Gitte Holtsø > Plesner > Copenhagen, Denmark > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

EU and Competition Law
Public Procurement Law


Gitte Holtsø is a specialist in EU competition law and public procurement law. Gitte heads our EU and Competition Law team.

Gitte began her career at the Danish Ministry of Justice, which included working as a public prosecutor and as a deputy judge. She has a Master of Laws (L.LM.) from the University of Cambridge and she qualified as an English solicitor at BPP Law School in London in 2000 whilst working at Charles Russell’s Solicitors, London, in their corporate and competition law division.

Gitte has been involved in a large number of high-profile anti-trust cases in Denmark and the EU, such as the Danish State’s sale of shares in Ørsted to Goldman Sachs, ATP and PFA, and EY’s acquisition of KPMG’s Danish activities. She has vast experience specifically in M&A matters including representing clients in European and multi-jurisdictional merger notifications.

Another area of Gitte’s expertise is EU and Danish public procurement. She has assisted contracting authorities such as Sund & Bælt Holding in relation to the construction of the Femern Belt Fixed Link, as well as suppliers, in particular within the pharmaceutical sector, in relation to securing a positive outcome in several cases before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement.

Gitte has been an expert judge for the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement and she is a member of the Danish Lawyers’ Association’s expert committee on Public Procurement law.

Lawyer Rankings

Denmark > EU, competition and public procurement

(Leading individuals)

Gitte HoltsøPlesner

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.