Firm Profile > Gorrissen Federspiel > Copenhagen, Denmark

Gorrissen Federspiel
AXELTORV 2
1609 COPENHAGEN V
Denmark

Banking and finance Tier 1

The finance practice at Gorissen Federspiel provides financial regulatory advice and has notable expertise in netting, collateral and clearing issues, and the restructuring of distressed financial institutions. The group also assists with loan transactions and works closely with banks, regulators and governments. Practice head Michael Steen Jensen is experienced in acquisition finance matters and regularly advises on the drafting and negotiation of term loan facility agreements and revolving credit facilities.

Practice head(s):

Michael Steen Jensen

Other key lawyers:

Morten Nybom Bethe; Tobias Linde

Testimonials

Strong capabilities within ship finance

Very good team with high-quality people. I think what makes this team stand out is the fact that they consistently deliver high-quality work

Key clients

Nationalbanken

Finansiel Stabilitet

Danske Bank

Citibank

Bank of America

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

ISDA

Jyske Bank

KommuneKredit

Nordea

Swedbank

Vestjysk Bank

Spar Nord Bank

NordLB

Navigare

Capital markets Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel acts for its client roster of underwriters, investors and managers on IPOs, takeovers and debt and equity issuances, and also assists mortgage credit institutions with complex bond issuances. Practice head Rikke Schiøtt Petersen's breadth of expertise spans capital market transactions, public and private M&A, securities law, corporate governance issues and executive remuneration work. Klaus Søgaard is also singled out for his takeover and IPO knowledge. Michael Steen Jensen, who handles a number of issuer-side capital markets mandates, was seconded to Danske Bank as group general counsel.

Practice head(s):

Rikke Schiøtt Petersen

Other key lawyers:

Chantal Pernille Patel; Tobias Linde; Morten Nybom Bethe; Mikkel Fritsch

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

At Gorrissen FederspielAnders Ørjan JensenNiels Bang and Anders Peter G. Christoffersen jointly lead the practice and have expertise in the divestment of stakes, sale and purchase agreements and joint ventures issues. The group also fields Klaus Søgaard and Mikael Philip Schmidt, who advise on investment and divestment strategies and represent clients in M&A negotiations. Other areas of expertise include advising purchasing and selling companies, issuers, sponsors and underwrites on M&A transactions in the public, private equity and cross-border arenas.

Practice head(s):

Anders Ørjan Jensen; Niels Bang; Anders Peter G. Christoffersen

Other key lawyers:

Niels Heering; Rikke Schiøtt Petersen; Finn Møller; Charlotte Thorsen; Mikael Philip Schmidt

Testimonials

Strong banking department with in-depth knowledge and relationship with key lenders. Strong commercial understanding and receptive towards sponsors which enables them to guide the matter

Outstanding quality and availability. The firm has some of the best lawyers in the country

The team is very service oriented, practical and pragmatic as well as down to earth and nice to be around

Klaus Søgaard is top class. Extremely knowledgeable, effective and result oriented. Henriette Grenaa is an impressive litigator who is extremely capable and effective in managing large and complex litigation. Mikael Philip Schmidt is a talented up and coming Corporate lawyer

You feel that they actually care both about us as a client and have no internal conflicts muddying the cooperation

Key clients

A.P. Møller Mærsk A/S

Novo Nordisk A/S

SEB AB

Vestas A/S

Nykredit

Carlsberg

Pandora

Lego

GN Store Nord A/S

TeliaSonera AB

Nets Denmark A/S

EQT Partners

Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

Solstra Capital Partners A/S

M. Goldschmidt Capital A/S

Polaris Private Equity

KMD

Deloitte

Scandlines Danmark A/S

Nordea

Carnegie

Aktieselskabet Schouw & Co.

F. Salling Holding A/S

SEAS-NVE

Danske Bank

Jeudan A/S

DSV

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The department at Gorrissen Federspiel handles arbitration, mediation and litigation at a domestic and international level. Practice head Henriette Gernaa has expertise in construction, accountancy, energy, insurance and post-M&A disputes, and Jacob Skude Rasmussen focuses on shipping, corporate crime, professional negligence and public international law proceedings. Other areas of expertise include construction, professional liability, banking, IT and immigration litigation. Kenneth Hvelplund Pedersen is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Henriette Gernaa

Other key lawyers:

Christian Alsøe; Lotte Eskesen

Testimonials

‘Henriette Gernaa provides a strong lead in dispute resolution, especially in terms of her ability to analyse the specific commercial needs of the client and tailor her efforts accordingly.’

‘The team is knowledgeable in law as well as business consideration.’

‘They deliver best in class dispute resolution services keeping the focus on client needs and not getting lost in the legal complexities of the case.’

‘The firm has the ability to deal with a variety of complex litigation matters.’

‘It is a capable and professional team with lots of experience in arbitration proceedings. Accessible and available and eager to step into an overall project management role beyond the mere legal obligations.’

‘Good strategic skills and high-quality work.’

‘Henriette Gernaa stands out for her ability to communicate on all levels of our organisation, thus ensuring that we feel safe in her hands.’

‘Jacob Skude Rasmussen is a very able litigator. He gives clear and considered advice and is client-focused.’

Key clients

Deloitte Statsautoriseret Revisionspartnerselskab

PricewaterhouseCoopers Statsautoriseret Revisionspartnerselskab

Finansiel Stabilitet A/S

Kindred Group plc (Unibet)

Georg Jensen A/S & Investcorp

Nykredit A/S

Carnegie Investment Bank and Morgan Stanley

Polar Seafood A/S

Novo Nordisk A/S

A.P. Møller-Mærsk

BC Hospitality Group A/S (Solstra Capital Partners)

FSN Capital Partners ApS

ISS Group

EU and competition Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel has substantial expertise in merger control work and advocacy before EU authorities, and also represents clients in competition litigation and public procurement disputes. The practice has a particular specialism in maritime competition law and assists shipping companies with the assessment of pool cooperation, vessel sharing arrangements and merger control work. Practice co-head Martin André Dittmer also advises competing banks on the provision of joint financial services, and co-head Erik Kjær-Hansen assists with state aid mandates. Senior legal counsel Kristian Helge Andersen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin André Dittmer; Erik Kjær-Hansen

Testimonials

Service minded, responsive and best team in class competition law

Martin Dittmer stands out as a leading competition law practitioner in Denmark. Erik Kjær-Hansen is great at dealing with even the most complex matters

Erik Kjær-Hansen is very practical and solution-oriented

Key clients

Bang & Olufsen

Shell

Danske Bank

Danish Crown

DEUTZ

A.P. Møller-Maersk

Nestlé

Saint-Gobain

Novo Nordisk

Scandlines

Information technology Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel advises on business process, infrastructure and application development outsourcing projects as well as on IT project implementation, software licensing agreements, cloud solutions and contract management. The practice is also experienced in advising on regulatory and contractual constraints in relation to digitalisation programmes. The firm is active both in the pre-litigation and contentious dispute resolution stages. Ole Horsfeldt and Tue Goldschmieding jointly head the practice and regularly advise on system acquisition projects and technology transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ole Horsfeldt; Tue Goldschmieding

Testimonials

The team delivers very good and useful advice and is good at understanding what the clients need. They provide advice that can be used anytime. 

Gorrissen Federspiel’s technology team is big for good reason. The practice attracts the biggest cases within their field due to their vast experience and excellence. In particular, the teams manages to provide easy-to-understand, practical solutions to complex legal matters.

The capabilities of understanding the client and their commercial-legal problems are unique

My contacts are extremely pleasant to work with, they are very skilled and they are willing give extra when it is needed.

Ole Horsfeldt is your go-to guy for extensive and complex IT-matters. What – makes Ole unique is the combination of being an expert on the subject matter and at the same time being a leading expert in relation to commercials, negotiation and industry knowledge.

Key clients

Danske Bank

Pandora

Heimstaden

Insolvency Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel assists with domestic and cross-border bankruptcy and restructuring cases as well as with other creditor arrangements. The practice also represents in compulsory liquidation proceedings. Morten Hans Jakobsen has expertise in distressed asset finance and jointly heads the practice with John Sommer Schmidt, who regularly acts as liquidator and is one of the appointed trustees of the bankrupt OW Bunker Group. Lars Grøngaard is an experienced restructuring administrator. The firm handles insolvency cases in sectors including real estate, finance, energy, shipping, retail and agriculture.

Practice head(s):

John Sommer Schmidt; Morten Hans Jakobsen

Testimonials

Morten Hans Jakobsen provides an outstanding service, with deep insight and knowledge. Both Morten and his team are client-oriented, and available for the client at all times

Act with highest efficiency, with the client’s interest on top of mind. Super strong team, easy spoken and accessible

Key clients

Danske Bank A/S

Nordea Bank Denmark A/S

Finansiel Stabiliet A/S

Ringkjøbing Landbobank A/S

HSH Nordbank AG

Nykredit A/S

Sydbank A/S

Jutlander Bank A/S

Realkredit Danmark A/S

Vækstfonden A/S

SEB Denmark A/S

Swedbank AS

Intertrust A/S

Spar Nord A/S

Sparekassen Kronjylland A/S

Jyske Bank A/S

DNB Bank A/S

Insurance Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel specialises in insurance and reinsurance disputes as well as in transactional and regulatory insurance work. The firm acts for insurance companies, reinsurers, brokers and corporate clients in litigation and arbitration involving product liability and product recall, professional liability, commercial liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation. The practice also advises on matters arising from take-overs of brokers, brokers’ rights and binder agreements. Henriette Gernaa heads the firm’s dispute resolution and cross-practice insurance group and is experienced in advising on reinsurance matters. 

Practice head(s):

Henriette Gernaa

Other key lawyers:

Peter Appel; Jens V. Mathiasen

Testimonials

‘The team was always responsive and ready to deliver a bit more. One of the partners was always involved and the quality was guaranteed. Even in times of personnel changes, the quality was consistent.’

‘Great capabilities in litigation and arbitration on maritime law and thereby maritime insurance matters. Great understanding of not only Danish law but also underlying conventions, English and other relevant foreign law as well second-to-none understanding of the maritime industry.’

Key clients

Deloitte Danmark

FSN Capital Partners

BUPA

Codan Forsikring

Intellectual property Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel advises on franchise and chain operations and acts for clients on patent licensing, particularly in the life sciences, food, chemical products, biotech and renewable energy sectors. Practice head Lasse A. Søndergaard Christensen regularly advises on regulatory matters concerning trademarks, design and domain names portfolios. The firm’s IP litigation work includes injunctive relief matters in relation to patents, copyright, marketing law issues and trademarks. The team also possesses expertise in the interplay between marketing law, consumer law, e-commerce law and data protection involving digital businesses, especially in respect of e-commerce, social media and other online platforms. Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm is a key contact in Aarhus.

Practice head(s):

Lasse A. Søndergaard Christensen

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Ørndrup; Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm

Testimonials

‘Very hands on, but also legally strong team that covers all corners of the field. High service level, good tone of voice and deliver on the result.’

‘A very capable team at every level which functions at a uniform level of excellence. Impeccable ethical standards. In addition, they are easy to work with and client-focused. Their capability and consistency in following client instructions is impressive.’

‘Clearly the best firm in Denmark. The IP team is second-to-none, with all lawyers being of a consistent, very high quality.’

‘Highly specialised IP lawyers, quick response time, quality advice.’

‘Service minded and practical advice.’

‘Lasse A. Søndergaard Christensen is the undisputed leader, having strong tactical insights and overview.’

‘Lasse A. Søndergaard Christensen is head of IP and an absolute star. He offers strategic, valuable advice in a league of its own. No-nonsense language and very commercially-minded.’

‘Client-oriented, honest, flexible.’

‘Lasse A. Søndergaard Christensen provides the strategic overview required for high complexity matters: it is clear to me that the more complex the matter, the more value he is able to add.’

Key clients

Nestlé

Royal Greenland

Danish Crown

Novo Nordisk

Genmab

Vestas Wind Systems

Fan Milk International

Glud & Marstand

Shamballa

Sky International

eBay

Bang & Olufsen

Volvo

A. P. Møller-Mærsk

Karnov Group

Scandlines

Google

Linco Food Systems (part of the BAADER Group)

Biomar Group

Under Armour

TeliaSonera

KMD

Erlund

Chr. Hansen

Nel Hydrogen

Simpson Strong-Tie

Beumer

Align

Rains

Søstrene Grene

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel handles the drafting and negotiation of real estate purchase agreements and lease contracts. The firm also advises on real estate insolvencies. Another area of expertise is dispute resolution in the construction sector, which includes both litigation and arbitration. Peter Sjøgreen, Jesper Avnborg Lentz and Merete Larsen jointly head the practice and are experienced in advising on residential, commercial and infrastructural project development. The team also provides regulatory advice on PPP schemes.

Practice head(s):

Peter Sjøgreen, Jesper Avnborg Lentz, Merete Larsen

Other key lawyers:

Hans-Peter Jørgensen; Jan Hellmund Jensen

Testimonials

‘The real estate and construction team at Gorrissen Federspiel is second to none. They have incredible industry experience and market knowledge. Their legal advice and support is phenomenal. The lawyers involved have incredible experience and knowledge in the real estate and construction sectors, and they deliver extremely accurate and comprehensive legal advice under tight deadlines.’

‘Always detailed and will revert with right answer rather than speak first thought.’

‘Gorrissen Federspiel never jeopardises its legal integrity in order to smooth a transaction. They are disciplined and honest in their communication, and at the same time they have a very commercial mindset. A combination which is quite unique to handle simultaneously .’

‘The team has a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the business – thus creating value. I have met no other law firm within property development that has the same focus on supporting the clients’ business. The legal skills and know-how are absolutely second to none.’

‘Very skilled in all aspects of project development, commercial and residential, very fast and professional.’

‘Jesper Avnborg Lentz has been our trusted advisor on all real estate transactions for the past five years. He has built up a unique understanding of our business.’

‘My prime contact is Merete Larsen. I consider her to be second to none within the legal aspects of real estate development. Highly skilled, easily accessible and always with a strong focus on creating value for our company. True value for money.’

Key clients

Carlsberg Byen P/S

Heimstaden Danmark A/S

MT Højgaard A/S

Danica Pension

A. Enggaard A/S

Per Aarsleff A/S

Skanska A/S

Jeudan A/S

Koncenton A/S

NCC  Danmark A/S

Adserballe & Knudsen A/S

Shipping and transport Tier 1

The practice at Gorissen Federspiel has expertise in the sale and acquisition of new as well as second-hand tankers and vessels, and the refinancing of debts in the maritime sector. The team also advises on insurance and reinsurance matters as well as on maritime insolvencies. The practice regularly assists with finance and lease agreements in the aviation industry. Peter Appel and Jens V. Mathiasen head the practice and are experienced in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Peter Appel; Jens V. Mathiasen

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wilkinson; Peter Carlstedt Nørtved

Testimonials

‘It’s a truly one-stop platform. There is a wide coverage from the shipping and transportation team led by Peter Appel, who has a strong commercial understanding and one-of-a-kind legal global network that makes international issues easier to discuss.’

‘I value the result-oriented commercial approach and impressive shipping knowledge and understanding. The undisputed number one Danish full-scale shipping firm also benefits from its excellent M&A, corporate and finance lawyers.’

‘Peter Appel has a unique commercial understanding of shipping and transportration disputes and a global network that allows him to react with eyes on the ground almost anywhere in the world.’

‘Partners Peter Appel’s and Jens V. Mathiesen’s professional level really has no competitors. On the personal side, they are both a pleasure to work with. They are committed, available and have a good sense of humour.’

Key clients

Maersk Line

Maersk Tankers

The Scandlines Group

Navigare Capital Partners

Royal Arctic Line

MOL Nordic Tankers

Torm

DFDS A/S

Bunker Holding

SDK Shipping

DSB

Nordic Aviation Capital

Great Dane Airlines

Atlantic Airways

Air Greenland

Telecoms Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel has expertise in advising on regulatory matters in the telecoms sector as well as in the assistance with telecoms transactions, marketing campaigns and the safeguarding of personal data and customer protection rights in compliance with GDPR. The practice also advises on telecoms outsourcing as well as on competition law. Practice head Martin André Dittmer regularly advises mobile network operators on M&A transactions, public procurement and licence auctions matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin André Dittmer

Testimonials

Good and broad understanding for telecommunications and regulatory aspects; flexibel and professional approach to the task given

Sublime collaboration and sparring, perfect match and work done for specific task with Martin André Dittmer

Key clients

Waoo

Telia

Telenor

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel's expertise in domestic and cross-border compliance projects allows it to handle data policy updates and other data protection mandates for a range of noteworthy clients. The practice also advises on the implementation of binding corporate rules and assists with data transfer schemes including the data aspects of technology outsourcings. Practice head Tue Goldschmieding is experienced in digitalisation programmes and the related regulatory and contractual issues, handles the implementation of new business intelligence models and assists with the use of artificial intelligence for data analysis.

Practice head(s):

Tue Goldschmieding

Key clients

Novo Nordisk

Rambøll

Vestas Wind Systems

Heimstaden

Carlsberg

Employment Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel is noted for its expertise in the employment elements of IPOs and M&A, and also provides advice on EU regulations relating to the remuneration of executive managements and restructuring procedures. The group is also active in employment litigation with a focus on union industrial action initiation rights. Morten Skjønnemand and Aarhus-based Jacob Sand jointly head up the practice and regularly advise on contractual clauses regarding compensation issues and redundancies. In 2018, Anne Skjold Qvortrup departed to Poul Schmith.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Sand; Morten Skjønnemand

Testimonials

The team acted very professionally and promptly. It understood immediately the complexity of the case

I had the pleasure to collaborate with Partner Jacob Sand in a very personal and delicate case.  He was able to understand the tough situation I was in and at the same time was able to focus on the way forward and a solution.  He is a very professional and emphatic person

Key clients

UEFA

Maersk

Equinor (former Statoil)

Grundfos

Fujifilm Corporation

Salling Group

Vestas

ISS

J.P. Morgan

Deloitte

Danske Bank

The Danish Chamber of Commerce (Dansk Erhverv)

Novo Nordisk

Associated Danish Ports

Silvan A/S

Nets A/S

Telia

Novo Nordisk Fonden

Energy Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel handles M&A transactions for companies in the energy and utilities sectors and also assists with the establishment of solar, biogas and wind energy plants and regulatory matters regarding the production, trading and distribution of electricity, district heating, water and fossil energy products. Practice head Michael Meyer is experienced in regulatory and transactional matters including the licensing of resource extraction projects and public procurement law mandates.

Practice head(s):

Michael Meyer

Key clients

A/S Dansk Shell

Mærsk Olie og Gas A/S (Maersk Oil)

National Oilwell Varco

Facebook, Inc.

TANBREEZ Mining Greenland A/S

BayernGas

SEAS-NVE

Maersk Drilling

Danske Commodities A/S

Aquila Capital

NGF Nature Energy

Eniig Renewables

OK amba

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Environment Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel advises on environmental matters regarding M&A transactions and represents clients in litigation involving environmental law matters within the field of waste management, remediation of soil and ground water pollution. The firm also advises on regulatory requirements concerning EU and Danish legislation, conduct of court and arbitration cases. The team is jointly headed by Lotte EskesenHans Peter Jørgensen and Uffe Bøgelund Jensen, who regularly undertake environmental law due diligence and advise on environmental planning as well as on the implementation of nature protection measures.

Practice head(s):

Lotte Eskesen; Hans Peter Jørgensen; Uffe Bøgelund Jensen

Key clients

Rhode Nielsen A/S

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Energi Danmark A/S

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Gorissen Federspiel has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious media matters and regularly assists with media regulations, as well as with the transmission and distribution of TV rights and new media platforms, which also includes assistance with regulations concerning on-demand services. Christian Alsøe, Erik Kjær-Hansen and Lasse Søndergaard Christensen jointly head the practice and have experience in copyright matters as well as fundamental nature in the intersection between competition law, IP law and media.

Practice head(s):

Christian Alsøe; Erik Kjær-Hansen; Lasse Søndergaard Christensen

Testimonials

‘The reason why Gorrissen Federspiel comes across as a really great firm is its capability to deliver and the desire to assist with input and perspective that goes beyond the immediate task at hand. The technical quality is exceptional, and I am always certain that they have a 360-degree perspective of the task, which makes me very comfortable with the output they deliver.’

‘They never fail to deliver high quality advice in a clear and client-centred fashion.’

‘I value the team’s ability to advise on legal matters with depth, taking into consideration the decisions of a more financial nature.’

‘Christian Alsøe is exceptionally qualified when advising on new media and digital technology. He has many years practice experience as lawyer. He is highly skilled and very solution-oriented. He never loses track of what is best for your business here and now – and in the long run.’

‘The quality that is delivered is always outstanding and always delivered on time – even for enquiries with a very short time-frame.’

‘Lasse Søndergaard Christensen provides the strategic overview required for high complexity matters: It is clear to me that the more complex the matter, the more value he is able to add.’

 

Key clients

JP/Politikens Hus A/S

HBO Nordic

TV2/Danmark

Danish Artist Association

Danish Football League Association

Jysk Fynske Medier P/S

Tax Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel advises on indirect taxes such as VAT and customs duties as well as on corporate tax structuring and regulatory tax matters in relation to the establishment of subsidiaries in Denmark. Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen and Jan Steen Hansen jointly head the practice and regularly advise on management incentives programmes, the insurance of tax risks and tax matters in relation to M&A transactions. The practice has expertise in representing clients in tax litigation regarding matters such as withheld taxes.

Practice head(s):

Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen; Jan Steen Hansen

Key clients

Fidelity Funds

Danske Bank

A.P. Møller Maersk

Danmarks Radio

Deutsche Bahn

The Coca-Cola Company

SEB

Heimstaden

Wright Medical Group

Cobham SATCOM

NETS

Symphogen

Axa Investments Funds

China Telecom

Euroclear

ISS

Amazon

Facebook

Legal market overview

Much like fellow Scandinavian countries, Denmark has a highly stable and diversified economy with income and taxation among the highest in the world. Businesses maintain close trade relations with non-EU and EU countries, especially with Sweden, the wider Nordic region and Germany.  Some signs of recession in other European countries have sparked speculation of a potential similar Danish downturn, and while annual growth has slowed, unemployment levels remain historically low and the economic situation continues to be relatively robust. Key industries in the jurisdiction include the pharmaceuticals, agriculture, gas and renewable energy industries as well as the maritime sector. Denmark is also an important hub for technology and start-ups with both Tradeshift and Zendesk being notable success stories. Alongside the presence of international players from Europe, the USA, China and Japan, significant local companies include Lego, Carlsberg and energy company Ørsted. Major domestic banks include Danske Bank, Arbejdernes Landsbak and Nykredit. Many of the market's major firms deliver full-service practices, with key areas of expertise encompassing banking and finance work, real estate and construction mandates, energy issues, M&A transactional advice and employment mandates; most firms also field media, telecoms, IP and IT practices to align themselves with recent market trends. Bech-BruunKromann ReumertGorissen Federspiel and Plesner are among the biggest firms in the market, with Accura AdvokatpartnerselskabBruun & HjejleDLA Piper DenmarkHorten and Lundgrens also key names to note. Due to its close ties to government institutions and its increasing activity in the private sector, Poul Schmith maintains a unique position in the jurisdiction. Copenhagen is the main centre for most firms, but other Danish cities are also increasingly seeing a law firm presence with Clemens and Innova Advokatfirma having offices in Aarhus, while Andersen Partners is a key firm in Kolding.

Gorrissen Federspiel is recognised as one of Denmark’s leading law firms with a strong national and international practice. The firm holds distinguished international relations due to long-term close cooperation with a number of the world’s leading law firms in other jurisdictions. In 2018 the firm advised more than half of the most traded companies on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. The firm is a full service law firm covering all relevant aspects of business law with approximately 460 employees of which more than 270 are lawyers.

Our services
Gorrissen Federspiel offers legal services within all areas of Danish and EU business law and is organised into 28 practice areas.

The advantage of organising our people into teams of highly specialised experts is that they all excel within their area and are able precisely to pinpoint our clients’ challenges. Having in-depth knowledge of market practices and the relevant businesses, a specialised lawyer creates more value for the client and solves legal issues and transactions much more quickly.

It is our philosophy that good advice attracts good clients. Therefore, we are proud to represent some of the largest Danish and foreign business undertakings and financial institutions. Over the years, we have assisted our clients in many of the largest and most challenging M&A transactions in Denmark, and in recent years we have litigated some of the most highest profile court cases.

Main areas of expertise:

Banking & Finance: Gorrissen Federspiel’s Bank & Finance practice group covers the entire spectrum of banking and finance, including financing of operations, acquisitions and projects, bond issues and regulatory matters. In addition to providing advice concerning financing, we provide advice on setting up, acquiring, merging, selling and dissolving banks and other financial institutions as well as on the regulatory framework governing financial institutions, and we prepare opinions for the banking sector, including in relation to netting, clearing and financial collateral.

Capital Markets: Gorrissen Federspiel’s capital market practice group offers the highest quality and unrivalled experience in the Danish market, and as the leading firm on Danish IPOs, we cover all exit scenarios and assist PE funds pursuing a dual track exit strategy. We have a record of demonstrated excellence developed over decades and a client base among Large Cap and Mid Cap issuers placing Gorrissen Federspiel at the top of the list of capital markets practices in Denmark.

Corporate / M&A: Our experts in the field advise on all aspects of M&A, securities law, company law, trust and foundations law and contract law. We advise Danish and multinational companies and private equity funds on acquisitions, mergers, disposals, corporate restructurings, management buy-outs and compliance. We have acted as advisers in a vast number of transactions within many different sectors of business. We advise across a broad spectrum of transactional and corporate matters, including a large number of the most comprehensive and complex transactions completed in Denmark. Likewise, we advise on a broad range of contractual matters, for instance joint ventures, commercial contracts, shareholders’ agreements, articles of association and incentive schemes.

EU & Competition: Gorrissen Federspiel’s EU & Competition lawyers have extensive experience advising our clients on all aspects of EU law as well as competition and procurement law. We have specialised in offering practicable implementable advice to our clients on all issues relating to Danish and EU competition law, procurement law, state aid and other areas of EU law. We assist our clients whenever competition challenges arise with the competition authorities in Denmark and the EU, and we regularly represent clients in Danish courts and before the EU courts in Luxembourg.

Dispute resolution: The Dispute Resolution group advises Danish and international undertakings on the handling of disputes. Our group specialises in preventing and handling disputes in long-term cooperations and offer the best counsel when a dispute is to be settled before a court or an arbitration tribunal.

IP & Digital Business: The IP & Digital Business group is particularly dedicated to a large range of disciplines arising out of and relating to intellectual property rights, technology, personal data, IT and outsourcing.

Employment: Gorrissen Federspiel provides specialist advice on labour and employment law issues complemented by a strong commercial understanding of company law. We provide assistance in relation to Danish and international aspects of employment law, including in particular EU law aspects where we hold a unique market position. We act as sparring partner to the clients that dispose of strong internal HR resources, just as we provide advice to and spar with the clients that do not have an internal HR department. 

Real Estate and construction: Our experts advise in the field of real estate transactions, project development, lease law, construction and consulting law as well as dispute resolution. We are involved in a very large share of the largest Danish real estate transactions and we assist in the development of the country’s most distinctive areas of development on a current basis. Also, we have a strong practice in the building and construction sector with long-standing relations to the most important players assisting them with large building and construction projects.

Restructuring & Insolvency: We provide advice within all aspects of insolvency and restructuring law and act as restructuring administrators, trustees and liquidators. Our extensive experience and expertise within these areas of the law ensures quick and efficient matter processing focusing on the legal as well as the commercial issues.

Shipping / Offshore / Transportation: Gorrissen Federspiel’s shipping/offshore/transportation team continues to dominate the Danish market as shipowners’ first choice for legal advice. The team led by Peter Appel and Jens V. Mathiasen has been acting in the largest matters in Denmark in 2018, such as the sale of Nordic Tankers, acquisition of Unifeeder, sale of Danish Ferries (Danske Færger), DFDS acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro and various private equity funds within shipping. These matters cement Gorrissen Federspiel’s position as market leader representing all major Danish shipowners, key organisations like BIMCO and the Danish Shipowners Association and P&I clubs.

Tax: Gorrissen Federspiel provides advice on issues relating to tax, duties and VAT in connection with business transfers and the transfer of real property, investments, group restructurings, employee stock option programmes and financial products. The Tax group conducts tax cases as well as cases concerning VAT and duties before the National Tax Board, the Tax Appeals Agency, the National Tax Tribunal, the High Courts, the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

Economic Analysis: Gorrissen Federspiel’s Economic Analysis practice group has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative methods as well as economic modelling. Quantitative arguments are important in many practice areas, including for instance in litigation, tax and competition law. Our economists work closely with all Gorrissen Federspiel’s practice groups. The cooperation between economists and legal experts ensures that our clients obtain a complete counselling experience, where all aspects of a matter have been examined and analysed.

Private Clients / Family Offices  Legal: Our practice group is based  on particularly the areas of tax, succession, family and succession law, real estate, corporate M&A and Banking and Finance, providing full specialist advice on personal and family-related issues to private persons and families. We are dedicated to providing value-creating and long-term advice to you, your business or on investments, your family and the generations to come. Our interests reach beyond what the specific matter may render necessary.

Cross-practice areas:

Aircraft & Rolling Stock
Auditing & consultancy firms
Compliance & CSR
Energy & Utilities
Environment
FinTech
Insurance & Reinsurance
International Construction and Engineering Projects
Life Sciences
Maritime Disputes
Media & Entertainment
Private Equity

International desks: French Desk, German Desk, Greenland Desk

Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, The Scandinavian languages

Other office:
Aarhus, Silkeborgvej 2 8000 Aarhus C Denmark
T: +45 8620 7500
F: +45 8620 7599
E: contact@gorrissenfederspiel.com
W: www.gorrissenfederspiel.com

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Banking & Finance, Copenhagen Michael Steen Jensen msj@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Banking & Finance, Aarhus Lotte Eskesen le@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Capital Markets and Head of Corporate and Commercial M&A, Copenhagen Rikke Schiøtt Petersen rsp@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Capital Markets Klaus Søgaard ks@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Corporate and Commercial M&A, Copenhagen Niels Bang nba@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Corporate and Commercial M&A, Copenhagen Anders Ørjan Jensen aoj@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Corporate and Commercial M&A, Aarhus Anders Peter G. Christoffersen apc@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of EU & Competition and Managing Partner Martin André Dittmer mad@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Partner, EU & Competition Michael Meyer mm@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Partner, EU & Competition Erik Kjær-Hansen ekh@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Restructuring & Insolvency, Copenhagen Morten Hans Jakobsen mj@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Restructuring & Insolvency, Aarhus John Sommer Schmidt jss@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of IP & Digital Business, Aarhus Lasse Søndergaard Christensen lsc@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Partner, IP & Digital Business Ole Horsfeldt oho@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Partner, IP & Digital Business Tue Goldschmieding tgg@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Life Science Jacob Ørndrup jo@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Real Estate / Project Development Merete Larsen mel@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Real Estate / Transactions Jesper Avnborg Lentz jln@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Real Estate, Aarhus Peter Sjøgreen ps@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Shipping / Offshore / Transportation Peter Appel pa@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Partner, Shipping / Offshore / Transportation Jens V. Mathiassen jvm@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Labour and employment Jacob Sand jas@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Dispute Resolution Henriette Gernaa hge@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Partner, Dispute Resolution Jacob Skude Rasmussen jsr@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Partner, Economic Analysis Erik Molin emo@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Head of Tax Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen jsa@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Anders Ørjan Jensen  photo Mr Anders Ørjan Jensen
Mr Jacob Ørndrup  photo Mr Jacob Ørndrup
Mr Christian Alsøe  photo Mr Christian Alsøe
Mr Peter Appel  photo Mr Peter Appel
Mr Jesper Avnborg Lentz  photo Mr Jesper Avnborg Lentz
Mr Niels Bang  photo Mr Niels Bang
Ms Camilla Collet  photo Ms Camilla Collet
Mr Martin André Dittmer  photo Mr Martin André Dittmer
Mr Søren Fogh  photo Mr Søren Fogh
Mr Mikkel Fritsch  photo Mr Mikkel Fritsch
Ms Henriette Gernaa  photo Ms Henriette Gernaa
Mr Tue Goldschmieding  photo Mr Tue Goldschmieding
Mr Niels Heering  photo Mr Niels Heering
Mr Ole Horsfeldt  photo Mr Ole Horsfeldt
Mr Hans-Peter Jørgensen  photo Mr Hans-Peter Jørgensen
Mr Morten Jakobsen  photo Mr Morten Jakobsen
Mr Michael Steen Jensen  photo Mr Michael Steen Jensen
Mr Erik Kjær-Hansen  photo Mr Erik Kjær-Hansen
Ms Merete Larsen  photo Ms Merete Larsen
Mr Tobias Linde  photo Mr Tobias Linde
Mr Finn Møller  photo Mr Finn Møller
Mr Jens V. Mathiasen  photo Mr Jens V. Mathiasen
Mr Morten Nybom Bethe  photo Mr Morten Nybom Bethe
Ms Chantal Pernille Patel  photo Ms Chantal Pernille Patel
Mr Klaus Søgaard  photo Mr Klaus Søgaard
Mrs Rikke Schiøtt Petersen  photo Mrs Rikke Schiøtt Petersen
Mr Mikael Philip Schmidt  photo Mr Mikael Philip Schmidt
Mr Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen  photo Mr Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen
 Jacob Skude Rasmussen photo Jacob Skude Rasmussen Partner
Mr Søren Høgh Thomsen  photo Mr Søren Høgh Thomsen
Ms Charlotte Thorsen  photo Ms Charlotte Thorsen
Mr Michael Wejp-Olsen  photo Mr Michael Wejp-Olsen

Gorrissen Federspiel’s diversity initiatives

At Gorrissen Federspiel, we are aware that diversity and equal opportunities for everyone are essential to our continued success. We assess future employees exclusively on the basis of their qualifications and do not take culture, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, social background, skin colour or sexual orientation into consideration.

We welcome laywers with foreign qualifications as well. In our Shipping practice area, for instance, our team includes common law solicitors owing to the frequent use of English law in the sector.

The Diversity Council

Not only do we promote diversity in our workplace, we also work to promote diversity in society. In 2017, Gorrissen Federspiel joined, as a founding partner, a new strategic initiative, called The Danish Diversity Council – now The Diversity Council (DC).

The aim of this initiative is to boost the number of female talents at the top level of management in Danish companies. We decided to join this partnership as one of our focus areas is how we can get better at motivating and maintaining talents of both genders. Within the DC context, we have chosen three strategic focus areas: 1) Securing a talent pipeline, 2) Inclusive management and 3) The preferred workplace of the future.

#leadthefuture

In spring 2018, DC and the former Danish Minister for Gender Equality, Karen Ellemann, launched the campaign “Lead the Future” which focuses on role models for young women at Danish higher education institutions. Like our fellow partner companies, we selected three female role models from our firm: partner Camilla C. Collet, partner Charlotte Louise Thorsen and attorney Gitte Dehn Lansner. On the campaign’s website, www.leadthefuture.dk, all three of them have shared their personal stories about their choice of career and their views on work-life balance. These stories aim to serve as inspiration for young women.

Debate on gender diversity

In November 2018, Gorrissen Federspiel hosted a packed debate on gender diversity in top-level management, attended by, among others, Minister for Gender Equality, Eva Kjer Hansen.

Tailor-made professional expertise

At Gorrissen Federspiel, we recognise that our employees are talents who may not share the same career dreams and ambitions. Accordingly, the aim is that each employee receives bespoke career development.

There are many paths to a good and exciting work life and we want it to be possible for all employees – depending on life situation – to plan the career path that is best suited for them.

We wish to create a culture where each employee and his or her manager have a trusting relationship and where there is an instinctive focus on job satisfaction, development and career, not only in the annual appraisals but also in quarterly check-ins.

Gorrissen Federspiel’s pro bono initiatives

Children and youth are the foundation of our future society. Gorrissen Federspiel puts accordingly great focus on contributing to the education and development of young pe¬ople in Denmark and broad. We also focus on securing the rule of law and contributing to access to justice. We are involved in pro bono work in many different contexts and encourage our lawyers to play an active role in pro bono projects.

Human Practice Foundation

In 2016, Gorrissen Federspiel partnered up with the Human Practice Foundation to build a new school in Dumkot, a small mountain town in the Dolakha province in north-east Nepal. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries, where access to education is not guaranteed. The catastrophic earthquake in 2015 only worsened the situation.

The Human Practice Foundation is a visionary charitable organisation foun¬ded by Pernille Kruse Madsen, who qualified as an attorney at our law firm. The foundation primarily works with school and entrepreneurial projects, aiming to enable the local community to make its way out of poverty.

As part of our partnership, our employees are able to apply for leave to travel to Nepal to teach English or to assist in other ways.

Grieving Children, Teens and Young Adults

We cooperate with the Danish Counselling and Research Centre for Grieving Children, Teens and Young Adults to support individuals who are affected by the serious illness or death of an immediate family member. The cooperation involves a free telephone service on legal advice for the organisation’s users and their families. The advice relates to issues of family law, such as probate and related areas.

Legal aid organisations

Several of our law students and assistant attorneys work as volunteers at legal aid organisations, where they provide oral advice and write letters on behalf of clients. They contribute to providing everyone with information on rights and obligations as well as on fair legal treatment.

Rule of law

As lawyers, we have a particular role and duty in a society ruled by law. Accordingly, it is important that we are involved in society as a whole while focusing on areas where lawyers have an influence or play a role. To this end, Gorrissen Federspiel focuses on collaborative work locally and nationally through the Danish Bar and Law Society, the Association of Danish Law Firms, and local bar associations in Copenhagen and Aarhus, and internatio¬nally through the International Bar Association and other similar organisati¬ons, as well as by assisting various legal aid organisations.


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.