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Karl Johan Gombrii (gombrii-karl-johan)    Edit Member    All Members

General Arbitration Experience

Acted as arbitrator, including as chairman, mostly in ad hoc arbitrations but also institutionalised (ICC and SCC) in Norway, Sweden and Singapore in disputes under Norwegian, Swedish and English law regarding shipbuilding and ship conversion contracts, insurance policies and charteparties.

Acted as counsel in Norwegian arbitrations regarding bills of lading, war risk insurance and pooling agreements.

Instructed London and New York counsel as professional client in numerous ad hoc arbitrations (according to LMAA and SMA rules) regarding shipbuilding contracts, FPSO conversions, a LNG production project, marine insurance policies, charterparties and agency issues.

Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SiAarb), individual member of the Singapore Chamber of Marine Arbitration (SCMA) and supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).

Immediate Past President and Executive Councillor of Comite Maritime International (CMI), Antwerp from 2012.

President of Comite Maritime International (CMI), 2008 - 2012.

Vice President of Comite Maritime International (CMI), 2001 - 2008.

President of the Main Committee of the UN Diplomatic Conference on Arrest in Ships, 1999.

Chairman of the UNCITRAL/UNCTAD Joint Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, 1996.

Executive Councillor, CMI, 1994 - 1999.

President, Norwegian Maritime Law Association, Oslo, 1993 - 2000.

Delegate of Norway to many UNCITRAL, IMO and UNCTAd meetings, including several Diplomatic Conferences.

Participated in the drafting of several BIMCO documents, such as BARECON 2001.

Member of Norwegian Bar Association, Norwegian Maritime Law Association, Swedish Maritime Law Association and Singapore Law Association.
Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators' Association and member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration.

Counsel and co-counsel in relation to numerous references in London, Singapore and Oslo regarding charterparties, bills of lading, joint venture agreements and shipbuilding contracts.

Arbitrator, including as chairman, in several ad hoc arbitrations in Oslo, Stockholm and Singapore regarding charterparties, shipbuilding contracts and insurance contracts.

Mediation Workshop, arranged by prof. Frank E.A. Sander, Harvard Law School (1998).

Extensive speaking engagements on maritime law issues, joint ventures and competition law.

Name: Karl Johan Gombrii
Nationality: Swedish
Residence: Oslo
Telephone: +47 23 89 40 00
Bar Admission:
Languages: Scandinavian, English, German
Professional Licenses: Admitted to the Norwegian Bar (1982)
Firm Name: Arntzen de Besche
Firm Address: P.O.Box 2734 Solli, 0204 Oslo
Firm Country: Norway
Firm Phone: +47 23 89 40 00
Firm Email:
Firm Website:
Work history

Attorney at law, partner at Arntzen de Besche, Oslo from 2012.

Managing Director of Nordisk Legal Services Pte Ltd. Singapore, 2009 - 2010.

Deputy Managing Director, Northern Shipowners Defence Club, 2000 - 2010.

Attorney at law, Northern Shipowners Defence Club, Oslo, 1982 - 2010.

Research fellow, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo, 1977 - 1981.

Legal officer, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, 1973 - 1976.

Associate, Mannheimer & Zetterlöf, Gothenburg, 1972.

Lecturer, School of Economics, Gothenburg, 1971 - 1972.

Oil, Gas and Energy Contract Law

Extensive experience in drafting, counselling and arbitrating JV contracts, particularly pooling agreements.

Public Law Regulations, Concessions and Tariffs
Construction and Oil-service Law

Advising contractors in drafting agreements and handling disputes, including in arbitration as regards FPSO contracts.

Advising contractors in drafting agreements and handling disputes, including in arbitration as regards supply vessels, charter parties.

Advising contractors in drafting agreements and handling disputes, including as arbitrator.

Insurance, Finance and Maritime Law
Corporate Transactions and Investor Disputes
Nordisk skipsfart under fremmed flagg, Oslo (1979).

Skipsfart og samarbeid, maritime joint ventures i rettslig belysning, Oslo (1991).

Many articles in Norwegian and international publications on issues relating to maritime law, competition law and joint ventures.