Johannes Grove Nielsen

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Johannes Grove Nielsen

With many years' experience in the area of maritime and transport law, Johannes Grove Nielsen is considered one of the leading Danish shipping lawyers, in Denmark as well as internationally. 

Johannes is involved in all aspects of maritime and transport law as well as offshore – including acquisition and sale, charter party agreements and bunker disputes, and he handles cases concerning damage to or loss of goods at sea, on land or in the air. He is known for his solution-oriented approach and deep understanding of the client's requirements, and he is also an experienced litigator – particularly in the area of the law of torts in the maritime and transport sector, general commercial disputes, management liability and insolvency.

Johannes primarily advises large Danish and non-Danish shipowners, P&I clubs and insurance companies. He is part of Bech-Bruun's Cross-Border Insolvency Shipping Team and is particularly experienced in US chapter 11 and 15 rules. Further, as Denmark's first practicing maritime lawyer, he has an MBA in Shipping & Logistics from CBS.

With the large international focus, Johannes is currently involved in several international organisations, and he has received much international recognition and is Co-Chair of the Maritime & Transport Law Committee at the International Bar Association (IBA). In 2012 he was appointed to Berlingske Business’s Talent100.

The Team

Shipping & Logistics

  • Shipping & Logistics
  • Insurance
  • Dispute Resolution
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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

Legal 500 - Bech-Bruun

Bech-Bruun is praised for its ‘first-class knowledge' of all shipping and transport issues. The group has extensive experience in international dispute resolution, acting for major industry players, including several P&I clients, in both wet and dry shipping matters. It also has a unique position in the Danish market after establishing a dedicated cross-border insolvency shipping team. (...). Other names to note are Johannes Grove Nielsen, who clients consider to be ‘the sharpest maritime lawyer in the Nordics’, (...).

"Johannes Grove Nielsen is an exceptionally good lawyer with lengthy experience and very deep knowledge of shipping and transport law. He is definitely one of the absolute best in Denmark in his field."

"Johannes Grove Nielsen may be the sharpest maritime lawyer in the Nordics, and a truly friendly face. (...)."

Johannes Grove Nielsen has been listed as a Leading individual by Legal 500.

Legal 500, Shipping and Transport


  • Co-Chair, The Maritime & Transport Committee, International Bar Association
  • Board member, Comité Maritime International, Danish Chapter
  • External examiner, Bar Exams, The Danish Bar and Law Society


  • Collaborative Logistics and Fierce Competition – the path to sustainable freight transport, 2021. Book
  • Shipping 2021 – Denmark, Chambers & Partners Practice Guides, 2021. Book
  • Coronavirus: Krisens konsekvenser for shippingbranchen, Søfart, 2020. Article
  • Coronavirus: Rederierne sejler ind i den perfekte storm, Søfart, 2020. Article
  • Shipping 2020 – Denmark, Chambers & Partners Practice Guides, 2020. Book
  • The fallout from the OW Bunker Group collapse, Maritime and Transport Law Newsletter, 2018. Article
  • Shipping Law 2017 - Denmark, The International Comparative Legal Guide, 2017. Book
  • Shipping Law 2016 - Denmark, The International Comparative Legal Guide, 2016. Book
  • What if? OW Bunker, European Transport Law, 2016. Article
  • American Bar Association, Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee Newsletter, 2015. Article
  • Shipping 2015 - Denmark, Getting the Deal Through, 2015. Book
  • Shipping & International Trade Law, chapter 7 - Denmark, Thomson Reuters, 2015. Book
  • The EU perspective: The fallout from the OW Bunker Group collapse, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Newsletter, 2015. Article
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide, Shipping Law 2015 - Denmark, 2015. Book
  • Ebolakrisens konsekvenser for shipping-branchen, Søfart Debat, 2014. Article
  • Shipping 2014 - Denmark, Getting the Deal Through, 2014. Book
  • Shipping Law 2014 - Denmark , The International Comparative Legal Guide, 2014. Book
  • Skibe risikerer at blive arresteret i Ukraine, Søfart Debat, 2014. Article
  • Waste not, Bunkerspot, 2014. Article
  • På fisketur hos modparten, Advokaten, nr. 10, 2013. Article
  • Shipping 2013 - Denmark, Getting the Deal Through, 2013. Book
  • 48 højspændte timer, Søfart Fokus, 2012. Article
  • Mørke skyer lurer i horisonten, Søfart Fokus, 2012. Article
  • Plimsoller solgt som "god arbejdshest", Søfart, nr. 6, 2012. Article
  • Efter katastrofen, Søfart, 2011. Article
  • Forandrings vinde blæser i Mellemøsten – men blæser de også til søs?, Søfart, 2011. Article
  • Shipping & International Trade Law, Thomson Reuters, 2011. Book
  • TCC - rekonstruktion af en konstruktiv sag, Søfart, 2011. Article
  • Tager Koehler over efter Rule B?, Søfart, 2010. Article
  • The Death of Winter Storm, European Transport Law, 2010. Article
  • Danske regler gælder – også i USA, Søfart, 2009. Article
  • Rule B seneste offer for finanskrisen, Søfart, 2009. Article

Education and language

  • Right of audience, The Danish Supreme Court
  • MBA
  • LLM
  • Admission to practice law
  • Master of Laws
  • English
  • Swedish
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