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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner¬†is recognised for its work on big-ticket deals for a client roster including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. Practice co-head¬†Thomas Maaberg Hansen¬†is an expert in acquisition and project finance, while fellow co-head¬†S√łren Thyssen Valerius¬†also focuses on corporate lending. Recent highlights include Hansen advising¬†Cr√©dit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Deutsche Bank on the financing of a number of facilities for Copenhagen Airport, and Valerius acting for Danske Bank and Nordea Bank on the debt and mortgage financing of the redevelopment of¬†R√łnne Harbour. Rasmus Mand√łe Jensen¬†works on acquisition financings for private equity houses and is 'a very strong leveraged finance lawyer', who 'has great commercial understanding' and is 'a solid negotiator'.¬†J√łrgen Permin left to start his own advisory firm.

Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner's clients single it out¬†as 'probably the leading legal capital markets practice in Denmark' and praise its team of 'highly commercial yet legally brilliant partners, who are dedicated¬†to delivering commercial sound legal advice'.¬†The 'exceptional' Thomas Holst Laursen¬†jointly leads the ECM team and advised¬†DK Telekommunikation on its public takeover of TDC, which was previously owned by a consortium of Danish pension funds and¬†Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. Other work includes fellow ECM head¬†Nicolai √ėrsted¬†assisting Sparekassen Sj√¶lland-Fyn with its ‚ā¨61m rights issuance, and DCM group head¬†Thomas Maaberg Hansen¬†acting for DKT Finance on its ‚ā¨1.5m issuance of¬†high-yield notes.¬†Micha Fritzen¬†and Henrik Laursen¬†are highly experienced in handling IPOs; Laursen attracts praise as 'a very strong practitioner who always goes the extra mile for clients'.

Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

Henrik Laursen - Plesner

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner¬†has¬†a 'professional,¬†dedicated¬†and¬†trustworthy' approach, with 'a personal and client-friendly mindset'. Tue Ravnholt Frandsen¬†is an expert in M&A and private equity transactions and¬†Christian Kj√łlbye¬†'stands out as a very capable lawyer' with 'a great insight into legal issues' and 'a friendly, understanding and hardworking attitude'; the pair¬†advised Ferguson on the ‚ā¨1bn sale of its building materials distribution company, Stark Group, to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds.¬†Kj√łlbye¬†also worked with Thomas Holst Laursen, who is¬†'very responsive', 'calm' and 'takes no nonsense',¬†to handle a consortium's recommended¬†‚ā¨5.4bn takeover of DK Telekommunikation. Other key names include¬†Hans Hedegaard, who¬†acted for Axcel IV on its sale of AX IV EG Holding III to New Dawn Holdings;¬†Nicolai √ėrsted, who¬†possesses 'excellent negotiation skills' and 'the required knowledge of all areas related to the M&A process'; and¬†Finn J. Lern√ł, who advised Sentia Holding¬†on its acquisition of Athena IT.

Leading individuals

Finn J. Lern√ł - Plesner

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

The group at Plesner¬†has 'a superb dynamic across the team from junior associate to partner level', and clients single out¬†Peter Schradieck, who is 'always engaged', 'positive' and 'simply very good at what he does'; he recently defended Nordea Bank Denmark in claims brought by the Municipality of Haderslev concerning swap transactions. Other work includes¬†Torben Bondrop¬†acting for CF M√łller Architects in an arbitration relating to alleged design errors in the construction of the M√¶rsk T√•rnet, and arbitrator¬†Niklas Korsgaard Christensen¬†handling an arbitration for Strukton Rail Denmark regarding the termination of a contract with¬†railway company Banedanmark.¬†Jimmy Skjold Hansen¬†was recently promoted to the partnership and is experienced in cross-border matters.

Leading individuals

Peter Schradieck - Plesner

Torben Bondrop - Plesner

Next Generation Partners

Jimmy Skjold Hansen - Plesner

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner¬†fields 'a deep bench of good competition lawyers', with 'plenty¬†of experience' under the joint leadership of litigator¬†Christian Karhula Lauridsen¬†and¬†Gitte Holts√ł, who is 'very practical, highly skilled and always available'. Recent highlights include Lauridsen¬†advising √ėrsted on its involvement in two cases brought by the Danish Competition Council and the Competition Appeals Tribunal involving claims of excessive pricing in the Western Denmark electricity market by Elsam, Holts√ł¬†advising EY Denmark on the competition elements of its merger with KPMG Denmark, and¬†Daniel Barry¬†assisting Marlin Equity Partners with the competition elements of its divestment of Bluegarden to Visma.¬†GlaxoSmithKline, British American Tobacco and Dankse Bank are also clients. Rie Paving Mortensen¬†was promoted to the partnership in 2018.

Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

Daniel Barry - Plesner

Rie Paving Mortensen - Plesner

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Plesner

The team at Plesner¬†is 'very professional, reactive and dedicated' with a client roster, which includes Danske Bank and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. Group co-head¬†Henriette Stakemann¬†is an expert in cross-border transactions and incentive programmes; she advised Netcompany Group on the employment elements of its IPO on Nasdaq Copenhagen. Fellow practice Lise H√ły Falsner¬†is an experienced litigator with transactional expertise; she acted for Next Education Copenhagen in a dispute relating to a teacher's notice period.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner¬†is active in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors with clients including Dana Petroleum and Gaz-Systems; team leader¬†Niklas Korsgaard Christensen¬†advised the latter¬†on the ‚ā¨500bn Baltic Pipe Project, which will be a gas pipeline between Denmark and Poland. Christensen also assisted¬†Dong E&P with its ‚ā¨1.5bn upstream oil and gas development project in the North Sea, and¬†Mikkel Falkenberg¬†acted for¬†AP Moller on its sale of Maersk to Total.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Plesner

Plesner¬†provides 'the highest level of practical and theoretical knowledge' with 'no-nonsense advice and a pragmatic approach'. Energy specialist¬†Niklas Korsgaard Christensen¬†leads the team and recently advised Gaz-Systems on its collaboration with Energinet on the construction of a ‚ā¨500bn¬†gas pipeline from Poland to Denmark. Renewable energy specialist Esben Kj√¶r¬†and senior associate Ellen Skodborggaard, who is an expert in environmental law, are also key names to note.

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Contractual work, data protection and cloud computing are key strengths of Plesner's practice, which acts for clients including Danske Bank and Google. Niels Ellegaard jointly leads the team and recently advised Tryg Forsikring on its service agreements with companies including TCS, LTI and Accenture. Fellow practice head Michael Hopp specialises in data protection and assisted Copenhagen Airport with its GDPR compliance.

Leading individuals

Niels Ellegaard - Plesner

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

The practice at Plesner is highly skilled in complex bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings; Lars Skanvig, who leads the practice, recently acted for a Danish manufacturing company on its multi-million euro insolvency. Other key figures include Pernille Bigaard and Michala Roepstorff, who are highly experienced in complex cross-border bankruptcies.

Leading individuals

Pernille Bigaard - Plesner

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Torben Bondrop leads the practice at Plesner and has an extensive background in contentious insurance matters.  Bondrop recently acted for Lego, which alleged that its excess property and business interruption insurance was wrongfully terminated by If Insurance. Also recognised is Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen, who advises on regulatory issues.

Leading individuals

Torben Bondrop - Plesner

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner handles matters across all aspects of IP with particular strength in life sciences patent litigation. Team leader Mikkel Vittrup and Peter-Ulrik Plesner recently acted for a global pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement claim; patent and trade mark litigator Sture Rygaard  handled a European patent ownership dispute; and Kasper Frahm advised on a high profile trade mark dispute. Also noted is Jeppe Brinck-Jensen, who specialises in patent and parallel import issues; he represented Merck in a case relating to the parallel distribution of medicinal products.

Leading individuals

Sture Rygaard - Plesner

Next Generation Partners

Kasper Frahm - Plesner

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner predominantly focuses on IP, commercial, technology and publishing matters in the media and entertainment sector. Key figures from the team include corporate and compliance expert Michael Hopp, marketing and consumer law specialist  Emil Jurcenoks, and Kasper Frahm, who has extensive experience in IP. Michael Vilhelm Nielsen joined Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen in 2018.

Next Generation Partners

Kasper Frahm - Plesner

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner¬†is noted for its work on high-profile transactions, projects and disputes. Niklas Korsgaard Christensen¬†leads the construction team and primarily handles projects and arbitration matters; he recently assisted Dong with its ‚ā¨1.5bn development of the Hejrenoil and gas field in the North Sea, and worked with¬†Peter Wengler-J√łrgensen¬†to advise on a multi-billion euro infrastructure project. Leif Djurhuus¬† leads the real estate team and specialises in rental disputes. Other key practitioners include¬†Peter Schradieck,¬†Torben Bondrop, Frants Dalgaard-Knudsen, as well as¬†Anders Friis¬†and Jakob Schou Midtgaard¬†who have extensive experience in real estate transactions.

Leading individuals

Leif Djurhuus - Plesner

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 2

Plesner

Plesner¬†is 'excellent in all aspects' and has expertise across transactions, financing matters and disputes. Group head¬†Peter Fogh¬†is experienced in financings, transactions and alternative dispute resolution. Recent highlights include Fogh acting for¬†OW Tankers, whose vessels had been arrested in Uruguay by a local oil supplier; fellow practice head Mikkel Falkenberg¬†advising AP M√łller on its agreements with the Danish State regarding decommissioning liabilities associated with its North Sea offshore installations stemming from the client's sale of its Danish operations to Total, and¬†Niklas Korsgaard Christensen¬†assisting Kalaallit Airports with¬†the¬†‚ā¨600m construction and financing of three airports in Greenland.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner¬†runs the gamut of tax services for clients including Novo Nordisk,¬†AP M√łller and Lego. Practice co-heads¬†Hans Hansen¬†and¬†Lasse Esbjerg Christensen¬†have¬†extensive experience in tax disputes and transfer pricing work; Christensen recently advised Capidea on the tax issues surrounding its launch of a fund, which invited international investments. Managing partner Tom K√°ri Kristj√°nsson¬†is an expert in VAT, customs and excise duty; he acted for IBM in a dispute against the Danish Ministry of Taxation relating to VAT, which was added to compensation received from an IT-agreement breach.

Leading individuals

Hans Hansen - Plesner

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner¬†has notable expertise in public and commercial telecoms matters; group head¬†Niels Ellegaard¬†recently advised¬†TT-Netv√¶rket on its outsourcing to Nokia, and transactional specialist¬†Christian Kj√łlbye¬†handled Macquarie's acquisition of TDC. Telenor, Fibia and OpenNet are also clients.¬†Michael Hopp¬†is the key name for data protection work.

Leading individuals

Niels Ellegaard - Plesner

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Legal Developments by:
Plesner

  • New article on water plans and buffer strips

    Partner S√łren 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).
    - Plesner

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