DLA Piper Denmark > Copenhagen, Denmark > Firm Profile

DLA Piper Denmark
Oslo Plads 2
DK-2100 Copenhagen

Denmark > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

DLA Piper Denmark leverages its global network to handle inbound and outbound M&A transactions for private equity and venture capital sponsors and industrials. The team is heavily involved in the banking sector, assisting major clients with regulatory issues and shareholder disputes. The practice is jointly led by Jens Krogh Petersen and Martin Christian Kruhl from Copenhagen and Aarhus, respectively. Other key members of the team include M&A specialists Michael Vinther and Karsten Pedersen, and John Emil L. Svenson who is highly recommended by clients for ‘adding significant value’ to projects.

Practice head(s):

Jens Krogh Petersen; Martin Christian Kruhl

Other key lawyers:

Karsten Pedersen; Michael Vinther; Jan Snogdal; John Emil L. Svenson; Nicholas Lerche-Gredal


‘Very commercially savvy team with a hands-on attitude.’

‘Experienced and connected globally to facilitate multi-national transactions.’

‘The Nordic coverage provided by DLA supports our business operations and M&A activity in an excellent way.’

‘We have worked with John Svenson in several situations and find him very proactive and constructive and adding significant value to our projects.’

‘Global reach, high professionalism and an in-depth commercial understanding in relation to legal issues.’

‘Strong analytical and business savvy competences.’

‘Availability, knowledge, negotiation skills, experience and ability to understand the client’s business.’

‘Commercially focused – getting the deal done and attention to what really matters in the negotiations. Ability to draw on highly specialised people within DLA worldwide.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund

LINK Mobility Group

LEGO Group A/S

Danske Bank A/S

Sapiens International Corporation

Sun Capital Partners

Kemp & Lauritzen A/S

Nutreco International B.V.

Obton Group

Groupe SFPI

DLG a.m.b.a.

Aberdeen Standard Investments

GRAS Sound &Vibration A/S

Confirmasoft AB

Circularity Capital LLP

Re-Match Group

Flak AS

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

Broad Horizon B.V.

BactiQuant Group

Polhem Infra AB

Nilfisk A/S

EQT Ventures

Kirk Kapital

Xero Limited

MACC Group

Nordic Eye

Polaris Private Equity

NEC Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Polaris Private Equity on its combined acquisition of four targets comprising more than 40 group companies.
  • Advising ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund on its first-ever strategic investment in Denmark acquiring 34 % of the shares in Fiberline Composites A/S.
  • Advising Xero Limited on its acquisition of Planday.

Denmark > Energy Tier 1

DLA Piper Denmark‘s energy team has highly specialised expertise in the Denmark and Greenland energy sectors, with the Government of Greenland being a key client for the firm. It advises on renewable energy mandates, with a particular focus on development projects concerning wind turbines and onshore and offshore wind farms. The group also has considerable expertise in financings and investments, with practice head Jacob Sparre Christiansen advising major energy companies on solar cell systems and biogas plants as well as handling M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Sparre Christiansen

Other key lawyers:

Per Vestergaard Pedersen; Martin Juste


‘Good counselling and service and good information.’

‘Strong commitment to solving client’s problems. Easy to work with.’

‘Strong leadership by Jacob Christiansen, who is regarded as a leading expert in his field.’

‘DLA Piper are good at quickly connecting the right competencies to a task. It is solved in a short time and with fair use of economy.’

‘They are good at understanding our industry and the issues associated with it. We therefore always get the correct service as we expect.’

‘The practice is unique due to great insight into the sector as well as our company. Provides professional value-adding advice targeted at our company. At the same time, they have an extremely large network as assistance is always possible if it is outside their core competence.’

‘I have experienced a very dedicated and service-minded team.’

Key clients

DANVA (the Danish Water and Waste Water Association)

Government of Greenland, including the Ministry for Agriculture, Self-Sufficiency, Energy and Environment and the Ministry of Mineral Resources


Maabjerg Energy Center Group

Vestforsyning Group

BlueKolding Group

Aarhus Vand Group

Billund Vand og Energi Group

Frederikshavn Forsyning Group

Energnist I/S

Morsø Forsyning Group


Svendborg Forsyning Group

Skanderborg Forsyning Group

Struer Energi Group

Thisted Vand Group

Tønder Forsyning Group

Vandmiljø Randers A/S

Ringkøbing-Skjern Forsyning Group

Dansk RestproduktHåndtering A.m.b.a.

Farum Fjernvarme A.m.b.a.

Forsyningsservice A/S


Dansk Energirådgivning


Vesthimmerlands Vand

Silkeborg Forsyning

Viborg Varme Amba

Work highlights

  • Assisting the SONFOR Group with its project to erect a new offshore wind farm in the Lillebælt sound with an effect of up to 160MW in total.
  • Advised major heat distributor Viborg Fjernvarme (now Viborg Varme A.m.b.a.) on every legal aspect of the restructuring process.
  • Representing DANVA and Morsø Spildevand A/S in a principal court case about the obligation for the Danish State to pay a fee to the Danish wastewater companies, when rainwater from the state roads is drained to the wastewater systems.

Denmark > Environment Tier 1

Core areas of expertise for DLA Piper Denmark‘s environment, health and safety group include contaminated soil, EIA work, nature protection and waste regulation. The group represents a range of clients, from real estate companies to private individuals and public authorities. Practice head Line Marie Pedersen  is a ‘very skilled environmental lawyer’ and is supported by Dorte Kirkeskov Carlsson, who regularly advises the City of Copenhagen on municipality and local planning work as well as orders regarding polluting activities. The team also handles energy and natural resources issues, with a particular focus on hydropower, water, minerals and oil and gas mandates; Per Vestergaard Pedersen is especially active in these areas.

Practice head(s):

Line Marie Pedersen

Other key lawyers:

Per Vestergaard Pedersen; Dorte Kirkeskov Carlsson


‘Long experience and expertise in environmental legislation and practice.’

‘I have always experienced DLA Piper as a very professional and committed partner with extensive experience and a unique knowledge within environmental legislation in Denmark. We consider DLA Piper to be one of the leading law firms in Denmark.’

‘I have always experienced Line as a very competent partner who can explain the legal issues in a way that is understandable to non-legal experts. Line always follows up on the task and is always available when there is a need for clarifying questions from the client. I have experienced a very good collaboration between Lene and lawyer Dorte Kirkeskov Carlsson who together have formed a very strong team.’

‘Line Marie Petersen is one of the most respected and recognized lawyers with many years of experience in environmental law in Denmark. She has gathered a team of highly qualified lawyers around her given the perfect balance between skills and cost-effective.’

‘Line and her team maintain a particularly high legal level in the field of environmental law. Line has an in-depth knowledge of special contamination of soil and groundwater both in relation to the legal framework and insurance coverage.’

‘They are skilled and thorough, but not least they have excellent commercial approach to solving the problems. In addition, Line in particular has a good technical understanding of soil and groundwater pollution management. The team consists of a good mix of both men and women, as well as experienced and younger lawyers. The tasks are placed where it makes the best sense in relation to the complexity of the matter.’

‘Line is a very skilled environmental lawyer. She is also kind, pleasant, attentive and good at listening to client needs. In addition, she is always available and will return quickly.’

Key clients

The Danish Petroleum Industry Association (Drivkraft)

The Greenland Government and its Environmental Agency for Mineral Resource Activities

Ministry of Mineral Resources and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Energy

Crossbridge Energy A/S (former A/S Dansk Shell)

AIG Europe S.A

DCC Energy Center A/S

Topdanmark Forsikring A/S

Chubb Insurance Compagny

The Danish Central Stockholding Entity (FDO)

Copenhagen Airports A/S

Colas Danmark A/S

Avista Oil Danmark A/S

The City of Copenhagen

The municipality of Frederiksberg


Frederiksberg Forsyning A/S

Vestforsyning A/S


Maabjerg Energy Center A/S

The Danish Petroleum Industry Association’s Energy Saving Pool

Lidl Danmark K/S

De Danske Bilimportører (The Danish Car Importers Association)

H. Lundbeck A/S


Work highlights

  • Advising the Danish Car Importer Association regarding all aspects of producer responsibility in relation to end-of-life vehicles and used automotive batteries.
  • Advising the Greenland Government for 18+ years, handling legal matters relating to exploration for and exploitation of minerals and oil and gas, hydropower activities, other natural resource activities and related environmental matters.
  • Advising A/S Dansk Shell on environmental approvals, pollution conditions, nature protection, etc. in connection with the operation of the refinery in Fredericia.

Denmark > Insolvency Tier 1

DLA Piper Denmark has developed a specialist Nordic region restructuring and insolvency group, led by Henrik Sjørslev, that focuses primarily on cross-border financial restructuring mandates. It advises clients on insolvency matters arising out of the real estate and aviation sectors as well as handling issues in the agricultural sector; Trine Hasselbalch focuses on the latter. The group is instructed by financial creditors as well as public sector creditors, suppliers and corporate debtors.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Sjørslev

Other key lawyers:

Trine Hasselbalch; Per Buttenschøn; Per Astrup Madsen; Jørgen Flodgaard


‘Innovative solutions to rescuing insolvent companies and saving jobs in the midst of the pandemic crisis.’

‘Responsive, fair and multifaced skills that embrace not only insolvency issues but also commercial and strategic issues.’

‘The team is involved in a variety of cases pertaining to the Danish Guarantee Fund for Non-life Insurers and has thereby developed a unique insight in the winding up of insurance companies.’

‘Henrik Sjørslev is very knowledgeable and able to come up with solutions to almost all problems.’

‘DLA Piper is large in Denmark and has an international approach to the tasks that no other law firm has in Denmark. In addition, their network ensures an international perspective. DLA Piper is among the leading lawyers in M&A and Insolvency.’

‘I know several of the insolvency lawyers in DLA Piper, but this year I have had assignments and meetings with Trine Hasselbalch. Trine is a very proactive lawyer who cultivates relationships with clients and other advisers. Trine is professionally skilled and always has an answer to complex issues. In addition, Trine is a pleasant person.’

Key clients

Jet Time A/S

Tribe Hotel Management Danmark A/S

Karma Sushi ApS, Taqueria ApS and Dan Gastro ApS

B. Nygaard Sørensen A/S

Tommy Hangaard in Bankruptcy

Anker Hansen & Co. A/S

Repeat Fitness

Sydbank A/S

Primera Air Scandinavia A/S

Copenship Group

The ATP Group

PFA Invest

SEB Invest

AB Invest

Kids Multibrand of Denmark ApS

Work highlights

  • Advising Jet Time A/S on an out-of-court restructuring involving the pre-packed sale of business and planned subsequent bankruptcy of the major Danish airline.
  • Advising Repeat Fitness on the sale of its chain of fitness centres under Covid-19 lockdown through in-court restructuring.
  • Advising Karma Sushi ApS, Taqueria ApS and Dan Gastro ApS on the drop down of businesses of nationwide restaurant chains and their supply company right after bankruptcy orders of all companies and subsequent sale of shares.

Denmark > Insurance Tier 1

DLA Piper Denmark is regularly instructed on multi-jurisdictional insurance disputes and is prominent in pension cases. The team represents Danish and foreign companies, businesses and insurance intermediaries on a range of issues, including professional and product liability claims, crime insurance and shipping and transport insurance work. The department has a strong contentious arm, with Georg Lett and Anders Julius Tengvad focusing on litigation and arbitration mandates, while Pernille Sølling specialises in life insurance and pensions law and is a favoured adviser for Danish pension funds. Lett, Tengvad and Sølling jointly head up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Georg Lett; Anders Julius Tengvad; Pernille Sølling


‘We have without exception experienced an exceptionally high professional standard as well a most service-minded approach.’

‘We experienced partner Pernille Sølling as an expert in Danish insurance law, second to none as well as a service-minded adviser.’

‘Super customer service and are always super at discussing strategy.’

‘Pernille is always up to date on practice and is extremely competent in court.’

Key clients


Danica Pension


AP Pension

Euro Accident Liv

Copenhagen FinTech Lab

Risk Point A/S

Euclid Transactional



Europæiske ERV Rejseforsikring





Work highlights

  • Representing Garantifonden in a claim pursuant to reinsurance policies written by Barbican in favour of Gable with a Danish insurance agent called Husejernes Forsikringsagentur as cover holder and Howden as an insurance mediator.
  • Defending AP Pension in a group of individual cases, filed after a successful class action suit involving 220 claimants was dismissed.
  • Defended AXA XL and AIG as co-insurers in a complex case concerning coverage under recall insurance also covering product replacement regarding worldwide deliveries of defective products.

Denmark > Banking and finance Tier 2

Utilising its international network, DLA Piper Denmark is well-equipped to act on behalf of investors and issuers in both domestic and cross-border transactions. Real estate finance work has long been a cornerstone of the practice, reflected by co-head Ulrich Hejle ‘s strong property finance expertise. Joachim Kundert Jensen also leads the team and handles transactions relating to large assets and M&A mandates. Another area of strength for the group is its structured finance and debt capital market expertise, while areas of growth include renewable energy finance and venture finance mandates.


‘Commercially oriented and focused on solutions.’

‘The team seems to be working very well together, also with the other Nordic practices. It is a great advantage for Nordic transactions that the cooperation and flexibility is smooth.’

‘Joachim Kundert Jensen is very practical and has a quick approach to the assignments.’

‘Nicolai Rothemejer Hansen is a very competent associate, who is on top of a transaction, flexible and responsive.’

‘Ulrich Hejle and Cecilie Markvart Haugsted are always available and deliver on time.’

Key clients

Kinnerton Credit Management A/S

Elfelagid SEV

Real Danmark A/S

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)


DSV Panalpina A/S



Pension Danmark

Ørsted A/S

TriplePoint Capital

Merlin Entertainments

Visma AS


Scale Capital

Jet Time


Ringkjøbing Landbobank


Carlsberg Group

AP Møller Maersk A/S

Silicon Valley Bank

Bank of New York Mellon

LTG Rail



Axa Insurance


Work highlights

  • Assisting Helaba with the financing of Blackbrook’s acquisition of two of Danske Fragtmænd’s distribution centres.
  • Acted on behalf of Pemberton and Lucid Fund, in respect of the ASG Group’s acquisition of CASA Group, a large Danish building contractor.
  • Assisted Helaba – Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale with the financing purchase of two commercial properties in the Copenhagen area by Blackbrook.

Denmark > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

A noteworthy area of expertise for the DLA Piper Denmark data protection and privacy team is the regulation of biometrics, particularly regarding automated facial recognition. It is also adept at handling cybersecurity issues and HR-related data protection issues, with Martin Hjørlund Nielsen and Jon Lauritzen being the key contacts. Practice head Marlene Winther Plas is a certified IT lawyer handling e-privacy and GDPR matters.

Practice head(s):

Marlene Winther Plas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Air Alsie A/S

AON plc


Brøndbyernes IF Fodbold A/S

City of Copenhagen

Colas A/S

Dan Church Aid

Landsbyggefonden (the Danish National Housing Fund)

DCC Energy A/S

Dustin AB

EDC Gruppen A/S

Euro Accident

GS1 Denmark

Kamstrup A/S


Ministry of Finance


People Test Systems A/S

PNO Holding A/S

Reckitt Benckiser

Skanlog A/S

Trafikselskabet Movia

University of Copenhagen

Userneeds A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising Brøndby IF on its ongoing work relating to and planned expansion of its Automated Facial Recognition system, which was approved in 2019.
  • Acting as trusted adviser of People Test Systems A/S on all matters regarding data protection relations and handling an extensive amount of negotiations with its customers on data processing agreements.
  • Advising Abbott on its GDPR and privacy compliance in Denmark.

Denmark > Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark handles a wide range of disputes, specialising in diverse areas including professional and product liability, construction, shipping and insurance disputes; the team is especially prominent in pension cases. Its strength in insurance and pensions is reflected in the partners within the team; practice head Anders Julius Tengvad and Georg Lett specialise in insurance law, while Pernille Sølling has extensive experience representing pension companies in litigation. The group’s client base consists of major players including AP Pension, Chubb and EY.

Practice head(s):

Anders Julius Tengvad

Other key lawyers:


‘Professionally qualified and service-minded.’

‘DLA Piper’s insurance team is very well renovated and has a great insight into life insurance products, financial regulation and practice.’

‘Pernille Sølling has outstanding and unique insight into life insurance and pensions. She understands the business, financial regulation and the actuarial technique.’

Key clients

Garantifonden for skadesforsikringsselskaber (The Guarantee Fund)

AP Pension

Colliers International

DB Cargo

PFA Pension






TELE Greenland


Work highlights

  • Representing Garantifonden in a claim that is pursuant to reinsurance policies written by Barbican in favour of Gable with a Danish insurance agent called Husejernes Forsikringsagentur as a cover holder and Howden as an insurance mediator.
  • Defending AP Pension in a group of individual cases, filed after the team successfully had a class action suit involving 220 claimants dismissed.
  • Defended AXA XL and AIG as co-insurers in a complex case concerning coverage under recall insurance covering product replacement regarding worldwide deliveries of defective products.

Denmark > EU, competition and public procurement Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark is a ‘solid force in the Danish market’ and handles the full spectrum of EU, competition and public procurement law issues. The team also advises on criminal cases related to competition law infringements as well as cases regarding cartel behaviour in the media, IT and entertainment industries and the industrial sector. Michael Klöcker is head of the overall practice group, while Mikala Berg Dueholm takes the lead on procurement matters, handling cases for public authorities and municipalities including the City of Copenhagen.

Practice head(s):

Michael Klöcker

Other key lawyers:

Rune Hamborg; Mikala Berg Dueholm


‘The team is absolutely flexible.’

‘Excellent commercial/business understanding, short, accurate and to the point legal advice directly applicable in daily practice, good understanding of needs in the future legal framework.’

‘DLA is a solid force in the Danish market.’

‘The team is quick to respond and come up with drafts for solving a task.’

‘The team are versatile, fast and accurate in their counselling and extremely knowledgeable within their legal field. They handle small cases and large legal projects with the same zeal.’

‘You know that when Michael Klöcker is on the other side, you are in for a hard time where you have to be on your toes. He’s a very smart lawyer, knows his law and his background at the DCCA has given him an understanding of how the authority works and how to deal with them.’

Key clients

Copenhagen Airports A/S


Tele Greenland

JP Politikens Hus A/S

J. Jensen Group


Dustin A/S


Copenhagen Municipality

Region Zealand


Danish Regions

Deutsche Bahn


Greenland Airports

Work highlights

  • Advising HUGO BOSS on a dual distribution set up, which by the Danish authorities has been labelled a horizontal information and coordination arrangement.
  • Assisting the City of Copenhagen with the procurement of an IT system managing all parts of employment efforts in the City of Copenhagen, including managing the citizens’ job search history and deadlines for benefits.
  • Assisted Polaris Private Equity with a transaction notified to the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority under the Danish merger control regulation.

Denmark > Information technology Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark has extensive experience in IT outsourcing contracts and has strong capabilities within dispute resolution. Led by Marlene Winther Plas, the team is retained by the Municipality of Copenhagen and the Danish Ministry of Finance to handle public procurement IT outsourcing projects. On the contentious side, Jon Lauritzen assists clients in IT disputes before the Danish courts and in arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Marlene Winther Plas

Other key lawyers:

Jon Lauritzen


‘The team has excellent insights in IT and a good commercial understanding. They are easy to work with and highly efficient.’

‘Jon Lauritzen stands out!’

Key clients


Landsbyggefonden (the Danish National Housing Fund)


Skanlog A/S


City of Copenhagen

PNO Holding A/S

Userneeds A/S

Trafikselskabet Movia

CPH Business

Dan Church Aid


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Dansk Distribution A/S

Work highlights

  • Assisting the City of Copenhagen on the procurement of an IT system managing the housing of citizens in Copenhagen and suburbs.
  • Assisting Økonomistyrelsen on the implementation of outsourcing of an IT system handling salary payments to all employees of the Danish Government.
  • Assisting the City of Copenhagen on the procurement of an IT system managing the education of the Danish language for citizens in Copenhagen.

Denmark > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Jointly led by Jens Krogh Petersen and Joachim Kundert Jensen, the team at DLA Piper Denmark is instructed by music artists, record companies and documentary filmmakers on a variety of issues. The group also has extensive experience within the sports sector as well as assisting gambling companies, including online betting and casino websites. Litigation specialists complete the team, representing clients in infringement cases and anti-piracy matters.

Practice head(s):

Jens Krogh Petersen; Joachim Kundert Jensen

Other key lawyers:

Marlene Winther Plas; Peter Rønnow


‘Together this team can cover all questions I have. Working in the entertainments business, my clients often need help with more than just the normal label or publishing deals, and DLA can always provide the right people to each task.’

‘They have more knowledge and always find the time and headspace to understand my situation and to come with the right solutions.’

‘The Media and Entertainment industry in Denmark is rather small and there is only a limited amount of skilled and experienced practices. DLA Piper has proven its’ unique skill set for many years now.’

‘The skillset and experience is generated from the long experience and competencies of Jens Krogh Petersen.’

Key clients

Lukas Graham


Scarlet Pleasure

Brøndbyernes IF Fodbold A/S

Danish Documentary Production

Simon Jul Jørgensen

Copenhagen Music

The Bank

Lord Siva


Laid Back


Sportsway AB (Sweden)



Boris Bertram

Live Nation

Years from now

Sylvester (SLY)

Tigerspring ApS

Moment Group

Soundford Limited (HongKong)


Saqib Hassan


Rasmus Hedegaard

Warner Music Denmark

ITV Studios International

ITV Studios Entertainment


United Stage ApS

PDH Music

Work highlights

  • Assisting Danish Documentary Production in relation to the production (with National Geographic) of Oscar-nominated documentary, The Cave, a documentary series about the catastrophic fire on-board the Scandinavian Star ferry and an upcoming Netflix-production.
  • Assisting pop music group Lukas Graham with infringement cases, touring agreements, producer agreements.
  • Assisting the Danish football club Brøndbyernes IF Fodbold A/S, one of the major teams in the Danish Premier League listed on NASDAQ.

Denmark > Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark‘s real estate department handles a broad range of issues and is highly specialised within environmental, planning and lease matters. Key areas of work include real estate transactions, project developments and construction issues. Line Marie Pedersen and Jakob Nielsen jointly head up the practice, with the latter focusing on the conveyancing of commercial properties. Emilie Møller has ‘excellent knowledge of the real estate market.’

Practice head(s):

Line Marie Pedersen; Jakob Nielsen

Other key lawyers:

Peter Schäfer; Thomas Høj Pedersen; Emilie Møller; Per Soon Larsen


‘DLA Piper Denmark has provided great services to us and our portfolio company over the last year. We look forward to working with them again on another Danish deal in the future.’

‘Excellent availability and flexibility during the entire transaction process. Very solution-oriented and pragmatic. Ensured a very smooth process.’

‘Emilie Møller has excellent knowledge of the real estate market and applies her know-how to transaction processes to the benefit of the client. Her management of transactions is best in class.’

‘High availability, great flexibility and always the right resources for the job. DLA Piper is doing great in delegating complex tasks to other colleagues within the firm and provide good access to other partners/specialty areas.’

‘Good in all aspects of the process. Extremely customer-focused and oriented. Good knowledge of all matters of the transaction.’

‘Jakob Nielsen – very professional, all sound advice.’

‘Solid knowledge, competitive fees and dedicated staff.’

Key clients


AXA Investment Managers

LOPA Holding AS

Thylander Gruppen


Proark Group

Northern Horizon Capital

FB Gruppen

3C Properties

Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

CG Jensen


Formuepleje Ejendomme


Mangiavacchi Pedercini SpA

Adserballe & Knudsen

Jensen Gruppen


SØM Ejendomme

Raundahl & Moesby

Lidl Danmark

Kemp & Lauritzen

Kuben Management


Self Storage Group ASA

Hapimag AG

Windspace /

Port of Kalundborg

Elysium Nordic Aps

Work highlights

  • Assisted AXA Investment Managers Alts on behalf of its clients in the acquisition of two newly built residential properties from ELF Development comprising 254 residential units.
  • Assisted Thylander Gruppen in the sale of a 33,000 sqm. life sciences business park to AEW.
  • Assisted Lidl Danmark in connection with the development and construction of Lidl’s new headquarter in Aarhus, Denmark.

Denmark > Shipping and transport Tier 2

Active in both Copenhagen and Aarhus, DLA Piper Denmark is regularly involved in matters originating in key shipping and logistics hubs, as well as the industrial and offshore clusters in both the Western parts of Denmark and in Copenhagen. The firm also leverages its global network to effectively handle multi-jurisdictional shipping matters. Airlines, ferry operators, logistics providers, ports and financial institutions make up the firm’s client bas. Henrik Kleis leads the group, which includes Per Vestergaard Pedersen and Christian Benedictsen-Nislev .

Practice head(s):

Henrik Kleis

Other key lawyers:

Henrik Frandsen; Per Vestergaard Pedersen; Christian Benedictsen-Nislev


‘Christian Benedictsen-Nislev – Business mindset and commercial knowledge about the market. Knowledge about the shipping and transport market. Easy to work with and keeps tight deadlines.’

‘Very dedicated, good collaboration.’

‘Partners have shipping insight apart from being experts in public tender issues.’

‘Partner Christian Benedictsen-Nislev has an MBA in shipping and a keen interest in all issues related to that sector.’

‘Per Vestergaard Pedersen: very professional, passionate about his work, if needed, always available to discuss matters, very knowledgeable in logistics, has more than 20 years of work experience, a very trusted partner, armed with can-do attitude and very strong.’

Key clients

MSC Denmark A/S

Dansk Bjergning & Bugsering A/S

The Port of Aarhus

The Port of Kalundborg

The Port of Grenaa

Alba Tankers Aalborg ApS

Copenhagen Airports A/S

Carsoe A/S

DB Cargo Scandinavia A/S

Polaris Private Equity

DAT (Danish Air Transport)

The Ferry Secretariat

Danske Fragtmænd

IF Skadeforsikring

Greenland Airports

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Ferry Secretariat with preparing and executing a programme for the construction of up to 25-30 passenger ferries for the client’s 18 members over the course of 10 years.
  • Assisting DB Cargo Scandinavia in connection with the Great Belt accident, the investigations of the Accident Investigation Board and the claims of DSB for damage to the trains and indemnification for passenger claims, as well as claims from other parties sustaining losses from the accident, reimbursement of costs etc.
  • Representing A.P. Møller-Mærsk in legal proceedings before the Danish Supreme Court involving several issues of principle in relation to the applicability of jurisdiction clauses and the Brussels Regulation under Danish law, in the context of a cargo claim brought against the client following the loss of containers at sea in the Mediterranean Sea due to heavy weather.

Denmark > Tax Tier 2

Led by the ‘outstanding’ Jakob Schilder-Knudsen, DLA Piper Denmark handles the full gamut of tax law issues, including the structuring and tax optimisation of national and international alternative investment projects. The group has an indirect tax sub-team that includes Merete Andersen and Mario Fernandez, who is considered to be ‘one of the leading VAT and indirect tax lawyers in Denmark’, with a strong track record in advising on the indirect tax elements of M&A transactions. For corporate tax and vehicle registration tax issues, Artur Bugsgang is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jakob Schilder-Knudsen

Other key lawyers:


‘Jakob Schilder-Knudsen and Mario Fernandez are both outstanding tax and VAT advisers. They have expertise that is second to none in the Danish market.’

‘Deep market knowledge and always available.’

‘Mario Fernandez is one of the leading VAT and indirect tax lawyers in Denmark.’

‘Jakob Schilder-Knudsen is in my opinion the best tax lawyer in Denmark. He has in-depth knowledge of transaction-related taxes and has a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach.’

‘Jakob Knudsen is without a doubt one of the most competent lawyers I have ever come across.’

Key clients





Angelo Gordon



Discovery Networks

ALD Automotive

Takeaway (JustEat)

FOM Technologies

Vision Ejendomme

Mermaid Properties

SEB Denmark

Patrizia Multi Managers A/S

Savara Inc. US


Allianz Group

Citi Group

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Polestar Automotive

BlackFin Capital Partners

Forza Leasing

Work highlights

  • Assisted Trinseo with its €1.1bn acquisition of Arkema’s polymethyl methacrylates and activated methyl methacrylates businesses.
  • Assisted Mdundo.com with its successful IPO to the Nasdaq First North stock exchange in Copenhagen as well as its pre -IPO restructuring of the group.
  • Assisted the real estate fund Angelo Gordon with its acquisition of a Danish property Bådehavnsgade 36 and 38 and the tax and VAT structuring of a 50,000 sqm building and subsequent renting project.

Denmark > Telecoms Tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark assists global companies in the telecoms, communication satellite, and navigation systems sectors. The department is jointly led by Sebastian Ingversen and Per Vestergaard Pedersen; Ingversen advises primarily on M&A corporate work, while Pedersen focuses on issues in the satellite and space sector as well as matters pertaining to electronic communication networks.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Ingversen; Per Vestergaard Pedersen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TDC Group (Nuuday and TDC Net)



Tele Greenland A/S

Polhem Infra AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Polhem Infra AB on its acquisition of Telia Carrier Group, handling legal due diligence, negotiation of the transaction documentation and closing of the transaction.
  • Assisting the TDC Group (the largest telecoms provider in Denmark) with ongoing matters within a broad range of legal matters, including company law, competition law, regulatory compliance, real estate (ramp up of its reseller network, matters related to TDC’s leases and construction law) and procurement law.
  • Assisting Tele Greenland in a case regarding damages in connection with alleged refusal to supply.

Denmark > Capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark is best known for its DCM expertise, with particular strength in securitisation and structured finance work. It is also increasingly focusing on ECM matters, advising on transactional work as well as ongoing disclosure obligations and corporate governance issues. Lars Hagbard Grønkjær, who has more than 20 years of experience in international capital market transactions, heads the team. Anders Kaasgaard left the firm in 2021 to join Nordic Eye Venture Capital.

Practice head(s):

Lars Hagbard Grønkjær

Key clients


Merlin Entertainments (Legoland A/S)

Elfelagið SEV

DSV Panalpina A/S

Jyske Realkredit

Santander Corporate & Investment Banking

Nordea Bank

PFA Asset Management

Bank of New York Mellon

Scale Capital Funds ll K/S

Real Danmark

P+ and TDC Pensionskasse

Pension Danmark

Danske Bank

Nutreco International B.V.




Work highlights

  • Assisted Danske Bank on all legal aspects of Boozt.com’s IPO that has been admitted to trading and officially listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen and an offer of new shares.
  • Advised BactiQuant A/S throughout its IPO process and in a pre-IPO demerger.
  • Assisted DecideAct throughout its IPO process, including a pre-IPO funding round.

Denmark > Employment Tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark advises employers on the employment aspects of M&A and transactional work, including outsourcing and union issues. It is also adept at handling contentious matters, representing clients in arbitration proceedings, the Labour Court and injunctions. Led by Nina Wedsted, the group is regularly instructed on cross-border mandates, leveraging its global network of offices to assist both Danish and international clients. Data protection specialist Daniel Markussen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nina Wedsted

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Markussen


‘Daniel Markussen is very good in providing counsel so that I see the situation from more than my side which is very useful when the goal is to find a solution that works for both sides. He has helped me with several cases and solved them outside the court and I highly recommend him.’

‘Availability. Great persons to work with – experts in their field.’

‘The team is effective and timely and does not waste time with unnecessary meetings and touchpoints, but makes sure the client is well informed. All in all the team has been a pleasure to work with which is highly due to Daniel Markussen and his persona.’

‘Daniel Markussen has from the beginning been very concerned with getting an overview of what actually mattered to me as a client and which expectations were realistic and which we needed to address. Daniel is very straightforward, honest and is able to quickly pin down the facts and create outstanding solutions. Daniel has a broad and deep competence within employment practice, which comes to light in his legal advice.’

Key clients

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE

Medicolink Consultancy ApS

NEC Corporation

Sapiens International Corporation

Xero Limited

Dansk Sygeplejeråd

Sensata Technologies

Storskogen Industrier AB

Work highlights

  • Acted as adviser to Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE in employment law aspects of obtaining Danish work permits for the 200+ non-EU employees onboard the world’s largest crane vessel SSCV Sleipnir, supporting the three-year-long rebuilding of the TYRA Field in the North Sea, an oil and gas field owned by the Danish state.
  • Acted as adviser for a subsidiary owned by Medicolink in a high-profile case against the trade union HK (the Union of Commercial and Clerical Employees) concerning the interpretation of the so-called 120-day rule in the Danish Salaried Employees Act.
  • Assisted NEC Corporation, a Japanese multinational information technology and electronics company, headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, with the acquisition of KMD A/S (formerly Kommunedata), Denmark’s largest IT supplier to the public sector.

Denmark > Intellectual property Tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark advises on the full spectrum of IP issues, including domain names, patents, trade mark license agreements and issues relating to the distribution of TV and radio channels. Led by Annemette Ellermann Holmbom, the group also acts in high-profile litigation and arbitration proceedings and is adept at advising on all aspects of enforcement actions. Trade mark and design expert Anette Moll Berg is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Annemette Ellermann Holmbom

Other key lawyers:

Anette Moll Berg


‘The team is very competent and experienced. They are very responsive, flexible and are always available.’

‘The team is very solution-oriented and we are always presented with good and specific advice which is useful for our business.’

‘Very efficient and commercially sound advice from the whole team.’

‘I have worked with Annemette Ellermann for more than 20 years. She is the best!’

Key clients

e-Boks A/S

Louis Poulsen A/S

M&E Engineering A/S

Madklubben ApS

Dansk Byggeri

Normann Copenhagen ApS

Nuura ApS

Libertine-Libertine ApS

Hottinger Brüel & Kjær A/S

Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH

Foss Analytical A/S



PFA Pension

Phase One A/S

Capture One A/S

Sonion A/S

Sisters Point A/S

Fleye ApS

Light-Point A/S

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Dutch company Dutch Toys Group in a series of legal proceedings against the Danish company Euro Play ApS.
  • Assisted Lejerbo in an infringement matter regarding its LEJERBO house brand and trade mark .
  • Assisted the owners of Fredericia Furniture A/S in the acquisition of the Danish manufacturer of high-end furniture Erik Jørgensen A/S.

Global co-chairs: Roger Meltzer and Jon Hayes
Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

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