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Legal market overview
The Danish legal market is dominated by a ‘Big Four’ of Copenhagen-based firms: Kromann Reumert, Bech-Bruun, Plesner, and Gorrissen Federspiel. Kromann Reumert is larger than its competitors, although it downsized in 2012. Each of the four except Plesner has offices in Aarhus in Jutland, Denmark’s industrial heartland. Leading Aarhus firms, such as Delacour Law Firm, also maintain offices in Copenhagen and Lett Law Firm has offices in Copenhagen and Aarhus. In January 2013, the former Kolding office of Lett Law Firm re-launched as Andersen Partners.
Two significant foreign firms have offices in Copenhagen as part of a strong Nordic presence and are differentiated by their areas of expertise. Nordic region law firm Hannes Snellman Attorneys at Law Ltd focuses on transactional work and Bird & Bird has particular strength in information technology and related matters.
Denmark’s economic recovery has been reflected in a recent increase in transactional activity, although there were few big-ticket deals and insolvencies remain an ongoing reality, notably in real estate and construction. The legal market has been contracting, particularly in the mid-market space, although the Big Four have also reduced their numbers. At the same time, intense competition for standalone legal work fuelled the battle to recruit key talent and, together with pricing pressure, is supporting the emergence of specialist boutiques offering competitive rates.
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Since introduced into Danish Law with effect of 1 January 2008 the Danish judicial system has gained its first important experiences with class action as a way of handling disputes with multiple similar claims. At Lundsgaard & Partnere... Don't bank on it
Partner Søren Stenderup Jensen and Assistant Attorney Sebina Harder have written the article "Water plans and buffer strips: reducing emissions into watercourses", which has been published in the current edition of International Law Office (ILO).
Legal Consultant Casper Bjerregaard Eskildsen has published the article "Insourcing and Outsourcing in a VAT Context" in the latest issue of Intertax.
Partner Søren Stenderup Jensen and Senior Attorney Ellen Skodborggaard have contributed the article "Monster Rain: Further advice on how to avoid damage from flooding" to the latest issue of International Law Office (ILO).
The latest issue of the International Law Office (ILO) newsletter on environmental law includes the article "Agency introduces guidelines on low frequency noise from wind turbines" by Søren Stenderup Jensen and Sebina Harder .
Health and safety at work The amendments to the Danish Anti-Smoking Act recently entered into force, and workplace smoking policies may therefore need to be amended.
Discrimination - Equal Treatment Act The question of whether EU law entitles an employee under notice to receive pay during the notice period if this period coincides with a period of unpaid parental leave will be considered by the Danish Supreme Court.
Discrimination - Equal Treatment Act Supreme Court ruling on compensation under the Part-Time Employment Act A dental assistant who was dismissed after refusing to work full time was awarded 3 months’ pay by the Danish Supreme Court.
Discrimination - Equal Treatment Act The Danish Supreme Court refuses to refer the issue of lower pay and termination due to age of under-18s to the EU Court. Age discrimination is prohibited by the Danish Anti-Discrimination Act and the Employment Equality Directive. In Denmark, however, this general principle is subject to the derogation that employers are permitted to pay under-18s less than adults and to terminate their employment once they turn 18, so long as the employer is comprised by a collective agreement containing specific provisions on under-18s in relation to recruitment, payment and termination.
Holiday The EU Court recently ruled that employees who fall sick during holiday are entitled to replacement holiday.
Kyiv, 11 August 2014 - Avellum Partners announced that it has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the following three export financing credits:
Avellum Partners announced that it has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the acquisition of an electrified railway of over two kilometers long and a power line.
Avellum Partners acted as the legal counsel to the owners of a leading Ukrainian FMCG producer in connection with its sale to a private investor.
KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced an investment in arago AG ("arago"). arago is a German-based high-tech company specialised in IT automation. KKR will acquire a minority stake in arago and support the global roll-out of arago's product portfolio with growth equity.
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In early August 2014 „Popov & Partners" Law office was selected by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria to perform public procurement named „Research and analysis of existing systems for enforcement in the EU Member States, research and exchange of the European good practices related to the construction of electronic system/portal for enforcement". The research is in the framework of „Effective and transparent enforcement, integrated with national and European electronic legal systems" implemented with the grant of the Operational Programme „Administrative Capacity", co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.
In the middle of July 2014 "Popov and Partners" law office was awarded a public procurement, announced by the Ministry of Finance, with subject matter "Analysis of the structure of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" (OPAC) and development of an offer for structure of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Good Governance" (OPGG) in relation to the 2014-2020 programming period". The public procurement is part of a project for analysis of the structure of the Ministry of Finance and Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" Directorate, realized with the financial support of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" (OPAC), co-funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund. The most fundamental aim of all project activities is to guarantee the effective execution of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" Directorate at the Ministry of Finance, in its capacity of Managing authority of the new Operational Programme "Good Governance" 2014 - 2020, which will replace Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" and Operational Programme "Technical Assistance", implemented during the past programming period.
The international media company Bertelsmann is increasing its ownership of Gruner + Jahr to 100 percent by acquiring Jahr Holding's 25.1 percent shareholding. The transaction was agreed among Gruner + Jahr's shareholders. Bertelsmann's acquisition of the remaining shares in Gruner + Jahr will become effective on November 1, 2014. The purchase price is being paid in cash, and the parties have agreed not to disclose the amount.
Hengeler Mueller advises LEG Immobilien AG on acquisition of portfolio of around 9,600 residential uA subsidiary of LEG Immobilien AG ("LEG"), acting as the buyer, and Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE ("Deutsche Annington"), acting as the seller, yesterday signed an agreement for a portfolio transaction for around 9,600 residential units and related employees in North Rhine-Westphalia by way of share deal. The total transaction volume amounts to €484m. Following antitrust approval, the closing of the transaction is expected by the end of October 2014.