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DLA Piper Denmark

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Chairman: Peter Schäfer
Managing Partner: Martin Lavesen
Number of partners: 73
Number of lawyers: 206
Languages: Danish, English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian

Firm Overview:
DLA Piper Denmark is one of the leading full-service law firms in Denmark. Clients include private enterprises, the financial sector, the public sector, organisations and private individuals in Denmark and abroad. DLA Piper is the largest law firm in the Nordic countries and the only law firm with offices in all the Nordic countries. Globally DLA Piper has more than 4,200 lawyers in over 40 countries, which makes DLA Piper the third largest law firm in the world.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:

DLA Piper Denmark regularly provides advice to a large number of enterprises in the financial sector, including banks, insurance companies, pension funds and mortgage credit institutions on all aspects relevant to their business. The specialist team has profound knowledge of the extensive regulation of the sector.

Capital Markets:
DLA Piper Denmark regularly represents shareholders in and executive managements of a large number of Danish and foreign companies whose shares are listed. In addition, it advises acquirers of listed companies, including in connection with submissions of bids.

Commercial & Company:
DLA Piper Denmark’s assistance comprises not only the general matters of commercial and company law. Specialists also provide advice on the highly complex company transactions and issues only rarely encountered by the individual enterprise.

Construction & Real Estate:
DLA Piper Denmark has experience in advising Danish and foreign property players as well as public enterprises and authorities on all legal aspects of real estate, including in connection with construction, operation, development, sale, purchase and letting as well as in connection with financing and charges concerning real estate.

Employment & Labour:
DLA Piper Denmark advises the members of management and the HR managers and employees of large as well as small enterprises, in both the private and the public sectors, on employment-law issues. The firm has extensive experience of all legal aspects of employment and the challenges which may arise before, during and after employment.

DLA Piper Denmark advises a considerable number of both public and private players within the energy sector. Their team advises oil and gas companies, as well as companies dealing in electricity, heating, water supply, waste water and waste and to an increasing extent also on investments in renewable energy plants in the form of wind farms, biogas plants, solar cells and geothermic, etc.

The firm has many years of experience within environmental law and has been an active ally as well as adversary while contributing to development by i.e. conducting cases of general public importance relating to statutory interpretation. EU &

DLA Piper Denmark has extensive experience in advising enterprises on all the aspects of competition rules in Denmark and the EU. The firm provides competent management sparring concerning optimising enterprises’ operations within the competition-law framework.

Infrastructure & Public Investments:
DLA Piper Denmark advises public/semi-public authorities, regions/municipalities and private businesses on all aspects within infrastructure and public investments, including in particular PPP/PPC and ESCO projects. Therefore, it has in-depth knowledge of the issues in the wake of infrastructure projects, and the approach is both broad and solution oriented.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
DLA Piper Denmark advises enterprises in financial distress. The goal is to find value-creating solutions that work for the enterprise in question and the other involved stakeholders, including owners, banks, charge holders, employees, suppliers as well as its management.

Insurance & Tort:
DLA Piper Denmark has expertise in all areas of insurance law and the law of damages, and the many years of experience have given them profound and invaluable knowledge of the insurance industry. The firm can therefore provide optimum solution-oriented and professional advice to the clients.

Intellectual Property & Entertainment:
Trademarks, design, patents, copyright law, domain names and issues arising out of marketing law - tend to play an important role for today’s enterprises. Protection, enforcement and exploitation of these rights is therefore essential. DLA Piper Denmark offers highly qualified advising and sparring within all aspects of intellectual property and entertainment.

IT, E-Commerce & Telecommunications:
DLA Piper Denmark advises clients on both national and international aspects of IT, e-commerce and telecommunications law. Clients include large corporations as well as a number of emerging technology companies.

Litigation & Arbitration:
DLA Piper Denmark has long and extensive experience in representing Danish as well as international clients before all tiers of the Danish judicial system and in conducting cases before the European Court of Justice.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
An M&A transaction may be a complicated process, but the assistance of experienced advisors may help avoid unnecessary complication of the process. Lawyers have extensive experience in planning and carrying out mergers and acquisitions, representing sellers as well as purchasers, which enables them to make highly valuable contributions.

Personal Data:
DLA Piper Denmark advises enterprises and public authorities on procuring a legal basis for processing personal data, including on the Danish Act on processing of personal data and provisions in special legislation.

Private Equity & Venture Capital:
DLA Piper Denmark offers advice on all legal aspects of private-equity transactions and alternative investment structures, including buy-outs and growth equity investments, venture and seed capital and any other risk capital. Moreover, it provides advice to institutional as well as other professional investors involved in fund-of-funds investments and limited partnership units (secondaries).

There is an ever-increasing focus on the procurement of goods, services or works, including the questions of who is required to invite tenders, what contracts must be put out to tender, how to correctly manage the procurement process and what action tenderers should take if they feel unfairly treated during the procurement process. As advisors for players on the part of contracting entities and tenderers, The firm has a wealth of experience within procurement law.

DLA Piper Denmark has a wealth of experience within public law. Its competence encompasses a number of special administrative-law disciplines. The firm’s strongest card may well be their understanding of and routine in handling requirements for successfully navigating in a politically managed system.

DLA Piper Denmark combines advice with commercial understanding and has a large team of specialists. It provides high-quality advice within all aspects of tax law. Experience extends to both corporate clients and private individuals as well as public enterprises and authorities, and they represent clients in disputes in relation to the tax authorities and before the courts.

Transport & Shipping:
DLA Piper Denmark provides assistance to forwarding agents, principals and carriers as regards advice, conclusion of contracts, provision of security and dispute resolution within all areas of transport and shipping.

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