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Gorrissen Federspiel

Banking and finance Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel has 'a strong team in the banking and finance sector', which is 'pragmatic' and 'very solution focused'. Michael Steen Jensen leads the practice and recently advised Østjydsk Bank on its bankruptcy and the related transferral of its assets and liabilities excluding subordinated capital to Sparekassen Vendsyssel. Morten Nybom Bethe is an expert in regulatory issues and Tobias Linde is notably strong in lending and acquisition finance work.

Capital markets Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel is 'very experienced' and adopts a 'hands-on approach' across debt capital markets (DCM) and equity capital markets (ECM) work. Rikke Schiøtt Petersen heads the team and is 'always available' with 'very good advice'; he recently advised Nets on its voluntary public takeover by Evergood 5. Other recent mandates include Chantal Pernille Patel assisting Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets with the disposal of its stake in Copenhagen Airports to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and ATP, Klaus Søgaard acting for GreenMobility on its IPO on Nasdaq First North Copenhagen, Anders Ørjan Jensen advising Danske Bank as bookrunner on H+H International’s rights issuance and admission of new shares on Nasdaq Copenhagen, and Tobias Linde handling Nykredit Realkredit's bond issuance. Niels Heering, Michael Jensen, Tobias Linde, Morten Nybom Bethe and Mikkel Fritsch are also key names to note.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel's sizable team has handled a number of top ticket deals in the M&A space; group co-head Anders Ørjan Jensen and Tomas Haagen advised SEB on the €873m sale of SEB Pension in Denmark to Danske Bank, Olaf C Ehrenskjöld and Rikke Schiøtt Petersen handled Nets' €5.5bn takeover by Hellmann & Friedmann, and Klaus Søgaard and Charlotte Thorsen assisted Maersk with its $7.5bn sale of Maersk Oil to Total. Maersk also instructed Finn Møller on its $1.2bn divestment of Maersk Tankers, and Niels Heering acted for Nykredit on a €1.7bn investment by a consortium of pension providers. Niels Bang and Anders Peter G. Christoffersen also jointly lead the group, and Mikael Philip Schmidt is a key contact for securities work.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel fields a broad commercial disputes practice, which is particularly active in the financial sector; it counts Nykredit Bank, Deloitte Danmark and PwC Danmark as clients. 'Highly skilled litigatorHenriette Gernaa leads the team and recently acted for KMD in a dispute against the Danish Customs and Tax Administration. Other work includes the 'timely and conscientiousChristian Alsøe defending the former management and chairman of a wind turbine company in claims brought by investors concerning alleged accounting modifications, and Lotte Eskesen representing Finansiel Stabilitet in a dispute against the former management and board of the bankrupt Roskilde Bank in professional liability and mismanagement claims. Another notable name is Jacob Skude Rasmussen, who is skilled in commercial litigation and arbitration.

EU and competition Tier 1

Merger filings, competition litigation and public procurement are the core areas of focus for Gorrissen Federspiel, which fields a practice jointly lead by merger control specialist Martin André Dittmer and litigator Erik Kjær-Hansen. Dittmer recently advised Imerco on its acquisition of Inspiration, and Kjær-Hansen represented CF Møller in a procurement dispute relating to the design of a new Copenhagen hospital.

Information technology Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel's expertise encompasses contracts, dispute resolution and data protection work. Ole Horsfeldt and Tue Goldschmieding jointly lead the group; Horsfeldt specialises in transactional work and agreements, while Goldschmieding is an expert in data protection and outsourcing matters.

Insolvency Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel handles restructurings and insolvencies for clients in the real estate, transport, energy, finance , construction and retail sectors. Aarhus-based John Sommer Schmidt leads the national department and advised Lion Capital on the Danish aspects of its bid for the distressed Agent Provocateur. Morten Hans Jakobsen heads up the Copenhagen team and assisted SEB and EKF with the bankruptcy of Weiss, a Danish contractor and developer of renewable energy power plants. Insolvency specialist Lars Grøngaard is also noteworthy.

Insurance Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel's expertise encompasses transactional matters, disputes and regulatory work; Bupa and Codan are notable clients. Henriette Gernaa leads the team and is an expert in contentious work; she represented Deloitte Denmark in professional negligence claims against the auditors of the now-defunct OW Bunker. Also noted are regulatory specialist Morten Nybom Bethe, disputes expert Peter Appel and Jens V. Mathiasen, who focuses on commercial and marine insurance.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel is noted for its 'unique knowledge in IP', 'very high service levels' and 'strong leadership', thanks to group head Lasse A Søndergaard Christensen, who is 'exceptionally intelligent' and 'a highly qualified IP expert', who is skilled in contentious and non-contentious IP issues. In a recent highlight, Christensen acted for Rains in a dispute with Inditex, whose rain coats allegedly infringed upon the client's products. Clients also praise life sciences specialist Jacob Ørndrup, who focuses on patent and trade secret law, and is 'extremely knowledgeable', 'to the point' and 'always delivers on time'; he successfully represented a medical devices company in a patent dispute. Nestlé, Danish Crown and eBay are also clients. The technology-focused Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm 'offers great insight' and is 'easy to contact'.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

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

Shipping and transport Tier 1

According to clients, Gorrissen Federspiel has 'for generations been, and still is, the number one Danish maritime law firm', based on its 'extensive network', 'deep understanding of the shipping business' and 'hands-on working approach'. Peter Appel and Jens Mathiesen jointly lead the team and are 'very experiencedhardworking and always available'; they handle shipping transactions, financings and disputes, and recently advised Navigare Capital Partners on its collective acquisition of 14 vessels. Other key figures include Paul Wilkinson, who is an expert in shipping finance work and transactions, and Peter Carlstedt Nørtved, who focuses on shipping disputes.

Telecoms Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel's expertise in telecoms includes advising on regulations, transactions, data protection issues and outsourcing work. Martin André Dittmer heads up the practice and regularly advises on regulatory and competition issues. Recent work highlights include advising fibre broadband company Waoo on television distribution and telecoms regulatory issues, and assisting Telia with its roaming and transmission agreements.

Employment Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel's practice is jointly led by litigator and EU law expert Jacob Sand, who is 'very competent' and 'a very nice person'; and transactional specialist Morten Skjønnemand. Sand recently acted for the labour union Forbundshus in a case alleging discrimination on the grounds of an employee's obesity, and Skjønnemand assisted Orphazyme with the employment aspects of its IPO on Nasdaq Copenhagen. The Danish National Bank and Danish Crown are also clients. Litigator Anne Skjold Qvortrup is an expert in cases involving both Danish and EU law.

Energy Tier 2

At Gorrissen FederspielMichael Meyer handles transactional work, contract issues and competition-related matters. The group also assists with contentious issues and regulatory mandates.

Environment Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel focuses on contentious work, particularly in the waste management and pollution-related sectors. Litigator Lotte Eskesen heads up the group, which also counts construction specialist Hans-Peter Jørgensen and real estate expert Uffe Bøgelund as noteworthy practitioners.

Media and entertainment Tier 2

The practice at Gorrissen Federspiel is skilled in matters encompassing competition, IP, data protection, M&A and contentious issues. Christian Alsøe handles IP, competition and M&A-related litigation; competition law specialist Erik Kjær-Hansen and IP litigator Lasse A Søndergaard Christensen are also key names to note.

Tax Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel's tax practice focuses on disputes and M&A transactions, and has a number of international clients in its roster. Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen leads the team and has extensive experience in handing the tax aspects of transactions. Jan Steen Hansen and Lars Fogh are also key individuals.

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
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

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Banking & Finance, Copenhagen Michael Steen Jensen
Head of Banking & Finance, Aarhus Lotte Eskesen
Head of Capital Markets Rikke Schiøtt Petersen
Head of Capital Markets Klaus Søgaard
Head of Corporate and Commercial M&A, Copenhagen Niels Bang
Head of Corporate and Commercial M&A, Copenhagen Anders Ørjan Jensen
Head of Corporate and Commercial M&A, Aarhus Anders Peter G. Christoffersen
Head of EU & Competition and Managing Partner Martin André Dittmer
Partner, EU & Competition Michael Meyer
Partner, EU & Competition Erik Kjær-Hansen
Head of Restructuring & Insolvency, Copenhagen Morten Hans Jakobsen
Head of Restructuring & Insolvency, Aarhus John Sommer Schmidt
Head of IP & Digital Business, Aarhus Lasse Søndergaard Christensen
Partner, IP & Digital Business Ole Horsfeldt
Partner, IP & Digital Business Tue Goldschmieding
Head of Life Science Jacob Ørndrup
Head of Real Estate / Project Development Merete Larsen
Head of Real Estate / Transactions Jesper Avnborg Lentz
Head of Real Estate, Aarhus Peter Sjøgreen
Head of Shipping / Offshore / Transportation Peter Appel
Partner, Shipping / Offshore / Transportation Jens V. Mathiassen
Head of Labour and employment Jacob Sand
Head of Dispute Resolution Henriette Gernaa
Partner, Dispute Resolution Jacob Skude Rasmussen
Partner, Economic Analysis Erik Molin
Head of Tax Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen
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.


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,, 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.