Firm Profile > Plesner > Copenhagen, Denmark

Plesner
37 AMERIKA PLADS
2100 COPENHAGEN
Denmark

Banking and finance Tier 1

Jointly led by Søren Thyssen Valerius and Thomas Maaberg Hansen, who has 'deep theoretical knowledge with a practical approach’, Plesner has been particularly active with Covid-19-related financing matters, including emergency liquidity financings, refinancings, amendment and waiver processes, and recapitalisations. More generally, the group has expertise in derivatives, structured products, acquisition financing work and project and asset-based financings. In addition, it has also seen an uptick in investigation and enforcement cases concerning financial regulation violations. Other names to note are Rasmus Mandøe Jensen and Anne Cathrine Ingerslev.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Maaberg Hansen; Søren Thyssen Valerius

Other key lawyers:

Rasmus Mandøe Jensen; Anne Cathrine Ingerslev

Testimonials

‘Excellent commercial knowledge, no-nonsense approach and highly skilled negotiators. Best in class.’

‘Very knowledgeable, a good commercial understanding, accessible and easy to work with.’

‘Thomas Maaberg Hansen is very knowledgable, has a good commercial understanding and is excellent in addressing key issues and finding workable solutions. He has the ability to combine his deep theoretical knowledge with a practical approach when handling a matter.’ 

‘Truly highly competent business partners.’

‘Highly efficient, competent and with very good collaboration skills – in particular by Anne Cathrine Ingerslev.’

Key clients

Danske Bank

TDC

Nordea Bank

EQT

Danica Pension

BlackRock

Goldman Sachs

A.P. Møller Holding

J.P. Morgan

Brødrene Hartmann

LEO Pharma

European Energy

H. Lundbeck

EKF – Denmark’s Export Credit Agency

SEB

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Axcel

Ares

OK a.m.b.a.

Capital markets Tier 1

At Plesner, the capital markets group, which comprises ECM and DCM sub-divisions, is equally at ease advising on international matters as it is domestic work. It handles a range of public M&A transactions, IPOs and listings, accelerated book-builds, takeover procedures and rights issuances for companies and securities listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen and international stock exchanges. Thomas Holst Laursen and Nicolai Ørsted head up the ECM practice, while Thomas Maaberg Hansen spearheads the DCM team. Another name to note is debt-to-equity restructuring expert Henrik Laursen, who provides ‘specific, practical and useful advice’.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Holst Laursen; Nicolai Ørsted; Thomas Maaberg Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Laursen; Micha Fritzen

Testimonials

‘We are a newly listed company and Henrik Laursen’s capital markets team became our trusted advisor on capital markets law in no time. The team are very good in framing their advice to match our needs perfectly.’

‘Henrik Laursen is extremely hard-working, always accessible, very pleasant to work with and – most importantly – he is never afraid of “leaning out” with specific, practical and useful advice.’

Key clients

Netcompany Group

Various entities within the Macquarie Group

Nordea Danmark, Filial af Nordea Bank Abp, Finland

Danske Bank

Sampo

If P&C Insurance

Danish Ministry of Finance

Zealand Pharma

Carnegie Investment Bank

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Tryg

Novozymes

European Energy

TDC

NTG – Nordic Transport Group

Nordic Waterproofing Holding

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Praised as ‘exceptionally strong’ and ‘highly commercial’, Plesner has a particular focus on M&A transactions, private equity deals, joint ventures and structured sales. Henrik Rossing Lønberg, Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen and Lars Bunch head up the practice; Lønberg primarily handles high-end M&A transactions, Rasmussen specialises in commercial contracts and Bunch focuses on corporate law matters. Christian Kjølbye regularly oversees public takeovers and privatisations, Thomas Holst Laursen is noted for his financial services expertise and Tina Kang has experience in major sell-side mandates. Of counsel Finn Lernø is a key name for corporate finance work. Tue Ravnholt Frandsen and Torben Nørskov left in late 2019 to join Accura Advokatpartnerselskab, and Simon Krogh joined from Bruun & Hjejle in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Rossing Lønberg; Lars Bunch; Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen

Other key lawyers:

Nicolai Ørsted; Hans Hedegaard; Tina Kang; Christian Kjølbye; Thomas Holst Laursen; Finn Lernø; Simon Krogh

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally strong M&A team, highly capable and highly commercial in the approach to their work. A proactive and detailed-oriented team, but with the ability to be commercial at the same time.’

‘Highly diverse group of individuals with different skill sets and personalities, making the broader team very strong. We have worked with Hans Hedegaard and Tina Kang from Plesner numerous times, and they deliver consistent, high-quality work.’

Key clients

EQT Partners

Axcel

Nordic Capital

Capidea

Marlin Equity Partners

Netcompany

FSN Capital Partners

A.P. Møller – Mærsk

Agilitas Private Equity LLP

QVARTZ

A.P. Møller Holding

Novo Holding

IK Investment Partners

Triton

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

Pfizer

Sund & Bælt Holding

Veloxis

Zealand Pharma

Capidea Kapital

Novo Nordisk Foundation

Poul Due Jensens Fond (Grundfos foundation)

Lundbeck Foundation

LEO Foundation

Salling Foundations (Owners of Dansk Supermarked)

Nordea Foundation

PwC

3M

Alfa Laval (listed company)

BMW Danmark

Compass Group Danmark

Danske Bank (listed company)

Ford Motor Company

Flying Tiger Copenhagen

LEO Pharma

Mazda Motor Danmark

Moët Hennessy Nordic

Nissan Nordic Europe

Nor

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Recognised for being 'on top of all new rules and case law', Plesner’s data protection group has considerable experience assisting clients with operational compliance mandates, primarily on the implementation of GDPR. The group, led by Michael Hopp, acts for an assortment of financial services, IT, energy and transport clients. Other areas of focus include strategic planning mandates relating to personal data, individual privacy issues and the preparation of draft agreements.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hopp

Other key lawyers:

Jesper Husmer Vang

Testimonials

‘Michael Hopp knows the privacy industry inside out. He knows the DPA well and understands how they will reason. Gives very trustworthy on-point advice that’s not just about what the law says.’

‘Very skilled and experienced, on top of all new rules and case law, always accessible and a pleasure to work with. They have a huge network within the industry and public authorities, enabling them to always be one step ahead.’

‘Michael Hopp is always accessible, highly competent and pragmatic. Flexible in terms of designing tasks to cut costs and sharing of templates.’

‘Michael Hopp has a broad network of authorities and other key stakeholders within the area with the possibility of informal clarifications and discussions, not to forget outstanding expertise and knowledge.’

‘Michael Hopp and Jesper Husmer Vang’s knowledge and experience within all aspects of data protection, theoretical as well as practical, make them second to none within their field. There are no others I would rather exchange views, opinions and discuss challenges regarding data protection with.’

Key clients

Ørsted

Københavns Lufthavne (Copenhagen Airports)

Semler Gruppen

Gjensidige Forsikring

Danske Bank

Bonnier Publications

Novozymes

Sund & Bælt Holding

SEAS-NVE Holding

Tryg

Nykredit

Instrukskommissionen

KMD

Nationalt Genom Center

Ford Motor Company

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Singled out for its expertise in international trade agreements and international arbitration, Plesner assists clients with some of Denmark’s most complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration proceedings, appearing frequently before the Danish Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice and international arbitration institutions. The department is led by Peter Schradieck, who handles a mix of commercial liability, supply contract and construction disputes. Other names to note are insurance and tort law specialist Torben Bondrop and Jimmy Skjold Hansen, who handles securities litigation and foreign investment claims.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schradieck

Other key lawyers:

Jimmy Skjold Hansen; Niklas Korsgaard Christensen; Torben Bondrop

Testimonials

‘Very solid team. Super strong on the legal matters, but at the same time possess a solid understanding of working with the counterparty.’

‘You feel that the whole team is personally there for you and the case(s)!’

‘Dedication. Analytical capabilities. Big picture and details. Extremely strong on the legal side – very strong legal domain knowledge.’

‘Good insight on international trade agreements and international arbitration.’

‘Jimmy Skjold Hansen is an up and coming young talent that is already very experienced as an arbitrator.’

Key clients

Finansiel Stabilitet (the Danish resolution authority)

Morgan Stanley & Co International Plc. (United Kingdom) and Carnegie Investment Bank, branch of Carnegie Investment Bank AB (Sweden)

Berendsen Textil Service

Nordea

Ørsted

Femern

ASEC CEMENT S.A.E. and Qala Holdings

NPI Nordisk Plade Import and others

C. F. Møller Architects

G.V.L. Entreprise

Tromborg

Thornico

Fortum Waste Management

Energy Tier 1

Headed up by Niklas Korsgaard Christensen, the team at Plesner is adept at handling large-scale offshore infrastructure development mandates including oil and gas and offshore wind projects. A wide range of developers, contractors, consultants and financial institutions instruct the group on regulatory issues, energy agreements and maintenance and shareholder agreements. Recently, it has also been active in green bond issues, green investments, divestment processes, M&A-related transactions and licencing processes for clients before the Danish Energy Agency. Mikkel Falkenberg departed in late 2019 to set up a legal services consultancy company.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Korsgaard Christensen

Other key lawyers:

Esben Kjær

Testimonials

‘Pleasant team with great client service.’

‘Niklas Korsgaard Christensen is a strong and experienced advisor.’

‘Good industry knowledge, and helpful and responsive.’

‘Niklas Christensen is knowledgeable and well prepared to handle energy cases.’

Key clients

InfraNode

MHI Vestas A/S

Hess Corporation

European Energy

Gaz-Systems S.A.

Green Power Partners

Equinor ASA

Total (former Maersk Oil)

Ørsted

EU, competition and public procurement Tier 1

With notable expertise in multi-jurisdictional work, Plesner's group is spearheaded by Daniel Barry, who focuses on competition litigation, cartel disputes, abuse cases and follow-on damages claims. Christian Karhula Lauridsen’s practice spans leniency programmes and settlement procedures and international cartel cases, Gitte Holtsø handles merger notifications and abuse of dominance issues, and economic analysis sub-team head Rie Paving Mortensen advises on cartel and non-cartel actions for damages. The team also assists clients with public procurement issues, particularly those concerning large-scale infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Barry 

Other key lawyers:

Christian Karhula Lauridsen; Gitte Holtsø; Rie Paving Mortensen

Testimonials

‘I have been working with Christian Karhula Lauridsen and Daniel Barry on very complex cases involving several jurisdictions. Both are extremely strong in analysing complex cases and by that also develop the strongest arguments and the best tactics. Not a single stone is untouched – and therefore they are able to develop the best strategy for how to handle the cases.’

‘A very good and experienced competition law team.’

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

Nordea

Alstom

Pfizer

Coop

Sanistål

Kalaallit Airports

Nissan Nordic Europe

Information technology Tier 1

Blending ‘good depth’ with ‘accessibility and commerciality’, Plesner regularly handles cloud computing implementations and issues, IT outsourcing projects and IT-related contract disputes. Its outsourcing work leverages a new software tool created in cooperation with RISMA, enabling client compliance with new regulatory requirements from regulators including The European Banking Authority. The group is headed up by the ‘industry-leadingNiels Christian Ellegaard, who advises a range of blue-chip clients. Capable of providing ‘pragmatic, inventive solutions at lightning speed’, Michael Hur Bertelsen, who was promoted to partner in early 2020, is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Niels Christian Ellegaard

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hur Bertelsen; Michael Hopp

Testimonials

‘Niels Chr Ellegaard is industry-leading and a very pleasant advisor to work with.’

‘The team has a unique understanding and interest in technology.’

‘They are not afraid to be tech nerds and this relates to their customers in a warm welcoming fashion.’

‘Michael Hopp is a very dedicated and engaged speaker within the field of data privacy, while Niels Christian Ellegaard is a thought leader within the field of digitisation of the legal profession.’

‘Plesner’s information technology practice group takes a very client-focused approach. The firm has a good depth and manages to blend this well with accessibility and commerciality. They take the time to understand things from a business and a legal perspective. Advice is always practical, clear and solution-focused.’

‘Niels Chr. Ellegaard is extremely competent, experienced, knowledgeable within information technology.’

‘The team is extremely business-minded and pragmatic in advising on commercial IP/IT transactions. They are also able to advise from a “global” perspective rather than “Danish-only” when helping their client negotiate with non-Danish counterparties. This ability to think like an in-house counsel and think globally is what separates them from other Danish law firms.’

‘Michael Hur Bertelsen stands out as a commercially-driven lawyer who is able to think holistically while quickly honing in on the critical issues. He provides pragmatic, inventive solutions at lightning speed, being keenly aware of not slowing the momentum of the transaction at hand.’

Key clients

Accenture

Nets

Sygeforsikringen Danmark

Siemens Mobility

Semler Gruppen

Danske Bank

Alm. Brand

Heimdal Security

HusCompagniet

Sitecore

MT Højgaard

Coop

Finansiel Stabilitet

Kemp & Lauritzen

Oracle

Insurance Tier 1

Plesner’s insurance group is spearheaded by Torben Bondrop, who is ‘one of the most well-respected, experienced and knowledgeable insurance lawyers in Denmark’. The team represents several large domestic and international insurers and pension funds in insurance and reinsurance matters, most notably in product liability, commercial liability and personal injury claims. Other key areas of strength include matters relating to workers' compensation, property damage and regulatory issues, particularly in connection with the establishment and restructuring of insurance companies and pension funds. It is also active in reinsurance matters and insurance-related mediation.

Practice head(s):

Torben Bondrop

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen

Testimonials

‘The team has very strong – and always updated – competencies, are always available when needed, and the response time is very short, which is an extremely important factor for me’

‘The professional skills are absolutely sublime and the individuals that I work with both have really strong personalities. They are trustworthy, provide a feeling of security and they are responsive to alternative thinking if you present an alternative point of view to a legal issue.’

‘What makes the team unique is that they work closely together as a unit. No information is lost, and the lawyers’ cooperation on the cases creates great value and efficiency.’

‘Torben Bondrop and Charlottes Hasseriis Iversen stand out as individuals. They are both extremely skilled lawyers and practitioners; and at the same time, they are very decent and likeable people, which one can always trust.’

‘Torben Bondrop is an excellent lawyer – solid, diligent and easy to work with.’

‘Partner Torben Bondrop is one of the most well-respected, experienced and knowledgeable insurance lawyers in Denmark. He is also a brilliant litigator.’

Key clients

Codan (RSA)

Tryg

Danica Pension

PFA Pension

PenSam

LB Forsikring

AXA XL

Barbican Reinsurance

Swiss Re

BNP Paribas Cardif

AP Pension

Lloyds Syndicates

SAMLINO

AnaCap Financial Partners

nærpension forsikringsformidling

Dental Accident Appeal Agency

Gjensidige Forsikring

Intellectual property Tier 1

Led by Mikkel Vittrup, the practice at Plesner handles non-contentious work including IP-related M&A, and is best known for its involvement in high-end contentious work, ranging from trade mark prosecutions for blue-chip multinational clients to representing design businesses in design issues. ‘Dependable, trustworthy and not afraid to dive into and understand complicated technology’, the group includes Sture Rygaard, Peter-Ulrik Plesner, Kasper Frahm and the ‘thorough and pragmaticJeppe Brinck-Jensen ; all have vast experience in domestic and EU-wide patent, trade mark, product copying and parallel import enforcement actions, litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Mikkel Vittrup

Other key lawyers:

Jeppe Brinck-Jensen; Sture Rygaard; Kasper Frahm; Nikolai Dokkedahl; Peter-Ulrik Plesner

Testimonials

‘Plesner provides an outstanding service. The team are always on top of their game. They are dependable, trustworthy and not afraid to dive into and understand complicated technology. They are always accessible and have a down to earth and always friendly approach.’

‘Jeppe Brinck-Jensen stands out as an intelligent and enthusiastic sparring partner and lawyer. He is thorough and pragmatic at the same time – a very rare combination.’

‘An upcoming star is Nikolai Dokkedahl – a very intelligent but humble young lawyer who definitely has a glorious career in front of him.’

Key clients

The A.P. Moller – Maersk Group

adidas

Ralph Lauren

Burberry

LEGO

Pfizer

Novartis

AstraZeneca

Lundbeck

Eli Lily

Media and entertainment Tier 1

While Plesner's practice is well versed in the drafting and negotiation of licensing agreements, mainly for film distribution companies, cinema owners, film advertisement production companies and technology companies, the group is especially active in IP-related disputes. In particular, Kasper Frahm is acting for GF Forsikring A/S in a noteworthy infringement case brought by the press service media provider VOCAST against its competitor Ritzau and the client. Another name to note is practice head Emil Jurcenoks, who regularly acts for celebrities and tabloid magazines in data protection and freedom of press matters.

Practice head(s):

Emil Jurcenoks

Other key lawyers:

Kasper Frahm

Key clients

GF Forsikring A/S

J.H. Schultz Information A/S

IO Interactive A/S

Metronome Productions A/S

Endemol Shine Group

Tax Tier 1

Jointly led by Hans Severin Hansen and Lasse Esbjerg Christensen, Plesner possesses an ‘extremely strong and experienced’ tax litigation practice, with a notable track record in high-value direct tax and transfer pricing cases. The group's expertise also encompasses the tax aspects of cross-border M&A, restructurings, incentive schemes, estate planning issues and capital market transactions. Tom Kári Kristjánsson focuses on EU and Danish cases concerning VAT, customs duties and excise duties, while ‘excellent professionalSøren Lehmann Nielsen specialises in transfer pricing work. Jef Nymand Hounsgaard is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Lasse Esbjerg Christensen; Hans Severin Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Tom Kári Kristjánsson; Søren Lehmann Nielsen; Jef Nymand Hounsgaard

Testimonials

‘Only seldomly, advisers are so well versed in our company that they can manage matters in their entirety. We work with Søren Lehmann on such a matter, and throughout this process, he’s been great and really driving it.’

‘Søren is extremely smart, has a very steady hand (doesn’t just lay out the options but articulates clear advice as well) and, despite the fact that this case has been going on for years, has never lost his energy and drive. A truly excellent professional.’

‘They really work as a team from partners to associates – partner attention is extremely high.’

‘Lasse Esbjerg Christensen is an outstanding lawyer that has been able to process a significant amount of complex case material into a winning case in the High Court.’ 

‘Very strong within tax litigation and in dialogues with tax authorities.’

‘Lasse Esbjerg Christensen is best in class and has a very strong team together with Hans Severin Hansen in tax litigation. Very strong competencies within transfer pricing. Very professional approach.’ 

‘Extremely strong and experienced litigation team.’

‘Jef Hounsgaard is very skilled, bright and a pleasant individual to work with.’

‘Jef Nymand Hounsgaard is extremely “available” and pleasant to work with. Jef has superior tax technical knowledge and is able to combine multiple variables in a very complex tax environment.’

Key clients

TDC A/S

Novo Nordisk Group

A.P. Moller – Maersk Group

ECCO Sko A/S

Codan Forsikring A/S

British American Tobacco

Johnson Controls Group

Nordea Bank Group

ATP

Sandoz

NREP

Telecoms Tier 1

At Plesner, the telecoms group handles an assortment of regulatory issues, telecoms transactions and telecoms disputes, with considerable expertise in the development of network infrastructure. Niels Christian Ellegaard, who leads the team, specialises in establishing fibre networks. Other areas of strength include M&A, joint ventures, as well as drafting and negotiating telecoms outsourcing arrangements. Another name to note is Michael Hur Bertelsen, whose practice encompasses telecoms outsourcings.

Practice head(s):

Niels Christian Ellegaard

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hur Bertelsen

Key clients

Telenor Denmark

Fibia

OpenNet

Sprint

GlobalConnect

TT-Netværket

TDC

Volkswagen

Employment Tier 2

Jointly led by private law expert Henriette Stakemann and public law specialist Lise Høy Falsner, Plesner focuses on the employment aspects of M&A as well as incentive issues including equity compensation plans and cash-based bonus schemes. Working closely with the firm’s corporate and data protection departments, it assists a mixture of listed blue-chips, private companies, government agencies and regional authorities on employment mandates including the negotiation of post-restructuring and post-outsourcing employment contracts, and litigation and arbitration proceedings. At senior associate level, Rasmus Høj Christensen is the key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Henriette Stakemann; Lise Høy Falsner

Other key lawyers:

Rasmus Høj Christensen

Testimonials

‘Correct, pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Top quality, practical advice, very responsive. Nice people to work with. Top team.’

‘Good insight into employment matters, incentive pay and long term incentive plans.’

‘Henriette Stakemann has a deep insight into this area and at the same time has a great deal of practical knowledge.’

‘Strong team with various backgrounds and skillsets. Plesner is a highly trusted advisor, and someone we use frequently. Where they stand out compared to others is their commercial mindset.’

‘Besides being commercial in their approach, the individuals we work with are transparent and honest, providing advisory services that are actually value-add to us.’ 

Key clients

LEGO

EKF Danmarks Eksportkredit (Denmark’s Export Credit Agency)

Danske Bank

Ferguson plc / Stark Group

Marlin Equity Partners

Stronghold / Newsec

Saint Gobain

A.P. Moller – Maersk

ECCO

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Charles River

Sanofi

GlaxoSmithKline

Symphogen

APC Forsikringsmæglere

PM Group

KMD

Neon Underwriting

Valitor Denmark

Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Fitness World

Leo Pharma

Novozymes

Elis

Citibank

BlackRock

Environment Tier 2

Plesner focuses on environmental and spatial issues relating to expropriation work and major infrastructure and construction projects, particularly in the energy sector. The team is also regularly instructed on regulatory issues, M&A-related transactions and mandates concerning the supply of water, wastewater and waste disposal services. The practice is jointly spearheaded by Niklas Korsgaard Christensen and Ellen Skodborggaard, who is president of the Association of Danish Environmental Lawyers and handles conservation, preservation and nature protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Korsgaard Christensen; Ellen Skodborggaard

Other key lawyers:

Esben Kjær

Testimonials

‘Strong overall practice that covers all our needs with skilled and professional lawyers.’

Key clients

European Energy

Gaz-Systems

Kalaallit Airports

LEGO / Kirkbi

A/S Storebaelt

BroBizz

Municipality of Rudersdal

Municipality of Allerød

Ørsted

A.P. Moller-Maersk

Aleris-Hamlet Hospitaler

Sundhed Danmark

Carlsbergfondet (the Carlsberg Foundation)

Icopal Danmark

Lokaltog

H. Lundbeck

Stena Recycling

Infranode

Danish Oil Pipe

Insolvency Tier 2

Plesner is a key name for high-profile and complex domestic bankruptcies and restructurings, exemplified by its work in the OW Bunker bankruptcy case. In order to provide forensic accounting and digital tracing advice on matters, the department recently added an accountant to its ranks. While Michala Roepstorff is ‘very knowledgeable regarding Danish insolvency law,' practice head Lars Skanvig has additional experience in distressed financial arrangements. In late 2019, Pernille Bigaard departed the group to join Sundgaard Advokater.

Practice head(s):

Lars Skanvig

Other key lawyers:

Michala Roepstorff

Testimonials

‘The insolvency team is deservedly well known for taking appointments in some of the largest cases.’

‘Michala Roepstorff is very approachable and commercial; very knowledgeable regarding Danish insolvency law.’

‘The insolvency team has strong knowledge and experience in high value/key capabilities.’

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

Europharma.DK ApS

Incentive A/S

Danske Bank

Nordea Bank

Jyske Bank

Nykredit Bank

Hellerup Finans A/S

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Merging its real estate and construction teams in 2020 to form a new real estate, construction and infrastructure group, Plesner has ‘a true full-service offering’. High-value M&A transactions, large-scale developments, real estate regulations and construction projects and contracts are key areas of focus for the department, which recently saw the arrival of Lasse Detlevsen and Mads Berg from Accura Advokatpartnerselskab. Group head Niklas Korsgaard Christensen also regularly represents clients in construction litigation and arbitration proceedings, while Karina Brinch handles large private real estate deals. Leif Djurhuus departed in early 2021 to join KLAR Advokater.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Korsgaard Christensen

Other key lawyers:

Lasse Stjernholm Detlevsen; Mads Berg; Peter Wengler-Jørgensen; Karina Brinch; Peter Fogh

Testimonials

‘Lasse Stjernholm Detlevsen is very accessible and cooperative with a focus on a good solution for the parties involved.’

‘They are solution-oriented, always assessing whether solutions requested are economically viable. They are always very professional.’

‘Their skill and speed at understanding the problem. Peter Fogh is without doubt one of the best lawyers in his field.’

‘The Plesner practise has broad expertise within real estate transactions and development and combined with the strengths of the construction team, Plesner has a true full service offering within real estate.’

‘Great profile within the industry for both domestic and foreign players. Solid organisation and sufficient resources to cope with larger and more complex cases.’

‘Mads Berg is very thorough and extremely capable within transactions and construction law. It is very easy to work with a lawyer who understands the market and how non-legal practitioners think and act.’

‘Highly skilled and experienced team, high quality, thoroughness and good commercial understanding. Availability and follow-up level is outstanding. Also a very ambitious team which strives for a good position in the market.’

‘In addition to his depth knowledge, Mads Berg excels in his ability to lead transactions, finding pragmatic solutions and close deals. Mads Berg has been involved in several high-profile real estate transactions and has a strongly commercial approach.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

NREP

M7 Real Estate

CapMan Real Estate

NPV

Fast Ejendom Danmark A/S

NH Hotel Group

Europa Capital

Bach Gruppen

Hines

Patrizia

Aberdeen Standard Investment

Orange Investment Managers

Catella Real Estate AG

Fokus Asset Management

Sampension

MP Pension

PensionDanmark

CBRE Global Investment Partners

2E Group A/S

Pears Global Real Estate

Femern A/S

Gaz-Systems S.A.

Kalaallit Airports A/S

European Energy A/S

Arkil A/S

Total Oil & Gas A/S

InfraNode

Alstom Transport Danmark A/S

Google

Leo Pharma A/S

Shipping and transport Tier 2

Plesner has considerable strength in complex mandates relating to the construction and financing of airports and harbours, which is an area of focus for group co-head Niklas Korsgaard Christensen. The department also has expertise in decommissioning projects, maritime bankruptcy proceedings, shipping-related asset and M&A transactions, and port regulations. Fellow co-head Peter Fogh is adept at handling ship financing matters and mediation and arbitration proceedings. Former practice head Mikkel Falkenberg departed in late 2020 to establish a consultancy firm.

Practice head(s):

Peter Fogh; Niklas Korsgaard Christensen

Key clients

A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S

Danske Havnevirksomheder

Dansk Skibskredit

Unifeeder A/S

“K” Line (Scandinavia) Holding A/S

Hafnia Tankers Group

OW Bunker in bankruptcy

ADP A/S

Kalaallit Airport A/S

Mols-Linjen

NYK Bulk and Projects Carriers Ltd.

Equinor Refining Denmark A/S

Transport Danmark A/S

Frode Lauersen Transport A/S

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 39 partners and a total staff of approximately 420, including 280 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate-commercial Lars Bunch labu@plesner.com +45 36 94 11 36
Corporate-commercial Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen jor@plesner.com +45 36 94 11 94
Intellectual property/life science Sture Rygaard sry@plesner.com +45 36 94 11 18
Intellectual property/life science Mikkel Vittrup mvi@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 92
Telecommunication and media Niels Chr Ellegaard nce@plesner.com +45 36 94 12 68
Telecommunication and media Kasper Frahm kfr@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 31
Information technology and data protection Niels Chr Ellegaard nce@plesner.com +45 36 94 12 68
Information technology and data protection Michael Hopp mho@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 06
Commercial real estate Mads Berg mabe@plesner.com +45 36 94 15 60
Commercial real estate Lasse Stjernholm Detlevsen lasd@plesner.com +45 36 94 15 80
Tax Hans Severin Hansen hsh@plesner.com +45 36 94 11 54
Tax Lasse Esbjerg Christensen lec@plesner.com +45 36 94 12 25
EU and competition Christian Karhula Lauridsen ckl@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 89
EU and competition Gitte Holtsø gho@plesner.com +45 36 94 11 19
Equity capital markets Thomas Holst Laursen thl@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 63
Equity capital markets Nicolai Ørsted nor@plesner.com +45 36 94 12 27
Banking, finance, securities, regulatory and derivatives Thomas Maaberg Hansen tmh@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 42
Banking, finance, securities, regulatory and derivatives Søren Thyssen Valerius stv@plesner.com +45 36 94 15 55
Construction/infrastructure Niklas Korsgaard Christensen nkc@plesner.com +45 36 94 12 39
Construction/infrastructure Peter Fogh pfo@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 59
Energy and mining Niklas Korsgaard Christensen nkc@plesner.com +45 36 94 12 39
M&A and private equity Hans Hedegaard hhe@plesner.com +45 36 94 12 24
M&A and private equity Henrik Rossing Lønberg hrl@plesner.com +45 36 94 15 34
Litigation and arbitration Torben Bondrop tbo@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 40
Litigation and arbitration Peter Schradieck psc@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 65
Insolvency Law and Restructuring Lars Skanvig lsk@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 18
Insolvency Law and Restructuring Michala Roepstorff mir@plesner.com +45 36 94 12 93
Competition law/public procurement Christian Karhula Lauridsen ckl@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 89
Competition law/public procurement Gitte Holtsø gho@plesner.com +45 36 94 11 19
Labour Lise Høy Falsner fal@plesner.com +45 36 94 13 69
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen  photo Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen Jacob Ørskov Rasmussen is head of Plesner’s Commercial Contracts team as well…
 Nicolai Ørsted  photo Nicolai Ørsted Nicolai Ørsted is a partner in our Corporate Finance team, who focuses…
 Daniel Barry  photo Daniel Barry Daniel Barry is head of our EU and Competition Law team. Daniel…
 Mads Berg photo Mads Berg Mads Berg is a partner, attorney-at-law and MSc in Business Administration and…
 Torben Bondrop  photo Torben Bondrop Torben Bondrop is one of Denmark’s foremost litigators. His track record as…
 Karina Brinch photo Karina Brinch Karina Brinch is a partner in our Commercial Real Estate team.  In…
 Jeppe Brinck-Jensen photo Jeppe Brinck-Jensen Jeppe Brinck-Jensen primarily advises on disputes involving patents, trademarks (parallel import) and…
 Lars Bunch  photo Lars Bunch Lars Bunch is head of our Corporate Law team. Lars primarily works…
 Niels Chr. Ellegaard  photo Niels Chr. Ellegaard Niels Chr. Ellegaard is responsible for the IT, Telecom and Outsourcing team.…
 Lasse Esbjerg Christensen  photo Lasse Esbjerg Christensen Lasse Esbjerg Christensen is Co-Head of our Tax Law team. Lasse advises Danish…
 Peter Fogh  photo Peter Fogh Peter Fogh is a partner in our Dispute Resolution team. He conducts…
 Kasper Frahm  photo Kasper Frahm Kasper Frahm is the head of our Trademark Law and Design team.…
 Micha Fritzen photo Micha Fritzen Micha Fritzen is a partner on our Corporate Finance team with broad…
 Rasmus Høj Christensen  photo Rasmus Høj Christensen
 Lise Høy Falsner  photo Lise Høy Falsner Lise Høy Falsner is Head of our Employment and Labour Law team.…
 Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen photo Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen Charlotte Hasseriis Iversen is highly experienced within general insurance law and regulatory…
 Hans Hedegaard  photo Hans Hedegaard Hans Hedegaard is head of our Corporate Finance team, specialising in M&A…
 Thomas Holst Laursen  photo Thomas Holst Laursen Thomas Holst Laursen is a partner in our Corporate Finance team and…
 Gitte Holtsø  photo Gitte Holtsø Gitte Holtsø is a specialist in EU competition law and public procurement…
 Michael Hopp  photo Michael Hopp Michael Hopp is a partner in Plesner’s Corporate and Compliance team and…
 Michael Hur Bertelsen  photo Michael Hur Bertelsen Michael Hur Bertelsen is a partner at Plesner in our team for…
 Anne Cathrine (AC) Ingerslev  photo Anne Cathrine (AC) Ingerslev Anne Cathrine (AC) Ingerslev advises Danish and international clients in relation to…
 Emil Jurcenoks photo Emil Jurcenoks Emil Jurcenoks advises on Marketing Law and Consumer Law, IP Law and…
 Tom Kári Kristjánsson  photo Tom Kári Kristjánsson Tom Kári Kristjánsson is the number one Danish attorney litigating cases relating…
 Tina Kang photo Tina Kang
 Christian Karhula Lauridsen  photo Christian Karhula Lauridsen Christian Karhula Lauridsen is a specialist in complex litigation and other contentious…
 Esben Kjær  photo Esben Kjær Esben Kjær is a corporate lawyer who is in great demand among…
 Christian Th. Kjølbye  photo Christian Th. Kjølbye Christian Th. Kjølbye is a partner in our Corporate Finance team. Christian’s…
 Niklas Korsgaard Christensen  photo Niklas Korsgaard Christensen Niklas Korsgaard Christensen is the Managing Partner of Plesner and advises on…
 Simon Krogh photo Simon Krogh
 Henrik Laursen photo Henrik Laursen Henrik Laursen is a partner in our Corporate Finance team and focuses…
 Søren Lehmann Nielsen  photo Søren Lehmann Nielsen Søren Lehman Nielsen is a partner in our Tax Law team. Søren…
 Finn J. Lernø  photo Finn J. Lernø Finn J. Lernø was partner in Plesner 1990-2018. He is now of…
 Thomas Maaberg Hansen  photo Thomas Maaberg Hansen Thomas Maaberg Hansen has extensive experience in complex finance transactions, and provides…
 Rasmus Mandøe Jensen  photo Rasmus Mandøe Jensen Rasmus Mandøe Jensen focuses on complex financing and debt capital markets transactions,…
 Jef Nymand Hounsgaard  photo Jef Nymand Hounsgaard Jef Nymand Hounsgaard is a partner in our Tax Law team. Jef…
 Rie Paving Mortensen photo Rie Paving Mortensen Rie Paving Mortensen has been involved in some of the largest and…
 Peter-Ulrik Plesner  photo Peter-Ulrik Plesner Peter-Ulrik Plesner focuses on IP law, including patents, trademarks, counterfeited products, Life…
 Michala Roepstorff photo Michala Roepstorff Michala Roepstorff is a partner in our Insolvency Law and Restructuring team…
 Henrik Rossing Lønberg  photo Henrik Rossing Lønberg Henrik Rossing Lønberg is a partner in our Corporate Finance Team and…
 Sture Rygaard  photo Sture Rygaard Sture Rygaard advises clients on Danish and European IP law. His primary…
 Peter Schradieck  photo Peter Schradieck Peter Schradieck is head of our Dispute Resolution team. His practice is…
 Hans Severin Hansen  photo Hans Severin Hansen Hans Severin Hansen is Co-Head of our tax law team and he…
 Lars Skanvig  photo Lars Skanvig Lars Skanvig is a partner and head of our Insolvency Law and…
 Jimmy Skjold Hansen photo Jimmy Skjold Hansen Jimmy Skjold Hansen is a partner in our Dispute Resolution team. Jimmy…
 Lasse Stjernholm Detlevsen photo Lasse Stjernholm Detlevsen Lasse Stjernholm Detlevsen is a partner in our Commercial Real Estate team…
 Søren Thyssen Valerius  photo Søren Thyssen Valerius Søren Thyssen Valerius draws on his experience and connections within the financial…
 Mikkel Vittrup  photo Mikkel Vittrup Mikkel Vittrup is a partner in our IP and Life Science team…
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