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.


Our ratings

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  Shipping

What the team is known for Outstanding practice covering all aspects of shipping law. Areas of activity include dispute resolution, insolvency proceedings, charter parties and maritime insurance matters. Clients include Danish and international shipowners, cargo owners and insurers. Recent work has included several high-profile insolvency cases in the shipping sector, as well as advising on North Sea oil platform insurance.

Strengths Sources praise the well-rounded appeal of the firm's practice, reporting that "when you take into account their experience, the quality of their work and their overall knowledge in the field, Bech-Bruun comes out on top," and adding that the lawyers at the firm "understand the business perspective of our work and understand that we are always working to tight deadlines."

Sources comment that the team is "very co-operative and commercially minded. They have a good view on what is best for the client."

Work highlights Assisted Norwegian Energy Company with the sale of licence and ownership interests in the North Sea SIRI platform to DONG E&P as well as representing the client in a series of related insurance claims, valued at DKK3 billion, which were recently appealed to the High Court.

Represented The Containership Company in a maritime insolvency case involving proceedings in Denmark, New York and China.

Notable practitioners
Head of department Jes Anker Mikkelsen has decades of experience advising clients on maritime, transport and insurance law as well as on international trade, offshore and construction issues. His work includes representing Kuehne + Nagel in a dispute regarding the breakdown of a container ship off the coast of Yemen. In praising the excellent quality of his work, clients describe him as "a very sharp and hard-working guy."

Johannes Grove Nielsen offers expertise on a range of shipping and transport law, including the purchase and sale of vessels and charter party agreements. He has been particularly active in insolvency cases, leading the firm's involvement in ongoing cases related to the OW Bunker Group collapse. Clients note that they "enjoy working with him, he quickly understands exactly what is required of him and he understands the commercial context in which his work is going to be used."

As an insurance specialist, Anne Buhl Bjelke focuses on disputes and mediation related to insurance law aspects of shipping. She has frequently represented clients involved in insurance cases linked to the OW Bunker Group collapse, as well as liability disputes, regulatory issues and general maritime and transport law matters.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Shipping

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Shipping and transport

One of the leading practices for all aspects of maritime work’, Bech-Bruun regularly handles wet and dry shipping issues and is highly experienced in offshore matters and bunker disputes, as evidenced by the involvement in the O.W. Bunker collapse. ‘ThoughtfulJohannes Grove Nielsen represents Snaptun Fisk Export in an arrest matter related to the collision of the vessel Karmel with a trout farm. ‘Excellent litigatorJes Anker Mikkelsen leads the group that counts A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Kuehne & Nagel and J. Poulsen Shipping among its clients.

Legal 500, Shipping and transport

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