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Denmark

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Responsive, commercial and very easy to work with’ is how one client describes the banking and finance department at Plesner. The group, jointly led by Thomas Maaberg Hansen, Søren Thyssen Valerius and the ‘outstanding and very knowledgeable’ Jørgen Permin, assisted Danske Bank and Nykredit with the financing of 3i’s public takeover bid for Boconcept. ‘Very skilled’ Rasmus Mandøe Jensen advised Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley on the granting of two margin loans to Advent and Bain Capital in relation to the Nasdaq Copenhagen listing of Nets. The client roster also includes Nordea, EQT, Dancia Pension, BlackRock and Goldman Sachs.

Leading individuals

Jørgen Permin - Plesner

Next generation lawyers

Rasmus Mandøe Jensen - Plesner

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

One of the leading firms in the capital markets arena, Plesner is ‘very strong’ and features a ‘business-oriented approach’. Under the leadership of Nicolai Ørsted, the team acted for Sampo in the compulsory takeover offer to the shareholders of Topdanmark. Other highlights include the representation of a bank syndicate in relation to the Nets IPO and advising Axel Springer and its subsidiary on the takeover of all shares in Land & Leisure. Thomas Holst Laursen is ‘very pragmatic, business-minded and efficient’.

Leading individuals

Thomas Holst Laursen - Plesner

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

Plesner

ExcellentPlesner fields a 21-partner practice that has a steady track record in corporate matters and is equally at ease with the buy and sell side of transactions. A recent highlight was the divestment of 90% of Dansk Skibskredit; the firm advised the sellers that included A. P. Møller – Mærsk, Danske Bank, and Axcel among others. The team features Christian Kjølbye, ‘highly efficient’ Thomas Holst Laursen and Finn Lernø, who provides ‘in-depth advice’. M&A expert Tue Ravnholt Frandsen is ‘among the best lawyers in Denmark’.

Leading individuals

Christian Kjølbye - Plesner

Finn Lernø - Plesner

Thomas Holst Laursen - Plesner

Tue Ravnholt Frandsen - Plesner

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner is praised for its ‘strong team’ that includes Peter Schradieck and Torben Bondrop. Schradieck defended Nordea Bank against claims brought by the Municipality of Haderslev related to swap transactions. The team is also recommended for insurance, professional liability, energy and construction disputes. It currently acts for Karlsson Arkitekter, its subcontractors, and insurer Tryg in five arbitration proceedings related to the construction of a psychiatric hospital. Søren Stenderup Jensen is now with Sirius advokater.

Leading individuals

Peter Schradieck - Plesner

Torben Bondrop - Plesner

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

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.

Leading individuals

Christian Lauridsen - Plesner

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Barry - Plesner

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Plesner

Under the joint leadership of ‘very skilled’ Henriette Stakemann and ‘sharp and pragmatic’ Lise Høy Falsner, Plesner handles the employment aspects of transactions, as well as incentive schemes, collective redundancies and terminations. Contentious highlights include the defence of Herningsholm Erhvervsskole in a discrimination case and representing KEA in a case regarding teachers’ rights. Tina Reissmann is now with Labora Legal.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Described as having ‘a unique understanding of the client’s business’, Plesner’s energy department has a strong position within the oil and gas sector and also advises on renewable energy projects. ‘Very strong’ Niklas Korsgaard Christensen led the advice for DONG E&P on its upstream oil and gas project and assisted Stadtwerke München with the construction tender for a wind project. The team welcomed Mikkel Falkenberg, previously with Mærsk Oil.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Plesner

Under the leadership of Niklas Korsgaard Christensen, Plesner covers the full array of contentious and non-contentious work, including environmental due diligence and planning matters. The team recently advised Mærsk Oil and Gas on the Tyra Future Project and assists DONG Oil Pipe with the operation of the oil terminal business in Fredericia. Senior associate Ellen Skodborggaard is praised for her ‘excellent skills in administrative and environmental litigation law matters’. Søren Stenderup Jensen is now with Sirius advokater.

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Business acumen’ and an ‘operational approach’ are characteristic of Plesner’s IT team that is best known for its expertise in data protection, cloud computing and outsourcing. Michael Hopp continues to assist LEGO with the implementation of the GDPR and binding corporate rules, while Niels Christian Ellegaard handles the outsourcing of its IT operations on behalf of PenSam. Jon Balsby is now an in-house lawyer.

Leading individuals

Niels Christian Ellegaard - Plesner

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Insolvency
Insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner’s insolvency and restructuring practice is lauded for its ‘deep industry knowledge’. The group counts banks and insurance companies, including Danske Bank, Codan Forsikring and Nordea, among its clients. A recent mandate was the restructuring of brown goods retailer F Group; ‘highly competent’ practice head Pernille Bigaard is the appointed restructurer. Lars Skanvig was appointed trustee of Burmeister & Wain Energy in bankruptcy.

Leading individuals

Pernille Bigaard - Plesner

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Very experiencedPlesner represents insurance companies and pension funds, including Topdanmark, SEB Pension and XL Insurance, in all insurance-related matters. The four-partner team, which is led by ‘knowledgeable, skilled and competent’ Torben Bondrop is particularly strong in product liability, commercial liability, workmen’s compensation and personal injury matters. Recent mandates include the representation of LEGO Systems in a Supreme Court case against IF Insurance which concerned the termination of the excess layer on the property and BI cover, and also acting for Rambøll Danmark and their insurer Tryg Forsikring in a liability case.

Leading individuals

Torben Bondrop - Plesner

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

A market leader, Plesner offers ‘excellent and very client-focused service’. The group handles the full range of IP matters, with particular strengths in the trade mark and patent fields. Recommended department lead Sture Rygaard represented AstraZeneca against Teva Pharmaceuticals in a damages claim arising from an unjustified preliminary injunction. Notable clients include LEGO Group, Procter & Gamble, and Adidas. ‘Pragmatic’ Kasper Frahm is a ‘truly outstanding IP lawyer’ and Peter-Ulrik Plesner is well regarded.

Leading individuals

Peter-Ulrik Plesner - Plesner

Sture Rygaard - Plesner

Next generation lawyers

Kasper Frahm - Plesner

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

Plesner represents film distribution companies, cinema owners, and film advertising production companies, as well as the Association of Danish Cinema Owners. Michael Hopp defended the chief editor of SE og HØR in damages claims related to the media coverage of a criminal trial. The client roster also includes Netflix, Google and MTV Nordic. Michael Vilhelm Nielsen co-heads the group and Kasper Frahm is recommended.

Leading individuals

Michael Vilhelm Nielsen - Plesner

Next generation lawyers

Kasper Frahm - Plesner

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

Plesner

Plesner is ‘one of the best’ and fields a six-partner construction group under the leadership of Frants Dalgaard-Knudsen. Niklas Korsgaard Christensen and Peter Fogh assist Ørsted with the development of the Hejre field. The real estate group is headed by Jakob Schou Midtgaard; transactional highlights include advising Niam on the acquisition of HD Ejendomme. Leif Djurhuus is another key advisor.

Leading individuals

Leif Djurhuus - Plesner

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 3

Plesner

Plesner specialises in ship finance, as well as the purchase, sale and registration of ships. The firm’s client base comprises investors, lenders, ship owners and charterers, including Hafnia Tankers Group, DSV Group and Danmarks Skibskredit. Peter Fogh heads the team that also includes Jørgen Permin and Thomas Maaberg Hansen.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

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’.

Leading individuals

Hans Severin Hansen - Plesner

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Plesner

At Plesner, Niels Christian Ellegaard heads the group that also includes data protection expert Michael Hopp. Focus areas include regulatory and transactional matters, as well as disputes within the telecoms sector. A recent mandate was assisting Eniig with a framework agreement regarding the opening of the Danish Fibre Network. Notable clients are Telia, Telenor and GlobalConnect.

Leading individuals

Niels Christian Ellegaard - Plesner

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Legal Developments by:
Plesner

  • New article on water plans and buffer strips

    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).
    - Plesner

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