Our expertise includes:

  • Electricity supply
  • Heat supply
  • Natural gas supply
  • Water and waste water supply
  • Renewable energy
  • Waste incineration
  • District cooling
  • Transfer of energy companies
  • Conduct of energy related lawsuits
  • Energy tariffs
  • Biomass
  • Windmills
  • Biogas
  • Geothermal energy
  • Establishment of collective heat supply installations
  • Conversion of local authority supply entities to corporate form

How can we help?
We  are experts on energy transactions and have long experience in advising large Danish and international public and private players in the energy sector.

We have in-depth knowledge of establishing renewable energy plants as well as onshore and offshore wind parks and insight into the water and waste water sectors. We moreover have specialist competences within the fields of waste incineration, district heating and district cooling.

We have established a strong international network facilitating cross-border energy transactions.

Common challenges
The energy sector is undergoing change and is currently experiencing a consolidation trend resulting from multiple acquisitions of municipal power grid companies, electric power transmission companies and natural gas power plants as well as mergers between municipal water companies.

Change is moreover fed by concrete plans to liberalise the waste incineration sector, to extend the district heating supply areas and to establish renewable energy plants.


Our ratings


IFLR1000 Rating 2016
-  Energy and infrastructure

Bech-Bruun continues to develop its position as one of the leading names in the Danish energy and infrastructure market. This year it successfully expanded its team to bring in new expertise to supplement the already strong lawyers on its roster. It has also continued to impress on the energy side in particular, where it has again secured some of the most significant mandates in the Danish markets.

“Bech-Bruun’s energy team is providing a full-scope service for high-profile and complex renewable projects, including procurement, regulatory, competition, corporate and financing,” says one in-house counsel at a major European energy provider. “They have outstanding knowledge of Danish energy law and the Nordic energy market and all the relevant stakeholders. They are also very friendly, pragmatic and have a good responsiveness.”

Generally, clients praise the accuracy of the firm’s work as above average, with the work ethic of some of the senior lawyers praised in particular.

“Why we are using Peter [Østergaard Nielsen] is that he has a very good commercial touch and knows the supplier market on wind, he knows the industrial players and is strong on the supply agreements,” says one in-house counsel at a Danish investment group. “He is very well known on the supplier market for wind. When he moved to Bech-Bruun we followed him, because we are attached to Peter, not the firm he works for.”

Nielsen joined the team in February 2016 from Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen and brings a strong reputation in the wind and renewables market with him. The firm also brought on board another new partner in January 2015 in the shape of Claus Berg from Viltoft to help boost its construction and public procurement capabilities.

While the firm is known for its strength in the energy market, it has also had a productive year on the infrastructure side as well. This includes the continuing advice being provided to the Region of Southern Denmark on the development of a new hospital and working with Aarhus Kommune on the public-private partnership (PPP) construction of a new office building.

IFLR 1000, Energy and infrastructure

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Energy

Bech-Bruun’s ‘very service-oriented’ team advises on high-profile transactions, particularly across the oil and gas, wind and solar sectors. ‘Outstanding’ group head Per Hemmer has been advising Petrogas on the due diligence and corporate aspects of its acquisition of PA Resources’ Danish activities. The team, which includes the ‘superbJakob Kristensen, was strengthened by Peter Østergaard Nielsen’s arrival from Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen.

Legal 500, Energy

Chambers and partners

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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