Norwegian firm ends 5-year alliance in Singapore

April 22, 2014 Norwegian firm Wikborg Reinfive has ended its five-year alliance with Singaporean firm Pan Asia Law.

Wikborg Rein opened its doors in Singapore in 2000, and formed an alliance with local firm Pan Asia Law in 2008 in order to be able to offer clients combined Singaporean, English and Norwegian legal advice.

Neither firm has commented publicly on the split, but reports say that they had divergent views and interests.

Wikborg Rein will now refocus its Singapore office, which is run by four partners and eight other lawyers, on providing international legal services in core areas such as energy, shipping, asset finance, and offshore oil and gas exploration and production.

The firm’s international managing partner Geir Sviggum said: “We went through some challenges in Singapore in the past a couple of years mainly due to the change of personnel and we were sad that last year our alliance with Pan Asia had to break up. But we’ve been building up the practice again and the billable hours at the Singapore office in the first three months of the year doubled that of the same period last year. We’ve turned the corner in Singapore.”

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