We strengthen our shipping and offshore team

The Norwegian national financial newspaper, Finansavisen, devoted a 2-page spread today to an article about SANDS focus and achievement in further strengthening its Shipping and Offshore practice at a time when the industry in Norway is experiencing major financial and structural challenges, in particular the sectors affected by the dramatic fall in oil prices. We are proud to welcome three new partners, the latest in a series of successful lateral hires to the firm during the past two years. The newcomers are Oddbjørn Slinning, Marit Kirkhusmo and Robert Jensen.
  • Oddbjørn Slinning has been in Wikborg Rein since qualifying and became a partner in their Shipping and Offshore group in 2011. He was head of Wikborg Rein’s office in Kobe, Japan from 2005 to 2008 and has also worked for several years at their office in London.
  • Marit Kirkhusmo worked for many years in the shipping industry, as General Counsel in the international Camillo Eitzen Group and in the legal department of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. She was a partner in Ræder and previously worked in Wikborg Rein (in Oslo and London) and Thommessen.
  • Robert Jensen is a specialist in restructuring and insolvency and joined us from Selmer. He has been engaged in many of the largest and most complex insolvency cases in Norway. He is also an experienced litigator and has served as a deputy judge. He was previously a senior executive officer in the Ministry of Finance.

Other specialist partners in the team are Guy Leonard, an English solicitor with shipping and offshore experience from Ince & Co. in London and Wikborg Rein, Lars Berge Andersen, previously Head of Legal in Aker Solutions, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel in MHWirth and head of Wikborg Rein’s Shanghai office and Jon Skjørshammer, one of Norway’s most renowned restructuring and insolvency specialists, formerly a partner in Selmer.

The shipping and offshore sector is huge in Norway and is a complex, international and demanding sector for participating companies, lawyers and regulators. Therefore, as Lars Berge Andersen comments in the article, there are relatively few law firms in Norway that provide clients with specialist services and teams dedicated to these industries. Steenstrup Stordrange is one of these firms.

You can read the article here (in Norwegian).

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Ernst Ravnaas
Ernst Ravnaas
Managing Partner
T: +47 22 81 45 30
M: +47 915 80 918
Guy  Leonard
Guy Leonard
T: +47 22 81 45 41
M: +47 977 35 003
Jon Skjørshammer
Jon Skjørshammer
T: +47 22 81 45 43
M: +47 922 20 007
Lars Berge Andersen
Lars Berge Andersen
T: +47 22 81 45 31
M: +47 908 79 896
Marit  E. Kirkhusmo
Marit E. Kirkhusmo
T: +47 22 81 45 44
M: +47 995 23 534
Oddbjørn Slinning
Oddbjørn Slinning
T: +47 22 81 45 54
M: +47 481 21 650
Robert  Jensen
Robert Jensen
T: +47 22 81 46 48
M: +47 924 12 375