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Financing often plays a key role in transactions. This applies whether the issue is acquisition of an enterprise, financing of major assets and projects, or the raising of capital for current operations.

The market for raising capital is international, and traditional sources of financing have been supplemented by new players and alternative products, increasing access to loan financing but also providing alternative options for placement of excess liquidity. Both lenders and borrowers require advisory services, and the advice given now is what will be tested when the market once again moves in the other direction.

We advise lenders as well as borrowers on debt financing. Our clients include Danish and non-Danish banks, private equity funds, enterprises and corporations. Regulatory issues, derivatives, structured products, acquisition financing and the financing of all types of assets are among our core skills, and we are specialised in the legal, financial and strategic aspects related to acquisition and divestment of enterprises.

Our advisory services include:

  • Financing law
  • Syndicated loan agreements
  • Acquisition financing
  • Asset financing
  • Project financing, including PPC/PPP, infrastructure and energy
  • Structured products
  • Investment grade loans
  • Bond issuance and programme establishment
  • Financing via international capital markets
  • Regulatory issues (products and banks)
  • Securitisation
  • Guarantees and provision of security
  • Refinancing and distressed loans
  • Derivatives, including ISDA Master Agreement and Credit Support Annex
  • Capital structure and tax issues
  • Self-financing

Moreover, our lawyers are among the most experienced in Denmark in the area of financing and leasing of trains, airplanes and ships.

When required to ensure our clients the best advisory services, we cooperate with lawyers from our other areas of expertise such as M&A and Corporate Matters, Real Estate & Construction, Regulatory Issues, Insolvency & Restructuring, Tax, Energy & Supply.

 

Financing

Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for
Highly regarded finance team acting on behalf of domestic and international banks, private equity houses and large corporations on all aspects of acquisition finance, including leveraged finance transactions. Recognised for its financing expertise in the energy and real estate sector. Other areas of specialism include asset finance, high-yield bond work and regulatory matters. Also frequently instructed on restructuring and refinance mandates. Has experience of debt capital market transactions.

Strengths
One client says: "They are always accessible and flexible, they have a high level of knowledge from a technical perspective and they have a good ability to understand what we want commercially."

Other sources appreciate the lawyers' "timeliness and accuracy of advice."

Work highlights
Advised HSBC and other arrangers on Danish law matters connected with financing Ineos's acquisition of DONG E&P.

Notable practitioners
Head of department Morten Krogsgaard  is praised for "his high level of knowledge and experience and his good understanding of the market." He handles a whole host of loan agreements and finance transactions. He advised Nordea on the financing of CataCaps' acquisition of TP Aerospace.

Thomas Thordal Sevelsted enters the rankings for the first time on the back of strong market endorsements, with one source saying he is "very focused and has a good commercial approach." He has a broad practice, handling real estate, project and aviation finance, as well as restructuring mandates.

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Head of department Morten Krogsgaard is praised for "his high level of knowledge and experience and his good understanding of the market." He handles a whole host of loan agreements and finance transactions. He advised Nordea on the financing of CataCaps' acquisition of TP Aerospace.

Thomas Thordal Sevelsted enters the rankings for the first time on the back of strong market endorsements, with one source saying he is "very focused and has a good commercial approach." He has a broad practice, handling real estate, project and aviation finance, as well as restructuring mandates.

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"Bech-Bruun are very professional,” says one client. “They are always doing a solid, thorough job, reverting quickly back to us.” Another adds: “Excellent. They are solution-oriented and pragmatic."

 

The banking and finance team bolstered its ranks this year with addition of partner Steen Puch Holm-Larsen to the line-up. This helped boost the practice, which is especially known for its work in acquisition finance and bond financing.

 

One example of this saw the firm advising the Solix Group on the financing for its acquisition of the Cembrit Group. Led by partner Morten Krogsgaard, this work was especially notable as the deal was structured to be paid in three tranches. Krogsgaard was again the key partner involved when the team assisted Credit Suisse on the Danish aspects of the $50 million royalty bond issuance by Zealand. This was the first ever royalty bond issued by a Danish company and involved a non-dilutive and non-recourse bond financing backed by 86.5% of the future annual royalties - and other payments which the company is entitled to - on lixisenatide – a drug used to treat diabetes – as a stand-alone product under its license agreement with Sanofi.

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Ranked: tier 1

Bech-Bruun runs the gamut of banking and finance work for a client roster including Danske Bank and Nordea Bank. Practice head Morten Krogsgaard specialises in international finance law; he recently assisted Advent International with the financing of its acquisition of Færch Plast and advised HSBC as local counsel on its financing of Ineos’ acquisition of Dong E&P. Thomas Thordal Sevelsted is also a key name to note; he recently acted for Strawberry Fields on a facilities agreement with lender Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) for the purpose of refinancing properties in Denmark and Sweden.

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