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Udfordringer på området
Den mest skelsættende begivenhed for danske selskaber i nyere tid er den nye selskabslov, som trådte i kraft i 2010. Loven har indført væsentlige ændringer om blandt andet stiftelsesprocedure, kapitalandele, selskabets ledelse, kapital, selvfinansiering, likvidation samt fusioner og spaltninger.

Den nye selskabslov rejser mange nye spørgsmål, og de fleste virksomheder har derfor behov for rådgivning og sparring om de nye reglers betydning i praksis.

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Vores ratings

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016
-  Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for Large team advising clients on an impressive number of high-profile transactional mandates. Increasingly active in the private equity space, while continuing to advise on public M&A matters. A popular choice for clients in the shipping, energy and financial services sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have experienced consistently high-quality service from the firm - consistently excellent." 

Work highlights Advised BioAlliance Pharma on its merger with TopoTarget, including the delisting of TopoTarget and the secondary offering of BioAlliance Pharma.

Assisted Energinet.dk with its DKK2.25 billion acquisition of the DONG Storage-owned Stenlille gas aquifer storage facility. 

Notable practitioners  

Søren Meisling is a well-respected M&A practitioner with a wealth of experience in complex cross-border mandates. He assists clients with corporate activities in a variety of sectors and industries, including life sciences, telecoms and financial services.

Jacob Hjortshøj provides expert advice to private equity firms, corporates and investment banks on both M&A transactions and company law matters. One client enthused: "He's one of the best M&A lawyers in the Danish market; I'm always very impressed with his work. He has strong project management skills while remaining hands-on at the same time." He acted for Altor Fund III on the sale of the Soinon Group to Novo.

Sources describe Niels Kornerup as "a good deal maker; he's very pragmatic and gets the transaction to run smoothly." He acts for clients on the incorporation of business structures and corporate governance matters, including shareholder agreements and resolutions. He assisted VKR Holding with its sale of WindowMaster to investor Erik Boyter.

Monica Reib is active on both transactional and corporate advisory mandates. One client described her as "a very talented lawyer; she is very responsive and produces top-quality work every time."

Significant clients A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Danske Bank, Hempel, Nets, Norgesgruppen. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Corporate/M&A

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Chambers Global Rating 2017
-  Corporate/M&A

Søren Meisling specialises in business transfers and M&A. He advises on domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions in several sectors, including telecommunications, life sciences and financial institutions.

Jacob Hjortshøj's expertise covers M&A transactions, business transfers and private equity. He represented Solix Group in its DKK1.1 billion acquisition of Cembrit Holding. Clients describe him as "seasoned, proactive and pragmatic. He never gets in the way of the deal because he finds a solution."

Foreign desks The firm's China desk assists Chinese clients with a wide range of corporate advisory and transactional matters, linked to concerns in Denmark. In addition to lawyers based in Copenhagen and Aarhus, the firm has a representative office in Shanghai. Søren Meisling in Copenhagen heads the desk.

The German desk offers long-standing experience in advising Danish companies on establishing a business presence in Germany. Areas of expertise include contract law, real estate issues, M&A and general company law. Ole Nørgaard in Copenhagen is the key point of contact.

Chambers and Partners Global, Corporate/M&A

IFLR1000

IFLR1000 Rating 2016
-  Mergers and Acquisitions

Bech-Bruun is recognised as one of the leading financial and corporate firms in Denmark. In the corporate space, especially, the team continues to excel and secure some of the most impressive mandates in the Danish market.

Clients specifically point to the “professional and enthusiastic service” provided by the team as a key highlight. “They are very good and helpful in getting the deal through on the terms agreed,” says one senior executive in at an investment group. “There is no lawyering or getting in the way of the deal but instead they are very constructive and helpful in solving issues occurring along the way. The team was led by Jacob Hjortshøj who is one of the very best.”

The firm’s corporate practice, in particular, is something many clients highlight. “I would recommend Bech-Bruun highly and continue to use them on all my work,” says one in-house counsel working in the media sector. “Bech-Bruun are my first choice M&A firm and they handle even the largest and most complex deals excellently.”

That strong praise is supported by others. “It is one of the best experiences I have ever had working with an overseas firm,” says one international partner. “Bech-Bruun are head and shoulders above – in terms of knowledge, value for money and results – of all other firms I've used in Denmark. Their availability was excellent, there were no communication problems and the billing arrangements were flexible and very reasonable considering the work done. They were responsive, understanding of the subject and very good value for money. They are the only firm I would undoubtedly use in Denmark.”

One of the more significant matters the banking and finance team worked on this year saw Morten Krogsgaard taking charge as the firm acted for Solix and the Cembrit group in connection with a junior payment-in-kind (PIK) note issue for the purpose of refinancing certain financial indebtedness. Elsewhere, the team also assisted Landesbank Baden Wurtemberg in connection with its financing of a solar power plant sited at Lerchenbord Gods.

The capital markets team had busy year, with one example of its work seeing it advising LM Group Holding on its (Norwegian) kr475 million green bond issue. It also acted as Danish counsel to Danica in its acquisition of bonds issued by Sitecore.

Probably the strongest practice within the firm – certainly one of the strongest in Denmark – is the M&A team, for whom it was another strong year. For example, this year Ole Nørgaard led a team advising Teradyne on its $285 million acquisition of the entire share capital of Universal Robots. Elsewhere, Simon Milthers was the partner in charge when the firm assisted AP Møller–Mærsk with the kr4.1 billion sale of Esvagt to 3i Infrastructure and AMP Capital Investors.

One of the top names in the Danish restructuring and insolvency space, examples of the firm’s recent work include seeing Ole Borch acting for F-Group – with Nordea as the major creditor – in its in-court restructuring process. He also continues to lead the way in assisting Aage Østergaard Horsens – where Sydbank and Danske Bank are the major creditors – with its out-of-court restructuring.

 

IFLR1000, Mergers and acquisitions

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2016
-  Mergers and acquisitions

Bech-Bruun’s Jacob Hjortshøj assisted Altor Equity Partners with the complex multijurisdictional acquisition of Norican Group. Claus Aagaard Nielsen is another key name in the practice. Other clients include A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Nets and Procter & Gamble. Søren Meisling and Monica Reib are highly recommended; Tina Øster Larsen was recently promoted to partner.

Legal 500, Mergers and acquisitions

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