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Jes Anker Mikkelsen

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Jes Anker Mikkelsen specialises in maritime and transport law

Jes Anker Mikkelsen is one of Denmark's most recognised lawyers within international law by virtue of his extensive and long-term experience in maritime and transport law, offshore installations, energy and construction, insurance law and international trade. Jes specialises in court and arbitration proceedings and is a sought-after arbitrator and mediator.

Jes has represented clients in numerous court and arbitration proceedings involving maritime, transport and insurance law issues and has acted as mediator in quite a few cases in Denmark and abroad. He is well-known for his focused and professionally well-founded argumentation, but also for his sense of humour which is highly appreciated by clients as well as opposing parties. 

Jes's expertise includes transport of cargo, contracts of carriage, issues of collision, grounding and salvaging, insurance contract coverage, indemnity insurance, P&I, Hull & Machinery, insurance regulatory issues as well as insurance brokerage. He also advises on international trade and is a popular speaker both in Denmark and internationally. 

In addition, Jes is a member of Bech-Bruun's Cross-Border Insolvency Shipping Team, advising on reorganisation in Denmark and abroad.


The Team


  • Insurance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Shipping & Logistics
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  • Chairman, Mediation Institute (2007-2010)
  • Member, Copenhagen Lawyer Association
  • Member, the Danish Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, International Maritime Association (CMI)
  • Chairman, Danske Mediatoradvokater (2003-2007)
  • Member, International Association for Insurance Law (AIDA)
  • Member, Advisory Board for CPR, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
  • Member, Swedish Maritime Law Association


  • Defusing the Italian torpedo , Maritime and Transport Law News. Volume 9, nummer 2, 2013. Article
  • Mediation - not for real litigators?, CDR - Commercial Dispute Resolution, 2013. 4 pages. Article
  • Forældreansvarsloven – Notat om bevisbyrde, retsanvendelse og retssikkerhed i forældreansvarsloven, Jurist- og Økonomforbundets Forlag, 2010. Book
  • Insurance Portfolio Transfers: "Move on and Let go" – Chapter on Denmark, International Bar Association, 2010. 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
  • Arrest i skibe, Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen, 2005. Article
  • Shipping Finance, Euromoney Publications PLC, 1995. Book
  • Arrest i skib – fordringshavers sikkerhedsstillelse, Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen, 1992. Article
  • Maritim konkurrenceret, Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen, 1992. Article

Education and language

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


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Bech-Bruun's expertise across litigation, arbitration and mediation allows it to act on the implementation of decision enforcements and provide litigation risk assessment advice. The group is notably active in the construction sector and regularly acts in procurement, insolvency and post-M&A disputes. Practice head Jes Anker Mikkelsen has substantial expertise in litigation and arbitration matters, and is a key contact for maritime, transport and insurance disputes.

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Bech-Bruun advises on corporate and regulatory work, reinsurance and represents in insurance mediation as well as in litigation concerning the defence of claims. The practice’s litigation expertise includes professional indemnity, all-risk insurance, product liability, marine insurance and personal injury. The firm also advises on life insurances and workers’ compensation. (...) Jes Anker Mikkelsen has expertise in shipping as well as offshore and energy insurance.

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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.

Legal 500, Shipping and transport

According to one source, "you cannot talk about shipping law without mentioning Jes Anker Mikkelsen ."Recognised as a "market leader," he offers impressive experience in contentious maritime and transportation matters, with a particular focus on insurance and construction cases.

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