Thomas Holst Laursen

Attorney-at-Law, Partner

Thomas Holst Laursen is a partner in our Corporate team and has extensive experience in large complex transactions within private and public M&A, capital markets transactions (IPOs, etc) as well as transactions involving financing through other convertible securities, bonds, and securitisation.

Thomas has been active in all areas of transactions within a range of sectors. Clients include private equity and venture funds, investment banks and listed companies as well as international clients operating in Denmark.

In addition to transactional work, Thomas also provides advice to boards of directors, including in relation to disclosure obligations and corporate governance.

Thomas has worked with cross-border/international transactions globally.

Over recent years Thomas has been mostly active in the pharmaceutical, energy and financial sectors.

Highlights

Capital Market Transactions

  • Netcompany - IPO of Netcompany A/S 
  • Ørsted - IPO of Ørsted A/S
  • Nets - IPO of Nets A/S
  • TDC - (DKT Finance ApS) - Senior notes €1,400,000,000
  • Scandinavian Tobacco Group - IPO of Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S
  • ISS - IPO of ISS A/S
  • Orphazyme - IPO of Orphazyme A/S
  • Zealand Pharma - IPO of Zealand Pharma A/S (Nasdaq Copenhagen and New York)
  • Nordea Bank, Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, Nordjyske Bank, Brdr. Hartmann - Rights issues in Nordea Bank, Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, Nordjyske Bank, Brdr. Hartmann
  • Tryg, NKT, Bavarian Nordic, Maersk, Danske Bank, Genmab, H+H - Accelerated bookbuilding and placing transactions in Tryg, NKT, Bavarian Nordic, Maersk, Danske Bank, Genmab, H+H

M&A

  • TDC - Takeover of TDC A/S by Macquarie, atp, PFA and PKA (public M&A)
  • Danisco -Takeover of Danisco by DuPont
  • Ørsted - Investment in Ørsted A/S by Goldman Sachs, atp and PFA
  • Sivantos and Widex - Merger between Sivantos and Widex
  • Nordjyske Bank - Takeover defence of Nordjyske Bank A/S by Jyske Bank A/S (public M&A)
  • Shell - Acquisition of Shell downstream activities on behalf of Circle K
  • Nordjyske Bank and Ringkjøbing Landbobank - Merger of Nordjyske Bank A/S and Ringkjøbing Landbobank A/S (public M&A)
  • Flying Tiger Copenhagen - Sale of Flying Tiger Copenhagen to EQT
  • Noerresundby Bank - Takeover of Noerresundby Bank A/S (public M&A)
  • Scandinavian Tobacco Group - Joint Venture regarding Scandinavian Tobacco Group
  • EET - sale of EET Group A/S

Ratings

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a Leading Lawyer (Market Leader) as regards Capital Markets: Equity, Private Equity Funds, Private Equity and M&A (2020)

    Thomas Holst Laursen has "excellent knowledge and offers pragmatic business-centered solutions. A real pleasure to work with."

    Thomas Holst Laursen is "extremely diligent and hardworking. Thinks creatively and commercially while delivering first class legal analysis. Very pleasant to work with."

    Thomas Holst Laursen is "very strong and pragmatic, great to work with, always accessible and supportive."

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a leading individual as regards Capital Markets. The "exceptional" Thomas Holst Laursen jointly leads the ECM team (2019)

    Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a leading individual as regards Commercial, Corporate and M&A. Thomas Holst Laursen is "very responsive", "calm" and "takes no nonsense" (2019)

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual as regards Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. Thomas Holst Laursen commands an enviable level of respect for his impressive M&A and ECM practice. One client says that "he is superb: very knowledgeable in his field and one of the top capital markets lawyers in Denmark." This source goes on to say: "He is very good at finding solutions that work for all parties." (2019)

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a Leading Lawyer (Market Leader) as regards Capital Markets: Equity, Private Equity Funds, Private Equity and M&A. Thomas Holst Laursen is "extremely pleasant to work with. Diligent, commercial and superior technical abilities" and "outstanding in all metrics - the best adviser you can have" (2019)

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Capital Markets by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. ECM specialist Thomas Holst Laursen has a solid track record in IPO work, share listings and takeovers. He acted on @Leisure Group's bid in the voluntary conditional cash public takeover of Land & Leisure. One impressed client comments: "He is very helpful and his advice is second to none. He is very clear and has a complete understanding of commercial realities and financial mechanisms". (2018)

    Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual as regards Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. Interviewees highlight Thomas Holst Laursen for exhibiting "a real understanding of underlying commercial issues, as well as his ability to engage and persuade all parties in a transaction".  Typically leading large, high-value M&A transactions, he was part of the team that advised Axel Springer and its subsidiary @Leisure Holding on a public takeover offer for Land & Leisure. (2018)

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a leading individual as regards Capital Markets. Thomas Holst Laursen is "very pragmatic, business-minded and efficient". (2018)

    Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a leading individual as regards Commercial, Corporate and M&A. The team features "highly efficient" Thomas Holst Laursen." (2018)

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a Leading Lawyer (Market Leader) as regards Capital Markets: Equity, Private Equity Funds, Private Equity and M&A (Financial and Corporate 2018).

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as an expert with respect to Life Sciences: Transactional. (2017)

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Capital Markets by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. A client says:"He is skilled and knowledgeable. He is a very hands-on lawyer in this field. He is also a very direct, straight shooter, which works particularly well in a Danish context".

    Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual as regards Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. Clients describe him as an "excellent and skilled lawyer". (2017)

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a leading individual as regards Commercial, Corporate and M&A. The M&A Group includes the "very experienced" Thomas Holst Laursen. (2017)

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a Leading Lawyer as regards Capital Markets: Equity, Private Equity Funds, Private Equity and M&A (Financial and Corporate 2017).
  • Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Capital Markets by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. Head of ECM Thomas Holst Laursen assists corporates with IPOs both in Denmark and abroad. In the words of one client, "he has substantial capital markets experience; he's a partner you can trust with complex matters".

    Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual as regards Corporate/M&A by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. Clients describe Thomas Holst Laursen as "pragmatic and hard-working. He drives a hard bargain but is good at finding a balance that enables people in the same room to work together". He advises on a broad range of corporate mandates, including transactions and corporate governance. (2016)
  • Thomas Holst Laursen is recommended as regards Capital Markets. The "business-focused" Thomas Holst Laursen co-heads Plesner's "highly experienced" Equity Capital Markets Group.

    Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a leading individual as regards Mergers & Acquisitions. (2016)
  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a Leading Lawyer as regards Capital Markets (Equity) as well as M&A. (2016)
  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as an expert with respect to Capital Markets. (2016)

     

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Capital Markets by Chambers Global. Thomas Holst Laursen is described as "very efficient, strong and commercially minded." He focuses primarily on securities and M&A-related transactions, and is noted for his regulatory knowledge. 

    Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual as regards Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global. Commentators identify the"absolutely brilliant" Thomas Holst Laursen's main strength is "making complicated things simple and driving things through". (2015)

  • Thomas Holst Laursen is recommended as regards Capital Markets.
    Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a leading individual with respect to Mergers & Acquisitions. (2015)
  • Thomas Holst Laursen is listed as a leading individual as regards Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions in the Banking, Finance and Transactional Law. (2015)
  • Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) as regards Capital Markets by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. A "brilliant" practitioner, Thomas Holst Laursen is described by one market commentator as "the practice's number-one lawyer." He receives praise for "his excellent technical skills" and his equity capital markets expertise.

    Thomas Holst Laursen is ranked as a leading individual as regards Corporate/M&A by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. He is praised for his ability to deliver as well as for his commercial thinking. (2014)
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