Industry & Production

Our expertise includes:
• Commercial law
• Corporate affairs and shareholder information
• Securities law and capital markets
• Business transfers/joint ventures
• Mergers, demergers, corporate restructurings
• Outsourcing and turnkey projects
• Financing
• Tax
• Competition and procurement law
• Contract law
• Employment and labour law
• Intellectual property law
• Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
• Corporate recovery.

How can we help?
We have many years of experience in advising industrial and manufacturing enterprises representing a wide range of industries, including paper and packaging, paint and coatings, metal working, plastic processing, electronics, chemicals, building materials, furniture, energy, hearing aids, jewellery and clothing.

We render advice that facilitates the fulfilment of our clients’ strategic objectives and operational targets. Our advice includes general commercial law, employment and labour law, tax law, intellectual property law, business transfers, mergers, demergers and other forms of reorganisation.

Many of our clients are international businesses requiring local legal advice in many different countries. Our extensive international network of highly qualified specialists ensures that our clients receive high calibre legal advice abroad.

Sector challenges
The manufacturing industry faces a number of challenges, including globalisation, instability in energy supply and the need to introduce new design and manufacturing technologies in order to stay competitive.

Moreover, the sector is catering to a customer segment undergoing radical changes. Customers focus increasingly on sustainability, and they demand that their suppliers assume social responsibility and pay attention to environmental issues in the production processes. As a result, businesses require specialist advice covering all aspects of the new landscape in which manufacturing and production enterprises operate.


Our ratings

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  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. Highly active in the energy and renewable energy markets, handling both competition and procurement mandates related to the sector.

Strengths One client praises the department's "very good organisation and a high level of communication," and adds that "they are flexible and there for the client." The same client concludes: "In the area of competition law, they are leading the pack in Denmark."

Interviewees also highlight the firm's "great knowledge of the relevant fields" when handling procurement matters and describe the firm's overall approach as "efficient and service-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Boeing on projects regarding the procurement of supplies to the Danish Ministry of Defence.

Acted for Danfoss on merger control filings relating to its acquisition of Sondex Holding.

Notable practitioners
Managing partner Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg is an expert on EU law and a broad range of competition law matters. He is also known for his abilities in public procurement and litigation.

Peter Stig Jakobsen is described by clients as a "good communicator" who is "very passionate about his cases." Particularly well regarded for his activity in contentious matters and competition litigation, he handles both competition law and public procurement mandates. He recently represented Skou Gruppen in a criminal case regarding the violation of competition law following a dawn raid.

Claus Berg is a notable figure in public procurement law who also frequently handles contentious matters relating to procurement in infrastructure and construction projects. His "grasp of construction sector cases" and "knowledge of local authorities" is particularly highlighted by sources.

Tina Braad is a procurement law specialist, assisting a client base predominantly emanating from the public sector. She is experienced in complex tender contracts and procurement processes.

Jesper Kaltoft is favoured by clients for the commercially minded approach he takes to competition matters, with one reporting that he is "very good at understanding complex business matters and at putting himself in our position," adding: "He really understands the commercial side." His expertise includes distribution law, merger control and other EU law issues.

Michael Honoré is well regarded by both peers and clients for his abilities in state aid work. Sources also highlight his litigation skills and his "good understanding of EU legislation and the rules of the EU courts." He defended against a complaint made to the EC of alleged illegal state aid, as well as a related action for damages brought against the client in the Danish courts.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Competition/European Law

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for Top-ranked team with the capacity to tackle a high volume of transactions. Maintains a strong position in the private equity sphere, while also advising on M&A across a range of industries such as energy, real estate and pharmaceuticals. Acts for a notable client base on issues which frequently involve international elements, and regularly receives praise for its business-minded, commercial approach. Arla Foods and Danfoss are amongst the department's new client wins and the firm recently acted for the latter on a wide-ranging cross-border acquisition.

Strengths Interviewees enthuse that the firm "delivers high-quality work" and adds that the "co-operation goes very smoothly" because the firm is "very proactive and willing to learn about its client's business, with a view to delivering the best service." The same client summarises: "I consider them an ideal partner for a global corporation."

Market sources commend the team's responsiveness, as well as its tailored solutions: "The speed they work at is outstanding, the quality impeccable and the price competitive. Most importantly, they provide solutions that can actually be executed, whilst also applying our appetite for risk in their approach to legal issues."

Work highlights Acted for Maj Invest Equity and other private equity investors and shareholders on the sale of SFK Leblanc to Axcel Industriinvestor and ATP Private Equity Partners.

Advised Bagger-Sørensen on selling a majority shareholding in Fertin Pharma to EQT.

Significant Clients WhiteAway, Bestseller, Capidea, Solix Group, Ratos Private Equity.

Notable practitioners
Senior statesman Søren Meisling has a wealth of experience in transactional proceedings involving mergers and acquisitions. He advises clients from the financial, pharmaceutical and shipping industries on regulatory matters as well as structural issues.

According to sources, Jacob Hjortshøj is a "top-notch and really skilled" lawyer. He has an excellent reputation for acting on behalf of corporates, private equity funds and investment banks in the field of mergers, public offers and stock exchanges.

Sources report that Ole Nørgaard is "extremely flexible, always available and a solution-oriented lawyer." He is well regarded for advising on the transfer of businesses, with a focus on cross-border mandates. He acted for Danfoss on its purchase of Sodex, and its subsidiaries. Several clients praise his negotiation skills and he enters the rankings this year on this basis, being described as a "strategic thinker" who "never compromises on the quality of the work."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Corporate/M&A

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  Employment

What the team is known for Highly experienced team recognised for its extensive and wide-ranging employment law experience. Notable focus on employment dispute resolution, representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Advises on the labour law aspects of corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Clients include organisations in the transportation and public sectors as well as in professional services. Also advises private companies. Areas of focus include incentive schemes, mass redundancies, collective bargaining agreements and whistle-blowing cases.

Strengths Clients are keen to highlight the team's effective communication and clear advice, emphasising that "they respond very quickly, they are very good at clarifying what are the needs of the client" and "they make it quite clear what decision is the best."

Work highlights Advised AJ Biologics on the management of individual employment terms and conditions deriving from a public collective bargaining agreement, following the transfer of more than 500 employees from state-owned Statens Serum Institute to privately owned AJ Biologics.

Acted for Region Zealand in a high court dispute concerning the claim of an alleged discrimination due to handicap in connection with the dismissal of an employee.

Notable practitioners
Morten Ulrich is a highly experienced lawyer advising both public and private employers on labour law matters with a significant expertise in employment litigation. He is particularly experienced in matters involving public labour law, equal treatment and collective bargaining agreements. A client highlights Ulrich's litigation expertise, saying that his substantial experience translates into a view that is "also strategic when it comes to handling the case."

Lise Lauridsen is a well-regarded employment law specialist with a notable expertise in advising both domestic and international businesses on reorganisations, outsourcing and contractual terms for senior management. A client notes that "the most important thing is that she really understands what I am after and she translates that into very practical and usable advice."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Employment

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  Intellectual Property

What the team is known for Well-respected team best known for handling contentious medical patent cases. Also active in the trade mark and copyright area, including anti-counterfeiting of products, as well as handling large data protection and compliance projects. Offers considerable expertise in the life sciences sector and represents pharmaceutical companies as well as many notable brands from other sectors. Advances to the top band this year, marked by the strengthening of its partner bench through the arrival of Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn from Horten and several client wins for the team, including Danfoss, Tommy Hilfiger and Carlsberg.

Strengths Sources praise the team's high level of client service and expertise, saying: "We are very pleased with the level of service we received, which overall was second to none. We are impressed by the response time which makes us feel highly valued as customers. The team we work with demonstrates top-class legal insight combined with a great understanding of our business needs."

Another client adds: "They provide to-the-point advice on a market-leading level, and they fully understand our business, always providing commercial and applicable advice."

Work highlights Advised Teva Pharmaceuticals on patent infringement proceedings against Astra Zeneca concerning the product Quetiapine.

Represented Royal Copenhagen in a case concerning trade mark and copyright infringement of Royal Copenhagen's 'Mega Fluted'brand against Porsgrund.

Significant Clients Philip Morris, ECCO, Bestseller, Rockwool International.

Notable practitioners
Klaus Madsen frequently advises clients from the pharmaceutical sector on patent and life sciences law, and is a highly regarded patent litigator. He also acts on behalf of clients on marketing and design law matters.

Claus Barrett Christiansen was recently promoted to practice head of the IP team. He provides regular advice on trade mark, design and copyright law, with a focus on contentious matters. Sources agree that he is "an extremely knowledgeable, skilled and talented lawyer who has a practical understanding of the challenges in this field."

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn is particularly active in the pharmaceutical sector, and is noted for advising clients from the pharmaceutical and food industries on patents and regulatory matters. He climbs the rankings this year on the basis of strong client feedback, and is highly regarded by sources who say: "He is very personable, and he really listens and understands the complexity of a situation. He has a good network which he uses to solve problems and he is very quick and responsive. He is engaged and active in this area, as well as enthusiastic and passionate, so you really get above and beyond."

Christian Vinding Thomsen focuses predominantly on the life sciences and pharmaceutical sector, advising on a mixture of IP, regulatory and compliance issues. Clients recognise him as someone who is "very strategic and experienced, and who provides valuable input."

Sources say Mikkel Friis Rossa"has built an impressive business in a very short space of time" due to his "can-do attitude and impressive business understanding." The same source adds that "he never over-complicates or over-sells, and his in-depth legal knowledge allows him to offer clear opinions and operational advice without any reservations." Rossa focuses on IPR, data protection and trade mark matters as well as marketing law.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Intellectual Property

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Employment

A ‘very professional level of service’ and a ‘high level of expertise’ is characteristic of the two-partner employment group at Bech-Bruun. Co-headed by ‘excellentLise Lauridsen and Morten Ulrich, the team advises on all employment issues and has a strong track record in collective bargaining agreements and incentive schemes. Contentious work included the defence of the Region Zealand in a discrimination case.

Legal 500, Employment

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Tax

One of the best’, Bech-Bruun fields a five-partner tax department with an excellent reputation in litigious matters, including transfer pricing disputes. It remains active in relation to M&A deals and corporate reorganisations. In one highlight Thomas Frøbert advised on the tax aspects of the merger between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent. Anders Oreby Hansen is a ‘first-class lawyer’. Carsten Pals stepped down as partner and is now a senior counsel.

Legal 500, Tax

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Top firmBech-Bruun is noted for its ‘great performance’ and is ‘among the best in Denmark’. Recent mandates involved the group acting on behalf of Total in its proposed purchase of Mærsk Oil and assisting Advent with the acquisition of Færch Plast from EQT. Jacob Hjortshøj, who is described as a ‘skilled negotiator’ and ‘absolutely top M&A lawyer’, advised Solix Group on its acquisition of KK Group. Steen Rode heads the 18-partner team that includes well-regarded Søren Meisling and Søren Kamp Nørbæk.

Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  EU and Competition

Bech-Bruun’s ‘very reliable, professional and competent’ competition team is ‘among the best in the country’. Led by ‘incredibly determinedPeter Stig Jakobsen, the nine-partner team regularly acts for private and public sector clients in competition law proceedings and state aid matters. Jesper Kaltoft handled the merger control for Danfoss in the Sondex acquisition. Michael Honoré is recommended and Anne Bergholt Sommer was made partner.

Legal 500, EU and competition

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