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Regulatory aspects play a significant role when financial enterprises want to get established or offer services and products in Denmark. Only regulated enterprises such as banks, investment services companies, insurance companies and insurance brokers may offer financial services, including investment services, in Denmark.

Regulatory aspects play a significant role when financial enterprises want to get established or offer services and products in Denmark. Only regulated enterprises such as banks, investment services companies, insurance companies and insurance brokers may offer financial services, including investment services, in Denmark.

Moreover, the marketing and distribution of securities is subject to regulation, and direct as well as indirect marketing of certain shares in collective investment schemes, for instance UCITS and alternative investment funds (AIF), require registration with the Danish FSA. Violation of legislative requirements may result in "naming and shaming", fines and revoking of the enterprise's license or authorisation.

We are experts in the regulatory issues that apply to financial enterprises. We advise Danish as well as non-Danish financial enterprises, including Danish and international banks, investment services companies, investment advisers, collective investment schemes and their managers, market places, insurance companies, insurance brokers and securities depositories.

Our advisory services include:

  • Formation of new financial enterprises, insurance brokers and investment advisers, including application for authorisations and licenses
  • Establishing and registering branches of non-Danish investment brokers, insurance companies and insurance brokers
  • Investment services activities
  • Direct and indirect marketing of collective investment schemes (UCITS/AIFM), including registration in Denmark
  • Regulation of securities trading activities, including good business practice and MiFID regulation 
  • Insurance products and distribution channels, including good business practice and insurance contract law
  • Prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism
  • Payment services
  • FinTech
  • Cash-settled derivatives (CSDs).

We have in-depth knowledge of legislation as well as case law and many years' experience and good working relationships with the Danish FSA and other authorities.

When required to ensure clients optimal advisory services, we cooperate with lawyers from our other areas of expertise such as Insurance, Financing, Capital Markets, M&A and Corporate Matters, Tax, Compliance, Data protection.

 


Regulatory Issues

Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for
Strong finance team acting on behalf of domestic and international banks, private equity houses and large corporations on all aspects of acquisition finance. Recognised for its financing expertise in the energy and real estate sectors. Also instructed on refinancing mandates. Has experience in debt capital markets transactions, advising on the issuance of notes and high-yield bonds.

Strengths
One client says the lawyers have a "lot of experience with complex financing agreements," adding that they are "very consistent" and "always deliver."
 
Another client enjoys the "high accessibility" of the lawyers, who "advise with a high degree of business understanding."
 
Work highlights
One client says the lawyers have a "lot of experience with complex financing agreements," adding that they are "very consistent" and "always deliver."
 
Notable practitioners
David Moalem is highly regarded for his expertise in securities law and financial regulation. He has particular experience in fintech matters. One client describes him as "probably the best lawyer in the Danish financial regulatory market."
 
Morten Krogsgaard handles a range of loans and facility agreements, including bridge facilities. He also has experience in the issuance of notes and bonds. He is particularly active on leveraged and acquisition finance mandates. One source notes that he is "very knowledgeable within the financing world and always has a good understanding of the market."
 
Thomas Thordal Sevelsted advises on acquisition and real estate finance, as well as asset finance in the shipping and aviation sectors. One client says he is "good at locating where the issues are and what needs to be focused on."


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Capital Markets

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What the team is known for
Strong finance team acting on behalf of domestic and international banks, private equity houses and large corporations on all aspects of acquisition finance. Recognised for its financing expertise in the energy and real estate sectors. Also instructed on refinancing mandates. Has experience in debt capital markets transactions, advising on the issuance of notes and high-yield bonds.

Strengths
One client says the lawyers have a "lot of experience with complex financing agreements," adding that they are "very consistent" and "always deliver."
 
Another client enjoys the "high accessibility" of the lawyers, who "advise with a high degree of business understanding."
 
Work highlights
One client says the lawyers have a "lot of experience with complex financing agreements," adding that they are "very consistent" and "always deliver."
 
Notable practitioners
David Moalem is highly regarded for his expertise in securities law and financial regulation. He has particular experience in fintech matters. One client describes him as "probably the best lawyer in the Danish financial regulatory market."
 
Morten Krogsgaard handles a range of loans and facility agreements, including bridge facilities. He also has experience in the issuance of notes and bonds. He is particularly active on leveraged and acquisition finance mandates. One source notes that he is "very knowledgeable within the financing world and always has a good understanding of the market."
 
Thomas Thordal Sevelsted advises on acquisition and real estate finance, as well as asset finance in the shipping and aviation sectors. One client says he is "good at locating where the issues are and what needs to be focused on."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Banking and Finance

 

Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for
Strong finance team acting on behalf of domestic and international banks, private equity houses and large corporations on all aspects of acquisition finance. Recognised for its financing expertise in the energy and real estate sectors. Also instructed on refinancing mandates. Has experience in debt capital markets transactions, advising on the issuance of notes and high-yield bonds.

Notable practitioners
David Moalem is highly regarded for his expertise in securities law and financial regulation. He has particular experience in fintech matters. One client describes him as "probably the best lawyer in the Danish financial regulatory market."
 
Morten Krogsgaard handles a range of loans and facility agreements, including bridge facilities. He also has experience in the issuance of notes and bonds. He is particularly active on leveraged and acquisition finance mandates. One source notes that he is "very knowledgeable within the financing world and always has a good understanding of the market."
 
Thomas Thordal Sevelsted advises on acquisition and real estate finance, as well as asset finance in the shipping and aviation sectors. One client says he is "good at locating where the issues are and what needs to be focused on."

Chambers and Partners Global, Banking & Finance

Capital Markets

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Steen Jensen advises clients on ECM transactions, including passporting and takeovers. He recently assisted Exiqon with its DKK1 billion public-to-private takeover by Oncotec.

David Moalem provides regulatory advice on capital markets-related matters. He assisted Lundbeck with the implementation of a new capital markets compliance set-up in light of the new EU Market Abuse Regulation. Clients say: "He gives very practical advice which we can easily implement and he provides very good service."

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Banking & Finance

In the Danish market Bech-Bruun is recognised for its strong M&A and projects teams. It also boasts of a very credible banking and restructuring and insolvency offering. 

The firm’s previously acquisition finance-focused banking practice has broadened in focus and now regularly acts on large asset financings, project financing and regulatory mandates. It often represents the borrowers and lenders on deals involving the aviation, manufacturing and real estate sectors.  

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • Axcel acquisition of majority stake in Phase One
  • Energinet DKr1.8 billion acquisition of GasNet
  • Maersk Drilling Nasdaq Copenhagen IPO
  • Nord Stream 2
  • Teradyne €121 million acquisition of Mobile Industrial Roots
  • Total $7.45 billion acquisition of Maersk Oil & Gas
  • Total acquisition of Chevron’s 12% interest in Danish Underground Consortium
  • Vineyard 800MW wind farm

Client feedback

"Highly professional. Great commercial understanding." – Banking

"Very good, strong competencies and experience enabling to get the deal through." – Banking

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Capital Markets

In the Danish market Bech-Bruun is recognised for its strong M&A and projects teams. It also boasts of a very credible banking and restructuring and insolvency offering. 

Despite the slowdown in the Danish capital markets area, the firm has strong expertise on the equity side and recently represented the underwriters in a large Nasdaq Copenhagen IPO. 

Recent Deal Data highlights 

  • Axcel acquisition of majority stake in Phase One
  • Energinet DKr1.8 billion acquisition of GasNet
  • Maersk Drilling Nasdaq Copenhagen IPO
  • Nord Stream 2
  • Teradyne €121 million acquisition of Mobile Industrial Roots
  • Total $7.45 billion acquisition of Maersk Oil & Gas
  • Total acquisition of Chevron’s 12% interest in Danish Underground Consortium
  • Vineyard 800MW wind farm

Client feedback

"The team is always prompt and on point with an answer when we need it." – Capital markets: Debt

"Were well disciplined when it comes to keeping deadlines." – Capital markets: Debt 

Banking & Finance

Ranked: tier 1

Bech-Bruun acts for lenders and borrowers across the banking, renewable energy, aviation and manufacturing sectors and handles the financing of corporate transactions, real estate and asset finance work and private equity investments. The team also assists with syndicated loan agreements, mezzanine financing, guarantees, collateral security issues, bond work and structured products. Morten Krogsgaard leads the practice and is experienced in the financing of M&A transactions.

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Capital Markets

Ranked: tier 2

Bech-Bruun’s regulatory expertise includes handling the interpretation of stock exchange regulations and corporate governance codes including duty of disclosure issues, market abuse work and advising on the rules governing the offering and listing of securities. The practice also handles the verification and takeover of listed companies as well as delistings. Jacob Hjortshøj is an expert in M&A transactions, stock exchange law and public offerings; other key individuals include Ole Nørgaard, who advises on the structuring of sale and acquisition procedures, due diligence investigations and the negotiation of transfer agreements; and David Moalem, who focuses on compliance-related matters.

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