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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


What the team is known for
Impressive competition law practice covering complex merger filings, compliance and contentious cases. Has notable experience in a range of industries, including aerospace, manufacturing, construction and waste. Also represents municipalities and government entities in national public procurement cases. 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.

A source describes the lawyers as "extraordinarily dedicated," adding that "they make proactive enquiries about relevant and important topics and they respond at short notice."

Work highlights
Assisted Elbit Systems with procurement matters, including the handling of complaints, relating to the procurement of supplies to the Danish Defence.

Notable practitioners
An accomplished figure in the field, Claus Berg is particularly active in public procurement mandates on behalf of clients in the construction and infrastructure industries.

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

Peter Stig Jakobsen principally represents clients in significant procurement matters, including handling tender procedures for projects, as well as European Commission investigations and claims for damages. One client states: "He has great insight into our company, ensuring fast and accurate deliveries that suit our needs."

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, Competition/European Law

EU & Competition

Ranked: tier 1

Bech-Bruun fields experts in competition, merger control, public procurement and general EU law. Peter Stig Jakobsen leads the group, which regularly represents large public sector and multinational clients in competition law proceedings before Danish regulatory bodies and the EU Commission. The group is also highly regarded for its handling of major procurement mandates, including contentious proceedings, tender procedures, tender drafts and tender optimisation work. Anne Bergholt Sommer, Jesper Kaltoft, and Anders Birkelund Nielsen are the practitioners to note.

‘They are fast, competent and business-oriented.’

‘The team is very skilled, works efficiently and always strives to find solutions workable in practice.’

‘The team excel in providing legal advice on a high level while taking their clients’ business and other factors (beyond the legal) into consideration.’

Legal 500, EU and competition


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