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For more than 20 years, we have performed intense work with the infrastructure required for society to function at its best: Utility systems, roads, railways, ports and airports. We are very proud to have been involved in all the largest construction projects in recent years, and we naturally use our knowledge and experience on new projects, whether such deal with the construction of a municipal bicycle path or the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link.

We advise on infrastructure from A to Z. 

Any infrastructure project has a natural cycle, and our advisory services usually begin with the conclusion of the political agreement and the drafting of the statutory framework required and continue through project planning, tender procedures, construction and operation.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Preparatory legislative work
  • Financing, including PPPs and expansion agreements
  • Analysis of area and rights issues
  • Handling of planning and environmental law issues
  • Compulsory acquisition and the law of adjoining properties
  • Taxes and VAT
  • Relocation of utility lines
  • Handling of interfaces in construction and operation phases
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Dispute resolution, including legal proceedings and valuation cases
  • Data protection
  • Administration pursuant to the Danish Act on Railway Operation, the Danish Roads Act, etc.
  • Administrative law issues, such as charges, delegation and access to documents.

Close cooperation between the construction authority and its advisers is key irrespective of whether a bicycle path or a fixed link across Fehmarn Belt is to be constructed. The other stakeholders of the infrastructure project, such as politicians, citizens and the press , must also constantly be in focus. 

We are used to generating close and long-term cooperative relations, jointly creating the best solutions. Even though infrastructure projects are always deeply rooted in one practice group of Bech-Bruun, we of course apply all our in-house skills.
 

 

Infrastructure

Energy & Infrastructure

Bech-Bruun continues to develop its position as one of the leading names in the Danish energy and infrastructure market. This year it successfully expanded its team to bring in new expertise to supplement the already strong lawyers on its roster. It has also continued to impress on the energy side in particular, where it has again secured some of the most significant mandates in the Danish markets.

“Bech-Bruun’s energy team is providing a full-scope service for high-profile and complex renewable projects, including procurement, regulatory, competition, corporate and financing,” says one in-house counsel at a major European energy provider. “They have outstanding knowledge of Danish energy law and the Nordic energy market and all the relevant stakeholders. They are also very friendly, pragmatic and have a good responsiveness.”

Generally, clients praise the accuracy of the firm’s work as above average, with the work ethic of some of the senior lawyers praised in particular.

“Why we are using Peter [Østergaard Nielsen] is that he has a very good commercial touch and knows the supplier market on wind, he knows the industrial players and is strong on the supply agreements,” says one in-house counsel at a Danish investment group. “He is very well known on the supplier market for wind. When he moved to Bech-Bruun we followed him, because we are attached to Peter, not the firm he works for.”

Nielsen joined the team in February 2016 from Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen and brings a strong reputation in the wind and renewables market with him. The firm also brought on board another new partner in January 2015 in the shape of Claus Berg from Viltoft to help boost its construction and public procurement capabilities.

While the firm is known for its strength in the energy market, it has also had a productive year on the infrastructure side as well. This includes the continuing advice being provided to the Region of Southern Denmark on the development of a new hospital and working with Aarhus Kommune on the public-private partnership (PPP) construction of a new office building.

IFLR 1000, Energy and infrastructure

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