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Globalisation has long been a fundamental requirement in shipping, transportation and logistics. Transport customers' demands for inexpensive, safe and timely delivery must be met in a market characterised by rapidly changing costs, new technology and increasing regulation.

The carriage of goods is a complicated and often very complex procedure involving multiple players and risks of conflict. In many cases, goods are transported across borders and are subject to regulation based on international conventions. 

Consequently, expert advice is pivotal. Our team has extensive industry knowledge and many years' experience in advising enterprises in the areas of shipping, transportation and logistics. We assist in all areas of maritime and transport law and are experts in the area of international dispute resolution. 

Our advisory services include:

  • Resolution of disputes
  • Dispute resolution clauses, including governing law and jurisdiction
  • Charter agreements
  • Terms of sale and delivery
  • Insurance terms
  • Marine insurance and claims for damages
  • Collision, grounding and salvage
  • Off-shore matters
  • Maritime corporate reorganisation
  • Regulatory aspects
  • Conflicts with public authorities.

Bech-Bruun cooperates with leading international transport lawyers and maintains an extensive international network. This means that we can offer you the best advisory services no matter where in the world your enterprise needs it and regardless of your position in the supply chain.

Moreover, we often collaborate closely with lawyers within other areas of expertise such as Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Energy & Supply, Insolvency & Restructuring, Financing and M&A and Corporate Matters.

Every year in London, together with a number of non-Danish law firms, we host the great annual event of the international shipping and insurance sector, the International Maritime Law Seminar.

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What the team is known for
Outstanding practice covering all aspects of shipping law on a domestic and cross-border level. Regularly acts on high-profile insolvency proceedings in the shipping sector. Also active in maritime insurance cases, including issues in the offshore energy sector. Experienced in collision, capsizing and breakdown disputes, as well as ship arrest cases. Additionally handles corporate and commercial mandates involving transactions, restructurings and regulatory matters. Clients include transport companies, shipbuilders and insurance companies.

Strengths
A client reports: "I found them very easy to work with," adding: "They have a high degree of expertise and a commercially minded approach."

Another commentator adds: "They are very precise, very fast and offer good expertise." 

Work highlights
Acted for The Container Ship Company on maritime insolvency proceedings.

Notable practitioners 
Anne Buhl Bjelke focuses on insurance matters within the shipping sector, advising on both insurers and shipping companies on a broad spectrum of mandates. Sources describe her as an "excellent lawyer."

Jes Anker Mikkelsen is a highly regarded figure in the Danish shipping market. His widely respected practice encompasses maritime litigation, insolvency proceedings and insurance claims.  Sources describe him as a "master shipping lawyer," adding: "He is a very clear thinker, analytical, straightforward and very experienced."

Johannes Grove Nielsen advises clients on a wide range of shipping mandates, including insurance claims, insolvency proceedings and wet and dry disputes. Clients appreciate that he has "exceptional knowledge, combined with a very service minded and commercial approach." They also note that he is "responsive and solutions-oriented."

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Bech-Bruun advises on the drafting and negotiation of chartering agreements and contractual terms of maritime asset transactions. The firm also advises on insolvency and insurance aspects, including liability aspects arising from ship collisions, grounding and salvage. represents in maritime dispute resolution and provides regulatory advice on dispute resolution clauses and regulatory differences across jurisdictions. Practice head Jes Anker Mikkelsen is experienced in advising on international trade, cargo transportation and maritime construction aspects. Louise Lundsby Wessel has expertise in the shipping, transportation and insurance industries and regularly drafts and negotiates carriage and logistics contracts. Johannes Grove Nielsen is also a key name to note.

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