Hans Severin Hansen > Plesner > Copenhagen, Denmark > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Tax Law,
Estate Planning


Hans Severin Hansen is Co-Head of our tax law team and he is recognised as the leading tax attorney in Denmark. He is the only Danish tax attorney rated a “Star Individual” by Chambers and has been selected for The Legal 500 Hall of Fame.

Hans advises Danish and foreign business enterprises and he conducts the biggest and most complex tax cases. Hans’s track record is unique. A lot of his cases are test cases which subsequently result in the reopening of similar cases and statutory amendments or changes in administrative practice.

Most recently Hans represented Nordea in a case in which the Court of Justice of the European Union upheld Nordea’s claim that the previous rules (re-enacted in the shadow taxation) on retaxation in full of the losses of foreign branches is contrary to the right of free establishment of the EC Treaty. Thanks to this judgement other enterprises are now entitled to reopen cases from the income year 2003 or later.

Hans is the chairman of the Danish branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and was a member of its Executive Committee in the period 2009-2015. He was the President of the IFA 2013 Congress in Copenhagen.

In 2006 Hans was awarded Magnus Prisen, a Danish award given to a tax specialist who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of Danish tax law. In 2010 he received Christrup Prisen, a Danish award given every three years to an attorney in recognition of his or her exceptional results in the courts.

At the moment Hans is working on a number of big cases, specifically including transfer pricing cases, the so-called beneficial owner cases about withholding dividend tax and tax on interest as well as cases about the right to deduct losses suffered by foreign subsidiaries.

Lawyer Rankings

Denmark > Tax

(Hall of Fame)

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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 .