Mr Morten Lund Mathisen > Wikborg Rein > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Shipping Offshore.


Morten is a maritime and offshore lawyer specialised in international maritime law, particularly related to casualty work and large wreck removals, assisting Norwegian and international clients; in particular P&I Clubs, hull underwriters and ship- and offshore unit owners. After working a few years in the Oslo office he was heading the Kobe office for six years before moving to England where he headed Wikborg Rein’s London office from 1997 to 2008. Morten is recommended by Chambers and Partners as “Leader in their field” in the category Shipping, litigation (listed last 17 years) and as “Hall of Fame” in Legal 500. He has 35 years experience in his field and has in this period handled some of the largest and most complex casualties world wide. “He is highly experienced, particularly in wet work including salvage and wreck removal.” Chambers and Partners “Very seasoned and practical maritime lawyer with special expertise and experience in dealing with maritime casualties. Well-known to most other stakeholders, e.g., correspondents and opponent lawyers. Strong strategic and tactical abilities, plus high availability and accessibility. Strong collaboration skills with us as client.” Legal 500


2023 – Of Counsel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

2008-2023 Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo
1997-2008 Partner, Wikborg Rein, London
1997 Partner, Wikborg Rein, Kobe, Japan
1995-1997 Norwegian Consul-General, Kobe/Osaka, Japan
1992-1996 Japan Representative, Wikborg Rein, Kobe, Japan
1988-1992 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo
1987-1988 Deputy Judge, Ålesund
1987 Police Public Prosecutor, Moss Police Headquarters, Moss


Norwegian Bar Association


1991 Coastal Skipper Certificate
1986 Cand. jur., University of Oslo

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Maritime law

Wikborg Rein’s ‘high standard team of lawyers’ in the maritime field is praised for its ‘excellent coverage of both wet and dry shipping disputes’, where the group excels. The team also has strong ranks of commercial practitioners, advising on construction and conversion projects, equity and debt financings, chartering issues, and restructurings. Øyvind Axe focuses his practice on shipping and offshore transactions and is based in the Bergen office, while Oslo-based Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen has a broad international practice with ‘solid transaction and negotiating experience’. Herman Steen is the go-to person for international maritime disputes, specifically casualty claims and marine insurance issues, and of counsel Morten Lund Mathisen leads the firm’s global maritime and offshore emergency response team. Former SANDS practice head Oddbjørn Slinning joined the team in 2022, and Gaute Gjelsten left to establish his own firm.