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Poul Schmith

Competition/European Law

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What the team is known for

Well-regarded practice noted for its expertise in public procurement and extensive knowledge of the public sector, as well as EU and international law. Advises government entities and publicly owned companies on state aid, public procurement and tender procedures. Represents the Danish government before both national and EU courts. Notable prowess in litigation and contentious matters, such as complaints to regulatory authorities.

Strengths

A client states: "They are excellent at arriving at real, practical solutions when we feel that we either do not understand current regulation, or we need to argue in favour of a specific case."

A source remarks that the lawyers have very deep regulatory knowledge, adding: "They are very attentive to their client's needs."

Work highlights

Acted for the Danish Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing on an ongoing state aid case relating to the financing of a transport project.

Notable practitioners

Jacob Pinborg acts for clients on competition law disputes regarding price fixing, abuse of dominance and other anti-competitive allegations. Market commentators see him as "a very skilled litigator and very pleasant to work with."

Rass Holdgaard enters the rankings on the back of positive market feedback. He is recognised for his strong expertise in state aid, handling both contentious issues and advisory work.

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Overview

    Poul Schmith’s public procurement, competition and EU law team is the largest in the market. Our size and breadth of expertise allows us to act on a wide range of matters.

    Poul Schmith has acted as key counsel to the Danish state for more than 80 years. We advise central government authorities, regional authorities and municipalities and publicly held enterprises / companies. We combine our unmatched public sector and regulatory capacities with deep industry insight and represent many Danish and foreign companies.

    We have an outstanding track record in competition matters and have been involved in almost all major cases before the Danish courts in the last 15 years. This includes vertical and horizontal agreements, abuse of dominance and “gun jumping”. We have vast experience in negotiating damages claims and handling of several merger control cases.

    We stand out for our public procurement expertise and are frequently instructed in the largest and most complex projects in the market. We represent clients in more cases before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement than any other firm. 

    We have unmatched experience within the field of state aid. In recent years, the firm has been involved in all major state aid cases and we frequently assist clients in dealings with the European Commission.

    In addition, Poul Schmith has significant experience in cases regarding international law and general EU-law. We often represent clients before the European Court of Justice.

Members

Bødtcher-Hansen, Jens

Estrup Ippolito, Andreas

Hartlev, Kristian

Holdgaard, Rass

Ilsøe Andersen, Tomas

Pinborg, Jacob

Industries

Construction

Defence & Security

Energy

Financial Sector

Health Care

Infrastructure

Insurance

IT & Technology

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Public sector

Retail

Telecommunications

Transportation

Utilities

Competition/European Law Department

Poul Schmith

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Department location

Vester Farimagsgade 23

Copenhagen V

Hovedstaden

Denmark

1606

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Denmark

Competition/European Law


Jacob Pinborg
Band 2
Rass Holdgaard
Band 3