Finance

Our expertise includes:

  • Finance law
  • Syndicated loan agreements
  • Acquisition financing, refinancing, distressed debt
  • Asset financing, including aircraft, trains and vessels
  • Structured products
  • Investment grade loans
  • Financing via international capital markets
  • Regulatory matters (products and banks)
  • Loan agreements
  • Securitisation
  • Issue of bonds and issuance programmes
  • Project financing, including PPC and PPP, energy/renewable energy
  • Leasing of aircraft, trains and vessels
  • Guarantees and collateral security
  • Derivatives, including ISDA Master Agreement and Credit Support Annex.

How can we help?
We advise lenders and borrowers on loan financing. Our clients include Danish and non-Danish banks, private equity funds, businesses and groups of businesses.

We have long experience in and in-depth knowledge of the international banking and financial markets.

Regulatory matters, derivatives, structured products, acquisition financing and financing of all types of assets are among our core competences.

Our finance team includes some of Denmark’s most experienced lawyers within the financing and leasing of trains, aircraft and vessels.

Common challenges
The global credit crisis has led to increasing focus on regulatory compliance. Moreover, the refinancing difficulties experienced by many banks have forced many businesses to consider alternative financing options.

In this market, our clients experience an increased need for specialist regulatory advice on financial services.

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Our ratings

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  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.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Banking and Finance

Chambers - Firm Logo SH lille

Chambers Global Rating 2018
-  Banking and finance

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.  

Chambers and Partners Global, Banking & Finance

IFLR1000

IFLR1000 Rating 2016
-  Banking and finance

"Bech-Bruun are very professional,” says one client. “They are always doing a solid, thorough job, reverting quickly back to us.” Another adds: “Excellent. They are solution-oriented and pragmatic."

The banking and finance team bolstered its ranks this year with addition of partner Steen Puch Holm-Larsen to the line-up. This helped boost the practice, which is especially known for its work in acquisition finance and bond financing.

One example of this saw the firm advising the Solix Group on the financing for its acquisition of the Cembrit Group. Led by partner Morten Krogsgaard, this work was especially notable as the deal was structured to be paid in three tranches. Krogsgaard was again the key partner involved when the team assisted Credit Suisse on the Danish aspects of the $50 million royalty bond issuance by Zealand. This was the first ever royalty bond issued by a Danish company and involved a non-dilutive and non-recourse bond financing backed by 86.5% of the future annual royalties - and other payments which the company is entitled to - on lixisenatide – a drug used to treat diabetes – as a stand-alone product under its license agreement with Sanofi.

IFLR 1000, Banking and finance

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Banking and finance

The nine-partner banking and finance team at ‘one of the most reputable law firms in Denmark’, Bech-Bruun, ‘always meets the client’s expectations’. It is regularly involved in internationally focused acquisition finance and syndicated loans as well as asset financing and leasing, refinancing, structured products, derivatives and project financing. Thomas Thordal Sevelsted advised Danske Bank on the financing of the acquisition of the LESSOR Group through an Axcel managed fund. Under the leadership of renowned practice head Morten Krogsgaard, the group assisted a bank syndicate with the financing of Sampo’s compulsory takeover offer to Topdanmark.

Legal 500, Banking and Finance

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