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The 'business and solution-oriented' team at¬†Accura Advokatpartnerselskab¬†is noted for its work on big ticket M&A transactions. Recent examples include¬†K√•re Stolt¬†advising a¬†PFA-led consortium on its¬†‚ā¨1.5bn acquisition of a minority stake in Nykredit,¬†Thomas Weincke¬†assisting Tryg with its ‚ā¨1.1bn acquisition of Alka Forsikring, and¬†Henrik Juul Hansen¬†acting for Lone Star Capital on its ‚ā¨1bn acquisition of¬†Stark.¬†Jacob Vinther¬†and¬†Mads Ilum¬†are also key practitioners; Vinther¬†advised the founding family behind Gubi on the divestment of the company to¬†Axcel and the Augustinus Foundation, and Ilum¬†acted for¬†Polygon on its acquisition of¬†Dansk Bygningskontrol.

The department at Bech-Bruun¬†consists of 'excellent negotiators', who are 'skillful' and 'have a no-nonsense approach that drives the whole M&A process forward'. The 'outstanding and¬†always available'¬†Steen Rode¬†'acts quickly when needed' and¬†heads up the practice, which also includes S√łren Kamp N√łrb√¶k, who focuses on cross-border transactions. In a recent highlight, Rode advised¬†AEA Investors on its acquisition of Alpha Offshore Services; other notable mandates include¬†Jacob Hjortsh√łj¬†assisting SolixGroup with its purchase of Skiold,¬†Ole N√łrgaard¬†acting for¬†Teradyne on its ‚ā¨ 121m acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Mobile Industrial Robots from its shareholders,¬†Claus Aagaard Nielsen¬†advising Nine United Denmark on its¬†$66m¬†sale of 26% of¬†its¬†share capital to Herman Miller, and¬†Simon Milthers, who¬†has 'expert regulatory insights', handling Total's $7.4bn acquisition of¬†Maersk Oil.

Bruun & Hjejle¬†has 'a strong understanding of how the client thinks and what it needs in an M&A process' and 'takes ownership of issues beyond what you would expect'. Jesper Schultz Larsen¬†leads the practice and advised¬†the founders of Muuto and Maj Invest Equity on Muuto's $1.9bn sale to Knoll. Morten Jensen¬†has 'very strong corporate and M&A skills' and 'is an excellent negotiator'; he assisted AP M√łller with its $1.2bn acquisition of Maersk Tankers. Andreas Nielsen¬†is 'an exceptionally good legal adviser' and acted for¬†Swedish Match on its purchase of¬†V2 Tobacco. Mogens Thorninger, is 'accessible', 'very competent' and has 'a broad and deep knowledge of general M&A'; he advised¬†a consortium of pension funds with its acquisition of a $11.6bn stake in¬†Nykredit. Other key names include cross-border M&A expert¬†Mogens Ebeling¬†and newly promoted partner Simon Krogh.

Gorrissen Federspiel's sizable team has handled a number of top ticket deals in the M&A space; group co-head¬†Anders √ėrjan Jensen¬†and¬†Tomas Haagen¬†advised SEB on the¬†‚ā¨873m sale of SEB Pension in Denmark to Danske Bank,¬†Olaf C Ehrenskj√∂ld¬†and¬†Rikke Schi√łtt Petersen¬†handled Nets' ‚ā¨5.5bn takeover by Hellmann & Friedmann, and¬†Klaus S√łgaard¬†and¬†Charlotte Thorsen¬†assisted Maersk with its¬†$7.5bn sale of¬†Maersk Oil to Total. Maersk also instructed¬†Finn M√łller¬†on its¬†$1.2bn divestment of Maersk Tankers, and¬†Niels Heering¬†acted for Nykredit on a¬†‚ā¨1.7bn investment by a consortium of pension providers.¬†Niels Bang¬†and¬†Anders Peter G. Christoffersen¬†also jointly lead the group, and¬†Mikael Philip Schmidt¬†is a key contact for securities work.

M&A powerhouse Kromann Reumert¬†works across a broad range of sectors on its deals with recent highlights including¬†Henrik M√łgelmose¬†advising DLF Seeds on its acquisition of Syngenta's sugar beet seed business,¬†Christian Lundgren¬†assisting TDC with its sale to a consortium comprised of Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund, PFA Pension, PKA and ATP; and¬†Christina Bruun Geertsen¬†acting for Altor Fund IV on its acquisition of Tresu from¬†Erhvervsinvest. Further work includes¬†J√łrgen Kjergaard Madsen¬†assisting Hellman & Friedman with its all-cash public offer for shares in Nets,¬†Christian Ibsen¬†acting for Eniig Energi on its acquisition of Naturgas, and¬†Jens Steen Jensen¬†handling Danica Pension's acquisition of SEB's pension operations in Denmark.¬†Marianne Philip¬†is also a key practitioner and advises on M&A, restructuring and general corporate law; also noted are Jakob Hans Johansen,¬†Anders Stubbe Arndal¬†and Jacob H√łgh Madsen.

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

With 'an experienced team',¬†DLA Piper Denmark¬†has 'broad commercial understanding' and 'a¬†strong international backing'. The 'highly professional'¬†Jens Krogh Petersen¬†leads the group and receives praise for being 'easy to work with' and 'very hardworking'. Other noteworthy individuals include¬†Karsten Pedersen, who¬†assisted¬†Adelis Equity with its divestment of IT Relation to HgCapital;¬†Michael Vinther, who¬†advised¬†Artha and the management of Umove on the divestment of Umove to Cube Infrastructure Fund II;¬†Sebastian Ingversen, who handled¬†TDC's acquisition of shares in Plenti; and¬†Jan Snogdal, who¬†advised¬†the owner of Arcane Tinmen on its divestment of shares to Eli Global. The firm recently merged with Delacour and has added Eskil Bielefeldt, Per Buttensch√łn¬†and Kristian Hj√łlund Nielsen¬† to the team.

Horten¬†is active in the M&A market, with recent mandates including¬†Klavs Gravesen¬†and¬†Lise Lotte Hjerrild¬†advising¬†eight utility groups on their ‚ā¨1.4bn merger into the Novafos Group,¬†Christian Tullberg¬†and Thomas Francis Beckett¬†assisting Stadtwerke M√ľnchen with its joint venture with Centrica aimed at European oil and gas exploration, and¬†Hans Christian Pape¬†acting for¬†Total Specific Solutions on its purchase of Forsikringens Datacenter from Gjensidige Forsikring.¬†Frans Rossen¬†leads the department, which also fields¬†Mikkel Primdal K√¶regaard¬†and¬†S√łren Hornb√¶k Svendsen.

Lundgrens' department¬†is 'reliable, knowledgeable and commercial in its approach' under the leadership of¬†Thomas Kr√¶mer. Recent highlights include Kr√¶mer advising Perkins+Will on its acquisition of¬†Schmidt Hammer Lassen,¬†Morten Rosenmejer¬†assisting Ganni with its sale to L Catterton, and¬†Christian Scherfig¬†handling Tandl√¶gen.dk's ‚ā¨80m acquisition of 32 dental clinics.

Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen¬†counts Amazon and Dell as M&A clients, and also recently advised Bain Capital on its $6.6bn public takeover of Nets. Group head¬†Dan Moalem¬†led the matter and heads up the practice, which also fields M&A expert¬†Thomas Weitemeyer¬†and¬†Lennart Meyer √ėstenfjeld.

The team at Lund Elmer Sandager¬†'works very effectively', is 'very agile in its approach' and has 'quick¬†response times'. The 'highly creative'¬†Jacob Roesen¬†leads the practice¬†and 'provides insightful¬†advice'; he recently acted for Reconor on its separate acquisitions of Mijodan and¬†Lotra. Clients also praise¬†David Fr√łlich¬†as 'very commercial' and 'easy going'; he assisted¬†Dustin with its acquisition of the hosting business of Norriq.¬†Managing partner Carsten Brink¬†is also active in M&A deals and general corporate matters, and¬†Nicolai Fl√łe J√łrgensen¬†handled the sale of Lasso X's shares to JP/Politikens Hus.

Mazanti-Andersen Kors√ł Jensen¬†is highly skilled in M&A transactions in the technology, shipping and life sciences sectors. In a recent highlight, group co-head¬†Lars L√ľthjohan Jensen¬†acted for Dermtreat on its $230m sale of shares to Sofinnova Partners, Novo and Lundbeck; fellow co-head¬†Jakob Mosegaard Larsen¬†also assisted¬†Sunstone TV Management with its sale of shares in two of its venture funds, Sunstone Technology Ventures Fund and Sunstone Progression Fund Alpha.¬†Jan Al-Erhayem¬†focuses on shipping M&A.

Nielsen N√łrager¬†is highly skilled in M&A transactions and commercial agreements for a client roster including Aldi and Adidas. Recent highlights include¬†Jens Arnesen¬†advising the shareholders of QuantumWise on its sale to Synopsys,¬†Morten Eldrup-J√łrgensen¬†assisting Trackman with its acquisition of Perfect Parallel, and¬†Claude Winther Nielsen¬†acting for Energisk on the sale of its shares in¬†Natur-Energi and Gul Str√łm to NRGi Elsalg.

NJORD Law Firm provides 'a high level of expertise' paired with 'valuable advice' and 'excellent and professional service levels'. Lars Lokdam and René Lykke Wethelund are key contacts for M&A work; Lokdam advised Philips on its sale of Philips BioCell through a management buy-out, and Wethelund assisted Enghouse Systems with its purchase of shares in SimaTech. Jens Christian Dreyer leads the team and is 'very reliable' and 'accessible 24/7'.

Kolding-based Andersen Partners¬†is highly skilled in M&A and private equity transactions with¬†Hans-Christian Ohrt¬†handling private equity work and S√łren Stig Langl√łkke Hansen¬†specialising in joint ventures. Ohrt recently advised¬†Dennis Odgaard and Mokoni on the sale of their majority interest in Byens Bilpleje.com to Procuritas, and acted for Hyldahl on its sale of Mos Mosh and MM & Ten to Kate Acquisition. Other work includes¬†Jon Stefansson¬†assisting Autocentralen.com with its acquisition of¬†SMC Horsens.¬†Henrik Bornebusch¬†is very active with Chinese clients.

Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab regularly acts for private equity and venture capital clients, and has a strong focus on the TMT sector. Key individuals include group head Casper Moltke-Leth, who advised Cheminova on the divestment of four of its ingredients to Nufarm; Philip Graff, who assisted Mahia with its corporate restructuring; and Peer B. Petersen, who acted for Addtech on its purchase of Sensor. Ulrik Laustsen is also a key name to note; he advised Opbeat on its sale to Elastic.

DAHL Law Firm¬†operates¬†in 'a clear manner', 'quickly gets to the core of the matter at hand' and 'creates a concise plan'. Mads Rossen Jakobsen¬†heads the practice and focuses on M&A and corporate matters; he recently acted for the owners of Toppac on its sale to F√¶rch. In other work,¬†Henning von Lillienskjold¬†assisted¬†AH Wood Invest with its¬†‚ā¨9.1m sale of its stake in Taasinge Elementer to Nordic Waterproofing Holding,¬†Kim Ricken J√łrgensen¬†handled BE Cablecon's sale to Nexans, and¬†Frederik Bruhn¬†advised¬†DK Holding on its management buyout.¬†Jesper H√ły¬†specialises in restructuring mandates.

Elmann¬†handles M&A transactions and general corporate issues, and practice co-head¬†S√łren Ingerslev¬†also has expertise in commercial contracts; he advised KMD on its acquisition of¬†In2media and its sale of Neupart.¬†Peter Mollerup¬†also leads the group and has extensive experience in M&A matters.

GALST advises on M&A and private equity transactions with a particular emphasis on transactions involving mid-market companies. Hans Christian Galst and Christian Steen Laursen jointly head up the practice; Galst advised Investeringsselskabet on its acquisition of a minority stake in Kadeau, and Laursen assisted SkatePro with its acquisition of a 25% stake in Nordic Sport Import.

Magnusson Advokatfirma is recognised for its 'great business acumen and knowledge of commercial and corporate law in Denmark and abroad'. Nikolaj Juhl Hansen leads the team and is highly experienced in M&A, particularly on cross-border deals with an Asian element; he recently assisted Conning and Taiwan-based Cathay Financial Holding with its purchase of a stake in Global Evolution. Sam Jalaei is also skilled in advising Danish clients on investing in the Iranian market; he acted for Co-Ro on its joint venture with Iran-based soft drinks producer Takdaneh.

Skau Reipurth & Partnere fields 'a very professional practice' which advises clients such as Deloitte. Department leader Peter Skau-Andersen handles corporate, restructuring and M&A work, Martin Rothe provides 'expert legal counselling', and Anders Hermansen focuses on general corporate work. Recent highlights include Skau-Andersen advising Loumann Holding on the sale of its 40% stake in Pack Tech Holding to SE Blue Equity and acquisition of a 10% stake from another shareholder, Rothe assisting Brandvenue with its hostile takeover of PIF Group, and Claus Ryberg Hoffmann handling Evendo International's contracts with its private investors.

Clemens has expertise in general corporate and commercial matters and M&A transactions. Tommi Ahrenholt is a key name for commercial contracts and M&A, and Dennis Birkeholm focuses on restructuring work.

Based in Aarhus,¬†Innova Advokatfirma's department handles a variety of corporate transactions, primarily for Danish clients. Group co-head¬†J√łrgen Lillelund Olsen¬†is an expert in M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and general corporate law, while fellow co-head¬†Peter Gerken¬†focuses on private equity transactions.

The department at NORDIA Advokatfirma¬†focuses on M&A transactions and general corporate matters.¬†Simon S√łrensen¬†and¬†Niels Wegener¬†are the key names to note.

Novi Attorneys' 'very dedicated and experienced' team provides 'professional and personable' advice on M&A transactions, and general corporate and commercial matters. Mikkel Baaring Lerche, who is 'useful and to-the-point', and M&A specialist Morten Lau Smith jointly lead the practice; Lerche advised Riemann on its sale to Orkla and its subsequent acquisition of Luxury State of Mind.

Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith counts various Danish ministries among its key clients and also acts for a commercial client roster, which includes Danish train company DSB and Danish private equity investment company Axcel. Ronnie Kandler recently advised Universal Music on its acquisition of ArtPeople Music, and Peter Hedegaard Madsen assisted The Danish Growth Fund with its conversion into a state-owned corporation.

The team at SIRIUS advokater¬†is 'easy to communicate with' and 'quickly¬†gets things solved' for its clients, which include Nordic Corporate Investments and¬†Calldorado. M&A expert¬†Joachim √ėrum Petersen¬†leads the practice and recently advised¬†Amct Holding on the sale of its majority stake in Fire Eater to the Fire Eater's management and Blue Equity. Other key figures include commercial contracts expert Mette Vestergaard Huss,¬†restructuring specialist Benjamin Lundstr√∂m,¬†and Gitte L√łvgren Larsen, who is highly skilled in corporate and commercial matters.

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