Shipping and transport in Denmark

Bech-Bruun

Bech-Bruun has an enviable track record in high-profile shipping and transport cases including collisions, charter party disputes, cargo claims and major insurance matters. The team is headed up by Jes Anker Mikkelsen, who is an experienced maritime litigator and arbitrator who is also skilled at handling issues which arise under international trade, offshore, construction and insurance law. Louise Lundsby Wessel regularly drafts and negotiates carriage and logistics contracts, while Johannes Grove Nielsen is noted for his expertise in liability issues, general commercial disputes and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Jes Anker Mikkelsen

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Grove Nielsen; Louise Lundsby Wessel

Testimonials

‘Good industry knowledge and understanding of relevant commercial aspects, in combination with a good grasp on the law.’

‘Jes Anker Mikkelsen, a very qualified litigator with a good grasp on both the industrial aspects and the law.’

‘Johannes Grove Nilsen, very good commercial understanding combined with a key knowledge of the legal elements.’

Key clients

J. Poulsen Shipping A/S

Standard Club

MAN Energy Solutions

Norwegian Energy Company ASA

Remontowa Shiprepair Yard

SKULD

Kuehne & Nagel A/S

A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S

Monjasa

CODAN

Work highlights

  • Representing more than 100 different clients in relation to the OW Bunker Group collapse, including advice on liability and credit insurance issues.
  • Representing a large number of creditors against the estates of Thor Shipping and Sofia Shipping, part of the Thorco Group, and subsequently took over the trusteeship of these bankrupt companies.
  • Represented Copenship in a maritime insolvency case.

Gorrissen Federspiel

Jointly led by the ‘extremely hardworking and super smartJens V. Mathiasen and the ‘intelligent, fast-thinking and result-orientedPeter Appel, the team at Gorrissen Federspiel handles a mix of transactional, contentious and regulatory work. Within the shipping space, it is noted for its expertise in newbuild contracts, loan agreements, transactions and charter party disputes, often supported by other departments in the firm. Further areas of strength include aviation financing work, leasings, operational issues, disputes and regulatory advice, maritime debt refinancing mandates, insurance and reinsurance matters, and maritime insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Peter Appel; Jens V. Mathiasen

Testimonials

‘Jens V. Mathiasen is extremely hardworking, super smart, and has a deep knowledge of the industry. Always available and also good at giving his team the necessary space.’

‘Peter Appel is intelligent, fast-thinking, and result-oriented. He knows our company and our challenges.’

‘The GF S&T team covers all areas of the industry allowing the client a one-stop-shop of high-quality advisors. Peter Appel pays great attention, always ensuring new angles are covered optimally. ’

‘An ability to understand the clients commercial and operational structures and needs ensures that the working relationship has the best foundation for creating mutual value.’

Key clients

Maersk Line

Maersk Tankers

The Scandlines Group

Navigare Capital Partners

Royal Arctic Line

MOL Nordic Tankers

Torm

DFDS A/S

Bunker Holding

SDK Shipping

Dee4 Capital Partners

Esvagt

Celsius Shipping

J. Lauritzen

DSB

Nordic Aviation Capital

Great Dane Airlines

Atlantic Airways

Air Greenland

Work highlights

  • Assisted Maersk Tankers with 11 ship deals with BP and ICBC leasing.
  • Assisted Royal Arctic Line with a three-ship joint venture regarding a liner service to Greenland.
  • Assisted TORM with its $496m refinancing.

Hafnia Law Firm

'Among the best in Denmark for pure shipping matters', boutique firm Hafnia Law Firm regularly advises shipowners, shipyards, marine insurers and financial institutions on dry and wet shipping issues. Niels Jørn Friborg leads the team, which has particular expertise in sale and purchase mandates, ship financings, insurance and liability claims arising from collisions, general maritime litigation, and shipbuilding, conversion and repair contracts. Mathias Steinø is also adept at handling financing and recovery issues for banks and borrowers, while Henrik Thal Jantzen specialises in cargo recovery claims, freight forwarding matters, logistics issues and marine casualties.

Practice head(s):

Niels Jørn Friborg

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Thal Jantzen; Mathias Steinø; Anders Amstrup Fournais; Andreas Oxholm

Testimonials

‘Hafnia has a strong team in pure shipping matters where they are among the best in Denmark.’ 

‘The entire Hafnia team is specialised in the maritime law and they can support each other with knowledge and experience. When reaching out to the Hafnia Law Firm, I know that the highest quality service will be received regardless of the individual involved.’

‘All the individuals are very professional and deliver the highest quality of service.’

‘The team is great to work with, they have always been on top of all the case requirements and developments. They have been extremely proactive in anticipating and preparing in advance in an effort to be one step ahead of the developments.’

‘The knowledge and experience in this law firm are second to none in Denmark.’

‘I experience a never-ending enthusiasm, whatever case I am working on with them, big or small. I have been working closely with Anders Fournais and Andreas Oxholm during 2020 and have seen very good results from their service.’

Key clients

Allseas

Blue Water Shipping

Bunker Holding

CNA Hardy

Codan

DEME

DSV Panalpina

GAC

Heerema

If

Norden

SDK Shipping

Strandfaraskip

Kromann Reumert

Led by Jakob Rosing, who clients describe as a ‘first-rate maritime and insurance lawyer with bags of experience’, Kromann Reumert's team is instructed on a broad array of marine and transport matters. The group handles cargo and insurance claims, the sale and purchase of ships, logistics and newbuild contracts, tax leases, and ship financing matters; Rosing also has experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as arrest and enforcement issues. Thomas Kaas regularly acts for large shipping companies, shipping banks and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Jakob Rosing

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Kaas

Testimonials

‘ Kromann Reumert’s shipping and transport team is one of the best when it comes to Danish legal advice and/or litigation/arbitration. The team has unrivalled experience in these areas in the Danish market and has a strength in depth that enables them to handle small, medium and large cases.’ 

‘The shipping and transportation team is led by Jakob Rosing who is a first-rate maritime and insurance lawyer with bags of experience in these fields. He is also highly experienced in dealing with international clients and provides the concise commercial and speedy response that we and our clients require.’

‘Mr. Jakob Rosing is a very practical lawyer with very good communicating skills, which is especially important when it comes to working with individuals from other jurisdictions. True “fighter”, very motivated and continuous in his efforts to defend the interests of the client.’

‘Advice and recommendations given on the basis of a strong understanding of our business needs. Very knowledgeable within the field that we use the firm for (newbuilding and financing).’

‘Easy access to very senior partners and the availability of staff all the time. Also, action-driven behaviour from all key staff and partners. Good follow up on agreed actions. Dedication to get the job done.’

‘Everyone knows what the other is doing at any time and can help without a problem even if not directly involved in the precise question asked. This is really appreciated.’

‘One can also simply feel the team spirit from the outside. It is nice to see partners putting forward their associates and giving them well-deserved visibility.’

‘Thomas Kaas is always available, constructive, thoughtful, hardworking.’

Key clients

Codan Insurance

IF P&C Insurance

CNA Hardy

Topdanmark Forsikring

Royal Arctic Line

Falcon Maritime

Atlantic Shipping

XL Insurance

Royal Greenland

Fjord Line

Gjensidige Forsikring

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Arctic Line A/S on several shipbuilding contracts in different jurisdictions, including one arctic container vessel from a shipyard in Poland, four container vessels from shipyards in Spain, and one container vessel from a shipyard in China.
  • Acting for Swiss Re in Danish legal proceedings commenced by the owners of a container vessel following a collision between the vessels in international waters.
  • Acted for XL Insurance in a cargo recovery claim under a charter party with a Danish disponent owner for damage to three wind turbine blades during sea carriage.

DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark receives a steady flow of commercial, corporate, financial and insolvency instructions in the shipping, transport and logistics sectors. The group primarily assists with traditional shipping and transport matters including drafting and negotiating agreements, the sale and purchase of vessels, bunker disputes, ship financings and liability claims. The team is led by Henrik Kleis, who also has experience in aviation mandates. Christian Benedictsen-Nislev joined from NJORD Law Firm in late 2019, while Thomas Bryde Hansen departed in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Kleis

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Frandsen; Per Vestergaard Pedersen; Christian Benedictsen-Nislev

Testimonials

‘Christian Benedictsen-Nislev is extremely sharp on the law and has the advantage of being both qualified as a Danish Lawyer and English Solicitor, which is very handy in shipping disputes and litigation, as many contracts in shipping are subject to English law, where for instance recourse claims would need to be directed.’

‘Very dedicated with good legal advice.’

‘Henrik Frandsen is very customer-oriented and has a good business understanding of our business activities.’

‘DLA Piper, DK, has a good mixture of knowledge regarding both shipping and the public sector. These competencies are crucial for my organisation.’

‘Christian Nislev has broad legal and maritime knowledge.’

‘We’ve had many years of cooperation and high credibility.’

Key clients

MSC Denmark A/S

Dansk Bjergning & Bugsering A/S

The Port of Aarhus

Stema Shipping A/S

Alba Tankers Aalborg ApS

Copenhagen Airports A/S

Carsoe A/S

Scandlines Danmark ApS

DB Cargo Scandinavia A/S

DAT (Danish Air Transport)

A.P. Moller-Mærsk

Færgesekretariatet

Martin Bencher A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising DB Cargo Scandinavia A/S following the Great Belt Bridge rail accident in January 2019.
  • Representing Maersk A/S in Danish litigation with cargo interests on M.V. “MERETE MAERSK” and loss of containers during sea carriage from Malaysia to Spain.
  • Advising Dansk Bjergning & Bugsering A/S, Denmark on the purchase of two new builds (tugboats) from a Dutch yard and on the sale back of a tugboat purchased earlier from the same yard.

Plesner

Plesner has considerable strength in complex mandates relating to the construction and financing of airports and harbours, which is an area of focus for group co-head Niklas Korsgaard Christensen. The department also has expertise in decommissioning projects, maritime bankruptcy proceedings, shipping-related asset and M&A transactions, and port regulations. Fellow co-head Peter Fogh is adept at handling ship financing matters and mediation and arbitration proceedings. Former practice head Mikkel Falkenberg departed in late 2020 to establish a consultancy firm.

Practice head(s):

Peter Fogh; Niklas Korsgaard Christensen

Key clients

A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S

Danske Havnevirksomheder

Dansk Skibskredit

Unifeeder A/S

“K” Line (Scandinavia) Holding A/S

Hafnia Tankers Group

OW Bunker in bankruptcy

ADP A/S

Kalaallit Airport A/S

Mols-Linjen

NYK Bulk and Projects Carriers Ltd.

Equinor Refining Denmark A/S

Transport Danmark A/S

Frode Lauersen Transport A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising the insolvent OW Tankers on the international bankruptcy estate, including maritime law issues such as the sale of a shipping branch and international proceedings regarding the protection of maritime assets and collateral security.
  • Advising Associated Danish Ports on the establishment of the first dry port in Denmark, which is a major new logistics centre.
  • Advising Kalaallit Airports on the development and construction of three new airports in Greenland.

IUNO

IUNO frequently acts for airlines, logistics companies and vessel owners in commercial disputes and liability claims, with particular expertise in Nordic matters. Aage Krogh also specialises in drafting logistics agreements, Lars Rosenberg Overby (who joined from Hafnia Law Firm in late 2019) has ‘extensive knowledge’ of transport-related mandates concerning ports and oil and gas clients, and Mads Poulsen is ‘strong on cargo recovery work and freight forwarding matters and is also a good litigator’.

Practice head(s):

Aage Krogh; Lars Rosenberg Overby; Mads Poulsen

Testimonials

‘Lars Overby is a very skilled lawyer and very proper. We have great confidence in his abilities. We always feel safe with his advice and guidance. He has extensive knowledge in port areas and the oil industry.’

‘Straight answers and to the point. Easy to get in contact with.’

‘Mads Poulsen is extremely talented and focuses only on key issues. Strong team in all modes of transport. Very strong also in air transport issues.’

‘Good academic skills, client-friendly way of working, ability to focus on relevant issues only, understands client’s needs.’

‘Lars Rosenberg Overby is strong on maritime law.’

‘Mads Poulsen is strong on cargo recovery work and freight forwarding matters and is also a good litigator.’

‘A different law firm breaking with the norms in a very conservative world.’

‘Mads Poulsen always delivers a thorough legal opinion with an eye for the commercial aspect.’

Key clients

Frode Laursen

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Nordrep

Fredericia Havn

Norwegian Hull Club

The Charterers’ Club

First Marine

Codan Forsikring

WK Webster

BP

DSV

WE Cox & Co

HDI

Pequod Associates

TT Club

DHL

Axa XL

Work highlights

  • Acting for Anabuki Works & Futurum Partner and four other shipowners against two former – now bankrupt – companies in the Thorco Group in a multifaceted dispute about the termination of five bare charters.
  • Acted for AXA XL in a rare cargo recovery case concerning general average before the Danish courts.
  • Successfully defended and settled a claim for a shipowner brought by a bunker supplier relating to bunkers ordered by the charterer.

NJORD Law Firm

Praised for her ‘extremely analytical’ approach, Ulla Fabricius spearheads NJORD Law Firm’s group, which advises clients on a range of shipping, road transport and logistics issues. The group’s contentious expertise spans cargo claims, collisions and groundings work; it also handles insurance and reinsurance matters, regulatory work concerning cabotage issues, driving and rest time mandates, and the EU Mobility Package, as well as the sale and financing of ships, shipbuilding matters and complex logistics contracts. Christian Benedictsen-Nislev left to join DLA Piper Denmark in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Ulla Fabricius

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Ryhl; Marie Steen Mikkelsen

Testimonials

‘The team is very close to the industry and is always upfront in informing and advising on new or coming legislation and the implications such legislation may have.’

‘The communication style of the team is clear, direct and to the point but always in a nice and sober tone that does not increase tension with opponents. The approach is sharp, pragmatic and very solution-oriented.’

‘Ulla Fabricius is extremely analytical, has a huge knowledge of the industry and the legal issues at stake. She has a pragmatic approach and does not overcomplicate matters.’ 

‘Ulla is very friendly and diligent and her focus is always on the ball. Therefore, she is liked by both colleagues and opponents, which makes it easier to reach conclusions to disputes. She is very solution-oriented and creative in finding ways to bridge gaps so that useful solutions are reached.’

‘Ulla Fabricius has a very high degree of expertise in International Transport and the Danish regulations vs. the EU regulations. She is very professional with a high degree of knowledge in this field. We also work with Marie Steen Mikkelsen and here again we have experienced a high degree of knowledge, thorough work in analysing previous cases and a very clear and sound way of expressing the issue.’

Key clients

Codan Forsikring A/S

DFDS A/S

Anders Nielsen & Co. A/S

DSV Group of companies

H.P. Therkelsen A/S

Bring Group of Companies

Johs. Rasmussen, Svebølle A/S

BHS Logistics A/S

SAL Heavy Lift

United Heavy Lift

Work highlights

  • Representing Slovakian employer Bring Trucking A/S in a dispute with a Romanian driver on whether the driver can claim Danish wages and other labour rights by reference to the Danish Collective Agreement despite being employed under a Slovakian employment contract.
  • Acting for Torben Rafn & Co in a case where a wind turbine tower was hit by a train while being carried by special truck.
  • Representing Entry ApS in a case that concerns an important legal principle in relation to freight forwarders.

WSCO Advokatpartnerselskab

WSCO Advokatpartnerselskab specialises in litigation and arbitration work, with notable expertise in liability claims concerning cargo consignment damage. Regularly acting before the Danish courts and arbitration tribunals, the group is spearheaded by the 'exceptionalJesper Windahl, who also handles transactional matters concerning vessel sales and purchases. Clients include insurers, ship owners, carriers, logistic services providers, bunker suppliers, brokers and banks.

Practice head(s):

Jesper Windahl

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled. Always good and provides a personal service and quick reply when needed. Fair price for high quality.’

‘Jesper Windahl is highly skilled, both theoretically and in regard to experience. Always very helpful and pleasant to work with.’

‘Jesper Windahl and his team are exceptional. They have great knowledge and are always very helpful.’

‘Their knowledge of the shipping industry is excellent.’

‘Jesper Windahl handles matters efficiently and with great professional knowledge.’

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring

Intercargo A/S

Topdanmark Forsikring

The Swedish Club

DHL

George Duncker

Alm. Brand Forsikring

Gjensidige Forsikring

Trygd P/S

PostNord A/S

Searunner A/S

DLG

Freja Transport

Alpi Denmark A/S

N&K Spedition A/S

HDI

Protector

Svane Shipping A/S

Salling Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Tryg Forsikring and its insured in proceedings before the Maritime and Commercial Court concerning damages to consignments of branded toys during multimodal transport from China to the Czech Republic.
  • Acted for Topdanmark Forsikring in litigation against NTG Group concerning a principal issue on interpretation of the NSAB 2015 and the CMR in relation to issues of liability for damages caused to cargo during unloading performed by the carrier’s employees.
  • Acted for Vognmand Tommy Nygaard in litigation before the Maritime and Commercial Court in a matter concerning alleged damage to consignments of fresh wheat.

Andersen Partners

Led by Lissi Andersen Roost, who is an expert in freight forwarding law and multimodal transport, Andersen Partners primarily advises German and Danish insurance companies and brokers on cargo claims. With notable experience in the technology and pharmaceuticals sectors, the team also handles ship maintenance issues, transport and logistics contracts, and other litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Lissi Andersen Roost

Testimonials

‘Very professional and has got the answer to every question I have regarding transportation law. Also very easy to get hold of.’

‘Very qualified and seems to know everything.’

Focus Advokater (LLP)

Focus Advokater (LLP) assists shipping companies, operators, charterers, shipyards, banks and insurance companies with shipping and transport issues. The group has experience in ship financing work, company establishments, ship registrations, tax mandates, and drafting and negotiating sale and purchase agreements for vessels. Department head Rune Aagaard also handles litigation and arbitration proceedings arising from collisions.

Practice head(s):

Rune Aagaard