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.

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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

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016
-  Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for Formidable, well-resourced team with the capacity to tackle a high volume of large transactions. Maintains a strong position in the private equity sphere, while also advising on M&A across a range of industries. Acts for a notable client base on issues which frequently involve international elements and regularly receives praise for its business-minded, commercial approach.

Strengths "An outstanding team, with truly exceptional commitment to client service."

"The team's approach was commercial, picking up key points quickly and coming up with constructive solutions." 

Work highlights Advised Talis Capital on its role in the acquisition of a majority interest in FC Nordsjaelland from Allan K. Pedersen.

Advised Honeywell International on its acquisition of Satcom1.     

Significant clients A.P. Moller - Maersk, Nets Holding, Norgesgruppen, Vattenfall, Aller Media.

Notable practitioners
Søren Meisling specialises in business transfers and M&A. He advises on domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions in several sectors, including telecommunications, life sciences and financial institutions.

Jacob Hjortshøj's expertise covers M&A transactions, business transfers and private equity. He represented Solix Group in its DKK1.1 billion acquisition of Cembrit Holding. Clients describe him as "seasoned, proactive and pragmatic. He never gets in the way of the deal because he finds a solution."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Corporate/M&A

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016
-  Employment

What the team is known for Market-leading team recognised for its extensive and wide-ranging employment law experience. Notable focus on employment dispute resolution, representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Also 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. Recent areas of focus include incentive schemes, mass redundancies, collective bargaining agreements and whistle-blowing cases.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the "constructive collaboration" they have had with the team and add: "Bech-Bruun is known for only hiring the best lawyers and maintains a strong name and reputation."

Work highlights Assisted DSB with various employment and pensions matters related to a transfer of employment due to an organisational restructuring.

Represented the Zealand Region in a case against the Union of Danish Nurses before the High Court in relation to policies on the rehiring of previously dismissed nursing staff.

Significant clients Mars, 3i, Accenture, Bladt Industries, Energinet.dk.

Notable practitioners 
Morten Ulrich regularly acts on employment litigation and also handles labour law issues in the public sector. His areas of expertise include collective bargaining, equal treatment and discrimination issues. Clients say he is "technically skilled and has a good understanding of the client's needs." Another interviewee adds: "He is very pleasant, has a wide perspective and can see where to go in a forward-thinking manner." 

Lise Lauridsen is widely respected by sources and marked out as a "real leader" in the team. She assists clients with litigation, restructuring of company management and incentive schemes. She recently represented the Motion Pictures Licensing Company in a dispute with its former CEO, who alleged wrongful termination of his employment without notice.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Employment

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016
-  Intellectual Property

What the team is known for Well-respected team best known for handling contentious medical patent cases. Additionally, assists with large data protection and compliance projects. Also active in the trade mark and copyright area, including anti-counterfeiting of products.  Represents pharmaceutical companies as well as many notable brands from other sectors. Boasts in-house EU law expertise.

Strengths The team is well regarded for its commercial capabilities. One client states: "It's excellent; it's commercial," adding that the team's advice is also strategic.

Another client notes the "relaxed and positive atmosphere."

Work highlights Represented Krka against Pfizer in a case relating to patent infringement that concerned Krka's medical product Pregabalin.

Assisted DSV with developing and implementing a data protection compliance programme across the entire group of companies. 

Significant clients Teva Pharmaceuticals, Louis Vuitton, Ford, eBay, Warner Bros.

Notable practitioners
Head of department Klaus Madsen has extensive experience in contentious pharmaceutical patent cases as well as in cases concerning IT and mechanical devices. He recently represented Krka in a patent case against Pfizer concerning the medicinal product Pregabalin.

Claus Barrett Christiansen is noted for his expertise in marketing and technology law and has represented clients in high-profile contentious cases relating to the interpretation of EU marketing law. He is also knowledgeable of EU trade mark and design regulations. 

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn represents clients in conflicts relating to patents and utility models as well as assisting pharmaceutical and food sector clients with regulatory issues.

Christian Vinding Thomsen specialises in compliance and regulatory issues that apply to pharmaceutical and food products. He also assists with the transactional and commercial contracts related to IP rights.

Mikkel Friis Rossa enters the rankings this year on the back of strong market feedback. Clients describe him as "very commercial, straight to the point and solution-oriented." He advises on data protection compliance and has experience of handling large projects.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Intellectual Property

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Employment

Top-quality firmBech-Bruun advises on the full range of employment matters under the leadership of the ‘brilliantLise Lauridsen. Lauridsen defended Motion Pictures Licensing against a wrongful termination claim brought by its former CEO before the High Court of Eastern Denmark. ‘Prominent’ partner Morten Ulrich assisted the Capital Region of Denmark with the establishment of a whistleblower scheme across the entire region.

Legal 500, Employment

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Tax

Headed by Anders Oreby Hansen, Bech-Bruun’s tax group is ‘among the best’ in corporate structurings and transactions, as well as transfer pricing disputes. Hansen assisted 42 Associate with corporate tax matters in Denmark and the US. The ‘responsiveThomas Frøbert has been advising Experian on negotiations with Danish pension providers regarding VAT exemptions.

Legal 500, Tax

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Regarded by clients as being ‘second-to-none’, Bech-Bruun often handles cross-border transactions for domestic and international companies. Jacob Hjortshøj advised Maj Invest and certain minority shareholders as the sellers of SFK Leblanc to Axcel. The ‘very professionalJakob Kristensen assisted Lithuanian transport company Girteka Logistics with its acquisition of a controlling stake in Thermo-Transit. Claus Aagaard Nielsen heads the practice, which also includes Søren Meisling.

Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A

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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