Firm Profile > Gorrissen Federspiel > Aarhus, Denmark

Gorrissen Federspiel

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.


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


Finansiel Stabilitet

Danske Bank


Bank of America

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley


Jyske Bank




Vestjysk Bank

Spar Nord Bank



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.

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.


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


Vestas A/S





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



Scandlines Danmark A/S



Aktieselskabet Schouw & Co.

F. Salling Holding A/S


Danske Bank

Jeudan A/S


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.


‘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.


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


Danske Bank

Danish Crown


A.P. Møller-Maersk



Novo Nordisk


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.


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



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.


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. 


‘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


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.


‘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


Royal Greenland

Danish Crown

Novo Nordisk


Vestas Wind Systems

Fan Milk International

Glud & Marstand


Sky International


Bang & Olufsen


A. P. Møller-Mærsk

Karnov Group



Linco Food Systems (part of the BAADER Group)

Biomar Group

Under Armour




Chr. Hansen

Nel Hydrogen

Simpson Strong-Tie




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.


‘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.


‘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



Bunker Holding

SDK Shipping


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.


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




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.

Key clients

Novo Nordisk


Vestas Wind Systems



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.


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



Equinor (former Statoil)


Fujifilm Corporation

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


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.

Key clients

A/S Dansk Shell

Mærsk Olie og Gas A/S (Maersk Oil)

National Oilwell Varco

Facebook, Inc.

TANBREEZ Mining Greenland A/S



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.

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.


‘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


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.

Key clients

Fidelity Funds

Danske Bank

A.P. Møller Maersk

Danmarks Radio

Deutsche Bahn

The Coca-Cola Company



Wright Medical Group




Axa Investments Funds

China Telecom





Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Lasse A Søndergaard Christensen  photo Mr Lasse A Søndergaard Christensen
Mr Anders Peter G Christoffersen  photo Mr Anders Peter G Christoffersen
Ms Lotte Eskesen  photo Ms Lotte Eskesen
Mr Christoffer Fode  photo Mr Christoffer Fode
Mr Lars Grøngaard  photo Mr Lars Grøngaard
Mr Bo Holse  photo Mr Bo Holse
Mr Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm  photo Mr Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm
Mr Michael Meyer  photo Mr Michael Meyer
Mr Jacob Sand  photo Mr Jacob Sand
Mr Peter Sjøgreen  photo Mr Peter Sjøgreen
Mr John Sommer Schmidt  photo Mr John Sommer Schmidt
Mr Søren Stæhr  photo Mr Søren Stæhr