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Marlene Winther Plas

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Marlene Winther Plas has solid experience within all major aspects of commercial law. Her professional background includes training as a mediator and an arbitrator and she has thorough understanding of the business sector, including the legal and commercial challenges faced by Danish as well as foreign enterprises. Being a certified IT attorney, Marlene specialises in IT law, including eg IT outsourcing, IT contracts (systems procurement) and dispute resolution, and she was one of the first IT mediators to be qualified. Another focus area of Marlene's is mergers and acquisitions, where she has advised both Danish and international enterprises. Moreover, Marlene provides advice to a number of French and international enterprises and represents the French Embassy in Denmark. One of Marlene's high-profile cases was the bailout of Danish football club Brøndby IF in 2013, where, among other elements, she was in charge of the share issues. Since 2001, Marlene has been involved in political and professional activities within the legal sector and, in 2008, she assisted in establishing the Association of Danish Law Firms and is today its Vice-Chairman. Marlene was included as a new entry in Kraks Blå Bog, the Danish Who's Who, in 2014.


The Association of Danish IT Attorneys. Danish Mediation Lawyers. The Danish Arbitration Association. The International Bar Association (IBA). The Copenhagen Bar Association.


Certified IT attorney. Arbitrator. Mediator. Maitrise de droit international et européen, Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, 1993. Master of Law, the University of Copenhagen, 1993.


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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