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NJORD Law Firm

Denmark > EU, competition and public procurement Tier 1

Known for the group’s expertise in advising dominant undertakings, NJORD Law Firm dispenses specialist advice on rebate schemes, marketing campaigns, selective distribution and dealer criteria, among many other issues. Both the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries are particular areas of focus for the ‘amazingly responsive’ team. Pre-eminent competition and EU law practitioner Thomas Rhyl is a seasoned litigator in the space, known for his ‘unique experience’ and ‘extensive knowledge of the Danish competition authorities and how they work’. Anders Worsøe advises corporate clients on competition law matters and on public procurement issues, whilst Nis Peter Dall is frequently engaged on mandates pertaining to IPR and competition law in the Nordics, on vertical agreements as well as on newtech and IT law.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Ryhl; Anders Worsøe; Nis Peter Dall


‘The team is amazingly responsive. They are super easy to deal with and they don’t produce long legal opinions unless this is requested. Instead it is agile and to the point advice. ’

‘Thomas Ryhl is exceptional in his approach. Not only is he always responsive but he is also very much in tune with the needs of the customer. He is also a leading individual not only in Denmark but also in the larger region of Nordic and Europe within his field. ’

‘We chose NJORD because we had them recommended due to their extensive knowledge of EU competition law. NJORD and especially lawyer Thomas Ryhl have fully lived up to our expectations. We have always received quick and precise feedback from NJORD, which made us feel safe through a complicated legal process.’

‘Attorney Thomas Ryhl has unique experience with EU competition law. At the same time, he has extensive knowledge of the Danish competition authorities and how they work, which strengthens the strategy to be adopted in a given competition case. He is thorough and precise in his work’

Key clients


Smith & Nephew

Siemens Healthcare




KeyLoop (formerly CDK)

Posten Norge


Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Denmark > Shipping and transport Tier 2

NJORD Law Firm is known in the domestic market for its shipping and transport sector expertise and particular focus on logistics and road transport, as well as the offshore industry. Practice head and pre-eminent shipping and transport lawyer Ulla Fabricius represents large transport and shipping companies and is vastly experienced at litigating high-profile civil and criminal lawsuits. At associate level, Lene Ishøj is a specialist for all things pertaining to international trade and transport.

Practice head(s):

Ulla Fabricius

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Ryhl; Lene Ishø; Peter Helby Petersen


‘Have had many years of work together with Ulla Fabricius and her team within transport law; they are highly skilled.’

‘A very honest and competent team.’

‘Ulla Fabricius is a highly qualified attorney.’

Key clients




DSV Air & Sea A/S

H. P. Therkelsen A/S

BHS Logistics A/S

Johs. Rasmussen, Svebølle A/S

Bring A/S / Posten Norway

Codan Forsikring A/S

Anders Nielsen & Co. A/S (“ANCO”)

Denmark > Dispute resolution Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm maintains its strong focus on litigation, and is adept at handling cases pertaining to insurance law, including D&O, product liability and pensions claims. The team also acts in litigation involving EU, pharmaceuticals, maritime, IP, public procurement and shareholder actions and securities, anti-trust, media, and white-collar crime issues. Thomas Ryhl, Jeppe Brogaard Clausen and Tom Jensen collectively spearhead the department. Rhyl has vast experience of litigation at the EU level, including cases relating to pharmaceuticals, competition and procurement law, while Brogaard Clausen is a key name for international IP and enforcement cases, and Jensen handles insolvency issues.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Ryhl; Jeppe Brogaard Clausen; Tom Jensen

Other key lawyers:

Ulla Fabricius; Robert Mikelsons; Rasmus Paus Torp

Key clients


Louis Vuitton

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

J. Lauritzen A/S


Gjensidige Insurance

IF Skadeforsikring


Bring Trucking

Omni Bridgeway

Novartis Pharma

Siemens Medical

Denmark > Energy Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm's energy practice has a special focus on advising developers within the energy sector, notably assisting foreign companies concerning Danish law and international companies based in Denmark on cross-border issues. Thomas Ryhl leads the department and advises on regulatory matters in the renewable energy sector, including issues regarding solar energy and wind power. Steffen Hebsgaard Muff, who specialises in construction projects and procurement matters, joined the firm from Molt Wengel Law Firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Ryhl

Other key lawyers:

Key clients





Envision Energy

Belectric GmbH


Green Energy Denmark


Vestas Wind Systems

Siemens/Gamesa Wind



Work highlights

  • Acting as adviser to the windmill industry, with Vestas and Siemens/Gamesa as the main clients, and negotiating with the government on behalf of the industry regarding new legislation covering onshore testing facilities for offshore wind turbines.
  • Advising a construction company on a new gas pipelines being constructed between the UK and Poland.

Denmark > Insolvency Tier 3

Praised for its ‘professionalism, expertise, and dedication to clients’, NJORD Law Firm advises companies acting as creditors on petitions for bankruptcies, and assists companies in distress alongside a full range of insolvency and restructuring matters. Practice head Anders Hammer Hansen represents financial institutions, employees and employee organisations when filing bankruptcy petitions and is appointed as trustee in several bankruptcy estates.

Practice head(s):

Anders Hammer Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Torben Krath; Lars Berg Dueholm; Tom Jensen


‘The insolvency team is always easy to reach and each case receives partner-attention.’

‘I have worked with Njord’s insolvency team on several occasions, and they are always easy to reach, quick to answer, and always provide adequate and sound advice for the numerous questions they are asked.’

‘Anders Hammer Hansen is a very knowledgeable attorney, who is well-versed in all aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency law, as well as related areas. He is efficient and reasonable, even when it comes to billing.’

‘Njord is a great law firm and Anders Hammer Hansen will continue to be our go-to-attorney in these matters.’

‘Anders Hammer Hansen is very pragmatic in his approach, and he provides an excellent service and is very responsive to urgent requests.’

‘Anders Hammer Hansen is committed and competent in handling any case.’

‘We are always impressed with their professionalism, expertise, and dedication to their clients.’

‘Anders Hammer Hansen has impressive knowledge, and is able to successfully resolve cases in a timely and efficient manner.’

Key clients

Jyske Bank

Jyske Finans



EIFO (former Vækstfonden)

Merkur Bank

Denmark > Insurance Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm specialises in insurance disputes, with a focus on litigation and arbitration concerning professional liability, including lawyers’ liability and auditor liability, business and product liability, cargo insurance claims and all other types of recourse claims on behalf of a variety of key industry players. Practice head Rasmus Paus Torp has considerable expertise in business, product and professional liability, whilst Karsten Gudmand-Høyer has over 20 years' experience in professional liability mandates.

Practice head(s):

Rasmus Paus Torp

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Codan Forsikring A/S

Gjensidige Forsikring, dansk filial af Gjensidige Forsikring ASA, Norge

GF Forsikring A/S

HDI Danmark, filial af HDI Global SE, Tyskland

QBE Danmark, filial af QBE Europe SA/NV, Belgien

Tryg Forsikring A/S

Alm. Brand Group

Denmark > Real estate and construction

NJORD Law Firm has a robust track record in assisting Danish and international clients with large development and construction projects in Denmark. Christian Schwarz-Hansen and Steffen Hebsgaard Muff head up the real estate and construction sides of the practice, respectively; Schwarz-Hansen advises on the optimisation of portfolios, real estate transactions, and property developments, while Muff works on large-scale international projects within the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schwarz-Hansen; Steffen Hebsgaard Muff

Other key lawyers:

Erik Larsson; Bettina Erringsø; Rune Tarnø


‘During our interaction, we have always one point of contact, Christian Schwarz-Hansen, and if any request would exceed his area of competence, we were directed to a highly competent colleague of his. From a client perspective, an absolutely optimal customer relationship handling.’

‘Njord’s team with construction is very skilled and has a dedicated focus on solving the problem while ensuring that the relationship between us and our counterpart is not jeopardised.’

‘Both Partner Erik Larsson and Partner Rune Tarnø are highly valued advisers and very experienced within construction law.’

‘Njord Law offers thorough and committed advice, with an understanding of both the legal and commercial aspects of our cases.’

‘Christian Schwarz-Hansen is always available, prepared for meetings and at the forefront of developments.’

‘We are in direct exchange with the responsible partners, who know everything about the content. In the background, colleagues work on the respective matters and are the experts for the respective cases. In our opinion, this is an optimal structure.’

‘The NJORD partners we work with are always present and on hand. They have a very high level of expertise and a pragmatic approach. They only do what is really necessary.’

‘The team chooses the right candidate for supporting the relevant case. The dialogue is friendly and logical and legal arguments are presented for the client, without complicating the case unnecessarily.’

Key clients

Four Stars S.A.

Opes Immobilien Group

Fonciere Du Traingle D’or ApS



Municipality of Silkeborg

Helle Parken I/S

Holmsø Udvikling A/S

RACELL Saphire ApS

Heart Museum

AB Boverian

AM Alpha Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Arpe & Kjeldsholm A/S

Beumer Group A/S

Boligselskabet Nordkysten

By og Boligadministration A/S

DAB (dabbolig.dk)

Egebaek Byg A/S

Fred. Olsen & Co.

HPH Totalbyg A/S


Indfaldet ApS


Mainline Power Sweden AB

Nordbo Huse


Northern Survey ApS

Oskar Group A/S

PEJA Ejendomsinvest ApS

P.S.J Ejendomsinvest 3 ApS

Rasmus Friis A/S

Storage 24

Swietelsky Rail Denmark ApS

The Salvation Army

Toft Ejendomme ApS

Uniplan Danmark A/S

University College Absalon

University of Copenhagen

Volkswagen Immobilien GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Luxembourg real estate investor Four Stars S.A. on the sale of its Danish residential property portfolio situated in and around Copenhagen.
  • Advised the Danish seller on a substantial single property sale involving 35-37 avenue Montaigne, which located in Paris’ ‘golden triangle’ and is the headquarters of Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino. Value €860m.
  • Advised Volkswagen Immobilien GmbH on developing new headquarters of the Danish branch of MAN Energy Solutions, which will include 60,000sqm of production, research, offices, and storage facilities.

Denmark > Tax Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm provides tax advice on cross-border transactions and international trade issues throughout the Nordics. The firm's VAT practice is led by Robert Mikelsons, who is an expert in contentious and non-contentious indirect tax work. The practice received a notable boost with the addition of Kaspar Bastian from KLAR Advokater in February 2023, who specialies in tax disputes and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Robert Mikelsons

Other key lawyers:

Kasper Bastian


‘Kasper Bastian is a proactive, strategic thinking and technical competent adviser.’

‘Both Robert Mikelsons and Kaspar Bastian are highly qualified tax experts and tax advisers in the Danish field of Tax services.’

‘Robert Mikelsons is generally involved in the development of Tax legislation and practice in Denmark.’

‘Kaspar Bastian has an exceptional knowledge of the legal process and negotiation field, the court cases procedure, and the handling of liability cases against individuals.’

‘Good quality on VAT.’

‘NJORD Law Firm has a strong litigation tax team anchored around Kaspar Bastian.’

‘The tax team has great expertise, which they manage to communicate in an easy and accessible way.’

‘Kaspar Bastian is very approachable and pleasant to communicate with. He is conscientious and good at communicating difficult technical material in an easy and accessible way.’

Key clients

OPES Immobilien


United Chemi-CON

Ress Life Investments



Dansk Shell

Parken Sport and Entertainment

Bonnier Publications

Emco Group

Denmark > Banking and finance Tier 4

Denmark > Employment Tier 4

Nordic specialists NJORD Law Firm remain highly adept at handling matters related to M&A, in-and-outsourcing of work areas, cross-border near and off-shoring, acquisition and sale of business, complex employment transactions related to insolvency, and negotiations with unions and organisations. Lars Lokdam leads the team and is a go-to name for director contracts, resignation agreements, stock options and warrants. Supreme court litigator Anders Worsøe is another key contact for international litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Lars Lokdam

Other key lawyers:


‘They are always available, competent, and quick to respond and take action.’

Key clients

TRP Stork Fertility

Hays Specialist Recruitment A/S

Marc O´Polo International GmbH

Stiching for Justice

IBSA Nordic ApS

Httpool Denmark

Claes E-systems GmbH

Denmark > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

NJORD Law Firm’s full service corporate and M&A practice advises on all aspects of corporate and commercial matters as well as M&A, investments and other transactional services across a broad range of industry sectors. M&A expert Rune Tarnø leads the team with notable experience in the space; he is particularly well versed in real estate-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rune Tarnø


‘The Njord Team has a unique focus on serving the client and meeting the client’s needs. The team is always dedicated and acts very professionally.’

Key clients

Reinh. Van Hauen ApS

Ooono A/S

Idverde SAS

Vivonio Furniture GmbH

Dairy of 1888 ApS

Silkeborg IF Invest A/S

Dahl-Nielsen Holding ApS

Burkert GmbH


Ethiopian Airlines

Satellite Industries SRL

Volkswagen Immobilien GmbH

Harmet OÜ

IMS Verwaltungs GmbH

Organic Plant Protein A/S

Denmark > Intellectual property Tier 5

The firm: NJORD Law Firm is a leading international 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.

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

We offer specialized legal advice grounded in your reality and tailored to your specific situation. From our offices, we handle legal matters locally and nationally for both businesses and individuals. We also have extensive experience in assisting international companies across countries.

We have offices in Copenhagen, Roskilde, Silkeborg, and Aarhus, as well as in Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius. From these locations, our lawyers work within different legal expertise. This specialized approach to legal advice is your assurance that you always receive profound expertise and advice at the highest professional level.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Lars Lokdam LL@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 43
Corporate/M&A Henrik Lyhne HLY@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 69 13 71 50
Commercial, corporate and M&A Rune Tarnø RUT@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 23 45 53 97
Dispute resolution Thomas Ryhl THR@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 58
Dispute resolution Jeppe Brogaard Clausen JBC@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 22
Employment and labour Miriam Michaelsen MIM@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 66
Employment and labour Anders Worsøe AWO@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 45
Employment and labour Lars Lokdam LL@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 43
EU & Competition Thomas Ryhl THR@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 58
Intellectual property Jeppe Brogaard Clausen JBC@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 22
Intellectual property Thomas Ryhl THR@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 58
Insolvency and restructuring Anders Hammer Hansen AHH@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 33 34 74 04
Maritime and transport Ulla Fabricius UF@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 10 12
Maritime and transport Thomas Ryhl THR@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 58
Private equity Robert Mikelsons ROM@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 10 30
Real estate and construction Erik Larsson EL@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 48
Real estate and construction Christian Schwarz-Hansen CSH@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 47
Tax Robert Mikelsons ROM@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 10 30
Data privacy and data protection Nis Peter Dall NPD@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 10 18
Energy Thomas Ryhl THR@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 30 61 77 22
IT Nis Peter Dall NPD@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 10 18
Media and entertainment Jeppe Brogaard Clausen JBC@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 77 40 11 22
Life Sciences and Healthtech Thomas Ryhl THR@NJORDLAW.COM (+45) 30 61 77 22
Photo Name Position Profile
Kaspar Bastian  photo Mr Kaspar Bastian Kaspar Bastian is one of Denmark’s leading tax litigation specialists and regularly…
Lars Berg Dueholm photo Mr Lars Berg Dueholm Lars Berg Dueholm specialises in bankruptcy law, reconstruction and civil litigation. Over…
Jeppe Brogaard Clausen photo Mr Jeppe Brogaard Clausen Jeppe Brogaard Clausen is a specialist in intellectual property law. For more…
Nis Peter Dall photo Mr Nis Peter Dall Nis Peter Dall is primarily engaged in data protection law, IT law…
Ulla Fabricius photo Mrs Ulla Fabricius For many years, Ulla Fabricius has advised both national and international transport…
Jørgen Erik Frandsen photo Mr Jørgen Erik Frandsen Jørgen Erik Frandsen is primarily engaged in counselling of financial businesses and…
Karsten Gudmand-Høyer photo Mr Karsten Gudmand-Høyer Karsten Gudmand-Høyer is one of the leading experts within the field of…
Anders Hammer Hansen photo Mr Anders Hammer Hansen Anders Hammer Hansen specialises in insolvency law, including insolvency and restructuring. He…
Lene Ishøj photo Miss Lene Ishøj Attorney at law Lene Ishøj has 4 years of experience working as…
Erik Larsson photo Mr Erik Larsson Erik Larsson specialises in construction law, real estate, guarantees, contract law, social…
Lars Lokdam photo Mr Lars Lokdam Lars Lokdam specialises in the purchase and sale of enterprises, and he…
Henrik Lyhne photo Mr Henrik Lyhne Henrik Lyhne specialises in business law and primarily deals with company law…
Miriam Michaelsen photo Mrs Miriam Michaelsen Partner Miriam Michaelsen, head of the Employment Law team, is specialised in…
Robert Mikelsons photo Mr Robert Mikelsons Robert Mikelsons is the head of NJORD’s tax specialist group. He gives…
Peter Helby Petersen photo Mr Peter Helby Petersen Peter Helby Petersen handles employment law and real estate cases. Peter’s speciality…
Thomas Ryhl photo Mr Thomas Ryhl Thomas Ryhl is a committed and very knowledgeable attorney. He takes pride…
Christian Schwarz-Hansen photo Mr Christian Schwarz-Hansen Christian Schwarz-Hansen is the head of NJORD’s real estate team. Over the…
Jakob Stilling photo Mr Jakob Stilling Jakob Stilling is an authorized administrator with the bankruptcy division of the…
Emelie  Svensson photo Emelie Svensson Emelie Svensson is managing the portfolio of well-known trademarks, from the field…
Rune Tarnø photo Mr Rune Tarnø Rune Tarnø specialises in commercial law and primarily advises small and medium-sized…
Anders Worsøe photo Mr Anders Worsøe Anders Worsøe is well-versed in multiple legal disciplines and mostly with an…
Number of lawyers : 107
Other Offices : Silkeborg
Other offices : Riga
Other offices : Tallinn
Other offices : Vilnius
Other offices : Roskilde

How we work with responsibility

As a law firm, it is important for us to make a positive difference for both our clients, the society and the world around us. This involves taking responsibility and acting responsibly – always with respect for the legal community and our values. Therefore, we work with a range of concrete initiatives and targeted efforts that we believe make a difference.


In 2016, we joined the UN’s Global Compact – the world’s largest initiative for corporate responsibility. At NJORD, we commit to working diligently with the 10 principles within responsible corporate governance, including human rights, labor rights, climate and environment, and anti-corruption.


In 2016, we adopted the Association of Danish Law Firms (Danske Advokater) Lawyer’s Code of Conduct. A set of values based on five principles for a law firm’s work with social responsibility. The five principles are Social Responsibility, Ethical Dilemmas, Modern Leadership, Diversity, and Openness. Our adherence to the code means that we actively work with the five principles and have formulated internal guidelines for our own CSR principles. Guidelines that all our employees should always strive to act in accordance with.


Our employees are our most important resource, and it is our responsibility to take good care of them. Therefore, we implement measures to ensure a healthy physical and mental work environment in the company, including satisfaction surveys, risk assessments, and established action plans for handling stress, absence due to illness, and accidents in the workplace.

While we are dedicated to our work, we see our employees as whole individuals with individual needs and lives outside the office. Therefore, we maintain a flexible and accommodating approach to working hours, requirements, and expectations, creating the best conditions for a healthy work-life balance.


We see diversity and inclusion as strengths. Therefore, one of our most important ambitions is to ensure an inclusive workplace where there is room for all individuals across gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, etc. And, of course, with zero tolerance for discrimination, bullying, and harassment. We make room for people who find it difficult to establish themselves in the job market. Every year, we facilitate several internships and employ individuals with wage subsidies with the aim of permanent employment.

At the same time, we prioritize investing in initiatives that contribute to inclusion and support minority groups.


We actively support various organizations, projects, and initiatives either financially or pro bono. This includes, among others, the Danish Cancer Society, Amnesty International, Red Barnet, DCA Actalliance, Repair Café, Unconventional Ventures, and UN Women. In addition to our support for established organizations, we allocate resources to provide legal advice and assistance to Ukrainian refugees seeking temporary residence or asylum in Denmark.

We also engage in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation by helping and supporting startup companies through collaboration with various organizations.


In recent years, we have focused on combating and raising awareness about digital offenses. We have worked pro bono and assisted in various cases, while also collaborating with the government to strengthen penalties in the field and ensure higher compensation for victims. Additionally, we have contributed to establishing the knowledge center ‘Digitalt Ansvar,’ which works towards a safe and responsible digital development, aiming to prevent digital violence and help victims of digital violence.


As a modern company, we need to keep pace with technological advancements and ensure that our employees have the opportunity to do the same. Therefore, we are engaged in specific initiatives aimed at ensuring a responsible and effective implementation of AI technology in our business. These initiatives include the formation of an IT committee, the development of employee onboarding, and the formulation of a policy in this area.


Every year, we calculate our total CO2 emissions (using Climate Extender), which we continuously offset through investments in solar and wind energy. Additionally, we work with a range of principles and initiatives to reduce our climate and environmental impact, including:

  • Actively reducing travel activities by digitizing meetings
  • Sorting of waste and recycling
  • Technical solutions to decrease electricity consumption
  • Reduction of plastic and paper usage
  • Minimization of food waste
  • NJORD bicycles available for employees during working hours
  • Compensating for IT licenses by planting approximately 2,400 trees annually in Danish forests

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.