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Chambers Europe Rating 2015

Competition and European Law

What the team is known for Market-leading competition law practice covering complex merger filings, compliance and contentious cases. Its lawyers have notable experience in a range of industries, including transport, media, broadcasting and waste. Also represents municipalities in national public procurement cases. 

Strengths Clients praise the team's business insight, saying: "They provide sound counselling and they have been good at understanding our commercial set-up. They are able to see the commercial reality and legal complexities."

Another client emphasises their expertise and commitment: "We have been very satisfied with their service, they really know their field. They are also personally very engaged and you get the sense that they really want to make a difference. It's more than just a job to them, they really want to do something here."

Work highlights Represented Lely Nordic and four Lely franchisees in proceedings before the Danish Competition Appeals Tribunal concerning price fixing in the market of robotic milking systems.  

Advised Energinet.dk on acquiring gas distribution facilities from DONG.

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

Notable practitioners
Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg is particularly active in the competition arena and has notable experience in litigation and contentious competition law matters.

Tina Braad specialises in public procurement and offers broad-ranging experience in contracts, procurement processes and complex infrastructure projects.

The "responsive and knowledgeable" Peter Stig Jakobsen heads the practice and is particularly active in litigation as well as competition, public procurement, contract and state aid law.

Claus Berg maintains a strong position in the market and has particular expertise in public procurement law and litigation.

Jesper Kaltoft's strong practice in competition law covers merger control as well as distribution. He also focuses on EU law.  

Michael Honoré is considered "very specialised and strong" in his field. He is well reputed for his focus on antitrust, state aid and general EU law. He is an experienced litigator and frequently represents clients before both Danish and European courts.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Competition/European Law

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Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Capital Markets

What the team is known for Noted for its work on IPOs, securitisation and regulatory matters. Acts on behalf of corporates and financial institutions on compliance work, share buy-backs and public tender offers. Represents clients in several sectors, including pharmaceuticals, technology and telecommunications. 

What's new? Lundbeck and BankInvest are among the firm's recent client wins.

Work highlights Assisted Bestseller with a DKK157 million public tender offer for all the share capital in Stylepit.

Advised several listed banks, including SEB, on Danish securities law related to a USD900 million restructuring of TORM, including the listing of 958 million shares through a scheme of arrangement.

Significant clients Jyske Bank, Exiqon, Carlsberg, William Demant, Maj Invest.

Notable practitioners
Steen Jensen is noted for his expertise in regulatory issues, de-listings and IPOs. He also advises clients on a range of transactional issues including mergers of listed companies and secondary offerings.

David Moalem is a "skilled" and active capital markets lawyer. He is well-known for his experience in regulatory aspects of capital markets, as well as public M&A, transactions and contentious compliance.

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Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for Formidable, well-resourced team with the capacity to tackle a high volume of large transactions. Maintains a strong position in the private equity sphere, while also advising on M&A across a range of industries. Acts for a notable client base on issues which frequently involve international elements and regularly receives praise for its business-minded, commercial approach.

Strengths "An outstanding team, with truly exceptional commitment to client service."

"The team's approach was commercial, picking up key points quickly and coming up with constructive solutions." 

Work highlights Advised Talis Capital on its role in the acquisition of a majority interest in FC Nordsjaelland from Allan K. Pedersen.

Advised Honeywell International on its acquisition of Satcom1.     

Significant clients A.P. Moller - Maersk, Nets Holding, Norgesgruppen, Vattenfall, Aller Media.

Notable practitioners
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."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Corporate/M&A

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Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice noted for its capabilities in handling contentious issues across a variety of industries including transportation, insurance and finance. Assists clients ranging from insurers to energy companies and professional services firms. Recent client wins include Finansforbundet, Gjensidige and Contea Assurance.

Strengths One client praises the team's commercial awareness, saying: "They offer good legal judgement and have a strategic understanding of our business."

Work highlights Represented Jutland Meat in an appeal to the Danish High Court regarding decisions on disputes around the security for old debts compromised by the company's bankruptcy.

Advised the City of Copenhagen on disputes relating to disruption and delays to the construction of a pedestrian and cyclist bridge following the bankruptcy of the initial contractor.

Significant clients Danish Crown, Danish Broadcasting Company, Haldor Topsøe, SEAS-NVE, Trefor.

Notable practitioners 
Jes Anker Mikkelsen has a particular focus on maritime and insurance law disputes, particularly cargo losses, transportation insurance and P&I claims. He was part of a team which advised numerous claimants, including several large shipping companies and P&I clubs, on actions related to the bankruptcy of OW Bunker. Clients reference his "strength in litigation and broad range of knowledge" including "how to strategically position yourself in court cases." 

Carsten Pedersen receives praise from clients, with one saying: "He is very analytical and thorough, and he finds the most relevant issues, even in big cases." before adding that he is "superbly strategic and tactical." He handles a range of disputes, including those involving construction contracts and directors' liability.

Claus Berg is highly regarded for his experience with construction disputes, professional liability and public tender issues. He is an active litigator and mediator, and recently assisted the Municipality of Copenhagen with construction and procurement law issues related to the development of schools and public buildings in Copenhagen.

Henrik Valdorf-Hansen has notable experience in commercial litigation and has represented clients in high-profile litigation in the Danish Supreme Court on numerous occasions. He recently advised TopDanmark on a liability insurance claim involving losses due to widespread fire on a national heritage property.

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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. Clients include organisations in the transportation and public sectors as well as in professional services. Recent areas of focus include incentive schemes, mass redundancies, collective bargaining agreements and whistle-blowing cases.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the "constructive collaboration" they have had with the team and add: "Bech-Bruun is known for only hiring the best lawyers and maintains a strong name and reputation."

Work highlights Assisted DSB with various employment and pensions matters related to a transfer of employment due to an organisational restructuring.

Represented the Zealand Region in a case against the Union of Danish Nurses before the High Court in relation to policies on the rehiring of previously dismissed nursing staff.

Significant clients Mars, 3i, Accenture, Bladt Industries, Energinet.dk.

Notable practitioners 
Morten Ulrich regularly acts on employment litigation and also handles labour law issues in the public sector. His areas of expertise include collective bargaining, equal treatment and discrimination issues. Clients say he is "technically skilled and has a good understanding of the client's needs." Another interviewee adds: "He is very pleasant, has a wide perspective and can see where to go in a forward-thinking manner." 

Lise Lauridsen is widely respected by sources and marked out as a "real leader" in the team. She assists clients with litigation, restructuring of company management and incentive schemes. She recently represented the Motion Pictures Licensing Company in a dispute with its former CEO, who alleged wrongful termination of his employment without notice.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Employment

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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. The multi-disciplinary team also advises on the financial, corporate and regulatory law aspects of energy projects. Recently added a new partner to the group to boost its offshore wind expertise.

Work highlights Assisted new client EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg with a range of transactional and regulatory issues in connection with a tender procedure related to the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm.

Advised A.P. Møller – Maersk on its sale of Esvagt to an investment consortium.

Significant clients AURA Energi, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Vattenfall Danmark, VNG Danmark.

Notable practitioners
Per Hemmer is regarded by sources as central to the firm's practice and has extensive experience in oil and gas, offshore wind and regulatory matters.

Jakob Østervang specialises in M&A aspects of the energy sector and assists clients with transactional mandates, particularly concerning renewable energy issues such as wind farms, solar power and biomass. He recently advised Difko Port Saint Louis on the sale of its share in wind farm operator VEOLIA.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Energy

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Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Intellectual Property

What the team is known for Well-respected team best known for handling contentious medical patent cases. Additionally, assists with large data protection and compliance projects. Also active in the trade mark and copyright area, including anti-counterfeiting of products.  Represents pharmaceutical companies as well as many notable brands from other sectors. Boasts in-house EU law expertise.

Strengths The team is well regarded for its commercial capabilities. One client states: "It's excellent; it's commercial," adding that the team's advice is also strategic.

Another client notes the "relaxed and positive atmosphere."

Work highlights Represented Krka against Pfizer in a case relating to patent infringement that concerned Krka's medical product Pregabalin.

Assisted DSV with developing and implementing a data protection compliance programme across the entire group of companies. 

Significant clients Teva Pharmaceuticals, Louis Vuitton, Ford, eBay, Warner Bros.

Notable practitioners
Head of department Klaus Madsen has extensive experience in contentious pharmaceutical patent cases as well as in cases concerning IT and mechanical devices. He recently represented Krka in a patent case against Pfizer concerning the medicinal product Pregabalin.

Claus Barrett Christiansen is noted for his expertise in marketing and technology law and has represented clients in high-profile contentious cases relating to the interpretation of EU marketing law. He is also knowledgeable of EU trade mark and design regulations. 

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn represents clients in conflicts relating to patents and utility models as well as assisting pharmaceutical and food sector clients with regulatory issues.

Christian Vinding Thomsen specialises in compliance and regulatory issues that apply to pharmaceutical and food products. He also assists with the transactional and commercial contracts related to IP rights.

Mikkel Friis Rossa enters the rankings this year on the back of strong market feedback. Clients describe him as "very commercial, straight to the point and solution-oriented." He advises on data protection compliance and has experience of handling large projects.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Intellectual Property

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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. A leading adviser to private clients on public law issues such as procurement and data protection regulations, the team also acts for Danish municipalities and independent institutions. 

Strengths One client describes the team as "very knowledgeable" and highlights its "responsive and available" service as an important factor.

Clients are impressed by the firm's level of commitment, saying "you feel safe with them and regardless of the issue, they always have a partner with the right expertise."

Work highlights Continued to advise Metroselskabet on planning, construction and operational issues relating to the Copenhagen Metro.

Advised Central Denmark Region on establishing a new psychiatric centre in the New University Hospital in Aarhus through a public private partnership.

Significant clients Femern, Region Zealand, The City of Copenhagen, The Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Odense Letbane.

Notable practitioners
Key contacts include Per Hemmer, Haakun Djurhuus, Hanne Moelbeck, Johan Weihe and Peter Oestergaard Nielsen, who each head different aspects of the department's work.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Public Law

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Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Real Estate

What the team is known for Highly regarded team noted for its knowledge of both transactional mandates and construction projects. Acts on joint ventures, investments, fund establishment and real estate transaction financing. The construction group often advises on contentious issues including litigation and insurance claims as well as tender procedures. Assists both Danish and international clients, including financial services and public sectors.

Strengths One client praises the team's "broad knowledge in the areas we need." The same interviewee says the team's strength in numbers means that it "can draw in the relevant information across a lot of different industries."

Work highlights Advised NREP Nordic Strategies Fund 1 on its EUR24 million acquisition of retail properties from a Danish listed fund.

Assisted the Municipality of Aarhus with its development of the Urban Mediaspace Aarhus project, which involves construction of new infrastructure, parking and buildings with a total project value in the region of DKK2 billion.

Significant clients PenSam, City of Copenhagen, Sinai Group, ATP, Valad Group.

Notable practitioners
Torben Brøgger focuses on construction and frequently advises on urban development projects. He additionally assists clients including public authorities as well as bidding consortiums on procurement and tender issues related to developments.

Steen Puch Holm-Larsen predominantly assists clients on real estate transaction mandates as well as investment agreements, joint ventures and property developments within the commercial real estate sector. He recently advised NREP Nordic Strategies Fund 1 on its portfolio acquisition.

Lars Kjær focuses on acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets and portfolios and also handles property aspects of corporate M&A transactions. Clients describe him as "hands-on" and appreciate his "good knowledge" of the field. He advised Ferd Eiendom on its recent DKK190 million sale of an industrial property.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Real Estate

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Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Real Estate - Construction

What the team is known for Highly regarded team noted for its knowledge of both transactional mandates and construction projects. Acts on joint ventures, investments, fund establishment and real estate transaction financing. The construction group often advises on contentious issues including litigation and insurance claims as well as tender procedures. Assists both Danish and international clients, including financial services and public sectors.

Strengths One client praises the team's "broad knowledge in the areas we need." The same interviewee says the team's strength in numbers means that it "can draw in the relevant information across a lot of different industries."

Work highlights Advised NREP Nordic Strategies Fund 1 on its EUR24 million acquisition of retail properties from a Danish listed fund.

Assisted the Municipality of Aarhus with its development of the Urban Mediaspace Aarhus project, which involves construction of new infrastructure, parking and buildings with a total project value in the region of DKK2 billion.

Significant clients PenSam, City of Copenhagen, Sinai Group, ATP, Valad Group.

Notable practitioners
Torben Brøgger focuses on construction and frequently advises on urban development projects. He additionally assists clients including public authorities as well as bidding consortiums on procurement and tender issues related to developments.

Steen Puch Holm-Larsen predominantly assists clients on real estate transaction mandates as well as investment agreements, joint ventures and property developments within the commercial real estate sector. He recently advised NREP Nordic Strategies Fund 1 on its portfolio acquisition.

Lars Kjær focuses on acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets and portfolios and also handles property aspects of corporate M&A transactions. Clients describe him as "hands-on" and appreciate his "good knowledge" of the field. He advised Ferd Eiendom on its recent DKK190 million sale of an industrial property.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Real Estate

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Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Restructuring and Insolvency

What the team is known for Esteemed and well-resourced practice that regularly assists domestic and international creditors with a range of bankruptcy and insolvency issues, including debt collection. Routinely acts for clients on regulatory and restructuring mandates. Noted for its expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as its international focus.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "specialist" knowledge, saying: "They are a big, well-functioning office."

Work highlights Assisted F Group, and Nordea as the main creditor, with complex restructuring issues.

Advised Aage Oestergaard Horsens on a ring-fencing agreement with its creditors Sydbank and Danske Bank.

Significant clients Nykredit, DNB, Handelsbanken, The Danish Travel Guarantee Fund, SEB.

Notable practitioners
The "hard-working" Carsten Ceutz is well regarded for representing both financial creditors and bankrupt estates in corporate restructurings and insolvencies. He has further expertise in oil and gas production, trading and management liability.

Michael Serring is highly regarded for his experience in bankruptcy disputes, investigations and white-collar crime. His recent work includes representing Jyske Bank in an avoidance action brought against Ellen Holmgård.

Troels Tuxen co-heads the department and has considerable experience in restructuring matters. He regularly assists clients with corporate and bankruptcy matters, and has advised Jutland Meat on bankruptcy litigation.

Erik Malberg offers expertise as a trustee and has worked on a number of Danish bankruptcy proceedings. He has great experience of administrating the estates of distressed companies. He regularly advises clients from the financial sector.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency

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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. Recent mandates have included advice on shipping and credit insurance and a significant number of complex insolvency and bankruptcy issues related to maritime and shipping companies.

Strengths One source reports that they "get prompt responses to any questions asked" and adds that the lawyers "are bright and incredibly sharp," before describing the firm as "a first-rate international firm that provides a high level of service."

Work highlights Continued to represent a large number of clients in matters related to the collapse of OW Bunker, including acting for P&I clubs and insurers to protect ship owners and charterers against double payments and claims related to ISDA contracts.

Acted as trustee of insolvent group, Copenship, recently handling wet, dry and regulatory shipping issues, as well as arbitration proceedings.

Significant clients J. Poulsen Shipping, GARD, MAN Diesel & Energy, SKULD, The Containership Company.

Notable practitioners
Jes Anker Mikkelsen offers expertise across the full spectrum of shipping issues, including maritime insurance law, offshore construction, chartering agreements and insolvencies in the shipping sector. He also handles contentious matters including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Clients say: "He is extremely experienced and has excellent judgement. He demonstrates good understanding and can cut right through to the heart of a complex issue. He has a very clear vision in his mind."

Anne Buhl Bjelke focuses on disputes and mediation related to insurance law aspects of shipping and has frequently represented clients involved in credit insurance cases linked to the collapse of OW Bunker in recent times. She also advises on general maritime and transport law matters.

Johannes Grove Nielsen offers range of maritime and shipping advice, typically acting for clients on the purchase and sale of vessels, charter party agreements and shipping aspects of insolvency proceedings. He also regularly handles litigation in the shipping sector. Clients say: "He is very bright and internationally minded. He works extremely hard and I respect his judgement."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Shipping

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Chambers Europe Rating 2016

Tax

What the team is known for Market-leading practice offering expertise in all areas of taxation, including both domestic and cross-border mandates. Areas of focus include VAT, transfer pricing and incentive schemes. Experienced in advising on family business succession and noted for handling tax strategy and optimisation matters, as well as acting for clients on tax litigation. Recent matters include dealing with tax aspects of M&A and wind-ups as well as VAT refund cases.

Strengths One client says the team is "very technically skilled and has a very modern, proactive approach." The same interviewee stresses how "innovative" the lawyers are, as well as praising their "client and commercial understanding." 

Another client reports that the lawyers are "very service-minded and easy to chat with" while another source says: "They know the law but are also pragmatic, commercial and can interpret the law for us."

Work highlights Advised new client Experian on disputes with pension providers seeking to claim repayment of Danish VAT following a case which granted pension providers an exemption from VAT under investment fund rules.

Assisted Netværket Vækst i Generationer with tax issues related to its family business succession.

Significant clients A.P. Moller - Maersk, Maersk Broker, Deutsche Bahn, Vattenfall, Pears Group.

Notable practitioners 
Anders Oreby Hansen has extensive experience in Danish and international tax law. He frequently advises both Danish and multinational corporations on corporate tax strategies and transfer pricing issues. Clients say: "He is one of the most skilled and experienced tax and corporate consulting lawyers in Denmark. He is sharp, systematic, responsive, reliable and very good at finding solutions, including when things get tough and stakes are high." He assisted Høiberg with tax elements of the restructuring of its Danish consultancy business. 

Thomas Frøbert is particularly focused on VAT and indirect tax matters including contentious issues in the courts and negotiating with the tax authorities. Clients say: "He is skilled and creates a lot of value in his advice. He is quick and service-minded, understands the work intuitively and anticipates the client's needs, which is great."

Michael Serup specialises in corporate tax, advising on tax aspects of M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. He also assists with family business succession issues and other owner-managed businesses.

Kaspar Bastian predominantly focuses on tax dispute resolution and litigation including contentious matters related to transfer pricing and VAT. Clients describe him as "technically skilled" and "excellent."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Tax

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Chambers Europe Rating 2016

TMT

What the team is known for Renowned team with expertise in an array of IT matters including IT system development, supply agreements and telecom infrastructure agreements. Notable experience in data protection and cross-border data transfers. Acts on behalf of clients in the media, energy and technology sectors.

Work highlights Advised Accenture on IT-related issues, including RFP processes, outsourcing and system delivery agreements.

Assisted Flügger with an RFP process for the outsourcing of its data centre infrastructure.

Significant clients Bluegarden, ACN, Blackwood Seven, Sony Music, Modern Times Group (MTG). 

Notable practitioners
Niels Andersen is noted for advising both Danish and international corporations on IT, M&A and entertainment concerns. He also advises on telecoms and regulatory compliance issues. He has been active in a number of tender processes.

Arly Carlquist's practice encompasses a range of IT matters including outsourcing, cloud computing, and system development and delivery. Clients say:"He is responsive and available. He really understands our business and provides very qualified counsel."

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Chambers Europe Rating 2017

Banking and finance

What the team is known for Highly regarded finance team acting on behalf of banks, private equity houses and large corporates, including international companies on all aspects of acquisition finance. Recognised for its expertise on financing in the energy sector, including projects and restructurings involving renewables and oil and gas. Other areas of specialism include asset finance, high-yield bond work and regulatory issues.

Strengths One client stressed the clarity and user-friendly nature of the service: "They are extremely user-friendly, responsive and efficient. They do not over-engineer things and were clear and succinct with their advice. I was extremely impressed with their service."

Responsiveness was another quality mentioned by clients: "They provide good and quick service. They are very responsive and get back to you right away, being good at keeping to deadlines."

Work highlights Assisted Cembrit Group with the financing of a DKK1.1 billion transaction.

Assisted DSVM Group with a refinancing following its acquisition by a group of Danish financial institutions, including FIH, PKA, Maj Invest and LD.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Danske Bank, BNP Paribas, DNB Bank, Handelsbanken.

Notable practitioners 
Morten Krogsgaard specialises in securitisation and debt financing amongst a wide range of other banking and finance transactions. His recent work includes advising large Danish banks on a series of acquisition financings. One client states: "He is superbly intelligent, skilled and business-minded." The same source also liked Krogsgaard's "more laid-back" approach in the way that "he delivers results."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Banking and Finance

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