up the team and is hailed by clients as a ‘fantastic adviser’. Preben Milde Thorbjørnsen is another core member of the team and handles both contentious and non-contentious competition mandates, including transactions and infringement litigation. Specialist counsel Stuart Stock, who is dual-qualified in Norway and England, takes point on cross-border and international matters, with an emphasis on merger control work. Hanne Camilla Zimmer departed the team in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mads Magnussen


‘The team from Wikborg Rein has been led by partner Preben Milde Thorbjørnsen. He is very knowledgeable and experienced, despite his young age, and has the rare ability to put complex matters into understandable and clear language.’

‘The Wikborg Rein team combines deep knowledge of EU and Norway competition law with a very practical approach to giving advice.’

‘They have a deep understanding of the law and regulations that they manage to apply in a pragmatic and commercial manner.’

‘We are very impressed with the competition law team as they are extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic, solution oriented and great to work with.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and provides sound legal advice in a clear and pragmatic way. The team is diverse. They know our business and goals, and support us to reach our goals whilst ensuring we comply with competition law risks.’

‘Stuart Stock has vast experience and knowledge of competition law. He is efficient, a problem solver and communicates clearly. I trust his advice.’

‘In my opinion, Wikborg Rein’s team deliver exceptional quality, are service-minded and very pleasant to work with. But above all, they really know what they are doing and are first class advisers.’

‘I have used Mads Magnussen in Wikborg Rein as legal adviser for many years, in a number of different cases. He is a fantastic adviser. He is efficient, extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. I have worked with several other good lawyers too, but Mads Magnussen stands out as my first choice.’

Key clients


Norsk Hydro

AB Volvo






Lerøy Seafood Group






Norsk Gjenvinning




Bertel O. Steen Power Solutions


FSN Capital

Solstad Offshore

Work highlights

  • Representing Telenor in connection with a large follow-on damages claims, made by its competitor Telia, based on decisions of the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the Norwegian Competition Authority imposing large fines on Telenor for abuses of a dominant position in the Norwegian market.
  • Representing Aschehoug in relation to a large investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the Norwegian publishing market, where the Norwegian Competition Authority imposed a total of NOK545m in fines on the four large Norwegian publishers.
  • Advised Kesko, and in particular its subsidiary Onninen AS, on the acquisition of its competitor Elektroskandia Norge AS (previously a part of the Rexel Group).

Norway > Fishing and aquaculture Tier 1

Noted for its ‘superior industry knowledge’, Wikborg Rein remains a market-leading presence in the fisheries and aquaculture industry. Counting some of Norway’s largest seafood companies among its impressive roster of clients, the ‘very dedicated‘ team has particular strength in complex regulatory issues and is routinely instructed to advise on licensing issues, emerging regulations, and project development work; Martin Bryde is a key contact here. Under the leadership of regulatory expert Grunde Bruland, the team also works closely with the firm’s litigation and M&A departments to advise on seafood transactions and disputes. At associate level, the ‘highly competent and dedicatedHeidi Ann Vestvik-Bruknapp is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Grunde Bruland


‘The combination of solid expertise within the sector’s legislation, knowledge of the administration’s national and regional expertise, understanding of the industry and accessibility.’

‘Grunde Bruland – Impressive knowledge of the seafood industry and legislation.’

‘Martin Bryde – Unique understanding of the administration’s practice of the legislation and its significance for practitioners in the industry.’

‘Ability to use a wide range of competence in complex matters.’

‘Grunde Bruland is excellent.’

‘Superior industry knowledge. Deep, diverse industry network with strong relationships.’

‘Specialised knowledge about the industry and strong network within the industry and relevant authorities. Very dedicated team showing availability and quick response to our requests.’

‘The company has several highly competent and dedicated lawyers such as Heidi Ann Vestvik-Bruknapp. Martin Bryde is a very dedicated lawyer and a strong discussion partner in complicated matters. Understands how our business works and knows our company well and has contributed to our success as a company.’

Key clients

Grieg Seafood ASA

SalMar Aker Ocean AS

Liegruppen Fiskeri AS

Norway Royal Salmon AS (NRS)


Eide Fjordbruk and Tombre Fiskeanlegg

AS Bolaks

Work highlights

  • Advising Grieg Seafood ASA, Tombre Fiskeanlegg AS, Eidsfjord Sjøfarm AS, Lovundlaks AS, Emildsen Fisk AS and AS Bolaks on the restructuring of their business due to the new resource tax regime.
  • Successfully representing Eide Fjordbruk AS and Tombre Fiskeanlegg in an appeals court and Supreme Court lawsuit granting the clients a larger exception from the reduction in the traffic light system.
  • Assisting Salmar Aker Ocean AS with its efforts to establish offshore aquaculture at an industrial scale beyond the territorial waters of Norway.

Norway > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The ‘dedicated and skilled insolvency team’ at Wikborg Rein has expertise in both restructuring and insolvency mandates, and is particularly sought after for restructurings in the energy, shipping and offshore sectors. Practice head Kaare Christian Tapper has ‘an eye for details‘ and is a highly experienced practitioner in the insolvency and restructuring fields. The group also includes Stian Tande Mortensen, who specialises in debt financings with a focus on high yield bonds, direct lending transactions and financial restructurings; and Leif Petter Madsen, who is a competent litigator specialising in bankruptcies. The ‘experienced and solution-orientedSofie Vikse is a key practitioner in bankruptcy cases and advises companies and creditors on financial restructurings and insolvency issues, while Mira Levand Bergsland, who assists with bankruptcy and restructuring matters, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kaare Christian Tapper


‘Dedicated and skilled insolvency team.’

‘Wikborg Rein’s restructuring team is one of the very best in the Norwegian market, and they are highly competent in international work.’

‘Very strong team with great capacity to handle large and detailed restructurings.’

‘The team seem to work very well together and Wikborg is excellent at having a small and tight team. ’

‘We worked well with the entire team, but we would like to highlight Kaare Christian Tapper who had an impressive overview and control and managed to navigate different interests in an excellent manner. Further, we were impressed that he takes responsibility and is not afraid to express his views, even though his view might deviate from the clients.’

‘Kaare Christian Tapper has an eye for details while at the same time managing the commercial interests at stake.’

‘Sofie Vikse is experienced and solution-oriented.’

‘Sofie Vikse is an up-and coming and highly skillful lawyer that I have had the pleasure of cooperating with on insolvency related matters over the last couple of years. She is very solution oriented and efficient, and regularly solves matters before she is expected to. I recommend her services for anyone searching for a skilled lawyer within her field of expertise.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge

Nordic Trustee AS

PB Norge AS, its estate in liquidation

K Ekrheim AS

Rørosrein AS

Apollo Management Holdings, L.p

Latina Offshore Limited

Telford Offshore Limited

Lorentzen & Co AS, its bankruptcy estate

IOG plc

Solstad Offshore ASA


Danske Bank, Norwegian Branch

Eksportfinansiering Norge


Cross Ocean


Danmarks Skibskredit A/S

Deutsche Bank AG

J.P. Morgan SE

Sculptor Investments S.a.r.l

Sparebanken Møre

Sparebanken Vest

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Assisted the senior secured lenders to the DOF group in the complex financial restructuring of the group’s debt.
  • Advised Nordic Trustee AS and an ad hoc committee of the bondholders of the 10.25% $300m senior secured bonds issued by Mime Petroleum AS, in relation to a comprehensive restructuring of the issuer.
  • Assisting Solstad Offshore ASA with refinancing discussions with its secured and unsecured lenders and other stakeholders, and, as part of such refinancing, also assisted the company with the sale of its PSV fleet consisting of 37 vessels.

Norway > Intellectual property Tier 1

Lauded by clients as ‘one of Norway’s strongest‘, Wikborg Rein’s intellectual property offering spans all core areas of IP law, with notable emphasis on contentious matters, particularly patent litigation. Hanna Beyer Olaussen heads up the ‘stellar‘ team, which sits within the firm’s broader tech and digitalisation practice, led by Lars Erik Steinkjer. Olaussen advises start-ups and large multinational corporations on intellectual property rights related to emerging technology, while Steinkjer has particular experience handling complex patent disputes in the offshore, aquaculture, and pharma sectors. The core team also includes Gunnar Meyer, who is ‘one of Norway’s most experienced patent litigators‘, as well as the ‘highly competentNora Bratheim.

Practice head(s):

Hanna Beyer Olaussen


‘Stellar team working to meet client’s objectives.’

‘Gunnar Meyer has for many years been a leading light in the Norwegian IP scene. He continues to be and his knowledge and expertise is well sought after. Nora Bratheim is a rising star.’

‘One of Norway’s strongest IP teams.’

‘Gunnar Meyer is one of Norway’s most experienced patent litigators. Lars Erik Steinkjer and Nora Bratheim are also highly competent in patent law.’

‘Lars Erik Steinkjer is a very competent attorney who has extensive knowledge about patent law, even some of the more niche topics.’

‘Gunnar Meyer has tons of experience, being the senior attorney of the team. Do not be fooled by his friendly attitude – in court he will indeed find the weak points of the other party.’

‘Nora Bratheim has already proved to be a great support for the senior attorneys of the team. She is engaged in various activities in the Norwegian IP community, and she will certainly be one of the best in a few years.’

‘Hanna Olaussen is excellent in negotiating and writing IP contracts. She understands the whole field of IP and the clients’ need, which results in commercially strong agreements. She is highly professional, always available and provides to the point and value adding advice.’

Key clients

Archer Ltd.

Fornybar Norge

Hydro Havrand AS

Jerven AS


Norgesgruppen ASA

Ocean Sun AS

Quantafuel ASA

Stiftelsen Norsk Rikstoto

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Vygruppen AS

Amedia AS

Jotun AS

Nio Norway AS

Work highlights

  • Represented Ocean Sun in patent enforcement litigation against a third party within the solar energy sector.
  • Representing Teva in multiple patent invalidity lawsuits against patentees.
  • Represented Nel ASA in a patent licence agreement litigation relating to hydrogen technology.

Norway > Maritime law Tier 1

Wikborg Rein’s offering runs the gamut of maritime, shipping and offshore work, handling the full spectrum of dry and wet shipping mandates, disputes, and cross-border transactions. Øyvind Axe oversees the global team from the firm’s Bergen office, while Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen, praised for his ‘exceptional industry knowledge‘, co-heads the group from Oslo. Also based in Oslo is Herman Steen, who heads up the shipping and offshore disputes subgroup and is described by clients as ‘unquestionably the leading light for casualty work‘. Oddbjørn Slinning handles marine insurance litigation and casualty mandates, while Morten Lund Mathisen attracts praise for his expertise in wreck removal contracts. At associate level, the ‘up-and-comingMari Berg Rindahl is also recommended for cross-border transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Øyvind Axe; Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen; Herman Steen


‘Broad knowledge of shipping, offshore and sector-related financing. High quality across the board.’

‘Wikborg Rein is a longstanding market leader within maritime law in Norway. They have a unique understanding of all legal aspects related to the shipping and offshore industry, and combine thorough legal knowledge with outstanding industry knowledge.’

‘Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen combines first-class knowledge of corporate, finance and contract law with exceptional industry knowledge to provide practical and solid advice. He is keenly involved in all aspects of our business, and we engage him as our trusted adviser on all important business decisions.’

‘Mari Berg Rindahl is an up-and-coming star, and has a unique ability to handle large and complex finance and transaction processes.’

‘Extraordinarily engaged and competent team. Very good at being proactive themselves and at the same time listening carefully to our input and instructions. They understand our business fully. Our cooperation is productive and educating, with a suitable amount of humour and personal touch included.’

‘Morten Lund Mathisen’s expertise within wreck removal contracts in particular is among the very best internationally. His experience with offshore wreck removals is unique.’

‘Oddbjørn Slinning is friendly, level-headed and gives honest advice. He has a broad skill set ranging from transactional work to disputes.’

‘Herman Steen is unquestionably the leading light for casualty work. Supremely experienced.’

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard

Gard Marine & Energy Ltd

DNB Bank

Floatel International

Fred. Olsen Windcarriers

Gram Car Carriers

Norwegian Hull Club

Odfjell Drilling

The Swedish Club

Solstad Offshore

Transocean Services AS


Yara International ASA




Codan Insurance

Hydor AS


Norwegian Royal Navy

London P&I Club

BW Offshore


Fjord1 AS

COSL Drilling

Macro Offshore

Work highlights

  • Acted as global lead counsel to the Solstad Offshore ASA group in connection with the sale of the group’s PSV fleet, comprising 37 vessels in operation along with related charterparties and onshore and offshore employees, to Tidewater Inc.
  • Successfully defended Gard Marine & Energy Limited and co-insurers as the H&M insurers against a claim for total loss compensation of $20m in a Constructive Total Loss decision.
  • Acted for Base Marine Norway AS, a joint venture between P&O Maritime FZE in Dubai and some Norwegian investors, in an arbitration with Kuehne + Nagel AS under a seven-year time charterparty.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

Leveraging its international network of offices, Wikborg Rein has a solid track record in advising on high-profile and complex mandates, with a particular emphasis on cross-border work as well as shipbuilding disputes. Øyvind Axe oversees the practice from Bergen, working alongside Oslo-based co-head Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen. Axe’s practice encompasses industry-related transactions, as well as construction contracts, asset sales, and major restructurings. Fjærvoll-Larsen takes point on international transactions in the maritime industry and also contract negotiations and charter agreements. Morten Valen Eide focuses on strategic commercial advice and dispute resolution within the shipping, offshore, and energy segments. Christian James-Olsen heads up the firm’ renewables energy group and also has extensive experience advising on energy-related offshore work, including project development, shipbuilding, and cross-border contract matters.

Practice head(s):

Øyvind Axe; Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen


‘Professional with in-depth knowledge of the industry.’

‘Solution-oriented and commercial-minded.’

‘Wikborg Rein’s Offshore construction and shipbuilding practice team has a very practical approach, has the most recent knowledge of the industry and can provide truly useful insights into the business conducted within the industry. The team has very prominent young lawyers in addition to the more senior-level team leads. The team is able to serve the client with high-quality work within tight timelines.’

‘Christian James-Olsen is by far the best legal adviser we have used for Offshore construction and shipbuilding practice assignments. He is pragmatic and he has an amazing ability to explain legal concepts in an understandable way. He is a strategy-oriented and easy-going person.’

‘The team at Wikborg Rein’s Bergen office is highly qualified and provides prompt legal advice, combining industry knowledge with practical legal advice.’

‘Christian James-Olsen is attentive, always available and service-minded. He takes a practical approach to each case, always focusing on the solutions rather than the obstacles. His industry knowledge and experience together with his bright legal mind, have resulted in practical and valuable advice for our company.’

Key clients

Aas Mek. Verksted

Fitjar Mekaniske Verksted

Fjord 1

Lerøy Seafood

Floatel International

Fred. Olsen Windcarriers

Gram Car Carriers

Solstad Offshore

Norwegian Royal Navy

BW Offshore

Macro Offshore


Work highlights

  • Acted for Northern Lights JV DA in connection with its establishment of the world’s first full-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain, a part of the Norwegian “Longship Project”.
  • Acting as legal counsel to global accommodation rig owner Jacktel AS on all aspects of the negotiation and follow-up of a contract for modification work on the jack-up accommodation unit Haven.
  • Acted as counsel to offshore supply company Moray Systems AS in a cross-border dispute against Delmar System Inc. concerning a distribution contract for leasing of equipment for the offshore industry.

Norway > Real estate Tier 1

With notable strength in cross-border mandates, Wikborg Rein attracts praise for its ‘excellent commercial understanding‘ and ‘extensive‘ transactional expertise. Lars Ulleberg Jensen oversees the team and has a strong track record in advising on transactions, fund structuring, lease agreements, and property developments for prominent investment banks and private equity clients. The ‘professional, extremely efficient, and creative’ Ingrid Høstmælingen is a key contact for large real estate transactions, lease agreements, and development projects, with significant emphasis on cross-border transactions. The group also includes a strong team of associates, including Håkon Lagesen, who advises international clients on project finance work, transactions, and lease agreements, and Erik Enger-Mår, who has significant experience in development projects.

Practice head(s):

Lars Ulleberg Jensen


‘Professionalism, solution-orientated, hardworking and always available on short notice.’

‘Excellent commercial understanding.’

‘I find the real estate team in Wikborg Rein to be hands-on, updated at all times and with the strong wish to contribute legally on point and at the same time practically on the matters at stake.’

‘It is always a pleasure working with Ingrid K. Høstmælingen. It is always easy to work with her. She has the gift of explaining and seeing complicated issues in an educational and constructive way, and she brings to the table in negotiations the strong confidence that there are no problems that cannot be resolved amicably.’

‘In all the transactions we have worked on, Wikborg has been very professional and knowledgeable. They have extensive experience in transactions.’

‘Ingrid Høstmælingen is professional, extremely efficient, and creative, and has a inclusive way of working cases. She is always providing a high level of service.’

‘Young and motivated team, but with plenty of experience. Partners are hands on and involvement crucial for all aspects of a transaction.’

‘Great understanding of their client’s different scope, needs and materiality limits as well as the opposite party’s behaviours.’

Key clients



Colliers Project Finance

Viken County

DEAS Asset Management

Tristan Capital




Union Gruppen


Malling Investments

Anvil Asset Advisors

Vestaksen Eiendom


Work highlights

  • Assisted the shareholders in Bo Coliving AS in connection with the sale of the shares in Bo Coliving AS to the US real estate investment and management company Heitman for approx. NOK1.8bn.
  • Assisted NREP with the acquisition of the properties Akersgata 51 og Tordenskioldsgate 6 i Oslo from Entra ASA for approx. NOK1.5bn.
  • Assisted a JV between Telenor, Hafslund, HitecVision and Analysys Mason with the purchase of Østre Aker vei 24C for the purpose of constructing a high security data centre for critical infrastructure.

Norway > Regulatory, compliance and investigations Tier 1

Leveraging its international network of offices, Wikborg Rein’s multidisciplinary offering spans all core areas of compliance and regulatory work, with the group routinely handling crisis management, investigations, due diligence, and ESG work. Practice co-head Elisabeth Roscher has an impressive track record advising on a large volume of complex compliance cases, as well as private investigations and human rights due diligence matters. Working alongside Roscher is co-head and managing partner Geir Sviggum, who is particularly skilled at handling mandates and investigations with international aspects. The firm’s sanctions offering, hailed by clients as ‘by far the best in Norway’, has recently seen further increases in sanctions and export control-related instructions, a core area of expertise for the firm; the ‘fantastic’ Tine Elisabeth Vigmostad is the name to note here. New partner Elise Johansen is also recommended for her ESG expertise. Charlie Pope left the team in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Roscher; Geir Sviggum

Other key lawyers:

Kristin Nordland Brattli; Tine Elisabeth Vigmostad; Elise Johansen


‘The team is highly competent in the ever changing and complicated compliance and sustainability laws and regulations we today all face on a global level.’

‘Geir Sviggum is a highly skilled manager of the team, trusted by all internal stakeholders. Tine Vigmostad is probably the best sanctions attorney in Norway.’

‘The team has a deep understanding of international compliance issues and practical insights into how to handle investigations and solutions to “everyday” compliance matters. They are incredibly responsive and hardworking but at the same time an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Kristin Nordland Brattli has made all the difference, she is highly competent within her legal field and uniquely skilled in providing integrated and collaborative legal operations assistance instead of one-sided advice.’

‘Geir Sviggum, Tine Vigmostad and Elisabeth Roscher are outstanding practitioners.’

‘Tine Vigmostad is outstanding, always giving high-quality advice in combination with a strong commercial understanding of the business and service-minded attitude.’

‘Clear view on complicated issues. Excellent analytical skills. Ability to read situations in an analytical way. Excellent communication skills. Strategic thinking.’

‘The Wikborg Rein sanctions team, which is part of their regulatory, compliance and investigations practice is by far the best in Norway. I have relied on them for many years to provide practical, timely and reliable advice and have referred many clients to them. Everyone has been extremely happy with their service.’

Key clients

Samherji hf

Aker Solutions ASA

Huawei Technologies AS

Renewables Norway

Solstad Offshore ASA

Statkraft AS

Norfund (the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries)

Edison S.p.A.

Telenor ASA

Klaveness Marine AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted the board of Samherji hf with a broad and extensive international investigation in a number of countries (the so-called ‘Fishrot case’), which includes allegations of bribery/corruption and other wrongdoings.
  • Acting as the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Ministry’s preferred external counsel, domestically and internationally, as lead counsel for Norway on a series of compliance cases.
  • Advised numerous Norwegian and international clients with global operations on economic and trade sanctions risks following the invasion of Ukraine.

Norway > TMT Tier 1

Described by clients as ‘exceptionally well versed in GDPR regulations‘, the TMT team at Wikborg Rein stands out for its expertise in technology matters, IT contracts and procurements, and data protection and privacy matters; the ‘outstandingRolf Riisnæs is a key name here. Cross-border work is a core area of expertise for the team, which is led by Lars Erik Steinkjer. Hanna Beyer Olaussen leads on IP work as well as media and telecoms matters, while Gry Hvidsten heads up the data protection offering. Also in the core team is the ‘extremely knowledgeableWegard Kyoo Bergli, who works alongside Hvidsten on privacy matters. Isak Mendoza joined the firm in May 2024.

Practice head(s):

Lars Erik Steinkjer


‘They are exceptionally well versed in GDPR regulations, demonstrating a profound understanding of this intricate field. Their comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience make them an invaluable asset in ensuring compliance and data protection.’

‘I would like to specifically mention Hanna Beyer Olaussen and Wegard Kyoo Bergli. The two have been part of the core team working for us as the customer – they are always available and quick in their response. Wegard in particular is extremely knowledgeable and up to date on data privacy legislation and changes in the current landscape.’

‘Several of the partners and senior advisers have valid and lengthy experience from large international industrial companies which is unique when it comes to data protection compliance.’

‘International industry background, they make a good team and support each other while serving the client. Very approachable and eager to serve.’

‘Great ability to provide support on cross-border data privacy topics, specifically for Norwegian actors with a presence in China.’

‘Gry Hvidsten and Wegard Kyoo Bergli are excellent for privacy advice.’

‘Rolf Riisnæs is an outstanding legal adviser. His ability to communicate complicated legal issues in a practical and easy manner is unique.’

‘The resources from WR has shown an extraordinary capability to understand difficult technological subjects and how they relate to each other, and how different legal topics such as GDPR come into hand. They have also been able to give direct and concrete advice. The collaboration has been excellent and they have always produced the result within the agreed time frame.’

Key clients

Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway)

Aker Solutions AS / Aker Security Services

Sporveien AS

Nordic Semiconductor ASA

Sulland Gruppen AS (Electric Way AS)

Jotun AS

Orkla ASA / Orkla IT AS

NorgesGruppen ASA

Gabler AS

Telenor ASA

Hydro ASA and Hydro Havrand AS

Quantafuel ASA

Amedia AS

Yara ASA

NIO Norway AS

The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO)

Yara International ASA

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad

Oddfjell Drilling and Odfjell Technology Ltd

Statkraft AS

Telenor Norge AS

Skanska Norge AS

Entra ASA

Work highlights

  • Assisting Aker Solutions AS with a large-scale Schrems II project related to the group’s global IT systems, as well as assisting on a regular basis with several IT-related procurements.
  • Assisted Orkla IT AS in relation to its renegotiation of the core operational services outsourcing contract with Cognizant Technology Services (CTS).
  • Assisting Sporveien AS with various data protection matters which includes IT procurements and the development and implementation of miscellaneous products and services involving the processing of personal data related to both customers and employees.

Norway > Construction Tier 2

With strength in dispute resolution, Wikborg Rein acts for a diverse group of clients that includes international construction companies, local authorities and public sector entities. Marius Egeberg and Ola Nisja jointly lead the team; the ‘extremely professional’ Egeberg focuses on contentious mandates, while Nisja attracts praise for his ‘incredibly strategic approach’. The group also has a solid presence on Norway’s west coast, with Kristoffer Lerum leading the Bergen office. Lars Erik Schjeide has specialised expertise in building and construction contracts; ‘skilled negotiatorChristian Cederkvist is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Marius Egeberg; Ola Nisja


‘Within construction law, Wikborg Rein has a young and up-and-coming environment with skilled lawyers. The team delivers quickly and with very good advice on all phases of a construction case.’

‘Marius Egeberg is a highly qualified construction lawyer with a good professional foundation. Very fast and good follow-up of all cases.’

‘The team is led by Ola Nisja, who has an incredibly strategic approach and is highly diplomatic, yet fierce in execution. His associate, Christian Cederkvist, is early in his career already a skilled negotiator, thinking strategically and working independently.’

‘I find Wikborg Rein quite engaged in all the cases and, when compared to other firms, I find that they go into a high level of detail.’

‘Marius Egeberg is extremely professional.’

‘High quality and efficiency in every part we need. A multi-skilled law firm with focused employees in every area we need. The way they orchestrate the different capabilities is impressive.’

Key clients

BundeBygg AS

Oslo District of Sport Activities and Bækkelaget Sports club

Hinna Park Utvikling AS

Tanke Svilands gate 30-36 AS

Base Property AS

Entra ASA

Pynteneset Eiendom AS


Lerøy Midt AS

Glitre AS

Arbo Entreprenør AS

Work highlights

  • Acting for Entra ASA in a dispute with the contractor Veidekke over the final settlement in a project concerning the refurbishment of the Law Faculty Building in Oslo in a NOK600m building project.
  • Acted for MossIA ANS in a dispute with a subcontractor – 4Service Landanlegg AS – regarding payment for the establishment and management of facilities for workers in a major railway development project in Moss where MossIA ANS is the main contractor.
  • Representing Hinna Park Utvikling in a building project Valhall in Stavanger.

Norway > Employment Tier 2

Wikborg Rein has a ‘highly competent‘ employment team, which advises on all disciplines within employment law in both the public and private sectors; areas of expertise include collective labour law, pensions issues and GDPR-related mandates. Practice head Christian Backe is an experienced litigator who focuses on a wide range of matters relating to employment and pension law. The team also includes Jan L. Backer, who has particular experience with cases regarding the termination of executives; and Kjersti Borgen, who is highly knowledgeable in collective employment law. Other notable practitioners include litigator Fredrik Gisholt, who focuses on downsizings and individual termination cases; Karoline Moen Brunstad, who advises on reorganisations, downsizings and personnel cases; and new addition to the team, Ine Osland.

Practice head(s):

Christian Backe


‘They are good at identifying current issues and they solve them in an efficient way. The team always gives very good and articulate advice. It is a highly competent team, and all the employees are friendly and polite.’

‘Very good partners with good availability. Short response times and good legal advice.’

‘Christian Backe is a highly valued partner for finding solutions, and for having the constructive and fruitful discussions that are crucial in finding the best solutions.’

‘Christian Backe, Karoline Moen Brunstad and Ine Osland have a high level of expertise in employment law. They understand our business and respond quickly to questions. It is always very reassuring to get assistance from them and we are always satisfied with the result in the various processes they assist us with.’

Key clients

COSL Offshore Management AS

Lerøy Seafood Group ASA and subsidiaries

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Transocean Services AS / Transocean Norway Operation AS


Avonova Helse

Solstad Offshore

Norsk Gjenvinning

Work highlights

  • Defended Transocean against a high-profile dismissal claim, brought against the client by a former employee and employee representative.
  • Defended Foundation Christian Radich against a senior employee disputing a dismissal due to sexual harassment.
  • Assisted Solstad Offshore with the sale of 37 PSV vessels and transfer of over 1000 seafarers employed though different Solstad entities around the world.

Norway > Insurance Tier 2

Wikborg Rein‘s ‘highly competent team‘ assists with a wide range of insurance mandates, including contentious issues, transactions and regulatory work, and is particularly experienced in the shipping and marine sectors. Practice head Anders Færden is ‘deeply knowledgeable in marine insurance‘, as well as being an experienced litigator. The group also includes Herman Steen, who leads the shipping and offshore disputes department and regularly acts in international insurance cases; and Ole Andenæs, who assists insurance clients with regulatory, advisory and contentious work, as well as M&A transactions involving insurance companies. Other notable practitioners include Anne-Karin Nesdam, marine insurance specialist Halvard Saue, and Marte Sønstevold, who is experienced in both marine and non-marine insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Anders Færden


‘A highly competent team with global reach, and particularly strong in marine insurance. Norway’s only truly international law firm.’

‘Anders Færden is deeply knowledgeable in marine insurance.’

‘Herman Steen is rising name in litigation, in particular for wet law and marine insurance disputes.’

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard

Gard Marine & Energy Ltd

Codan Insurance


Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

Hydor AS


Zürich Insuranc

The Swedish Club

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented marine insurers in a Constructive Total Loss dispute.
  • Successfully defended Zurich Insurance in a direct action claim under Directors and Officers Insurance.
  • Assisting the H&M insurers Norwegian Hull Club and the P&I insurers Gard P&I (Bermuda) Ltd as global lead counsel following the casualty of the highly specialised subsea construction and pipe laying vessel SKANDI BUZIOS, which caught fire at the port of Açu, Brazil on 2 June 2023.

Norway > Public procurement Tier 2

Wikborg Rein has a strong track record in advising public sector clients, particularly purchasers and contracting authorities, on the full range of public procurement mandates. In particular, the group has demonstrable strength in litigation, handling procurement disputes, injunctions and appeals. The team is now jointly headed up by Torje Sunde and deputy head Malene Reinertsen. Sunde joined the team in August 2023 from the Office of the Attorney General and brings with him extensive experience litigating public procurement matters, while Reinertsen is a public procurement specialist with notable expertise in advising on large IT procurement projects. Hanne Camilla Zimmer left the team in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Torje Sunde; Malene Reinertsen


‘Their team has a great understanding of issues regarding public procurements and is able to communicate difficult legal issues in an understandable manner. They also have a good understanding of the local government sector and our needs.’

‘We worked with Marlene Reinertsen from Wikborg Rein. She had an excellent ability to communicate difficult legal issues in an understandable manner to procurement officers with no legal background. She will always offer to look into specific legal questions and give precise and usable answers within a short time.’

‘I believe that WR has a high level of competence and delivers its advice promptly and effectively. They are welcoming and easy to interact with and are quickly available when needed, while the advice is of high quality.’

‘It seems that they have broad competence teams with highly qualified employees who can support each other and ensure the quality of their deliveries in a good and efficient way. A young female senior lawyer, Malene Reinertsen, has impressed with her good and sharp observations during meetings and well-formulated notes.’

‘They have a deep understanding of your business needs, thus providing relevant and valuable input and quality assurance throughout the procurement process.’

‘Malene Reinertsen is a senior lawyer and a specialist in public procurement. She makes a big difference by being solution oriented, when others will focus more on potential problems. The customer often wants to know what we can do, not what we cannot do. This is a strength that makes Malene stand out from the rest.’

‘The team’s broad competence, including valuable experience from the contracting authority side. The team is always available on short notice.’

‘Malene Reinertsen is a talented and nice lawyer who provides great advice.’

Key clients




Norges Bank

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

NORAD – The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Clear Channel Norway AS

Vy Buss AS

Vy Buss AB

Tide Buss AS

Norsk Gjenvinning

Lyreco Norway

Elvia AS

The Norwegian Agriculture Agency

Frogn municipality

Ullensaker municipality

Work highlights

  • Advising Vygruppen and its subsidiaries on multiple procurements and disputes, both as a contracting authority and a supplier.
  • Represented Telenor in the application for an interim injunction against the award of a contract by Sykehuspartner HF.
  • Advising the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, on the design and implementation of complex procurements.

Norway > Tax Tier 2

Wikborg Rein has ‘reliable and good expertise‘ in a variety of tax matters, and is particularly strong in tax litigation and tax issues relating to M&A transactions and real estate matters. Practice head Anders Myklebust is a tax and company law specialist and has ‘a very strong tax background and very good analytical skills’. Are Zachariassen specialises in issues relating to tax law, company law and stock exchange and securities legislation, while Kaare Andreas Shetelig has ‘enormous experience of both litigation and tax law’. Daniel Nygaard Nyberg, who focuses on tax, structuring and corporate matters, is also a key practitioner. Jarle Schelander and Harald Hauge joined the practice in early 2024 from Harboe & Co AS.

Practice head(s):

Anders Myklebust


‘Well-composed team, different skills and experience.’

‘Great service. Outstanding knowledge of different cross-border opportunities, structured way of communicating and drafting solutions.’

‘Reliable and good expertise.’

‘The firm covers all aspects that matter to our business within international shipping and energy markets.’

‘We use Wikborg primarily for litigation. The team we used, including Kaare Andreas Shetelig and Anders Myklebust, works seamlessly together, and with us as clients. Great cooperative skills.’

‘Lead litigation partner Kaare Shetelig has enormous experience of both litigation and tax law, and also a very high win rate. He has an absolutely fantastic ability to think quickly and solve problems as they arise in court. Great judgement and a “sixth sense” when analysing the judge’s behaviour, and when to press and when not to press witnesses.’

Anders Myklebust has a very strong tax background and very good analytical skills.

‘Are Zachariassen is always available and has an excellent way of simplifying difficult and complex tax issues and structures.’

Key clients

Telenor ASA

Norsk Hydro ASA

Mowi ASA

Gard AS

Elkem ASA

Norwegian Oil Taxation Office


Fornybar Norge (Renewables Norway)

Gram Car Carriers ASA


Lerøy Seafood ASA

Work highlights

  • Representing Telenor ASA in a major tax dispute with a successful outcome in the Court of Appeal.
  • Representing Norsk Hydro and Elkem before the Supreme Court in a dispute related to electricity tax.
  • Advising Telenor ASA on the carve out and sale of 30% of its fibre business.

We are one of Norway’s largest and most international business law firms. We assist national and international businesses in the private and public sector.

In addition to the head office in Oslo, we have offices in Bergen, London, Singapore and Shanghai. In addition, we have a presence in Brazil through our partner Vieira Rezende.

Our experience and expertise is built through continuous development of our lawyers, close cooperation between our offices and extensive networking in Norway and abroad.

Department Name Email Telephone
Labour Jan L Backer jlb@wr.no +47 22 82 76 14
Labour Christian Backe cbc@wr.no +47 22 82 75 27
Banking and finance Johan Rasmussen jra@wr.no +47 22 82 76 35
Banking and finance Alexander W Owesen awo@wr.no +47 22 82 76 78
IP and technology Rolf Riisnæs rri@wr.no +47 22 82 75 59
Capital markets Dag Erik Rasmussen der@wr.no +47 22 82 75 05
Competition and procurement Mads Magnussen mma@wr.no +47 22 82 76 02
Contract law and construction Ola Ø Nisja oni@wr.no +47 22 82 76 44
Mergers and acquisitions Sigurd Opedal sop@wr.no +47 22 82 76 28
Commercial property Ingrid Kristine Høstmaelingen ikh@wr.no +47 22 82 75 15
Commercial property Leif Petter Madsen lpm@wr.no +47 22 82 76 15
Litigation and arbitration Kaare Andreas Shetelig kas@wr.no +47 90 02 91 92
Litigation and arbitration Ola Haugen oha@wr.no +47 90 19 74 53
Litigation and arbitration Ola Ø Nisja oni@wr.no +47 22 82 76 44
Petroleum and energy Aadne Martin Haga aha@wr.no +47 22 82 75 07
Shipping offshore Oddbjørn Slinning osl@wr.no +47 22 82 75 76
Shipping offshore Herman Steen hst@wr.no +47 22 82 75 94
Tax Anders Myklebust amy@wr.no +47 22 82 75 54
Tax Are Zachariassen aza@wr.no +47 22 82 76 72
Financial Regulation Ole Andenæs oea@wr.no +47 22 82 76 61
Contract and Construction Marius Egeberg meg@wr.no +47 22 82 76 25
Corporate Finance and Tax Kaare Christian Tapper kct@wr.no +47 22 82 75 06
Shipping Offshore Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen afl@wr.no +47 22 82 75 41
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Lars Ulleberg Jensen photo Mr Lars Ulleberg Jensen Lars Ulleberg Jensen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office, and…
Jørgen Vangsnes photo Mr Jørgen Vangsnes Jørgen has substantial experience in litigation and dispute resolution. Jørgen’s practice encompasses…
Tine Elisabeth Vigmostad photo Ms Tine Elisabeth Vigmostad Tine provides advice within a wide range of compliance related topics, both…
Ane Vilnes photo Ms Ane Vilnes Ane mainly works with dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation within…
Ole Henrik Wille photo Mr Ole Henrik Wille Ole Henrik is head of the firm’s Corporate, Finance and Tax practice.…
Are Zachariassen photo Mr Are Zachariassen Are’s main areas of practice are issues relating to tax law, company…
Number of lawyers : 258
at this office : 161
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Other offices : Bergen
Other offices : London
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Singapore

Wikborg Rein’s firm culture is based on utilizing our talented employees and working towards a more diverse workforce. The most important success factor in Wikborg Rein is our people where a key element of this is to promote diversity and inclusion. We have currently 25 nationalities represented in our firm. Being Norway’s most international law firm, we are proud to say that we have lawyers and employees of foreign origin in our offices in Norway. This has been a conscious strategy to increase competence, diversity and exchange experiences in an international market.

Multicultural diversity is a competitive advantage for Wikborg Rein. This includes language skills, ability to connect with international clients from non-Norwegian cultures, and awareness of business cultures. It is also important for our internal work environment, where different views are very important both regarding client work and work engagement internally. Wikborg Rein does not accept discrimination in any form, whether it is based on gender, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.

In order to achieve gender equality, it needs to be a pipeline from our lawyer junior level that ensures we have talents ready to advance in the career path. Our recruitment strategy focuses on bringing in young talent directly from the universities, and our trainee programs are our main channel for recruitment of associates.

With our trainee programs we aim to provide fully compensated work experience to students over five weeks, giving the students valuable insights into the business lawyer profession. We also have the opportunity to evaluate the trainees as potential future associates, and we do this through exposing the trainees to a broad variety of fields within business law. A dedicated individual sponsor ensures the trainees are able to perform in the same way as a new associate would.

We have between two and four trainees in Wikborg Rein at any given time, in addition to our International interns and Digital trainees. We aim to have gender equality in our trainee pool, and preferably a small overweight of female trainees.

53% of all employees working in Wikborg Rein today are women. Of these, 48% are lawyers, and 18 % partners. Based on our internal candidates, it is realistic to expect that we will recruit at least as many women as men as partners in the coming years. Our goal is that 50% of all partners hired in the period up to 2023 should be women. In order to achieve the goal of gender balance in future partner admissions, we have, among other things, implemented a mentoring program with tailored guidance for female senior lawyers.

CLIENT: within TMT
COMPANY/FIRM: Wikborg Rein, Norway
TESTIMONIAL: Wikborg Rein has a dedicated team. The firm manages to deliver advice of high value in complex cases, that also takes into account the customers’ needs. The firm also has a thorough understanding of relevant suppliers and new technology in the European market. We are satisfied with the firm’s initiatives when providing practical solutions in projects. Compared with its competitors that we have used, it is a leading department. Our understanding is that the only a few Norwegian law firms have the necessary understanding of both market and law that meets our needs. 

CLIENT: within Public Procurement
COMPANY/FIRM: Wikborg Rein, Norway
TESTIMONIAL: I’m very impressed with them. Their work is quite outstanding on this area. I can’t really suggest any improvements. They took feedback and improved as we worked at all times. There were no professional areas where they lacked understanding. 

CLIENT: within Dispute
COMPANY/FIRM: Wikborg Rein, Norway
TESTIMONIAL: Their strength is their good combination between technical and practical. That’s very valuable. Especially in dispute resolution, they’re not afraid to be brutally honest, and to explore the potential routes to resolution. What I really appreciate from them is that they have a nice balance between what they bring and what they charge. I also think they also have a nice mix between sales guys and doers. 

CLIENT: within Compliance
COMPANY/FIRM: Wikborg Rein, Norway
TESTIMONIAL: They stood by our side. They have always tried to find solutions, even if our team made things difficult. During all our cooperation, they have been strong on professionalism and integrity. From my understanding, everyone in the team delivers high quality work quickly. They have good insights into the laws that were involved. I could not find anything to improve. I can only find examples where I’m impressed by their desire to do even more, after difficulties have occurred on our side. 

CLIENT: within Energy: Electricity 
COMPANY/FIRM: Wikborg Rein, Norway
TESTIMONIAL: In what was a highly complex matter, they took responsibility for the vast amount of work, providing swift and precise legal advice. They were team players who involved the relevant experts as far as necessary. It has been a positive working relationship 

CLIENT: within Energy: Oil & Gas
COMPANY/FIRM: Wikborg Rein, Norway
TESTIMONIAL: They have a stronger team, with more senior personnel available than at other firms. I think Wikborg Rein have quite a strong team in oil and gas, with more resources available, and they have done a good job for us, so I will keep using them again. They are very professional, I can only give these guys great feedback.