Chairman: Jacob Hjortshøj
Managing Partner: Simon Evers Kalsmose-Hjelmborg
Number of partners: 72
Number of lawyers: 303
Languages: Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Russian, Spanish, the Scandinavian languages, Turkish, Urdu
Bech-Bruun is a market-oriented law firm offering specialist services. Bech-Bruun is among the leading full-service law firms in Denmark and one of the largest within the Nordic region. From its offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus, New York City and Shanghai Bech-Bruun advises on all aspects of corporate and commercial law providing Danish as well as international clients with tailored, interdisciplinary and value-adding solutions based on in-depth industry knowledge.
Capital Markets & Securities
Chinese-Danish Legal Matters
Compensation & Benefits
Corporate Compliance & Investigations
Corporate Social Responsibility
Employment & Labour
Family Business Succession
Finance Financial Analysis, Credit Assessment & Valuation
Foundations & Independent Institutions
Gas, Oil & Raw Materials
German-Danish Legal Matters
Greenlandic-Danish Legal Matters
Internet & E-commerce
IT & Telecom Lease
M&A Real Estate
Media & Entertainment
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Public Private Companies/Partnerships
Agriculture & Food
Corporate Real Estate
Energy & Energy Supply
Industry & Production
Insurance & Pension
Life Science & Healthcare
Retail & Consumer Goods
Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT)
Transport & Logistics
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
Bech-Bruun has vast experience in and extensive knowledge of the global banking and finance markets. It provides specialist advice on all domestic and cross-border banking and finance-related matters, including advice on lending and acquisition finance, syndicated loans, bonds and debt capital markets, project finance, asset finance, banking and regulatory advice, derivatives and structured products.
Bech-Bruun’s specialist lawyers advise on stock exchange, capital market and regulatory matters in domestic and cross-border transactions. Services include compliance, securities offerings, including stock exchange listings, private placements and secondary offers, verifications, securities trading and regulation of securities, takeover bids and delisting.
Corporate / M&A:
For the past five years, Bech-Bruun acted as legal adviser on more large-scale transactions in the Danish M&A market than any other law firm in the region. The premier ranking is a testament to the M&A team’s strong qualifications in advising on international M&A transactions of all sizes and within all sectors as well as its indisputable market share in that respect. Bech-Bruun renders advice on domestic as well as cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeover bids, private equitybacked work, venture capital investments, joint ventures and company restructurings.
Bech-Bruun’s Dispute Resolution practice group comprises highly qualified experts specialising in litigation before supreme courts, arbitration tribunals as well as administrative complaints boards. It has in-depth knowledge of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and court-based mediation, as well as litigation risk assessment and choice of law and jurisdiction clauses in international contracts.
Bech-Bruun’s employment practice group ranks as one of the strongest teams of advisers to public and private sector clients in Denmark. The practice group continues to be widely recognised for its strength within all types of litigation. The practice group is a key player within share and asset business transfers and is broadly recognised for its corporate focus and understanding of the clients’ needs. The practice group has been first mover within personal data matters and today, the practice group often assists in setting up.
Bech-Bruun has a large and extremely experienced energy team, which differentiates its services from the market by offering interdisciplinary cooperation combined with high specialisation. The team has played a significant role in almost every high profile energy transaction that involved Danish interests in the past years. Bech-Bruun has invested heavily in becoming a market leader in this field by achieving and strengthening its expertise and knowhow and is now at forefront of the Danish energy sector.
EU & Competition:
Bech-Bruun is involved in most competition law proceedings in Denmark, including the majority of court proceedings and authority decisions as well as having the most experienced Danish lawyer within competition law court proceedings. Bech-Bruun’s expertise covers a wide range of industries, including transport, media and broadcasting, waste, energy, payment solutions, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, infrastructure, postal services and retail.
Bech-Bruun renders advice within all aspects of IP, including trademarks, designs, patents and utility models, copyright, media and entertainment, IT and technology, marketing, e-commerce and data protection. Legal advisory services include IP strategy, regulatory matters, enforcement and litigation. As the only Danish law firm with a representative office in China, Bech-Bruun has in-depth knowledge of the protection and enforcement of IP rights in China.
Real Estate & Construction:
Bech-Bruun has a highly experienced team of real estate and construction specialists who work together to resolve all legal and financial aspects of complex private property investments and construction projects as well as public private partnerships. The team’s advisory services include contracts, procurement, financing, liability and insurance as well as disputes and litigation.
Restructuring / Insolvency:
Bech-Bruun restructuring (now part of the banking, restructuring and capital markets practice group of Bech- Bruun) maintains its position as the largest restructuring practice group on the Danish market, comprising Michael Serring appointed as permanent trustees of bankruptcy estates by the Bankruptcy Division of the Maritime and Commercial High Court. Bech-Bruun has a leading creditor practice, advising the majority of local banks, such as Danske Bank A/S, Nordea Bank (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), as well as an impressive range of international financial institutions operating in Denmark. Bech-Bruun handles the full range of work, including non-contentious whole-business restructurings, debt restructurings, the acquisition of distressed assets, and insolvencies.
Bech-Bruun’s tax practice group has expert qualifications within the entire spectrum of corporate tax, such as M&A tax planning, group restructurings, strategic tax, EU taxation and transfer pricing, incentive schemes, structured finance and financial instruments as well as tax litigation.