Firm Profile > Viltoft > Copenhagen, Denmark

Viltoft
GOTHERSGADE 109
1123 COPENHAGEN K
Denmark

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Displaying an 'in-depth knowledge of the construction sector'Viltoft fields experts in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts concerning large project developments, construction-related procurement work, and high-stakes construction disputes. Acting for a range of public institutions, construction companies, engineers, technical consultants and contractors, the group is jointly led by Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen, Henrik Hauge Andersen and Steen HellmannMichael Gjedde-Nielsen has substantial experience in contentious matters and Eva Olesen handles procurement mandates, while newly promoted partner Morten Ruben Brage specialises in environmental and planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen; Henrik Hauge Andersen; Steen Hellmann

Other key lawyers:

Michael Gjedde-Nielsen; Morten Ruben Brage; Hans Lykke Hansen; Eva Olesen

Testimonials

‘Viltoft has a very deep understanding of Real Estate and Construction law.’ 

‘Hans Lykke Hansen and Morten Ruben Brage have an excellent understanding of our business and construction law. ’

‘The Viltoft team has always been able to support us in contractual issues during negotiations, arbitration and law cases, and gives understandable explanations of legally complex issues to our board, owners and politicians. The Viltoft team has very high competence in handling legal contractual issues not only towards contractors but also in court.’

‘Michael Gjedde-Nielsen and Peter Faurholdt Thommesen’s legal advice has always been straight to the point and they are able to present even complicated legal issues in an extremely trustworthy way.’

‘In-depth knowledge about construction law and practices.’

‘Peter F. Thommesen has theoretical strength combined with practical solution solving skills.’

‘Viltoft provides advice and assistance based on an in-depth knowledge of the construction sector combined with a high degree of legal insight – all combined with an operational approach to the issues at hand.’

‘Steen Hellmann is an agreeable and operational adviser but at the same time sharp and to the point, which are qualities we appreciate.’

‘Michael Gjedde Nielsen is quick to understand the cases and can quickly see through complex cases. Skilled advice at a very high level.’ 

Key clients

Metroselskabet

Tryg Forsikring

Ikano Bolig

Rambøll

Realdania By & Byg

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

HOFOR

Odense Tramway

Arkitema Architects

Barslund

Hovedstadens Letbane

Gladsaxe Municipality

HDI-Gerling Danmark

Per Aarsleff

Boligforeningen 3B

Municipality of Ballerup

Enemærke & Petersen

Høje-Taastrup Municipality

Munck

Gjensidige Forsikring

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Praised for its ‘very deep understanding of the building industry and contracting law’, Viltoft specialises in construction, real estate and public procurement-related disputes including complex arbitration proceedings. Jointly led by Steen Hellmann and Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen, the team regularly acts for clients in high-profile cases concerning large-scale construction, infrastructure and energy projects. Henrik Hauge Andersen frequently handles procurement mandates, while Michael Gjedde-Nielsen is noted for his track record in construction disputes. Other areas of focus include corporate, shareholder and commercial litigation and employment-related claims.

Practice head(s):

Steen Hellmann; Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Hauge Andersen; Michael Gjedde-Nielsen; Morten Ruben Brage; Hans Lykke Hansen

Testimonials

‘Viltoft provides second to none legal advice within their area of business. They always deliver on short notice and within the agreed deadline.’

‘Peter Thommesen is an excellent litigator, a competent advisor regarding legal trials and vastly experienced in his field of expertise.’

‘Peter Thommesen always delivers to the point advice and possesses strong legal skills. He is very good at understanding and gets acquainted with complex legal issues, and excels in writing and structuring pleadings. He is very solution-oriented, always well-prepared and diligent.’

‘Viltoft has a very deep understanding of the building industry and contracting law in general. This understanding is on a much higher level than other law firms in the business.’

‘Both Hans Lykke Hansen and Morten Ruben Brage have an excellent understanding of our business and contracting law in general.’

Key clients

Metroselskabet

Tryg Forsikring

Copydan KulturPlus

Gladsaxe Municipality

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

HOFOR

COWI

Arkitema Architects

Rubow Architects

Danbolig

Danish Nurses’ Organisation

The Union of Communication and Language Professionals

Odense Tramway

Sweco

Aarsleff

Wicotec Kirkebjerg

Barslund

NNE

Gjensidige Forsikring

HDI-Gerling Danmark

Danske Bank

EU and competition Tier 2

Leveraging the firm’s wide-ranging construction sector capacities, boutique firm Viltoft specialises in tender projects and procurements concerning public-private partnerships and urban development projects. With experience across the public and private sectors, the group is jointly headed up by Eva Olesen and the ‘service-minded, solution-orientedPeter Fauerholdt Thommesen, who are both well versed in tender processes, contract drafting, disputes and complaints procedures before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement.

Practice head(s):

Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen; Eva Olesen

Testimonials

‘I have worked with partner Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen. He is very accountable, service-minded, solution-oriented and qualified.’

‘Highly skilled within this specific area.’

‘Very professional and dedicated. Extremely well prepared.’

‘Very strong in building industry law. Especially consulting contract issues.’

‘Top-level knowledge in the field. Agile.’

‘Very strong in arbitration and in complain board work. Excellent sparring in procurement.’

‘Provides assistance in the format wanted by the client and are good at giving their opinion and a straight answer.’

‘Comprehensive legal knowledge specific to this area. Track record in providing reliable and sound legal advice.’

Key clients

Metroselskabet

Odense Letbane

Ikano Bolig

Hovedstadens Letbane

Arkitema Architects

HOFOR

Fjernvarme Fyn

Energnist

Landbyggefonden

Civica

Boligforeningen 3B

Ballerup Municipality

Rubow Architects

Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Municipality of Vordingborg

Municipality of Roskilde

KANT Architects

COWI A/S

Høje-Taastrup Municipality

Region Sjælland

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 18 – General Conditions for consulting services within the building and construction industry’ (by Michael Gjedde-Nielsen, Henrik Hauge Andersen, Steen Hellmann, Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen and Morten Ruben Brage; 1st ed. 2021),  ‘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 Henrik Hauge Andersen hha@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Construction Steen Hellmann sh@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Construction Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen pft@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Construction Morten Ruben Brage mrb@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Construction Eva Olesen eo@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Construction Michael Gjedde-Nielsen
Real estate Henrik Hauge Andersen hha@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Real estate Steen Hellmann sh@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Real estate Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen pft@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Real estate Morten Ruben Brage mrb@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Real estate Eva Olesen eo@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Real estate Michael Gjedde-Nielsen
Public procurement Henrik Hauge Andersen hha@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Public procurement Steen Hellmann sh@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Public procurement Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen pft@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Public procurement Morten Ruben Brage mrb@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Public procurement Eva Olesen eo@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Public procurement Michael Gjedde-Nielsen
Dispute resolution Henrik Hauge Andersen hha@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Dispute resolution Steen Hellmann sh@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Dispute resolution Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen pft@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Dispute resolution Morten Ruben Brage mrb@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Dispute resolution Eva Olesen eo@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Dispute resolution Michael Gjedde-Nielsen
Employment Steen Hellmann sh@viltoft.dk +4533149300
Environmental law Morten Ruben Brage mrb@viltoft.dk +33149300
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen  photo Mr Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen Partner. Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen advises public and private sector clients and technical…
Mr Michael Gjedde-Nielsen  photo Mr Michael Gjedde-Nielsen Attorney.  Michael Gjedde-Nielsen advises public-sector companies, public authorities and private businesses on…
Mr Henrik Hauge Andersen  photo Mr Henrik Hauge Andersen Partner.   Since the mid-1990s Henrik Hauge Andersen has primarily provided legal…
Mr Steen Hellmann  photo Mr Steen Hellmann Partner.  Steen Hellmann advises public authorities, private businesses and technical consultants on…
Mrs Eva Olesen photo Mrs Eva Olesen Junior partner Eva Olesen is part of the VILTOFT team of procurement…
Mr Morten Ruben Brage  photo Mr Morten Ruben Brage Partner. Morten Ruben Brage advises public authorities, private-sector enterprises and technical consultants…
Number of lawyers : 15
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