Firm Profile > Wikborg Rein > Oslo, Norway

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

Banking and finance (including shipping finance) Tier 1

With ‘one of the most thorough and hardworking teams in the Nordics’, Wikborg Rein has a strong banking client base which it advises on shipping and offshore finance work, acquisition financing issues, Norwegian bond transactions, corporate and asset finance matters, and financial regulatory mandates. The group is also recognised for its energy and maritime sector expertise; it recently advised DNB Bank on the $325m financing of Shearwater Geoservices' acquisition of the marine seismic acquisition assets and operations of WesternGeco. Johan Rasmussen leads the financing practice, Lars-Erik Østerbø is the key contact in Bergen, and Stian Tande Mortensen focuses on debt financing work. Clients also single out ‘top-notch lawyerAlexander W Owesen, who is an acquisition finance specialist. Bernhard Haukali retired.

Practice head(s):

Johan Rasmussen; Lars-Erik Østerbø; Stian Tande Mortensen

Testimonials

The most thorough and hardworking legal team in the Nordics.

One of the top law firms in Norway. Broad partnership with deep understanding of our loans business.

Alexander Owesen is a top-notch lawyer, and one the best I have worked with. He always delivers on time and above my expectations. All his work is very thorough and he has a good, solution-oriented mind. Furthermore, he ensures a positive sentiment in negotiations with my clients, and a good drive throughout the process.

Johan Rasmussen is a highly experienced lawyer, with outstanding negotiating skills.

We have primarily used Alex Owesen and Andreas Kjensli Lund. Alex is enthusiastic, competent, eager to learn and easy to reach when needed. His sidekick Andreas complements Alex in a good way. He is rock solid. They probably have the shortest turnaround time in the city.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse AG

Danske Bank A/S

DNB Bank ASA

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA

NIBC Bank N.V.

Nordea Bank Abp

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Storebrand ASA/Storebrand Livsforsikring AS

Capital markets Tier 1

At Wikborg Rein, Dag Erik Rasmussen heads up the team and Stian Tande Mortensen leads the debt capital markets offering. The group counts institutional investors, investment banks, funds and blue-chip companies as clients; key examples include DNB Bank, Norsk Hydro and Pareto Securities. The practice is also praised for its knowledge of the offshore and energy sectors and its public takeover expertise; it recently advised Transocean on its takeover of Ocean Rig UDW. Per Anders Sæhle is also recommended for ECM and public M&A work, Bergen office managing partner Jan Erik Clausen handles stock exchange and securities law issues, and Ole Andenæs, who joined from an in-house position at Carnegie, is head of the firm’s financial regulatory practice.

Practice head(s):

Dag Erik Rasmussen

Testimonials

Committed to achieving corporate goals instead of process driven.’

Understand the objectives and critical timelines and they invest the time and energy to achieve them.’

Key clients

The Kingdom of Norway, acting through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

DNB Bank ASA

Norsk Hydro ASA

Yara International ASA

ABG Sundal Collier ASA

Axxis Geo Solutions ASA (former Songa Bulk ASA)

ADS Crude Carriers Plc

Transocean Ltd

Pareto Securities AS

Danske Bank A/S

Blommenholm Industrier AS/ the Tinius Trust

Carnegie AS

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

At Wikborg Rein, Kaare Christian Tapper leads the corporate, finance and tax department while Ole Henrik Wille heads up the M&A practice group. The full-service group counts international and domestic companies as clients and is increasingly active for private equity firms; Sigurd Opedal is a key name for private equity work. The practice also utilises the firm’s London, Singapore and Shanghai offices to assist with cross-border transactions. Other key individuals include Ketil E Bøe, who handles DCM work; Bergen-based Jan Erik Clausen and newly promoted partner Ingeborg Aavatsmark, who specialises in private M&A.

Practice head(s):

Kaare Christian Tapper; Ole Henrik Wille

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A well diversified team that knows what needs to be done, why and when, with a solid knowledge of both the law and business. Excellent service guaranteed.

I consider them professional, diligent and efficient.

Sigurd Opedal is commercially strong, always makes time and thinks one step ahead.

Ingeborg V Aavatsmark is very responsive and always available to take your call when needed. She has in depth knowledge of the law in her area of expertise combined with actual commercial awareness. Her work will supersede your expectations.

Kaare Christian Tapper has sharp business acumen with a solution-oriented approach to things. A lawyer with excellent understanding of clients’ needs and most importantly the ability to deliver results. A partner who will pick up the phone when needed.

Ingeborg V Aavatsmark has been our primary contact person in the latest deals and we have been very happy. Ingeborg is professional, diligent, quick and efficient and we had a very good cooperation in these very complex transactions. She was able to explain matters clearly. I also have a similar positive impression for partner Kaare Christian Tapper.

Key clients

AKVA Group ASA

Altor Equity Partners

Amedia

Antin Infrastructure Partners

BKK

Blue Water Energy

EV Private Equity

First Reserve

FSN Capital

General Electric Company

Hafslund

HitecVision

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)

Lerøy Seafood Group

Nordic Capital

NorgesGruppen

Norsk Hydro

Permira Private Equity Company

Reiten & Co Private Equity

Siemens

Storebrand

Summa Equity

Yara International

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Highly regarded as a top-tier firm in Norway for complex commercial litigation’, Wikborg Rein is a key name in the market for cross-border litigation and arbitration and also excels in the oil and gas, renewables, shipping, offshore, seafood, finance and technology sectors. Notable clients include DNB and Infor; the group represented the latter in a Supreme Court case relating to a contract for the supply and implementation of a new ERP system to Felleskjøpet. Ola Haugen, Kaare Andreas Shetelig and Ola Nisja jointly lead the practice; Haugen handles post-M&A disputes, contract claims and construction issues, Shetelig has acted in price review and transfer pricing disputes, and clients claim that ‘with Nisja on the team, you will get the best advice in the market’.

Practice head(s):

Ola Haugen; Ola Nisja; Kaare Andreas Shetelig

Testimonials

Strong team with sufficient knowledge and capacity to handle disputes of any kind and size in an excellent way.’

Professionally they have very high standards, they are business-oriented with great understand of our business, and have broad experience within dispute resolution – also internationally which I find unique. They are also easy to cooperate with.

Wikborg is highly regarded as a top tier law firm in Norway for complex commercial matters and also for commercial litigation.

Make sure Ola Nisja is on the team, and you will get the best advice in the market. He is not only an outstanding litigator (there are couple of them around), he always strives to understand all aspects of the matter and their importance to the client. This combined with his industry knowledge and extensive experience in dispute resolution enables him to provide his clients with extremely valuable strategic advice. When Ola manages a case, you feel immediately it is in goods hands.’

They hold a very high standard professionally. At the same time, they are very good at cooperation, they are very responsive and accessible. They come up with new ideas and new angles, and are able to see – and find – “a way out” of difficult situations. They also have very high ethical standards, which is important to us.

Key clients

Infor

DNB

Norske Skogindustrier ASA

Oljeskattekontoret

Naftogaz of Ukraine

The Norwegian Parliament (“Stortinget”)

The Ministry of Defence (including The Norwegian Armed Forces)

Vy (formerly NSB)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Norgesgruppen ASA

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen leads the full service energy and renewables practice at Wikborg Rein, which is singled out for its expertise in the wind and hydropower sectors and also handles grid-related transactions and contentious matters. The group’s wind power expertise encompasses financing, PPA and project development and the group recently advised Stadtwerke München on its acquisition of a majority share in Midgard Vind Holdings. Jan Erik Clausen is a key name in the Bergen office and focuses on energy and electricity matters; and Birgitte Karlsen  handles project development work.

Practice head(s):

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen

Testimonials

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen is highly recomended for renewable issues. Tormod always gives feedback or finds someone else with the correct competance to answer. Tormod always answers in good time before the deadline.

They seem to really care about our business and making sure we are making sound business decisions. They are more than just lawyers, and have great business acumen.

Key clients

Stadtwerke München GmbH

Hafslund E-CO

BKK AS

Eidsiva Energi AS

Troms Kraft AS

Luxcara GmbH

SUSI Partners AG

NBT AS

Norfund

Yara International ASA

Lithium Werks Inc.

Enova SF

SN Power

Statnett

Statkraft

ASKO Fornybar

EU and competition Tier 1

With ‘deep knowledge of the regulatory landscape’, Wikborg Rein is ‘recommended for both sparring on day-to-day matters and for handling more complicated issues’. The ‘professional and reliable’ team is led by ‘exceptional partnerMads Magnussen and also includes specialist counsel Hanne Camilla Zimmer, who co-heads the competition and procurement group and is ‘an outstanding lawyer’; and specialist counsel and competition and anti-trust team head Eivind Stage, who is ‘swift to provide assistance’. The practice handles the full range of competition mandates including antitrust infringement work, merger filings, competition litigation and state aid issues for a client roster, which includes NorgesGruppen, Jotun and Transocean.

Practice head(s):

Mads Magnussen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Wikborg Rein’s team can swiftly provide high-quality specific competition law advice. With deep knowledge of the regulatory landscape they are recommendable for both sparring on day-to-day matters and for handling of more complicated issues.’

Wikborg Rein’s team delivers exceptional quality, is service-minded and very pleasant to work with. But above all, they really know what they are doing.

The Wikborg Rein team is impressive. It is a high-quality team with the very best lawyers. They have a huge team and my impression is that they are involved in most of the large and difficult cases, and that they do really well.’

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.

Eivind Stage is swift to provide assistance, highly skilled and therefore most recommendable. He has extensive regulatory experience and provides solid and fit-for purpose competition advice.

Hanne Zimmer has proved herself to be an outstanding lawyer.

Mads Magnussen is an exceptional lawyer. He is efficient, extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant to work with. He is my first choice as a business lawyer.

Hanne Zimmer is excellent. Present 100% in meetings, which gives fast and precise counsel. Her public presentations always bring the extra elements that make her, and the legal matters she sheds light on, stand out. She has great integrity and an understanding of political directions and frameworks that makes a difference for her clients.’

Key clients

NorgesGruppen

Jotun

Lerøy Seafood Group

Norsk Gjenvinning

Amedia

Verisure

DNB

Vy

Transocean

K-Group/Kesko

Norges Bank

Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Enova

CargoNet

Vy Buss

AB Volvo

Fishing and aquaculture Tier 1

Wikborg Rein’s high-profile client roster features a substantial number of seafood companies including Mowi, Lerøy Seafood Group and Grieg Seafood; the practice also acts for fish farming and fishery clients. The dedicated team is singled out for its strong regulatory expertise and regularly handles licensing issues including green license applications, development licences, and research licences; it also works closely with the firm’s corporate and litigation groups. Regulatory specialist Grunde Bruland leads the department from Bergen, which also includes Jan Erik Clausen and Oslo-based Ketil E Bøe, who handle corporate matters, and senior associate Erik Staurset Andresen, who advises on new site applications and licensing issues.

Practice head(s):

Grunde Bruland

Testimonials

The group’s understanding of the salmon business is the best among lawyers in Norway.

Grunde Bruland is a very experienced aquaculture legal adviser.

Key clients

Mowi ASA

Lerøy Seafood Group ASA

Cermaq Norway AS

Havfisk AS

Grieg Seafood ASA

Austevoll Seafood ASA

Norway Royal Salmon ASA

Nergård AS

Sinkaberg-Hansen AS

Eide Fjordbruk AS

Tombre Fiskeanlegg AS

Ervik Havfiske Holding AS

Hofseth Aqua AS

Norsk Havbrukssenter Oppdrett AS

Liegruppen Fiskeri AS

Erko Seafood AS

Gratanglaks

Kleiva Fiskefarm

Salaks AS

Engesund Fiskeoppdrett AS

Austevoll Melaks AS

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Leif Petter Madsen leads the practice at Wikborg Rein, which is recommended for cross-border restructurings thanks to its wider global network of offices; the team is also praised for its knowledge of the shipping and offshore markets and insolvency experience. In a recent highlight, the group advised Solstad Offshore and its subsidiaries on its financial restructuring and refinancing; other clients include DNB Bank, Nordic Trustee and Danske Bank. Kaare Christian Tapper and Stian Tande Mortensen are also key names to note for restructuring work, and Lars-Erik Østerbø is the main contact in Bergen.

Practice head(s):

Leif Petter Madsen

Key clients

DNB Bank ASA

Nordea Bank AB, filial i Norge

Solstad Farstad ASA

Blue Water Energy / Blueday Technology AS

Norsk Gjenvinning AS

Sparebank 1 SMN

Danske Bank

Havila Shipping ASA

Nordic Trustee AS

Dolphin Drilling ASA

Insurance Tier 1

Wikborg Rein’s insurance practice covers contentious, transactional and regulatory matters across marine and non-marine insurance work. ‘Skilled negotiatorAnders Færden is global head of the firm’s insurance practice and Gaute Gjelsten leads the firm's shipping offshore group. Clients also praise marine insurance litigator Herman Steen, who ’always has a practical solution to solve a tricky issue’. The department’s client roster encompasses insurance and reinsurance companies, captives and mutual policyholders and insurance intermediaries. Christoffer Bergene moved in-house at Danske Bank.

Practice head(s):

Anders Færden; Gaute Gjelsten

Testimonials

Wikborg Rein’s team has a solid understanding of insurance and is highly competent.

Knowledgeable within maritime law & Nordic Marine Insurance Plan, always available and keen to support in any situation.

Anders W. Færden is highly recommended. He is swift, available, a skilled negotiator and particularly strong in insurance contract law and general contract law.

Gaute Gjelsten and Nina Hanevold Sandvik are both very competent and good team workers.

Anders Færden is analytic in the build up to a court case and persuasive in front of the judge.

I work mostly with Herman Steen. He is a very bright guy and quite experienced for his age. He always has a practical solution to solve a tricky issue.

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard/Gard Marine & Energy Ltd.

Codan Insurance

AXA XL

Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

Hydor

QBE

Norse Forsikringsmegling AS

Brit Insurance

RiverStone Insurance (UK) Limited

Intellectual property Tier 1

Wikborg Rein's IP practice sits as part of the firm's technology and digitalisation team, led by Line Coll. Specialist counsel Hanna Beyer Olaussen heads up the IP practice area and is 'always extremely well prepared'; she is notably active in the technology sector, specialising in trade mark, marketing and copyright law. Clients also praise Gunnar Meyer as 'one of the most experienced IP litigators in Norway'; he focuses on patent and trade mark disputes. Other key areas of expertise for the practice span trade secret work, unfair competition issues, IP transactions, and technology transfer, licensing and R&D agreements. Lars Erik Steinkjer moved in-house at PGS.

Practice head(s):

Line Coll; Hannah Beyer Olaussen

Testimonials

Wikborg Rein deliver a variety of intellectual property work including trade marks and business name protection and enforcement of designs and database rights. 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. Compared to other firms I have experienced, Wikborg Rein delivers with quick response times, and never complicates things.

Gunnar Meyer is one of the most experienced IP litigators in Norway.

Specialist counsel Hanna Beyer Olaussen is service minded and has an enormous knowledge of intellectual property law, especially in the area of trade marks and business name protection. She has got a solution oriented approach, is very efficient, always extremely well prepared and ready to help out. Nora Sandvik Bratheim is an associate to watch.

Gunnar Meyer’s way of presenting the arguments in court is elegantly convincing. Furthermore, when carrying out examination in chief and cross examination, he manages to get the points needed and nicely fit them with the legal arguments.

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi AS

Kavli Holding AS

Toppindistrisenteret / Digital Norway

Vygruppen AS (former NSB)

Norgesgruppen ASA

Siemens AS

Norsk Medisinsk Syklotronseter AS

Jotun A/S

Dwellop AS

Gard AS

Maritime law Tier 1

Maritime law is a key pillar of Wikborg Rein’s firm-wide expertise, fielding a ‘first-class team’, which regularly handles complex contentious and non-contentious mandates at a domestic and international level. For its cross-border work, the team also benefits from the firm’s London, Shanghai and Singapore outposts. Gaute Gjelsten heads up the department, while deputy practice head Øyvind Axe is based in the Bergen office; Gjelsten has substantial litigation expertise and Axe focuses on transactional mandates. The practice also has a maritime and offshore emergency response team, which is led by Morten Lund Mathisen and includes Herman Steen; Anders Færden handles marine insurance work and managing partner Finn Bjørnstad acts for banks and ship owners. Bergen-based Morten Valen Eide was promoted to the partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Gjelsten

Testimonials

First-class team with competent lawyers in any area of maritime law, both as legal advisers and as litigators. International representation which is important for us as a client with worldwide activities.

In general the lawyers are knowledgeable about their particular fields. In particular the firm has a capacity which enables it to utilise their best resources on complicated cases and give well-founded advice when required, even on short notice. The lawyers have proven to be proactive and experienced in relation to the challenges we have encountered.

Gaute Gjelsten and Anders Færden in Oslo are first-class lawyers you can trust with any case with complex legal matters.

Morten Valen Eide has shown that he, in particular, is knowledgeable with offshore contracts and in maritime law as well as legal procedures. In my opinion he is able to see not only the legal aspect on matters, but also give strategic advice.

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – / Gard AS

Pareto Securities AS

Codan Insurance

Odfjell Drilling (UK) Ltd.

Odfjell SE

Norwegian Hull Club – gjensidig assuranseforening

Solstad Offshore ASA

Stolt Tankers BV

The London Steam-Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association Ltd.

Fearnley Securities AS

COSL Drilling

Transocean

Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

The Swedish Club

Hydor AS

Floatel International Ltd.

Fjord1 ASA

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

Gaute Gjelsten and Øyvind Axe jointly lead the department at Wikborg Rein, which handles transactional and litigation matters for a range of purchasers, shipyards and suppliers; key example clients include Fjord 1, Solstad Offshore, Odfjell and Transocean. Axe, senior lawyer Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen and Finn Bjørnstad focus on transactional work while Gjelsten, Ola Nisja and Trond Eilertsen have extensive contentious experience. Øystein Meland has also been active in shipping-related competition mandates. In a recent highlight, Eilertsen advised Seadream on a shipbuilding contract for a cruise vessel. Morten Valen Eide and Marius Egeberg were recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Gjelsten; Øyvind Axe

Testimonials

Strong legally with vast experience in this particular field and also knows the opponents well. Strong commercially and highly creative when needed.

Always available. Strong commercially and in-depth knowledge of the sector and the opponents. At the top of their game with regard to legal competence.

Individuals are effective at finding solutions (not to create billing hours), direct and to the point and always available. Øyvind Axe is also knowledgeable within different areas of our business, not only contracts but also financing.

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – / Gard AS

Pareto Securities AS

Codan Insurance

Odfjell Drilling (UK) Ltd.

Odfjell SE

Fjord1 ASA

Norwegian Hull Club – gjensidig assuranseforening

Solstad Offshore ASA

Stolt Tankers BV

The London Steam-Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association Ltd.

Fearnley Securities AS

COSL Drilling

Transocean

Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

The Swedish Club

Awilco Drilling plc

Floatel International Ltd.

Public procurement Tier 1

At Wikborg Rein, the team ‘has an excellent understanding of public procurement law as well as a very good practical understanding of the market’ thanks to ‘individuals who are dedicated, easy to contact and well prepared’. Clients praise specialist counsel Alf Amund Gulsvik, who ‘combines in-depth knowledge with an understanding of the client’s challenges’ and ‘asks the right questions to clear up the concerning issues’. Other key individuals include Rolf Riisnæs, who focuses on IT procurements and contracts, and specialist counsel Hanne Camilla Zimmer. The group’s client roster encompasses key public authorities and suppliers; examples include the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, Norges Bank and Sykehusinnkjøp HF.

Testimonials

WR’s availability and readiness to discuss and give advice on small and larger issues, often on a short term notice, is extremely valuable. The team combines in-depth competence from different sectors and areas in order to give advice which is of practical use during the procurement process. The team’s competence is of a very high standard, and consists of both senior and more junior personnel, which makes the team more flexible and expedient.’

Competence is available and flexible depending on the challenge and case. Their ability to know our business and discuss cases for advice and tactical choices is excellent, combined with the superior juridical competence and knowledge.

Alf Amund Gulsvik is highly skilled and combines in-depth knowledge of public procurement law with an understanding of the business’ challenges.

We have used special counsel Alf Amund Gulsvik both as a valuable discussion partner and in specific court cases. In both capacities he is an excellent and knowledgeable partner.’

The individuals are dedicated, easy to contact, and they are excellent at following up and handling time limits.

Alf Amund Gulsvik has a capacity to know the details of any agreement, and asks the right questions to clear up the concerning issues.

Key clients

NorgesGruppen

Norsk Gjenvinning

Vy

Norges Bank

Sykehusinnkjøp HF

Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Enova

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vy buss AS

Eidsiva Bredbånd AS

Eidsiva Energi AS

Real estate Tier 1

Wikborg Rein’s ‘young and talented’ real estate group is ‘always available for its clients’ and ‘combines deal-focused and efficient legal advice with thorough in-depth knowledge of the real estate market’. The practice is noted for its experience in property portfolio issues and development projects, and also has expertise in real estate transactions, lease agreements, financing structures, investments and project management work. Ingrid Høstmælingen heads up the team in Oslo while Bjørn Frode Skaar is the key name in Bergen. Clients also praise the ‘outstandingLars Ulleberg Jensen, who has ‘stellar knowledge of the law’. Gøran Mjelde Aarvik joined Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig in mid-2019.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Høstmælingen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The real estate team is young and talented. Always available for its clients and high quality in its delivery.

Deal-focused and efficient legal advice combined with thorough in-depth knowledge about the real estate market. Very few have the commercial understanding that Wikborg Rein has.

Able to discover all relevant legal issues and apply commercial sense when recommending how to address said issues. A very good adviser to have in your corner.

Lars Ulleberg Jensen is outstanding! His efficiency and remarkable knowledge of legal matters is impressive.’

Lars Ulleberg Jensen has stellar knowledge of the law, follows through, has a good team of lawyers supporting him but is hands-on and aware of all details of any topic. Provides commercially sound advice. Ingrid K. Høstmælingen is extremely detailed, hands-on and very available. Ingrid and Lars are building an impressive team of lawyers around them, including Ine Osland, who is knowledgeable, very capable of running processes and follows up to ensure on time delivery of projects that often exceeds expectations.

Key clients

Storebrand Liv

DNB Liv

Arctic Securities

Aberdeen Standard Asset Management/Aberdeen Standard Property Investors

Fram Eiendom AS

Clarksons Platou Real Estate

Bergen Tomteselskap AS

Carnegie

Tristan Capital Partners

NorgesGruppen

Tax Tier 1

The group at Wikborg Rein has ‘deep knowledge and competence in national and international tax law’ and also advises clients on transactional and M&A support issues, tax litigation and real estate tax work. The team is also a key name in the market for clients in the offshore, shipping and petroleum sectors and its client roster includes the Oil Taxation Office, Gard and EDF Trading. Anders Myklebust leads the department, which also fields Are Zachariassen and Kaare Andreas Shetelig; Myklebust focuses on corporate tax law, Zachariassen handles tax law, company law and stock exchange and securities legislation, and Shetelig acts in tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Anders Myklebust

Testimonials

Deep knowledge and competence in both national and international tax law. This knowledge combined with the ability to understand the client’s underlying business makes them stand out both in terms of high-quality advice and proactive support for improving the structure further and thereby reduce risk.

High level of integrity, realistic approach and advice, ability to quickly understand facts and key issues, always available.

Key clients

Gard AS

Storebrand

Jotun

Oil taxation office

Pareto

EDF Trading Limited

Magnora ASA

Aberdeen Asset Management

Stendi AS

Yara International ASA

Construction Tier 2

Wikborg Rein is singled out in the market for its contentious expertise; the practice includes litigators Ola Nisja (who also co-heads the team) and Ola Haugen. Department co-head and newly promoted partner Marius Egeberg also contributes to the practice and specialists in contract law and onshore construction work including infrastructure projects. The team also advises on project structure issues and construction contract negotiations. Noteworthy clients for the practice include Storebrand, Peab, the Norwegian Parliament, Digiplex and Bundegruppen.

Practice head(s):

Ola Nisja; Marius Egeberg

Testimonials

Dedicated and skilled team.’

WR understands our business strategy and processes, which is very helpful. Advice is tailored to our needs and straight to the point. They also have very good response times.’

Ola Nisja is an excellent lawyer, who is also able to add value by providing strategic advice to his clients. I have also worked closely with Marius Egeberg, and he is an excellent lawyer within the area of construction law.

Key clients

Storebrand

Peab

The Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget)

DigiPlex

Bundegruppen

Merkantilbygg

Employment Tier 2

At Wikborg Rein, Simen Lium now leads the practice, which ‘is always positive and makes clients feel like they have an extended network of colleagues to rely on’; Lium took over the role from Jan L Backer, who is an expert in executive terminations. Fredrik Gisholt is the key name to note in the Bergen office and primarily focuses on employment litigation. The practice excels in the oil and gas, renewable, shipping, offshore, fisheries, retail, finance and technology sectors; clients include Norgesgruppen, Maersk and Gard. The group also leverages the firm’s international office to handle cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Simen Lium; Fredrik Gisholt

Testimonials

I find that there is a lot of knowledge among the team members in Wikborg Rein. When I have a question, there is always someone who can give me the answer quickly. I always feel they listen to me and give me the answers in a way that I understand, not being a lawyer myself.

They deliver a variety of employment work ranging from litigation to restructuring and transfer of undertakings. The overall level of service is excellent, with quick response times and strong industry knowledge. The team is very good at providing advice when the position is unclear. Compared to other firms I have experienced, Wikborg Rein delivers with quick response times. The lawyers communicate very well with our HR-department, and explain things clearly.

The Wikborg team is there when you need them! They are always available and respond within a few minutes whether you reach out during business hours, at night or during the weekend. They are always positive and make me feel like I have an extended network of colleagues to rely on. They are all very professional and down to earth.

Simen Lium has got a solution oriented approach. Simen is service minded and has an enormous knowledge of employment law. He is very efficient, always extremely well prepared and ready to help out.’

Simen Lium is an experienced employment/labour law partner who takes control of every situation and gives our company the confidence needed to stand tall in employment issues. He treats everyone with respect during the process, which I find particularly important when we are dealing with employees. Simen fits in perfectly with my colleagues and is able to ease up on the legal language and make everyone comfortable.

I have worked mostly with Jan Backer who is very senior and has given me valuable input and helped me a lot especially with restructuring projects and difficult employee cases.

Key clients

The Ministry of Defence

Vygruppen

Norgesgruppen

Gard

Maersk

Norfund

The Radisson Hotel Group

Norsk Gjenvinning

Norsk Hydro

Transocean

Yara

Wilhelmsen Group

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean

Eidsiva

TESS

Siemens

Asplan Viak

Enova

Sykehusinnkjøp

Callenberg Technology Group/Trident Maritime Group

Ikano Bank

Norges Bank

Marsh & McLennan Companies

L’Oreal

G2 Ocean

Odfjell Drilling

Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi

Laerdal Medical

Base Gruppen

TTS Group

Nordic Semiconductor ASA

Lerøy

Oil and gas Tier 2

Wikborg Rein’s energy, shipping and offshore practice acts for a client roster of domestic and international companies including CapeOmega, Naftogaz of Ukraine and Transocean. The department is led by Gaute Gjelsten, while Aadne Haga leads the petroleum and energy practice area and Ola Nisja heads up the contract law and construction practice area. The group also leverages the firm’s offices in London and Shanghai to handle global mandates. Dag Mjaaland is also recommended for gas price disputes, Birgitte Karlsen regularly handles marine energy projects, Jan Erik Clausen acts for companies on the Norwegian continental shelf, and Christian James-Olsen is the key contact in Bergen. Morten Valen Eide was promoted to the partnership in 2019, and Catherine Hetland joined from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Gjelsten; Aadne Haga; Ola Nisja

Testimonials

They have a practical and efficient way of working. They focus on concluding deals and less on fighting theoretical legal issues.

The Wikborg Rein team is highly qualified, service minded and has a good profile in the maritime sector.

The competence and skills are of course important but the ability to give “to the point” advise based on knowledge of the business has been vital for our company and has been the reason we have used Wikborg Rein as our external legal advisor for many years. The availability is 24-7, which is necessary in a business that operates in many time zones and worldwide.

Key clients

Naftogaz of Ukraine, Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas champion

PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannya (UGV), Ukraine’s state-owned gas producer

CapeOmega AS

Transocean Ltd.

COSL Drilling Europe AS

Odfjell Drilling

Cladtek Holdings Pte. Ltd.

TMT Tier 2

The team at Wikborg Rein, which is ‘highly professional and service minded’, specialises in technology mandates and is regularly active in IT contract work, data protection and privacy projects, digital business issues and marketing law. Line Coll heads up the technology and digitalisation group and is praised by clients as ‘the most credible heavyweight data protection professional in Norway’; other key individuals include Rolf Riisnæs, who has ‘in-depth knowledge of IT contracts’; specialist counsel Gry Hvidsten, who focuses on privacy and data protection mandates; and specialist counsel Hanna Beyer Olaussen, who handles technology transfer contracts and online marketing work.

Practice head(s):

Line Coll

Testimonials

WR is always available to discuss and give advice on small and larger issues, often at short notice. Always reliable. The team combines in-depth competence from different sectors and areas in order to give advice which is of practical use during the procurement process. The team’s competence is of a very high standard, and consists of both senior and more junior personnel, which makes the team more flexible and expedient.

Quick in understanding the needs of the client, deep knowledge, creative when there are challenges in finding a common path between the contracting parties.

Wikborg Rein’s team excels in delivering exceptional quality, on time and as agreed; is highly professional with a focus on clients’ interests first. They strive to exceed expectations and possess the capability to deliver expert assistance in a wide variety of industries in the global setting. What makes them unique, however, is their ability to truly listen, understand and think like their client in order to deliver top-notch legal assistance and advisory services. This is ultimately WR’s strength in comparison to other firms.

Rolf Riisnæs has in-depth knowledge of various ICT-contracts and a unique understanding of the various challenges which may arise during a public procurement process.

In my opinion, Rolf Riisnæs stands out from competitors because he has a unique ability to negotiate and write well balanced, large IT strategic sourcing contracts enabling the contractual partners to build trust, motivation and to share common goals. He also has top-notch expertise in IT global agreements and technologies.

Line Coll is most likely the most credible heavyweight data protection professional in Norway.

Gry Hvidsten is truly engaged in her area of expertise (data protection) and has a terrific understanding of the issues at hand.

Gry Hvidsten has a deep knowledge of privacy law. This combined with practical experience makes for a very potent combination when it comes to giving legal advice that is to the core of what the client needs.

Key clients

NorgesGruppen ASA

Transocean Offshore (North Sea) Ltd. NUF

Aker Solutions ASA

Yara International ASA

Jotun A/S

Toppindustrisenteret AS (Digital Norway)

Norges Bank

DIFI-Direktoratet for Forvaltning og IKT

Sykehusinnkjøp HF

VY Norge AS (former Norges Statsbaner (NSB))

Gard AS

Orkla ASA / Orkla IT AS

Amedia AS

Huawei Technologies Norway AS

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Tax Anders Myklebust
Tax Are Zachariassen
Financial Regulation Ole Andenæs
Contract and Construction Marius Egeberg
Corporate Finance and Tax Kaare Christian Tapper
Shipping Offshore Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ole Andenæs  photo Mr Ole Andenæs
 Marius Egeberg photo Marius Egeberg
Mr Anders Færden  photo Mr Anders Færden
Mr Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen  photo Mr Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen
Mr Ola Haugen  photo Mr Ola Haugen
Ms Cathrine B. Hetland  photo Ms Cathrine B. Hetland
Ms Elisabeth Roscher  photo Ms Elisabeth Roscher
Mr Ole Henrik Wille  photo Mr Ole Henrik Wille
 Hanne Camilla Zimmer photo Hanne Camilla Zimmer
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Wikborg Rein will work to ensure that our business has a positive impact on the society around us. We have programs and certifications in place in order to satisfy environmental requirements and norms so that our business places the least possible strain on the environment. But we also extended our responsibility to the relations, matters and people who may indirectly be affected by our business. 

We do this because we want to have a positive impact within the areas that are most closely linked to our own core business. By identifying what our stakeholders expect from us and the topics that can affect our own value creation in the long term, we have identified two focus areas in our sustainability strategy:  

Equality and diversity 

Responsible business 

Equality and Diversity 

The corporate legal industry has traditionally been conservative and not adequately able to mirror the diversity that exists in the society around us. A leading law firm such as Wikborg Rein make a difference with regards to this, and we will therefore work to drive the industry in the right direction. 

It is necessary to secure our own long-term value creation, and for Wikborg Rein to better reflect the society we are a part of. There are many good reasons why this topic is important: 

  • We shall recruit the most talented people, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

  • A new generation of clients expects more, and increased diversity is important in order to offer the best team tailored to the individual client’s challenges and needs. 

Responsible business  

Over the last 100 years, Wikborg Rein has assisted Norwegian and foreign businesses with corporate law issues. In recent years, we have witnessed significant developments with regards to the expectations that businesses are met with. Increasingly, businesses are expected to respect human rights, environmental standards and the fight against corruption. 

 We see that “soft law” is becoming more important and that this becomes “hard law” in a more rapid speed than before. This development represents a challenges for lawyers – a challenge that we welcome, because we believe that this will create value for both the clients and for society at large. 

We place strict ethical demands on ourselves as lawyers and on our advice in each individual case. This is ensured by, amongst other things, the fact that all our lawyers conduct industry-leading courses in ethics and that the topic is high on the agenda internally it Wikborg Rein. 

In addition, we wish to contribute positively to this development by informing about what is expected of a responsible business sector. We also support individuals and organisations working for peace, justice and human rights.  


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.