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Mathias Steinø
, Co-Founder, Partner & Attorney-at-Law (H)

Mathias Steinø is a co-founder of and partner in Hafnia Law Firm.

Mathias has successfully led a number of claims through the Danish Courts. He has many years’ experience in complex international high-value disputes both in litigation and arbitration. Cases involve commercial contracts, professional liability, product liability, insurance claims litigation and cases related to international trading. Mathias was admitted to the Supreme Court in 2012 and is among the youngest members of the Danish Supreme Court Bar Association.

Mathias’ clients are primarily insurance carriers, banks and trading houses. Mathias also acts for a variety of stakeholders in oil trading and shipping. He is an active advisor on financing and recovery issues to banks and borrowers.

Mathias lectured at Copenhagen University over a period of 8 years and was elected ‘lecturer of the year’ in 2009 and he has also been a lecturer at Copenhagen Business School. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has received a number of appointments as arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations including, post M&A, general commercial disputes and international sale of goods.

Practice Areas

  • Domestic and international litigation and arbitration
  • Ship sale and purchase
  • Ship and trade finance
  • All aspects of the ship supply industry (contracts, disputes and arrest)
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability
  • Insurance and reinsurance

Positions of Trust

  • Since 2016: Krisale Shipbrokers A/S (chairman of the board)
  • Since 2013: The Danish Branch of Comité Maritime International (member of the board)
  • Since 2013: KHKK Invest A/S (member of the board)
  • Since 2012: SafeEx Holding ApS (member of the board)
  • Memberships

    • The Danish Bar and Law Society
    • The Danish Supreme Court Bar Association (Højesteretsskranken)
    • The Danish Branch of Comité Maritime International (CMI)
    • The Danish Arbitration Association
    • The International Bar Association (IBA)
    • International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA)


    • Conflicts over priority of claims in ships, The Danish Maritime and Commercial Court 150 Years, Karnov Group Denmark, 2011 (co-author)
    • Uklare Voldgiftsaftaler, Erhvervsjuridisk tidsskrift, ET2019.102, (Danish Journal of Commercial Law, ET2019.102), Pathological arbitration clauses)


    • Danish and the other Scandinavian languages
    • English
    • French

    Mathias Steinø

    M +45 40 22 86 11