Mr Peter Appel > Gorrissen Federspiel > Copenhagen, Denmark > Lawyer Profile

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Peter Appel heads up our Shipping/Offshore/Transportation practice group. Peter has considerable experience as a director and active discussion partner for managements in issues concerning the organisation of companies, day-to-day operations and strategy. As an adviser to a large number of the Danish shipping companies, he has also acquired expert knowledge of the shipping industry.

Chairman, Partner Peter Appel’s primary practice areas are maritime and transportation law, finance and general commercial advice to clients in the shipping sector. He also advises in Construction and Engineering Projects. Further Peter Appel deals with litigation, including international arbitration. He acts as counsel and as member of tribunals.


Gorrissen Federspiel 1985 – Partner, Gorrissen Federspiel since 1994. Excessive teaching experience, inter alia from teaching at AP Moeller Shipping School and being assistant professor at Copenhagen Business School. Mr. Appel has the latest years given a number of presentations at international conferences on issues as Arbitration, Specialised Charterparties, Piracy and Ship Finance. Venues have included Hamburg, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Madrid Connecticut and Vancouver.




The Danish Bar and Law Society International Bar Association (IBA). Former chairman IBA Maritime and Transport Law Committee (2009 and 2010). Board Member of European Maritime Law Or-ganisation Board Member of BIMCO Informatique A/S. Member of the Committee for Maritime law under the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs.


Right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court 1996. LL.M. with Merit in Commercial and Corporate Law, London School of Economics, London University 1990. Admitted to the Danish Bar 1988. Specialized subjects exam in maritime law, University of Oslo 1985. Candidatus juris, University of Copenhagen 1985.


Enjoys running and skiing.

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Denmark > Shipping and transport

(Hall of Fame)

Peter AppelGorrissen Federspiel

Gorrissen Federspiel is the ‘go-to shipping law firm in Denmark’, handling disputes, transactions and regulatory work for a broad range of clients including Danish and international shipowners, shipyards and ports. Practice head Peter Appel is a member of the Maritime Law Committee, which advises the Danish government on the appropriate regulation of the sector. The group also has a strong position in the Nordic aviation sector, with Morten Hans Jakobsen taking the lead on these matters. Jens V. Mathiasen departed to HFW in early 2022.