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Chambers Europe Rating 2015

Competition and European Law

What the team is known for Established presence at the top of the Danish market for competition matters. Expertise covers complex merger filings, compliance, public procurement and contentious cases. The team is highly experienced in a wide range of industries, including transport, media, broadcasting and waste.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team's strengths are its professionalism, dedication and business acumen."

"It is a large department in terms of personnel, and the quality of the service is also good."

What's new? New clients include Apotekeren, Novozymes, DSB, Danish Waste Association and Hillerød Forsyning.

Work highlights Successfully represented Cheminova in a claim against AzkoNobel for participation in a European market-sharing and price-fixing cartel for MCAA chemicals between 1984 and 1999.

Notable practitioners  

Claus Berg advises on public procurement and construction law. He represents employers, technical advisers and contractors on legal issues arising in the context of construction projects.

Tina Braad is a well-regarded public procurement law specialist who advises on the competition aspects of complex infrastructure projects. 

Peter Stig Jakobsen specialises in EU law, competition law, public procurement law, contract law and state aid law. He receives effusive praise from clients: "He is a very skilled lawyer within competition. We always feel like we are in the best hands; he is very responsive, very quality-oriented in his work, very thorough, and he lets us relax because we have the sense that he is in control."

Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg is the firm's managing partner. He focuses on EU law, competition law, public procurement law, state aid law and contract law.

Jesper Kaltoft advises on all aspects of competition law as well as procurement law matters before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement and the Danish courts.

Michael Honoré receives praise from clients for his "very good knowledge of EU State aid law in the transport sector." He focuses on antitrust law, state aid law and general EU law, regularly representing clients before the authorities and courts at both national and European level.

Significant clients Viasat, The City of Copenhagen, AGA, AgustaWestland, VKR Holding. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Competition/European Law

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Banking and finance

What the team is known for Respected finance team advising banks, private equity houses and large corporates on all aspects of acquisition financing. Expertise includes loan agreements, bond issuances and financial restructuring. Acts on asset financing mandates and assists clients with regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"When we are operating within tight deadlines, the team is always willing and able to help us."

"We work quite a lot with the team so its lawyers know exactly what we need. They have a very pragmatic approach."

Work highlights Advised on the Danish aspects of the financing of CVC Capital Partners' acquisition of Sysnam Nordic from Alipes.

Acted for Crédit Suisse on the structuring of a USD50 million royalty bond issued by Zealand Pharma.

Notable practitioners  

Morten Krogsgaard is an experienced finance lawyer who advises lenders and borrowers on commercial lending, as well as syndicated agreements, bond issuances and structured products. Clients say: "He is a very smart guy with solid legal skills and good commercial awareness."

Significant clients BNP Paribas, DnB Bank, Handelsbanken, Jyske Bank, Nordea Bank. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Banking and Finance

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Capital Markets

What the team is known for Assists issuers and underwriters with a broad range of transactional and regulatory capital markets mandates. Acts for domestic and international corporates and banks on rights issues, share buy-backs and public tender offers. Also acts on DCM mandates, including convertible, high-yield and royalty bond issuances.

Work highlights Advised Onxeo on the Danish aspects of its merger with TopoTarget and subsequent secondary listing on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen.

Assisted Credit Suisse with the Danish law issues relating to the structuring of Zealand Pharma's USD50 million royalty bond issuance.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Steen Jensen acts for both international and domestic clients on regulatory and securities mandates, offering particular expertise in ECM. He recently advised Jyske Bank on its DKK7.4 billion acquisition of BRFkredit using a combination of cash and shares.

David Moalem is a well-regarded capital markets lawyer whose practice covers regulatory, transactional and contentious mandates. He receives praise from clients, with one interviewee stating: "He is responsive, knowledgeable, pragmatic and has a high level of integrity." Recent highlights include acting for Admiral Capital on the DKK61 million public tender offer by Kvalitena Danmark.

Regina Andersen assists corporates with both initial and secondary public offerings, as well as share acquisition and disposal transactions and regulatory mandates. She recently advised Onxeo on its EUR40.7 million rights issue in both Denmark and France.

Significant clients Carlsberg, Exiqon, Handelsbanken, Maj Invest, SEB. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Capital Markets

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

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for Sizeable practice recognised for its experience in handling contentious matters across a variety of sectors and industries. Expertise includes insurance, construction, employment and insolvency-related disputes. The team represents clients ranging from insurers to energy companies and professional services firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is amongst our preferred law firms; the lawyers are skilled and know our sector very well, which is important for giving advice." 

"The lawyers understand and interpret situations very quickly, which is very good. They know the law and what they have to do."

What's new? Claus Berg joined the practice as partner in January 2015.

Work highlights Successfully defended Rambøll against a claim over technical liability in the context of a public procurement mandate.

Acted for Lemming & Eriksson on a dispute concerning the liability to a third party for the alleged faulty design of a new school building.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Jes Anker Mikkelsen specialises in disputes related to maritime and insurance law. He represented the accountants of an insurance company against two professional liability lawsuits, and has been appointed as an arbitrator of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission.

Carsten Pedersen is praised by clients for his skill in contract and insurance cases, with one affirming: "He is our preferred attorney in Denmark for these types of dispute." He successfully represented the former board of Memory Card Technology before the Danish Supreme Court.

Claus Berg has extensive experience in construction disputes and contentious issues related to public procurement mandates. He handles both litigation and arbitration cases on behalf of contractors, technical advisers and employers.

Henrik Valdorf-Hansen is recognised by peers for his extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution. He is also an arbitrator and mediator and was recently appointed by the Shanghai International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission. 

Significant clients Statoil, Mærsk Line, Ernst & Young, If Insurance, GARD. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Dispute Resolution

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Employment

What the team is known for Market-leading team recognised for its extensive and wide-ranging employment law experience. Notable focus on employment dispute resolution, representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Also advises on the labour law aspects of corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Assists organisations in the public sector, medical companies and financial services providers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm staffs each case – or part of a case – with the exact competences that are needed, be it for negotiation or for a court case."

What's new? Velux is a new client win.

Work highlights Represented Dansk Tandlægeforening in a case concerning the termination of an employee's contract.

Represented Danish Regions in proceedings concerning the alleged unlawful termination of a contract.

Advised Nordisk Film Biografer on a dispute concerning the violation of a collective bargaining agreement.

Notable practitioners  

The "very skilled" Morten Ulrich is a respected employment law litigator. He is experienced in matters concerning public labour law, collective bargaining, equal treatment and non-discrimination.

Bjarke Vejby recently assisted the Danish Court Functionary Union with negotiations related to the 2015-2018 collective bargaining agreement with the Danish Royal Family. He receives praise from clients: "All the way through he has conducted the case in a dignified manner, demonstrated complete knowledge of Danish law and exercised full control over the case in court."

Lise Lauridsen recently joined the firm from Bruun & Hjejle. She advises on incentive schemes, litigation, investigations, public inquiries and business transfers. Clients appreciate her "service-mindedness and quick and qualitative responses to enquiries."

Significant clients British American Tobacco, DSB, Danish Shipowners’ Association, Bravida Danmark, Accenture. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Employment

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Energy

What the team is known for Outstanding energy practice assisting clients with high-profile transactional mandates and project work. Expertise covers both offshore and onshore oil and gas activities as well as renewables, ranging from wind to biomass and waste-to-energy. Its lawyers also advise on the financial, corporate and regulatory law aspects of energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are focused, practical, knowledgeable and proactive." 

"The firm offers highly specialised lawyers within the areas where we need support."

"The lawyers' advice is to the point and straightforward." 

What's new? Client wins include AURA Energi and Reno-Nord.

Work highlights Advised Energinet.dk on its DKK2.25 billion acquisition of DONG Storage. 

Assisted E.ON Vind Sverige with the DKK2.8 billion sale of 80% of the shares in the entity owning and operating the Rödsand 2 offshore to SEAS-NVE.

Notable practitioners  

The highly regarded Per Hemmer receives effusive praise from clients: "He works very efficiently, is always available, looks for pragmatic and efficient solutions and always has the commercial background in mind." He specialises in oil and gas, offshore wind and energy regulatory matters, and recently assisted Noreco with a reorganisation process.

Jakob Østervang focuses on the M&A side of the energy sector, regularly advising clients on transactional mandates, especially those involving renewable energy assets. He recently assisted Vattenfall with the sale of both Fynsværket and Odense Kraftvarmeværk to Fjernvarme Fyn, for a total of DKK1.1 billion.

Significant clients Total E&P, Energi Viborg, VNG Danmark, Sydfyns Elforsyning.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Energy

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Intellectual Property

What the team is known for Highly regarded team for trade mark and design issues. Its lawyers' expertise also covers copyright and data protection matters, including handling contentious cases. Represents large Danish and international clients from a number of key sectors and industries, with a particularly strong focus on the life sciences sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers have a good understanding of our situation and are good at making difficult issues simple. The firm has the size and the specialist expertise to handle all legal matters."

"Its lawyers are quick and follow up well; they always give a lot of attention to our cases."

What's new? Christian Vinding Thomsen joined the team from MAQS Law Firm.

Work highlights Represented eBay's Danish entity, Bil Markedet, in multiple cases related to data infringement and violation of marketing practice regulation.

Successfully represented Rockwool International before the Danish Supreme Court in a case related to the interpretation of EU marketing directives.

Notable practitioners  

Head of practice Klaus Madsen is described by clients as "very skilled and very strategical." He focuses on patents, life sciences and marketing law. Recent highlights include representing Krka in a patent case against AstraZeneca.

Claus Barrett Christiansen receives glowing praise from clients: "We have always found him to be well informed and very good at finding solutions; he works as an extension of our company." His broad practice includes trade mark, design, copyright and domain name issues, as well as marketing regulation and distribution and licence agreements.

Christian Vinding Thomsen is considered by sources to be "one of the country's leading lawyers within the life sciences field." His expertise includes regulatory and transactional matters related to life sciences, pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs. Clients say: "He's very experienced, very thorough and really knows his stuff. He always gives pragmatic, prompt and good advice."

Significant clients Warner Bros., Procter & Gamble, Bestseller, Sony Music, Mars. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Intellectual Property

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Public Law

What the team is known for Sizeable practice advising on general public law regulations, as well as more specialised areas such as energy, climate and environment. Expertise also covers contentious cases in public law, representing clients in proceedings before courts at all levels. Clients include a number of Danish municipalities and regions, as well as independent institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers have a great knowledge of public law and they advise most of the big construction companies, so they know this industry."

Work highlights Advises the Southern Denmark Region on the construction of the New University Hospital in Odense.

Advising Metroselskabet on a wide range of issues connected to the planning, construction and operation of the Copenhagen Metro.

Notable practitioners  

Per Hemmer heads the department and is the key point of contact for clients.

Significant clients Femern, Capital Region, City of Copenhagen, Danish Agriculture & Food Council, Odense Letbane. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Public Law

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Real Estate

What the team is known for Top real estate practice handling both transactional mandates and construction projects. Expertise includes joint ventures, investments, fund establishment and transaction financing. Advises both Danish and international clients across various industries, as well as the financial services and public sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are thorough, they deliver on time and they are professional."

"The team is good and offers good knowledge; the lawyers in the team complement each other."

Work highlights Advised four major Danish pension funds on the purchase of a large logistics portfolio in Scandinavia.

Assisted BlackRock with the divestment of the Illum property to Central Group.

Notable practitioners

Torben Brøgger specialises in public procurement and construction law. His clients include both private companies and public authorities for whom he handles urban development and construction projects.

Andreas Antoniades focuses on asset management and transactions, as well as on leasing issues. His practice covers both advisory matters and representation in contentious cases, including lease disputes.

Steen Puch Holm-Larsen advises domestic and international investors, sponsors, private equity funds and institutional investors on transactions and real estate finance.

Lars Kjær centres his work around the purchase and sale of large real estate projects, property portfolios and real estate companies. Clients appreciate his "strong abilities to combine the financial and legal aspects."

Significant clients PenSam, City of Copenhagen, Meyer Bergman, Sinai Group, ATP. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Real Estate

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Real Estate - Construction

What the team is known for Top real estate practice handling both transactional mandates and construction projects. Expertise includes joint ventures, investments, fund establishment and transaction financing. Advises both Danish and international clients across various industries, as well as the financial services and public sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are thorough, they deliver on time and they are professional."

"The team is good and offers good knowledge; the lawyers in the team complement each other."

Work highlights Advised four major Danish pension funds on the purchase of a large logistics portfolio in Scandinavia.

Assisted BlackRock with the divestment of the Illum property to Central Group.

Notable practitioners

Torben Brøgger specialises in public procurement and construction law. His clients include both private companies and public authorities for whom he handles urban development and construction projects.

Andreas Antoniades focuses on asset management and transactions, as well as on leasing issues. His practice covers both advisory matters and representation in contentious cases, including lease disputes.

Steen Puch Holm-Larsen advises domestic and international investors, sponsors, private equity funds and institutional investors on transactions and real estate finance.

Lars Kjær centres his work around the purchase and sale of large real estate projects, property portfolios and real estate companies. Clients appreciate his "strong abilities to combine the financial and legal aspects."

Significant clients PenSam, City of Copenhagen, Meyer Bergman, Sinai Group, ATP. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Real Estate

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Restructuring and Insolvency

What the team is known for Superb team representing creditors in a range of bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including debt collections. Handles contentious and non-contentious matters and holds international capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team knows our business very well and is one of the best practices in Denmark."

"The practice is reliable, good quality and delivers on time." 

Work highlights Assisted Da'core with restructuring processes, including tax matters.

Advised creditor Nykredit on a dispute following the bankruptcy of Duegården.

Notable practitioners  

Market-acclaimed Ole Borch co-heads the team and handles both restructuring and insolvency matters as well as corporate and company law. Clients appreciate that "he has so much experience." Recent experience includes restructurings in the construction industry.

Clients say that Carsten Ceutz "is thorough but always manages to get back to us very quickly." He is known for representing both creditors and bankrupt estates, and recent projects include restructuring processes in the oil industry.

Michael Serring is noted for his involvement in bankruptcy disputes and investigations, including white-collar crime. Recent dealings include floating charges disputes, and interviewees describe him as "a very diligent, sharp and brilliant lawyer."

Department co-leader Troels Tuxen advises on a range of bankruptcy and company law matters.

Erik Malberg is described by sources as "a brilliant lawyer." He handles bankruptcy matters in court and is noted for his experience acting as trustee.

Significant clients Danske Bank, Danish Travel Guarantee Fund, Nordea Bank, Jyske Bank, Sydbank. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Shipping

What the team is known for Market-leading practice covering all aspects of shipping law. Areas of activity include dispute resolution, insolvency proceedings, cargo claims and charter parties. Clients include both Danish and international shipowners, cargo owners and insurers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers have incisive minds, they are to the point and have the ability to get to the core of the matter. This applies to all the lawyers I have worked with at the firm."

"The lawyers are both quick and precise." 

What's new? New clients include Contea Assurance, Gjensidige and SwissMarine.

Work highlights Advising The Containership Company on cross-border insolvency proceedings, including aspects in Denmark, the USA and China.

Notable practitioners 

Jes Anker Mikkelsen receives praise from clients, who describe him as "responsive, and he understands quickly." Areas of focus include chartering agreements, grounding and salvage, cargo transportation and collisions. He also advises on insurance-related matters, including coverage, indemnity and dispute resolution and insurance mediation.

Anne Buhl Bjelke is noted for her experience in credit insurance matters in the shipping sector. Her practice includes both advisory work and dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings. Her expertise also covers general maritime and transport law.

Johannes Grove Nielsen advises on all aspects of maritime law and shipping law. His experience includes contentious matters, representing shipping companies and insurers in litigation proceedings. He also assists with transactional mandates, including the sale and purchase of vessels. He recently advised Copenship on a cross-border maritime insolvency case, including wet, dry and regulatory shipping matters.

Significant clients J. Poulsen Shipping, GARD, MAN Diesel & Energy, Norwegian Energy Company, Kühne & Nagel. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Shipping

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Tax

What the team is known for Market-leading firm advising on all areas of taxation, including both domestic and cross-border matters. Areas of focus include VAT and transfer pricing, incentive schemes and the tax aspects of M&A. Its lawyers advise on tax strategy and optimisation, as well as representing clients in tax litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We are very much satisfied - the lawyers have a good in-house network, they are prompt and responsive, and very quick to answer all your questions."

"I am satisfied - the lawyers are quick, responsive and flexible." 

What's new? VKR Holding is a new addition to the client roster.

Work highlights Advised BioAlliance Pharma on a cross-border merger with Topotarget.

Advised Integrity Bulk on corporate and tax matters for the establishment of an international shipping group.

Notable practitioners  

According to clients, Anders Oreby Hansen is "sharp, systematic, responsive, reliable and also very, very good at finding solutions," and he is also praised for his ability to "think outside the box." He focuses on tax issues arising from M&A, real estate transactions and other commercial deals.

Michael Serup advises on tax matters arising from M&A and corporate restructurings. He is recognised for his skills in estate planning.

Thomas Frøbert recently advised Galecto Biotech and its shareholders on Danish tax and VAT. His practice covers both domestic and international matters, including litigation.

Kaspar Bastian focuses exclusively on contentious tax matters, including representing clients in litigation proceedings. His recent activity includes assisting several service providers in disputes related to VAT.

Significant clients A.P. Møller - Mærsk, Nordea, Ecco, Quartz+Co, Experian. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Tax

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016

TMT

What the team is known for Sizeable practice that handles a wide range of TMT matters. Its lawyers assist with IT system development, supply agreements, data protection and telecom infrastructure agreements. Advises clients in a large range of industries and sectors, notably financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We are very pleased with the level of service, the 24/7 availability and the lawyers' know-how."

"The team has broad capabilities to not only support the main IT business but also assist with M&A and IP matters."

Work highlights Assisted the Danish Football Association with preparing and filing an application to co-host Euro 2020.

Represented the Danish singer Aura in various proceedings brought by the founder of Skype.

Notable practitioners  

Niels Andersen advises on IT technology and commercial contracts as well as transactional mandates in the TMT sector. Recent highlights include assisting Blackwood Seven with the purchase of Booming in Munich. Sources say: "He is a top-notch IT lawyer who is trustworthy and who you want to have on your side."

Arly Carlquist specialises in all aspects of IT law including system development and delivery, cloud computing and hosting.

Significant clients Bluegarden, eBay, Sony Music, Modern Times Group, Telebilling. 

Chambers and Partners Europe, TMT

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