4 January 2016

Three new partners at Horten

As of 1 January 2016, Horten Advokatpartnerselskab has admitted attorneys Ulrik Holsted-Sandgreen, Christian Kragelund and Annelouise Dalgaard Pedersen as partners.

The three new partners - Ulrik Holsted-Sandgreen specialised in insolvency and restructuring, Christian Kragelund specialised in trademarks and domain names and Annelouise Dalgaard Pedersen specialised in procurement law and state aid - are to strengthen Horten's position as a leading full-service law firm.

Ulrik Holsted-Sandgreen is specialised within insolvency and restructuring. In addition, he advises companies on commercial matters. Ulrik has many years' experience restructuring distressed companies and is responsible for the restructuring of many large Danish companies. He also advises purchasers in connection with the purchase of assets and activities from insolvent companies. He comes from a position as partner with Plesner law firm.

Annelouise Dalgaard Pedersen is specialised in procurement law and state aid and has wide experience as an advisor to both public authorities and private companies. Annelouise has in-depth knowledge of supply utilities and of the practical and legal aspects characterising these companies. She was nominated for Berlingske Business Talent 100 in 2014.

Christian Kragelund
has expertise within trademarks and domain names. He advises national and international clients in complex and strategic cases on establishment, maintenance and validity and/or infringement of intellectual property rights. He has special expertise in advising international companies on administration of complex IP portfolios.

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.

Chambers nominates Horten as Greenland expert

21 February 2018

The recognised international ranking agency Chambers has ranked Horten as one of the country’s leading law firms specialised in the conditions prevailing in Greenland.

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.

Horten carries out sale of Tvilum to a group of investors and is appointed trustee of the bankruptcy estate

12 February 2018

After intense negotiations, a sale agreement with an investor group was signed on Friday 9 February. With this agreement, 504 out of 598 jobs were preserved.

Danish defence news: Offset collision and budget expansion ahead

5 February 2018

On 25 January 2018, the EU Commission opened infringement procedures against five member states including Denmark for not complying with the public procurement rules.

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.

Horten obtains top ranking in WTR1000

26 January 2018

World Trademark Review 1000 recently published its rankings for 2018. Once again, Horten obtained a top ranking.

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.

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

9 October 2017

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.

Exclusivity discounts: the Intel case, including record-high fine is remitted

20 September 2017

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.

Compliance: E-leaning in competition law

20 September 2017

Horten now offers e-learning in competition law tailored to each company.

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

19 September 2017

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.

The edtech company Labster announces Series A investment

7 September 2017

Labster recently announced a Series A investment round of $ 10 million with the participation of the venture capital funds Balderton Capital and Northzone.

The Maritime and Commercial High Court states: Hästens' trademark infringed

18 August 2017

The Maritime and Commercial High Court has ruled that Hästens Sängar AB’s blue check pattern is a (well-known) trademark in Denmark. The manufacturer Nordicform AS, Magasin and a number of other distributors have thereby infringed Hästens’ trademark rights and violated the Danish Marketing Practices Act by selling bedclothes with the blue check pattern, and they must pay compensation.

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.

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.

Merger control: When to notify mergers and acquisition to national competition authorities

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).

Extensive commitment protects innovation in connection with approved DOW/DUPONT merger

30 March 2017

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.

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.

Conviction in bribery actions against Atea

24 March 2017

The Eastern High Court has delivered convictions in two bribery actions where Atea gave away iPhones, iPads and other IT equipment to two senior employees at the City of Copenhagen and DSB.

The European Commission launches new whistleblower tool

20 March 2017

Now, individuals can easily, quickly and anonymously disclose information on cartels and anti-competitive behaviour directly to the Commission.

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 EU will help more companies survive

15 March 2017

Each year, 200,000 companies are subject to bankruptcy proceedings within the EU. Now, the European Commission will ensure that more companies survive.

Horten advises Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S on its acquisition of Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S in bankruptcy

8 February 2017

With effect from 6 January 2017, Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S (BWE) was acquired by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC), which, despite the common name, has had different owners since the 90'ies.

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.

Aid to the Eurovision Song Contest was not illegal under municipal and state aid law

14 October 2016

On 12 October 2016, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior concluded in a statement that the aid provided through Projektselskabet by the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 was legal.

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.

When is a floating company charge accepted?

20 September 2016

In the Cimber case, the Supreme Court must decide when a chargee accepts a floating company charge.

Internet media under pressure because of new EU ruling

15 September 2016

The latest ruling on hyper links and copyright confirms previous case law and adds a new rule of presumption, which may threaten the existence of some Internet media.

Easier for customs to stop copied products

14 September 2016

According to new EU rules, the owner of a product must, in the event of a trademark dispute, prove that the product is not a copy.

New fundamental ruling on accumulated bankruptcy restriction orders

5 September 2016

On 11 August 2016, the Maritime and Commercial High Court imposed a bankruptcy restriction order on a "liquidation director" of three companies for a total of nine years.

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.

Circle K wins over OK in legal action concerning a new logo - Horten assisted Circle K

25 August 2016

Horten has assisted Circle K in a legal action against OK. OK claimed that Circle K's new logo infringed the company's trademark rights to OK and was therefore contrary to the Trademark Act.

New state aid register will come into force on 1 July 2016

30 June 2016

As part of the European Commission's reform of the European state aid rules initiated in 2012, the member states must register any state aid to companies exceeding € 500,000 in a public web-based register. The rule comes into force on 1 July 2016, when the new register will be available.

New rules on trade secrets in the pipeline

27 June 2016

At the end of 2013, the European Commission presented a draft directive on the legal protection of trade secrets. After more than two years' negotiations between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States, political agreement was reached on a final draft shortly before Christmas. The revised directive was finally adopted by the Council on 26 May 2016.

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.

Horten is promoted to the gold tier for 2016 in IAM Patent 1000

8 June 2016

Glowing reports from peers and patrons see Horten promoted to the gold tier for 2016. It is “a force to be reckoned with in high-stakes litigation”.

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

A/B Duegården was allowed to go bankrupt

11 May 2016

The Supreme Court has ruled in the widely publicized case A/B Duegården in liquidation vs. Nykredit Bank A/B and Nykredit Realkredit A/B.

Gift policy

3 May 2016

With a conviction of bribery, your company risks having to wave goodbye to public orders due to the rules of the Procurement Act.

Public Procurements: should we or shouldn't we?

29 April 2016

On 30 March 2016, the Complaints Board for Public Procurement made a partial decision adding to the number of decisions concerning the requirement that an agreement must be bilateral to be considered requiring a tendering procedure.

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.

Horten partner admitted as member of the international insolvency institute

20 April 2016

Piya Mukherjee has been admitted as member of the International Insolvency Institute.

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.

The Eastern High Court: Pressalit infringed Tivoli's trademark and breached the licence agreement

2 March 2016

In January 2016, the Eastern High Court ruled in the appeal proceedings between Tivoli A/S and Pressalit Group A/S.

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.

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.

New nursing home in Hornbæk to be built and run by the OK Foundation

9 February 2016

In February, the Municipality of Helsingør selected the OK Foundation as cooperation partner in connection with the building of a new nursing home in Hornbæk.

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.

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.

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.

New online dispute portal and requirements for web shops

19 January 2016

In the future, all Danish and EU web shops must link to the pan-European online dispute portal ODR (Online Dispute Resolution). ODR will be available from 15 February 2016.

New survey: Horten among the best within trademarks

18 January 2016

The recognised international magazine World Trademark Review (WTR) elects Horten as one of the country's leading advisers within trademark law.