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Henrik Valdorf

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Henrik Valdorf is a commercial law advocate

Henrik Valdorf is a highly sought litigator in the area of commercial law and has conducted countless legal and arbitration proceedings, many of them before the Danish Supreme Court.

Henrik became a partner in 1986, and for several years he was head of Bech-Bruun's Insurance & Dispute Resolution team. He is an accredited arbitrator at a number of Chinese arbitration courts, for instance in Shanghai and Xiamen.

Henrik also advises on insurance law and the law of damages, particularly in cases concerning product liability, professional liability, construction law and coverage issues. In recent years he has conducted numerous substantial cases in the wind turbine sector and cases concerning project liability in the construction sector. 

As a legal adviser, Henrik is appreciated for his analytical and strategic approach, which in combination with his experience and legal insight results in efficient and result-oriented advisory services. 


The Team

Dispute Resolution

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance
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  • Member, the Danish Arbitration Association
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, the Danish Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Member, The Danish Association of Insurance Law
  • Board of directors (chairman), Elisabeth and Cornelius Staus Memorial Foundation
  • Board of directors (chairman), Rosalie Petersens Memorial Foundation
  • Certified arbitrator, Xiamen Arbitration Commission
  • Certified arbitrator, SCIMAC (South East China International Maritime Arbitration Court)
  • Member, Danish Mediation Lawyers


  • Privilege in Insurance Disputes: "Shielding Privileged Information in the Midst of a Sword Fight", International Bar Association, 2011. Article
  • Insurance Portfolio Transfers: "Move on and Let go" – Chapter on Denmark, International Bar Association, 2010. Article
  • Skibsagentens ansvar som transportør, Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen, 2000. Article

Education and language

  • Certified mediator, the Danish Bar Association
  • Certified arbitrator, the Danish Bar Association
  • Right of audience, The Danish Supreme Court
  • Admission to practice law
  • Master of Laws
  • English
  • German


Henrik Valdorf is recognised by peers for his extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution. He is also an arbitrator and mediator and was recently appointed by the Shanghai International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Shipping

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Dispute resolution, regulatory issues and corporate work are the key areas of focus for Bech-Bruun's team. Practice head Henrik Valdorf recently defended the City of Copenhagen against two claims brought separately by Tryg Insurance and Codan Insurance relating to a fire at a municipal property.

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Henrik Valdorf, who acts for insurers and high-profile clients in arbitration proceedings and Supreme Court cases, recently represented DSV Road in a case concerning iPhones and iPads stolen in transit.

Legal 500, Shipping and transport