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Portrait of Steffen Pedersen


Steffen is a partner in the Singapore office.  His main focus is arbitration and mediation and he regularly acts on SCMA, LMAA, SIAC and HKIAC arbitrations in Asia and Europe and in mediations. In addition to his contentious work, Steffen negotiates high value contracts and related documentation for construction and drilling contracts and also assists with the submission of tenders for drilling campaigns. He has recently developed his expertise in deep seabed mining and regularly presents at conferences on this specialist area.

Steffen has been based in East and South-East Asia throughout his career and has extensive experience and understanding of both regions and their local cultures. He speaks five languages including Danish and Mandarin.

He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, and England and Wales, and is also licensed to advise on Nauru, Niue, Tuvalu and Kiribati law. Steffen is frequently appointed as arbitrator and is on the panel of arbitrators at SCMA, EMAC, LMAA, GMAA, BANI, AIAC, SIAC (Reserve List) and HKIAC. He is a qualified mediator.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising two Singapore-based rig owners on the re-negotiations of construction contracts at Chinese shipyards worth over USD250 million each.
  • Assisting a PRC-client rig owner with a tender submission for a seven-year campaign in the Caspian Sea.
  • Winning a multi-million USD charterparty dispute for a Hong Kong-based client in an SIAC arbitration.
  • Sitting as arbitrator in a multi-million USD S&P dispute under SCMA Rules.
  • Acting for the owner of a bulk carrier on the liquefaction of an Indonesian nickel ore cargo.

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