Firm Profile > Poul Schmith > Copenhagen, Denmark

Poul Schmith
VESTER FARIMAGSGADE 23
1606 COPENHAGEN V
Denmark

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Poul Schmith is a key name in the market for public law disputes including competition, administrative, constitutional and environmental law elements. The practice also acts in insolvency disputes, EU law proceedings, public procurement litigation and infrastructure disputes. Practice head Sune Riisgard regularly acts for government institutions in tax disputes and public liability cases, and Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen focuses on defending liability and coverage claims in the insurance and public sectors.

Key clients

Justitsministeriet

Finansministeriet

Skatteministeriet

AXA XL – XL Catlin Services SE

Banedanmark

Miljø- og fødevareministeriet

Ankestyrelsen

Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring

Domstolsstyrelsen

Transport- og Bygningsministeriet

Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen

Ankenævnet for Patienterstatningen

Ankenævnet for Patenter og Varemærker

Environment Tier 1

Poul Schmith primarily advises public institutions, authorities and municipalities, on environmental disputes. The practice provides environmental regulatory advice on road, railway and other infrastructure projects. Stig Grønbæk Jensen and Britta Moll Bown jointly head the practice and have expertise in EU regulations regarding nature protection, strategic and environmental impact assessments, as well as on the relocation and rerouting of trade supply lines for environmental reasons.

Testimonials

The team that works with environmental issues is highly experienced, pragmatic, and knowledgeable. The lawyers in the team are disciplined and highly specialised, as the clients require it, and they are thorough.

A broad knowledge in the environmental area and always up to date.

Stig Grønbæk Jensen is an outstanding individual and ready to help at any time .

Key clients

The Danish Environmental and Food Board of Appeal

The Danish Planning Board of Appeal

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency

Region Hovedstaden

The Danish Business Authority

Banedanmark

The Danish Energy Board of Appeal

The Danish Road Directorate

The Danish Ministry of Environment and Food

By og Havn

Femern A/S

Hovedstadens Letbane

Information technology Tier 1

Poul Schmith has expertise in the drafting and negotiation of IT contracts, EU public procurement practices with regards to IT contracts and in the provision of regulatory advice concerning the telecoms market. The firm focusses on advising the Danish government, regional authorities and municipalities. Anni Noes Westergaard regularly assists public authorities with the planning and purchase of IT services as well as with personal data law regulations. Tom Holsøe is the practice head and advises authorities on both contentious and non-contentious matters concerning IT projects and EU procurement directives.

Testimonials

Highly qualified professionals with regards to public tenders, GDPR and cyber security

The team is very strong and has a broad range of expertise. They have the highest combination of knowledge on both the public and private/commercial sector, which enables them to render the highest quality of advice of all Danish legal firms. 

The team is professional and skilled in its work. They are great communicators and you can trust their input as well as their output.

Tom Hollsøe is a highly skilled professional who also holds excellent interpersonal skills. He has shown very good understanding of the role as adviser

Tom Hollsøe is really good at seeing the big picture. He is good at combining procurement law and IT law and to suggest new concepts for procurement for IT.

Anni Noes Westergaard is, in my opinion, the best adviser within her field. Amongst other things she is one of the most talented advisers on GDPR. 

Anni Noes Westergaard has outperformed our own team with her knowledge on agile methods and how to incorporate them in our tender.

Clear experience. Professional sparring and consulting. Flexibility in problem-solving.

Key clients

Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Finance

ATP

Ministry of Taxation

Royal Danish Library

National Police of Denmark

Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation

The Region of Southern Denmark

Implement Consulting Group

VEJ-EU.dk

DSB

The Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate

Ministry of Finance

Insolvency Tier 1

Poul Schmith advises on debt collection proceedings, bankruptcy administration and debt restructuring. The firm also negotiates standstill agreements and advises on distressed M&A. Boris Frederiksen is the practice head and has experience in advising both public and private sector clients on the protection of creditor interests via the administration of contracts, corporate reorganisation and the establishment of guarantee schemes. The firm also represents in contentious insolvency proceedings arising from bankruptcies related to fraud.

Key clients

The Danish tax authorities

The Employees’ Guarantee Fund

ATP

The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs

Jyske Bank

BRF Kredit

Nykredit Bank

Energy Tier 2

Poul Schmith is regularly involved in the contentious and non-contentious aspects of energy supply and utility matters as well as offshore energy projects; the team also advises on supply issues and the drafting and negotiation of transportation and infrastructure agreements and acts in disputes arising from energy contracts. The client roster encompasses public companies and government institutions, alongside private energy providers. Practice co-head Klint Klingberg-Jensen leads the offshore practice, while fellow co-head Sune Fugleholm heads up the energy supply team.

Testimonials

In-depth knowledge of the Danish subsoil act and pipeline act, historical knowledge and understanding of the Danish hydrocarbon sector

Sune Fugleholm is always doing a great job for us. In cases where we ask for a quick response, she gets back to us with helpful answers very quickly

Sune Fugleholm provides valuable services, even when she is approached at a very short notice

Key clients

Energi-, Forsynings- og Klimaministeriet

Energistyrelsen

Forsyningstilsynet

Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen

EU and competition Tier 2

At Poul SchmithJacob Pinborg , Jens Bødtcher-Hansen and Rass Holdgaard jointly lead the department and regularly act for clients in the High Courts and the Supreme Court. The practice also regularly advises on the drafting and negotiation of public procurement contracts, state aid work, procurement matters, anti-competitive mandates and regulatory issues for a client roster of government ministries, municipalities and competition authorities.

Testimonials

The team members have worked together for a long time, and, thus, know each other and each other’s strengths and blind spots.  They have a lot of hands-on experience

Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith is representing the Danish state and has thereby deep insights into the governmental line of business

Highly skilled and able to integrate with other specialists. Professional and able to navigate areas of conflict and still create results

Key clients

Danish Ministry of Culture

Danish Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing

Danish Veterinary and Food Administration

Banedanmark

Rejsekort A/S

Danish Ministry of Defence

Danish Competition Council/Competition Appeals Tribunal

Danish Ministry of Defence – Radius

Verdo

Danish Ministry of Taxation

Staten og Kommunernes Indkøbsservice A/S

Amgros I/S

Danish National Police

Insurance Tier 2

Poul Schmith acts for insurance companies and insurance brokers, insured companies and the Danish Government on insurance disputes and represents clients in court proceedings in connection with product and professional liability claims. The practice also has experience in advising on industrial injuries and vehicle insurance claims as well as on reinsurance aspects. Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen heads the practice and is experienced in advising on insurance covers for energy, offshore and property damages.

Testimonials

‘We find the team very professional and it solves the cases we send them in a serious way and with high legal standards.’

‘Very user-friendly and experienced litigators.’

‘Working with Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith is more than the mere relation between a client and a lawyer. It is a dynamic relation where we do not need to explain what we work with and what we stand for. Exactly as we know that a lawyer in Kammeradvokaten will have the professionalism, intellectuality and knowledge to handle our cases, they also know and have the respect for our professionalism and knowledge about our specific work area.’

Key clients

AXA XL – XL Catlin Services SE

AIG UK Limited

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Zurich Insurance

QBE Insurance

Markel International Insurance

AVIVA Insurance

RiskPoint

Codan

Garantifonden for Skadesforsikring

Banedanmark

Rigspolitiet

Politiet

Udenrigsministeriet

Ankestyrelsen

Ankenævnet for Patienterstatningen

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Poul Schmith is especially experienced in advising government institutions and has expertise in real estate transactions, PPP projects, development and financing matters and facility management issues. The firm also provides regulatory advice associated with property asset management. The practice’s construction expertise includes advice on infrastructure projects, including the preparation of tender documents. Rasmus Holm Hansen and Kasper Mortensen jointly head the practice and are experienced in public procurement and construction disputes, including litigation, mediation and arbitration.

Testimonials

‘The team has a solid understanding and legal knowledge of the rules that apply to government-related real estate and construction matters.’

‘Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith is one of the biggest teams in the construction law area and is sought by the public sector, especially the state and regional entities.’

‘They are very experienced in handling construction and procurement law. They are also familiar with the budgetary and administrative setup of a government agency.’

‘We are most satisfied with the work done by Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith. They are very commercially minded, not just focused on the legal aspects of a given case, always accessible, and acts as a trusted adviser to us on real estate matters.’

‘We experience the highest quality of legal advice, extremely well-skilled lawyers and a solid understanding of the commercial transactional market from Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith. As of now, we are referring the majority of our legal matters to Kammeradvokaten.’

‘Rasmus Holm Hansen has a no-nonsense approach to cases. He is highly esteemed among his peers, and he is brilliant within the field of construction law and public procurement.’

‘Rasmus Holm Hansen manages to provide high-quality legal advice in tender and construction matters, which helps ensure progress in the cases.’

Key clients

PenSam Liv forsikringsaktieselskab

SF Fore Family Office Real Estate

Logistica K/S

Københavns Professionshøjskole

Copenhagen Capital A/S

Frederikssund Kommune

Bygningsstyrelsen

TopDanmark Ejendomme

Region Hovedstaden

Norconsult

Sund & Bælt

Femern A/S

KAB

Vejdirektoratet

KPC

Niras

Københavns Kommune

Bricks A/S

1927 Estate Holding ApS

Arkil

MT Højgaard

A. Enggaard

DEAS

Tax Tier 2

Poul Schmith exclusively handles tax matters for the Danish state and its tax authorities, which includes assistance with the drafting and implementation of new tax regulations as well as industry-specific advice. Practice head Steffen Sværke advises both on direct and indirect taxation. The practice also acts for the tax authorities on contentious matters, which includes advice in the Cum-Ex case concerning questionable dividend tax refunds of more than DKK13bn.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Poul Schmith provides financial regulatory advice to heavily regulated sectors and regularly assists with acquisition finance work and the drafting and negotiation of financing agreements relating to jointly owned assets. Henrik Kure and Peter Hedegaard Madsen jointly lead the practice and have experience advising banks and mortgage lending institutions on the Danish and EU regulations for settlement arrangements. The group's client roster spans banks and financial institutions, public and government institutions, private equity funds and corporate clients.

Testimonials

‘Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith as a law firm is well organised and offers a broad in-house legal expertise covering all elements of a transaction.’

‘Great depth of legal knowledge, amazing availability and extremely service and solution-oriented practice.’

‘Henrik Kure and his team are able to understand the complexity of the scope, including showing empathy to the relevant stakeholders.’

‘Henrik Kure was very enthusiastic, extremely knowledgeable and involved in the process. He has an ability to create solutions that are on point legally and commercially while still being simple, straightforward and well-documented. Also, his service-mindedness is something we value highly’.

Key clients

Vækstfonden

The Danish Ministry of Finance

Jyske Bank A/S

The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA)

EKF – Danish Export Credit

The Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs

Nordea Danmark, branch of Nordea Bank Abp, Finland

Danmarks Grønne Investeringsfond (The Danish Green Investment Fund)

Employment Tier 3

Poul Schmith has a substantial track record acting for public institutions and employers on labour law issues including disputes regarding workplace discrimination and equal treatment matters. The group has expertise in employment litigation and arbitration as well as the employment aspects of public procurement matters. Anne Skjold Qvortrup joined the practice from Gorrissen Federspiel in late 2018, and Jonas Blegvad Jensens joined from Kromann Reumert in early 2020. Lene Damkjær Christensen departed to Damkjær Lauritzen Advokatfirma and Niels Banke also left.

Testimonials

Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith is unique because the organisation is able to help in any kind of question in order to handle problems with employees. They can always provide an expert in the specific matter

It is a great pleasure to work with the firm. The team is incredibly professional, and they are skilful communicators who are capable of creating a safe and clear setting for the work and the legal assistance we require. During the course of the matter we have experienced great professionalism from all sides

High quality and quick legal and practical advice. Unique understanding of the public sector and the framework that the public sector operates within, including the political context

The practice is driven by an in-depth knowledge of the public sector and therefore extremely useful

The firm has distinguished itself at a very high professional level. It includes both personnel law and administrative law. The law firm Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith has fully lived up to the high expectations in this area

They know a great deal about the workplace and its structural context

Associate Sofie Marner has supplied us with crucial and ground-breaking advice at numerous times

Key clients

The Ministry for Children and Social Affairs

The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment (STAR)

The Board of Equal Treatment

The University of Copenhagen

VUC Syd S/I

The Agency for Modernisation

The Board of Equal Treatment

The Board of Equal Treatment

The Ministry of Employment

ScanMetals A/S

Banedanmark

The Agency for Modernisation

The Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Employment

The Danish Building and Property Agency

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The practice at Poul Schmith specialises in handling domestic and cross-border M&A transactions for government institutions, state-owned companies and pension funds. The group also counts private companies and private equity funds as clients, which it advises on government-related M&A. Other areas of expertise include acting on financial regulatory matters and handling the EU, constitutional and administrative law issues affecting corporate structuring work and commercial agreements. Practice head Ronnie Kandler regularly advises on technology-related transactions.

Testimonials

Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith masters all legal fields. Our experience with other firms leaves no doubt that there is no better law firm in Denmark that can handle our cases better than Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith

Knowledgeable team with diverse experience that supports each other very well. Very professional and competent team

Cooperative and skilful in handling complex cross border legal projects. Despite the fast pace, always very professional and friendly

Poul Schmith fields well-put-together teams of experts

The team has great depth with a variety of skills. Excellent technical analysis skills, great communication and experienced negotiation and litigation

Ronnie Kandler is an excellent lawyer

Key clients

Ordrestyring

Day Birger Mikkelsen

The Danish Ministry of Finance – Radius

Katjes

Universal Music A/S

Katalysator AS

Invengo Information Technology Co Ltd. (China)

Verdo

AIG

Monta Biosciences ApS

The firm: With a staff of more than 600 (360+ lawyers) employees, Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith has grown to be one of Denmark’s largest and leading full-service law firms. The firm attracts and only employs the most talented lawyers, which makes it a clear market leader. The growth has been organic without any mergers.

In addition to advising private Danish and international clients, the firm has been the preferred legal adviser to the Danish government since 1936 which gives it a deep understanding of the political environment that its clients operate in.

In recent years the firm has made a strategic move to increase its market share of corporate clients, including banks, pension funds, insurance companies and private equity funds, and is experiencing an increased demand for services from such clients.

Today the firm is recognised as a leader of the digital transformation in the Danish legal industry. The goal is to support and improve legal processes by developing and using digitalisation.

Areas of practice: Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith is a full-service law firm handling a wide range of matters including competition, insolvency, M&A, banking and finance, real estate, construction, infrastructure projects, EU law, tax law, contracts and public procurement.

With approx 1,500 court and arbitration cases a year, the firm has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration. The firm conducts cases before all courts and is an unparalleled market leader in Supreme Court cases. As the leading litigation firm in Denmark, the firm has profound experience of settling disputes both inside and outside the ordinary courts. It is renowned for its high degree of credibility with the courts and is constantly influencing the creation and development of case law.

The firm advises on all regulatory aspects of doing business in Denmark and has market-leading teams within data protection, defence and security, real estate, financial regulation, infrastructure, telecommunications, digitisation, facility management, IT, healthcare and welfare and public-private partnerships.

The firm has a particularly strong restructuring and insolvency practice, which assists clients with all matters relating to restructuring and insolvency including complicated debt collection proceedings, bankruptcy administration and turnarounds of distressed businesses.

The firm’s M&A team frequently advises on complex matters and has considerable experience advising on cross-border transactions in all market sectors. The M&A team is largely composed of experienced M&A lawyers from the other tier one law firms in Denmark.

In its capacity as the preferred legal adviser to the Danish government for more than 80 years, the firm has also developed an unparalleled public law practice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets Henrik Kure hku@poulschmith.dk
Capital markets Peter Hedegaard Madsen hed@poulschmith.dk
IT and digitisation, telecommunications Tom Holsoe hol@poulschmith.dk
IT and digitisation, telecommunications Anni Noes Westergaard anwe@poulschmith.dk
Construction Rasmus Holm Hansen rhh@poulschmith.dk
Construction Kasper Mortensen kmo@poulschmith.dk
Contracts and tenders Jens Bødtcher-Hansen jbh@poulschmith.dk
Corporate compliance and investigations Peter Hedegaard Madsen hed@poulschmith.dk
Corporate matters Ronnie Kandler rka@poulschmith.dk
Corporate matters Peter Hedegaard Madsen hed@poulschmith.dk
Data protection and privacy Jakob Kamby jka@poulschmith.dk
Dispute resolution Kasper Mortensen kmo@poulschmith.dk
Dispute resolution Sune Fugleholm sfs@poulschmith.dk
Employment Marianne Lage lag@poulschmith.dk
Competition Jacob Pinborg pin@poulschmith.dk
EU and international, state aid Rass Holdgaard rho@poulschmith.dk
EU and international, state aid Peter Biering bie@poulschmith.dk
Environment and energy Stig Grønbæk Jensen sgj@poulschmith.dk
Finance and financial regulation Henrik Kure hku@poulschmith.dk
Finance and financial regulation Peter Hedegaard Madsen hed@poulschmith.dk
FinTech Henrik Kure hku@poulschmith.dk
Foundations Peter Hedegaard Madsen hed@poulschmith.dk
Infrastructure Kristian Hartlev har@poulschmith.dk
Insurance Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen hnt@poulschmith.dk
Life science Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen hnt@poulschmith.dk
MedTech Jens Bødtcher-Hansen jbh@poulschmith.dk
Mergers and acquisitions Ronnie Kandler rka@poulschmith.dk
Private equity Ronnie Kandler rka@poulschmith.dk
Private equity Peter Hedegaard Madsen hed@poulschmith.dk
Public Jakob Kamby jka@poulschmith.dk
Public Sune Fugleholm sfs@poulschmith.dk
Public-private partnership Jens Bødtcher-Hansen jbh@poulschmith.dk
Real estate Rikke Hoffensetz Andresen rian@poulschmith.dk
Real estate Philip Prochownik proc@poulschmith.dk
Restructuring and insolvency Boris Frederiksen bor@poulschmith.dk
Restructuring and insolvency Rune Derno der@poulschmith.dk
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jens Bødtcher-Hansen  photo Jens Bødtcher-Hansen
 Peter Biering  photo Peter Biering
 Boris Frederiksen  photo Boris Frederiksen
 Sune Fugleholm  photo Sune Fugleholm
 Stig Grønbæk Jensen  photo Stig Grønbæk Jensen
 Kristian Hartlev  photo Kristian Hartlev
 Peter Hedegaard Madsen  photo Peter Hedegaard Madsen
 Rass Holdgaard  photo Rass Holdgaard
 Rasmus Holm Hansen  photo Rasmus Holm Hansen
 Tim Holmager  photo Tim Holmager
 Tom Holsøe  photo Tom Holsøe
 Jakob Kamby  photo Jakob Kamby
 Ronnie Kandler  photo Ronnie Kandler
 Henrik Kure  photo Henrik Kure
 Simon Lagrelius  photo Simon Lagrelius
 Kasper Mortensen  photo Kasper Mortensen
 Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen  photo Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen
 Jacob Pinborg  photo Jacob Pinborg
 Steffen Sværke  photo Steffen Sværke
 Rune Tandgaard Derno  photo Rune Tandgaard Derno
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