Fishing and aquaculture in Norway

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS has ‘a strong team in fisheries and aquaculture, especially in regulatory matters – they are well versed in handling matters regarding public authorities, and have very good knowledge of the industry.’ Contentious work is another key pillar of the practice, and the group is equally strong at handling IP matters, competition law issues, corporate-related instructions, tax and international trade work. Practice co-heads Bjørn Sørgård and Ida Espolin Johnson are the names to note.


‘Bjørn Sørgård and Ida Espolin Johnson are well known and highly regarded. They both stand out with their experience, knowledge and understanding of the industry.’

‘Bjørn Sørgård delivers on time, with a good perspective and input on the subjects.’

‘A strong team with great insight into our industry and its legal framework.’

‘Great insight into the fish farming industry and its legal framework. A good discussion partner for us. Quick response to our inquiries and with qualified legal advice.’

‘The team is professional, and has good knowledge.’

‘Good and interdisciplinary knowledge gives us as clients a complete solution.’

‘The lawyers are skilled and understand our industry and our needs in a very good way.’

Key clients

Sjømat Norge

Nordlaks Oppdrett AS

Nova Sea AS

Wilsgård Fiskeoppdrett AS

Sporbarhet AS

Jarle Bergs Sønner AS

Stim. AS

Salten Aqua Group

Gildeskål Forskningsstasjon AS

Norway Royal Salmon ASA

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Stim on disputes pertaining to the IP rights for a smoltification method for trout and salmon, via the use of a special feed.
  • Acting as longstanding external counsel to the Norwegian Seafood Federation.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to Nova Sea AS on all aspects of its offshore fish farm development project ‘Spidercage’.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Working across the full spectrum of the fishing and aquaculture industry, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig is well-versed in advising on a broad range of disputes, transactions and regulatory work. The ‘always well-preparedArthur Duus has established strength in handling aquaculture-related cases, particularly in relation to corporate, regulatory and contractual work in the space. Duus jointly heads up the practice with Kenneth Mikkelsen, who is highly regarded for his specialist expertise in fishing-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Duus; Kenneth Mikkelsen


‘Good knowledge about this industry. Serious and reliable.’

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig has many lawyers with different special knowledge and experience. Together they can thereby give the best help.’

‘Arthur Duus is reliable, has good knowledge and is a calm person.’

‘I have in this field worked mainly with Arthur Duus. He has shown strong insight and ability to establish a very good overview of each case/issue and great focus on details, as well as drawing on the firm’s capability in ancillary fields.’

Key clients

Alliance Seafoods Inc

Alsaker Fjordbruk AS

Alsaker LFC Drift AS

Alsaker LFC Holding AS

Alsaker LFC Spain S.L.U

Andreassen Rederi ANS

Arctic Pioneer AS

Berg Fiskeriselskap AS

Bjølve Bruk AS

Eidsvaag AS


Fjon Bruk AS

Fosen Yard AS

Grimsholm Fiskedrift AS

Hermann Export AS

Hermes AS

Karls Fisk og Skalldyr AS

Kvitungen AS

Lenangen Fiskeriselskap AS

Lerøy Norway Seafoods AS

Midsund Fiskebåtrederi AS

Nergård Havfiske AS

Norges Sildesalgslag SA

Optimar AS

Royal Greenland AS

Salar Bruk AS

Viking Fjord AS

Westcon Yards AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for Midsund Fiskebåtrederi in a claim against Norway concerning a dispute over a fishing quota.
  • Assisting Alsaker Fjordbruk and its subsidiaries with the 2021 applications for growth under the government’s aquaculture growth regulatory framework, known as the ‘traffic light system’.
  • Assisting Alsaker LFC Holding AS with negotiations and the building of a NOK500m well-boat.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS‘ fisheries and aquaculture practice is distinguished in the market for its ‘unique understanding of the industry‘. High-value M&A deals and regulatory issues have been prominent in the team’s recent workload, alongside complex litigation, patent matters and capital markets-related work. The client base includes banks, fish farmers and producers, and seafood companies. Practice head Mons Alfred Paulsenhas a very broad and deep understanding of the legal framework‘. The ‘very client-oriented and hands-onRune Ulriksen Steinsland regularly advises on capital markets transactions, contractual issues and M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Mons Alfred Paulsen

Other key lawyers:

Rune Ulriksen Steinsland


One of the strongest in the market.’

Thommessen deploys an incredible knowledge of the aquaculture sector.’

Mons Alfred Paulsen is one of the most experienced and respected lawyers in Norway within the fisheries and aquaculture area, with deep industry knowledge.’

Mons Alfred Paulsen has the experience and expertise necessary in an industry subject to strict and complex regulation. He has high integrity and a solution-oriented focus. Always available at short notice, supportive, efficient, and clear in his advice.’

Rune Ulriksen Steinsland is an outstanding lawyer, with his in-depth knowledge of the sector. He is always looking for a solution for making a deal to work for all parties in a sensible manner, and is a “go-to” lawyer in aquaculture in Norway.’

Key clients



MSD Animal Health


NCE Seafood/The Seafood Innovation Cluster

DNB Bank

Nordea Bank

Hav Line Gruppen

Austevoll Seafood/ Br. Birkeland

Måsøval Eiendom AS

Måsøval AS



Firda Seafood Group



Production Area 4


Proximar Seafood

Ice Fish Farms

Work highlights

  • Advised Måsøval on its acquisition of Pure Farming, the aquaculture business of Pure Norwegian Seafood (PNS); the client also purchased a 65% stake in PNS.
  • Representing 25 fish farmers in the Western region of Norway in an ongoing class action brought against the Norwegian government in relation to the fishing regulatory procedure dubbed the ‘traffic light system’.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein‘s team ‘has an impressive breadth of experience, and in-depth knowledge of the aquaculture industry in Norway - they are always quick to provide clear, complete and pragmatic advice‘. Complex regulatory work forms the backbone of the practice, although the group frequently works in tandem with the litigation and M&A departments. Practice head Grunde Bruland stands out for his ‘exceptional knowledge of the aquaculture industry‘, and Martin Bryde has established expertise in advising on legislative processes within the sector. Associate Heidi Ann Vestvik-Bruknapp is a name to note. All named individuals are based in the firm’s Bergen office.

Practice head(s):

Grunde Bruland

Other key lawyers:

Martin Bryde; Heidi Ann Vestvik-Bruknapp


The team provides clear, reasoned advice.’

Grunde Bruland and Martin Bryde have unique, all-round knowledge of aquaculture legislation.’

Grunde Bruland’s advice is always practical, relevant, and delivered in an easy to digest manner, and it is very useful to be able to tap into his experience of working within this industry and with regulators. He consistently makes himself available at short notice to respond to our queries and need for specialist support.’

Key clients

Mowi ASA

Lerøy Seafood Group ASA

Lerøy Havfisk AS


Midt-Norsk Havbruk AS

DnB Markets

Cermaq Group ASA

Grieg Seafood ASA

Norway Royal Salmon ASA

Liegruppen AS

Nordic Wildfish AS

Eide Fjordbruk AS

Benchmark Animal Health Limited/ Benchmark Genetics Norway AS


Blue Planet / Stiim Aqua Cluster

Sjømat Norge

Erko Seafood AS

Tombre Fiskeanlegg AS

Nesfossen Smolt AS

Bremnes Seashore AS

Work highlights

  • Advising Blue Planet / Stiim Aquacluster on offshore fish farming and closed cage farming.
  • Advising the Norwegian Seafood Federation on issues concerning implementing the Animal Health Law directive under the EEA Agreement.


The fishing and aquaculture team at BAHR is led by newly promoted partner Lisa Marie Opdahl, who is noted for her expertise in M&A, contractual and financing matters within the sector. Transactional and construction mandates are key areas of instruction for the group; it has also seen increased volume of offshore construction matters. Stig Engelhart is a key name in the team for regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Marie Opdahl

Other key lawyers:

Stig Engelhart


‘They are very responsive.’

A very good, competent and hands on team.’

Key clients

Cermaq Group AS / Cermaq Norway AS

Aker ASA / Aker Solutions ASA

Ocean Aquafarms AS

Aker BioMarine AS / Aker Biomarine Antarctic AS

Domstein AS

PG Flow Solutions AS


SalmoClinic SpA / Salmoclinic Norway AS

Kværner ASA

Cargill Inc.

Broodstock Capital

Bluefront Equity AS

Solvay S.A

Cflow Fish Handling AS / Cflow Fish Handling S.p.A

Salmon Evolution ASA / Salmon Evolution AS

DNB Bank ASA/ DNB Markets

Arctic Securities AS

Midt-Norsk Havbruk AS


Pareto Securities AS

Norsal AS

Arion Banki hf.

EnFlow AS

ABG Sundal Collier

Work highlights

  • Advised land-based salmon farming company Salmon Evolution ASA on its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Cermaq on entering into a long-term charterparty with Norsk Fisketransport AS for the charter of a well-boat.
  • Represented Ewos AS, a manufacturer of feed for the fish farming industry, in preliminary injunction proceedings and appeals concerning alleged patent infringement.


Regulatory expert Halfdan Mellbye heads up the practice at SANDS, where he is particularly active in advising fish farming and fishery clients on administrative regulatory matters. Ole-Martin Lund Andreassen is a highly regarded practitioner in the space, with an established track record in handling aquaculture concessions, coastal zone planning matters and the transfer of fishing concessions. Lars Alsaker is a key name in the practice for administrative and public law matters.

Practice head(s):

Halfdan Mellbye

Other key lawyers:

Ole-Martin Lund Andreassen; Lars Alsaker

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche leverages the strength of the firm’s capital markets, transactional and dispute resolution practices to assist with a broad range of fishing and aquaculture matters. The team’s recent workload includes capital markets transactions, large-scale construction projects and M&A matters. Real estate expert Anders Dyrseth heads up the department, and brings experience in corporate matters and contentious issues to the group. Jon Martin Atkinson is a key contact for M&A mandates, and has particular experience advising producer and supplier-side clients in the aquaculture industry. Ole Skeidsvoll Moe has expertise in litigation, construction and licensing matters. All named individuals are based in Trondheim.

Practice head(s):

Anders Dyrseth

Other key lawyers:

Jon Martin Atkinson; Ole Skeidsvoll Moe

Key clients

Norway Royal Salmon ASA



Frøy ASA

Nordlaks AS


Wilsgård Fiskeoppdrett AS

Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industries and Fisheries

Midt-Norsk Havbruk AS

Norwegian Fishfarming Technologies AS

Nutreco B.V


Bluegrove AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted FRØY ASA in connection with its NOK5.2bn IPO and listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to Norway Royal Salmon regarding the process of building a new hatchery.
  • Advising Norwegian Fishfarming Technologies AS on multiple projects for the development of RAS (recirculating aquaculture system) facilities.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Tord Fondevik and Tore Fjørtoft head up the ‘very efficient‘ team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt. The practice is well known for its established strength in handling a wide range of fishing and aquaculture matters with a significant overlap in the capital markets, M&A, disputes, financial and regulatory arenas. Fondevik has an excellent reputation for his expertise in advising on large M&A transactions in the fishing sector, while Fjørtoft is well known for his strength in regulatory work. Ålesund office head Stian Tennfjord assists financial sector clients with contractual and corporate law issues.

Practice head(s):

Tord Fondevik; Tore Fjørtoft

Other key lawyers:

Stian Tennfjord


‘Stian Tennfjord’s contractual knowledge, skills as a broker/diplomat, as well as his ability to be a good judge of character, is remarkable. Stian quickly gets an accurate overview of the case, and does this without missing out on details. His contractual confidence make us as clients less uncertain when faced with a challenge.’

‘Human relations, confidence, and contractual skills are key capabilities that makes this practice unique.’

Key clients


Aker BioMarine ASA

Ocean Harvest AS

Hofseth Europe and Hofseth International

Andfjord Salmon

Nova Sea

Bremnes Seashore

Vista Seafood Ltd.

Offshore Salmon AS

Norcod AS

Stingray Marine Solutions AS

Mørenot Group

Olav E. Fiskerstrand AS

Intership AS

Vard Group AS

Optimar AS

Brunvoll AS

Leppefisk AS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Aker BioMarine with its NOK2.25bn listing on Oslo Børs, which included advising the client on establishing an ownership structure in compliance with Norwegian fishing law.
  • Representing Hofseth Europe and Hofseth International in a dispute with Lithuanian company ICECO arising from a project concerning the production and sale of salmon to the German market.
  • Assisted Cermaq with the tender process and contractual matters for acquiring fish feed for its production facilities worldwide.


At Wiersholm, the practice is led by Tone Østensen, who is highly regarded for her expertise in the capital markets space. The client roster features a substantial number of seafood companies, private investment entities, private equity houses and fishing companies. Sverre Sandvik is well versed in advising seafood corporations on stock exchange listings, among other capital markets transactions. Managing associate Svein-Helge Hanken stands out for his ‘good understanding‘ of the aquaculture industry.

Practice head(s):

Tone Østensen

Other key lawyers:

Sverre Sandvik; Svein-Helge Hanken


‘They have great capacity and strong competence within all legal aspects.’

‘Partner Svein-Helge Hanken stands out for his strong availability and good understanding of our needs. Makes sure Wiersholm delivers quickly and within expectations.’

Key clients

Mowi ASA

Norway Royal Salmon ASA

Kverva AS

Scale Aquaculture AS

Insula AS

Salmar ASA

Milarex AS

Dess Aquaculture Shipping AS

Benchmark Holdings

Summa Equity AB


Kistefos AS

Lumarine AS

Rimfrost AS

Alltech Norway AS

Artic Fish

Norcod AS

Gigante Salmon AS

Statt Torsk AS

Proximar Seafood AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Hemen and MOWI on the divestment of a 50% stake apiece in DESS Aquaculture Shipping.
  • Represented Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) in its acquisition by aquaculture group NTS ASA, which acquired a 70% stake in the business.
  • Advised Icelandic salmon farming company Arctic Fish on all aspects of its listing on Euronext Growth.