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Shipping and Offshore

The emergence of modern Norwegian society was heavily influenced by the shipping industry, and Norway is currently the world’s fourth largest shipping nation by value. Thommessen’s clients include a number of major Norwegian and international market players.

Our lawyers assist on all types of shipping-related instructions. We have a leading position on shipping transactions and marine insurance, and have extensive experience with dispute resolution in the shipping industry. Our expertise includes assisting shipping companies when accidents occur, and we offer emergency assistance via our partner Henrik Hagberg.

We find the best solutions for our clients by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. We advise shipping companies on shipping taxation in tandem with our top tax lawyers. We also have extensive experience with the structuring and restructuring of shipping companies and other ship financing and company law matters.

Thommessen has comprehensive maritime law expertise, and our lawyers have contributed to the drafting of Norwegian legislation and have influenced legal developments over the years. The Norwegian maritime industry is characterised by a unique capacity for innovation, and we are experienced in addressing new legal issues that arise in the wake of technological innovations that may not be anticipated by the regulatory framework. Our lawyers are updated on trends and developments, and offer clients flexible solutions suited for a continuously changing market.

The lawyers are top of the line and quick to understand the commercial drivers and the risks involved, which often contributes to extraordinary contractual positions. Client
Chambers Europe, 2023


  • 2023 Band 1 Shipping Chambers & Partners
  • 2023 Tier 1 Maritime Law Legal 500
  • 2023 Tier 1 Offshore Construction and Shipbuilding Legal 500
  • 2023 2nd place Shipping Prospera
  • 2023 2nd place Offshore Prospera
  • 2023 2nd place Shipping Kapital's Laywer Survey

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