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Christian Th. Kjølbye

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M&A, Capital Markets, Foundations


Christian Th. Kjølbye is a partner in our Corporate team.

Christian's focus areas are:

  • M&As
  • Structured sales processes
  • Listed companies – take-over bids
  • Foundation law – commercial and non-commercial foundations
  • Arbitration proceedings – Danish and international arbitration, especially in M&As and transaction-related cases

Christian's track record includes some of the largest M&As in Denmark. Christian also has in-depth sector specialisation, eg in telecommunications, IT/consultancy businesses, logistics businesses and the food/beverage segment. He advises clients on take-over bids and management and governance.

Christian is one of Denmark's leading foundation law advisors. He advices a range of the largest commercial foundations in Denmark on strategic issues related to the foundation’s businesses and objects.

Moreover, he is chairman and a member of various boards of trustees.

Christian is also highly experienced in arbitration proceedings. Christian has conducted a series of important international arbitration proceedings relating to M&A guarantee requirements, loyal duty of disclosure and other transaction-related disputes with a high degree of complexity, expert witnesses etc. Christian has also served as arbitrator and umpire in a range of Danish and international arbitration proceedings.

Christian has an LL.M from New York University and lectures in and gives presentations on corporate law and foundation law subjects.


Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Christian Kjølbye - Plesner

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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 Kjølbye '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 €1bn sale of its building materials distribution company, Stark Group, to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds. Kjølbye also worked with Thomas Holst Laursen, who is 'very responsive', 'calm' and 'takes no nonsense', to handle a consortium's recommended €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 Ørsted, who possesses 'excellent negotiation skills' and 'the required knowledge of all areas related to the M&A process'; and Finn J. Lernø, who advised Sentia Holding on its acquisition of Athena IT.

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Within: Telecoms

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

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