Two new partners

We have the pleasure of announcing that Caroline Skaar Landsværk and Eleanor Midwinter have been appointed partners in Wikborg Rein. Caroline fits perfectly into the company's strategy and focus on renewable energy and sustainability in the energy sector and Eleanor's appointment will help maintain and build upon our already significant Shipping, Offshore and Commodities practice.

Caroline Skaar Landsværk joined Wikborg Rein's energy department in 2012. Throughout her career, she has worked with energy-related issues, with a focus on renewable energy. Caroline has broad knowledge of projects, transactions and the legal framework in the energy industry.

CLN.jpgCaroline fits perfectly into the company's strategy and focus on renewable energy and sustainability in the energy sector. She has a strong name in the industry and her inclusion in Wikborg Rein's partnership will help to consolidate and further develop the team's position in the Norwegian market. Caroline enters her new role from August 1, 2021.

– I am very proud that the company has entrusted me with this position, and I am conscious that the new role gives me a great responsibility, says Caroline. – As a partner, it is important for me to be a team player, and I want to be a good role model for my colleagues. I have a great commitment to the energy industry, and will in the future continue my work with projects, transactions and regulatory issues in the energy sector. There is a great need for lawyers who understand the industry and the legal framework surrounding it.

– The energy industry is extremely exciting to work with at the moment, as there are significant changes in the industry and the applicable legal framework. It is really interesting to get an understanding of new regulations developed at both national and EU levels, and to assist clients in adapting their business to the new reality. In addition, the green wave we see in the world involves a great deal of creativity in developing new green business concepts. I am happy to be able to assist clients in the work of commercializing these green business concepts.

What ambitions do you have for the competence area in the future?

– I want to show everyone that Wikborg Rein has a very strong specialists in the energy field, with high ambitions of being up to date on the latest trends, and that we together with colleagues from other competence areas can give our clients value-added advice.

Head of Wikborg Rein's energy department, Tormod Ludvik Nilsen has worked closely with Caroline since 2017 and says; – She is one of the most knowledgeable and up-to-date energy lawyers in Norway. She enjoys considerable respect for her knowledge, both in Norway and internationally, and it will be a real pleasure to have Caroline as a partner on the team!


ELM_Eleanor_Midwinter-1.jpgEleanor Midwinter joined Wikborg Rein in February 2017 and has since then played a key role in consolidating the firm's offering within international trade, energy and shipbuilding. She is also part of the firm's "Green Team" – an internal initiative to proactively advise and act on relevant industry developments, including decarbonisation. Eleanor is ranked by the Legal 500 as a 'Rising Star' in shipping and 'recommended' for commodities work, and in 2020 was profiled in the legal category for Tradewinds' "Thirty@30" edition.

Eleanor has a mixed advisory/disputes practice. Her contractual work is focused on the trade, transportation and storage of physical commodities (particularly LNG, oil, and alternative fuels). She has a strong track record of High Court/arbitration wins, as well as favourable settlements. She is known for providing clear options in complex contractual and technical disputes. One client commented that Eleanor "is extremely responsive, quickly acts to make difficult tasks simple and backs this up with clear recommendations".

Chris Grieveson, Managing Partner of Wikborg Rein’s London office, says:

– The appointment of Eleanor Midwinter to the partnership is in line with our strategic plans for growth and expansion here in London, where Eleanor will help maintain and build upon our already significant Shipping, Offshore and Commodities practice. Eleanor's legal knowledge is exceptional and her commitment, dedication and skills are recognised by colleagues as well as clients. Eleanor's wealth of experience, enthusiasm and no nonsense approach will bring much to the partnership and we are delighted to welcome her as a new partner in the London office as of 1st May 2021. 

Read more articles on Renewable Energy and Shipping Offshore

  • Shipping Offshore, Sustainability


    MARPOL Annex VI: EEXI and CII – can your contracts cope?

    Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI aimed at improving the technical and operational efficiencies of all types of ships were adopted by the IMO in June 2021. These amendments will enter into force on 1 January 2023. The amendments introduce the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), a technical measure concerned with a ship’s design, and the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII), an operational measure concerned with a ship’s trading and operation.

  • Shipping Offshore, Sustainability


    The EU Taxonomy in the maritime transport industry

    In the maritime sector, several measures are needed in order to reduce emissions to the extent necessary, and the EU Commission approach this challenge by presenting a basket of measures, one of them being the EU Taxonomy. By setting harmonised criteria for determining whether an economic activity qualifies as environmentally sustainable, it is intended to incentivise the greening of the sector.

  • Shipping Offshore, Sustainability


    Key aspects of the new FuelEU Maritime proposal

    On 14 July 2021, the European Commission presented a package of proposals aimed at ensuring that the European Union achieves its goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. The proposals include, among other things, the new FuelEU Maritime initiative, specifically aimed at the shipping industry.