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Provided by Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen


Practice Areas

Real Estate / Construction

Public Procurement

Dispute Resolution


Admitted to the Supreme Court, 2022

Certified mediator, The Association of Danish Law Firms, 2020

Partner, VILTOFT, 2014-

Temporary Judge, the High Court of Eastern Denmark, 2013

Certified arbitrator, the Association of Danish Law Firms, 2013

Attorney, VILTOFT, 2010-2013

Foreign intern, Essex Court Chambers (Toby Landau QC), London, 2008

Stagiaire, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris, 2008

LL.M., University of Cambridge, England, 2008

Admitted to the Danish Bar, 2007

Assistant attorney and attorney, Bruun & Hjejle, 2004-2010

Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Copenhagen, 2004

Studies at New York University School of Law, USA, 2002

Professional Memberships

Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (since 2017)

Board member and co-founder of Young Arbitrators Copenhagen (YAC) ((2013-2020, chairman 2017-2019).

Member of the working group of the Danish Institute of Arbitration concerning dispute boards in construction and other long-running contracts (2013).

Member of the working group of the Association of Danish Law Firms about forms of remuneration (2013-2014).

Volunteer advisor, Copenhagen Legal Aid (2002-2012).

Member of the Danish Society for Construction and Consulting Law, the Danish Association for Procurement Law, the Danish Arbitration Association, Young Arbitrators Stockholm (SCC) and the Young International Arbitration Group (LCIA).


Co-author (with Michael Gjedde-Nielsen et al.) of ABR 18: General Conditions for Consulting Services, Karnov Group, 1st edition, 2021

Co-author (with Jakob Juul) of Danish Arbitration ("Voldgiftsret"), Karnov Group, 3rd edition 2017.

Co-author (with Michael Gjedde-Nielsen) of article about construction arbitration in Denmark, Tidsskrift for Bolig- og Byggeret (T:BB) 2016, p. 883.

In addition, he is author of articles on various topics in the field of commercial arbitration (Advokaten 2011, No 10, p. 20) and corporate law (Justitia 2005, No 2; with Simon Krogh).


Metroselskabet I/S, Odense Tramway P/S, Danish regions and municipalities, insurance companies, energy sector clients and technical consultancy firms (architects and engineers).


Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen advises public and private sector clients and technical consultants on all aspects of construction including infrastructure and public procurement. He assists in drafting and negotiating contracts and in designing and handling tenders for public works and other public contracts.

Dispute resolution (arbitration, litigation and mediation) is a particular area of expertise for Peter. He handles not only construction and infrastructure disputes and professional negligence disputes within technical consultancy, but also commercial, contractual and public law disputes. He is the co-author (with Jakob Juul) of the book Danish Arbitration ("Voldgiftsret") and a certified arbitrator and mediator. In 2013, he sat as a Temporary Judge at the High Court of Eastern Denmark. Since 2017, he has been member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

Peter also advises on real estate transactions and projects, including public-private urban development projects and other PPPs. He has extensive general commercial, contracts and corporate law experience.

Peter has achieved recognition in Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Industry Sector Expertise

Since 1978 VILTOFT has been a leading provider of legal services to the building and construction industry. The firm provides advice and representation to employers, contractors, architects, engineers, insurance companies and investors and has been involved in most of the significant construction and engineering projects in Denmark during the last several decades. Perhaps most notably, VILTOFT is sole legal advisor on all construction and procurement matters to Metroselskabet I/S, the public company building the Copenhagen Metro. VILTOFT’s team also advises clients on cross-border projects based on international standard contracts such as FIDIC.

Languages Spoken

English and French and the Scandinavian languages.

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers


Real Estate: Construction - Denmark
Band 2

Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen is well placed to handle complex construction projects and disputes in the healthcare and transportation sectors. He acts for engineers and architects as well as employers.


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Key Sectors

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Property, Construction and Infrastructure

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Energy and Utilities