Gorrissen Federspiel > Copenhagen, Denmark > Firm Profile

Gorrissen Federspiel
AXELTORV 2
1609 COPENHAGEN V
Denmark

Denmark > Banking and finance Tier 1

The team at Gorrissen Federspiel handles the full spectrum of banking and finance issues for domestic and international institutions in the Danish and wider Nordic banking sector. The group has a prominent regulatory practice, with Morten Nybom Bethe considered a ‘go-to’ practitioner for regulatory matters. In Copenhagen, Michael Steen Jensen heads up the practice and has extensive experience in debt capital markets work, advising on junior covered bonds and senior debt in addition to international debt programmes and hybrid capital. Tina Herbing is a ‘skilled financing lawyer’ who handles mandates in connection with ship finance and project finance issues. Mikkel Fritsch is also recommended and Lotte Eskesen leads the group in Aarhus. In January 2022, the arrival of Plesner‘s former co-head of banking and finance, Thomas Maaberg Hansen further strengthened the practice.

Testimonials

‘The team delivers consistently high-quality work.’

‘Morten Nybom Bethe is incredibly knowledgeable and one of my go-to persons for questions regarding financing as well as regulatory matters.’

‘Tina Herbing is a skilled financing lawyer. Knowledgeable, highly efficient and very pleasant. Delivers high-quality work.’

‘Mikkel Fritsch delivers constant high-quality work and is a very pleasant person at the same time.’

‘‘Thomas Maaberg Hansen: Has a second-to-none commercial understanding and approach. He wants to know your business and delivers first-class tailor-made solutions. He is a strong negotiator with deep insights into the market.’

Key clients

Danske Bank A/S

Nykredit Realkredit A/S

Nordea Danmark, Filial af Nordea Bank Abp, Finland

Den Jyske Sparekasse

SEB

KommuneKredit

Swedbank

Sydbank A/S

Jyske Bank

Chr. Hansen Holding

ROCKWOOL International A/S

Work highlights

  • Advised Danmark’s Nationalbank on a new state guarantee covering financial instruments issued by A/S Storebæltsforbindelsen, A/S Øresundsforbindelsen and A/S Femern Landanlæg under their international loan programme of $7bn.
  • Advised the joint lead managers on Danske Bank’s issuance of $750m Perpetual Non-cumulative Resettable Additional Tier 1 Convertible Capital Notes.
  • Advised a group of lenders (led by Nordea Danmark and Danske Bank) providing a sustainability-linked revolving credit facility of €950m to Pandora for general corporate purposes.

Denmark > Capital markets Tier 1

The capital markets team at Gorrissen Federspiel advises on both ECM and DCM transactions, with particular expertise in IPOs and stock exchange listings. The team also has a strong track record in spin-off and demerger work as well as issues relating to high-yield bonds. Practice head Rikke Schiøtt Petersen is a ‘truly exceptional adviser’ and is skilled in handling public M&A and ECM deals for international corporates, while Klaus Søgaard represents major Danish listed companies. On the DCM side, Michael Steen Jensen and Tobias Linde advise Danish issuers on international debt programmes. Clients single out Chantal Pernille Patel as ‘world class’.

Practice head(s):

Rikke Schiøtt Petersen

Testimonials

‘With unlimited capacity, impressive knowledge and presence, a lovely sense of humour and an unbelievable sharp understanding of the balance between law and commercial success, Chantal Pernille Patel is hereby ‘world class’.’

‘Excellent and trustworthy execution end to end – close collaboration and helping with a combination of extensive knowledge, experience, and in-time execution to get us to our end goal.’

‘Rikke Schiøtt Petersen is a truly exceptional adviser with a commercial mindset, that steers the team’s efforts and provides thoughtful advice. Truly indispensable in our work with her.’

‘They have extremely good experience and a good insight in both rules – Danish as well as EU legislation – and they have a commercial mindset. They understand the client’s challenges in a way and always work to find the best solutions within the applicable framework.’

‘They are the leading ECM provider in DK. Easy to work with and very experienced.’

‘Rikke Schiøtt Petersen – always makes herself available, and delivers high quality always.’

Key clients

HusCompagniet

Boozt AB

Intact Financial Services

Cadeler A/S

Orphazyme A/S

GreenMobility

EQT Partners

Aquaporin A/S

Digizuite A/S

BioPorto A/S

Danske Bank A/S

Jyske Bank A/S

Spar Nord Bank A/S

KommuneKredit

Sydbank A/S

Nykredit Realkredit A/S

Den Jyske Sparekasse

Work highlights

  • Assisted EQT and HusCompagniet A/S in connection with the IPO of HusCompagniet on Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S.
  • Assisted Boozt AB in connection with the cross-listing on Nasdaq Copenhagen and public offering of new ordinary shares (corresponding to approximately 9% of the total number of ordinary shares in Boozt AB after completion of the offering).
  • Assisted Intact Financial Corporation in connection with the acquisition of RSA’s operations in the UK and Canada, RSA’s non-Scandinavian international business as well as the activities in Scandinavia together with Tryg.

Denmark > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel advises on all aspects of M&A, securities law and company law. Acting primarily for corporates and private equity houses, the team has seen an increase in cross-border mandates, handling outbound investments and strategic acquisitions. The team has a broad range of sector specialisms, including life sciences, energy and real estate knowledge. Practice leadership is split three ways between public M&A and ECM specialist Rikke Schiøtt Petersen, securities expert Anders Ørjan Jensen and Anders Peter G Christoffersen, who focuses on investments in companies and incentive schemes within M&A. Klaus Søgaard and Mikael Philip Schmidt are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rikke Schiøtt Petersen; Anders Ørjan Jensen; Anders Peter G. Christoffersen

Other key lawyers:

Niels Bang; Finn Møller; Charlotte Thorsen; Mikael Philip Schmidt; Klaus Søgaard

Testimonials

‘Great experience and commercial understanding. Thorough understanding of applicable rules. Always accessible and seeking to find viable solutions.’

‘Gorrissen Federspiel has broad coverage of departments and expertise to address a range of issues in any commercial transaction. Their lawyers worked extremely well cross-discipline when we had financing, corporate, litigation and insolvency queries arise on a transaction.’

‘High quality across the board.’

‘Rikke Schiøtt Petersen – always makes herself available, and delivers.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

Intact Financial Corporation

Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

Matas A/S

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Agility (Global Integrated Logistics)

Royal Dutch Shell Group

Nykredit Bank A/S

CrowdStrike Holdings Inc.

Hg

TORM A/S and TORM plc

LOXAM

Novo Nordisk Foundation

Polaris Private Equity

FSN Capital V and Fellowmind Group

Telia Company AB

SDK A/S

Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited

Opendo A/S

Middelfart Sparekasse, Sparekassen Kronjylland, NEM S.M.B.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Philip Morris International in connection with its agreement to acquire Fertin Pharma, a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative pharmaceuticals and well-being products based on oral and intra-oral delivery systems.
  • Assisted Chr. Hansen Holding A/S in connection with the sale of Chr. Hansen Natural Colors A/S and it natural colors division to EQT.
  • Assisted Scandi JV Co 2 A/S and Intact Financial Cooperation in connection with the sale of Chopin NewCo A/S and the Danish activities of Codan to Alm. Brand A/S.

Denmark > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Led by Tue Goldschmieding, digital business and transformation work are cornerstones of the Gorrissen Federspiel data protection practice. It has specialist expertise in digital regulatory work as well as big data mandates and the use of AI for data analysis. The group is also adept at handling data protection issues, data ethics and cybersecurity work, with major national and international corporates seeking out the department for its ‘top of the class legal advice’.

Practice head(s):

Tue Goldschmieding

Other key lawyers:

David Telyas

Testimonials

‘Top of the class legal advice and an outstanding understanding of the business.’

‘Based on an impressive business understanding and a strong commercial mindset, Tue Goldschmieding always provides excellent legal advice on all aspects of Data Protection Law that work in a business setting. Tue Goldschmieding is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with and he is always my first choice when I need a trusted adviser.’

‘A highly skilled team with good understanding for commercial needs.’

‘Our partner’s operational approach has helped us out many times.’

‘The practice is very successfully built around the partner Tue Goldschmieding and consists of quite a number of highly qualified but yet very business-oriented lawyers. Whether a contractual matter is addressed or the recent publications of the Danish Data Protection Agency need to be considered: the team will be ready to help with fully compliant and directly business-applicable suggestions, brought into the format you as client can best work with.’

‘Approachable, flexible, solution-minded.’

Key clients

Verisure A/S

NNE A/S

Novo Nordisk A/S

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Aller A/S

A.P. Møller – Maersk A/S

NETS A/S

Rambøll Gruppen A/S

Nic. Christiansen Holding A/S

eBay Classifieds Denmark ApS (now Schibsted Denmark ApS)

Work highlights

  • Assisted eBay’s Danish subsidiary, eBay Classifieds Scandinavia ApS (now Schibsted Denmark ApS due to a transaction) in relation to the revision of its cookie setup and related data protection aspects.
  • Advising Chr. Hansen in establishing Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) and assisted with developing the BCR documentation and managing the application process and interactions with the supervisory authorities.
  • Advised Nic. Christiansen Holding in relation to data privacy on continuous GDPR compliance, development of digital products and in relation to digital marketing initiatives all related to auto motoring.

Denmark > Dispute resolution Tier 1

International arbitration has long been a mainstay of the Gorrissen Federspiel dispute resolution practice, with practice head and experienced arbitrator Henriette Gernaa regularly sought out by major Danish and international blue-chip companies. Key markets for the group include the UK, the US and Germany; expertise in the latter is spearheaded by dual German and Danish-qualified litigator Lotte Eskesen. Jacob Skude Rasmussen is recommended for his expertise in international maritime and construction law, while Kenneth Hvelplund Pedersen focuses on M&A and private equity litigation.

Practice head(s):

Henriette Gernaa

Testimonials

‘A solid and coherent arbitration team that works efficiently and to great effect.’

‘The team is best in class.’

‘Jacob Skude Rasmussen is an outstanding litigator and the best in class within his core competences.’

‘Intellectual capacity, knowledge and experience.’

‘Very professional, always accessible and deep knowledge of the client’s sector and a personal touch, making you feel as if you are the most important client!’

‘The Dispute Resolution Team is extremely capable of handling large complex disputes. They have the knowledge, resources and expertise to be the preferred choice in large, complex disputes.’

‘The team has a fine way of thinking strategy and to incorporate our commercial needs in the strategy.’

‘Jacob Rasmussen is a superb advocate with a style that makes arbitral tribunals sit up and listen, and with a cross-examination technique that puts witnesses exactly where he wants them.’

Key clients

Danske Bank A/S

Carnegie Investment Bank

Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc.

Deloitte Statsautoriseret Revisionspartnerselskab

Finansiel Stabilitet A/S

FSN Capital Partners ApS

Novo Nordisk A/S

A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S

Monjasa A/S

A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Danske Bank in the largest securities litigation in Danish history, involving coalitions representing institutional and private shareholders and at a present value of approx. $2.1bn.
  • Represented international oil and shipping company Monjasa in a landmark Supreme Court case regarding the interplay between international law and public law.
  • Represented FSN Capital Partners in a dispute involving fraud and wilful misconduct.

Denmark > EU, competition and public procurement Tier 1

Predominantly advising large Danish and international corporates, Gorrissen Federspiel advises on the full spectrum of EU, competition and public procurement issues. The group is particularly strong in merger control work, with the ‘exceptionally skilled’ Martin André Dittmer focusing on M&A transactions for major Nordic financial institutions as well as handling regulatory and general competition law work. On the contentious side, the team has extensive experience before the Danish Supreme Court; co-head Erik Kjær-Hansen is the key name to note. Kristian Helge Andersen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin André Dittmer; Erik Kjær-Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Kristian Helge Andersen; Cecilie Sivertsen; Josephine Alsing

Testimonials

‘Very skilled competencies within EU and competition law. Always feel safe as a client working with Gorrissen Federspiel.’

‘Gorrissen is outstanding in managing large projects with many parties and more jurisdictions. They are second to none on the Danish market in this regard. Very strong in M&A transactions, but also generally in respect of competition law.’

‘Very large & very experienced team. One of the best in the market – EU-wide.’

‘Erik Kjær-Hansen and attorney Josephine Alsing have been highly valued partners in specific litigation with an outcome of substantial value for our company.’

‘Very professional, always accessible and deep knowledge of the client’s sector. New billing procedure works very well.’

‘Martin Dittmer is certainly one of THE Danish, if not European specialists in competition law matters. He is an exceptionally skilled expert in material law and knows how to convince not based on volume or quantity of arguments, but on their quality and depth.’

‘Cecilie Sivertsen has a good understanding of our business and the special circumstances surrounding this. She has extremely good personal skills and knows how to handle delicate situations.’

‘Erik Kjær Hansen delivers legal advice in a client-friendly, value-based and solution-oriented way. You never walk away from a meeting with Erik Kjær Hansen without more than one possible solution to a company challenge.’

Key clients

Intact Financial Corporation

SEAS-NVE Energi

Nets

Bang & Olufsen

Shell

Danske Bank

Danish Crown

DEUTZ

A.P. Møller – Maersk

Nestlé

Saint-Gobain

Novo Nordisk

Scandlines

TV2 Danmark

Karnov Group

Molslinjen

Falck

P27 Nordic Payments

Mastercard

Salling Group

Nordea

Illumina

Work highlights

  • Assisted a group of six major Nordic banks with establishing a pan-Nordic common payment infrastructure, P27, and assisting P27 in acquiring the legacy Swedish payments platform.
  • Advised Intact Financial Corporation on the Danish aspects of its £7.2bn offer for RSA Insurance Group and associated separation of RSA’s Scandinavian business.
  • Defended Deutz in a case before the Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court regarding alleged abuse of dominance and anti-competitive agreements.

Denmark > Information technology Tier 1

The IT group at Gorrissen Federspiel is part of the firm’s wider IP and digital business department. The team has broad IT expertise, covering outsourcing and IT contracts, pre-litigation and dispute resolution as well as digital transformation and regulatory work. The ‘highly talented team’ is jointly led by Ole Horsfeldt and Tue Goldschmieding; Horsfeldt is well known for developing a contract management methodology that has been implemented at Danske Bank, while Goldschmieding has extensive experience in the privacy and cybersecurity space. Senior counsel Christian Aaby Köhler is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ole Horsfeldt; Tue Goldschmieding

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good sector expertise with genuine industry experts.’

‘Highly talented team. First to implement new trends into contracts. Great knowledge of the market.’

‘Christian Aaby Köhler: Highly talented, shows great awareness of trends in the market. He has a formidable knowledge when it comes to IT and outsourcing, adding true value both under the negotiations and during implementation. The go-to young IT lawyer in Denmark.’

‘I really enjoy working with GF, I think they are very professional and timely. They deliver what is agreed and are also very empathic.’

‘The best information technology team in Denmark with great legal and technical experience and understanding.’

‘Ole Horsfeldt is the go-to partner on information technology in Denmark. He has a lot of experience and is very good at understanding the situation of the client.’

Key clients

ISS Group A/S

Danmarks Nationalbank

Danske Bank A/S

Arla Foods Amba

P27

LEO Pharma A/S

Saint-Gobain Nordic A/S

Pandora

HusCompagniet A/S

Novo Nordisk

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Work highlights

  • Supporting P27, a provider of pan-Nordic payment infrastructures, on its outsourcing of IT systems and operations of the Nordic IT infrastructure for clearing and settlement and bill payment.
  • Assisting Danske Bank with the renegotiation of large contract portfolio of both critical and important outsourcing agreements and agreements to secure EBA compliance within the deadline set out in the EBA guidelines and the Danish Executive Order implementing the guidelines.
  • Represented Novo Nordisk in relation to the negotiations of a new global IT infrastructure agreement with its primary IT service provider NNIT.

Denmark > Insolvency Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel is well known for handling the largest restructurings and bankruptcy matters in Denmark. The team has a strong financial sector focus, acting for individual banks and banking syndicates as well as the Danish Tax Authorities. As a testament to the group’s strong capabilities, practitioners are regularly appointed to act as trustees and administrators in connection with bankruptcies and restructurings, including international out-of-court restructurings. The team has substantial expertise across several industries, with co-head John Sommer Schmidt focusing on retail and real estate matters, while fellow co-head Morten Hans Jakobsen handles issues within the aviation, shipping and transportation industries. Lars Grøngaard and Preben Jakobsen are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Sommer Schmidt; Morten Hans Jakobsen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Danske Bank A/S

Nordea Bank Denmark A/S

Vækstfonden A/S

SEB Denmark A/S

Nykredit A/S

Swedbank AS

Realkredit Danmark A/S

Jyske Bank A/S

DNB Bank A/S

Work highlights

  • Assisted Scanleasing Danmark A/S, one of the largest Danish car leasing companies in Denmark, with its bankruptcy.
  • Advised Aviator Airport Services on its restructuring and subsequent bankruptcy.
  • Acting as court-appointed trustee for ACT Global A/S, a large Danish R&D company investing in the development of Nano technology for industrial cleaning and disinfection purposes.

Denmark > Insurance Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel has a broad insurance practice, with mandates ranging from complex insurance and reinsurance disputes to transactional, regulatory and specialist marine insurance work. On the contentious side, Henriette Gernaa leads the group that is noted for its expertise in professional negligence claims; the team acts for major accountancy businesses and captives as well as insurers in negligence cases and D&O liability claims. Morten Nybom Bethe takes the lead on non-contentious matters, covering Danish and EU regulatory advice as well as advising on the mergers and demergers of insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Henriette Gernaa; Morten Nybom Bethe

Testimonials

‘The individuals are very approachable and quick at returning my phone call if I need urgent assistance. Many of the partners have a broad spectrum of knowledge.’

‘Excellent insight in insurance, accessible and professional.’

‘Accessible, professional and fair prices.’

‘The team is very responsive and always to the point. They have a deep knowledge of all areas of insurance (with a particular stronghold in Marine insurance) and understand how to operate complex insurance matters in a business context. They are strong and very reliable in insurance litigation and arbitration.’

‘Peter Appel is very responsive and always available. His insight into and knowledge about insurance matters (in particular in the context of the maritime industry) is unique, and his support and dedication is outstanding. He forms and positions arguments that are effective and pertinent from a legal and commercial perspective. He is a strong, credible and thorough litigator. He is forthcoming and straightforward to deal with.’

Key clients

Intact Financial Corporation

Deloitte Danmark

FSN Capital Partners

BUPA

Uni-Tankers

Scandlines

West of England P&I

Skuld P&I

Orskov Yard

ITIC

Fayard A/S

Work highlights

  • Assisted Intact Financial Corporation in connection with the acquisition of RSA’s operations in the UK and Canada, RSA’s non-Scandinavian international business as well as the activities in Scandinavia together with Tryg.
  • Representing FSN Capital Partners in arbitration proceedings regarding warranty claims totalling $150m.
  • Representing Hardhaus AS in a claim based on gross negligence relating to the capsizing of a floating dock.

Denmark > Intellectual property Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel has a broad IP practice, handling data protection work, franchising and marketing law issues and outsourcing matters. Led by Lasse Skaarup Christensen, the team manages trade mark and design portfolios for high-profile organisations and has significant experience in representing clients in cross-border disputes. Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm is the key practitioner for contentious matters. The group has a strong retail, media and entertainment, and energy sector client base, and handles issues at the intersection between technology and IP.

Practice head(s):

Lasse Skaarup Christensen

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm; Lars Segato; Søren Høgh Thomsen

Testimonials

‘The team at Gorrissen Federspiel delivers assistance to international clients in a very professional way and defines the correct legal team for each case.’

‘A broad team embedded in a great full-service firm with the right ‘can do’ mentality. Sharp and practical advice, hard on content soft on delivery.’

‘One of the best in Denmark in their field. Very flexible, very well updated on latest practices and strong focus on commercial needs.’

‘Lasse Skaarup Christensen is very commercially driven but has an eagle eye for legal details that may make the difference. He is strategically very strong in litigation and provides strong strategic advice.’

‘The Gorrissen team is very knowledgeable, quick to respond and extremely service-minded. They are always available and provide to-the-point advice.’

‘The players combine excellent juridical skills with unique business understanding and approach.’

‘Extremely accessible, able to deliver on very short notice, very skilled and knowledgeable.’

‘Søren Høgh Thomsen has taken availability, accessibility, communication and speed of high-quality advice to a totally different level. Working with him and his team is like working with an in-house colleague sitting right next door. Only much more expertly skilled in IP matters. Be it contracts; marketing; trade marks; but also disputes: Søren will deliver the highest available quality of advice. And he will do so fast.’

Key clients

Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

Vestas Wind Systems

RTX

Novo Nordisk

Global Gravity

Reelight

Rains

Nel Hydrogen

eBay

Simpson Strong-Tie

KMD

Pandora

Work highlights

  • Representing Simpson Strong-Tie A/S in a patent infringement dispute against ITW Construction Products ApS regarding alleged infringement of one of Simpson Strong-Tie’s patents concerning a method for joining perforated bands or perforated band fittings used in the construction industry.
  • Representing eBay Classifieds Scandinavia ApS in a landmark court case concerning scraping by competitors of eBay’s car listings.
  • Assisting on the establishment of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, a visionary ‘zero carbon’ international research initiative established by the A.P. Møller Foundation and A.P. Møller – Mærsk to focus on finding technologies to limit the carbon output from the maritime industry.

Denmark > Shipping and transport Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel is the ‘go-to shipping law firm in Denmark’, handling disputes, transactions and regulatory work for a broad range of clients including Danish and international shipowners, shipyards and ports. Practice head Peter Appel is a member of the Maritime Law Committee, which advises the Danish government on the appropriate regulation of the sector. The group also has a strong position in the Nordic aviation sector, with Morten Hans Jakobsen taking the lead on these matters. Jens V. Mathiasen departed to HFW in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Peter Appel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Gorrissen team is exceptionally placed in the Danish shipping market and is really the only real tier 1 firm for shipowners in Denmark. The team has a wide range of capabilities covering traditional maritime law areas but have in recent years built capabilities within shipping M&A, private equity and ship finance which is only rivalled by the top London firms.’

‘All are very qualified in shipping issues and available to assist (service minded) and innovative in reaching solutions also in an international light.’

‘Gorrissen Federspiel is the go-to shipping law firm in Denmark. The shipping practice is very strong in classic shipping work as well as any other legal issues a shipping operator may require.’

‘Gorrissen is a full boutique law firm that can handle all aspects related to shipping ranging from acquisitions, employment contracts, financing and all kind of arbitration. Strong team and internally cooperative.’

‘The knowledge of both the shipping and financing market as well as the business of the client. The thoroughness in the work delivered.’

‘Outstanding in every way.’

Key clients

Maersk Tankers

Maersk Line

Scandlines Group

Dee4 Capital Partners

TORM

Navigare Capital Partners

USTC Group

Christiania Shipping

Esvagt

DFDS

NORDEN

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rohde Nielsen in a landmark injunction case establishing Danish jurisdiction for the pre-emptive drawing on international bank guarantees.
  • Advising Maersk Tankers on the sale of 14 product tankers to China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDBL) for $422m.
  • Advising Danish cargo airline Star Air, part of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, in respect of its expansion of the operation.

Denmark > Employment Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel‘s labour and employment team are particularly skilled at handling employee immigration matters, assisting several clients with the application of residence and work permits. Led by Jacob Sand, who has ‘outstanding’ knowledge of EU law, the group has a solid transportation, shipping and aviation sector focus, advising Danish and international companies on collective agreements, redundancies, industrial actions and litigation. Managing counsel Rasmus Høj Christensen joined the team in 2021 from Plesner.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Sand

Other key lawyers:

Ditte Grundtvig Larsen; Sabine Brandhøj Overgaard; Rasmus Høj Christensen

Testimonials

‘Always only a call away and good at answering all different questions. Good at giving comfort and security in a situation that is special for most people having to go to court.’

‘The employment team of Gorrissen Federspiel is great. They are super skilled, highly professional and find solutions instead of highlighting difficulties.’

‘I believe that the company has an international approach and the team has a very strong understanding of EU law which makes them marked leaders within EU law.’

‘Ditte Grundtvig Larsen is a very dedicated lawyer, and she is always 100% engaged. Her advice is always to the point and creates great value for clients as she also remembers to consider the bigger picture and not just the case at hand.’

‘The team is one of the best in DK and certainly a tier 1 firm. The team practice employment law at a really high level while still maintaining the highest ethical standards.’

‘Jacob Sand’s knowledge of EU law is outstanding. Furthermore, his ability to think outside the box and challenge the way you “normally do things” is really amazing.’

‘Rasmus Høj Christensen, the best employment lawyer in Denmark I have worked with. Practical, knowledgeable and fun to work with. He always responds quickly.’

‘Have used Gorrisen Federspiel for the last nine years. The collaboration has been extremely good. Two who stand out are Jacob Sand who gave and guided me through the period of Corona, kept me updated and was a good speaking partner. Ditte Grundvig Larsen is the lawyer I have worked with for a long time. Wise, skilled and extremely accessible – things that mean a lot.’

Key clients

Nationalbanken

Intact

Norlys

HusCompagniet

Nykredit

FOA

Aviator

Bupa

Chr. Hansen

Heimstaden Danmark

ISS

Polaris Private Equity

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

All members of Team Astralis

Philip Morris

Danske Commodities / Equinor

Orphazyme

LEGO

Dansk Industri

Grundfos

Falck

Bang & Olufsen

Landfolk

UEFA

Züblin

United Airlines

Andel Holding A/S

GN Store Nord

Star Air A/S

Atlantic Airways

Sunclass Airlines (former Thomas Cook)

Fujifilm Corporation

Pandora

Novo Nordisk Fonden

Novo Nordisk

Equinor (former Statoil)

Salling Group

Vestas

Deloitte

The Danish Chamber of Commerce (Dansk Erhverv)

Associated Danish Ports

Silvan A/S

Nets

Telia

Work highlights

  • Assisted listed biopharmaceuticals company Orphazyme with collective redundancy processes in Denmark involving approximately 100 out of 130 employees in Denmark.
  • Assisting Intact Financial Corporation, Canada’s largest home, auto and business insurance company, with a cross-border transaction which includes the client and Tryg A/S’ joint acquisition of RSA Insurance Group.
  • Assisted water solution company Aquaporin A/S and the selling shareholders in connection with Aquaporin A/S’ initial public offering and admission to trading and official listing on Nasdaq Copenhagen.

Denmark > Energy Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel has a strong track record in handling large-scale M&A transactions within the energy sector. It is also well known for its regulatory expertise, including advising on the placement and protection of infrastructure, renewable energy subsidy schemes and corporate power purchase agreements. Practice head Michael Meyer is a board member of the Danish Energy Law Association. The team works cross-departmentally with the competition and maritime law department to provide a full-service offering to clients.

Practice head(s):

Michael Meyer

Other key lawyers:

Christoffer Fode

Key clients

Andel Holding A/S

Andel A.m.b.A

iCON Infrastructure V

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Grundfos A/S

Royal Dutch Shell group

Tanbreez Mining Greenland A/S

Energi Danmark A/S

Facebook

Obton

SSE Renewables Limited

HOFOR A/S

Nel Hydrogen

DEIF A/S

Clever

Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited

Aquila Capital

Emineral A/S

Work highlights

  • Advised SSE Renewables Limited in relation to the Thor offshore wind farm.
  • Advised Vestas Wind Systems A/S on an investment (25% stake) in Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).
  • Advised Royal Dutch Shell Group on the divestment of A/S Dansk Shell.

Denmark > Environment Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel assists its blue-chip client base with contentious and non-contentious environmental law matters, including remediation of soil and groundwater pollution, waste management matters and issues relating to emission control. Co-led by Hans-Peter Jørgensen, the group has established real estate Fellow co-head Lotte Eskesen is an experienced litigator who handles claims relating to renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Lotte Eskesen; Hans-Peter Jørgensen

Other key lawyers:

Uffe Bøgelund Jensen

Key clients

Aquila European Renewables

Jyske Bank A/S

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Aquaporin A/S

Fayard A/S

Freja Ejendomme A/S

Shell Petroleum Company Ltd (Shell)

Obton A/S

Work highlights

  • Advised Aquila European Renewables Income Fund in connection with the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Svindbaek Vindkraft HoldCo ApS.
  • Advised Shell Petroleum Company Ltd (Shell) on the divestment of its downstream business in Denmark including a refinery in Fredericia, Denmark.
  • Advised Obton on its Solar Farm development activities as regards land lease agreements in Denmark.

Denmark > Media and entertainment Tier 2

The multi-disciplinary media and entertainment team at Gorrissen Federspiel specialises in streaming issues, publisher rights, music rights and movie production matters. The group advises on issues relating to media content, licenses, regulatory matters and competition law issues as well as financings and litigation. IP specialist Lasse Skaarup Christensen leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Lasse Skaarup Christensen

Key clients

JP/Politikens Hus

HBO Nordic

TV2 Danmark

Dansk Artist Forbund (The Danish Artist Union)

Superligaen

Divisionsforeningen

Jysk Fynske Medier

Mastiff

Waoo

Det Nordjyske Mediehus

byNWR

Musikforlæggerne (Danish Professional Music Publishers Association)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Danish Professional Music Publishers Association in a third party intervention in a copyright action before the Danish Supreme Court.
  • Representing a major Danish publishing house in a principle dispute regarding digital rights.
  • Acting for Nordjyske Medier in a libel dispute against Huy Duc Nguyen concerning two articles published by Nordjyske Medier.

Denmark > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel has notable expertise in real estate M&A transactions as well as a strong track record in project development work. Jointly led by Jesper Avnborg Lentz and Peter Sjøgreen, the team advises on the sale and purchase of commercial and investment properties, including office and retail spaces. The group is also well known for its construction law expertise, in particular in relation to tenders, construction works and disputes; Hans-Peter Jørgensen is the key partner. Merete Larsen left the group to open her own firm, Sustainable Law.

Practice head(s):

Jesper Avnborg Lentz; Peter Sjøgreen

Other key lawyers:

Hans-Peter Jørgensen; Alexander Troeltzsch Larsen

Testimonials

‘Grasp the tasks quickly and know how to resolve complex issues without escalating them.’

‘Great team and partner awareness and communication. Great attention to detail.’

‘The real estate team has a very wide knowledge and experience.’

‘The team possesses a deep knowledge of both legal and commercial aspects of the industry/sector. They always provide relevant advice and thorough analysis, and they deliver quickly, to the point and high quality on actual projects, products/documents etc.’

‘Alexander Troeltzsch Larsen is extremely competent and his legal and commercial skills are at the same high level as other leading lawyers that have been working in the Danish real estate business for a much longer time than he has. Alexander has a great ability to see the case in a 360 degree perspective – both in relation to solving a problem, landing an agreement and ensuring our legal position.’

‘They are doing a good job getting the right resources on the case and still maintaining one point of contact.’

‘A great strength of the team is the ability to work in teams in a way that the client always has several key persons to interact with within the team.’

Key clients

Carlsberg Byen P/S

Heimstaden Danmark A/S

MT Højgaard Projektudvikling A/S

Danica Ejendomsselskab ApS

A. Enggaard A/S

Skanska A/S

Jeudan A/S

Koncenton A/S

Selfproperty ApS

Viga RE ApS / Viga Management ApS

Balder Danmark A/S

M. Goldschmidt Ejendomme A/S

Greve Kommune (Municipality of Greve)

Rudersdal Kommune (Municipality of Rudersdal)

Freja Ejendomme A/S

CPH Village Holding ApS

ATP Ejendomme A/S

PFA Ejendomme A/S

Scandinavian Property Development

Genesta Property Nordic Denmark A/S

Solstra Capital Partners

Velliv

SØM Ejendomme

Salling Group A/S

Bellakvarter A/S

Logistic Contractor

Work highlights

  • Advised Heimstaden with the largest real estate transaction ever in Denmark, when Heimstaden acquired Niam’s entire Danish portfolio branded “HD Ejendomme” for DKK12.1bn.
  • Advised Freja Ejendomme A/S in connection with the development, tender and sale of the landmark deal involving the sale of Freja Ejendomme A/S’ 78,000 sqm large plot in “Jernbanebyen” holding approx. 130,000 building rights.
  • Advising Koncenton A/S on a large number of deals every year involving the acquisition of residential property projects.

Denmark > Tax Tier 2

Representing major multinationals in tax controversies, Gorrissen Federspiel is prominent in tax litigation as well as the tax elements of M&A and real estate transactions. Led by Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen, the group is well-regarded for its work on international tax and cross-border mandates, particularly in reorganisations and fund establishments in the Nordic region, the UK and the US. The growing team has seen a number of new arrivals, including former co-head of international tax and transaction services at Ernst & YoungNiclas Holst Sonne and Jesper Anker Howes, who joined from an in-house role at Maersk Tankers, where he was global head of tax. Jan Steen Hansen is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen

Testimonials

‘Good pragmatic approach to litigation.’

‘Availability and insight to the shipping industry and specific tax issues in that relation.’

‘High focus on people and diversity (skills).’

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable team.’

‘Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen – highly professional, deep knowledge within his area of expertise and with a profound understanding for and ability to meet the client’s needs for pragmatic solutions without ever compromising any legal or ethical quality. Further, he is easy to reach, timely and very pleasant to work with on a personal level.’

Key clients

Fidelity Funds

TryghedsGruppen

Danske Bank

Heimstaden

EQT Partners

EAC Invest

Vestas Wind Systems

Deutsche Bahn

Goldman Sachs

UBS

J.P. Morgan

Crowdstrike

A.P. Møller – Maersk

Industriens Pension

Apcoa Parking

NETS/Nexi

Orphazyme

Novo Holdings

Nordic Capital

C Worldwide Asset Management

AIG

CataCap

Blue Equity

Sampension

Niam A/S

Work highlights

  • Representing Apcoa before the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice in a landmark matter concerning VAT on parking tickets.
  • Acting for EAC Invest in a transfer pricing matter concerning deemed interest on inter-group receivables.
  • Advising property developer Heimstaden on tax aspects of the largest real estate transaction in Denmark.

Denmark > Telecoms Tier 2

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:

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.

Firm Overview:

Gorrissen Federspiel is the leading full-service law firm in Denmark and advises companies, financial institutions and public authorities across all aspects of corporate and business law. Its goal is to support clients’ businesses and strategies through legal advice at the highest professional and ethical level, adapted to each client’s individual circumstances and requirements. Through the high degree of specialisation of its practice area teams, the firm’s experts accumulate in-depth insight into both their field of practice and the industry sectors in which its clients operate. Clients benefit from specialist lawyers who create value for their organisation by solving legal issues based on solid knowledge of market practices, business strategies and commercial circumstances. The firm acts as trusted adviser to a large number of Danish and international clients, whom it has assisted on many of the largest and most challenging transactions and highest profile court cases in Denmark. The firm has strong international relations developed through its long-standing and close cooperation with some of the world’s leading law firms, banks, audit firms and insurance companies. It can therefore assure clients of professional advice at short notice exactly where they need it.

Main Areas of Practice:

Services:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Compliance & CSR
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Economic Analysis
  • Environment
  • EU & Competition
  • FinTech
  • IP & Digital Business
  • Labour & Employment
  • Maritime Disputes
  • Private Clients/Family Offices – Legal
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Securities Litigation
  • Shipping/Offshore/Transportation
  • Sustainable Financing & Governance
  • Tax

Sectors:

  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Financial Services
  • Industrial Products & Services
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Retail & Consumer
  • Transport: Aviation | Logistics | Rail | Shipping
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

International desks: French Desk, German Desk, Greenland Desk and Spanish Desk

Managing Partner: Martin André Dittmer

Partners’ Board: Niels Bang (Chairman), Martin André Dittmer, Henriette Gernaa, Anders Ørjan Jensen, Lotte Eskesen and Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm.

Offices 

Copenhagen (Head Office)
Gorrissen Federspiel
Axel Towers, Axeltorv 2
1609 Copenhagen V
Denmark
+45 33 41 41 41

Aarhus
Gorrissen Federspiel
Prismet, Silkeborgvej 2
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
+45 86 20 75 00
contact@gorrissenfederspiel.com
www.gorrissenfederspiel.com

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Head of Banking & Finance Morten Nybom Bethemnb@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Co-Head of Corporate / M&A Rikke Schiøtt Petersenrsp@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Co-Head of Corporate / M&A Anders Ørjan Jensenaoj@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Co-Head of Corporate / M&A Anders Peter G. Christoffersenapc@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Managing Partner | EU & Competition Martin André Dittmermad@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Co-Head of EU & Competition Erik Kjær-Hansenekh@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Restructuring & Insolvency, Copenhagen Morten Hans Jakobsenmj@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Restructuring & Insolvency, Aarhus John Sommer Schmidtjss@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of IP & Digital Business Lasse Skaarup Christensenlsc@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Real Estate, Copenhagen Jesper Avnborg Lentzjln@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Real Estate, Aarhus Peter Sjøgreenps@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Shipping / Offshore / Transportation Peter Appelpa@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Labour and Employment Jacob Sandjas@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Dispute Resolution Henriette Gernaahge@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Tax Jakob Skaadstrup Andersenjsa@gorrissenfederspiel.com
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Peter Appel photo Mr Peter AppelPeter Appel heads up our Shipping/Offshore/Transportation practice group. Peter has considerable experience…
Mr Jesper Avnborg Lentz photo Mr Jesper Avnborg LentzSpecialises in commercial property transactions, commercial lease law, construction law as well…
Mr Niels Bang photo Mr Niels BangNiels Bang heads up our Corporate/M&A practice group and assists Danish and…
Ms Camilla Collet photo Ms Camilla ColletCamilla Collet heads one of the firm’s Corporate/M&A groups. She advises international…
Mr Martin André Dittmer photo Mr Martin André DittmerMartin André Dittmer is the managing partner at Gorrissen Federspiel and heads…
Mr Søren Fogh photo Mr Søren FoghSøren Fogh has for a number of years worked in financing, insolvency…
Mr Mikkel Fritsch photo Mr Mikkel FritschMikkel Fritsch is partner i Banking & Finance and advises Danish and…
Ms Henriette Gernaa photo Ms Henriette GernaaHenriette is head of Gorrissen Federspiel’s Dispute Resolution Group. She specialises in…
Mr Tue Goldschmieding photo Mr Tue GoldschmiedingTue Goldschmieding provides advice to Danish and international clients on outsourcing, IT…
Mr Ole Horsfeldt photo Mr Ole HorsfeldtOle heads Gorrissen Federspiel’s Outsourcing and IT Team of 13 lawyers. They…
Mr Preben Jakobsen photo Mr Preben JakobsenPreben Jakobsen is partner in Gorrissen Federspiel’s Insolvency & Restructuring team. Preben…
Mr Morten Hans Jakobsen photo Mr Morten Hans JakobsenMorten assists within areas of aircraft, ship and rail financing, acquisition and…
Mr Michael Steen Jensen photo Mr Michael Steen JensenMichael Steen Jensen heads up Gorrissen Federspiel’s Banking & Finance practice group…
Mr Hans-Peter Jørgensen photo Mr Hans-Peter JørgensenHans-Peter Jørgensen advises Gorrissen Federspiel’s Danish and foreign clients on all aspects…
Mr Erik Kjær-Hansen photo Mr Erik Kjær-HansenErik Kjær-Hansen is a competition law expert and the head of the…
Mr Tobias Linde photo Mr Tobias LindeTobias has extensive practical experience and expertise in advising clients in banking…
Mr Thomas Maaberg Hansen photo Mr Thomas Maaberg HansenPartner. Thomas Maaberg Hansen has extensive experience in complex finance transactions and…
Mr Finn Møller photo Mr Finn MøllerAdvises on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, structured sales processes, public take-over…
Mr Morten Nybom Bethe photo Mr Morten Nybom BetheMorten Nybom Bethe advises banks and financial institutions on all aspects of…
Ms Chantal Pernille Patel photo Ms Chantal Pernille PatelChantal Pernille Patel advises on aspects of corporate law focussing on capital…
Mrs Rikke Schiøtt Petersen photo Mrs Rikke Schiøtt PetersenRikke Schiøtt Petersen is  partner in the Corporate M&A and Capital Markets…
Mr Mikael Philip Schmidt photo Mr Mikael Philip SchmidtMikael Philip Schmidt advises on aspects of capital markets laws which are…
Mr Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen photo Mr Jakob Skaadstrup AndersenAdvises on transactional and international tax matters, including structuring of M&A transactions,…
Mr Jacob Skude Rasmussen photo Mr Jacob Skude RasmussenJacob Skude Rasmussen primarily provides advice concerning litigation and arbitration proceedings, international…
Mr Klaus Søgaard photo Mr Klaus SøgaardPartner. Klaus Søgaard primarily deals with securities law, transfer of undertakings, corporate…
Mr Søren Høgh Thomsen photo Mr Søren Høgh ThomsenSøren Høgh Thomsen provides general advice on IP and commercial issues, including…
Ms Charlotte Thorsen photo Ms Charlotte ThorsenCharlotte Thorsen advises on general commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate…
Mr Michael Wejp-Olsen photo Mr Michael Wejp-OlsenMichael practises in the fields of corporate and contract law, primarily focusing…
Mr Anders Ørjan Jensen photo Mr Anders Ørjan JensenPartner. Specialises in securities law, capital markets and mergers & acquisitions. Advises…
English
French
German
Spanish
and the Scandinavian languages

At Gorrissen Federspiel we work every day to accommodate diversity and inclusion. We believe that diversity is the key to success, and our goal is to maintain a diverse workforce on all levels in the firm. The following are some indicators of our focus on this important area.

Gorrissen Federspiel is a founding partner of The Diversity Council, which aims to improve the number of top female talent in the Danish business community. Initiatives include working with the Financial Times/IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance to create an Advanced Leadership Program, and the recent CEO Pledge entitled “The ABCs of Diversity and Inclusion”.
Three of the firm’s female partners were selected to participate in the Lead the Future campaign – launched in 2018 by The Diversity Council and the Danish Minister for Gender Equality – which aims to inspire young women.
Within the firm, the percentage of female attorneys (excluding Partners) continues to increase and in 2020 this figure was 54%. This is up from 52% in 2019 and 42% in 2018. We continue having a high focus on our employees’ wellbeing and individual career development through structured training and career paths.

It is part of our CSR policy that we are an inclusive firm, and therefore, we do not squint at age, gender, disability, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and social class.

Gorrissen Federspiel is also a signatory to the UN Global Compact, which means operating in ways that uphold 10 principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption. At the heart of this are 17
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), two of which are particularly integrated into the firms business model in respect to our diversity and inclusivity commitments:
• SDG 4. Inclusivity: Ensure inclusive and equality quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities
for all.
• SDG 5. Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.


For a number of years, we have been named as one of the top law firms in Denmark. By international agencies, our clients and business partners emphasise our qualifications, our accessibility, our business understanding and especially our competent advisers.

We have strong international relations, and we cooperate with some the world’s leading law firms, banks, audit firms and insurance companies. Therefore, we guarantee our clients professional advice at short notice exactly when and where it is needed.

 

Our goals for our clients

  • We want to render advice to our clients at the highest professional and ethical level.
  • Our advice and communication must be effective and adapted to our clients’ situations and needs.
  • Handling complex issues should always result in simple, workable solutions for our clients.
  • We want to ensure that our clients receive prompt advice, so we are always available.
  • We will continue to be the natural choice for clients facing challenging transactions and cases.