EU and competition in Denmark
Bech-Bruun handles competition and procurement matters for a client roster which includes Procter & Gamble and the City of Copehagen. Practice head Peter Stig Jakobsen focuses on competition, procurement and state aid law; he recently acted for Daugaard Biler in a dispute against Nissan Nordic Europe concerning its selective distribution system. Other recent highlights include public procurement specialist Anne Bergholt Sommer advising Boeing on the provision of supplies to the Danish Defence following a procurement process, Jesper Kaltoft assisting CPH City & Port Development with its tender procedure for a major urban development project, and public sector expert Anders Birkelund Nielsen acting for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark on its procurement procedures. Managing partner Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg is also active in the competition space; Kalsmose-Hjelmborg advised MTG on the competition aspects of its merger with TDC, and the firm assisted Nokas with its involvement in a dispute filed against competitor Loomis by its customers relating to cash handling and transportation services.
Bruun & Hjejle runs the gamut of competition and procurement matters; recent examples include practice co-head Søren Zinck advising Nets on the merger filing aspects of its acquisition of Dotpay/eCard, and Frederik André Bork defending CD Pharma against allegations of excessive pricing relating to the childbirth drug, Syntocinon. Fellow co-head Olaf Koktvedgaard is a key contact for competition and state aid disputes.
Merger filings, competition litigation and public procurement are the core areas of focus for Gorrissen Federspiel, which fields a practice jointly lead by merger control specialist Martin André Dittmer and litigator Erik Kjær-Hansen. Dittmer recently advised Imerco on its acquisition of Inspiration, and Kjær-Hansen represented CF Møller in a procurement dispute relating to the design of a new Copenhagen hospital.
Kromann Reumert advises on merger control matters, competition disputes and state aid issues; recent mandates include practice head Jens Munk Plum assisting Berlingske Media with its complaint against JP/Politiken Hus’ acquisition of the daily newspaper Børsen, and handling KPMG Denmark's merger with EY Denmark; and Erik Bertelsen defending Dong Energy against a damages claim brought by the competition authorities alleging excessive pricing. TDC and Novo are also clients. Other key figures include Morten Kofmann, Bart A. Creve and Jeppe Lefevre Olsen.
Plesner fields 'a deep bench of good competition lawyers', with 'plenty of experience' under the joint leadership of litigator Christian Karhula Lauridsen and Gitte Holtsø, who is 'very practical, highly skilled and always available'. Recent highlights include Lauridsen advising Ørsted on its involvement in two cases brought by the Danish Competition Council and the Competition Appeals Tribunal involving claims of excessive pricing in the Western Denmark electricity market by Elsam, Holtsø advising EY Denmark on the competition elements of its merger with KPMG Denmark, and Daniel Barry assisting Marlin Equity Partners with the competition elements of its divestment of Bluegarden to Visma. GlaxoSmithKline, British American Tobacco and Dankse Bank are also clients. Rie Paving Mortensen was promoted to the partnership in 2018.
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab 'provides excellent support' and 'delivers solid legal advice' across merger filings and public procurement matters. Jesper Fabricius leads the practice and is an expert in merger control work; he recently advised Coor Service Management on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Elite Miljø. Christina Heiberg-Grevy also attracts praise for being 'highly responsive, quick to pick up what is needed, and able to deliver on or before time'; she acted for the 20 road rescue stations which formerly formed SOS Dansk Autohjælp on a non-compete clause imposed upon the stations prior to ending their affiliation with SOS. Laurits Schmidt Christensen is also a key name to note; he recently assisted Tryg Insurance with its purchase of Alka Insurance.
The team at Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab was bolstered by the recent addition of Morten Nissen from Gorrissen Federspiel and Mikkel Taanum from DANDERS & MORE. Nissen has extensive experience in competition law and acted for HBO Nordic in a dispute against Koda involving subscription video-on-demand tariffs, which were claimed to be an abuse of dominance; and Taanum advised Addtech on a merger filing relating to its acquisition of Sensor ECS Danmark. Public procurement specialist Peter Dann Jørgensen is also a key figure and filed a complaint for Icomera regarding DSB's tender procedure relating to rolling stock wi-fi services, while Thomas Thorup Larsen assisted Syd-Ex with its bid for the south branch of the Copenhagen Metro.
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.
Horten's skillset encompasses competition, public procurement and state aid knowledge. Andreas Christensen leads the practice and advised Nordic Capital on the merger control filing relating to its acquisition of Danish Bake. Other key figures include procurement specialist Annelouise Dalgaard Pedersen and distribution law expert Peter Gregersen.
Nielsen Nørager counts Bauer Media, Energi Danmark and the European Commission as clients. Group co-head Henrik Peytz focuses on competition matters and recently acted for Discovery Networks Danmark in a damages claim against TV 2 Danmark involving the use of unlawful rebates, while fellow co-head Lotte Hummelshøj specialises in procurement work; he advised the Lindø port of Odense on its procurement procedures.
Poul Schmith's group is jointly led by Jacob Pinborg, who focuses on competition matters; Jens Bødtcher-Hansen, who handles procurement issues; and Rass Holdgaard, who specialises in EU law. Recent highlights include Pinbord acting for the Danish Competition Council on a case involving Nets' unfair pricing policy regarding the settlement of online card payments, and Holdgaard assisting the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate with state aid issues surrounding the sale of NGF Nature Energy Distribution to the state-owned Energinet.
Clients single out Lundgrens for its 'business sense' and 'deep legal insight' paired with a strong track record in the competition and procurement elements of public-private projects, a key area of strength for Michael Alstrøm. Recent work includes procurement specialist Søren Hilbert advising the Government of Greenland on the renewal of subsidised service contracts for public transportation, and director Majse Jarlov advising train manufacturer Skoda Transportation on its role as tenderer in the renewal of Danish State Rail's train fleet.
PUBLICURE Advokatfirma 'delivers solutions based on a high degree of professionalism' with skills in public procurement, utilities, state aid, competition and environmental law. Clients single out Povl Nick Bronstein, who 'has demonstrated talents for translating judicial mumbo-jumbo into practical solutions'; Peter Lund Meyer and Anders Nørgaard Jensen are also highly regarded.
Skau Reipurth & Partnere 'delivers responses quickly' and is 'extremely knowledgeable' in procurement matters. Litigator Christian B. Prophet-Rannow leads the practice; he recently defended Labflex against complaints regarding The Danish Building and Property Agency’s tender for the delivery of fume cupboards.