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

Wikborg Rein is particularly known for advising banking clients, with key segments of the practice's work including shipping and offshore financings, asset finance mandates, corporate lending and Norwegian bond transactions. Ole Andenæs leads the embedded financial regulatory practice, which has a strong offering in the insurance industry and handles securities law and international alternative investment funds. Lars-Erik Østerbø, who has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional transactions, jointly heads up the wider department with Stian Tande Mortensen, who focuses on high-yield bond issuances and international borrowing programmes. Johan Rasmussen is noted for assisting international and domestic banks with asset-backed transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stian Tande Mortensen; Lars-Erik Østerbø; Ole Andenæs

Other key lawyers:

Johan Rasmussen

Testimonials

‘Extremely solid team when it comes to knowledge, a service mindset and initiative. They add a lot of value in complex structures and problem solving and in addition to excellent legal advice, they are also able to add great value in strategic and commercial questions because of their in-depth knowledge of the businesses of their clients. The team is also excellent when it comes to project management and they always take command to move processes forwards and in the right direction.’

‘Very knowledgeable and highly professional team. Is able to see the commercial view and also advise on what is important and not so important.’

‘Highly professional, always willing to help, provides both excellent commercial and legal advice and coordinates in a good manner in restructurings/re-financings.’

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

Eksportkreditt Norge AS

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA

Nordea Bank Abp

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Capital markets Tier 1

With ‘an extremely experienced and very well connected’ team, Wikborg Rein is a go-to firm for blue-chip clients and high-profile mandates; it recently advised ABG Sundal Collier and DNB Markets on the combined senior secured bond issuance and IPO of Norske Skog, and acted for the managers on a NOK15bn government bond issuance by the Kingdom of Norway. The practice is also highly active in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Dag Erik Rasmussen heads up the department and Stian Tande Mortensen leads the debt capital markets group. Per Anders Sæhle is a key contact for ECM transactions, Filip Truyen leads the corporate team in Bergen, and Ole Andenæs leads the financial services practice.

Practice head(s):

Dag Erik Rasmussen; Stian Tande Mortensen

Other key lawyers:

Per Anders Sæhle; Filip Truyen; Ole Andenæs

Testimonials

‘Well diversified team capable of supporting customers with whatever issues need. Also represented globally either with own office or associated companies that they collaborate with.’

‘Good knowledge about our business and company working efficiently and are very responsive regarding requests.’

‘Both extremely experienced and very well connected – a network enabling them to know how different people and organisations will operate. Highly skilled on negotiations, empathy and the finer points of law. Very trusted as independent negotiators on our behalf. ’

‘Dag Erik Rasmussen – An extremely experienced go-to guy for any securities, listing or stock exchange related matter. Will take immediate hand of any project, has most often seen this before, and approaches every issue in a very calm and professional, yet friendly, manner.’

Key clients

The Norwegian State

DNB Bank ASA

Norsk Hydro ASA

ABG Sundal Collier ASA

Axxis Geo Solutions ASA

Pareto Securities AS

Danske Bank A/S

Scatec Solar ASA

Blommenholm Industrier AS/ the Tinius Trust

Carnegie AS

Yara International ASA

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Arctic Securities AS

Fearnley Securities AS

Clarksons Platou Securities AS

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Wikborg Rein's team is a top choice for international M&A, with niche expertise in acting for Chinese buyers. The department advises blue chip corporates, international and domestic industrial companies and private equity clients, with particular strengths in the oil and gas, renewables, shipping, fisheries, financial services and technology sectors. Sigurd Opedal, who assists a roster of major Nordic and international private equity and industrial clients, jointly heads up the practice with Ole Henrik Wille, who primarily handles private and public M&A and other equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ole Henrik Wille; Sigurd Opedal

Other key lawyers:

Ketil E. Bøe; Ingeborg V. Aavatsmark

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge, listening and communication skills. Fast to understand clients’ needs, and thereafter, rapidly adapt to those needs. Seamless internal communication and collaboration.’

‘High quality, solution-minded, customer value-minded, flexible, humble and agile’

‘Available and always ready to contribute. Good at driving projects and great to work with.’

‘Sigurd Opedal is a great partner. Always available, always ready to give valuable input and is heavily involved in the projects.’

Key clients

AKVA group ASA

Altor Equity Partners

Amedia

Antin Infrastructure Partners

BKK

Blue Water Energy

EV Private Equity

Ferd Capital

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

Segulah Private Equity

Siemens

Storebrand

Summa Equity

Tronox Holdings plc

Yara International

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Wikborg Rein handles a wide variety of commercial disputes, with strength across the oil, gas, renewables, trade, shipping, offshore, seafood, finance and technology sectors. The practice also has a notably strong offering for public sector entities. Ola Nisja, Kaare Andreas Shetelig and Ola Haugen jointly head up the practice: Shetelig is recommended for public sector and transfer pricing disputes, while Nisja is a well-known arbitrator and litigator in the construction industry, and Haugen concentrates on complex cases related to post-M&A disputes, contracts, construction work and projects.

Practice head(s):

Ola Nisja; Kaare Andreas Shetelig; Ola Haugen

Testimonials

‘The team has extensive experience and good expertise in dispute resolution.’

‘Very practically oriented with high degree of understanding of complex facts. Takes care of the case and follows up in a way that makes the client highly comfortable and with a feeling of “being kept”. Top legal skills and outstanding understanding of all procedural matters.’

‘Skilled and experienced. Takes care and follows up. Good humoured and very easy to cooperate with. Solid and “down to earth” and humble but confident appearance.’

‘The team is highly competent. Several of their lawyers have previously worked at the Attorney General’s office which attracts the A-level candidates and where the candidates get extensive litigation practice in a high variety of matters. The team works closely with the facts related to the matter, and has the ability to acquire the required understanding of the client’s business.’

‘Ola Nisja and Kaare Shetelig: highly competent in all aspects of litigation law. They both have a high degree of presence and availability and are in general pleasant to be around. Good judgement as to the tactics of the matter. High degree of ability to understand the business of the client as well as the matter.

‘Dedicated. Pleasant to work with. Puts together a strong team.’

‘Ola Nisja is very pleasant to everyone.’

‘The team is characterised by two excellent all-rounders (Ola Haugen and Kaare Shetelig) and a highly recommended contract dispute litigator (Ola Nisja). They are a highly competent group. In addition, they have a successful group working exclusively with long-term gas sales agreements. Wikborg Rein’s unrivalled (in Norway) presence in other jurisdictions also gives a competitive edge in international disputes.’

‘Ola Nisja has quickly and well-deservedly achieved an impressive standing within complex contract law disputes, particularly within construction and energy. He is extremely sympathetic and efficient. He gets to the core of complex issues.’

‘Kaare Shetelig has, thanks to his education as both an economist and a lawyer, an impressive ability to understand and present complex financial cases, be it tax, VAT or corporate finance. He is very strong academically and has excellent pedagogical skills.’

Key clients

AB Volvo

Infor

DNB

The Ministry of Defence (including The Norwegian Armed Forces)

Norgesgruppen ASA

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Oljeskattekontoret

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vy (formerly NSB)

KGAL

Electricity and renewable energy Tier 1

The energy department at Wikborg Rein is particularly strong for renewables and wind power, and works on a broad range mandates including advising on transactions, power purchase agreements, development work, construction contracts, financings, regulatory issues and disputes. Group head Tormod Ludvik Nilsen assists numerous international investors with interests in Norwegian electricity production and onshore wind projects. The practice also includes Bergen office managing partner Jan Erik Clausen and Birgitte Karlsen, who primarily handles project development work.

Practice head(s):

Tormod Ludvik Nilsen

Other key lawyers:

Jan Erik Clausen; Birgitte Karlsen

Testimonials

‘Wide knowledge in onshore and offshore wind power and hydropower matters. High competence on national regulations and laws within the renewable market. Knowledge on EU matters within renewable energy. Delivers always within time limit according to agreed schedule.’

Key clients

Stadtwerke München GmbH

Nord Pool Holding AS

Hafslund E-CO

Norsk Hydro ASA

BKK AS

Eidsiva Energi AS

Troms Kraft AS

Luxcara GmbH

SUSI Partners AG

TSO Holding AS

ASKO Fornybar AS

NBT AS

Enova SF

KGAL GmbH & Co. KG

EU and competition Tier 1

The competition team at Wikborg Rein is regularly involved in infringement cases initiated by the Norwegian Competition Authority, and recently represented Lerøy Seafood Group in an investigation for anti-competitive conduct initiated by the European Commission; deputy head Eivind Stage led the matter. Department head Mads Magnussen has core expertise in merger filings, while state aid, public procurement and EU mandates are handled by Hanne Camilla Zimmer. At associate level, Stuart Stock is singled out for his work on global competition projects.

Practice head(s):

Mads Magnussen

Other key lawyers:

Hanne Camilla Zimmer; Eivind Stage; Stuart Stock

Testimonials

‘Exceptional availability and service level, great customer knowledge, excellent quality of partners. Pleasant people to work with.’

‘They are simply the best. They understand what the client is looking for and find good solutions.’

‘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 advice.’

‘A strong and very experienced team that works superbly together. The team is very attentive to client needs and gets excellent case feedback. The team is good at coordinating the contributions from different advisors, acts in the best interest of the client and does not engage in destructive fights.’

‘Stuart Stock is an excellent project manager and very attentive to the interests of the client.’

‘Strong and flexible international team.’

‘Stuart Stock is a highly competent young attorney with good people skills, who leads a major global antitrust related project with very good results.’

‘Skilled team with high competence and extensive experience from relevant authorities makes their advice practical and to the point. Easy to have informal and pragmatic day-to-day discussions without ending up with extensive theoretical memos (which is tempting within this field of law). High degree of availability.’

Key clients

AB Volvo

Mastercard International

DNB

NorgesGruppen

Jotun

Amedia

Verisure

Lerøy Seafood Group

Vygruppen

Elkem

Kesko

Norges Bank

Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Enova

Norsk Gjenvinning

Statens jernbanetilsyn

Naftogaz

Fishing and aquaculture Tier 1

Possessing 'unique, in-depth knowledge', the team at Wikborg Rein covers a broad range of matters with specialist expertise in advising high-profile clients on complex regulatory and licensing matters. The group represents some of the largest seafood companies in Norway including Mowi, Lerøy Seafood Group and Cermaq Group. The 'fantastically good' Grunde Bruland heads up the practice from Bergen, with the group working closely alongside the firm's M&A and litigation departments, namely partners Jan Erik Clausen and Ketil E Bøe, based in Bergen and Oslo respectively. The practice has been bolstered by the arrival of Martin H Bryde, who joined the team from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.

Practice head(s):

Grunde Bruland

Other key lawyers:

Jan Erik Clausen; Ketil E Bøe; Martin H Bryde

Testimonials

‘They have the strongest fish-farming team in the industry, and they have been good in recruiting new lawyers.’

‘Grunde Bruland sees holes in legislation and cases, and is fantastically good at finding the right solutions for specific problems.’

‘Very experienced with deep insight in industry practices.’

‘Unique knowledge and experience of aquaculture law and practice, broad contact network in the aquaculture industry.’

‘Unique knowledge and experience of aquaculture law and practice (overall). Broad contact network in the aquaculture industry (partners, in specific Grunde Bruland). Very proactive, hard working and available (associates).’

‘Unique, in-depth knowledge of the aquaculture industry combined with updated information about regulations from authorities.’

‘Combination of long experience and diversity of lawyers, providing sound legal advice. Extreme response capacity.’

‘Broad experience in both aquaculture and deep sea fishing. Especially important for us is expertise in Norwegian Fisheries laws and regulations.’

‘Good communication skills and quick to understand the issue at hand.’

Key clients

Mowi ASA

Lerøy Seafood Group ASA

Lerøy Havfisk AS

Nergård AS

DnB Markets

Cermaq AS

Nordic Wildfish AS

Grieg Seafood AS

Eide Fjordbruk AS

Sinkaberg-Hansen AS

Erko Seafood AS

Ervik Havfiske AS

Hofseth Aqua AS

Gratanglaks AS

Seacalx AS

Austevoll Seafood AS

Hardingsmolt AS

Tombre Fiskeanlegg AS

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Wikborg Rein has a strong international track record in restructuring work and is able to assist with matters in the wider Nordic region as well as Asia-based mandates through its Singapore and Shanghai offices. The department's main strength is in the shipping and offshore sector, where it handles a wide variety of restructuring and insolvency matters. The team is jointly led by Leif Petter Madsen, who has 'unrivalled experience' as a liquidator, and Kaare Christian Tapper, who is widely recognised for his restructuring and financing expertise.

Practice head(s):

Leif Petter Madsen; Kaare Christian Tapper

Other key lawyers:

Johan Astrup Heber

Testimonials

‘Competent, confident and pragmatic.’

‘Extremely solid team when it comes to knowledge, service-minded approach and initiative. They add a lot of value in complex structures and problem-solving in addition to excellent legal advice.’

‘Leif Petter Madsen is unrivalled in insolvency and restructuring experience, always focusing on key points.’

‘Johan Astrup Heber is a hard-working lawyer with excellent legal skills, always aiming for correct, practicable and easy-to-handle solutions.’

Key clients

DNB Bank ASA

Havyard Group ASA / Havyard Ship Technology AS

Solstad Offshore ASA

GIEK (Garantiinstituttet for Eksportkreditt)

Floatel International Ltd.

Nordea Bank AB

Danske Bank

Nordic Trustee AS

Sparebank 1 SMN

Music Retail Holding AS/Music Retail Norway AS/Luthman Norway AS (all in bankruptcy)

Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd.

NorgesGruppen ASA

Innovasjon Norge

Insurance Tier 1

Wikborg Rein's insurance practice handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious issues, with marine and non-marine highlights including business interruption disputes, portfolio transfers, cover questions and regulatory cases. Clients include insurers, reinsurers, captive and mutual insurers, policyholders and intermediaries. Practice head Anders Færden is 'the specialist to go to in litigation matters involving insurance and cross-border issues,' while Gaute Gjelsten leads the firm's shipping and offshore practice. Herman Steen's practice focuses on dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Anders Færden

Other key lawyers:

Gaute Gjelsten; Herman Steen; Anne-Karin Nesdam; Nina Hanevold-Sandvik; Morten Lund Mathisen

Testimonials

‘The team is commercially competent, has a profound knowledge of insurance law and a focus on a practical approach to the client’s needs. This combined with its outstanding shipping team makes Wikborg Rein one of the leading, if not the leading, marine insurance practice.’

‘Anders Færden is the specialist to go to in litigation matters involving insurance and cross-border issues. His knowledge and responsiveness are outstanding.’

‘Herman Steen stands out to me as one of the best in many fields. ’

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

‘Hands-on, good team players.’

‘Nina M Hanevold-Sandvik is very competent and has an excellent overview of details of large cases. Perfect team player, but also very capable on her own. Always enjoyable to work with! Gaute Gjelsten is also very competent and experienced. Good team player and delivers thorough and in-depth opinions. Morten Lund Mathisen is excellent on casualty handling and has outstanding experience with on-site attendance. Herman Steen is simply very competent and a nice person to work with.’

‘Great shipping team and knowledge in marine insurance.’

‘Herman Steen is calm, knowledgeable and steady pair of hands.’

‘Very qualified in M&A and insurance.’

‘Ability to consolidate a voluminous amount of material and provide advice quickly. Great to work with.’

‘Anders Færden inspired confidence and ably managed a great team in dealing with this litigation. He was certainly someone upon whose technical and strategic expertise you could rely.’

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard/Gard Marine & Energy Ltd.

Codan Insurance

AXA XL

Norwegian Hull Club

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

Hydor

Söderberg & Partners

RSA

Brit Insurance

RiverStone Insurance (UK) Limited

Zürich Insurance

Intellectual property Tier 1

Wikborg Rein handles the full range of issues in the intellectual property field, including trade marks, patents and licenses and acts in domain name disputes as well as counterfeiting investigations. In addition, the team has a strong track record in assisting with the intellectual property aspects of transactions in the financial services and insurance sectors. The group's client roster also includes companies in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, retail and public sectors. Line Coll and Hanna Beyer Olaussen head up the team, while Gunnar Meyer acts in intellectual property litigation at all court levels.

Practice head(s):

Line Coll; Hanna Beyer Olaussen

Other key lawyers:

Gunnar Meyer

Testimonials

‘The team is sincere, competent, thorough and precise. They are clear in communication and proactive in may ways.’

Fantastic team of IP lawyers operating at the top of the market in Norway.’

Gunnar Meyer is a go-to partner. He provides timely strategic advice, without losing sight of the commercial imperatives. An overall excellent patent litigator.’

‘The team is competent and responsive.’

These individuals are professional, cordial and responsive. They treat matters with the urgency deserved.’

‘Hanne Beyer Olaussen has a solution-oriented approach. She is service-minded and has an enormous knowledge of IP law. Hanna Beyer is very efficient, always extremely well-prepared and ready to help out.’

Key clients

Ikano Bank AB

Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Kavli Holding AS

Vygruppen AS (former Norges Statsbaner)

Jotun A/S

Norgesgruppen ASA

Digital Norway AS

Norsk Medisinsk Syklotronsenter AS

Archer Oiltools AS

Quantafuel AS

Maritime law Tier 1

Praised as 'the only true wet law practice in Norway', Wikborg Rein has a stand-out maritime law practice. Recognised for its strength in national contentious issues, the team also leverages its international offices in London, Shanghai and Singapore to handle cross-border work. Litigator Gaute Gjelsten heads up the department, which includes Bergen-based deputy head Øyvind Axe, who is a key name for transactional work. A sub-team led by Morten Lund Mathisen, including highly regarded practitioner Herman Steen, handles maritime and offshore emergencies, including collisions, casualties and pollution issues. Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen leads the shipping offshore transaction practice in Oslo.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Gjelsten; Øyvind Axe

Other key lawyers:

Herman Steen; Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen; Morten Lund Mathisen

Testimonials

‘One of the biggest marine practices in Norway. Great quality lawyers.’

‘Herman Steen is very commercial and knowledgeable not only legally but also when it comes to business needs.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the industry and especially our niche with an extraordinary ability to provide seamless advise across legal areas such as financing, corporate, capital markets, insolvency, tax and maritime law.’

‘Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is attentive, available and has unparalleled understanding of clients’ businesses.’

‘Probably the best maritime law team in Norway.’

‘A very strong shipping practice, both dry and wet law, probably Norway’s strongest team in contentious issues. The only true wet law practice in Norway.’

‘The degree of technical knowledge and attention to detail is second to none.’

‘Morten Lund Mathisen is recommended for his engagement, investigation and quality of reporting.’

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Gard

Fearnley Securities

Floatel International

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

Norwegian Hull Club

Odfjell Drilling

Pareto Securities

Solstad Offshore

Stolt Tankers

Transocean

Offshore construction and shipbuilding Tier 1

Wikborg Rein focuses on transactional work and litigation proceedings, especially issues arising from shipbuilding contracts and the delivery and pricing of vessels. Litigator and arbitrator Gaute Gjelsten heads up the practice with Øyvind Axe, who is deputy head of the firm's global shipping and offshore group and advises clients on construction contracts, asset sales and purchases, financing matters and restructurings. Øystein Meland is a key name to note in Bergen, and Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen was promoted to the partnership in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Gjelsten; Øyvind Axe

Other key lawyers:

Morten Valen Eide; Knut Hausken Magnussen; Øystein Meland; Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen

Testimonials

‘Experts in offshore construction and shipbuilding contacts with regards to both customers and sub-suppliers.’

‘Morten Valen Eide has insight into his clients’ processes and is knowledgeable about both the market and customers in and with which that they work. He is thorough in his work and at the same time delivers quickly.’

‘The team has a high degree of availability and are always prepared and present in discussions. The team offers advice on all aspects of an issue – legal, process, communication and stakeholder management. The team offers creative solutions and alternatives on how to handle issues – often based on experience from the industry, or similar branches.’

‘Morten Valen Eide is extremely competent and expresses positions clearly, however always keeps a friendly and informal approach before and after discussions. Associate Knut Hausken Magnussen is always able to deliver high quality on time, and offers advice and opens discussions on how to handle difficult topics.’

Key clients

Awilco Drilling

COSL Drilling

Fjord1

Floatel International

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

Odfjell Drilling

Pareto Securities

Solstad Offshore

Stolt Tankers

Transocean

Public procurement Tier 1

Wikborg Rein stands out for its involvement in procurement matters of national and international relevance, including acting for the Ministry of Defence and the National Procurement Authority for the Health Trusts. Hanne Camilla Zimmer was recently appointed as deputy head of the firm's competition and procurement team, while highly regarded practitioner Alf Amund Gulsvik acts as procurement deputy head. The team, which also includes IT procurement expert Rolf Riisnæs, also represents clients in litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Rolf Riisnæs; Alf Amund Gulsvik; Hanne Camilla Zimmer

Testimonials

‘The team is available, and always gives quick responses when needed.’

‘A good partner to turn to for discussions on complicated issues, to find a good strategy and way to handle the matters.’

‘Wikborg Rein is a law firm with highly skilled professionals which provides high quality legal advice within every legal area. With their foreign branches their international network is one of the best among Norwegian law firms. They are highly dedicated to do the very best for their clients and make great efforts in understanding the business of the client in order to be able to give the best of advice. Forthcoming in every sense but also raises questions with regard to potential conflict of interests where necessary.’

‘They understand customers’ needs, and they adapt their legal assessments to the recipient with an educational approach.’

‘They have unique expertise in the field.’

‘Alf Amund Gulsvik: Extensive up to date knowledge of the field of public procurement under Norwegian law and EU regulations. Unique ability to find practical solutions for public authorities compliant with the public procurement regulation. Structured, easy to cooperate with and solid in court proceedings. Hanne Camilla Zimmer has extensive experience within public procurement law and related areas as competition, state aid, and general EU/EEA law. Easy to cooperate with.’

‘Wikborg Rein’s procurement team consist of highly skilled and specialised lawyers which are able to provide valuable advice on all legal aspects of a procurement procedure.’

‘Alf Amund Gulsvik has a solution-oriented approach. He is service-minded and has an enormous knowledge of public procurement law. Alf Amund is very efficient, always extremely well-prepared and ready to help out.’

Key clients

NorgesGruppen

Norsk Gjenvinning

Vy

Norges Bank

Sykehusinnkjøp HF

Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Enova

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Eidsiva Bredbånd AS

Elvia AS

Sporveien AS

Staples AS

Real estate Tier 1

Wikborg Rein has a strong track record in handling high-value domestic deals and developments for a mix of local and multinational investors, developers, commercial landlords and lessees. Key areas of work encompass investments, sales and purchases, corporate real estate issues, property developments, hotels and leisure properties, retail and logistics mandates, and commercial leases. Ingrid Høstmælingen has extensive experience in real estate developments and commercial lease negotiations; she jointly leads the team with Bjørn Frode Skaar. Lars Ulleberg Jensen is noted for his practice focusing on private equity deals and development projects involving project finance elements.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Høstmælingen; Bjørn Frode Skaar

Other key lawyers:

Lars Ulleberg Jensen

Testimonials

‘The team has very strong professional expertise, and are very capable of explaining in layman terms. They are very dedicated and seem eager to assist at any time.’

‘Competent team, with a practical and pragmatic approach to complex problems, with a good ability understand clients business and challenges.’

‘Ingrid Høstmælingen – great attention to detail and good expertise of all relevant subjects. Lars Ulleberg Jensen – good all-rounder, strong with financial matters and structuring. Big plus for being able to quantify and qualify risks for the clients, not only pointing out the problem.’

Key clients

DNB Liv

DNB Markets

Arctic Securities

Aberdeen Standard Asset Management/Aberdeen Standard Property Investors

Storebrand

Clarksons Platou Real Estate

Bergen Tomteselskap AS

Carnegie

Tristan Capital Partners

NorgesGruppen

Kruse Smith AS

OBOS Eiendom AS

NIKI AS

Fram Eiendom AS

Tax Tier 1

Led by Anders Myklebust, Wikborg Rein’s tax practice has notable expertise across the offshore, shipping, petroleum and real estate sectors and works closely with the firm’s corporate and real estate departments to handle the tax aspects of wider transactions. The team also assists with VAT work, tax structuring issues and tax litigation, and acts for a notable client roster, which includes Norsk Hydro, DNB and Jotun. Myklebust and Kaare Andreas Shetelig are the key names for contentious tax mandates, and Are Zachariassen primarily handles transactional tax work; Myklebust also assists with corporate tax matters, restructurings and transfer pricing issues.

Practice head(s):

Anders Myklebust

Other key lawyers:

Kaare Andreas Shetelig; Are Zachariassen

Key clients

Norsk Hydro ASA

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

Oil Taxation office

Jotun

Storebrand

DNB

Gard AS

Stiftelsen Norsk Rikstoto

Pareto AS

The Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Construction Tier 2

Wikborg Rein is recognised for its contentious expertise, with key individuals including co-head Ola Nisja and stand-out practitioner Ola Haugen. Fellow co-head Marius Egeberg specialises in contract law, onshore construction work and infrastructure projects. Kristoffer Lerum joined the practice in early 2020 from Advokatfirmaet Torstrup AS.

Practice head(s):

Marius Egeberg; Ola Nisja

Other key lawyers:

Lars Erik Skjeide; Kristoffer Lerum; Ola Haugen

Testimonials

‘High quality of services and deliverables, quick responses and strong follow up.’

‘Marius Egeberg is outstanding due to his ability to quickly understand the challenge at hand, his swift approach to how issues should be addressed and his ability to produce complete and well-founded responses to problems. In addition, he has the competence in construction law to provide good advice on contract matters prior to entering into contracts.’

‘Lars Erik Skjeide demonstrates strong skills on contract law with excellent follow up skills.’

‘Extensive experience in international construction law and construction disputes, dispute resolution and arbitration. High degree of availability, pragmatic and to-the-point advice. Easy to have good informal discussions on a day-to-day basis to solve and conclude small and large matters.’

‘Good humoured and humble approach with an excellent understanding of day-to-day life at site, in combination with high skills on theoretical and practical use of the construction contracts during project execution.’

‘They have a very good understanding of our business strategy and our processes. They provide advice tailored to our needs in a clear and precise manner.’

‘Extensive professional knowledge. The team assists in very demanding negotiations with highly appreciated/beneficial results.’

‘We have been working closely with Kristoffer Lerum. He is always available, possesses in-depth knowledge of the industry, and is academically very strong. His ability to find solutions is unique.’

Key clients

Storebrand

Peab

Entra

DigiPlex

Bundegruppen

Merkantilbygg

The municipality of Oslo

Acciona, S.A.

Employment Tier 2

Wikborg Rein covers the full spectrum of employment issues, including collective labour law work and pensions mandates. The team is regularly instructed to handle the employment aspects of major transactions, restructurings and investigations as well as high-profile disputes, including cases of embezzlement, employee personal data disputes and claims related to breaches of non-compete clauses. Simen Lium ‘has an enormous knowledge of employment law’ and regularly acts for clients in the financial services and public sectors; he jointly leads the team with Bergen-based Fredrik Gisholt, who specialises in competition clauses, downsizings and individual terminations.

Practice head(s):

Simen Lium; Fredrik Gisholt

Other key lawyers:

Jan Backer

Testimonials

‘Always available for my questions. I get clear guidance and I always feel confident that the answers I get are as correct as possible.’

‘Jan Backer has lengthy experience and I trust his judgement. He explains things so I can understand, not having a legal background myself. I always feel I can ask him about anything.’

‘A very responsive team, who are down to earth and easy to work with. They have excellent people skills, which makes them my number one choice for employment and labour law matters.’

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

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 Energi

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

Amedia

Oil and gas Tier 2

Wikborg Rein's petroleum and energy team covers the full range of disputes, transactions and operational work. In particular, it is known for its dispute resolution expertise and recently acted as lead counsel in a major international arbitration for the Ukrainian state-owned gas company Naftogaz. Practice head Cathrine Hetland is a specialist in the regulatory landscape of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Other key lawyers include head of gas disputes Aadne Haga, whose practice focuses on buyers of natural gas, and Dag Mjaaland, who has expertise handling international gas disputes.

Practice head(s):

Cathrine Hetland

Other key lawyers:

Dag Mjaaland; Aadne Haga; Birgitte Karlsen; Gaute Gjelsten; Christian James-Olsen; Morten Valen Eide

Testimonials

The team provides targeted legal advice and support with a strong mix of oil and gas competence with commercial and contract law. Their ability to distil the legal aspects of oil and gas law for our commercial concerns is critical and unique when compared to other firms.

This is a strong team in the litigation side of the offshore energy market in Norway.

They have strength and depth but the standout partner is Gaute Gjelsten. He has a highly developed sense of what energy insurance wishes to achieve and his opinion is valued highly.

Christian James-Olsen  is efficient, always available, highly qualified and experienced within the maritime sector. He has a broad international experience and provides practical advice also implementing cultural aspects when relevant.

Key clients

Naftogaz

COSL Drilling Europe AS

CapeOmega AS

HitecVision VII LP

HKN Energy Ltd.

Ukrgazvydobuvannya (“UGV”)

Gard Marine & Energy Insurance (Europe)

Transocean Offshore

BW Offshore/BW Energy

Gulf Keystone

Independent Oil & Gas (IOG)

TMT Tier 2

Wikborg Rein's technology and digitalisation team is best known for its work on IT contracts for clients in the public sector. Other key areas of work include data protection issues, digital business matters, marketing law and IP highlights. Department head Line Coll stands out for her expertise in privacy and digitalisation projects. Other notable names in the team include Rolf Riisnæs, who is a leading name in IT contracts, eGovernment issues and IT public procurement mandates; IP and marketing law specialist Hanna Beyer Olaussen; and specialist counsel Gry Hvidsten, whose practice centres on data protection work.

Practice head(s):

Line Coll

Other key lawyers:

Rolf Riisnæs; Hanna Beyer Olaussen; Gry Hvidsten

Testimonials

‘Competence, great work capacity and credibility. Dedicated individuals with valuable experience.’

‘This practice has a broad knowledge base and covers many of the legal disciplines. They are able to tailor their assistance and guidance specifically to our concrete needs and use their resources to best accommodate us as a client. They are extremely professional and we feel secure in that fact that we are always given advice that is based on up to date practice and experience. We know that when we have used their services for quality assurance that because of their name and standing, the users of our services feel secure and safe knowing that Wikborg Rein have been involved.’

‘There is a lot of knowledge among the team members in WR. They are always available and give advice on small and larger issues, often on a short term notice. WR understands our business strategy and processes.’

‘The team provides complete capacity within TMT Law. It provides expert advice in TMT and related areas of law with a high standard of accuracy, efficiency and value for money.’

‘The team consists of experts that are efficient, provides practical and constructive advice, and has a great understanding of the needs of an in-house department (many of the team members have backgrounds as in-house lawyers).’

‘Gry Hvidtsten is our main contact in regards to privacy law. She is very attentive, efficient and highly knowledgeable/capable.’

‘Gry Hvidsten and the team at Wikborg Rein deliver excellent support and legal advice that is tailored to the complex nature of our international corporation. They are quick to get a very good understanding of the client’s needs and deliver work of great quality, especially in the field of data protection. The composition of the team is very strong with a great mix of experienced legal professionals, many of whom have solid backgrounds from years of working in-house across different industries. This makes the team at WR stand out from their competitors in the market.’

‘Gry Hvidsten is an excellent lawyer with a solid background from years of practical data protection compliance and her support is expertly tailored to our needs every time. Gry is always available on short notice to discuss urgent matters big or small and her support and guidance in difficult matters of law has been invaluable.’

Key clients

Norges Bank

Digitaliseringsdirektoratet

Forsvaret

Norgesgruppen ASA /Norgesgruppen Data AS

ASKO Norge AS

Orkla IT AS

Amedia AS

Sykehusinnkjøp HF

Vygruppen AS (former Norges Statsbaner)

Gard AS

Storebrand AS

Norsk Hydro ASA

Aker Solutions ASA

Quantafuel

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 Ola Ø. Nisja  photo Mr Ola Ø. Nisja Ola Ø. Nisja is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Ole Andenæs  photo Mr Ole Andenæs Ole Andenæs is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office, and heads…
Mr Ketil E Bøe  photo Mr Ketil E Bøe Ketil E. Bøe is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Jan L Backer  photo Mr Jan L Backer Jan L. Backer is a partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office. He…
Mr Finn Bjørnstad photo Mr Finn Bjørnstad Finn Bjørnstad is the Managing Partner in Wikborg Rein and is part…
Ms Line Coll  photo Ms Line Coll Line Coll is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and head…
Mr Marius Egeberg photo Mr Marius Egeberg Marius Egeberg is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Trond Eilertsen  photo Mr Trond Eilertsen Trond Eilertsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Anders Færden photo Mr Anders Færden Anders W. Færden is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen  photo Mr Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Gaute Gjelsten  photo Mr Gaute Gjelsten Gaute Gjelsten is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and Global…
Ms Ingrid K. Høstmælingen  photo Ms Ingrid K. Høstmælingen Ingrid K. Høstmælingen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Aadne Haga  photo Mr Aadne Haga Aadne M. Haga is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Ola Haugen  photo Mr Ola Haugen Ola Haugen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Ms Cathrine B. Hetland  photo Ms Cathrine B. Hetland Cathrine B. Hetland is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Simen Lium  photo Mr Simen Lium Simen Lium is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Tormod Ludvik Nilsen  photo Mr Tormod Ludvik Nilsen Tormod L. Nilsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Leif Petter Madsen  photo Mr Leif Petter Madsen Leif Petter Madsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Mads Magnussen  photo Mr Mads Magnussen Magnussen advices Norwegian and foreign companies within areas of business law, in…
Mr Gunnar Meyer  photo Mr Gunnar Meyer Gunnar Meyer is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Dag Mjaaland  photo Mr Dag Mjaaland Dag Mjaaland is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Anders Myklebust  photo Mr Anders Myklebust Anders Myklebust is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Sigurd Opedal  photo Mr Sigurd Opedal Sigurd Opedal is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Alexander W Owesen  photo Mr Alexander W Owesen Alexander W. Owesen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Dag Erik Rasmussen  photo Mr Dag Erik Rasmussen Dag Erik Rasmussen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Johan Rasmussen  photo Mr Johan Rasmussen Johan Rasmussen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Rolf Riisnæs photo Mr Rolf Riisnæs Rolf Riisnæs dr. juris, is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office,…
Ms Elisabeth Roscher  photo Ms Elisabeth Roscher Elisabeth Roscher is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Per Anders Sæhle photo Mr Per Anders Sæhle Per Anders Sæhle is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Kaare Andreas Shetelig  photo Mr Kaare Andreas Shetelig Kaare Andreas Shetelig is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Herman Steen  photo Mr Herman Steen Herman Steen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Mr Geir Sviggum  photo Mr Geir Sviggum Geir Sviggum is Managing Partner International with overall responsibility for Wikborg Rein’s…
Mr Stian Tande Mortensen  photo Mr Stian Tande Mortensen Stian Tande Mortensen is a Partner with Wikborg Rein’s Capital Markets team,…
Mr Kaare Christian Tapper  photo Mr Kaare Christian Tapper Kaare Christian Tapper is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Lars Ulleberg Jensen  photo Mr Lars Ulleberg Jensen Lars Ulleberg Jensen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office, and…
Mr Ole Henrik Wille  photo Mr Ole Henrik Wille Ole Henrik Wille is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Mr Are Zachariassen  photo Mr Are Zachariassen Are Zachariassen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is…
Ms Hanne Zimmer photo Ms Hanne Zimmer Hanne Zimmer is a Specialist Counsel at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and…
Number of lawyers : 252
at this office : 132
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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.