Wikborg Rein > Oslo, Norway > Firm Profile
Wikborg Rein Offices
Dronning Mauds gate 11
P.O.Box 1513 Vika
Wikborg Rein > The Legal 500 RankingsWikborg Rein is jointly led by financial regulatory specialist Ole Andenæs and Stian Tande Mortensen, who has extensive experience in high-yield bond issuance work. The practice is praised by clients as ‘strong within the entire financial regulatory sphere, including banking, insurance, corporate finance and asset management‘. Other key practitioners to note include Johan Rasmussen, Lars-Erik Østerbø, who is noted for his expertise in ship finance and restructuring matters, and Alexander Owesen, who advises Norwegian and international banks, financial institutions, lenders and private equity houses on a range of financing transactions.
Stian Tande Mortensen; Ole Andenæs
‘WR is particularly strong on the combination of lending and capital markets products, i.e. combinations of bank and bond financings, bridge to bonds and other capital markets instruments etc. WR has very strong restructuring capabilities.’
‘Johan Rasmussen; very fast and reliable deliveries, pragmatic and effective. Alex Owesen; high quality and high degree of commercial understanding. Lars-Erik Østerbø: very nice to work with and extremely fast and accurate. He is much appreciated on asset based financings, but also on matters with elements of restructuring and insolvency.’
‘Extremely strong competence within financial institutions, funds and regulatory.’
‘Strong within the entire financial regulatory sphere, including banking, insurance, corporate finance and asset management. Particularly strong within corporate finance, asset management and transactions within the regulated sphere.’
‘Ole Andenæs: while always providing excellent in-depth advice within niche areas, Ole is also a regulatory generalist with detailed knowledge of the entire financial regulatory ecosystem. Navigates complex matters in an outstanding way. Excellent availability.’
‘This is our primary go-to team for complicated matters. Their partners, in particular Johan Rasmussen, always make themselves available to us, and they review work done by their associates to ensure that the quality is always good. On the financing side, WR seems to be one step ahead of the rest of the larger firms.’
DNB Bank ASA
Nordea Bank Abp
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
Danske Bank A/S
Svenska Handelsbanken AB
Pareto Securities AS
ABG Sundal Collier ASA
Arctic Securities AS
- Acted for Pareto Securities as arranger on the €125m refinancing of Fertiberia.
- Advised ABG Sundal Collier ASA and IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG on the issuance of a €150m senior secured green bond for private equity owned e-commerce company Momox Holding.
- Advised DNB Bank ASA, GIEK, Export Credit Norway and Innovation Norway on an ECA-backed financing of an offshore fish farming unit.
Norway > Capital markets Tier 1Wikborg Rein‘s capital markets department is led by Dag Erik Rasmussen, who is highly regarded for his established expertise in handling equity capital markets mandates. The team is well known for representing blue-chip clients in complex, large-scale matters, and has recently been involved in high-profile listings, private placements and refinancings. Stian Tande Mortensen heads up the debt capital markets group. Ole Andenæs is the main name for the financial services department; Per Anders Sæhle acts on ECM and M&A transactions and IPOs; and senior associate Karoline Stock Evje advises shareholders, issuers and managers on securities law.
Dag Erik Rasmussen; Stian Tande Mortensen
‘The team is very knowledgeable and ably lead. They have quick turnaround times to requests.’
‘Per Anders Sæhle has a lot of experience in the Norwegian market. He is quick to respond and his advice is always correct.’
Deep Value Driller AS
Nordic Halibut AS
Kingfish Company N.V
HAV Group ASA
EcoOnline Holding AS
Kyoto Group AS
Sparebank 1 Markets AS
Arctic Securities AS
DNB Bank ASA
ABG Sundal Collier ASA
Pareto Securities AS
Clarksons Platou AS
Fearnley Securities AS
- Advised BEWi ASA on its initial private placement and listing on Euronext Growth, as well its subsequent listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and a subsequent NOK200m private placement.
- Advised Arctic Securities, Pareto Securities and SB1M on the NOK1.3bn private placement and subsequent listing on Euronext Growth of airline company Norse Atlantic ASA.
- Advised DNB Markets, Pareto Securities and SpareBank 1 Markets AS as managers on the NOK500m private placement and listing on Euronext Growth of Salmon Evolution ASA.
Ole Henrik Wille; Sigurd Opedal
Other key lawyers:
Ketil E. Bøe; Kaare Christian Tapper
‘Very hard working, flexible and with a high degree of availability.’
‘Sigurd Opedal is always available. A great team player and supporter.’
‘Ketil Bøe has deep and international experience within corporate finance, governance and transactions. Always ready to dig into whatever comes his way and come up with solutions or clear advice.’
‘Highly skilled individuals, strong client collaboration.’
‘Unrivalled attention to detail, and proactive client advice.’
Altor Equity Partners
Antin Infrastructure Partners
Blue Water Energy
DNB Bank ASA
EV Private Equity
General Electric Company
Prosus NV / Napspers
Söderberg & Partners
- Assisted Altor Equity Partners and Altor Fund IV with the sale of Nordic Trustee AS to Ocorian.
- Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on its €230m acquisition of DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS via the portfolio company Asterix Bidco AS.
Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 1Wikborg Rein‘s dispute resolution practice is praised by clients for providing ‘highly sophisticated legal advice‘ across a wide spectrum of contentious matters, with particular focus on the oil and gas, offshore, real estate, insurance and public sectors. The firm’s global head of disputes Ola Nisja leads the team and is highly regarded for his expertise in construction and contractual disputes; arbitration is another key area of instruction for Nisja. Kaare Andreas Shetelig concentrates on complex cases related to post-M&A disputes, transfer pricing litigation and public sector disputes, and Ola Haugen is well known for his established track record in arbitration. Dag Mjaaland and Aadne Haga specialise in gas sector disputes.
‘Kaare Shetelig and Ola Nisja are both phenomenal. Very clever, hard-working, and great personalities.’
‘Wikborg Rein’s work is of high quality. Great cost value relationship.’
‘Dag Mjaaland and his team continue to impress and deliver on time, high-quality advice, and are never more than one call away.’
‘Second-to-none energy industry knowledge and a rare gift to combine this knowledge with highly sophisticated legal advice.’
The Ministry of Defence (including The Norwegian Armed Forces)
Naftogaz of Ukraine
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vy (formerly NSB)
- Successfully represented Ukraine’s state-owned gas producer Ukrgazvydobuvannya in arbitral proceedings against Swedish-based Misen and its Ukrainian subsidiary Karpatygaz, concerning the termination of a joint venture agreement.
- Representing South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority in a dispute concerning the purchase price for land on which to build a new hospital in Drammen.
Tormod Ludvik Nilsen
‘The renewable team has wide experience and knowledge in both on and offshore wind power and hydropower.’
‘Wikborg Rein has a wide range of competence in the field of electricity and renewable energy, from hydro and wind power production, to grid tariffs and regulation and retail/technology. I would like to highlight their EU/EEA competence.’
‘Caroline Skaar Landsværk is easy-going and has a good sense of humour. Her competence in EU-law and renewable energy is very good. She also has the ability to make advanced legal text available for non-lawyers.’
‘Wikborg Rein has a very strong legal practice within the renewable space. The team is highly competent, well organised, hard working and pleasant to work with. They also draw on a broad portfolio of M&A projects that also provides us, as client, with an experience in the renewables that few can match.’
‘Tormod Ludvik Nilsen and Caroline Skaar Landsværk are highly competent within their fields of expertise and are able to communicate advice in a practical and well rounded manner. As a client we also highly appreciate their ability to provide transparency around processes and to deliver advice in a timely manner. Both are also very pleasant to work with.’
‘Wikborg has a strong practice for M&A transactions in the renewable energy sector.’
‘Tormod Nilsen is a distinctive lawyer. He is very responsive, knowledgeable and was a great support in the negotiations.’
ASKO Fornybar AS
Hafslund Ny Energi AS
Norsk Hydro ASA
Stadtwerke München GmbH
Troms Kraft AS
Tronox Holdings AS
Hafslund Eco AS
- Advised Stadtwerke München on the acquisition of a 29.4% ownership stake in Roan wind farm.
- Assisting Energi Norge with an assessment of how new EU regulations within the energy area will affect Norwegian law.
- Assisted Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for developing countries, with the sale of SN Power AS to Scatec ASA.
Norway > EU and competition Tier 1Wikborg Rein‘s 'outstanding' competition team is ‘very knowledgeable, gives high-quality advice and is very service-minded‘. The practice is especially recognised for its expertise in handling high-profile infringement cases initiated by the Norwegian Competition Authority, as well as merger filings. Practice head Mads Magnussen is ‘very service-minded and has enormous knowledge of competition law‘, and specialist counsel Eivind Stage ‘stands out as a true expert in this field‘. Newly promoted partner Hanne Camilla Zimmer is noted for her expertise in advising public and private sector clients on public procurement, EU law and state aid matters. Antitrust mandates are handled by the ‘very dedicated‘ senior lawyer Preben Milde Thorbjørnsen, while senior lawyer Stuart Stock advises on multi-jurisdictional merger control matters.
‘They deliver high quality work, give good advice and are pleasant to work with. I am impressed with their knowledge of the Norwegian Competition Authority.’
‘Preben Milde Thorbjørnsen has worked several years with the Norwegian Competition Authority, has broad experience and is very knowledgeable in competition/antitrust matters. He is able to see the case from different perspectives and find solutions. He shares his views and gives good advice. He is very dedicated, thorough and a pleasant lawyer to work with, in addition to cost efficient.’
‘Stuart Stock is very engaging and approachable.’
‘Professional partners and lawyers who know competition law very well.’
‘Eivind Stage: very professional and with high integrity.’
‘The team has a high level of commercial understanding, combined with professional integrity. We find great solutions together.’
‘Mads Magnussen and Preben Milde Thorbjørnsen know our business and strategic priorities, and are able to give great advice. They present their advice in a simple and understandable way.’
‘Stuart Stock provides clear and concise advice, which is always fit for purpose.’
Lerøy Seafood Group
- Represented NorgesGruppen in the Norwegian Competition Authority’s investigation into alleged discriminatory pricing by two grocery suppliers.
- Representing the Lerøy Seafood Group in the ongoing EU Commission investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct in the market for Norwegian farm-raised Atlantic salmon, as well as related class action litigation in the USA and Canada.
- Successfully represented Vygruppen before the Competition Appeals Tribunal, following the Norwegian Competition Authority’s imposition of a high-value fine for breaching the Competition Act’s procedural rules in a merger case.
‘The team provides clear, reasoned advice.’
‘Grunde Bruland and Martin Bryde have unique, all-round knowledge of aquaculture legislation.’
‘Grunde Bruland’s advice is always practical, relevant, and delivered in an easy to digest manner, and it is very useful to be able to tap into his experience of working within this industry and with regulators. He consistently makes himself available at short notice to respond to our queries and need for specialist support.’
Lerøy Seafood Group ASA
Lerøy Havfisk AS
Midt-Norsk Havbruk AS
Cermaq Group ASA
Grieg Seafood ASA
Norway Royal Salmon ASA
Nordic Wildfish AS
Eide Fjordbruk AS
Benchmark Animal Health Limited/ Benchmark Genetics Norway AS
Blue Planet / Stiim Aqua Cluster
Erko Seafood AS
Tombre Fiskeanlegg AS
Nesfossen Smolt AS
Bremnes Seashore AS
- Advising Blue Planet / Stiim Aquacluster on offshore fish farming and closed cage farming.
- Advising the Norwegian Seafood Federation on issues concerning implementing the Animal Health Law directive under the EEA Agreement.
Kaare Christian Tapper
‘The team is very service minded and have impressed us with their ability to combine industry knowledge with excellent legal advice. Their ability to give advice on strategic and commercial questions is highly valued. The team is professional, nice to work with and always willing to assist.’
‘Kaare Christian Tapper is very competent and has an excellent overview of details in large restructuring cases.’
‘Mira Bergsland has excellent legal skills, is nice to work with and is always focused on finding the best solution.’
‘Leif Petter Madsen and Mira Bergsland are both thorough, highly qualified and provide practical and sound advice.’
Solstad Offshore ASA
Nordic Trustee AS
DNB Bank ASA
Floatel International Ltd
Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd
G Travel Norge AS
Danske Bank AS
Sparebank 1 SR Bank
ABN Amro Bank
Optin Bank ASA
- Acting for all the secured lenders (and affiliated guarantee institutions) of DOF ASA (and its various subsidiaries) in ongoing financial restructuring negotiations.
- Appointed as trustee of G Travel Norge AS.
Hanna Beyer Olaussen
‘Hanna Beyer Olaussen is a very good lawyer, and has in-depth knowledge of trade mark and marketing law.’
‘Strong IP practice and among the few in Norway who frequently appear in IP court cases.’
‘Gunnar Meyer is a luminary in the IP space in Norway and has a wealth of experience. He makes himself available whenever needed and delivers timely and commercial advice.’
‘Hanna B. Olaussen is professional, knowledgeable, calm and cordial.’
‘A gold combination of really good legal competence and strategic advice to clients in conflict situations.’
IKANO Bank AB
Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd
H Aschehoug & Co W Nygaard AS
Kavli Holding AS
Unilamp Norden AS
Archer Oiltools AS
Norsk Medisinsk Syklotronsenter AS
Digital Norway AS
- Successfully represented publishing company Aschehoug in a product imitation claim brought against a competitor before the Business Competition Committee.
Norway > Maritime law Tier 1Wikborg Rein has ‘an impressive group of lawyers working on maritime law matters‘. The ‘excellent‘ team is highly regarded for its capabilities in handling contentious work; practice head Gaute Gjelsten is well known for being ‘very experienced in marine and offshore insurance related issues and complex claims‘. Deputy head Øyvind Axe, who is based in the Bergen office, is sought out for his expertise in restructurings, financings and transactional matters. Additionally, the group has noted strength in offshore and maritime emergencies – this sub-team is led by Morten Lund Mathisen, who garners praise as ‘one of the most experienced casualty response lawyers globally‘. The ‘very able‘ Herman Steen advises on international maritime disputes pertaining to maritime casualties, and, in Oslo, Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is the key contact for shipping offshore transactional work.
Gaute Gjelsten; Øyvind Axe
‘ Broad, diverse specialist knowledge.’
‘Herman Steen is exceptionally swift.’
‘Wikborg Rein’s maritime team has a great knowledge of all matters related to ship-owning practice. They are very responsive and have an impressive commercial understanding.’
‘Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is absolutely outstanding and his work is really impressive. He always understands the legal implications quickly and delivers a solution the same night. Not only is he an excellent lawyer, he is an excellent person.’
‘The firm has partners with deep and long experience in maritime and offshore contractual, liability regimes and insurance solutions.’
‘The best “wet” admiralty practice in Norway – outstanding quality and knowledge base. The global offices make it truly an international practice with a Norwegian flavour, harnessing cross-jurisdictional knowledge and capabilities. World leader in wreck removals, in particular with an offshore connection.’
‘Always available at short notice and provide immediate practical solutions.’
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier
Norwegian Hull Club
The Swedish Club
- Acted for Solstad Offshore ASA on the successful restructuring of the group’s NOK34bn debt liabilities.
- Advising both BKK AS and a potential joint venture to be established by BKK AS, Equinor ASA and Air Liquide AS, on a project regarding the establishment of a new value chain for liquid hydrogen on the western coast of Norway.
- Acting on behalf of the owners and insurers of chemical tanker ‘Stolt Commitment’ in ongoing litigation arising from its collision with cargo ship ‘Thorco Cloud’ in the Singapore Strait in Indonesian territorial waters in 2015.
Gaute Gjelsten; Øyvind Axe
‘Christian James-Olsen. Excellent on details and providing usable advice.’
‘The employees are knowledgeable and their advice is specific to our firm’s challenges. They are also able to attain new knowledge when appropriate. Communication with the main contact, as well as other on case to case basis, is always prompt and followed up as agreed. Strategic advice on specific cases is reliable. The people we collaborate with know our firm, what we do and how we work.’
‘The Wikborg Rein team provides everything you need – legal opinions, quality reviews, and strategic advice – always swiftly and with high quality.’
‘Morten Valen Eide is excellent in communication and strategy. His negotiation skills along with his knowledge of international business makes him a strong asset in negotiations.’
‘Incredible knowledge of the industry.’
Beerenberg Services AS
Fitjar Mekaniske Verksted AS
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier
Ulstein Verft AS
- Advising ASKO AS on the construction, purchase, delivery and domestic operation of two electric autonomous ferries.
- Assisting infrastructure group Fjord 1 ASA with its fleet renewal programme, involving multiple newbuilds from various yards in Europe.
Norway > Public procurement Tier 1Competition law expert Mads Magnussen leads Wikborg Rein‘s public procurement team alongside practice deputy head Hanne Camilla Zimmer, who acts for private suppliers across a wide range of industries. The department is well known for acting in major national and international procurement mandates, and is also noted for its ‘solid expertise and experience within both IT and public procurement law‘, an area in which Rolf Riisnæs excels. Senior lawyer Malene Reinertsen is ‘an up-and-coming procurement lawyer with great energy and in-depth knowledge of the procurement process‘. Alf Amund Gulsvik moved to CMS Kluge in March 2021.
Mads Magnussen; Hanne Camilla Zimmer
‘Hanne Camilla Zimmer has excellent understanding of our needs.’
‘Malene Reinertsen has extensive experience within public procurement. She provided us with solid legal advice during the procurement process mentioned above. She has great experience from providing legal advice to other contracting authorities, and had a great understanding of us as a client. She is very easy to co-operate with, efficient and thorough.’
‘Rolf Riisnæs has great experience when it comes to assisting clients with large, complex procurements. He provided high-quality strategic legal counsel on procurement law, contract law and negotiations.’
‘Wikborg Rein’s public procurement team is very easy to work with. They are always available for us, and the knowledge they have acquired about our company and our industry makes it easy to go straight to the heart of the matter before us.’
‘Malene Reinertsen works fast and efficiently. Hanne Zimmer is an authority within the field, which gives us confidence as clients.’
‘The team stands out with exceptional knowledge within this legal area, commercial knowledge and ability and knowledge to handle large litigation processes in an effective and most competent manner.’
‘Wikborg Rein has a unique strength in public procurement.’
‘Wikborg Rein has a very competent team of procurement lawyers who are able to provide high-value advice on all stages of the procurement process.’
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Acting as legal counsel to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on over 25 procurements.
- Providing ongoing advice to the Ministry of Defence on the largest outsourcing of IT services in Norway.
Norway > Real estate Tier 1Commercial property work forms the backbone of Wikborg Rein‘s practice. The team regularly handles high-value transactions and development projects for developers and investors, and is equally adept at advising on real estate financing issues. Practice head Ingrid Høstmælingen is ‘easy to work with, service minded, and well informed on latest commercial practice when negotiating real estate transactions‘, and is noted for her expertise on commercial lease agreements. Lars Ulleberg Jensen focuses on assisting financial services and international clients with M&A work and private equity deals. Senior lawyers Erik Enger-Mår and Håkon Lagesen are also names to note.
‘Ingrid Høstmælingen is very professional and always ready to assist us. We value her advice.’
‘Puts the client first, flexible on short notice, academically strong team, excellent negotiation skills.’
‘Strong people skills.’
‘The real estate team relevant to our business (Ingrid Høstmælingen and Håkon Lagesen) are well coordinated and service minded. They are efficient in their communication and to the point when advising on sale and purchase agreements.’
‘Håkon Lagesen: Hard working, high level of accuracy and efficient.’
‘This is a dynamic, highly competent team. Ingrid Høstmælingen has created a great environment for the entire department. Lars Ulleberg Jensen is also a great lawyer, and the two of them constitute a great team.’
‘Ingrid Høstmælingen is very good at negotiations and comes up with suggestions for good commercial solutions.’
Front Real Estate
DEAS Asset Management (former Aberdeen Standard)
- Advised NREP Logicenters on its NOK3bn acquisition of the C-Log Logistics Center.
- Advised DNB Markets (on behalf of an investor) on its acquisition of the NVE building in Central Oslo.
‘Very knowledgeable and solution-oriented.’
‘Excellent composition of team.’
‘The WR team is a true one-stop shop for complex cross-border compliance matters and crisis management, including interaction with authorities and media handling. They will quickly staff up a task force which is available 24/7 and with a fit for purpose competency spread.’
‘Geir Sviggum: Geir is the rock that you need in a crisis. He will not just ensure that all legal and reputational matters are taken care of but also understands the impact complex compliance matters can have on an organisation and the importance of facilitating continued focus on normal operations.’
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Huawei Technologies AS
Solstad Offshore ASA
Norfund (the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries)
Norsk Gjenvinning Norge AS
- Acting for the board of directors of Icelandic fishing and fish processing company Samherji in a long-running investigation into the “Fishrot” case, involving allegations of bribery and corruption taking place in Namibia.
- Acting for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an investigation into allegations of past wrongdoing at the Norwegian Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
- Assisting Huawei Technologies with a range of regulatory and digital compliance matters.
Norway > Tax Tier 1The practice at Wikborg Rein is particularly known for working in tandem with the firm’s M&A group to advise on the tax and VAT elements of large transactions and restructurings, and is equally adept at assisting with commercial real estate transactions. Department head Anders Myklebust has expertise in advising clients from the shipping and petroleum sectors on tax matters, and also handles transfer pricing issues. Kaare Andreas Shetelig is a key contact for tax litigation, and Are Zachariassen has expertise in handling international tax work, particularly for offshore sector clients. Cecilie Tollefsen advises on domestic and international tax issues, and is very experienced in assisting with cross-border transactions.
‘The team is highly competent and solution oriented, while having a keen sense for commercial issues and the totality of the situation.’
‘Are Zachariassen is a top notch lawyer in both a Norwegian and international context. He is a lawyer with a deep commercial understanding that always delivers, and his level of knowledge around complex issues is absolutely first rate.’
Norsk Hydro ASA
Fred Olsen Windcarrier AS
Oil Taxation Office
Stiftelsen Norsk Rikstoto
Summa Private Equity
- Providing ongoing assistance to the Oil Taxation Office regarding a transfer pricing dispute.
- Representing Hydro Aluminium, a subsidiary of Norsk Hydro, in a dispute related to real estate tax.
- Advised on the tax structuring of investment fund Aeternum Capital, established by Norwegian billionaire John Fredriksen.
Norway > Construction Tier 2Jointly led by contract law expert Marius Egeberg and litigation specialist Ola Nisja, Wikborg Rein‘s ‘responsive‘ team has an established track record in acting for real estate developers and large construction companies in contentious work. The group has also been kept busy advising on a range of construction projects. Kristoffer Lerum is the name to note in the Bergen office, and senior lawyer Lars Erik Schjeide handles contractual matters and disputes arising from onshore projects.
Marius Egeberg; Ola Nisja
‘Lars Erik Skjeide supports us in a professional and timely manner. He is well organised and always well-prepared to discuss matters at hand.’
‘Wikborg Rein has a very solid team, and ensure that their advice is tailored to our needs and straight to the point with a very good strategic understanding. Very good value for money.’
‘Marius Egeberg and Lars Erik Schjeide are both excellent lawyers, and provide swift and precise legal assistance in highly complex matters, and one of their many strengths is their ability to focus on the important details.’
The municipality of Oslo
- Advising BundeBygg on the ongoing NOK2bn construction project at Meierikvartalet in Lillestrøm.
- Advising Base Property on all aspects of the NOK1bn Knud Holms gate 8 building project in Stavanger.
- Representing Entra in a dispute with a contractor relating to the ongoing refurbishment of the Law Faculty building in Oslo.
Norway > Employment Tier 2Headed up by Simen Lium, the employment practice at Wikborg Rein advises on all aspects of employment law and acts for a variety of clients, including aquaculture, retail, energy and financial services businesses. The team is very experienced in advising on the employment aspects of large transactions, transfers of undertakings and reorganisations, and is equally adept at handling high-profile employment disputes. Bergen-based Fredrik Gisholt focuses on downsizings, individual terminations and whistleblowing cases. Jan Backer is well known for his expertise in pensions law and executive dismissal cases. Senior lawyer Kjersti Borgen is ‘very efficient, always extremely well prepared and ready to help out‘.
‘The team is very professional, qualified and service minded. Their response is timely and thorough.’
‘Simen Lium is outstanding in his focus and follow up with our company. The advice he provides is well grounded and thorough.’
‘Mr. Lium delivers sound counselling in all matters presented to him.’
‘Jan Backer has very good knowledge of the Norwegian labour law, and gives very good advice in cases. He communicates well and is easy to work with. His written presentation is very good.’
‘The overall level of service is excellent, with quick response times and strong industry knowledge. The team is very good at advising when the position is unclear.’
‘Simen Lium and Kjersti Borgen have both got an solution-oriented approach. Simen is very service minded and has an enormous knowledge of employment law.’
‘Wikborg Rein – I find them very competent and knowledgeable and easy to work with. I always get solid support and quick delivery of services.’
‘Simen Lium is our contact. I am confident that I get proper and solid support when I ask for help and assistance. Simen Lium is easy to work with, calm and trustworthy. His advice have never proven wrong and what I value the most is his timeliness and his ability to make things simple.’
The Wilhelmsen Group
- Assisted Transocean with a reorganisation and downsizing process in Norway, as part of a global cost reduction process.
- Assisted Norsk Hydro ASA with the employment aspects of its divestment of the Rolled Products business to KPS, an American investment fund.
Norway > Insurance Tier 2Wikborg Rein‘s team ‘has a solid understanding of insurance‘ and provides ‘excellent advice‘ on a broad range of marine and non-marine insurance work, with portfolio transfers and acquisitions, coverage issues and marine insurance litigation included in the group’s recent workload. Department head Anders Færden is ‘a skilled negotiator and particularly strong in insurance contract law,’ and litigator Gaute Gjelsten is the main name for shipping and offshore work. Specialist counsel Anne-Karin Nesdam‘s practice focuses on gas sector matters, while Herman Steen is very experienced in handling disputes relating to marine P&I, war and cargo insurance.
‘Herman Steen is very good with the law, and fully understands the commercial aspects as well. Great and swift service on casualty response.’
‘Excellent industry knowledge.’
‘They have expertise in marine insurance. Advice is spot on, clear and informative.’
‘Anders Færden’s advice is extremely useful and clearly showcases his expertise. He provides sensible commercial advice and is always responsive.’
‘Anders Færden – knowledgeable, great at tackling problems and quick to provide legal advice.’
Assuranceforeningen Gard/Gard Marine & Energy Ltd
Norwegian Hull Club
Söderberg & Partners
RiverStone Insurance (UK) Limited
- Providing ongoing assistance to marine insurer Gard Marine & Energy Insurance and international co-insurers concerning a constructive total loss dispute.
- Assisted Storebrand Forsikring AS with its acquisition of the Norwegian non-life portfolio from Insr ASA.
- Acting for AXA XL in a case concerning lawyers’ alleged professional negligence, and issues regarding insurance cover.
Norway > Oil and gas Tier 2At Wikborg Rein, the petroleum and energy team is assisting Ukrainian state-owned gas company Naftogaz with the implementation of a settlement and related awards, after acting as lead counsel for the client in a prominent, successful, multi-jurisdictional international arbitration; Aadne Haga, who heads up the gas disputes practice, and Dag Mjaaland, who is noted for his expertise in international gas disputes, jointly led on this matter. Head of the petroleum and energy team Cathrine Hetland has over a decade’s experience within the oil and gas sector.
‘Great industry insights and very fast and efficient – especially in dispute management. Sound and practical legal advice without making things overly complex.’
‘Second-to-none energy industry knowledge, and a rare gift to combine this knowledge with highly sophisticated legal advice.’
DNB Bank ASA
- Acted as local counsel to DNB Bank ASA (with the client acting as documentation agent) concerning the refinancing of Lundin Energy through a $5bn revolving credit facility and a $1bn accordion option.
- Advising power company BKK AS, as well as a potential joint venture entity to be established by BKK AS, Equinor ASA and Air Liquide AS, on a project for establishing a new value chain for liquid hydrogen based on the western coast in Norway.
Norway > TMT Tier 2Wikborg Rein‘s technology and digitalisation department is home to a team of ‘very skilled professionals‘ with ‘deep knowledge‘, and provides ‘practical and constructive advice‘ on data protection and privacy matters, IT contracts, marketing law and eGovernment work, to name some key areas of expertise. Hanna Beyer Olaussen‘s practice centres on technology contracts, transactions, marketing law and IT law; she co-leads the team with newly promoted partner and data protection specialist Gry Hvidsten. Other key names are Rolf Riisnæs, who provides ‘sound legal advice‘ on IT public procurement matters, eGovernment work and IT contracts, and Line Coll, who is singled out for her experience in handling digitalisation and privacy mandates.
Hanna Beyer Olaussen; Gry Hvidsten
‘The GDPR team, with Line Coll and Gry Hvidsten, provides excellent assistance in situations where timing is critical, and planned compliance-related projects.’
‘Rolf Riisnæs is our main contact. He is always available and gives thoroughly prepared advice. He is a good partner to discuss complicated issues with.’
‘The team consists of very skilled professionals, with different unique strengths, that complement each other. Using a diverse set of skills and capabilities, they have managed to guide us through a very challenging set of procurements and privacy issues.’
‘Wikborg Rein has a strong data privacy team that provides a combination of solid professional and academic skills, with commercial understanding and technological knowledge.’
‘Gry Hvidsten and Rolf Riisnæs are extremely skilled data privacy lawyers, with a special and much appreciated combination of IT-expertise, academic and professional skills and have a way of understanding what kind of “product” the client needs and provide solid and good advice.’
‘Rolf Riisnæs is an outstanding lawyer. I have never met a more dedicated and conscientious lawyer and I look forward to working with him again.’
‘Wikborg’s team has delivered within tight time schedules and is always available for discussions.’
‘Gry Hvidsten is to the point. She has practical approach, excellent judgement and is always available. Her experience both from the private and public sector is very useful.’
Norway’s Central Bank
H. Aschehoug & Co
Agency for Public and Financial Management
Norwegian Military Forces
Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Eidsiva Bredbånd AS
Yara International ASA
Byggmakker Handel AS
- Assisted the Agency for Public and Financial Management (DFØ) with the drafting of two new standard Cloud Services Agreements for the Norwegian market.
- Advised the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) on privacy matters regarding the establishment of a national app for tracking Covid-19 infections, as well assisting with setting up the framework for corona certificates to demonstrate vaccine/immunity status.
- Assisting publishing company Aschehoug with drafting standard agreements regarding the licensing of and rights to digital content.
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|Labour||Jan L Backer|
|Labour||Simen Smeby Lium|
|Banking and finance||Johan Rasmussen|
|Banking and finance||Alexander W Owesen|
|IP and technology||Rolf Riisnæs|
|Capital markets||Dag Erik Rasmussen|
|Competition and procurement||Mads Magnussen|
|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|
|Shipping offshore||Gaute Gjelsten|
|Shipping offshore||Trond Eilertsen|
|Financial Regulation||Ole Andenæs|
|Contract and Construction||Marius Egeberg|
|Corporate Finance and Tax||Kaare Christian Tapper|
|Shipping Offshore||Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen|
|Mr Ole Andenæs||Ole Andenæs is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office, and heads…||View Profile|
|Mr Jan L Backer||Jan L. Backer is a partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Finn Bjørnstad||Finn Bjørnstad is the Managing Partner in Wikborg Rein and is part…||View Profile|
|Mr Ketil E Bøe||Ketil E. Bøe is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Ms Line Coll||Line Coll is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and head…||View Profile|
|Mr Marius Egeberg||Marius Egeberg is a partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Trond Eilertsen||Trond Eilertsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen||Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office where he…||View Profile|
|Mr Anders Færden||Anders W. Færden is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Gaute Gjelsten||Gaute Gjelsten is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and Global…||View Profile|
|Mr Aadne Haga||Aadne M. Haga is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Ola Haugen||Ola Haugen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Ms Cathrine B. Hetland||Cathrine B. Hetland is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Ms Ingrid K. Høstmælingen||Ingrid K. Høstmælingen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Simen Lium||Simen Lium is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Tormod Ludvik Nilsen||Tormod L. Nilsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Leif Petter Madsen||Leif Petter Madsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Mads Magnussen||Magnussen advices Norwegian and foreign companies within areas of business law, in…||View Profile|
|Mr Gunnar Meyer||Gunnar Meyer is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Dag Mjaaland||Dag Mjaaland is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Anders Myklebust||Anders Myklebust is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Sigurd Opedal||Sigurd Opedal is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Alexander W Owesen||Alexander W. Owesen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Johan Rasmussen||Johan Rasmussen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Dag Erik Rasmussen||Dag Erik Rasmussen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Rolf Riisnæs||Rolf Riisnæs dr. juris, is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office,…||View Profile|
|Ms Elisabeth Roscher||Elisabeth Roscher is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Kaare Andreas Shetelig||Kaare Andreas Shetelig is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Herman Steen||Herman Steen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Geir Sviggum||Geir Sviggum is Managing Partner International with overall responsibility for Wikborg Rein’s…||View Profile|
|Mr Per Anders Sæhle||Per Anders Sæhle is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Stian Tande Mortensen||Stian Tande Mortensen is a Partner with Wikborg Rein’s Capital Markets team,…||View Profile|
|Mr Kaare Christian Tapper||Kaare Christian Tapper is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
|Mr Lars Ulleberg Jensen||Lars Ulleberg Jensen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office, and…||View Profile|
|Mr Ole Henrik Wille||Ole Henrik Wille is partner at our Oslo office and and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Are Zachariassen||Are Zachariassen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Ms Hanne Zimmer||Hanne Zimmer is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…||View Profile|
|Mr Ola Ø. Nisja||Ola Ø. Nisja is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 252 at this office : 132
LanguagesEnglish French German Greek Mandarin Russian the Scandinavian languages Spanish
MembershipsDen Norske Advokatforening
OtherOther 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.
- Banking and finance (including shipping finance)
- Capital markets
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution
- Electricity and renewable energy
- EU and competition
- Fishing and aquaculture
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property
- Maritime law
- Offshore construction and shipbuilding
- Public procurement
- Real estate
- Regulatory, compliance and investigations