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Fielding a team of 'hands-on partners and juniors that work incredibly hard',¬†Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS¬†is 'a perfect partner for complex operations' and has th ability to 'learn quickly, work swiftly and¬†expediently, and remain solution oriented throughout'.¬†Mons Alfred Paulsen¬†leads the 'highly trustworthy' group, which has notable expertise in regulatory issues. Recent highlights include representing Isqueen in an appeal case against the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries relating to the allocation of green salmon farming licenses, advising Hav Line Gruppen (a joint venture between Sekkingstad and Haugland Gruppen) on its establishment, financing issues and a vessel construction, and assisting Salmones Camanchaca with its IPO and dual listing on the Oslo and Santiago Stock Exchanges. Other clients include Pelagia, S√łlvtrans and Biomar.¬†Lars Eirik G√•seide R√łs√•s,¬†Rune Ulriksen Steinsland¬†and managing associate¬†Kenneth Steffensen¬†are also names to note.

Wikborg Rein¬†'has all the expertise clients need when it comes to aquaculture' under the leadership of the 'highly skilled'¬†Grunde Bruland, who is 'the most experienced lawyer in the Norwegian aquaculture sector'. The department handles the full spectrum of aquaculture and fishery issues with particular experience in regulatory work, license applications and development issues.¬†Per Magne Strandborg¬†is the key name in the group for fisheries law,¬†Ketil E B√łe¬†focuses on corporate mandates and M&A expert¬†Jan Erik Clausen¬†handles matters in the seafood industry. Senior lawyers¬†Richard Bjerk¬†and¬†Tor Henning Rustan Knudsen, and senior associate¬†Erik Staurset Andresen¬†are also names to note. The practice recently represented Rem√ły Havfiske in a case relating to the detainment of a shrimp trawler in the Barents Sea for catching shrimp without a license and advised Grieg Seafood on its establishment of Tytlandsvik Akva, a joint venture with Bremnes Seashore and Vest Havbruk.

With 'excellent knowledge of the seafood industry, awareness of the industry's position and its importance in Norwegian society',¬†Arntzen de Besche¬†is 'extremely knowledgeable'.¬†Anders Dyrseth¬†is the key name. The group is noted for its expertise in public regulation issues, license and permit work, and development mandates; it recently assisted Nordlaks with its development and construction of multiple offshore aquaculture farms, advised the Norwegian Seafood Federation on issues surrounding the development of a tracking method for escaped farmed salmon and its establishment as a national system, and represented Kransvik in a matter regarding the withdrawal of its fishing licence.¬†Bj√łrn S√łrg√•rd¬†and¬†Ida Espolin Johnson¬†are now with¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS.

BAHR stands out for its transactional strength with recent mandates including assisting Ocean Aquafarms with its applications for eight development applications and advising Aker Solutions on its creation of a joint venture with Norway Royal Salmon to enter the offshore salmon aquaculture sector. The group also represented AquaScan in an appeal before Frostating Court of Appeal in a patent infringement claim relating to a device for fish counting and handled the IPO and Oslo Stock Exchange listing of Aqua Chile for Pareto Securities and DNB Markets as the managers and underwriters. Stig Engelhart heads the group and focuses on corporate and regulatory work.

Ole-Martin Lund Andreassen leads the department at SANDS, which advises on the full spectrum of issues across the fishing and aquaculture sectors handling regulatory, transactional, corporate advisory and contentious work for clients along the entire supply chain. Andreassen's expertise encompasses coastal zone planning, location clearing issues, aquaculture concessions and issues surrounding vessels. Other key practitioners include regulatory expert Halfdan Mellbye, Eirik Edvardsen, who focuses on transactional mandates, and Lars Alsaker, who has public and administrative law experience.

Advokatfirmaet Schj√łdt AS' cross-departmental practice includes group head¬†Tord Fondevik¬†and √Ölesund-based deputy head¬†Stian Tennfjord; Fondevik recently advised Aker BioMarine on its acquisition of Enzymotec's krill oil business and Tennfjord assisted Optimar with the structure of standard terms and conditions for the production and sale of factories to be used onboard fishing vessels. Cermaq Group, Steinsvik Gruppen, Bremenes, Alginor and Coldwater Prawns Production are also clients.¬†Tore Fj√łrtoft¬†is the key name for regulatory issues,¬†Dag Sigvart Kaada¬†handles M&A work, and¬†Anders Gull√•sen¬†focuses on finance issues.

With 'established experience in the aquaculture sector',¬†Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig¬†advises on transactions, disputes, regulatory issues and employment work in the fishing and aquaculture space. The firm leverages its national footprint through the expertise of practice co-heads¬†Arthur Duus¬†and¬†Kenneth Mikkelsen¬†based in Bergen and Troms√ł respectively; other key names include¬†Ole Rieck¬†in Bergen and¬†√ėrjan Nilsen¬†in Troms√ł. Recent highlights include advising Norges Sildesalgslag on issues surrounding its decision to temporarily stop fisheries for a particular species, and assisting Alsaker Fjordbruk with issues relating to the introduction of a new regulatory regime regulating growth in the aquaculture industry.

Nicolas Brun-Lie¬†leads the practice at¬†Wiersholm, which is noted for its transactional strength;¬†Jarle Kvam¬†advised Kverva Technology on its acquisition of 20% of the shares of Patogen Holding, a fish health company, and assisted Insula with its acquisitions of Nordic Group and B√•tsfjordbruket. Other clients include Marine Harvest, Salmar, Milarex, Summa Equity and Lumarine.¬†Tone √ėstensen,¬†Gunhild Dugstad¬†and senior associate¬†Svein-Helge Hanken¬†are also active in the space.

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