Fisheries and Aquaculture

Wikborg Rein has extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture law, and all related business areas in this industry. We provide advice to clients on the fisheries and fish farming regulations, negotiation of agreements for day-to-day operations, and also mergers and acquisitions and other transactions within the industry.

Activities related to fisheries and fish farming are licensed and subject to substantial public regulation. Political changes and advancements in technology have led to an extensive set of rules, which are constantly changing; this makes it crucial to keep abreast of the latest developments. Violation fees, forfeitures and penalties are frequently used as a means to enforce regulations. The Norwegian principle of legality, general and specific administrative laws (including the requirement for correct procedure) are central to our efforts to meet our clients’ needs.

There has been a notable trend for structuring and centralization within the fishing and aquaculture industry. Although most transactions require advice from lawyers with expertise that is specific to the fisheries and aquaculture industry, there is often a need for expertise from other areas, such as equity transactions. Wikborg Rein’s corporate group is also dedicated to the fisheries and aquaculture industry.

The practice of contract law is very diverse and international. We have well-established international presence and offer clients multi-jurisdictional expertise through our network of overseas offices in London, Singapore, Kobe and Shanghai. A number of our lawyers are qualified to practice English, Singaporean and Chinese law, and we also have a Russian law team and German law team.

Wikborg Rein is deeply involved in the fisheries and aquaculture industry, with a dedicated expert group headed by partner Grunde Bruland. Our clients can benefit from our in-depth industry knowledge and expertise to ensure that they receive timely and first-class advice.