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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.

 

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Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for Highly regarded finance team acting on behalf of banks, private equity houses and large corporations, including international companies on all aspects of acquisition finance. Recognised for its expertise on financing in the energy sector, including projects and restructurings involving renewables and oil and gas. Other areas of specialism include asset finance, high-yield bond work and regulatory issues. Recent client wins include Danfoss.

StrengthsSources report that the firm's "main strength was their ability to respond quickly to queries raised by our clients, and their ability to explain specific aspects of Danish law in a succinct and understandable way. We felt that they fully understood the transaction, so responses were always appropriate and on point."

A client says: "I like their flexibility, as it is second to none. I also like their grasp of the whole sector, as it means that the knowledge is at a high level."

Work highlights Advised ING on lending issues in relation to financing a transaction regarding double-deck rail coaches owned by Beacon Rail Leasing.

Assisted Danske Bank with financing Axcel's acquisition of Lessor, a specialist in IT-based payroll and HR systems.

Significant Clients Handelsbanken, HSH Nordbank, PenSam, Danica Pension, Scandinavian Airlines.

Notable practitioners
According to sources, Morten Krogsgaard is “very knowledgeable, especially of local law and the leveraged finance market. He is someone who can translate concepts into practice. He is very hands-on and personally involved. I routinely recommend Krogsgaard for transactions in Denmark.” He advises financial institutions and private equity houses on debt financing, restructuring issues and asset finance. He advised Nordea on the financing of Sampo's mandatory offer of up to EUR1.5 billion in respect of TopDanmark.

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According to sources, Morten Krogsgaard is “very knowledgeable, especially of local law and the leveraged finance market. He is someone who can translate concepts into practice. He is very hands-on and personally involved. I routinely recommend Krogsgaard for transactions in Denmark.” He advises financial institutions and private equity houses on debt financing, restructuring issues and asset finance. He advised Nordea on the financing of Sampo's mandatory offer of up to EUR1.5 billion in respect of TopDanmark.  

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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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The nine-partner banking and finance team at ‘one of the most reputable law firms in Denmark’, Bech-Bruun, ‘always meets the client’s expectations’. It is regularly involved in internationally focused acquisition finance and syndicated loans as well as asset financing and leasing, refinancing, structured products, derivatives and project financing. Thomas Thordal Sevelsted advised Danske Bank on the financing of the acquisition of the LESSOR Group through an Axcel managed fund. Under the leadership of renowned practice head Morten Krogsgaard, the group assisted a bank syndicate with the financing of Sampo’s compulsory takeover offer to Topdanmark.

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