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Simplified prospectus rules coming – the Listing Act legislative package

The European Commission has put forward a proposed legislative package called the "Listing Act". The purpose of the Listing Act is inter alia to simplify listing on European public markets, and alleviate the requirements for companies once listed. The Listing Act was voted through by the European Parliament in April 2024 and will eventually be implemented in Norway.


Wikborg Rein assisting NORBIT ASA on its NOK 200 million private placement

We have had the pleasure of assisting NORBIT ASA (OSE: "NORBT") on its successfully completed private placement of new ordinary shares, raising gross proceeds of approximately NOK 200 million.


We have assisted Ren Røros AS with their divestment of Ren Røros Aksess AS

We have assisted Ren Røros AS with entering into a definitive agreement to divest Ren Røros Aksess AS to NEAS Konsern AS. Subject to completion, NEAS Konsern AS will acquire 100% of the shares.


New package of sanctions from the EU and US, and other recent developments

In this sanctions alert we provide an update on recent developments in the EU, UK and US sanctions against Russia.


New reporting obligation to Oslo Børs related to share issuance

With effect from 4 July 2024, a new reporting obligation related to compliance with prospectus requirements is imposed on companies listed on Oslo Børs' regulated markets (Euronext Oslo Børs and Euronext Expand). Furthermore, Oslo Børs guides on the practical handling of the obligation to prevent trading in new shares before any conditions for trading are met.


Wikborg Rein assisting with Nel ASA's spin-off and listing of Cavendish Hydrogen ASA on Oslo Børs

We have had the pleasure of assisting Nel ASA and Cavendish Hydrogen ASA in the spin-off of Nel's hydrogen fueling division and listing of Cavendish's shares on Oslo Børs.


Securitisation is coming to Norway

The EU's regulations on securitisation will be incorporated into the EEA Agreement on 12 June. It is likely that the rules quickly will be implemented into Norwegian law, with entry into force 1 January 2025.


New Lloyd's Open Form 2024

Lloyd's Salvage Arbitration Branch has released a new Lloyd's Open Form of Salvage Agreement ("LOF 2024"), as well as a new Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration Clause ("LSAC 2024").


Direct lending coming to Norway

Direct lending has so far been largely absent in the Norwegian market due to regulatory constraints. However, the regulatory landscape is about to change which will present new possibilities for non-bank lending.


Defence procurements at Norwegian yards – new rules on ownership control

Norway’s new long term defence plan will most likely lead to several new defence contracts. Contractors entering into such contracts may have to comply with additional contractual and regulatory requirements. This includes the Norwegian Security Act, and its recently revised rules on ownership control.


Equipment leasing in the shipbuilding industry – inherent risks and how to mitigate them

In aviation and other sectors, equipment leasing has long been a recognised tool for companies looking to finance expensive items of equipment. Whilst to date equipment leasing has been less visible in the shipping industry, we are now seeing an increased interest in this type of financing from both shipowners and equipment lessors. However, leasing arrangements do include some inherent risks which the parties should seek to mitigate.


The Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023 – the framework we’ve been missing?

The Electronic Trade Documents Act, which came into force in September 2023, enables a “trade document” in electronic form to be used in the same way as its paper equivalent provided that certain criteria are met.


“Ever Given” – Court of Appeal upholds that no salvage contract was concluded

The English Court of Appeal has recently rendered judgment in the dispute between salvors and the shipowners as to whether a salvage contract on commercial terms had been made in connection with the re-floating of the “Ever Given” in the Suez Canal in March 2021 (SMIT Salvage & Ors v. Luster Maritime SA & Anr (The Ever Given) [2024] EWCA Civ 260). The judgment illustrates the importance of the parties making clear during negotiations whether they intend to be bound.


BIMCO publishes first standard-form quiet enjoyment letters for ship financing

Charterers are increasingly requesting to receive quiet enjoyment letters (“QELs”) from the mortgagees of chartered vessels. As there has not been any standard format for QELs, owners have often found themselves caught in the middle of protracted negotiations between the charterers and the mortgagees when QELs are requested. To meet the longstanding need for a standard format acceptable to charterers, mortgagees and owners, BIMCO published two standard form QELs on 21 February 2024.


SHIPMAN 2024 – a welcome, gentle revision

Since its original introduction in 1988, the BIMCO standard ship management agreement SHIPMAN (revised in 1998 and 2009) has established itself as the global standard ship management agreement. Adopted on 22 March 2024, the new SHIPMAN 2024 represents a light touch revision of the standard form, incorporating established standalone clauses and new provisions reflecting these developments.


Carbon capture – building a new ­value chain from a ­contractual perspective

With its history and extensive experience with CO2 management as an oil and gas nation, Norway is a leading country in building a new CCS value chain in the fight against climate change.


Transportation of CO2 – an emerging market

Following the Paris Agreement, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has emerged as a promising tool to substantially reduce carbon emissions. Whilst CCS’s potential is considerable, it is still a developing industry that needs efficient means of transportation.


Integrating emissions trading schemes in ship management agreements – BIMCO’s new ETS clause and mandate letter

In advance of the recent inclusion, as from January 2024, of the shipping industry in the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), BIMCO introduced a new ETS clause tailored specifically for ship management agreements.


Calls on IMO to solve ­legal inconsistencies on ship recycling

BIMCO has, together with the International Chamber of Shipping, Norway, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, urged the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to solve possible conflicting requirements between the Hong Kong Convention and the Basel Convention ahead of the entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention on 26 June 2025. The potential conflicts may expose shipowners and others to severe consequences, particularly when recycling ships in the major ship recycling countries in South Asia such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan – even if the ships and facilities comply with the Hong Kong Convention.


WR ESG Alert: Final approval of EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive and Net-Zero Industry Act

In this month's ESG alert we note that the EU has adopted the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) and the Net-Zero Industry Act and that the EU's Critical Raw Materials Act has entered into force. In Norway, the Ministry of Children and Families has commenced an evaluation of the Transparency Act one year after the first reporting deadline while various government authorities have issued public consultations relating to different areas of climate legislation.


WR Asset Management: When does a company qualify as an alternative investment fund? A particular focus on project financing

Various types of companies may qualify as alternative investment funds (AIFs). This have practical significance due to the extensive regulations governing the management of AIFs. The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (FSAN) actively monitors this area and conducted thematic inspections of entities involved in project financing in the spring of 2023. FSAN's annual report for 2023 also indicates a notable increase in the number of Norwegian AIFs.


WRECKSTAGE 2024 – new industry standard wreck removal agreement

Yesterday, BIMCO released a new version of WRECKSTAGE, which has long been the industry standard agreement for maritime wreck removal projects where the contractor is remunerated on a lump sum basis. Several changes have been made, the most important being a new optional risk allocation procedure, often referred to as QRA (quantitative risk assessment), which is intended to give greater certainty in the allocation of risks. The result is an improved form which will be warmly welcomed by the industry.


Wikborg Rein Tops the Student Rankings - Again

For the eleventh year in a row, Norwegian law students have named Wikborg Rein the most attractive employer in the legal industry.


EU ETS: New Standard Template from BIMCO and Key Considerations

Following the inclusion of shipping in the EU's emissions trading system on 1 January 2024, the focus is now shifting to the practical aspects of compliance with the regulations, including monitoring, reporting, and surrendering of allowances.


Norway has signed agreement which ensures international cooperation on the operation of autonomous ships

Norway has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands to facilitate cooperation on the international operation of autonomous ships. The agreement is particularly aimed at the operation of autonomous ships in the North Sea basin, including ships for inspection and maintenance of existing and future offshore wind installations.


WR Asset Management: Establishment of funds - Key documentation

Fund establishment requires careful preparation and drafting of relevant documentation. The extent of the documentation varies considerably and depends, among other things, on the intended fund structure, jurisdiction, asset class, type of target investors and the regulatory conditions under which the fund and manager operate.


WR ESG Alert: Another landmark ruling on climate change and human rights, and rules to protect against forced labour and abusive court proceedings

In this month's ESG alert, we highlight the recent landmark climate judgment from the European Court of Human Rights, as well as legislative developments in the EU, including new rules on free allocation of emission allowances, protection of persons who engage in public participation, a revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive, and the approval by the European Parliament of the Forced Labour Regulation.


We have assisted Infranode and Lyse with their acquisition of Sandefjord Bredbånd

We have assisted Infranode and Lyse with entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Sandefjord Bredbånd AS for an enterprise value of NOK 1,012 million. Subject to completion, Lyse will acquire 10% of the shares, and Infranode, the remaining 90%, from Sandefjord municipality.


Recent developments, including new US sanctions restricting imports of aluminium, copper and nickel and wind-down of General License on Venezuela

In this sanctions alert we seek to summarise recent developments relating to Norwegian, EU, UK and US sanctions, including US and UK prohibitions on import of certain Russian-origin metals, wind-down of transactions related to oil and gas sector operations in Venezuela, EU's minimum rules for prosecution of and penalties for violating EU sanctions, and the implementation of the EU's 12th and 13th package of sanctions against Russia into the Norwegian Ukraine Regulation.


WR ESG Alert: Shell appeals landmark climate ruling while EU members agree on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

In this month's ESG alert, we describe Shell's appeal against a landmark climate ruling, the approval by EU members of a revised version of the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive as well as recent EU climate initiatives and proposals to align Norwegian climate regulations with EU standards


Wikborg Rein again top ranked across all 20 practice areas in Legal 500

We are particularly excited to note that as many as 79 of our lawyers have been commended for their outstanding contributions within their respective fields.


Wikborg Rein only Norwegian law firm in the GAR 100 survey

Global Arbitration Review has unveiled its annual ranking of the world’s leading international arbitration practices.


EU Council and Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament approves amended draft of the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

On 15 March 2024, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) of the Council of the European Union (the "Council") surprisingly approved an amended draft of the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (the "CS3D"). On 19 March, the amended draft of the CS3D was approved by the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the European Parliament.


Download our Crisis Management app

Wikborg Rein’s Crisis Management Tool is now ready for download. The tool provides practical, immediate and step-by[1]step guidance in case of various types of crises arising as a result of unannounced inspections and controls by the police or other public authorities.


Wikborg Rein top ranked in Chambers Europe

We are delighted to announce that we have once again achieved top rankings in Chambers Europe in a total of 19 categories, which is more than any other Norwegian law firm.


Sanctions issued following the two-year anniversary of the invasion

In this sanctions alert, we include updates on recent developments following the two-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


PRIIPs proposal and likely timing of entry into force in Norway

Long overdue, the PRIIPs Regulation is proposed implemented into Norwegian law. In this newsletter, we have set out the details on how and when PRIIPs is expected to be implemented in Norway.


WR Asset Management: AIF Manager – License or Just Registration?

When do you need to be authorised to manage alternative investment funds? When is it sufficient to be just "registered"? What are the differences?


Wikborg Rein assisting Summa Equity with investment in Stim AS

We have assisted Summa Equity AB with an acquisition of a controlling stake in Stim AS. The investment sees Summa Equity partnering with Stim AS' founder and owner, Jim Roger Nordly.


WR ESG Alert: The EU Council fails to endorse the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, leaving the future of the Directive hanging in the balance

In this month's ESG alert, we highlight the EU Council's failure to endorse the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive and the European Parliament's efforts to combat gender-based violence, and provide an update on various environmental developments at the EU and Norwegian levels.


Norwegian Chapter in the Chambers Life Sciences & Pharma IP Litigation 2024

Lars Erik Steinkjer, Nora Bratheim and Guro S. Kyrkjebø Nybø have contributed to the Norwegian chapter in the Chambers and Partners Life Sciences & Pharma IP Litigation 2024 Global Practice Guide.


New tax lawyers in Oslo

We are very pleased to welcome Harald Hauge and Jarle Schelander to Wikborg Rein. They both started this week as a partner and Specialist Counsel, respectively, in our tax department.


Wikborg Rein top ranked in Chambers Global 2024

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that once again we have been top-ranked in the annual Chambers Global ranking, strengthening our position as Norway's most international law firm.


Are all state-owned ­Russian ­companies controlled by ­President Putin?

This was a question many asked after a recent judgment from the English Court of Appeal. Sanctions target those designated as well as those owned or controlled by designated persons. Understanding the precise scope of what constitutes ‘control’ under UK sanctions can be challenging. In this article we shed some light on this analysis, based on recent case law.