General Company Law

Our expertise includes:

  • Setting up and conversion of companies
  • Board of directors' duties
  • Managerial liability
  • Partnerships and limited partnerships
  • SE companies
  • The discontinuation of companies
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • International company issues.

How can we help?
We have unique understanding and knowledge of the Danish Companies Act, owing to Bech-Bruun’s membership of the legislative preparatory committee which in 2008 issued the white paper on the Danish Companies Act, established by the Danish Minister for Economic and Business Affairs.

General company law has always been a Bech-Bruun core competence and we advise companies of all sizes on all aspects of Danish company law.

Common challenges
The Danish Companies Act from 2010 represents the most landmark event for Danish companies in recent times. The Act introduced fundamental changes to the existing legal framework with regards to setting up a business, equity interests, management, capital requirements, self-financing, solvent liquidation and mergers and demergers.

As a result, our clients require advice on the real-life consequences of the Act for their businesses.

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Chambers and partners

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 Global Rating 2017
-  Corporate/M&A

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

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

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

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

Chambers and Partners Global, Corporate/M&A

IFLR1000

IFLR1000 Rating 2016
-  Mergers and Acquisitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IFLR1000, Mergers and acquisitions

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Regarded by clients as being ‘second-to-none’, Bech-Bruun often handles cross-border transactions for domestic and international companies. Jacob Hjortshøj advised Maj Invest and certain minority shareholders as the sellers of SFK Leblanc to Axcel. The ‘very professionalJakob Kristensen assisted Lithuanian transport company Girteka Logistics with its acquisition of a controlling stake in Thermo-Transit. Claus Aagaard Nielsen heads the practice, which also includes Søren Meisling.

Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A

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