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Trond Eilertsen

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Shipping offshore


Trond Eilertsen is a Partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office and is and head of the firm's Energy Shipping and Offshore practice. His main areas of practice are matters relating to shipping and maritime law, contract law, insurance law and financing. He has extensive litigation experience before the Norwegian courts and in arbitration proceedings, and has been used as an arbitrator in Norway as well as abroad. Eilertsen has been an examiner and supervisor at the Faculty of Law in Oslo, Institute of Maritime Law. He has been Wikborg Rein's Chairman of the Board from 2007-2014 and he also managed the firm’s office in Kobe, Japan, for three years. Eilertsen has had various directorship positions across the maritime industry, including marine insurance, shipping and offshore operations, marine service companies and investment funds. Eilertsen is admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court and is recommended by Chambers and Partners as "Leaders in their field" in the categories Shipping: Corporate/Commercial, Litigation.


1990- Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo 2007-2014 Chairman of the Board of Wikborg Rein 1987-1989 Head of Wikborg Rein's office in Kobe, Japan 1984-1987 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo 1983-1984 Deputy Judge, Lofoten sorenskriverembete 1980-1983 Assistant Lecturer, Department of Public and International Law, University of Bergen


Norwegian Bar Association.


1997 Admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court 1983 Cand. jur., University of Bergen


Maritime law

Within: Maritime law

Wikborg Rein's full-service practice includes group leader¬†Gaute Gjelsten¬†and deputy head¬†√ėyvind Axe¬†in Oslo and Bergen respectively; Gjelsten is a key name for contentious work and Axe focuses on shipping transactions. Other noteworthy practitioners include¬†Morten Lund Mathisen, who leads the maritime and offshore emergency response team, managing partner¬†Finn Bj√łrnstad¬†and¬†Trond Eilertsen. Mathisen recently represented Assuranceforeningen Gard in litigation arising from a collision in the Singapore Strait and Axe assisted Solstad Farstad with its merger with Deep Sea Supply.¬†Herman Steen¬†made partner in 2018.

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Offshore construction and shipbuilding

Within: Offshore construction and shipbuilding

Wikborg Rein's shipping and offshore practice is 'highly skilled, business oriented and very pleasant to work with' and is 'always to the point' and 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' needs'.¬†Gaute Gjelsten¬†and¬†√ėyvind Axe, who has 'substantial experience in the field',¬†jointly lead the group, which also includes¬†Finn Bj√łrnstad¬†and¬†Trond Eilertsen¬†on the transactional side and litigators¬†√ėystein Meland¬†and¬†Ola Nisja. Recent mandates include assisting Awilco Drilling with a construction contract for a semi-submersible drilling rig, acting for Cosl Offshore Management in a dispute resulting from an alleged design error on drilling rigs, and representing Br√łdrene Aa in a dispute regarding a yacht structure.¬†Morten Valen Eide¬†made partner in 2019.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

At Wikborg Rein, Trond Eilertsen leads the energy, shipping and offshore department, Aadne Haga heads up the petroleum and energy practice, and Tormod Ludvik Nilsen leads the energy and renewables team; other key individuals include Dag Mjaaland and litigator Ola Nisja. Recent highlights include representing Naftogaz in two international arbitrations relating to contractual issues and assisting Transocean with its takeover of Songa Offshore. Panoro Energy, Cosl Drilling Europe, CapeOmega and Petroleum Geo-Services are also clients.

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