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Wikborg Rein - International Law Office

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Wikborg Rein


  • Wikborg Rein

Work Areas

Arbitration, ADR, Banking, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Company & Commercial, Construction, Contract, Corporate Law, EC & Competition, Employment/Labour Law, Energy & Natural Resources, Finance - corporate, Finance - shipping, Insolvency/Bankruptcy, Insurance, Insurance & Reinsurance, International Trade, Joint Ventures, Litigation, Litigation - commercial, Litigation - insurance, Litigation - reinsurance, Litigation - shipping, Maritime Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Offshore, Product Liability, Projects & Procurement, Securities, Shipping, Shipping & Admiralty, Shipping & Transport, Transportation

Firm Description

Largest law firm in Norway
Wikborg Rein is Norway’s premier law firm, with offices in Oslo, Bergen, London, Singapore, Shanghai and Kobe. The firm’s unique and long-standing presence overseas enables it to offer clients the benefit of its extensive international expertise. The firm is particularly strong in the areas of shipping and offshore, dispute resolution, energy and natural resources, corporate, and banking and finance. The London office is the centre of the firm’s English law practice

Main Areas of Practice:
The London office has notable expertise in shipping and offshore related work, dispute resolution services, as well as financing, corporate and especially cross-border transactions. A particular strength is the team’s expertise in the Norwegian high-yield bond market.  The managing partner of the London office is Clare Calnan, who heads the firm’s strong English law team and works together with Finn Bjørnstad, who also leads the firm’s offshore team. The lawyers in London are both Norwegian and English, and together they possess a broad range of expertise in the firm’s main practice areas.

The London office plays a key part in the provision of English law services, and the team is fully integrated with the firm’s other Norwegian and English lawyers in Norway, Singapore, China and Japan. Clients can rely on the London office’s proven ability to negotiate and manage contracts governed by English law, and to handle all aspects of dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and litigation.

In the shipping and offshore, and banking and finance sectors, the firm acts for large public companies, banks and private equity houses, as well as limited partnerships and family-owned shipping groups.

International Work:
Wikborg Rein has a long standing tradition on assisting our client's worldwide, reflecting Norway’s international spirit as a shipping, trading and energy nation. Within these fields, the firm’s work extends from sale and purchase of vessels and offshore units – as well as shipowning and offshore companies, newbuilding contracts, ship and offshore finance and registration – to more practical operational matters such as charterparties, contracts of affreightment, offshore contracts, employment issues, vessel breakdown and pollution liabilities. The firm has an extensive marine insurance practice, routinely acting for many of the major international marine insurance companies and handling matters such as cargo risks, collision, salvage, wreck removal and total losses, as well as disputes under FD&D cover.

INTERNATIONAL OFFICES:  London, Shanghai, Singapore and Kobe.

Lawyer Biographies

Bjørnstad, Finn; Calnan, Clare; Fjærvoll-Larsen, Andreas; Gosnell, Fiona; Grieveson, Chris; Jardine-Brown, Rob; Karlsen, Birgitte; McGladdery, Joe; Pounds, Fiona; Tan, Lesley