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
The law firm Bech-Bruun is home to a distinguished real estate and construction law practice, regularly acting for international investors, pension funds and public entities. One of the firm’s key areas constitutes the sale and acquisition of real estate portfolios and assets including residential properties, logistics centres and offices across Denmark. The team also assists with tender procedures for building land and joint venture agreements for development projects. Furthermore, clients benefit from the firm’s strength in construction projects including hotels, artificial islands and hospitals with further expertise in large urban development projects. Similarly, the team is sought after for its advice on infrastructure construction projects. In addition, Bech-Bruun shows significant strength in construction arbitration and litigation proceedings pertaining to building defects and price disputes.

Strengths
Appreciating the firm's "maximum level of commitment," one client goes on to highlight: "They have a hands-on approach in handling complex issues, remain calm, friendly and approachable and are technically very strong with a view for key commercial aspects."

Endorsing the firm's cross-border capabilities, one client explains: "Bech-Bruun coordinates very well with external advisers."

Work highlights
Advised Pareto Securities and Studentbostäder i Sverige on their acquisition of a residential and student housing project in Copenhagen from the Gefion Group, valued at around DKK1.3 billion.

Notable practitioners
Claus Berg rises in the rankings following strong support from market commentators. He is highly active in complex construction disputes, including litigations and arbitrations pertaining to building defects and construction delays. Reflecting on his market standing, interviewees call Claus Berg "very brilliant."

According to clients, Jens Hjortskov "delivers services of high standard and quality and has a professional way of solving different issues." He regularly advises on large urban development projects including artificial islands and also represents clients in construction-related disputes.

Clients endorse Steen Puch Holm-Larsen for "really understanding what's important from a commercial perspective." He remains a sought-after adviser due to his strength in handling large-scale acquisitions and divestments of real estate portfolios and assets with further expertise in the set-up of joint ventures for development projects.

Appreciating their cooperation, one client endorses Sven Frode Frølund for his "outstanding legal expertise, commercial awareness and great commitment." He enters the rankings due to his involvement in large real estate portfolio acquisitions, where he often acts for international investors.

Clients mandate Torben Brøgger due to his expertise in the construction of hospitals and the handling of large urban development projects throughout Denmark.

Chambers and Partners Europe 2022, Real Estate

Real Estate - Construction

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What the team is known for
The law firm Bech-Bruun is home to a distinguished real estate and construction law practice, regularly acting for international investors, pension funds and public entities. One of the firm’s key areas constitutes the sale and acquisition of real estate portfolios and assets including residential properties, logistics centres and offices across Denmark. The team also assists with tender procedures for building land and joint venture agreements for development projects. Furthermore, clients benefit from the firm’s strength in construction projects including hotels, artificial islands and hospitals with further expertise in large urban development projects. Similarly, the team is sought after for its advice on infrastructure construction projects. In addition, Bech-Bruun shows significant strength in construction arbitration and litigation proceedings pertaining to building defects and price disputes.

Strengths
Appreciating the firm's "maximum level of commitment," one client goes on to highlight: "They have a hands-on approach in handling complex issues, remain calm, friendly and approachable and are technically very strong with a view for key commercial aspects."

Endorsing the firm's cross-border capabilities, one client explains: "Bech-Bruun coordinates very well with external advisers."

Work highlights
Advised Pareto Securities and Studentbostäder i Sverige on their acquisition of a residential and student housing project in Copenhagen from the Gefion Group, valued at around DKK1.3 billion.

Notable practitioners
Claus Berg rises in the rankings following strong support from market commentators. He is highly active in complex construction disputes, including litigations and arbitrations pertaining to building defects and construction delays. Reflecting on his market standing, interviewees call Claus Berg "very brilliant."

According to clients, Jens Hjortskov "delivers services of high standard and quality and has a professional way of solving different issues." He regularly advises on large urban development projects including artificial islands and also represents clients in construction-related disputes.

Clients endorse Steen Puch Holm-Larsen for "really understanding what's important from a commercial perspective." He remains a sought-after adviser due to his strength in handling large-scale acquisitions and divestments of real estate portfolios and assets with further expertise in the set-up of joint ventures for development projects.

Appreciating their cooperation, one client endorses Sven Frode Frølund for his "outstanding legal expertise, commercial awareness and great commitment." He enters the rankings due to his involvement in large real estate portfolio acquisitions, where he often acts for international investors.

Clients mandate Torben Brøgger due to his expertise in the construction of hospitals and the handling of large urban development projects throughout Denmark.

Chambers and Partners Europe 2022, Real Estate - Construction

Real Estate & Construction

Ranked: Tier 1

The real estate and construction team at Bech-Bruun is praised as ‘top quality’ by clients. It has a strong track record working with major international investors and funds, with particular experience in assisting Danish pension funds, advising on commercial and residential developments. The group also has strong hotel sector expertise, with Steen Puch Holm-Larsen being an expert in this area as well as international real estate M&A. On the construction side, practice co-heads Jens Hjortskov and Tina Braad handle public and public-private partnership construction projects, including high-profile infrastructure projects; Claus Berg is also highly recommended for construction work.

"Very good team for construction law. High level – good service."

"Structured full-service approach with an eye for the client’s needs and capabilities."

"A heavy-weight team penetrating all important parts of the market."

"I believe that the BB people are more diversified than the competitors. All-round and great spread in age, they would be my first go-to firm for complex real estate transactions."

"The real estate team has a commercial approach and a strong understanding of international transactions. They are easy to work with and top quality."

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