Maritime Law

Our expertise includes:

  • Charter parties
  • Offshore matters
  • Marine insurance and claims
  • Collision, grounding and salvage
  • Maritime corporate restructuring
  • Regulatory aspects
  • Conflicts with public authorities
  • Bech-Bruun Emergency Services Team (BEST).

How can we help?
Our maritime and shipping law team has the capacity to handle the largest and most complicated matters and transfers. We have in-depth industry knowledge and a comprehensive network comprising the best maritime lawyers across the world. As a result, we offer you first-class legal advice, no matter in which jurisdiction the need arises.

Our core competences include maritime insurance law, including H&M, P&I and yacht insurance, and we have expert knowledge of the purchase, sale and financing of vessels.

We have years of experience with international dispute resolution, including court proceedings and alternative resolution methods such as mediation.

Common challenges
Globalisation has long been a basic condition for maritime industry players. Demands for safe, low-cost and timely delivery must be met in a market characterised by rapidly changing costs and increased regulation, particularly with respect to environmental and safety issues.

Even a marginal competitive edge counts in today's competitive market. As a result, companies must operate within the right corporate and tax structures. Expert advice is often required as international cooperation, governed by agreements and conventions involving many participants, dominates the field.

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Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016
-  Shipping

What the team is known for Market-leading practice covering all aspects of shipping law. Areas of activity include dispute resolution, insolvency proceedings, cargo claims and charter parties. Clients include both Danish and international shipowners, cargo owners and insurers. Recent mandates have included advice on shipping and credit insurance and a significant number of complex insolvency and bankruptcy issues related to maritime and shipping companies.

Strengths One source reports that they "get prompt responses to any questions asked" and adds that the lawyers "are bright and incredibly sharp," before describing the firm as "a first-rate international firm that provides a high level of service."

Work highlights Continued to represent a large number of clients in matters related to the collapse of OW Bunker, including acting for P&I clubs and insurers to protect ship owners and charterers against double payments and claims related to ISDA contracts.

Acted as trustee of insolvent group, Copenship, recently handling wet, dry and regulatory shipping issues, as well as arbitration proceedings.

Significant clients J. Poulsen Shipping, GARD, MAN Diesel & Energy, SKULD, The Containership Company.

Notable practitioners
Jes Anker Mikkelsen offers expertise across the full spectrum of shipping issues, including maritime insurance law, offshore construction, chartering agreements and insolvencies in the shipping sector. He also handles contentious matters including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Clients say: "He is extremely experienced and has excellent judgement. He demonstrates good understanding and can cut right through to the heart of a complex issue. He has a very clear vision in his mind."

Anne Buhl Bjelke focuses on disputes and mediation related to insurance law aspects of shipping and has frequently represented clients involved in credit insurance cases linked to the collapse of OW Bunker in recent times. She also advises on general maritime and transport law matters.

Johannes Grove Nielsen offers range of maritime and shipping advice, typically acting for clients on the purchase and sale of vessels, charter party agreements and shipping aspects of insolvency proceedings. He also regularly handles litigation in the shipping sector. Clients say: "He is very bright and internationally minded. He works extremely hard and I respect his judgement."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Shipping

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Shipping and transport

Clients rate Bech-Bruun as one of the ‘absolute leaders’ in the industry. The ‘excellentJohannes Grove Nielsen and insolvency partner Jørgen Hauschildt advised the Containership Company (TCC) on a number of wet, dry and regulatory shipping matters regarding a maritime insolvency matter involving jurisdictions such as Denmark, New York and China. The ‘experiencedJes Anker Mikkelsen heads the team, which includes the ‘very brightAnne Buhl Bjelke.

Legal 500, Shipping and transport

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