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One of the best’, Bech-Bruun fields a five-partner tax department with an excellent reputation in litigious matters, including transfer pricing disputes. It remains active in relation to M&A deals and corporate reorganisations. In one highlight Thomas Frøbert advised on the tax aspects of the merger between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent. Anders Oreby Hansen is a ‘first-class lawyer’. Carsten Pals stepped down as partner and is now a senior counsel. Sys Rovsing left to found Rovsing & Gammeljord.

Kromann Reumert’s ‘excellent’ tax group has ‘a very strong client base’ boasting names such as Carlsberg, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs. The firm demonstrates strength across the gamut of tax matters, both contentious and non-contentious. A recent instruction involved the team assist Axcel with the tax aspects of the TCM Group sale to IK Partners. The department is jointly led by ‘strong litigatorArne Møllin Ottosen and ‘thoroughMichael Nørremark.

OutstandingPlesner is ‘one of the very best firms’ in tax planning, tax litigation, and transactional tax matters. In a recent highlight, Anders Endicott Pedersen and Jakob Krogsøe represented Masco in a High Court case against the Ministry of Taxation regarding tax exemption; the case was successfully resolved after a preliminary ruling of the CJEU. Practice head Hans Severin Hansen is one of ‘the most respected tax lawyers in Denmark’.

Very goodBruun & Hjejle focuses on transactional tax advice and tax litigation, with particular expertise in transfer pricing and VAT. Co-practice head Søren Lehmann Nielsen assisted Nykredit Ejendomme with the tax aspects of the sale of its Copenhagen domicile to Dades, while Erik Banner-Voigt advised Axcel on tax, regulatory and alternative investment structures related to the first closing of Axcel V.

Artur Bugsgang leads the five-partner tax practice at DLA Piper Denmark. A recent mandate was the representation of Koppers Denmark in a tax exemption case related to the consumption of energy products. The group also acts on behalf of the Ministry of Taxation in several VAT refund disputes. Line Kjær is the ‘go-to person’ for VAT and excise duty matters. Jon Lauritzen was a new arrival following the firm’s merger with now defunct firm Delacour in August 2018.

Gorrissen Federspiel is highly experienced in VAT, tax controversy and transactional tax matters. Jan Steen Hansen is a well-regarded litigator; he successfully completed a dispute related to computation of foreign tax credits for 14 occupational pension funds. Department lead Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen represents Fidelity in a principle case regarding dividend withholding taxes before the CJEU.

Highly professionalHorten provides advice on indirect taxes and VAT, and handles restructuring mandates for a broad client roster, including A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Nets and RiskPoint.‘Talented’ and ‘energetic’ practice head Niclas Holst Sonne assists Müller Martini with the tax aspects of the restructuring of its Nordic business. Senior associate Anne Becker-Christensen is an ‘important backbone’ of the practice.

Extremely competentKammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith fields a nine-partner tax department that has extensive experience in representing Danish tax authorities in litigious matters before all levels of court. A recent high-profile case was the representation of the Tax Administration in Greenland in a High Court case against a Danish bank regarding tax deductions for permanent establishments. Steffen Sværke has ‘deep legal insight’ and heads the department.

Hands-on tax expertArne Riis has a ‘strong reputation’ and leads the tax department at Accura Advokatpartnerselskab, which specialises in M&A-related tax matters. Riis advised Nordea on the tax aspects of an IPO facilities agreement for Nets. Another highlight was Axcel’s acquisition of Nissens; the team handled all tax aspects of the transaction on behalf of the PE fund.

Lundgrens’s tax team handles ‘complicated issues in a timely manner’. The five-partner group is experienced in contentious, as well as non-contentious matters and acts regularly for clients such as Boeing PKA and Codan Forsikring. Jakob Schilder-Knudsen assisted Scan Global Logistics with the tax aspects of the acquisition of Airlog. Litigator Nicolai B. Sørensen is singled out for his ‘excellent analytical skills’.

Njord Law Firm provides tax and VAT advice on cross-border transactions within the Nordic region. Department head Robert Mikelsons successfully represented Dansk Shell in an energy tax case before the National Tax Tribunal and handles follow-on repayment claims against the Danish tax authorities. Other notable clients are Bauhaus, Falcon Group and Sanofi-Aventis.

Noted for its ‘unparalleled focus’ and ‘to-the-point advice’, tax litigation boutique Vistisen Tax Attorneys represents clients before all levels of court. Well-regarded Eduardo Vistisen acted on behalf of car exporter Yupex Trading in a Supreme Court reimbursement class action following the infringement of EU tax legislation.

Bjørnholm Law focuses on tax controversy and represents clients before all levels of court. A recent mandate is the representation of DS Smith Packaging in a transfer pricing case before the Danish Tax Tribunal. The team includes Nikolaj Bjørnholm and Bodil Tolstrup.

Under the leadership of Bent Ramskov, Dahl Law Firm handles tax planning, VAT matters and tax litigation. Names to note are Torben Buur, Jesper Bierregaard and Martin Jørgensen.

Nielsen Nørager specialises in contentious tax work. Henrik Peytz represents a corporate client in litigation related to the EU compliance of the Danish scheme for group taxation of companies.

TVC Law Firm handles the full array of tax matters, with particular expertise in VAT cases. Key advisors include litigator and practice head Torben Bagge and Morten Breum-Leer, who regularly advises on transactional tax issues.

Noted for its ‘proactivity’, Delacour handles transactional tax matters as well as tax litigation, with particular experience in transfer pricing matters. The team welcomed new practice head Jon Lauritzen from now defunct Brandt & Lauritzen. Christian Bachmann left to set up Bachmann Partners. Jon Lauritzen is now with DLA Piper Denmark following the merger of the two firms in August 2018.

Holst, Advokater has a solid experience in contentious and non-contentious tax matters, often within the energy, insurance and finance sectors. The team includes Claus Hedegaard Eriksen, Kurt Siggaard and Anders Hedetoft.

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