Mr Christian James-Olsen > Wikborg Rein > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

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

Ship and rig recycling, China, Shipping, Contract Law and Construction


Christian is head of Wikborg Rein’s Renewables Energy group in Bergen. He primarily works with project development works and contract advice within the shipping, offshore and energy industry. He has particularly broad experience from structuring, planning, negotiations and management of energy, shipbuilding and offshore projects. As part of the Renewables Energy group he is involved in several industry projects regarding renewables and the shipping industry’s ongoing green transition. Christian was the Managing Partner of the Shanghai office from 2016 to 2019 and has extensive experience in cross border contracts and investment matters. Christian is ranked by Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer and for 2023 he were given the following testimonial: “I have recently worked a lot with partner Christian James-Olsen and associate Jens Drageset. Both provide quick, quality feedback. They are able to convey legal perspectives in a simple, understandable and case efficient manner. They are always available. Even after working long hours, they are in a good mood, and we always find a way forward.”


2019 – Partner, Wikborg Rein, Bergen
2016 – 2019 Managing Partner, Wikborg Rein, Shanghai
2015 – 2016 Partner, Wikborg Rein, Bergen
2011 – 2014 Senior Lawyer, Wikborg Rein, Bergen
2009 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Bergen
2005 – 2008 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Bergen
2004 Associate, Simonsen Føyen, Stavanger
2003 – 2004 Trainee, Wikborg Rein, Bergen


2007 Practising Certificate
2003 Cand. jur. University of Bergen
2002 Bond University, Australia

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Energy

Praised as ‘hardworking, pragmatic and responsive to changing needs’, Wikborg Rein’s renewable energy and infrastructure practice is singled out for its experience in renewables projects, particularly onshore and offshore wind power projects, where it acts for international funds and industry players. The group also has substantial expertise in advising on battery plants, and energy recovery, hydropower and electric grid transactions. Tormod Ludvik Nilsen leads the global practice, which also includes regulatory and contractual expert Caroline Skaar Landsværk, who leads the Oslo team, and Christian James-Olsen, who has knowledge of carbon capture and storage projects and heads up the Bergen-based group. In the petroleum and energy department, the team handles the full spectrum of matters and is noted for its expertise in oil and gas disputes. Gas litigation expert Aadne Haga is a key name to note; Haga leads the department. Cathrine Hetland is also recommended, as is oil and gas M&A expert Arild Frick, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt in 2022.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding

Wikborg Rein’s offshore construction and shipping practice is praised for being ‘always available, with broad experience and support from its international branches and legal network’. Dispute resolution advice is a key pillar of the practice, and co-head Herman Steen is highly regarded for his contentious experience. Co-head Øyvind Axe’s main areas of expertise include transactional mandates, including asset sale and purchase deals, financings and restructurings. Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen completes the group head trio, and has extensive expertise in international transactions, leveraging his dual Norway and England and Wales qualifications. Former SANDS maritime law practice head Oddbjørn Slinning joined in 2022, bolstering the litigation, newbuild and ship conversion project capabilities. Offshore energy is within the purview of Morten Valen Eide, and Christian James-Olsen is also recommended.