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One of the leading practices for all aspects of maritime work’, Bech-Bruun regularly handles wet and dry shipping issues and is highly experienced in offshore matters and bunker disputes, as evidenced by the involvement in the O.W. Bunker collapse. ‘ThoughtfulJohannes Grove Nielsen represents Snaptun Fisk Export in an arrest matter related to the collision of the vessel Karmel with a trout farm. ‘Excellent litigatorJes Anker Mikkelsen leads the group that counts A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Kuehne & Nagel and J. Poulsen Shipping among its clients.

Excellent’ and ‘efficientGorrissen Federspiel advises a stellar client roster, including A.P. Møller-Mærsk and Nordic Tankers, on commercial and contentious matters. Recent highlights included the team assisting DSB with the replacement of its current rolling stock and handling contractual matters, as well as the refinancing of the two construction projects regarding the Gedser-Rostock route on behalf of Scandlines. ‘KnowledgeablePeter Appel and ‘highly valuedJens Mathiasen lead the department together with Morten L. Hans Jakobsen, who is the key contact for the firm’s aviation practice.

Highly specialised shipping boutique Hafnia Law Firm handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues, and has an excellent reputation for insurance and reinsurance matters. Lars Rosenberg Overby represents Splitt Chartering in a dispute arising from the collision of Stema Barge II with Saga Sky and the damage of subsea cables. Mathias Steinø continues to defend the former management of O.W. Bunker against liability claims brought by investors after the collapse in 2014. ‘Highly skilled’ Niels Jørn Friborg regularly acts for shipowners and insurers. Thomas Bindseil-Hansen has joined Delacour.

Kromann Reumert is among ‘the top firms’ for shipping and transport law. Thomas Kaas represented Royal Arctic Line in a dispute with a shipyard over the construction of five container vessels, while Jakob Rosing assisted several Danish cargo underwriters with various coverage issues arising from the Hanjin collapse. Well-regarded practice head Henrik Thal Jantzen is highly experienced in marine insurance, cargo recovery and casualty work. Notable clients include Codan Insurance, CNA Hardy and Topdanmark Forsikring.

Led by the reputable Henrik Kleis, Delacour stands out for its experience in the shipping, offshore and aviation sector. A recent key instruction involved the team acting on behalf of the port of Assens in a damage claim against the insurer Navigators Management following the collision of a vessel with a quay. The group has welcomed Thomas Bindseil-Hansen from Hafnia Law Firm, increasing the number of partners to three. Henrik Kleis and Thomas Bindseil-Hansen are now with DLA Piper Denmark following the merger of the two firms in August 2018.

IUNO has longstanding experience in the shipping and logistics industry and is increasingly active in the aviation field. The team represents a number of international airlines in several passenger claims before the Danish courts. Representative clients include British Airways, TNT Express and Agility. Aage Krogh heads the department that includes shipping specialist Pia Mark.

Solution-orientedNjord Law Firm provides ‘to-the-point advice’ for domestic and international transport, shipping, and insurance companies, including Scandlines, Anders Nielsen & Co, and DSV Air & Sea. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Ulla Fabricius and litigator Thomas Ryhl represent Codan Forsikring in a cargo and ship damages case brought by Tryg Forsikring, as well as the ship and cargo owner. Thomas Donatzky has joined from Accura Advokatpartnerselskab.

Noted for its ‘profound market knowledge’, WSCO Advokatpartnerselskab fields a four-partner team specialising in wet and dry shipping matters. Recent mandates include representing Tryg Forsikring in damage claims related to the loss of containers. Another highlight was assisting an international shipowner with the set-up of a Danish business. The firm’s client base includes DLG, Freja Transport and Topdanmark. A key contact is ‘highly experiencedJesper Windahl.

Very competent’ and ‘well-qualifiedLissi Andersen Roost heads the team at Andersen Partners that focuses on freight forwarding law and is experienced in the regulation of multimodal transports. The firm is regularly instructed by insurers, underwriters, and forwarding agents, as well as shipping and transport companies.

DLA Piper Denmarkprovides a high level of service’ for a broad client portfolio, including DSB, Skanlog and Logistica. The group, led by Per Vestergaard Pedersen, advises shipping and transport companies, forwarding agents, logistic providers, as well as liability and cargo insurers on contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm welcomed Henrik Kleis and Thomas Bindseil-Hansen to the team following its merger with now defunct firm Delacour in August 2018.

Focus Advokater (LLP) has a solid experience in maritime transactions. The team often assists international investors and shipowners with the financing, purchase and sale of vessels in Denmark. Names to note are Rune Aagaard and Peter Ringsted, who jointly lead the department.

Plesner specialises in ship finance, as well as the purchase, sale and registration of ships. The firm’s client base comprises investors, lenders, ship owners and charterers, including Hafnia Tankers Group, DSV Group and Danmarks Skibskredit. Peter Fogh heads the team that also includes Jørgen Permin and Thomas Maaberg Hansen.

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