Jacob Hjortshøj

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Jacob Hjortshøj is an M&A expert

Jacob Hjortshøj is highly specialised in mergers and acquisitions and company law and is one of Denmark's leading M&A lawyers. Jacob's expertise is reflected in the impressively long list of private equity funds and Danish and international enterprises he has advised in connection with M&A transactions over the years.

In recent years Jacob has assisted as team leader in the transfer of enterprises such as, Jakobsens, Dansk Træemballage, Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, KK Group, Eiva, Good Food Group, Emballagegruppen, Fitness DK, Skiold Group, SFK LeBlanc, Lakrids by Johan Bülow, Ferrosan Medical Devices, Hoyer Motors, FC Nordsjælland, Blue-garden, Cembrit, Norican Group, Sonion, Euro Cater, Dagrofa, MissionPharma, Bladt Industries, NKT Flexibles, inco Danmark, Dyrup, Glud & Marstrand, Aalborg Industries, Superfos, KMD, Kommunekemi, Rosti, Codan Gummi, Stryhn’s, BabySam, Logstor, Disa, Unifeeder, Tholstrup Cheese og Roulunds.

In every transaction, Jacob commits himself deeply in the client relationship and is strongly dedicated to the process towards the goal. He is a keen negotiator with a markedly solution-oriented and efficient approach, driven by the commercial element in M&A cases.   

Jacob highly values his professional skills and stays updated for instance through his chairmanship of the company law study programme committee of the Association of Danish Law Firms, as secretary for Dansk Forening for Selskabsret and as a member of the Danish Company Appeals Board. Previously, Jacob was an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen teaching company law, and he is a regular lecturer with the Danish Bar and Law Society.

Jacob's high qualifications in the M&A area are further illustrated by his top-category ranking in the M&A area by all major rating agencies.

The Team

M&A & Corporate Matters

  • M&A & Corporate Matters
  • Foundations
  • Family Business Succession
  • Private Client
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Legal 500 - Bech-Bruun

(...) Bech-Bruun is frequently instructed on a broad array of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. A key area of focus for the ‘creative, strategic and commercial’ department is high-value corporate and capital markets transactions for energy and energy-related clients, as well as private equity transactions and corporate structuring matters. (...) Jacob Hjortshøj is well versed in corporate law and stock exchange law (...).

"Jacob Hjortshøj is very experienced in M&A, you trust his negotiation skills as well as (of course) the legal work performed. Complicated transactions are explained in understandable language with a focus on risk, opportunities and other relevant parameters."

Jacob Hjortshøj has been listed as Hall of Fame by Legal 500.

Jacob Hjortshøj has been listed as a Leading individual by Legal 500.

Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Legal 500 - Bech-Bruun

The capital markets group at Bech-Bruun is adept at handling equity transactions and complex regulatory issues. The regulatory practice combines traditional stock exchange regulation, corporate governance and market abuse expertise with bond and derivatives knowledge. It is also active in public-to-private transactions and has experience in IPOs, buy-backs, prospectuses and delistings. Names to note include M&A expert Jacob Hjortshøj.

Legal 500, Capital markets

Jacob Hjortshøj is a standout practitioner offering experience in all aspects of M&A transactions. One satisfied client enthuses: "He always provides extraordinarily precise advice in a timely fashion. He has very impressive negotiation skills and a unique understanding and judgement of which issues have key importance and how to address them."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Corporate/M&A

It is on the M&A side that the firm perhaps shines the brightest, consistently coming out as one of the most active firms in the region for new deals. One example of that this year saw Jens Christian Hesse Rasmussen lead the way as the firm advised BioAlliance Pharma, a French-listed company, on its cross-border merger with the Danish –listed Topotarget. The firm’s client continued as the operating company so the deal involved the delisting of Topotarget and secondary listing of the new entity, Onxeo, on the Copenhagen exchange.

Elsewhere, Jacob Hjortshøj led a team advising Altor Fund III on the sale of the Sonion Group to Novo, a deal involving interests in seven different countries around the world: Denmark, Poland, the Netherlands, USA, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

IFLR1000, Mergers and acquisitions 


  • Board of directors (chairman), Embacollage A/S
  • Board of directors (chairman), Procter & Gamble Danmark A/S
  • Board of directors (chairman), Sahva A/S
  • Board of directors (chairman), A/S Stryhns Familieselskab
  • Board of directors (chairman), 8.8 Holding A/S
  • Board member, Armatec A/S
  • Board of directors (chairman), Stelton A/S
  • Board of directors (chairman), Watergroup A/S
  • Board of directors (vice chairman), Viet-Jacobsen Fonden
  • Chairman, The Association of Danish Law Firms' Committee for Corporate Law (Danske Advokaters fagudvalg for selskabsret)
  • Secretary, Danish Association of Corporate Law (Dansk Forening for Selskabsret)
  • Member, VL 12
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Danish Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (DVCA)
  • Member, International Fiscal Association

Education and language

  • Right of audience, The Danish Supreme Court
  • Admission to practice law
  • Master of Laws
  • English
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish