Christian Benedictsen-Nislev

Christian Benedictsen-Nislev

Christian is an experienced shipping and transport lawyer.

Christian advises Danish and international companies on all aspects of shipping, transport and international trade. His areas of expertise include shipbuilding contracts, the purchase and sale of ships and goods as well as financing, commercial contracts and corporate transactions.

As a qualified English solicitor, Christian has extensive knowledge of English law and the common law system, and he advises on legal matters in both civil law and common law jurisdictions.

Christian is a highly experienced litigator, defending clients' interests before the courts and in arbitration proceedings, e.g. in relation to disputes concerning shipping, transport law, insurance and listed companies' duty to disclose information. Among his clients are shipping companies and other transport companies, transport customers, public authorities, insurance companies and international funds specialising in the financing of dispute resolution.

Christian has completed an Executive MBA in International Shipping and Logistics. This has added a deep commercial understanding and strategic insight to the legal services provided by him.

Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics, Copenhagen Business School
2013 - 2015
Graduate Diploma in Law Legal Professional Course, The College of Law in London
2005 - 2007
Nordic Institute of Maritime Law, Graduate Program in International Maritime Law, University of Oslo
Study Abroad Program, International Trade Law, University of Sydney
Master of Law, University of Copenhagen
1998 - 2005

Committee Maritime International

Law Society of England and Wales

Professional qualifications

Solicitor of England and Wales 

Additional qualifications

Associate professor in Economic Aspects of Maritime Law at Copenhagen Business School


Right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court

Lawyer and partner at a major Danish law firm
2016 - 2019
Lawyer at a major Danish law firm
2011 - 2016
Stationed with A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S in Copenhagen
Solicitor and trainee solicitor at an international shipping law firm in London
2007 - 2010
Major matters

The restructuring of a major Danish shipping company, including the re-registration of ships and companies in a large number of jurisdictions

The conclusion of shipbuilding contracts for a fleet of ships and the associated long-term back-to-back charter parties with the client's customer

Involved in a number of major Danish lawsuits on behalf of a global fund specialised in the financing of dispute resolution

Arbitration case concerning a recourse claim in relation to the capsizing of a ship in dry dock and the resulting total loss

Advice on logistics agreements in several jurisdictions to a major Danish retail company

A Danish shipping company's purchase of a shipping company in a Baltic state


Danish Maritime Days 

North Sea Operators’ Claims Conference


Getting The Deal Through: Ports & Terminals – Denmark

Getting The Deal Through: Shipping