Chairman: Thomas Holst Laursen
Managing Partner: Tom Kári Kristjánsson
Number of partners: 39
Number of lawyers: 235
Languages: Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish
Plesner is a leading Danish business law firm covering all areas of commercial law and public law. Most of the firm’s work has an international dimension, and Plesner has non-exclusive close relationships with leading law firms all over the world. It is a lockstep partnership with 39 partners and has a total staff of approximately 430, including 295 fee earners. It was founded in 1918 and has since then developed into a leading player in the Danish legal market.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The firm’s banking and finance group provides expert advice on acquisition financing; capital market instruments; project financing, including financing of energy projects; asset-based financing, including aircraft and ship financing; regulatory matters; derivatives and structured products and financial restructurings.
Plesner is the leading Danish law firm in most mergers and acquisitions in the Nordics in the period 2000-2019 (Mergermarket: combined value and volume). The firm’s M&A specialists render expert advice on transactions, including investments, joint ventures, mergers, demergers and restructurings as well as provide due diligence process management.
Plesner’s capital markets group advises listed, particularly Danish, companies and Danish and foreign financial institutions on all corporate and securities law matters in respect of companies and stocks listed on NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen and other regulated markets. The team’s services cover the entire field, including IPOs, accelerated book building, rights issues, direct placements, capital adjustments, public takeovers, bond issues, advice to listed companies on their general ongoing compliance obligations, pursuant to capital markets legislation as well as disclosure requirements, flagging etc. and corporate governance.
The commercial contracts group provides advice to undertakings within most industries on the preparation and conclusion as well as the contractual rights and obligations of all types of agreements.
Commercial Real Estate:
Plesner’s real estate lawyers advise leading Danish and international investors, developers and property companies at all stages of investments in financing and development of commercial properties from acquisition to sale. The group provides expert advice inter alia to shopping centres, hotels, investment properties for residential and commercial purposes, production facilities and warehouses, etc. irrespective of whether the property in question has been acquired for investment or development purposes.
Dispute resolution is one of Plesner’s key strengths. The dispute resolution group has solid experience and expertise in appearing before international and domestic courts, with many of the lawyers holding positions on international dispute resolution associations. The group spans across a wide range of legal areas including tax, IT, insolvency, insurance, intellectual property and construction disputes.
Insolvency & Reconstruction:
The insolvency and reconstruction group’s specialists assist in restructuring proceedings, act as trustees in bankruptcy proceedings and advise clients in avoidance proceedings. The group is widely experienced in bankruptcy proceedings, and it has acted in many of the most notable Danish insolvencies of late. It has been particularly active in assisting clients within the real estate, shipping and airline sectors.
The firm’s widely recognised tax specialists advise Danish and international clients on all tax and duty related issues and conduct a large number of tax and duty related cases before the tax authorities, the local tax appeal tribunals, the National Assessment Council, the National Tax Tribunal, the High Courts, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.