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Foundations and autonomous institutions are subject to special public monitoring by the foundation authority or a supervisory authority in the relevant sector. Consequently, working with foundations requires in-depth knowledge of legislation, the practices of the foundation authorities, and the organisation and characteristics of the individual foundation.

We have many years' experience in advising commercial and non-commercial foundations as well as autonomous institutions. Our advisory services include formation, amendment of by-laws and extraordinary transactions. In addition, we provide legal assistance in the contact with foundation authorities and sector supervisory authorities in cases concerning supervisory issues. Moreover, we advise on governance and assist on the drafting of policies, rules of procedure, etc. 

Our advisory services include:

  • Formation of foundations and autonomous institutions 
  • Choice of organisational structure
  • Trustees' responsibilities
  • Rules governing the capital structures of foundations and autonomous institutions
  • Issues concerning distribution
  • Dissolution and merger of foundations and autonomous institutions
  • Amendment of by-laws and extraordinary transactions
  • Issues concerning special foundations, such as employee foundations, savings bank foundations and public foundations.

Our team consists of highly qualified lawyers who are experts in the field. We have long-standing experience in advising on all areas of law relating to foundations and autonomous institutions.

When required to ensure our clients the best advisory services, we cooperate with lawyers from our other areas of expertise such as Public Law & Administration, Capital MarketsM&A and Corporate Matters, Regulatory Issues, Tax.

 


Foundations

Corporate - M&A

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What the team is known for
Well-regarded team particularly active in the private equity sphere. Advises on M&A across a range of industries such as energy, manufacturing, financial services, IT and retail. Public M&A is another area of expertise, with experience in public tender offers. Acts for a notable client base on issues which frequently involve international elements.

Strengths
Clients appreciate the firm's "impeccable client service," adding: "The team delivers work of the highest standard in a timely manner."

The lawyers are described as "highly responsive, technically excellent and well connected" by respondents.

Work highlights
Acted for Asahi Kasei on its DKK8.9 billion acquisition via a Danish SPV of a 90% stake in Veloxis Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners
Jacob Hjortshøj is a standout practitioner offering experience in all aspects of M&A transactions. One satisfied client enthuses: "He always provides extraordinarily precise advice in a timely fashion. He has very impressive negotiation skills and a unique understanding and judgement of which issues have key importance and how to address them."

Ole Nørgaard regularly advises clients on acquisitions and capital raising mandates. A respondent notes that "he knows what the business needs and gives commercially viable solutions."

Steen Jensen acts for clients on complex demergers and share transfers and public M&A deals. He is described as "very hands-on, responsive and pleasant to work with" by one satisfied client, who also appreciates that "Jensen has deep market knowledge and can help foreign clients navigate the Danish regulations."

Steen Rode enters the rankings on the back of strong client feedback. He assists clients operating in the financial services and private equity spaces with cross-border transactions. Interviewees report: "His strategic and commercial thinking is outstanding; he is a quick thinker, very energetic, ahead of the process and always totally committed to clients and their success."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Corporate/M&A

Corporate M&A

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What the team is known for
Well-regarded team particularly active in the private equity sphere. Advises on M&A across a range of industries such as energy, manufacturing, IT and retail. Public M&A is another area of expertise, with experience in public tender offers and intra-group mergers. Acts for a notable client base on issues which frequently involve international elements.

Notable practitioners
Jacob Hjortshøj is a highly regarded corporate lawyer, particularly assisting private equity clients with acquisitions. One source refers to him as a "skilled and experienced lawyer with a commercial view."
 
Ole Nørgaard offers expertise regarding cross-border corporate transactions, both acquisitions and sales. Clients describe him as "an extremely capable and effective M&A practitioner" and also highlight his "business understanding and responsiveness."
 
Steen Jensen specialises in capital market transactions, assisting co-ordinators with listing companies on the Danish stock exchange. Interviewees describe him as "technically good."
 
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