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Frants Dalgaard-Knudsen

Frants Dalgaard-Knudsen

Attorney-at-Law, Partner, PhD, FCIArb


  • Commercial Contracts
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Technical deliveries

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Frants Dalgaard-Knudsen has extensive experience in construction, engineering, technical deliveries and commercial matters in infrastructure, housing, industry, energy, trade and transportation.

His focus includes contracts, transactions, advice and, in particular, disputes in such areas. The Digitalization of Dispute Resolution is in focus. He has wide experience in arbitration and also in advice on projects. He also has a solid background in facilitating teamwork, having been the head of Plesner's Corporate/Commercial department for 10 years.

He has assisted with major construction projects in Denmark, including motorways, power plants, wind turbines, the Copenhagen Metro and the Great Belt Bridge, and also with a number of disputes regarding major construction projects and technical deliveries abroad under FIDIC. He also has experience in the agriculture and food industry as well as in legal matters in Greenland.

Frants has a right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court and he is a member of the Danish Supreme Court Bar Association. He is a certified arbitrator in Denmark and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, FCIArb. He also has a PhD from the European University Institute. He is the author of "Danelaws on Contracts" (2015, 524 pages).


  • School Construction - construction arbitration award in 2018 not allowing set off by a public employer - in favour of the contractor (reported in TBB 2018.516)
  • Old Age Care JV - construction arbitration award in 2017 on time exten-sion due to local planning etc. - the contractor awarded 166 days (reported in TBB 2017.755)
  • Shopping Mall - construction arbitration award in 2017 regarding product liability and sacrifice threshold - full compensation for higher operation costs to the employer (reported in TBB 2017.915) 
  • Odderbanen - construction arbitration award in 2015 regarding the design and costs of renovation of the railway line - case won for the consulting engineer (reported in KFE 2015.003)
  • Georg Jensen - Danish arbitration institute award in 2014 regarding breach of franchise rights for China for the Georg Jensen brand - case won for franchisee
  • Jakobsen & Sønner - court litigation in 2014 regarding shareholders' liability in a building materials company - case won for the ultimate shareholder
  • Osted - construction arbitration award in 2014 regarding a public old-age housing project - success with contractor's claims
  • Copenhagen Metro phases 1-2A - civil works construction arbitration award in 2012 granting the contractor a two-year time extension and financial compensation
  • Østerbrogade - apartment building construction arbitration award in 2008 granting the contractor compensation for loss of time and costs regarding defective design and public requirements (reported in KFE 2009.245)
  • Wind turbine gearboxes - Danish arbitration institute award in 2008 dismissing claims for defective design raised against a manufacturer developing and supplying gearboxes for wind turbines
  • Powerplant Nordjylland - Danish arbitration institute award in 2008 holding the owner liable for damages to the contractor's work caused by uncontrolled thermal forces
  • Roads in Zambia - Danish arbitration institute award in 2007 in favour of a joint venture lead partner with respect to claims based on delays, late payments and currency fluctuation
  • Copenhagen Metro M&E works - construction arbitration award in 2006 in favour of the main-contractor as regards claims for extra works by M&E sub-contractor
  • Skjold Burne - Danish Supreme Court judgment leading to the shareholder's repayment of dividends received in bad faith (reported in UfR2006.3050 - the Danish weekly law reports)
  • Copenhagen Opera - ongoing assistance to the steering contractor during construction leading to handing-over in 2005 without any disputes pending
  • Bodegas Gargantini - Danish High Court judgment recognising the legal reasons, principles and results of the courts of Argentina with respect to M&A transactions regarding wineries (reported in UfR2001.1949 - the Danish weekly law reports)
  • Great Belt Bridge - construction arbitration award in favour of the civil works contractor with respect to a number of claims regarding extra works and disruption (reported in KfE1998.53)

Bar Admissions

London Court of International Arbitration

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Association Suisse de l'Arbitrage

International Bar Association (IBA)

American Society of International Law

Højesteretsskranken (an association of experienced Supreme Court litigators)  


2006 FCIArb, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London

2006 Certified arbitrator

1996 Partner

1996 Admitted to the Danish Supreme Court

1991 Doctor of Laws (Ph.D.), European University Institute, Florence

1990 Admitted to the bar

1988 Employed by a law firm, now Plesner

1986-1987 Studies abroad, AIW-Institute, Frankfurt, and Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Oslo

1984-1987 Research fellow, European University Institute, Florence

1984 Master of Laws, Aarhus University

1979 Studies abroad, University of Waterloo, Canada

Areas of Practice

Commercial Contracts | Construction | Dispute Resolution | Technical deliveries

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

  • 2019 Legal 500
  • 2019 Chambers Global
  • 2018 Legal 500
  • 2018 Chambers Global
  • 2017 Whos who
  • 2017 Legal 500
  • 2016 Legal 500
  • 2015 Chambers Global
  • 2014 Whos who
  • 2013 Legal 500


1995 "International Civil Procedures, Denmark" (co-author)

1991 "Mineral Concessions and Law in Greenland" (dissertation)

1987 "Udvindingskoncessioners retlige kvalificering" (The legal qualification of mining concessions)

Numerous articles in Danish and foreign periodicals

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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