Competition Law

Our expertise includes: 

  • Cartel investigations
  • Cooperation and distribution agreements 
  • Price structure, discount and bonus systems 
  • Abuse of dominant position 
  • Conduct of cases before the competition authorities, the courts of the European Union and the Danish courts 
  • Compensation cases 
  • Businesses with special and exclusive rights 
  • Compliance programmes 
  • Merger control.

How can we help?
Complying with Danish and EU competition rules can be a challenging task. Nonetheless, the trend is towards increasingly severe penalties for violation of these rules.

We have more than 20 years of experience in advising on merger applications and in assessing agreements and conduct in cases where businesses are accused of violating competition rules.

We moreover help businesses pursue claims for compensation for violation of competition rules, which is a rapidly developing field.

We always integrate the financial aspects of a case into our legal advice. That is particularly valuable in large compensation cases and cases concerning merger control and abuse of a dominant position.

Our compliance programmes and training sessions help our clients handle common competition law issues and avoid wrongdoing.

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Chambers and partners

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

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  EU and Competition

Bech-Bruun’s ‘top-tier’ group gives ‘high-quality’ advice with a strong commercial understanding. ‘Second-to-none’ group head Peter Stig Jakobsen represented Bring Citymail as the plaintiff in two cases before the Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court and European Court of Justice regarding alleged abuse of dominance. The team includes Jesper Kaltoft and Michael Honoré, who is ‘easy to work with’.

Legal 500, EU and competition

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