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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
Top-ranked team maintaining a strong position in the private equity sphere. Advises on M&A across a range of industries such as energy, manufacturing, real estate, retail and pharmaceutical. Public M&A is another area of expertise, with experience in MBOs, private placements, public tender offers and other ECM mandates. Acts for a notable client base on issues which frequently involve international elements.

Strengths
Clients appreciate the team's availability and ability to manage transactions: "All the key elements were covered and under control. They were very speedy and responsive 24/7, and they were extremely fast at grasping complex matters."

Another satisfied client states: "Bech-Bruun is in all respects a top-notch firm."

Work highlights
Advised new client Total on the Danish law aspects of its proposed USD7.495 billion acquisition of Maersk Oil.

Notable practitioners
According to one client, Jacob Hjortshøj is the "best in class for M&A tasks." He represents companies as well as private equity funds, financial institutions and investors. He advised Solix Group on its acquisition of Skiold. Another source highlights his "pragmatic" and commercial approach, combined with "a very sharp legal mind."

Ole Nørgaard advised new client Knoll on aspects of its acquisition of Muuto from Maj Invest Equity. Nørgaard's clients laud his "great negotiation skills and approach to legal documentation." He handles a range of mandates for both industrial companies and investment funds.

Steen Jensen has significant expertise in public M&A and equity capital market mandates, including private placements. Clients describe him as "very helpful and thorough," and multiple sources praise his commercial approach.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Corporate/M&A

Corporate M&A

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According to one client, Jacob Hjortshøj is the "best in class for M&A tasks." He represents companies as well as private equity funds, financial institutions and investors. He advised Solix Group on its acquisition of Skiold. Another source highlights his "pragmatic" and commercial approach, combined with "a very sharp legal mind."
 
Ole Nørgaard advised new client Knoll on aspects of its acquisition of Muuto from Maj Invest Equity. Nørgaard's clients laud his "great negotiation skills and approach to legal documentation." He handles a range of mandates for both industrial companies and investment funds. 

Chambers and Partners Global, Corporate/M&A

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