Firm Profile > Viltoft > Copenhagen, Denmark


Real estate and construction Tier 1

Construction boutique Viltoft is 'quick to react to new cases' and recognised by clients for its 'practical advice', 'quick turnaround' and 'solid market knowledge'. Team co-head Michael Gjedde-Nielsen recently represented Metroselskabet, the operator of the Copenhagen Metro, in a dispute against the Copenhagen Metro Team, which is an Italian consortium instructed to build the city ring stage of the railway; the matter involves a €1bn claim arising from delays and extra work caused during construction. Fellow practice head Henrik Hauge Andersen is also highly skilled in construction disputes and acted for Copenhagen Zoo against contractor Jorton in a claim relating to the construction of its polar bear facility, 'The Arctic Ring'. Other noteworthy individuals include Steen Hellmann, who was instructed by 3B in several disputes with contractors and suppliers, who claimed damages for the use of magnesium oxide boards on the client's housing projects; Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen, who assisted Hovedstadens Letbane with the construction of The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail including 27 stations outside of the capital; Morten Ruben Brage, who is particularly strong in environmental and planning issues, and Eva Olesen, who regularly acts in construction-related arbitrations.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Viltoft focuses on the construction, real estate and procurement sectors; construction and procurement expert Michael Gjedde-Nielsen jointly leads the team and defended Metroselskabet against the contractors constructing the Copenhagen Metro, which are requesting an extra €1bn due to extra work and delays. Fellow practice head Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen primarily handles arbitrations and acted for a consortium of contractors involved in the DNU hospital project in a fee dispute with the regional authorities, and construction specialist Henrik Hauge Andersen defended Roskilde Kommune in a dispute against insurer Topdanmark, which alleged that the client did not establish the correct insurance following a fire. Also noted is Steen Hellmann, who focuses on professional negligence claims.

EU and competition Tier 3

Public procurement work is the mainstay of Viltoft's practice, which primarily represents public authorities, municipalities and utilities companies. Michael Gjedde-Nielsen is a key name to note.

The firm: VILTOFT is a boutique firm of highly-specialised lawyers, known in particular for their work in construction and real estate, public procurement and litigation and arbitration. Established in 1974, VILTOFT enjoys a reputation among clients and peers for being among the very best within its practice areas.

Areas of practice: Construction: VILTOFT has for 40 years been a leading provider of legal services to the building and construction industry. The firm provides advice and representation to employers, contractors, architects, engineers, insurance companies and investors and has been involved in most of the significant construction and engineering projects in Denmark during the last several decades. VILTOFT’s team also advises clients on cross-border projects based on international standard contracts such as FIDIC.

Real estate: VILTOFT advises both public and private clients on development projects, public-private partnerships (PPPs) as well as sales and purchases of real estate.

Public procurement: VILTOFT advises public and private clients on all aspects of public procurement (both EU and domestic), from the designing and conducting of the tender process to the drafting of contracts and tender documents and representation in complaints procedures before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement and courts. VILTOFT offers a team of leading experts on public procurement matters within the building and construction industry, including infrastructure projects and offshore projects. The firm’s services are also often sought by clients in other sectors such as energy, pharma and healthcare.

Dispute resolution: being a core element of the firm’s practice, VILTOFT offers dispute resolution services within all of its practice areas. In real estate and construction, VILTOFT represents a variety of clients in some of the most high-profile disputes before the Danish courts, arbitral tribunals and complaints boards as well as in other forms of ADR. VILTOFT is highly experienced in cross-border construction and energy sector disputes, including disputes regarding offshore projects. VILTOFT’s team is also often involved – both as counsel and arbitrators – in disputes outside of the firm’s specialist areas, including general commercial, corporate and insurance disputes.

Employment: VILTOFT is a leading provider of legal services to employee organisations and employees in labour and employment law matters. The firm’s clients include a number of the largest unions of salaried employees, public servants and academic staff in Denmark. The team also regularly assists executives and other senior members of management of publicly listed OMXC20 companies with negotiating employment contracts and severance agreements.

Publications: VILTOFT’s partners have published leading textbooks on construction law and arbitration in Denmark: ‘ABR 89 – General Conditions for consulting services within the building and construction industry’ (by Michael Gjedde-Nielsen and Hans Lykke Hansen; 3rd ed. 2013) and ‘Danish Arbitration’ (by Jakob Juul and Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen; 3rd ed. 2017).

Department Name Email Telephone
Construction Michael Gjedde-Nielsen
Construction Henrik Hauge Andersen
Construction Steen Hellmann
Construction Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen
Real estate Henrik Hauge Andersen
Real estate Steen Hellmann
Real estate Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen
Public procurement Michael Gjedde-Nielsen
Public procurement Henrik Hauge Andersen
Public procurement Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen
Dispute resolution Michael Gjedde-Nielsen
Dispute resolution Steen Hellmann
Dispute resolution Henrik Hauge Andersen
Dispute resolution Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen
Employment Steen Hellmann
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen  photo Mr Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen
Mr Michael Gjedde-Nielsen  photo Mr Michael Gjedde-Nielsen
Mr Henrik Hauge Andersen  photo Mr Henrik Hauge Andersen
Mr Steen Hellmann  photo Mr Steen Hellmann
Mr Hans Lykke Hansen  photo Mr Hans Lykke Hansen
Mr Morten Ruben Brage  photo Mr Morten Ruben Brage
Number of lawyers : 15
Scandinavian languages