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
Bech-Brunn offers clients a strong finance team which frequently acts on behalf of domestic and international banks and large corporations on all aspects of acquisition finance. The firm is particularly recognised for its financing expertise in the energy and real estate sectors. Lawyers in the team are also instructed on refinancing mandates and offer further experience on debt capital market transactions, advising on the issuance of notes. The team is additionally well placed to handle loan transactions and sustainable finance matters.

Strengths
Clients highlight the team's securities expertise, describing an "excellent service and very positive impression."

Another source is quick to highlight the team's "extremely good knowledge and precision."

Work highlights
Assisted Danske Bank with its multicurrency revolving credit facility to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

Notable practitioners
David Moalem is particularly recognised for his knowledge of regulatory issues. He has "extremely good knowledge and precision in his assessment and guidance on this difficult area of law," says one satisfied client.

Department head Morten Krogsgaard "has very good technical skills and is a pleasure to work with," enthuses one respondent. He handles debt restructuring, refinancing and acquisition financing mandates on behalf of both Danish and international clients.

Thomas Thordal Sevelsted represents clients in lending transactions, sale deals, financing and refinancings. Clients appreciate that he "is always available and offers quick turnarounds."

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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."
 
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Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for
Bech-Brunn offers clients a strong finance team which frequently acts on behalf of domestic and international banks and large corporations on all aspects of acquisition finance. The firm is particularly recognised for its financing expertise in the energy and real estate sectors. Lawyers in the team are also instructed on refinancing mandates and offer further experience on debt capital market transactions, advising on the issuance of notes. The team is additionally well placed to handle loan transactions and sustainable finance matters.

Notable practitioners
David Moalem is particularly recognised for his knowledge of regulatory issues. He has "extremely good knowledge and precision in his assessment and guidance on this difficult area of law," says one satisfied client.

Department head Morten Krogsgaard "has very good technical skills and is a pleasure to work with," enthuses one respondent. He handles debt restructuring, refinancing and acquisition financing mandates on behalf of both Danish and international clients.

Thomas Thordal Sevelsted represents clients in lending transactions, sale deals, financing and refinancings. Clients appreciate that "he is always available and offers quick turnarounds."

Chambers and Partners Global 2022, 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."

Chambers and Partners Global, Capital Markets

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

IFLR 1000, Banking and finance

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 has a strong cross-border acquisition financing department that works closely with other practice groups to deliver a full-service offering to clients seeking domestic transactional, real estate finance and energy project financing advice. The team is also well equipped to handle issues relating to fund subscription financings and aviation finance, with the latter being an area in which Thomas Thordal Sevelsted is an expert. Practice head Morten Krogsgaard specialises in international finance law and represents major financial institutions including JP Morgan.

High responsibility and strong availability.’

The team is always available, sharp and highly professional. The team has very strong skills, and a really high level of competencies and professionalism. The counselling is always delivered with the highest possible standard and with an excellent performance.’

Legal 500, Banking and Finance

Capital Markets

Ranked: Tier 2

Bech-Bruun handles major ECM transactions as well as complex regulatory issues. The team also has strong cross-border capabilities, with practice head Morten Krogsgaard specialising in international finance law. The group has particular expertise in setting up new financial businesses and insurance brokers as well as handling the registration of branch offices for foreign stockbrokers and insurers. Other names to note are Steen Jensen, who is an expert in takeover bids and buyback programmes, and ‘top lawyer’ David Moalem.

"Bech-Bruun has been outstanding and performing exceptionally well, and to the utmost highest standard in regards to legal counselling in the Capital Markets area."

"The Team has been available 24/7, with a really quick response time, with the best and always correct counselling/legal advice. The team has been pleasant the whole way through, while also being really sharp and competent at their work."

Legal 500, Capital markets

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