What the team is known for
Bech-Bruun has an outstanding practice covering all aspects of shipping law on a domestic and cross-border level. The law firm regularly acts on high-profile insolvency proceedings in the shipping sector. The group is also active in maritime insurance cases, including issues in the offshore energy sector. The department demonstrates experience handling collision, capsizing and breakdown disputes, as well as ship arrest cases. Bech-Bruun's clients include transport companies, shipbuilders and insurance companies.
"We trust them with complex matters," one source explains, commending the team's "considerable depth" and adding: "They are also commercially tuned in and are able to blend their legal acumen with commercial practicality."
Other sources praise the group's "comprehensive and to-the-point legal advice," with one individual describing the team as "top-notch."
Bech-Bruun acted for a majority of the creditors in the insolvency of Thor Shipping, with lawsuits in Denmark, Japan and Brazil.
Anne Buhl Bjelke focuses on insurance matters within the shipping sector. She is based in Copenhagen.
Up-and-coming lawyer Camilla Hudson impresses for her experience in domestic and cross-border shipping disputes. Acting for a range of vessel owners, insurers and energy companies, her expertise covers issues relating to bunker fuel, insolvency and H&M coverage. "She is a very talented lawyer with excellent knowledge of our field of work," says one source, adding: "Her communication skills ensure that everybody understands, even if they don’t have a legal background, and makes people comfortable when dealing with legal matters."
Johannes Grove Nielsen advises clients on a wide range of wet and dry shipping mandates, including insurance claims, insolvency proceedings and vessel arrests. "He has the ability to distil a difficult situation down to understandable terms and issues," explains one interviewee, adding: "He is also very good at developing creative solutions to a problem."
Chambers and Partners Europe 2022, Shipping