Dispute Resolution

Our expertise includes:

  • Choice of law and jurisdiction clauses in international contracts
  • Dispute resolution methods
  • Litigation risk assessment
  • Settlement considerations
  • Mediation and court-based mediation
  • Enforcement of decisions made in and outside Denmark

How can we help?
It is an unpleasant experience for any company to be involved in a legal dispute with a business partner or third party which will inevitably absorb internal and external resources and creates financial uncertainty. As a result, management must solve disputes as quickly and as cost-efficiently as possible – and continuously focus on pre-emptive measures.

Our dispute resolution team includes some of Denmark’s most qualified experts specialising in litigation before the supreme courts and arbitration tribunals as well as administrative complaints boards.

We also have many years of experience in and high success rates with alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and court-based mediation seeking settlements to the benefit of both parties.

Business transfer agreements and employment contracts with senior employees are two of our competence areas. We ensure that relevant dispute resolution models reducing the risk of conflicts are always included.

We have a large international network of leading litigation experts enabling us to provide you with expert advisory services in any jurisdiction.

 
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Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for Distinguished practice which moves up to the top tier of the rankings this year. Noted for its capabilities in handling contentious issues across a variety of industries including transportation and finance. Assists clients ranging from insurers to energy companies and professional services firms. Has recently been involved in a number of high-profile disputes in the oil and insurance sectors, representing new clients such as Noreco Oil in high-stakes litigation.

Strengths One client lauds the team's focus on customer service: “We have been very satisfied with their work. They listen to and understand our needs and carry out the task skilfully.”

Another source adds: “Bech-Bruun delivers high-quality work, and they are extremely pleasant to work with.”

Work highlights Defended the Swiss branches of ING and BNP Paribas in litigation initiated by the trustees of OW Bunker who were contesting the financial models used by the banks in relation to their financing and security agreements with the bankrupt company.

Assisted a former board member at Roskilde Bank with a director's liability dispute, with claims amounting to DKK1 billion.

Significant Clients ABB, AIG, Danish Crown, MT Højgaard, Tryg.

Notable practitioners
A specialist litigator within the insurance sector, Jes Anker Mikkelsen recently represented Noreco in a USD473 million dispute against a number of insurers. One client remarks: “He is extremely experienced and a very thoughtful lawyer. He is one of the clearest thinkers I know in any legal field and can cut right to the point.”

Carsten Pedersen focuses on professional and directors' liability. Sources comment: “He is very strong in his analytical approach as well as being a good dispute lawyer.” His recent work includes litigating on behalf of Energinet.dk in a DKK500 million breach of obligations case initiated by several electricity companies.

Claus Berg specialises in construction disputes and is lauded for his "talent" and “great technical knowledge.” He represented Kai Andersen in a case regarding compensation for loss of profits on the construction contract of the Nykøbing Falster prison.

Henrik Valdorf-Hansen is an experienced public law and insurance law litigator. Of late, he acted on behalf of the City of Copenhagen in a EUR10 million dispute with Codan relating to losses from fire damage to a school construction project. Sources highlight that “he is a very good adviser and a good listener.”

Chambers and Partners Europe, Dispute Resolution

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Chambers Global Rating 2018
-  Dispute Resolution

A specialist litigator within the insurance sector, Jes Anker Mikkelsen recently represented Noreco in a USD473 million dispute against a number of insurers. One client remarks: “He is extremely experienced and a very thoughtful lawyer. He is one of the clearest thinkers I know in any legal field and can cut right to the point.”

Carsten Pedersen focuses on professional and directors' liability. Sources comment: “He is very strong in his analytical approach as well as being a good dispute lawyer.” His recent work includes litigating on behalf of Energinet.dk in a DKK500 million breach of obligations case initiated by several electricity companies.

Claus Berg specialises in construction disputes and is lauded for his "talent" and “great technical knowledge.” He represented Kai Andersen in a case regarding compensation for loss of profits on the construction contract of the Nykøbing Falster prison.

Henrik Valdorf-Hansen is an experienced public law and insurance law litigator. Of late, he acted on behalf of the City of Copenhagen in a EUR10 million dispute with Codan relating to losses from fire damage to a school construction project. Sources highlight that “he is a very good adviser and a good listener.”

Chambers and Partners Global, Dispute Resolution

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Dispute resolution

Bech-Bruun’s 11-partner dispute resolution team provides an ‘excellent level of service’. The firm is highly recommended for insurance, construction and transport disputes, as well as disputes involving financial institutions. A recent highlight was the defence of ING Geneva Branch and BNP Paribas against claims brought by O.W. Bunker bankruptcy estate trustees; Carsten Pedersen led the case. Other names to note are Mogens Gaarden and Jes Anker Mikkelsen.

Legal 500, Dispute resolution

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