Peter Appel heads up our Shipping/Offshore/Transportation practice group. Peter has considerable experience as a director and active discussion partner for managements in issues concerning the organisation of companies, day-to-day operations and strategy. As an adviser to a large number of the Danish shipping companies, he has also acquired expert knowledge of the shipping industry.
Peter has an extensive international network, among other things, from his time as chairman of IBA's Maritime and Transport Law Committee. He provides assistance with infrastructure projects and has extensive knowledge about ferry service and train and harbour projects. He has extensive experience with matters pertaining to Greenland. Peter assists a number of Danish and international NGOs in the transport sector. He also has a political network and is often involved in cases that also involve social considerations and public opinion.
Finally, Peter has extensive experience as a speaker and lecturer and he regularly speaks at company events, associations and educational institutions.
In the shipping area, Peter advises the majority of Danish shipping companies and investment foundations with connections to the area. He is often involved in legal proceedings, both representing the parties and as an arbitrator.
Career and education
Gorrissen Federspiel 1985 -
Partner, Gorrissen Federspiel since 1994
Managing Partner, Gorrissen Federspiel 2010 - 2015
Chairman of the Board, Gorrissen Federspiel 2015 - 2020
Leadership in Law Firms (LFF), Harvard Law School Executive Education 2015
Right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court 1996
LL.M. with Merit in Commercial and Corporate Law, London School of Economics, London University 1990
Admitted to the Danish Bar 1988
Specialised subjects exam in maritime law, University of Oslo 1985
Master of Laws, University of Copenhagen 1985
Peter Appel is top-ranked in Chambers Europe and top-ranked in Legal 500 (Hall of Fame and Leading individuals).
Contributor to the annotated Maritime Act, 2012
"Maritime competition law, new challenges for pool managers" in Intermediary, 2007 Edition.
"Maritime competition law - rough seas ahead?" in Bimco Bulletin volume 101, no. 6, December 2006.
"Legal and practical risk of financial lease of vessels" in Festskrift. Den Danske Søretsforening 2000.
"State Aid and Shipbuilding/Shipfinancing Contracts" in EC Shipping Policy, Juridisk Forlag 1997.
Further, speaker at a number of international conferences (with published material).
Memberships and activities
BIMCO Informatique A/S
The Maritime Development Center
Teacher at Maersk International Shipping Education 1986-1989
External lector at the Copenhagen Business School 1995-1998
Chairman of the Danish branch of Comité Maritime International (CMI)