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Managing Partner: Finn Bjørnstad

Number of partners worldwide: 64

Number of lawyers worldwide: 234

Languages: Cantonese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Malay, Mandarin, Russian, Italian, Icelandic, Spanish, Scandinavian languages

Firm Overview:

Wikborg Rein is a leading Norwegian law firm, with a strong international presence. The company was established in 1923 and is now one of Norway’s largest and most international law firms with more than 200 lawyers. The firm’s offices are located in Oslo, Bergen, London, Singapore and Shanghai. Wikborg Rein represents more than 25 nationalities, with lawyers speaking a wide range of languages. The firm has an English law team as well as Chinese and Singaporean lawyers at its respective international offices.

In addition, Wikborg Rein has an international network of local law firms built over many years, including its alliance with Vieira Rezende in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wikborg Rein acts on behalf of several leading global corporations with emphasis on understanding the clients’ businesses, supported by the firm’s full service capability. The firm takes great care in recruiting and retaining the most talented individuals, systematically working to assist lawyers with their professional development through an internal program for continuing education. The firm’s lawyers are given the opportunity to work abroad at one of the firm’s international offices and take secondments at key clients. Wikborg Rein’s goal is to always offer clients the best expertise by highly competent lawyers with a solid understanding of business and acumen.

Main Areas of Practice:

Wikborg Rein’s broad range of legal services include inter alia:

■ Capital Markets

■ China

■ Commercial Property

■ Company Law

■ Competition Law

■ Compliance & Crisis Management

■ Contract & Construction

■ Data Protection

■ Employment Law

■ Environmental and Climate Law

■ Finance Regulation

■ Financing

■ Fisheries & Aquaculture

■ Gas Dispute

■ Insurance Law

■ Intellectual Property

■ International Arbitration

■ International Santions & Export Control

■ Litigation & Arbitration

■ M&A

■ Media and Technology

■ Oil, Gas & Renewable Energy

■ Procurement

■ Restructuring & Insolvency

■ Ship & Rig Recycling

■ Shipping Offshore

■ State Aid & EU/EEA

■ Tax Law

■ Technology & IT Law

■ Trade Law

In the fields of shipping, offshore, banking and finance, the firm is able to provide services under both Norwegian and English law. The firm has a dedicated team of tax lawyers with notable experience in cross-border taxation matters. In addition, the firm regularly advises on the application of European law on all aspects relevant to Norway’s position as a member of the EEA.


Wikborg Rein assists a number of leading Norwegian and international clients within the industrial sector, banks and financial institutions, shipping and offshore, media and technology, energy, oil and gas, government departments and agencies, municipalities and public utilities.

International Work:

Wikborg Rein has a long standing tradition of assisting clients worldwide, reflecting Norway’s history as an international shipping, trading and energy nation.

A considerable portion of the client base is non-Norwegian; Western European, North and South American, Japanese, South-East Asian and Australian.

Wikborg Rein has, to a larger extent than other Norwegian law firms, chosen to develop an international network of offices and most of the firm’s partners have practised abroad for several years.

Wikborg Rein has international offices in London, Shanghai and Singapore.