Horten advises the water group and has assisted in preparing the eight water companies and the common services company for the merger. Horten has also assisted the parties in connection with the application to the Competition and Consumer Authority. This work has now resulted in approval of the merger. The merger, which is the first of its nature in Denmark, has been approved according to a simplified procedure, cf. section 12 c (7) of the Competition Act, as the merger is considered unproblematic.
The approval of the merger implies that there is now a green light from the regulatory authorities to establish the new water group as of 1 July 2012.
The purpose of the water group is to ensure clean water of a high quality to consumers also in the future. This is best achieved by acting together as the companies are able to benefit from each other's competencies and optimise the use of waterworks, wells and pipes.
Read more about the water group at vores-vand.dk.
Rikke Søgaard Berth
Government proposal: Energy must be more green and cheaper
1 May 2018
Recently, the government made a new energy proposal aiming at minimum 50 % renewable energy in 2030 and cheaper energy to the citizens and the community.
Nature Energy sells market business
26 April 2018
The Nature Energy group concluded an agreement with Energi Fyn concerning sale of the part of the Nature Energy group selling gas to private customers and companies (NGF Nature Energy A/S). Horten has advised NGF on all legal aspects in connection with the sale.
The Competition Appeals Board: Trade agreement concerning camping pass was illegal
18 April 2018
The Competition Appeals Board affirmed the Competition Council's decision concerning the Camping Council’s and DK-CAMP’s violation of the Competition Act by having concluded an agreement concerning camping passes. The Competition Council has reported the matter to the police.
Horten recognised as leading law firm by Legal 500
13 April 2018
Horten is recognised as leading law firm within a wide range of legal disciplines. At the same time, 26 partners are nominated as being among the best legal advisers in Denmark.
Pregnant woman did not have a preferential right or a claim for relocation
28 March 2018
The European Court of Justice (the ECJ) has ruled that a pregnant woman who was dismissed in connection with mass redundancies did not have a preferential right to stay employed with the company or to be relocated under EU law.
Fines to cartels within the car industry turn focus on applications for relief of fines
16 March 2018
In three separate decisions, The European Commission has imposed fines of more than EUR 540 million on a number of players within the car industry. At the same time, three cartel members obtained relief of fines due to their roles in relation to exposing the cartels.
Nature Energy’s gas network sold to Energinet
15 March 2018
NGF Nature Energy Holding A/S and Energinet have concluded an agreement concerning sale of NGF Nature Energy Distribution A/S to Energinet .
Funen municipalities sell Nature Energy
Eight municipalities in Funen have sold the commercial activities of the Nature Energy after 40 years of municipal ownership.
New rankings from Chambers
13 March 2018
Chambers, the leading international guide to the best law firms, ranks Horten as one of the best in the country yet again.
On-call duty at home may be working time
26 February 2018
New ECJ verdict: Time where the employee must be available to the employer without being physically present at the work place can be considered working time.
Merger control: When to notify mergers and acquisition to national competition authorities
15 February 2018
In mergers and acquisitions, it is always relevant to consider, if the transaction is subject to merger control – on either a national or an EU level. Horten's Merger Control Poster gives an overview of the turnover thresholds for merger control in Europe.
100 days until the data protection regulation comes into force – are you ready?
14 February 2018
The data protection regulation will come into force in Denmark in 100 days from now. We will sum up what you need to have in place before 25 May 2018.
Price increases in the pharma sector may be considered abuse of a dominant position
13 February 2018
The Danish Competition Council ruled that CD Pharma had abused its dominant position by increasing the price on the medicinal product Syntocinon by 2,000 % in 2014.
Unique cooperation between Horten and Symbion
5 February 2018
Horten has entered into unique cooperation with Symbion and Accelerace where we will make a team of lawyers available for start-up businesses at the shared office facilities Horten CoLab.
Two new specialised attorneys at Horten
31 January 2018
Horten has appointed two new specialised attorneys with strong business insight within municipal and administrative law and insolvency and bankruptcy law.
Cartel fine for collusion in connection with tender to waste water company
17 January 2018
The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority has published that, on 12 January 2018, the contracting business Troels Jørgensen A/S was ordered to pay a fine of DKK 3.2 million for violation of the prohibition against anti-competitive agreements under the Competition Act.
Four new partners at Horten
16 January 2018
With effect from 1 January 2018, Horten appointed Christian Tullberg, Kristoffer Westberg, Christina Steen and Niels Jørgen Oggesen as partners.
New owner makes Danish biogas manufacturer ready for investments worth billions
4 January 2018
The commercial activities in the Funen energy group, Nature Energy, have been sold to a consortium consisting of Pioneer Point Partners and Davidson Kempner.
New Managing Partner at Horten
2 January 2018
Finn Schwarz, Attorney and Partner, has been appointed Managing Partner of Horten Law Firm as of 1 January 2018.
A binding commitment from the European Commission will not prevent decisions from national courts
19 December 2017
The European Court of Justice ruled that the European Commission’s decisions on binding commitments does not prevent opposing decisions from national courts.
Judgment in the Coty case: Prohibition against use of third party's online platform was not unlawful
12 December 2017
On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice ruled that cosmetics manufacturer Coty's prohibition against internet sale via third parties was not unlawful.
Dawn raids – what are they and what to do?
7 December 2017
Dawn raids are often the first step in a case concerning violation of the competition rules and may have serious consequences for the companies involved. But what is a dawn raid, and what rights and obligations do the company have during a dawn raid?
Eastern High Court upholds the Metro judgment for violation of the Competition Act
23 November 2017
Metro is sentenced to pay a fine of DKK 50,000 for violation of the Competition Act by withholding information in a merger. Eastern High Court upheld the district court's ruling.
The European Court of Justice: TV2 has received illegal state aid
14 November 2017
The ECJ has ruled that the advertising revenue that TV2 received from 1995-1996 from the TV2 Foundation was illegal state aid.
IFLR1000 recognises 12 Horten partners
18 October 2017
The international directory IFLR1000 recently published its Financial and Corporate Rankings for 2018 - and Horten has improved its ranking in several areas.
The European Court of Justice: Redundancies - when?
9 October 2017
In two recent cases, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that an employer should have consulted the employees’ organisations before giving notice of changes that resulted in collective redundancies.
The European Court of Justice: Public servant was entitled to be reinstated in trial position
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has assessed that a public servant employed in a trial position as head of department should have been offered the same or a similar position when returning from parental leave, even though the probationary period had expired.
Compliance: E-leaning in competition law
20 September 2017
Horten now offers e-learning in competition law tailored to each company.
Exclusivity discounts: the Intel case, including record-high fine is remitted
The European Court of Justice ruled that a dominant company's use of excklusivity discounts does not always constitue abuse of the company's dominant position.
New judgment from the European Court of Human Rights concerning companies’ monitoring of private communication
19 September 2017
The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that employers must inform employees of the possibility of monitoring and to which extent.
European ip rights in Great Britain after Brexit
Great Britain's exit from the EU will create uncertainty for both British and EU27 companies in relation to the extent and protection of intellectual property rights in Great Britain. It is therefore of great interest and importance to clarify the consequences of Great Britain’s exit and how to handle them.
Merger implemented prior to notification - approved by the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority five years later
8 September 2017
The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority approves SEAS NVE Holding A/S and SYD ENERGI Holding A/S' acquisition of joint control with Clever A/S.
Google - an overview of the summer’s EU case against the internet giant
27 July 2017
In June 2017, the European Commission ruled in the first of three pending cases against Google and ordered Google to pay a record-high fine of EUR 2.42 billion for abuse of its dominant position. According to the European Commission, Google favoured Google Shopping in its search engine.
Baltic Gas Pipe Project continues
26 July 2017
Phase 1 of the Open Season 2017 for the Baltic Pipe Project showed sufficient demand for gas transportation – making it possible for the activities to continue.
Giant merger of oil and gas activities in the North Sea
18 July 2017
Centrica plc has concluded an agreement with Bayerngas Norge AS concerning a merger of the European oil and gas activities in the North Sea.
New oil and gas strategy for the North Sea
4 July 2017
A new oil and gas strategy has been set out for the Danish part of the North Sea. The strategy was prepared in cooperation between the industry, the DEA and GEUS to ensure optimal exploitation of the Danish resources.
Still waiting for a European Patent Court
20 June 2017
The agreement concerning the European Patent Court is once again delayed. The agreement concerning the establishment of a so-called unitary patent and a joint patent court was planned to come into force in December 2017, but this will presumably not be the case.
White Paper concerning the data protection regulation has arrived
29 May 2017
The Ministry of Justice has now published the long awaited White Paper concerning the data protection regulation and the legal framework for Danish legislation in this respect.
10 May 2017
In mergers and acquisitions, it is always relevant to consider, if the transaction is subject to merger control – on either a national or an EU level. Transactions that are subject to merger control must be notified and approved, before they are implemented.
Horten advances in new Chambers and Legal 500 rankings
19 April 2017
In 2017, the leading international ranking agencies, Legal 500 and Chambers, are once again ranking Horten among the best law firms in Denmark.
Conditional approval of Maersk Line's purchase of German container shipping company
12 April 2017
The European Commission has approved Maersk Line's takeover of the German container shipping company Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (HSDG).
The European Commission: Aid to construction of Kriegers Flak is legal
30 March 2017
The Commission has approved the Danish state aid to the offshore wind turbine project Kriegers Flak as the project will contribute to an increased use of renewable energy in Denmark.
Extensive commitment protects innovation in connection with approved DOW/DUPONT merger
The European Commission has approved the merger between DOW and DuPont after long-term commitment negotiations. The approval is conditional on DuPont selling many of its pesticide companies and its global R&D.
SAS is once again to pay major fine for participating in the Air Cargo cartel
20 March 2017
SAS and a number of other airlines have once again been fined by the European Commission for their participation in the Air Cargo cartel. In 2015, the European General Court annulled the Commission's decision due to a procedural error. The Commission has now remedied the error and changed its decision.
The European Commission launches new whistleblower tool
Now, individuals can easily, quickly and anonymously disclose information on cartels and anti-competitive behaviour directly to the Commission.
The European Court of Justice raises questions about wind turbine planning
10 March 2017
In two new rulings, the European Court of Justice has construed the scope and legal effect of directive 2001/42 on the assessment of the effect of certain plans and programmes on the environment (the SEA Directive.
Four new specialised attorneys at Horten
7 March 2017
Horten has appointed four new specialised attorneys having in-depth professional and commercial expertise within personal data law, environmental and planning law, energy and supply law and tax law.
The Energy Regulatory Authority: New criteria for estimation of reasonable return on invested capital
17 February 2017
Recently, the Energy Regulatory Authority listed the circumstances that may and must be included when estimating a reasonable return on capital invested in a heating company in connection with the Authority's approval of return on invested capital.
The EUDP - new round of applications for grants to energy projects in 2017
1 February 2017
The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) has published a new strategy for 2017-2019, which forms the basis of new projects worthy of support. The EUDP is a public scheme supporting new energy technology, which must contribute to achieving the target set in relation to energy and climate. Compared to previous strategies, the new strategy focuses on key areas in a more global perspective.
Are you allowed as a governm¬ent official to say that the municipal chief executive's "core competence may not be the truth"?
30 January 2017
According to the Ombudsman, it was in accordance with the rules of government employees' freedom of speech when a municipal employee was given a warning for writing on his Facebook profile that the municipal chief executive was "a person whose core competence may not be the truth".
Global Leaders in Law appoints Horten as exclusive partner for Denmark
10 January 2017
Global Leaders in Law, the leading global general counsel forum based in London, and Horten has announced partnership. Appointed as a global bronze partner, Horten will sponsor the activities of Global Leaders in Law in 2017.
Competition law - Adoption of new rules on claims for damages
1 December 2016
The directive concerning damages to customers (and others) suffering a loss due to violation of the competition rules came into force in December 2014 (Directive 2014/104/EU). The directive is now being implemented into Danish law.
IFLR1000 ranks eight Horten partners as Leading Lawyers and two as Rising Stars
18 October 2016
The international directory IFLR1000 recently published its Financial and Corporate Rankings for 2017. These rankings were good news for Horten, as we have increased the number of partners ranked as Leading Lawyers within their legal areas of expertise.
Horten on two committees at the Confederation of Danish Industry, DI
3 October 2016
DI has re-appointed Søren Hornbæk Svendsen as member of the Energy and Climate Policy Committee and Nina Henningsen as member of the Media Policy Committee.
The ombudsman: Dismissal of upper secondary school teacher was contrary to government employees' freedom of speech
5 September 2016
The ombudsman found that it was "strongly criticisable" that Campus Bornholm had dismissed a teacher for having criticised the employer.
New rankings from IFLR1000: Horten is still the leading law firm within energy and infrastructure
22 June 2016
Every year, the international directory IFLR1000 publishes a guide of the world's best law firms within energy and infrastructure. In the recently published guide, Horten is, like last year, rated as one of the country's best advisers within this area.
Waste suited for incineration is perhaps to be opened to competition
17 May 2016
On 13 May 2015, the Government published a proposal for alternative financing of the so-called PSO tax. The financing is to take place under the Budget instead of via the PSO tax. One of the initiatives is to open the waste energy production sector to competition
New ratings from the international reference book Legal 500
4 May 2016
There are several good news for Horten in the new rankings, among these to new Tier 1-ratings in Media & entertainment and Telecoms.
Practical advice concerning the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)
28 April 2016
After the coming into force of the Procurement Act, the ESPD has given rise to special challenges both for the applicants/tenderers and the contracting entities.
How to prepare and conduct a general meeting
11 April 2016
This article will answer the questions often asked when preparing a general meeting, which most municipal companies are required to hold annually.
Horten Corporate Day 2016 - Danish companies at the forefront
18 March 2016
At Horten's Corporate Day 2016 on 16 March, Danish and foreign executives and experts gave their views on the trends and opportunities of the Danish business sector. Horten will repeat the success next year with Horten Corporate Day 2017.
Public-private investments in Greenland
9 March 2016
On 26 February 2016, Horten and Nuna Law Firm hosted a conference with focus on public-private investments in Greenland.
The 7th oil and gas licensing round in the North Sea has been concluded
26 February 2016
The Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate has decided to issue 16 new oil and gas licenses to 12 different companies as a result of the 7th licensing round.
Dispute concerning cost-free loan guarantees to two district heating companies may be brought before the Supreme Court
23 February 2016
State subsidies: A dispute concerning cost-free loan guarantees to two district heating companies may be brought before the Supreme Court, but the municipal initiatives should continue.
Ten things to know about the new water sector act
18 February 2016
The new Water Sector Act will come into force on 1 March 2016. What does the new Act imply? There are many major and minor amendments and, below, we will introduce you to ten of them.
After the legal action concerning road charges
12 February 2016
Road charges after the Supreme Court ruling - What should municipalities and supply companies be aware of?
Denmark and Greenland sign new uranium agreement – why now?
Denmark and Greenland have entered into a uranium agreement regulating the cooperation on future extraction and export of uranium and radioactive minerals.
Tax and state aid: where are we going?
10 February 2016
Since 2013, the Commission has investigated the member states' tax rulings to establish whether the state aid rules are violated through selective tax advantages.
Supreme Court: Decisions concerning road charges were invalid
5 February 2016
The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Municipality of Slagelse that Forsyningssekretariatet's decisions concerning road charges were invalid.
Political agreement on new EU-US privacy shield agreement
4 February 2016
A new political agreement between the European Court of Justice and the US is finalized, after the European Court of Justice set aside the the Safe Harbor scheme last year.
Lifting of trade sanctions against Iran - possibilities and risks
29 January 2016
On 16 January 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated that Iran had met the requirements for lifting of EU and US trade sanctions against the country. This opens the way for new trade possibilities with Iranian players; however, still subject to certain risks.
Loan guarantees to two district heating companies were illegal and thereby invalid
26 January 2016
This was established on 25 January 2016 when the Western High Court ruled on a dispute between the Municipality of Sønderborg and two local district heating companies. The ruling means that the municipality is obligated to charge a guarantee commission which constitutes more than DKK 70 million in the guarantee period.
EU action plan sets targets for future waste disposal
"Closing the loop – an Action Plan for a Circular Economy" aims to reduce EU waste volumes. In Denmark, waste incineration is an important energy source, and the plan may therefore challenge the supply sector, says Sinne Conan, CEO of Konsentio, a public affairs bureau in Brussels.
Major savings for the municipality of Brøndby by repurchasing and inviting tenders for street lighting contract
25 January 2016
Horten has assisted the municipality of Brøndby through a lenghty process of negotiations in connection with a repurchase and call for tenders for operation as well as maintenance and renovation of the municipality's street lighting installations.
The waste sector's role in a circular economy
21 January 2016
The development towards a circular economy requires major changes within the waste sector with focus on direct recycling, reuse and on complete removal of toxic materials. This is the assessment of the managing director of the Danish Waste Association, Jacob Hartvig Simonsen.
Three new partners at Horten
4 January 2016
Horten at the Husum WIND fair 2015 in Germany
11 September 2015
Water and know-how must float across municipal borders
3 September 2015
Overview: New ministries result in changes within supply and environment
7 July 2015
The personal data regulation New agreement concerning protection of personal data
23 June 2015
Horten is the leading law firm within energy and infrastructure
19 June 2015
Three tenderers pre-qualified to submit tenders for near shore wind farms
9 June 2015
Near shore wind turbines and Kriegers Flak
28 May 2015
14 useful tips for preparing and conducting a general meeting
22 March 2015
HOFOR and wpd enter into strategic cooperation on Danish offshore wind development
11 March 2015
Vattenfall wins tender concerning Horns Rev 3
27 February 2015
The Cleantech company Aquaporin A/S attracts million investments
9 February 2015
Horten assists Ekokem Oyj with its acquisition of Nordgroup
3 February 2015
Who is afraid of the European Commission? Parties to patent settlement agreements would seem to be …
15 January 2015
Horten appointed legal adviser to common utility company
30 December 2014
The Danish Energy Agency publishes final tender specifications for Horns Rev III
8 December 2014
BWSC and PensionDanmark establish new Power Plant in England
24 November 2014
Long awaited decision on the legality of the PSO system
4 November 2014
Greenland tightens oil/gas exploration terms
3 November 2014
Dispute concerning the Danish Gaming Tax Act
27 October 2014
Executive Order on special contributions
Cooperation with Nuna Law Firm in Greenland
Record high interest in the Danish North Sea's oil and gas exploration potential
21 October 2014
EU sanctions against Russia affect Danish companies
6 October 2014
Horten participates in the offshore section at the Danish Maritime Fair
2 October 2014
Differentiated tax regime in the Danish Gambling Duties Act – still considered legal State Aid
29 September 2014
Are price clauses providing the lowest price legal?
6 August 2014
Horten focuses on the paradigm shift for industrial cooperation and off-set
12 June 2014
Horten chairman at oil gas Denmark's general meeting
22 May 2014
Article: licence terms and application procedure for the 7th licensing round in the north sea
19 May 2014
New ratings from legal 500
13 May 2014
Attorney from Horten elected among Talent 100
25 April 2014
The Danish Energy Agency is opening new licensing round in the North Sea
24 April 2014
XXVI FIDE CONGRESS 28-31 MAY 2014 in Copenhagen
12 March 2014
New partners at Horten
8 January 2014
Conclusion of dispute concerning price for gas transportation in DONG's offshore pipeline
13 November 2013
BWSC and PensionDanmark behind New Biomass Power Plant in UK
14 August 2013
The future of gas
10 December 2012
Horten assists Eimskip in due diligence examinations in connection with a stock exchange listing
7 November 2012
Horten strengthens international relations
3 October 2012
Horten elected members of two DI commitees
26 September 2012
Horten appointed member of the board of the Danish Energy Law Association
28 August 2012
Horten assists the Danish North Sea Fund with an agreement on sale of a large share of the fund’s gas production and sale of crude oil
14 June 2012
A number of lawyers from Horten listed in Best Lawyers
23 May 2012
Horten elected Energy Law Firm of the Year by DealMaker Monthly
Horten's partner group strengthened with internal and external forces
1 July 2011