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Amerika Plads 37 | Copenhagen | 2100 | Denmark


Copenhagen, Denmark

Plesner's Overview

Plesner is recognised as one of the leading law firms in Denmark. The firm covers all areas of commercial law and has a strong focus on legal advice at executive level, complex dispute resolution and large-scale transactions.

The Danish financial newsletter "Oekonomisk Ugebrev" has recognised Plesner as market leader in Denmark in 2016 based on ratings from the three prominent international law firm rating agencies Legal 500, Chambers and IFLR 1000.

Most of the firm's work has an international dimension, and it has non-exclusive close relationships with leading law firms all over the world. It is a lockstep partnership with 41 partners and has a total staff of approximately 360, including 190 fee earners.

Plesner was founded in 1918 and has since then grown continuously through a series of mergers of leading Danish law firms.

Plesner receives the highest ratings from leading rating agencies:

The Lawyer: Plesner has been named "Nordic Law Firm of the Year 2016" as the first Danish law firm ever.

IFLR 1000: "According to peers, in corporate work the firm stands with the very best in the country. Clients praise both the pragmatic advice and high levels of professionalism the team is able to offer and are impressed by the quality of the lawyers involved. One says: 'They have a good understanding of our business, are very responsive and produce high quality work."

Chambers Global: "Plesner is, the only firm, ranked in Band 1 in all practice areas, including Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Restructuring/Insolvency and Tax."

Chambers Europe: "A top law firm. We got the best service we could have imagined. It is a firm to go to for important matters."

IFLR 1000: Denmark Law Firm of the Year 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2007 awarded by International Financial Law Review 1000.

Chambers Europe, 2013: Law Firm of the Year 2010 and 2013.

International Tax Review: Denmark Tax Firm of the Year 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2006

Managing Intellectual Property: Denmark IP Firm of the Year 2015 and 2010 awarded by Managing Intellectual Property.

Euromoney Legal Media Group: Europe Women in Business Law Award 2016, 2015 , 2014 , 2013 and 2012.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1918
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 190


Areas of Practice
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Copyright
  • Corporate Law
  • Counterfeited Products and Design
  • Data Protection Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • E-commerce
  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Energy Law and Infrastructure
  • Environmental Law and Planning Law
  • EU and Competition Law
  • Franchise
  • Insolvency Law and Restructuring
  • Insurance and Pension Law
  • IP Law
  • IT Law
  • Life Science – Regulatory & IP
  • M&A
  • Marketing Law and Consumer Law
  • Outsourcing
  • Patent Law
  • Public Law (Constitutional Law and Administrative Law)
  • Public Procurement Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) Law
  • Trademarks and Domain Names

VAT Wrongfully Charged on Radio and TV Licence Fees
Plesner, August 2017

 In Denmark, SKAT charges VAT on radio and TV licence fees. Households pay a licence fee to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), which then pays the VAT amount to SKAT. The VAT amount makes up 20 per cent of the total licence fee.Last year, the Court of Justice of the European Union held that it was unlawful to charge VAT on licence fees in a case concerning Czech radio licence fees. The case concerned a Czech public radio broadcasting body, which is funded by a statutory licence fee. The fee is a compulsory charge payable by anyone who owns or possesses a radio receiver...

Dismissal of 62-Year Old Teacher Did Not Constitute Discrimination
Plesner, August 2017

In a decision made earlier this year, the Board of Equal Treatment established that the dismissal of a 62-year old teacher did not constitute discrimination on the grounds of age. The board found it proven that the teacher''s competence profile could best be dispensed with in connection with the educational institution''s forward-looking need to cover lessons with a reduced number of teachers. In the relevant case, the Board of Equal Treatment was to consider whether an educational institution, which had dismissed a 62-year old teacher in connection with cutbacks, had subjected the teacher to discrimination on the grounds of age...

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STARK sold to US private equity firm
Plesner, November 2017

Ferguson plc, a world-leading plumbing and heating supplier, has agreed to sell building materials chain STARK to a US private equity firm in a deal worth around DKK 7.7bn. Plesner assisted Ferguson with the transaction. STARK GROUP, the largest building materials chain in the Nordic countries, was sold to US private equity firm Lone Star. Ferguson plc received around DKK 7.7bn for STARK GROUP which in addition to the building materials business in Denmark also comprises STARK in Greenland and Finland, Beijer Byggmaterial in Sweden and Neumann Bygg in Norway. STARK GROUP is sold as part of Ferguson's strategy to phase out its Nordic activities...

Netcompany aquires UK's fastest growing IT company
Plesner, October 2017

The Danish IT consulting firm Netcompany has completed its largest acquisition to date by acquiring the British IT company Hunter Macdonald. Plesner has assisted Netcompany with the newly closed transaction. Netcompany continues its international expansion with the acquisition of Hunter Macdonald and the company adds a strong capacity as regards cyber security and IT infrastructure. Netcompany previously expanded in Poland and Norway. Hunter Macdonald was founded in 2013 and has 350 employees. For the second time in a row, the Sunday Times recently named Hunter Macdonald as Britain's fastest growing IT service company...

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