Firm Profile > Bruun & Hjejle > Copenhagen, Denmark

Bruun & Hjejle

Banking and finance Tier 1

Bruun & Hjejle provides advice on notable financial transactions and is experienced in acting for banks and financial institutions in high-stakes disputes. Jakob Echwald Sevel and Thomas Skjellerup jointly head up the practice and handle derivatives transactions and structured financing issues, while Ulrik Kloss Fenneberg is a key name for revolving credit facilities and project financing matters; the team also assists with bond-related regulatory matters. Key clients include mortgage banks, institutional and industrial investors, insurance companies, private equity companies and public entities. Associate partner Christian Sahlertz is also a key name to note.


I value the flexibility, availability and ability to interact well with law firms globally

The team is more solution-oriented than most comparable practices

Key clients


European Investment Bank and ING Bank

Alm. Brand Bank A/S

Nordea and Nykredit Bank

Kirk Kapital A/S

PKA and Vattenfall

Credit Suisse, Danske Bank, DNB Markets, Nykredit Bank and Deutsche Bank

HPS Investment Partners, HSBC, RBS

Copenhagen Airports A/S

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Nordea Danmark, Filial af Nordea Bank Abp, Finland

AIP Euro Green Private Real Estate Trust No. 9 and AIP Asset Management Co (collectively “AIP”)

Nykredit Realkedit A/S and Nykredit Bank A/S (collectively “Nykredit”)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Bruun & Hjejle is a key name for clients in the energy, insurance, shipping, business services and pharmaceutical sectors and handles corporate structuring work, compliance mandates and M&A transactions. Mogens Thorninger advises pension funds and institutional investors on direct investment and fund formation matters, and Mogens Ebeling focuses on public and private mergers, demergers, joint ventures and corporate governance work. Simon Krogh is also a noteworthy practitioner, and practice head Andreas Nielsen has expertise in M&A involving private equity funds.


Very competent team from partners to the associates and very commercial and solution oriented approach with the client in focus

Bruun & Hjejle is a law firm with increasing focus on M&A and with a strong team of practitioners with good personality and a hands-on approach. In addition, they hold a strong position within LP investors

Always there for you. Quick response and turnaround time. Very good and usable recommendations – really good at finding the problems but also presenting the solution to these, this really makes them stand out. Also very analytical and intelligent people

Strong competencies across disciplines. Very strong on PE establishment and M&A

Jesper Schultz Larsen and Morten Jensen are outstanding lawyers who deliver great value to their clients by being very competent, experienced, solution oriented and fully devote themselves to the project every time I have worked on a live deal with the

Jesper Schultz-Larsen: Dedicated M&A partner with hands-on approach and good track record. Very good with PE

Andreas Nielsen, partner, is very good. Always there. He is really bright and thinks quickly, and comes up with a good workable solution. He can make things happen where others don’t see a way forward. Besides that he knows all the details about your case himself, he always provides very good advice. I can give him my recommendation

Mogens Thorninger is in a class of his own in terms of fund setup and structuring. Erik Banner Foght is possibly the best tax lawyer in Denmark when it comes to PE. Andreas Nielsen has unique competency in M&A

Key clients


First State Investments and Hermes Investment Management


CVC Capital Partners and GRO Capital

HMN Naturgas I/S

Dinex Emission Holding

Nine United Denmark (Hay)

William Demant Invest

Teracom Group AB

Waterland Private Equity Investments B.V.

Kirk Kapital A/S

CataCap and G.S.V. Materieludlejning A/S


Alm. Brand Bank/Alm. Brand Group

Swedish Match

PKA AIP Infrastructure

BWB Partners and Holmris

Asmodee Group


Pitzner Gruppen Holding A/S

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bruun & Hjejle has broad experience spanning domestic and cross-border litigation, arbitration proceedings and mediation; notable areas of expertise include white collar litigation, commercial disputes, professional liability issues and competition, tax, state aid and public law claims. Practice head Ole Spiermann focuses on internal investigations, disciplinary cases, criminal proceedings and money laundering cases, while Karsten Kristoffersen has expertise in the oil and gas industry. In a recent high-profile matter, the group represented Danske Bank in a money laundering case involving the Estonian branch. Other matters include environmental claims, product liability matters, real estate disputes and insolvency claims.


‘I value their ability to handle complex cases that require an effort where no stone is left unturned.’

‘Ole Spiermann’s ability to handle complex cases in Court and his ability to give specific and highly qualified advice on how to determine a strategy for handling disputes makes him stand out.’

Key clients

Danske Bank A/S

Bios Ambulance Services Danmark A/S in bankruptcy

PFA and ATP and a number of other institutional investors

Hesalight A/S in bankruptcy

Totalkredit A/S

Jyske Realkredit A/S

Finans Danmark (The Danish Bankers Association)


Nordea Bank

Ørsted A/S (formerly DONG Energy A/S)

Energy Tier 1

Bruun & Hjejle regularly handles energy-related M&A and investments and also has notable expertise in regulatory matters and disputes. Practice head Nicolaj Kleist is a key name for clients in the oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy sectors including offshore wind farms and geothermal energy projects. The group is also experienced in cross-border energy infrastructure projects including contentious work, regulatory issues and pricing matters relating to upstream natural gas transportation projects.


Ability to match legal context with commercial needs. Frank and open exchange of views and open to novel ideas of approaching a particular legal area, including often suggesting novel approaches themselves

Second to none in the market

Key clients

Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)

HMN Naturgas

FDO (Danske Olieberedskabslagre)

Vindmølleindustrien (Danish Wind Industry Association – DWIA)

Global Wind Organisation

Frederiksberg Forsyning


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

AP Moller Holding A/S

Pension Danmark



EU and competition Tier 1

Bruun & Hjejle's client list of publicly owned and regulated companies are advised by the practice on competition and state aid regulations, and represented before Danish Courts, the General Court and the European Court of Justice in a range of contentious issues including abuse of dominance cases. The team is particularly noted for its merger control expertise and knowledge of the media, transport, energy, retail and agricultural sectors. Practice head Olaf Koktvedgaard focuses on the energy, media, transport and pharmaceuticals industries, while Frederik André Bork regularly handles competition-related M&A work, and Søren Zinck is 'a highly valued, thorough and experienced competition lawyer that always provides hands-on assistance'.


Olaf Koktvedgaard has a rare ability to approach a challenge with novel ideas and often rendering optimal results. Excellent ability to focus on obtaining the goat at hand based on profound experience and keen business understanding

First-rate knowledge of Danish antitrust law. Keen intellect. Thoughtful about commercial objectives. Marvellous grasp of strategy

Very approachable, skilful, service minded and responsive team

The firm has a very high degree of professionalism. Their advice is to the point and, furthermore, they deliver in a timely manner and are easily accessible

Søren Zinck is a highly valued, thorough and experienced competition lawyer that always provides hands on assistance

Søren Zinck is my key point of contact. Besides being very pleasant to work with, he is a highly capable competition lawyer. He has a good understanding of all aspects of competition law and is able to provide precise and usable advice. Moreover, he is easily accessible and able to provide his advice at short notice

Key clients

CD Pharma AB

HMN Naturgas I/S

TV2/Danmark A/S

TV2/Danmark A/S

FIH Holding and FIH Erhvervsbank

PostNord Danmark

Danish Pig Genetics

Clear Channel International and Clear Channel Danmark

GSV Materieludlejning A/S


TransAtlantis S.à.r.l

Arbejdsmarkedets Tillægspension and Danica Ejendomsselskab ApS

Danske Bank A/S

FDO (Danish Central Oil Stockholding Entity)

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The main areas of expertise at Bruun & Hjejle are real estate transactions, construction and disputes. The practice advises both on the purchase and selling of properties. The practice advises on regulations governing infrastructure projects, including residential property development, commercial properties and the erection of islands off the coast. Real estate transaction specialist Christian Schow Madsen and construction expert Christian Johansen jointly head the practice, and regularly advise on both litigation and arbitration as well as on non-contentious matters.


‘The team works very dedicatedly towards solutions and has a keen eye on the substantial matters. Besides being available on both attorney and partner level they are creating value for their clients by finding intelligent solutions and not over complicating minor issues.’

‘In my opinion, Bruun & Hjejle stands out. The firm excels in understanding the commercial interests and needs of both their clients and their counterparts, which greatly helps in getting deals closed, agreements signed and disputes resolved in a satisfactory way – which ultimately always is our main priority.’

‘The team at Bruun & Hjejle has a special sense for the needs of their clients. They are available at all times and provide precise advice.’

‘Christian Schow Madsen has a good commercial mindset and quick response times. He is always available, very service-minded and keeps up high standards.’

Key clients




Aberdeen Asset Management



AIP Asset Management

Savills Investment Management





Gefion Group

Salini Impregilo S.p.A./Copenhagen Metro Team

Comsa S.A.U.

Capital markets Tier 2

The capital markets practice at Bruun & Hjejle works closely with the firm’s M&A team to advise banks and financial institutions, private equity funds and corporate clients on equity and debt capital market transactions. The practice’s expertise encompasses bond and note issuances, private placements, sell-down transactions, public takeovers and IPOs. Team head Morten Jensen regularly acts on initial private placements and advises on the regulatory requirements for stock exchange trade; the practice also handles listings, stock emissions and auction processes.


Very competent team from partners to associates and very commercial and solution-oriented approach with the client in focus

Dedicated and problem-solving approach. Easy to talk to and accessible

Deep local understanding of capital markets, well known for high-quality services

Key clients

Danske Bank

Karnov Group Denmark A/S

Better Collective


Demant A/S

Arbejdernes Landsbank

Danish Ship Finance

Nykredit Bank

Deutsche Bank

Amgen, Inc.

Insolvency Tier 2

The practice at Bruun & Hjejle handles insolvency disputes over the recovery of assets brought before the Supreme Court and has expertise in advising as administrator on distressed M&A and real estate transactions. The firm regularly acts as trustee and assists with corporate and financial restructuring. The firm also regularly assists with liquidation matters Practice head Henrik Selchau Poulsen has expertise in the suspension of payments and bankruptcy compositions.


Professional, in-depth expertise, fast and trustworthy

Ongoing discussion of options  

Key clients



Danske Capital

Danske Markets/Wealth Management

Nordic Trustee


Bios Ambulance Service

Saxo Privatbank

Realkredit Danmark

Danske Bank

Alm. Brand Bank

Spar Nord Bank

Tax Tier 2

Bruun & Hjejle provides transactional advice and represents in tax-related disputes. The practice’s expertise includes advice on acquisition structures, debt structuring, tax due diligence for investor and regulatory tax advice in relation to pension funds and private equity funds. The firm is also experienced in advising on transfer pricing, VAT and customs duties. Erik Banner-Voigt is the practice head and regularly assists corporate investors on the structuring of investment models. Søren Lehmann Nielsen left the practice in July 2019 to join Plesner.


‘Bruun & Hjejle’s tax team has a unique position when it comes to tax-related matters with respect to formation of, and investments in, alternative investment funds. We had the great pleasure of Bruun & Hjejle’s unique insight and experience.’

‘Bruun & Hjejle is known for its top quality and specialised skills with infrastructure and tax in Private Equity setups. High quality and proactive tax advice.’

‘Experienced and commercially driven tax advisers providing sound and reliable tax advice which can be trusted. Bruun & Hjejle Tax has in-depth experience from many years of working as a counterpart to the Danish tax authorities, and excellent technical skills.’

‘The team has in-depth understanding of and expertise in Danish tax law.’

‘Bruun & Hjejle delivers a high-quality service and has a good reputation. The individuals are the most important asset.’

‘Erik Banner Voigt who is an outstanding tax lawyer with a very high level of technical knowledge. Erik has a profound knowledge of many key aspects of tax law, but he is particularly strong in fund structuring and tax planning for high-net-worth individuals. He is professional, thorough and very good on the spot.’

Erik Banner Voigt is very positive and of an accommodating nature, and he has an exceptional talent for making complex issues easily understandable. His many years of experience mean that Erik has a unique faculty for combining his financial and legal understanding to find pragmatic, workable and viable solutions. In short, Erik is the number one go-to guy when it comes to tax matters relating to private equity.’

‘Erik Banner-Voigt is known for his proactive tax advice on solution that works in real life.’

‘Erik Banner-Voigt is a star within Danish tax.’

‘Erik Banner Voigt is very pleasant to work with. He is a skilled lawyer with a very good business acumen.’


Key clients

Scandinavian Tobacco Group




BWB Partners

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners




African Infrastructure Partners / A.P. Møller Holding

Maj Invest

Alm. Brand A/S


ALK Abello

Saga Private Equity

William Demant Holding A/S


Heartcore Capital

Employment Tier 3

Bruun & Hjejle focuses on the employment elements of M&A transactions and is also experienced in the assessment of restructuring and rationalisation procedures and employee-related financial sector regulations. The practice also has expertise in international recruitment matters and contentious employment proceedings. Practice head Elise Ross-Hansen is a negotiator, litigator and trained mediator, who assists with incentives schemes and business transfers.


Great availability, precise answers. Gets things done

My experience is that good advice was given, and they were open for discussions to check and test the framework and to look at our options

They are commercially minded, very result-oriented and proactive

The individuals had time to let us tell us our version first, and our reflections and thoughts. Then they validated that according to law framework and gave advice on the way forward. Instead of dictating, she also took time to make sure we understood the framework so that we can do some manoeuvring ourselves

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Danske Bank A/S

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

PKA Pension and PKA AIP

A.P. Moller Holding A/S

Danske Shopping Centres, owned by ATP and Danica Pension

First State Investment

HMN Naturgas

Evolva Biotech AB

Coloplast A/S


Information technology Tier 3

The practice at Bruun & Hjejle is experienced in advising on IP rights, data protection measures, e-commerce and the drafting and negotiation of software licence agreements and outsourcing contracts. The firm also advises on the obtainment of internet domain names and IT-related disputes. The team also assists with data protection and privacy matters. Practice head Morten Stadil possesses specialist knowledge in the media, business services and information technology industries.


Highly qualified professionals with regards to public tenders, GDPR and cyber security

We have been working with Morten Stadil for a long time; he has valuable information about both our company and the market

Key clients

Berlingske Media A/S

CGI Danmark A/S ApS


Portchain ApS

Swipp ApS

Applus Danmark A/S

Global Wind Organisation

Monday Media

LTP Denmark A/S

TV2/Danmark A/

Media and entertainment Tier 3

Bruun & Hjejle regularly acts for newspapers, television stations and online media companies on defamation and privacy lawsuits, complaints to the Danish Press Council, IPR matters, questions on marketing initiatives, as well as on business and commercial issues relating to the media industry. Morten Stadil heads the practice and is experienced in the drafting and negotiation of new political media agreements between the government and political parties, as well as in regulatory aspects concerning IT and media companies.

Key clients

Berlingske Media A/S

CGI Danmark A/S ApS


Portchain ApS

Swipp ApS

Applus Danmark A/S

Global Wind Organisation

Monday Media

LTP Denmark A/S

TV2/Danmark A/

Intellectual property Tier 5

The practice at Bruun & Hjejle has expertise in IP aspects arising from M&A transactions and regularly represents in litigation proceeding concerning the protection and enforcement of IP rights as well as claims of counterfeiting and unlawful marketing strategies. The firm also advises on the drafting and negotiation of contact negotiations concerning IP, distribution and commercial agents. Pia Kristine Voldmester is experienced in providing IP advice on regulatory compliance matters.


‘Partner Pia Voldmester leads a fantastic team of talented lawyers, who are experts within the area of IP. The competencies within the team are second-to-none compared to other firms as people in the team are knowledgeable and have specific expertise within the area of IP.’

‘Pia Voldmester and her team are very capable and great to work with. Pia has a very business driven focus takes a stand that she follows through. She really advises the client -– and does a lot more than just listing pros and cons.’

‘Pia Voldmester is an outstanding lawyer, her empathy and dedication make her stand out. Also, her network with IP and privacy lawyers is very valuable and her reputation is solid in the market. She knows her area very well and provides immediate guidance and point of views that can help any matter move forward towards resolution.’

‘Pia Voldmester is very business-driven and solution-oriented. She makes very difficult legal issues easy to understand and she is able to advise on the solution and which decision to make. She is great at risk-assessments.’

Key clients

Alm. Brand Forsikring A/S


Asmodee Group

CVC Growth Partners and GRO Capital

Tiebreak Int. ApS and Aceline ApS

Danske Bank

The firm: Bruun & Hjejle focuses on a few strategic areas — M&A, real estate and dispute resolution. This prioritisation allows Bruun & Hjejle to fully comprehend its dealings with businesses and the associated processes . Bruun & Hjejle’s ambition is to find solutions to the most complex legal disputes and transactions, working in integrated teams with many different legal experts.

Main areas of practice: Banking and finance: Bruun & Hjejle’s banking and finance group provides specialised advice on all types of financing transactions and derivatives and regulatory advice to any type of financial institution and sector organisations on every aspect of their business.

Capital markets: Bruun & Hjejle’s capital markets practice group advises issuers, underwriters, arrangers and investors on every aspect of equity and debt capital offerings and issues. The firm has a leading capital markets practice, handling offerings and issues placed globally.

Corporate: The corporate practice group has extensive experience in advising listed, family-owned, fund-owned and private equity-owned companies.

Competition and  EU law: Bruun & Hjejle has a leading competition practice covering all aspects of Danish and EU competition law, including merger control and cartel investigations. The firm acts in ground-breaking competition and State aid litigation before the Danish courts, the General Court and the Court of Justice.

Dispute resolution: Bruun & Hjejle acts as counsel and advisor in domestic and international proceedings, both arbitral and judicial, as well as in mediation. The firm also performs investigations and the full range of statutory and regulatory inquiries and disciplinary proceedings.

Employment: Bruun & Hjejle has a highly specialised business oriented employment practice providing advice on all aspects of corporate HR, collective bargaining and employment law.

Energy: Bruun & Hjejle’s energy group provides specialised advice on all aspects of the electricity, oil, gas, renewables, water and waste management fields. The firm has a leading energy practice with years of experience representing government, municipal and privately owned energy and utilities companies.

GDPR: The data protection team provides specialised and tailor-made advice on all legal aspects of the regulation on data protection, including not only the Danish Act on processing of personal data but also sector-specific rules and practices in relation to the pharmaceutical industry, the health sector, the telecommunications sector, the financial services sector, employment law matters, etc.

IT and media: Bruun & Hjejle’s IT group provides specialist advice in IT related matters. The firm assists a number of the key actors within the IT field and also advises clients outside the field when entering into IT-related contracts. Bruun & Hjejle also has a leading media practice group advising a wide range of leading players in the media and entertainment industry. The firm’s lawyers understand the market, current trends and new developments.

Intellectual property: Bruun & Hjejle advises on all aspects of the creation, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights. The firm’s lawyers have detailed knowledge of the complex rules and regulations in the IP field.

M&A: Bruun & Hjejle is a market leader for M&A and advises buyers, sellers and financial advisers on both public and private mergers and acquisitions and private equity buyers on private equity financed deals advice. Bruun & Hjejle delivers the full range of services applying to M&A transactions, working in multi-disciplinary teams with lawyers from specialist groups. Many of the firm’s M&A deals have a multijurisdictional or cross-border dimension.

Public and international law: Bruun & Hjejle has a leading public law practice advising clients on all aspects of constitutional, municipal and administrative law. Its lawyers are highly experienced with the particular legal aspects related to public law and the public sector and many of them have a professional background in the public sector, including the Danish Justice Department. Furthermore, as the only Danish law firm, Bruun & Hjejle has a practice area specifically focused on private and public international law.

Private equity: Bruun & Hjejle’s private equity group advises investors and managers, including many large cap global funds and leading Nordic funds, on all legal aspects relating to investments in Danish and foreign funds and to the formation of alternative investment structures with Danish and foreign investors.

Real estate and construction: Bruun & Hjejle’s real estate and construction group advises on all matters involving real estate, including complex property transactions, real estate financing, development projects and construction law. The firm has been entrusted with a variety of high-profile, complex cases and its clients include a number of the most active players in the Danish real estate sector.

Restructuring and insolvency: Bruun & Hjejle’s restructuring and insolvency group advises on all aspects of corporate restructurings and insolvency proceedings. Its practitioners understand the dynamics of businesses in distress.

Tax: Bruun & Hjejle has a leading tax practice. It advises on the tax aspects of all corporate and financial transactions as well as those of private individuals. The firm is renowned for handling contentious tax matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Thomas Skjellerup +4530188702
Banking and finance Jakob Echwald Sevel +4530188796
Banking and finance Henrik Dahl +4530188739
Capital markets Morten Jensen +4530188764
Corporate Henrik Dahl +4530188739
Competition and EU Søren Zinck +4551211934
Competition and EU Olaf Koktvedgaard +4530188724
Competition and EU Frederik André Bork +4529901503
Dispute resolution Karsten Kristoffersen +4561693979
Dispute resolution Ole Spiermann +4530188755
Dispute resolution Jakob Lentz +4551531529
Dispute resolution Jeppe Skadhauge +4530188731
Employment Elise Ross-Hansen +4530188791
Energy Nicolaj Kleist +4530188797
GDPR Pia Kirstine Voldmester +4526866428
Information technology & media Morten Stadil +4520466642
Intellectual property Pia Kirstine Voldmester +4526866428
Mergers and acquisitions Mogens Ebeling +4530188743
Mergers and acquisitions Mogens Thorninger +45630188730
Mergers and acquisitions Jesper Schultz Larsen +4530188742
Mergers and acquisitions Morten Jensen +4530188764
Mergers and acquisitions Andreas Nielsen +4530188732
Public and international law Ole Spiermann +4530188755
Public and international law Nikolaj Kleist +4530188797
Private equity Mogens Thorninger +4530188730
Private equity Simon Krogh +4530188737
Real estate and construction Christian Schow Madsen +4540585262
Real estate and construction Søren Damgaard +4523615965
Real estate and construction Christian Johansen +4530188729
Real estate and construction Søren Kopp +4530188772
Restructuring and insolvency Henrik Selchau Poulsen +4530188780
Tax Søren Lehmann Nielsen +4528714262
Tax Erik Banner-Voigt +4520819100
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Frederik André Bork  photo Mr Frederik André Bork
Mr Erik Banner-Voigt  photo Mr Erik Banner-Voigt
Ms Henriette Bjerg  photo Ms Henriette Bjerg
Mr Henrik Dahl  photo Mr Henrik Dahl
Mr Søren Damgaard  photo Mr Søren Damgaard
Mr Mogens Ebeling  photo Mr Mogens Ebeling
Mr Morten Jensen  photo Mr Morten Jensen
Mr Christian Johansen  photo Mr Christian Johansen
Mr Nicolaj Kleist  photo Mr Nicolaj Kleist
Mr Olaf Koktvedgaard  photo Mr Olaf Koktvedgaard
Mr Søren Kopp  photo Mr Søren Kopp
Mr Karsten Kristoffersen  photo Mr Karsten Kristoffersen
Mr Simon Krogh  photo Mr Simon Krogh
Mr Jakob Lentz  photo Mr Jakob Lentz
Mr Andreas Nielsen  photo Mr Andreas Nielsen
Mrs Elise Ross-Hansen  photo Mrs Elise Ross-Hansen
Mr Christian Schow Madsen  photo Mr Christian Schow Madsen
Mr Jesper Schultz Larsen  photo Mr Jesper Schultz Larsen
Mr Henrik Selchau Poulsen  photo Mr Henrik Selchau Poulsen
Mr Thomas Skjellerup  photo Mr Thomas Skjellerup
Mr Ole Spiermann  photo Mr Ole Spiermann
Mr Morten Stadil  photo Mr Morten Stadil
Mr Mogens Thorninger  photo Mr Mogens Thorninger
Mrs Pia Kirstine Voldmester  photo Mrs Pia Kirstine Voldmester
Mr Søren Zinck  photo Mr Søren Zinck
Number of partners : 28
Number of lawyers : 130
Danish and other Scandinavian languages