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Gorrissen Federspiel

Work +45 33 41 41 41
Fax +45 33 41 41 33
Aarhus, Copenhagen



  • Other offices

  • Copenhagen

  • Number of lawyers: 256
  • at this office: 70
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • the Scandinavian languages


Gorrissen Federspiel is recognised as one of Denmark’s leading law firms with a strong national and international practice. The firm holds distinguished international relations due to long-term close cooperation with a number of the world’s leading law firms in other jurisdictions. In 2018 the firm advised more than half of the most traded companies on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. The firm is a full service law firm covering all relevant aspects of business law with approximately 460 employees of which more than 270 are lawyers.

Our services

Gorrissen Federspiel offers legal services within all areas of Danish and EU business law and is organised into 28 practice areas.

The advantage of organising our people into teams of highly specialised experts is that they all excel within their area and are able precisely to pinpoint our clients’ challenges. Having in-depth knowledge of market practices and the relevant businesses, a specialised lawyer creates more value for the client and solves legal issues and transactions much more quickly.

It is our philosophy that good advice attracts good clients. Therefore, we are proud to represent some of the largest Danish and foreign business undertakings and financial institutions. Over the years, we have assisted our clients in many of the largest and most challenging M&A transactions in Denmark, and in recent years we have litigated some of the most highest profile court cases.

Main areas of expertise:

Banking & Finance

Gorrissen Federspiel’s Bank & Finance practice group covers the entire spectrum of banking and finance, including financing of operations, acquisitions and projects, bond issues and regulatory matters. In addition to providing advice concerning financing, we provide advice on setting up, acquiring, merging, selling and dissolving banks and other financial institutions as well as on the regulatory framework governing financial institutions, and we prepare opinions for the banking sector, including in relation to netting, clearing and financial collateral.

Capital Markets

Gorrissen Federspiel’s capital market practice group offers the highest quality and unrivalled experience in the Danish market, and as the leading firm on Danish IPOs, we cover all exit scenarios and assist PE funds pursuing a dual track exit strategy. We have a record of demonstrated excellence developed over decades and a client base among Large Cap and Mid Cap issuers placing Gorrissen Federspiel at the top of the list of capital markets practices in Denmark.

Corporate / M&A

Our experts in the field advise on all aspects of M&A, securities law, company law, trust and foundations law and contract law. We advise Danish and multinational companies and private equity funds on acquisitions, mergers, disposals, corporate restructurings, management buy-outs and compliance. We have acted as advisers in a vast number of transactions within many different sectors of business. We advise across a broad spectrum of transactional and corporate matters, including a large number of the most comprehensive and complex transactions completed in Denmark. Likewise, we advise on a broad range of contractual matters, for instance joint ventures, commercial contracts, shareholders’ agreements, articles of association and incentive schemes.

EU & Competition

Gorrissen Federspiel's EU & Competition lawyers have extensive experience advising our clients on all aspects of EU law as well as competition and procurement law. We have specialised in offering practicable implementable advice to our clients on all issues relating to Danish and EU competition law, procurement law, state aid and other areas of EU law. We assist our clients whenever competition challenges arise with the competition authorities in Denmark and the EU, and we regularly represent clients in Danish courts and before the EU courts in Luxembourg.

Dispute resolution

The Dispute Resolution group advises Danish and international undertakings on the handling of disputes. Our group specialises in preventing and handling disputes in long-term cooperations and offer the best counsel when a dispute is to be settled before a court or an arbitration tribunal.

IP & Digital Business

The IP & Digital Business group is particularly dedicated to a large range of disciplines arising out of and relating to intellectual property rights, technology, personal data, IT and outsourcing.


Gorrissen Federspiel provides specialist advice on labour and employment law issues complemented by a strong commercial understanding of company law. We provide assistance in relation to Danish and international aspects of employment law, including in particular EU law aspects where we hold a unique market position. We act as sparring partner to the clients that dispose of strong internal HR resources, just as we provide advice to and spar with the clients that do not have an internal HR department. 

Real Estate and construction

Our experts advise in the field of real estate transactions, project development, lease law, construction and consulting law as well as dispute resolution. We are involved in a very large share of the largest Danish real estate transactions and we assist in the development of the country’s most distinctive areas of development on a current basis. Also, we have a strong practice in the building and construction sector with long-standing relations to the most important players assisting them with large building and construction projects.

Restructuring & Insolvency

We provide advice within all aspects of insolvency and restructuring law and act as restructuring administrators, trustees and liquidators. Our extensive experience and expertise within these areas of the law ensures quick and efficient matter processing focusing on the legal as well as the commercial issues.

Shipping / Offshore / Transportation

Gorrissen Federspiel’s shipping/offshore/transportation team continues to dominate the Danish market as shipowners’ first choice for legal advice. The team led by Peter Appel and Jens V. Mathiasen has been acting in the largest matters in Denmark in 2018, such as the sale of Nordic Tankers, acquisition of Unifeeder, sale of Danish Ferries (Danske Færger), DFDS acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro and various private equity funds within shipping. These matters cement Gorrissen Federspiel’s position as market leader representing all major Danish shipowners, key organisations like BIMCO and the Danish Shipowners Association and P&I clubs.


Gorrissen Federspiel provides advice on issues relating to tax, duties and VAT in connection with business transfers and the transfer of real property, investments, group restructurings, employee stock option programmes and financial products. The Tax group conducts tax cases as well as cases concerning VAT and duties before the National Tax Board, the Tax Appeals Agency, the National Tax Tribunal, the High Courts, the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

Economic Analysis

Gorrissen Federspiel’s Economic Analysis practice group has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative methods as well as economic modelling. Quantitative arguments are important in many practice areas, including for instance in litigation, tax and competition law. Our economists work closely with all Gorrissen Federspiel’s practice groups. The cooperation between economists and legal experts ensures that our clients obtain a complete counselling experience, where all aspects of a matter have been examined and analysed.

Private Clients / Family Offices  Legal

Our practice group is based  on particularly the areas of tax, succession, family and succession law, real estate, corporate M&A and Banking and Finance, providing full specialist advice on personal and family-related issues to private persons and families. We are dedicated to providing value-creating and long-term advice to you, your business or on investments, your family and the generations to come. Our interests reach beyond what the specific matter may render necessary.

Cross-practice areas:

Aircraft & Rolling Stock

Auditing & consultancy firms

Compliance & CSR

Energy & Utilities



Insurance & Reinsurance

International Construction and Engineering Projects

Life Sciences

Maritime Disputes

Media & Entertainment

Private Equity

International desks:

French Desk

German Desk

Greenland Desk






The Scandinavian languages

Other offices:

Aarhus, Silkeborgvej 2 8000 Aarhus C Denmark

T: +45 8620 7500

F: +45 8620 7599



  • Number of lawyers: 270
  • Number of employees: 460

Above material supplied by Gorrissen Federspiel.

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