Plesner > Copenhagen, Denmark > Firm Profile


Denmark > Banking and finance Tier 1

Plesner has a strong international focus and is well known for its acquisition financing expertise. The team is also well equipped to handle infrastructure finance work as well as major investigations and enforcement mandates, including handling the widely reported Danske Bank case concerning flaws in its debt collection system, which is led by practice head Søren Thyssen ValeriusRasmus Mandøe Jensen is recommended for his work in the leveraged and alternative finance space. Thomas Maaberg Hansen left the group in January 2022 to join Gorrissen Federspiel and Anne Cathrine Ingerslev departed to Bruun & Hjejle. Henrik Kure and Jakob Echwald Sevel joined in late 2022 from Poul Schmith.

Practice head(s):


‘Hands-on and always up to date on market conditions.’

‘The team was professional and dedicated 24-7 – through the whole process. Very solution-oriented and to the point. Easy to work with. They made us feel we were in control.’

‘We did a refinancing project starting in one direction. And after many turns, we ended in a different corner. The Plesner team was capable of handling all the different structures and stakeholders in a strong, professional and positive way.’

‘Well composed, talented team. High availability and swift turnarounds.’

‘Plesner’s finance practice is probably the best in Copenhagen and consistently delivers high quality work regardless of the size of the transaction.’

‘Experienced Søren Thyssen Valerius is an obvious choice for lenders in acquisition financings.’

Key clients

Danske Bank


Nordea Bank


Danica Pension


Goldman Sachs

A.P. Møller – Mærsk

J.P. Morgan

Brødrene Hartmann

LEO Pharma

European Energy

H. Lundbeck

EKF – Denmark’s Export Credit Agency

Arion Bank







OK a.m.b.a.


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Danske Bank with the investigation of certain system flaws in its debt collection system, which have impacted a large number of the customers in the system and which have resulted in an unjustified collection of debt from the customers.
  • Acted as sole legal counsel to a consortium of lenders in connection with a facilities agreement entered into between each of Danske Bank, Nordea, Nykredit and SEB as lenders and an EQT-owned acquisition company as borrower in connection with EQT IX’s acquisition of Chr. Hansen, the world-leading food ingredients manufacturer’s, natural colours business.
  • Advised Reconor Group on a successful DKK 1bn unitranche/super senior refinancing of the group’s existing financing and the combined financing of a strategic add-on acquisition of the Danish company Sten & Grus Prøvestenen A/S.

Denmark > Capital markets Tier 1

Advising blue-chip clients, Plesner has expertise in all areas of capital markets transactions, including public M&A, IPOs and listings, rights issuances and delistings. Thomas Holst Laursen and Nicolai Ørsted jointly lead the ECM team. The ‘fantastic’ Henrik Laursen is part of the ECM team which assisted Tryg with its €4.97bn rights issuance (the largest ever ECM transaction in Denmark). The group also handles accelerated book-builds as well as advising on ECM transactions relating to companies and securities listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen and foreign regulated markets.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Holst Laursen; Nicolai Ørsted;

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Laursen; Micha Fritzen


‘Absolutely stellar team. Plesner is clearly among the leading capital markets firms.’

‘Henrik Laursen is fantastic. He is highly responsive, technically excellent and extremely commercial. Henrik should be the first name on the team sheet for the most complex Danish deals.’

‘High level of knowledge, ‘client first’ attitude, get things done.’

‘Very strong team, with relevant experience. Good at orchestrating the whole process with many lawyers, investment banks, other advisers and regulatory bodies present. Strong customer focus – advice and finding solutions is a profound part of the work they do.’

‘A broad variety of competencies and at the same time lawyers who are able to understand clients’ needs.’

‘Superb service, attention to detail and client-centred practical advice. A real pleasure to work with. Would recommend the firm highly.’

Key clients

Netcompany Group

Various entities within the Macquarie Group

Nordea Danmark, Filial af Nordea Bank Abp, Finland

Danske Bank


If P&C Insurance

Danish Ministry of Finance

Zealand Pharma

Carnegie Investment Bank

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley



European Energy


NTG – Nordic Transport Group

Nordic Waterproofing Holding

Union Therapeutics

ABG Sundal Collier

Trifork Holding AG

RISMA Systems

Work highlights

  • Advised Tryg A/S as part of the €8.37bn consortium acquisition and subsequent funding of the acquisition through a €4.97bn rights issuance.
  • Advised Trifork Holding AG as part of the company’s IPO and admission to trading and official listing of shares on Nasdaq Copenhagen.
  • Acted as Danish legal counsel to global pharmaceuticals company Lundbeck on the creation of its €2bn EMTN programme and inaugural €500m issuance thereunder.

Denmark > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Plesner‘s commercial, corporate and M&A teams provide specialist advice to international and Danish corporates, including major private equity houses. Hans Hedegaard and Lars Bunch co-head the corporate and M&A practice, which includes Henrik Rossing Lønberg and takes on complex bet-the-company matters. On the commercial side, the team is led by Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen, who has extensive experience in commercial contracts, including drafting and negotiating franchise agreements. Christian Kjølbye and Thomas Holst Laursen are experts in privatisations and public takeovers, while Tina Kang handles sell-side mandates. Simon Krogh is head of the private investment funds team.

Practice head(s):

Hans Hedegaard; Lars Bunch; Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen; Simon Krogh


‘Thomas Holst Laursen is taking a very holistic and considered approach to the legal issues related to the company transition we are working on. Nicolai Ørsted has a sound business understanding and a pragmatic approach to M&A.’

‘Outstanding understanding of M&A process always available strong team coverage “clients first” attitude.’

‘Deep knowledge, professional, balanced advice which means that sometimes they also say if they disagree.’

Key clients

EQT Partners


Nordic Capital

Lego Foundation


Marlin Equity Partners


FSN Capital Partners

A.P. Møller – Mærsk

Agilitas Private Equity LLP


A.P. Møller Holding

Novo Holding

IK Investment Partners


AP Pension

Arkil Holding

British American Tobacco Group

Brødrene Hartmann

Carlsberg Foundation

Copenhagen Airports

Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)

GF Forsikring

H. Lundbeck

LB Forsikring

Nets Holding


Sund & Bælt Holding


Zealand Pharma

Capidea Kapital

Novo Nordisk Foundation

Lundbeck Foundation

TDC Group

LEO Foundation

Salling Foundations

Nordea Foundation



Alfa Laval

BMW Danmark

Compass Group Danmark

Danske Bank

Ford Motor Company

Flying Tiger Copenhagen

LEO Pharma

Mazda Motor Danmark

Moët Hennessy Nordic

Nissan Nordic Europe

Nordea Finans Danmark

Skandinavisk Motor Co. A/S

Tetra Pak

Verisure (part of the Securitas Direct Group)

Volvo Danmark


Tryg A/S, Tryg Forsikring group

Advent International Corporation

Danish Ministry of Finance

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S

Sydbank A/S

Nicace Holding ApS

Nordic Waterproofing Holding A/S

Novozymes A/S


Bang & Olufsen

EMK Capital

Universal Robots (part of the Teradyne Group)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

GRO Capital

Saga Private Equity

Nordic Investment Opportunities

Institutional Investment Partners Denmark

Patrizia Multi Managers

A.P. Moller Capital

Vækstfonden (The Danish Growth Fund – the Danish State’s investment fund)

European Investment Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Tryg A/S on the Intact Financial Corporation & Tryg A/S consortium takeover offer of RSA Insurance Group.
  • Advised FSN Capital Partners A/S on the acquisition of a 45% stake in Obton Group and entering into a partnership with the founders and management in Obton Group.
  • Advised the LEO Foundation and LEO Pharma in connection with Nordic Capital’s €450m investment in LEO Pharma.

Denmark > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Plesner advises high-profile clients in the finance, IT, energy and transport sectors as well as handling pro bono work for several non-profit organisations. The team specialises in data privacy and data protection matters, with practice head Michael Hopp focusing on GDPR issues as well as compliance projects and international data transfers. The group also collaborates closely with its employment department, working cross-practice to provide advice on issues such as employee monitoring. Director Peter Østerby Mønsted ‘stands out’ and is praised by client as ‘one to look out for’. Tina Brøgger Sørensen joined from Kromann Reumert in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hopp

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is available whenever you need assistance. They provide ‘second to none legal advice’ and have a very good understanding of customer needs.’

‘Michael Hopp is considered as a “guru” within the area. He is a fantastic skilled and experienced partner with a proactive and solution-oriented approach. Always engaged and available. He is extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.’

‘Peter Mønsted stands out as a solution-oriented, pragmatic and highly skilled adviser within the field of GDPR. Definitely one to look out for.’

‘Plesner law firm provides specialist advice in the data privacy area. Very much to the point, practical and also with insights into how the Data Protection Agency are viewing a specific matter as well as insights into the financial sector.’

‘Tina Brøgger Sørensen is outstanding and provides to the point advice within data protection matters.’

‘Jesper Husmer Vang has a unique insight from his past as the Head of Division for the Danish Data Protection Agencies inspection unit.’

‘The team is uniquely positioned and skilled to take on any complex GDPR transaction or matter. They are regarded as number one in the DK market and have always been frontrunners within advising, education and also system-development/rolling out compliance frameworks etc.’

‘First-class legal advice, which gives you the possibility to make decisions on a fully transparent legal background and thus the best foundation on which a risk-based business operating model/decision can be made.’

Key clients

Danske Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisting Danske Bank with the drafting of responses to the Danish Data Protection Agency, Datatilsynet, which has opened an inspection case against the bank as a follow-up to the bank’s debt collection case.

Denmark > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Plesner has a strong track record in handling international arbitration matters, appearing regularly before the Danish Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice as well as several arbitral institutions. The team is led by Peter Schradieck, who has extensive experience in M&A disputes, construction disputes and general commercial liability claims. For disputes relating to insurance and tort law, Torben Bondrop is the key contact, while Jimmy Skjold Hansen is noted for his expertise in securities litigation.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schradieck

Other key lawyers:

Jimmy Skjold Hansen; Niklas Korsgaard Christensen; Torben Bondrop

Key clients

Finansiel Stabilitet

Morgan Stanley & Co International Plc.

Carnegie Investment Bank, branch of Carnegie Investment Bank AB

Elis Denmark (formerly Berendsen Textil Service)



ASEC CEMENT S.A.E. and Qala Holdings

NPI Nordisk Plade Import

Tryg Insurance

G.V.L. Entreprise



Fortum Waste Management


Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Representing the former CEO of Danske Bank A/S in the complex case concerning Danske Bank’s Estonian branch and alleged violations of anti-money laundering rules.
  • Representing Finansiel Stabilitet (the Danish resolution authority) with respect to both alleged violations of anti-money laundering rules and two civil cases regarding claims raised by Finansiel Stabilitet against former members of the management of the now ceased Københavns Andelskasse (Copenhagen Cooperative Bank).
  • Representing Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) in the ongoing complex of cases regarding alleged excessive prices on the electricity spot market in Western Denmark by the former electricity company Elsam, which Ørsted acquired.

Denmark > Energy Tier 1

Plesner has a strong track record in handling large-scale energy projects and transactions. The team is singled out as ‘excellent’, leveraging its ‘abundance of experience’ to advise clients on green and sustainable financings, onshore development projects and renewable energy technologies including geothermal energy. The group is also adept at handling offshore wind projects, with Esben Kjær advising international investors and national developers in this area. Practice head Niklas Korsgaard Christensen maintains a prominent reputation for his energy sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Korsgaard Christensen

Other key lawyers:

Esben Kjær; Anne-Sophie Bundesen


‘Very pragmatic advisers and clear client friendly advice. Good sector knowledge.’

‘Anne-Sophie Bundesen – provided really good written advice and support in relation to upstream oil and gas matter. Always available to discuss and clear client friendly advice.’

‘Niklas Korsgaard Christensen; highly trusted adviser. He brings real value to the business through a combination of high professional standards, a commercial astute approach, a distinct ability at working effectively though complex situations and putting advice in the right context and framework for the situation.’

‘Excellent knowledge and abundance of experience in the field, combined with sound commercial understanding.’

‘Excellent understanding of negotiation structures and situations.’

‘Very responsive, very commercial and succinct.’

‘All are really excellent. Very responsive. Really high-quality advice.’

Key clients


A.P. Møller Holding

Hess Corporation

European Energy

Gaz-Systems S.A.

RWE Renewables AB

Equinor ASA


Arjun Infrastructure Partners Limited

Postlane Partners

Dana Petroleum

Ineos E&P A/S


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners


Work highlights

  • Advised Equinor Refining on its sale of Equinor Refining Denmark A/S, including the refinery in Kalundborg, to the Klesch Group.
  • Acting as legal counsel to A.P. Møller Holding in relation to the development of the first large-scale geothermal project in Denmark.
  • Advised Ineos on its acquisition of the Danish activities of Spirit Energy (ultimately owned by Centrica and Bayerngas Norway).

Denmark > EU, competition and public procurement Tier 1

Noted for its cross-border expertise, Plesner has a strong track record in EU cartel cases and follow-on damages actions in multiple jurisdictions. The EU and competition law team includes public procurement law specialists and is regularly instructed by contracting authorities and tenderers. Led by Gitte Holtsø, the group has specific expertise in abuse of dominance cases and vertical and horizontal cooperation agreements, and has strong contentious capabilities; Daniel Barry and Christian Karhula Lauridsen are the names to note. Rie Paving Mortensen is recommended for handling complex mergers.

Practice head(s):

Gitte Holtsø


‘Plesner is by far top of the list in Denmark with respect to competition law.’

‘They offer prompt, sound and to the point legal advice. Furthermore, they are thorough. We primarily use them for matters relating to investigations, syndicated loans and M&A.’

‘The competition law team at Plesner excel at their ability to convert endless complexity into bite-sized manageable legal questions.’

‘Daniel Barry, is by far the most well-respected and savvy competition lawyer in the country. His grasp of complexity is remarkable and second to none. He leaves no stone unturned. He is incredibly pleasant to work with and does not shy away from genuine honesty in assessments and dealings.’

Key clients

Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)

The Danish State (the Ministry of Finance)

EQT Partners

FSN Capital Partners

Sund & Bælt Holding

British American Tobacco 

The Danish Central Bank (Nationalbanken)

Danske Bank 





TDC A/S (incl. Nuuday)

Kalaallit Airports

Nissan Nordic Europe

Tryg A/S

Cirkle K

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tryg with its DKK60bn acquisition, together with Intact Financial Corporation, of the British insurance company, RSA Insurance Group plc., the largest transaction in Denmark ever.
  • Assisted LEO Foundation and LEO Pharma A/S, one of the largest Danish pharmaceuticals companies, in connection with Nordic Capital’s acquisition of joint control of the LEO Pharma Group.
  • Advised Kalaallit Airports on public procurement law matters in relation to the construction of the three new airports in Nuuk, Ilulissat and Qaqortoq in Greenland.

Denmark > Information technology Tier 1

Integrated with the data privacy and protection department, Plesner‘s technology and outsourcing team covers all aspects of IT-related issues. The team is praised as ‘thought leaders within the area’, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters, with noteworthy areas of expertise in cloud computing technologies and regulatory requirements for financial businesses. Led by Niels Christian Ellegaard, the team primarily advises blue-chip clients. Michael Hur Bertelsen is praised for being ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘technically strong’.

Practice head(s):

Niels Christian Ellegaard


‘The team is first of all very competent and are thought leaders within the area. They have developed the Legal Hub, that is a web tool, gathering relevant information to business people within the legal area.’

‘Plesner provides excellent specialist advice in IT-related matters.’

‘Niels Chr. Ellegaard provides consistently high-quality legal advice within all aspects of IT Contracts.’

‘Michael Hur Bertelsen is a very knowledgeable, technically strong lawyer with great drafting and communication skills. He is very creative, discrete and diplomatic in finding solutions during difficult negotiations and potential disputes. I would recommend him to everyone!’

‘The Plesner IT practice advises from an in-house business-minded perspective, not from a distanced risk-averse mindset. They also have the technical expertise to understand the software service/product which is being licensed in/out.’

‘Very competent and professional service.’

Key clients


Nets Denmark A/S


Semler Gruppen

Danske Bank



Finansiel Stabilitet

Kemp & Lauritzen

MT Højgaard

GF Forsikring

LB Forsikring




Formpipe Software





Fracturecode Corporation

Sund og Bælt Holding

Sygeforsikringen Danmark

Work highlights

  • Advised Sentia Denmark A/S on the complex and strategically important divestment of its data centre operations and the conclusion of a long-term, customised co-location contract.
  • Advised Volkswagen Semler Finans Danmark A/S on the conclusion of a development agreement applying an iterative approach for a critical residual value solution and subsequent application support and maintenance agreement for the solution.
  • Advised Sygeforsikringen “danmark” on the negotiation and conclusion of a contract covering the implementation and operations of a new insurance policy management system, which represents a major digital transformation and the largest IT investment to date by Sygeforsikringen “danmark”.

Denmark > Insurance Tier 1

Plesner‘s insurance team ‘ranks as one of the top teams within the industry field.’ It represents several of the largest insurance and pension funds in Denmark, advising on a variety of matters including insurance for loss of earning capacity, personal injury issues and matters relating to fire, storm, theft and other property damage. The team is also active in reinsurance matters and matters related to insurance mediation. The ‘highly respected’ Torben Bondrop is ‘one of the most sought-after insurance lawyers’  in the industry and leads the team that includes regulatory expert Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen.

Practice head(s):

Torben Bondrop

Other key lawyers:


‘I know that the team is among the absolutely most talented lawyers in the industry. Furthermore, I know the lawyers in the team as extremely proper and sympathetic with a very high ethical standard.’

‘The insurance team at Plesner ranks as one of the top teams within the industry field. They have been and remain one of the most sought out top law firms within Insurance. They represent the largest insurance firms in Denmark and provide solid advice.’

‘The team at Plesner thrives with challenging disputes and complex cases and is able to handle all types of insurance cases with an outstanding professional attitude and overview. They are very easy to work with and have great personalities.’

‘Partner Torben Bondrop is one of the most sought-after insurance lawyers in the Insurance law industry and is highly respected and experienced. He often goes to court and is an excellent litigator and very esteemed. He is also an excellent tactician as well as extremely trustworthy.’

‘Strong analytical and organisational skills. We are impressed by Plesner’s ability to coordinate and drive forward an insurance transaction of very significant proportions. In every contact we have had with the team, they have been on top of things and had a rational and pragmatic way forward.’

‘Market-leading team of insurance law specialists with the skills and the experience to deal with every single aspect of Danish Insurance Law and Tort Law.’

‘Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen – Deep insight in regulatory matters related to M&A and transactions broadly. Very service-minded and to the point advice plus good insight and understanding of dynamics with regulatory authorities.’

Key clients



Danica Pension

PFA Pension


LB Forsikring


Barbican Reinsurance

Swiss Re

BNP Paribas Cardif

AP Pension

Alm. Brand Forsikring

AnaCap Financial Partners

Dental Accident Appeal Agency

Gjensidige Forsikring

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tryg A/S with its acquisition, together with Canadian Intact, of British RSA for a total consideration of DKK60bn.
  • Assisting PFA Pension and Danica Pension with a large number of disability insurance claims, where there is a suspicion of fraud.
  • Assisting Topdanmark and its policyholder HME A/S in a High Court case and an arbitration case concerning large subrogation claims from Zürich Insurance, Codan (RSA) and Tryg Insurance based on a very large fire in a Danish public institution by the name of ‘Experimentariet’ also damaging several adjacent buildings.

Denmark > Intellectual property Tier 1

Plesner has a large and growing trade mark prosecution practice, and advises major technology companies on copyright matters as well as acting for design businesses in design and trade mark matters. It is also adept at handling non-contentious IP work, advising clients on IP-related M&A mandates. Kasper Frahm leads the team, which includes Peter-Ulrik Plesner and Sture Rygaard who have extensive experience in patent and  trade mark litigation. The group also handles both the enforcement and prosecution of trade marks, designs and product imitations.

Practice head(s):

Kasper Frahm

Other key lawyers:

Mikkel Vittrup; Sture Rygaard; Nikolai Dokkedahl; Peter-Ulrik Plesner


‘The IP Team at Plesner are always delivering high quality work in a relaxed trust-based atmosphere. Compared to other law firms in Denmark, they have a unique ability to understand the commercial setting in which their clients act.’

‘They can translate complex matters into advice that is easily understood and can be used internally to business stakeholders. All employees are highly skilled within their area of expertise and seniority and always act with high integrity and engagement regardless of the size and complexity of the assignment.’

‘I have primarily worked with associate Nikolai Dokkedahl. Nikolai is a highly skilled lawyer with a profound insight – not only into legal aspects, but also the technical side of patent related matters. He always provide well-founded advice with the commercial implications for the clients in mind.’

‘The Plesner team stand out as the largest patent litigation team in Denmark. They are a preferred choice by several pharma brands and by many other patent owners, eg. within the food industry, hearing aids and many other tech areas. They are thorough, open-minded and innovative in their approach. I think they are excellent at what they do.’

‘Sture Rygaard is a very clever and innovative attorney, who is excellent in seeing and developing, and evaluating new and sometimes game-changing aspects of a case.’

‘Plesner’s IP team is a very skilled and at the same time pragmatic team. They are friendly, easy to work and communicate with and never over-complicate things.’

‘Kasper Frahm – Stands out due to his pragmatic approach and his eagerness to understand our business the needs of our business. HI adapts to our strategy and in that way provides useful advice and not only academic advice.’

Key clients

The A.P. Moller – Maersk Group


Ralph Lauren



Chr. Hansen

Danske Bank



Deutsche Telecom



IO Interactive

Zebra (Flying Tiger Copenhagen)

Joe & the Juice

Proctor & Gamble

Work highlights

  • Assisting H. Lundbeck A/S and as interveners Novo Nordisk A/S and Leo Pharma A/S in a case concerning the implications of the Falsified Medicines Directive on parallel import.
  • Assisted GF Forsikring in an infringement case brought by the press service media provider VOCAST.
  • Represented Demant in a case against Retune DSP ApS on trade secrets. The case is essential for future assessment of whether an employer has the right to inventions made by the employees.

Denmark > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Plesner handles the full gamut of media and entertainment matters and advises several high-profile clients, including major film distribution companies and cinema owners as well as film advertising production companies. The group is also active in disputes, with Kasper Frahm litigating several IP and media disputes. Practice head Emil Jurcenoks is regularly instructed by celebrities and tabloid magazines in Denmark.

Practice head(s):

Emil Jurcenoks

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

GF Forsikring A/S

J.H. Schultz Information A/S

IO Interactive A/S

Metronome Productions A/S

Omnicom Media Group

Endemol Shine Group

Veo Technologies

Work highlights

  • Represented GF Forsikring A/S, a Danish consumer-owned insurance company, in an infringement case brought by the press service media provider VOCAST.
  • Assisting Omnicom Media Group, a large international group of media agencies providing customers, with a precision marketing and insights platform, with various IP aspects.
  • Assisting Veo Technologies, the company behind the ground-breaking artificial intelligence VEO camera which can record and analyse various sports matches, with various IP aspects.

Denmark > Tax Tier 1

The ‘very strong’ tax team at Plesner advises blue-chip Danish and international clients on the full spectrum of tax controversy and advisory work, including transfer pricing, estate planning and incentives schemes. It is particularly prominent within tax litigation; this is reflected in the experience of Hans Severin Hansen, practice head Lasse Esbjerg Christensen, who acts in high-profile and complex beneficial owner and transfer pricing cases; Tom Kári Kristjánsson, who has extensive experience before the European Court of Justice; and Jef Nymand Hounsgaard .

Practice head(s):

Lasse Esbjerg Christensen

Other key lawyers:

Hans Severin Hansen; Tom Kári Kristjánsson; Søren Lehmann Nielsen; Jef Nymand Hounsgaard


‘Very strong tax team, and in particular within tax litigation.’

‘Søren Lehmann is a super person – you can rely on the knowledge that the case will be solved in the best possible way.’

‘They are truly outstanding, and have the rare ability to completely handle a case and offer very clear strategic advice.’

‘They have a team that works like clockwork, which supports the overall output of the work product being absolutely best in class and outstanding.’

‘Jef Hounstrup as the up and upcoming partner significantly contributed with his high cognitive skills and great business insight.’

‘Impressed by the way the partners work together in teams on large litigation cases. No other Danish law firm can offer such experienced teams to litigate complex tax cases.’

‘They draw on their superior litigation experience to identify solutions that will withstand governmental as well as public scrutiny, and – when relevant – utilise their vast network within the tax authorities for solution-oriented informal discussions.’

‘Lasse Esbjerg Christensen – is unique in the way he balances business support in a technical and yet crisp and clear way. Lasse is highly praised for his litigation skills and is involved in some of the biggest tax litigation cases in Denmark.’

Key clients

A.P. Moller – Maersk Group



British American Tobacco

Codan Forsikring A/S

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners


Gro Capital

Group 4 Securicor

Johnson Controls Group

Nordea Bank Group

Nordic Investment Opportunities


Saga Private Equity



Work highlights

  • Representing taxpayers before the Danish high courts concerning withholding taxes on dividends and interest following the beneficial ownership CJEU judgments.
  • Assisting GF Forsikring A/S and GF IT A/S with the ground-breaking question of whether the tax authorities can set aside a legally established VAT group due to alleged abuse of the rules.
  • Assisted Tryg A/S on its acquisition (together with Canadian Intact) of the multinational RSA group which included integrations between the very complex initial cross-border tax and legal structure analyses during the planning of the transaction.

Denmark > Telecoms Tier 1

The team at Plesner has significant experience in all aspects of telecoms work, handling both transactional and contentious issues. In particular, the group has been highly active in telecoms outsourcing agreements, with newly promoted partner Michael Hur Bertelsen taking a lead role in these matters. Practice head Niels Chr. Ellegaard continues to advise major Danish and foreign telecoms companies and general corporates on complex regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Niels Chr. Ellegaard

Other key lawyers:


‘High quality legal advice and very good commercial knowledge. Very short response times, continuously able to adjust if requested.’

‘Niels Christian Ellegaard, exceptional commercial knowledge, and thus able to deliver efficient and practical useful advice.’

Key clients

Telenor Denmark









Work highlights

  • Assisting TDC in connection with its separation of activities between TDC NET and Nuuday (the service provider).
  • Advised GlobalConnect on its partnership agreement with FiberTeam regarding FiberTeam’s installation of fibre network on behalf of GlobalConnect in multi-storey buildings.
  • Representing Telenor in its lawsuit against the Danish State (the Agency for Public Finance and Management) regarding the provision of telecoms services to all government departments within the Danish State in a run-off period.

Denmark > Insolvency Tier 2

Plesner‘s restructuring and insolvency team is regularly involved in large-scale issues that have complex banking and finance aspects, and counts major Danish and international banks, investors and other creditors on its client roster. Practice head Lars Skanvig has extensive experience in handling distressed financial engagements and is chairman of the group of Insolvency Lawyers of the Court. ‘Dedicated insolvency expert’ Michala Roepstorff is also recommended. Mandates involving digitised assets, such as blockchain technology, is a new area of focus for the group.

Practice head(s):

Lars Skanvig

Other key lawyers:


‘Good knowledge of insolvency law; commercial; responsive; excellent English language capabilities.’

‘Michala Roepstorff is a dedicated insolvency expert.’

‘Very well structured advice delivered in a proactive manner.’

‘Plesner Law Firm has a broad competence in insolvency law, which we use. Their field of expertise covers a wide range of industries.’

‘They uncover our needs in relation to bringing the companies out of their problems but can at the same time prepare for any bankruptcy and help reduce losses for the bank.’

‘Plesner is very good at insolvency in Denmark and has a very good understanding of insolvency problems in other countries.’

Key clients

O.W. Bunker A/S, O.W. Bunker & Trading A/S, O.W. Supply & Trading A/S, O.W. Tankers A/S, Wrist Marine Suppliers A/S, Dynamic Oil Trading Holding A/S, Remote Fuel Services ApS and O.W. Global Trading A/S

Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S

TravelCo Nordic A/S

Danske Bank A/S


Europharma.DK ApS

Incentive A/S and Incentive Financial Services A/S

Hellerup Finans A/S

VVD II A/S (Nordjysk Lift A/S)

Thoma Byg A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising O.W. Bunker Group on bankruptcy proceedings, involving large-scale litigation funding and cross-border collection measures.
  • Advising Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S on proceedings involving a disqualification case against a number of former board members for having proven themselves unfit to be managing a company for a certain period of time.
  • Acted for TravelCo Nordic A/S (Bravo Tours Nordic) in restructuring proceedings.

Denmark > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Plesner‘s real estate, construction and infrastructure practice acts for a number of international investors, pension funds and developers on a range of matters, including divesting existing portfolios and advising on joint ventures. The team is also instructed on social housing issues and assisted living mandates as well as asset management work; Benjamin Bunnage is an expert in the latter. The ‘very talented’ Mads Berg and construction law specialist Niklas Korsgaard Christensen jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Korsgaard Christensen; Mads Berg

Other key lawyers:

Lasse Stjernholm Detlevsen; Peter Wengler-Jørgensen; Karina Brinch; Peter Fogh; Benjamin Bunnage


‘Highly professional, key insights, flexible and constructive. Allocates resources so the job can be done within agreed timeframes, to the point communication and although cases can be complicated ,Plesner do not add to the complications.’

‘Quick, competent, quality conscious and business-focused team, they know their client and their law and the businesses, and pleasant people to work with.’

‘Benjamin Bunnage, Karina Brinch. Extremely professional. Deliver high quality and on time.’

‘Peter Fogh – excellent legal advice, experienced in his field and general great business understanding, pragmatic and a good sparring partner.’

‘Always ready, quick to follow up on requests. Sharp and up to date on relevant legal issues.’

‘Always quick to see the big picture and understand complex issues. Nice to have the same point of contact. Good service in house and in all matters of correspondence.’

‘Mads Berg is a very talented individual.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate


M7 Real Estate

CapMan Real Estate


NH Hotel Group

Europa Capital

Bach Gruppen



Aberdeen Standard Investment

Orange Investment Managers

Catella Real Estate AG

Fokus Asset Management


MP Pension


CBRE Global Investment Partners

2E Group A/S

Pears Global Real Estate

AKF Holding

PBU Pension

LB Forsikring

Gefion Group


Alma Property Partners

Studentbostäder i Norden

ReInvest Asset Management

Scandinavian Property Development

Femern A/S

Gaz-Systems S.A.

Kalaallit Airports A/S

Arkil A/S



Alstom Transport Danmark A/S

Leo Pharma A/S


BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH

Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniører A/S

PM Group

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Siemens/Aarsleff consortium for electrification of rail

NNE (Novo Nordisk Engineering)

Sund og Bælt Holding A/S





ASEC Cement S.A.E.


Work highlights

  • Advised Hines on the acquisition of the iconic office building “Portland Towers” in a DKK700m transaction.
  • Advised Studentbostäder i Norden in the DKK1.25bn acquisition of the forward purchase landmark multi-strategy development project at Engvej in Copenhagen from Gefion.
  • Advising TotalEnergies on the construction and redevelopment work of its offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea (mixed greenfield & brownfield) and with the management of contracts and disputes.

Denmark > Shipping and transport Tier 2

Plesner is best known for its expertise in ship finance work and transactions, with particular expertise in shipping and offshore matters, including charters, ship registrations and offshore installations. The group also has strong cross-border capabilities, with practice co-head Peter Fogh handling international shipping contracts and ship financing matters. Fellow co-head Niklas Korsgaard Christensen has extensive experience in the construction and financing of airports and harbours.

Practice head(s):

Peter Fogh; Niklas Korsgaard Christensen

Key clients

Equinox Melida Maritime Ltd and Equinox Maritime Limited

CMA CMG and its subsidiary CMA Ships

A.P. Møller – Maersk A/S

Danske Havnevirksomheder (The Danish Association of Port Companies)

Dansk Skibskredit (Danish Ship Finance)

Unifeeder A/S

“K” Line (Scandinavia) Holding A/S

Hafnia Tankers Group

O.W. Bunker

ADP A/S (Associated Danish Ports)

Kalaallit Airport A/S


NYK Bulk and Projects Carriers Ltd.

Equinor Refining Denmark A/S

Transport Danmark A/S

Frode Lauersen Transport A/S

Work highlights

  • Acting as trustee of OW Tankers’ bankruptcy estate.
  • Adviser to Associated Danish Ports concerning the establishment of the first dry port in Denmark, which is a major new logistics centre.
  • Adviser to Kalaallit Airports regarding the development and construction of three new airports in Greenland which are of vital interest to the transport infrastructure in Greenland.

Denmark > Employment Tier 3

Plesner‘s ‘stand-out’ employment team handles high-profile cross-border transactions and incentive programmes. The group is also actively expanding its insourcing and outsourcing services (with senior counsel Rasmus Høj Christensen playing a key role in this area) and remains strong in collective redundancy procedures, whistleblower schemes and the handling of personal data of employees. Lise Høy Falsner advises both listed and non-listed companies as well as public authorities on complex HR matters. In March 2021, former co-head Henriette Stakemann left the firm to an in-house role and later in 2021, Rasmus Høj Christensen departed to Gorrissen Federspiel, and in early 2022, Tina Brøgger Sørensen joined from Kromann Reumert to take over as team head.

Practice head(s):

Tina Brøgger Sørensen

Other key lawyers:

Lise Høy Falsner


‘Plesner has a great and knowledgeable employment team and they are number 1 in Denmark for me and my clients. They are practical, swift, knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. They stand out as a team and as individuals.’

‘We always receive highly qualified advice and problem solving – in minor everyday issues as well as in complex cases. In addition to the quality of the advice, we always experience a quick response and that tasks are solved by the agreed deadline or faster. On a personal level, the collaboration has also been exemplary.’

‘Very good attorneys and customer service. Very responsive.’

‘Plesner’s employment practice is commercially oriented, straight forward and reliable.’

‘They are professional, very skilled, extremely good in corporation, fast responders, very flexible’

‘Lise Høj Falsner – we have very good cooperation and she is very skilled, good listener, professional lawyer, straight forward at the same time she remembers that we are handling employees. Very flexible and fast responder.’

‘‘Tina Brøgger Sørensen has a practical approach and an instinct for how to approach a case to achieve a reasonable settlement. She was able to handle a multifaceted case while keeping us informed but not overwhelmed.’

Key clients

Danske Bank

Tryg A/S


Charles River

The Conservative People’s Party

APC Forsikringsmæglere

HESS Corporation

RISMA Systems A/S

LEO Pharma



Zealand Pharma A/S

Acacium Group

BMW Group

Sunweb Group

IIP Denmark P/S

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal adviser on employment law for Tryg A/S in connection with its £7.2bn acquisition (together with Intact Financial Corporation) of RSA Insurance Group plc.
  • Advised FSN Capital on employment matters in connection with the acquisition of a 45% stake in Obton Group (alternative investment provider and one of Europe’s largest solar energy managers) and entering into a partnership with the founders and management.
  • Advised the LEO Foundation and LEO Pharma, global leader in medical dermatology with a robust R&D pipeline, in connection with Nordic Capital’s €450m investment in LEO Pharma.

Denmark > Environment Tier 3

The environment team at Plesner handles a broad range of issues, including nature protection work, climate change issues and expropriation law. It works in conjunction with the M&A team and real estate department to provide regulatory due diligence on M&A transactions concerning some of the most environmentally regulated companies in Denmark. The group is also well-equipped to advise on public law issues, with new co-head Marcus Elskaer Mollerup specialising in this area. Niklas Korsgaard Christensen jointly leads the group. In March 2021, Ellen Skodborggaard left the firm to join the High Court of Eastern Denmark.

Other key lawyers:

Esben Kjær


‘Prompt responses, understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘Always a professional team to handle your problems. Easy to reach both by phone and e-mail – help can be given when needed.’

‘I can especially recommend Marcus Elskjær Mollerup.’

Key clients



Kalaallit Airports

European Energy

Hess Corporation

Stena Recycling



Metro Service A/S

Icopal Danmark

Municipality of Rudersdal

Municipality of Allerød

H. Lundbeck

Work highlights

  • Advising Polish gas transmission system operator Gaz-Systems on the establishment of an international gas transmission pipeline in the Baltic Sea.
  • Advised Arjun Infrastructure Partners on its investment in Sustainable Bio Solutions Aabenraa KS, large biogas production and upgrade project.
  • Advised Infranode on investment in the development of Northern Europe’s largest solar park.

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. It is a lockstep partnership with 38 partners and a total staff of approximately 460, including 310 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 team 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 one of the clear market leaders in Denmark in corporate M&A transactions, and the firm is recognised for its high volume of complex deals which often involve major Nordic private equity houses and international investors. 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 team 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 team 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.

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 team 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 Plesner’s key strengths. The dispute resolution team 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 team 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 team’s specialists assist in restructuring proceedings, act as trustees in bankruptcy proceedings and advise clients in avoidance proceedings. The team 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:
Plesner’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:  Plesner’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.

Banking, finance, securities, regulatory and derivatives Søren Thyssen 36 94 15 55
Commercial real estate Mads 36 94 15 60
Commercial real estate Lasse Stjernholm 36 94 15 80
Competition law/public procurement Gitte Holtsø 36 94 11 19
Competition law/public procurement Christian Karhula +45 36 94 13 89
Construction/infrastructure Niklas Korsgaard 36 94 12 39
Construction/infrastructure Peter 36 94 13 59
Corporate-commercial Lars +45 36 94 11 36
Corporate-commercial Jacob Ørskov 36 94 11 94
Energy and mining Niklas Korsgaard 36 94 12 39
Equity capital markets Thomas Holst 36 94 13 63
Equity capital markets Nicolai Ø 36 94 12 27
EU and competition Gitte Holtsø 36 94 11 19
EU and competition Christian Karhula 36 94 13 89
Information technology and data protection Niels Chr. 36 94 12 68
Information technology and data protection Michael 36 94 13 06
Insolvency Law and Restructuring Lars 36 94 13 18
Insolvency Law and Restructuring Michala +45 36 94 12 93
Intellectual property/life science Sture 36 94 11 18
Intellectual property/life science Mikkel 36 94 13 92
Labour Tina Brøgger Sø 36 94 23 66
Labour Lise Høy +45 36 94 13 69
Litigation and arbitration Torben 36 94 13 40
Litigation and arbitration Peter 36 94 13 65
M&A and private equity Hans 36 94 12 24
M&A and private equity Henrik Rossing Lø 36 94 15 34
Tax Lasse Esbjerg 36 94 12 25
Tax Hans Severin 36 94 11 54
Telecommunication and media Niels Chr 36 94 12 68
Telecommunication and media Kasper 36 94 13 31
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Mads Berg photo Mads BergMads Berg is a partner, attorney-at-law and MSc in Business Administration and…
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Kasper Frahm photo Kasper FrahmKasper Frahm is head of our Trademark Law and Design team. Kasper’s…
Micha Fritzen photo Micha FritzenMicha Fritzen is a partner in our Corporate Finance team with broad…
Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen photo Charlotte Hasseriis IversenCharlotte Hasseriis Iversen is highly experienced within general insurance law and regulatory…
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Thomas Holst Laursen photo Thomas Holst LaursenThomas Holst Laursen is a partner in our Corporate Finance team and…
Michael Hopp photo Michael HoppMichael Hopp is a partner and head of our Data Protection Law…
Michael Hur Bertelsen photo Michael Hur BertelsenMichael Hur Bertelsen is a partner at Plesner in our team for…
Anne Cathrine (AC) Ingerslev photo Anne Cathrine (AC) IngerslevAnne Cathrine (AC) Ingerslev advises Danish and international clients in relation to…
Emil Jurcenoks photo Emil JurcenoksEmil Jurcenoks advises on Marketing Law and Consumer Law, IP Law and…
Tina Kang photo Tina KangTina Kang is a partner in our Corporate Finance team and advises…
Christian Karhula Lauridsen photo Christian Karhula LauridsenChristian Karhula Lauridsen is a specialist in complex litigation and other contentious…
Niklas Korsgaard Christensen photo Niklas Korsgaard ChristensenNiklas Korsgaard Christensen is the Managing Partner of Plesner and advises on…
Simon Krogh photo Simon KroghSimon Krogh is head of our Private Investment Funds team. Simon is…
Henrik Laursen photo Henrik LaursenHenrik Laursen is a partner in our Corporate Finance team and has…
Marcus Elskær Mollerup photo Marcus Elskær MollerupMarcus Elskær Mollerup is an attorney-at-law in our Energy and Infrastructure team. Marcus…
Peter Østerby Mønsted photo Peter Østerby MønstedPeter Østerby Mønsted is a director in our Data Protection Law team,…
Jef Nymand Hounsgaard photo Jef Nymand HounsgaardJef Nymand Hounsgaard is a partner in our Tax Law team. Jef…
Rie Paving Mortensen photo Rie Paving MortensenRie Paving Mortensen has been involved in some of the largest and…
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Michala Roepstorff photo Michala RoepstorffMichala Roepstorff is a partner in our Insolvency Law and Restructuring team…
Sture Rygaard photo Sture RygaardSture Rygaard advises clients on Danish and European IP law. His primary…
Peter Schradieck photo Peter SchradieckPeter Schradieck is head of our Dispute Resolution team. His practice is…
Hans Severin Hansen photo Hans Severin HansenHans Severin Hansen is Co-Head of our tax law team and he…
Lars Skanvig photo Lars SkanvigLars Skanvig is a partner and head of our Insolvency Law and…
Jimmy Skjold Hansen photo Jimmy Skjold HansenJimmy Skjold Hansen is a partner in our Dispute Resolution team. Jimmy…
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Mikkel Vittrup photo Mikkel VittrupMikkel Vittrup is a partner in our IP and Life Science team…
Number of lawyers : 255