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Provided by Poul Schmith

    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 and commercial insight and also 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.

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

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Competition/European Law - Denmark
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Band 3
What the team is known for

Poul Schmith has a well-regarded practice noted for its expertise in public procurement and extensive knowledge of the public sector, as well as EU and international law. The law firm advises government entities and publicly owned companies on state aid, public procurement and tender procedures. The department has notable prowess in litigation and contentious matters, such as complaints to regulatory authorities. The legal team represents the Danish government before both national and EU courts.

Strengths

"Poul Schmith have always met the promised deadlines and are always quick to respond to e-mails. Larger tasks have always been completed by the team as planned," remarks one source.

Another interviewee highlights the "very strong team with a very deep knowledge on legal matters related to the Danish state."

Work highlights

Represented the Danish Ministry of Culture in a state aid case before the Eastern High Court of Denmark regarding aid granted to TV2 during 1995-2002.

Notable practitioners

Christina Heiberg-Grevy is a notable practitioner on the market who regularly advises on merger control clearance for significant transactions, further handling compliance topics and criminal proceedings. "Christina Heiberg-Grevy immediately understands the complex situation to be handled and delivers to perfection," attests one respondent.

Jacob Pinborg represents clients in competition law disputes regarding price fixing, abuse of dominance and other anti-competitive allegations. One source highlights his "very good understanding of the client's needs."

Rass Holdgaard handles matters related to state aid, handling both contentious issues and advisory work. "Rass Holdgaard has vast knowledge on all matters within EU law, especially state aid-related matters. He is able to provide useable advise for complex legal and commercial structures," according to one source.

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Christina Heiberg-Grevy
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Christina Heiberg-Grevy
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Band 2
Jacob Pinborg
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Jacob Pinborg
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Band 2
Rass Holdgaard
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Rass Holdgaard
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Band 3
Competition/European Law: Public Procurement

Christina Heiberg-Grevy
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Christina Heiberg-Grevy
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Band 2

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