We are internationally recognised as a leading law firm within the shipping and offshore sector, with a global presence through our offices in Norway, London, Singapore and Shanghai. Undoubtedly a market leader within our field, we offer comprehensive legal services and solutions tailored to the needs of the maritime industry.
Our maritime team's strength lies in the unique combination of industry knowledge, coupled with our Norwegian and English legal capability across our offices. With lawyers in several of the world's largest and most active shipping and offshore clusters, we are uniquely positioned to handle large cross-border shipping and offshore projects, as well as international dispute resolution.
In shipping, our practice is among the world's largest and most renowned, with a long-standing client base that includes major shipowners, charterers, P&I and FD&D insurers, banks, finance houses, investment funds, PE, shipyards, and brokers. Our specialist team offers expertise covering all areas of maritime law, including admiralty and crisis management, dry shipping, and transactional work. We also provide ongoing advice related to the industry's complex regulatory landscape, including "green shipping", recycling, decarbonisation, autonomous maritime operations, and new ocean industries.
As one of the foremost global offshore law firms, we have years of experience advising clients on their offshore oil and gas, carbon capture and storage, and renewable energy projects. We offer comprehensive advice in a broad range of offshore projects representing oil and gas companies, exploration and production firms, offshore service providers, storage and distribution companies, commercial and multilateral lenders, PE, and government entities. Our team's expertise in dispute resolution relating to design, construction, installation, and operations, as well as an unrivalled expertise in offshore casualties, sets us apart from other firms.
Our lawyers are recognised as leaders in their respective specialty fields, with accolades from Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, and other industry legal rankings.
- Projects for building, purchasing/sales, leasing and operation of ships, rigs and other entities, as well as equity/forward capital financing of the projects.
- Arbitration and litigation related to contracts and insurance within the maritime industries
- Emergency response, rescue and scrap removal
Our global presence is unmatched among Norwegian law firms, with offices in Oslo, Bergen, London, Shanghai, Singapore, and a strategic alliance with Vieira Rezende, a leading firm in shipping and offshore law in Brazil. This allows us to provide comprehensive legal services to clients across the globe, particularly in the most active shipping and offshore clusters.
Our London office is a team of skilled English lawyers who are able to provide seamless advice across many of our focus areas.
With leading specialists in all relevant subject areas, we are committed to providing tailored teams across offices and departments to meet our clients' requirements in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Our global reach and diverse expertise make us the preferred partner for ambitious Norwegian and international brands.
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