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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 with the capacity to tackle a high volume of transactions. Maintains a strong position in the private equity sphere, while also advising on M&A across a range of industries such as energy, real estate and pharmaceuticals. Acts for a notable client base on issues which frequently involve international elements, and regularly receives praise for its business-minded, commercial approach. Arla Foods and Danfoss are amongst the department's new client wins and the firm recently acted for the latter on a wide-ranging cross-border acquisition.

 

Strengths
Interviewees enthuse that the firm "delivers high-quality work" and adds that the "co-operation goes very smoothly" because the firm is "very proactive and willing to learn about its client's business, with a view to delivering the best service." The same client summarises: "I consider them an ideal partner for a global corporation."

Market sources commend the team's responsiveness, as well as its tailored solutions: "The speed they work at is outstanding, the quality impeccable and the price competitive. Most importantly, they provide solutions that can actually be executed, whilst also applying our appetite for risk in their approach to legal issues."

 

Work highlights
Acted for Maj Invest Equity and other private equity investors and shareholders on the sale of SFK Leblanc to Axcel Industriinvestor and ATP Private Equity Partners.

Advised Bagger-Sørensen on selling a majority shareholding in Fertin Pharma to EQT.

 

Significant Clients
WhiteAway, Bestseller, Capidea, Solix Group, Ratos Private Equity.

 

Notable practitioners
Senior statesman Søren Meisling has a wealth of experience in transactional proceedings involving mergers and acquisitions. He advises clients from the financial, pharmaceutical and shipping industries on regulatory matters as well as structural issues.

According to sources, Jacob Hjortshøj is a "top-notch and really skilled" lawyer. He has an excellent reputation for acting on behalf of corporates, private equity funds and investment banks in the field of mergers, public offers and stock exchanges.

Sources report that Ole Nørgaard is "extremely flexible, always available and a solution-oriented lawyer." He is well regarded for advising on the transfer of businesses, with a focus on cross-border mandates. He acted for Danfoss on its purchase of Sodex, and its subsidiaries. Several clients praise his negotiation skills and he enters the rankings this year on this basis, being described as a "strategic thinker" who "never compromises on the quality of the work."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Corporate/M&A

Corporate M&A

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Senior statesman Søren Meisling has a wealth of experience in transactional proceedings involving mergers and acquisitions. He advises clients from the financial, pharmaceutical and shipping industries on regulatory matters as well as structural issues.

 

According to sources, Jacob Hjortshøj is a "top-notch and really skilled" lawyer. He has an excellent reputation for acting on behalf of corporates, private equity funds and investment banks in the field of mergers, public offers and stock exchanges.

 

Sources report that Ole Nørgaard is "extremely flexible, always available and a solution-oriented lawyer." He is well regarded for advising on the transfer of businesses, with a focus on cross-border mandates. He acted for Danfoss on its purchase of Sodex, and its subsidiaries. Several clients praise his negotiation skills and he enters the rankings this year on this basis, being described as a "strategic thinker" who "never compromises on the quality of the work."

 

Foreign desks The firm's China desk assists Chinese clients with a wide range of corporate advisory and transactional matters, linked to concerns in Denmark. In addition to lawyers based in Copenhagen and Aarhus, the firm has a representative office in Shanghai. Søren Meisling in Copenhagen heads the desk.

 

The German desk offers long-standing experience in advising Danish companies on establishing a business presence in Germany. Areas of expertise include contract law, real estate issues, M&A and general company law. Ole Nørgaard in Copenhagen is the key point of contact.

Chambers and Partners Global, Corporate/M&A

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