EU law has great influence on many Danish legal issues as a substantial part of Danish legislation originates from legal initiatives in the EU. The Court of Justice of the European Union plays a vital role in the EU legal system and delivers a great number of important judgments, which contribute to the rapid development of EU law.

Consequently, it requires profound knowledge of EU legislation, institutions and case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union to construe and apply EU law to Danish issues and to manoeuvre within the EU system. This also applies within the field of competition law where navigating and complying with Danish as well as EU competition rules may be a challenging task.  Nonetheless, the trend is towards increasingly severe penalties for violation of these rules.

We assist private enterprises and public organisations in construing and applying EU law in practice. Out team of EU experts have in-depth knowledge of EU legislative and legal systems, and we have long-standing experience representing enterprises before the Court of Justice of the European Union and before the Danish supervisory authorities and courts in EU law cases.

Within the field of competition law, we have in-depth experience advising on merger applications and in assessing agreements and conduct in cases where enterprises are accused of violating competition rules.  We also help enterprises pursue claims for compensation in civil actions for violation of competition rules.

Among other things, we provide advice on:

  • Interpretation of the EU Treaty, TFEU, regulations, directives and case law
  • The right of establishment and free movement of goods, persons, services and capital
  • Contact and negotiation with EU institutions, including the European Commission and the European Parliament
  • Representation of enterprises before Danish supervisory authorities
  • Litigation before the Danish courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Investigations of cartel formations
  • Cooperation and distribution agreements
  • Pricing structures and discount and bonus schemes
  • Cases before the competition authorities, the EU and the Danish courts
  • Merger control
  • Actions in damages
  • Enterprises with special and exclusive rights.

We have developed several compliance programmes and courses to help our clients handle the most common competition law issues and prevent statutory violations. We always integrate the financial aspects of a case into our legal advice, which is particularly valuable in large actions in damages and cases concerning merger control and abuse of a dominant position.

Our team is made up of highly qualified lawyers with long-standing experience within all areas of EU and competition law. Our wide-ranging expertise implies that all aspects are taken into account at all times, enabling us to provide you with the best possible advice.

In addition, we often work closely together with other practice groups, such as Compliance, Public Law & Administration, Financial Analyses, M&A and Corporate Matters.

EU & Competition

Competition & European Law

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What the team is known for
Bech-Bruun is an impressive competition law practice covering complex merger filings, compliance and contentious cases. The law firm has notable experience in a range of industries, including aerospace, manufacturing, construction and waste. The legal team also represents municipalities and government entities in national public procurement cases. The department is highly active in the media and broadcasting sector, advising clients on European Commission investigations and claims for damages before the High Court and Supreme Court.

Work highlights
Assisted the City of Copenhagen and Ejendomsfonden Vandkulturhuset Papirøen in relation to a complaint brought before the Public Procurement Complaints Board by NIRAS.

Notable practitioners
Anders Birkelund Nielsen enters the rankings as a result of strong feedback. He is active on a range of public procurement mandates.

Claus Berg is a notable market presence who is particularly active in public procurement mandates on behalf of clients in the construction and infrastructure industries.

Jesper Kaltoft is active on a broad array of tendering and procurement mandates, offering clients additional support in merger filings and competition investigations.

Head of department Peter Stig Jakobsen represents clients in a range of competition matters, including handling tender procedures for projects, as well as European Commission investigations and claims for damages.

Tina Braad is a well-regarded public procurement practitioner who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in the construction sector.

Chambers and Partners Europe 2022, Competition/European Law

EU & Competition

Ranked: tier 1

Bech-Bruun represents both domestic and international clients before the Danish regulatory bodies and the EU Commission. Its competition team works with a broad range of industry clients and has a strong track record in handling major public procurement mandates, including contentious procurement proceedings. The group has several public procurement law specialists, including practice head and experienced litigator Peter Stig Jakobsen and Tina Braad, who handles cases before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement.

Specialised and very huge knowledge of all legal areas with EU competition law.

The collaboration, people and flexibility have been and are outstanding.

The knowledge of our business and needs. It provides quick and good answers to our challenge and at an acceptable price.

Legal 500, EU and competition

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