Transport and Logistics

Our expertise includes:

  • Choice of corporate form
  • Reorganisations
  • National and international employment law
  • National and international tax law
  • Leasing and financing of trains, aircraft, vessels and vehicles
  • Logistics and framework agreements
  • Terms of sale and delivery
  • Commercial insurance
  • Dispute resolution.

How can we help?
We render advice to several market leaders in the transport and logistics sector and to lenders and insurance companies.

Our transport and insurance team has extensive experience in advising transport companies and their customers as well as insurance companies on risk minimisation, competition law, financing opportunities and tax matters.

We also advise on dispute resolution, and our lawyers are seasoned at litigation conducting court cases and arbitration proceedings before the Danish High Courts and the Danish Supreme Court. We cooperate with some of the leading international transport lawyers, and, as a result, your company has access to the best possible legal assistance in all jurisdictions. 

Sector challenges
The conditions for carrying passengers and cargo are changing rapidly in Denmark and internationally. Environmental and occupational health requirements are continuously being tightened, merchants demand timely and safe transport, and the general public expects sustainable transport solutions.

The sector as a whole needs to constantly focus on the optimisation of its operations; not only when performing transport activities, but also in terms of organisational and legal matters, including the choice of corporate structure and the drafting of business terms.

As a result, the sector requires legal advice within a wide range of areas, including company, finance, tax and contract law, and in its dialogue with public authorities.

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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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