Firm Profile > Plesner > Copenhagen, Denmark


Banking and finance Tier 1

Plesner is recognised for its work on big-ticket deals for a client roster including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. Practice co-head Thomas Maaberg Hansen is an expert in acquisition and project finance, while fellow co-head Søren Thyssen Valerius also focuses on corporate lending. Recent highlights include Hansen advising Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Deutsche Bank on the financing of a number of facilities for Copenhagen Airport, and Valerius acting for Danske Bank and Nordea Bank on the debt and mortgage financing of the redevelopment of Rønne Harbour. Rasmus Mandøe Jensen works on acquisition financings for private equity houses and is 'a very strong leveraged finance lawyer', who 'has great commercial understanding' and is 'a solid negotiator'. Jørgen Permin left to start his own advisory firm.

Capital markets Tier 1

Plesner's clients single it out as 'probably the leading legal capital markets practice in Denmark' and praise its team of 'highly commercial yet legally brilliant partners, who are dedicated to delivering commercial sound legal advice'. The 'exceptional' Thomas Holst Laursen jointly leads the ECM team and advised DK Telekommunikation on its public takeover of TDC, which was previously owned by a consortium of Danish pension funds and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. Other work includes fellow ECM head Nicolai Ørsted assisting Sparekassen Sjælland-Fyn with its €61m rights issuance, and DCM group head Thomas Maaberg Hansen acting for DKT Finance on its €1.5m issuance of high-yield notes. Micha Fritzen and Henrik Laursen are highly experienced in handling IPOs; Laursen attracts praise as 'a very strong practitioner who always goes the extra mile for clients'.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Plesner has a 'professionaldedicated and trustworthy' approach, with 'a personal and client-friendly mindset'. Christian Kjølbye 'stands out as a very capable lawyer' with 'a great insight into legal issues' and 'a friendly, understanding and hardworking attitude'; the pair advised Ferguson on the €1bn sale of its building materials distribution company, Stark Group, to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds. Kjølbye also worked with Thomas Holst Laursen, who is 'very responsive', 'calm' and 'takes no nonsense', to handle a consortium's recommended €5.4bn takeover of DK Telekommunikation. Other key names include Hans Hedegaard, who acted for Axcel IV on its sale of AX IV EG Holding III to New Dawn Holdings; Nicolai Ørsted, who possesses 'excellent negotiation skills' and 'the required knowledge of all areas related to the M&A process'; and Finn J. Lernø, who advised Sentia Holding on its acquisition of Athena IT. Tue Ravnholt Frandsen and Torben Nørskov joined  Accura Advokatpartnerselskab in late 2019.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The group at Plesner has 'a superb dynamic across the team from junior associate to partner level', and clients single out Peter Schradieck, who is 'always engaged', 'positive' and 'simply very good at what he does'; he recently defended Nordea Bank Denmark in claims brought by the Municipality of Haderslev concerning swap transactions. Other work includes Torben Bondrop acting for CF Møller Architects in an arbitration relating to alleged design errors in the construction of the Mærsk Tårnet, and arbitrator Niklas Korsgaard Christensen handling an arbitration for Strukton Rail Denmark regarding the termination of a contract with railway company Banedanmark. Jimmy Skjold Hansen was recently promoted to the partnership and is experienced in cross-border matters.

Energy Tier 1

Plesner is active in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors with clients including Dana Petroleum and Gaz-Systems; team leader Niklas Korsgaard Christensen advised the latter on the €500bn Baltic Pipe Project, which will be a gas pipeline between Denmark and Poland. Christensen also assisted Dong E&P with its €1.5bn upstream oil and gas development project in the North Sea, and Mikkel Falkenberg acted for AP Moller on its sale of Maersk to Total.

EU and competition Tier 1

Plesner fields 'a deep bench of good competition lawyers', with 'plenty of experience' under the joint leadership of litigator Christian Karhula Lauridsen and Gitte Holtsø, who is 'very practical, highly skilled and always available'. Recent highlights include Lauridsen advising Ørsted on its involvement in two cases brought by the Danish Competition Council and the Competition Appeals Tribunal involving claims of excessive pricing in the Western Denmark electricity market by Elsam, Holtsø advising EY Denmark on the competition elements of its merger with KPMG Denmark, and Daniel Barry assisting Marlin Equity Partners with the competition elements of its divestment of Bluegarden to Visma. GlaxoSmithKline, British American Tobacco and Dankse Bank are also clients. Rie Paving Mortensen was promoted to the partnership in 2018.

Information technology Tier 1

Contractual work, data protection and cloud computing are key strengths of Plesner's practice, which acts for clients including Danske Bank and Google. Niels Ellegaard jointly leads the team and recently advised Tryg Forsikring on its service agreements with companies including TCS, LTI and Accenture. Fellow practice head Michael Hopp specialises in data protection and assisted Copenhagen Airport with its GDPR compliance.

Insolvency Tier 1

The practice at Plesner is highly skilled in complex bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings; Lars Skanvig, who leads the practice, recently acted for a Danish manufacturing company on its multi-million euro insolvency. Other key figures include Pernille Bigaard and Michala Roepstorff, who are highly experienced in complex cross-border bankruptcies.

Insurance Tier 1

Torben Bondrop leads the practice at Plesner and has an extensive background in contentious insurance matters.  Bondrop recently acted for Lego, which alleged that its excess property and business interruption insurance was wrongfully terminated by If Insurance. Also recognised is Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen, who advises on regulatory issues.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Plesner handles matters across all aspects of IP with particular strength in life sciences patent litigation. Team leader Mikkel Vittrup and Peter-Ulrik Plesner recently acted for a global pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement claim; patent and trade mark litigator Sture Rygaard  handled a European patent ownership dispute; and Kasper Frahm advised on a high profile trade mark dispute. Also noted is Jeppe Brinck-Jensen, who specialises in patent and parallel import issues; he represented Merck in a case relating to the parallel distribution of medicinal products.

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Plesner predominantly focuses on IP, commercial, technology and publishing matters in the media and entertainment sector. Key figures from the team include corporate and compliance expert Michael Hopp, marketing and consumer law specialist  Emil Jurcenoks, and Kasper Frahm, who has extensive experience in IP. Michael Vilhelm Nielsen joined Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen in 2018.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Plesner is noted for its work on high-profile transactions, projects and disputes. Niklas Korsgaard Christensen leads the construction team and primarily handles projects and arbitration matters; he recently assisted Dong with its €1.5bn development of the Hejrenoil and gas field in the North Sea, and worked with Peter Wengler-Jørgensen to advise on a multi-billion euro infrastructure project. Leif Djurhuus  leads the real estate team and specialises in rental disputes. Other key practitioners include Peter SchradieckTorben Bondrop, Frants Dalgaard-Knudsen. Anders Friis, Jakob Schou Midtgaard, Luise Christensen and Rikke Maria Falck Jensen departed to Accura Advokatpartnerselskab in early 2020.

Tax Tier 1

Plesner runs the gamut of tax services for clients including Novo Nordisk, AP Møller and Lego. Practice co-heads Hans Hansen and Lasse Esbjerg Christensen have extensive experience in tax disputes and transfer pricing work; Christensen recently advised Capidea on the tax issues surrounding its launch of a fund, which invited international investments. Managing partner Tom Kári Kristjánsson is an expert in VAT, customs and excise duty; he acted for IBM in a dispute against the Danish Ministry of Taxation relating to VAT, which was added to compensation received from an IT-agreement breach.

Telecoms Tier 1

Plesner has notable expertise in public and commercial telecoms matters; group head Niels Ellegaard recently advised TT-Netværket on its outsourcing to Nokia, and transactional specialist Christian Kjølbye handled Macquarie's acquisition of TDC. Telenor, Fibia and OpenNet are also clients. Michael Hopp is the key name for data protection work.

Employment Tier 2

The team at Plesner is 'very professional, reactive and dedicated' with a client roster, which includes Danske Bank and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. Group co-head Henriette Stakemann is an expert in cross-border transactions and incentive programmes; she advised Netcompany Group on the employment elements of its IPO on Nasdaq Copenhagen. Fellow practice Lise Høy Falsner is an experienced litigator with transactional expertise; she acted for Next Education Copenhagen in a dispute relating to a teacher's notice period.

Environment Tier 2

Plesner provides 'the highest level of practical and theoretical knowledge' with 'no-nonsense advice and a pragmatic approach'. Energy specialist Niklas Korsgaard Christensen leads the team and recently advised Gaz-Systems on its collaboration with Energinet on the construction of a €500bn gas pipeline from Poland to Denmark. Renewable energy specialist Esben Kjær and senior associate Ellen Skodborggaard, who is an expert in environmental law, are also key names to note.

Shipping and transport Tier 2

Plesner is 'excellent in all aspects' and has expertise across transactions, financing matters and disputes. Group head Peter Fogh is experienced in financings, transactions and alternative dispute resolution. Recent highlights include Fogh acting for OW Tankers, whose vessels had been arrested in Uruguay by a local oil supplier; fellow practice head Mikkel Falkenberg advising AP Møller on its agreements with the Danish State regarding decommissioning liabilities associated with its North Sea offshore installations stemming from the client's sale of its Danish operations to Total, and Niklas Korsgaard Christensen assisting Kalaallit Airports with the €600m construction and financing of three airports in Greenland.

Firm overview: Plesner is a leading Danish business law firm covering all areas of commercial law and public law. Most of the firm’s work has an international dimension, and Plesner has non-exclusive close relationships with leading law firms all over the world. We have a lockstep partnership with 38 partners and a total staff of approximately 440, including 275 fee earners. Plesner was founded in 1918 and has since then developed into a leading player in the Danish legal market.

Main areas of practice: Banking and finance: The firm’s banking and finance group provides expert advice on acquisition financing, capital market instruments, project financing, including financing of energy projects, asset-based financing, including aircraft and ship financing, regulatory matters, derivatives and structured products and financial restructurings.

Corporate/M&A: Plesner is the Danish law firm involved in most mergers and acquisitions in the Nordics in the period 2000-2019 including most of the noteworthy transactions in Denmark. The firm’s M&A specialists render expert advice on transactions, including investments, joint ventures, mergers, demergers and restructurings as well as provide due diligence process management.

Capital markets: Plesner’s capital markets group advises listed, particularly Danish, companies and Danish and foreign financial institutions on all corporate and securities law matters in respect of companies and stocks listed on NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen and other regulated markets. The team’s services cover the entire field, including IPOs, accelerated book building, rights issues, direct placements, capital adjustments, public takeovers, bond issues, advice to listed companies on their general ongoing compliance obligations, pursuant to capital markets legislation as well as disclosure requirements, flagging etc. and corporate governance.

Commercial contracts: The commercial contracts group provides advice to undertakings within most industries on the preparation and conclusion as well as the contractual rights and obligations of all types of agreements, including joint venture, facility management, turnkey, franchising, production, supply, distribution and agency agreements.

Commercial real estate: Plesner’s real estate lawyers advise leading Danish and international investors, developers and property companies at all stages of investments in financing and development of commercial properties from acquisition to sale. The group provides expert advice inter alia to shopping centres, hotels, investment properties for residential and commercial purposes, production facilities and warehouses, etc. irrespective of whether the property in question has been acquired for investment or development purposes.

Dispute resolution: Dispute resolution is one of the firm’s key strengths. The dispute resolution group has solid experience and expertise in appearing before international and domestic courts with many of the lawyers holding positions on international dispute resolution associations. The group spans across a wide range of legal areas including tax, IT, insolvency, insurance, intellectual property and construction disputes.

Insolvency and reconstruction: The insolvency and reconstruction group’s specialists assist in restructuring proceedings, act as trustees in bankruptcy proceedings and advise clients in avoidance proceedings. The group is widely experienced in bankruptcy proceedings, and it has acted in many of the most notable Danish insolvencies of late. It has been particularly active in assisting clients within the real estate, shipping and airline sectors.

Intellectual property:
The firm’s IP practice is a powerhouse within every area of IP and advises and litigates on all IP law aspects such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, piracy and counterfeiting, designs, domains, consumer law, privacy policy law and marketing law.

Tax: The firm’s widely recognised tax specialists advise Danish and international clients on all tax and duty related issues and conduct a large number of tax and duty related cases before the tax authorities, the local tax appeal tribunals, the National Assessment Council, the National Tax Tribunal, the High Courts, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate-commercial Lars Bunch +45 36 94 11 36
Corporate-commercial Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen +45 36 94 11 94
Intellectual property/life science Sture Rygaard +45 36 94 11 18
Intellectual property/life science Mikkel Vittrup +45 36 94 13 92
Telecommunication and media Niels Chr Ellegaard +45 36 94 12 68
Telecommunication and media Kasper Frahm +45 36 94 13 31
Information technology and data protection Niels Chr Ellegaard +45 36 94 12 68
Information technology and data protection Michael Hopp +45 36 94 13 06
Commercial property Jakob Schou Midtgaard +45 36 94 12 02
Commercial property Anders Friis +45 36 94 12 95
Tax Hans Severin Hansen +45 36 94 11 54
Tax Lasse Esbjerg Christensen +45 36 94 12 25
EU law Christian Karhula Lauridsen +45 36 94 13 89
EU law Gitte Holtsø +45 36 94 11 19
Equity capital markets Thomas Holst Laursen +45 36 94 13 63
Equity capital markets Nicolai Ørsted +45 36 94 12 27
Banking, finance, securities, regulatory and derivatives Thomas Maaberg Hansen +45 36 94 13 42
Banking, finance, securities, regulatory and derivatives Søren Thyssen Valerius +45 36 94 15 55
Construction/infrastructure Niklas Korsgaard Christensen +45 36 94 12 39
Construction/infrastructure Peter Fogh +45 36 94 13 59
Energy and mining Niklas Korsgaard Christensen +45 36 94 12 39
Energy and mining Mikkel Falkenberg +45 36 94 15 12
M&A and private equity Hans Hedegaard +45 36 94 12 24
M&A and private equity Henrik Rossing Lønberg +45 36 94 15 34
Litigation and arbitration Torben Bondrop +45 36 94 13 40
Litigation and arbitration Peter Schradieck +45 36 94 13 65
Bankruptcy and insolvency Pernille Bigaard +45 36 94 12 90
Bankruptcy and insolvency Lars Skanvig +45 36 94 13 18
Competition law/public procurement Christian Karhula Lauridsen +45 36 94 13 89
Competition law/public procurement Gitte Holtsø +45 36 94 11 19
Labour Henriette Stakemann +45 36 94 12 28
Labour Lise Høy Falsner +45 36 94 13 69
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicolai Ørsted  photo Nicolai Ørsted
 Daniel Barry  photo Daniel Barry
 Torben Bondrop  photo Torben Bondrop
 Jeppe Brinck-Jensen photo Jeppe Brinck-Jensen
 Lars Bunch  photo Lars Bunch
 Frants Dalgaard-Knudsen  photo Frants Dalgaard-Knudsen
 Leif Djurhuus  photo Leif Djurhuus
 Niels Chr. Ellegaard  photo Niels Chr. Ellegaard
 Lasse Esbjerg Christensen  photo Lasse Esbjerg Christensen
 Peter Fogh  photo Peter Fogh
 Kasper Frahm  photo Kasper Frahm
 Micha Fritzen photo Micha Fritzen
 Lise Høy Falsner  photo Lise Høy Falsner
 Jimmy Skjold Hansen photo Jimmy Skjold Hansen
 Hans Hedegaard  photo Hans Hedegaard
 Thomas Holst Laursen  photo Thomas Holst Laursen
 Gittte Holtsø  photo Gittte Holtsø
 Michael Hopp  photo Michael Hopp
 Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen photo Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen
 Emil Jurcenoks photo Emil Jurcenoks
 Tom Kári Kristjánsson  photo Tom Kári Kristjánsson
 Christian Karhula Lauridsen  photo Christian Karhula Lauridsen
 Esben Kjær  photo Esben Kjær
 Christian Th. Kjølbye  photo Christian Th. Kjølbye
 Niklas Korsgaard Christensen  photo Niklas Korsgaard Christensen
 Henrik Laursen photo Henrik Laursen
 Finn J. Lernø  photo Finn J. Lernø
 Thomas Maaberg Hansen  photo Thomas Maaberg Hansen
 Rasmus Mandøe Jensen  photo Rasmus Mandøe Jensen
 Rie Paving Mortensen photo Rie Paving Mortensen
 Peter-Ulrik Plesner  photo Peter-Ulrik Plesner
 Michala Roepstorff photo Michala Roepstorff
 Henrik Rossing Lønberg  photo Henrik Rossing Lønberg
 Sture Rygaard  photo Sture Rygaard
 Peter Schradieck  photo Peter Schradieck
 Hans Severin Hansen  photo Hans Severin Hansen
 Lars Skanvig  photo Lars Skanvig
 Ellen Skodborggaard  photo Ellen Skodborggaard
 Henriette Stakemann  photo Henriette Stakemann
 Søren Thyssen Valerius  photo Søren Thyssen Valerius
 Mikkel Vittrup  photo Mikkel Vittrup
Number of lawyers : 225