Poul Schmith > Copenhagen, Denmark > Firm Profile

Poul Schmith
Kalvebod Brygge 32
1560 København V
Denmark

Denmark > Dispute resolution Tier 1

As a market leader in the public sector, Poul Schmith is also developing a substantial private sector practice that includes acting for notable clients across a range of sectors, such as Aviva plc. In the public sphere, the dispute resolution team has extensive experience representing Danish public authorities and government clients before the Supreme Court. The group includes public law expert Sune Fugleholm; head of both the insurance and trade mark departments Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen; technology specialist Paw Fruerlund, construction expert Kasper Mortensen and Tomas Ilsøe Andersen, who has extensive experience in procurement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paw Fruerlund; Kasper Mortensen; Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen; Sune Fugleholm; Tomas Ilsøe Andersen

Testimonials

‘When I need assistance on product liability disputes in Denmark, I turn to Poul Schmith to help and advise me. I have worked with several members of the team and they have all been excellent, indicating strength in depth.’

‘Tomas Ilsøe Andersen- an excellent grasp of complex financial issues and a first-choice for Danish assistance on cross-border matters.’

‘The individual specialists have all familiarised themselves with our needs, our history, values and can thus give us legal advice that surpasses the pure legal sparring.’

‘Highly knowledgeable within the Danish public sector but also very good and loyal in their advising of private companies.’

‘Kasper Mortensen has large experience and provides a steady hand when things get rough. Very pleasant and flexible to work with and provides very valuable and insightful advice, also beyond the legal aspects.’

Key clients

AXA XL, a division of AXA

Aviva plc

The Travelers Indemnity Company

OW Lux S.ar.l

AP Pension

Riskpoint

Sedgwick Leif Hansen A/S

Tryg Forsikring

Justitsministeriet (Ministry of Justice)

Politiet (the Danish National Police and all the Danish Police Districts)

Finansministeriet (Ministry of Finance)

Skatteministeriet (Ministry of Tax)

Miljø- og fødevareministeriet (Ministry of Environment and Food)

Ankestyrelsen (Social Appeals Board)

Domstolsstyrelsen (The Danish Court Administration)

Transport- og Bygningsministeriet (Ministry of Transport and Building)

Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen (Danish Competition and Consumer Authority)

Ankenævnet for Patienterstatningen  (Patients Complaints Board)

Banedanmark (Rail Net Denmark)

Nordsøfonden

Garantifonden for Skadesforsikring (the Guarantee Fund for Non-life Insurers)

Region Hovedstaden (The Capital Region of Denmark)

Region Midtjylland (Central Denmark Region)

Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring (Labour Market Insurance)

Ankenævnet for Patenter og Varemærker (Board of Appeal for Patents and Trade marks)

Moderniseringsstyrelsen (Agency for Modernisation – Ministry of Finance)

Forbrugerombudsmanden (Danish Consumer Ombudsman)

Natur- and Miljøklagenævnet (Environmental Board of Appeal)

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Aviva in a highly complex cross-border product liability related recourse claim regarding a building fire alleged to have been caused by a product sold by a UK-based trading company insured by Aviva to an uninsured Danish company and then resold to a separately insured Danish retailer.
  • Representing the Danish Guarantee Fund for Non-Life Insurers in a dispute regarding whether the Danish Guarantee Fund is liable for payments to certain injured Norwegian workers covered by policies issued in Norway by Alpha Insurance.
  • Represented AXA XL as co-counsel in an international arbitration regarding insurance coverage and subrogation rights in relation to certain renewable energy facilities.

Denmark > Environment Tier 1

As the key adviser to the Danish Government, Poul Schmith has strong relationships with all key public bodies and provides a full-service environmental offering. It is also increasingly acting for semi-public clients, including infrastructure enterprises in the road and railway construction sectors. Stig Grønbæk Jensen and Britta Moll Brown jointly lead the practice, which is instructed on a broad range of non-contentious advisory matters in addition to complex disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stig Grønbæk Jensen; Britta Moll Brown

Testimonials

‘This team is highly specialised, and possesses in-depth knowledge of environmental law and practice. The team is very experienced, due to a wide range of public clients, generating a large amount of cases of principal importance.’

‘The environmental team must be considered one of the best in DK.’

‘The firm are extremely knowledgeable and also efficient when it comes to dealing with environmental issues. The firm has deep knowledge of our organisation, and the tasks and challenges we face. The co-operation is exemplary and they are excellent at communicating, also when it comes to complex legal disputes. The talent and dedication is such, that we have no need to look elsewhere when it comes to advisc and handling of disputes.’

‘The firm handles our legal disputes with great care and enthusiasm. It is evident that associates, lawyers and partners simply love what they do.’

‘Stig Grønbæk Jensen is the stand out partner and one of the most experienced and high quality environmental lawyers in Denmark, representing the Danish state in environmental law issues and legal proceedings.’

‘When it comes to public law and environmental law this firm is on top-level.’

‘Very well-experienced group of lawyers within the area of environment law, especially in relation to litigation. It feels very secure to leave the responsibility of cases to the members of the team. Always available for their clients and very professional in their relations to the clients.’

Key clients

The Danish Environmental and Food Board of Appeal

The Danish Planning Board of Appeal

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency

Region Hovedstaden (Capital Region)

The Danish Business Authority

Rail Net Denmark (Banedanmark)

The Danish Energy Board of Appeal

The Danish Road Directorate

The Danish Ministry of Environment

By og Havn (CPH City and Port Development)

Femern A/S

Hovedstadens Letbane (Greater Copenhagen Light Rail)

The Danish Ministry of Transportation

The Danish Energy Agency

The Danish Coastal Authority

The Danish National Agency for Housing and Physical Planning (Bolig- og Planstyrelsen)

Kabel Metall & Trafo Gjenvinning AS

Frederiksberg Municipality

Danish Veterinary and Food Administration

Work highlights

  • Advising the Danish Ministry of Transportation on adopting the legal basis for the creation of the island Lynetteholm, a new peninsula in the Port of Copenhagen.
  • Conducting a comprehensive legal review on behalf of the Danish Ministry of Environment into the administration and management of the Drinking Water Directive by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Providing Femern with advice and regulatory assistance in connection with the establishment of the legal basis for the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt and the related land installations in Denmark.

Denmark > Information technology Tier 1

Poul Schmith is highly skilled in IT contracting issues and has niche expertise in EU public procurement practices relating to IT contracts. The firm is best known for representing public sector clients and handles a range of large-scale IT projects, many of which are of national significance due to the group’s primary role as adviser to the Danish government, regional authorities and municipalities. Practice co-head Tom Holsøe ‘combines impeccable subject matter knowledge of software and digitalisation with best-in-class procurement law advice.’ Fellow practice head Anni Noes Westergaard is an expert in healthcare-related IT issues. The firm also has a separate digitisation and regulations department.

Practice head(s):

Tom Holsøe; Anni Noes Westergaard

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hedegaard Madsen; Rasmus Holm Hansen; Milena Anguelova Krogsgaard; Anders Bossen; Thomas Dithmer

Testimonials

‘Their knowledge and insight in regards to the public governmental administration in Denmark is unique, and is very valuable to us – the law alone does not always provide the necessary answers and results.’

‘Anni Noes Westergaard – Highly skilled and excellent communicator. Gives clear and concise advice and support to all matters – even those that are not directly related to legal.’

‘The people I have worked with are in general very talented, with a commercial mind-set, and structured and friendly approach. In regard to outsourcing, Tom Holsøe is our first choice as he is very experienced and has developed a state-of-the-art legal framework for outsourcing.’

‘Overall a great team, which is a guarantor for high quality legal and business solutions. Good at allocating appropriate resources for projects, taking responsibility and delivering high-quality products on time.’

‘Is always available. Provides practical guidance – prepares proposals and delivers templates and presentations. Communicates constructively and advises based on context. Value for money.’

‘The team is in regard to legal knowledge and efficiency highly professional, it targets the jobs with a precise understanding of the needs of the customer. The team has a solid understanding of the special obligations of a public sector agency.’

‘Thomas Dithmer and his team deliver strong, solution-oriented and on time legal and commercial advice on complex IT procurements and contractual issues.’

Key clients

Ministry of Finance

Norlys

Ministry of Taxation

The IT and Development Agency

Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation

Ministry of Justice

Danish Agency for Digitisation

Banedanmark (Ministry of Transport)

DSB (Danish State Railway)

The Danish Court Administration

The Danish Export Credit Agency

Agency for Governmental IT Services

Ministry of Data Supply and Efficiency

Agency for Public Finance and Management – Ministry of Finance

The five Danish Regions

Rejsekort & Rejseplan A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising on contracts and negotiations for a GOV-Cloud IT Service using Microsoft cloud services with a deal value of over €100m.
  • Advising the national operational staff (NOST) on the “Smittestop” app, which allows citizens to inform people they have been in close proximity with, in case they become infected with Covid-19.
  • Advising The IT and Development Agency of the Danish Ministry of Taxation on the procuring and contractual design of the new tax system for real estate and housing, a matter with a deal value of over €100m.

Denmark > Insolvency Tier 1

Poul Schmith‘s sizeable restructuring and insolvency practice group handles a wide range of mandates, regularly assisting with large-scale matters that involve debt collection proceedings and bankruptcy administrations. The group is also adept at handling cross-border insolvencies and multi-jurisdictional asset recovery work. As the Danish government’s key adviser, the firm has extensive experience in the public sector but has been increasingly acting for private sector clients. Practice head Boris Frederiksen handles litigation and is praised for being ‘one of the most impressive lawyers of his generation’. For expertise in asset recovery work, Cathrine Wollenberg Zittan is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Boris Frederiksen

Other key lawyers:

Jesper Saugmandsgaard Øe; Rune Tandgaard Derno; Morten Plannthin; Cathrine Wollenberg Zittan

Testimonials

‘Outstanding practitioners combining great command of the details of the matter with astute strategic capabilities. Very pleasant to work with. Realistic expectations.’

‘The team has vastly more experience than any others in the field. To me, the go to team in Denmark. Superb knowledge not only of the law, of course, but deep industry experience and the history to predict outcomes with rare accuracy.’

‘Boris Frederiksen: one of the most impressive lawyers of his generation, in and outside Denmark. Unflappable, plays the long game and sees the big picture, while maintaining a surprising recall of facts that most of us working on the same case have long forgotten. Also, enjoys what he does and manages to convey that to his team, which inspires huge respect and loyalty.’

‘This law firm has a very high level of competencies in many areas. We experience a great ability to get the right competencies brought into play at the right times, so we get an optimal case process with good results.’

‘The partners we work with are typically insolvency law specialists. They have a great deal of insight and the ability to bring all competencies into play to solve a case. At the same time, there is a great deal of support from specialists in the law firm who cover the partner.’

‘Cathrine Wollenberg Zittan: her ability to retain information and run what can only be described as a massive legal team while still being so approachable is a real skill. He ability to digest information and apply the law to it is second to none.’

Key clients

The Danish Tax Authorities

The Employees’ Guarantee Fund

The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs

Jyske Bank

Nykredit Bank

Nordea A/S

The Danish Guarantee Fund for Non-life Insurers

The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority

Vækstfonden

Danske Bank A/S

Sydbank A/S

The Travel Guarantee Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising the Danish tax authorities on the recovery of unjustified refunds of withheld dividend tax for an amount of total DKK12.7bn.
  • Appointed by the Danish FSA as liquidator in 2018 for Qudos Insurance, a Danish insurance company with activities in more than 10 countries, assets in excess of DKK1.5bn and around 500,000 policyholders.
  • Assisting the Danish Ministry of Taxation in relation to the development of a new IT system for collection of taxes and assessment of claim validity and data quality in respect of claims that have been transferred to the Danish tax authorities in its capacity as debt collection authority.

Denmark > Banking and finance Tier 2

Poul Schmith leverages its long history of acting as adviser to the Danish government to provide other clients with expert advice on financial regulation issues; practice co-head Peter Hedegaard Madsen has a strong full-service regulatory practice, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is also skilled at acquisition financing and project financing work, with a particular focus on lender-side transactions. Henrik Kure  and Jakob Echwald Sevel jointly lead the team with Madsen.

Testimonials

‘Just great! Really understands what is driving the value on specific transactions.’

‘We highly appreciate Henrik Kure’s theoretical expertise because he is such a good practitioner. Henrik has a talent for pinning down the issues of commercial significance and getting the deal done. Would recommend Henrik to any type of business seeking financial advice.’

‘Great and dedicated team.’

Key clients

PenSam

Jyske Bank

Vækstfonden

Danmarks Grønne Investeringsfond

AP Pension

Danske Bank

Realkredit Danmark

Nordea Bank

Sydbank

Work highlights

  • Assisting Vækstfonden with the establishment of the Covid-19 guarantee scheme for large companies, making it possible for Vækstfonden to guarantee new loans made available to Danish companies that had suffered losses from the pandemic.
  • Advising Danske Bank and Realkredit Danmark on a €600m financing of a Scandinavian logistics portfolio including assets located in Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
  • Advising Waterland Private Equity on a €230m unitranche financing for Global Equestrian Group, including advising on acquisition facilities for a major add-on acquisition in the US.

Denmark > Employment Tier 2

Poul Schmith is best known for its long-established role as key adviser to the Danish state on employment matters relating to the public sector. Amongst its clients are Denmark’s largest public bodies, including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defence and the Danish National Police. Under the joint leadership of Jonas Blegvad Jensen and Marianne Lage, the team also handles work for private sector clients, with Jensen specialising in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Jonas Blegvad Jensen; Marianne Lage

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience within employment practice.’

‘The ability and willingness to seek other/right solutions. Very competent and always get back with a proposed text. Very reliable! Worked with Marianne Lage for 3 years and she is so very skilful and her knowledge of the airline industry is impressive. Her negotiation skills towards unions are nothing less then superb! Highly recommended.’

‘Understanding – Listening – Realism – Collaboration – Professionalism.’

‘Highly qualified partners and staff. Very high availability. Deep insight in public employer regulation. Easy access to direct, fast, qualified and usable advice. Showing interest in the business and looking for business-oriented solutions.’

Key clients

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

SOS International Denmark A/S

Aviator Airport Services Denmark A/S

Norwegian Air Shuttle AS

The Agency for Employees and Competence

DSB A/S

BWSC (Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor)

APM Terminals A/S

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Akademikernes A-kasse

Work highlights

  • Advised Vestas Wind Systems A/S on its change of employer organisation from one employer organisation to another (from the Confederation of Danish Industry to Dansk Erhverv, The Danish Chamber of Commerce).
  • Assisted SOS International Denmark A/S with the complex challenges arising in the wake of the termination of a major contract with the Danish Regions regarding the provision of quick tests for Covid-19, including advice on a large-scale transfer of hundreds of employees and collective redundancies.
  • Advised and represented The Agency for Employees and Competence and DSB in five cases regarding illegal collective strikes amongst hundreds of train drivers, including civil servants, which caused several hundreds of cancellations of trains and even more delays.

Denmark > Energy Tier 2

Poul Schmith is best known for its work within the public sector but is increasingly focusing its efforts on expanding into the private sector and handling international projects. Offshore energy and renewables work is a core area of expertise for the team, with Klint Klingberg-Jensen specialising in the offshore wind industry and advising suppliers and developers on the maintenance and operation of offshore installations. For contentious matters, Sune Fugleholm and Jesper Nørøxe have extensive experience representing clients before the Danish courts as well as the European Court of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Klint Klingberg-Jensen; Sune Fugleholm; Jesper Nørøxe

Testimonials

‘Extremely high market knowledge and in-depth knowledge of agreements and contracts.’

‘Team Poul Schmith – Energy – Denmark led by Klint Klingberg-Jensen is a solid team of extremely competent, experienced and dedicated corporate lawyers with a disarming humour and a motivating ability to include both their service minded administrative colleagues and their talented young lawyers.’

‘The teams exceptional diplomacy skills and eagerness to find (disruptive) solutions – to the benefit of all participating parties – are the qualities which make the full-service firm stand out compared to other firms specialized in Energy including offshore and contract law.’

‘It has been of indescribable value to our company that Klint Klingberg-Jensen’s versatile expertise accommodates our company’s legal challenges and that he always willingly refers to named lawyers from his network of specialised corporate lawyers – internally in Poul Schmidt and worldwide.’

‘Klint Klingberg-Jensen has along with his superstar team introduced a whole new level of service not to mention the speed the service is provided in.’

‘What makes this team unique is the team’s ability to advise major international offshore wind developers with their largest contracts, in particular the turbine supply agreement and balance of plant. The team already have extensive experience in contractually handling the challenges that developers have when the relevant markets have no solid supply chain.’

‘Klint Klingberg-Jensen: Klint is extremely well-organised and key in the team’s advice to offshore developers. His knowledge and experience from being an in-house counsel gives him an unique insight in what clients require. I will also highlight his ability to find good commercial and pragmatic solutions that bring the projects forward.’

Key clients

FORCE Technology

Dansk Ingeniør Service A/S

Eurowind Energy A/S

Creadis Wind Solutions A/S

Better Energy A/S

Scan Global Logistics A/S

Bel Air Aviation A/S

Bladt Industries A/S

ISC Rådgivende Ingeniører A/S

North Sea Fund (Nordsøfonden)

Niras A/S

Kongsberg Maritime AS

NTG Nordic Transport Group A/S

Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate

Danish Energy Agency

Danish Utility Regulator

Danish Competition and Consumer Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised the Danish Energy Agency on the establishment of the world’s first energy islands, located in the North and Baltic Seas.
  • Advised the Danish Energy Agency on the establishment of Denmark’s largest to date – and one of the world’s largest – offshore wind farms, Thor.
  • Advising the Danish Utility Regulator on the electricity supply law section 73 a, and relevant EU regulation, with regards to Energinet’s legal discretion in connection with its management of the system responsible for the transmission network.

Denmark > EU, competition and public procurement Tier 2

As key counsel to the Danish state, Poul Schmith provides ‘outstanding legal advice regarding EU state aid rules’. The firm leverages its public sector expertise and regulatory capacity to represent both Danish and foreign companies in procurement, EU and competition work. The group advises on vertical and horizontal agreements, abuse of dominance claims and merger control cases. Practice co-head Kristian Hartlev is the key practitioner for public procurement work, specialising in infrastructure and renewable energy projects. Fellow co-heads Rass Holdgaard and Jacob Pinborg have extensive experience in contentious mandates and lead the firm’s competition work, respectively. Christina Heiberg-Grevy joined from Accura Advokatpartnerselskab.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Pinborg; Kristian Hartlev; Rass Holdgaard

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Estrup Ippolito

Testimonials

‘The team consists of a group of very experienced, talented people. As it relates to public procurement there is no match for the collective. As a result, most often someone has tried or considered a particular approach however niche as knowledge is effectively shared.’

‘Kristian Hartlev is outstanding in providing holistic advice and guidance on public procurement and bridging any other relevant topic into the specific procurement at hand. Kristian provides a good, calm influence in every process which can be valuable in any procurement process.’

‘All individuals work efficiently in a team. They are all interested in fully understanding very detailed technical engineering questions in order to give the best legal advice.’

‘Very strong team within state aid and procurement.’

‘Outstanding legal advice regarding EU state aid rules. Very knowledgeable. Very pleasant people. Easy to talk with.’

‘Rass Holdgaard is highly skilled, always well prepared and extremely pleasant to work with.’

‘Great ability to get non-legal experts to understand the importance of, and give hands-on advice for doing things in the right legal way. Very good insight into the Danish and European public procurement rules and processes.’

‘All involved individuals were very professional at all times. In particular, Andreas Estrup Ippolito had an amazing capability to come up with very relevant perspectives, remarks and ideas even when dealing with complicated technical issues.’

Key clients

DSB

Billund Airport

Lyngby-Taarbæk Forsyning A/S

Rejsekort & Rejseplan A/S

Danish National Police

Danish Ministry of Defence

Femern A/S

Danish Ministry of Transport

Sund & Bælt Holding A/S

Danish Ministry of Culture

Danish Competition Council/Competition Appeals Tribunal

Danish Ministry of Finance

Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities

Danish Energy Agency

Ørsted A/S

EKF, Denmark’s Export Credit Agency

Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (part of the Ministry of Environment and Food)

ATP

Norlys A/S

HOFOR

Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation

Danmarks Radio/Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Copenhagen Airports A/S

Naviair

SKI A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising the Danish Competition Council in a highly significant case about price coordination.
  • Representing DSB before the Complaints Board for Public Procurement in a case regarding DSB’s €5.4bn acquisition of new electrical trains and fully outsourced maintenance services for up to 40 years.
  • Advising the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority in a case concerning whether the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority was entitled to refuse to grant a party access to certain information in a case.

Denmark > Insurance Tier 2

Poul Schmith acts on both national and international insurance matters, representing major players in the insurance and pension industries including claim adjusters, corporate enterprises and, primarily, the Danish Government. The practice is led by the ‘fantastic’ Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen, who has extensive experience as an advocate in court as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. The group also has expertise in the defence of liability and policy-based coverage issues, with Sigrid Majlund Kjærulff being the name to note in this area.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen

Other key lawyers:

Christian Bo Kolding-Krøger; Sigrid Majlund Kjærulff; Inge Houe

Testimonials

‘The Insurance team operates with outstanding professionalism and has the proper approach in public sector disputes with the extra element of political context. In regards to personal injury, the team has the leading professionals in the industry, with excessive knowledge, experience and talent. The team excel in understanding what the client needs and have a remarkable foresight in difficult cases. Furthermore, they always provide the client with extremely useful and practical advice, because of their insight into the industry.’

‘The team is assembled by the leading experts in their legal niche of insurance law. In complex cases, drawing on competencies from other parts of the firm so you get the right legal advice every time.’

‘The individual specialists have all familiarized themselves with our needs, our history, values and can thus give us legal advice that surpasses the pure legal sparring within insurance law – it embraces all aspects of our company DNA.’

‘The team is composed of the best experts in insurance law, who have a wide range of different legal niche areas.’

‘What distinguishes the law firm, Poul Schmith, from other law firms is the understanding of the public sector and the actions in the political space.’

‘My experience of this team is that they are extremely well coordinated and well resourced. It comprises strong and experienced lawyers. There is consistency in the service delivery and they understand their clients’ needs. They have excellent advocates who provide solid legal advice in a very commercial manner. I was impressed by the coordination between teams and the breadth of their service offering.’

‘Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen is a fantastic advocate – he is smooth and compelling. He also provides extremely commercial advice and fully understands his clients’ needs. He is extremely user friendly (in my experience for both Scandinavian and UK clients).’

‘Sigrid Majlund Kjærulff goes the extra mile and then some for her clients. She has an excellent grasp of the detail. She is a real team player and an absolute pleasure to work with. Her organisational and project management skills are invaluable.’

Key clients

AXA XL, a division of AXA

The Travelers Indemnity Company

Lloyds Insurance Company S.A.

Canopius Managing Agent Limited

Sedgwick in Ireland

AIG Europe Limited

Aviva plc

Chubb European Group SE

AP Pension

Tryg Forsikring A/S

Sedgwick in Denmark (Sedgwick Leif Hansen A/S)

RiskPoint A/S

Topdanmark A/S

Codan Forsikring A/S

Garantifonden for Skadesforsikringsselskaber (Guarantee Fund for Non-Life Insurers)

DSB (Danish State Railways)

Force Technology A/S

Dagrofa A/S

City of Hillerød

City of Ringsted

City of Slagelse

City of Ballerup

City of Federiksberg

City of Mariagerfjord

City of Federikssund

City of Norddjurs

Banedanmark (Rail Net Denmark)

Bygningsstyrelsen (Danish Building and Property Agency)

Naturstyrelsen (Danish Nature Agency)

Politiet (Danish National Police)

Erstatningsnævnet (Victims’ Compensation Board)

Civilstyrelsen (Civil Affairs Agency)

Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring (Labour Market Insurance)

Ankestyrelsen (Social Appeals Board)

Patienterstatningen (Patient Compensation Association)

Ankenævnet for Patienterstatningen (Patient Complaints Board)

Styrelsen for Patientklager (Danish Agency for Patient Complaints)

Finanstilsynet (Danish Financial Supervisory Authority)

Work highlights

  • Representing Travelers in a cross-border product liability related recourse claim regarding the failure of capacitors causing malfunction in vacuum pumps and recall of a substantial number of vehicles in the US market.
  • Represented AXA XL, a division of AXA in an international arbitration regarding a professional indemnity insurance coverage claim in relation to certain renewable energy facilities.
  • Represented Canopius and Lloyd’s in several disputes in relation to building damage insurance policies, including coverage litigation brought by the insured against the insurer and recourse litigation brought by the insurer against the developer.

Denmark > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Poul Schmith primarily advises the public housing sector, Danish municipalities and other governmental bodies. It has a strong reputation in public sector work and has extensive experience in the development of new city areas in greater Copenhagen and Aarhus. The group is a leader in the field of PPP projects, with Henrik Puggaard being the key practitioner. Practice leadership is split three ways between construction experts Rasmus Holm Hansen and Kasper Mortensen, and real estate specialist Rikke Hoffensetz Andresen.

Practice head(s):

Rasmus Holm Hansen; Kasper Mortensen; Rikke Hoffensetz Andresen

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Puggaard, Philip Prochownik;Tony Lund-Burmeister; Bo Schmidt Pedersen

Testimonials

‘Rikke Hoffensetz Andresen and Philip Prochownik both have a high understanding of client needs. Rikke Hoffensetz Andresen’s understanding of the balance between a commercial corporate business and a pension fund is extremely valuable.’

‘Highly skilled law firm concerning the transaction of real estate, with great insight on retail properties. Is furthermore one of the best Danish law firms in legal advice combining tax law with real estate transactions.’

‘I have worked with Kasper Mortensen, Rasmus Holm Hansen and Bo Schmidt Pedersen. They are always helpful and fact-based in their counselling. They all work with respect for all parties in the project/dispute. Their knowledge and their willingness to share it is remarkable. In many ways, they are setting good standards for conflict resolution and agreement documents in Denmark.’

‘We always experience getting competent, committed and accurate legal advice. The company has a very humane approach to clients and cases and makes the customer feel valued.’

‘The team is good. They work with the clients best interests in their minds and are avoiding complex solutions. Easy to talk with. Their experience is broad and deep as they have a long history and many cases within the field. They also work innovatively and help the real estate and construction practice with the development of tools etc. My view is that they are some of the best in the area of Denmark.’

‘They are extremely skilled professionals, very thoughtful of the legal mindset in a commercial setting, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses in the solutions so your decisions are well founded and well thought through. They have a continuation in their advisers/personnel which establishes confidence in the advice you get and makes the advice more holistic.’

‘The team acts as a trusted adviser with a view not only for the legal issues at hand but also the commercial aspects of transactions.’

‘Delivers a product of high quality where we as a client are reassured that all challenges and potential risks are dealt with.’

Key clients

PenSam Pension forsikringsaktieselskab

Capital Region

ATP Ejendomme A/S

Velliv, Pension & Livsforsikring A/S

KAB

Domea.dk

Femern Bælt A/S

Municipality of Frederiksberg

Municipality of Aarhus

Barslund A/S

Oskar Group

Bostad A/S

Milton Huse A/S

Blue Capital A/S

OK-Fonden

Municipality of Ballerup

NIRAS A/S

Emcon A/S

Birch Ejendomme A/S

Municipality of Frederikssund

Copenhagen Capital A/S

Municipality of Helsingør

CPHInvest ApS

Søndergade Holding

Vision Ejendomme A/S

1927 Estate Holding ApS

FA09

Danske Funktionærers Boligselskab

FSB

ALBOA

Haderslev Boligselskab

Norconsult A/S

The Danish Building and Property Agency

KPC København A/S

Work highlights

  • Represented Birch Ejendomme A/S in connection with the sale of 10 development projects consisting of 782 rental units of 69,000 sqm. Deal value approx. DKK1.5bn.
  • Acting as the lead counsel for Femern Bælt A/S in relation to the construction of “The Fehmarn Belt Link” – the largest construction project in the history of Denmark, valued at DKK60bn.
  • Advised the Municipality of Ballerup (a suburb of Copenhagen) in connection with its entry into a co-operation agreement regarding the development of a new area of Ballerup called Kildedal, consisting of approx. 280,000 sqm of new build.

Denmark > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Poul Schmith‘s broad corporate practice is adept at handling cross-border M&A transactions, an area that has been further strengthened by the arrival of Jacob Bier from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in June 2021. The firm is prominent within the public sector but is increasingly developing its private sector practice, advising private equity funds, pension funds and banks. The ‘stand-out’ Ronnie Kandler leads the team and Carina Vang Kristoffersen provides notable support.

Practice head(s):

Ronnie Kandler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Solid, hard-working, unpretentious.’

‘The team has in-depth expertise of commercial and corporate law. They are pleasant to work with and their practice is effective, competent, and pragmatic. Always focused at achieving the end goal. My highest recommendation.’

‘Carina Vang Kristoffersen has in-depth expertise of commercial and corporate law combined with an expert understanding of business matters within life science. Carina grasps complexity with ease, works hard, thinks extremely fast, and communicates clearly. Her solution-oriented approach and excellence repeatedly helps us achieve target outcomes with speed.’

‘Thomas Bento-Nystad has a great understanding of commercial and corporate law. He is diligent, effective, and pleasant to work with.’

‘Highly capable and approachable team within M&A. Ronnie Kandler (partner) and Thomas Bento-Nystad (senior associate) stand out and are both excellent to work with.’

Key clients

NTG A/S

DSB A/S

Verdo A/S

Agromino A/S

Danish Ministry of Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised NTG in connection with NTG’s cross-border acquisition of LGT Group AB, a Sweden-based freight forward business with significant presence in the Nordics.

The firm: Poul Schmith is a full-service law firm and one of the largest law firms in Denmark with more than 80 years of experience. From its offices in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Poul Schmith advises clients on the public and private market on all aspects of public, corporate, and commercial law.

The firm has been the preferred legal adviser to the Danish government since 1936 and has in this period provided legal advice within all aspects of the law to the government including corporate and commercial law.

In recent years, the firm has entered the market for corporate clients including life science, offshore, banks, pension funds, insurance companies and private equity funds, and the firm now advises some of the largest Danish companies within these sectors.

Much of the firm’s work has an international dimension and the firm has international relationships with leading law firms across the world.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Capital markets Henrik Kurehku@poulschmith.dk
Capital markets Peter Hedegaard Madsenhed@poulschmith.dk
IT and digitisation, telecommunications Tom Holsoehol@poulschmith.dk
IT and digitisation, telecommunications Anni Noes Westergaardanwe@poulschmith.dk
Construction Rasmus Holm Hansenrhh@poulschmith.dk
Construction Kasper Mortensenkmo@poulschmith.dk
Contracts and tenders Jens Bødtcher-Hansenjbh@poulschmith.dk
Corporate compliance and investigations Peter Hedegaard Madsenhed@poulschmith.dk
Corporate matters Ronnie Kandlerrka@poulschmith.dk
Corporate matters Peter Hedegaard Madsenhed@poulschmith.dk
Data protection and privacy Jakob Kambyjka@poulschmith.dk
Dispute resolution Kasper Mortensenkmo@poulschmith.dk
Dispute resolution Sune Fugleholmsfs@poulschmith.dk
Employment Marianne Lagelag@poulschmith.dk
Competition Jacob Pinborgpin@poulschmith.dk
EU and international, state aid Rass Holdgaardrho@poulschmith.dk
EU and international, state aid Peter Bieringbie@poulschmith.dk
Environment and energy Stig Grønbæk Jensensgj@poulschmith.dk
Finance and financial regulation Henrik Kurehku@poulschmith.dk
Finance and financial regulation Peter Hedegaard Madsenhed@poulschmith.dk
FinTech Henrik Kurehku@poulschmith.dk
Foundations Peter Hedegaard Madsenhed@poulschmith.dk
Infrastructure Kristian Hartlevhar@poulschmith.dk
Insurance Henrik Nedergaard Thomsenhnt@poulschmith.dk
Life science Henrik Nedergaard Thomsenhnt@poulschmith.dk
MedTech Jens Bødtcher-Hansenjbh@poulschmith.dk
Mergers and acquisitions Ronnie Kandlerrka@poulschmith.dk
Private equity Ronnie Kandlerrka@poulschmith.dk
Private equity Peter Hedegaard Madsenhed@poulschmith.dk
Public Jakob Kambyjka@poulschmith.dk
Public Sune Fugleholmsfs@poulschmith.dk
Public-private partnership Jens Bødtcher-Hansenjbh@poulschmith.dk
Real estate Rikke Hoffensetz Andresenrian@poulschmith.dk
Real estate Philip Prochownikproc@poulschmith.dk
Restructuring and insolvency Boris Frederiksenbor@poulschmith.dk
Restructuring and insolvency Rune Dernoder@poulschmith.dk
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Rikke Hoffensetz Andresen photo Rikke Hoffensetz AndresenPartner, Attorney
Milena Anguelova Krogsgaard photo Milena Anguelova KrogsgaardPartner, Attorney
Jacob Bier photo Jacob BierPartner, Attorney
Peter Biering  photo Peter Biering Partner, Attorney
Jens Bødtcher-Hansen photo Jens Bødtcher-HansenManing Partner, Attorney
Rune Derno photo Rune DernoPartner, Attorney
Thomas Dithmer  photo Thomas Dithmer Partner, Attorney
Andreas Estrup Ippolito  photo Andreas Estrup Ippolito Partner, Attorney
Boris Frederiksen  photo Boris Frederiksen Partner, Attorney
Paw Fruerlund photo Paw FruerlundPartner, Attorney
Sune Fugleholm  photo Sune Fugleholm Partner, Attorney
Kristian Hartlev  photo Kristian Hartlev Partner, Attorney
Peter Hedegaard Madsen  photo Peter Hedegaard Madsen Partner, Attorney
Christina Heiberg-Grevy photo Christina Heiberg-GrevyPartner, Attorney
Rass Holdgaard  photo Rass Holdgaard Partner, Attorney
Rasmus Holm Hansen  photo Rasmus Holm Hansen Partner, Attorney
Tim Holmager  photo Tim Holmager Partner, Attorney
Tom Holsøe photo Tom HolsøePartner, Attorney
Tomas Ilsøe Andersen  photo Tomas Ilsøe Andersen Partner, Attorney
Jonas Blegvad Jensen  photo Jonas Blegvad Jensen Partner, Attorney
Jakob Kamby  photo Jakob Kamby Partner, Attorney
Ronnie Kandler  photo Ronnie Kandler Partner, Attorney
Anders Kjær Dybdahl  photo Anders Kjær Dybdahl Attorney, Head of Venture
Klint Klingberg-Jensen photo Klint Klingberg-JensenPartner, Attorney
Carina Vang Kristoffersen photo Carina Vang KristoffersenPartner, Attorney
Henrik Kure  photo Henrik Kure Partner, Attorney
Marianne Lage  photo Marianne Lage Partner, Attorney
Simon Lagrelius  photo Simon Lagrelius Partner, Attorney
Mette Lindskoug  photo Mette Lindskoug Partner, Attorney
Tony Lund-Burmeister  photo Tony Lund-Burmeister Partner, Attorney
Kasper Mortensen  photo Kasper Mortensen Partner, Attorney
Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen  photo Henrik Nedergaard Thomsen Partner, Attorney
Jesper Nørøxe photo Jesper NørøxePartner, Attorney
Bo Schmidt Pedersen photo Bo Schmidt PedersenPartner, Attorney
Jacob Pinborg  photo Jacob Pinborg Partner, Attorney
Philip Prochownik  photo Philip Prochownik Partner, Attorney
Henrik Puggaard photo Henrik PuggaardPartner, Attorney
Jakob Echwald Sevel  photo Jakob Echwald Sevel Partner, Attorney
Steffen Sværke photo Steffen SværkePartner, Attorney
Maiken Toftgaard  photo Maiken Toftgaard Partner, Attorney
Anni Noes Westergaard photo Anni Noes WestergaardPartner, Attorney
Number of lawyers : 374
Danish
English
Other offices : Aarhus

FOCUS ON GREEN TRANSITION

As a firm, we take on corporate social responsibility by contributing to the green transition and the am-bitions in the Danish Government’s Climate Act. We wish to reduce our own carbon footprint, and we would also like to contribute through our legal advice. As far as we know, we are the first Danish law firm that has presented a carbon footprint report. We are proud of this, and it is a testament to sus-tainability being very important to our top management and that sustainability is also one of the benchmarks of our board of directors.

PART OF THE COMMUNITY

As the first law firm in Denmark we joined the green think tank CONCITO in 2019. Our attorneys work pro bono in a number of working groups to drive the climate agenda.

We have also agreed to the ten principles of sustainability of the UN Global Compact and support the 17 sustainable development goals. We have consequently committed ourselves to report annually on our progress in the area of sustainability in the broad sense.

We are a member of AdvokatKODEKS where we have committed to report annually on how we work with sustainability and ethics in the broad sense, including anti-corruption, environmental and climate considerations, equal rights, diversity, etc.

CARBON FOOTPRINT REPORT

70% REDUCTION IN 2030

Based on our internal CO2 mapping that has resulted in a carbon footprint report, we have undertaken to reduce our total emission per employee by 70% by 2030. This is why our carbon footprint report does not only include our own direct emission but also our indirect emission, ie the emission from the means of transport that we use, the emission by our sub-suppliers from their production of the products that we buy from them, etc. We choose to be completely transparent about our baseline and progress with 2018 as the base.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY THAT MAKES SENSE

WE ACT FROM DAY ONE, AND TAKE ON RESPONSIBILITY IMMEDIATELY

As a firm, we have launched a large number of initiatives to help us fulfil our ambition:

  • increased separation of waste for biofuel
  • focus on food waste in our canteens by introducing “The Surplus Box” where employees can buy surplus food to take home
  • establishing a strategy for green purchases and green supplier management (utilities and build-ings, office expenses, furniture and equipment, merchandise, IT and server hosting, etc)
  • focus on phasing out disposable packing
  • more than 80% of our office space now receives power from wind turbines which means a reduc-tion in our carbon emission. The remaining areas are leased premises, and we are in dialogue with our landlord about a transition to green power
  • reducing print and printouts
  • starting the work of drafting an offsetting and transport policy

All the initiatives are employee-driven. Fulfilling our ambition of a 70% reduction by 2030 will be a long haul. But already from 2020, we have decided to offset, on an annual basis, the gap that we have up to the 70% target.

OFFSETTING DOES NOT REPLACE ACTION, BUT IS A SUPPLEMENT

It is our primary focus and firm position to concentrate on an organic (actual) reduction towards 2030, ie the long haul, so that only what cannot be reduced or cannot be reduced in the short run is offset. This is why we will also see a reduction over time in our offsetting as we start to see the effects of our organ-ic reduction initiatives.

THE OFFSETTING FOCUS WILL BE ON ENSURING AN EFFECT

As a principle, we will only invest in Gold Standard-certified offsetting projects that comply with our values of verification, transparency and “additionality” (the project had not been carried out if we had not invested in it). All this contributes to making sure that our offsetting has the biggest possible effect for the benefit of society.

FOUR DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY

As a firm, we deal with sustainability within four dimensions

  • Responsibility for the environment and the climate
  • Responsibility for humans. Governance code, equal rights, diversity, working conditions, supplier responsibility, etc
  • Responsibility for data security and tech solutions
  • Social responsibility.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY/CLIMATE RESPONSIBILITY

RESPONSIBILITY FOR HUMANS

RESPONSIBILITY FOR TECH/DATA

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY