Karl Even Rygh works with shipping and offshore transactions, in particular newbuilding and conversion projects, sale & purchase of vessels and sale & lease back transactions. Mr. Rygh's advisory services focus on all participants in the shipping and offshore industry.

Mr. Rygh also assists in all kinds of contracts within shipping, including charterparties, CoAs, management agreements, joint ventures and pool agreements.


  • Mr Rygh assisted the new setup ADS Crude AS with acquisition and financing of three large tankers (VLCCs). The shares of ADS was listed on the Merkur Market as part of the transaction.
  • Viking Supply Ships (VSS) sold three icebreaker vessels to the Canadian coast guard. Mr Rygh assisted VSS towards the buyers, as part of the Wiersholm team.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Wiersholm, 2018
  • Managing Director, Nordisk Defence Club, 2014
  • Advokat, Nordisk Defence Club, 2007
  • Associate/Senior Associate, Thommessen, 2000


  • Master of Laws (LL.M) in Shipping law, King’s College London, 2004
  • Cand. jur., University of Oslo, 2000

Board Memberships

  • Member of legal committee Norwegian Shipowners' Association
  • Member of BIMCO DC and BARECON subcommittee