An international law firm has strengthened its presence in the shipping and offshore sectors with the appointment of two new partners in London and Oslo.

Baptiste Weijburg

Baptiste Weijburg has become a partner in the firm’s energy, natural resources, shipping and offshore (ENSO) team. Image: Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein has appointed Baptiste Weijburg as partner in the firm’s Energy, Natural Resources, Shipping and Offshore (ENSO) team. Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen has become a partner in the firm’s ENSO team in Oslo, where he is already leading the office’s project team.

Chris Grieveson, manager partner of Wikborg Rein’s London office, said: “Shipping and offshore has been Wikborg Rein’s biggest growth area in recent years, and we are very pleased to appoint Baptiste and Andreas as partners. We continue to expand our international offices, and also believe we are well- positioned for the expected recovery in the oil services sector.”

Mr Weijburg joined Wikborg Rein’s London office in 2018 from Holman Fenwick Willan. He specialises in shipping, energy, marine insurance and commodity work. He has extensive experience in P&I and defence work, specialising in charterparty, bill of lading and COA matters, MOA sale and purchase disputes, and arrests and attachments to secure or enforce claims. Mr Weijburg also regularly assists in the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts for shipowners, charterers and operators in the maritime industry.

Mr Fjærvoll-Larsen regularly assists Norwegian and international clients with transactions, projects and investments related to ship construction/conversion, financing, sale/purchase/chartering, management and operation of ships, rigs, FPSOs, wind installation vessels and other units.

He has an international practice in the intersection between industry and finance and co-operates closely with the firm’s teams working with M&A, finance, capital markets, restructuring and general contract law.

By Rebecca Jeffrey