Next Generation Partners

Fishing and aquaculture in Norway

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Hailed by clients for its ‘very extensive’ industry knowledge, the fisheries and aquaculture team at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS acts for an impressive roster of high-profile clients across the sector, including industry bodies, government ministries, and leading corporations. Bjørn Sørgård and Ida Espolin Johnson jointly oversee the practice; Sørgård advises commercial parties and trade associations on corporate and regulatory matters, while Johnson takes point on contentious matters. The team has recently seen an increase in instructions relating to the proposed new ground rent tax for the aquaculture industry as well as an uptick in transactional mandates. In 2023, the team also strengthened its west coast offering with the arrival of aquaculture expert Torbjørn Gjelsvik, who splits his time between Bergen and Oslo.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bjørn Sørgård; Ida Espolin Johnson

Autres avocats clés:

Torbjørn Gjelsvik

Les références

‘High status in the field and recognised in the industry.’

‘Very extensive industry knowledge of several of the lawyers.’

‘Competent. Available, deep industry knowledge.’

Principaux clients

Sjømat Norge

Nordlaks Oppdrett AS

Nova Sea AS

Wilsgård Fiskeoppdrett AS

Sporbarhet AS

Jarle Bergs Sønner AS


Gildeskål Forskningsstasjon

Sinkaberg-Hansen AS

Benchmark Genetics Norway AS

Gigante Salmon AS

Norcod AS

Skår og Østervold Invest AS

Blom Fiskeoppdrett AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting the Norwegian Seafood Federation in several cases, including advising on several principal regulatory matters.
  • Representing STIM, a leading supplier of veterinary and aquamedical services to the Norwegian fish farming industry, with high-stakes patent litigation within the aquacture industry.
  • Assisting several salmon farming companies with handling the consequences of the new resource rent tax introduced by the government.


With several offices along the Norwegian coast, SANDS’ full-service and specialised fishing and aquaculture team maintains a market-leading offering, advising leading industry players on the full range of regulatory, transactional and contentious work in the sector. Regulatory advice is a particular strength of the team, and practice head Halfdan Mellbye has a solid track record advising on regulatory frameworks relating to fisheries and fish farming, including environmental issues and sales regulations, from the Bergen office. Ole-Martin Lund Andreassen in Tromsø handles coastal zone planning and aquaculture concessions work for cod farming clients. Transactional mandates are handled by Eirik Edvardsen, while Frode Henning Antonsen is hailed by clients as ‘supremely the best’ in industry-related construction matters; both are based in Trondheim.

Responsables de la pratique:

Halfdan Mellbye

Autres avocats clés:

Frode Henning Antonsen; Bjørn-Ivar Bendiksen; Ole-Martin Lund Andreassen; Eirik Edvardsen

Les références

‘The team is made up of people with different skills who complement each other very well. They are forward-thinking and aggressive and are able to combine their legal skills with a great understanding of the purpose and processes in the aquaculture industry.’

‘Frode Henning Antonsen is a highly skilled lawyer. His strength is his expertise in the field combined with extensive experience with construction projects. He is very service-minded and stands up when we need his support. He is supremely the best in the market from our point of view.’

‘Halfdan Melbye stands out.’

Principaux clients


Osland Havbruk


Grøntvedt Pelagic

Langøylaks – Troland Fiskeoppdrett – Austevoll Melaks

Skjerneset Fisk – Mork Rensefisk



Akvaplan Niva

Driva Aquaculture

Lofoten Sjøprodukter

Kime Aqua

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as legal consultant for Sjømatbedriftenes’ activities regarding the Norwegian government’s introduction of ground rent tax on the aquaculture industry, to reduce the negative impact of this new tax regime.
  • Advised Oddvar Nes AS, one of the largest companies within white fish in Northern Norway, on its purchase of 100% of the shares in Vesterhav AS.
  • Assisted Lofoten Sjøprodukter with re-establishing a permit from the authorities to use a fish-farming location.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

With offices in Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø and Trondheim, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig is well-placed to serve seafood, aquaculture, and fisheries sector clients, both domestic and international, on all matters related to the industry. Led by seasoned practitioner Arthur Duus in Bergen, the group’s expertise spans regulatory, contentious and corporate advisory work; Duus works mostly on contracts, corporate, and regulatory matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Arthur Duus

Principaux clients

Alliance Seafoods Inc

Alsaker Group

Nergård Havfiske AS

Norges Sildesalgslag SA

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

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Alsaker LFC Holding AS (a subsidiary of Alsaker Fjordbruk AS) with the delivery and post-delivery process following the building of one of the world’s largest well- boats at Astilleros Murureta, a shipyard in Bilbao, Spain, with a value of approx. NOK500m.
  • Leading negotiations on behalf of Bjølve Bruk AS for a contract securing rights of access to freshwater, following successful litigation for damages against Statkraft ASA.
  • Assisted Alsaker Fjordbruk AS and its subsidiaries with the 2023/2024 round of applications for growth under the Norwegian regime for growth regulation in the aquaculture industry (also called ‘the traffic light system’).

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Fielding a ‘highly skilled‘, large and cross-disciplinary team with extensive industry experience, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS leverages its strength across several legal disciplines to provide a full-service offering that stands out for its ability to handle high-value and complex contentious and non-contentious mandates. Mons Alfred Paulsen oversees the group and has extensive experience advising clients on corporate and tax matters relating to the industry, with a recent area of focus being the new proposed ground rent tax. Trond Hatland takes point on contentious mandates, while Rune Ulriksen Steinsland is also recommended as the key contact for contracts, project developments, and financing mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mons Alfred Paulsen

Autres avocats clés:

Rune Ulriksen Steinsland; Trond Hatland

Les références

‘Our view is that Thommessen has a strong team with in-depth knowledge about our industry.’

‘The individuals we work with have very good knowledge about the industry.’

‘Mons Paulsen and Rune Steinsland are trusted and have a high degree of integrity. Competence of the industry sector.’

Principaux clients

Mowi ASA

Lerøy Vest AS

Marø Havbruk A/S

Steinvik Fiskefarm AS

Kobbevik og Furuholmen Oppdrett AS

Erko Seafood AS

Flokenes Fiskefarm AS

Sulefisk AS

Blom Fiskeoppdrett AS

Svanøy Havbruk AS

Austevoll Melaks AS

E. Karstensen Fiskeoppdrett AS

Firda Sjøfarmer AS

Troland Lakseoppdrett AS

Eide Fjorbruk AS

Landøy Fiskeoppdrett AS

Sjøtroll Havbruk AS

Engesund Fiskeoppdrett AS

Tombre Fiskeanlegg AS

Sandnes Fiskeoppdrett AS

Nordfjord Laks AS

Fjord Drift AS

Osland Havbruk AS


Pelagia Holding AS


MSD Animal Health


NCE Seafood/The Seafood Innovation Cluster

DNB Bank

Nordea Bank

Hav Line Gruppen

Austevoll Seafood/ Br. Birkeland

Måsøval Fiskeoppdrett



Firda Seafood Group

Lingalaks AS



Langevåg Slakteri


Bluewild AS

Proximar Seafood

Ice Fish farm

Salmones Camanchaca

Polarsmolt AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a majority of the shareholders of NTS ASA on the successful sale of 50.1% of the shares in NTS to SalMar ASA, and advised NTS on the related voluntary offer made by SalMar for all shares in NTS.
  • Assisted Troland Lakseoppdrett AS, Austevoll Melaks AS and Langøylaks AS in the appeal to the Norwegian High Court in a case against the Norwegian Authorities regarding the withdrawal of pollution permits because of the discovery of cauliflower corals beneath an aquaculture site.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs Asset Management when funds it managed acquired the majority ownership stake in Frøy ASA.

Wikborg Rein

Noted for its ‘superior industry knowledge’, Wikborg Rein remains a market-leading presence in the fisheries and aquaculture industry. Counting some of Norway’s largest seafood companies among its impressive roster of clients, the ‘very dedicated‘ team has particular strength in complex regulatory issues and is routinely instructed to advise on licensing issues, emerging regulations, and project development work; Martin Bryde is a key contact here. Under the leadership of regulatory expert Grunde Bruland, the team also works closely with the firm’s litigation and M&A departments to advise on seafood transactions and disputes. At associate level, the ‘highly competent and dedicatedHeidi Ann Vestvik-Bruknapp is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Grunde Bruland

Autres avocats clés:

Heidi Ann Vestvik-Bruknapp; Martin Bryde

Les références

‘The combination of solid expertise within the sector’s legislation, knowledge of the administration’s national and regional expertise, understanding of the industry and accessibility.’

‘Grunde Bruland – Impressive knowledge of the seafood industry and legislation.’

‘Martin Bryde – Unique understanding of the administration’s practice of the legislation and its significance for practitioners in the industry.’

Principaux clients

Grieg Seafood ASA

SalMar Aker Ocean AS

Liegruppen Fiskeri AS

Norway Royal Salmon AS (NRS)


Eide Fjordbruk and Tombre Fiskeanlegg

AS Bolaks

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Grieg Seafood ASA, Tombre Fiskeanlegg AS, Eidsfjord Sjøfarm AS, Lovundlaks AS, Emildsen Fisk AS and AS Bolaks on the restructuring of their business due to the new resource tax regime.
  • Successfully representing Eide Fjordbruk AS and Tombre Fiskeanlegg in an appeals court and Supreme Court lawsuit granting the clients a larger exception from the reduction in the traffic light system.
  • Assisting Salmar Aker Ocean AS with its efforts to establish offshore aquaculture at an industrial scale beyond the territorial waters of Norway.


Drawing on the firm’s strength in transactional work, BAHR’s practice stands out for its solid track record in advising on high-value mergers and transactions in the industry. Lisa Marie Opdahl leads the group and is the key contact for contractual and regulatory matters, including framework regulations and administrative law matters. Stig Engelhart acts for global and domestic salmon farming companies, handling M&A and corporate matters. Silje Remøy joined the team from an in-house position in August 2023, while Ingvild Halsnes attracts praise for her ‘highly relevant and valuable‘ industry expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lisa Marie Opdahl

Autres avocats clés:

Stig Engelhart; Ingvild Halsnes; Silje Remøy

Les références

‘Strong domain knowledge.’

‘Passion for aquaculture, high capacity, wide network. Good understanding of how the governmental processes work.’

‘Positive, constructive, to the point, professional and highly competent.’

Principaux clients

SalMar ASA

Frøy ASA


DNV Business Assurance Group AS

Cermaq Group AS / Cermaq Norway AS

Aker Capital AS

Ocean Aquafarms AS

PG Flow Solutions AS

SalmoClinic SpA / Salmoclinic Norway AS

Cargill Inc.


Bluefront Equity AS

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

Salmon Evolution ASA

DNB Bank ASA/ DNB Markets

Arctic Securities AS

Pareto Securities AS

Norsal AS

EnFlow AS

Coast Seafood AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised SalMar on a transaction involving five listed companies in Norway’s salmon farming sector. The transaction included SalMar’s acquisition of NTS shares, a merger with Norway Royal Salmon (NRS), and the prior sale of SalmoNor to NRS.
  • Advised DNV Business Assurance Group AS on its acquisition of Åkerblå Group AS, a leader in knowledge-based marine advice and verification.
  • Acting for Coast Seafood AS on various disputes against Blom Fiskeoppdrett AS, Blom Gruppen AS and Firda Seafood Group AS, including disagreements over a purchase agreement for fish as well as a potential breach of shareholders’ agreement.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Hailed by clients for its ‘extensive’ industry expertise and insight, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt recently expanded its west coast offering with the January 2023 arrival of Erik Staurset Andresen, based in the firm’s Ålesund office. Andresen, whose practice covers all regulatory aspects of both onshore and offshore aquaculture, now co-heads the practice alongside Oslo-based Tore Fjørtoft, who takes point on administrative and corporate matters. Also in the core team is the ‘strongSigrid Ratvik Østvik, who has in-house experience from the aquaculture industry.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tore Fjørtoft; Erik Staurset Andresen

Autres avocats clés:

Sigrid Ratvik Østvik

Les références

‘Professional team in a firm which is very responsive and agile.’

‘High level of knowledge and multidisciplinary team. Always available with high working capacity.’

‘Extensive insight and knowledge in and of the fishing and aquaculture business.’

Principaux clients

Cermaq Norway AS / Cermaq Norway Salmon AS

Hofseth Aqua AS

Aker BioMarine ASA

Salaks AS

Salfjord AS

Losna Seafood AS

Gratanglaks AS

Austevoll Melaks AS

Ode AS

Ava Ocean AS

Viewpoint Seafood AS

Engesund Fiskeoppdrett AS

Kleiva Fiskefarm AS

Bremnes Seashore AS

Blom Fiskeoppdrett AS

Solhaug AS

Andfjord Salmon ASA

Norcod AS

Eco Seafood AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided regulatory advice and advised on all other legal matters in connection with the restructuring of the Norwegian part of Cermaq Group.
  • Successfully assisted Losna Seafood AS in a lawsuit against the Norwegian government – the Directorate of Fisheries had withdrawn Losna Seafood AS’ license to produce land-based salmon.
  • Advised a consortium of mid-sized fish farmers in accordance to maximise their productivity within the regulatory framework, and to simplify the collaboration agreements between the parties.

Arntzen de Besche

Working closely with the firm’s M&A and litigation departments, Arntzen de Besche has particular strength in aquaculture and fishery sector acquisitions, investments, and share purchases. The group also handles large-scale offshore construction projects as well as contentious matters, an area of significant recent activity for the team. Ole Skeidsvoll Moe and Anders Dyrseth jointly head the practice from the firm’s Trondheim office.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ole Skeidsvoll Moe; Anders Dyrseth

Principaux clients


Salmar ASA

Frøy ASA

Nordlaks AS


Wilsgård Fiskeoppdrett AS

Midt-Norsk Havbruk AS

Norwegian Fishfarming Technologies AS

Nutreco B.V


Bluegrove AS

Aqualoop AS

Gaia Salmon Holding AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Gaia Salmon Holding AS on the process of developing a state-of-the-art land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility.
  • Advising Fishfarming Technologies AS (NOFITECH) as the trusted adviser on all projects for Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) facilities.
  • Advising newly-established investment company, Frøy Kapital AS, on several matters, including day-to-day corporate matters and its investments.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Under the leadership of the ‘extraordinary’  Rode S. Rønning-Hansen, Kvale Advokatfirma DA routinely handles the full spectrum of issues relating to the industry from its offices in Oslo, Tromsø and Ålesund. Henrik Grung is the key name for corporate and M&A matters, while Monica Gjerde Sperre handles aquaculture and fishery-related shipping and maritime matters. Senior associate Jørgen Blix Nicolaysen is also recommended for regulatory frameworks relating to wild-caught fish.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rode S. Rønning-Hansen

Autres avocats clés:

Monica Sperre; Henrik Grung; Jørgen Blix Nikolaysen

Les références

‘Highly skilled with knowledge of the industries in the area.’

‘Henrik Grung is a dedicated lawyer, with excellent understanding of the legal and business aspects of the industry. A skilled negotiator and a superb lawyer.’

‘Monica Sperre – very attentive to customer needs, takes her work and the client very serious, well prepared.’

Principaux clients

Andfjord Salmon

Nordlaks group

Nergård group

Insula group

Myre Fiskemottak


Polar Seafood Norway

Eco Seafood

Fiskernes Agnforsyning

Kråkøy Holding

Normar IV

MMC First Process

Coldwater Prawns of Norway






Nordic Wildfish

Ervik Sævik

Nils Sperre

Nye Giske Havfiske






Krikar (Grimsholm Holding)

Berg Partner Havbruk



West Atlantic

Lofoten Viking

Bergtun Fiskeriselskap

Smart Fishing

Nor Seafoods


Andenes fiskeriselskap

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising listed company Andfjord Salmon on the development of its land-based salmon aquaculture plant, for which the company has successfully secured circa NOK1.3bn in financing.


Svein-Helge Hanken leads the aquaculture and fisheries practice at Wiersholm, which maintains a strong track record in advising on high-value transactions in the industry. The interdisciplinary team also has notable experience handling operational issues, as well as framework conditions and tax matters. Also in the core group is Harald Hellebust, who clients single out for his ‘invaluable’ expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Svein-Helge Hanken

Autres avocats clés:

Harald Hellebust

Les références

‘Deep knowledge of the aquaculture-sector, which is a complex industry, particularly Svein-Helge Hanken.’

‘They have an overall competence that is impressive.’

‘We have worked together with Harald Hellebust for many years. For us, with his competence and demeanour, he has been absolutely invaluable to us. Without his advice, we would not have come close to achieving the goals we have set ourselves.’

Principaux clients

Mowi ASA

Norway Royal Salmon ASA

Kverva AS

Scale Aquaculture AS

Insula AS

Salmar ASA

Milarex AS

Benchmark Holdings plc

Summa Equity AB


Samherji hf

Kistefos AS

Lumarine AS

Rimfrost AS

Alltech Norway AS

Artic Fish ehf

Norcod AS

Gigante Salmon AS

Statt Torsk AS

Proximar Seafood AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the minority shareholders of Sinkaberg-Hansen on the sale of their joint stake of 44.4% of the shares in Sinkaberg-Hansen AS to BEWI Invest AS for an consideration of NOK2.2bn.
  • Advised Benchmark Holdings plc on its listing of its shares on Euronext Growth, Oslo.
  • Advised Scale Aquaculture AS on its acquisition of Skala Maskon AS.