Press Release January 24, 2012

Goodwin Represents High Liner Foods in Acquisition of Icelandic Group’s U.S. and Asian Operations

Goodwin Procter client High Liner Foods, a leading value-added frozen seafood company, recently acquired Icelandic Group’s U.S. and Asian operations for approximately $232.7 million. Following the acquisition, High Liner is now the leading value-added seafood supplier in North America. Based out of Reykjavik, Icelandic Group is a frozen seafood supplier with operations in America, Europe and Asia.  

The acquisition includes Icelandic USA’s processing plant in Newport News, VA, as well as subsidiaries that operate a processing plant in China and procure product from other Asian countries. In connection with the deal, High Liner is acquiring several brands and agreed to a seven-year royalty-free licensing agreement with Icelandic for the use of the Icelandic SeafoodTM brand in the United States, Canada and Mexico. High Liner also structured a distribution agreement with Icelandic Group ensuring that producers in Iceland will continue to have the same access to the U.S. market. 

The Goodwin deal team was led by partner Andrew Goodman.