Dispute resolution in Denmark
Bech-Bruun provides 'clear and precise advice' and 'plans thoroughly to avoid surprises'. In a recent highlight, group head Jes Anker Mikkelsen acted for an international petroleum company in a dispute against insurers concerning its role in repairing a damaged North Sea oil platform. Other mandates include Carsten Pedersen representing an insurer for a Danish law firm in a professional liability claim brought by former clients relating to failed real estate investments, and Claus Berg acting for the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement in a dispute in which Hørkram Foodservice claimed the court gave preferential treatment to a competitor in a previous case. Anne Buhl Bjelke is 'extremely knowledgeable' and 'consistently delivers high-quality service levels', and Henrik Valdorf-Hansen and senior associate Mogens Gaarden are also key names to note.
Bruun & Hjejle handles the full spectrum of contentious issues for clients including Nykredit Bank, TDC and AIG. Noteworthy practitioners include the 'persuasive and determined' Karsten Kristoffersen, who has 'good cross-examination skills' and focuses on the banking, M&A and oil and gas sectors; commercial litigator Jeppe Skadhauge, construction specialist Christian Johansen, public law expert Nicolaj Kleist and department head Ole Spiermann; Spiermann recently assisted Danske Bank with its investigations into money laundering in certain accounts in its Estonian branch. Jakob Lentz also acted for the bankruptcy estate of Hesalight in a claim against its former management, board of directors and accountant.
Gorrissen Federspiel fields a broad commercial disputes practice, which is particularly active in the financial sector; it counts Nykredit Bank, Deloitte Danmark and PwC Danmark as clients. 'Highly skilled litigator' Henriette Gernaa leads the team and recently acted for KMD in a dispute against the Danish Customs and Tax Administration. Other work includes the 'timely and conscientious' Christian Alsøe defending the former management and chairman of a wind turbine company in claims brought by investors concerning alleged accounting modifications, and Lotte Eskesen representing Finansiel Stabilitet in a dispute against the former management and board of the bankrupt Roskilde Bank in professional liability and mismanagement claims. Another notable name is Jacob Skude Rasmussen, who is skilled in commercial litigation and arbitration.
Kromann Reumert handles disputes and arbitrations for a client roster, which includes Dong Energy, Jyske Bank and SAS Denmark. Practice leader Jens Rostock-Jensen recently represented Scandinavian Airlines in a case relating to whether the airline owed compensation for flights delayed due to thunderstorms, Claus Juel Hansen acted for Finansiel Stabilitet in a DKK250m claim against the former directors, officers and auditors of Eik Bank Danmark, and media and entertainment specialist Martin Dahl Pedersen defended the Danish media against an injunction brought by The Danish Civil Security Service relating to a book, which contained confidential information. Frank Bøggild also acted for supermarket chain Coop in a dispute filed by Kasper Würtz alleging that the use of its products in advertisements was a breach of copyright law.
The group at Plesner has 'a superb dynamic across the team from junior associate to partner level', and clients single out Peter Schradieck, who is 'always engaged', 'positive' and 'simply very good at what he does'; he recently defended Nordea Bank Denmark in claims brought by the Municipality of Haderslev concerning swap transactions. Other work includes Torben Bondrop acting for CF Møller Architects in an arbitration relating to alleged design errors in the construction of the Mærsk Tårnet, and arbitrator Niklas Korsgaard Christensen handling an arbitration for Strukton Rail Denmark regarding the termination of a contract with railway company Banedanmark. Jimmy Skjold Hansen was recently promoted to the partnership and is experienced in cross-border matters.
Poul Schmith is highly regarded for its work in the public sector and most notably as lead counsel for the Government of Denmark. Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen and Sune Fugleholm jointly lead the group and specialise in insurance and marketing law, and administrative and constitutional law respectively. Recent highlights include Thomsen representing multiple insurance companies in a dispute against Dong Energy regarding its responsibility in rebuilding a damaged oil platform, Fugleholm acting for the Danish Ministry of Agriculture in an expropriation issue resulting from the country's recent ban on fox breeding, and construction specialist Kasper Mortensen representing the Capital Region of Denmark in a dispute with a contractor concerning delays in the construction of a hospital wing. Competition expert Jacob Pinborg also advised the Danish Competition Council on allegations that the merger between the Danish offices of KPMG and EY was completed before all raised concerns were handled, and Karsten Hagel- Sørensen assisted the tax authorities, which sought compensation from the provider of a failed debt collection IT system.
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.
Horten's disputes team acts on contentious issues in the commercial, construction and insurance sectors. In a recent highlight, the group acted for a number of insurance companies in claims relating to a fire during the construction of the Experimentarium in Copenhagen. ING and Coca-Cola are also clients. Jacob Møller Dirksen departed to Accura Advokatpartnerselskab in 2019.
Lundgrens provides 'very pragmatic disputes advice' in the commercial, construction, insolvency and real estate sectors. Peter Clemmen Christensen jointly leads the practice, is 'very strategic in his advice', and recently acted for Steen & Strømin in a rental agreement dispute with Deichmann Schuhe. Other work includes fellow team head Dan Terkildsen acting for BankNordik in a liability claim brought by investors relating to a swap agreement, and Michael Amstrup defending a former director of the now-bankrupt Amagerbanken in professional liability claims. IP litigators Jakob Krag Nielsen and Rasmus Vang, arbitrator Niels Wive Kjærgaard, and insurance specialist Jesper Hjetting are also noted.
Lundsgaard & Partnere is led by name partner Søren Lundsgaard, who primarily works in insurance and tort law; his recent work includes acting for multiple insurance companies in accountant liability claims brought by the bankruptcy estate of IT Factory, and defending a board member of the now-bankrupt Amagerbanken against professional liability claims. Saskia Krüger Larsen and Arianne Svardal-Stelmer are also key practitioners.
Viltoft focuses on the construction, real estate and procurement sectors; construction and procurement expert Michael Gjedde-Nielsen jointly leads the team and defended Metroselskabet against the contractors constructing the Copenhagen Metro, which are requesting an extra €1bn due to extra work and delays. Fellow practice head Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen primarily handles arbitrations and acted for a consortium of contractors involved in the DNU hospital project in a fee dispute with the regional authorities, and construction specialist Henrik Hauge Andersen defended Roskilde Kommune in a dispute against insurer Topdanmark, which alleged that the client did not establish the correct insurance following a fire. Also noted is Steen Hellmann, who focuses on professional negligence claims.
Andersen Partners handles contentious matters relating to the commercial, construction, insurance and IP sectors, and group head Jakob B Ravnsbo focuses on disputes involving M&A, marketing and construction issues. Other key names include insurance specialist Ulrik Christrup and Kenneth Cramer, who focuses on IP.
DAHL Law Firm
DAHL Law Firm's team has expertise across litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on the real estate, construction and insurance sectors. Claes Wildfang leads the team and predominantly handles IP and construction disputes. Other key names include construction specialist Niels Wulff, insurance expert Peter Henrik Würtz, and Hans Erik Steffensen, who focuses on construction and procurement disputes.
Advokatkontoret Fabritius Tengnagel & Heine's team 'quickly understands the case', 'gets into the details' and 'makes a sound recommendation'. Litigator Thomas Bøgelund Norvold is 'very hands-on', 'pays attention to detail' and 'is extremely bright and smart'. Commercial litigation experts Søren Locher and Niels Ulrik Heine are also key names to note.
Kennedys specialises in insurance disputes and acts for a number of international insurers. Morten Erritzøe Christensen leads the practice and is an expert in officers liability, professional indemnity and product liability claims. Allan Kvist-Kristensen and Anne Mette Myrup Opstrup joined ARK Advokatpartnerselskab.
Mazanti-Andersen Korsø Jensen's team is experienced in the fields of corporate, commercial, public, environmental and insurance law. Department head Anne Almose Røpke recently acted for a former director of EBH Bank who is being sued by the Danish government following the bank's bankruptcy; Morten Samuelsson is also representing three former directors of Capinordic Bank in a similar claim. Also recognised is Philip S Thorsen, who specialises in professional liability cases.
The practice at Nielsen Nørager works with 'a very high degree of integrity' and 'is very focused on the client's needs'. Clients also single out Anders Valentiner-Branth, who is 'a highly competent and experienced partner' and 'possesses a very unique level of knowledge in the area of municipal law'. Group head Eigil Lego Andersen is heavily involved in disputes relating to capital markets, M&A, commercial and tax law; he recently acted for the former chairman of the board of OW Bunker in cases stemming from its bankruptcy. Other mandates include insurance and tort law specialist Michael S. Wiisbye acting for Farrell Syndicate, which was one of the insurers of the damaged North Sea oil platform Siri platform, and commercial litigator Jan Presfeldt representing Orbicon in an arbitration relating to a defective sunshield system in the UN Building in Copenhagen.
NJORD Law Firm's dispute expertise encompasses insurance, competition, pharmaceuticals, maritime, procurement, media and white-collar crime matters. Thomas Ryhl and Ulla Fabricius jointly lead the practice; Ryhl acted in an employment dispute relating to whether a Romanian chauffeur employed by a Slovakian road haulier should be subject to Slovakian labour laws despite his road haulage taking place in Northern Europe, and Fabricius acted for an industry association in challenging the driving and rest time rules for Danish road hauliers.
Clemens focuses on real estate and construction disputes, with expertise in litigation and arbitration. Søren Hammer Westmark heads the team and recently advised a bankruptcy estate against Jyske Bank relating to payments from a bankrupt real estate owner and investor. Commercial leasing specialist Harry Andreasen is also recognised.
Elmann is skilled in disputes relating to real estate, insolvency and employment issues, with clients including Interflora Danmark and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Kasper Westberg jointly leads the practice and is highly experienced in real estate disputes; he recently acted for Holberg Fenger Invest in a dispute involving a loan from Nordea Bank and Nordea Bank Realkredit. Co-head Finn Lynge Jepsen focuses on restructuring and insolvency disputes. Employment specialist Nicolai Hesgaard is also noteworthy.
Real estate, insolvency and IP are the core areas of focus for GALST's team, which is led by Kristian Dreyer, who specialises in real estate disputes and acted for Deas in repossession proceedings. Christian Steen Laursen represented HMN Naturgas in debt disputes and issues relating to the closure of its gas supply. IP specialist Hans Christian Galst is also noted.
Lassen Ricard has expertise in litigation and alternative dispute resolution with a focus on the oil and gas, construction and TMT sectors. Peter Lambert leads the team and is particularly recognised for his work in libel litigation in the media sector. Other notable names include construction and IP expert Henrik Schütze and Jørgen Bek Weiss Hansen, who is skilled in commercial litigation and mediations.
Lund Elmer Sandager 'meets its clients at their own level' and 'speaks in a language that clients can understand'. Practice head Morten Schwartz Nielsen is 'very professional in his work' and is noted for his expertise in commercial disputes and bankruptcy-related cases; he acted for Siemens in liability proceedings related to the bankruptcy of an IT factory, and also represented an investor in a class action brought against OW Bunker. Managing partner Carsten Brink is also a key figure.
SIRIUS advokater handles mediations, arbitrations and litigation for a client roster, which includes Arriva Danmark, Copenhagen City Court and Faxe Kommune. Benjamin Lundström focuses on alternative dispute resolution methods and acted for The Danish Institute of Arbitration in a dispute relating to alleged defects on produced goods. Søren Stenderup Jensen also acted for Fjerritslev Fjernvarme in claims regarding expenses related to the disposal of waste water. Gitte Løvgren Larsen, Liv Helth Lauersen, Pernille Backhausen and Michael Vindfeldt are also key practitioners.
Skau Reipurth & Partnere acts in disputes pertaining to construction, real estate, employment and commercial issues. Jointly leading the team is Peter Dianati, who focuses on construction disputes; commercial law specialist Peter Skau-Andersen, and Jeppe Reipurth, who handles commercial and construction issues. Also noted are employment expert Frederik Brocks and Vivi Klink Larsen, who also focuses on construction matters.