Mr Claus Bennetsen > Horten > Copenhagen, Denmark > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Banking and Finance.


Claus Bennetsen is specialised within banking and finance law. He has more than 20 years of experience advising banks, financial institutions and their customers about financing and reorganisation, including acquisition finance, financing of real estate portfolios and other major assets like windmills, and preparation of standard documentation.

Claus has special knowledge of and wide experience in organisation of cross-border financial transactions. In addition, he advises Danish and international fund managers, investment funds and hedge funds on fund management, and he also advises on the regulation of the financial sector, including the formation and operation of investment companies.

Claus also advises foreign groups’ Danish subsidiaries and a number of manufacturing, service and commercial companies, which he has often assisted in connection with acquisition or formation.


Partner, Horten, 2009; Right of audience before the High Court, 1992; Admitted to the Danish bar, 1991;


Scandinavian languages, English, French and German.


Board member of Berlin Residential Holding A/S; FOCOFIMA Advisory Board, The University of Copenhagen; The International Bar Association; The Danish Association for Banking and Finance Law; The Danish Society of Finance Analysts; Nordic Capital Markets Forum; The Danish Association of Corporate Law; Hellerup Rotary Klub.


LL.M., the University of London, 1988; Master of Laws, the University of Aarhus, 1987; Auditeur libre, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1987.

Lawyer Rankings

Denmark > Banking and finance

Horten‘s expertise in the field includes acquisition, real estate and project finance work; restructurings and regulatory issues, and practice head Claus Bennetsen is particularly active in cross-border transactions. Recent work includes Bennetsen advising a consortium of banks on the $41.4bn financing of TDC’s acquisition by Macquarie, ATP, PFA Pension and PKA, and Lars Lüneborg assisting Carlsberg Byen with the structuring of the financing for its $10bn urban development of the former site of the Carlsberg brewery.

Denmark > Capital markets

Horten is particularly strong in DCM matters; practice head Thomas Francis Beckett predominantly advises sponsor side clients on high-yield bond offerings. Recent highlights include Jim Øksnebjerg advising Jyske Bank on its public tender offer totalling €288m for the remaining interest in Nordjyske Bank, and Henning Aasmul-Olsen assisting Copenhagen Airports with a mandatory tender offer from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and ATP. Carlsberg Byen and DS Norden are also clients. Claus Bennetsen is also a key name to note.