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Accura Advokatpartnerselskab fields 'a very skilled real estate team', which is particularly experienced in transactional matters. Group co-head Henrik Groos has 'a very good commercial understanding' and recently advised ATP on its purchase of shares in a joint venture with Danica involving the construction of Danske Bank's new headquarters, while fellow practice head Jon Dyhre Hansen assisted PFA Pension with its acquisition of a stake in Gartnerbyen, a major residential project in Odense. Mads Berg is also a key name for real estate transactions.

Bech-Bruun's¬†'excellent team has substantial international experience' and provides 'commercial' and 'to-the-point advice'. The 'very experienced' Jens Hjortskov¬†leads the Copenhagen team, and real estate, project development and tenant law expert¬†Jesper B√łge Pedersen¬†heads up the Aarhus group; Hjortskov recently¬†advised Amager Ressourcecenter on a waste-based energy plant for Amager Bakke, which will be used to power a ski slope. Clients also single out¬†Sven Frode Fr√łlund, who¬†recently joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP¬†and 'knows how to deal with the most demanding clients' and 'how to execute the most complicated real estate transactions'. Other highlights include¬†Steen Puch Holm-Larsen¬†advising Resolution on its purchase¬†of Billund Shopping Centre Outlet from Parken,¬†Per Bjerg Christensen¬†assisting PFA with the development of a transport and logistics centre in eastern Jutland, environmental law specialist Torben Br√łgger¬†acting for the Region of Southern Denmark on the construction of a new university hospital in Odense, and¬†Andreas Antoniades¬†advising ATP on its joint venture with Danica Pension, which includes the ‚ā¨1.9bn¬†purchase of¬†16 Danish shopping centres.¬†Claus Berg¬†is a key name for¬†construction issues, and¬†Tina Braad¬†has expertise in construction and procurement law.

Bruun & Hjejle's group¬†is 'commercially oriented', 'always keen to find solutions' and 'highly skilled at both partner and junior level'. Practice co-head¬†Christian Schow Madsen¬†has extensive experience in real estate transactions; he advised¬†Danica Pension on its sale of 16 shopping centres to ATP. Fellow practice head Christian Johansen¬†acted for contractor¬†Salini Impregilo in an arbitration against¬†Metroselskabet regarding substantial claims for additional work, disruption and delay during the client's construction of a new circle line in Copenhagen, and¬†S√łren Damgaard, who¬†is¬†'an experienced negotiator', assisted Dades with the sale of its iconic building Gammel Kongevej 60 to¬†Kl√∂vern. Also noted is S√łren Kopp,¬†who¬†has 'a great working capacity' and 'can handle very complex transactions'.

Gorrissen Federspiel¬†is a key player in the real estate and construction market; its team handled a number of high-profile transactions and developments. Peter Sj√łgreen¬†focuses on real estate transactions and advised Danske Bank on the construction and development of it new headquarters in Copenhagen. Other key highlights include¬†Hans-Peter J√łrgensen¬†assisting Heimstaden Danmark with its¬†‚ā¨105m acquisition of a Copenhagen building project,¬†Merete Larsen, who¬†specialises in transactions and project development work, advising Carlsberg Byen on the development of the land of its former brewery, which included lease agreements with Accenture and¬†Regus; and¬†Jan Hellmund Jensen, who handles¬†project developments, acting for Enggaard on the¬†‚ā¨400m sale of the East Harbour in Aalborg.

Kromann Reumert's expertise encompasses transactions, financings, leasing issues, project developments and procurement work. Recent highlights include¬†Flemming Horn Andersen¬†advising WP Carey on its acquisition of 14 logistics centres from¬†Standard Life and subsequent let to DanskeFragtm√¶nd,¬†Jacob M√łller¬†assisting Coop with its sale of a real estate portfolio to Dades,¬†Holger Sch√∂er¬†acting for Kirk Kapital on the construction of its new headquarters, and¬†S√łren Andreassen¬†handling Heimstaden Bostad's sale of its residential portfolio to HB.¬†Steffen Bang-Olsen¬†is highly skilled in property transactions.

Plesner¬†is noted for its work on high-profile transactions, projects and disputes. Niklas Korsgaard Christensen¬†leads the construction team and primarily handles projects and arbitration matters; he recently assisted Dong with its ‚ā¨1.5bn development of the Hejrenoil and gas field in the North Sea, and worked with¬†Peter Wengler-J√łrgensen¬†to advise on a multi-billion euro infrastructure project. Leif Djurhuus¬† leads the real estate team and specialises in rental disputes. Other key practitioners include¬†Peter Schradieck,¬†Torben Bondrop, Frants Dalgaard-Knudsen, as well as¬†Anders Friis¬†and Jakob Schou Midtgaard¬†who have extensive experience in real estate transactions.

Construction boutique¬†Viltoft¬†is 'quick to react to new cases' and recognised by clients for its 'practical advice', 'quick turnaround' and¬†'solid market knowledge'. Team co-head¬†Michael Gjedde-Nielsen¬†recently represented Metroselskabet, the operator of the Copenhagen Metro, in a dispute against the¬†Copenhagen Metro Team, which is an Italian consortium instructed to build the city ring stage of the railway; the matter involves a ‚ā¨1bn claim arising from delays and extra work caused during construction. Fellow practice head Henrik Hauge Andersen¬†is also highly skilled in construction disputes¬†and acted for¬†Copenhagen Zoo against contractor Jorton in a claim relating to the construction of its polar bear facility, 'The Arctic Ring'. Other noteworthy individuals include¬†Steen Hellmann, who¬†was instructed by 3B in several disputes with contractors and suppliers, who claimed damages for the use of magnesium oxide boards on the client's housing projects;¬†Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen, who assisted Hovedstadens Letbane with the construction of The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail including 27 stations outside of the capital;¬†Morten Ruben Brage, who is particularly strong in environmental and planning issues, and Eva Olesen, who regularly acts in construction-related arbitrations.

DLA Piper Denmark¬†has 'very strong commercial knowledge', which it uses to advise clients including the Greenland Government and the Municipality of Copenhagen. Kurt Bardeleben¬†is a key figure whose 'competencies are outstanding'; he advised KAB Bygge-Og Boligadministration on the construction and development of the S√łlund care centre. Other noteworthy names include¬†Kristian Skovg√•rd Larsen, who¬†is an expert in construction disputes; Peter Sch√§fer, who is skilled in construction negotiations; and associate Thomas H√łj Pedersen, who focuses on construction contracts and litigation.

Horten¬†has 'an extremely professional real estate practice with broad experience in multiple types of real estate and construction deals'. Group co-head¬†Michael Neumann¬†has expertise in transactions, financings, disputes and project development work, and recently acted for¬†Boligg√•rden in an arbitration against a contractor, which requested additional payment following extended works.¬†Fellow practice head Thomas Krucov Jensen¬†'is always available on small and large matters', and is 'easy to initiate a dialogue with regarding specific legal issues'; he advised the state-owned Flyvestation V√¶rl√łse on the conversion of land which was previously used as an airbase into a residential and commercial area. Kristoffer Westberg¬†is also noted and represented¬†Peri in a dispute regarding the delivery and rental of building materials to the Maersk Tower in Copenhagen.¬†Construction specialist Niels J√łrgen Oggesen¬†is 'highly regarded for his exceptional analytical skills and ability to give first-class legal and commercial advice', and¬†Peter Bisgaard¬†specialises in public-private partnership agreements.

The department at Lundgrens was recently bolstered by multiple new arrivals which have significantly enhanced its capabilities in the real estate space. New practice head Tobias Vieth and Pedram Moghaddam arrived from DANDERS & MORE. Vieth is 'well-resourced, knowledgeable, commercial and has an exceptional network', and recently advised Standard Life Aberdeen on its acquisition of a property in Copenhagen City Hall Square from Alm; while Moghaddam represented Boligkontoret Danmark in a dispute with a contractor regarding extra work and delays during its renovation of residential buildings. Another recent arrival is Lars Kjær, who joined from Bech-Bruun and focuses on real estate financings. Other key names include Niels Wive Kjaergaard, who heads up the construction team and has a strong track record in litigation; Niels Gram-Hanssen, who focuses on real estate transactions and tenancy issues, and recently advised Wihlborgs on its acquisition of 16 commercial properties in Greater Copenhagen from Danica Pension Fund; and managing partner Thomas Stampe, who regularly handles real estate transactions.

The team at Poul Schmith¬†has 'in-depth knowledge of the Danish real estate and construction sector' and 'is not afraid to offer commercial insight and sparring expertise in addition to great legal advice'. Recent highlights include¬†Kasper Mortensen¬†acting for various public authorities in contentious construction matters and representing Bygningsstyrelsen in an arbitration case against a contractor concerning severe delays in the construction of a high-rise extension to Copenhagen University; and project development expert¬†Bo Schmidt Pedersen¬†assisting Region Hovedstaden with its ‚ā¨200m development of a new wing, patient hotel and car park for its hospital. Transactional and financing specialist Rikke Hoffensetz Andresen¬†'adds value legally, commercially and personally' and recently advised¬†PenSam Liv Forsikringsaktieselskab on the¬†$1bn development of a new residential area in Aalborg. Other key names include¬†Henrik Puggaard, who¬†is an expert in public-private-partnerships, and procurement expert Rasmus Holm Hansen.

Skau Reipurth & Partnere's practice 'delivers on time' with 'sound professionalism' ensuring clients 'always feel that they are in good hands'. Team co-head Peter Dianati focuses on construction-related contracts and disputes, while co-head Jeppe Reipurth 'quickly understands the issue or problem and exactly what you need from him'. Recent highlights include Dianati representing GVL in several disputes at the Danish Building and Construction Arbitration Board against employers and subcontractors, Reipurth handling Renell's contracts and disputes with Danish municipalities, and Vivi Klink Larsen assisting Hardesty & Hanover with the contracts relating to its construction of the Copenhagen Inner Harbour Bridge. Also noted are real estate specialist Anders Hermansen and construction expert Christian B. Prophet-Rannow.

The practice at Clemens¬†'works highly efficiently' and has 'excellent business acumen', and clients praise Simon Langvardt M√ľller, who¬†is 'outstanding in his field' and possesses 'the special ability to find the perfect balance of when to negotiate and when to take the fight to court'. Harry Andreasen¬†is also a key name to note and handles¬†all aspects of real estate; he assisted¬†Lorenzen Ejendomme with the extension of Aarhus City Tower, and acted for Coop Danmark in a dispute against Stenl√łse Center 2000 relating to the rental price for its lease in Stenl√łse.¬†S√łren Hammer Westmark¬†is highly skilled in construction disputes and public procurement work.

Commercial leasing specialist Kasper Westberg heads up the group at Elmann, which is experienced in transactional work, financings and contentious issues. Westberg recently advised Naverland 22 on its acquisition of a warehouse property, and transactional expert Peter Mollerup acted for Artha Ejendomme on its purchase of the Marienlyst Strandhotel and assisted it with its acquisition of a building plot from three different owners. Aberdeen Asset Management and Bahia Investment Group are also clients.

Construction boutique Molt Wengel Advokatpartnerselskab is particularly strong in handling project developments, planning issues and procurement work. Christian Molt Wengel and Heidi Melchiorse  are key practitioners.

NJORD Law Firm¬†is noted for its 'very professional attitude, skills and personalities', with practice co-heads¬†Erik Larsson¬†and S√łren Egstrand Thomsen¬†singled out by clients; Larsson is praised as¬†'a highly competent individual in the fields of building, real estate and planning legislature' and Thomsen¬†provides 'a delicate balance of advice and listening to commercial logic'. Clients include¬†Realkredit Danmark, Arpe & Kjeldsholm and Saint Gobain Distribution Denmark; Larsson also represented¬†the University of Copenhagen in a dispute with the Danish Building and Property Agency, which increased the client's rent of the¬†Niels Bohr Institute.¬†Infrastructure specialist Steffen Hebsgaard Muff¬†is also a noteworthy practitioner.

NORDIA Advokatfirma's expertise includes transactions, project developments, and landlord and tenant issues. Niels Wegener is a key figure and is skilled in handling construction contracts.

SIRIUS advokater's group¬†has 'an outstanding knowledge of construction law, contract law, public tender issues and legal disputes' and 'handles every case and question thoroughly and with great enthusiasm'. Michael Vindfeldt¬†jointly leads the construction team and 'is easy to reach', 'fast to react' and 'provides a good service', while fellow co-head Liv Helth Lauersen¬†stands out for her 'continuous hard work', 'great enthusiasm' and 'care for detail'; Lauresen recently acted for The Danish Building Defects Fund in several arbitrations assessing which party is responsible for issues arsing from the negative effects of untested building materials. The real estate team is jointly led by Joachim √ėrum Petersen¬†and S√łren Stenderup Jensen;¬†Petersen advised¬†LGA 7 on its conversion of a commercial property into a residential property. Also recognised is¬†associate Gitte Reesen, who is 'hardworking' with 'great expertise and energy'.

Aumento Law Firm's team is led by Henrik Hjortsholm, who is highly experienced in real estate transactions. Hjortsholm's recent mandates include advising Bykernen on the development of residential and office properties totalling ‚ā¨67m, and assisting Ejendomsselskabet Valdemarsgade with its ‚ā¨8m development of office facilities.

DAHL Law Firm handles real estate and construction issues, with expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters. Janus Skak Olufsen leads the real estate team and has extensive experience in transactions, and Hans Erik Steffensen is particularly strong in construction disputes. Also recognised are Anette Kusk, who specialises in environmental and planning law, and Niels Wulff, who focuses on contractual construction disputes.

The team at GALST is 'likable', 'honest' and 'sincere' with a skillset encompassing contentious and non-contentious matters. Kristian Dreyer leads the department and recently acted for CEJ in repossession proceedings, debt collection issues and construction disputes, and handled GDPR counselling for its tenants. Transactional specialist Christian Steen Laursen is also a key name to note and assisted Uniroc Holding with its purchase of land in Teglholmen at the South Harbour in Copenhagen.

Gangsted Law Firm's key areas of focus include transactions, project developments, leasing issues and regulations.¬†Lasse Detlevsen¬†recently assisted¬†PensionDanmark with its purchase of land in¬†K√łge and also advised¬†Standard Life Aberdeen on its acquisition of an office building in Kastrup; and¬†Thomas Ulrik¬†acted for Zleep Hotels on its lease agreements for properties in Denmark, and handled Gefion's procurement of real estate in Copenhagen.

Innova Advokatfirma¬†is active in transactions and disputes, with a notable focus on projects and developments in the Aarhus area. Group co-head¬†Elisabet Villadsen¬†Jensen¬†is highly skilled in real estate transactions, and fellow co-head¬†Christian Lomborg Jessen¬†acts for construction contractors in contentious and non-contentious issues; Jessen recently advised Byggeselskabet Olav de Linde on the¬†‚ā¨77m construction of apartments in Aarhus.

Lund Elmer Sandager¬†'always responds swiftly' and is 'available when needed' for clients including Schneider Electric and HHM. Steen Raagaard Andersen¬†leads the practice and recently advised Nebbegard on the sale of its property in Copenhagen.¬†Other key names include¬†Henrik Stamp,¬†who works on project developments; and construction specialist Erik Hovgaard, who defended Skonto against¬†Z√ľblin in defective work allegations.

Mazanti-Andersen Kors√ł Jensen's group handles construction, environment and rent legislation issues, transactions, project developments and litigation. Claus H√łxbro¬†focuses on commercial matters and advised Danica Ejendomme, Nordkranen and Unionkul Holding on the $2bn development of residential and commercial property on the island of¬†Papir√łen in Copenhagen. Mette Ravn Steenstrup¬†focuses on contentious matters.

Thomas Weitemeyer¬†is the key name to note at Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen¬†and is highly involved in real estate transactions. Recent work highlights include advising Fsb on a land plot purchase in Copenhagen for the development of youth housing, and assisting¬†Carolineskolen with its sale of a plot of land including buildings to Bonava.¬†Claus Bendtsen¬†also acted for Fsb on its social housing construction project at the Galleria property in Vanl√łse.

Real estate boutique WINSL√ėW LAW FIRM¬†operates with 'a high level of legal expertise, knowledge and ability'. Name partner¬†Iben Winsl√łw¬†is an expert in real estate transactions and advised By & Havn on the urban development of five areas in Copenhagen totalling ‚ā¨290m.¬†Claudia Mathiasen¬†also focuses on transactional work and assisted Folkekirkens N√łdhj√¶lp with its purchase of a new residential property. Other notable names include Finn Tr√§ff, who specialises in landlord and tenant matters, and procurement specialist Trine B√łgelund-Kj√¶r.

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