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NJORD Law Firm

Energy Tier 2

NJORD Law Firm focuses on the renewable energy sector with expertise across contentious and non-contentious matters. Thomas Ryhl is an expert in regulatory issues and advised a green technology company on its development of charging stations with an energy company and automobile manufacturer. Claas Thöle is also noteworthy and is highly skilled in renewable energy transactions.

EU and competition Tier 2

NJORD Law Firm expertise encompasses dispute resolution, M&A and joint ventures. Thomas Ryhl heads up the department and has extensive experience in EU, competition and procurement law.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Prosecutions, litigation, and contracts are the key pillars of NJORD Law Firm's practice, and team co-head Jeppe Brogaard Clausen predominantly handles contentious matters in the soft IP space. Life sciences specialist Thomas Ryhl also leads the team and assisted Philips HealthTech with issues surrounding the public tender of medical equipment for hospitals in Denmark. Malene Fagerberg also focuses on life sciences issues and advised The North Face, L’Oréal, Estee Lauder and Ralph Lauren on actions taken against counterfeit goods. Trade mark and copyright expert Frank Jørgensen acted for Smallstuff in a High Court appeal brought by Sebra Interiør, which alleged infringement of its toy bed for dolls.

Shipping and transport Tier 2

NJORD Law Firm handles the full spectrum of shipping matters for clients including Scandlines and DSV Air & Sea. Litigator Ulla Fabricius leads the team and acted for wind turbine part haulier Torben Rafn & Co, whose truck was hit by a train in Poland while carrying a turbine. Other recent mandates include transport specialist Christian Benedictsen-Nislev advising Færgesekretariatet on public procurement, regulatory compliance and marine insurance issues; and litigator Thomas Ryhl representing House of Prince in a claim against Kazemier Transport relating to the loss of cigarette cartons while shipping goods from Hungary to Denmark.

Telecoms Tier 2

NJORD Law Firm's practice assists clients with contracts, outsourcings and licensing issues. Notable names from the team include managing partner Lars Lokdam, who is an expert in transactional work; Thomas Ryhl, who focuses on regulatory issues; and Malene Fagerberg, who is skilled in data protection matters.

Banking and finance Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm handles transactional and regulatory issues for international and domestic clients. Kim Høibye leads the practice and is particularly skilled in handling fund structures.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm provides 'a high level of expertise' paired with 'valuable advice' and 'excellent and professional service levels'. Lars Lokdam and René Lykke Wethelund are key contacts for M&A work; Lokdam advised Philips on its sale of Philips BioCell through a management buy-out, and Wethelund assisted Enghouse Systems with its purchase of shares in SimaTech. Jens Christian Dreyer leads the team and is 'very reliable' and 'accessible 24/7'.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm's dispute expertise encompasses insurance, competition, pharmaceuticals, maritime, procurement, media and white-collar crime matters. Thomas Ryhl and Ulla Fabricius jointly lead the practice; Ryhl acted in an employment dispute relating to whether a Romanian chauffeur employed by a Slovakian road haulier should be subject to Slovakian labour laws despite his road haulage taking place in Northern Europe, and Fabricius acted for an industry association in challenging the driving and rest time rules for Danish road hauliers.

Information technology Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm has notable expertise in contractual issues, outsourcings and data protection matters. Key names from the team include Malene Fagerberg, who is an expert in IT contracts and data protection; and Frank Jørgensen, who is experienced in data protection and domain name disputes.

Insolvency Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm's expertise covers cross-border and domestic insolvencies and restructurings, and group co-head Malene Eigtved acts for financial creditors and distressed companies in insolvency proceedings. Team co-head Jørgen Erik Frandsen is also a key name for insolvency work.

Media and entertainment Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm handles commercial contracts, employment issues, tax work, IP matters, data protection work and marketing mandates in the media and entertainment sector. Jeppe Brogaard Clausen leads the practice and has extensive experience in copyright and entertainment law.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm is noted for its 'very professional attitude, skills and personalities', with practice co-heads Erik Larsson and Søren Egstrand Thomsen singled out by clients; Larsson is praised as 'a highly competent individual in the fields of building, real estate and planning legislature' and Thomsen provides 'a delicate balance of advice and listening to commercial logic'. Clients include Realkredit Danmark, Arpe & Kjeldsholm and Saint Gobain Distribution Denmark; Larsson also represented the University of Copenhagen in a dispute with the Danish Building and Property Agency, which increased the client's rent of the Niels Bohr Institute. Infrastructure specialist Steffen Hebsgaard Muff is also a noteworthy practitioner.

Tax Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm is noted for its strength in tax and VAT issues pertaining to cross-border transactions, and indirect tax litigation. Team leader Robert Mikelsons is an expert in VAT litigation and recently acted for Shell in claims relating to the repayment of energy tax from the authorities. René Lykke Wethelund is a key contact for the tax aspects of M&A.

Employment Tier 4

The 'proactivefriendly and exceptionally professional' group at NJORD Law Firm focuses on employment litigation, agreements, incentive schemes and data protection matters. Miriam Michaelsen leads the practice and is an expert in handling contracts, disputes and negotiations with unions; and Lars Lokdam specialises in transactional issues.

The firm: NJORD Law Firm is a leading international full-service law firm with a strong presence in the Nordic and the Baltic Sea area with offices in Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia.

Its 200+ professionals provide legal services within all corporate and commercial law areas and adapt it to any market condition. About half of the world’s top 100 brands are among NJORD Law Firm’s clients.

A large number of natives employed from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Spain and the US working at the Copenhagen office give NJORD Law Firm access to a wide range of jurisdictions, and the firm continues to add new nationalities to its team. Currently, they think, talk, and co-operate in more than 25 languages – 17 of which are spoken as the native tongue.

Whether the assignment is a Danish transfer of a business or a Pan-Nordic trade mark protection, NJORD’s lawyers bring openness, regional scope, and international knowledge and vision into play.

In summary, NJORD Law Firm offers local know-how, a Nordic approach, and global experience.

Areas of practice: At NJORD, the lawyers combine profound professional expertise with distinct and direct counselling – in plain language – providing value-adding advice to its client’s business. In addition, a number of partners bring solid business experience from in-house positions in large companies.

Due to NJORD’s lawyers’ strong business sense and extensive expertise in working cross-border, they assist clients in navigating the pitfalls of both Danish, Nordic, and international law. This means their clients often only need to seek legal advice in one place.

In addition, NJORD’s specialists have set up several multidisciplinary innovative teams working across the departments – e.g. the drone and robotics group delivering innovative and solution-oriented advice within all technological specialities, and the bilingual German Nordic legal desk, which is the most ambitious and experienced in Denmark and the Nordic region.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Kim Høibye
Corporate/M&A Lars Lokdam
Corporate/M&A René Lykke Wethelund
Corporate/M&A Ulrik Fleischer-Michaelsen
Data protection Malene Fagerberg
Dispute resolution Ulla Fabricius
Employment and labour Miriam Michaelsen
German Nordic legal Stefan Reinel
German Nordic legal Dr Claas Thöle
EU and competition Thomas Ryhl
Intellectual property Jeppe Brogaard Clausen
Intellectual property Peter Gustav Olson
Intellectual property Frank Jørgensen
Life sciences and healthtech Thomas Ryhl
Life sciences and healthtech Malene Fagerberg
Maritime and transport Ulla Fabricius
Maritime and transport Thomas Ryhl
Private equity René Lykke Wethelund
Private equity Robert Mikelsons
Private equity Ulrik Fleischer-Michaelsen
Procurement and public authorities Thomas Ryhl
Real estate and construction Erik Larsson
Tax Robert Mikelsons
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Christian Benedictsen-Nislev  photo Mr Christian Benedictsen-Nislev
Mr Jeppe Brogaard Clausen  photo Mr Jeppe Brogaard Clausen
Mr Nis Peter Dall  photo Mr Nis Peter Dall
Mr Jens Christian Dreyer  photo Mr Jens Christian Dreyer
Mr Søren Egstrand Thomsen  photo Mr Søren Egstrand Thomsen
Mrs Malene Eigtved  photo Mrs Malene Eigtved
Mrs Ulla Fabricius  photo Mrs Ulla Fabricius
Mrs Malene Fagerberg  photo Mrs Malene Fagerberg
Mr Ulrik Fleischer-Michaelsen  photo Mr Ulrik Fleischer-Michaelsen
Mr Jørgen Erik Frandsen  photo Mr Jørgen Erik Frandsen
Mr Karsten Gudmand-Høyer  photo Mr Karsten Gudmand-Høyer
Mr Kim Høibye  photo Mr Kim Høibye
Mr Frank Jørgensen  photo Mr Frank Jørgensen
Ms Therèse Kemp  photo Ms Therèse Kemp
Mr Erik Larsson  photo Mr Erik Larsson
Mr Lars Lokdam  photo Mr Lars Lokdam
Mr René Lykke Wethelund  photo Mr René Lykke Wethelund
Mr José Maria Barníls  photo Mr José Maria Barníls
Mrs Miriam Michaelsen  photo Mrs Miriam Michaelsen
Mr Robert Mikelsons  photo Mr Robert Mikelsons
Mr Peter Gustav Olson  photo Mr Peter Gustav Olson
Mr Stefan Reinel  photo Mr Stefan Reinel
Mr Thomas Ryhl  photo Mr Thomas Ryhl
Mr Jakob Stilling  photo Mr Jakob Stilling
Dr Claas Thöle  photo Dr Claas Thöle
Mr Anders Worsøe  photo Mr Anders Worsøe
Number of lawyers : 87
at this office : 60
Other offices : Aarhus
Other offices : Riga
Other offices : Tallinn
Other offices : Vilnius

Diversity/pro bono/CSR


Diversity is the essence of the atmosphere at NJORD Law Firm.

We think, speak and collaborate in more than 25 languages. We see the diversity of our employees as a strength – both in terms of career, life experience, nationality, religion, and sexuality. This makes us a diverse, international and modern law firm.


We are fighting to leave concrete marks through our work.

We are members of the United Nations Global Compact and have, among other things, based NJORD’s ethical guidelines on their ten principles, which are embodied in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The ten principles include social accountability based on internationally agreed conventions on labour and human rights, the environment, and anti-corruption. In addition, we are a member of the Danish Bar and Law Society and have joined the Association of Danish Law Firms’ advokatKODEKS (“lawyer’s code”).

We fight for those whose voices are not heard.

With the law behind us, we take on responsibility by fighting also for those whose voice is not being heard. We do this, for instance, in cases regarding digital violations. We supported the establishment of the association Digitalt Ansvar (“Digital Responsibility”) (DIGA), which we largely assist with pro bono work. The massive total effort by several parties against digital violations has created an increased awareness of the problem in society. We see a tendency towards a change in digital behaviour, increased maximum penalties for digital sexual violations, and an increased focus from the police on digital violations.

NJORD Law Firm, represented by Attorney and Partner Miriam Michaelsen, received the Association of Danish Law Firms’ advokatKODEKS award 2018 for its efforts against digital offences. NJORD received the award for its focused efforts to create fair solutions for its clients and for those whose voice is not being heard.

We are CO2 conscious

NJORD Law Firm was on 1 January 2019 certified CO2-neutral, as one of the first law firms in Denmark.

At NJORD, consideration and accountability are integrated into the small and simple choices of everyday life. We reduce travel activity and CO2 emissions by hosting online face-to-face meetings in digital meeting rooms. In addition, we have a number of office bicycles, which we use for meetings in the local area to minimize short-distance driving. Several departments have been digitized to minimize printing.

Ulla Fabricius, Attorney at Law, Partner

Ulla Fabricius, Attorney at Law, Partner

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

As a female lawyer specialized within Shipping- and Transport law, I am proud to have made my way to become a highly trusted and recognized legal adviser for many clients in the industry. I take particular pride in having worked closely together with the industry to obtain the changes in the regulation on driving and rest time, which were so essential for the industry. On a personal level, I am happy having been able to have a family and raise our wonderful children besides having a career.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

I have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of my client’s business and situation for which reason I have a very good background for reaching the best possible solution to legal issues presented to me by clients.

I have drafted the Danish legal commentary to the CMR Convention, which gives me a very solid basis for advising on CMR matters including logistics and project cargo.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Do not worry so much – you will be able to become a trusted adviser within your field.

Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

I have advised a client on how to negotiate a balanced logistics contract which resulted in the client winning the contract because they could see possibilities where most of their competitors saw obstacles.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

Competition is still fierce. The upcoming new EU regulation on, amongst others, Cabotage is expected to create new challenges as it is essential for the transport companies to find hauliers and drivers to carry cargo within Europe.

Thomas Rhyl, Attorney at Law, Partner

Thomas Rhyl, Attorney at Law, Partner

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

To win all the cases I’ve litigated before the Court of Justice of the European Union – whether representing the EU Commission, global corporations, or private individuals – has been a welcome reward for the countless hours spent on specializing and keeping up to date in the dynamic field of EU law. Keeping ahead in a field where the finest lawyers from all of Europe compete requires a constant and dynamic interaction with both clients, scholars, and my own team, and to build such relationships has been very rewarding, in each and every case fought over the years. On a personal level, it has been a great pleasure to see pro bono work being rewarded with the Grand Chamber of the CJEU overturning Danish immigration law in 2016, reversing more than 12 years practice of illegally refusing children of migrant workers to live with their parents: All refusals have now been reversed, and the families reunited.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

Although I have to delegate work to members of my team, I take pride in knowing and understanding every aspect of my clients’ business and situation, keeping in constant close touch. My clients are my friends, and quite a few of them have become personal friends as well. These close relationships constantly provides me with new insights and in-depth knowledge, making me well-prepared to deal with all kinds of legal problems, as a generalist and not just as an extremely focused specialist.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

To have faith in the fact that dedication, solid expertise, and professionalism will win you the best clients in the longer run: Networks aren’t the only key to winning business. And to specialize early on in an area of law where you are not limited to a small jurisdiction like Denmark in your work as a lawyer: Mastering EU competition law, you can help clients all over Europe and the world.

Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

By limiting parallel imports of pharmaceuticals. Persuading the CJEU to overturn a judgment of the German Supreme Court and ruling against the EU Commission, I succeeded in reminding courts around Europe of the importance of protecting the rights of trademark owners, allowing original manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices to limit the detrimental re-packaging and re-branding of parallel imported products. The whole industry eagerly welcomed the 2016 judgment.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

To ensure that the competition authorities, as well as the regulatory bodies of the different Member States, do not become omnipotent, but are constantly reminded to respect the rule of law and the rights and privileges of undertakings. Aiming to please those currently in power, rather than to ensure a correct implementation of EU law, seems to be increasingly important to many enforcers in both the Nordics and around Europe.