Firm Profile > Plesner > Copenhagen, Denmark
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Banking and finance Tier 1
Plesner has notable expertise in financial regulations and capital markets law, derivatives and structured products, acquisition financing work and project and asset-based financings. The practice also handles the financing of infrastructure projects including airport construction matters. Thomas Maaberg Hansen and Søren Thyssen Valerius jointly lead the practice and are experienced in capital market transactions including acquisition finance issues and financial reconstructions. Other key individuals include Rasmus Mandøe Jensen, who regularly assists with leveraged and asset-backed financings; and Anne Cathrine Ingerslev, who acts for sponsors, borrowers and lenders on finance transactions.
The financing team has always delivered high quality work
Very competent, professional and effective team, acting as a true business partner with the ability to go beyond pure technical juridical matters
Capital markets Tier 1
Plesner is a key name for public M&A transactions, equity capital markets work, IPOs and rights issuances for companies and securities listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen and international stock exchange markets. The group also assists with takeover procedures, accelerated bookbuilds (ABBs) and private investment in public equity (PIPE) deals. Thomas Holst Laursen and Nicolai Ørsted jointly lead the ECM practice, while Thomas Maaberg Hansen heads up the DCM group. Henrik Laursen is also a noteworthy practitioner and has expertise in debt to equity restructurings for listed corporations. Clients include telecoms corporations, pension funds and capital markets companies.
Netcompany Group A/S
Various entities within the Macquarie Group
Nordea Bank A/S
Danske Bank A/S
If P&C Insurance
Danish Ministry of Finance
Zealand Pharma A/S
Carnegie Investment Bank
The practice at Plesner advises on M&A transactions, private equity deals and structured sales processes; department co-head Henrik Rossing Lønberg handles M&A transactions, while co-head Lars Bunch focuses on corporate law, and co-head Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen is an expert in commercial contracts. Other key individuals include Christian Kjølbye, who regularly assists with public takeovers; and Thomas Holst Laursen, who is experienced in mergers in the financial sector. The practice also acts for private equity houses and regularly assists with life sciences, construction, shipping, leisure, energy and financial sector investments. Finn J. Lernø is now of counsel and Tue Ravnholt Frandsen and Torben Nørskov departed to Accura Advokatpartnerselskab in 2019.
Arkil Holding A/S
British American Tobacco Group
Brødrene Hartmann A/S
H. Lundbeck A/S
Nets Holding A/S
Sund & Bælt Holding A/S
Novo Nordisk Foundation
Poul Due Jensens Fond
North-East Family Office Holding ApS
Car2go Europe GmbH
Compass Group Danmark A/S
Danske Bank A/S
Ford Motor Company
Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Glud & Marstrand A/S
John West Foods Limited
Kohberg Bakery Group A/S
LEO Pharma A/S
Løgismose Meyers Group
Mazda Motor Danmark
Moët Hennessy Nordic
Nissan Nordic Europe
Nordea Finans Danmark A/S
Safework LLC (USA)
Skandinavisk Motor Co. A/S
Plesner acts on operational compliance mandates, primarily focusing on the implementation of GDPR. The practice also assists with strategic planning mandates relating to personal data, individual privacy issues and the preparation of draft agreements; the team also assists with compliance programmes and the data elements of specific business processes. Group leader Michael Hopp counts banks, IT service providers, energy companies and companies in the transport sector as clients.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Plesner's expertise in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration is most notably utilised when handling disputes in the construction, engineering, insurance, energy, life sciences and IP sectors; the practice also acts in insolvency, professional liability, tax and M&A-related disputes and assists with internal investigations. Practice head Peter Schradieck has particular expertise in banking and finance, infrastructure, supply contract and commercial liability disputes, while Jimmy Skjold Hansen acts in disputes involving foreign investments and product liability claims, and Torben Bondrop focuses on consultants’ liability, D&O liability and reinsurance cases.
‘Honest communication on what are the strengths and weaknesses in a case so that the process is streamlined.’
Sund & Bælt Holding
Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)
Energy Tier 1
Plesner has notable expertise handling oil and gas projects in the North and Baltic Sea and assists with all aspects of renewable energy projects including development issues, regulatory advice, energy and spare parts supply agreements, and operation, maintenance and shareholder agreements. Practice head Niklas Korsgaard Christensen regularly advises on redevelopment work and assists with the drafting of infrastructure agreements.
EU and competition Tier 1
Plesner represents its clients in investigations and litigation involving abuse of dominance issues, and also assists with negotiations with the EU and Danish competition authorities on settlement procedures and leniency programmes. Christian Karhula Lauridsen and practice head Daniel Barry primarily focus on competition litigation including cartel and abuse cases and follow-on damages claims, while Rie Paving Mortensen’s competition experience spans merger control and cross-border cartel matters involving the abuse of dominant market positions. Gitte Holtsø is also a key name to note.
Among the best competition law practices in Denmark with great all-round experience regarding competition law matters
Ernst & Young
The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Culture
Sund & Bælt Holding, including Storebælt and Fehmarn Landanlæg
Information technology Tier 1
Plesner advises on cloud computing, the structuring of IT outsourcing projects, as well as on contract disputes arising from IT projects. The firm also assists with compliance processes, particularly with regards to GDPR and anti-bribery measures. Niels Christian Ellegaard is the practice head and possesses contentious and non-contentious experience in IT, telecoms and outsourcing matters, especially regarding the selling and acquisition of IT services in sectors such as banking and finance.
It is a very skilled team with high focus on making their advice and documents useful in the day-to-day operation of the business.
Great knowledge on both necessary areas of expertise regarding GDPR: the IT-security aspects on a deep technical and legal level. They are very competent advisers.
The team is very dedicated, client- and solution oriented combined with a good understanding of technology and strong legal skills
Tryg Forsikring A/S
LB Forsikring A/S
Kemp & Lauritzen A/S
Semler Gruppen A/S
Insolvency Tier 1
Plesner regularly acts as insolvency administrator and advises on the renegotiation of contractual arrangements and funding agreements. The firm also has expertise in the representation in cross-border disputes and the recovery of claims arising from contentious bankruptcy cases. Lars Skanvig heads the practice and has experience in handling distressed financial arrangements. Pernille Bigaard has experience in assisting with distressed M&A transactions and acts as one of the trustees in the OW Bunker bankruptcy case.
Strong knowledge and legal capabilities
Pernille Bigaard has strong knowledge within bankruptcy law
O.W. Bunker A/S and subsidiaries in bankruptcy
O.W. Cargo Denmark A/S in bankruptcy
Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S in bankruptcy
F Group A/S / FONA
Hellerup Finans A/S in bankruptcy
Europharma.DK ApS in bankruptcy
Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring (AES)
Insurance Tier 1
The insurance practice at Plesner advises insurers and insurance intermediaries as well as insured companies and individuals on product liability, commercial liability and personal injury matters. The team additionally advises on workers’ compensation arising from the loss of earnings. The practice also represents in coverage disputes regarding fire, storm, theft and other property damages. Torben Bondrop is the practice head and is experienced in litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning consultants, product, D&O and general commercial liability.
‘Excellent knowledge of financial regulation regarding life insurance companies.’
‘Torben Bondrop is very well respected in all areas of the Danish insurance sector and one of the very best litigators in Denmark. He deals with all kind of insurance-related issues.’
‘Torben Bondrop is a great lawyer. Excellent knowledge of financial regulation regarding life insurance companies.’
Qatar Reinsurance Company
BNP Paribas Cardif
FM Insurance Company Ltd.
AnaCap Financial Partners
Dental Accident Appeal Agency
Intellectual property Tier 1
The practice at Plesner is experienced in advising on trademark law and regularly represents in trademark prosecution proceedings. The practice also acts for clients such as social media celebrities in matters relating to copyright infringements. Practice head Mikkel Vittrup and Peter-Ulrik Plesner focus on patent enforcement, which includes representing pharmaceutical originator companies in patent disputes. Kasper Frahm has experience in providing advice in administrative cases on trademarks, designs and domain name as well as in conducting IP litigation. Sture Rygaard’s litigation experience extends to EU-wide preliminary injunctions.
‘Mikkel Vittrup and his team has significant experience with IP law within life science, especially when it comes to originators products, which is important to know for a client.’
‘Plesner’s local knowledge can be taken for granted, so I will instead highlight their ability to work as a team and make a client feel part of the ground effort, which helps deliver better results.’
‘Denmark’s best known litigation firm retains a number of excellent staff so that it hold a premier position for IP matters.’
‘Very strong knowledge of the legal area, and provides fast and reliable sparring even to complex issues, still with strong business understanding.’
‘Personality, excellent verbal advocacy skills, deep legal knowledge.’
The A.P. Moller – Maersk Group
The LEGO Group
The Astrid Lindgren Company
Media and entertainment Tier 1
The practice at Plesner advises film distribution companies, cinema owners and film advertisement production companies on commercial and public law matters, such as the drafting and negotiation of licensing agreements. Kasper Frahm is experienced in representing in IP-related disputes in the media sector. Practice head Emil Jurcenoks combines commercial advice with litigation knowledge and regularly acts for celebrities and tabloid magazines on matters involving data protection regulations and the media’s freedom of press.
Shipping and transport Tier 1
Plesner has expertise in decommissioning, maritime bankruptcy proceedings, and port regulations. The practice also advises on the development and construction of airports and harbours as well as on shipping-related asset and M&A transactions, including distressed M&A arising from maritime insolvencies. The practice also assists with the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts and regulatory matters regarding the usage of ports. Peter Fogh and Mikkel Falkenberg jointly head the practice and are experienced in mediation, arbitration and litigation in the shipping and transport sector.
‘One of the top firms in Denmark, which provides the best and most comprehensive coverage and counselling.’
A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S
The Danish Association of Port Companies
“K” line (Scandinavia) Holding A/S
Hafnia Tankers Group
O.W. Bunker in bankruptcy
Kalaallit Airport A/S
NYK Bulk and Projects Carriers Ltd.
Equinor Refining Denmark A/S
Tax Tier 1
Plesner has expertise in transactions and corporate structurings as well as in indirect taxes and duties, including VAT and customs and excise duties. The firm’s advice on M&A taxation involves merger clearance, regulatory approvals and tax counselling as well as assistance with post-completion structures. Other areas of expertise include pension yield taxation. Lasse Esbjerg Christensen and Hans Severin Hansen jointly head the practice and regularly act as litigators in direct tax litigation cases; Jef Nymand Hounsgaard is also singled out. Søren Lehmann Nielsen joined the practice from Bruun & Hjejle in July 2019.
‘Very strong within tax litigation, very experienced team.’
‘Both Lasse Esbjerg Christensen and Hans Severin Hansen are best-in-class within tax litigation.’
Novo Nordisk Group
A.P. Moller – Maersk Group
ECCO Sko A/S
Group 4 Securicor
Johnson Controls Group
Nordea Bank Group
Telecoms Tier 1
Plesner covers the regulatory and transactional aspects of telecoms, as well as the management of telecoms disputes. Niels Christian Ellegaard is the practice head and possesses expertise in the opening of fibre networks and in telecoms M&A. The practice is also experienced in the drafting and negotiation of telecoms outsourcing arrangements. The team also advises on telecoms financing aspects, which includes mortgage-based debt financing. Other areas of expertise include competition law.
Employment Tier 2
Plesner is noted for its experience in the employment aspects of cross-border M&A transactions and incentives programme creation, which includes executive compensation matters and cash-based bonus schemes. The department also advises on employment termination mandates arising from the downsizing or closure of business activities. Henriette Stakemann and Lise Høy Falsner jointly lead the practice and assist listed blue-chip corporations and unlisted companies with the negotiation of post-restructuring and post-outsourcing employment contracts and the related litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Solid understanding of Employment law, the commercial reality of the market environment and how that fits into the negotiations between parties
Commercial oriented lawyers who understand the client’s needs. Strong ability to navigate between the big picture and situations that requires a great deal of detail orientation
EKF Danmarks Eksportkredit (Denmark’s Export Credit Agency)
Ferguson plc / Stark Group
Marlin Equity Partners
Stronghold / Newsec
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Plesner regularly advises on infrastructural project development, the redevelopment of energy plants and the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts. The practice also advises asset management companies, pension funds and developers on real estate transactions. Practice head Niklas Korsgaard Christensen is a construction expert and regularly represents in construction litigation and arbitration proceedings. Leif Djurhuus is experienced in advising on commercial lease law and represents in rent disputes and the negotiation of new lease agreements. Anders Friis, Luise Christensen, Rikke Maria Falck Jensen and former co-head Jakob Schou Midtgaard joined Accura Advokatpartnerselskab in 2020.
‘They understand how we think commercially and take this into account in the organisation of their legal assistance.’
Strukton Rail Denmark
Plesner > Firm Profile
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.
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.
|Corporate-commercial||Lars Bunchfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 11 36|
|Corporate-commercial||Jacob Ørskov Rasmussenemail@example.com||+45 36 94 11 94|
|Intellectual property/life science||Sture Rygaardfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 11 18|
|Intellectual property/life science||Mikkel Vittrupemail@example.com||+45 36 94 13 92|
|Telecommunication and media||Niels Chr Ellegaardfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 12 68|
|Telecommunication and media||Kasper Frahmemail@example.com||+45 36 94 13 31|
|Information technology and data protection||Niels Chr Ellegaardfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 12 68|
|Information technology and data protection||Michael Hoppemail@example.com||+45 36 94 13 06|
|Commercial property||Jakob Schou Midtgaardfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 12 02|
|Commercial property||Anders Friisemail@example.com||+45 36 94 12 95|
|Tax||Hans Severin Hansenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 11 54|
|Tax||Lasse Esbjerg Christensenemail@example.com||+45 36 94 12 25|
|EU law||Christian Karhula Lauridsenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 13 89|
|EU law||Gitte Holtsøemail@example.com||+45 36 94 11 19|
|Equity capital markets||Thomas Holst Laursenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 13 63|
|Equity capital markets||Nicolai Ørstedemail@example.com||+45 36 94 12 27|
|Banking, finance, securities, regulatory and derivatives||Thomas Maaberg Hansenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 13 42|
|Banking, finance, securities, regulatory and derivatives||Søren Thyssen Valeriusemail@example.com||+45 36 94 15 55|
|Construction/infrastructure||Niklas Korsgaard Christensenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 12 39|
|Construction/infrastructure||Peter Foghemail@example.com||+45 36 94 13 59|
|Energy and mining||Niklas Korsgaard Christensenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 12 39|
|Energy and mining||Mikkel Falkenbergemail@example.com||+45 36 94 15 12|
|M&A and private equity||Hans Hedegaardfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 12 24|
|M&A and private equity||Henrik Rossing Lønbergemail@example.com||+45 36 94 15 34|
|Litigation and arbitration||Torben Bondropfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 13 40|
|Litigation and arbitration||Peter Schradieckemail@example.com||+45 36 94 13 65|
|Bankruptcy and insolvency||Pernille Bigaardfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 12 90|
|Bankruptcy and insolvency||Lars Skanvigemail@example.com||+45 36 94 13 18|
|Competition law/public procurement||Christian Karhula Lauridsenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 13 89|
|Competition law/public procurement||Gitte Holtsøemail@example.com||+45 36 94 11 19|
|Labour||Henriette Stakemannfirstname.lastname@example.org||+45 36 94 12 28|
|Labour||Lise Høy Falsneremail@example.com||+45 36 94 13 69|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 225
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- Banking and finance
- Capital markets
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Data privacy and data protection
- Dispute resolution
- EU and competition
- Information technology
- Intellectual property
- Media and entertainment
- Shipping and transport