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Our history: 100 years in the service of clients

In 1923, Erling Wikborg, a renowned maritime lawyer, placed a sign on the door of his new office located in Rådhusgaten in Oslo. 24 years later, Alex Rein joined as a partner in the firm. While the focus used to be on these two individuals, today the emphasis is on the collective strength, diversity, and scope of the entire firm. In 2023, we gather under the shared slogan of "100 Years Young".

To continue to develop Wikborg Rein, improving on the solid foundations we have built together, is a duty we owe to each other and to our clients and collaborators. This means we have to look ahead. And as we go forward, we will use our history as a platform in order to become an even better firm during the next 100 years. Read more about the slogan for our anniversary, ""Wikborg Rein 100 years young", here.


  • The firm was established by Erling Wikborg
  • Initially, the firm specialised in maritime law and maritime insurance matters for major international shipping and insurance companies. This was the industry where Norwegian players competed on a global basis, and the Norwegian insurers were and are among the firm's major clients


  • Alex Rein becomes a partner


  • Wikborg Rein opens an office in the USA, as the first European law firm


  • Wikborg Rein establishes an office in Japan, becoming the first foreign law firm with an office there
  • The firm's focus is expanded to include shipbuilding and the purchase and sale of ship


  • Wikborg Rein opens an office in Rotterdam, the world's largest port


  • Wikborg Rein establishes an office in Bergen


  • Wikborg Rein opens an office in London, largely built on financing assignments and the purchase and sale of ships
  • The firm adds a stock market and securities market practice to it's offering to maximize the development of the Norwegian stock and derivative market. The firm also plays a significant role in securities trading, mergers and acquisitions, both for national and major international operators


  • Asia becomes an increasingly important market, and Wikborg Rein opens an office in Singapore


  • Two years after establishing an office in Singapore we also open an office in Shanghai


  • Wikborg Rein is named Asia’s fastest-growing law firm
  • Wikborg Rein establishes a presence in Brazil
  • Susanne Munch Thore becomes Managing Partner, and we are therefore the first among the largest law firms in Norway with a female Managing Partner
  • Wikborg Rein is named Asia’s best maritime law firm by Lloyd’s List, the world’s leading shipping newspaper


  • Our gas team wins the largest arbitration case in history on behalf of Naftogaz


  • For the ninth year in a row, Wikborg Rein has been named the industry's most attractive employer in Universum's student survey
  • Chambers and Partners names Wikborg Rein "Law Firm of the Year 2022" in Norway


  • Wikborg Rein turns 100 years old
  • We now have offices in Oslo, Bergen, London, Singapore and Shanghai, and we count more than 350 employees and 23 nationalities in total
  • Since our founding, we have grown significantly and now assist clients from all over the globe with enterprises in all corners of the world. Many of our employees have worked throughout our international offices, giving us an international cultural understanding and a team of employees who collectively speak all the major world languages

Read our articles about Wikborg Rein

Cover image of article "Making the most progress in the Prospera survey"

Making the most progress in the Prospera survey

Wikborg Rein receives strong feedback in Prospera's annual survey, where key purchasers of legal services rank the country's leading law firms.

Cover image of article "Ten years as the industry´s most attractive employer"

Ten years as the industry´s most attractive employer

For ten years in a row, law students have ranked Wikborg Rein as the preferred law firm to work for, making it the most attractive employer in the industry.

Cover image of article "Wikborg Rein on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl"

Wikborg Rein on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl

This week, during One Ocean Week, the main focus has been on sustainable use of the ocean and many people have travelled to Bergen to attend important conferences.

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