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Finn Bjørnstad

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Wikborg Rein

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Shipping Offshore, Financing, Company Law


Finn Bjørnstad is the Managing Partner in Wikborg Rein and is part of the firm's Shipping Offshore practice.

Most of his clients are Norwegian and foreign banks and shipowners, and his main areas of practice are: issues relating to newbuildings/conversion projects for ships, financing and purchase/sale/affreightment of ships and offshore vessels, project finance for different assets in Norway and abroad, as well as towards the private equity market – both for investors and brokers – in connection with establishing projects in Norway and abroad. Bjørnstad holds several board positions.

Bjørnstad is recommended by Chambers and Partners as "Leaders in their field" in the categories Energy, Oil & Gas and Shipping Finance.


2015- Partner (Managing Partner 2015-), Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2011-2015 Partner, Wikborg Rein, London, 2005-2011 Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 2003-2005 Partner, Wikborg Rein, Singapore, 1993-2003 Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo, 1990-1993 Partner, Wikborg Rein, London, 1989 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Kobe, Japan, 1985-1989 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Bergen/Oslo


1985 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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