Firm Profile > Viltoft > Copenhagen, Denmark

Viltoft
GOTHERSGADE 109
1123 COPENHAGEN K
Denmark

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Viltoft specialises in construction and regularly advises on construction-related procurement law as well as on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts regarding residential, commercial and infrastructural project development. The practice is also experienced in acting for public institutions, construction companies and engineers on construction disputes, which includes representation in both litigation and arbitration. Michael Gjedde-Nielsen and Henrik Hauge Andersen jointly head the practice and possess expertise in contentious matters as well as in non-contentious construction aspects such as PPP urban development projects. Eva Olesen was promoted to junior partner in 2019 and specialises in contracts and infrastructural procurement. Morten Ruben Brage was promoted to partner in 2020 and has expertise in environmental and planning issues, including restrictions relating to soil contamination. Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Michael Gjedde-Nielsen; Henrik Hauge Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Knowledge in advising engineers and architects is second to none and has been for many years.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced in relation to construction law, pragmatic and commercial approach, quick turn-around and great to work with.’

‘Henrik Hauge Andersen is straightforward and precise in his advice.’

Key clients

Metroselskabet

Tryg Forsikring

Ikano Bolig

Rambøll Consulting

Realdania By & Byg

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

HOFOR

Odense Tramway

Arkitema Architects

Barslund

Kemp & Lauritzen

Hovedstadens Letbane

Gladsaxe Municipality

HDI-Gerling Danmark

Per Aarsleff

Norconsult

Boligforeningen 3B

Høje-Taastrup C

Copenhagen Zoo Foundation

Høje-Taastrup Municipality

Gentofte Municipality

Dissing + Weitling

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Viltoft is singled out for its expertise in construction, real estate and public procurement disputes and the practice is particularly experienced in disputes arising from infrastructure, hospital and energy projects. Other areas of expertise include contractual, corporate, shareholder and commercial litigation as well as labour and employment claims. Michael Gjedde-Nielsen and Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen jointly lead the practice and are actice in liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Michael Gjedde-Nielsen; Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Hauge Andersen; Steen Hellmann

Testimonials

‘Professional and knowledgeable about the industry.’

‘The firm stands out for its availability and quick approach.’

Key clients

Danish Teacher’s Association

Metroselskabet

Tryg Forsikring

Høje-Taastrup Municipality

Gentofte Municipality

Gladsaxe Municipality

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

HOFOR

Rambøll Danmark

Arkitema Architects

Rubow Architects

Danbolig

Nordea Bank Danmark

Boligforeningen 3B

Danish Nurses’ Organisation

The Union of Communication and Language Professionals

KHR Architects

Sweco

EU and competition Tier 3

With a roster of public and private clients, Viltoft has substantial experience in the construction sector, and assists companies with domestic and EU procurement law matters including tender processes and contract drafting; the team has particular expertise in tender projects relating to public private partnerships and urban development projects. Eva Olesen was promoted to partner in mid-2019 and jointly leads the practice with Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen, who regularly represents clients in complaints procedures before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement.

Practice head(s):

Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen; Eva Olesen

Testimonials

Outstanding knowledge of EU-procurement rules and the regulation of competition

Dedicated and very professional. They see contracts from a bigger perspective

Excellent in discussing strategy for cases before complaint boards and very good sparring partners when preparing tender documents

Always ready for advice

Key clients

Metroselskabet

Odense Letbane

Høje-Taastrup C P/S

Ikano Bolig

Hovedstadens Letbane

Arkitema Architects

HOFOR

Fjernvarme Fyn

Landbyggefonden

Civica

Boligforeningen 3B

Boligkontoret Danmark

Campus Bornholm

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 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
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