Viltoft > Copenhagen, Denmark > Firm Profile

Viltoft
GOTHERSGADE 109
1123 COPENHAGEN K
Denmark

Denmark > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Viltoft has a strong reputation as a specialist construction law boutique, which handles the full spectrum of construction issues as well as represents clients in complex disputes. The group’s wide-ranging client base includes public authorities, technical consultants, insurance companies and contractors. The strength of the department is reflected in its three practice heads, Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen, Henrik Hauge Andersen and Steen Hellmann. Morten Brage has extensive experience handling environmental litigation, while Eva Olesen specialises in procurement work. Transport and hospital construction projects are also notable areas of expertise for the team.

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

‘Their knowledge and their approach to the task is always at a very high level in a very manageable way. In addition, the tasks are solved to great satisfaction and with a short response time.’

‘Morten Ruben Brage is a very competent and agile partner. He always aim for the best possible solution for his client.’

‘Michael Gjedde-Nielsen and Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen have both contributed high-quality advice in all relevant legal questions. Michael and Peter have contributed to explaining the very complex legal questions facing the company to the Board and owners in an understandable and convincing manner to the satisfaction of all involved.’

‘Viltoft is a specialized and knowledgeable company when it comes to Danish construction law and the Danish type of contracts AB and ABT. Viltoft can also place Danish construction law into international perspective.’

‘Viltoft offers advice and assistance with a deep understanding of the daily business of the construction industry. This makes for actual and operational advice and assistance, with is more seldom then it should be.’

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

CASA A/S

Municipality of Roskilde

Bilfinger

Høje-Taastrup Municipality

Munck

Port of Frederikshavn

Work highlights

  • Defending Metroselskabet in a number of large claims totalling approx. €1bn for alleged extra works and delays from Copenhagen Metro Team (CMT).
  • Assisted Hovedstadens Letbane in connection with several large claims related to alleged delays and disruptions raised by two civil works contractors – CG Jensen and Aarsleff – against the client.
  • Acting as construction, contractual, employment and general counsel for Mace, which is contracted by Facebook to design and build a data centre near the Danish city of Odense.

Denmark > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Viltoft is a market leader in disputes relating to construction, real estate and public procurement issues. The team regularly handles high-profile cases relating to large-scale buildings and infrastructure and energy projects. Steen Hellmann and Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen jointly lead the team that also has a strong track record in arbitration matters, representing clients before the courts as well as the Danish Building and Construction Arbitration Board. Morten Ruben Brage‘s promotion to partner in early 2021 has further bolstered the firm’s offering.

Practice head(s):

Steen Hellmann; Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘They are experienced, knowledgeable and very pleasant lawyers to work with and they also seem to have an excellent working relationship with their client.’

‘Viltoft is renowned for extremely high integrity and professionalism.’

‘Highly specialised team with in-depth industry knowledge. Our main contacts are Michael Gjedde-Nielsen and Peter Thommesen who are second to none in terms of professionalism and client service.’

‘The whole team is very competent and agile.’

‘Morten Ruben Brage is very competent and works always in a very agile way. He always aims for the best possible solution for his client.’

‘A very professional company with a variety of highly skilled consultants.’

‘Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen is a very high skill consultant that understands his clients and delivers each time.’

Key clients

Metroselskabet

Tryg Forsikring

Copydan KulturPlus

Gladsaxe Municipality

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

HOFOR

COWI

Arkitema Architects

Rubow Architects

NNE (Novo Nordisk Engineering)

Danish Nurses’ Organisation

The Union of Communication and Language Professionals

Odense Tramway

Sweco

Aarsleff

Work highlights

  • Advising Metroselskabet (the public company in charge of building and operating the Copenhagen metro) in connection with a number of large claims brought by Copenhagen Metro Team totalling approx. €1bn for alleged extra works and delays.
  • Representing Copydan KulturPlus in a lawsuit against the Danish state claiming approx. €150m in damages for Denmark’s failure to fully implement the EU Copyrights Directive into Danish law.
  • Advising the Municipality of Roskilde in a dispute regarding Topdanmark’s recourse to a number of parties for paid indemnification following a fire in Jyllingehallerne in 2014, currently on appeal to the High Court.

Denmark > EU, competition and public procurement Tier 2

Viltoft fields a full-service procurement practice, advising both public and private clients on all aspects of domestic and EU procurement work. It specialises in the construction and real estate sectors and is regularly instructed by public authorities on high-value mandates. The team advises on tender processes and contract drafting as well as representing clients in disputes. Focusing on public private partnerships and urban development projects, Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen leads the team with Eva Olesen.

Practice head(s):

Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen; Eva Olesen

Testimonials

‘Very competent team with specialists within the areas we need assistance for.’

‘They always give a very fast reply, they are very business-oriented. They are easy to understand even though law issues can be difficult.’

‘Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen does a professional job with a high standard in the market.’

‘Viltoft has a very high level of knowledge within EU, competition and public procurement practice.’

‘The employees from Viltoft are very flexible and service-minded.’

‘The core value to a potential client is the range and depth of Viltoft’s knowledge and expertise relating to all legal aspects of construction projects and associated services.’

Key clients

Metroselskabet

Odense Letbane

Ikano Bolig

Hovedstadens Letbane

Arkitema Architects

HOFOR

Fjernvarme Fyn

Bilfinger

Landbyggefonden

Civica

Boligforeningen 3B

Ballerup Municipality

Rubow Architects

Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Municipality of Vordingborg

Municipality of Roskilde

Region Sjælland

COWI A/S

Høje-Taastrup Municipality

Work highlights

  • Advised employer Hovedstadens Letbane I/S on all construction law and public procurement issues relating to Letbane på Ring 3 (The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail), a 27 km light rail with 27 stations and a total value of DKK6-7bn.
  • Represented Metroselskabet in a complaints case which raised interesting questions about the right for contracting authorities in EU tenders to allow changes in the composition of participating tenderers (consortia) within the limits of the applicable EU regulation.
  • Assisting Region Sjælland – as legal adviser to the main client consultant, COWI A/S – in all legal matters related to the preparation of tenders, including drafting of procurement documents, conditions of contract, and participation in contract negotiations related to the building of Zealand University Hospital in Køge, a DKK4bn project expected to be finished in 2025.

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: For almost 50 years, VILTOFT has 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).

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Construction Henrik Hauge Andersenhha@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Construction Steen Hellmannsh@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Construction Peter Fauerholdt Thommesenpft@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Construction Morten Ruben Bragemrb@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Construction Eva Oleseneo@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Construction Michael Gjedde-Nielsenmgn@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Real estate Henrik Hauge Andersenhha@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Real estate Steen Hellmannsh@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Real estate Peter Fauerholdt Thommesenpft@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Real estate Morten Ruben Bragemrb@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Real estate Eva Oleseneo@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Real estate Michael Gjedde-Nielsenmgn@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Public procurement Henrik Hauge Andersenhha@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Public procurement Steen Hellmannsh@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Public procurement Peter Fauerholdt Thommesenpft@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Public procurement Morten Ruben Bragemrb@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Public procurement Eva Oleseneo@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Public procurement Michael Gjedde-Nielsenmgn@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Dispute resolution Henrik Hauge Andersenhha@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Dispute resolution Steen Hellmannsh@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Dispute resolution Peter Fauerholdt Thommesenpft@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Dispute resolution Morten Ruben Bragemrb@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Dispute resolution Eva Oleseneo@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Dispute resolution Michael Gjedde-Nielsenmgn@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Employment Steen Hellmannsh@viltoft.dk+4533149300
Environmental law Morten Ruben Bragemrb@viltoft.dk+4533149300
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen photoMr Peter Fauerholdt ThommesenPartner. Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen advises public and private sector clients and technical…
Michael Gjedde-Nielsen photoMr Michael Gjedde-NielsenAttorney. Michael Gjedde-Nielsen advises public-sector companies, public authorities and private businesses on…
Henrik Hauge Andersen photoMr Henrik Hauge AndersenPartner. Since the mid-1990s Henrik Hauge Andersen has primarily provided legal advice…
Steen Hellmann photoMr Steen HellmannPartner. Steen Hellmann advises public authorities, private businesses and technical consultants on…
Eva Olesen photoMrs Eva OlesenPartner Eva Olesen is part of the VILTOFT team of procurement specialists…
Morten Ruben Brage photoMr Morten Ruben BragePartner. Morten Ruben Brage advises public authorities, private-sector enterprises and technical consultants…
Number of lawyers : 15
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The Association of Municipal and Administrative Law
The Danish Society of Insurance Law
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Young Arbitrators Copenhagen (YAC)
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