Copenhagen Office

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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

Firm Overview:
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, Shanghai and New York 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
Commercial Contracts
Compensation & Benefits
Corporate Compliance & Investigations
Corporate Finance
Corporate Recovery
Corporate Social Responsibility
Dispute Resolution
Employment & Labour
Family Business Succession
Financial Analysis, Credit Assessment & Valuation
Financial Regulation
Foundations & Independent Institutions
Gas, Oil & Raw Materials
General Company
General Public
German-Danish Legal Matters
Greenlandic-Danish Legal Matters
Intellectual Property
Internet & E-commerce
IT & Telecom
M&A Real Estate
Media & Entertainment
Personal Data Protection
Private Clients
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Public Private Companies/Partnerships
State Aid

Agriculture & Food
Corporate Real Estate
Energy & Energy Supply
Financial Sector
Industry & Production
Insurance & Pension
Life Science & Healthcare
Professional Services
Public Sector
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.

Capital Markets:
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.

For the past 7 years, Bech-Bruun acted as legal adviser on more transactions in the Danish M&A market than any other law firm in the region except one year, where the firm was number two. The premier ranking is a testament to the M&A team’s 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. The team renders advice on domestic as well as cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeover bids, private equity-backed work, venture capital investments, joint ventures and company restructurings.

Dispute Resolution:
Bech-Bruun’s dispute resolution comprises experts specialising in litigation before the Danish Supreme court, High Courts, as well as arbitration tribunals and administrative complaints boards. The group has in-depth knowledge of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and court-based mediation, as well as litigation risk assessments 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’s large and experienced energy team differentiates its services from the market by offering interdisciplinary cooperation combined with high specialisation. Bech-Bruun recently dedicated a team of its experienced associates and partners to working exclusively in the renewable energy sector. The team has played a 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 know-how and is now at forefront of the Danish energy sector.

EU & Competition:
Bech-Bruun assists private enterprises and public organisations in construing and applying competition law and public procurement law in practice. Bech-Bruun represents clients in complex cases before the EU courts and the Danish supervisory authorities and courts in cases involving all aspects of competition law and public procurement law, incl. cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, merger control proceedings and claims for compensation. Bech-Bruun’s expertise covers a wide range of industries, incl. transport, media/broadcasting, retail, waste, energy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and postal services.

Intellectual Property:
Bech-Bruun provides market-leading advice within all aspects of IP, incl. patents and utility models, trademarks, designs, copyright with an unique footprint within life sciences, media and entertainment, IT, digitalisation and new technologies. The tier 1 legal advisory renders support to clients on IP strategy, enforcement, defence, litigation and prosecution and regulatory matters. As the only Danish law firm with a representative office in China, Bech-Bruun has deep knowledge of the protection and enforcement of IP rights in China and neighbouring countries.

Labour Law:
Bech-Bruun is specialised in the area of labour and employment law. Bech-Bruun regularly offers legal counsel to listed companies, international corporations, SMEs, public authorities, incl. municipalities, on issues within all areas of labour and employment law. Bech-Bruun is often involved in cases of general public importance brought before the ordinary courts, the Labour Court, the Unfair Dismissals Board and arbitration tribunals.

Real Estate & Construction:
Bech-Bruun’s experienced team of real estate and construction experts 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.

Bech-Bruun has one of the largest and most experienced 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 large domestic banks, as well as multiple international financial institutions operating in Denmark. Bech-Bruun handles the full range of work, incl. non-contentious whole-business restructurings, debt restructurings, the acquisition of distressed assets, and insolvencies.

Bech-Bruun’s tax group is among the most specialised and has expert qualifications within the entire spectrum of direct and indirect taxes, such as M&A tax planning, group structures, VAT, structured finance and financial instruments as well as high-end tax litigation.