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Each year, Danish law firms are rated by a number of international legal rating agencies. The ratings are based on e.g. interviews with clients, other law firms and chief executives from Danish and international companies.

Year after year, Accura is placed at the very top among Danish law firms.

The most respected legal rating agencies are Legal 500 and Chambers.


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Chambers Europe 2017

Banking & Finance
Well-reputed practice with notable expertise in structured and project finance. Particularly active in transactional finance. Well regarded for its cross-border capabilities and advice to both domestic and international corporates and financial institutions. Other areas of expertise include financing issues linked to real estate investments and transactions. 

Quotes from clients:
Clients felt the team had a good understanding of commercial issues, with one interviewee saying: "I appreciate their commercial approach to the legal aspects."

Kim Toftgaard is "a pragmatic lawyer who knows his stuff" according to clients, while others say he "uses the law to make something commercial and useful." He specialises predominantly in acquisition finance and has notable experience in advising Danish and international banks, as well as private equity funds. He worked with SEB as the lender financing Australian First Investment's purchase of a large Danish and Swedish ferry line.

Capital Markets
Strong, commercial team which advises underwriters, arrangers and issuers on both debt and equity transactions. Acts for a range of clients including multinational corporates and Nordic financial institutions. Offers experience in IPOs, bond programmes and public M&A. 

Quotes from clients:
"The firm is very commercial, good at handling transactions and creates a nice environment even with the counterparty's lawyers. The firm's senior people are also very present throughout the transaction." "Our experience has been a pleasure; the firm is solution-oriented and responsive." 

Clients describe Kim Toftgaard as a "pragmatist" who can "effectively and efficiently work towards a goal" and "understands how to make things work commercially." He primarily focuses on banking and DCM such as bond issuances, securitisation and structured finance, recently assisting Jyske Bank with its USD8 billion EMTN programme. 

Thomas Weincke is "very commercial and out-reaching" according to clients. He advises on a wide range of M&A, corporate and ECM issues and played a leading role on the Coor's IPO.

Competition & European Law
Notable team assisting with a range of competition-related projects. Acts on merger clearance issues and has considerable experience in public procurement and regulatory matters. Recent experience includes cartel investigations, tender procedures and compliance work. Advising on anti-competitive agreements and abusive practices also plays a substantial role in the firm's workload.

Quotes from clients:
Clients praise the firm's accurate and detailed approach: "They are very skilled, specific and thorough, with the right expertise." Another client values the firm's logical and constructive approach, saying: "They are very proactive, pragmatic and solution-oriented. You can see the reasoning behind their concise answers."

Jesper Fabricius heads the competition team and advises clients on a range of competition matters, as well as public procurement for both Danish and international clients. Clients say: "He is the best procurement lawyer; he is extremely competent and has a great overview. He also has a very creative approach to problem solving which is sustainable, practical and economical. He is available and responsive at all times, and very good at communicating."

Christina Heiberg-Grevy is noted for her experience in competition law, with a particular focus on merger control, procurement law and dominant market position issues. Clients say: "She has been very supportive, well connected, constructive and very qualified. She is efficient and delivers quality service on time. She has strong legal knowledge of Danish competition law." She recently advised Scandinavian MediCopter on a complaint brought before the Complaints Board for Public Procurement concerning the award of a long-term contract of helicopter bases to a competitor.

Corporate/M&A
Market-leading M&A practice offering first-class advice to an impressive roster of clients. Assists both domestic and international corporations with cross-border mandates involving mergers, joint ventures and investments. Has particular experience acting for private equity investors and financial institutions on transactions which span numerous industry sectors.

Quotes from clients:
"They are very focused on M&A and as such you get the full suite of fast responses, complete dedication to doing deals and the right attitude." "The firm is very pragmatic and very specialised and focused on M&A. Lawyers can often overcomplicate things, but Accura's team is solution-oriented, approachable and open to input."

Kåre Stolt is distinguished by his long-standing M&A experience. He advises clients on both the buyer and seller sides of transactions, in addition to his role on the firm's board of directors. He aided Bang & Olufsen with the sale of its car audio division to US-based Harmann International Industries.

Jacob Vinther provides expertise across a range of corporate and commercial matters, from M&A to joint ventures. He acts for both international and Danish corporations and advised Tican on its acquisition by German company Tönnies Lebensmittel.

Thomas Weincke advises a broad range of clients, including private equity investors and corporates, and has been involved in a number of high-profile M&A transactions in Denmark. Clients say: "He is one of the best M&A lawyers in the Danish market. He is highly specialised, pleasant to work with on both sides of the table and good at finding solutions." 

"Deal machine" Henrik Juul Hansen acts for investment banks, private equity funds and financial institutions. He has notable experience in restructurings and joint ventures. Clients say: "He is very hands-on with the details. He also genuinely cares and that really shines through. He will represent you forcefully." 

Sources praise Mads Ilum's people skills and ability to build relationships, adding: "He can take the back seat when needed, but also gets in the driver's seat when appropriate. He is incredibly thorough and has really made our lives a lot easier." He has recently acted on a number of acquisitions in the Danish market.  

Employment
Regularly involved in transactional mandates and also known for working on the structuring, drafting and implementation of incentive schemes. Experience also includes transfer of undertakings, collective agreements and negotiations with management. Clients include medium-sized to large companies in Denmark and internationally, with recent new clients including Aesop, Haldor Topsøe and Volaris Group. 

Quotes from clients:
One client expresses great satisfaction with the team because it is "very pragmatic, technically skilled and can get the law to fit into our commercial reality." Other clients enthuse that the firm is "very skilled in several areas. They are very knowledgeable, as well as responsive and available, which we really appreciate."

Anja Staugaard Jensen is "very skilled and passionate about her subject." according to clients, who add that "her work is very well founded theoretically but also business-minded at the same time. It is a great pleasure to work with her as she also has a very likeable nature." She is particularly well versed in incentive schemes as well as supporting clients on employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Intellectual Property
Often acts on behalf of clients in the pharmaceutical industry. Active on patent as well as copyright infringement cases. Also visible in anti-counterfeiting matters.

Quotes from clients:
Clients praise the team's client care, saying: "They are friendly, efficient and quick." Another client adds: "They are truly on our team; they demonstrated interest in what is important to us and a true engagement."

Morten Bruus is the main contact for clients. 

Real Estate
Market-leading real estate team noted for its expertise in transactional mandates. Assists institutional and international investors with a range of matters such as the acquisition and sale of real estate and property assets, lease law and legal due diligence investigations. Also covers environmental law and handles projects across several sectors, including hospitality, corporate office space and retail and shopping centres.

Quotes from clients:
One client says the team is "solution-oriented and knowledgeable" and acknowledges the firm's "huge network." The same source adds: "They have had continuity, which has created a sense of stability that is important to us." 

Head of department Henrik Groos advises pension funds, commercial property investors and hotels on a range of real estate matters including cross-border transactions and project development. Clients say he "gives good legal advice, is good at negotiations and is really helpful." He recently advised Scandic Hotels on its acquisition of a site for the development of a new hotel in Copenhagen.

Jon Dyhre Hansen's core practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, particularly within the domestic market. His clients include property investors, pension funds, property groups and commercial real estate owners.

Lars Bruun advises on both transactions and contentious issues related to real estate, handling both litigation and arbitration proceedings. He acts for a mixture of international clients, including global investors and Danish clients such as pension funds and local authorities.

Restructuring/Insolvency
Well-regarded team, noted for representing banks and creditors in both contentious and non-contentious issues. Has a strong track record of acting as a trustee in bankruptcy proceedings. Offers notable expertise in transactional restructuring matters, and well versed in handling distressed situations in the real estate market. Situs Holdings is a new client win for the team.

Quotes from clients:
Interviewees make note of team members' business acumen, saying: "I appreciate their commercial approach to legal issues." Other sources praise the team's approach to giving advice: "When presenting their analysis they focus on the important stuff and don't waste time."

Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin heads the insolvency team and is praised for his experience in handling restructuring and bankruptcy cases. Clients say: "He is a top-class lawyer, knowledgeable and extremely effective." He advised Danske Bank on PTP Group's bankruptcy and associated real estate and construction issues.

TMT
Expanding team noted for its experience in outsourcing and the management of tender processes for complex IT systems. Team members possess particular knowledge of telecoms agreements and matters concerning administration systems. Has considerable expertise in mandates within the financial services sector. Nopa Nordic is a new addition to the firm's client roster.

Quotes from clients:
Clients praise the team's approach, saying: "The team's efficiency is especially positive. They bring solutions, not just billed hours." Clients praise the team's effectiveness: "They maintain a high level of service."

Clients note that René Thornfeldt "really gets into the issue and its context. He is a fierce negotiator and is really on the client's side." He is well regarded for advising Danish and international businesses in the telecommunications, IT and pharmaceutical industries. He has particular expertise in M&A and tender processes.


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Chambers Global 2017

Banking & Finance
Kim Toftgaard is "a pragmatic lawyer who knows his stuff," according to clients, while others say he "uses the law to make something commercial and useful." He specialises predominantly in acquisition finance and has notable experience in advising Danish and international banks, as well as private equity funds. He worked with SEB as the lender financing Australian First Investment's purchase of a large Danish and Swedish ferry line.

Capital Markets
Clients describe Kim Toftgaard as a "pragmatist" who can "effectively and efficiently work towards a goal" and "understands how to make things work commercially." He primarily focuses on banking and DCM such as bond issuances, securitisation and structured finance, recently assisting Jyske Bank with its USD8 billion EMTN programme.

Thomas Weincke is "very commercial and out-reaching," according to clients. He advises on a wide range of M&A, corporate and ECM issues and played a leading role on the Coor's IPO.

Corporate/M&A
Kåre Stolt is distinguished by his long-standing M&A experience. He advises clients on both the buyer and seller sides of transactions, in addition to his role on the firm's board of directors. He aided Bang & Olufsen with the sale of its car audio division to US-based Harmann International Industries.

Jacob Vinther provides expertise across a range of corporate and commercial matters, from M&A to joint ventures. He acts for both international and Danish corporations and advised Tican on its acquisition by German company Tönnies Lebensmittel.

Thomas Weincke advises a broad range of clients, including private equity investors and corporates, and has been involved in a number of high-profile M&A transactions in Denmark. Clients say: "He is one of the best M&A lawyers in the Danish market. He is highly specialised, pleasant to work with on both sides of the table and good at finding solutions."

"Deal machine" Henrik Juul Hansen acts for investment banks, private equity funds and financial institutions. He has notable experience in restructurings and joint ventures. Clients say: "He is very hands-on with the details. He also genuinely cares, and that really shines through. He will represent you forcefully."

Sources praise Mads Ilum's people skills and ability to build relationships, adding: "He can take the back seat when needed, but also gets in the driver's seat when appropriate. He is incredibly thorough and has really made our lives a lot easier." He has recently acted on a number of acquisitions in the Danish market.


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Legal 500 2017

Banking & Finance
Headed by the ‘pragmatic’ Kim Toftgaard, Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s team primarily advises on a range of financings and refinancings. Toftgaard recently advised SEB as the lender on financing an acquisition of residential properties in Copenhagen. The team also includes the ‘highly efficient and pleasant’ Jacob Nygaard.

Capital markets
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab often acts for Danish and international banks as underwriters, as well as arrangers of debt and equity capital markets transactions. The group assisted Goldman Sachs with the offering of existing shares in and official listing of DONG Energy’s shares on Nasdaq OMX Copenhagen. Kim Toftgaard advised Exiqon on the DKK40m issuance of senior secured notes. The team includes Kåre Stolt and Thomas Weincke.

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s four-strong team acts for buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border transactions. Henrik Juul Hansen advised Silverfleet Capital on its €307m divestment of Cimbria to a US-based company. Kåre Stolt assisted CataCap with its acquisition of a 60% stake in construction and property development company Casa. Jacob Vinther and Thomas Weincke are other names to note.

EU and competition
‘Always accessible and prepared’, Accura Advokatpartnerselskab has extensive experience of handling merger control and procurement matters. ‘Creative and solution-oriented’ practice head Jesper Fabricius and Christina Heiberg-Grevy, who is ‘pleasant to work with’, assisted the Port of Frederikshavn with its tender for the design and construction of an expansion of the port, including successfully representing the client in a complaint brought by a consortium tenderer before the Complaints Board for Public Procurements. The team includes Laurits Schmidt Christensen.

Employment
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab's ‘always prompt’ practitioners frequently advise on the employment aspects of transactional matters, as well as collective bargaining agreements and whistleblower schemes. Group head Anja Staugaard Jensen has been assisting Blue Point Pellet with various issues concerning its expansion, including drafting a new employment handbook and collective bargaining agreements. Marie Louise Hansen is another name to note.

Energy
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab primarily handles energy transactions, both for international and Danish clients. Group head Kåre Stolt advised DCC on its €40m acquisition of a Danish commercial and aviation distribution business from Alimentation Couche-Tard. Lars Bruun and Laurits Schmidt Christensen are names to note.

Information technology
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab advises on outsourcing, contract negotiations and licensing agreements. ‘Star’ practice head René Thornfeldt has been advising Danish trade union Teknisk Landsforbund on the tender process regarding its acquisition of an IT system.

Insolvency
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab is headed by Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin, who was appointed permanent trustee of the Maritime and Commercial Court. Mylin has been acting as trustee of Jysk Group in bankruptcy.

Intellectual property
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s ‘highly professional’ practice represents clients at all levels of the Danish court system. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Christina Type Jardorf leads on IP prosecution.

Real estate and construction 
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab has strong experience in advising pension funds on real estate and construction matters. Well-regarded practice head Henrik Groos and Lars Bruun assisted Industriens Pension, PFA and ATP Ejendomme with the lease contract and construction issues regarding a landmark construction project in central Copenhagen. The team includes Jens Christian Lolk and Martin Weber.

Tax
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s ‘very good’ group primarily handles the tax aspects of transactional matters. The ‘very experienced’ Arne Riis advised private equity fund EQT on all tax issues regarding its €1bn acquisition of Sitecore. The team also includes ‘very talented’ senior associate Poul Erik Lytken, who joined from the Ministry of Taxation.

Telecoms
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab often acts for suppliers in the telecoms sector. Group head René Thornfeldt advised Global Connect Outsourcing Services on the drafting and negotiations of its sale to and integration with GlobalConnect.


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Chambers Europe 2016

Corporate / M&A
Leading M&A practice providing top-tier transactional advice to a broad range of clients. Assists a number of high-profile domestic and international investors with cross-border investment and divestment mandates. Recent activity includes acting on deals in the energy, food, technology and finance sectors.

Quotes from clients
"The team is really specialised in M&A; the lawyers are very skilled and good at negotiating and processing deals." "Accura specialises in M&A and this comes across. The team is incredibly effective in pressured situations."

Kåre Stolt remains an impressive figure in the Danish M&A market. He advises corporations and private equity firms on both the buy and sell side of significant transactions. He assisted Bang & Olufsen with the divestment of its car audio division to Harmann International Industries.

Peers state that Jacob Vinther is a "key player" for corporate and M&A mandates. He is active on a wide range of transactional mandates, acting for industrial and fund clients. Sources praises him for being "focused on getting the deal done."

Thomas Weincke is a leading M&A expert acting on multi-jurisdictional investment mandates. He advised FSN Capital Partners on the EUR161 million acquisition of EET Nordic Group from Alipes. One interviewee stated: "He is a very pragmatic and skilled lawyer who's easy to work with."

Henrik Juul Hansen acts on behalf of international and domestic clients on significant transactional mandates, including M&A and joint ventures, as well as restructurings. Clients praise his approach, saying: "He's incredibly hard-working and very involved in the details of a transaction."

Banking & Finance
Strong transactional practice noted for assisting clients with funding for corporate and real estate investments. Expertise also covers project finance, investment funds and structured financing. Its lawyers advise both Danish and international financial institutions on financial regulatory matters.

Quotes from clients
"The team is easy to work with, it understands us as a business and is very much focused on understanding the practical issues."

According to interviewees, Kim Toftgaard is "a great lawyer who's really hard-working. He always delivers at the right time and with the right quality advice." He advises clients on a range of real estate, acquisition and structured finance issues, and recently assisted SEB with the financing of Capman on a real estate purchase.

Capital Markets
Experienced capital markets team advising Danish issuers and borrowers on issues related to both ECM and DCM transactions. Its lawyers also assist with the acquisition and disposal of publicly traded shares. Clients include major multinational corporates and financial institutions.

Kim Toftgaard is a highly regarded practitioner with notable experience in debt securities matters. He advises corporates and financial institutions on bond issuances, recently assisting Jyske Bank with its EUR7.2 billion EMTN programme.

Thomas Weincke is noted for his expertise in advising clients on ECM transactions. Recent highlights include assisting Coor Service Management Holding with the Danish aspects of its IPO. He is also recognised for his experience in M&A.

Competition/European Law
Respected practice advising on a broad range of competition-related projects and cases. Key focus on merger clearance issues, with additional expertise in public procurement and regulatory issues. Recent experience includes cartel investigations, tender procedures and compliance work.

Quotes from clients
"I am satisfied because the lawyers are accessible and responsive. They have thorough knowledge of our industry and they are pragmatic and business-minded."
"Accura has a broad understanding of the commercial environment."

Head of department Jesper Fabricius advises on competition law as well as public procurement, at both domestic and EU levels. His clients include Danish and international entities who consider him to be "very strong in competition and procurement law."

Christina Heiberg-Grevy is praised by interviewees for her ability to consider and respond to the needs of her clients. She advises on public procurement and all aspects of competition law with an emphasis on merger control. She recently represented Saferoad in a case before the Danish Competition Council concerning a consortium for a bid on the Danish Road Directorate's tender for road market services.

Employment
Quotes from clients
"You feel that you get the attention that you need, even if it is a large firm."
"I was really satisfied with the process from the beginning to the end - the lawyers were fast and responsive."

The highly regarded Anja Staugaard Jensen is admired by clients for her pragmatism, describing her as an "authority on the market." Her recent work includes assisting the Australian Embassy with the drafting and implementation of an employee handbook.

Intellectual Property
Advises clients predominantly from the life sciences sector, including large global pharmaceutical companies. Its lawyers cover licensing transactions, rights registration, IP strategy and prosecution cases. Expertise also includes design rights.

Quotes from clients
"This team's lawyers are pragmatic and to the point; they know our business and are fully qualified to deal with the assignments we give to them."
"Its lawyers assess the risks of the case before giving you a solution. They also make good predictions on the possible outcomes."

Real Estate
Market-leading real estate practice renowned for its particular expertise in transactional work. Advises institutional and international investors on a wide range of matters, including the purchase and sale of real estate and property assets, lease law and legal due diligence investigations.

According to clients, Henrik Groos is "very commercial in his approach, shows quite a lot of empathy in negotiations and is very constructive." He advises on a range of real estate matters, including cross-border commercial and asset transactions. Another interviewee adds: "He stands out on the market, he knows the legal framework very well and he combines that with the commercial aspects."

Jon Dyhre Hansen advises on major domestic real estate transactions, as well as lease and project agreements and the establishment of real estate funds. He assisted Industriens Pension with the acquisition of a large office complex.

Lars Bruun assists clients not only with real estate transactions but also with contentious issues, including litigation and arbitration proceedings. He also advises on environmental matters and construction law.

Restructuring/Insolvency 
Highly admired team, known for representing banks and creditors in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Also handles transactional restructuring issues and has a focus on distressed situations in the real estate market.

Quotes from clients
"The lawyers are very commercially minded and open to new ideas in order to make the best solutions."
"The team is easy to work with, the lawyers understand what we expect of them and always come up with ideas."

Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin heads the restructuring team and has a close relationship with creditors and banks. One client says: "His availability is second to none and he comes up with pragmatic solutions." Recent work includes acting as trustee for Realkredit Danmark in the Jysk Odin and Jysk Haderslev Group bankruptcy.

Clients say Karsten Kielland "is very easy to work with." He advises companies, financial institutions and banks in corporate restructuring matters.

TMT
Recognised expertise in outsourcing and the management of tender processes for complex IT systems. Areas of focus also include telecoms agreements and matters related to administration systems. Notable experience of mandates in the banking and finance sector.

Quotes from clients
"I get what I want, the way that I want it. I really just need summaries and bullet points, and the team gives me that."
"In my mind, one of the best teams in Northern Europe."

René Thornfeldt receives praise from clients, such as: "He is very fast-thinking and has a depth of knowledge in IT outsourcing. His business understanding is also second to none." He advises multinational groups and organisations in the IT, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries.


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Chambers Global 2016

Banking & Finance
According to interviewees, Kim Toftgaard is "a great lawyer who's really hard-working. He always delivers at the right time and with the right quality advice." He advises clients on a range of real estate, acquisition and structured finance issues, and recently assisted SEB with the financing of Capman on a real estate purchase.

Capital Markets
Kim Toftgaard is a highly regarded practitioner with notable experience in debt securities matters. He advises corporates and financial institutions on bond issuances, recently assisting Jyske Bank with its EUR7.2 billion EMTN programme.

Thomas Weincke is noted for his expertise in advising clients on ECM transactions. Recent highlights include assisting Coor Service Management Holding with the Danish aspects of its IPO. He is also recognised for his experience in M&A.

Corporate/M&A
Kåre Stolt remains an impressive figure in the Danish M&A market. He advises corporations and private equity firms on both the buy and sell side of significant transactions. He assisted Bang & Olufsen with the divestment of its car audio division to Harmann International Industries.

Peers state that Jacob Vinther is a "key player" for corporate and M&A mandates. He is active on a wide range of transactional mandates, acting for industrial and fund clients. Sources praises him for being "focused on getting the deal done."

Thomas Weincke is a leading M&A expert acting on multi-jurisdictional investment mandates. He advised FSN Capital Partners on the EUR161 million acquisition of EET Nordic Group from Alipes. One interviewee stated: "He is a very pragmatic and skilled lawyer who's easy to work with."

Henrik Juul Hansen acts on behalf of international and domestic clients on significant transactional mandates, including M&A and joint ventures, as well as restructurings. Clients praise his approach, saying: "He's incredibly hard-working and very involved in the details of a transaction."


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Legal 500 2016

Banking & Finance
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s ‘very responsible, quick and very friendly’ team provides ‘good value for money’, and is led by the ‘commercially sensible, hardworking and very easy to work with’ Kim Toftgaard. His work included advising PKA on the €275m financing of Carlsberg’s urban development project, Carlsberg Byen, and acting for SEB on the financing of First State Investments’ acquisition of the Danish-Swedish ferry line from Helsingør to Helsingborg.

Capital Markets
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s practice is led by Thomas Weincke, who acts for a diverse domestic and international client base, such as private equity investors and companies in the life sciences sector. He and Kim Toftgaard acted for Coor Service Management and Cinven on the Danish aspects of Coor’s €396m IPO. Toftgaard also advised Jyske Bank on the bank’s Euro medium term notes (EMTN) programme

EU and Competition
Jesper Fabricius heads the ‘quick and precise’ team at Accura Advokatpartnerselskab, which shows ‘excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’ in a wide range of matters, including merger filings, public procurement and regulatory work. Christina Heiberg-Grevy and Laurits Schmidt Christensen assisted Bang & Olufsen with a merger filing on the multi-jurisdictional divestment of the company’s automotive division to Harman International Industries.

Employment
At Accura Advokatpartnerselskab, the ‘extremely skilled, impassioned and dedicated’ Anja Staugaard Jensen is currently assisting the Australian Embassy with drafting and implementing an employee handbook. Marie Louise Hansen recently handled the employment aspects on Bonnier Business Press’ acquisition of Clio Online.

Energy
Headed by Kåre Stolt, Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s ‘technically strong’ and ‘well organised’ team primarily handles energy-related M&A transactions, as well as compliance and regulatory issues. Henrik Juul Hansen was instructed by Norway-based NEL Hydrogen on the company’s €35m acquisition of H2 Logic in 2015.

Information technology
Headed by the ‘exceptional’ René Thornfeldt, Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s team provides ‘solid and valuable advice’ on IT outsourcing or other contracts, system implementation, licensing and distribution agreements.

Insolvency
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s team is headed by Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin, who has ‘a high level of understanding for maintaining assets in bankruptcies and disposing them to attractive prices’. Mylin has been advising Finansiel Stabilitet and Aareal Bank on extensive bankruptcy proceedings involving Danish developer Sjælsø Group.

Intellectual property
The IP prosecution team is led by Christina Type Jardorf. Jensen successfully represented Mirrx Therapeutics in a Supreme Court patent case.

M&A
One of the ‘top M&A firms in Denmark’, Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s practice includes the ‘pragmatic and extremely knowledgeable’ Kåre Stolt, who is ‘a true deal architect’, and the ‘experienced’ Thomas Weincke. Stolt advised Bang & Olufsen on the €145m divestment of the company’s automotive division. Henrik Juul Hansen and Jacob Vinther are also recommended.

Real estate and construction
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s practice head Henrik Groos assisted ATP Ejendomme and Industriens Pension with a DKK515m acquisition of a portfolio of properties from Aberdeen Asset Management. Jens Christian Lolk joined from his own private practice.

Telecoms
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s technology and outsourcing practice is led by René Thornfeldt, who has extensive experience in advising systems suppliers and operators on a wide range oftelecoms matters, such as negotiations, tenders and due diligence.


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Chambers Europe 2015

Banking & Finance 
Strong track record in project and acquisition finance, with a particular focus on the real estate sector. Highlighted for structured finance and cross-border capabilities. Known for experience on the borrower's side but additionally represents lenders.

Quotes from clients: 
"The team does good work; the lawyers know their stuff, are easy to work with, have prompt deliveries and focus on getting transactions brought to a successful completion." "The team is skilled, hard-working, and it has good partners."

Kim Toftgaard has particular expertise in acquisition and structured finance. Sources say he has "strong people skills, is very attentive and is great at keeping things at a commercial level."

Capital Markets
Active in both equity and debt transactions and represents numerous domestic and international banks and financial institutions on bond issuances and equity transactions. Active in the healthcare, retail, shipping and energy sectors.

Quotes from clients: 
"The firm is very up-to-date on recent practices."

Thomas Weincke acts on both equity and debt capital markets transactions, including public M&A and bond issuances. Kim Toftgaard advises on bond issuances and securities law. He assisted CorpNordic with LM Group Holding's EUR130 million bond issue and subsequently Copenhagen listing.

Competition/European Law
Works for large national and multinational corporate clients in conjunction with the firm's leading M&A practice. Advises on abuse of dominance, transaction preparations and public procurement tenders.

Quotes from clients:
"Proactive, customer-oriented lawyers who bring us up to speed on the latest developments. Not afraid to work with us to get a great practical result."

Jesper Fabricius is head of the practice. He advises on merger control and is particularly recommended for his extensive expertise on public procurement law. Christina Heiberg-Grevy advises on procurement tenders and spearheads much of the firm's abuse of dominance work, offering strong insight on applications to the authorities.

Coporate/M&A 
Successful firm that is highly recommended for its specialist focus on M&A transactions. Particularly sought after by private equity funds, which regularly instruct the team on major domestic and cross-border acquisitions. Also a popular choice for investment banks and Danish and international corporates.

Quotes from clients: 
"Very service-minded."

Kåre Stolt's recent work highlights include advising NXMH BVBA on its acquisition of Norwegian children's furniture manufacturer Stokke. "He is an extremely skilled lawyer in the sense that he's very experienced, very pragmatic and looks for solutions. He doesn't get bogged down in detail but stays close to the transaction." Sources note the "pragmatic and likeable" Thomas Weincke as a particularly active figure in the Danish M&A market, where his recent work includes advising on Royal Unibrew's EUR442 million acquisition of Heineken from Hartwall. Clients praise his communication skills, saying: "He listens and tries to see the case from our point of view. He creates a good atmosphere in situations that could otherwise be a bit tense." Jacob Vinther is a regular fixture on high-profile transactions such as the acquisition of Nets Denmark by Advent International, Bain Capital and ATP. Clients say: "He is a very nice guy and it is great to work with him. He is available, flexible and swift, with a very commercial approach." Interviewees praise "deal machine" Henrik Juul Hansen for his commitment to pushing transactions through, commenting that he is "very efficient in getting things over the line." The "commercial and solution-driven".

Employment
"Recognised practitioner".

Intellectual Property 
Notable capability in the pharmaceutical and life science industries, with clients including medical device, biotech and food supplement companies. Noted for its particular expertise in design and patent infringement matters.

Quotes from clients:
"The firm was good in court and the case was managed efficiently. Very responsive."

Christina Type Jardorf has considerable experience in trade mark and design registration, as well as expertise in copyright and patent infringement proceedings and piracy and counterfeit matters.

Real Estate 
Leading Danish real estate practice focusing on high-value transactional work. Extensive experience of the sale and purchase of large real estate portfolios and the structuring of property funds means it is highly sought after by financial sector clients.

Quotes from clients:
"At the top end of the market with a strong portfolio of international investors and Danish pension funds."

Department head Henrik Groos is an "active and important figure" within transactional real estate. He advised PFA and Thylander Gruppen on their acquisition of a DKK735 million portfolio in 2014. Jon Dyhre Hansen is viewed as "one of the big guns in real estate," according to sources. He recently advised Lærernes Pension on the purchase of land and a construction contract comprising 115 residential units. Lars Bruun assisted in the set-up and investment structure of joint venture DaRE between UK asset manager M7 Real Estate and American investor Oaktree Capital Management, including advice on the purchase of a portfolio of properties. Significant clients ATP, Nordic Real Estate Partners, AP Pension, MP Pension, PensionDanmark.

Restructuring/Insolvency 
Well regarded for expertise in restructuring, bankruptcy and debt management. Knowhow in M&A-related mandates with a particular focus on the real estate sector. Strong client base of Danish banks.

Quotes from clients:
"We receive robust, valid and quick responses to our questions."

Clients endorse Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin as "very focused on the client's requirements, with great knowledge and a strong commercial mind." He is particularly noted for his restructuring expertise and recently advised Jyske Bank on the restructuring of AB Kærskifte. Karsten Kielland has considerable experience in restructuring and represents a wide clientele of financial institutions and companies. Significant clients Finansiel Stabilitet, Diba Bank, Aareal Bank, Nykredit Bank, Heleba Landesbank.

TMT 
Offers expertise in IT and IT outsourcing, particularly regarding the management of tender processes. Recent mandates include distribution agreements and outsourcing agreements in the financial sector.

Quotes from clients:
"The lawyers give great legal advice and commercial advice that fits with our company and profile."

Sources praise department head René Thornfeldt as one of the best outsourcing lawyers. He recently assisted the labour union HK Danmark with a tender process that involved contract drafting and negotiation with the supplier. Significant clients Ericsson, Thales, Norriq, ScanJour, Contex.

 


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Chambers Global 2015

Banking & Finance
Kim Toftgaard has particular expertise in acquisition and structured finance. Sources say he "has strong people skills, is very attentive and is great at keeping things at a commercial level."

Capital Markets 
Thomas Weincke acts on both equity and debt capital markets transactions, including public M&A and bond issuances. Kim Toftgaard advises on bond issuances and securities law. He assisted CorpNordic with LM Group Holding's EUR130 million bond issue and subsequently Copenhagen listing.

Corporate/M&A
Kåre Stolt's recent work highlights include advising NXMH BVBA on its acquisition of Norwegian children's furniture manufacturer Stokke. Clients say: "He is an extremely skilled lawyer in the sense that he's very experienced, very pragmatic and looks for solutions. He doesn't get bogged down in detail but does stay close to the transaction." Sources note the "pragmatic and likeable" Thomas Weincke as a particularly active figure in the Danish M&A market, where his recent work includes advising on Royal Unibrew's EUR442 million acquisition of Heineken from Hartwall. Clients praise his communication skills, saying: "He listens and tries to see the case from our point of view. He creates a good atmosphere in situations that could otherwise be a bit tense." Jacob Vinther is a regular fixture on high-profile transactions such as the acquisition of Nets Denmark by Advent International, Bain Capital and ATP. Clients say: "He is a very nice guy and it is great to work with him. He is available, flexible and swift, with a very commercial approach." Interviewees praise "deal machine" Henrik Juul Hansen for his commitment to pushing transactions through, commenting that he is "very efficient in getting things over the line." The "commercial and solution-driven".

Intellectual Property
Christina Type Jardorf has considerable experience in trade mark and design registration, as well as expertise in copyright and patent infringement proceedings and piracy and counterfeit matters.

Restructuring/Insolvency
Clients endorse Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin as being "very focused on the client's requirements, with great knowledge and a strong commercial mind." He is particularly noted for his restructuring expertise and recently advised Jyske Bank on the restructuring of AB Kærskifte. Karsten Kielland has considerable experience in restructuring and represents a wide clientele of financial institutions and companies. Since publication, Anders Ørskov Melballe has left this practice.


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Legal 500 2015

Banking and finance
Kim Toftgaard has ‘broad knowledge’ and Jacob Nygaard ‘delivers on time’.

Capital markets
Thomas Weincke’s team at Accura Advokatpartnerselskab advises Danish and international banks acting as underwriters and arrangers in debt and equity transactions. It also represents issuers in bond matters. Kim Toftgaard is recommended.

Employment
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s ‘theoretically intelligent’ Anja Staugaard Jensen recently drafted a new bonus and incentive scheme for Lundbeckfond Venture.

Energy
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s Laurits Schmidt Christensen and Thomas Weincke advised E.ON Danmark on its acquisition of 770 electrical car charging spots from Better Place in 2013. Kåre Stolt heads the team.

EU and competition
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s Christina Heiberg-Grevy recently assisted Nordic Capital with a merger filing before the Danish Consumer and Competition Authority. Laurits Schmidt Christensen and Jesper Fabricius are recommended.

IT
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s René Thornfeldt, who has ‘a high level understanding of complex IT and consultancy contracts’, advised HK Danmark on the analysis and tender process for an unemployment fund platform, as well as negotiations with the chosen supplier. His team has a particularly strong outsourcing practice.

Insolvency and restructuring 
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s ‘tough negotiator’ Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin is acting for Danske Bank in court proceedings regarding Hans Probst’s restructuring.

Intellectual property 
Christina Type Jardorf focuses on trade mark and design prosecutions.

Media and entertainment
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab is experienced in media and entertainment sector transactions. In 2013, Thomas Weincke acted for private investor Peter Bose in the divestment of a stake in Miso Film to FremantleMedia.

Mergers and acquisitions
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s Henrik Juul Hansen recently handled Silverfleet Capital Partners’ acquisition of Phase One. Jacob Vinther advised Triton Partners on the acquisition of LOGSTOR. In 2013, Kåre Stolt assisted Finansiel Stabilitet with the divestment of its mortgage bonds business.

Real Estate and construction
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab is ‘strong in its commercial advice’. Henrik Groos recently advised Nordic Real Estate Partners on its acquisition of PensionDanmark’s residential property portfolio. The team recently advised Lærernes Pension on a residential building development project in Copenhagen.

Telecoms
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s René Thornfeldt recently assisted Ericsson with an agreement with TOC regarding delivery of capacity and network equipment services in Denmark. His team also includes Dan Ermose.


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Chambers Europe 2014

Banking & Finance
What the team is known for:
Particularly noted for acting for both high-level borrowers and lenders on a range of transactions. Also recognised for real estate finance and structured finance mandates.

Quotes from clients:
"Accura's lawyers are all very experienced and knowledgeable. I have a really great impression of all of them." "The practice does a great job. It is solid, reliable and responsive."

Notable practitioners: 
Kim Toftgaard is described as an "extremely capable" and "solution-oriented" banking and finance lawyer. Market commentators also note: "He is a fast, responsive practitioner doing high-quality work."

Capital Markets
What the team is known for:
Recognised for wide-ranging market coverage, including bond issues, securitisation, rights issues and IPOs. Known for representing major Danish financial institutions on impressive transactions.

Quotes from clients:
"The firm is accomplished and keen. I am very satisfied with the team." "Accura is a proactive and progressive capital markets practice."

Notable practitioners: 
Head of department Thomas Weincke wins notable recognition for his equity capital markets prowess and personable approach. Kim Toftgaard is best known in the debt capital markets arena. He has significant experience in this field, with his expertise encompassing structured finance and bond issuances.

Competition/European Law
What the team is known for:
Principally known for high-profile merger control cases, including notifications to the Danish Competition Authority and EC. Also handles significant public procurement projects and complaints, alongside EU regulatory compliance and cartel investigations. Advises private equity houses, corporate entities and public municipalities.

Notable practitioners:
Department head Jesper Fabricius has an excellent reputation for competition and public procurement. Alongside merger filings and cartel investigations, he assists clients on EU procurement rules and complaints to the public procurement complaints board. Christina Heiberg-Grevy advises on public procurement and merger control issues. Her clients include Nordic Capital, William Demant Invest and Falck.

Corporate/M&A
What the team is known for:
Impressive reputation for complex transactional work. Predominantly handles transactions for Danish and international private equity investors, as well as investment banks, listed companies and state-controlled entities. Transactional team supported by impressive tax expertise.

Quotes from clients:
"It is an agile and hard-working team. It has a different spirit to other firms on the market." "The team is creative and allocates dedicated partner resources to all projects. I feel I have the team's attention and personal advisers."

Notable practitioners:
Thomas Weincke receives effusive praise from sources who describe him as "sharp, commercial, cool, calm and collected." Another client adds: "Working with him was the easiest deal I have ever done." "Rainmaker" Jacob Vinther has an excellent reputation on the market, with sources highlighting his ability to "get the deal done." In a recent deal he advised pension fund Sampension in its investment in KMD. "Creative and commercial" Kåre Stolt "will assist you in making a deal," enthuse commentators. He is further described as a pragmatic, solution-oriented and business-minded lawyer. Henrik Juul Hansen recently advised Danish retailer SPORT-MASTER on the divestment of the chain to Nordic Capital, which involved the transfer of more than 110 retail stores.

Intellectual Property
What the team is known for:
Highly recommended for advice to global pharmaceutical companies and emerging biotech enterprises, as well as clients in the food, design and financial services industries. Recent highlights include parallel import litigation, copyright infringement cases, patent and trade mark disputes.

Quotes from clients:
"Very, very proactive. The lawyers anticipate issues."

Notable practitioners:
Christina Type Jardorf ably handles trade mark portfolio matters and copyright issues for clients in a wide variety of industries. "She knows what she's doing," say sources.

Real Estate
What the team is known for:
A powerhouse in the Danish real estate market, representing significant domestic and international clients on some of the market's largest transactions. Broad spectrum of expertise includes property fund structuring, leases and environmental issues.

Quotes from clients:
"I have a very positive opinion of the team; it always solves problems and finds solutions." "The firm has great specialists and is also very commercial in its approach."

Notable practitioners:
According to interviewees Henrik Groos has "great commercial skills and a strong network of clients." Market sources praise his ability as a deal maker and a strong negotiator. His responsiveness is also highlighted by commentators. Jon Dyhre Hansen is highlighted as a particularly able real estate practitioner. He represents a number of significant clients including MP Pension and Lærernes Pension. Lars Bruun is an "absolutely skilled" practitioner, report sources. He was the lead partner in a EUR65 million PPP project for Gribskov Municipality.

Restructuring/Insolvency
What the team is known for:
Excellent practice with a solid reputation for advising significant Danish and international banks in restructuring and insolvency cases. Recognised for impressive cross-border expertise and experience.

Quotes from clients:
"I am absolutely happy with the team; it provided a high-quality service and took a pragmatic view on solving problems." "The lawyers are always available, flexible, fast and have a very practical attitude."

Notable practitioners:
Karsten Kielland is "highly skilled and takes a pragmatic view to find solutions." He is a greatly respected lawyer, with one market commentator highlighting his ability to "negotiate with different stakeholders to get a result." Head of department Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin is seen as a key member of the practice. He is highly thought of by interviewees, and is known for his robust negotiation skills.

TMT
What the team is known for:
Highlighted for expertise in IT outsourcing and procurement matters. Key clients include high-profile financial institutions and pension funds. Also experienced in advising telecoms companies.

Notable practitioners:
Interviewees are quick to praise René Thornfeldt, highlighting his direct approach and ability to handle complex outsourcing projects. His expertise extends to IT and telecoms contracts.


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Chambers Global 2014

Bank & Finans 
Kim Toftgaard has particular expertise in acquisition and structured finance. Sources say he "has strong people skills, is very attentive and is great at keeping things at a commercial level."

Capital Markets
Thomas Weincke acts on both equity and debt capital markets transactions, including public M&A and bond issuances. Kim Toftgaard advises on bond issuances and securities law. He assisted CorpNordic with LM Group Holding's EUR130 million bond issue and subsequently Copenhagen listing.

Corporate/M&A
Kåre Stolt's recent work highlights include advising NXMH BVBA on its acquisition of Norwegian children's furniture manufacturer Stokke. Clients say: "He is an extremely skilled lawyer in the sense that he's very experienced, very pragmatic and looks for solutions. He doesn't get bogged down in detail but does stay close to the transaction." Sources note the "pragmatic and likeable" Thomas Weincke as a particularly active figure in the Danish M&A market, where his recent work includes advising on Royal Unibrew's EUR442 million acquisition of Heineken from Hartwall. Clients praise his communication skills, saying: "He listens and tries to see the case from our point of view. He creates a good atmosphere in situations that could otherwise be a bit tense." Jacob Vinther is a regular fixture on high-profile transactions such as the acquisition of Nets Denmark by Advent International, Bain Capital and ATP. Clients say: "He is a very nice guy and it is great to work with him. He is available, flexible and swift, with a very commercial approach." Interviewees praise "deal machine" Henrik Juul Hansen for his commitment to pushing transactions through, commenting that he is "very efficient in getting things over the line."

Intellectual property 
Christina Type Jardorf has considerable experience in trade mark and design registration, as well as expertise in copyright and patent infringement proceedings and piracy and counterfeit matters.

Restructuring/Insolvency 
Clients endorse Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin as being "very focused on the client's requirements, with great knowledge and a strong commercial mind." He is particularly noted for his restructuring expertise and recently advised Jyske Bank on the restructuring of AB Kærskifte. Karsten Kielland has considerable experience in restructuring and represents a wide clientele of financial institutions and companies.


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Legal 500 2014

Banking and finance
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s Kim Toftgaard is recommended for his ‘exceptional business acumen’ and ‘top-notch service and expertise’ in relation to acquisition, property and structured finance. Toftgaard advised Nykredit on the financing of Naim’s purchase of 450 apartments in what was 2013’s largest property financing. Jacob Nygaard is also recommended.

Capital markets
At Accura Advokatpartnerselskab, practice head Thomas Weincke recently advised a consortium of banks arranging TORM’s DKK1.17bn listing of new shares issued on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen. Kim Toftgaard advised SEB Enskilda on Sparekassen Himmerland’s DKK100m bonds listing on the First North Bond Market.

Employment
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s ‘dedicated, solution-oriented’ practice head Anja Staugaard Jensen advised Triton on its acquisition of Logstor and assisted Dako Denmark with incentive schemes relating to its acquisition by Agilent Technologies.

Energy
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab provides ‘thorough, specialist advice’ on energy transactions. Senior partner Kåre Stolt, who is ‘adept at seeing the big picture’, advised Ireland-based Prime Energy Power on its attempt to acquire Dalum Power, and has been advising DCC Energy on the ongoing consolidation of the Danish downstream market.

EU and competition
The ‘professional, honest’ team at Accura Advokatpartnerselskab includes Christina Heiberg-Grevy, who has ‘a commercially pragmatic approach’ and is handling merger filings for Nordic Capital’s acquisition of Redcats Nordic. The team is also advising Bang & Olufsen on European and global retailer agreements. ‘Committed, enthusiastic’ practice head Jesper Fabricius handled Danish and international merger filings for EQT’s acquisition of Tiger as well as EC merger filings for Triton’s acquisition of Logstor.

Information technology
René Thornfeldt leads Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s nine-lawyer practice, which hired Joacim Frejo Jørgensen from NNIT. The team recently advised AP Pension as outsourcing supplier of ISP Pension’s pension fund activities and assisted Coop Denmark with outsourcing its finance and accounting work to Accenture. Key clients include TDC and TV2.

Insolvency
Andreas Kærsgaard Mylin, who is a recent lateral hire from Plesner, heads Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s ‘skilled, competent’ team. Together with Karsten Kielland, he is advising the Sjælsø Group in bankruptcy. Mylin is assisting Heleba Bank as trustee of a company with a logistics property that was leased to SAS.

Intellectual property
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s clients ‘love the speed and standard of advice’ on patent, design and trade mark licensing and other contractual matters.

Media and entertainment 
Henrik Juul Hansen assisted Nyhavn Rejser with its sale to Aller Media.

Mergers and acquisitions
Accura Advokatpartnerselskab ‘delivers every time’. The ‘dedicated’ Jacob Vinther, who is recommended for his ‘thorough understanding of deal dynamics’, assisted 3i Group with the DKK4bn divestment of Xellia Pharmaceuticals. Kåre Stolt and Henrik Juul Hansen assisted Silverfleet Capital Partners with the DKK1.1bn acquisition of Cimbria from Axcel. Thomas Weincke assisted EQT Partners with the acquisition of a 70% stake in Tiger. Weincke advised Ratos on the DKK1.9bn divestment of cable TV operator Stofa.

Real estate and construction
Henrik Groos and Jon Dyhre Hansen, who ‘combine strong legal skills with a commercial attitude’, lead Accura Advokatpartnerselskab’s practice, which advises institutional and international investors. Groos and the ‘pleasant, practical’ Lars Bruun advised AIG on its underwriting of certain risks associated with the DKK3bn sale of Rosengårdcentret shopping centre, which was 2013’s largest real estate transaction. Hansen and Martin Weber advised MP Pension on the €47m sale of an office building in Copenhagen.