Gitte Holtsø

Attorney-at-Law, Partner

Gitte Holtsø is a specialist in EU competition law and public procurement law.

Gitte began her career at the Danish Ministry of Justice, which included working as a public prosecutor and as a deputy judge. She has a Master of Laws (L.LM.) from the University of Cambridge and she qualified as an English solicitor at BPP Law School in London in 2000 whilst working at Charles Russell's Solicitors, London, in their corporate and competition law division.

Gitte has been involved in a large number of high-profile anti-trust cases in Denmark and the EU, such as the Danish State's sale of shares in DONG Energy to Goldman Sachs, ATP and PFA, and EY's acquisition of KPMG's Danish activities. She has vast experience specifically in M&A matters including representing clients in European and multi-jurisdictional merger notifications.

Another area of Gitte’s expertise is EU and Danish public procurement. She has assisted contracting authorities such as Sund & Bælt Holding in relation to the construction of the Femern Belt Fixed Link, as well as suppliers, in particular within the pharmaceutical sector, in relation to securing a positive outcome in several cases before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement.

Gitte has been an expert judge for the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement and she is a member of the Danish Lawyers’ Association’s expert committee on Public Procurement law.

Highlights

  • DONG Energy A/S - the Danish State's sale of shares in DONG Energy to Goldman Sachs, ATP and PFA, including state aid issues and the notification of the transaction to the European Commission
  • DSV A/S - Air Cargo and freight forwarding cartel cases
  • EY - assisted in the acquisition of KPMG Denmark. The merger was approved in phase II by the Danish Competition Council subject to commitments
  • Statoil Fuel & Retail - assisted Statoil Fuel & Retail in its acquisition of Shell's retail and non-retail business
  • FIH Erhvervsbank A/S - notification with the EU Commission of a bank reconstruction scheme
  • Sund & Bælt Holding A/S - advising on competition law and public procurement law issues related to the construction of the Femarn link between Denmark and Germany
  • KODA - representing the Danish collecting society KODA in the appeal of the European Commission's decision on alleged restrictive practises among the collecting societies before the General Court of the European Union (The CISAC case)
  • Ratos/Arcus - acquisition of Pernod Ricard Danmark A/S. The first decision by the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority cleared with commitments in phase I
  • The Copenhagen Metro - acting on behalf of a German and Danish consortium in a complaint before the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement in one of the largest construction contracts in Denmark
  • The local banks case - defended 7 local banks accused of cartel activities. All serious allegations by the Danish Competition Authority as to cartel activities were dismissed by the Danish Competition Appeals Tribunal

Ratings

  • Gitte Holtsø is ranked as a leading individual as regards Competition/European Law as well as Public Procurement by Chambers Europe. Department head Gitte Holtsø is active in both competition and public procurement cases. She often represents clients before the competition authorities. Interview-ees emphasise her trustworthy advice, saying: "She is highly skilled and knows our business very well. You feel safe when she is advising." (2019)


  • Gitte Holtsø is recommended as regards EU and Competition by Legal 500. Gitte Holtsø, who is "very practical, highly skilled and always available" (2019)

  • Gitte Holtsø is listed as a "Global Leader" with respect to both Competition (Thought Leader) and Government Contracts. (2019)

  • Gitte Holtsø is ranked as a leading individual as regards Competition/European Law as well as Public Procurement. "Head of department Gitte Holtsø is lauded by clients as "very practical, highly skilled" and "always available". She practises in all areas of competition law and public procurement, including high-profile merger control and antitrust matters. Clients are impressed by her informed and tailored approach, with one source reporting: "She is energetic and interested in clients and how their businesses operate". (2018)

  • Gitte Holtsø is recommended as regards EU and Competition. "Exceptionally specialized" Gitte Holtsø leads the group. (2018) 

  • Gitte Holtsø is listed as an expert with respect to both Competition and Government Contracts. (2017)

  • Gitte Holtsø is ranked as a leading individual as regards Competition/European Law. Gitte Holtsø handles handles a range of matters within the sector, including high-profile antitrust cases, public procurement and competition-related M&A matters. Clients say: "She is really good, very skilled and knowledgeable. Having worked with her for a while, you can tell that she really knows what she's doing". (2017)

    Gitte Holtsø is ranked as a leading individual as regards Public Procurement. (2017)



  • Gitte Holtsø is recommended as regards EU and Competition. Highly recommended group head Gitte Holtsø. (2017)

  • Gitte Holtsø is ranked as a leading individual as regards Competition/European Law/Procurement. According to clients, "Gitte Holtsø is an excellent lawyer with good industry expertise and also good ability to be creative in the process." (2016)
  • Gitte Holtsø is recommended as regards EU and Competition. Gitte Holtsø is highly regarded for her "stellar, solution-oriented approach". (2016)

  • Gitte is listed as the only individual within Competition and Antitrust - Denmark (Women in Business Law). (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Gitte Holtsø is listed as an expert with respect to Government Contracts.

    Gitte Holtsø is listed as an expert with respect to Competition. (2016)

  • Gitte Holtsø is ranked as a leading individual as regards Competition/European Law/Procurement. "Gitte Holtsø applies a skilful hand to both competition and procurement matters." (2015)
  • According to sources, Gitte Holtsø "understands where your business is coming from, and does not just see things through the lens of the domestic law." She advises on merger control cases and cartel investigations, and is noted for her expertise on public procurement projects for private companies. (2014)
  • The "bright and precise" Gitte Holtsø stands out for her public procurement and merger control advice. Clients highlight her calm approach as well as her accessibility, flexibility and resourcefulness. (2013)
  • She "really understands the competition authorities". (2013)
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