Firm Profile > Gorrissen Federspiel > Aarhus, Denmark

Gorrissen Federspiel

Banking and finance Tier 1

At Gorrissen Federspiel, the banking and finance group combines an ‘in-depth knowledge of the Danish banking sector’ with an ‘awareness of broader European regulatory implications’. Aside from its regulatory capabilities, the team, led by Michael Steen Jensen, has extensive experience across netting, collateral and clearing issues, operations financing work, high-value loan transactions, acquisition and project financing matters, and bond mandates. Morten Nybom Bethe, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ on regulatory issues, also handles security, structured product and securitisation matters. Managing counsel Tina Herbing specialises in debt financing work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Steen Jensen

Other key lawyers:

Morten Nybom Bethe; Tobias Linde; Tina Herbing; Mikkel Fritsch


‘Deep in-depth knowledge of the Danish banking sector combined with an awareness of broader European regulatory implications make the Gorrisen team, led by Tobias Linde, a go-to Danish local counsel for banking matters.’

‘Consistent high quality.’

‘Morten Nybom Bethe is extremely knowledgeable and I value his judgement in difficult legal questions, primarily in regulatory matters. Mikkel Fritsch and Tina Herbing both deliver high-quality work, are good at making financing transactions run smoothly and are available.’

‘A can-do approach, work well and accurately under difficult time pressure. Solutions-focused.’

Key clients


Finansiel Stabilitet

Danske Bank


Bank of America

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley


Jyske Bank




Vestjysk Bank

Spar Nord Bank

NordLB, air finance

Navigare, ship finance

Capital markets Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel's capital markets team is instructed by an assortment of underwriters, issuers and investors on capital markets matters, with particular expertise in IPOs, takeovers, stock exchange listings, equity and debt issuances, and spin-off and demerger work. In the department, group head Rikke Schiøtt Petersen also handles securities offerings, public and private M&A and corporate governance issues; Klaus Søgaard has a strong track record in public takeover bids and IPOs; and banking and finance practice head Michael Steen Jensen regularly assists clients with issuer-side capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rikke Schiøtt Petersen

Other key lawyers:

Klaus Søgaard; Michael Steen Jensen; Chantal Pernille Patel; Mikael Philip Schmidt; Tobias Linde; Morten Nybom Bethe; Mikkel Fritsch

Key clients

Ernst Göhner Stiftung / Panalpina Welttransport AG

Abacus Medicine A/S

Novo Holdings A/S


Orphazyme A/S


SP Group A/S

Jyske Bank A/S

Spar Nord Bank A/S

Danske Bank A/S


Danske Bank


ABG Sundal Collier


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel fields experts in public and private M&A, securities law, company law and contract law, counting large Danish corporations, multinationals and private equity funds among its key clients. Rikke Schiøtt Petersen, Anders Ørjan Jensen and Anders Peter G. Christoffersen jointly head the team, which also handles disposals, corporate restructurings, management buyouts and compliance issues. Klaus Søgaard and Niels Heering have track records in M&A, Niels Bang is notably active in the pharmaceuticals and life science sectors, and Mikael Philip Schmidt specialises in private equity work.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

DSV / Panalpina Welttransport AG

Danish Crown A/S

A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S

Novo Holdings A/S


Nestlé S.A.

Salling Group A/S


Solstra Investments A/S

Grundfos A/S

Bang & Olufsen A/S

Polaris Private Equity

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel’s team primarily handles GDPR compliance projects for high-profile national and international corporations; it is also particularly active in assisting clients with implementing binding corporate rules and data transfer schemes. The department is headed up by Tue Goldschmieding, who is also experienced in digitalisation programmes and the related regulatory and contractual issues including advising on new business intelligence models and the use of AI for data analysis. The department also manages enforcement issues, namely inspections carried out by data protection authorities.

Practice head(s):

Tue Goldschmieding

Key clients

Novo Nordisk A/S

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

A.P. Møller- Maersk A/S

Carlsberg Breweries A/S

Region Hovedstaden

Dispute resolution Tier 1

At Gorrissen Federspiel, the dispute resolution department acts for a variety of clients in high-profile arbitration, mediation and litigation mandates, both internationally and domestically. The group is spearheaded by Henriette Gernaa, who is a leading arbitration expert and counsel in international cases, namely in the construction, accountancy, energy, agency, reinsurance and post-M&A sectors. Elsewhere, Lotte Eskesen focuses on D&O liability and international trade disputes, while Jacob Skude Rasmussen has extensive experience in shipping, corporate crime and public international law proceedings. Kenneth Hvelplund Pedersen regularly acts for large accountancy and private equity clients.

Practice head(s):

Henriette Gernaa

Other key lawyers:

Lotte Eskesen; Jacob Skude Rasmussen; Kenneth Hvelplund Pedersen


‘Gorrissen Federspiel has great, specialised knowledge about this area and will provide advice based on experience and knowledge. They know how to handle counterparties and their responses.’

‘Highly skilled and professional with a pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Danske Bank A/S

Deloitte Statsautoriseret Revisionspartnerselskab

PricewaterhouseCoopers Statsautoriseret Revisionspartnerselskab

Finansiel Stabilitet A/S

Kindred Group plc (Unibet)

Georg Jensen A/S & Investcorp (ultimate owner of Georg Jensen A/S)

Nykredit A/S

Carnegie Investment Bank

Morgan Stanley

Polar Seafood A/S

Novo Nordisk A/S

A.P. Møller-Mærsk

Solstra Capital Partners

FSN Capital Partners ApS

ISS Group

Bunker Holding

Energy Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel is noted for attracting a large number of M&A transactions in the energy, infrastructure and utilities space involving the divestment and exchange of corporations and assets. Michael Meyer leads the team, which also advises a range of clients on upstream, infrastructure and supply matters in the energy sector. Especially active in renewable energy mandates, Christoffer Fode specialises in matters involving renewable assets, including wind energy, solar PV and biogas work. The department also assists with the establishment of solar, biogas and wind energy plants.

Practice head(s):

Michael Meyer

Other key lawyers:

Christoffer Fode

Key clients


Energi Danmark A/S

A/S Dansk Shell

Aquila Capital

Facebook, Inc.

Tanbreez Mining Greenland A/S

A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S Maersk Drilling Holding A/S

Royal Dutch Shell plc

OK A.m.b.a.

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Clever A/S

EU and competition Tier 1

At Gorrissen Federspiel, the EU and competition team has extensive experience in handling major merger control mandates before the European Commission, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority and other foreign competition authorities. The group, which is jointly led by Martin André Dittmer and Erik Kjær-Hansen, is also instructed in high-profile competition and public procurement disputes before the Supreme Court; the group also has experience in arbitrations. Key areas of focus include the financial services, professional services, healthcare, IT, education and construction sectors. Senior legal counsel Kristian Helge Andersen has a noteworthy maritime practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin André Dittmer; Erik Kjær Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Kristian Helge Andersen

Key clients

Bang & Olufsen


Danske Bank

Danish Crown


A.P. Møller-Maersk



Novo Nordisk



Karnov Group



P27 Nordic Payments Platform

Information technology Tier 1

Singled out for its ‘extensive knowledge of the market and strong negotiation skills’, Gorrissen Federspiel has extensive experience in IT project implementation and development work, software licensing agreements, cloud solutions, contract management issues, system acquisition projects and digital transformation projects. ‘Very experienced’ practice co-head Ole Horsfeldt ‘has developed a state-of-the-art legal framework for outsourcing’, while fellow co-head Tue Goldschmieding specialises in data protection-related issues, including IT security and cybercrime mandates. The department is also active in contentious technology matters.

Practice head(s):

Ole Horsfeldt; Tue Goldschmieding


‘Very business-oriented, highly experienced with in-depth market knowledge (knows the strengths and weaknesses of suppliers in the markets which is appreciated from the customer’s point of view).’

‘Ole Horsfeldt is not only a very competent lawyer – he is also humble and business-oriented which was a perfect match with the corporate values of his client in this case. He is attentive, respectful and thinks outside the box.’

‘Extensive knowledge of the market and strong negotiation skills. Managed to take over the entire process thereby freeing up in-house resources for other strategic projects.’

‘Deep knowledge of outsourcing from both a commercial and legal perspective.’ 

‘The people I have worked with are in general very talented, with a commercial mind-set, and structured and friendly approach. In regard to outsourcing, Ole Horsfeldt is our first choice as he is very experienced and has developed a state-of-the-art legal framework for outsourcing.’

‘They are very good at finding solutions and working in a structured and pragmatic way. They understand the business’ needs.’

‘Very structured and eager to find a solution that fits both parties without compromising on standards. Good at seeing the big picture as well as details.’

Key clients



Carlsberg Breweries A/S

Danske Bank A/S

LEO Pharma

Insolvency Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel’s substantial expertise across Danish and international insolvency and restructuring law is underpinned by its frequent handling of high-profile bankruptcy and restructuring cases, as well as other creditor arrangements and debt work-outs. The group often acts as trustee and restructuring administrator, including in litigation and out-of-court restructurings. John Sommer Schmidt primarily handles compulsory liquidation proceedings, Morten Hans Jakobsen attracts praise for his asset finance, aviation and shipping practice, and Lars Grøngaard is a noted restructuring administrator. Another key name is Preben Jakobsen, whose practice also encompasses distressed M&A work.

Practice head(s):

John Sommer Schmidt; Morten Hans Jakobsen; Lars Grøngaard

Other key lawyers:

Preben Jakobsen

Key clients

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia

OW Bunker A/S


Dominos Pizza Denmark

Primera Air

Dyrberg Kern

Cardlab ApS

CNS Group A/S

Norwegian Pilot Services Denmark ApS

Dalum Papir A/S


Insurance Tier 1

Under the leadership of Henriette Gernaa, Gorrissen Federspiel's group is skilled at handling complex insurance and reinsurance disputes, and also advises on transactional and regulatory issues. From a contentious viewpoint, the group represents insurance companies, reinsurers and brokers in a wide range of disputes and international arbitration proceedings including product liability and product recall claims, professional liability issues, commercial liability matters, personal injury claims and workers’ compensation work. Non-contentious areas of focus include Solvency II regime matters, fund issuances and insurance business restructurings. Peter Appel and Jens V. Mathiasen are particularly active in maritime insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Henriette Gernaa

Other key lawyers:

Peter Appel; Jens V. Mathiasen; Jacob Skude Rasmussen; Lotte Eskesen; Kenneth Hvelplund Pedersen


‘The team are very analytic when cases are examined.’

‘The group is dedicated with individuals working 24/7 to help clients.’

Key clients

Deloitte Danmark

FSN Capital Partners




West of England P&I

Skuld P&I

Orskov Yard


Intellectual property Tier 1

Gorrissen Federspiel is frequently instructed by major retail, life sciences and renewable energy clients on IP litigation, trade mark issues and design portfolio management. Practice co-head Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm has particular expertise in patent and trade mark enforcements, as well as defending clients against infringement claims before the Danish courts and in arbitration proceedings. Alongside his wide-ranging contentious IP capabilities, fellow co-head Lasse Skaarup Christensen regularly advises on regulatory issues concerning trade marks, designs and domain name portfolios. The group has also seen an uptick in copyright-related matters in the media space.

Practice head(s):

Lasse Skaarup Christensen; Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Ørndrup; Lars Segato


‘High level of legal skill, knowledge and experience. Great integrity and a strong brand. Good at communications and relationship management.’ 

Generally a strong network – mainly within Denmark.’

‘Lasse Christensen is an experienced and strong personality who is thorough in court and quite robust. He has a strong knowledge base within franchise and IP and quite a good network.’

Key clients

Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S

Nel Hydrogen A/S

Biomar A/S

Configit A/S

Rains ApS

Pandora A/S

Bang & Olufsen A/S

Novo Nordisk A/S

eBay Classified Scandinavia ApS

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Mastiff A/S

Genmab A/S

Waoo A/S

GN Store Nord A/S

Chr. Hansen A/S


Real estate and construction Tier 1

With 'a high degree of dedication, thoroughness and in-depth knowledge’, the team at Gorrissen Federspiel is singled out for its handling of major residential and commercial development projects. Jointly headed up by Merete Larsen, Peter Sjøgreen and Jesper Avnborg Lentz, the real estate practice's work runs the gamut of commercial real estate transactions, lease contract issues, real estate insolvencies and tax-related advice. From a construction viewpoint, the group acts for clients on tenders, construction work issues and disputes, including litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Merete Larsen; Jesper Avnborg Lentz; Peter Sjøgreen

Other key lawyers:

Hans-Peter Jørgensen; Jan Hellmund Jensen


‘The construction team demonstrates a high degree of dedication, thoroughness and in-depth knowledge of the area of our firm’s expertise.’

‘Gorrissen Federspiel excels in the ability to understand any of the commercial and organisational needs of our institution.’

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

Selfinvest / Selfproperty

Viga RE

Balder Danmark A/S

M. Goldschmidt Holding A/S

Greve Kommune (Municipality of Greve)

Rudersdal Kommune (Municipality of Rudersdal)

Kartago Property

Shipping and transport Tier 1

Jointly led by the ‘extremely hardworking and super smartJens V. Mathiasen and the ‘intelligent, fast-thinking and result-orientedPeter Appel, the team at Gorrissen Federspiel handles a mix of transactional, contentious and regulatory work. Within the shipping space, it is noted for its expertise in newbuild contracts, loan agreements, transactions and charter party disputes, often supported by other departments in the firm. Further areas of strength include aviation financing work, leasings, operational issues, disputes and regulatory advice, maritime debt refinancing mandates, insurance and reinsurance matters, and maritime insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Peter Appel; Jens V. Mathiasen


‘Jens V. Mathiasen is extremely hardworking, super smart, and has a deep knowledge of the industry. Always available and also good at giving his team the necessary space.’

‘Peter Appel is intelligent, fast-thinking, and result-oriented. He knows our company and our challenges.’

‘The GF S&T team covers all areas of the industry allowing the client a one-stop-shop of high-quality advisors. Peter Appel pays great attention, always ensuring new angles are covered optimally. ’

‘An ability to understand the clients commercial and operational structures and needs ensures that the working relationship has the best foundation for creating mutual value.’

Key clients

Maersk Line

Maersk Tankers

The Scandlines Group

Navigare Capital Partners

Royal Arctic Line

MOL Nordic Tankers



Bunker Holding

SDK Shipping

Dee4 Capital Partners


Celsius Shipping

J. Lauritzen


Nordic Aviation Capital

Great Dane Airlines

Atlantic Airways

Air Greenland

Telecoms Tier 1

The telecoms practice at Gorrissen Federspiel provides advice on sector regulations, competition law, consumer issues, contracts and M&A transactions. The group is led by EU and competition specialist Martin André Dittmer, who has extensive experience working for telecoms companies including large mobile network operators; he frequently secures merger control clearances, advises on public procurement matters and licence auctions, and assists with joint ventures, infrastructure projects and outsourcings. Lasse Skaarup Christensen also acts for broadband and cable television companies on IP and IT issues.

Practice head(s):

Martin André Dittmer

Other key lawyers:

Lasse Skaarup Christensen


‘Gorrissen’s team is very into the telecoms business and its logic. Much appreciated when negotiating transactions.’

Key clients





Employment Tier 2

Gorrissen Federspiel primarily focuses on the employment elements of IPOs and M&A; it also handles redundancies, executive management remuneration matters and international and EU employment mandates, particularly in the transportation sector. Jacob Sand leads the team, which also advises on day-to-day employment matters and leverages the firm's new HR chatbot, HuRa, which answers employee questions concerning the new Danish Holiday Act. The group has recently focused on Covid-19 issues, including compensation schemes, split work arrangements and pay reductions. In late 2019, former co-head Morten Skjønnemand left the group.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Sand

Other key lawyers:

Ditte Grundtvig Larsen; Sabine Brandhøj Overgaard


‘I believe that the company has an international approach and they have in-depth knowledge of EU law, which means that they are able to juggle the EU based employment law matters in a way that only few others are.’

‘Ditte Grundtvig Larsen: Ditte has a dedicated approach to all matters – big and small. She is good at taking all aspects of a case into consideration – the legal aspects (naturally), but also how things will be perceived by the employee and the outside world. This means that her advice is always to the point and creates great value for clients.’

‘Jacob Sand – Jacob’s knowledge and experience with EU law is quite unique and he also has a high degree of intellectual curiosity. Jacob is good at ensuring that things do not become bigger than they need to be.’

Key clients

HBO Europe (WarnerMedia a part of AT&T)



United Airlines

Bang & Olufsen

Star Air A/S

Atlantic Airways


GN Store Nord

Sunclass Airlines (former Thomas Cook)

Fujifilm Corporation

Pandora A/S

Novo Nordisk Fonden


Equinor (former Statoil)


Philip Morris

Salling Group



J.P. Morgan


Danske Bank

The Danish Chamber of Commerce (Dansk Erhverv)

Novo Nordisk

Associated Danish Ports

Silvan A/S

Nets A/S



Environment Tier 2

Jointly led by Lotte Eskesen, Hans-Peter Jørgensen and Uffe Bøgelund Jensen, Gorrissen Federspiel’s expertise ranges from transactional issues to environmental litigation. The group receives a steady flow of M&A-related transactions and mandates pertaining to waste management issues, soil and groundwater pollution remediations, environmental approvals, environmental due diligence, environmental risk assessments and transfers of undertakings. It also advises on regulatory issues concerning EU and Danish legislation.

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

Aquila European Renewables Income Fund

Tax Tier 2

The team at Gorrissen Federspiel, which is jointly headed up by Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen and Jan Steen Hansen, handles an array of transactional issues, disputes and regulatory work, with particular expertise in VAT and customs duties. Andersen focuses on tax disputes, transfer pricing issues and the tax aspects of M&A transactions, while Hansen is noted for his vast experience in VAT disputes. Corporate tax structuring, incentives programmes and tax litigation concerning withheld taxes are other main areas of focus.

Practice head(s):

Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen; Jan Steen Hansen


‘Jakob Skaadstrup Andersen has demonstrated a deep knowledge within his area of expertise and he has 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 and very pleasant to work with on a personal level.’

Key clients

Fidelity Funds

Danske Bank

A.P. Møller Maersk

Danmarks Radio

Deutsche Bahn

The Coca-Cola Company

Just Eat






Axa Investments Funds






Goldman Sachs


J.P. Morgan

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Anders Peter G Christoffersen  photo Mr Anders Peter G Christoffersen Anders Peter Christoffersen co-heads our Corporate/M&A practice group and assists Danish and…
Ms Lotte Eskesen  photo Ms Lotte Eskesen Member of Gorrissen Federspiel Litigation and Banking & Finance Group. Specialises in…
Mr Christoffer Fode  photo Mr Christoffer Fode
 Lars Grøngaard  photo Lars Grøngaard Lars Grøngaard primarily assists Danish private and public creditors with the collection…
Mr Bo Holse  photo Mr Bo Holse Bo Holse primarily focuses on various transactions in the financial sector and…
Mr Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm  photo Mr Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm As a partnerin Gorrissen Federspiel’s IP & Digital Business department Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm in…
Mr Michael Meyer  photo Mr Michael Meyer
Mr Jacob Sand  photo Mr Jacob Sand Jacob Sand heads the firm’s Labour & Employment practice group. Jacob specialises…
 Peter Sjøgreen  photo Peter Sjøgreen Advises on real estate transactions, business leases, distressed properties, construction law and…
Mr John Sommer Schmidt  photo Mr John Sommer Schmidt Practice areas include all aspects of Danish insolvency law, including voluntary debt…
 Søren Stæhr  photo Søren Stæhr Søren primarily offers advice on Corporate M&A issues, including transactional work on…

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.