Arctic Law & Policy

As the Arctic becomes more accessible and attractive, some major international players will collaborate on best practices for sustainable development of and safe navigation through the busy shipping lanes north of the Arctic Circle. However, to secure peaceful usage of these routes, a precedent must be set that manages competing interests in the Arctic seas. IMG has launched an Arctic Law & Policy practice group to help its maritime and international business clients face and leverage shifting environmental, governmental, and business influences in the Arctic.

Essential Legal Support

IMG’s Arctic Law & Policy practice group harnesses several legal disciplines to address concerns singular to maritime and business operations in the Arctic. We have experience in environmental law and litigation, natural resources and energy, public international law, economic development, joint ventures and corporate work, Arctic port construction and infrastructure, and the Jones Act and general U.S. maritime law.

Tailored Results

When it comes to the development of the Arctic, our clients have unique legal questions that demand tailored results. The breadth of our experience in the water, energy, rail, and port infrastructure sectors, as well as the diversity of our client base in marine, offshore oil & gas, and transport industries, cruise ships, aviation entities, and construction and engineering firms ensure tailored legal support for the logistical aspects of your Arctic project.

Government Insight

Our legal team maintains active relationships with key policymakers at the federal and state levels, and thus, is strategically positioned to guide clients through the increasingly sophisticated web of laws and regulations affecting the Arctic. Governors, Senators, Legislators, Regulators, Members of Congress, and senior officials at the Departments of Energy, U.S. Maritime Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and Homeland Security may be called upon to provide information, which facilitates our analysis of the policy implications of your Arctic project.

Strategic Advice

When it comes to Arctic legal issues, our task is to help our clients with their decision-making needs. Our lawyers’ industry knowledge, combined with their multidisciplinary backgrounds and international experience, ensure that your Arctic project is in capable hands.

Knowledge and Experience

What We Do

IMG is one of the only law firms in the Pacific Northwest that focuses on the transactional side of charter party agreements and the litigation side of charter party agreements.

The nature of the fishing industry often requires that matters be dealt with on an urgent basis and our legal practitioners travel widely and at short notice. We also advise on fishing company start-ups and business entity formation.

Many disasters, both at sea and on land, unfortunately involve either death and/or personal injury. At IMG, we have the necessary experience in defending and prosecuting companies and insurers in maritime and offshore energy cases.

IMG has experience in dealing with the legal issues connected with shipping casualties and salvage operations. IMG is prepared to act for salvors during and in the aftermath of shipping casualties and ensuing operations.

We frequently advise on the drafting and review of contracts, together with associated documents such as performance and refund guarantees, as well as the financing and insurance of new builds.

IMG’s team is involved in all aspects of selling and purchasing vessels including the negotiations between the buyers and the sellers. We regularly advise a diverse range of international clients including owners and operators.

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