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Wikborg Rein

China > Shipping: foreign firms Tier 1

Wikborg Rein’s Shanghai representative office fields highly experienced Chinese, Norwegian and English lawyers. Able to leverage its Norwegian roots, a substantial amount of the work conducted from Shanghai involves oil and gas and offshore-related shipping matters, including corporate, commercial, and distressed and restructuring work. Ronin Zong has longstanding experience in dry shipping matters and the recently promoted partner Chelsea Chen specialises in the construction, purchase and sale, and financing (including financial leasing) of commercial ships and offshore units.  Yafeng Sun and Claire Jiang are further names to note.

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Key clients

China State Shipbuilding Corporation

COSCO Shipyard Group Co

China Merchants Holdings Co

Fujian Shipbuilding Industry Group Company

CMB Financial Leasing Co

ICBC Financial Leasing Co

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co

Taiping & Sinopec Financial Leasing Co

China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co

Zakher Marine International

Gard AS

Norwegian Hull Club

Skuld P&I Club

Japan P&I

North of England P&I

Work highlights

  • Acting for CMB Financial Leasing on the novation of sale and leaseback arrangements involving seven dry bulk vessels.
  • Assisting CNOOC CETS with its old FPSOs’ scrapping and recycling deals.
  • Advising Gard AS, the hull and machinery insurer of 272-meter-long tanker ‘A Symphony’, on various matters following the latter’s collision accident.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding

The practice at Wikborg Rein is distinguished by its ‘incredible knowledge of the industry‘. Jointly led by the firm’s deputy head of the global shipping and offshore group Øyvind Axe and Gaute Gjelsten, who is highly regarded for his litigation and arbitration expertise, the team has been kept busy handling shipbuilding contracts, transactional mandates and contentious matters. Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is the key contact for shipping and offshore projects, and Bergen-based Morten Valen Eide advises on the construction, operation, financing and sale/purchase of ships and rigs. Christian James-Olsen is another name to note in Bergen. Øystein Meland moved to BAHR in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Gjelsten; Øyvind Axe


‘Christian James-Olsen. Excellent on details and providing usable advice.’

‘The employees are knowledgeable and their advice is specific to our firm’s challenges. They are also able to attain new knowledge when appropriate. Communication with the main contact, as well as other on case to case basis, is always prompt and followed up as agreed. Strategic advice on specific cases is reliable. The people we collaborate with know our firm, what we do and how we work.’

‘The Wikborg Rein team provides everything you need – legal opinions, quality reviews, and strategic advice – always swiftly and with high quality.’

‘Morten Valen Eide is excellent in communication and strategy. His negotiation skills along with his knowledge of international business makes him a strong asset in negotiations.’

Incredible knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients


Beerenberg Services AS

COSL Drilling

Fitjar Mekaniske Verksted AS

Fjord 1

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

Havfram AS

Odfjell Drilling

Solstad Offshore

Ulstein Verft AS

Work highlights

  • Advising ASKO AS on the construction, purchase, delivery and domestic operation of two electric autonomous ferries.
  • Assisting infrastructure group Fjord 1 ASA with its fleet renewal programme, involving multiple newbuilds from various yards in Europe.

Shanghai is an international business and trading hub, the financial centre of mainland China and the preferred choice of location for most international businesses who wish to establish a presence in China.

Wikborg Rein’s office in Shanghai (established in 2002) has Chinese, Norwegian and English lawyers practicing in areas covering all of China.

We primarily assist within the legal areas of maritime law, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), company law, contract and construction law, financing and leasing, tax, compliance, anti-corruption, privacy and data protection, information security, intellectual property rights, IT law, labour law, dispute resolution and international trade issues.

Our client base consists of global leaders within shipping, marine insurance, offshore, oil and gas, renewables, technology and innovation, fisheries and aquaculture, as well as sourcing, manufacturing, retail, finance leasing, banking and finance.

Our clients typically inquire on establishment and regulatory issues, audits, and legal advice required by Chinese subsidiaries of international companies, such as compliance and crisis management, participation in negotiations, as well as dispute resolution in or related to China.

In addition, we assist Chinese clients within China on outbound investment and financing matters independent on Nordic links – in English or Norwegian law.

Energy and petroleum
Cross-border M&A
Casualty response
Litigation and dispute resolution
Maritime, offshore and transport
Foreign direct investment
Power and utilities
Global projects
Construction contracts
Real estate
Offshore contracts
Renewable energy
Acquisition structures
Number of lawyers : 252
at this office : 11
the Scandinavian languages
Contacts : Therese Trulsen
Contacts : Ronin Zong
Contacts : Yafeng Sun
Other offices : Bergen
Other offices : London
Other offices : Oslo
Other offices : Singapore