Banking and Finance

Plesner is recognised as a leading advisor on banking and finance law in Denmark. Our specialists span all areas, including acquisition and loan finance, capital market transactions, derivatives, financial regulation and restructuring.

We are involved in the majority of the largest transactions in Denmark, and our clients include the key players in the market.
 

Uncompromising quality, efficient process management, partner involvement and a commercial approach are the hallmarks of Plesner's Banking and Finance team.

Plesner is ranked as a tier 1 firm in banking and finance by all leading rating publications.

Highlights

  • Hempel - assistance to the coatings supplier Hempel with the conclusion of a EUR 500,000,00 loan agreement with BNP Paribas, HSBC, Nordea and SEB
  • DONG Energy - issue and buy-back of additional tier 1 capital, most recently in connection with the company's issue of hybrid bonds at a nominal amount of EUR 600,000,000
  • Danske Bank and HSBC Bank plc – financing of Santa Fe (EAC)
  • EQT – loan financing of the private equity fund's acquisition of Færch Plast A/S with a subsequent purchase
  • Danske Bank – financing of FSN's acquisition of Fitness World A/S
  • HSBC Bank plc – operating finance for NKT Holding A/S
  • Nordjyske Bank – issue of tier II capital
  • Danske Bank and a syndicate of Danish and foreign banks – assistance to Danske Bank as an agent and a syndicate of Danish and foreign banks in connection with the financing of Scandlines
  • Syndicate of Danish and foreign banks – assistance to a syndicate of Danish and foreign banks in connection with a DKK 5 billion loan facility for FLSmidth
  • Nordea Bank Danmark – financing of the bank's new headquarters in the Ørestad area
  • Danfoss – advisory services provided in the negotiations for the company's conclusion of a EUR 900,000,000 term loan facility agreement with BNP, Danske Bank, Nykredit Bank and SEB
  • Syndicate of banks – advisory services provided to the arranging banks in relation to EMTN programme for ISS A/S
  • Syndicate of banks – advisory services provided to the syndicate banks financing Vestas A/S
  • Jyske Bank – Jyske Bank's acquisition of Spar Lolland
  • Sydbank – Sydbank's acquisition of DiBa Bank
  • Advent – assistance with the acquisition of KMD A/S
  • Syndicate of Danish and foreign banks – acquisition financing regarding Københavns Lufthavne A/S

Ratings

  • Distinguished practice with a strong track record in acquisition and asset-based finance, regularly advising on cross-border transactions. Advises an impressive roster of clients, including financial institutions, private equity groups and transportation companies, across a broad scope of banking and finance issues, including DCM transactions. Also offers expertise in derivatives and regulatory matters. Experienced in debt and securities mandates such as loan note programmes and bond issuances.

    "Reputation as being one of the best firms in Denmark" (2019)
  • Plesner is listed in "Band 1" as regards Banking & Finance (2019)
  • Plesner is one of Denmark’s largest and leading firms and has top tier rankings across a range of areas. 

    “It's one of the top firms in Denmark providing high quality work at a reasonable price. It has a couple of superstar lawyers supported by a strong bench of high quality partners and senior associates.”

    “It's very commercially oriented in its advice, and available at all times.”
    (2019)

  • Within Banking and finance, Plesner is a first tier firm.

    "Responsive, commercial and very easy to work with" (2018)
  • "Very experienced and knowledgeable about the current market and all the types of legal issues that we encounter. They are our preferred counsel, as they stand for high quality."

    "Their expertise and their understanding of our business values and our commercial situation stand out. They are very good at keeping us updated and co-operating with other lawyers."
    (2018)
  • Recognised across the board as one of the strongest firms in Copenhagen, Plesner continues to collect plaudits for its work in all areas of practice.

    “I see Plesner as one of the leading law firms in Denmark and the quality of its services are well in line with the top peers.” (2018)

  • Plesner is listed in "Band 1" as regards Banking & Finance. (2018)
  • Distinguished practice with a strong track record in acquisition and asset-based finance, regularly advising on cross-border transactions. Advises an impressive roster of clients, including financial institutions, private equity groups and transportation companies, across a broad scope of banking and finance issues. Also offers expertise on derivatives and regulatory matters. 

    "They are incredibly knowledgeable, business-minded lawyers and they make a huge difference for the client." 

    "They have very talented people who really respect both the client and the bank, in addition to superb legal knowledge."

    "They know what happens in the market. They distinguish themselves by their commercial approach and are good at negotiating." (2017)
  • Within Banking and finance, Plesner is a first tier firm.

    Plesner's "very commercial" practice acts for domestic and international clients on matters such as acquisition financings, project financings and commercial lending. (2017)
  • One of the established top-tier firms in the Danish market. Clients point to the overall quality of the firm as an outstanding aspect of its work.

    "They deliver very solid work - they are both diligent and commercial."

    "I would be very happy to use them again, they were excellent" (2017)

  • Plesner is listed in "Band 1" as regards Banking & Finance. (2017)
  • "Plesner has a very high technical level and is very consistent in its approach."

    "We are absolutely happy with the team - it's probably the standout firm at the moment." (2016)

  • Within Banking and finance, Plesner is a first tier firm.

    "A clear market leader", Plesner's banking and finance group is often instructed by clients such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and DONG Energy on a wide range of matters, such as acquisition financing, project financing and complex regulatory work. (2016)

  • Across the board Plesner is recognised by clients and peers alike as one of the leading teams in the Danish market doing some of the most significant work.

    "Plesner are extremely responsive. The high quality of their output is equivalent to a magic circle law firm".

    "They are highly skilled. They were very responsive, accessible and always strategically thinking. They understand the client's business which is very important in order to get the right advice at the right price". (2016)

  • Plesner is listed in "Band 1" as regards Banking & Finance. (2016)
  • Market-leading expertise in project finance and derivatives, and reputed for capabilities in the structuring of transactions. Additionally covers acquisition and asset-backed finance, distressed debt issues and financial regulations. Client base boasts a strong clientele of banks, private equity groups, and energy and transport companies.

    "The firm is a high-quality operation that advises in a practical and commercial manner."

    "We are very satisfied. The responses are swift and we get answers that we can use; there's no doubt in the advice as it is very clear." (2015)
  • Within Banking and finance, Plesner is a first tier firm.

    Plesner is experienced in leveraged acquisition financings involving Danish target companies, restructurings and distressed debt. It also advises domestic and international banks, as well as large companies, on complex regulatory matters, commercial loans, project and asset finance. (2015)
  • "Plesner has provided excellent service which is very much to the point". "They have a detailed knowledge of the loan market and have proven extremely helpful on both commercial and legal matters."

    There can be no doubt that both clients and peers consider it to be in the upper echelons of the market for this kind of work in Denmark. (2015)
  • Plesner is listed in "Band 1" as regards Banking & Finance.(2015)
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