Managing Partner: Martin André Dittmer
Partners’ Board: Peter Appel (Chairman), Martin André Dittmer, Bo Holse, Henriette Gernaa, Anders Peter G Christoffersen, Tobias Linde
Number of partners worldwide: 51
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 280
Gorrissen Federspiel is recognised as one of Denmark’s leading law firms with a strong national and international practice. The firm holds distinguished international relations due to long-term close cooperation with a number of the world’s leading law firms in other jurisdictions. In 2019 the firm advised more than half of the most traded companies on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange The firm is a full service law firm covering all relevant aspects of business law with approximately 460 employees of which more than 275 are lawyers. The experts are divided into 12 practice groups. Furthermore, cross-practice groups are established focusing on identified business sectors or specific business areas.
■ Banking & Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Economic Analysis
■ EU & Competition
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ IP & Digital Business
■ Labour & Employment
■ Real Estate
Cross Practice Groups:
■ Aircraft & Rolling Stock
■ Auditing & Consultancy Firms
■ Compliance & CSR
■ Energy & Utilities
■ French Desk
■ German Desk
■ Greenland Desk
■ Insurance & Reinsurance
■ International Construction & Engineering Projects
■ Life Science
■ Private Equity
■ Media & Entertainment
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The banking and finance group covers the full spectrum of banking and finance law, including acquisition and project financing, leasing and bond issues. The group’s well-respected lawyers always strive to be at the forefront of banking developments providing advice on establishing, acquiring, merging and liquidating banks and other financial institutions, establishing branches of foreign financial institutions, all regulatory issues concerning financial institutions and offering of financial business.
The capital markets group offers specialist advice on all aspects of securities law and traditionally acts on the largest IPOs. Members of the group have extensive experience in acting for both issuers and underwriters in national as well as international public offerings of Danish securities. The group also assists prospective bidders and Danish listed companies in take-over bids.
Gorrissen Federspiel has for a number of years acted as advisors in a large number of the most comprehensive and complex transactions in Denmark. The firm’s corporate/ mergers and acquisitions group has a leading role in many cross-border transactions. The group advises large Danish companies as well as multinationals and private equity funds on mergers, disposals, restructurings and MBOs.
Members of the dispute resolution group specialise in all areas of dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration cases before the Danish courts, the arbitration panel on construction law and other public panels, the European Court of Justice and national and international arbitration panels, dispute resolution and handling of disputes and mediation and other types of structured settlement negotiations. The group is home to some of the top Danish arbitrators and litigators.
EU & Competition:
Gorrissen Federspiel has one of the leading Danish competition law practices with comprehensive practical experience in advising clients within all aspects of competition law. Members of the EU and competition group specialise in providing clients with general advice on issues concerning Danish and EU competition law. The group covers the full spectrum of competition issues, as well as public procurement matters.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
The insolvency group has considerable experience and expertise in all aspects of insolvency and restructuring law. For many years the group has administered some of the largest bankruptcy estates in Denmark and handled the most complex national and international cases. Members of the group advise on all insolvency and restructuring law matters and act as reorganisers, trustees and liquidators.
IP & Digital Business:
The IP and digital business group is a full-service practice focused om intellectual property rights, technology, personal data, IT and outsourcing. The members of the group are equally at home with contentious and noncontentious mandates and have considerable experience within infringement cases. The group assists clients with cases before the Danish courts, Danish authorities, the European Court of Justice, OHIM and WIPO.
Labour & Employment:
The labour and employment group has extensive international experience and assists Danish and international companies and organisations, including board members, directors and members of management, with all kinds of labour and employment issues.
The members of the real estate group are highly experienced in providing general as well as specialist advice on real estate. The areas of expertise cover real estate transactions, construction, project development and lease law, amongst a comprehensive range of matters.
The shipping/offshore/transportation group is a leading adviser within the Danish maritime, offshore and transportation industries. The firm’s well-established maritime practice dates back to the 1890’s. The group counts many Danish and international shipowners and operators amongst its clients. It covers the full spectrum of shipping law, including traditional maritime law, collisions, groundings, salvage, charterparties, cargo claims and marine insurance.
The members of the tax group advise on all aspects related to corporate tax, VAT and duties. Key focus is on complex international tax issues, audits and disputes, transactions and tax planning and compliance.
The economic analysis practice group has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative methods as well as economic modelling. The cooperation between economists and legal experts ensures that clients obtain a complete counselling experience, where all aspects of a matter have been examined and analysed.