Next Generation Partners

Telecoms in Denmark

Accura Advokatpartnerselskab

The IT and outsourcing team at Accura Advokatpartnerselskab acts for both national and international telecoms systems suppliers and operators on the full range of telecoms-related issues. In particular, the team has extensive expertise in assisting with tenders and handling managed service contracts. Practice head René Thornfeldt handles large telecoms projects and is supported by IT specialist Claus Rolsted, who advises on regulatory issues as well as the related M&A activities.

Practice head(s):

René Thornfeldt

Other key lawyers:

Claus Rolsted

Key clients

Huawei

Soracom DK ApS

Megaport (Ireland) Limited

Alcatel-Lucent / Alcatel Submarine Networks Denmark ApS

Ericsson

Vonage

8×8 UK Limited

Saint-Gobain Distribution Denmark A/S

NREP

Mono Solutions ApS

Work highlights

  • Advised one of the world’s largest telecoms service providers on various negotiations concerning major disputes with significant financial and potential operational impact on the Danish national infrastructure for the country-wide telecoms network.
  • Advised one of the world’s leading suppliers of building materials and building systems in relation to a variety of aspects in relation to the sale of Internet of Things products and services.
  • Advised an international communication services provider on Danish regulatory requirements in relation to providing telecoms and other communication services in Denmark and acting as the contact person for the Danish National Police in relation to the communication services provider.

Bech-Bruun

Bech-Bruun‘s telecoms practice covers the full breadth of work, including regulatory issues, infrastructure agreements and data protection mandates. The team advises both domestic and international clients and has a strong foothold in the public sector space, with Nordic RSC and Energinet as key clients. In Copenhagen, Niels M. Andersen has a broad practice, advising on all issues concerning IT and technology, including outsourcings, transfers and license agreements, while Mikkel Friis Rossa in Aarhus specialises in data protection work. The pair jointly lead the national team.

Practice head(s):

Niels M. Andersen; Mikkel Friis Rossa

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Bjerregaard

Key clients

Energinet

Samsung

HI3G

Microsoft

Blackwood Seven

KDDI Europe Limited

Colt Core

Accenture

Nordic Entertainment Group AB (NENT)

Norlys Holding

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nordic RSC in relation to the outsourcing of the four Nordic Transmission System Operators (TSO) for the Energy authorities in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
  • Advised Samsung on all the aspects of the launch and marketing of Galaxy Mobile Phones including marketing, distribution agreements, advertising campaigns etc.
  • Advising Hi3G, a mobile phone network and broadband internet provider, in respect of a substantial infrastructure project and specific provider obligations.

Kromann Reumert

Kromann Reumert‘s strong telecoms practice is reflected in its high-profile client base that includes major players such as Verizon and AT&T. The team has significant expertise in fixed and mobile network outsourcing matters as well as RAN and CORE network projects; Søren Skibsted is the key practitioner in this area. On the regulatory side, the team continues to demonstrate strong advisory capabilities on issues regarding the Significant Market Power (SMP) guidelines. Practice head Torben Waage is a telecoms expert whose work often has an international element.

Practice head(s):

Torben Waage

Other key lawyers:

Søren Skibsted; Kristian Storgaard

Testimonials

‘No single Danish legal adviser stands out as having more insight and experience within the Telecoms industry than Torben Waage. He has a brilliant legal mind and successfully adds to this very strong commercial and strategic skills. He understands our business better than anyone and shows a genuine interest. On top of this, he is really pleasant to work with. We are very happy and satisfied to have Torben Waage as our key external adviser.’

‘Knowledge, commitment, flexibility, problem-solving, industry insights, technical insights in telco.’

‘Great team – best in class.’

‘The firm is innovative 360* in all their services. They are able to effectively utilise technology in both the data room, negotiation and tender planning process. Also, they are able to advise not only on law but on key aspects of an IT project or IT outsourcing ensuring value creation on the service delivery model, the financial model and the KPI/SLA regime. It is very impressive and I have not seen anything similar from other firms.’

‘Søren Skibsted is beyond doubt the one and only IT/Telco star in Denmark. No one compares to him and his reputation is second to none. He is extremely bright, energetic, a person of character and integrity, an effective, pragmatic negotiator, and a true trusted adviser, both for myself and our top management. He stands out in the Nordic market and his advice is sought by both the Danish government on big ticket deals and the largest corporates in Denmark. We would always make sure that he is on our side of the negotiation table.’

Key clients

Cibicom

Telenor

Verizon

Stofa/Norlys

DigiPlex

Altibox

AT&T

Link Mobility

Bornfiber

4T

MobileValue

Cisco

Cellnex Telecom

Fiberby

SpaceX

Work highlights

  • Advising Telenor on ongoing telecoms regulatory matters and data regulation.
  • Assisting Cibicom, the leading Danish broadcasting infrastructure provider, with respect to regulatory, contractual and public procurement questions.
  • Assisting long-term client Verizon with respect to regulatory, contractual and public procurement questions.

Plesner

The team at Plesner has significant experience in all aspects of telecoms work, handling both transactional and contentious issues. In particular, the group has been highly active in telecoms outsourcing agreements, with newly promoted partner Michael Hur Bertelsen taking a lead role in these matters. Practice head Niels Chr. Ellegaard continues to advise major Danish and foreign telecoms companies and general corporates on complex regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Niels Chr. Ellegaard

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hur Bertelsen

Testimonials

‘High quality legal advice and very good commercial knowledge. Very short response times, continuously able to adjust if requested.’

‘Niels Christian Ellegaard, exceptional commercial knowledge, and thus able to deliver efficient and practical useful advice.’

Key clients

Telenor Denmark

Fibia

OpenNet

Sprint

GlobalConnect

TT-Netværket

TDC

AT&T

Telefónica

Work highlights

  • Assisting TDC in connection with its separation of activities between TDC NET and Nuuday (the service provider).
  • Advised GlobalConnect on its partnership agreement with FiberTeam regarding FiberTeam’s installation of fibre network on behalf of GlobalConnect in multi-storey buildings.
  • Representing Telenor in its lawsuit against the Danish State (the Agency for Public Finance and Management) regarding the provision of telecoms services to all government departments within the Danish State in a run-off period.

Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab

Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab leverages its global network to handle cross-border mandates, including network sharing projects and 5G upgrade projects in the Middle East. Practice co-head Jan Ussing Andersen, who recently joined the firm from Kromann Reumert, has extensive experience working on large infrastructure and 5G deployment schemes, while fellow co-head Julie Bak-Larsen specialises in regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Julie Bak-Larsen; Jan Ussing-Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Neda Marica

Testimonials

‘The team draws on experts from offices in other countries, which has proven incredibly valuable when applying EU legislation.’

‘Julie Bak-Larsen and Neda Marica have been very committed to the case, and have worked all hours of the day.’

‘The newly appointed partner Julie Bak-Larsen helped shed light on new legislation and assisted us in understanding the legislative roadblocks that was enacted in Denmark. Julie has attention to detail and is on top of the regulatory environment within telecommunications law. A great partner to work with.’

Key clients

European Commission

Digital Europe

Cisco Inc.

Tata Communications Inc.

Google

Zoom

Twilio

Association Against Illegal Surveillance

BT

Motorola

Ooma

Thy Mors Fibernet

FastSpeed

Speedcast (Ultisat)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Association Against Illegal Surveillance against the Danish Ministry of Justice before the Danish Supreme Court in a claim regarding the invalidation of the current Danish Data Retention Order with reference to breach of civil rights to privacy, when requiring mass surveillance under the current telco regulation.
  • Advising Google on regulatory telecoms and privacy matters, internationally as well as in Denmark.
  • Advising Zoom in relation to the introduction and establishment of Zoom in Denmark as part of a global project for Zoom.

CO:PLAY

CO:PLAY‘s telecoms department works closely with the firm’s IT practice in order to provide a comprehensive service to clients. Michael Brandt and Mandeep Singh Rathour co-head the team; Brandt represents several alternative operators in the market, while Rathour has extensive experience in IT and outsourcing matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Brandt; Mandeep Singh Rathour

Testimonials

‘I know a number of the individuals and they are pragmatic, business-minded and focused on solving the matters.’

‘Mandeep Singh Rathour has a pragmatic, solution-oriented approach which helps lead to better results.’

‘Our lawyer with this company has a great technology understanding, and great experience when it comes to technology contracts, which proves very useful in many types of negotiation.’

‘Our lawyer has a very straight forward sparring and advisory approach. Opposite many other experiences I’ve had with lawyers, this lawyer communicates on the customer terms, and is very helpful, clear and concise in his recommendations.’

Key clients

Tele Greenland A/S

Fuzion A/S

Work highlights

  • Advised Tele Greenland on its public tender Critical Communication in Greenland and subcontract with Ericsson.
  • Advised Tele Greenland on its contract with Ericsson on the maintenance and upgrade of its 4G mobile network.
  • Advised Tele Greenland on its purchase of submarine cables.

DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark assists global companies in the telecoms, communication satellite, and navigation systems sectors. The department is jointly led by Sebastian Ingversen and Per Vestergaard Pedersen; Ingversen advises primarily on M&A corporate work, while Pedersen focuses on issues in the satellite and space sector as well as matters pertaining to electronic communication networks.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Ingversen; Per Vestergaard Pedersen

Other key lawyers:

Michael Klöcker

Key clients

TDC Group (Nuuday and TDC Net)

Vodafone

TeliaSonera

Tele Greenland A/S

Polhem Infra AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Polhem Infra AB on its acquisition of Telia Carrier Group, handling legal due diligence, negotiation of the transaction documentation and closing of the transaction.
  • Assisting the TDC Group (the largest telecoms provider in Denmark) with ongoing matters within a broad range of legal matters, including company law, competition law, regulatory compliance, real estate (ramp up of its reseller network, matters related to TDC’s leases and construction law) and procurement law.
  • Assisting Tele Greenland in a case regarding damages in connection with alleged refusal to supply.

Gorrissen Federspiel

Gorrissen Federspiel regularly advises major Danish network and broadband operators, assisting with high-profile mandates that include M&A transactions, joint ventures and IT outsourcing agreements. Practice head Martin André Dittmer has extensive experience in public procurement issues, securing merger control clearances and licence auctions. Lasse Skaarup Christensen is also a key practitioner, advising broadband and cable television companies on IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Martin André Dittmer

Other key lawyers:

Lasse Skaarup Christensen

Key clients

Waoo

TeliaSonera

Telenor

Hi3G

iCON Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising Danish telecoms company Waoo on the exit of Danish energy companies Norlys and Nord Energi as partners and shareholders in the business.
  • Assisting iCON Infrastructure Management V Limited with the acquisition of Bornholm-based fibre company Bornfiber.
  • Assisting Swedish-Finnish telecoms company Telia Company on the sale of its international carrier business, Telia Carrier, to Polhem Infra, a joint venture owned by three Swedish national pension funds.