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Banking and finance

What the team is known for Highly regarded finance team acting on behalf of banks, private equity houses and large corporations, 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. Recent client wins include Danfoss.

Strengths Sources report that the firm's "main strength was their ability to respond quickly to queries raised by our clients, and their ability to explain specific aspects of Danish law in a succinct and understandable way. We felt that they fully understood the transaction, so responses were always appropriate and on point."

A client says: "I like their flexibility, as it is second to none. I also like their grasp of the whole sector, as it means that the knowledge is at a high level."

Work highlights Advised ING on lending issues in relation to financing a transaction regarding double-deck rail coaches owned by Beacon Rail Leasing.

Assisted Danske Bank with financing Axcel's acquisition of Lessor, a specialist in IT-based payroll and HR systems.

Significant Clients Handelsbanken, HSH Nordbank, PenSam, Danica Pension, Scandinavian Airlines.

Notable practitioners
According to sources, Morten Krogsgaard is “very knowledgeable, especially of local law and the leveraged finance market. He is someone who can translate concepts into practice. He is very hands-on and personally involved. I routinely recommend Krogsgaard for transactions in Denmark.” He advises financial institutions and private equity houses on debt financing, restructuring issues and asset finance. He advised Nordea on the financing of Sampo's mandatory offer of up to EUR1.5 billion in respect of TopDanmark.

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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. VP Securities is among the latest client wins for this department.

Strengths Clients praise the "high quality of work," adding that the team "knows the market and our business approach. The lawyers offer very good client service and are always available."

A further source recommends the group's "excellent service, timeliness and round-the-clock availability."

Work highlights Guided Expedit on the DKK125 million public tender offer made by Wanzl for Expedit.

Advised 3i and Layout Bidco on their DKK1.5 billion public to private takeover of BoConcept.

Significant Clients Danske Bank, UBS, Jyske Bank, BEC, Blackstone.

Notable practitioners
Steen Jensen advises clients on ECM transactions, including passporting and takeovers. He recently assisted Exiqon with its DKK1 billion public-to-private takeover by Oncotec.

David Moalem provides regulatory advice on capital markets-related matters. He assisted Lundbeck with the implementation of a new capital markets compliance set-up in light of the new EU Market Abuse Regulation. Clients say: "He gives very practical advice which we can easily implement and he provides very good service."

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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. Highly active in the energy and renewable energy markets, handling both competition and procurement mandates related to the sector.

Strengths One client praises the department's "very good organisation and a high level of communication," and adds that "they are flexible and there for the client." The same client concludes: "In the area of competition law, they are leading the pack in Denmark."

Interviewees also highlight the firm's "great knowledge of the relevant fields" when handling procurement matters and describe the firm's overall approach as "efficient and service-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Boeing on projects regarding the procurement of supplies to the Danish Ministry of Defence.

Acted for Danfoss on merger control filings relating to its acquisition of Sondex Holding.

Notable practitioners
Managing partner Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg is an expert on EU law and a broad range of competition law matters. He is also known for his abilities in public procurement and litigation.

Peter Stig Jakobsen is described by clients as a "good communicator" who is "very passionate about his cases." Particularly well regarded for his activity in contentious matters and competition litigation, he handles both competition law and public procurement mandates. He recently represented Skou Gruppen in a criminal case regarding the violation of competition law following a dawn raid.

Claus Berg is a notable figure in public procurement law who also frequently handles contentious matters relating to procurement in infrastructure and construction projects. His "grasp of construction sector cases" and "knowledge of local authorities" is particularly highlighted by sources.

Tina Braad is a procurement law specialist, assisting a client base predominantly emanating from the public sector. She is experienced in complex tender contracts and procurement processes.

Jesper Kaltoft is favoured by clients for the commercially minded approach he takes to competition matters, with one reporting that he is "very good at understanding complex business matters and at putting himself in our position," adding: "He really understands the commercial side." His expertise includes distribution law, merger control and other EU law issues.

Michael Honoré is well regarded by both peers and clients for his abilities in state aid work. Sources also highlight his litigation skills and his "good understanding of EU legislation and the rules of the EU courts." He defended Energinet.dk against a complaint made to the EC of alleged illegal state aid, as well as a related action for damages brought against the client in the Danish courts.

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Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for Top-ranked team with the capacity to tackle a high volume of transactions. Maintains a strong position in the private equity sphere, while also advising on M&A across a range of industries such as energy, real estate and pharmaceuticals. Acts for a notable client base on issues which frequently involve international elements, and regularly receives praise for its business-minded, commercial approach. Arla Foods and Danfoss are amongst the department's new client wins and the firm recently acted for the latter on a wide-ranging cross-border acquisition.

Strengths Interviewees enthuse that the firm "delivers high-quality work" and adds that the "co-operation goes very smoothly" because the firm is "very proactive and willing to learn about its client's business, with a view to delivering the best service." The same client summarises: "I consider them an ideal partner for a global corporation."

Market sources commend the team's responsiveness, as well as its tailored solutions: "The speed they work at is outstanding, the quality impeccable and the price competitive. Most importantly, they provide solutions that can actually be executed, whilst also applying our appetite for risk in their approach to legal issues."

Work highlights Acted for Maj Invest Equity and other private equity investors and shareholders on the sale of SFK Leblanc to Axcel Industriinvestor and ATP Private Equity Partners.

Advised Bagger-Sørensen on selling a majority shareholding in Fertin Pharma to EQT.

Significant Clients WhiteAway, Bestseller, Capidea, Solix Group, Ratos Private Equity.

Notable practitioners
Senior statesman Søren Meisling has a wealth of experience in transactional proceedings involving mergers and acquisitions. He advises clients from the financial, pharmaceutical and shipping industries on regulatory matters as well as structural issues.

According to sources, Jacob Hjortshøj is a "top-notch and really skilled" lawyer. He has an excellent reputation for acting on behalf of corporates, private equity funds and investment banks in the field of mergers, public offers and stock exchanges.

Sources report that Ole Nørgaard is "extremely flexible, always available and a solution-oriented lawyer." He is well regarded for advising on the transfer of businesses, with a focus on cross-border mandates. He acted for Danfoss on its purchase of Sodex, and its subsidiaries. Several clients praise his negotiation skills and he enters the rankings this year on this basis, being described as a "strategic thinker" who "never compromises on the quality of the work."

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Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for Distinguished practice which moves up to the top tier of the rankings this year. Noted for its capabilities in handling contentious issues across a variety of industries including transportation and finance. Assists clients ranging from insurers to energy companies and professional services firms. Has recently been involved in a number of high-profile disputes in the oil and insurance sectors, representing new clients such as Noreco Oil in high-stakes litigation.

Strengths One client lauds the team's focus on customer service: “We have been very satisfied with their work. They listen to and understand our needs and carry out the task skilfully.”

Another source adds: “Bech-Bruun delivers high-quality work, and they are extremely pleasant to work with.”

Work highlights Defended the Swiss branches of ING and BNP Paribas in litigation initiated by the trustees of OW Bunker who were contesting the financial models used by the banks in relation to their financing and security agreements with the bankrupt company.

Assisted a former board member at Roskilde Bank with a director's liability dispute, with claims amounting to DKK1 billion.

Significant Clients ABB, AIG, Danish Crown, MT Højgaard, Tryg.

Notable practitioners
A specialist litigator within the insurance sector, Jes Anker Mikkelsen recently represented Noreco in a USD473 million dispute against a number of insurers. One client remarks: “He is extremely experienced and a very thoughtful lawyer. He is one of the clearest thinkers I know in any legal field and can cut right to the point.”

Carsten Pedersen focuses on professional and directors' liability. Sources comment: “He is very strong in his analytical approach as well as being a good dispute lawyer.” His recent work includes litigating on behalf of Energinet.dk in a DKK500 million breach of obligations case initiated by several electricity companies.

Claus Berg specialises in construction disputes and is lauded for his "talent" and “great technical knowledge.” He represented Kai Andersen in a case regarding compensation for loss of profits on the construction contract of the Nykøbing Falster prison.

Henrik Valdorf-Hansen is an experienced public law and insurance law litigator. Of late, he acted on behalf of the City of Copenhagen in a EUR10 million dispute with Codan relating to losses from fire damage to a school construction project. Sources highlight that “he is a very good adviser and a good listener.”

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Employment

What the team is known for Highly experienced team recognised for its extensive and wide-ranging employment law experience. Notable focus on employment dispute resolution, representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. 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. Also advises private companies. Areas of focus include incentive schemes, mass redundancies, collective bargaining agreements and whistle-blowing cases.

Strengths Clients are keen to highlight the team's effective communication and clear advice, emphasising that "they respond very quickly, they are very good at clarifying what are the needs of the client" and "they make it quite clear what decision is the best."

Work highlights Advised AJ Biologics on the management of individual employment terms and conditions deriving from a public collective bargaining agreement, following the transfer of more than 500 employees from state-owned Statens Serum Institute to privately owned AJ Biologics.

Acted for Region Zealand in a high court dispute concerning the claim of an alleged discrimination due to handicap in connection with the dismissal of an employee.

Notable practitioners
Morten Ulrich is a highly experienced lawyer advising both public and private employers on labour law matters with a significant expertise in employment litigation. He is particularly experienced in matters involving public labour law, equal treatment and collective bargaining agreements. A client highlights Ulrich's litigation expertise, saying that his substantial experience translates into a view that is "also strategic when it comes to handling the case."

Lise Lauridsen is a well-regarded employment law specialist with a notable expertise in advising both domestic and international businesses on reorganisations, outsourcing and contractual terms for senior management. A client notes that "the most important thing is that she really understands what I am after and she translates that into very practical and usable advice."

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Energy

What the team is known for Outstanding energy practice with noted capabilities in cross-border matters, 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, regulatory and EU law aspects of energy matters and receives particular praise for its work on environmental and planning issues associated with energy projects.

Strengths Clients look to the firm for its "broad international experience" and add that the team makes clients feel "welcomed: you feel that your transaction is also important to them."

Other clients describe the team "excellent," highlighting that the lawyers are "business-oriented, straight to the point" and "understand our needs very well."

Work highlights Advised on the construction and implementation of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany.

Acted for Danske Commodities on entering into a co-operation agreement with an newly established energy company in the biogas sector.

Notable practitioners
Head of department Per Hemmer is an experienced energy practitioner, undertaking both transactional and regulatory work for oil, gas and offshore wind farm clients. Interviewees describe Hemmer as "very experienced," and several particularly praise his "high commitment" to his clients. One source lauds him as "a market leader in hardcore regulatory work."

Jakob Østervang provides "high-quality advice" and is "very commercially oriented," according to clients. One adds that he is "very skilled at negotiating and talking with important customers" on his clients' behalf. He has a focus on M&A and transactional mandates relating to the renewable energy market and is also experienced in restructuring and financing issues.

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Intellectual Property

What the team is known for Well-respected team best known for handling contentious medical patent cases. Also active in the trade mark and copyright area, including anti-counterfeiting of products, as well as handling large data protection and compliance projects. Offers considerable expertise in the life sciences sector and represents pharmaceutical companies as well as many notable brands from other sectors. Advances to the top band this year, marked by the strengthening of its partner bench through the arrival of Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn from Horten and several client wins for the team, including Danfoss, Tommy Hilfiger and Carlsberg.

Strengths Sources praise the team's high level of client service and expertise, saying: "We are very pleased with the level of service we received, which overall was second to none. We are impressed by the response time which makes us feel highly valued as customers. The team we work with demonstrates top-class legal insight combined with a great understanding of our business needs."

Another client adds: "They provide to-the-point advice on a market-leading level, and they fully understand our business, always providing commercial and applicable advice."

Work highlights Advised Teva Pharmaceuticals on patent infringement proceedings against Astra Zeneca concerning the product Quetiapine.

Represented Royal Copenhagen in a case concerning trade mark and copyright infringement of Royal Copenhagen's 'Mega Fluted'brand against Porsgrund.

Significant Clients Philip Morris, ECCO, Bestseller, Rockwool International.

Notable practitioners
Klaus Madsen frequently advises clients from the pharmaceutical sector on patent and life sciences law, and is a highly regarded patent litigator. He also acts on behalf of clients on marketing and design law matters.

Claus Barrett Christiansen was recently promoted to practice head of the IP team. He provides regular advice on trade mark, design and copyright law, with a focus on contentious matters. Sources agree that he is "an extremely knowledgeable, skilled and talented lawyer who has a practical understanding of the challenges in this field."

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn is particularly active in the pharmaceutical sector, and is noted for advising clients from the pharmaceutical and food industries on patents and regulatory matters. He climbs the rankings this year on the basis of strong client feedback, and is highly regarded by sources who say: "He is very personable, and he really listens and understands the complexity of a situation. He has a good network which he uses to solve problems and he is very quick and responsive. He is engaged and active in this area, as well as enthusiastic and passionate, so you really get above and beyond."

Christian Vinding Thomsen focuses predominantly on the life sciences and pharmaceutical sector, advising on a mixture of IP, regulatory and compliance issues. Clients recognise him as someone who is "very strategic and experienced, and who provides valuable input."

Sources say Mikkel Friis Rossa"has built an impressive business in a very short space of time" due to his "can-do attitude and impressive business understanding." The same source adds that "he never over-complicates or over-sells, and his in-depth legal knowledge allows him to offer clear opinions and operational advice without any reservations." Rossa focuses on IPR, data protection and trade mark matters as well as marketing law.

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Public Law

What the team is known for Large multidisciplinary team advising on general public law regulation, as well as more specialised areas of law such as energy, environment and infrastructure. Expertise also covers regulatory matters related to international law including EU and human rights legislation. Offers a strong commercial law background to represent a variety of private parties on public law issues including contentious cases, representing clients in proceedings before courts at all levels. Also represents municipalities and publicly-owned institutions.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very good, with high-quality employees and high-quality work."

Interviewees comment on the depth of coverage the team offers: "They have a really strong brand and a lot of areas of expertise. I had high expectations and I was positively surprised by how good their services were. I was left very happy."

Work highlights Assisted several regions of Denmark with the preparation and implementation of new hospital projects, including advice in connection with the preparation, planning and implementation of the projects.

Represented the Danish Road Directorate in a Supreme Court case relating to the interpretation of the Danish Road Act and the concepts of property and locus standi under Danish law, in matters relating to landowner rights to buy land that was formerly under public ownership.

Notable practitioners
Hakun Djurhuus is particularly known among interviewees as a "really good environmental lawyer" while sources also praise his abilities in public law trials. He is also active in administrative law and often assists with construction matters. He successfully represented Metroselskabet in a Supreme Court case regarding liability for costs incurred in rerouting pipelines around the Cityringen metro construction site.

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Real Estate

What the team is known for Highly esteemed team noted for its full-service coverage of real estate matters. Acts for a variety of Danish and international clients, including financial services and public sector clients, as well as joint ventures and investment funds, on investments and real estate financing. Additional expertise in construction, focusing on large infrastructure projects and urban development, involving public procurement processes, contracts and contentious work.

Strengths Clients praise the firm as being "very informed and also very flexible in their approach to work."

One client notes that Bech-Bruun is "a law firm with very high standards" and "a good overall performance."

Work highlights Assisted Strawberry Fields and Nordic Choice Hotels with the acquisition and development of a new hotel at the Copenhagen airport with a value of DKK800 million.

Advised a consortium of Danish pension funds, including PFA Pension and Lægernes Pension, on an investment into a pan-Nordic logistics fund with a value in excess of EUR1 billion.

Notable practitioners
Torben Brøgger focuses on construction matters within real estate and frequently advises on urban development projects. He often acts for both private and public clients on public procurement and tendering issues. He is particularly popular with pension funds.

Head of department Steen Puch Holm-Larsen predominantly advises clients on real estate investments, with a particular focus on international real estate acquisitions and divestments, commercial real estate and hotel investments. His recent work includes assisting Blackstone Group with its DKK950 million acquisition of a Danish property portfolio.

Jens Hjortskov is praised by clients as being "flexible" with a "very efficient learning curve regarding technical projects." He advises on a range of real estate matters, focusing on offering assistance with construction matters and project development, as well as public procurement, general housing organisations and commercial leases. He recently represented Nomeco in planning and building a new warehouse and logistics centre.

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Real Estate - Construction

What the team is known for Highly esteemed team noted for its full-service coverage of real estate matters. Acts for a variety of Danish and international clients, including financial services and public sector clients, as well as joint ventures and investment funds, on investments and real estate financing. Additional expertise in construction, focusing on large infrastructure projects and urban development, involving public procurement processes, contracts and contentious work.

Strengths Clients praise the firm as being "very informed and also very flexible in their approach to work."

One client notes that Bech-Bruun is "a law firm with very high standards" and "a good overall performance."

Work highlights Assisted Strawberry Fields and Nordic Choice Hotels with the acquisition and development of a new hotel at the Copenhagen airport with a value of DKK800 million.

Advised a consortium of Danish pension funds, including PFA Pension and Lægernes Pension, on an investment into a pan-Nordic logistics fund with a value in excess of EUR1 billion.

Notable practitioners
Torben Brøgger focuses on construction matters within real estate and frequently advises on urban development projects. He often acts for both private and public clients on public procurement and tendering issues. He is particularly popular with pension funds.

Head of department Steen Puch Holm-Larsen predominantly advises clients on real estate investments, with a particular focus on international real estate acquisitions and divestments, commercial real estate and hotel investments. His recent work includes assisting Blackstone Group with its DKK950 million acquisition of a Danish property portfolio.

Jens Hjortskov is praised by clients as being "flexible" with a "very efficient learning curve regarding technical projects." He advises on a range of real estate matters, focusing on offering assistance with construction matters and project development, as well as public procurement, general housing organisations and commercial leases. He recently represented Nomeco in planning and building a new warehouse and logistics centre.

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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. Offers an integrated approach combining financial restructuring and insolvency practitioners and recently handled bankruptcy cases in the financial, shipping and events industries.

Strengths Clients praise the quality of the work as well as the team's speed of response, saying: "They quickly drafted in the correct people with relevant experience to work with us and were at all times responsive and proactive." Another source also describes the team's ability to provide quick feedback as "outstanding, and it is always a comprehensive and correct response."

Clients also appreciate the team's efforts to understand the client's position, remarking that the lawyers are "open to conversations about our needs in each case and we have the clear perception that they are acting in our best interests."

Work highlights Acted as trustee in the restructuring and formal bankruptcy proceedings of Inter Gruppen Totalentreprise.

Advised Nordex Group on its acquisition of various business activities from distressed company Danish SSP Technology, as part of a formal restructuring procedure.

Notable practitioners

Well regarded by clients and peers, Carsten Ceutz is praised for his "very good strategic abilities" as well as for being "very theoretically skilled," and sources note that "he has had some very difficult cases where you had to dig deep in the books." His work includes acting as a bankruptcy trustee and enforcing and administering securities and charges over distressed assets, with a particular focus on cases involving housing associations.

Michael Serring gains recognition for his strength in court disputes relating to insolvency and restructuring. Clients highlight that "he knows and remembers all the details of a case without losing the big picture. You feel like you are in good hands with him - he is an outstanding lawyer." Others rate his "huge intellectual capacity" and add that "he can understand complex business models and the more political aspects of cases."

Troels Tuxen has particular focus on restructuring matters and is described by sources as "a good commercial lawyer" who is experienced and has a strong reputation in the market. He advises on corporate restructuring and also represents clients in insolvency litigation.

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Shipping

What the team is known for Outstanding practice covering all aspects of shipping law. Areas of activity include dispute resolution, insolvency proceedings, charter parties and maritime insurance matters. Clients include Danish and international shipowners, cargo owners and insurers. Recent work has included several high-profile insolvency cases in the shipping sector, as well as advising on North Sea oil platform insurance.

Strengths Sources praise the well-rounded appeal of the firm's practice, reporting that "when you take into account their experience, the quality of their work and their overall knowledge in the field, Bech-Bruun comes out on top," and adding that the lawyers at the firm "understand the business perspective of our work and understand that we are always working to tight deadlines."

Sources comment that the team is "very co-operative and commercially minded. They have a good view on what is best for the client."

Work highlights Assisted Norwegian Energy Company with the sale of licence and ownership interests in the North Sea SIRI platform to DONG E&P as well as representing the client in a series of related insurance claims, valued at DKK3 billion, which were recently appealed to the High Court.

Represented The Containership Company in a maritime insolvency case involving proceedings in Denmark, New York and China.

Notable practitioners
Head of department Jes Anker Mikkelsen has decades of experience advising clients on maritime, transport and insurance law as well as on international trade, offshore and construction issues. His work includes representing Kuehne + Nagel in a dispute regarding the breakdown of a container ship off the coast of Yemen. In praising the excellent quality of his work, clients describe him as "a very sharp and hard-working guy."

Johannes Grove Nielsen offers expertise on a range of shipping and transport law, including the purchase and sale of vessels and charter party agreements. He has been particularly active in insolvency cases, leading the firm's involvement in ongoing cases related to the OW Bunker Group collapse. Clients note that they "enjoy working with him, he quickly understands exactly what is required of him and he understands the commercial context in which his work is going to be used."

As an insurance specialist, Anne Buhl Bjelke focuses on disputes and mediation related to insurance law aspects of shipping. She has frequently represented clients involved in insurance cases linked to the OW Bunker Group collapse, as well as liability disputes, regulatory issues and general maritime and transport law matters.

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Tax

What the team is known for Market-leading practice working on both domestic and cross-border matters offering expertise in areas across the full scope of tax law. Areas of focus include VAT, transfer pricing and incentive schemes. Experienced in advising on family business succession and noted for handling strategic tax matters. Active in a variety of contentious matters and litigation, as well as advising on the tax aspects of M&A transactions. Continues to bolster its team with taxation expertise as well as legal, recently expanding its team of transfer pricing economists.

Strengths One client praises the detail offered by the firm's service, pointing out that they "cover the 360-degree needs of a business," while another highlights the team's responsiveness, saying: "They are there when we need them," before adding that the lawyers can "think outside the box."

Another source explains how the firm's team "works effectively and with great flexibility to solve the issues while meeting important deadlines." Other interviewees express their satisfaction with the "very well-qualified team, which provides quality advice for a reasonable price."

Work highlights Advised Nokia on tax aspects of its cross-border merger with Alcatel-Lucent which included how the merger would affect agreements with the Danish tax authorities.

Assisted Integrity Bulk with corporate and tax aspects of establishing a cross-border incentive scheme, covering employees in both Denmark and Singapore.

Notable practitioners
Anders Oreby Hansen is an experienced tax lawyer, acting for a range of companies in Denmark and abroad. He advises on transfer pricing and frequently handles tax issues related to cross-border M&A, recently representing Bending Spoons on the tax aspects of its merger with an Italian company. Sources describe him as "practically oriented with a keen business focus," in addition to having a skill for "interpreting the market."

Thomas Frøbert specialises in VAT and indirect tax issues. One client describes him as "good at bringing legal issues into a commercial business context, making complicated issues simple," before adding that he is "proactive and handles cases quickly and effectively." He assisted the Danish Ministry of Tax with a review of procedures and an investigation into practices related to international dividend withholding tax repayments.

Michael Serup offers broad knowledge of tax related to shareholdings, corporate structures and family and owner-managed businesses. One source describes him as having "a good reputation" and "great knowledge of tax law." He advised the network of family-owned companies Vækst i Generationer on legislation concerning business succession taxation.

Kaspar Bastian is well known for his work on contentious matters related to tax and frequently represents clients before the National Tax Tribunal and the Danish courts. One client highlights his "very good field of advice during tax proceedings" while another describes him as "diligent, detailed and very efficient."

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TMT

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with expertise in an array of IT matters including IT system development, supply agreements and telecoms infrastructure agreements. Also advises on regulatory aspects of transactional and corporate mandates in the IT sector. Maintains a media practice focused on distribution rights and licensing issues. Acts on behalf of clients in the media, energy and technology sectors as well as state bodies.

Strengths Sources praise the specialist knowledge the team offers. One chooses to work with the firm on account of "the depth of resources and their special capabilities. They are specialists within our line of work, so we get premium work from them. One of the things we also appreciate is their availability; they respond super fast."

Another satisfied source describes the team as "highly skilled and knowledgeable people with good understanding of business processes, as well as a friendly and forthcoming attitude."

Work highlights Acted for technology company Blackwood Seven in its merger with media agency TWO NIL.

Assisted Maj Invest Equity with its acquisition of telecoms, IT outsourcing and infrastructure services company TDC Hosting.

Notable practitioners
Niels Andersen provides a broad range of advisory services to technology companies including regulatory and compliance support. He also acts on contentious mandates and outsourcing projects. Sources describe him as client-oriented and dedicated, saying: "He understands complex issues and argues cases forcefully and diligently."

Arly Carlquist is a non-contentious IT specialist. He provides software licensing, IT outsourcing and regulatory compliance support to blue-chip international and domestic corporates. One satisfied source describes his approach, noting a "very open, very friendly dialogue – I feel very comfortable asking him for advice."

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