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René Offersen

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René Offersen deals especially with dispute resolution. He has conducted a considerable number of legal proceedings before inter alia the Danish Supreme Court, the Danish High Courts, the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement and arbitration tribunals, including international arbitration proceedings. René is an experienced arbitrator and he has assisted in the planning of many EU tender procedures and provided advice on complex contracts. For an optimum professional and cost-effective outcome, René involves specialist competences of other LETT staff members. René Offersen has conducted cases before the Supreme Court acting for clients such as TDC A/S (the former Danish national telecom operator), Aalborg Portland A/S, PricewaterhouseCoopers, DSV Miljø A/S, the Capital Region of Denmark and municipalities. Legal 500, the leading London-based ranking institution, recommends LETT as a top-tier firm within dispute resolution and highlights René Offersen as a leading individual. He is also recognised in Chambers Europe. René has provided advice to clients such as TDC A/S, DSB (the Danish national railway operator), MT Højgaard A/S, the Confederation of Danish Industries, Post Danmark A/S, Danish Regions, the Danish Bankers Association, the Capital Region of Denmark and the City of Copenhagen.


Højesteretsskranken (a Danish association of experienced supreme court litigators). The Council of the Danish Bar and Law Society’s Legal Affairs Committee, 1997-2001. The Board of the Copenhagen Bar Association , 2001-2006. ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. The London Court of International Arbitration, European User Committee. Board member the Nordic Meetings of Lawyers. Member of the board of directors of leading Danish art Foundations.


Master of Law, the University of Aarhus, 1990. Posting with Biddle Law Firm, London, 1998. Right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court, Danish Bar qualification, 1993.


Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

René Offersen - DLA Piper Denmark

Within: Dispute resolution

Nordea Bank, Chubb and the City of Copenhagen are notable clients of DLA Piper Denmark's department, which is led by Anders Julius Tengvad. Other key practitioners include René Offersen, who acted for a consortium of pension funds which invested in the now-bankrupt OW Bunker; tax litigator Claus Holberg, construction arbitrator Jes Albertin Rosenvinge, and Michael Holsting, who specialises in commercial leasings. Georg Lett and Pernille Sølling also represented the Guarantee Fund in a dispute against the bankrupt Gable Insurance.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

DLA Piper Denmark's department is jointly led by Michael Klöcker and Torkil Høg, who head up the procurement and competition elements respectively. In a recent highlight, Klöcker advised Visma on merger control issues pertaining to its acquisition of Bluegarden. Noteworthy practitioners for procurement matters include René Offersen and Kurt Bardeleben. The firm merged with Delacour in 2018 and has been strengthened by the addition of Eskil Bielefeldt, Per Buttenschøn and Kristian Hjølund Nielsen to the team. The firm's merger in 2018 added Rune Hamborg to the team.

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Information technology

Within: Information technology

DLA Piper Denmark's skillset encompasses IT contracts, outsourcings, procurement issues and disputes. Practice head Marlene Winther Plas recently advised the Danish Ministry of Finance's Agency for Modernisation on its procurement of IT systems, and René Offersen regularly handles contentious matters relating to IT contracts. The Municipality of Copenhagen and e-nettet are key clients. Jon Lauritzen joined following the firm's merger with Delacour.

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Within: Telecoms

DLA Piper Denmark regularly acts for TDC with recent matters including handling its investment in cloud solutions provider Cloudeon. Key practitioners include group leader René Offersen, who is an expert in disputes and procurement matters; Sebastian Ingversen, who specialises in commercial issues; and Michael Klöcker, who focuses on competition law. Vodafone and TeliaSonera are also key clients.

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