Asian Legal Business today announced the Norwegian law firm Wikborg Rein with offices in both Singapore and Shanghai as one of the 30 fastest growing law firms in Asia. (http://asia.legalbusinessonline.com/)
Managing Partner, Per M. Ristvedt, sees the announcement as a significant achievement in a sector dominated by English and US firms.
“It is great for Wikborg Rein, and Norway, to get this sort of recognition. We have put a lot of work into expanding our international presence over the last 5 years, and this is the first time a Norwegian firm has been internationally recognized like this,” Per M. Ristvedt says.
“It shows that Norwegian businesses, in any sector, can make an impact on the international stage. We believe that the export of professional services is an area of huge potential for Norway and we are proud to be leading the way”.
Partner Geir Sviggum, who is heading Wikborg Rein’s Shanghai office, believes that this announcement also highlights the wider international success of Norwegian business.
“Our growth in China and Singapore has been a direct reflection of both our local clients’ success and our Norwegian clients’ expansion overseas. China is an economic powerhouse and is becoming a global leader in many areas of interest to Norwegian business,” Geir Svigum says.
“We are grateful for the support our Norwegian clients have shown us—including us in their operations and expansion plans. I believe this sort of support provides Norwegian business with real competitive advantage. There is huge potential for business looking to work in China and the closer we work together the better the result.”
Stephen Fordham, Managing partner of the Singapore office, highlights the innovative approach Wikborg Rein has taken in its international provision of services as being a reason for this success.
“Wikborg Rein’s expansion is a real testament to the innovative nature of the firm. Our move overseas has been complemented with the addition of English law specialists focusing on finance and international dispute resolution out of Singapore, Singapore and Chinese qualified legal teams who provide local advice, and even specialist projects lawyers who work throughout Asia,” Stephen Fordham says.
“We are able to provide our clients with locally focused services unmatched by any other Norwegian firm—even the big international firms struggle to provide this range of advice. It’s a real advantage when people are working internationally and is a great Norwegian success story.”
For further information how Wikborg Rein can assist you in China, Singapore, Japan, wider South East Asia, London, and Norway please contact:
Per M. Ristvedt
Managing Partner, Wikborg Rein (Norway)
Tel: (+47) 22 82 76 53
Mobile: (+47) 950 21 119
Tel: (+86) 21 6339
Mobile: (+86) 13 9186 13473
Tel: (+65) 6438 4498
Mobile: (+65) 9112 8445
About Wikborg Rein
Established in 1923 and now has 215 lawyers with offices in Oslo, Bergen, London, Singapore, Shanghai and Kobe.
Has had a presence in Singapore since 2000, Shanghai since 2003, and has had an office in Kobe since 1965.
Wikborg Rein is one of Norway’s leading law firms. The firm’s long-standing presence overseas distinguishes Wikborg Rein as the Norwegian law firm with the most international experience and expertise.
Full-service offices in Asia providing international FDI, corporate, capital markets, finance, shipping, offshore oil and gas, maritime and commercial disputes, infrastructure and energy projects legal advice In Singapore and China.
Leading international law firm in the global offshore and gas industry with 60 specialist marine, offshore and energy lawyers available on a worldwide basis.
Norwegian, English, Singapore and Chinese lawyers working together in fully integrated teams.
Premier industry knowledge gained from the ground up through an in-depth legal and commercial involvement with FDI, shipping, offshore oil and gas, and deepwater projects.
Acts for many global leaders in shipping, international offshore services, and oil and gas companies.
Global casualty management and investigation Service.
Wikborg Rein’s offshore offices have a strong local and Scandinavian client base.
Emphasis on Nordic values of service, commerciality and exceeding our clients’ expectations.