Mr Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen > Viltoft > Copenhagen, Denmark > Lawyer Profile


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Specialist areas: Dispute resolution, construction and public procurement.



Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen advises public and private sector clients and technical consultants on all aspects of construction including infrastructure and public procurement. He assists in drafting and negotiating contracts and in designing and handling tenders for public works and other public contracts. 

Dispute resolution (arbitration, litigation and mediation) is a particular area of expertise for Peter. He handles not only construction and infrastructure disputes and professional negligence disputes within technical consultancy, but also commercial, contractual and public law disputes. He is the co-author (with Jakob Juul) of the book Danish Arbitration (“Voldgiftsret”) and a certified arbitrator and mediator. In 2013, he sat as a Temporary Judge at the High Court of Eastern Denmark. Since 2017, he has been member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.  

Peter also advises on real estate transactions and projects, including public-private urban development projects and other PPPs. He has extensive general commercial, contracts and corporate law experience. 

Peter has recently advised clients on matters such as: 

  • Drafting and tendering of contracts for the lightrail project in Odense (Odense Letbane) and the Greater Copenhagen Area (Ring 3), covering civil works, transportation systems, rolling stock and maintenance and operation
  • Drafting and tendering of contracts for infrastructure works in connection with the Copenhagen Metro
  • Drafting and tendering of contracts for urban development PPP projects as well as establishing public-private urban development companies (NærHeden, Høje Taastrup C, etc.)
  • Tender of insurance services relating to infrastructure projects
  • Tender of it development contract
  • Ongoing legal assistance to technical consultants (architects and engineers) and contractors on building and construction projects

He has also been involved in litigation and arbitration concerning:

  • Delay and additional claims of contractors in connection with the Copenhagen Metro project
  • Delay and disruption related to projects within the district heating sector
  • All-risks insurance cover for construction defects in newly constructed commercial buildings and other insurance claims disputes
  • Product liability in the building and construction industry
  • Fees and liability of technical consultants in relation to large public construction projects such as mega-hospital projects
  • Professional negligence of technical consultants, attorneys and company directors

As arbitrator Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen has been appointed in 20+ ad hoc and institutional arbitrations regarding shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, M&A, real estate and insurance disputes as well as contractual disputes in a number of areas such as building and construction, IT and energy. He has experience both as chairman, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator, interim arbitration and as arbitrator in expedited arbitration procedures.

Peter is the co-author (with Michael Gjedde-Nielsen et al.) of ABR 18: General Conditions for Consulting Services, Karnov Group, 1st edition, 2021.

Peter is also the co-author (with Jakob Juul) of Danish Arbitration (“Voldgiftsret”), Karnov Group, 3rd edition 2017.


2014-               Partner, VILTOFT

2013                Temporary Judge, the High Court of Eastern Denmark

2013                Certified arbitrator, the Association of Danish Law Firms

2012                Admitted to the High Court

2010-2013       Attorney, VILTOFT

2008                Foreign intern, Essex Court Chambers (Toby Landau QC), London

2008                Stagiaire, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

2007                Admitted to the Danish Bar

2004-2010       Assistant attorney and attorney, Bruun & Hjejle


Peter speaks the Scandinavian languages, English and French.


Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (since 2017)

Board member and co-founder of Young Arbitrators Copenhagen (YAC) (2013-2020, chairman 2017-2019).

Member of the working group of the Danish Institute of Arbitration concerning dispute boards in construction and other long-running contracts (2013).

Member of the working group of the Association of Danish Law Firms about forms of remuneration (2013-2014).

Volunteer advisor, Copenhagen Legal Aid (2002-2012).

Member of the Danish Society for Construction and Consulting Law, the Danish Association for Procurement Law, the Danish Arbitration Association, Young Arbitrators Stockholm (SCC) and the Young International Arbitration Group (LCIA).


2020                Certified mediator, The Association of Danish Law Firms

2008                LL.M., University of Cambridge, England

2004                Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Copenhagen

2002                Studies at New York University School of Law, USA

Lawyer Rankings

Denmark > Real estate and construction

(Leading individuals)

Peter Fauerholdt ThommesenViltoft

Displaying an ‘in-depth knowledge of the construction sector’Viltoft fields experts in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts concerning large project developments, construction-related procurement work, and high-stakes construction disputes. Acting for a range of public institutions, construction companies, engineers, technical consultants and contractors, the group is jointly led by Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen, Henrik Hauge Andersen and Steen HellmannMichael Gjedde-Nielsen has substantial experience in contentious matters and Eva Olesen handles procurement mandates, while newly promoted partner Morten Ruben Brage specialises in environmental and planning issues.

Denmark > EU and competition

Leveraging the firm’s wide-ranging construction sector capacities, boutique firm Viltoft specialises in tender projects and procurements concerning public-private partnerships and urban development projects. With experience across the public and private sectors, the group is jointly headed up by Eva Olesen and the ‘service-minded, solution-orientedPeter Fauerholdt Thommesen, who are both well versed in tender processes, contract drafting, disputes and complaints procedures before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement.

Denmark > Dispute resolution

Praised for its ‘very deep understanding of the building industry and contracting law’, Viltoft specialises in construction, real estate and public procurement-related disputes including complex arbitration proceedings. Jointly led by Steen Hellmann and Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen, the team regularly acts for clients in high-profile cases concerning large-scale construction, infrastructure and energy projects. Henrik Hauge Andersen frequently handles procurement mandates, while Michael Gjedde-Nielsen is noted for his track record in construction disputes. Other areas of focus include corporate, shareholder and commercial litigation and employment-related claims.