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

Plesner retains a strong track record for abuse and cartel cases involving Danish companies, and those investigated by the Danish competition authorities. Public procurement law is also a core pillar of the group’s work and it has extensive experience advising both contracting authorities and tenderers on all aspects of EU and Danish public procurement law, particularly matters regarding tenders relating to large-scale infrastructure projects. Practice head Gitte Holtsø is vastly experienced on high-profile merger cases, as well as cases involving cartels, other horizontal cooperation agreements, vertical agreements, abuse of dominance and competition law compliance. Daniel Barry comes recommended as a ‘very accomplished antitrust lawyer – very knowledgeable and has control of all aspects and details of the case he works on’. Christian Karhula Lauridsen is a go-to name for contentious matters in the space, whilst head of the economic analysis team Rie Paving Mortensen is a key contact for all things pertaining to complex mergers, international cartels and abuse of dominant position issues.