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The real estate and construction industry is seeing growth, but also increasing complexity. Difficult Community law rules, greater demands from international investors for deeper insight into sophisticated transactions, new alternative business models, new types of cooperation and increased focus on planning are merely some of the challenges that enterprises and authorities are facing.

We are leading real estate and construction law specialists. We have extensive experience advising both public-sector employers and private operators in the building and construction industry, and we have in-depth knowledge of all legal aspects of real estate, including investment and divestment, leasing, development and public regulations regarding restrictions on the use of real estate.  

Accordingly, our main areas of expertise span M&A Real Estate, project development, tenders and negotiation of building and construction contracts, lease law and advice relating to real estate. 

In the area of M&A Real Estate we are known for providing innovative and commercially sustainable solutions and for our highly specialised advice. We have in-depth knowledge of financing and related products, e.g. derivatives, which gives us a cutting edge in complicated property development projects where planning of financing is key.

In the area of lease law we advise private and public enterprises and are highly experienced conducting legal proceedings for both lessors and lessees. We are also highly knowledgeable when it comes to sustainable construction and green leases.

In the area of construction law we provide advice on complex public and private building and construction projects as well as projects with both public and private players. We always have a solution-oriented and commercial approach to ensure that the projects are completed in the agreed time and at the agreed price. Our expertise spans project development, tenders in building and construction projects, negotiation of building and construction contracts, and contractor's insurance. We employ some of the leading advisers in dispute resolution and alternative types of dispute resolution (mediation and conciliation) holding many years’ experience representing both public authorities and private enterprises.

We often cooperate with advisers from our other areas of expertise, such as M&A and Corporate Matters, EU & Competition, Dispute Resolution, Tax, Insolvency & Restructuring, Financing, Infrastructure.

 

Real Estate & Construction

Real Estate

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What the team is known for
Esteemed team noted for its full-service coverage of real estate matters. Acts for a variety of Danish and international clients, including financial services and public sector clients, as well as joint ventures and investment funds, on acquisitions, divestments and real estate financing. Additional expertise in construction law, focusing on large infrastructure projects and urban development, involving public procurement processes, contracts and contentious work. Often selected by clients involved in the hospitality sector for advice on their real estate activities.

Strengths
A satisfied client praises the firm's "very strong team which has a lot of experience working with international counterparties and is able to deliver advice and reports to a high institutional standard."

Another client lauds the team as "action-minded and always available."

Work highlights
Advised Resolution Property on the acquisition of Billund Shopping Centre, including on the construction and commercial lease agreements.

Notable practitioners
A client enthuses that Claus Berg is "good at understanding the technical issues and is straightforward when he deals with engineers. He has a good business sense and brings value to the deal by also taking commercial issues into consideration." Berg has long experience in construction and procurement law disputes, frequently representing clients in arbitration and litigation.

One client describes Jens Hjortskov as "a team player who is fast, available, hard-working and trustworthy," while another client points out that his "commercial awareness brings value" to the cases. He advises clients from a range of sectors, including energy, pharmaceutical and technology, on construction matters. He also assists with tendering and redevelopment projects.

Steen Puch Holm-Larsen has significant experience advising international and domestic investment funds and property developers on real estate transactions, leasing agreements and project development matters. According to a commentator, "he has a good combination of technical and commercial skills and he manages to maintain speed in the transactions while not compromising the details, and is very responsive to the client's needs." He assisted AGA with a sale-and-leaseback transaction with PFA Pension.

Torben Brøgger assists clients, often from the public sector, with development and construction issues, and additionally has a background in procurement law and PPP projects. He advised Region Syddanmark on the DKK6.3 billion construction of a university hospital in Odense.

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Real Estate - Construction

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What the team is known for
Esteemed team noted for its full-service coverage of real estate matters. Acts for a variety of Danish and international clients, including financial services and public sector clients, as well as joint ventures and investment funds, on acquisitions, divestments and real estate financing. Additional expertise in construction law, focusing on large infrastructure projects and urban development, involving public procurement processes, contracts and contentious work. Often selected by clients involved in the hospitality sector for advice on their real estate activities.

Strengths
A satisfied client praises the firm's "very strong team which has a lot of experience working with international counterparties and is able to deliver advice and reports to a high institutional standard."

Another client lauds the team as "action-minded and always available."

Work highlights
Advised Resolution Property on the acquisition of Billund Shopping Centre, including on the construction and commercial lease agreements.

Notable practitioners
A client enthuses that Claus Berg is "good at understanding the technical issues and is straightforward when he deals with engineers. He has a good business sense and brings value to the deal by also taking commercial issues into consideration." Berg has long experience in construction and procurement law disputes, frequently representing clients in arbitration and litigation.

One client describes Jens Hjortskov as "a team player who is fast, available, hard-working and trustworthy," while another client points out that his "commercial awareness brings value" to the cases. He advises clients from a range of sectors, including energy, pharmaceutical and technology, on construction matters. He also assists with tendering and redevelopment projects.

Steen Puch Holm-Larsen has significant experience advising international and domestic investment funds and property developers on real estate transactions, leasing agreements and project development matters. According to a commentator, "he has a good combination of technical and commercial skills and he manages to maintain speed in the transactions while not compromising the details, and is very responsive to the client's needs." He assisted AGA with a sale-and-leaseback transaction with PFA Pension.

Torben Brøgger assists clients, often from the public sector, with development and construction issues, and additionally has a background in procurement law and PPP projects. He advised Region Syddanmark on the DKK6.3 billion construction of a university hospital in Odense.

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Real Estate & Construction

Ranked: tier 1

Bech-Bruun's 'excellent team has substantial international experience' and provides 'commercial' and 'to-the-point advice'. The 'very experienced' Jens Hjortskov leads the Copenhagen team, and real estate, project development and tenant law expert Jesper Bøge Pedersen heads up the Aarhus group; Hjortskov recently advised Amager Ressourcecenter on a waste-based energy plant for Amager Bakke, which will be used to power a ski slope. Clients also single out Sven Frode Frølund, who recently joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and 'knows how to deal with the most demanding clients' and 'how to execute the most complicated real estate transactions'. Other highlights include Steen Puch Holm-Larsen advising Resolution on its purchase of Billund Shopping Centre Outlet from Parken, Per Bjerg Christensen assisting PFA with the development of a transport and logistics centre in eastern Jutland, environmental law specialist Torben Brøgger acting for the Region of Southern Denmark on the construction of a new university hospital in Odense, and Andreas Antoniades advising ATP on its joint venture with Danica Pension, which includes the €1.9bn purchase of 16 Danish shopping centres. Claus Berg is a key name for construction issues, and Tina Braad has expertise in construction and procurement law.

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