Mr John Sommer Schmidt > Gorrissen Federspiel > Aarhus, Denmark > Lawyer Profile

Gorrissen Federspiel

Work Department

Insolvency & Restructuring


Practice areas include all aspects of Danish insolvency law, including voluntary debt arrangement and acting as insolvency administrator in restructurings as well as trustee in bankruptcy estates. John Sommer Schmidt is appointed official liquidator and trustee by the Bankruptcy Court in Aarhus to act upon order in compulsory liquidation proceedings brought before the bankruptcy Court.


Joined Gorrissen Federspiel in 2001 and became partner in 2011. Right of audience before the Danish High Court in 2007.




The Danish Bar and Law Society. The Association of Danish Insolvency Attorneys.


LL.M., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2009, Candidatus juris, University of Aarhus 2001, B.Sc.(jur.), Aarhus School of Business 1998.

Lawyer Rankings

Denmark > Insolvency

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John Sommer Schmidt – Gorrissen Federspiel

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