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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark

Cross-border financing transactions, international loan agreements, corporate bond issuances, and financial litigation are the mainstays of DLA Piper Denmark’s team. Recent work examples are debt restructuring for Hydratech Industries; assisting Collector Bank with a mezzanine facility to two real estate investors; and advising SEV on securing its €230m financing agreement from US private placement of bonds. Notable clients include Nordea, Nykredit, DiBa Bank and PFA Pension. The team includes Joachim Kundert Jensen, Hans Madsen and project finance expert Lene Lange. Ian Tokley and Ulrich Hejle were new arrivals from Lundgrens and Njord Law Firm respectively. Finn Overgaard left the firm.

Leading individuals

Ian Tokley - DLA Piper Denmark

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark

Understanding of the Danish angle as well as the ability to draw on international experience’ characterises the capital markets practice at DLA Piper Denmark. Recent mandates include advising ATP and PFA on the Ørsted IPO; assisting Topsil with a structured sales process; and acting on behalf of Danso OTC in a takeover bid for Copenhagen Network shares. Ian Tokley joined from Lundgrens in July 2018. Finn Overgaard left the firm.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark

Led by Sebastian Ingversen, DLA Piper Denmark regularly acts for PE funds, financial institutions and foreign investors. Michael Vinther and Karsten Pedersen assisted Artha Transport and UM-Management with the sale of 85% of Umove shares to Cube Infrastructure Fund II. Another highlight was advising Visma Group on the acquisition of Bluegarden. Tony Lund-Burmeister joined from Njord Law Firm and Nicholas Lerche-Gredal was promoted, increasing the number of partners in the team to 18. The firm welcomed Eskil Bielefeldt, Per Buttenschøn and Kristian Hjølund Nielsen to the team following its merger with Delacour.

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Michael Vinther - DLA Piper Denmark

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark

The ‘highly qualified’ and ‘business-oriented’ team at DLA Piper Denmark regularly acts for clients in the insurance, banking and pension sectors. ‘One of the most well-esteemed litigatorsGeorg Lett continues, together with Anders Julius Tengvad, to defend Ernst & Young in a liability case arising from the collapse of Roskilde Bank. The ten-partner team is led by Pernille Sølling and includes René Offersen.

Leading individuals

Georg Lett - DLA Piper Denmark

René Offersen - DLA Piper Denmark

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark

A very high service level and business understanding’ are characteristics of DLA Piper Denmark’s competition practice, which is particularly strong in public procurement and state aid. Highlights were the representation of DanPilot in two procurement procedures related to the purchase of an IT system and assisting Interdan with the merger control connected to its acquisition of Citroën Denmark. Key advisors are ‘highly skilledMichael Klöcker and Torkil Høg. The firm welcomed Rune Hamborg following its merger with Delacour in August 2018.

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark is experienced in employment litigation and regularly advises on the employment aspects of transactions. It fields a ‘skilled’ two-partner department acting for clients such as Ernst & Young and Jet Time. The team has been strengthened through the hire of ‘knowledgeable and experiencedNina Wedsted from Labora Legal. Jeppe Høyer Jørgensen has joined Labora Legal. Jon Lauritzen was a new arrival in August 2018 following the firm's merger with Delacour.

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Energy - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark delivers ‘high-quality service’ for matters related to oil and gas, renewable energies, offshore activities and utility services. Under the leadership of Jacob Christiansen, the group assisted NRGi with the acquisition of wind turbines and advised the consortium behind Maabjerg Energy on the set-up of a bioethanol plant.

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Environment - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark’s environmental law department is led by contamination expert Line Marie Pedersen. In line with Pedersen’s particular expertise, the group regularly represents national and international companies as well as public entities in administrative and civil proceedings. On behalf of Dansk Shell, the team reached a settlement with By and Havn regarding the soil contamination of an inoperative fuel depot and also assisted the Municipality of Koege with a coast and flood protection project. The department includes the renowned Vivi Bruhn Knudsen, Kurt Bardeleben and Per Vestergaard Pedersen, who is a legal counsel for the Greenland government.

Leading individuals

Line Marie Pedersen - DLA Piper Denmark

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark

Delacour regularly advises on data protection and cloud computing issues and handles IT litigation. Representative clients include PDC, BMW Financial Services and GlobeTeam. Practice head Jon Lauritzen arrived from now defunct Brandt & Lauritzen. Jon Lauritzen is now with DLA Piper Denmark following the firm's merger with Delacour.

The six-partner group at DLA Piper Denmark is recommended for IT contracts, data protection and outsourcing. Recent mandates involved the team advising the City of Copenhagen on the procurement of an IT system, including drafting the IT contract. Practice head Marlene Winther Plas is recommended. Jon Lauritzen was a new arrival in August 2018 following the firm's merger with Delacour.

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Insolvency - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark handles the full range of insolvency and restructuring matters and is particularly active in the agricultural sector. A recent highlight was the restructuring of SSP Technology; co-practice head Henrik Sjørslev led the advice. Gert Nissen was appointed trustee of IF Group in bankruptcy proceedings. Ian Tokley joined from Lundgrens in July 2018. The firm welcomed Per Buttenschøn in August 2018 following its merger with Delacour.

Noted for its ‘extremely high service level’, Delacour is experienced in bankruptcy estates, restructurings and debt collection. Thomas Heering was appointed trustee of Danmark Accessorie in bankruptcy. Flemming Bastholm heads the team, which welcomed Per Buttenschøn from Brockstedt-Kaalund Advokatpartnerselskab. Per Buttenschøn is now with DLA Piper Denmark following the firm’s merger with Delacour in August 2018. Thomas Heering is now with Gorrissen Federspiel, while Flemming Bastholm joined Horten.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper Denmark

Demonstrating ‘short response times, in-depth industry knowledge and business acumen’, DLA Piper Denmark’s insurance department attracts praise for its ‘legal and strategical advice’ and ‘team of specialists’. Practice head Georg Lett is ‘one of the most well-esteemed litigators in the country, with in-depth knowledge in both litigation and insurance’. Among his recent work, Lett acted for an insurance company on D&O coverage claims against the board of a collapsed bank, and with Pernille Sølling defended SEB Pension in a Supreme Court case related to the warranty of an annual minimum interest.

Leading individuals

Georg Lett - DLA Piper Denmark

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark

FocusedDLA Piper Denmark acts for clients such as Red Bull and Hugo Boss in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. A recent mandate involved Niels Ankerstjerne Sloth representing Minkpapir in a patent validity and follow-on infringement case against Jaso Pels. Annemette Ellermann is praised for her ‘in-depth knowledge’. Claes Wildfang joined Dahl Law Firm in October 2017.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark

Under the leadership of Jens Krogh Petersen, DLA Piper Denmark acts for various clients from the media, sport and entertainment industry. Notable work includes assisting pop group Lukas Graham with a number of matters such as infringement claims and endorsement agreements.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction matters. The recent caseload includes assisting the Municipality of Copenhagen with the public procurement of two framework agreements for several building projects. Kurt Bardeleben is the key name. Henrik Puggaard is now with Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith. The firm welcomed Per Hald and Jesper Petersen Bach following its merger with Delacour in August 2018.

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmarkprovides a high level of service’ for a broad client portfolio, including DSB, Skanlog and Logistica. The group, led by Per Vestergaard Pedersen, advises shipping and transport companies, forwarding agents, logistic providers, as well as liability and cargo insurers on contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm welcomed Henrik Kleis and Thomas Bindseil-Hansen to the team following its merger with now defunct firm Delacour in August 2018.

Leading individuals

Henrik Kleis - DLA Piper Denmark

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Denmark

Artur Bugsgang leads the five-partner tax practice at DLA Piper Denmark. A recent mandate was the representation of Koppers Denmark in a tax exemption case related to the consumption of energy products. The group also acts on behalf of the Ministry of Taxation in several VAT refund disputes. Line Kjær is the ‘go-to person’ for VAT and excise duty matters. Jon Lauritzen was a new arrival following the firm’s merger with now defunct firm Delacour in August 2018.

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Artur Bugsgang - DLA Piper Denmark

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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