Bech-Bruun fields 'very hands-on partners' with 'a good commercial understanding', which is applied to contentious and non-contentious matters across dry and wet shipping. Maritime specialist Jes Anker Mikkelsen jointly leads the practice and advised Norwegian Energy Company on its sale of licence and ownership interests in the North Sea to Dong E&P. Fellow co-head Johannes Grove Nielsen is 'very approachable, commercial and to the point'; he represented several shipping companies in issues relating to the collapse of OW Bunker and the insolvency of Danish shipping company Copenship. Senior associate Louise Lundsby Wessel is skilled in contracts and disputes.
Shipping and transport in Denmark
According to clients, Gorrissen Federspiel has 'for generations been, and still is, the number one Danish maritime law firm', based on its 'extensive network', 'deep understanding of the shipping business' and 'hands-on working approach'. Peter Appel and Jens Mathiesen jointly lead the team and are 'very experienced, hardworking and always available'; they handle shipping transactions, financings and disputes, and recently advised Navigare Capital Partners on its collective acquisition of 14 vessels. Other key figures include Paul Wilkinson, who is an expert in shipping finance work and transactions, and Peter Carlstedt Nørtved, who focuses on shipping disputes.
Hafnia Law Firm
Shipping boutique Hafnia Law Firm counts A2Sea and Norvic Shipping as clients. Bunker industry expert Mathias Steinø also advised ING Bank on its unpaid bunker debts totalling $13bn. Other key names include Niels Jørn Friborg, who focuses on cargo and defence work, and Anders Bjørn Munthe, who specialises in ship financing. Henrik Thal Jantzen was a new arrival from Kromann Reumert, and in late 2019, Lars Rosenberg Overby joined IUNO.
Kromann Reumert's practice is particularly strong in marine insurance, cargo recovery and casualty matters. In a recent highlight, the firm acted for Codan Insurance in a cargo recovery claim relating to cargo which was damaged during terminal handling. Litigator Jakob Rosing represented Guvnor in a claim against a storage provider, which wrongfully terminated a contract due to the contamination of oil storage tanks. Henrik Thal Jantzen is now with Hafnia Law Firm.
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.
IUNO has a strong track record in contentious claims, acting for a client roster, which includes British Airways, Agility and TNT Express. Aage Krogh is the key name of note and is highly experienced in transport law. The practice also gained Lars Rosenberg Overby in late 2019, who was recruited from Hafnia Law Firm.
NJORD Law Firm handles the full spectrum of shipping matters for clients including Scandlines and DSV Air & Sea. Litigator Ulla Fabricius leads the team and acted for wind turbine part haulier Torben Rafn & Co, whose truck was hit by a train in Poland while carrying a turbine. Other recent mandates include transport specialist Christian Benedictsen-Nislev advising Færgesekretariatet on public procurement, regulatory compliance and marine insurance issues; and litigator Thomas Ryhl representing House of Prince in a claim against Kazemier Transport relating to the loss of cigarette cartons while shipping goods from Hungary to Denmark.
Plesner is 'excellent in all aspects' and has expertise across transactions, financing matters and disputes. Group head Peter Fogh is experienced in financings, transactions and alternative dispute resolution. Recent highlights include Fogh acting for OW Tankers, whose vessels had been arrested in Uruguay by a local oil supplier; fellow practice head Mikkel Falkenberg advising AP Møller on its agreements with the Danish State regarding decommissioning liabilities associated with its North Sea offshore installations stemming from the client's sale of its Danish operations to Total, and Niklas Korsgaard Christensen assisting Kalaallit Airports with the €600m construction and financing of three airports in Greenland.
Focus Advokater (LLP)
Focus Advokater (LLP) has 'a good local presence and broad national knowledge' enabling it to advise clients including Stena Line and Hafnia Management. The team is skilled in ship registrations, transactional work, contracts, tax issues and competition matters. Rune Aaagaard is the key practitioner and is 'very good at seeing the various angles of a case' and 'listening and arguing his points'.