Firm Profile > NJORD Law Firm > Copenhagen, Denmark

NJORD Law Firm
PILESTRÆDE 58
DK-1112 COPENHAGEN K
Denmark

EU and competition Tier 1

The practice at NJORD Law Firm is a key name for rebate schemes, marketing campaigns, franchise and wholesaler agreements as well as selective distribution issues and also provides regulatory advice concerning EU and domestic competition law. Other areas of expertise encompass vertical agreements as well as market dominance work and issues arising from aggressive competitors. Practice head Thomas Rhyl has experience litigating  pharmaceuticals, competition, and public procurement cases.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Ryhl

Key clients

Philips

Smith & Nephew

Galenica Group

BoehringerIngelheim

Merial

European Commission

CDK

Sagemcom

Scandlines

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Energy Tier 2

With expertise in the energy and clean tech sectors, NJORD Law Firm is noted for its expertise in solar energy, wind power and onshore and offshore energy infrastructure projects. The practice also advises on the planning, development and execution phases of energy projects. Practice co-head Claas Thöle focuses on the Danish and German law aspects of commercial, corporate and renewable energy regulations, while co-head Thomas Rhyl assists with regulatory matters and the establishment of cross-border energy networks.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Ryhl; Claas Thöle

Key clients

Sonnenkraft

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH

Ewii

Obton

EstatePartner

Envision Energy

SolarCAP

Polytechnik

Nuvve

Anker Solutions

Intellectual property Tier 2

NJORD Law Firm advises life sciences and media clients on regulatory matters concerning patent and copyright law and represents brand owners in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights related to copyright infringement, counterfeit and passing off cases. Jeppe Brogaard Clausen and Thomas Rhyl jointly head the practice and regularly advise TV and film producers as well as international brands from the fashion and automotive industry on EU trademark rights and domain names.  

Practice head(s):

Jeppe Brogaard Clausen; Thomas Ryhl

Other key lawyers:

Malene Fagerberg; Frank Jørgensen

Key clients

Estrella Maarud AS

The Whole Company – including Castus, Fredsted, Heidelberg, and Jemo-pharm

ITU Business Development A/S

Volkswagen

Coca-Cola

Coty – including Davidoff, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs etc.

Galenica Group

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Astellas Pharma

Smith & Nephew

Philips HealthTech

Allergan (BOTOX)

Hermès

Louis Vuitton

Gucci

Shipping and transport Tier 2

NJORD Law Firm has expertise in shipping, road transport and logistics. The firm advises on transport insurance, road and sea cargo claims and the drafting and negotiation of sale and purchase agreements concerning ships. Other areas of expertise include regulatory issues such as cabotage, driving and rest time and the EU Mobility Package. The team also advises on marine insurances and reinsurances. Ulla Fabricius leads the practice and represents in disputes arising from collisions and groundings as well as ship arrest.

Practice head(s):

Ulla Fabricius

Other key lawyers:

Christian Benedictsen-Nislev; Thomas Ryhl

Testimonials

‘The team at Njord has a well-founded knowledge of the whole transportation chain and their focus is mainly on this.’

‘Strong, active approach, good advice.’

Key clients

Codan Forsikring A/S

DFDS A/S

J. Lauritzen A/S

DSV Group of companies

H.P.Therkelsen

Bring Group of Companies

Johs. Rasmussen, Svebølle A/S

Færgesekretariatet

SAL Heavy Lift

United Heavy Lift

Telecoms Tier 2

The practice at NJORD Law Firm has expertise in outsourcing, licensing and the drafting and negotiation of contracts relating to telecoms networks and services. The practice also advises regulatory aspects, as well as on the connection between telecoms and data protection. Managing Partner Lars Lokdam has expertise in telecoms transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lars Lokdam

Dispute resolution Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm is notably active in VAT and general tax disputes, regularly acting against the tax authorities before domestic and EU courts. The practice is also experienced in administrative law litigation including defending municipalities and private companies before administrative tribunals evaluating the legality of administrative decisions. Thomas Rhyl and Jeppe Brogaard Clausen jointly head up the practice and act in disputes relating to immigration, pharmaceuticals, competition law, procurement law and copyright infringement issues.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Rhyl; Jeppe Brogaard Clausen

Other key lawyers:

Ulla Fabricius

Testimonials

‘Easy to work with, they know our demands and how we expect them to act on our behalf. They are very skilled.’

‘Team is strong, good, constructive and listens before giving a solution.’

‘The team always gives good and clear instructions and advice.’

Key clients

Scandlines

NIKE/Converse

The European Commission

J.Lauritzen A/S

Coty Gmbh

Philips HealthTech

IF Skadeforsikring

Codan (RSA)

Bring Trucking AS

IMF LFS

Information technology Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm regularly advises on the handling of outsourcing procedures, web and system development, the drafting and negotiation of IT and ERP contracts, as well as on e-commerce, software licensing and the establishment of support services. Practice head Anders Wernblad joined from Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab in August 2019 and is experienced in public procurement in connection with e-commerce. The firm also possesses expertise in internet regulations, data protection law and intellectual property, including database rights and cloud computing.

Practice head(s):

Anders Wernblad

Key clients

The Capital Region of Denmark

Boligsiden A/S

IT University of Copenhagen

FDIH

Cookie Information A/S

ConXion A/S

Arbit Security A/S

NutraQ ApS

Dansk Industri

Adapt A/S

Legeakademiet ApS

Bolig.dk

Flyeralarm ApS

Noitso A/S

Region Sjælland

Peter Hahn

Insolvency Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm acts for creditors and distressed business in insolvency proceedings and assists with the drafting and renegotiation of creditors’ and loan facility agreements. The firm is frequently appointed as liquidator, organiser of creditor compositions and administrator. Malene Eigtved and Jørgen Erik Frandsen jointly head the practice and regularly advise managements and shareholders on restructuring measures.

Practice head(s):

Malene Eigtved; Jørgen Erik Frandsen

Media and entertainment Tier 3

The practice at NJORD Law Firm has expertise in advising on the drafting and negotiation of commercial, corporate and employment contracts in the media and entertainment industry. Jeppe Brogaard Clausen is experienced in handling copyright issues for music and film producers as well as on providing regulatory advice on entertainment law. Copyright matters include the representation of rights holders against internet service providers and file sharing platforms.

Practice head(s):

Jeppe Brogaard Clausen

Key clients

Momondo

HBO (Home Box Office Ltd and HBO Nordic)

Resultmaker A/S

Copyright Management Services Ltd

Rovio Entertainment Oy

Philips Denmark A/S

Real estate and construction Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm offers legal advice on preliminary contract negotiations between contractors and developers, the assessment of contract terms, construction-related insurance and tax matters as well as lease and rent agreements. The practice also represents in real estate and construction disputes, including in disputes arising from defects and construction delays. Søren Egstrand Thomsen and Erik Larsson jointly head the practice and are experienced in real estate transactions and project financing.

Practice head(s):

Søren Egstrand Thomsen; Erik Larsson

Other key lawyers:

Steffen Hebsgaard Muff

Testimonials

‘It is easy to come in contact with the firm’s lawyers. Their professionalism is outstanding.’

‘We have been delighted with the services of Njord Law. They are impressive at arbitration and always seems to win.’

‘Good at getting to know technical issues relevant to our type of business in a friendly tone.’

‘Njord has a great knowledge and competence in real estate and construction.’

Key clients

Realkredit Danmark

Bertelsen & Schevig Arkitekter

Arpe & Kjeldsholm A/S

KAJ O. Madsen A/S

Rasmus Friis A/S

Københavns Universitet

Fonden for vitskøl klosters bevarelse

Ejendomsselskabet Den Franske Skole

Aluflam international A/S

Elisabeth Schwars f. Tadrups family foundation

Ellen and Karl Tadruf memory foundation

Saint-Gobain Distribution A/S

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH

COMSA Corporation

Tax Tier 3

The practice at NJORD Law Firm advises on contentious and non-contentious matters relating to indirect taxes. Robert Mikelsons has particular expertise in litigation and negotiations concerning VAT. The practice also advises on taxes in relation to international investments in stock options and customs duties. Other areas of expertise include M&A tax advice and corporate restructuring. The practice also assists with tax compliance in connection with management incentive programmes.    

Practice head(s):

Robert Mikelsons

Other key lawyers:

René Lykke Wethelund

Testimonials

‘Strong coverage across all practice areas in Denmark and able to provide advice in relation to all the Nordics.’

Key clients

ABN Amro Group

Bauhaus

S. Færch Gruppen

Pan European Asset Lease

Saint-Gobain

Sanofi-Aventis

Dansk Shell

Parken Sport and Entertainment

Bonnier Publications

Copenhagen Air Taxi

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

NJORD Law Firm handles domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, private equity and venture capital investments and equity fund raisings, and acts for commercial clients on the reorganisation of corporate structures; the practice also drafts and negotiates shareholder agreements. Practice head Jens Christian Dreyer is active on the sell and buy sides of transactions, and also acts for early stage investor communities. The group's client roster spans the IT and software, transportation, electronics, life sciences and finance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jens Christian Dreyer

Other key lawyers:

Lars Lokdam; René Lykke Wethelund

Testimonials

The Njord Corporate Team is responsive and well-priced.  It offers balanced advice and is good to deal with. In the transactions we have worked with them they have outshone their peers

Key clients

Philips

AP Pension

BAUHAUS Danmark A/S

Forenede Service

3M

Boehringer Ingelheim Danmark A/S

Vailant A/S

V2 Tobacco

D.F.N. Oil A/S

TREFOR Energy

Danske Commodities A/S

Enghouse Systems Ltd.

CompuGroup Medical Denmark A/S

Karl Storz Endoskopi A/S

Lind Invest ApS

Aarhus Airport

JS World Media A/S

Employment Tier 4

NJORD Law Firm advises its employer client list on the implementation of incentive schemes, litigation arising from the misuse of business secrets and the drafting and negotiation of management contracts and associated bonus schemes. The department also has expertise in data protection regulations and assists with negotiations with unions relating to corporate reorganisations. Practice head Miriam Michaelsen is also an expert in discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Michaelsen

Key clients

LSG Sky Chefs Group

Eppendorf AG

Gerry Weber Denmark ApS and Gerry Weber Group, Germany

REMS GmbH & Co. KG and REMS Scandinavia A/S

Staedtler Nordic A/S

Star Inc.

Sennheiser Nordic A/S

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
Number of lawyers : 107
Arabic
Bosnian
Catalan
Croatian
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Farsi
Faroese
Finnish
French
German
Icelandic
Italian
Latvian
Lithuanian
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Serbian
Spanish
Swedish
Turkish
Other offices : Aarhus
Other offices : Riga
Other offices : Tallinn
Other offices : Vilnius

Diversity/pro bono/CSR

Diversity:

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.

CSR:

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

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. Attorney at law and partner Ulla Fabricius talks about her successful work as a lawyer and predicts the biggest challenge for clients over the next year.

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

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. Attorney at law and partner Thomas Ryhl talks about his successful work as a lawyer and predicts the biggest challenge for clients over the next year.

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.