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Bech-Bruun’s ‘very reliable, professional and competent’ competition team is ‘among the best in the country’. Led by ‘incredibly determinedPeter Stig Jakobsen, the nine-partner team regularly acts for private and public sector clients in competition law proceedings and state aid matters. Jesper Kaltoft handled the merger control for Danfoss in the Sondex acquisition. Michael Honoré is recommended and Anne Bergholt Sommer was made partner.

Described as ‘one of the strong players in the market’, the competition group at Bruun & Hjejle advises a broad range of clients on all competition law matters, including criminal proceedings. Recent mandates were the representation of TV2/Danmark in follow-on claims and state aid cases, and acting on behalf of HMN Naturgas in a cartel investigation. The team includes ‘excellent’ practice head Olaf Koktvedgaard, ‘very skilled and service-minded’ Søren Zinck and ‘fantastic’ Frederik André Bork.

Gorrissen Federspiel provides ‘excellent and tailor-made consultancy’ in all competition law matters, with a focus on merger control, litigious proceedings and public procurement. Highlights include assisting JP/Politiken Hus with the merger control related to the planned acquisition of Børsen and representing Bang & Olufsen in a follow-on claim against LG and Philips arising from the Cathode Ray Tube cartel. The three-partner team is led by ‘legally extremely strongMartin André Dittmer; Erik Kjær-Hansen is ‘efficient and very practical’.

Noted for its ‘excellent advice’ and ‘proactive approach’, Kromann Reumert is regularly engaged in high-stakes competition matters. In the acquisition of Lessor by Axcel, department head Jens Munk Plum represents the buyer in a merger control proceeding. Other highlights include the defence of Ørsted against follow-on claims and assisting with multi-jurisdictional merger control filings related to the establishment of a joint venture between Mitsubishi Rayon and Fiberline.

The three-partner department at Plesner is ‘among the best, if not the best’ and handles the full array of competition law matters. It is praised for its ‘meticulous analysis of legal issues and understanding of complex facts’. Recent mandates include representing Ørsted in two cases relating to alleged excessive pricing on the electricity market in Western Denmark. ‘Exceptionally specialised’ Gitte Holtsø leads the group that includes renowned Christian Lauridsen and ‘sharp, responsive and friendly’ Daniel Barry.

Accura Advokatpartnerselskab is ‘always accessible, very business-oriented and pragmatic’ and advises on competition law and public procurement matters. Eminent department lead Jesper Fabricius handled the merger control for Axcel, PFA and PKA in connection to their acquisition of Danmarks Skibskredit Fond, while ‘highly experienced’ Christina Heiberg-Grevy assists the City of Copenhagen with various procurement proceedings.

A very high service level and business understanding’ are characteristics of DLA Piper Denmark’s competition practice, which is particularly strong in public procurement and state aid. Highlights were the representation of DanPilot in two procurement procedures related to the purchase of an IT system and assisting Interdan with the merger control connected to its acquisition of Citroën Denmark. Key advisors are ‘highly skilledMichael Klöcker and Torkil Høg. The firm welcomed Rune Hamborg following its merger with Delacour in August 2018.

DynamicAndreas Christensen leads the three-partner department at Horten that is experienced in competition law, state aid and public procurement. It assisted the British energy corporation Centrica with the merger control proceedings related to its acquisition of Neas Energy. Other notable work was the advice for MAN Truck&Bus on potential follow-on claims in Denmark.

Nielsen Nørager is lauded for being ‘very competent and quick to acquaint with the client’s specific needs’. The team, led by Henrik Peytz and Lotte Hummelshøj, advises on merger filings, state aid and public procurement. It also handles contentious matters; a recent mandate was the representation of Energi Danmark in an abuse of dominance case and follow-on damage claims against Ørsted.

Njord Law Firm regularly assists with the competition law aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and has a solid reputation in contentious proceedings before Danish and European authorities. Practice head Thomas Ryhl is known for his expertise in competition, procurement and EU law with a special focus on life sciences and IT.

Clients value ‘top-notch quality and business understanding’ at Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab. Led by Peter Dann Jørgensen, the team is recommended for handling public procurement matters in the IT sector. Notable clients are VisitDenmark, Region Syddanmark and Energi Fyn.

Under the leadership of ‘highly competent and reliable’ Rune Hamborg, Delacour advises on Danish and EU competition law, as well as state aid and public procurement. The team regularly acts for Copenhagen Airports, Celesio and DB Cargo Scandinavia. Rune Hamborg transferred to DLA Piper Denmark as part of the firm’s merger with Delacour in August 2018.

Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith provides ‘a high level of service and quality’ for public and private sector clients. Jacob Pinborg handles contentious and non-contentious competition and procurement cases, while practice head Rass Holdgaard focuses on state aid. Highlights include representing the Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing in state aid complaints and assisting the Danish Road Directorate with tendering procedures.

Excellent experts’ handle competition and EU law matters for Danish and European broadcasters at Lassen Ricard. Mandates include advice on the acquisition of exclusive broadcasting rights and negotiations with collecting societies concerning equitable remuneration. Kristina Blichfeldt Lautrup is now a partner.

Lundgrens’ three-partner group has solid experience in public procurement and state aid matters. It handles the procurement procedures for Amager Foundation related to the construction of a recreational facility on the roof of an energy plant. Michael Alstrøm heads the department that also includes Majse Jarlov and Søren Hilbert.

Mazanti-Andersen Korsø Jensen handles the full range of public procurement and competition law matters, including merger control, investigations and litigious proceedings. Key advisors are Lise Høgh and Philip Thorsen.

Publicure Advokatfirma provides ‘excellent service’ for public and private sector clients and advises on public procurement, utilities law, state aid and competition law. Povl Nick Bronstein and new partner Anders Nørgaard Jensen handled the procurement of an IT consultancy agreement for Lejerbo. Peter Lund Meyer is recommended.

High specialist knowledge’ for clients from the real estate and construction sector is the strength of Viltoft. The firm fields a full-service procurement practice and advises public and private clients on Danish and EU procurement matters. The team is led by Michael Gjedde-Nielsen. Notable clients include Odense Letbane, Civica and HOFOR.

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