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DLA Piper Denmark

Environment Tier 1

The team at DLA Piper Denmark handles the full spectrum of environmental issues for clients including The Danish Petroleum Industry Association and AIG. Practice head Line Marie Pedersen is an expert in matters involving contamination and remediation issues as well as environmental due diligence and assessments. In a recent highlight, Per Vestergaard Pedersen advised the Greenland Government on the negotiation and drafting of licences for mining projects in the region. Kurt Bardeleben is recognised for his expertise in PPP projects and planning issues.

Insurance Tier 1

DLA Piper Denmark handles disputes and regulatory mandates for clients including PFA and Chubb Insurance. The team is jointly led by Georg Lett, who is an expert in contentious matters; he recently acted for EY in a liability claim related to its involvement as external auditor in the 2008 collapse of Roskilde Bank. Group co-head Pernille Sølling also focuses on litigation and regulatory issues, and Anders Julius Tengvad handles insurance disputes.

Banking and finance Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark is singled out for its 'availability and responsiveness', 'ability to work internationally' and 'cohesiveness as a team'. Henrik Sjørslev heads up the practice and has extensive experience in restructuring mandates, Joachim Kundert Jensen is an expert in acquisition financings, Ian Tokley is noted for his work on structured financings, and Ulrich Hejle handles acquisition and real estate financing matters. In a recent highlight, Jensen advised Visma on the refinancing of its facilities agreement with a syndicate of lenders.

Capital markets Tier 2

Niels Erik Nielsen heads up the department at DLA Piper Denmark, which also fields public offerings expert Karsten Pedersen and DCM specialist Ian Tokley; Tokley joined the team from Lundgrens in 2018. The practice is highly skilled in IPOs and has a client roster including European Energy and; the group also recently advised Cemat and InterMail on their listings on Nasdaq Copenhagen.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

With 'an experienced team', DLA Piper Denmark has 'broad commercial understanding' and 'strong international backing'. The 'highly professionalJens Krogh Petersen leads the group and receives praise for being 'easy to work with' and 'very hardworking'. Other noteworthy individuals include Karsten Pedersen, who assisted Adelis Equity with its divestment of IT Relation to HgCapital; Michael Vinther, who advised Artha and the management of Umove on the divestment of Umove to Cube Infrastructure Fund II; Sebastian Ingversen, who handled TDC's acquisition of shares in Plenti; and Jan Snogdal, who advised the owner of Arcane Tinmen on its divestment of shares to Eli Global. The firm recently merged with Delacour and has added Eskil Bielefeldt, Per Buttenschøn and Kristian Hjølund Nielsen  to the team.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Nordea Bank, Chubb and the City of Copenhagen are notable clients of DLA Piper Denmark's department, which is led by Anders Julius Tengvad. Other key practitioners include René Offersen, who acted for a consortium of pension funds which invested in the now-bankrupt OW Bunker; tax litigator Claus Holberg, construction arbitrator Jes Albertin Rosenvinge, and Michael Holsting, who specialises in commercial leasings. Georg Lett and Pernille Sølling also represented the Guarantee Fund in a dispute against the bankrupt Gable Insurance.

Energy Tier 2

With 'good understanding of the client's needs', DLA Piper Denmark has 'strong legal competencies across local regulations and rules' and is led by renewable energy expert Jacob Sparre Christiansen. Recent highlights include Christiansen advising Vestforsyning on a project involving the placement of new wind turbines at Gedmose wind farm in Jutland, and oil and gas and mineral extraction specialist Per Vestergaard Pedersen assisting the Government of Greenland with licensing issues for the exploration and extraction of minerals.

EU and competition Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark's department is jointly led by Michael Klöcker and Torkil Høg, who head up the procurement and competition elements respectively. In a recent highlight, Klöcker advised Visma on merger control issues pertaining to its acquisition of Bluegarden. Noteworthy practitioners for procurement matters include René Offersen and Kurt Bardeleben. The firm merged with Delacour in 2018 and has been strengthened by the addition of Eskil Bielefeldt, Per Buttenschøn and Kristian Hjølund Nielsen to the team. The firm's merger in 2018 added Rune Hamborg to the team.

Information technology Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark's skillset encompasses IT contracts, outsourcings, procurement issues and disputes. Practice head Marlene Winther Plas recently advised the Danish Ministry of Finance's Agency for Modernisation on its procurement of IT systems, and René Offersen regularly handles contentious matters relating to IT contracts. The Municipality of Copenhagen and e-nettet are key clients. Jon Lauritzen joined following the firm's merger with Delacour.

Insolvency Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark's merger with Delacourt has strengthened its restructuring team, with insolvency specialist Per Buttenschøn being a key addition. Henrik Sjørslev  and Jan Bech are also noteworthy and assisted construction company E Pihl & Søn with its bankruptcy proceedings.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark has 'very strong commercial knowledge', which it uses to advise clients including the Greenland Government and the Municipality of Copenhagen. Kurt Bardeleben is a key figure whose 'competencies are outstanding'; he advised KAB Bygge-Og Boligadministration on the construction and development of the Sølund care centre. Other noteworthy names include Kristian Skovgård Larsen, who is an expert in construction disputes; Peter Schäfer, who is skilled in construction negotiations; and associate Thomas Høj Pedersen, who focuses on construction contracts and litigation.

Shipping and transport Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark's shipping expertise encompasses financing matters, transactions, agreements and contentious work. Practice co-head Henrik Kleis is highly experienced in shipping disputes; he recently acted for the Port of Assens in a claim against UK insurers, which alleged that a UK tugboat caused damage to its quay. Thomas Bryde Hansen also leads the group and has broad expertise in shipping and transport, with a notable skillset in bankruptcy cases. Transport specialist Per Vestergaard Pedersen is also highly regarded.

Tax Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark has notable expertise in direct and indirect tax; team leader Line Kjær is an expert in customs and VAT work, Artur Bugsgang specialises in vehicle tax issues, and Claus Holberg is a tax litigator. Clients include the Ministry of Taxation and Koppers; Kjær also recently advised the Danish Car Importers Association on new laws relating to car registration tax.

Telecoms Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark regularly acts for TDC with recent matters including handling its investment in cloud solutions provider Cloudeon. Key practitioners include group leader René Offersen, who is an expert in disputes and procurement matters; Sebastian Ingversen, who specialises in commercial issues; and Michael Klöcker, who focuses on competition law. Vodafone and TeliaSonera are also key clients.

Employment Tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark is highly skilled in contentious matters and also handles data protection and M&A-related employment work. Litigation specialist Nina Wedsted leads the practice and regularly acts on cases pertaining to dismissals, incentive schemes and share option plans; she recently acted for Projectum in a dispute against two former employees who breached their contracts by moving to a competitor.

Intellectual property Tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark's practice is highly skilled in trade mark and copyright disputes, and team head Annemette Ellermann is very active in soft IP litigation and agreements. Anette Moll Berg is also a notable name for trade mark and domain name matters.

Media and entertainment Tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark is active in the music industry and is also involved in issues relating to sports and broadcasting. Recent highlights include team head Jens Krogh Petersen assisting Danish rock band Volbeat with its agreements with music management group, Q Prime; and Joachim Kundert Jensen advising Danish popstar Christopher on his management change, and also handling Gulddreng's contract renewal with Universal Music.

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

DLA Piper Denmark is one of the leading full-service law firms in Denmark. Clients include private enterprises, the financial sector, the public sector, organisations and private individuals in Denmark and abroad. DLA Piper is the largest law firm in the Nordic countries, and globally DLA Piper has more than 4,200 lawyers in 40 countries, which makes DLA Piper the third largest law firm in the world.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: DLA Piper Denmark regularly provides advice to a large number of enterprises in the financial sector, including banks, insurance companies, pension funds and mortgage credit institutions on all aspects relevant to their business. Their specialist team has profound knowledge of the extensive regulation of the sector. In addition, DLA Piper Denmark assists financial businesses in exposures to customers.

Capital markets: DLA Piper Denmark regularly represents shareholders in and executive managements of a large number of Danish and foreign companies whose shares are listed. In addition, DLA Piper Denmark advises acquirers of listed companies, including in connection with submissions of bids.

Commercial and company: DLA Piper Denmark’s assistance comprises not only the general matters of commercial and company law which all enterprises and organisations need to deal with from time to time. Their specialists also provide advice on the highly complex company transactions and issues only rarely encountered by the individual enterprise.

Construction and real estate: DLA Piper Denmark has experience in advising Danish and foreign property players as well as public enterprises and authorities on all legal aspects of real estate, including in connection with construction, operation, development, sale, purchase and letting as well as in connection with financing and charges concerning real estate. DLA Piper Denmark have one of the largest real-estate departments in Denmark.

Employment and labour: DLA Piper Denmark advises the members of management and the HR managers and employees of large as well as small enterprises, in both the private and the public sectors, on employment-law issues. But also executives and employees who wish to receive the best possible legal advice. DLA Piper Denmark has extensive experience of all legal aspects of employment and the challenges which may arise before, during and after employment.

Energy: DLA Piper Denmark advises a considerable number of both public and private players within the energy sector. Their team advises oil and gas companies, as well as companies dealing in electricity, heating, water supply, waste water and waste. In this respect, DLA Piper Denmark advises to an increasing extent on investments in renewable energy plants in the form of wind farms, biogas plants, solar cells and geothermic, etc.

Environment: within environmental law DLA Piper Denmark has for many years been active allies as well as adversaries and have contributed to development by i.e. conducting cases of general public importance relating to statutory interpretation, and DLA Piper Denmark contributes to public debate and professional forums.

EU and competition: competition rules make up the constitution of the business sector and apply to any kind of economic activity in Denmark and the EU. On the other hand, competition rules may restrict the possibilities to trade freely. DLA Piper Denmark has extensive experience in advising enterprises on all the aspects of competition rules in Denmark and the EU. DLA Piper Denmark provides competent management sparring concerning optimising enterprises’ operations within the competition-law framework.

Infrastructure and public investments: DLA Piper Denmark advises public/semi-public authorities, regions/municipalities and private businesses on all aspects within infrastructure and public investments, including in particular PPP/PPC and ESCO projects. Therefore, they have in-depth knowledge of the issues in the wake of infrastructure projects, and the approach is both broad and solution oriented.

Insolvency and restructuring: DLA Piper Denmark advises enterprises in financial distress. The goal is to find value-creating solutions that work for the enterprise in question and the other involved stakeholders, including owners, banks, charge holders, employees, suppliers as well as its management.

Insurance and tort: DLA Piper Denmark has expertise in all areas of insurance law and the law of damages, and the many years of experience have given them profound and invaluable knowledge of the insurance industry. DLA Piper Denmark can therefore provide optimum solution-oriented and professional advice to the clients.

Intellectual property and entertainment: trade-marks, design, patents, copyright law, domain names and issues arising out of marketing law – tend to play an important role for today’s enterprises. Protection, enforcement and exploitation of these rights in a world that is constantly on the move is therefore essential. DLA Piper Denmark offers highly qualified advising and sparring within all aspects of Intellectual Property and Entertainment.

IT, E-commerce and telecommunications: DLA Piper Denmark advises clients on both national and international aspects of IT, e-commerce and telecommunications law. Clients include large corporations as well as a number of emerging technology companies.

Litigation and arbitration: DLA Piper Denmark has long and extensive experience in representing Danish as well as international clients before all tiers of the Danish judicial system and in conducting cases before the European Court of Justice.

Mergers and acquisitions: an M&A transaction may be a complicated process, but the assistance of experienced advisors may help avoid unnecessary complication of the process. DLA Piper Denmark has extensive experience in planning and carrying out mergers and acquisitions, representing sellers as well as purchasers, which enables them to make highly valuable contributions.

Personal data: the use of electronic data processing, including for the purposes of generating specific user profiles and behaviour-based marketing, is rapidly increasing. At the same time, heightened focus is brought on the statutory regulation of the area, citizens’ rights and increased control by public authorities. DLA Piper Denmark advises enterprises and public authorities on procuring a legal basis for processing personal data, including on the Danish Act on Processing of Personal Data and provisions in special legislation.

Private equity and venture capital: DLA Piper Denmark offers advice on all legal aspects of private-equity transactions and alternative investment structures, including buy-outs and growth equity investments, venture and seed capital and any other risk capital. Moreover, they provide advice to institutional as well as other professional investors involved in fund-of-funds investments and limited partnership units (secondaries).

Procurement: there is an ever-increasing focus on the procurement of goods, services or works, including the questions of who is required to invite tenders, what contracts must be put out to tender, how to correctly manage the procurement process and what action tenderers should take if they feel unfairly treated during the procurement process. As advisors for players on the part of contracting entities and tenderers, DLA Piper Denmark has a wealth of experience within procurement law.

Public: DLA Piper Denmark has a wealth of experience within public law. Their competence encompasses special administrative-law disciplines such as municipal law, the Danish Act on Public Access to Documents on Public Files and the Danish Public Administration Act as well as law relating to spending allocations. DLA Piper Denmark’s strongest card may well be their understanding of and routine in handling requirements for successfully navigating in a politically managed system.

Tax: DLA Piper Denmark combines advice with commercial understanding and has a large team of specialists. DLA Piper Denmark provides high-quality advice within all aspects of tax law, including income tax, corporation tax and property tax as well as other taxes and duties. Their experience extends to both corporate clients and private individuals as well as public enterprises and authorities, and they represent clients in disputes in relation to the tax authorities and before the courts.

Transport and shipping: DLA Piper Denmark provides assistance to forwarding agents, principals and carriers as regards advice, conclusion of contracts, provision of security and dispute resolution within all areas of transport and shipping. Clients: Ørsted, Pandora, Movia, Leonardo DRS, Danica Pension, Abbott Laboratories, EY, AIG, XL Catlin, Chubb, Nordea, Nykredit, Finansiel Stabilitet, Jyske Bank, Sparekassen Sjælland, Danish Dairy Board, JP/Politikens Hus, Cimber Sterling, Royal Dutch Shell, BRFkredit, Municipality of Frederiksberg, Royal Arena, Salling Fondene, PNO Holding A/S, Benjamin Capital A/S, Domis Ejendomme A/S.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Commercial and corporate law
Employment and labour
EU and competition
Infrastructure and public/public-private investments
Insolvency and restructuring
Insurance and tort
Intellectual property
Litigation and arbitration
Mergers and acquisitions
Personal data
Private equity and venture capital
Public law
Real estate and construction
Sports and entertainment
Technology and telecoms
Transport and shipping
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 Sebastian Ingversen  photo Sebastian Ingversen
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 Michael Klöcker  photo Michael Klöcker
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 Georg Lett  photo Georg Lett
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 Jes Albertin Rosenvinge  photo Jes Albertin Rosenvinge
 Pernille Sølling  photo Pernille Sølling
 Thomas Salicath  photo Thomas Salicath
 Peter Schäfer  photo Peter Schäfer
 Henrik Sjørslev  photo Henrik Sjørslev
 Line Støving  photo Line Støving
 Jess Thiersen  photo Jess Thiersen
 Jacob Thomsen  photo Jacob Thomsen
 Ian Tokley  photo Ian Tokley
 Per Vestergaard Pedersen  photo Per Vestergaard Pedersen
 Michael Vinther  photo Michael Vinther
 Nina Wedsted  photo Nina Wedsted
 Marlene Winther Plas  photo Marlene Winther Plas
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At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

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