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Per Vestergaard Pedersen

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Per Vestergaard Pedersen provides advice and assistance to enterprises and public authorities, in particular within the areas of natural resources (oil, gas and minerals), energy, climate, transport and infrastructure. He has many years' experience in advising on the exploration, exploitation and transport of oil, gas and minerals as well as offshore activities and international commercial contracts. He is also involved in generation and distribution of energy, renewable energy, environmental matters, climate matters, greenhouse gas emission allowances and emission reduction units (carbon credits) and infrastructure as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR). Per Vestergaard Pedersen is an expert in legal matters relating to transport, logistics, contracts, liability and compensation as well as insurance. Moreover, he provides advice and assistance on public law, constitutional law, the legal affairs of the Greenland Self-Government and the Faroe Islands Self-Government, general issues of commercial law, international law, the law of nations, maritime law and international agreements between states.


The International Bar Association (IBA). The Danish Energy Law Society. The International Law Association (ILA). The Danish branch of the Comité Maritime Internationale (CMI). The Danish Association of Insurance Law (the Danish section of the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA)).


Danish Bar qualification, 2003.



Within: Energy

With 'a good understanding of the client's needs', DLA Piper Denmark has 'strong legal competencies across local regulations and rules' and is led by renewable energy expert Jacob Sparre Christiansen. Recent highlights include Christiansen advising Vestforsyning on a project involving the placement of new wind turbines at Gedmose wind farm in Jutland, and oil and gas and mineral extraction specialist Per Vestergaard Pedersen assisting the Government of Greenland with licensing issues for the exploration and extraction of minerals.

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Within: Environment

The team at DLA Piper Denmark handles the full spectrum of environmental issues for clients including The Danish Petroleum Industry Association and AIG. Practice head Line Marie Pedersen is an expert in matters involving contamination and remediation issues as well as environmental due diligence and assessments. In a recent highlight, Per Vestergaard Pedersen advised the Greenland Government on the negotiation and drafting of licences for mining projects in the region. Kurt Bardeleben is recognised for his expertise in PPP projects and planning issues.

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Shipping and transport

Within: Shipping and transport

DLA Piper Denmark's shipping expertise encompasses financing matters, transactions, agreements and contentious work. Practice co-head Henrik Kleis is highly experienced in shipping disputes; he recently acted for the Port of Assens in a claim against UK insurers, which alleged that a UK tugboat caused damage to its quay. Thomas Bryde Hansen also leads the group and has broad expertise in shipping and transport, with a notable skillset in bankruptcy cases. Transport specialist Per Vestergaard Pedersen is also highly regarded.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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