• Bech-Bruun News
  • 27 March 2014

New Bech-Bruun managing partner: Lawyers must provide solutions – not just legal expertise

On 1 April 2014, Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg will take up office as new managing partner of Bech-Bruun Law Firm. His ambition for Bech-Bruun: to focus on business opportunities for clients rather than legal obstacles.

Staff members with alternative, non-juridical backgrounds. Project-oriented case handling. Legal advisers offering simple solutions to complex matters; these are among the initiatives that will secure Bech-Bruun a strong business platform in the future, according to Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg (43) who will take up office as new managing partner of Bech-Bruun on 1 April 2014.

“The legal sector is changing, and the competition is increasingly fierce among advisers within all knowledge-intensive industries. The firms winning the clients are those best capable of putting together interdisciplinary expert teams and understanding the clients’ strategies. This is the recipe for providing viable solutions for today’s corporate sector,” Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg says.

According to him, law firms with the ambition to win more large clients must be able to focus on business opportunities for clients rather than legal obstacles.

“Our clients navigate in an increasingly complex world where new regulation is the dish of the day. A 50 pages memo about section 37(2) of Ukrainian legislation may be part of the process, but never the result. What counts are simple recommendations supporting the client’s growth or cost-cutting strategies. We must transpose complex matters into simple strategic solutions,” Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg adds.

During his first 100 days as managing partner, Simon will analyse how resources should be prioritised and allocated in the future.

“I am very satisfied with the appointment of Simon who is a highly valued partner with great business acumen. Simon is passionate – not just about his profession – but also about Bech-Bruun. I am confident that our firm will continue to rank among Denmark’s preferred law firms under Simon’s leadership,” says Chairman of Bech-Bruun’s Executive Committee, Jacob Hjortshøj.

Simon will replace Bech-Bruun’s current managing partner, Randi Bach Poulsen, who has held the office since 2007.

“Randi Bach Poulsen has accomplished an extraordinary piece of work during her seven years as managing partner. Under her leadership, Bech-Bruun has implemented innovative initiatives resulting in growth even during the financial crisis. Randi hands over a sound firm that is well-positioned for continued success in the future,” says Jacob Hjortshøj.

On 1 April 2014, Randi Bach Poulsen will return to her position as lawyer and partner in Bech-Bruun’s M&A Corporate team.

Parallel with his position as managing partner, Simon will continue as lawyer in Bech-Bruun’s EU and Competition Law team, which he has headed for the past years.

About Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg
  • Master of Laws in 1997.
  • Admission to practise law in 2000.
  • Right of audience before the Danish High Court in 2001.
  • Advises on compliance programmes, EU law, the preparation of tender material, the implementation of public procurement procedures for public and private clients.
  • Acts in competition and procurement proceedings before the EU courts, the Danish High Courts as well as before the Maritime and Commercial High Court and the Danish Competition Council.
  • External lecturer in competition law and EU public procurement law at the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.
  • Published the book EU Public Procurement Law in 2012.
  • Married to painter Mille Kalsmose-Hjelmborg.

 

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