Norway has a unique tradition and expertise in aquaculture and is one of the world’s largest suppliers of seafood. With offices in both Stavanger and Trondheim, our team is in close proximity to operational businesses and decision-makers. We assist with regulatory issues, also in complex construction projects. As a full-range supplier in the industry, we have the breadth of understanding required to provide sound strategic advice to our clients.

Advice from our lawyers

We assist clients with questions related to the awarding of and compliance with licenses, as well as government orders and sanctions in the aquaculture, food and supplier industries. We provide assistance with the following:

  • regulatory advice related to framework legislation and the licensing system
  • application processes
  • negotiations and contracts
  • transactions, consolidation and merging
  • dispute resolution and litigation

The aquaculture industry is characterised by a high level of innovation and technological development, ranging from small start-ups cultivating kelps, to established fish farming companies planning to build net cages on land or at sea. We assist clients in all parts of the value chain, from genetics companies and gene banks, concerning roe, smolt, post smolt and edible fish, to companies handling fish waste. We have considerable experience from all parts of the aquaculture industry. This allows us to quickly get a clear overview of the situations our clients find themselves in, resulting in an optimum level of collaboration.


In recent years, Arntzen de Besche has been a preferred advisor in several major transactions in the aquaculture industry. We work closely with specialists in dispute resolution and M&A, and have extensive and broad expertise in acquisitions/divestments, emissions, initial public offerings and next-generation transitions. We are also regularly called upon to help with business financing, restructuring and reorganisation.

What you can expect from us

We are a team with extensive and operational experience from all aspects of the aquaculture industry. This allows us to provide technical, legal and project-related advice that quickly takes you where you want to go.

You will be assigned one main contact person. We designate the lawyer or the team best suited to helping you. In summary: With us, you will always have the right expert on the right assignment at the right time.

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