Commercial, corporate and M&A in Denmark
Bolstered by the late 2019 additions of Tue Ravnholt Frandsen and Torben Nørskov from Plesner, Accura Advokatpartnerselskab has a strong reputation locally and internationally for handling high-profile M&A transactions and de-listings. It advises a mixture of Danish and international corporations, investment banks, private equity funds and financial institutions. Within the large M&A group, Kåre Stolt also handles acquisition funding, corporate structuring and general corporate and commercial issues, while Jacob Vinther, Mads Ilum, Thomas Weincke, Henrik Juul Hansen and Kristian Lykkeholm Klausen have extensive experience advising clients on all stages of the M&A process. Brian Bundgaard departed in early 2021 to join Plesner.
Henrik Juul Hansen; Jacob Vinther; Kristian Lykkeholm Klausen; Kåre Stolt; Mads Ilum; Thomas Weincke; Torben Nørskov; Tue Ravnholt Frandsen
- Assisted Royal DSM N.V. with the acquisition of the Danish biotech company Glycom in a transaction valuing Glycom at €765m.
- Assisted the leading European stock exchange group Euronext N.V. with the acquisition of 70% of the shares in VP Securities A/S from Danmarks Nationalbank (The Danish National Bank), Danske Bank, Nordea, Nykredit and Jyske Bank.
- Assisted Lundbeckfond Invest A/S with the divestment of Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S to Asahi Kasei Pharma Denmark A/S, a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Corporation, a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Headed up by Simon Milthers and Jakob Kristensen, Bech-Bruun is frequently instructed on a broad array of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. A key area of focus for the ‘creative, strategic and commercial’ department is high-value corporate and capital markets transactions for energy and energy-related clients, as well as private equity transactions and corporate structuring matters. Steen Rode has vast experience advising private equity funds, Jacob Hjortshøj is well versed in corporate law and stock exchange law, and Ole Nørgaard handles complex M&A transactions. The team also includes Claus Aagaard Nielsen and Søren Kamp Nørbæk.
Simon Milthers; Jakob Kristensen
Other key lawyers:
Søren Kamp Nørbæk; Steen Rode; Claus Aagaard Nielsen; Ole Nørgaard; Jacob Hjortshøj; Morten Bruun-Larsen
‘The team always stands out both in regards to subject-matter expertise on all aspects of M&A and professionalism in regards to ensuring a good collaboration environment with the counter-parts that ensures the job gets done – even when there are different viewpoints on both legal matters or business perspective.’
‘The team is extremely commercial and hence very good to work with. Also they can balance their own role which is often something advisors have a hard time doing.’
‘Bech-Bruun is not merely the sharpest legal team, they are also trusted advisors to the client’s management team, advising on strategic considerations, commercial aspects and negotiation tactics. Importantly, they create a good atmosphere with counterparts, leading to constructive solutions, rather than just pressing insular points. They also have the courage to help their clients find reasonable compromises in a negotiation.’
‘Very easy going but highly skilled team. Bech Bruun is very focused on giving the type of advice that can easily be used/implemented by their clients – which also creates value for money for the clients. They are very close to their clients which enables them to give the best service and advice.’
‘Creative, strategic and commercial, while maintaining top-notch integrity. In a field, where many other lawyers are good, Bech-Bruun goes the extra mile for their clients, and are always accessible.’
‘We have worked with Morten Bruun-Larsen and Søren Kamp Nørbæk in M&A transactions. The collaboration between Morten and Søren is exceptional and gives the team unique strength in terms of maintaining overview of all details while at the same time identifying and advising on possible compromises.’
‘Ole Nørgaard is highly skilled and capable of managing complex M&A transactions, always having the focus on the needs of his client. He has a great commercial understanding – and therefore he is also pragmatic in finding the right solutions and picking the right battles.’
‘Jacob Hjortshøj is very experienced in M&A, you trust his negotiation skills as well as (of course) the legal work performed. Complicated transactions are explained in understandable language with a focus on risk, opportunities and other relevant parameters.’
Maj Invest Equity A/S
CVC Capital Partners
3 (HI3G Denmark ApS)
Royal Unibrew A/S
Energinet (the Danish TSO)
A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S and A.P. Møller Holding A/S
Salling Group A/S
Novo Holdings A/S og Novo Nordisk Fonden
Altor Equity Partners
Danske Bank A/S
Aller Media A/S and Aller Holding A/S
IKEA / Inter-IKEA Systems
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Copenhagen Offshore Partners
Nordic Entertainment Group
VKR Holding A/S
Asahi Kasei Corporation
If Skadeförsäkring Holding AB (publ)
Nordic Investment Opportunities
- Advised Solix Group AB and co-investors on their sale of KK Wind Solutions Holding ApS to APMH Invest A/S (A.P. Møller).
- Advised Asahi Kasei Corporation on its acquisition via a Danish SPV of a +90% stake in the listed Denmark-based Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S and subsequent compulsory acquisition of the outstanding minority shareholders.
- Acted for PureGym Limited on its acquisition of Danish fitness operator Fitness World, a company controlled by FSN Capital and the Lego family’s investment company Kirkbi.
Bruun & Hjejle primarily assists major Nordic private equity funds and family businesses with mid-market M&A transactions and also handles direct investments and fund formation matters in the pension funds space. The 'young, energetic' team is particularly active in the renewable energy sector, most notably in complex energy infrastructure investments. Group head Andreas Nielsen specialises in M&A involving private equity funds, while Mogens Ebeling focuses on demergers, joint ventures and corporate governance work. In 2020, the team saw the departure of Mogens Thorninger to an in-house position and Simon Krogh moved to Plesner in 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Mogens Ebeling; Jesper Schultz Larsen; Morten Jensen; Peter-Andreas Bodilsen
‘Strong M&A capabilities and pleasant team. Strong within PE and alternative investments, including renewables.’
‘Morten Jensen is a good and experienced negotiator. Andreas Nielsen is up-to speed on start-ups as well as large scale M&A. Peter-Andreas Bodilsen leads within PE and fund formation.’
‘Young, energetic M&A practice with a hands-on approach from partners. Good experience with both sell-side and buy-side auction processes.’
‘Direct contact with Jesper Schultz Larsen, Morten Jensen and Andreas Nielsen. Good availability, quality advice and solid client handling skills.’
‘Morten Jensen is a highly skilled and commercial lawyer. Delivers solutions not problems.’
‘Highly skilled team, professional, efficient and flexible with a strong eye for commercial aspects.’
‘Andreas Nielsen stands out as very much hands-on and into all the details of your case. He is always available. And does everything he can to help. He is also excellent at finding creative and workable operational solutions to the issues at hand.’
IK Investment Partners
CVC Capital Partners
Waterland Private Equity Investments B.V.
Silverfleet Capital Partners
Kirk Kapital A/S
AP Moller Holding
Polaris Private Equity
- Advised European private equity house Silverfleet Capital on the acquisition of Collectia group.
- Acted for private equity house IK Investment Partners on the sale of Ellab A/S to EQT.
- Advised Nordic real estate investor NREP on the establishment of a long-term strategic partnership with Novo Holdings, along with a substantial capital injection from Novo Holdings.
DLA Piper Denmark’s ‘strong international M&A practice’ focuses on multijurisdictional M&A, acting for both sellers and investors. Jens Krogh Petersen leads the group, which also advises on joint ventures, divestments, regulatory issues and shareholder agreement issues. Michael Vinther and Karsten Pedersen are vastly experienced in M&A; clients praise Pedersen as ‘extremely good at getting the optimal result’. Another name to note is John Emil L. Svenson - an ‘up-and-coming partner with exceptional drive and talent’ who is regularly instructed on complex cross-border transactions for private equity clients.
Jens Krogh Petersen
Other key lawyers:
Karsten Pedersen; Michael Vinther; Jan Snogdal; John Emil L. Svenson; Nicholas Lerche-Gredal; Martin Christian Kruhl
‘John Svenson is an up-and-coming partner with an exceptional drive and talent and who is also a pleasure to work with.’
‘Energetic, pragmatic and knowledgeable team.’
‘Jens Krogh Petersen is very good and commercial-minded.’
‘The responsible partner is very hands-on ensuring timely high-quality delivery on all agreed tasks.’
‘Martin Christian Kruhl has outstanding load capacity handling everything we request in a timely manner. His advice is to the point, pragmatic and always very relevant.’
‘Very hands-on M&A team with strong mid-market presence and particular edge within private owner-managed companies. Plus an ability to draw on international network, if needed.’
‘Karsten Pedersen has a very visible role in the M&A team and demonstrates a very hands-on and pragmatic attitude in M&A with a significant edge in focusing on important matters.’
‘The practice was in a unique position to advise us on local Danish legal aspects of the transaction, but also was able to pull in resources from the firms offices globally where required to address specific international aspects of the transaction.’
‘We have found John Svenson to be very responsive and proactive in his dealings on our project – it’s very powerful to have a 3rd party team player who is so readily aligned to your interests and objectives.’
‘Nicholas Lerche-Gredal is a very capable M&A lawyer with a good understanding of ensuring that the M&A process is well suited to the particulars of the target company.’
‘Nicholas Lerche-Gredal is very commercial and pragmatic in his approach with a deep understanding of M&A.’
‘I know they have a strong team within this area with good international relations. John Svenson is a very capable M&A lawyer who always goes that extra mile for the client.’
‘Strong team with deep and wide transaction experience. Being part of the DLA Piper platform provides an international one-stop-shop option that is unique in the Danish market.’
‘Karsten Pedersen is the person I want to work with on M&A transactions in Denmark. Full stop. Efficient, extremely good at getting the optimal result, very commercial. John Svenson is very dedicated and knows his legal skills.’
‘We have excellent experience with both John Svenson and Nicholas Lerche-Gredal which have provided us with very valued advice.’
NEC Corporation (Japan)
Maj Invest A/S
Adelis Equity Partners AB (Denmark / Sweden)
Montagu Private Equity (UK)
Alven PE (France)
Blue Equity Management P/S (Denmark)
JP/Politikens Hus A/S (Denmark)
TDC Group A/S (Denmark)
Promentum Equity Partners P/S (Denmark)
BWB Partners P/S (Denmark)
PFA Pension (Denmark)
Infineon Technologies AG
Abbott Laboratories (USA)
Groupe SFPI (France)
IT Relation A/S (Denmark)
DLG a.m.b.a. (Denmark)
SOS International LLC (USA)
Visma Group (Norway)
Gurit Holding AG (Switzerland)
Sun Capital Partners (UK)
Kemp & Lauritzen A/S
Colliers International Inc.
Monyx Financial Group AB
Polaris Private Equity K/S
Sensata Technologies Inc
General Electric (GE)
LEGO Group A/S
We Work Inc
- Advised Polaris Private Equity on the acquisitions of Egons A/S, Larsenbus ApS, Papuga A/S and Papuga Bus A/S.
- Advised BWB Partners P/S on the sale of iMPREG Group to the leading Nordic private equity firm, FSN Capital Partners ApS.
- Advised REKOM Group A/S on its purchase of 18 restaurants, included in the buying group Nox Network.
Gorrissen Federspiel fields experts in public and private M&A, securities law, company law and contract law, counting large Danish corporations, multinationals and private equity funds among its key clients. Rikke Schiøtt Petersen, Anders Ørjan Jensen and Anders Peter G. Christoffersen jointly head the team, which also handles disposals, corporate restructurings, management buyouts and compliance issues. Klaus Søgaard and Niels Heering have track records in M&A, Niels Bang is notably active in the pharmaceuticals and life science sectors, and Mikael Philip Schmidt specialises in private equity work.
Rikke Schiøtt Petersen; Anders Ørjan Jensen; Anders Peter G. Christoffersen
Other key lawyers:
Niels Bang; Niels Heering; Finn Møller; Charlotte Thorsen; Mikael Philip Schmidt; Klaus Søgaard
DSV / Panalpina Welttransport AG
Danish Crown A/S
A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S
Novo Holdings A/S
Salling Group A/S
Solstra Investments A/S
Bang & Olufsen A/S
Polaris Private Equity
- Assisted Ernst Göhner Stiftung as major shareholder of Panalpina Welttransport AG in connection with the acquisition by DSV A/S of the entire share capital in Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG.
- Assisted SEAS-NVE A.m.b.A. in connection with its acquisition of the Danish power distribution, residential customers and city light business of Ørsted A/S.
- Assisted Salling Group A/S with the acquisition of Tesco Polska sp. Z o.o. from Tesco Plc.
With a broad practice, Kromann Reumert has notable expertise in large-scale M&A and divestment transactions. In addition, the department is instructed on small and midsize M&A transactions and distressed sales, the latter of which often involves working closely with the firm’s insolvency and restructuring group. Led by Christina Bruun Geertsen and Tyge Rasmussen, the group primarily assists clients in the energy, finance, insurance, private equity, life science, IT and shipping sectors. Names to note include Jens Hyldahl Bjerregaard, Marianne Philip, Christian Lundgren, Jeppe Buskov and Jacob Høeg Madsen.
Christina Bruun Geertsen; Tyge Rasmussen
Other key lawyers:
Christian Lundgren; Marianne Philip; Henrik Møgelmose; Jens Hyldahl Bjerregaard; Jeppe Buskov; Jørgen Kjergaard Madsen; Christian Ibsen; Jens Steen Jensen; Jakob Hans Johansen; Anders Stubbe Arndal; Jacob Høeg Madsen
‘The team we have worked with are highly knowledgeable and are fast at responding. They also come with valuable input on how to solve things, hence they are solution-oriented.’
‘The team are the closest thing to having an extended in-house team of skilled professionals. Trusted advisors, deep business understanding and very friendly also. Always available, skilled negotiators.’
‘I have primarily worked with Christian Ibsen and always to my great pleasure.’
‘Christian Ibsen really goes the extra mile for you.’
‘Know our business, proactive, able to move the process forward.’
‘Broad knowledge of all spectres of aspects and issues within the relevant practice areas.’
- Assisted Ørsted with the divestment of its Danish power distribution (Radius), residential customer and City Light businesses to SEAS-NVE for a price of DKK21.3bn on a cash and debt-free basis.
- Assisted Scandinavian Tobacco Group with its acquisition of the Dutch Royal Agio Cigars.
- Assisted Altor in connection with Altor, Petter Stordalen and TDR’s acquisition of the Nordic travel group Vinggruppen.
Moalem Weitemeyer primarily advises domestic financial sponsors and foreign investors on complex M&A transactions, with expertise on both the buy and sell side of mandates. The corporate group is jointly led by the 'extremely hands-on and knowledgeable' Dan Moalem and 'experienced M&A professional' Henning Aasmul-Olsen, both of whom are adept at handling private and public takeovers. Elsewhere in the practice, Mattias Vilhelm Warnøe Nielsen leads on venture capital and start-up work, with extensive experience in seed and venture capital investments, as well as wider commercial issues.
Dan Moalem; Henning Aasmul-Olsen
Other key lawyers:
Mattias Vilhelm Warnøe Nielsen; Tobias Bonde Frost; Michael Vilhelm Nielsen
‘Moalem Weitemeyer is a powerhouse within M&A advisory work. They are extremely commercial and responsive, and one the forefoot on recent trends in the legal market.’
‘Dan Moalem is extremely hands-on and knowledgeable, and available 24/7.’
‘Despite being a relatively small firm, the firm has a team of strong individual with different profiles and qualities.’
‘Characterising them all is a can-do attitude, deep legal competence and a very commercial mindset.’
‘Dan Moalem has built up a super M&A practice as an alternative to the traditional firms.’
‘Henning Aasmul-Olsen is an experienced M&A professional. Very pleasant to work with and very commercial.’
‘Strict M&A focus makes them very good at it. Always trying to make the deal a bit better. Always on time and not delaying the process. Always closing.’
‘Dan Moalem has the 100% right profile to be a good negotiator.’
RoundTable Healthcare Partners
FSN Capital Partners
Chr. Augustinus Fabrikker
AnaCap Private Equity
Altia Systems, Inc.
Adelis Private Equity
Advent International Corporation
Bain Capital Private Equity
DSV Panalpina – Leading global transport and logistics company
Polaris Private Equity – Leading Danish private equity firm
SEB – Leading financial institution in Scandinavia
Segulah Private Equity
Waterland Private Equity
APC Partner 1
Sass & Larsen
H2I (Health Innovation Institute)
- Advised DSV Panalpina on the €5.5bn public takeover offer of Swiss listed Panalpina Welttransport.
- Advised FSN Capital Partners on the acquisition of iMPREG Group.
- Advised Axcel in connection with the acquisition of Phase One from Silverfleet Capital.
Praised as ‘exceptionally strong’ and ‘highly commercial’, Plesner has a particular focus on M&A transactions, private equity deals, joint ventures and structured sales. Henrik Rossing Lønberg, Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen and Lars Bunch head up the practice; Lønberg primarily handles high-end M&A transactions, Rasmussen specialises in commercial contracts and Bunch focuses on corporate law matters. Christian Kjølbye regularly oversees public takeovers and privatisations, Thomas Holst Laursen is noted for his financial services expertise and Tina Kang has experience in major sell-side mandates. Of counsel Finn Lernø is a key name for corporate finance work. Tue Ravnholt Frandsen and Torben Nørskov left in late 2019 to join Accura Advokatpartnerselskab, and Simon Krogh joined from Bruun & Hjejle in 2021.
Henrik Rossing Lønberg; Lars Bunch; Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen
Other key lawyers:
Nicolai Ørsted; Hans Hedegaard; Tina Kang; Christian Kjølbye; Thomas Holst Laursen; Finn Lernø; Simon Krogh
‘Exceptionally strong M&A team, highly capable and highly commercial in the approach to their work. A proactive and detailed-oriented team, but with the ability to be commercial at the same time.’
‘Highly diverse group of individuals with different skill sets and personalities, making the broader team very strong. We have worked with Hans Hedegaard and Tina Kang from Plesner numerous times, and they deliver consistent, high-quality work.’
Marlin Equity Partners
FSN Capital Partners
A.P. Møller – Mærsk
Agilitas Private Equity LLP
A.P. Møller Holding
IK Investment Partners
British American Tobacco Group
Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)
Sund & Bælt Holding
Novo Nordisk Foundation
Poul Due Jensens Fond (Grundfos foundation)
Salling Foundations (Owners of Dansk Supermarked)
Alfa Laval (listed company)
Compass Group Danmark
Danske Bank (listed company)
Ford Motor Company
Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Mazda Motor Danmark
Moët Hennessy Nordic
Nissan Nordic Europe
- Advised FSN Capital Partners A/S, KIRKBI and other shareholders of Fitness World on the sale of 100% of the shares in Fitness World to PureGym.
- Advised Symphogen A/S on the sale of shares and warrants to Les Laboratoires Servier.
- Advised Qvartz on all the legal aspects of the deal where Bain & Company acquired Qvartz.
Led by Frans Rossen, the M&A practice at Horten encompasses the full spectrum of company law mandates and M&A transactions. Notably active in the energy, life sciences and private equity sectors, the team advises a wide variety of domestic and international clients, with particular expertise in cross-border M&A, structured auction processes, ownership transitions and acquisition financing work. Another name to note is Lise Lotte Hjerrild, who has additional experience in group restructurings and privatisations, especially relating to airports and energy and utility companies.
Other key lawyers:
Lise Lotte Hjerrild; Thomas Francis Beckett; Hans Christian Pape
Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S
General Electric Company
Habasit AG / NGI A/S
Lis Sørensen Holding ApS
Maj Invest Equity A/S
NGF Nature Energy Holding A/S
Total Specific Solutions B.V.
Jyske Bank A/S
Global Wind Power
SAS Allflex Europe
- Advised Bain & Company, Inc., on its acquisition of Denmark-based management consultancy Qvartz P/S.
- Advised Adelis Equity Partners AB on its acquisition by Roister Marketing Oy, the Finland-based marketing company.
- Advised Promentum Equity Partners on the sale of its stake in Grazper Technologies ApS to Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
Lundgrens fields a ‘strong and diverse team with a key foothold in the SME segment’ with experience in domestic and cross-border M&A work. Headed up by Peter Bruun Nikolajsen, who is viewed as ‘a good negotiator’, the department also advises sellers and buyers on investment and divestment strategies, particularly in the private equity space. Warranty and indemnity insurance, TMT, entertainment and media are other areas of focus for the group, which added Peter Mollerup from Elmann to its ranks in 2019. In late 2020, Morten Rosenmejer departed to Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab.
Peter Bruun Nikolajsen
Other key lawyers:
Thomas Kræmer; Christian Scherfig; Peter Mollerup
‘Peter Bruun Nikolajsen has the ability to tailor the legal services for the client; he is available and engaged to keep momentum in the process.’
‘The Lundgrens team has business knowledge and always strive for simple and efficient solutions for us.’
‘They have a strong and diverse team with a key foothold in the SME segment. They also do some private equity-related transactions.’
‘Deep legal knowledge combined with hands-on approach and industry knowledge.’
Bucher Industries AG
Braas Monier Building Group AG
Ufenau Capital Partner
Synlab International GmbH
Vale Insurance Partners
Nordic Alpha Partners
- Assisted the owners of Larsenbus A/S, Egons A/S, Papugabus A/S and Papuga A/S with their merger into a joint nationwide coach operator and subsequent sale to Polaris Private Equity.
- Assisted more than 100 shareholders in MOE A/S in selling 100% of the share capital to Artelia Holding SAS, as well as the owners’ reinvestment in Artelia Global.
- Assisted Munich-based private equity house Findos Investor with the divestment of the international, Danish-domiciled debt collection group Collectia to UK-based Silverfleet through a competitive process with a high number of bidders.
With particular expertise in fund formations and transactions in the venture capital space, the practice at Mazanti-Andersen recently launched Mazanti Pulse, an online resource which automatically generates customised legal documents. Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Danish Venture Capital and Private Equity Association Jakob Mosegaard Larsen leads the team alongside Frederik B. Hasling and Thomas Weisbjerg, all of whom handle traditional structured M&A deals as well as share sale and purchase agreements, particularly in the IT and life sciences sectors.
Frederik B. Hasling; Jakob Mosegaard Larsen; Thomas Weisbjerg
Leo Pharma A/S
Ascendis Pharma A/S
Heartcore Capital A/S
Sunstone Life Science Ventures A/S
Nordic Alpha Partners ApS
ByFounders VC Management ApS
Bumble Ventures Management ApS
Forward Pharma A/S
Maersk Broker K/S
NorDan Gruppen AS
Damgaard Company A/S
Mitsui & Co. Ltd.
Scan Global Logistics A/S
- Advising LEO Pharma A/S on all the legal aspects of the launch of two independent subsidiary companies.
- Advised Bumble Ventures A/S in connection with several closings of Bumble Ventures Fund I K/S.
- Acted for the founders of Dansk Sprinkler Teknik in connection with the sale of its operations to German VINCI Energies, part of the VINCI Group, in a classic M&A structured sales process.
Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab primarily advises mid-market companies on investment and M&A transactions, with particular expertise in Nordic and international deals. Domestically, it is noted for its technology start-up fundraising specialism, working for start-ups as well as venture capital and private equity clients. The department is jointly headed up by Casper Moltke-Leth, and Martin von Haller Groenbaek, who both also handle post-acquisition integration and M&A insurance work. In late 2020, Philip Graff departed to set up his own firm, while fellow co-head Morten Rosenmejer joined from Lundgrens.
Casper Moltke-Leth; Martin Von Haller Groenbaek; Morten Rosenmejer
Other key lawyers:
Peer B. Petersen
‘The team is very well aware of our core values, which means that we are progressing relatively fast in most cases. Strong support in M&A cases, with good in-house capabilities in most matters.’
‘Strong knowledge of our business. Good segmentation of skills, making it smooth to get hold of correct people. Very experienced team, giving us the necessary backup on-line support during the Covid-19 crisis.’
‘Always focusing on the best solution for the business.’
‘Casper Moltke-Leth is always ready to help – either himself or find relevant colleagues around the world to assist in any matter. A profound understanding of the business and always looking for solutions.’
T&W Medical A/S
WS Audiology A/S
AddLife Development AB
Trine Hahnemann Holding ApS
Sony Music Entertainment
- Assisted Swedish-listed AddLife with its acquisition of Danish companies Lab-Vent Controls A/S and Koldt & Ryø El A/S.
- Advised Danish computer game producer BetaDwarf in connection with its series A investment from US institutional investors, entailing an investment of $6.6m.
- Advised Capgemini on the acquisition of the Advectas Group, a leading business intelligence and data science company in Scandinavia.
On both the buy and sell side of transactions, DAHL Law Firm has extensive experience in mid-cap M&A, as well as acquisition financing, due diligence and transfer agreement matters. The ‘very agile and accessible’ team, which is headed up by Mads Rossen Jakobsen, has notable strength in the SME space, acting for a variety of manufacturing, IT and financial services clients. The group has additional expertise in management buy-ins and buy-outs.
Mads Rossen Jakobsen
Other key lawyers:
Henning von Lillienskjold; Kim Ricken Jørgensen; Torben Buur
‘Able to set a team to cover the full range of M&A activities. Takes great responsibility in the process and are highly supportive. Fast execution and high availability.’
‘They work fast and have a holistic view.’
‘We were the small against the big and DAHL has, in the shortest possible time, assembled a team of very competent people, all of whom in a very short time took us through an intense due diligence process.’
‘DAHL showed, to a very high degree, the ability to designate the right competencies for the individual tasks and no topics were forgotten or delayed.’
‘DAHL’s key competence is to work as a team and always be available in addition to, of course, providing good legal work.’
‘Torben Buur is a very competent person who is good at communicating and pleasant to work with. He is also skilled at collaborating and entering into complicated negotiations. Torben has this competence to a great extent.’
‘Understanding what is commercially important for the agreement and the ability to balance this in the dialogue with the counterparty.’
Visma Danmark Holding A/S
SP Group A/S
IT Relation A/S
- Advised EG A/S on five acquisitions, including the acquisition of 100% of the share capital in Sonlinc A/S, assisting the client in relation to legal due diligence investigations, negotiating the terms of the share purchase agreement and finally with the execution and closing of the deal.
- Advised IT Relation A/S on its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of C2IT Infrastructure A/S (and its subsidiary C2IT iØst ApS).
- Advised VISMA on its acquisition of 100% of the share capital in FirstAgenda A/S.
Jointly led by Hans Christian Galst and Christian Steen Laursen, who are noted for their ‘high degree of accessibility’, GALST specialises in mid-market M&A transactions for buy and sell-side clients. It primarily acts for private equity, shipping, publishing and medical clients. In mid-2020, the firm acquired niche medical law outfit Linde & Altschuler, further bolstering its capabilities in transactions involving medical and dental practices.
Hans Christian Galst; Christian Steen Laursen
‘We have worked with Galst for 6 years, where we have referred clients who have needed a lawyer. Regardless of the size and type of customers we have referred, we have always received a positive response in return for the customer that it was a good service they received.’
‘GALST acts as a very professional legal advisor in the area of mergers and acquisitions, corporate legal etc. When working with GALST, I always get a high quality of legal work, combined with a high degree of accessibility and an unpretentious and pleasant form of cooperation.’
‘The team is technically very strong with a commercial mindset – which is crucial. Super likeable and easy to work with – which is so very important in M&A deals and advisory services in general.’
‘While being a smaller legal firm, Galst is capable of delivering a product on par with the largest law firms in Denmark for less than half the price. Being a client of Galst allows for a wide range of quality staff to be made available at short notice if things are urgent.’
‘What makes Galst remarkable is the efficiency of legal work done versus time spent making the value for money second to none in the Danish legal market.’
‘Working with partner Christian Steen Laursen is very reassuring due to his calm and insightful personality. Once a situation has been presented Christian Steen Laursen is capable of dissecting the issue into relevant categories of what is important and what not and how to deal with them. His time and effort together with his team has not only saved us large amounts of money over the years but even earned us money from deals we did not expect to come through.’
‘The practice is headed by Christian Steen Laursen, a hands-on and no-nonsense lawyer with a unique commercial understanding of the clients.’
‘Hans Christian Galst has the ability to dive into projects and be there 100% for me as a customer. He has an outstanding ability to negotiate. I would never do a big transaction without him by my side!’
Leman International System Transport A/S
FPE Group ApS
Dane Capital ApS
Mahalo Invest ApS
MJ Estate A/S
P. Strøm ApS / Lucky 13 Holding ApS
ABO Health Holding ApS
Investeringsselskabet af 19/12 2000 ApS
Grillen Group ApS
Junkbusters Group ApS
GD1 Invest ApS
Omniveta Danmark ApS
Penta Shipping Group
European Lifecare Group A/S
Uniroc Holding ApS, Maximim Holding ApS, Nimbus Holding ApS
Allan Tange Holding ApS
JGO Holding ApS
A.L.E.X. 96 ApS
Bilhuset Køge A/S
Dansk Lægers Vaccinationsservice ApS
Veltec Industrial Services A/S
Mudhoney Holdings ApS
Rekom Group A/S
Rind & Co ApS
Anders Bang Olsen Holding ApS
Glad Holding ApS
LifeCare Holding S.A
Forlaget Delta Holding ApS
FPE FEM B ApS
- Advised the shareholders and management team of European Lifecare Group on its sale to a UK-based capital fund.
- Assisted Leman A/S with its acquisition of the freight forwarding and logistics business Dan Cargo A/S together with its subsidiaries in Norway and Sweden.
- Assisted the sellers with the sale of the Danish company Scandinavian Amenities A/S to the German company ADA Cosmetics International.
Traditionally focused on public sector work, Poul Schmith is increasingly instructed by private pension funds, financial institutions and private equity funds. The department primarily handles cross-border M&A, with a particularly strong track record in infrastructure, regulatory and technology-related matters. Practice head Ronnie Kandler and Peter Hedegaard Madsen are key names within the group.
Other key lawyers:
Peter Hedegaard Madsen; Carina Vang Kristoffersen
‘The team works fast and efficient and with high competence. Often documents are prepared in advance to be able to work in a fast manner. The team is also strong in strategy and advice, and in contract negotiation situations. This is better, faster and more efficient than what I have experienced in other firms.’
‘The M&A team headed by Ronnie Kandler is a modern, young and very capable M&A partner. They have a straightforward, top professional approach.’
‘Ronnie Kandler has a particular ability to find simple solutions to the complex legal and commercial challenges and disagreements that occur during and M&A transaction. His abilities as a negotiator is also worth mentioning. He gets the deal through while keeping a positive atmosphere across the negotiation table.’
‘The team demonstrates excellent knowledge and application of corporate law matters related to life science businesses. The team is solution-oriented and effective in its work.’
‘Carina Vang Kristoffersen has excellent knowledge of corporate law matters related to life science businesses, is exceptionally solution-oriented, and communicates clearly and effectively. My highest recommendation.’
- Advised EEP Managers Ltd. as the sellers’ representative in connection with its sale of 100% of the shares in Danish-headquartered speciality pharmaceuticals company Azanta A/S to Dutch-based pharmaceuticals company Norgine B.V.
- Advised listed company Agromino A/S and its board of directors on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Czech-based Resilient A.S.
- Advised the Ministry of Finance in its capacity as majority shareholder of the seller, Ørsted A/S (Denmark’s largest energy group) on a major divestment including Ørsted’s B2C and city light business and the subsidiary Radius Elnet A/S, a power distribution company.
Led by Jacob Roesen, who stands out for his ‘superb problem-solving skills’, Lund Elmer Sandager is instructed on a cross-sector basis on a range of M&A transactions. It has been particularly active recently in private equity-related M&A work; mergers and share capital acquisitions are particular areas of strength. The ‘efficient, business-minded and pragmatic’ department also assists with company formations, corporate restructurings, contract matters and general corporate law issues.
Other key lawyers:
Nicolai Fløe Jørgensen
‘Efficient, business-minded and pragmatic lawyers.’
‘Jacob Roesen stands out. He has a commercial approach, providing first-class legal advice. His problem-solving skills are superb and this is the quality I value the most.’
‘Jacob Roesen is one of the best M&A lawyers in Denmark.’
All things Lives
Datacon Enterprise Solutions
Contera Pharma ApS
- Advised Contera Pharma/Bukwang Pharm Co Ltd on a capital investment and the disposal of shares totalling DKK1bn.
- Assisting Agilitas Private Equity LLP with the purchase of shares on an international basis.
- Assisted Cibicom A/S with the purchase of Net1.
Primarily based in Kolding, Andersen Partners has comprehensive regional expertise in M&A transactions and is also adept at handling structured sales processes, due diligence reviews, and confidentiality and shareholder agreements. Headed up by Hans-Christian Ohrt, Søren Stig Langløkke Hansen, and Jon Stefansson, the department regularly acts for private equity clients and industrial corporations.
Hans-Christian Ohrt; Søren Stig Langløkke; Jon Stefansson
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent dialogue and understanding of requirements.’
‘Practical way of approaching the transaction. Always keep the momentum and to an agreed schedule.’
‘Partners that complement each other – see it from different angles.’
‘My perception of the whole company was that everyone was very service-oriented, with great knowledge that matched my need for advice in selling my company to a private equity fund.’
‘Our collaboration was primarily with Hans-Christian Ohrt. Hans-Christian was mainly involved in the initial negotiations with the private equity fund, and with various negotiations regarding the contracts, where Hans-Christian was really a strong partner to be involved in the negotiations, and really provided super professional handling and assistance with the entire process.’
Chahm Administration 24 ApS
ITKS ApS, M.B.L. Holding ApS, OJA Holding ApS and Allan Maul ApS
Sam Partner A/S
Michael Nissen Holding ApS
Unit IT Holding A/S
- Advised Arkil A/S on its acquisition of the shares in NCC Road Services A/S, a Danish subsidiary of the Swedish company, NCC AB (listed on NASDAQ, Stockholm).
- Advised C2IT A/S on its sale of C2IT Infrastructure A/S to IT Relation A/S, a Danish company engaged with IT outsourcing.
- Advised Lyndahl A/S on its purchase of the shares in Mutag Umwelttechnologie AG and assets in KVV Verarbeitungs GmbH & Co. KG.
Søren Ingerslev leads the team at Elmann, which is predominantly instructed by small and medium-sized Danish and international companies, as well as private equity funds and family businesses, on M&A transactions. Usually acting on the sell side, the department has recently been particularly active in the technology and life sciences sectors.
‘Søren Elmann Ingerslev has very thorough M&A expertise, combining his legal skills with the business skills of an MBA.’
- Acted as legal counsel to Cloudfarms in relation to BASF’s acquisition of the company.
- Acted as legal counsel to FORCE Technology in relation to Sanovo Technology Group’s acquisition of FORCE Technology’s Sono-Steam technology.
- Acted as legal counsel to KMD A/S in relation to KMD’s acquisition of the Danish privately held software company E Foqus Danmark Edlund A/S.
Jointly led by Nikolaj Juhl Hansen and Sam Jalaei, Magnusson Advokatfirma has notable expertise in cross-border M&A and capital investment transactions, particularly those involving clients from China, Iran, the UK and Germany. The group also handles corporate restructuring work, due diligence preparations and shareholder agreements for an assortment of corporations and private equity and venture capital funds.
Nikolaj Juhl Hansen; Sam Jalaei
‘Highly competent team you want on your side in any M&A deal.’
‘The team we have worked with at Magnusson was extremely competent and specialised. The team was responsive, punctual and efficient in providing answers to complex questions.’
‘They are quick to get an overview of complex cases and understand them at a depth where they become both strategic sparring partners, and a strong negotiator on your team. We have not seen this depth and quality elsewhere, and over the years they have become our trusted advisors.’
‘Sam Jalaei is a strong negotiator and is a trusted advisor. He has strong technical skills and a warm and welcoming personality.’
‘Very quick response with an overview of complicated issues. A deep insight and knowledge of international relations, including our trade with China.’
‘Great teamwork, high availability, client-focused, able to negotiate reasonable solutions for both parties.’
‘The level of dedication and the passion for ample legal advice is very high, and you always feel important and valued as a client. Solicitors are up to date, and even in front of new information in their fields.’
‘We are working together with Partner Nikolaj Juhl Hansen who is able to direct us to have an answer to all our questions.’
Independent Vetcare / Evidensia
DN Capital Partner
Northcap Venture Partners
BlackFin Capital Partners
Veolia Nordic AB
Wuhan Troowin Power Systems Technology
Lundberg Tech A/S
Royal Air Maroc
IRD Fuel Services
Children Development Systems (Kids Uni)
RiHa WeserGold Getränke GmbH & Co
Loiborg Holding ApS
LA Travel Denmark A/S
Salmark Holding ApS
William Demant Holding
Huawei Technology Denmark
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S
EDPR OFFSHORE ESPANA, S.L.
Scinomed Deutschland GmbH
Easy Access AS
Element Solutions Inc.
SuperScale Sp. z.o.o
Mountain Top Industries
Kindred Group (Unibet)
- Advised Conning Holdings Limited on the acquisition of a major interest in the Danish asset manager Global Evolution.
- Assisting BlackFin Capital Partners with its €2.5m investment in a Danish fintech company in early 2020 in the Danish online debt collection services company, Likvido ApS.
- Advised Nordic Harvest on a €8.5m fundraising from over 50 Danish and international institutional and private investors for Nordic Harvest to construct Europe’s biggest vertical farm.
The team at Nielsen Nørager provides advice to clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues, including negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, M&A, company formations, capitalisations, company reorganisations and general commercial and regulatory issues. Jens Arnesen, Morten Eldrup-Jørgensen and Claude Winther Nielsen jointly head the group.
NJORD Law Firm has a track record in domestic and cross-border M&A and has seen a recent uptick in private equity and venture capital investment work. Spearheaded by Jens Christian Dreyer, the group also receives equity fundraising, corporate restructuring and shareholder instructions; it has particular experience in drafting shareholder agreements for its cross-sector client roster.
Jens Christian Dreyer
Other key lawyers:
Lars Lokdam; René Lykke Wethelund
‘Great and competent team. They prioritise getting to know the client in order to get a full understanding of the company needs and provide the best legal advice. Njord had advised us on different legal aspects of our business, always with great professionalism and competence in a way that fully met our needs.’
Bauhaus Danmark A/S
Boehringer Ingelheim Danmark A/S
Enghouse Systems A/S
CompuGroup Medical Denmark
Karl Storz Endoskopi A/S
Lind Invest ApS
JS World Media A/S
Reinh. van Hauen ApS
- Advised Opsec Security Group, an Investcorp portfolio group, on the Danish aspects of the purchase of a brand protection, anti-piracy and anti-fraud business from a Clarivate Analytics Plc entity, which included subsidiaries in Denmark and Lithuania.
- Assisted Auto Solutions ApS with purchasing all shares in Handicare Auto A/S from Norwegian Handicare AS, which is ultimately owned by Swedish publicly traded Handicare AB.
- Assisting the Sennheiser team with the de-merger of its Danish joint venture company, Sennheiser Communications A/S, which is co-owned with the Danish Demant Group.
The ‘partner-driven’ team at Skau Reipurth & Partnere acts for buyers and sellers on domestic and cross-border M&A and has notable experience in incorporations and general corporate and commercial issues. M&A specialist Peter Skau-Andersen heads up the practice, which also includes commercial contracts specialist Claus Ryberg Hoffmann and Anders Hermansen.
Other key lawyers:
Anders Hermansen; Claus Ryberg Hoffmann
‘Partner driven approach, reliable and available, clear communication and transparent fee structure.’
‘Clear and open communication on M&A cases with a straightforward approach. A detailed description of issues and M&A steps to customers.’
‘Peter Skau-Andersen has been a dedicated partner on several M&A cases completed where we have been involved. The ability to take responsibility and make customers take the right decisions has been crucial in moving the engagement forward.’
‘Skau Reipurth & Partnere (SRP) has been a long-term relationship to our business. During the past 10 years, we have seen a very broad number of legal issues, from drafting/reviewing contracts, negotiations, disputes, mergers, divestments and acquisitions – both national and international. All of these issues have been handled by SRP to our utmost satisfaction. The firm’s biggest strength is that it is big enough to handle all issues (full-service) and yet small enough to maintain a direct relationship to us as a client.’
‘Peter Skau-Andersen has for a decade been a very trusted advisor. His competent team of lawyers and partners are always ready to assist. Peter will always tell us how it is. If the issue is weak, he will try to solve it as good as possible from a commercial perspective too. He is brilliant in negotiations because he can solve the problems and maintain a positive environment.’
‘Very pragmatic and direct straight to the point approach.’
‘Peter Skau-Andersen is dedicated and always on top, delivers fast, and has a commercial touch most of the competitors lack.’
Pack Tech A/S
SFTB Investments ApS
Loumann Holding ApS
IWH Invest ApS
Evendo International A/S
Persolit Entreprenørfirma A/S
Carama Invest ApS
The Semler Group A/S
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Denmark A/S
Seven52 Capital ApS
NKT Holding A/S
KPMG Acor Tax
Højvang Laboratorier A/S
Contura International A/S, Contura A/S and Contura Ltd
Croda Denmark A/S
- Assisted Konica Minolta Business Solutions A/S with the negotiations, due diligence, SPA, ancillary documents and completion of the acquisition of a Danish IT company (Next Agenda ApS and Nextagenda CRM ApS).
- Assisted NRP Finans with the successful acquisition of two major logistics properties located in the Greater Copenhagen area by way of a share-based transaction.
Brinkmann Kronborg Henriksen Advokatpartnerselskab is singled out for its ‘dynamic and business-oriented approach’, which it applies to transactional and advisory mandates. Jesper Kronborg leads the department, which regularly handles traditional M&A, corporate restructurings and venture capital investment matters. Another name to note is Søren Brinkmann, who is well versed in M&A regulations, particularly in the Nordic SME market.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at BKH Law is very experienced and goes directly to the point. I can recommend having BKH on your side during negotiations.’
‘They’re attentive and business-oriented. Provide quick answers to what is needed and nothing more. You won’t receive a long useless memo from these people unless you’ve asked for it.’
‘Brinkman is very skilled in public market legislation. Very professional in approach.’
‘Versatile, dynamic and business-oriented team with a focus on client needs. Proven to be a partner with business-oriented solutions. Timely responses. Proactive and loyal.’
‘Has an ability to navigate complex issues and provides business-oriented solutions with an eye on legal issues.’
Greenland Anorthosite Resources
First Fidelity Capital
Tofte & Company
Fred. Olsen Renewables / Global Wind Power
- Advised Astralis Group and its shareholders on a funding round and subsequent listing on Nasdaq First North.
- Advised PFA Pension on a DKK7bn investment into a North American fund owning a real property portfolio.
- Advised Lynx Equity on its acquisition of multiple portfolio companies in Denmark.
Bolstered by its merger with boutique IT firm Integra Law Firm in early 2020, CO:PLAY is predominantly instructed by digital businesses. Jonas Møllgaard Mikkelsen leads the group, which has recently seen an uptick in corporate work including M&A, private equity transactions, due diligence matters, negotiations, demergers and company law issues. Key clients include corporations in the IT, gaming and venture fund sectors.
Jonas Møllgaard Mikkelsen
Other key lawyers:
‘Full attention from the team and team structure and staffing is designed for the engagement.’
‘Very strong business knowledge and 360-degree understanding of the challenges related to the assignment.’
‘Michael Brandt led the dedicated and always available team in the latest transaction. The team was stable, fast and likeable.’
‘Michael Brandt has an excellent understanding of business and how to make a deal flow quickly and efficiently.’
North-East Venture ApS
Rovio Copenhagen ApS
So Couch Studios ltd.
Ole Bak Iversen Holding ApS and P.I. Holding ApS
JAbii Group ApS
Visual Information Systems A/S
Skall Studio ApS
- Advised Rovio on negotiations with its buyer, ensuring balance with management buyout teams from Wargaming.
- Advised New Banking Holding ApS on a double investment from I.a. The Danish Growth Fund (lead), Scale Capital Fund II K/S and PreSeed Ventures A/S.
- Advised investment company Zibra A/S, which acquired 80% of the shares in Motus A/S.
Innova Advokatfirma is frequently instructed on M&A transactions including advising on the acquisition of minority and majority shares in companies. Handling transactions for a range of clients, with particular expertise in the beverage and food sector, the department is headed up by Rasmus Lundorf Thusgaard, who also specialises in company law issues and corporate reorganisations.
Rasmus Lundorf Thusgaard
Other key lawyers:
Peter Gerken; Jørgen Lillelund Olsen
‘Rasmus Thusgaard provides prompt, considered advice coupled with superb project management skills. The M&A-team gets the right balance between being pragmatic and commercial whilst ensuring that all risks are adequately mitigated.’
‘They care about my business and always strive for obtaining the best outcome.’
‘Very strong personalities. Highly professional, talented and skilled. Legal advice and commercial thinking are integrated parts in the services provided.’
‘Good combination of deep legal expertise and pragmatic business attitude.’
‘Strong corporate lawyers. Excellent trusted advisors for their customers.’
‘The lawyers you meet are skilled, competent and know how to meet the client at eye level. Innova’s ability to assess and advise during the course of the case gave me help to stay focused on the matter.’
‘Rasmus Thusgaard is smart, friendly and solution-oriented. Peter Gerken; smart, friendly and comes prepared. A fighter.’
Future Food Invest ApS
FST Growth ApS
Blue Idea Group
Billigblomst Holding A/S
Roses Forever A/S
Møller-Lassen Holding ApS
- Advised FST Growth ApS on its investment into Irish start-up, Kinzen.
- Advised Future Food Invest ApS on its strategic acquisition of grisogko ApS, an online butcher that is expected to function as sub-supplier to other businesses of Future Food Invest ApS.
- Advised A.L. Holding ApS on the sale of A.L. Laser A/S to Swedish Indutrade AS via its Danish subsidiary, ELMA Instruments A/S.
SIRIUS advokater regularly handles capital investment matters, M&A transactions, commercial contracts and other general corporate issues. The group is jointly led by Joachim Ørum Petersen, Gitte Løvgren Larsen and Olaf Carl Ehrenskjöld, who joined in early 2020 from Gorrissen Federspiel. Clients include national corporations, multinationals and private equity and venture capital funds.
Joachim Ørum Petersen; Olaf Carl Ehrenskjöld; Gitte Løvgren Larsen
Other key lawyers:
H.W. Larsen A/S
Roskilde Festival Charity Society
Creativ Company A/S
Nordic Corporate Investment A/S
Jespers Torvekøkken ApS
Spring Nordic ApS and CAT Fonden
Carve Consulting P/S
BLS Finans A/S /BLS Capital Fondsmæglerselskab A/S
Medpro Clinic Sweden AB
Nordic Waterproofing A/S
Taasinge Elementer A/S
Kvadrat Soft Cells A/S
Fire Eater A/S
CEMS ApS and subsidiaries
Schades A/S and subsidiaries
EPAM Systems ApS
Nordic Solution A/S
Simple Revolution ApS
Wolters Kluwer/CT Corporation
Martil Holding ApS
Nil Technology ApS
GreenGate Europe A/S
- Advised NIL Technology ApS on a round of investment leading to a capital increase in NIL Technology ApS.
- Advised Hansol Paper Co. Ltd on its divestment of the Schades Group.
- Advised Roskilde Festival Charity Society on its contract for the Roskilde Festival.